The Magic of Old Books

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8 thoughts on “The Magic of Old Books”

  1. Yay for older books!! I kind of do like libraries for the fact you can find older books…although I definitely admit to reading probably 80% new ones. The shiny covers get me every time! 😛
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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  2. Great post, Nicolette! I don’t have a preference for reading old or new books, to be honest. If the story interests me, I’ll most likely read it. 🙂

    A few examples: I just finished Garth Nix’s Sabriel a couple days ago; that came out in 1995 or 96. I’m also planning to read soon is Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard – and that, I think, came out in the 1970s. And I’m also a fan of Ursula K. Le Guin’s work and am still catching up on her work, most of which was published in the 60s through 80s.

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    1. I love Ursula K. Le Guin! She was one of the very first authors I read in the genre – I devoured her Earthsea Quartet.
      I have to admit that I don’t have a particular preference and as you do, I’ll read anything that grabs my attention, but I find that the tendency among modern readers is to ignore books older than ten years unless they’re ‘classics’. I’m aware that that’s a blanket statement, and doesn’t apply to everyone (fantasy readers in particular seem to read older books), but it is becoming more prevalent. I think there’s just so much out there, that it’s difficult to read it all.

      Thanks for stopping by, Sara!

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      1. I loved the Earthsea books, too! Now I’m catching up on her science fiction. Have you read any of those UKLG books yet?

        I agree that there seems to be an emphasis on staying on top of recently published books. As an unpublished writer, I understand that idea, since it’s good to know what’s popular, trending, etc. But people should still read whatever they want to read, regardless of when it was published. I try things as balanced as I can by reading at least one older book for every brand new book. I’m also trying to be more selective about which brand new books to read, since a few much-hyped recent books have disappointed me… But that’s a story for another time. 😉

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