How I Choose Books

How I choose books, the uncomplicated version.

I read books according to what interests me.  Looking back on my reading history I tend to read books that:

  • Are on the Newberry list or any other award list
  • Are about to come out as a movie
  • My kids read and look interesting
  • Other people have suggested
  • Just look interesting

I am constantly on the prowl for a new book to read and I scour garage sales, thrift stores, used book stores, and other people’s bookshelves for books.  I am not against approaching a stranger and asking them about the book they are reading. Don’t be alarmed, I’m harmless, just a book lover! Anyway, I’ve decided to come up with a plan for my reading for the next few months.

My (tentative) reading plan is as follows: through the end of summer I will continue to read award winning authors.  In the fall I think I will attempt the banned books list. Meantime I may toss in an odd book here or there based on other book lovers.  I also read adult fiction and have a big stack of those to read too. One day, one day (sigh).

Here is what I’m planning to read next, in no particular order:

  • The Road to Paris, Nikki Grimes
  • The Silver Chair, CS Lewis (working my way through this series)
  • Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech (I think this is a re-read)
  • The Wanderer, Sharon Creech

Remember, I am ALWAYS open to suggestions so please send some my way!

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

5 replies on “How I Choose Books”

I’ve enjoyed some Newberry winners and honors this year. I haven’t read one I haven’t like. I like the librarian kitteh photo. My cat would have a fit if I tried to put glasses on her face!

I’m trying to read all the books on the 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read list. I’m at 383, but I’ve got lots of the most daunting books to go. I belong to a Yahoo group that is helping us read through these.

What I like best about the list is that it is quite international. I’m reading books that I’ve not heard of….I like that!

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