Browsing through bookstores and libraries would be my most favorite thing. I would sit in front of the bookshelves and peruse through each book, and create a stack of books that I would be taking home with me that day. As I grew older, that stopped. Mainly because I wasn’t quite sure what kind of books to read anymore. I had read all of the books that seemed interesting to me that were Young Adult and the fiction section for adults at my local library seemed daunting. Which is kind of ironic, since there were a lot of books everywhere and all I needed to do was pick one up and look through it. Back then, I had no idea how to go about it, no idea how to foster that curiosity for those kinds of books. They simply did not seem interesting to me. I went off to college and became busy with college workload. I was no longer the bookworm I had been in my teens. Many years passed. I graduated college, got a job, and still found it difficult to find books to read. I was stuck. Young Adult novels are all that I had known and the comfort of my local library back home was gone. I missed it. I missed the smell of the library, the ambiance, and how easy it was back then to find a book to read.
Now, it’s gotten better. This past year I’ve been able to muddle through that thick fog of not knowing what to read next. I started using Goodreads to get an idea of what kind of books are out there for adults. I joined some book clubs and reading challenges too, which has been helpful because they come up with great book recommendations. I then have the option of reading those books or to keep looking elsewhere. I also joined some book communities on Reddit, where users post images and reviews of books that they have read and really enjoyed. I take suggestion from there too, and these two things alone have helped me tremendously. I find that I am reading way more that I ever had in the past 10 years.
Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it is still a struggle. But now, I go only a couple of days not knowing what to read, whereas before I would go months and months. Its also helps that I got into e-books. I mostly now read e-books. I used to not like that format, and would have preferred to read the physical copy instead, but I realized it was either read an e-book or read nothing so I went with e-books and learned that it was really not that bad.
Audio books were good, for a while, but I like being to be still when I am reading a book. I like sitting down and drinking some tea or just enjoying the story without distractions. I would use the audiobook when I was driving, or doing chores around the house, or going for a walk around the neighborhood. Activities that keep you busy, and also require that some part of your brain is focused on doing the activity. It was distracting to me and I found that I would forget what was being said or missed a part somehow, and it would be hard to rewind exactly where I had last left off. With e-books, I like being able to give the story 100% of my attention, although I do miss being able to flip through the pages of an actual book. But at the end of the day, I am reading way more than before, and that is a win for me.
What about you? What helps you decide what you want to read next? Let me know!