When I first started blogging, it was an activity to keep me from online shopping as much as I had been. It was a natural progression from my Twitter account to where I had been tweeting my love for books for some time. I thought “What the heck?” I didn’t have this big game plan. I didn’t have a 5 year blog plan. I just wanted to talk about books y’know?
I had never really heard of an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy). I thought they were something that authors got to read and blurb for other authors- but never knew that non-publishing people could get their hands on them. Color me intrigued when I received my first one a few months after I started blogging.
I’m going to be brutally honest: I still get excited when I get one. Whether it comes from UPS and I’m expecting it (which means face pressed against the window, eyes peeled for the big brown truck) or a surprise (which are the best kind!) There is happiness. Jazz hands. Maybe loud music. Chair dancing.
You know, it’s ok to not like them. To not want them. To not want to have them because you feel like you have to read them. In fact, it’s totally fine.
I compare the ARC to a scarf- because while most people like them (like many people like scarves) there are people who are out there in the world who know that an ARC or a scarf is not the best look for their blog or them.
I think back to when I started blogging- and how I feel I have grown and changed. For me, I have become pretty lucky- I have enough contacts that basically know my reading tastes- and while I still do get pitched books I don’t desire to read- I do know that I get pitched way more books that I am actually interested in reading than not.
I also think back to when I just a baby blogger- and it’s not always been easy- finding my voice, my groove, understanding the meaning behind some advice (not all advice is helpful) and embracing this ultimate truth: It’s my blog. It’s my blog. And I have to do, write, say what feels right to me. Feeling caught somewhere between veteran/baby bloggers- I’m not quite to that length of blogging where I can wax on sentimentally about the “good old days” and yet- you’d have to be blind to not notice the changes between how some of the older (as in length of blog- not necessarily age) talk about how things were.
But back to the ARC’s- if you love getting them, YAY for you. Sincerely YAY for you. I think that’s great. Get after them. Read them. Have fun. If they leave you cold, and you just aren’t feeling them- hey, I totally understand that as well.
For me, I continue on with my love for ARC’s (mixed in with some reading from my own stacks or the library).
Tell me: What are your thoughts on ARC’s? Do you feel pressure to read them ahead of other books? Have you considered stopping accepting them? Do you like to read them along with a healthy dose of previously released books? Chime in. I want to know.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T