Bookish Chat : Saving Books for Later

January 18, 2014 Bookish chat 43

I have a crazy habit!  When I have a book I can’t wait to read, one I have been looking forward to and anticipating, maybe a favourite author or a much needed sequel, I put off reading it.  And I don’t mean a book I’m saving to buy, I mean one where I’ve splashed the cash and have it ready and waiting.  Yes, a book I can’t wait to read but then I make myself wait.  Told you it was crazy!

There are a couple main reasons I do this:

– I want to savour the book.  I love the anticipation of knowing I have the book and that it’s there waiting for me.  I feel the same way about holidays, I love the build up and count down to D day.

– When it’s a book I’m really excited about reading, I don’t want to read a few chapters a night.  I want to wait until I have enough time to read for hours so I can really dwell in it.

– I’m afraid I won’t love it.  I have been stung in the past and it has made me wary.  I prefer the anticipation of thinking I will love that shiny, unblemished book to the reality that it was only ok or worse that it sucked.

– I have review books that I need to read first.  I try to read review books asap so it sometimes means postponing my own books.  Hopefully this won’t happen as much this year as I’m aiming for more of a balance between reading review books and books I’ve bought.

– However I also get review books that make me scream with excitement but then they too get stuck in this vicious cycle.  It seems like the more I want to read it, the more I keep delaying and delaying until very near the release date.

– The hype monster scares me too.  I get afraid that the book can’t possibly measure up and I push my reading date further and further away.

Bookish Chat : This habit drives me scatty!  I want to be that person who buys the book and dives straight in for better or for worse.  So tips, please!  Also, am I alone?  Do you do this?  What are your reasons for delaying reading a book? 


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43 Responses to “Bookish Chat : Saving Books for Later”

  1. Joséphine @ Dudette Reads

    You are not alone! I was soooo looking forward to Allegiant, even pre-ordered it, whined that it arrived only two weeks later, and now? It’s sitting on my shelf, still unread. I could’ve just sat down to read it but I want to re-read Divergent and Insurgent first, before I do. And since I have a whole load of library books on loan, I decided to read those first, then dedicate a whole block of time just to the Divergent trilogy. Sounds crazy, I agree, but I just can’t help it either. Heh.
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    • trish

      We are crazy! But I love the build up in anticipation too, nothing beats that feeling of knowing you have a stack of great sounding books to look forward to.
      Allegiant was one I did read straight away though! I was so afraid of spoilers so I dived in immediately 🙂 Well done if you have stayed spoiler free up till now!

  2. Cayce

    Haha, I’m doing this sometimes too. Mostly because “I’m afraid I won’t love it” which is crazy because up until that moment I was 1000% sure I’ll love it and was super excited about it. And yes, the hype monster is SCARY. I almost always end up being the one black sheep in the herd of fans so I try to stay away from those super hyped-up books (unless they sound really, really good, of course)
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    • trish

      I know! From can’t wait to read it to THE FEAR as soon as it’s in your hands! It’s fun knowing it’s there waiting for you though.

  3. Leanna

    Ha! I do this too. Like that time I rushed out and bought The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. 2/3 years later it’s still sitting on my shelf, unread. Like you though, I plan to fit in reading more of my own books this year. I don’t really accept many review books nowadays, so hopefully the plan will work!
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    • trish

      I have a few books that old too! This year I’m planning to read all the books I owned before 2014 before the year is out. I think part of it is I love buying books too and I always buy too many. Lets hope we both get to read more of our own books this year 🙂

    • trish

      Waiting for the perfect time is a huge one. I never have enough time to read, too many other pesky things like work get in my way!

    • trish

      I see a lot of bloggers taking on less review books this year. I’m try to stay more balanced too between the ones I get and my own books. Reading should always be fun but I learned the hard way that too many review books can be draining.

  4. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I do this too…but it’s definitely not a conscious decision. I’ll buy a book with the intention fo starting it but then for whatever reason I just don’t. It usually has to do with the fact that I’m not the mood to read or life got in the way and I moved on to a different book later. In some cases I get stuck in a whirlwind of review books and I just don’t have time for anything else. It really bothers me that I do it, but at the same time it’s nice to have a pile of books ready to go when I have nothing else to read. 😛
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted…Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

    • trish

      It is the best feeling to know you have a stack of books that you feel excited about reading. I never mentioned the fact that I’m a mood reader but that is another reason for me too. If I don’t feel in the mood for a genre at that particular time then I just won’t read it until I do.

  5. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    You’re definitely not alone in this, Trish. I know plenty of other bookworms who do the same thing! I don’t know if I do this (consciously or otherwise), because I always have a “waiting list”. In fact, I think I might be opposite of you. If there’s a book I’m super dying to read, I will actually put off everything else and push that one to the front of the line! While reading it, though, I generally DO try to take it a bit slower than normal, so I can savor it (but that’s hard to do).
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…How Do You Feel About Pop Culture References in Books?

    • trish

      I try to savour books too but find it impossible. I do find once I actually start a book I love, I can’t put it down and will read late into the night to finish it. In my pre blogger days, if I loved a book, I’d often read as fast as I could just to get the story and then reread it immediately to leave it soak in.

  6. Ana @ Read Me Away

    Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I still have a stack of books that I bought for a bargain and they haven’t been read! I don’t know why, I just end up reading the ones I borrowed from the library. 😛
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    • trish

      That makes sense Ana as the library books have a return date. I have a good few bargain books and some kindle freebies that I never get around to! They are on my list though so they don’t get forgotten about and hopefully I’ll get to them someday!

  7. Natalie @Natflix& Books

    I think we are all guilty of this sometimes. I’ll buy something I can’t wait to read, but then it will sit on my shelf. The reasons are almost always the ones you listed: I have arcs I need to read first or the anticipation of reading that shiny new book beats actually reading it. Lol. Great post!
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    • trish

      Thanks Natalie. I have a feeling this is post that only book lovers will get though! We want all the books and then we make them wait for us!

    • trish

      Too many books, too little time….I know how that story goes! Hype is a killer as it just raises your expectations way too high. Saving books is fun too though as it means we always have lots to choose from 🙂

  8. Stefanie

    I didn’t use to do this, but after a couple of mishits (mostly due to reading it at a wrong time in my life, ie when I’m too busy to make headway in the book or when I’m not per se in the mood for the book)I started doing this too. It just sucks to read a book that you know you would have loved more if only you had read it at a different time!
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    • trish

      That is a huge part of it for me Stefanie. I really need to be in the right mood for a book which is why I jump around all the genres. There is no point in me reading a dreamy contemporary when I’m in the book for a gritty thriller.

  9. Farhana

    I understand you completely! I have the same fears and sometimes I wind up reading reviews and then I have to wait even longer for those reviews to get out of my head lol.

    I think there’s no problem with waiting around to read it at the perfect moment. It happens to all of us 🙂
    Farhana recently posted…Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

    • trish

      That is so true about the reviews. I’m always afraid to read reviews of a book I plan to read as I think it reshapes my opinion.
      The perfect book at the perfect moment sounds like a good plan to me 🙂

  10. Sarah @ Girl!Reporter

    I don’t think this sounds odd at all. I can totally see where you’re coming from and I admire your willpower. I sometimes dive right in, and then books aren’t as good as I hoped, so I think your method of waiting definitely helps with that.

    The closest I can equate this to is when as a child I’d save the favourite part of my dinner for last (i.e. chips), just so I could savour it. Okay, I still do that now!
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  11. Late Night Lamplight

    Trish, I’m exactly the same! I worry that sometimes blogging means I don’t get as much enjoyment out of books because I’m trying to race through them, or it’s not JUST reading for pleasure anymore, etc. etc. So I end up saving them for when I can get the most out of them and enjoy them as much as possible. If that makes sense. ^-^
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    • trish

      I worry about exactly the same thing too! When I know I have lots of review books to get through, I feel I can’t linger on a book and re-reading went out the window. Well that was last year, this year I’m aiming for less review books and making time for re-reading old favourites.

      • Late Night Lamplight

        I’m sure a lot of readers would love to hear about your old favourites as well, though. Plus, it’ll be more likely that people will have actually read them as well (as opposed to ARCs, which aren’t even released yet) so you can probably get a lot of discussion going.
        I look forward to seeing where you go with that. 😀
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        • trish

          Thanks 🙂 I do try to share old favourites from time to time and hopefully this year will see a lot more of that. I am also co-hosting a RE-readathon in April so I’ll have to line up some of favourite favourites for that!

  12. Amy Bookworm

    (Hey! I hadn’t checked this out but luckily Ana’s weekly digest brought it to my attention so that’s cool!)

    I don’t think its crazy, I mean at first glance you think ‘Why?’ but you know why & your reasons honestly make sense. In fact, I can relate to them. But I know the only BIG reason that means I delay a book for a long time & I hate it, I’m not proud of it, it’s that I feel like… there’s always books that need reading first. That you got for review & have to get to, other books like this that you don’t want to put off as this is a new addition to the pile. That kind of thing… You do it with review copies? Fair enough. I do… a bit. But with review copies I think I’m better. Some are better with books they’ve bought but the bottom line is: as book bloggers, can we really overcome it? Book blogging & the book-side of things is so confusing. We probably already read loads & knew there were loads of books but TBR piles grow so MUCH when you review. You get more books & I’m sure you’ve heard, so I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful: too many books, too little time. It’s a cliche with truth in it.
    Hope you DO get better but I wouldn’t expect a 100% tackle of the issue. Good luck nonetheless & happy reading… Please read one of those books for me?

    (P.S: post linked to this comment is one which you commented on last year & I responded to your comment on it quite recently & with Twitter not allowing links in DM pretty much at all I didn’t manage to tell you via Twitter so… sorry.)
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    • trish

      Yes my tbr pile has never been as big as since I started blogging. The more blogs I read, the more books I want to read and amazon sales make reading so much more affordable, plus review books, plus books I win, etc and it all ends up as one giant stack! I don’t mind though I love having a big pile to choose from. I’m a big mood reader so if I only had one or two books to pick from I think I’d end up reading a lot less, having a mixture of genres keeps things fun. I’m sure we’ll get through them all eventually! 🙂
      Thanks for link!

  13. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads

    Oh, I definitely do this. I get super excited for a book and then get it and just look at it and save it. But I’ve also done the opposite and certain book I read as soon as I Either way, it has left me with a giant pile of books that I need to read.
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    • trish

      Haha, I think that is one thing we all have in common. No matter what way we tackle our tbr pile, it only ever gets bigger instead of smaller 🙂 But a giant pile of books to read sounds good!

    • trish

      Ahem, you are that crazy lady walking around in public with your nose in a book and you call me mad! The jury is out on which of us is maddest :O

  14. Evie

    That’s so funny, I just did the same thing with Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean At The End Of The Lane’. It was my first Gaiman novel and the anticipation of it was so sweet, I kept putting off reading it! Lovely blog Trish 🙂
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    • trish

      Looks like there is a lot of us holding back on books just to prolong the pleasure! We are an odd breed! I haven’t read a Neil Gaiman book yet but I plan to before the year is out, so many people rave about his books. And thanks 🙂

  15. Lola

    I saw this post on facebook and just had to comment as I am exactly the same! I have a book by one of my favourite authors that have been released for about a year now and I still haven’t read it. In fact I hardly ever read those books I am excited for immediately. It’s like I love that feeling of knowing I still have an aweosme urnead book. I like watching ahead and I get happy from looking forward to good things. It’s like by not reading that book I can get happy every time I think of it and how I haven’t read it. Sometimes it’s also the case I have other books to read first or am afraid it won’t be as good as I hope. Great post!
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