Of late, I've been indulging my interest in books, particularly crime/Detective fiction. Now, something I've always done is check the publication date of the books I'm reading to gain some historical context (I even did this as a small child reading Hardy Boys books from the 1930's). It find that t useful to understand what the events of the time were, not to mention the effects of technology.
I've always assumed that this was something everyone does, but I realize that may not be the case. So I'm wondering if everyone does this, or if I'm the odd one out.