Mar 142014

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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?

  11 Responses to “Discussion: Mixing it up with Old Books”

  1. I would actually say that a good 75% of my reading is of books that have already been out for a while. I love to browse the Amazon or Barnes and Noble sites and read the reviews to see what I might like. I’ve recently started reviewing books with ARC and I find it to be a bit more stressful because I don’t know what I a getting into. If I like the synopsis, I’ll take a chance.

    Also, with series. I am also the type that will read one book and jump right to the next one if I enjoy it enough. I hate waiting if it hasn’t come out yet but it also gives me something to look forward to. Then, of course, there are also the re-reads of books I read years ago before I started blogging that I am now reading again because I loved them so much.

    The publishing date isn’t all that important to me. I read and review to enjoy and share that enjoyment with others.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Your way of reading sounds a lot like mine: read what you enjoy and share.
      That’s awesome that you read so many older books. ARCs are definitely a jump into the unknown.

  2. I like to mix it up as well, and since I have tons of older released book, I really can’t afford to read any new stuff. But I tend to read new ones in general just because they look pretty shiny (lame, yes).

    Great post.

    • I get sucked into pretty covers too. But have lots of old books to read. I love to go to book sales and 2nd hand books and find literary treasures for a great price.

  3. I completely agree. It’s a HUGE bonus to not have to wait in-between books, but then there are new releases that I don’t have the willpower to hold off on, so I definitely do both. And no, I don’t think publication dates matter. The only time I notice them is when they’re from a classic and that’s just out of curiosity. Great topic!

  4. I’ve fallen into only reviewing older books too, but I joined a Book Club and they’ve been picking older YA I haven’t heard of, so it’s helping me branch out!

  5. I don’t see anything wrong with reviewing old books (the same applies with beauty products as well). It’s always great to see a fresh take on something and especially with books, they can kinda get forgotten after awhile in favour of what’s new.

  6. I know I read more new books than I did before I started blogging, but I do try to mix it up. I have so many authors whose backlists I’m trying to read through. And I’m rarely jumping on books right when they come out either, so even what I think of as my “new” books might be a year or two old.

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