After finishing one book, I think an interesting way to decide what to read next is to allow the current book to point you in a direction if not choose outright what the next book should be. Near the end of the novel Either/Or, Elif Batuman spends some time talking about Henry James and his novel The Portrait of a Lady. I also watched a wonderful interview with Batuman discussing Either/Or and there also is a great discussion of James and this book. In this case I’m letting Batuman explicitly choose my next book to read and I think it’s going to be a good decision!

Neil Bruder @neilbruder