I’ve had friends mention this to me before, that I must like ‘old books’, because of some of the books I have reviewed on the blog. And while that’s true to an extent, what usually ends up happening is one of two things:
1) I get given a book as a gift from a friend or family member.
2) I pick up an interesting looking/sounding book at my local used book store.
In either case, I never look to see when the publish or copyright dates are until I’m sitting at my computer filling in the blanks for my review. This usually isn’t a problem as most of the books I’ve been reading lately have been published in the last 1-5 years. So not all that old.
But then every once in a while I’ll end up with a book like this one, that turns out it was published in 1986! I had no idea it was that old until I went to fill in the published date when I was posting the review.
And then I think, “should I even be reviewing this book?” but I’ve already read it, written my review, and spent all the time putting it all together. So I post it anyway. It might be interesting to someone, and even being that old, it might be a new author/book for someone.
And that isn’t even the first time I’ve done that, though admittedly, none of the others has been anywhere near as old as that book was! I keep telling myself that I need to check the publish date before buying books, but I never do it. If it looks good, or I’ve been told by people I trust that I need to read it, I’ll pick it up.
So what about you? Do you look at the publish date before buying a book? Do you decide not to review books that are more than x-years old? Will you read a book that was published more than 5 years ago?