Friday, March 25, 2016

Let's Discuss...(6)

Let's Discuss...
Let's Discuss...is a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts.  For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.

Hello friends and happy Friday!  I've decided to go ahead with another discussion post today, mainly because the topic struck me earlier this week and when I sat down to write my idea the post basically wrote itself!

Do you read older books or focus on new releases?  

Even before I started blogging, I had a tendency to read whatever I felt like. I never ran to the 'new release' shelf at my local bookstore. I'd hit the section with the genre I happened to be into at the time and work my way from there. Once I started blogging though I did feel the need to put more focus on ARCs. Indeed certain bloggers almost ONLY read recent releases - and that's totally fine! Personally though, I still consistently feel the need to pick up some older titles; must-reads that either I missed growing up or back when they came out for whatever reason. 

*My older books that is^^

One of my reading goals these past few years has been trying to get rid of those embarrassing books you feel like you're the only one who hasn't read yet. You know the ones. Especially the ones that just scream ''Micheline book!'', regardless of publication date.

Old books can turn crabby when you don't give them love.

This process has been very positive for me, in recent years, I've discovered all-time favorite books and series that I never would have read if I only read new releases.  Books like The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater, The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter...just to name a few. Granted, I have discovered to new authors thanks to ARCs and the like, but it seems like older books have made more of an impact, compared to newer ones. 

Life-ruining books: I LOVE YOU!!

There definitely seems to be a higher demand ARC reviews, and bloggers who review a lot of new/upcoming releases seem to get more traffic on their blog and that's fine.At the end of the day though, even though I'm a blogger I have to read the books that I enjoy more than what I think I should be reading. In the past, when I've force myself to read only or mostly ARCs, I've found that I'm more likely to get into reading slumps. 

Sad but true.

A part of me does envy bloggers that can consistently read ARCs and not get burned out, if only to be part of the excitement that comes with reading a book before it's release date. But in the end, we all have to read and blog in a way that works for us. And for me, the need to read older books is strong. Whether it be a book that's a few years old or a few decades old, if it's a 'me' book, I'll make time for it!

Ten reading an old book with his brainy specs = perfection

That being said, there will ALWAYS be ARCs that draw me in and get me excited. But as I've grown as a blogger, I've become much more cautious of the hype with ARCs. In a bid to get my tbr shelf under control, I only shelf upcoming releases from unheard of authors IF they really fit the bill of what I'm looking for in a new book. And that works for me!

So now I want to hear from you: do you read older books or do you prefer new releases? Were you nodding your head through my post or all the while were you thinking: nope.nope.nope? I want to know! Tell my why older or newer books work for you. Maybe you prefer a mix of both? Dish: what kind of books get your attention the most!

*This post is part of the 2016 Discussion Challenge hosted by the lovely ladies Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & Shannon @ It Stars at Midnight*

42 comments:

  1. Great post!! I admit I got caught in the hype of ARCS when I started blogging. I started oding what I wanted, then within months, felt pressured to read the latest books. And often I wanted to, but I was also neglecting older books, series that I had already started. Last year it started to really get to me. So lately I have been balancing my reading more. I read what I want to read. And older books to me are not just 205 years old. Older books can be 20-40 year old, or any age. It i have not read it, it is new to me. So now I am trying to keep up with a few ARC releases, a few within the past couple years, mixed with older titles, regardless of publication. So I fully agree with everything you said here. While my traffic isn't very high, I am back to reading what I love. And that is more important.

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    1. Thanks Jay! Same here, but then it's like you said: the pressure starts to build and before you know it, you're not reading or blogging for fun - it starts to feel like work. Even worse, you can end up in a serious slump! And I'm the same way: older books can be like, classics. Whatever I want to read, I read! EXACTLY^^ reading what you love is more important than page hits! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Even though I'm a blogger I have to read the books that I enjoy more than what I think I should be reading. THIS!! Don't we all read for fun?? Shouldn't we be reading the books that will make us the most happy??

    Anyway, I like to read a healthy mix of both! Of course, I love to be involved in the conversation and know what people are talking about when they're talking about the newest release, but we can only read so many books. There are bound to be old ones you've missed! It is always an appropriate time to read Pride & Prejudice or Treasure Island!

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    1. We definitely SHOULD be reading what we enjoy more than anything else! Reading is a hobby, not a job!

      Exactly, I do feel like I miss out sometimes on the latest and greatest ARCs but in the end, if it's a book worth reading, it doesn't matter when you read it - so long as you do eventually :)

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  3. First, I must declare my undying love for DT in those specs- ahhhh, what a beautiful sight!

    I LOVE this topic so much, Micheline! When I first started blogging, I definitely got caught up in trying to stay current with the latest releases, so much so that I ended up starting a bunch of new series and not finishing them because I was constantly reading newly published books. But then I began finding myself not necessarily choosing books that I wanted to read but books that I was reading because everyone else was, lol. Now I'm a lot happier just reading whatever catches my fancy at the moment, whether it's an older title or a brand new one. I actually love reading reviews of older books because there's a chance that I've read them, too, and then I get to gush about them all over again. :D

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    1. Welcome to my ''DT reading in those specs'' fanclub my friend ♥ *swoons with Lee*

      Thank you!! I know what you mean, you sort of fall into the hype and end up reading books for other people or to keep up with trends more than because it's what YOU want to read. I'm much happier now that I (mostly) set those tendencies aside. I love reading reviews for older books too - even if I haven't read them actually because it's a great way to discover books you wouldn't have heard of otherwise. I mean, we can't miss the hype with newer books but it's different with older ones!

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  4. I agree and tend to read whatever I feel like- so if I'm in the bookstore I look at new releases but also at the general shelves, you know SF, YA, whatever. So I can go either way. Unlike a lot of bloggers i don't do ARC's so for me it's just picking out what looks good ha ha. (Although I am feeling the Netgalley pull more and more lol).

    I do like that feeling when you get an older book and it turns out o be a favorite. Helps with those big fantasy series too when they've all been released... hint George Martin hint.

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    1. Absolutely^^ Most times, I skip the new release section and go straight to the SF shelves XD Good for you for not getting into the ARC thing, as you can see from my post, I don't find that I've discovered many favorite books through ARCs. Some yes but not a ton.

      Exactly! Gah! I still need to get into GRRM but I will someday...likely when ALL the books are released XD

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  5. I always try to switch between backlist books and my ARC's. I do tend to read ARC's first when the release date is getting close, but once I'm ahead of my review copies, I turn to my backlist TBR and choose books from there to read. :)

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    1. Good for you^^ That's what I strive to do but I always end up missing deadlines on ARCs because I'm such a HUGE mood reader!

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  6. I mix it up a lot. I do read new releases, but I also read a lot of older books too. I get a lot of my books from libraries, so I don't have as many arcs. I'm very picky about the arcs I take in. I only take the ones I really want, usually from authors I already like. Sometimes when i see some of my blogger friends get arcs for books that I want before I get them, I get envious, but that's okay. I like the way I do things. I like choosing what I want when I want them. Great topic.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Same here, my local library is really small so they don't get many newer releases - especially since I use the library mainly for audio! I'm the same way, as much as I sometimes envy bloggers who can consistently blog about ARCs, I like doing things my way: reading what I want, when I want! Thanks Melanie!!

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  7. I absolutely understand this. I have been burning myself out for quite some time. I found the best way to fix it is to read on published book per every arc. I also use a ton of audiobooks as well so they really help break things up! I guess that means I am a bit of a mixed pot. It's easy to get wrapped up on arcs especially when you first get them. Great post lovely!
    ❤️Britt

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    1. Exactly, and that happened to me too! I ended up in a HUGE reading slump and well, when you can't read, you can't talk books or write reviews. So, I figured it was in my best interest (and the interest of the blog and my readers) to read what made me happy so I would actually have something to talk about LOL! Thank you ♥

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  8. I agree, sometimes back-listed books are exactly what I need. I do love reading new releases, too, but sometimes, starting a series that has been going on for a while is wonderful, because I can stay for a long time within the same universe.
    I don't let ARCs put pressure on me, though, and I only request books I would have bought anyway. Plus, I don't read them all before the release date...
    I'm glad you've been able to find a happy medium that works so well for you, Micheline :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Yes and there's nothing better than being able to marathon a beloved series from start to finish because all the books are out :D Same here, I rarely request any now, except for must-reads (although it is hard to resist sometimes when the publishers offer them up on a silver platter!) and I don't always get to them before the release dates either! Thanks Lexxie :)

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  9. I was nodding my head lol. I used to read just whatever I felt like, which was usually backlisted books. And I'm a binge reader, so I love reading a while series one book after the other. But this year I've started getting ARCs, and I just can't resist the fun of reading and reviewing books as they come out. So now I kind of do both I guess. But I'm still veer picky about the review copies I take, and for me it's not about reading what everyone is reading because I still don't do that lol. The ARCs I get are still usually ones no one's heard of. But it's still fun and exciting, plus I can't afford a lot of books, and I get to read more by getting ARCs and doing my part by writing reviews until I can afford to buy more!

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    1. LOL! Oh don't get me wrong, ARCs can be a lot of fun and I have found some quality books that way too! I just really need to read older books too and I've had a lot more success on that front. I think a mix of both is the best way to do it - so long as you find a balance that works for you :)

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  10. I don't pressure myself that much when it comes to reading new releases/ARCs. If I want to read them, I would. I request/accept ARCs that I'm really anxious to read.

    It is also similar with "old books". I read what takes my interest or sometimes I hear good things about them from other bloggers and I would pick up a book I wouldn't have considered before.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Exactly^^ and that attitude works for both new releases and older books! That's the best thing about blogging: discovering books you never would have considered otherwise and finding new favorites that way! Thanks for weighing in Ayanami :)

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  11. I think this is absolutely the perfect attitude - like you I definitely get burnt out more when I'm trying to focus on just ARCs rather than whatever I fancy reading at the time. I definitely enjoy reading ARCs, and I've found some truly amazing new series that way (*cough* Red Rising) but I don't want to just abandon old series either. I finally read The Raven Boys on your recommendation last year and loved it, but I would have totally missed out on that if I focused only on ARCs. I also really miss being able to get properly stuck into a series when I concentrate too much on ARCs. So often an ARC is the first in a new series, and while I might like it a lot, by the time the sequel comes around I'll have read and loved a whole lot of other first books in a series too, and so I don't necessarily have that same excitement going into the sequel as with an old title where I can go straight in while the excitement is still fresh in my mind. There are a lot of older series where I enjoyed the first book, but that my love for the series grew as I read more books (A Discovery of Witches, Game of Thrones etc) so I definitely wouldn't want to give up on backlist titles and lose out on that!

    I'm definitely finding my monthly TBR lists are helping with getting a good balance, along with Michelle's reading assignment challenge, which might just be my favourite challenge this year! Picking my books at the start of the month means I can prioritise backlist books as well as ARCs, and if I err on the small side with my list then any month that's left over when I'm finished my list can go on whatever I fancy! (Although, I'm not 100% at sticking to them, though this sort of makes it sound like it!)

    Great discussion, and sorry for the essay!

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    1. And that's pretty much unavoidable when you're a mood reader like us! I've discovered a lot of awesome books through ARCs too (and I SWEAR I'm reading Red Rising VERY soon!) but I find my success rate is higher with older books for some reason. Maybe some of them just stand the test of time better, or maybe it's just luck! And you're right: nothing beats the thrill of marathoning a great series from start to finish - you just can't do that with ARCs! And I mean: I still have SO MANY backlisted books/series to get to...I could NEVER give that up completely!

      I'm glad your monthly TBR lists and reading challenges are helping you find a good balance. I don't have much luck with TBR lists because of my mood-reading but I can see how it'd be helpful! I loved your reply Faith and I'm so happy that you loved The Raven Boys as much as I did ♥

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  12. It’s true that since I’ve started blogging I’ve been reading way more new releases than I used to. I still reach for older books though so I would say that I read a fair share of both. However, there are probably a lot of newer books and authors I wouldn’t be reading if not for blogging and book reviewing. That being said, I’ll always reach for the books I really want to read rather than the ones I ‘must’ read. Which is why I suck as TBRs I guess XD. And also required reading lists :D In fact, I’ve been trying to discipline myself into being more regular with the ARCs I’m supposed to read. It’s kind of one of this year’s goal for me and to be honest, it’s not really be going too well XD.

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    1. Yup, I suck at TBRs too Soudha^^ I'm too much of A mood-reader to follow them through! For me, I just got carried away with ARCs when I got into blogging and had a lot of unsuccessful reads that way so now I just try to be more selective with what I request! I still love the thrill of ARCs but I can't stick to reading them when I should...which is why I love older books XD

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  13. I do focus on ARCs for the most part. I have so many though that I have a hard time keeping up. I do have a lot of books that I have purchased that I really want to read but I feel like I have to focus on my ARC pile instead. I am trying to stop myself for requesting more so that I can catch up and maybe read some older books. Before I request a book, I try to ask myself if I would rather read it than one of the books that I have paid for and I sometimes stop at that point. I just get so excited and I really want to read so many books...too bad time just doesn't allow it. Great post!

    Carole @ Carole's Random Life

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    1. I would be so much easier if we could add another day in the week and dedicate it entirely to reading! That way we could keep our TBR piles in check! At least you've found a system that works for you with requesting ARCs and hopefully you'll manage to get caught up that way :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I went through the inevitable phase as a newbie blogger where I wouldn't read anything but new releases... and I hated it. I honestly did. I've gone back into the habit of picking up whatever the hell I want to. I no longer care (as much) what's popular or the new it-thing. I just grab whatever book I'm feeling like - whether it's not coming out for the next six months or came out sixty years ago. I do envy people that keep up to date with all the new releases but it doesn't work for me. It burns me out too easily. Great post!

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    1. I think we all go through that phase. BUT I HATED IT TOO!! I'm too much of a mood reader to be bound by release dates and deadlines all the time. I do wish that sometimes I was a little more able to do that but I enjoy reading whatever the hell I want way too much! Plus like you said: focusing on new releases burns me right out! Thank you Rachel :)

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  15. So. I love both! But what do I focus on? The endless stream of ARCs that I over requested 😂 I have made it my goal in May to read a book I have actually purchased and want to read- there are literally hundreds- I keep pre-ordering books, but haven't read one of them since... I can't even tell you how long ago! October maybe? September? It's bad. And I think it's good to have variety too, so I WANT to get more backlist books in.

    OH! And to be honest, I almost prefer reading older reviews sometimes, because there's a greater likelihood I have read the book- which makes me want to read the WHOLE review, and not worry about spoilers! So that's kind of my favorite thing about the resurgence of backlist reviews!

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    1. That's awesome! Nothing better than a balanced palette ;) LOL! Oh wow, no 'you' book since September?! I don't know how you do it but I admire you!! Hopefully you will get a chance to read some coveted backlisted books soon!

      And since I adore reading older books, I also love reading reviews for older books. Either I can gush with the author OR end up adding another must-read to the list :D

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  16. I read whatever. Some of the books are ARCs, others are old books on my TBR, or new releases in series I'm eagerly anticipating. I don't request as many ARCs as I first did, because I have so many books I own I'd rather read, but I've discovered a lot of new authors from reading ARCs and participating in blog tours. However, I'm not someone who reads reviews for ARCs, unless I've also read the book. LOL, I don't want to be spoiled.

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    1. Same here Tiffany! I was literally nodding my head at every single thing you mentioned here^^ I tend to avoid ARC reviews too, unless I'm unsure if I want to read the book. If I know I do, I don't want to be spoiled either XD

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  17. I definitely focus more on pre-publication books, but every Friday, I try and read/review a post-publication novel. I've deviated from that recently, but reading backlist books is important to me!

    Fabulous post, Micheline. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Well, it sounds like you found a system that works for you - and at least older books are being totally ignored either :) Backlist books are really important to me too! Thank you Alyssa^^ x

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  18. Oof, this is a really good question! Um, I try to combine both? A bit? I don't get THAT many arcs (I don't even request many) but I do buy new releases of books that seem interesting (either because I'm a fan of the author or because I've seen great reviews of them). It's a mixture of both.

    I'm currently trying to read some more books I already own. And I also often read a favourite author's older books if I'm waiting for a new book to be published (I do this a lot with romance authors, especially). I mean, you don't always start with the first book an author has ever written.

    And yep, I discover gems among "older" books all the time - whether it's classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read last year, or fantasy like The Daughter of the Forest, which I adored.

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    1. I don't get that many ARCs either and now that I've built a relationship with my favorite Canadian Publishers/Distributors, I only request books that I'm REALLY interested in. I do buy quite a few new books from favorite authors or sequels that I can't resist.

      After 3 years of attending BEA though, I have mounds of ARCs so like you, I've been trying to read the books I own. And if I discover a beloved author, like you I then want to read ALL THE THINGS they've written LOL!

      I think the gems I've discovered among older books have really made my reading life even better - especially recently ♥

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  19. I've really been trying to read more backlist books lately too - especially the ones on my shelves!! In fact, I just picked up Ready Player One last night and I'm really enjoying it. It's easy to get caught up in ARCs but sometimes I just want to randomly grab a book off my shelf!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Good for you Nicole! Eeeep, I can't wait to see what you'll think of Ready Player One as you progress with it :D It really is easy to get carried away with ARCs but it's like you said: sometimes you need to pick up what YOU WANT!

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    2. LOVED it!! So glad I picked it up!!

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  20. I pretty pleased how far I have come as a blogger from since I've started and I'm glad you've come to this realization too: it's easy to get burnt out when it's ALL about the new releases ALL the time. I definitely find myself gravitating towards a pretty even mix of new and old in my reading habits these days. I admit that there is nothing that gets me quite as excited as getting my hands on a hot new hyped up release, BUT often times it's those older time-worn classics that stand the test of time that stick with me the most. And like you say, how could I turn away a book when it is so clearly a "me" book no matter how old it is? Pfft, I love all your reviews and features for older books by the way! Always a good reminder of books that get little exposure and what I should be reading.

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  21. I did reduce my TBR by taking a lot of the older books off the list. My reasoning was that people who read my blog probably want to see more reviews of newer books than they do reviews of older books. Plus, it was a great way for me to bring down my TBR from 4000 something to around 2000.

    The main ones I kept on my TBR that are older are ones that go with a series that I just don't want to skip around in. There are certain authors I want to start from the beginning and work my way through the entire series.

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    1. It's funny you say that, because my previous discussion post was all about whether people prefer older books or newer books and I came down on preferring older books. A lot of the comments I got mentioned preferring reading reviews for older books too, which surprised me because like you, I assumed people preferred to read reviews for new releases.

      Oh and I've had to clean up my tbr pile something fierce too but it looks like you have a LOT more books on there than I do/did! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer :)

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