Tell the truth: am I the only one who gets paralyzed by having a lot of choices?
It seems the more choices I have, the more difficult it is to make a decision. This phenomenon isn’t limited to books–I have similar issues with simple things, like choosing a place to eat. Give me a couple places to choose from, and I can pick. But more than that? I sit there and stare blankly, shuffling through all my options and weighing all my wants. (A burger sounds good. But I also could really go for a good eggroll. But this other place has really good drinks, and I need a drink.)
I’m starting to believe that having a lot of books to read can cause a reading slump. The more books I have to choose from, the more difficult my decision is, and soon it becomes easier to avoid making a decision about what to read than it is to just pick up a book and read. At this point, I usually ask Kelly to pick a book for me from my TBR pile. She gives me a few options and I’m all, “I don’t know if I’m in the mood for any of these….” and end up waffling a while longer before picking up something completely different. (And then I feel bad about making Kelly choose something for me when I don’t listen to her, so I’m no longer allowed to ask. She’s supposed to tell me to pick my own damn books.)
My question is as follows: HOW do you choose your next book to read? (And, do you also ever feel overwhelmed by your choices?)