First and foremost, ARCs are amazing – for readers, publishers, authors, bloggers/readers, and probably even more entities; however, I have made the ultimate decision to quit requesting, reading, and reviewing ARCs.
While I had the opportunity to read some amazing books, such as Ashley Poston’s Geekerella – a five-star read – and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, I did feel guilty if I didn’t like a galley, which a lot of the time I didn’t.
My real problem with ARCs is that putting time into completing them, which were pretty much priority reads for me, upon approval, was so time consuming, making the readings actually feel like homework – I’m too old for homework! LOL!
Like I said above, ARCs are awesome – I’m in no way slamming them, just to make things totally clear. However, especially with NetGalley, the site from which I requested ARCs most often, I became a [little] OCD when it came to my review ratings and keeping my percentage above 80.
ARC reading just became tedious and obligatory to me, adding pressure to read. Now, as I’m perfectly positive, y’all read for enjoyment as well. When reading was no longer pleasurable – I mean, I have TONS of books I’d rather prioritize – my ambition to read ARCs flew straight out the window.
With that being said, I definitely encourage other readers, and especially book bloggers, to take advantage of retrieving ARCs. Reading them was a lot of fun for me at first and I believe helped grow my blog – and get its name out there.
ARCs are awesome and I think it’s so generous of publishing companies and authors to allow consumers to read books prior to their release dates. However, ARCs just aren’t for me anymore. The onus I put on myself to be perfect when reading and reviewing ARCs just got to where it wasn’t worth it to me.
So, it’s goodbye to the ARC, at least for a while. Since I’ve stopped requesting them, I feel free – free to read from my initial – and HUGE – TBR list! Those of you who are just beginning to dip into ARC reading, as well as those who are already established ARC reviewers, keep up the good work – I’ll just be watching from the stands.