Thursday, May 24, 2018

ARCs and the pressure they come with

Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving books, reading them and then posting reviews, but lately I’ve been feeling the pressure. I got so many ARCs last year at BookCon and Yallfest, plus a bunch through trades and a few from publishers and authors. You can see how this kind of snowballed. I had so many ARCs to read that I was stressing myself out. I’m fact, I’m still stressing myself out a bit.

It’s gotten to the point now that as I’m slowly working through them that I’m finding a lot of books I was highly anticipating fell horribly short and a lot of the already published books I wanted to read were just sitting on my shelf. Frankly, it’s disappointing.

I really want to review all these books, but I don’t have time and I’m bummed when they don’t live up to the hype. Honestly, I’m kinda sick of letting the published books just sit when they almost seem more appealing to me.

And here lies the dilemma: do I stop reading my ARCs or finish what I’ve got and then read the already published books?  I do have 3-4 more ARCs that I desperately want to read, but after that I’m not sure if I’ll read too many more at least for now. I don’t want to neglect all the brand new hardcovers I have laying around anymore. Plus I have a bunch of series that I need to finish.

Do you feel any review pressure at all?  How do you choose what ARCs to read and what to set aside?