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Stop the Hype Train—I Want to Get Off!
Lately I’ve been thinking about how my reading has changed since I started blogging. Before I got involved with the bookish community, I used to walk into Barnes & Nobel without a shopping list. I would just wander the aisles until I found something that interested me. As a result, I used to read a lot of obscure, older books that very few people had heard of.
Now, I rarely go to a bookstore without a shopping list. Reading blogs and watching BookTube has given me a massive TBR list. This definitely isn’t a bad thing because it means that there’s always a new book that I’m excited about reading, but it’s different from how I used to choose my books. I’m relying on other bloggers to tell me about books rather than discovering them on my own in a bookstore.
Since I now get so many book recommendations from bloggers, I feel like I’ve been reading more hyped new releases than I used to. I’ve never read a book just because of the hype, but when everybody is talking about something, it makes me curious. Reading hyped new releases isn’t a bad thing, but most of the books that I used to read were several years (or decades) old. I know for a fact that there are some amazing older books in the world. I just need to find them.
Last time I went to Barnes & Noble, I made sure to pick out some older books that I had never heard of before. One book I discovered was The House of the Scorpion. This book was originally published in 2002. I have never seen it mentioned on a blog. I ended up liking it so much that I bought the sequel, and I rarely read sequels or series. Wandering the shelves and finding that book by myself was somehow more rewarding than seeing it on a blog and adding it to my shopping list.
Next year, I want to concentrate on finding and reviewing more under-hyped books. However, I’ve noticed that obscure books aren’t really good for blogs. My reviews of hyped new releases get way, way, way more pageviews than my reviews of little-known books. But, I think trading pageviews for the fun of discovering obscure books on my own is a trade that I’m willing to make.
Hopefully I’ll find a way to balance my reading list so that there’s more room for old books. Maybe I’ll come across a new favorite.
How do you find books to read? Has your reading changed since you started blogging? Do you review little-known books on your blog? Do you mostly read older books or new releases?