When I first started blogging, I had NO idea what an ARC was. (Ah, to be blissfully ignorant again.) After a few months, once I found out and got established, I discovered NetGalley. Then Edelweiss. SEDUCTRESSES. I (like most of you probably did) went on a massive downloading spree. FREE BOOKS! FREE UNRELEASED BOOKS!
Alas, they were not “free.” They came with guilt, and pressure, and…*cringes* obligations. Eeeeeek. For a while there, I was drowning in them. And guess what? Once you’re obligated to read something, it’s no longer appealing or enjoyable. Also, if you get them waaay early, by the time you get around to reading it you don’t even want to read it anymore. Then it sits there, and sits there, and you realize, Oh, shit. This book has been on my Kindle for two years now…
Now, I’m very careful about which ARCs I download or request. Even after cutting down to only books I’m DYING to read, I still have 20ish books on my “for review” shelf. Unfortunately, half of those are books that are older that I no longer feel like reading.
I honestly don’t request all that many physical ARCs. They’re not as exciting as they used to be. Downloading an eARC is just faster and more convenient! But, before I download anything, I ask myself:
- Do I want this book? Do I really want this book?
- How badly do I want this book?
- Will I still want this book in a month?
- Will I have time to read this book before its release date?
- Would it kill me to just wait until its release date?
Most of the time, I find that I don’t want it all that badly, and no, it won’t kill me to wait another month before it comes out. It’s just not worth it!