People often ask me how I choose my next book and the answer is that I usually refer to my gigantic list, which contains the titles of books that friends have recommended to me, books I’ve read about in the paper, in bookseller newsletters
, on Instagram
, in magazines, on podcasts
and on review websites
. I have a very long list that covers multiple genres and contains both fiction and non-fiction.
Sometimes this makes it hard to choose, but I usually think about what mood I’m in, and what I have just finished reading. I try to vary my reading diet and it’s rare for me to read two detective novels in a row (like I did last week). I made an exception because they are my favourite genre.
When I see something that appeals to me, I download a chapter as an ebook (if it’s available) and read the first few pages before I commit to borrowing it from the library. I rarely purchase books because they clutter up my house and I have enough stuff already. I have some lovely friends who often lend me books and I’m grateful for that because I can read and enjoy them, and then give them back. I also enjoy browsing in the library, in person and online.