The Five-Eyed Bookworm

Eclectic Reader. Lover of beautiful book covers.

Reading Quote Sundays #5

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Reading Quote Sundays

Every Sunday, I’ll be posting one quote about books or reading that I really like and share how this relates to me. If you would like to join me, please post a quote in your blog and share with us why you chose it or how it personally affects you. You can leave a link in the comment section below and I’ll update this blog post with your link.

I usually choose books to read based on reviews from the Internet. I think it’s one of the advantages of the modern reader – to see the general census from those who have read the book before you. When I was younger, I just went to the library, read what the book is about and decide right then and there if I’d take it home or not. I miss discovering the wonders of a book without having to listen to other people’s opinions about it. I know it’s my fault. If I’d have wanted to read a book, I can just go ahead and do so without checking out Goodreads or other websites. I can’t help myself sometimes though. Will this be worth my money? Will this book be worth my time? Those questions often plague me and when I feel a little uncertain about a book, I check out what other people have to say. There were times last year that I read a book’s unfavorable reviews and ended up liking it. There were also instances when after reading rave reviews of a certain book, I was left unsatisfied and disappointed.

This year though, I want to change all of that. I want to read books that interest me, no matter what other people say or how many stars it gets. I want to hear myself say, “this book sounds interesting, perhaps I should read it”. I also want to go back to the books that were written earlier (not so much on the new releases, unless they really interest me) and books written by authors from around the world (last year, I read books mostly from American and Japanese authors). I really hope I can read more books from female authors and nonfiction books this year too. Any recommendations?

While I believe that the majority wins when it comes to books, I also believe in underdogs. I hope to read books this year that appeal to my tastes and preferences rather than succumbing to the opinions of others, not that they are bad or anything.

I’m also starting on a personal, perpetual challenge to read award-winning books from major literary awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, Man Booker Prize, National Book Awards and National Book Critics Circle Award, etc. I do NOT plan to read all of them though. Only those that interest me. I plan to read one book per year per literary award. That will keep me busy.

How do you choose books to read?

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Author: 5eyedbookworm

Eclectic reader. Lover of beautiful book covers and stories of lasting interest.

4 thoughts on “Reading Quote Sundays #5

  1. Like you, I read reviews on the net, also in newspapers and the odd magazine, and to a lesser extent hear about books on BBC Radio 4 (because I usually only listen at breakfast time when it’s more newsy and less booksy) and on Twitter eg. Matt Haig’s “The Humans”. I rarely take up friends’ recommendations or accept book loans thrust upon me “You MUST read this…you’ll love it” etc., because I’ve found that I rarely do. I usually look out for authors I’ve enjoyed before and publishers/imprints which I know bring out books I’ve enjoyed before. I write a short review of the books I read on my blog, Skipping over Quicksand. Please look in if you have time between all your reading and writing; you might get an idea for your next read! Love your blog by the way. :)

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    • Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I really appreciate it :) Thanks for sharing about how you choose your next read. I usually rely on reviews in Goodreads and sometimes, recommendations from other blogs. Like you, I rarely enjoy books loaned to me by friends. In fact, I only have a handful of friends who like to read. I have followed your blog and will be looking forward to reading your thoughts about books :)

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  2. It’s mostly based on availability I’m afraid. I don’t have a great book shopping budget, so I have to haunt my local library and second-hand bookstores to find what I want. I keep in mind book recommendations that I get over the internet, but then after that, it’s mostly picking through what’s available.

    Btw, I noticed that you have a booklikes page. How do you find Booklikes? Do you cross-post between here and there? Between there and goodreads?

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    • I purchase majority of my books from second-hand bookstores too. I’ve found some treasures there :)
      I would consider Booklikes as the Tumblr for book lovers. I love that I can also see my shelf and reading timeline. So far, so good. I’m not very active though and I just post my thoughts about books there. I still prefer having my book blog here. Maybe you can try it out, if you want :)

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