A Simple Tip for Picking Your Next Read

I'm keeping it short and simple today. I share this tip frequently when people ask me how to get out of a reading slump or how to pick their next book, so I wanted to share it here as well!

A stack of books with coffee and plants

A few months ago, I came across a simple tip for picking your next read. This is by no means a new idea. In fact, I've heard from several people that they use this method. But it was new to me, so I wanted to pass it along to you. And I've found it immensely useful over the last few months that I have been using it! The tip is this: if you're a mood reader like me, then the next time you pick your next read, pull 3-4 books from your shelves that you are interested in. Get comfy in your favorite reading spot and read the first chapter from each book (if the first chapter is long, I usually read the first 10-15 pages), and then decide which one to stick with based on which one you were drawn into the most. That's it! It's a super simple trick, but it's been so helpful because oftentimes, I really want to read a book but then realize I'm not in the mood for a certain genre and find myself, surprisingly, drawn into another genre. It's also motivating because you are already drawn into the story, so you know you will want to continue to pick it up, and you can stop doubting if you picked up the right read at the right time. Do you use this method? I'd love to hear how it works for you.