As I begin my new blogging journey, I wanted to do a little series about my reading habits. Today I’m going to talk about how I go about choosing my next book (or books) and how that’s changing since I started this journey.
Before I made a conscious decision to start reading more, my process of selecting a new book wasn’t exactly inspired. Basically, during one of my many bookstore visits I might decide to buy the latest in a crime series I knew I liked or to finally take the plunge and purchase a copy of a book I’d been searching for. I would always walk straight past the general fiction shelves and tables of recommended reads to the crime section and pick something that caught my eye, then put it back and maybe check Amazon for the price on the Kindle or to buy for cheap. I might not even buy it at all but instead promise myself that I would get it another time….most of the time, that never happened.
Making reading a priority has inspired me to actively seek out new books I might once have walked straight past and ignored out of habit. I’ve started to pay attention to the new books that come in, taking photos to remind me if I can’t buy right then and there and making physical notes of the authors that stand out. I have started following blogs and news websites that feature latest releases and best sellers or award winners. For me, this is the best way to get back into reading and discovering new authors that I haven’t heard of; new genres and exciting worlds to explore.
Right now, I have a to-read list that is always being updated. Many of those books are already on my shelf and I’m working my way through them. Any books I find and buy or add to my Kindle library get added to the list. All this might sound like a lot of work but really it’s a straight forward process. For me, it’s not as automatic as it once was. I can honestly say that already I am more connected and aware of my book shopping habits. Plus I enjoy it so it doesn’t seem like hard work at all.