I Miss Instant Book Gratification
You know that feeling when you go in the bookstore to buy the sequel in a series you’ve been looking forward to for months, or you find a new book that you’re really excited about, and you buy it and go home and immediately start reading super excitedly? (Or, even better, you start reading in the car because someone else drove you!) I miss that instant book gratification where I start reading a book the same day that I hear about it or as soon as it is in my hands if it is a sequel I was anticipating.
Why do I miss instant book gratification you ask? It’s really my own fault, I’ll fully admit that, and the fault of my habits changing with book blogging. While it is really exciting to get ARCs or early review copies, of course, these days I rarely let myself read a review copy the day it arrives in the mail. There are always other books that I’m in the middle of or that need to be read first. I would feel way too guilty jumping to a book that is months out since I have review copies that are overdue that I should read instead D:
I’m generally quite okay with my schedule and all of those overdue review copies are books that I’m still genuinely excited to read. There is just some delicious extra bump that you get when cracking open a new book that you literally just purchased and I miss it! I didn’t even realize that I missed that feeling until recently when I thought back and realized that I hadn’t read a recently purchased book in ages.
Maybe it is just nostalgia, but I keep thinking back to the “good ol’ days” when I went to the bookstore with my mom and bought whatever caught my eye, then immediately started reading it in the car. Instant book gratification captures that essential mood reading element, since hopefully you’re still in the mood to read a book that you were excited enough about to actually spend money on ;-). Because of how review copies work, there is generally at least a week or two delay between the moment that I’m excited enough to request a book and the moment that it shows up on my doorstep and I can actually read it. Even if I’m still interested in the book when it shows up, some of that initial rush is gone. Other books have caught my eye in the mean time and now I’m anxiously awaiting them. Or maybe I’ve seen a review or two for the book and now am painfully aware of its potential shortcomings that may or may not actually apply to me.
There is of course a couple of ways for me to recover some of the rush of instant book gratification. I can read an ARC immediately, even if it doesn’t come out for months, and I’ll probably enjoy it more than I would if I waited anyway. There are a couple of big releases that I’m really excited about this year and may not get as review copies, and I’m actually kind of excited about the idea of going into the store on release day to buy the book and start reading it as soon as I get home!
While I’m still behind on review books and will continue to try to catch up/stay ahead of those, I think that I’m going to try to give myself permission to jump ahead if I’m really excited about an ARC or pause the review books schedule to fit in a new release that I’m geeked about. Like I said, it’s not that I’m not enjoying the review books I’m reading, and it’s not that I’m not reading the books I really want to, it’s that I’m not letting myself be spontaneous when new books are particularly awesome (and I’m not really a spontaneous person anyway ;-) ). I’m not sure how well I’ll do, but there are a couple on the review pile for the summer that I’m particularly eyeing, so I think I’ll go practice being spontaneous right now! :D
Have you experienced that extra rush of instant book gratification? Do you find yourself jumping straight into new books or putting them off for others? Book bloggers, how do you balance new review books or purchased books with overdue review books?
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