The book blogging community as a whole seems to spend a lot of time concentrating on new books. Yes, they’re exciting and fresh, but reading old books is rewarding too.
When you pick up a new book, you’re often taking a chance on an unknown product. The good thing about an older book is that this chance is lessen. If it’s older, you’re able to find reviews from not just other book bloggers who may have gotten ARC copies, but also reviews from ordinary readers. For this reason, it’s easier to judge whether you’ll like the book before you read it, which usually leads to choosing books that you’re more likely to enjoy.
This is the main reason I love reading older books. Of course, this only applies if you check out reviews prior to picking up the book in the first place. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same risk as choosing a new, unknown book.
Reading older series in particular can be very rewarding because there isn’t the wait time for the next book. I love being able to jump right into the next book in the series if I loved the one I just finished. When I have to wait for the next one to be released, it can lessen my excitement and enjoyment of the series overall because I might forget details or to even watch for the next book. Oops.
I love to mix up my reading selections with new and old books. This is one of the reasons that you see such varying reviews here. Why just this week I shared reviews on a new release, as well as a book that’s almost 15 years old. I don’t think the publishing date is something that should limit my reading, or my reviewing. Did I enjoy both? Absolutely. Did you notice the publishing date difference? Let me know.
What about you? Do you just read, or review, new books? Or do you mix up the new with the old?