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Why Should You Be Reading Older Books With New?
I think you could divide “older” books into two categories. You have older books as in books you have read before and are doing a reread and there are books that were just written in previous years and you are just getting to them.
If it is the latter, and you have never read them before, I would still consider them “new”. They are new to you. Just because they were actually written in 2012 instead of 2015 or 2016, they are still new to you. I am doing that right now. I’m going back and reading series that I have heard such great things about. They are not newer series, and most of the time have a long, long list of books in the series, but I consider them “new”. It would be a shame for their popular time to come and go at release time only to totally disappear within a year. There is still a big audience that we could introduce them to. That is why I continue to review all the books I read including the older titles. There is always a chance that I’ll have a reader that will be seeing the book for the first time and it will be “new” to them.
I am not a big rereader. Sometimes I think I desperately need to in some of these longer series, but in my brain they are “old”. They are not new to me anymore. I may not remember the whole storyline, but once I start, my brain instantly recalls what happened. The character’s actions are already predicted and the ending is not a surprise. However, I know at certain points I should reread this older book. Has anyone read the Dark Hunter / Dream Hunter / Were Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon? It is a long series, but has anyone wanted to go back and reread? I’m pretty lost in the series now, and a reread is probably long overdue. But man, that pile of books in that series would take me a year and I’d miss out on some really good new releases.
So it is a balance and a preference. Some of us are not rereaders so reading an “old” book is just not on our agenda or something we feel we should do. But if it is an “old” book that is “new” to us, then I think it is a must to give it a try.
What do you think about reading older books with new books? Are you a rereader?