Discussion: Reading Preference – New or Old Books?

Since I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, I’ve noticed that my reading habits have changed. Before I started blogging, I would just go to the library and wander through the shelves until I found some books I thought I would like. I didn’t use goodreads that often to find books. It was more of a record keeping site for me. When I was browsing the shelves, I didn’t look-up the goodreads rating, any reviews, or even if it was published recently. I usually just read the description on the book and decided based on that whether to add it to my pile or not. I’ve come to realize now that a lot of those books were “older” books. Not old, like antique books, but books that weren’t published within the last year or two.

Fast forward to my first year as a book blogger and I see new books and soon to be released books everywhere I go. Whether it’s through book reviews, book tours, or waiting on Wednesdays, I see new books way more often than when I was just a reader. Sometimes it can drive me a bit crazy when I’m aware of books that are coming out in more than a year from now. Torture!

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It’s as if I don’t even have time for the “older” books now because I’m so consumed and obsessed with all the shiny new books that are coming out. It’s often a struggle for me to choose between picking up a new book I’ve really been waiting for or an interesting older book. I do still go to the library and browse through the shelves, but it is much less often. I almost always put the books on hold at the library that I’m waiting for and just pick them up when they come out. I used to have no idea what I wanted to read next and now I’ve got a tbr list that will last me for a long time to come. So I’m curious as to what type of books you read more often. Do you still make time for the “older” books or are you more focused on what has been recently released? There are just so many books and so little time… ;)


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  • Amanda P.

    I completely understand what you’re getting at. I just began blogging late last year, and I am so distracted by all the new shiny books and the copious amounts of ARCs that continue to pile up. But even before I began blogging, I had a TBR pile that could rival Mount St. Helens. Now that I’m more aware of the fact that I do read more recent books (either because I feel like I should review them or I should just know what everyone else is reading), I have tried to finish up my physical TBR pile that I’ve had for years. I have Brandon Sanderson books out the wazoo to read, The Rot & Ruin series that I have yet to start and finish, other stand-alones that a years old but still interest me –and this isn’t even mentioning all the classics I should read. I’ve been trying to get better at reading what I have instead of going out and buying the latest and greatest.

    Thanks for such a great post! :)
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      It sort of does feel like we should be reviewing newer books because those may appeal to other readers more? Plus with newer books it’s likely that less people have read it than a book that has been out for awhile. I don’t know about other readers, but I tend to read more reviews for newer books than older books.

  • Laura Plus Books

    I’m exactly like you! I really want to make time for older books but I honestly haven’t had time to for a very long time. I have to hold back on all the new books!
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  • Abby @ Enthralling Reads

    Although new books are totally alluring especially the ones with so much hype, I make sure to make time for old books like YA books published around 2009 onwards. I feel like it’s important to read even just a couple of them from time to time. I remember how much I wanted to read City of Bones, Divergent, Vampire Academy etc etc. And I haven’t read HARRY POTTER! No fair!!! One of my goals in life! :D

    Great discussion! :D
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      Ah yes, the hype monster. I think that’s what is really nice about older books. There isn’t really a hype factor for those books compared to the newer books. There isn’t as much of an expectation for it to be AMAZING. Whenever I want to read my older books I just force myself to stop putting holds at the library for new books so that I have only the older books to focus on.

  • Erika @ The Red Bookmark

    I am litterally exactly like you. I used to wander around book shops/libraries wondering what I should read next. Although now, I use Goodreads. Alot.

    I do want to read ‘old’ books but I just don’t find time for it because of all the ‘new’ books coming out. I haven’t even read Harry Potter :3
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  • Tia

    I’ve noticed the same things since I started blogging! Most of my books were acquired at the library. My mom and I would go to the tiny local one usually every Friday – it was her day off so we’d wander around looking at books, pick up a few movies for the weekend, etc. – and the much larger one in town maybe once a month, or whenever I’d exhausted the supply of unread books at the tiny library. They had a separate shelf for “new releases” but that really just meant anything that had been released in the last year and a half. I never knew what books were coming out and I didn’t care, I’d look for interesting titles and grab whatever caught my eye. Same with when I would go to Barnes and Noble (which was only about twice a year and even for my birthday I rarely got more than three books at a time), I’d scan the shelves for anything that looked interesting, I’d almost always get paperback because they were cheaper and my mom would let me get more books then, and I never payed attention to publication date or usually even who the author was.

    Fast forward to when I began blogging four years ago and went nuts with the book hauls. I rarely have time to read “older” books anymore because there are so many new releases that I absolutely am dying to read, yet I have shelves upon shelves of books that I bought that I’m not getting to. I rarely even go to the library anymore because all the new releases I want are ones I likely already own. I think my solution will be this: unless I am marathoning a series, every other book I read will be an old one that has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. That way I am able to get to the new releases and I am more likely to want to read the older ones if I don’t allow myself to read that shiny new book until the dusty one is complete.

    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      The book hauls definitely tempt me as well when it came to wanting to read all of the new books. It’s hard not to when they all just looked so nice and shiny =D
      I kind of miss my library times, but at the same time I feel like I’m able to read more good books because I’m exposed to a wider variety of books on blogs and goodreads. It’s cool being able to discover all of these new books that I may never have heard of if I wasn’t a blogger.

  • Kaisa Clark

    I too have a massive TBR list! I pretty much always have a list of “what’s next” and enjoy combing the local library sites and kindle lists for what is available. Hardly any aimless browsing the shelves for me me though. A lot of times my “up next” books get put on the list as a result of the excellent reviews they have accumulated, but I also like to add new books that have some buzz or a really great description. When I see a book featured on more than one blog that is usually an indication to me it is worth a look. Thanks for the post!
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      It’s hard not to have such a large TBR list with all of the pretty books that we are exposed to as bloggers. It also catches my eye when I see a book with multiple good reviews from bloggers I often visit. Some people don’t like to click on a blog’s book reviews, but I find it as a great way to discover great books.

  • Ellie M.

    OMG I thouoght I was the only one!!! I definitely started reading more newer books now than I did a year ago. And now if I’m at the library, I HAVE to have my goodreads on so I can look at the reviews, publishing date, etc. So sad lol

    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      Lol in the blogsphere I’m sure you’re not the only one. We all seem very focused on the newer released books than older books. I don’t know how I would survive without goodreads now . haha. I always have to check up on a book there before deciding to read it.

  • Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I still try to make time for older books, because they are just as good as the shiny new ones. I think it’s important (to me) to have a balance between new/old books :) Otherwise I never get all my own books read and that is still one of my main goals!

    I don’t browse in the library like I used to, where I just picked books that looked interesting. I’m more careful with my time and I like to only pick books I’m positive I’m going to like (not that it always works out.. but hey, writing negative reviews can be fun now and then :p and those books do make me appreciate the ones I love even more)
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      I try to make time for the older books/the books that have been collecting dust on my shelves. I just stop putting the newer books on hold at my library so that the only thing left for me to read are the books on my shelf. Otherwise if I have a new book I’ve really been waiting on with me, it’s too hard for me to focus on the other books with that book right next to me waiting to be read.

  • Kezia D

    To be honest, ever since I started blogging I have felt the need to be up to date with newer releases… Especially new books that everyone has been talking about. Unfortunately, it takes ages for new releases to come out in my country so I have no choice but to settle with the older ones. Of course this isn’t always a bad idea — there are plenty of hidden gems that I have yet to discover, so many “old” popular books that I haven’t read so I try to think positive about as often as possible:D
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      Ya as a book blogger it’s kind of nice to keep up with reading what other people are reading. That way you can discuss the book with them and hear each other’s opinion. When everyone else is reading new books, it’s easy to just fall into reading new books as well to become more apart of the community.

  • Allie @ Little Birdie

    I’ve made it a point this year to get out some ‘dust bunny’ books. I always get distracted by shiny releases and books I’ve wanted for ages fall to the wayside. That’s actually why I’m doing the TBR Pile Challenge this year! It’s been great to finally get around to reading books I’ve had my eye on for so long. It’s always nice to read books as soon as they’re out, while they’re still new in the world and all, but I don’t want to forget about all those great books that have already been published a long time ago
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      I thought about doing that challenge but I’m such a mood reader that I don’t think it would work out for me. I have been accumulating quite a few books on my shelf that I should read this summer. I’m confident I’ll enjoy those books, I just need to find the time to read them this summer. Seems like I have too many things going on right now on my plate :/

  • Lydia

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but I prefer reading books that have been out for a couple years. I can be more confident in my expectations for the book, and I don’t have to go to great lengths to obtain a copy. Plus, there are so many already-published gems, that I don’t find it necessary to keep up with new releases. I’ve noticed that some of my book blogging friends only read ARCs and new releases, though. Maybe it has something to do with the type of blog a particular person runs? I’m not involved in ARC reviewing, so of course I don’t read very many “soon-to-be-released” books.

    Blogging has changed my reading habits, though. I read a lot more YA than I would otherwise, and I base many of my book selections on my friend’s blog posts and Goodreads reviews. I’m also more aware of new releases, so I do make an effort to read brand-new books by my favorite authors.
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      Older books do have more reviews and ratings than books that have just come out. Sometimes when books just come out the ratings are almost always high which isn’t always trust worthy. I think it really says something about an older book when it has overall high ratings after being out for so long.

  • Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    It’s no surprise that us book bloggers focus on the new releases, because you want to provide your opinion to everyone and you are curious about it. Also ARCs from publishers as well. But I still try and make time for older books as well every now and then, especially those that have rave reviews.
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      ARCs are definitely a focus for book bloggers. It can be especially difficult to make time for older books if a blogger has requested a large number of ARCs with releases coming soon. ARCs usually take priority when it comes to which books bloggers should read and review.

  • Joséphine @ Dudette Reads

    I used to walk between library shelves as well, picking out whichever books catch my attention before I started book blogging. After that I’ve been more intentional about picking out books I’ve come across on blogs. But since I’ve been reading a lot more, I still manage to do both, pick random books and read newer books bloggers are raving about.
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    • Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

      I’ve been trying to find more time to visit my library and browse through the shelves. It’s just sort of nice to discover books that way. I don’t always succeed in reading a lot of older books but it is nice to read them when I have the time.

  • Finley Jayne

    Love this post! I read a mix of older/newer books, but the majority of them are not new releases. I get all of my books from the library, and they’re usually pretty good about getting new books in right away, but the holds lists can be quite long.
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  • Amaris

    I’m exactly the same way! I think the main reason why is because nobody talks about the older books anymore (very rarely, anyway) and the new ones are getting a lot of coverage. Also, as a book blogger, I’m sure you also want to be updated! People are reading your blog to get the latest information :) I’ve recently been reading a lot of newer books, and that’s because I request them from the library and, since there’s a due date, I have to finish them asap!
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  • Sammy

    I haven’t got a choice but to read old books, there’s too many new books to catch up with so I don’t see the point in keeping completely up to date!
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