This week’s topic comes to us from Pippen @ THE PIGEON who asks:
Prompts: How current is your reading? Do you tend to read recently published books or pick from the publishing backlog, and why? Is there any particular merit to keeping up with current releases, or is it all hype? How has book blogging changed your habits on this front? And, in the future, are you thinking you want your reading to shift either way?
I am a little obsessed with monitoring book releases. I read all the lists I can find (“Ten Books You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer” “Beach Reads For Every Reader” “Best Books You’ve Overlooked This Year”…like that). So, I usually have a very good idea of what is coming out, what is new, what is popular.
However, as a library reader, it’s pretty rare that I actually read a book within three months of its release. I just can’t afford it. Right now, I have 45 books on hold at various libraries, many of them holds that I placed before the book was released. I‘m just over here, patiently waiting my turn.
As far as backlist titles go, I do read some, when I get a rec, or stumble on them.
And the blog informs these choices in a couple ways. One, I like to make sure that I have at least one good, quasi-current book to review each week, and two, I get more recs from Top Ten Tuesday than I can possibly ever read. If this blog has taught me anything, it’s that I will die with an impossibly long TBR. Hopefully in 35 years or so, but still.
What about you, dear readers? New releases or backlist titles? I’ll take your confessions in the comments.