I remember when I first discovered the book blogging world years ago. I thought it was absolutely amazing that people out there had blogs dedicated to nothing but books. Then I started seeing ARCs everywhere. I was unbelievably jealous. I thought it was great that these bloggers were getting ARCs, but whenever I saw they had an ARC for a book I was desperate to get my hands on, I'd be green with envy. This continued for a few years, reading blogs and enjoying it, and then wishing I had those ARCs.
Eventually out of the blue one day I decided to hell with it, I was going to start a blog. Now it wasn't what your thinking. I didn't start a blog just to get ARCs. I started this blog because I had seen the great community built up around bloggers, and wanted to be a part of it. I had absolutely no one in my life that had any interest inn reading, so I was so excited with the idea that I'd finally have someone to gush with over my favourite book. Getting ARCs was a bit of an incentive, but not the whole reason.
I was so excited with the idea that I'd get ARCs. I joined NetGalley the very same day I created my blog and began requesting books. I was really surprised when I got accepted for a few. It's probably no surprise that these books were never that good. It was probably a hint when I was accepted with only one post on my blog and no comments or followers. I got better at requesting ARCs over time but those few books I never read, or only read a couple of pages of and hated, have dragged down my ratio completely.
Now I try to never request ARCs unless I absolutely have to, if I would be kicking myself otherwise. Luckily, my poor ratio makes a lot of my requests get denied, which I am actually glad for.
At the start of my blogging experience I was all about the free books. Now if I see an ARC available on NetGalley or Edelweiss, I'll just put it on my TBR to buy whenever I get the time. When I buy a book, I love having the freedom of knowing that I can read it whenever I want. If I wanted to leave it on my shelf for a year, or just never read it, the I have that choice when it's been taken away from me with ARCs.
Someday I'm going to manage to read and review every single book I've downloaded from NetGalley. From there I'll request books I'm dying to read and read and review them immediately. Someday I'll figure out a system for reading review books on time (I'm a serious mood reader, if I'm not in the right mood for it, there's no chance it's getting read that day). Someday I won't be a little disappointed when I'm accepted to review a book. But unfortunately today is not that day, so for the present ARCs are ruined for me.
How do you feel about ARCs? Do you love them? Do you refuse to accept them? Let me know in the comments below!