When does requesting ARCs become a problem?
People get started in book blogging for a variety of reasons: love of books, wanting to share reviews, finding a community, and… wanting advanced reader copies (ARCs) of books. Because it’s super exciting to read new books, especially ahead of time. It’s also a symbol of prestige, especially if you get sent physical books from publishers (even more so if you get sent them without asking for them. That’s like… the ultimate sign of being awesome. Hahaha!)
But, one of the
many struggles that book bloggers (and readers) face is always wanting more books. They can be new books, books you’ve already read, and just books in general. (Heck! Some of us like books we haven’t even enjoyed because that bookshelf needs to be full. Haha!) And ARCs are just as fun to put on a bookshelf and have as already published books. So, since we all have problems with book hoarding (nope! Don’t try to deny it. You’re a reader. You hoard books. It’s a thing. :p )…
Is it possible to also have a problem with ARCs?
What I mean by this is, is it possible to request too many ARCs? Is it possible that only reading ARCs is a problem? Because what about all the books you just found out about that were published years ago? When are you really going to have time to read them now that you have all these ARCs to read? More importantly, when are you going to read them?
The biggest problem with receiving ARCs for review is that you have a deadline. You have to read and review them by a certain date because that’s part of the invisible contract you signed when you asked for the book/when you were sent the book. You have to get your review up before or no later than two weeks after the book is published. You’re on a timeline.
Now, what if you did something really silly (like I know so many book bloggers have done), and you didn’t expect to get all the books you requested? Say you requested six ARCs and thought you’d only get maybe two because of your lack of stats, followers, etc? But then you actually get most or all of them!
What’s worse is that three of them publish on the same exact date! Meaning you have to read and review all three of the books in a short period of time or figure out how to appease the publishers and then you have to decide which one do you appease more than others? What if you just can’t get them all up in a timely manner? Then what?!
It’s because of these questions and concerns that I worry that there is such a thing as OVER-ARCING. You request so many ARCs and you don’t have the time/availability to read and review them in a timely manner. Yeah, ARCs may be fun, but you just tarnished your reputation because you got overzealous. Of course, I don’t know just how detrimental these mistakes are, but you have to agree this is an important question.
But what do you think?
Is it possible to over ARC?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week: