This weekend I looked through my stack of books and my selections on my Kindle. So many books… Which to choose first? How do you decide which book to read?
I actually started a few books, and they didn’t intrigue me. Then I decided to try a book by a favorite author, and opened up The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Because I read and loved Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, I decided to try out a new book by an author whose books I have enjoyed in the past.
I started reading and before I knew it, I was hooked! The Magician’s Elephant is a magical, enchanting, sometimes dark tale. When ten-year-old Peter uses his last coin to seek his fortune from the local fortuneteller, he is shocked to find out that his sister is still alive. Through a series of interwoven events and unforgettable characters, this tale of hope and love unfolds as only DiCamillo can tell it. Like many of DiCamillo’s other books, The Magician’s Elephant has great imagery and vocabulary. It is a great book to read and discuss together with your family!
Choosing a book by a favorite author is a strategy that I use often to choose a book. When I was younger, I read every book by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume I could get my hands on. As an adult, I have favorite authors whose books I seek out when I am looking for something to read.
How do you choose your next book to read? Please share in the comments!