Suggestions from amazon.com, authors on documentaries that I watch, bibliographies from books I've read, professional journals, blogs, Facebook pages.
It all depends on what is happening in my life. Usually, a book I am reading may pique my interest about a particular subject, then I go for it. At other times, my reading may be directed by the love of an author or genre. That is how I decide what to read next.
I am constantly buying books at yard sales, thrift shops, etc. so I usually have quite a pile of book on my night stand next to my bed. When I finish one book, I grab the next one on the pile and start reading it. Repeat as necessary.
I don't read as much as I used to, but it all depends on what piques my interest at the moment.
Last night I started reading a book for work, so that factors in as well.
If we attend schools , or universities, our courses are a guide to what we may need to read besides text books. If we have interests in certain professions, or skills, then books on building, carpentry, electric, plumbing, cooking, and much more draw our interests.
The hunger for knowledge is a good excuse to read all types of books, and magazines, or to watch educational programs.
A desire to appreciate art forms, or nature, or the horticultural plants on earth can draw us to libraries where books, and texts are available for the many wonderful people of the world.
Raising children, taking care of babies, teens, and young adult siblings in a family setting can draw parents to educational books on many matters.
Books, and knowledge go on, and on presenting information, and computers open doors to tons of knowledge right to our finger tips. Knowledge is fun, and food, for the Gods.
You have a good point. How do we decide what to read, or what to try to see next ? What interests us helps to open the doors to knowledge. God Bless You.
I love to read! Love to read!! My two favorite topics are physics (especially quantum mechanics & astrophysics) and computer languages. I have self-taught myself approximately 20 programming languages and it has led to part-time work building web sites and creating phone-apps. Physics satisfies a curiosity about the world around us.
I also love reading biographies about well-known scientists and historical figures as well as books involving legal and criminal cases. Alan Dershowitz is a great legal read and Henry Lee a great read about forensics.
I like to mix it up on my subsequent choices to read. I may read a few books about physics then switch to a totally different subject matter such as a biography. Many times during the course of my reading a particular book, something in the subject book will wet my curiosity about a related or an entirely different topic and I will search for a book on that topic to read next. I actually jumped to L. Ron Hubbard's book on Dianetics just to once and for all understand what that was all about.
Bottom line for me, I find mixing up subject matter on the books I read keeps it interesting. And, I remain forever curious. There is always so much to learn and so little time to learn it all. I hope this helps some.
It depends on my mood. And strangely enough I like to think my hand knows more about what I want to read than my head so I let it glide over the books until it lands on one. Hasn't failed me yet.
I just wait for Lee Child to write another Jack Reacher novel, then I buy it and read it. Between new Jack Reachers, I re read the old ones.
Lucky for me, I do not read anything from the James Patterson word factory or anything from any of his clones. With a volume of about 7 point 8 books per month, one would have to read almost 14 hours a day to keep up.
I am not sure how to answer this. I suppose the books are there on the shelf, and I just hope its a good novel because if it isn't I just leave it even if its half way there. There is no short supply of books I have on the shelf but the problem is you can't be sure this or that will turn out to be 100% good.
I look toward biographies, sports and rock music themed books. "Doc", the autobiography of Dwight Gooden, is what I'm into at the moment.
Usually I go with any new book my favourite authors release, and usually they don't disappoint me.
If it's a new author, I usually read the back cover where a summary of the story is given, or a prologue if it is given.
I look at the cover first. Do I like how it looks. I look at the title, the author and read the back cover info. If it is an author I have read before and liked, I will read it - I have read all of Stephen King's works, for instance. If the summary sounds good, I will read it. If it is recommended by some of my friends, I will read it.
I usually choose a book that a friend tells me about, or that I hear about on the many pod casts I listen to.
Choose a book that would make you engrossed in it and makes you forget your hunger and thirst.
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I live in Brazil and although there is a small library 20 miles away, everything as you would expect is in Portuguese. We have books that we brought with us, have swapped with other foreigners, and have had people bring over when visiting. My husband speed reads and is now reading some for the 4th time. Often he will say, I think you'll like that one.
So, in answer to your question, it is whichever I haven't read before from our bookshelf.
I am thinking of treating myself to a Kindle and then I will be spoiled for choice.
I tend to look for things that are similar to other books I've read and enjoyed, but sometimes a cover or a plot summary just pops out at me, and I know I'll like reading it. I also run a book-related blog, and often ask my readers for recommendations, which I find effective, as well. Find people who like the same sort of books as you do, and ask what they've read and liked enough to tell someone else to read.
Most of the time I consult with my friends to decide the book to read next. I also visit good book shops and browse the latest books published. Moreover, if any of my favorite author launch a new book, I never stay back from buying it.
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