All the time in the book blogosphere I see people saying ‘I want to read this but I don’t have the time’, or ‘all these new releases are stressing me out’, ‘I want to read X backlist title but I’m trying to keep up with new releases’. This is a post in response to that. It’s not about how all new releases are terrible (because there are so! many! good! new! books!), but rather that not letting how popular a book is determine if you read it.
To an extent, it makes sense. Book blogs revolve around reviewing ARCs and new releases. Everyone thinks that they have to talk about new releases or their posts won’t be interesting because that’s what everybody else does. New books become more hyped, perhaps without good cause. It becomes a cycle that feeds itself. Most popular book blogs, it seems to me, focus on new YA releases. That’s okay, because blogs are about promoting books, and ones that have already been published need less promoting.
However, I often get drawn into the hype and end up reading books I don’t really enjoy. I choose books to read based on what I think people will want to see me talk about, rather than what I want to talk about. My tastes are changing. I want to explore new genres. And this new-release thing stresses me out. I feel this pressure—which, admittedly, is partly in my head—to read what’s popular. But part of it’s not in my head; I know reviews about less hyped books get fewer comments on my blog.
This year (I mean, last year), I’ve read some fabulous non-YA/non-new/non-fiction books. And I want to read more of them. I’m convinced there’s a whole lot of great books that I’m not hearing about because they’re not talked about in the blogs I read. So I don’t want to be limited by this pressure to read only certain things just because it will be more popular with our blog readers.
What I’m saying is, I want to see more different types of books in the blogosphere. I want to hear about adult books and things that were published in 1850 (or maybe just before 2010) and non-fiction about interesting things and children’s books. I want good books, not books that were recently written, not just YA (even though I love it). I want everything under the sun that’s in a language I can read, ideally English because Hindi reading is painful.
This post is question: does anyone else feel the same? It’s also a plea. I know almost all of us read books we don’t post about; because they’re backlist, because they’re not what we think our readers are interested, because they’re the wrong genre. I want to hear about those books, get new recommendations. I know I want to start posting about these books, and I hope you guys, my audience, will be interested. If you’re not, that’s okay no it isn’t you have to love all my posts OR ELSE ; this blog is for me and Shanti to decide on.
For further reading about book related blogging, controversy, see the following posts:
Do you feel the same pressure? Do you want to see a wider range of books being posted about? Do you have any non-YA, non-last 3 years releases to tell me about?