I was just looking through my reading records and I have never realised how erratic my reading choices are. I have only kept track of books I’ve read since I started this blog which was three quarters into 2008. There is no pattern in my reading choices. I don’t have a planned out TBR list where I read one book after another according to the structured list nor do I stay in one genre or period. I tend to jump around a lot. For example, last year I re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and then I read She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir. That is quite a dramatic leap! Then I re-read Chamber of Secrets followed by reading Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus. Just looking at the sidebar of recent reviews, there is Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic followed by American Psycho!
There seems to be more of pattern or stability this year. I would like to stick with one author or one period for a little while to get a deeper knowledge and to immerse myself fully into the period or author but as soon as my brain realises that book selection is no longer a whimsy choice, it rebels. This is why I always fail at reading challenges no matter how simple they are – my disobedient brain. Ever since university finished, I have really enjoyed having the luxury to simply pluck books from shelves and begin reading them and I’m able to read whatever takes my fancy.
How do you decide what to read next?
P.S. The painting hasn’t really anything to do with the post but I just love it. 🙂