Let’s Talk Bookish—Putting off books that you want to read

This week’s topic was supposed to be about triggers, and how you react to them, and what you do to avoid them. I am not someone who is easily triggered, so I didn’t think that I would have a lot to bring to the table on this one, so I once again hit the LTB archives, and found something interesting. This topic was suggested by JIllian @ The Bookish Butterfly, who asks”

Do you ever put off books you actually want to read?

Yes, Jillian. Yes, I do.

Mostly, I do this because I am reading a series, and I do not want to read the last (or most recent) book. If it’s an ongoing series, I always want there to be the option of getting the next book *immediately* if the book I am reading ends on a cliffhanger, for example. Or, I might not want to live in a world where there isn’t at least one (insert author here) book left unread for me to look forward to.

For example, I have not read the final Kenzie and Gennaro book. Dennie LeHane has said that the series is done, that there won’t be any more, and I can’t quite accept that. I feel like there might be a day when I really, really need a Kenzie and Gennaro book, so I’m saving that one for…well, I guess for an emergency.

I also haven’t read that last three books in the Charlie Davidson series for a similar reason and that is that I am just not prepared, you know, emotionally, for the series to be over. That happens to me more than I like to admit. There are probably half a dozen book series that are finished and I can’t quite make myself read the last book cause then they are well and truly over.

I know. I have issues.

So, what say you? Do you save books for emergencies, or do you read important books the minute they come out? I’ll take your confessions in the comments.

The Let’s Talk Bookish meme is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion.

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish—Putting off books that you want to read

  1. Often neither. I definitely don’t leave new books for an emergency — in case of emergency I want to go back to some well loved old friend of a book. Yes, I know exactly what’s going to happen – but wandering back through the wonderful journey there is the relief I’d be looking for.
    Yet I also often don’t read important new books immediately when released.

    Fairly commonly I’ll be getting it from the library and have a bit of a wait after released until it’s in and available to me. But even once it is available, or I’ve bought it, I still might not be in the mood for it quite yet (unusual); especially if I just finished something in a very similar genre; might want a change-up as a palette cleanser before diving into the new book. Sometimes I have practical concerns about finishing existing books before their loans expire, which push me to delay diving into that anticipated new book. Times when I want to first reread at least the book that preceded it so it’s all fresh in my mind as I begin the new one. Or just being in the middle of some other read or series that I want to complete without interrupting it for a new book, however much anticipated.

    So… lots of reasons I might not read it immediately.

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  2. It’s more that I’m a book butterfly, so I begin with the intention of reading all the series but then get distracted by another one. Then there are the arcs that get in the way too.
    I totally get not wanting to let go of a series though.

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