Are we too into new releases ?

Here I am, asking philosophical questions about book bloggers’ minds. Before, I never thought about books that would, could eventually release a couple weeks, months, years from now. Unless we’re talking about a favorite author I’m following and will read anything from and am always expecting something new from, well… I rarely paid attention to books being released a long time from now.

Hell, I didn’t even know you could already add books from 2020 on your TBR on Goodreads.

Well…. now I know and it has ruined my life. I even made a brief mention of that in the things I’m thankful for, when it comes to book blogging, but to be honest, if I’m half happy to have incredible books to look forward to, it also has ruined my life. (in a way. let’s not be overdramatic. but I am. TOO MANY BOOKS).

There is something thrilling about adding books that aren’t released, hell, adding books that just have a small blurb and don’t even have a cover, don’t even have a TITLE YET. I did that for Wildcard because I loved Warcross so very much, for instance. There’s something amazing about expecting a book that much and finding out about it, little by little, title, book cover, full synopsis and so on.

There isn’t much that makes me this thrilled. Or maybe getting a new book in the mail, that does the trick, too.

I have started noticing, especially since 2018 started, that I get really focused on new releases. When I’m talking about new releases, I am talking about books releasing this year. Then about books being released in the next year, the year afterwards and so on. It’s like, whenever I’m asking myself “which book should I get?”, I get a thousand ideas and, without realising it, I have quoted mostly books that have been released in the current year.

I guess it’s because people talk about these books so much. They hype them up, they read it as ARCs, they read it as soon as they are released and they are everywhere. In a way, it’s incredible and I am all for this. Hyping up books is a book blogger’s responsibility – sort of? We do it because we love it, though. Getting in all the pre-orders, contributing to first-week sales and so on is good, it’s GREAT even, it does wonders for the author. I am not criticizing that at all, I am ALL for this.

But I just really want to remember the old books, too.

(brb crying because this GIF is terrible)

The ones that have been sitting on my TBR for a thousand years and that I never got to, because they’re from 2016 and that’s light-years away and somehow my mind has forgotten that time, and that book existed. Blinded by the new releases, somehow. Blinded by everyone getting ARCs of amazing books I compulsively add to my TBR because they sound amazing and end up anticipating.

I also know I read most new recent releases, because I don’t want to be out of the loop. I don’t want to miss out on the next big thing, the book everyone is currently talking about. I have massive fear of missing out, okay.

Yet, I have also been missing out on old, hyped books *six of crows hello*, because there are so many books, I just didn’t have the time, or took the time to.

So how do you balance things out? How do you know if you’re focusing your attention on new releases or old releases? How the hell do you face the fear of missing out?

Doing the Beat The Backlist Challenge helps me, and I think I’m doing fairly okay with it overall – but when I look at my book ratio, I have read my share of 2018 releases already, as much or even more than I’ve read older books. It’s so easy to get distracted by new releases, by trying to get the latest ARCs that sound incredible, by trying to be part of the hype, at this very moment and forget about the hype you’ve missed two years ago.

To be honest, I just want to be able to do the “right” thing, to be a “good” book blogger by equally hyping up new books and getting old releases on your radars, too. But I guess finding good balance for that is impossible – and what matters the most anyway is that I try and read whatever the hell I want to and feel like reading at the moment.

Me to me. I have a complicated brain okay.

So I thought I’d finish this small rant by a LIST, because everyone loves lists and hates me for adding books to their TBRs. In keeping with this blog post and idea overall, here are some…

New releases I want to get to as soon as I can

a.k.a me adding books to your TBR that don’t release until 2019 at least, you’re welcome.

Clones and prestigious school setting = I AM HERE FOR THIS OKAY.

THAT COVER + everything looks amazing about this okay.

This is blurbed as Project Runway meets The Wrath and The Dawn and WHAT.

I loved Always Never Yours and I’m here for thiiiiiiiiis.

“Old” books I still haven’t read that I really want to read

a.k.a books prior from 2018 because apparently it’s already “old”.

I know. My sister said she is going to get me that one soon SO I AM EXCITED.

I want this one because it sounds amazing and also because Kat recommended it and I trust her 200%.

This sounds SO cool and that cover, I’m in love.

I NEED AND WANT to read all of this author’s books because I’m certain I would love them.

Do you find yourself reading more new releases (books from this year), older releases or a little bit of both? How do you balance things out – if you manage to do so?

What are some new releases you want to get to as soon as you can? And some oldest books you’d love to read?! Let me know in comments!

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134 thoughts on “Are we too into new releases ?

  1. So much truth to this. I have realized as well that I read way too many new releases compared to all the amazing books I want to read and have been released for a very long time. Finding the balance is not easy, especially when there’s a great new release that you MUST read at least once a week. Even worse when your reading speed is not the fastest out there. Definitely a tough life. 🀣 Great post, Marie! ❀

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    1. It really isn’t easy. I know that I also tend to focus on the hot new releases, because well, that’s what everyone is talking about and I can’t help but being curious haha. and yes, I’m not that speedy kind of reader, if I could squeeze in a couple more books per month, maybeeee…
      Yes haha, the tough life of book bloggers indeed πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  2. Hello Marie!
    I love this discussion post! You are so right that there is a lot of focus in the blogging community about new releases, and I did notice that I don’t even hear much about books that had once been popular last year.
    Call me a bit of a laggard, but I am actually pretty hesitant about new releases unless it is an author that I know and love (like Leah on the Offbeat or Wildcard!!) I prefer to sit back and wait until the dust settles and see if people are still talking about the book later on. Most of the books on my TBR are actually quite old. I feel that if a book stands the test of time, after the hype fades away, then it is a book that is worth reading.
    Starfish and Six of Crows are definitely on my radar πŸ™‚
    Love this post and thank you for sharing ❀

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    1. I 200% get what you mean – I know that, if sometimes I’m getting a bit carried away by the hype, I also sometimes prefer (and manage) to wait a little while, to see if the book really stands the test of time. That happened with Six of Crows and now, years later, I’m really really glad I read it, because it was still worth all that previous hype haha πŸ™‚
      But I love your system, though. It’s so easy to get carried away with tons of books we don’t know, it’s good to focus on the names we do recognize and focus our excitement on these πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Sophie! ❀ ❀

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  3. I definitely feel the same way. Before joining the book community, I hardly paid attention to new releases. I just picked up a book that I felt like reading. Now I kinda do a mixture of both. I pick up both new releases and old releases but I feel like I get more old than new. Like most of the books on my bookshelf are from 2016 and 2017. I hardly have any 2018 releases because I want to catch up but it’s so hard and sometimes it’s hard to resist. But when I joined I basically got all the new releases but now I balance it out. I try to get some new releases but get a lot of old to compensate. Plus I don’t want to miss out on something great just because it came out a few years ago! Thank you for this post! Also my TBR is endless and always will be. But I think that’s a good thing because when I was in middle school there was a point I ran out of things to read and my dad being supportive is like β€œLet me take you to the bookstore!”

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    1. I agree, it’s important to remember that there are so many older releases that are so, so very cool as well and that we shouldn’t forget. I’m trying to make more of an effort to read older releases, well, as much as I can on top of the books I already have and / or need to read haha. πŸ™‚
      Thank YOU so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  4. Oh, goodness. Even your old books aren’t that old! One thing I don’t like about everyone reading books released this year is I lose sight of a blogger’s individuality. Like, they all start to sound the same. Book blogs that have a theme or a goal that that get to every so often to remind me of how thy are different endears me to that blogger. To try and balance out my reading, I decided for the new year I would have the goal of reading and reviewing one book per week minimum. I would read one book from each category: a book I own that’s been shelved the longest, a book I own that’s the newest shelved, a book for my Reading Fat Women challenge, and one random book for whatever I’m feeling. It’s been working out GREAT!

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    1. Hahaha I KNOW. I have so many books on my TBR though, I have much older books hidden somewhere in there, too, don’t worry haha πŸ™‚
      This is such a great goal – and a great way to diversify your reading for sure!! I hope it will go well for you! Happy reading!! πŸ˜€


  5. You always have the best discussion posts πŸ™‚ I think the hype train for upcoming books is both fun and kinda annoying for me. I get so distracted by new and upcoming stuff that I ignore stuff on my shelves that I really want to read *squirrel moments*. I also love your list of back list titles to get to πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww thank you so much, that means a lot! ❀ ❀
      I completely agree – I get annoyed at myself for being so distracted by all the new, shiny book releases hahaha. πŸ™‚


  6. I do find that I can get so caught up in new releases, that I completely forget about old books on my TBR! And I also can get caught up in one particular new release and NOT EVEN KNOW ABOUT NEW BOOKS! I get frustrated by that happening a ton! I think the industry pushes a select few and we can not even really hear about super important own voices or unique books hitting the market.

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    1. YES exactly! Sometimes I feel a bit frustrated, because… I get so blinded up by some new releases, I am certain that I am missing out on some other amazing books, whether they’re older or also new releases, but, because they are not as hyped, well, I’ve never heard of them. That breaks my heart, honestly. I’m trying my best to balance things out, but sometimes it’s hard, with all the hype surrounding us about certain books, too :/
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Elizabeth! ❀ ❀


    1. Ohh that’s so great! I hope you’ll get through your TBR quickly so you can read it haha, I would love to know what you think of it πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ˜€ ❀


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