Every reader I know has a different way of planning out what-they'll-read-next. Some readers are very methodical. They make goals and plans for their reading, and they stick to them. Some readers are very willy-nilly, and they read whatever appeals to them at the moment. There's a full . . . spectrum of reading preferences and styles . . . when it comes to deciding what to read. No "way" of reading is better than any other "way" of reading.
It's a preference.
It's all about what works for you.
Me? I'm definitely a willy-nilly reader. I keep a list of books I'd like to read (Goodreads makes that easy), but I hardly ever refer back to it. I'm more . . . a browser kind of reader. I wander stacks at the library. I wander aisles at the bookstore. I pick up whatever appeals to me at the moment. I do check out certain prize lists. I'm a fan of the Women's Prize (which came out today, by the way), the Booker Prize, and the National Book Award . . . but I don't get too hung up about them. I read book reviews from various people I trust. I'm a fan of certain authors. I've been known to choose a book for its cover, or a clever title.
Mostly, though, I am heavily influenced by whatever books I've picked up at my local library. I make good use of my library's "hold" system, and I "shop" for my next read from whatever I have at the time. It works for me.
And right now . . . I'm nervous about that.
Twitchy, even, you might say.
Well. Take a look at that bottom shelf in the photo above.
That's what I call my "transient shelf," and it's where I park any books I have checked out from the library.
And from right now . . . until May 16 . . . that's IT for me. The sum total of books I can check out from my library.
You see, about 18 months ago, our library broke ground on a major expansion project. While the project was going on, the library "moved" to a temporary location. Although I was skeptical at first (somehow I pictured makeshift shelves in a dark and crowded basement), the temporary library was a very comfortable and inviting place. Now, though, the project is finished and it's time for the library to move back and settle in to the "new" old location.
And they've closed until mid-May!!!
That is a long, long time for me to be without access to the library.
For the last couple of weeks, I've been keeping my fingers crossed for some of my holds to come in (most of them didn't), and "shopping" for any books I might want to read during the library break. I wandered the stacks every time I popped in, picking books from the shelves kind of in my willy-nilly fashion . . . and there they are. Sitting there on my "transient shelf."
Will I want to read those particular books?
Will they appeal when I'm looking for something to read?
Will they . . . suffice?
I don't know.
But that's what I picked up for myself as the library was getting ready to pack up and shut down.
I really do feel a little twitchy about the whole thing. I won't be able to get any of my holds until the library opens again in May. (But I realized today that I can continue to add books to my hold list, so that's a plus.) I won't be able to wander the stacks or check out the "hot picks." It's a weird feeling. . .
I have plenty to read, for sure.
But this is not my preferred way to do it!
How about you? Are you a "planner" or a "browser" when it comes to picking your next book? And . . . would it make you twitchy if your local library were to shut down for 2 1/2 months????
Speaking of reading . . . Here's a quick reminder!
Next Tuesday - March 15 - is the Read With Us discussion day for Agatha of Little Neon. Our Zoom discussion will begin at 7:00 pm (Eastern Time). Please let me know if you're planning to join us for the Zoom -- either in the comments or by sending me an email (my email link is at the very top of the sidebar).
I hope you'll join us!
(As always, we'll also include discussion questions on our blogs that day, in case you can't make it for the Zoom.)