Last week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday got me thinking very deeply about something that I have probably realised in a long time. How often does one buy and read books that are newly released? Why? So I decided to discuss this with you guys, and let me know your thoughts on it in the comments!
Okay, so let’s go to our Goodreads page and count how many books we read in 2015 that were actually released in 2015. My count might surprise you all: I only read 2 books in 2015 that were published in that same year. That is only 4% of all the books I read! Now I am probably one of the minority in the book blogging community that has this kind of situation. I’ve seen that so many of you read books that were released only months or even weeks before. And it’s totally fine. But I just keep thinking, why?
One of the factors why I read so little new releases is of course, the most important factor: Money. I just don’t have the money to buy a full-priced book, which is usually a hard cover, that might probably cost almost half of the original price when I buy it the next year or later than that. Or I might wait for a few years until I can buy them secondhand for even cheaper! I know some of you would respond with, “Well Ayunda, if it’s the last book in a series and you’ve been anticipating this book for over four years, of course you’re gonna buy it without thinking of the price!” And I totally understand. Which leads me to my second point.
Anticipation. I think it is one of the main reasons why many of you bloggers buy a newly released book. You’ve heard so many people talk about the ARC maybe, or the book has been released for several months and all those times you’ve seen countless posts in your Reader of people talking about that book. And of course there’s also that factor of the book being a part of a series. I personally already have one book I know I will buy this year right after it is released, and I didn’t really care about the price because it’s the last book in one of my favourite series.
But when I think about it, the hype factor can also be a downfall to the book. I might see that single book everywhere in the internet, and it makes me want to buy the book less and less. So it basically depends.
What’s the difference anyway? I mean, when you actually consider it, I don’t even know why so many people are excited to buy newly released books. What is the difference between a book released in 2015 with a book released in 2000? My next favourite book might be a book released a day before I bought it, or ten years. It doesn’t really matter. The quality of a book is not affected by its publication year. So this could be one of the reasons why I always put off buying books that are newly released. I keep thinking, why buy it now when it’s still expensive and too hyped-up? I can just buy or read it in a year or so. The book itself will not change.
And I have actually done that in the past year. In 2015, I read 3 books that were released in 2014. And two of them were part of a series that I have loved and anticipated for years, but I put off buying them to wait for the lower price. Still a very low count – most of the books I read were still published in the 2000s but not as recent as many people’s bookshelves.
So in conclusion, I have nothing against newly released books. I love them. I see them all the time in the Booktube and book blogging community, and obviously on bookstores every time I browse through them. Half of the books I see constantly in the internet are in my TBR because I really do want to read them. But I just prefer reading books that were not recently released because of its cost and anticipation.
What about you? How often do you buy and read newly released books? Do you have any preference? Do you agree with any of the points I discussed above? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and opinions here!