ARCs are a huge thing in the book blogging world. So many bloggers look forward to getting them, or aspire to make publisher contacts so they can get them. That used to be me, but I’m finally beginning to realize that ARCs aren’t “all that”. So, I’m breaking up with ARCs.
So much pressure to read review copies!
When I get ARCS, I feel like I have to read them. There’s so much pressure to read them and review them on time. But what if I don’t want to read them?
Sometimes, I’m really, really excited about a book, so I request it, and then I get an ARC. Awesome! I wait a few weeks to read it so that it’s closer to the release date, but in that time period 5 of my blogger friends read it… and hate it. Well now I suddenly don’t feel like reading it anymore! Why would I want to read a book that my trusted friends hated? I don’t! That puts me off reading the ARC, but at the same time I feel horrible because I’m the one who requested it (it wasn’t unsolicited), so I feel obligated to read it anyway. But it’s like I’m already setting myself up to hate it.
When you don’t like an ARC…
We can’t love every book, and publishers know that. But whenever I don’t like a book (2 stars or less) I DREAD having to tell the publisher. I get this big bundle of nerves in the pit of my stomach and I just hate having to e-mail them and link them to my negative review. It makes me feel horrible! I know a lot of it is all in my head, and supposedly publishers won’t hate me for not liking some of their books, but I can’t help but get worked up anyway!
Reading my own books on my own time is more fun!
When I’m reading my own books, I don’t have to prioritize by release date. I don’t have to read a dystopian when I’m in the mood for contemporary, just because the dystopian is an ARC being released next week and I’m obligated to review it.
I like being able to pick and choose to read whatever I want, whenever I want, without having to consult my Google Calendar, which has all my ARCs listed on it by release date.
I also like knowing that there’s no one out there monitoring my response to books. There’s no publisher or author that I have to e-mail with a link to my negative review. I don’t get nervous or antsy or scared when I publish a negative review. Reading my own books is a huge weight off my shoulders!
ARCs and I are breaking up
For at least the next few months, I am going to stop requesting ARCs. I’m going to focus on all the books I already have and get through those. I do have a huge pile of BEA ARCs to get through, but I’m not breaking up with those! I think because I got them from BEA and not from an official request e-mail I don’t feel guilty about them. I don’t feel obligated to read them, or pressured to read them by a certain date. I can go at my own pace!
I’m going to get through all my BEA books and all of the books I already own before even thinking about requesting any more ARCs. I’m not going to sign up for any blog tours unless I was planning on reading that book anyway. For the next few months, I’m going to be request-free!