Which Book Should I Read Next?

I’m a book monogamist. I tried to read more than one book at a time once, but quickly discovered that I can’t split my attention between two books, since I left one behind and just continued reading the other. So, whenever I’m almost finishing a book, I start thinking about what type of book I am feeling like reading next.

As I’m now unsure about which book to pick up next, I decided to ask for your help! The four books below are the subjects of my uncertainty. All of them sound like books I would like to read sooner rather than later. It would be fantastic if you could take a little time to help me by voting until Sunday in the poll at the bottom of the page (after the books’ blurbs), regardless if you’ve read any of these or not. You may have read and liked one of them, or you may just be curious about my opinion on it.

 

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

“As his tale begins, Orlando is a passionate young nobleman whose days are spent in rowdy revelry, filed with the colourful delights of Queen Elizabeth’s court. By the close, he will have transformed into a modern, thirty-six-year-old woman and three centuries will have passed. Orlando will witness the making of history from its edge, dressing in the flamboyant fashions of each era, following passing customs, and socialising with celebrated artists and writers.

Virginia Woolf’s most unusual and fantastic creation, Orlando is a funny, exuberant tale that examines the very nature of sexuality.”

 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.”

 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

“Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise that she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca.

Rebecca is the haunting story of a woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.”

 

Autumn by Ali Smith

“Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. This first in a seasonal quarter casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’espirit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s Pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history-making.

Here’s where we’re living. Here’s time at its most contemporaneous and its most cyclic.”

 

If you would like to explain your vote, please do so in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “Which Book Should I Read Next?

  1. ashleighmuses says:

    I have no idea how to choose between three of these! I’ve not read Fahrenheit 451 – but Rebecca and Orlando are my two favourite books of all time (and Autumn is by Ali Smith which is explanation enough I feel).

    For me it depends how you want to read them. Both Orlando and Autumn are books I feel should be read in a binge – a full afternoon dedicated to them. Rebecca has chapters which means you can pick it up and put it down (should you wish, I also read Rebecca in one sitting :P)

    However, Orlando was a book which I read in one sitting then went right back to the beginning and started again because I loved it so much. Take from that what you will.

    For me, Orlando or Rebecca, depending on what time constraints you have! 😀

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  2. MarinaSofia says:

    They are all excellent books, and yet so different, not sure how one can choose! If you are in the mood for fun and humour, choose Orlando, if you want something sinister then Rebecca, something rather frightening and sad Bradbury and something more experimental and lyrical, then Ali Smith.

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    • Susana_S_F says:

      My problem is not really knowing what type of book I feel like reading… I’m just finishing an experimental book, so I may go for something different next! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Julia says:

    Great post! I voted for Autumn – only because when I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for, I tend to pick something a bit shorter, so you don’t have to make a huge commitment to something you may not be ready for! And then once I’ve read the shorter book, I usually have a good idea about what I want to read next. Autumn is a pretty quick read, even though it is quite deep and meaningful, it isn’t difficult to read. I do have Rebecca and Orlando on my TBR as well 🙂 Hope you enjoy whatever it is you end up picking!

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  4. Jo says:

    I also only ever read one book at a time 🙂 I’ve voted for Fahrenheit 451 because it’s the only one of these that I’ve read, and it is brilliant! Hope you enjoy your next read, whatever it turns out to be

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