How do you decide what book to read?

I recently started visiting my local library a lot. I am at the library roughly 3 times a week and it never ceases to amaze me at how excited I get being around all the different books. Since a very young age I have loved reading and being around books. I would spend hours in book stores going over several blurbs and analysing book covers to decide what book to buy. I often resented only having a certain amount of money which meant I could not buy all the books I wanted. Eventually I made the crucial decision about what book to read based on what I was going through in life. For example if I wanted to escape because I had the stress of exams and life, I would pick a sci fi book, or periodic drama. I loved being transported to a different time and space. If I had undergone some trauma such as heartbreak or a nasty argument with a friend, I would read a crime or war story where something worse than my present situation takes place. The comparison would put my life in perspective and help me calm down to move on.

Into adulthood books have continued to be my solace. Whenever I want to runaway, I read. The only difference I see in my adult years is that I do not run to fiction all the time. If I have money problems I will invest in a financial book so that I can learn and hopefully not find myself in the same situation again.

I love that books come in all different forms, tones and specialism. It means that you can find a book to speak to your current situation – whatever it may be.

What makes you choose a book to read?



About Plantain Periodicals

Hello! Welcome to the Plantain Periodicals blogs. The name stems from the kitchen moments I had with my friends at university cooking plantain and planning our lives together. I have used this space as a window into my mind and the way I make sense of all my experiences through writing.This is where I share those conversations and moments that happen inside my head as a young woman growing up in 21st century London. Hopefully you'll be entertained and also learn a thing or two. My main blog ad: My literature blog: NMx
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3 Responses to How do you decide what book to read?

  1. All of my books are nerdy these days so I pretty much decide by the number of pages. I know that’s an un-exciting answer, but that’s how I choose.

  2. Yevette says:

    Your childhood sounds alot like mine with spending endless hours in the library. It was the perfect escape Pippi Longstocking and I. As a result I’ve worked for the local library district for 22 years. My reading focus these days is emotional healing. Just completed “beauty for ashes” by Joyce Meyer.

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