When choosing a library book do you (A.) plan out ahead of time what you would like to read, or do you (B.) just wander the aisles looking for something to jump out at you?
My husband Tim uses Strategy A. (He is an engineer.)Being the logical guy that he is, he has a list of the books he WANTS to read, stored on his phone. So then when he goes the library, he opens up his list and then knows exactly which books he will look for and check out. Very purposeful. Very logical.
My strategy is B. (I am NOT an engineer.)I go to the library with my mind wide open. I can get as many or as few books as I feel like. I don’t always feel the need to read all of the books either, so choosing a book is a very low-pressure endeavor for me. Very random. Very intuitive.
There are several authors I like to read, so if nothing else jumps out at me, I’ll go to the section where my favorites are located and see if there are any books I haven’t read yet.
I have just a few requirements when choosing a random book.
- The cover has to be well-designed (I was a graphic designer for about 10 years before I began painting full-time.)
- If it’s FICTION it has to be clean (I don’t want the plot to revolve around people having affairs, or being butchered, etc.)
- If it’s NON-Fiction it can be any random subject (I always check out the “New” section of non-fiction books first) as long as it meets the first two requirements on this list.
The last time we went to the library, I went to find a fiction book by author, Anne River Siddons. She is a Southern writer who writes a lot of novels that take place in South Carolina, so I’ve been enjoying “learning” more about this state through the eyes of her most-enjoyable stories.
So first I went to the “Sid” section of the fiction area and found a book by this author. Then I just started looking at the titles that were above and below the “Siddons” shelf. As you can see in the photo, I checked out 3 other books that were right in the same section. So by the chance of this random method, I’m going to read books by two different authors with the last name “Shreve,” one by “Shriver.” We’ll see if they’re any good or not. If not… no love lost. I’ll just return them and get something else.
Sometimes the books I get are total duds, but SOMETIMES, this strategy lets me stumble upon a brilliant author that I end up loving.
So what’s your strategy? Post a comment and let us know!