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    Deciding what book to read next

    I'm curious if others sometimes have a hard time deciding which book to read next? I finished read Dweller by Jeff Strand yesterday and today it took a while to finally decide which book I was going to start reading today, which is Brian Keene's newest one, Entombed. I have so many books I need to read it sometimes takes a long time to decide what to read next. I know I can't be the only person with this problem, lol

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    You aren't. I might finish one book and take a week to decide what to read next. Or get about 10 pages in and decide I'd rather go with something else. But then sometimes I know exactly what I want to read next before I even get halfway through my current one.

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    I haven't taken that long to choose in a while, most I've taken is half a day since I started making sure I always had something I was reading this year, up to over 30 books read so far this year by doing that and yet my list of books I need to read doesn't seem to be getting much smaller, lol

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    I constantly have the problem of deciding what books or series to read next. I think it's just because my TBR pile is too large and I keep adding books to it faster than I can read them... :-)

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    I used to have this problem until I decided to read all of Stephen King's books in chronogical order. Before I would only read a book if it was a new release.

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    My TBR list has gonedown from about 400 to around 27 over the last 20 years (most of the list consisted of books I should have read in college and didn't). Add to that all the new releases I acquire. The time it takes to decide now is pretty minimal. Yesterday, I finished Planet of the Apes and I decided immediately that, based on what people on this board have been saying, my next read would be Lisey's Story. Now when I start it is another question...

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    Quote Originally Posted by srboone View Post
    my next read would be Lisey's Story. Now when I start it is another question...
    Excellent choice. I'm looking forwards to your reaction. Many people like it an awful lot -myself included-, others hate it.
    As when to start reading it, well, why not rigth now?

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    I loved Lisey's store so that's a great next read. The three books I finished most recently (The Painted Darkness, King Blood, and Island Funeral) I would all HIGHLY recommend.

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    I'm relieved to see so many of my "which book to read next" conundrum thoughts reflected in print. Sometimes, this very decision becomes an obsession with me. I sit or crouch or stand or pace in front of my bookcase and study the spines of the myriad paperbacks, trade hardcovers, and limited editions screaming at me to read them. I see before me so many quality authors and books battling with too little time. I've sometimes lost hours of sleep trying to figure out which book will best fit my mood (botth current and long-term). To add to my dilemma, my book selection has become increasingly entwined with my part-time writing. I'm still trying to determine the best way to balance both activities. Any suggestions?
    "Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    As when to start reading it, well, why not rigth now?sk
    Point well-taken. I was only referring to whether I would start reading immeadiately or wait a day or two. But your enthusiasm has inspired me!

    I have read the first part of Lisey's Story and I feel compelled to comment on it:

    LS is something new for me. Over the years, King has horrified me, terrified me, grossed me out, repulsed me, thrilled me, confused me, disappointed me, and just plained scared me chiquitas. But never have I shed a tear from reading his words. Maybe I'm just getting soft as I approach middle age, but the sixth section of chapter 2 of LS might just be the best thing King has ever written. I have to stop for a bit while I contemplate this, but I will finish this book eventually. I don't know where this will end up in my ranking of SK's works, but I'll let you know.
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    Book I would like to read next:
    The Tommyknockers

    (I know I know, I keep hearing how bad it is, but it is the last King book I have yet to read)

    Book I have to read next:
    Becker CPA Review Financials and Reporting

    Sigh...two sections down, two to go. This exam is a beast!!

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    Having made it halfway through Tommyknockers when it first came out, I would probaky try the CPA review first before retrying Tommyknockers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HorrorScribe View Post
    I sit or crouch or stand or pace in front of my bookcase and study the spines of the myriad paperbacks, trade hardcovers, and limited editions screaming at me to read them. I see before me so many quality authors and books battling with too little time. I've sometimes lost hours of sleep trying to figure out which book will best fit my mood (botth current and long-term).
    That is exactly what I do, as well as sit here at my computer and turn and stare at one of my bookcases wanting 1 particular book to call my name so to speak. That almost never happens though. I try not to take hours thinking about it though as I want to always have a book that I am reading at the moment.

    I also lately have asked myself what size book I want to read: shorter, normal, or larger. I have asked my fiancee at least twice what size book I should read next but she hasn't been helpful, lol, just says she doesn't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by folgersnyourcup View Post
    Book I would like to read next:
    The Tommyknockers

    (I know I know, I keep hearing how bad it is, but it is the last King book I have yet to read)
    Nah, it isn't that bad.
    It's not one of King's best, but he has never written a bad book yet.
    The Tommyknockers is average, but still enjoyable, King.

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    If i'm not sure what direction to go in after i'm done with a book i just grab anything Joe Lansdale or Richard Laymon have wrote that i haven't got to yet.
    As far as King goes I think that he just keeps getting better, Lisey's Story is great as is Duma Key and i cannot say enough about Under The Dome. Joe Hill has two really good novels as well.

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    I usually try to have what I'm reading be something that will inspire my writing, which can make it a pain in the ass when I over-complicate things by trying to find just the write book to inspire me. It tends to work out much better if I just use some common sense and grab what sounds best to the reader in me, and that usually helps the writer in me way more than any conscious choice of inspiration. I just finished Shipbreaker by Bacigalupi and immediately picked up The Five by Robert McCammon, which I couldn't wait to read. No deliberation necessary there, as he's probably my current favorite writer.

    Hey, Kadaddy, did you read Lansdale's Dread Island? So fun!

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    I have 3 overflowing bookcases and boxes of books in the back of the basement. If I haven't been thinking of a title that I'm ready to read, I try to rotate through the bookcases. The first is all of my Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, almost all of which has been read at least once. #2 is Bradbury, Joe Hill, some SF and Fantasy series, and other misc. horror. #3 is general fiction and literature. I also try to switch between novels and story collections. Most times I working on a novel at home and a graphic novel collection of some sort at the office. I'm working on "Heart Shaped Box" right now, and I'm determined that the next one will finally be "Frankenstein". I have a copy at home and work, and on my Kindle on the phone, so I won't have to carry it around with me.

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    Lotsa love and lotsa hate for Lisey's Storey in this forum; but I finished it and now i must weigh in:

    Put me in the "Lotsa Love" category. LS is the only SK story that made me shed a tear; it also triggered the biggest gag reflex in me (those who have read it know what I'm referring to).

    King's statement at the end is telling: "...much here is heartfelt, very little is clever...". But his heart has never been more evident than in LS. Clever or not, LS is an absolutely stunning novel. Though I prefer his early works (Carrie through Pet Semetery), LS is in my top 5 favorites of King's works.

    And I've already decided my next book (actually, I decided as Scott Landon was disposing of his father--I decided before finishing LS!):

    Gerald's Game--a re-read for me, but one I remember as one of his best from the 1990's.

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    Glad you like Lisey's Story so much. It's clearly one of my absolute favorites as well.
    Did you read Bag of Bones? That one made me shed more than just a tear...

    sk

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    Glad you like Lisey's Story so much. It's clearly one of my absolute favorites as well.
    Did you read Bag of Bones? That one made me shed more than just a tear...sk
    Read Bag of Bones when it came out. I was moved, but not to tears. It is very good though. It's not in my top five, but it's up there.

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