I Don’t Buy Books Blind…or Do I?

So I’ve been telling many of my Twitter writing pals that I don’t buy books blind. In other words, I don’t buy books I have not yet read. I’m always super wary of new books and having to spend money on something I don’t know I’ll like makes me shudder. There are exceptions to my rule though –

  1. The book is highly recommended to me by people I trust or know very well. An example of this is The Lies of Locke Lamora  by Scott Lynch. I am an avid listener of the podcast,  Writing Excuses, and every half a dozen episodes, they would name drop this book. I thought it sounded awesome and eventually decided to take the plunge and buy it. (I loved book and its sequel, by the way)
  2. The book is buy an author I love or is a sequel to one that I have read. I’ll pick up a Brandon Sanderson novel without having read it because I like his books. Likewise I grabbed the sequels to Locke Lamora  immediately after reading the first and I didn’t read those two before buying.

But I recently preordered a book by an author I haven’t read and it was not recommended by other famous authors or close friends of mine and it got me thinking, “Maybe I don’t follow my own rule. Maybe I buy blindly more than I realize.”

In the past year or so I’ve bought:

Second Star by J.M. Sullivan

The Fated Blades Trilogy by Steve Bien

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Haze by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

1984 by George Orwell

Rose By Another Name by Melanie Thurlow

Alethia by Megan Tennant

And a few others which I have misplaced and forgotten their names.

These were all blind buys. Yes, I bought two trilogies without having read any of the books first. I still haven’t read them so I don’t know if I wasted my money or not.  So far, most of the books I’ve completed and enjoyed.

I guess 1984 wasn’t so much of a blind buy, but aside from it being a classic, no one really had any convincing arguments as to why I should read it. i.e. great characters or awesome magic.

Perhaps buying blind isn’t as bad as I make it out to be, as long as I get my books.