It’s finally come to the point where I have more than 200 books in my possession that I’ve got to read – 60 physical books and around 15o eBooks. It is extremely daunting, and I often spend time gazing at my overflowing shelves or scrolling through the long list on my reader and wondering how the heck will I find the time to read them all, especially if I want to find time to write and work. Of course it would help if I would stop buying more books, but I have no self-control whatsoever. I’ve shared some pictures of my shelves a while back, but here’s how they look now:
With so many books comes a great dilemma, the greatest dilemma of them all – which book should I read next? If you’ve come here hoping I would answer that question for you, you might end up being disappointed, because I’m at a loss myself. I mean, I’ve tried a couple of ideas… I could go through the books –
Shelf by shelf: This seemed like a good idea until… “But wait! Does that mean I will have to go through five shelves before getting to that book?!” Some would consider that motivation, but I feel this might cause me to enjoy some books less in my rush to get to that one particular book.
In alphabetical order: This too might put me in the same position as the first solution. A book I might want to read might start with “Z”, and that wait could be agonizing.
By date of purchase: But then what do I do about those books I bought on the same day? And I’d need to actually remember when I bought the books.
By hype/popularity: As in, maybe I should read the books that everyone’s talking about so that I don’t end up falling behind. However, the logic is extremely flawed in this one, because by the time I finish one book, a new book will be released and I will have to start from scratch.
Another idea I’m considering now is simply picking at random. Maybe by writing the names of books on scraps of paper and tossing them in a hat, or maybe by entering the titles in a randomizer and letting technology do the work. It takes away the thrill of choosing but at least gives me some peace where I don’t have to think, “Oh, I could be reading that other book instead.”
Some of you might suggest that I read the book I think I will enjoy the most, but therein lies the dilemma – I think I will enjoy them all and I don’t know which I will enjoy more than the other.
How do you choose your next read? Do you use any of the methods I listed above? Do you pick at random? Maybe you have some tips for me?