Choosing a book to read has never been difficult for me to do.
Over the years I have learned what genre I like to read, and which authors I enjoy. But a point is reached when I have read all the novels by my favourite author. When this happens, I browse the preferred sections in a bookstore or library. The cover of a book will compel me to pick it up and read the blurb at the back. (I still prefer holding the physical book in my hand as opposed to reading the synopsis online.) Once I find a storyline that interests me, I take it home to read. The genre will depend on what I want to read at that moment in time: I may wish to read a little drama, solve a mystery, or enter a fantasy world.
At times someone I know may introduce me to a book they have enjoyed. My neighbour has often lent me stories that have engrossed me. Her husband chooses well and, a few months after Christmas, I am sure to hear a knock on my door preceding the loan of a few interesting novels. Reccently bloggers have been introducing me to new authors and stories – they have certainly increased my list of books to read! I have read, as well, books that have been suggested by the teens I have taught – and now receive suggestions by my own teenage daughters.
From time to time, I may pick up a non-fiction book as well. Recently I have been reading books on education but I have read bibliographies, books on health, and anything of interest that may catch my eye when browsing in a bookshop or library. Often a non-fiction title has been recommended to me by the lecturer of a course I am following, or even by a friend.
I will never run out of books to read. The only difficulty is choosing which one to read first.
How do you choose the books you read?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Musing Mondays hosted by A Daily Rhythm)