Eeeek hey lovelies! I’m actually writing this post in April..I know look at me xD Anyway it’s something I’ve realised I’ve wanted to discuss for a while now. Being in the book community is an amazing thing, we connect with people all over the world who at the core share that one thing with us – a love of books. Our reading tastes may differ but we love reading.
A downside to BookTubers, BookBlogging and so on is you get swept into that hype. I mean…when a book is hyped you end up knowing; it even without being a BookTuber or blogger. Being one of them often, shoves you into the middle of the chaos. Since there are undoubtedly hundreds of books being released each year, we pick wisely which ones to read
or not because shiny new covers.
Point is the books from last year we didn’t get to? Yeah those ones *chuckles* say hi to the skeletons on your bookcase. Today I’m discussing the love I have for both new and old books. As well as why it’s important, to not just read the new shiny books.
Now since joining the Beat The Backlist reading challenge I’ve noticed several things…I manage to mispell ‘challenege’ (apparently it’s in need of an extra ‘e’), I read a lot of backlist titles…I’ve yet to pick up any 2018 releases.
Please be seated, I know its alarming that I’ve not yet read Cruel Prince by Holly Black or anything else. But I have various reasons for this. The main one being I don’t read ARCs, I don’t read eARCs at the moment either. So ya girl tends to chug away at other books, she’s been saying she’ll read, since the dawn of time. The thing is though I think a lot of other bloggers and I suppose BookTubers, feel under pressure to constantly read the new releases. It’s great and all, supporting new authors, reading the new releases, what about that book you said you’d read last year? Or the one you put on your TBR in 2014?
Here’s the deal. Backlist titles whilst sometimes, lack the diverse rep we have now, can need a bit of editing in some cases, for the most part they’re these gems that get dusty. See new releases are great, because they’re new but hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, they’re not actually ‘new’ as such. The ideas used in them will have been used before. The tropes are recycled again and again. Certain stereotypes remain in place even now. The only difference between new and old is one’s been published THIS year and the other was published in like 2012.
That’s not to say new releases are bad – it’s just that when you read a lot – you’re looking for a fresh way of something being portrayed. A new spin on an old tale, a pick ‘n’ mix of ideas that have been shaped into a unique book. I think one of the best things about a lot of new releases these days is the diversity we’re getting in them, the representation of so many minorities, is going up. It’s an invaluable thing to have, as no two people are the same. No two white girls are the same neither are two black girls – just because they’re the same colour – doesn’t mean they’re the same. It doesn’t mean they’re from the same background, have the same beliefs, outlook on life, hold the same morals.
Something I love about reading the new releases the year after though, is it’s all died down in the community for the most part. It’s a new year – more books are coming our way and so those who eat new releases are busy once more with the shiny new books. Whilst some of us chug away dusting the hidden gems, eating the books we’ve put off for years. We also sometimes find time to fit in the releases of last year, and the odd one or two new releases.
If you read a ton of new releases – but only do it thinking that you HAVE to review them to get any views on your blog. It’s not true. You can read and review whatever you want – it’s YOUR blog after all. Also people can get tired of seeing tons of reviews for the same hyped books. It’s another reason I wait for the hype to die down. Then when you post a review for a previously hyped book 2 years later, people will be like ‘oh I remember that, wonder if they liked/disliked it like I did’ and they’ll most likely click to find out. At least that’s how I work.
Yes I’m all for supporting new and upcoming authors, I truly am, and I’ll get round to their books eventually at my own pace. There are other ways to support them without reading their books and reviewing it – granted it’s not as helpful to them. As sales numbers determine if they sell another book but social media. If there are upcoming new releases you’re pumped for – shout about them! We’re pretty good at that, it can also help ease your crazy ARC pile if you just slow down.
For instance Queen of Air and Darkness the third book in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare isn’t out till December. If it’s a well known series, that many have loved, liked and you know the world really well. It’s also a series YOU yourself love/like then you could always do a post about your theories for that book. It’s another way of showing that author some love and spreading the word about the book. Whilst it may not directly help their sales, indirectly it does, it’s spreading the word about said book.
New releases, backlist books at the end of the day they’re still books, each with a story to tell. Some have been in this world longer than others, doesn’t make them any less great, it can make them harder to find unless you’re like me. I seem to just get attracted to backlist titles – it’s a talent clearly *chuckles*
What do you read more of? Backlist or New? Did you wish you read a more balanced selection of both or maybe more of the other? Or are you happy reading what you are? I know I’m happy with mostly reading backlist titles. Thanks for reading 🙂