Choosing the Right Read: 5 Things to Consider When Picking Your Next Book
Reading a book is serious business. It is a commitment. You have the responsibility to flip through a book, feel it and absorb it. Before you visit your favorite bookstore, make sure that the book you decide to pick up is the perfect one. Here's a guide to know if you got the right read.
1. Page to Screen Dilemma
Those who wouldn't want movie adaptations of books to do the picturing of the characters and the setting for them should make it their vow to read the source material before seeing the story as a full-scale film. That way, all you need to do is compare your imaginings to that of the retelling itself.
Bustle has organized a list of the soon-to-released film adaptations this year. Your next read should be one of the titles there.
2. Current Emotions = Perfect Genre of Novel
Are you sad, happy or mad? Got emotions you can't explain? Maybe a book can. It is always nice to consider what you are feeling when trying to find the next book to gorge. Picking out a book that talks about the same feelings you have will make it an instant page-turner.
Feeling out of sorts? Thought Catalog recommends Bret Easton Ellis' "Less Than Zero." Readers going through a heartbreak may find solace in "Tiny Beautiful Things" by Cheryl Strayed as suggested by Buzzfeed.
3. Tis the Season to Read a Novel
Readers can't go wrong with picking a book that reflects what's around them. When kids start trick or treating, maybe a good Stephen King novel will get you into the Halloween spirit. To feel more heat under the summer sun, pick up one of these books on Books N Review's sci-fi summer picks.
When the snow starts to assemble into a blanket of white, cozy up with John Green's "Let It Snow" and a cup of hot cocoa.
4. Time vs. Need
If you're busy but not too busy to satisfy your craving for a book, consider the length of your next target novel. If you have a lot in your hands, quick reads such as "Heartburn" by Nora Ephron will do. This novel should take you to the whirlwind of marriage and divorce in one sitting.
If you are eyeing for an intergalactic adventure in a snap, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy" by Douglas Adams will do.
5. Go Radical
If your bookshelf is filled with the books of the same genre, where you meet almost the same characters and visit practically identical settings, maybe it is high time to grab a book that's entirely different.
Try reading a novel that will surprise you. Ask a fellow bookworm buddy for a recommendation. Go around the parts of the bookstore you never check or pick a novel from the bestseller lists. A whole new exciting adventure is waiting for you. Just step out of that comfort zone.