Random Tuesday: How Do You Choose Your Next Book?

Normally this is where I would put together a list of links and art and awesome random things for you since it's Tuesday. For some reason Tuesdays feel like the best days for random, but not this Tuesday. This Tuesday I just have a random question. How do you figure out what your going to read next?

If you're hanging around here, you probably have TBR list that has long since turned into a pile that morphed into a mountain that's threatening to overtake your home. Or is that just me? I have a TBR room that has spilled into other parts of the house and that's not counting the hundreds (and oh, do I mean hundreds) of unread books on my Kindle and the dozens of unread shorts, novellas and such I have bookmarked online. There is SO. MUCH. STUFF. And I want to read it all. So what is a good way to choose?

This year I made a promise to myself because I found I kept buying books I wanted to read, but pushing them aside for books I felt obligated to read, either because a publisher sent them to me or I'd got them from the library or it was a cultural zeitgeist moment I wanted to take part in. This year I've decided to give myself a 1-for-2 rule. I get to read 1 book I own for every 2 "supposed to read" or review books I read. So right now I'm reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, which has had a home on my bookshelf for years and years yet left untouched. That's because I finished two books sent to me by publishers.

But then! How do I figure out what that one book should be? And why do I keep requesting e-ARCs only to ignore my Kindle completely (besides the fact that I'm not big on the whole e-reader thing)? How do I balance that with my bookmarks and Tor's weekly shorts?

You got me. I haven't the faintest idea, but I am making a tiny dent in the shelves and shelves of books I've bought but haven't read with this 1-for-2 thing, so I think I'll stick to it.


How do you choose what your next read is or what format it will take? Are you a mood reader or do you schedule your reading so you always know what book is on deck? Help me figure out a manageable system in the comments.