Hello everyone! I’ve been wanting to talk about my unfortunate ARC pile for quite some time now and well, I finally got the courage to do so today, because I’m a mess but I accept it and embrace it and am trying to do better, so let’s talk about this, and maybe writing it all down will make me feel better? Probably not.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
I didn’t know a thing about ARCs for almost a whole year after I started blogging and once I thought I had built my platform enough and was ready to venture into requesting them, I realised that the regional rights made it much harder for an international reader to acquire them.
Honestly, I didn’t care much. I got a few read nows from Netgalley, and read and reviewed them. This continued for about 5 months in which I read maybe 8 books? Not bad at all, I must say. I’d also always get my ratio upto 100% and be proud of myself,
and I wish I could go back to those days.
The problem began when I started getting accepted for the ARCs I requested, and suddenly had an influx of them coming in when I didn’t even remember requesting them. The thing was, I had been rejected for so many ARCs at that point that I’d request anything that piqued my interest by even a little bit and had so many ARCs I was just slightly interested in collected and I hadn’t prepared for that scenario.
I didn’t know how to keep up since even though I was just requesting the books I was very interested in, I had about 10 books waiting to be read and reviewed. Then, came the real problem which was life events interfering with my reading and I reviewing. I had college applications and exams and basically a lot going on, so I took a blog hiatus, and barely read anything for pretty much 5 months. I had 12 ARCs on my Netgalley shelf at that point, and most of them still continue to be there.
When I came back, it was the beginning of a pandemic and I was a little overwhelmed and wanted shiny new books (you all understand that, right?) and I did get some! So, I continued reading and reviewing books, but chose to do so with newer ones in favour of neglecting the old ones.
Sure enough, I still wasn’t getting accepted for many ARCs but my blog had about 700 followers at this point and they were growing well and I started emailing publishers for my most anticipated titles and signed up for blog tours and basically, my ARC count continued soaring and even as I continue to read and review as many of them as possible, it just seems a little never-ending.
WHERE AM I CURRENTLY?
So, I guess it’s time to expose myself by telling you all the number of books I have on my Netgalley and Edelweiss shelves. The people over at Bookish Collision server had heard much about my arc struggles, especially Soph, Sam and Lori, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually said a number so, here we go…
I have 22 books on my Netgalley shelf and another 8 on my Edelweiss account.
That’s 30 books and it probably isn’t bad for a lot of people, but taking my normal reading speed of 6 books per month, it’ll take me a little less half a year to get through them all, that is if I don’t request any more books and read these diligently. So, I have to say it isn’t a very good statistic to be looking at.
However, I do have to say I’ve been pretty good with ARCs for a while now and have read 4 of these and am almost done with another 2, all of which are yet to be reviewed so I’ll be down to 23 by the end of the week hopefully, and that’ll be an easier number to tackle.
It doesn’t sound much better, I know and I
should could actually list out all the books I have on here for accountability purposes but I think I’ve exposed myself enough for today and I’m working on it!
MY PLANS ON HOW TO TACKLE IT
I want to say I’ll go on an ARC requesting ban but the truth is, I’ve tried it and it hasn’t really worked so what I will try to do now is stop reading anything that is not an ARC until I have less than 10 ARCs total left to be read and reviewed. This is also probably not going to be true, but hey, I am trying, okay?
All I can say is I had very bad self-control but I will try not to request any ARCs that aren’t through blog tours because then I have a date by which I must read and review them and that is the best motivator I could possibly get! I hate to disappoint people, and that includes those who are hosting the tour so unless I really don’t have the time to read for some reason, I will always read and review books for blog tours on time.
Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing but if you all have any tips, please give them to me! Now I’m off to write those ARC reviews and make myself feel a bit better.
So that’s my disastrous journey with ARCs. How has your journey been? Are you good at keeping up with them or do you keep moving on and find it harder to go back to earlier ones like me? Tell me in the comments below!