Aug 24 2012 8:13am

Planning Your Next Read: How Far in Advance Do You Go?

Every romance reader has a To Be Read (TBR) pile. Some books have been on the pile forever (see: Oldest Book in Your TBR Pile?), some you might never get to (When Does Your TBR Change to DNF?).

And some are next up on the queue. So the question is, how far in advance do you plan your reads? Do you know, for example, what you’re going to read after you finish your current book? Do you know the next three books? The next five? The next ten?

How far in advance do you plan your next read?

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Kim M
1. Kim M
It generally depends... If I'm reading a new series, which I haven't read before, then I read all the books in order. Currently, I know the next six books that I plan on reading, and these are not connected. There are definitely books that I'm not going to be able to get to, probably ever.

I keep finding new author, that I've never read before, so my list just keeps getting longer. I'm not even going to mention how many books on are my list... Saying ove 100. :(
Kim M
2. Portia
Hm, this is a pretty cool question but, I'm afraid, my answer is convoluted. This is generally how I figure out what I'm going to be reading and in what order: if a favourite author has a book out, then I'll read that immediately to the detriment of the reading plans of mice and men. If this immediate reading ain't happening, then I might alternate between a historical and contemporary. Or, I might plan the next five books around a schema of historical, contemporary, inspirational, also factoring in length, alternating between a longer book and a series romance. I will never, however, read a series consecutively, sometimes I'll go back and forth between two series; or, if a cornucopia of reading goodness has come my way, I'll go back and forth amongst several enjoyable series.
Jena Briars
3. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
The issue isn't my TBR pile. It's moving books into the DNF pile...

I need to get better about this. Moving books to DNF will save me time trudging through a book that I don't enjoy "just to finish it". Life is too short to waste on boring/unsatisfactory books - too many other great books out there.

I wondering what good cut-off would be - say by page 50? If I'm not hooked by page 50 then off to DNF it goes... no?

Anyone else have this issue?
Jena Briars
4. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
(Just kidding - I read the other post about DNF and TBR piles! Brilliant!)
Kim M
5. Portia
I've been thinking about this DNF designation and it doesn't pertain to me. I don't have DNF books and not because the reading gods love me any more than anyone else! I usually know if I'm going to enjoy a book within the opening page (when I read socalled literary fiction, by the first sentence). If my lip curls and I know this one's a clunker, I do not "DNF" it. I skim it, spending no more than half an hour on it, just in case it redeems itself along the way. Once in a while I'm pleasantly surprised!
Kim M
6. ShazzaW
What with the great variety of 'sneak peaks' now available I'm horrified at the number of TBR books I'm storing on my kindle. (If these were paperbacks I would have to move home for more storage!!) I also like to savour books so when a new book in a series comes out I will always go back and reread the other books as well. I'm a 'book butterfly' so don't see me clearing my list any time soon....
Kim M
7. TangelB
Ok, confession time. I have around 200 in my TBR pile (seriously!) and around 46 new on my Nook. So, I have alot in common with KimM. And anything in a series, I must read in order. I actually save them up until the series is finished then read straight through them. After I finish a series, I have no idea what I'm gonna read next. So, I peruse my TBR until something catches my eye.

I very rarely DNF a book - it really has to be horrible - my problem lies more with buying to try a new author and it ends up becoming a WNG2 (a book I will never get to). Occasionally, (ok really rarely) I can force myself to get rid of 1 or 2 WNG2's but that's only because my TBR has spilled all over my kept piles.
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