A little over a year ago, Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings posted an interesting topic during her "Tell Me Something Tuesday" - do you participate in Waiting on Wednesday, and do you read the books you highlight? Waiting on Wednesday was a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which bloggers highlight an upcoming release they're eagerly anticipating. Since that blog hasn't been active in awhile, Tressa at Wishful Endings started hosting Can't-Wait Wednesday, with the same premise.
WoW/CWW is a meme I've been participating almost every week since I started blogging. It's fun to spotlight upcoming releases, fangirl about them a bit, and even introduce other readers to books they may not have been aware of. So, I thought it would be fun to look back through my archives and figure out how many of those books I've featured I've actually read - and if not, why not.
I looked at all my CWW posts for 2019, assuming that at this point in 2020, they've all been released:
Total posts: 44
- I've read 19 of the books I featured (43%)
- I DNFed 5 of them (11%)
- 20 are unread (~45%)
- Of those 20, 13 are still on my TBR (29.5%) and 7 have been deleted
When I look at the books I did read, one general pattern stands out - I tend to read anticipated releases by authors I've read and enjoyed before (in this case, Sophie Kinsella, Fiona Davis, Beatriz Williams, John Marrs, Jenn Bennett, Blake Crouch, etc.). I know I can rely on them to deliver amazing stories.
And what about the ones I haven't read yet? There are so many reasons why I might not have picked up an anticipated release: maybe I'm no longer interested in it; maybe the release date was so far away that I've forgotten about it; maybe it's moved down my TBR because I've added other books to the top; maybe I haven't been able to get a copy from my library yet. And, there just aren't enough hours in the day to read every book I want to read!
So, how about you? Do you find yourself always reading those books you're really anticipating? Or does it depend?