Do you feel pressured to read the latest books or are you more of a backlist kind of person? Why?
I don’t feel like I’m the kind of reader who is exclusively in one camp or another. Because I work in a library, I tend to see a lot of newer books come through, especially since I make the new book display every month. If I don’t read them, then at least I know about them and can sort of talk about it with the people who are checking it out?
I wish I read a lot more of the latest books, but I don’t. I don’t want to go out and buy them right when they get published because that can get expensive, especially now that I’m looking for homes with my fiancé and I might not have a lot of room (or money) to do so. And if I request them at the library then there’s a high chance that other people want to read it as well; therefore, I’ll have to wait a while until I get it and by then most everybody has already read and talked about it and I’m out of the loop. Bummer! I did however buy Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens because it was half off at Barnes and Noble a few months ago and I felt so mainstream and popular, even if nobody else cared, hah!
So, if I really think about it, I’m more of a backlist kind of person. There’s all these kinds of books that I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten to. Or there’s books I never even heard of before until I discover them years later and then I must put them on my to read list. That’s the beauty of books, there’s so many of them published every year and with such a diverse list of topics, it’s hard to find them all. You could get lost in the backlist of them!
I would like to read more recent books, however. Most book bloggers and YouTubers read the latest books and talk about them so people know what to read and buy next, so in a way I’m pressured to do that in order to make a success out of my own blog (if indeed I make my blog exclusively book related.)
I don’t think my true followers would care one way or another as long as I’m writing well and am passionate about what I’m talking about.
Today’s prompt was taken from Book Riot.