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I have the most unbelievably complicated method...so much so that it would take too long to explain and probably bore you silly too. Suffice to say there are elements of categorisation and elements of randomness and that it evolves over time...
BrokenTune 3 years ago
That sounds complicated and intriguing, and I hope it somehow involves your Gang, too. :)
Flagon sometimes Guards the books by my bed and he sometimes agitates for a book with a non-Pesky Dragon in it...
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Do Flagon's efforts fall under "elements of categorisation" or "elements of randomness"?
The desire for non-Pesky Dragons is a categorisation!
BrokenTune 3 years ago
At least, that is helpful! Colin is no help whatsoever choosing books.
Good at cuddling, though?
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Yes. :)
I literally just take a look at my Audible library and physical book stacks and go "hmmm ... what do I feel like reading"? (With my current "around the world" project, the thought process might also involve "where do I feel like book-travelling next?", but basically it still comes down to "how do I feel about this"?) In other words, pure and total mood reader.

And mood buyer. As it happens, I just bought several audios of Edwardian books (both known and not yet known to me) ... chiefly Virginia Woolf, as well as FMF and Forster. I had to put on the brakes, otherwise I'd also have added Vita Sackville-West and Rebecca West. Ah, well. Next Edwardian buying spree!
Ford Madox Ford.
*slaps own forehead*
Why? I was just being lazy ...
Because it should have been obvious in context of a post about FMF!
Well ... it's titled "Book Craving" -- and deals with more than just him ... :)
BrokenTune 3 years ago
I am sure I have a Rebecca West book somewhere, too...and I usually also look at my shelves - physical, audio, and kindle - and see if something speaks to me at that moment.

Which Woolf books were you looking at?
I have audio editions of "Mrs. Dalloway", "Night and Day", "To the Lighthouse", "Orlando", and several short stories ("The String Quartet" -- which I just listened to -- as well as "The Mark on the Wall", "Kew Gardens", "A Society", and "A Haunted House"). Refreshers except for "Night and Day", which I haven't read yet, as well as the short stories ... but I decided that there just can't be too many books narrated by Juliet Stevenson in my library. (Though the short stories aren't ... and the difference is instantly marked.)
BrokenTune 3 years ago
That is very true re Juliet Stevenson, and also one of the reasons, or rather the main persuasive argument, to get back to investigating Woolf's work.

I rather liked A Haunted House. :)
You did? Oh, good!
Lillelara 3 years ago
I´m a mood reader as well, especially when it comes to my classics. My method of choosing my next read is to stand before my bookshelves and to pick the book that speaks the most to me at the moment. Unfortunately it isn´t a classic most of the time.

I have North and South and Mrs. Dalloway as my only Woolf on my TBR, but so far I didn´t feel like reading these books. And for some reason I´m incredibly initmidated by Virginia Woolf and her stream of conciousness writing.
Teenaged me just thought it was somehow irritating and tedious at the same time...
BrokenTune 3 years ago
@Arbie: Woolf or North and South?

@Lillelara: I was, too, until I started reading her. Mrs. D. is not too bad once you get into it. The Lighthouse on the hand ... WTH??? I'll give The Lighthouse one more shot, but only because there is an audiobook version narrated by Juliet Stevenson. At least, I trust her to take breaks when the context of the text requires it.

North and South is looking better every time I see it on my shelf because I do want to finally watch the TV adaptation with Richard Armitage and I promised myself to only watch it AFTER I read the book.
To the Lighthouse.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Makes perfect sense. :)
Lillelara 3 years ago
Thanks, BT :). I should just read Mrs Dalloway and figure out if she is an author I´m going to enjoy. The same goes for Gaskell, I have never read one of her books before either.
Oh, I do hope you'll enjoy Gaskell, Lillelara. And "North and South" (or "Cranford") is a great book to start with.

Re: Virginia Woolf: Perhaps start with "Orlando"? By far not as much stream of consciousness writing ...
Lillelara 3 years ago
Thanks for the advice, Themis :). I think Orlando might be my first Woolf read then.

Right now I´m on a minor SciFi binge, but after that I should really go back to my classics. I haven´t done that in a very long time and talking about them makes me want to read a classic. And North & South is one that intrigues me. And as BT, I really want to watch the tv adaption after havign read the book.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Orlando is fun! :D
It's a pretty wild ride, yes. :)