backlist books

Backlist books. Poor, maligned backlist books. I don’t know about you, but I always have the best intentions of getting to my backlisters, but then am suddenly distracted by shiny, new releases.

There’s something about a new release that always supersedes a backlist book, in my mind. It might be because everyone is talking about it. But even when it’s a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, if I come across a new-to-me book, I’ll always choose that one. I think that’s an aspect of blogging, too – I find that people are less interested in backlist reviews than they are in new releases, so in terms of my blog I’m also less interested in reading backlist books.

Next year I’m thinking about doing something like Beat the Backlist – now that I’ve (sort of) started working in publishing I’m just getting so many books each week, I don’t know what to do with them all!

I also did a booktube video about some of the backlist books that I want to read – check it out!

How do you decide when to read backlist books over new releases? Do you have the same problems as me?

8 thoughts on “backlist books

  1. Sofia @ BookishWanderess says:

    I’m the complete opposite! I usually read a lot more backlist books than new releases. Actually, one of my goals this year is to try to read more new releases, I’m even making posts of my most anticipated releases each month and trying to keep track of how many I read as a way to push myself to actually read them.

    I do agree with you about reviews, I feel like people are more interested and interact more when I post a review for a new release.

    Really interesting post, great job!


  2. Dina says:

    Your accent is fascinating. It sounds more American than I expected. Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Paradise haunt me so much that I have not read more of her work. I have never read any Zadie Smith, though. I should look into her biography and gather information on her writing style/genre. You always give me some courage to try and read more literary fiction and nonfiction. But, I struggle to find a starting point for that kind of reading. Do you think you can make a video on how to get started (or reintroduced) to literary fiction and/or classics? (Obviously, I subscribed to your channel! I look forward to more content from you! Keep up the incredible work. I hope your Master’s is going well!).


  3. Life of a Female Bibliophile says:

    I also agree! I l tend to skip backlist books over new releases even though my bookcase is constantly giving me the side eye, lol. I am trying to find a way to alternate between new and old reads, but it’s hard to find a balance. Usually I try to squeeze in one backlist book every couple of weeks if I have the time, but being a book blogger has kept me quite busy.


  4. Hannah says:

    I totally agree with you. I have so many wonderful books that I still need to read sitting on my shelves, but then I see something new and shiny and get distracted. I am such a mood reader as well that all my plans to try and force myself to read more of my already owned books (because I do tend to enjoy the books I buy) are somehow always failing.


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