Summer Says: The Cons to Requesting and Reviewing ARCs That No One Really Tells You

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I really hope I don’t come off as a spoiled blogger by sharing this. Because, don’t get me wrong, I’m really thankful for the books I’ve received or when I’m granted access to a book. But, lately, I’ve only been reading ARCs and I feel like those are the only ones I’ve been reviewing, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but there are some cons in doing this (or just requesting so many ARCs in general).

So I thought this would make a perfect discussion post to create (if you haven’t noticed by now, I don’t release these often because I need to feel really strongly about something personally before I can get inspiration; to the folks that churn these discussion posts at a frequent rate, teach me your ways). Anyway, I’m curious to see what you guys think of this topic. Please, feel free to join in the discussion!

And by the way, at the end of last year, I released a comprehensive guide to how approach requesting ARCs and addressed general questions I thought new bloggers or bloggers that weren’t as familiar with ARC (Advance Reader Copies) requesting would have. If this seems like something you’re interested in and missed that post, you can check that out here.


Some cons I’ve discovered, personally, when requesting/reading/reviewing ARCs are…

  1. Going on requesting sprees or going request crazy
    This one is a pretty common one that most bloggers do warn others about when requesting but I thought this list wouldn’t be true if I didn’t share this obvious one. I think it tends to happen more so on sites such as Netgalley because requesting a book is only a click away.
  2. Feeling overwhelmed when you’re approved for so many ARCs at once
    I relate to this one the most. Probably because I use several modes to request ARCs (Netgalley, NOVL, Blogging for Books, mailing lists, and straight email correspondence with publicists). What I never anticipate is that I’ll actually be approved. And is it just me or does Netgalley always seems to approve all their titles at once? I am aware that I’m requesting access from different publishing companies but no matter when I first requested it I usually get a response around the same time for all the titles… And the really overwhelming part about the influx of approvals for all these books is that some have relatively close release dates, which makes it very difficult on how to pace yourself to read and review the book in time.
  3. Meeting that release date
    The really funny thing is that for general readers or for those that don’t request/receive ARCs they usually cannot wait for a book to be released. Sometimes for bloggers that do receive/read/review ARCs these dates can seem like deadlines. I know for some meeting the release date isn’t a big priority, but, honestly, I think it should since ARCs and review copies are used as a marketing tool. It’s a way to raise hype and prepare for the release of a book. And, I think, it’s especially important to publish the review around the release date when the review copy you got was not an unsolicited one but one you requested. But that’s just me. I make a great effort in trying to read and review the book around the release date, but, of course, I’m guilty of not having read or reviewed something months after it’s been released or when it’s already been archived on Netgalley. I totally understand when life happens and reading/blogging isn’t a huge priority.
  4. Requesting a book but then hating it
    Common one that doesn’t really need to be voiced by the blogosphere. We’re entitled to have our own honest opinions even if we do get the book for free. It’s nice if the book is worthy of a good rating but a good review is always one where you’re being true to yourself. But when I do have to write a bad review it does make me feel a twinge of guilt.
  5. Experiencing that awkward moment where you share that bad review with the publicist or author that sent the ARC to you
    Writing a bad review for a book I purchased myself makes me feel pain because then I feel as if the money I spent wasn’t worth it (but, thankfully, I buy most of my books for really cheap so this isn’t a common occurrence). But what I hate even more is not liking a book I requested and having  to submit my review to the super nice publicist, that often oozes with enthusiasm, that sent it to me. I just feel guilty even though I know I shouldn’t. Also, I dislike how it may appear as if I can’t even gauge books according to my taste if I was the one that requested it. It’s not as bad to submit reviews on Netgalley because it feels less personal on there since you don’t get to talk to the publicist handling that title directly.
  6. Having the epiphany that your TBR really isn’t shrinking; you just don’t get to books you purchased
    This one is arguable because if you added the ARC you wanted to your TBR and wish list but then read and review it, isn’t the TBR still being tackled? Why, yes. But for me, I find that my physical TBR of books that I purchased remains the same or is growing at an even faster rate (I’m still buying books but I’m not reading any of them due to all the ARCs). Again, this is debatable if you’re fast reader or have read so many books that ARCs are the only books you haven’t read (but, who, the heck, has reached that point? Maybe some avid, popular Goodreads users, I guess).
  7. Losing interest or you’re really not in the mood for the ARC
    This is a huge problem for me. Especially for books I request via email. Netgalley not so much because usually the book only becomes available when the ARCs are. For the one through email I tend to request them many months before the book actually comes out so even ARCs aren’t available yet (I discuss in more detail why I do this in my “All About ARCs” discussion post). So sometimes by the time I receive it the mail I’ve totally forgotten I requested it and may have lost interest. Or I’m just really not in the mood to read it then since I’m a big mood reader hence why I don’t ever make monthly TBRs or reading goals-they just never work out and I hate to dislike a book just because it wasn’t the right time for me.
  8. Trying to frantically catch up on the list of ARCs; eventual ARC reading/reviewing burn out
    I expect this to be probably the most common among book reviewers of all these cons. I know it’s not really an obligation (though you can’t be requesting books and never reviewing any of them; that’s not good either) but the fact that I know there are titles waiting for me to read makes me have qualms when I pick up a non-ARC. So, I guess, I do feel like I must get through my ARCs list before I get to books I’ve purchased. It’s hard to describe this feeling of unconscious obligation, but it’s just there.
  9. Producing a review you may not be as proud of; perhaps, your rating isn’t a true reflection
    The way I worded this makes it totally interpretable in many ways. Like how sometimes other sources (nice author or publicist, other reviews, etc) can influence your rating or review. But actually what I meant is that sometimes to meet a deadline I’ll read a book I wasn’t really in the mood for just to meet the release date. If I’m pushing myself to read something, I’m also pushing myself to write a review too. My best and favorite reviews of mine are the ones where I took some time off between reading and reviewing the book, that way I think through what I want to say and what I found to stick with more (or didn’t stick with me). For extreme reviews (1 star of 5 stars) I don’t have a huge problem with reviewing them right after closing the book because it’s likely I felt strongly about them. But for books that were meh and are 3 or 4 stars I have a hard time deciphering how I really felt about the book. Sometimes the words just don’t come to me. But yeah. I know I haven’t explicitly shared this but there are reviews where I don’t feel as proud of.
  10. Being the first to read and review a book can be burdensome (perhaps?)
    I don’t really feel this way myself because I mean there’s really no right or wrong review. Your opinions are uniquely your own whether it fits popular opinion or not. But, with ARCs, you’re one of the first to share your thoughts. It’s likely you haven’t read other reviews or talked about the book with that many people. So I just wonder if you guys feel a burden because you’re one of the first to review that book. Like do you guys think that reviews for ARCs aren’t as fleshed out because there’s no external influences (book chats, previous reviews, critic blurbs)?
  11. Reaching a point where it’s terribly hard to say “no”
    I feel like a terribly biased book blogger and reviewer to admit this but since the summer of 2015 I’ve been closed to review requests on my review policy. In part, because, at the time, my reviewing queue grew ridiculously overwhelming. I’ve gotten it a tad under control but I’m still not accepting requests. However, I’m still out there making them myself with Netgalley or via email with publishers. It makes me guilty not to be able to support indie authors or lesser known works, but I’ve noticed that I rarely enjoy the plot in a lot of self published work authors make requests for. I hate that I’m ruling them all out just because I had several bad experiences… but I’m hoping to open up the request form when I get the pending ARCs list under my belt. But also, in the past I said “no” more than “yes” to request and hated having to do that, too. Hence, why I closed it completely (for now). Sigh, confession made.

Now I have to say that I’m pretty proud of where I’m with with ARCs. I’m still behind, yes, but I only request books I really, really want now. I’ve finally reached a healthy, moderate pace, so I know that by the time I finish the ones I have left I’ll be able to return to tackling that TBR with books I purchased myself (A Little Life, The Winner’s CurseSix of Crows, Soundless, etc).


Discussion Time!

  • Did any of these cons catch your attention or sound familiar (agree/disagree)? Do let me know!
  • What type of requester are you (request crazy, request in moderation, or don’t request at all)? If you’re one that does it in moderation, how do you keep this balance?
  • Bonus (I’m just curious, lol): If you could be granted access to any book at this minute, what title would it be? (Mine is Lady Midnight 😄 ) Or what ARC do you currently possess and can’t wait to read?

As always, thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time! 😀 Oh and happy groundhog’s day! Will we have an early or late spring?

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58 thoughts on “Summer Says: The Cons to Requesting and Reviewing ARCs That No One Really Tells You

  1. booksncalm says:

    This is a great post! No one ever talks about this. I found my self kinda of agreeing with a lot your points. I’m a relatively new arc requester/blogger so I haven’t gotten too crazy but I had like 5 books waiting on netgallery & I felt overwhelmed so I’ve only started requesting books I really want to read. So atm I only have 2 arcs waiting on me to read. If I could have any arc atm is would be False Hearts, A Gathering of Shadows and/or This Savage Song.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Bhavya! I just finished A Gathering of Shadows earlier this morning and loved it so much. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I also started off requesting a whole bunch of Netgalley ARCs but I eventually ended up doing the same as you did (only requesting books I really, really wanted). 🙂

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  2. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    This was such a great post to read, Summer! I completely agree with you on some of these. I feel sometimes stressed to meet the release date, and I feel like I NEED to read the ARCs before “rewarding” myself with some books I’ve bought. Getting ARCs is such a privilege, though, and I try to remind myself of that, but there are days when it makes me SO sad, when I get approved and I don’t like a title. I feel like I’m spoiling that privilege, if that makes sense, and I don’t like it, but well…can’t help with that, I guess! 🙂
    I guess I request ARCs in moderation, I only use NetGalley, and I try and request only a few titles at a time, because I get so stressed out when they suddenly pile up haha! But YES it seems like they get approved AT THE SAME TIME all the time, that’s crazy.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Marie!

      No, you make total sense! I totally understand and can relate to your anxiety. I agree, I feel pressured with release dates. Most of the time I’m at least able to post the week they’re released but I’m a little late other times, which is frustrating and makes me feel so guilty. I haven’t been requesting books as of late but I’ll definitely become a moderate requester, like you, whenever I return to doing so! 🙂

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  3. Lois says:

    Typically I don’t really give much thought to ARC’s and the only time I consider requesting an ARC is if the book is one I’m really excited about. A Gathering of Shadows would be my current one, especially with how close we now are to the release date. I definitely think the deadlines are intimidating. I will always meet a deadline but there is nothing worse that feeling obliged to read a book for the sake of it, especially when you’re not in the mood to read said book.
    I can definitely understand how the ARC pileup can be overwhelming and so I’m kind of thankful that I haven’t jumped on the requesting spree.
    This is such a wonderful post and very insightful. There are two sides to every coin and with all the pros that come with ARC’s there is an equal amount of cons. 😀

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Lois!

      I absolutely agree. I’m not sure why people don’t ever discuss the cons to requesting review copies maybe because it appears as if the reader is ungrateful? But it does get really overwhelming. I stopped requesting ARCs for that reason-well aside from Risuko recently. Thanks to you! :3 But no, I’m sure it’ll be a great read. And I love how you’re such a Victoria Schwab fan! So happy to hear you loved A Gathering of Shadows so much. ^.^ Now the torturous wait for book three begins!

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  4. Kimberly @ Come Hither Books says:

    I only use Netgalley, and I’m there as a librarian, with the blog only being a secondary channel. So things look very different for me. Main differences: 1) I have been approved for everything I’ve requested, and it rarely takes longer than 24 hours to receive the approval. 2) My feedback options include “will your library purchase it?” and “will you recommend it through reader’s advisory?” so there are honest options for me to select even when I didn’t finish a book or just hated it.

    #7 on your list is still a problem for me. I’ve sometimes requested things and then just not been in the mood to read them, and by the time I get to them they’ve been archived. For the most part I try to only request things that are already on my to-read list and only when I’m ready to read them.

    I try to request things as close to the release date as possible, because if I read them too far out my enthusiasm has waned by the time they actually come out. If I’m going to review them on my blog, I try to do so within a month of them coming out.

    Because I’ve spent years inundated with arcs, I request them very rarely. I’ve also discovered that I tend to rate things lower when I read them digitally, and I’m more likely to dnf books there. So I really try to limit my Netgalley requests to the books that I am curious about but not sold on – to figure out whether they’re worth recommending or worth buying. If I’m really excited about it, I wait for it to come out for real or ask our physical arc people (at the library or at the hubby’s bookstore) to keep an eye out for that title. If it’s an indie author I know my library will be unlikely to buy, I generally read the kindle sample and buy it if I like it – I don’t buy many books but I’m 3x more likely to when I know they’re indie and more of the money will go to the author.

    The main con I’ve learned is that eARCs for graphic novels are just plain hard to read. With the smaller page size and sometimes poor resolution, they’re rarely a good experience. When I first got on Netgalley I mostly requested graphic novels. Now I hardly ever do because it’s not worth squinting at the screen. I’ve had better luck with manga, I think because the original page size isn’t as different, so I still request manga on occasion.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts from a librarian’s perspective, Kimberly! I really love that they have specific options such as those for you guys. (I don’t really like the “would you like to collaborate with this author” question since I’m not the type of blogger that does guest posts, and I’m sure there are others like me that find it sort of useless. But I do see the benefit for those that do do those posts. I wish they had better options depending on the type of blogger you were, I guess.)

      Exactly! I didn’t have a problem with trying to pick up an ARC before but that’s probably because I was approved of a very small amount of titles in the beginning anyway. Now it’s gotten overwhelming and sometimes I’m more in the mood of books I purchase then than books I requested from months back, if that makes sense. I’ve since stopped requesting ARCs.

      Interesting point (about how you tend to rate electronic books lower coincidently)! I haven’t seen that correlation in my ratings yet, but the covers do make a big impact on my enjoyment of the book. I’ve noticed ebooks by indie authors or smaller publishing companies that use models on the covers often take the enjoyment from my reading experience. I’m currently reading/flipping through a coffee table book about the inspirations behind book covers (it was actually an Netgalley galley) and will probably discuss more about that in my review for it.

      And I love your approach with purchasing books to help support indie authors. I haven’t found many indie authors I’ve liked yet-aside from two, which I always purchase their books when they’re released though. ^.^

      I haven’t requested a graphic novel from Netgalley yet. Just because I haven’t read any yet. I do read manga but I tend to buy those. :3 But I can imagine it’d be frustrating to read electronically. I recently got a defected ARC because it was originally converted from a different type of file that wasn’t compatible with my ereader. I wasn’t the only one. But I definitely agree with you on the limitations from reading electronically sometimes!

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  5. Kimberly @ Come Hither Books says:

    Also, this is a very helpful discussion topic, and I’ll be interested to see everyone else’s comments. I knew my experience with physical arcs was dramatically different than most because of the bookstore background, but I hadn’t realized it was that different on the e-arc front as well. Enlightening. 🙂

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  6. Becca @ Becca and Books says:

    YES GO YOU SUMMER. I mean, of course I love ARCs. But they’re not all rainbows and sunshine! (Also I see The Winner’s Curse in your upcoming books and the more people who have that book in their life the happier I am)
    When I was a little newbie blogger an author sent me a book and I DNF’d. But then in my review…I GAVE IT 4 STARS.
    I KNOW.
    It was the one and only time when guilt so overwhelmed me that I couldn’t give a bad review. Of course, I’ve completely changed and often give bad review now, but in the beginning I just couldn’t.
    Now I actually LOVE writing negative reviews, except, of course, when it comes to ARCs. Then I feel a little guilty, but of course I know I must be honest.
    I actually don’t feel overwhelmed to review all the ARCs I get. Publishers and authors are fine (99% of the time) if you just feature the books in a haul and such. But I can understand wanting to read all of them and feeling pressured.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      THANK YOU, Becca! And hehe, I must get to The Winner’s Curse in March. Like it’s a must. And I’m so prepared to love it, though I’m still going to try to keep my expectations low. And oh nooo, I would say, “Shame on you, Becca,” but I totally understand what you mean. I’ve started rerating a lot of the books I’ve read from last year on my Goodreads to better reflect my current taste-but I’ve also noticed that having some time between reading it really gives you a good perspective of how much you enjoyed it. Ahh, I also try to feature the books on my Instragram or a haul too. But I don’t know I have this sense of duty that I must read them, haha. Unsolicited copies don’t get priority though. AND LOL, you’re not the only one that likes writing negative reviews. I know a majority of people love to read them. My favorite reviews are probably my five star rating ones though. I love that giddy feel after a wonderful book and that even more awesome feeling to share it with the rest of the world. 😀

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  7. Lila says:

    i totally agree. i currently have about 10 highly anticipated e-ARCs (one of those darn sprees XP) and feel the pressure to meet “deadlines.” i try to relax, remind myself i’m blessed, and remember how much i love reading, but it can start to feel like a job sometimes. nevertheless, i’m happy to have ARCs and i’m lucky to get them.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Precisely! I go through all those emotions: regret (for going on a spree in the first place), glee (for getting to read them), pressured (because of the release dates), but, ultimately, feeling grateful and privileged. ^.^ Thank you for the moment, Lila! 🙂

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  8. Cherry says:

    I love this post Summer! A few of these cons definitely caught my attention, especially the NetGalley ones (I’ve stopped requesting books from there for the time being in an effort to catch up on all my ARCs, I feel so guilty about them!). I’ve been feeling unmotivated to read lately because I have two books I need to review but I really just want to read something of my choosing at the moment >.< If I could have any arc right now, I’d want Glass Sword ❤

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Cherry! ^.^ Glass Sword was a popular choice earlier this month. I’ve seen it on your Bookstagram so I know you got your hands on a copy. ^.^ I hope you enjoy/enjoyed it! Ahh, yes! I feel so guilty about my overdue ARCs. But thank goodness hauls and Instagram photos can give the book some publicity as well. 🙂

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  9. Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout says:

    I’m new to the entire ARC thing. I’ve read a grand total of one, ahaha. I’ve requested a few more on Edelweiss, and I think I might sign up for Blogging for Books? But I am trying to stay on the cautious side, and requesting only the ones I really really really want — setting myself up for disappointment, perhaps, but at least the pressure will be off. Such insightful points, Summer!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Blogging for Books is an awesome system since it’s very organized. I love how it makes readers/bloggers responsible too. I’ve only requested and reviewed two books from them though, but I enjoyed both immensely. I have noticed that the titles offered tend to be ones I don’t have much interest in though. However, I hope you enjoy it if you sign up! And that is very, very wise of you. Heed everyone’s advice and don’t go crazy with it like I have. :3 And thank you for the support, Alyssa! ❤

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  10. Nicola says:

    Love this post! #3/6 on your list is basically what made me realise I don’t actually WANT to get ARCs, because it would just make my reading life more stressful and I have enough stress in my life without my #1 source of relaxation becoming one 🙂

    Obviously I still see the appeal of ARCs, but since I realised that I’d stress about reviewing them in time I’m less envious of the big piles of ARCs I see on Instagram.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Nicola! That’s a healthy approach to avoid ARC envy; I’ll definitely be reminding myself of that in the future. ^.^ Precisely, I’m starting to feel the burnout of trying to release reviews before the release dates. After I get through these, I’m going to be reading a lot of priority TBR reads I’ve wanted to read for a while (Soundless, Six of Crows, The Winner’s Curse, etc). 🙂

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  11. ravenblake99 says:

    Great Topic Summer! ARC’s are quite a temptation but I only request in limit. These days, I’m not requesting any ARC’s because I’m already busy with my huge TBR list and I don’t want to put more pressure with the ARC’s deadlines.

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  12. SERIESous Book Reviews says:

    I feel like this is the “we don’t talk about this topic” of the book blogging world. It has almost a taboo nature to it…

    ARC envy is one thing that took me a long time to get over, especially when I first started to notice those type of things. It sucks when you get declined for an ARC and then see that a slightly bigger blog got it when you didn’t. But the great thing is that there are 20,000 other books you could request and still love.

    Not only do Netgalley approvals all come in at once, but I find my personal requests all come in at once too! That can be very overwhelming! And I suck at saying “no” when it comes to those type of things.

    What I’ve tried to do this year is limit my Netgalley requests to one per month to let me read some of those books I’ve purchased over the year as well as let me be more flexible for personal requests. For January, it worked out pretty well but it took me a long time to get comfortable with that idea because I was always in the mentality of “read all the books now!” and who can say no to free books!?

    And there isn’t much I wouldn’t do to get my hands on a copy of Lady Midnight……;)

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      You’re right, Lauren! I think there’s just a taboo nature about talking about ARCs in general. For some reason, it’s rarely talked about among book bloggers but it’s usually a common part of the journey. I definitely had ARC envy on multiple occasions (usually for big titles from Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare) but, you make an excellent point, there are so many other wonderful gems waiting to be discovered. Plus, with the ones you really do want you can always go out and buy it when they’re released that way you can support the authors, too. Because I, admittedly, don’t buy a finished copy of my ARCs. I’ve only done it twice since I’ve started blogging to be honest. And right! I can’t help but go on requesting sprees know they’re free… But I’ve been much better about it! I haven’t requested any since November (well aside from two but I’m not even sure I’ll be approved). And hehe, my copy of Lady Midnight has been dispatched according to the site I preordered it from. I can’t wait!!

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  13. dreamingthroughliterature says:

    I completely agree with you points Summer! I’ve stopped requesting a lot of ARCs because I find I enjoy reading and reviewing books I really want to read. Like you, I’m a mood reader, and it’s hard for me to, like you said, feel like I have deadlines to read a book. I like using the Goodreads Giveaway features because then I never know if I’m going to get a copy or not. It helps me prioritize more. (If that makes sense – it’s like wow I was meant to read this book early, I better get around to it, instead of me being able to go request crazy!) I have a Netgalley account, but I rarely visit it for fear of getting overzealous. It can be so hard to find a balance. I’m glad to hear you’ve finally started to find something that works for you.
    Anyway, I completely agree with all your points. Great post!

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    • dreamingthroughliterature says:

      Ooo, also, if I were to get my hands on an ARC right now, I’d want it to be The Last Star (the third installment in The 5th Wave series.) It comes out in March, and I can hardly wait!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you so much, Ashley! Agreed, I’m happy with the healthy balance I’ve finally found (it took me long enough!), and I’m happy to hear that you like your minimal use of Netgalley. I agree, the release dates always give me so much anxiety. I hate being late when posting reviews for ARCs but it happens, unfortunately. I’ve entered in Goodreads giveaways (like a gazillion) but the odds are never in my favor. But I did get one recently, surprisingly! And The Last Star? Doesn’t that come out in May and not March? (I hate to burst your bubble… Sorry!)

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      • dreamingthroughliterature says:

        I’ve actually gotten quite a few free books from Goodreads. For some reason I go through streaks of luck with them. But, I have so many lying unread, because (the typical excuse) so many books to read and so little time!

        And eek, you’re absolutely right about The Last Star! I feel like I originally knew that it was May and then it somehow got jumbled in my brain. There are so many dates to keep track of! (Plus, it’s going to be even longer for me, since I’ll be holding out for the paperback. Oh well, such is life 😛 )

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        • Summer @ Xingsings says:

          Hehe, I know your struggle. I usually wait for books that end up in the bargain section so that’s a few years from their original release date. :3 Unless it’s my must buy immediately authors, I’ll get it the week of release, hehe.

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          • dreamingthroughliterature says:

            I do the same thing. Or I’ll wait until I come across them at thrift stores or the used book store. There’s rarely a book I pay full price for. I always think I’m going to actually purchase some must-read new releases, but it rarely happens haha 😛

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  14. leathehatless says:

    I understand, I guess having a lot of books to read can feel like a burden. :/

    I guess I don’t really have the problem with arcs since I don’t have a partnership with any publisher so I guess more time to read what I like. 😀

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  15. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says:

    This is such a fantastic post Summer! Last year I read mainly ARCs, and I definitely experienced the pressure to read books I wasn’t in the mood for and to write reviews for books where I didn’t feel was my best work. It also takes the simple enjoyment of going to your bookshelf and picking up a book that you are in the mood for too. Sending negative reviews is always awkward. Yes, I’ve read a book first recently and felt bad that it wasn’t a 5 star review!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Jeann! And aww, so glad I’m not only one that think it’s awkward to send a low rating. I’ve heard from Jenna that you always receive a lot of unsolicited copies, but at least you have cobloggers to divide the burden a bit now. :3 But you’re a pro, you seem to go through those ARCs with so much organization!

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  16. Sara@LibraryHuntress says:

    This is my second time around doing the book blogging thing, and I’ve decided to not mess with ARCs at all (I’m actually not including any reviews on my new blog and instead am focusing on discussion posts). ARCs are great in theory, but like you point out there can definitely be negatives about them. For me, they ended up becoming very stressful, and they sucked the joy out of reading, jut for the pleasure of reading. Frankly I don’t miss ARCs at all 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      I can relate with what you mean! I haven’t been able to get to books I really do want to read which is a shame since some of them I preordered for full price (I have a complex about not reading books that I bought on the day of the release). I have stopped requesting since November though so lately I’ve been just getting through the unsolicited copies I’ve gotten. And that’s so awesome (focusing more one discussion posts than reviews)! For a while I was scheduling tag/award posts every Saturday to get through the ones I was tagged/nominated in 2015 but I’ve given up that hope of completing them all-there’s just so many. So my blog is going to be a book haul, review, and discussion site, which I think I’ll like way more!

      Happy reading and blogging, Sara! Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

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  17. Geraldine @ Corralling Books says:

    OH GOD YES.
    Great discussion post – I AGREE TO SO MANY OF THESE POINTS!
    I’m a huge mood reader – and when I request the ARC, I’m in the mood for that particular book – but once I get accepted for it, I’ve probably moved onto something else and am not excited for it anymore??
    And ARCs sometimes go to the back of my mind, so when I realise the release date is coming up, it’s like a scramble to read the book in time just to review it 😦
    Awesome post! 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Geraldine!

      You’re absolutely right! I feel so pressured with meeting those release dates (they tend to be Tuesdays for me). Because of ARCs I’ve really felt burn out with reading and blogging. So now I only request books I know I really, really want (and know I would be in the mood for whenever)! 🙂

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  18. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

    Love this Summer Says post! These are definitely all things that I never thought about before starting my journey as a blogger and reviewer. Luckily, I’ve never had to review more than a couple books at one time so I’ve never truly felt overwhelmed. But there are times when I feel pressured to read a book that I’m not in the mood for because of the publication date and deadline. I’m just glad that I haven’t been sent any unsolicited copies because that would overwhelm me like crazy.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      I don’t even know how the unsolicited copies started… But those are definitely somewhat burdensome just because I know there are plenty of bloggers that read faster and probably would appreciate them more than I do. I never get to them on time for release dates like the ones I request myself. And thank you, Jenna! I wish I had your reading speed. It’s really incredible how fast you’re able to go through books. 😉

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  19. Ve *GirlySunglasses* says:

    I’m fairly new to the book blogging world but I already relate to some points you mentioned. I did a lot of requests on NetGalley at first because I didn’t know how many would be approved. Now, I’m more moderated and I don’t make a request unless I’ve sent at least one review ‘in exchange’.

    I’m also trying to balance my reading list, and read at least one book from my TBR list for every one or two ARCs.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      That’s a wonderful system! For the longest time I only reviewed ARCs on this blog (because I’m only able to read about 4 books a month maximum with my reading speed and school assigned reading) but, now, I’ve started to add a non-ARC book to the monthly TBR! And I love doing it this way so much more! 🙂

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  20. Trisha Ann says:

    I have never experienced being overwhelmed by a lot of ARCs because well, ARCs are not so very common when you live halfway across where publishers are. But I can totally imagine how it feels! I have a couple of books requested from NetGalley and got approved of but in the middle of reading, I just lose interest and tend to put it off. I feel bad for the publisher who sent it to me because that’s still their expense and I’m not doing my part too well.

    sigh Well, we all have problems in emptying our TBR lists. Good luck in that (..and go read Six of Crows! I’m reading it right now and it’s awesome!!)

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      I’m definitely going to take your advice and pick up Six of Crows this summer (because I bought it at full price when I preordered it and it hurts to have it collect dust). As for ARCs, that’s so true! I’ve been losing interest in most of mine. That’s why I stopped requesting books for months now. I liked the idea of free books but because of everything else going on in my life it’s really not plausible to read them in time for their releases being the slow reader I am. 😛

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