The reasons I don’t read ARCs

I read a lot of backlist books. There were moments in my blogging life, when I felt like a total weirdo, because everyone read new releases and ARCs.

Last week one of my friends asked me why I didn’t read ARCs. There are several reasons and today I share with your my thoughts.

  1. I don’t want to feel pressure.
  2. When you get an ARC, you need to write your review by a certain date. Reading, reviewing and blogging are my hobbies. My hobbies are supposed to make me happy, and deadlines make me very unhappy.

  3. I’m a mood reader.
  4. I can’t deal with a reading schedule. I don’t want to plan which book I would read next. I love that moment, when I’m choosing my next read. So many possibilities, so many roads ahead of me…

  5. I don’t want to read books that I don’t like.
  6. When I pick up a released book my chances to like it are high. Why? Because many reviewers have already read it (including my trusted friends with similar taste in books). So I can choose a book for myself. When dealing with ARCs, my chances are not as good. Even with a book from my favorite author and a promising blurb, I still can end up not enjoying it.

  7. I don’t want publishers or authors influence my opinion of the book.
  8. I know that I don’t have to write a positive review for ARCs, but it’s hard not to feel guilty after I wrote a negative review on a book that a publisher kindly sent me.

  9. I don’t have time for interactions with publishers about ARCs.
  10. Since last fall my real life became hectic. I’ve only read 50 books in 2015, which is a lot less than I planned. And it looks like I won’t have much time for my hobby this year. So I want to spend this time reading interesting books and interacting with my bookish friends.

  11. I’m free not to write a review on a book, if I don’t want to.
  12. There are times when I finish a book and I’m so excited that I write a long thorough review, and there are times when it can be just a couple of sentences on social media, just to tell my opinion to my friends. I have absolutely no obligations to write reviews.

So this year I plan to continue to read a lot of backlist books, some new releases, and I don’t plan to request ARCs. What about you? What are your plans for 2016?

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10 Comments on “The reasons I don’t read ARCs

  1. I feel the pressure too Ksenia. It’s a double edged sword, being able to read something before release feels incredibly special, but the pressure to read and review on time can get a little daunting too. I rarely request books anymore, but I still download the odd few from Netgalley which feels like a lot less pressure too. I do receive a lot of unsolicited copies though and I read most of them, but there’s always a few that aren’t my thing and I put them aside to pass along to other blogger who would appreciate them. This year I’ll be reading mostly backlist copies too. Clearing my own purchased books and finishing off all those open series as well. I think to put yourself on a schedule, it takes the fun out of reading as well. Wonderful post Ksenia, really enjoyed it <3
    kelly recently posted…Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

  2. Oh oh I totally think these are good reasons. XD I honestly get a bit frazzled with having to send back negative reviews? Even though I know the publishers aren’t going to noose me — IT’S STILL SADDENING. It’s a lot more freeing and relaxing just to read whatever *nods* Although I do like ARCs for the fact that I get to keep them, whereas library books I have to send back. 😛 And I can’t afford to buy all the books I want to read. SO YEAH. There are positives and it’s also exciting to read a book pre-release. But ultimately, I think reading should be fun too. ;D
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  3. I think your reasons are perfectly fine. I do a mix of arcs and personal reads and audios. I will tell you, that I don’t hesitate to DNF a book..even an ARC. I simply drop the publisher a line stating why it didn’t work for me and if I plan to try again later. (I too can sometimes be moody) I think they key is not over accepting because then you do feel pressure. Great post!
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

  4. Points 1, 2 and 6 are reasons why I rarely requests ARCs these day. I still request ARCs here and there, but only very limited amount and when I am 100% I want to read it right at that moment. I refuse to stress myself and put pressure on my reviewing/blogging so I totally get your decision not to read ARCs at all.

  5. This is a great post, Ksenia and I pretty much agree with all your points. That last one especially. Sometimes I’ll finish a review book and have nothing to say, but if I don’t write a review, I’ll feel guilty.
    I’m cutting down on ARCs and I’ll admit it’s hard because sometimes I rely a lot on ARCs for the books I read. But this year, I’ve made it a mission that half the books I read are either going to be re-reads or backlisted titles.
    I’m hoping that by next year, I’ll be ARC-free!
    Nick @ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist recently posted…The Weekly Recap (176)

  6. I totally understand! This year I’m getting ARCs from a couple of book events, but I know that I’m not gonna go crazy (and actually, I’ll peek through the book to see if it’s a good fit, and if not I won’t take it home), and I’m trying to limit my NG requests. Mostly because I don’t want the pressure of writing a full review. But I will say that I’m no longer afraid to DNF! If I’m not clicking with a book, even if it’s a review request, I’ll set it aside.
    Danielle @ Love at First Page recently posted…ARC Review: Jockblocked

  7. Yes, Yes, and Yes! I did ARCs with my old blog and it backfired big time-they sucked the fun out of reading and blogging. Now I’m a free range reader and read what I want, when I want, and I love not having pressure or guilt put on me to read certain things :) Great post!

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