Bookish Blatherings #30: Read It Now or Let the Anticipation Build?

Posted November 12th, 2015 in Bookish Blatherings, My Features / 23 comments

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Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.

I might be one of a very small group to do this, but I thought I would write about it to let the comments speak for themselves. This might come as a shock to some of you but if you follow my blog regularly you might have noticed my deep dark secret. I, Bad Bird Jennifer, do not read my most anticipated books right away. I am not talking about ARCs, because I do try to review ARCs pretty close to their publish date. I am talking about books I have to buy from either series that I love or just any (standalone, new, old) books I am looking forward to.

Now, if I just finished a book from an old series (many books already published) I just found out existed, I might be itching to grab book 2, 3, and so on. The story is fresh in my mind and I want to continue my book high if I can. Plus, there is none of that nastiness of forgetting elements of the previous book because it took so long for the next book to come out.

gif book sniffer optBesides the previous scenario, I tend to hold off a couple months after the publish date when it comes to books I want/need to buy/read. Obviously I am all-tingly-inside excited to read that book, but I like delaying the anticipation and gratification.  For example, I haven’t even bought Magic Shifts from Ilona Andrews yet, which was published August 4th this year. You guys KNOW how much I LOVE the Kate Daniels series. I am pretty much the unofficial spokesperson of the series. But it’s been a year since the last book came out and my series high is low. When my high is down, I like to look at the book on Goodreads, see how much it costs on Amazon, read all the non-spoiler reviews, but no touching. I get excited just thinking about how I still get to read Magic Shifts while most of everyone else already has. Neener neener neener! 😀 I still get to be surprised but what’s to come. I still get to laugh at all the new jokes and cry at all the new deaths. Now that is so much better to me than reading it right away and then having to wait another year right away.

Maybe it’s stupid, but it works for me. It’s the same way with movies. I never watch a movie on its premier date. I usually wait until the movie has been out for a week or two. I don’t need that instant gratification. I like the anticipation of waiting. And stop letting your brain go in dirty directions, you bad bird!

So what do you guys think? Am I crazy?

Do you like to read newly published books right away or do you like to wait and bask in the anticipation?

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23 Responses to “Bookish Blatherings #30: Read It Now or Let the Anticipation Build?”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I don’t have set plans of any kind as I’m a mood reader. Basically I get the book when I feel like buying/trading and when money allows, then when I feel like reading it, I read it. I don’t worry much about whether I read it a day, week or year after I get it, I just read it when I want to! And when I have time!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I am so a mood reader too. I just randomly pick the book I want as a peruse. No set titles or set dates.

  2. Lekeisha

    I’m like that too. I haven’t even gotten Queen of Shadows yet, and that was my most anticipated read this year. Same with Go Set A Watchman; I’ve had it since July but am scared to read it. Then, there are some that I will read on release day. I imagine that when One With You hits the shelves, I’ll be devouring it in one sitting the same day. LOL! You are not alone on the waiting.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Happy to hear I am not the only one. I do that too, I am so excited for a book then when it comes out I wait forever to read it.

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I do that too with those books you have to wait 1 – 2 years to come out. I’m even worse sometimes with the fact that I hardly won’t start a series until there are 3 – 4 out already so that I can read a few at a time when I get sucked in. As far as movies, I won’t go on opening weekend. There are way too many people in the theaters when a movie is first released so I like to give it a while LOL

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I wish I waited for more books to come out in series before I started them because the wait is the worst. I HATE going to the movies on release day. I’ve only done it when my friends drag me there, lol

  4. kindlemom1

    You aren’t alone I do this as well and honestly, I don’t even know why. Maybe because I like knowing it is there whenever I want to read it or because I’m just not quite ready to read it, devour it, and then have to wait for the next one? I don’t know. I save up the Charley Davidson series until I have two or three books at a time and then go on a binge reading them and I love it! Maybe that is the real reason why I wait?

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I do love to binge read a couple books in a series too. That’s the best!

  5. Christy

    Yeah, I’m actually like that with most books too. Magic Shifts is still waiting for me too. Along with Queen of Shadows and the latest Charley Davidson book. I look at them as treat that I’m saving for that right moment.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      They are like a treat, huh? Good way of thinking about it. Savor those treats in time!

  6. Ashley @ Ashleyz Wonderland

    That’s a really cool logic. I never really thought about it like that because I’m more like, “MUST HAVE NOW!” I usually have to wait though because of money situations so I can see your point about the anticipation building.

  7. Rachel Lightwood @ Isytria

    I’m not someone that usually reads a book or sees the movie on a its publication date either, but mainly because I am 100% a mood reader. It doesn’t how much I want to read the book, if I am not in the mood or right frame of mind for it then I just won’t pick it up until I’m ready. There’s no point in rushing into it, right? I may as well enjoy it… even if that ends up being years after the release.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      When I started blogging, I wasn’t a mood reader, but now I am 100% too.

  8. Nathan

    Most often I don’t read a book right after it comes out. This is partly because I often find out about the book(s) quite a while after they have come out. Once I get the book, however I may read it immediately or wait several months until I finally find the right time to read it. I have started the Cast’s House of Night series but haven’t yet gotten around to Betrayal. I mean to read it and am in anticipation of doing so, I just haven’t found time for it yet. So your not alone in building the anticipation to finally get at a good book.

      • Nathan

        I mean to get back to the series soon. The House of Night vampire world is refreshingly different from the human world (or many other books) in that it seems to be largely female centered. Most of the teachers are female, as is the high priestess and they have a great goddess Nyx. In Marked we go through and learn as Zoey Redbird learns her way of being a vampire. I highly recommend you read it.

  9. Wickedly Delicious Book Blog

    I have had this on my mind to post as one of my book discussions. Because I do not always read my most anticipated books either. Most of the new authors to me I have been waiting for reviews because I have been so let down before. I also do this with some of my fav authors especially the ones I have for what ever reason stopped reading a series but come out with a new series.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I would be interested to read your book discussion post on this. It’s weird how we change so fast on our most anticipated.

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