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Easily determine exactly what to read next. This helpful guide is customizable to your personal preferences. You’ll quickly and easily find the perfect book for YOU, so let’s get literary!

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How to Decide What to Read: A Generator With Book Recommendations

“What book should I read?” This is one of the most common questions I am asked as a full-time book blogger.

There’s never a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and this website now has 500+ blog posts dedicated to improving your bookish life, which may feel overwhelming.

So, to make it super quick and easy for you to decide what book to read next, below is a guide that categorizes my many book recommendations. You can pick what books to read based on a few different themes that may strike your interest.

It’s meant to be a starting point since there are so many factors that can affect your ability to find interesting books to read.

DECIDE WHAT TO READ NEXT

In any of these pique your interest, click on one to jump to that section.

Otherwise, just keep reading, and stop and explore when you find something that feels right.

Some readers just want to read what everyone else is reading right now. Why not?! There’s a lot of social proof in choosing a book this way. If this is you, then check out these bestsellers and celebrity book club picks.

MY TOP PICK

The bestselling books right now is a list I update monthly after calculating data from all the biggest book lists.


Do you want to read based on reading level (young adult vs adult)?

If you know for sure you want to read young adult books, stop right here and check out one of these posts! The remainder of my book recommendations are mostly for adults.

MY TOP PICK

Reese Witherspoon’s YA Book Club picks are popular, diverse, and female-centric.


Do you know that you want to read non-fiction (vs. fiction)?

If you know for sure that you want to read non-fiction right now, then look no further. Here are a few book lists for you to peruse. The remainder of these recommendations are fiction.

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Do you want to read something similar to what you’ve loved?

It’s absolutely a no-brainer to read something similar to a book or author you’ve loved. Below are some of the most popular options.


Do you want to read by season?

I don’t know about you, but for me, nothing hits the mood just right like seasonal reading. Below are a variety of books that match each time of year.


Do you want to read a certain genre?

If you still haven’t found a list to explore that feels right for you, then keep reading for some specific book recommendations by genre.

Frequently Asked Questions

What series should I read next?

Indulge in a fantasy book series, including the ACOTAR series or the Fourth Wing series. These bestselling books are trending on social media and with readers worldwide.

What should I read right now?

If you’re struggling to decide what to read right now, consider looking at the bestseller lists or what’s trending on social media. These books are currently popular with readers.

What is everyone reading now in 2024?

The hottest books of 2024 so far are fantasy books, including the ACOTAR series and the Fourth Wing series. These fantasy books are trending on social media and with readers worldwide.

How do you choose your next read?

To choose your next book, first consider the reading level (young adult vs. adult) and the type of book (fiction vs. nonfiction). Next, take a look at what’s popular right now, what’s similar to what you’ve already loved, or what suits your current mood.

Conclusion

Hopefully, by now you’ve decided what to read next based on what you are looking for. If you’re still undecided, though, remember to first consider the reading level (young adult vs. adult) and the type of book (fiction vs. nonfiction). Next, take a look at what’s popular right now, what’s similar to what you’ve already loved, or what suits your current mood.

My best book recommendations for you are these books, which earned my own “Book of the Year” honors:

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