Discussion Highlights: OverARCing

Last Week’s Discussion:

ARCing is addicting. Just like reading and buying books are addicting, but potentially even more so and any book blogger who’s gotten into ARCing has likely felt the pull of wanting to request ALL the ARCs. This is a problem! It’s dangerous! So, let’s ask the discussioners just how dangerous and what they recommend to help remedy this situation. :p

Adrienne said:

“It is definitely possible to “over-ARC” lol. I try to avoid it as much as possible. I only request ARC’s of books I really want to read and promote. I also try not to ask for too many because I tend to procrastinate and I know I would end up with a crap ton and then get behind.”

J.W. said:

“I’m still pretty new to being able to get my hands on ARCs so I’m super cautious about how many in requesting, whether it’s physical books or netgalley ebooks. I definitely WANT to request more. I’m just too paranoid that some blog cop will knock on my door and wag a finger at me saying, “too many young man!””

Ali said:

“I am definitely guilty of over ARCing. I’ve calmed down a bit now but when I first started out and discovered NetGalley I went a bit nuts and totally over requested. I still have books from then I haven’t read.

Now I try to limit to only 2 or 3 books that are due to be published each month but you do find there are lots of the books you want all coming out at the same time and it’s too tempting.”

David said:

“I always feel like I have too many books to read and ARC’s only add to my problem! I love getting to read them first but fitting them in my schedule is always tricky.”

Lisa said:

[…] I realized while I LOVE getting unsolicited books and being approved for things on Net Galley – I’m not obligated to read and review everything. Especially things I was sent but did not specifically ask for. I try to review close(ish) to publication date but I don’t see getting a book as a contract. I don’t hold myself to that two week deadline at all. There is no expiration on a good book! So, if I don’t review something that came out in June until November then I don’t sweat it.”

Alex said:

“I’ve really had to start scheduling and watching myself. When I first joined netgalley, I requested way too many. Now I try to request ones that are more spread out for release date. It still can get stressful, but I’m finally doing better with them. Luckily I do well under pressure.”

Deanna said:

“I definitely over request, but I don’t get approved very often which is how I justify it to myself. I try to pick books that are at least a week apart in release dates, but when a book catches my eye, I’m requesting it. All of the arcs I’ve gotten are E-book so not having them in a pile in front of me makes me feel like I don’t have as many sitting around as I really do.”

Sophie said:

“It’s possible to over ARC indeed that’s why I use my Google calendar and have a look before requesting any ARC. I need to know that my schedule is clear and allow me to read “mood” books too and not only ARCs.”

Angela said:

“Lol I’ve definitely been buried alive by ARCs before! My blog doesn’t have AMAZING stats so I usually request a few at a time and end up getting maybe one or two. But yeah, every once in a while I get approved for everything at once and a lot of the times the publish dates are super close together which means I bleed my eyes dry binge-reading desperately trying to get everything done on time.”


The consensus is clear: overARCing is definitely a thing and should be taken seriously. If you are new to ARCing or have a overabundant love of books, you may be pre-disposed to overARCing and I highly suggest to take some of the advice above to make necessary precautions: check publication dates, make a calendar, understand what type of reader you are and if you’ll be able to stick to just ARCs if you overARC. :p But more importantly, have fun! ARCs are awesome, but they’re not the end-all-be-all. Reading is end-all-be-all. 😉

Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST:
Time Travel


8 thoughts on “Discussion Highlights: OverARCing”

  1. Interesting discussion! It’s just as well I missed it, since I don’t do book review or even blog about books in the first place. So I’m perfectly content reading your post and discussion highlights, which are interesting too. 😛

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    1. Hee hee! 🙂 They are educational and interactice. :p That’s what discussions are all about and that’s why I try to offer some non-literary/book blogging discussions once in a while too. Check back on Thursday, though. We’re talking time travel! 😀

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      1. That’s why I read even though I don’t have much to add! I’m always interested to learn something new. 😀
        Ooh, time travel! Sounds fun, I hope I won’t be too distracted to check in this Thursday! 😆

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        1. Hee hee! Hey! I’m not saying everyone has something to add to a discussion, but I also like that people are willing to even read the discussion in the first place. That means something to me (since many of my discussion topics are important and not just ‘for fun.’) 🙂 Thank you for all your support, Nicolle! I love chatting with you.

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    1. Yeah, that’s kind of my mindset nowadays, too. I don’t have time to read a ton of books every week so I have to be careful and, because I am so critical, I really make sure I’m interested before I request. No point in reading books that sound awful. Hahaha!

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