Next week, I’ll be leaving Ohio for a long weekend trip to Houston, Texas. I lived there for about two years, and I’ve been craving fresh Gulf seafood, steak fajitas from Pappasitos, and Spring Creek Barbeque since the minute I left.
I’m starting to drool on my keyboard. I digress.
I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember, but as the years go by, I struggle to make time for it. I have a full-time job. I have a husband and a 7-month old daughter. I’m extremely active in my church. I barely feel like I have time to cook, clean, or do laundry before I’m in bed for the night.
Knowing that I’ll soon have travel time in airports and on planes to read something – anything! – is almost as delicious as the Texas delicacies to which I may or may not have started a countdown.
But with so little, precious time for reading, I’m faced with a dilemma. How do I decide what to read?
You’d think this would be simple. I work in the marketing department of Bookmasters, a publishing services company that eats, sleeps, and breathes books. I have access to new books daily, often before anyone in the general public even knows they exist.
But that’s the problem. Inside the walls of Bookmasters alone, there’s too much to choose from.
So maybe I’ll hop on social media and ask for recommendations from my nearest and dearest (read: 400+ people I happen to remember from various stages in my life). Or check out suggestions on Goodreads. Or Amazon.com reviews. Or just do a random Google search.
Then I consider print or eBook. I’m going to take my iPad with me, so an eBook makes sense if I’m trying to de-bulk. But even then, the questions keep coming. Download a free eBook and take a chance on an author I’m not familiar with? Purchase a $0.99 or $1.99 title and see what happens? Invest more in a popular bestseller but risk disappointment (and less in my bank account)?
Or what if I just reconnect with a book I’ve already read, loved, bought, and own? But wouldn’t I be depriving myself of the chance to discover a new favorite?
Don’t even ask me if I could make it through more than one book in the same trip.
In our digital world, we have so much available to us. Who knew choosing my next book to read would be this complicated?
Obviously, I need help (my co-workers might agree with that in more ways than one). How do you sift through millions of options to find your next read?
By: Kristen Steele, Bookmasters’ Director of Marketing and Public Relations