How current is your reading? Do you tend to read recently published books or pick from the publishing backlog, and why? Is there any particular merit to keeping up with current releases, or is it all hype?
New releases always take priority on my TBR. Most of the books I read during approximately April – November each year are newly published books. December – March is usually my time to catch up on titles on my backlog TBR as there are far fewer books published in these months compared to summer or fall.
I prefer to keep up with current releases for many reasons. The main one is that there are fewer chances of coming across spoilers if I read a book within the first six weeks of its publishing date, and this window is even shorter for very highly anticipated books. Another reason for keeping up with books as they are published is to have the opportunity to request ARCs for a sequel if it is part of a series – and since I never request an ARC if I haven’t read the previous books, it definitely helps to stay up to date.
How has book blogging changed your habits on this front? And, in the future, are you thinking you want your reading to shift either way?
Blogging has changed my reading patterns quite a lot, mostly because I frequent bookish community pages and Twitter a lot more now. There is a much higher chance of stumbling upon spoilers, which has lead me to reach for newer releases first more often. Blogging has also resulted in my TBR growing at an astronomical pace, so if I don’t keep up with new books, I might not get to them until years later.
I’m actually quite happy with the shift my reading habit has taken since I started blogging and don’t really intend to change it, because even if I don’t pick up a new book within weeks of publishing, the thought that there is a new book I haven’t read yet, especially if it is a highly anticipated one, will distract me for weeks until I do pick it up.
Do you keep up with new releases? Share your thoughts in the comments below!