Choice is difficult for me. This extends to my bookshelf, which means that the more books I add, the harder it is to choose what to read next. A few months ago, I decided that a random pick was the way forward. I counted along my unread books, put this number into Google’s ‘random number generator’ and whatever number came up, this was my next book. It’s worked well, so I always choose my next read this way (unless I have a library book waiting or an ARC with a short deadline). One time, I had no internet, so I used the ‘close-your-eyes-and-touch-a-book’ method instead. Here are the benefits of ‘random’ picks:
- It’s exciting to see what’ll come up, like playing the lottery, but better.
- Books you ‘keep meaning to read’ but which get pushed aside have an equal chance of being your next read.
- You find out which books you don’t actually want any more, once you’re ‘forced’ to begin reading them.
- The choice is taken out of your hands, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
- No restrictions of setting yourself a ‘monthly TBR’ pile and no pressure to read a certain number of books.
- If you want variety, you can skip the books on your shelf which are similar to your last read and still have enough left for a random surprise.