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Initial post: 9 Jul 2011 22:16:17 BDT
What makes you choose the book your reading?, do you just browse the bookshop or do you like me search through listmanias on amazon and end up in a pickle?

Posted on 9 Jul 2011 22:27:41 BDT
I go for what I'm in the mood for. And I've still got enough on my kindle PC left. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2011 22:29:46 BDT
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LEP says:
Usually, I would look at authors I know. If, for instance, I can't find anything by them, then I'd browse. However, now most of the time I use Amazon or other onsite bookstores. It makes browsing much easier. You just go onto Amazon Search, Books, type in the author you like, click on a book you've liked, scroll down the page and usually you'll find a horizon listing of "like" books/authors. Also, Amazon give personal recommendations based on your past purchases.

Posted on 9 Jul 2011 22:33:27 BDT
HillyDee says:
friend's recommendations - followed by other books that recommended author has written. freebies on kindle give me a taste to new, untried authors. I'm having such fun. The only thing missing is that distinctive paper smell you get hit with when you enter a bookshop.

Posted on 9 Jul 2011 22:39:00 BDT
EpicDom says:
I make discussions asking for a particular genre. For example, I asked for Japanese novels since right now I've really been into it. I've generally asked my friends for recommendations and kept a list. If while browsing Amazon I find something that interests me, I'll download it. Only free books I'm unrestricted with purchasing :P I try not to download too much.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 09:33:46 BDT
There's a remainder shop in our local precinct where everything, hardback and paperback, is £3 each or two for £5. Mostly genre stuff but it's a cheap way to gamble on an unfamiliar crime novelist for example. Otherwise I start with the Amazon product page for something I know and browse the 'also bought' selections, the same as I do when I'm looking for music or a DVD, but it's harder to find a book that way. A string of 30sec samples will tell you a lot about a band, but a kindle or look-inside sample won't betray an author''s weaknesses where pacing and character are concerned. So then I read the reviews. That's what I did *after* picking up a Jeffrey Deaver last time I was in the remainder shop, but the other three I bought that day were pretty good.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 09:45:56 BDT
Ethereal says:
At the moment I have a pile waiting to be read (and don't yet own a kindle). So I don't go out looking but if I come across an interesting recommendation, often from an article I've read, the pile will get added to.
When I have run out of books to read I'll revert to good old browsing in real bookshops, nothing to beat it!

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 10:22:41 BDT
Now I have a kindle, I love overhearing people recommend books to others, then I look the book up and download while I am sitting in the waiting room. Before I wouldn't manage to remember the name long enough to type it into google when I got home!

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 16:15:55 BDT
Chris says:
I Kindle a Kindle of Kindles,Kindle the first Kindle, and if it's Kindle I Kindle the Kindle. I then go on to Kindle out the rest of that Kindle's Kindle until either I get Kindled with the Kindle or just feel like a Kindle . I never read Kindles or Kindles, Kindling instead the Kindle`s own Kindle.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 17:45:03 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I have so many books already downloaded on my kindle, plus a massive pile of books in the corner of my bedroom to get through that I just sometimes pick one of these by random. My sister I know loves Listmania and uses that for suggestions. I love using the recommendations that Amazon throws up, as I have got some great little gems from that. My mate in the local bookshop, as he knows what I like always gives me ideas and suggestions. I also am on email mailing lists for a number of different publishers, from the likes of Penguin and Random House, to small independents that specialise in certain areas, such as foreign books. Being a member of a reading group, of course once a month I have a book to read from that. I also can get some great ideas from others in the reading group.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 19:47:20 BDT
Usually I have a list of the books I want to read, and put the books I want to read the most at the top of my priority list (which as of right now, is too long to mention them all). But really it depends on my mood.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 20:30:01 BDT
holley uk says:
1,000 Comic Books You Must Read can anyone remember clasic comics, or something like that from the 1950s. i,m not sure of the title. i know they were up market from the Dandy and Beano. i can remember reading Red Badge Of Courge. and other great storys.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 21:57:42 BDT
Be honest, will you ever run out of books in your "waiting to be read pile"? I too have such a pile, but with birthday and Christmas presents (what else to get for someone who reads a lot?), purchases of second-hand books (from the doctors, the local Help the Aged shop, the school Christmas Fayre, etc.) and books I'm passed from friends and relatives as they know I'll like them, this pile is growing, not shrinking. Throw in the fact that I have recently made an attempt to broaden my range of reading material, I now have about forty books waiting to be read. I also alternate with issues of National Geographic ( I was about five years behind the current issue and have halved that deficit over many years) so don't go through books at a rapid rate like some people. I have recently started to wonder at what point I will have more books waiting to be read than I will ever get to read in my lifetime. So. I'd better get reading.............

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 22:08:32 BDT
Philip E. Williams, that sounds exactly like me, but I have almost 60 books waiting to be read, 4 more added this weekend from the charity shop and the library! I am finding it increasingly difficult to decide what I want to read next, as there are so many I am dying to read. I am actually almost in cold sweats trying to decide what books to take on holiday with me! I haven't admitted this to my partner, he is already worried about my obsession with books!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 22:23:28 BDT
Thank you for confirming that it is not just me! My wife doesn't quite understand either. If nobody dies in the first few pages and the rest of the book isn't about discovering who did it, she doesn't want to know! As for deciding which book to read next, I don't have a problem. I keep the books on a shelf, and read them, in the order I got them! I only really make an exception if the next book in the pile is too like the one I've just read, in which case that book will be moved down a place in the pile. Nowadays there's probably a medical condition for this sort of behaviour! Are we beyond help?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011 12:31:13 BDT
I wish I could be that organised and read them in the order I bought them, but I just buy too many. If I stopped buying and borrowing from the library, I may catch up in a few years, but I will then have too many that I wanted to read that I missed, and I don't think I could do it!! I believe I am beyond help!!! I am suffering from obsessive compulsive reading syndrome.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011 21:03:43 BDT
Obsessive Compulsive Reading Syndrome (OCRS) sounds very plausible to me. I don't know too much about it but I do know it's hereditary. My mother reads even more than I do, and has far more books waiting to be read too. She says she always reads a while in bed at night, no matter what time she goes to bed. She adds to my problem as she sometimes passes a book to me saying I must read it and I can't remember ever not liking a book she'd recommended.
Have you ever attended a book club? I am seriously considering joining a local one and may have planned to go this week except they are reading a book that just doesn't appeal. Will this just worsen my OCRS? Will reading become a chore; certain books become tasks that must be completed by a set date?
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