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.
Besides 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?