Like many booklovers, I have a huge pile of books on my shelves (and on the floor, as it happens) waiting to be read, along with a few (or many) books that I have borrowed from the library. Last night after I finished the book I was reading (Almost Home by Pam Jenoff — very good!) I went to select my next book and – I was paralyzed with indecision!
How do I choose what to read next? The book that was recently released and is receiving lots of positive buzz? The book about a topic currently making headlines? How about this one — no, if I bring that to work I’ll receive some funny looks (well, I do already, because I READ). Or this library book that is due back next week – nah, I’m just not in the mood for it right now.
I have some books set aside for upcoming reading challenges and I’ve thought about organizing the to-read pile by month or something to make it more manageable (that’s not the right word – I can’t think of a better one though) but of course the pile is not static — I am always adding to it and the bright shiny new book sometimes moves ahead of all the others who have been waiting patiently to be read.
So what did I decide on? The book that has probably been on the to-read pile the longest: