Have you ever added a book, or bought a book and completely forgotten about it? I think as bloggers and readers we tend to overlook those books that have been on our TBR for the longest time, especially with e galley’s and new releases taking most of our time. This is a subject I have been wanting to discuss for quite some time. Mostly because I am guilty of being so consummed on what is most “popular” or the latest releases, that I tend to forget that there are many books on my list I want to really read but just don’t have time to get to. Its one of the main reasons, I have my reading challenge “Oldie But a Goodie”, its a good reminder but I don’t pick up as many of these as I would like. Having a focus this year though, of trying to do what I can, to pick these books up have been a wonderful experience and a reminder of what I love about those older romances that are just so well written and easily forgotten.
What is fun is picking up these oldies and finding treasures and then there are other times you pick one up and aren’t as easily impressed. Especially when its with a favorite author. Last year, for example I picked up Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase. Now I really wanted to love this one, but I just couldn’t get through it and I ended up DNF’ing it. Which was not what I wanted, but I had to realize that sometimes you just aren’t in the mood, and frankly I was bored with the story. And so far, its the only book that I haven’t enjoyed from Loretta Chase. And even though I haven’t gotten around to her whole backlist, its still in the plans. Especially since one of my all time favorite books “Lord Of Scoundrels” is written by her and is one of her most classic romances and well known and very much liked. The next book that I had a wonderful experience with was “Captive” by Heather Graham. Now this author writes angsty romances, so the actual romances aren’t for everyone. But one aspect I do love about this author and how she has written her historical’s are simply AMAZING. She knows how to research so well to make a story come alive with authentic historic detail. When I picked this up a couple of months ago, I had read this author in years, and many of her books have been on my TBR for the longest time. Upon finishing this book, I realized how much I want to read more of her historical’s. My next favorite one I was able to pick up was “Tennessee Bride” by Rosanne Bittner. Now if you have been following my reviews the past year, you know how much I LOVE this author so much. I had a wonderful experience with this book, it has a native american theme here. Which I loved how Bittner wrote it, because its so different from any native american romance I have read before. I loved the great emotional depth (which Bittner is famous for) and what a treasure of a read this one was. The history and details were quite fascainting and I still can’t believe how long I took to pick this one up.
So what about you all….have there been books you have picked up from your TBR pile that were treasures or were they duds? I would love to know
What about those books that have been on your TBR the longest but you haven’t gotten around to? How do we as readers, with so many books to read and little time get around to those forgotten books, take the time to pick up the oldies? I used to think I didn’t have time to make for these. But I realize that I had to make sacrifices if it was important enough. And especially when reading historical romance…I like the older books just as much (or sometimes more so) than newer releases. What made a difference for myself this year, was taking a step back from the newer releases and requesting so many galleys. Now first off, I have made an effort to only request books from Netgalley/Edelweiss that I would buy right away to read. As far as books I like to buy that are new—they need to be books I know I NEED to read. Certain authors or books that are Auto buys for me. Now other than that, I try to get to those books on my shelves or even on my kindle that I just haven’t either had time to get to, or have completly forgotten about. Or even books I find through my library that I have been wanting to read or have been on my wishlist for quite some time!! I do encourage making an effort to pick up those older books that you haven’t gotten around to—-in fact I think its just as important as reading those newer releases.
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