Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Every day in April (except Sundays), I’ll be sharing a short bookish memory with you.
When you have a shelf that’s overloaded with unread books, how do you decide what to read next? Some people are mood readers: They choose whichever book they’re in the mood to read. I’m not one of those people. Unless there’s something stressful going on in my life, I can read any book at any time.
That’s where the number generator comes in. I let a random number generator pick which book I read next. I go to this website and click the "Generate" button to pick a number. Then I count along my shelf of unread books and read whichever book the website picked. All my unread books are on one shelf, so that makes counting pretty easy.
|Some of my unread books.|
There are five reasons why this is the most awesome way to read:
1. I don’t have to make up my mind. If you own a lot of books, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by choice. The number generator makes the choices for me, so I’m never stressed out.
2. TBR lists are boring. I used to make monthly To-Be-Read lists, but it’s boring to always know what’s going to happen next. Life needs spontaneity.
3. Surprises. Random number generators are random. The next book you read will always be a surprise.
4. Nobody knows if you cheat. If the generator chooses a 700-page behemoth that you don’t feel like tackling right now, you could always pick another number . . .
5. Mix of old and new books. The generator could choose a book you bought yesterday or one that’s been sitting around for a year. You never know. It could encourage you to read that sequel you’ve been putting off.
How do you choose what to read next?