Before I started book blogging seriously and regularly, I read a big variety of books. I owned a few books — not nearly as many as I do now — and I used my library card quite a bit. Going to the library, I wouldn’t have a plan, but rather I’d peruse the shelves and find something that looked interesting. I would then read these books and review them at my liesure on the book blog.
BUT, then I started book blogging on a regular basis in 2011 and found myself slowly moving from reviewing any old book to reviewing books from authors, or books for book tours, or ONLY new books. It seemed like all choice went out the window and I’d be stuck reading based on a schedule.
I know I’m not the only one who was like this — I’m sure there are lots of other people who accept or request way too many review books, then find their months full of reading only review books. But whatever happened to the joy of reading whatever suited your fancy? In the mood for a horror novel? Pick one up! In the mood for a contemporary? Take your pick! Rather than feeling like you can ONLY read from a select list of books.
Really, there’s nothing wrong with reading older books. There’s no written rule that once you become a book blogger, you can only read the newest releases. Sure, new books are great, but an old book is still new to someone. Take Pride and Prejudice, for example, a VERY old book that I hadn’t read until earlier this year. I still reviewed it on my blog, even though it wasn’t the latest and greatest and people still had things to say about it!
I’d like to think that in me reviewing an older book that I may have gotten from the library, or from a used bookstore, or borrowed from a friend, I may inspire someone else to read that book. Books are such a great thing in that we don’t have to ONLY read the newest releases. I mean, that’s what libraries and bookstores are for! So you can find WHATEVER you want.
The thing about book blogging is that we’re all here for one thing: our love of books. Not new books, not only YA books, not only contemporary books, not only books by a certain author, but books of ALL KINDS and ALL SIZES. The point of book blogging is to blog about books — whatever books suit your fancy!
Do you read old books for your blog? Or do you try to read only the latest and greatest?