Backlist books. We all have them on our TBRs, many of them by favorite authors, but what percentage of those do we actually get to compared to new releases that we want to read? At least if you’re blogging? I know for me, the percentage is pretty darn depressing. When I look at some of the books I have not read yet, I really wonder what I have been doing with my reading time. It’s so easy to get pulled in to the new shiny things, the latest and greatest new releases. Especially when you can get ARCs of them from publishers in exchange for reviews and you hear other bloggers chatting about them, building anticipation. And it also doesn’t help when you notice a trend for lower traffic for previously published books (at least for me). So, it’s easy to put them off for “another day” or “after I catch up with ARCs”. Well, I think I have decided I need to change that, even if it means reading less ARCs and getting lower traffic. My blog is really about reading books I want to read, and posting my thoughts. I feel like I’ve just gotten a bit distracted. And I am not trying to downplay new releases, I still see TONS of books I want to read (and plan on reading). But I also want to start addressing my backlist books. Quit neglecting.
I need to make the time to read the rest of Robin Hobb’s books, to read more than one book by Guy Gavriel Kay. To read Tom Lloyd’s Stormcaller series. This last on is one that I only discovered because I had an ARC of his Moon’s Artifice, so I’m not complaining about ARCs (who in their right mind would do that??) and certainly don’t plan on quitting them completely. There are other authors, like Lauren Beukes, who I feel I really need to read her books that were published prior to her latest that I just read and reviewed. I think I just need to be even more selective in what I request until I manage to catch up on many of the books I feel are “must reads”, but I still haven’t read them. It used to be, when I read the first in a series, I would just read straight through and I kind of miss that.
I’m hoping to read at least one backlist book a month, maybe more. I just finished Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and even though I have several books for review lined up that I feel I should read next, I’m kind of tempted to continue on with Mad Ship next.
How do other people manage this? I’ve only been reading the genre for about 4 years. That’s a good chunk of time, but given the number of amazing books I had to experience, it’s left a ton of things for me to catch up on. So, I’m curious, do other people have this problem? Do you have favorite authors, or new to you authors that you feel you “must read” more of? But just never seem to find the time? Anyone else interested in working on their backlist turndown?