They throw me off my flow
More often than not, here’s what happens:
- Awesome new ARC gets put up on NetGalley.
- I’m so excited and I want to read it NOW! I hit “request”. I’M READY FOR YOU! I SHALL READ YOU TONIGHT!
- No approval and no rejection… days pass…
- In the meantime, I start reading a new book.
- I line up three other books to read after I finish this one.
- Then, two weeks later, I finally get approved.
Well that’s cool at all, but now I feel like I’ve got an exciting reading schedule ahead of me and I’m not ready to disrupt it. But at the same time, I feel like I should drop everything and get this ARC read.
I’m a total mood reader. I think of a book and want to read it immediately—not two weeks from now. By that time, my mood might have shifted and I could no longer be dying to read that book (a bit silly, I know, but it is what it is).
I feel more obligated to at least finish and review
These days I have no problem putting a book down. I also have no problem not reviewing a book at all (or perhaps just jotting down one or two sentences). Sometimes I read a book—good or bad—and I just have nothing worthwhile to say. Maybe all I can conjure up is, “It was good.”
But if it’s an ARC that I requested, I feel obligated to at least get the book done, and I certainly feel obligated to write a review (since that was the whole point of me requesting it in the first place). If I don’t do those things, I feel like I’m letting the publisher down or not doing my part.
I WANT to be able to provide them with a review, but sometimes it’s just not fun to push myself to get there.
A TBR by publication date
This one doesn’t apply to me, but it’s something I’ve seen A LOT with other bloggers.
ARCs cause some bloggers to start sorting their TBR by publication date. They start feeling like they can’t read x book before y because x is released next month and y isn’t released until six months from now. What they want to do is suddenly at odds with what they feel they should do. (Now is a good time to remind you that this is supposed to be fun!)
No, ARCs aren’t all bad
- Free books can be awesome.
- Being able to read an exciting book now instead of six months from now can also be awesome.
But ARCs can absolutely make book blogging stressful.
ARCs aren’t something you need to be a book blogger. ARCs won’t always make you “happy” or whatever. Sometimes the most relaxing thing is just to buy your own book (or library, etc.) and read it with no strings/guilt/obligation attached.