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I’m not usually one to plan out my reading list in detail. I have a reading bucket list, which has 50 books I know I want to read at some point, but there’s no schedule to it. I often have an idea of my very next read, but even that can change once it comes time to make the decision.
True to my INFP nature, I make these choices based on how I’m feeling in the moment. Do I need something light? Maybe I’m ready for something suspenseful or something that’s just going to emotionally gut me (I just finished one of those). But what I’m learning is that my next read is very much based on my last read. Unless I get on a roll with a series (like Outlander), the next book I choose is almost always very different from the last.
Complicating this is a new dimension to my reading life: I’ve started reading two books at once, one on my iPad (for perusing throughout the day) and one in hardcopy (for wind-down reading in bed at night). These, too, need to be different from one another, and for the sake of my eyes and the way I read on the iPad, that one needs to be consumable in small snippets.
So planning out my next ten reads for fall feels iffy, at best. It’s rare that I’ll jump on any type of reading challenge or plan out my reads like this, but knowing how I choose books, I took this week’s Top Ten Tuesday as a challenge to come up with a list of ten with enough variety to satisfy my whims.
So I’m sure I’ve made this exercise more difficult for myself than most people, but here we go!
- Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
- Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
- The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante
- American War – Omar El Akkad
- Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
- The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
- Gods in Alabama – Joshilyn Jackson
- The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
- Beartown – Fredrik Backman
I tried to include a couple of frontlist books (I plan have a few more of these in the rotation after my wonderful birthday gift: The Book of the Month Club!), as well as one from my bucket list, a thriller, some feel-good books, a dystopian novel, and some backlist books that I’ve wanted to read for a while. Six of these I own in hard copy and the rest I’ll read on an e-reader and will depend on library availability.
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Which of these have you read?
What’s on your fall reading list?
And how do you choose your next perfect read: do you pick up any old book on your TBR list and just start reading (if so, how do you DO that?)? Or is every book choice a Serious Decision?