In light of Beth’s recovery and first SBD in a while:
As the move and consequent Great Book Purge of 2013 have progressed, my reading behavior has shifted. Is it for the good or the bad? Who knows?
1. I’m buying very few books. That probably seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? If I want to pare my collection, don’t keep adding to the TBR pile. But I did still buy ebooks occasionally — they weren’t taking space on a shelf and didn’t need to be dusted, skimmed, and then sorted into a keep or go pile. Now, though, I’m not even buying ebooks. It could still take me years to get through the TBR, even if I don’t ever buy another book. (That’s not going to happen — I’ve got two books pre-ordered for release later this month — but I’m expecting my book budget to be significantly diminished this year.)
2. The book reviews in my feed reader are getting short shrift. Even though there are several reviewers out there whose taste corresponds (more or less) with mine, I’m reading their new book reviews and moving on without bookmarking or checking out samples at the publishers’ websites. It’s not that the reviews aren’t good — it’s that the “don’t bring anymore books into the house” mantra has finally sunk in, and bookmarking reviews can only lead to book buying that I don’t really need right now.
3. My younger self had some questionable taste or was just unthinking in terms of the sexism and misogyny inherent in some books. A fair few of the books I’ve discarded (read: ripped in half and tossed because they offended me) were books I loved at one point, but reading them 15-20 years later makes my brain hurt.
4. I miss the days when I knew I was going to love the next In Death book, when I pre-ordered every new Linda Howard book, and when Sandra Brown, Barbara Delinsky, Lavyrle Spencer, Deborah Smith, and Catherine Coulter still wrote romance. Spencer has retired while the others write either straight suspense or angsty women’s fiction now. Linda Howard’s romantic suspense devolved into chemistry-less how-to survival guides, and the In Death series is utterly predictable.
5. Reading through older books, I’m marveling at the editing. It’s not perfect by any stretch and there are typos but the volume of them is incredibly low in comparison to the piss poor editing that seems to pass for professional work from both NY publishers and small presses and epublishers.
6. Because I’m working mostly through print books right now, I’m reading very little m/m or gay fiction. I don’t miss it at all, which is pretty telling. I’d gotten to the point of needing a hiatus from the genre, and the break has been good for me. I am looking forward to a new release from an auto-buy author though.