Musing Mondays: Next Please


musing-monday2How long do you wait after finishing a book before you pick/start another one? How many books do you have planned ahead or do you pick up random books from your tbr pile (if you have one)? Do you review right away or keep reading and come back to it later?

I usually start reading something else right away.  It can be in the next 5 minutes if I finish reading a book on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon, and  I have a lot of time.  It can be the next day if I finish something late at night. I used to have guilt issues about opening up another book right away.  I felt that maybe I should be taking the time out to reflect more on the story and the characters  so that I could find out what I really thought, and in some cases challenge my own thinking.  But, I realized that I am already doing a lot of that as I read the book and if there are certain books that I need extra time with, then I take it.

I usually plan ahead a few books because I read for different reasons.  There is usually my book club pick to consider and what I have coming up to review for a blog tour, and if I have a library book out, my selection can be influenced by that as well.  Sometimes I cheat on all of these books and read one randomly.  I need to do this sometimes because otherwise reading would begin to seem like a chore, and I wouldn’t like that.

I usually  don’t review books right away.  I have to write a long hand version of most things before I even start writing and sometimes it’s easier to write on some books than on others.  They seem to pick their time.  I think a lot of this has to do with the fact I have not fully committed to a review format that I find to be completely satisfying, so I end up doing different things with each book.  I would like to post the rest of my backlog before then end of January so I am probably going to pick and easy question and answer format so that I can easily post about a bunch of books.  Then I will try to review before I go on to the next book.  It’s hard for me to focus on one if there are so many books that can be written about  more easily at the time.

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  1. Don’t think of reading random books as cheating! You’re still reading – it doesn’t define as ‘cheating’. 🙂

  2. Reviews are like dishes–they are not to be piled up. You hit a great point about coming to terms of a format. I have been trying different formats over the years and I am settled one that allow me to explore and comment on the writing style. I try not to focus too much on the plot, revealing just about the right amount to encourage readers to explore on their own.

  3. well lets see. I also start right away. About reviews, I don’t have a set pattern.
    Mine are fully excitement overdose IF I really love the book. or a little okayish review if i am just ok with the book 🙂
    my reviews are not great 😉 but then i dnt review any really new books to be worried about that 😀

  4. I’m in the finish one-start another right away category, especially since I got the Kindle, because it’s just so easy to acquire books. Also, it depends on what I just read–a fantasy or suspense novel will whet my appetite for more immediately, a thoughtful literary novel requires some more time for consideration. But I’m almost always on my next book within a day.

  5. It’s hard finding a pattern for reviews. I think in another six months I will have it down pat, but right now I am still playing and my style is still changing. Too, it does depend on the book.