One of the major parts of being a book blogger is the ability to receive ARC copies of books from publishers. It’s seen as a bit of a quality sign – you can always tell how popular a blog is by the number of ARCs on their blog. When I first started blogging, I joined Netgalley and Edelweiss, ready to hop on board with this trend. I requested a ton of books from both websites. I got denied plenty of times – but I also got accepted by way too many! I was just stuck with dozens of books that I really had no interest in reading. I tried to push through as many as a I could – but, confession time – I still haven’t finished some of them from the first time I requested books.
I have only been blogging for five months, but I have been able to receive some amazing ARCs! I was really excited to get Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. It was my first Ellen Hopkins book, so I picked it up and read it right away!
There have been other times when I have gotten ARCs that I am not too excited about. Most of the time, I just let them sit on my Kindle or on my shelf, without ever really picking them up. This is really my main problem with getting ARCs. I always feel so lucky to get them, but sometimes, I’m really just not that interested.
I have decided to make two major changes to the way I request, read, and review ARC books!
- I am only going to request books that I really think will intrigue me – books I would read if I just found them on the shelf of Barnes and Noble. That way, I can be more excited about the copies I am receiving. Of course, if an author or publisher sends me the book directly without a request, I will still take that into account (but I’ll probably say yes…)
- I am going to read the ARC right after I receive it. Another one of my huge problems with ARCs is letting them sit until the release date and then forgetting that I received them, or just not being in the mood, which negatively affects my reading experience and the overall rating of the book. Way too often, I pick up backlist books (titles that have already been published) over ARCs, but I really need to make ARCs more of a priority in my reading schedule.
What are some of your problems with ARCs? Do you struggle with requesting too many or not reviewing them in time? What ARC have you been most excited to receive?