Very important question that must be answered: What kind of book picker are you? Are you a free-spirited picker or are you a planned picker?
What makes a person a “free-spirited book picker”:
- They aren’t restricted to a reading list
- They essentially “go with the flow” when they pick their next book
- Even if they have a reading list, they can’t be bothered to keep to it
- Essentially a mood read where they choose whatever book they feel like reading.
What makes a person a “planned book picker”:
- They plan their reads in advance. They know what book they will be reading next.
- They’re more organized.
- They follow through on their “read next” book.
Can you guess what type of book picker I am? If you guessed planned picker, you do not know me at all! But if you guessed free-spirited picker, how did you know? ;D
Back in December, I realized that when I plan books to read ahead of time, I don’t end up reading it 90% of the time. I said I was going to read These Broken Stars and Steelheart, but that never happened. It’s forever on my “need to read it next” list. It’s kind of sad really. I really want to read those books, but I can’t bring myself to do it. It feels to final like it’s gonna trap me in a hole. Also, forcing myself to read certain books will mostly make me put it down and I don’t like that when it happens.
It makes me do this a lot:
I have a problem following through with my planned reads. It’s really frustrating. After I read More Than This, I had planned to read Something Real since I checked it out from the library, but I didn’t actually feel like reading it. Instead, I had the sudden urge to read The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls (and read it I did)! This frequently happens — this urge to read another book that is not top priority. It’s not very ideal especially when I have library books due really soon.
I’m trying not to pick my next book in advance ’cause I’ll end up never reading it like I initially planned. I feel like when I plan my reads, I have to get into the right mind frame to fully take in the book, but of course, I am unable to do that. ARCs are a totally different story though. If I received it before the publication date, I’ll read it a week or two in advance.
At times, I feel like I’m using “free-spirit” to present a nicer image to what type of book picker I really am — a mood one. I just pick up any book that fits my fancy at that moment. If I have an urge to read a book when I look at it, then I’m gonna read it right then and there. Forget about my next planned book.
How do you pick your books? Do you tend to go with the flow and pick whatever book you feel like reading? Or do you often pick your next book in advance and stick to it?