Thursday, June 17, 2010

Now or Then?

This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:
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Do you prefer reading current books? Or older ones? Or outright old ones? (As in, yes, there’s a difference between a book from 10 years ago and, say, Charles Dickens or Plato.)

This one is pretty easy for me to answer. The vast majority of the books I read are current. I would say within the last three years. They seem to just be pumping out so many great books lately it's hard for me to even keep up.

However, if I find an author that I really I really like I'll read some of their older books, like from ten years ago. This has happened to me in the past with Barbara Kingslover when I read 'The Poisonwood Bible' and then read her entire back catalog. Recently I've been doing this with Jill Mansell and her books span back to the early 2000s and yes, I guess that now fits into the author of this questions definition of old, as in ten years ago. So I do this periodically.

Usually a couple of times a year, sometimes more, sometimes less, I'll rediscover a classic and have to read it. I did a pretty good job of reading most of the classics in school so I don't, as yet, feel a yearning to re-read them, but probably in time this will kick in ... maybe never with 'Moby Dick'.

How about you? What age do you like your books to be?

8 comments:

  1. The majority of books I read are current, too. Although I have been trying to mix in more classics this year.

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  2. Well, you can't replace the wonderfulness this new book smell. (If I could make a line of scented candles, that would be one of them).

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  3. Right now, I read mostly current books and some slightly older ones. I used to read only classics, so I've been both an old and new book reader.

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  4. This was an easy question for me too -- but with the opposite conclusion. Here is my answer on Rose City Reader.

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  5. I agree-there are so many new, good books that it hard to even keep up with those and I am having a difficult time going back to the classics.

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  6. I am currently enjoying a very new book, The Passage by Justin Cronin but next week I could be reading something ver old, just depends on what interests me. BTW I have a book giveaway going on for a hardcover copy of The Passage.

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  7. I read more modern books too...some old but most new or at least, newer.

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  8. I try to read a mixture of things, but I do think it comes up heavily weighted towards modern books. Right now I'm reading two modern books and a very very old one (the Odyssey), which feels like a nice balance.

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