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Choosing your next book. How do you decide which book to read next? How do you balance “review” reading with “fun” reading?
Ugh this is one of my biggest struggles - I take on too many review books, and it was only two weeks ago that I had to put up the dreaded 'I'm no longer accepting e-books for review' notice until I'm far more caught up. I get so few offers for paperbooks for review that they don't really impact my review list at all.
I also know I need more balance - in fact just last week I was feeling so 'blah' about reading that I realised I needed to just read something for FUN. After all, that's what reading is supposed to be about, not work! So I'm making a conscious effort to balance things out, even though that will mean review books have to wait (even) longer - otherwise I'm at serious risk of major book burn-out. My plan is to read 50:50 review books/fun books until I'm feeling less pressure, then maybe I can adjust the percentage to read more review books.
I'm also trying to spread the genre love a bit wider - I've just read a couple of historical fiction books, which is the genre I used to read almost exclusively until about two years ago. I think that variety is also going to help me in achieving that balance, as my review books tend to be one set of sub-genres and my fun books the complete opposite.
So I've got no advice for anyone else, because it's my biggest bug-bear. Do you have any advice for me?