HOW I CHOOSE WHICH BOOK I'M GOING TO READ NEXT

Great question, @shash and I'm really not sure but here goes...
  1. I have a running list on Goodreads and I add to it throughout the year, so I can always see at a glance what's up next. I try to keep it roughly in order of how much I want to read something, but I'm not always great about that.
  2. I get ideas from many places, including my writer friends, NYT book reviews, website buzz, and I'm always looking for books both by my favorite authors and recommended by them. My husband has started bringing me random books when he travels and that can be fun.
  3. I try to read a mix of fiction and nonfiction and one of my goals for 2017 is to read more poetry too.
  4. I often need to take a break from one genre and switch to another when I start a new book. Especially true if I loved the book I just finished — I often need to give it some space to kind of sit with me for a while.
  5. I'm learning to give up on books I don't love pretty early on. But the competitive type A in me wants Goodreads credit for the pages I've read. Why isn't that a thing?
  6. I also panic with alarming regularity at the thought that I will never, ever be able to read all the books I want to. And then I just watch TV for hours in a desperate and catatonic state.