Confession: when it comes to waiting for much anticipated new releases, be they books, movies, or whatever, I am not a patient woman. You’re talking to someone who went running to Best Buy the day that the original Star Wars trilogy became available on DVD for the first time. I am also guilty of going to midnight releases for various Twilight movie DVDs. (Did I really do that? Ah, yes. Yes I did.)
Unsurprisingly, I do pre-order books. Not often—just the ones that I must read the very same day they’re released or I shall be very grumpy. I’m talking about The Raven Cycle, Throne of Glass, and any Shadowhunter novels. Yes, I am all about instant gratification when certain books are involved. These are the titles that I clear the rest of my reading schedule for and time my current read to end so that I can dive straight into the new arrival on its release day (as long as there isn’t a delivery mishap, which, unfortunately, has happened). The day that a release date is announced for George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter, I’ll be adding that to my Amazon cart faster than you can say winter is coming.
Something I’ve noticed lately is the offering of some nifty swag to those who pre-order various titles. I have to say, there have been a handful of books that I’ve definitely been motivated to order sooner rather than later because the incentives were very sweet indeed, and they were books I’d planned to buy eventually anyway.
Do you pre-order books? Are there any upcoming releases that you absolutely MUST have in your hands the day they’re available? Have pre-order goodies ever persuaded you to place your order before the release date?