Do you prefer reading current books? Or older ones? Or outright old ones? (As in, yes, there’s a difference between a book from 10 years ago and, say, Charles Dickens or Plato.)
When it comes to choosing between books written hundreds of years ago or written in the last five years, I cannot say that I really have any preferences. What I try to enjoy in a book is the story, regardless of the difference in vernacular. I am just as likely to pick up a Henry Fielding novel as I am a Tom Perrotta novel. I find that I am able to enjoy books written by different people from different times in their own way. There are certain qualities that you will not find in a present day novel that you will in a classic and vice versa.
When it comes to the books I own, I have a fairly even spread of books both current and older. One of my book buying compulsions manifests itself in the form of classics (like the Barnes & Noble Classics), and I definitely cannot read them as quickly as I buy them, but I still love them all the same. I have to admit though, I sometimes buy books, then buy more books and never get around to reading them. So I have several books such as Wuthering Heights, the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and House of Leaves which I’ve had around for a few years and still need to sit down and read.