‘I’m Kind Of A Big Deal’: On ARCs
Why is it that ARCs are SUCH a big deal? Seriously, almost ever issue of the wonderful ‘Dear Story Siren‘ seems to have an ARC related question. Every other week, it seems there’s on some blog or such that I follow on how to get your hands on an ARC. When did these books become such a status symbol? I mean, I guess you can say you’ve made it as a blogger when you are offered ARCs which you are dying to read.
I’m not immune to this. I get ARC envy. Badly. I shouldn’t, considering I do get an abnormal amount of ARCs. However, I’ve been doing some thinking about review copies. I think review copies are pretty sweet. I mean, these are some big ticket books that we get to read early. HOWEVER, at the same time I am a bit disappointed in myself. Over half of the books I have read during the year have been ARCs. Now, I know normal people would not find themselves disappointed by this. BUT I just keep thinking about my shelves and shelves of TBR books. And I say to myself, why yes, I will make reading books I plunked down money for a priority. THEN, I get offered the most shiney wonderful looking book and forget about the owned-TBR.
Now, this isn’t a post to say I will give up reading galleys. However, I think I want to read less of them. I’d rather put my focus on things I already own. I’d rather be super excited about what I am reading. I mean, there’s a lot out there I haven’t read yet. I will attempt to read 100 of my already owned books next year.
I suppose if you must always be reading reviews of the latest and greatest book, this blog is not the right fit for you.
What do you all think? I mean, be real here, ARCs are awesome. Do you have a separate pile for books you’ve purchased/got from the library and books for review? Do you accept books for review? Does being offered ARCs make you kind of a big deal? Are there any bloggers who review older books that you recommend? Would you quit reading my blog if I reviewed less of the newest releases?