This discussion is inspired by my feelings lately when reading and reviewing ARCs versus the feelings I had when I requested those same ARCs:
ARC greed -- have we all experienced this? What I even mean by this term is that I sometimes feel overwhelmed when looking at Netgalley and Edelweiss and I sometimes over-request, if only because I can! I get greedy when I see all the new and shiny ARCs available and I will sometimes request things that have even a hint of interest for me, not necessarily focusing only on those books that I really, really want.
The problem with this over-requesting and with getting greedy with requesting (and receiving) ARCs is when it comes time to read and review these ARCs. Last month and this month, I have looked at my ARCs with a release date in each respective month and I just haven't wanted to read any of them. I need to start asking myself -- If I was immediately approved for this ARC, would I read it right this minute? And if the answer is no, I really need to stop being so greedy with requesting. It's easy to get greedy when it comes to requesting ARCs -- you will see books you've been wanting, new books from authors you love or even just a book that you've seen on a WoW -- and suddenly, you can take the chance of being able to read that book early. I need to stop falling into this trap but I guess what I most want to know is whether I'm alone in this feeling. Do you ever request something that down the line you don't even really want to read, or at least not on a strict timeline for review? Do you feel guilty when you do?
As always, these are just my thoughts -- I'm sure someone somewhere has discussed something similar. And if you know of such a post, please link it to me below! In the meantime, let me know if you are ever super hungry, or even greedy, when it comes to ARCs. Does that same feeling still exist when you eventually read the ARC or do you read ARCs as soon as you get them without pause for their release date? And, if so, how do you do it? Teach me your ways!
WHAT DO YOU THINK and
ARE YOU HUNGRY OR GREEDY FOR ARCs?