Hi, my name is Kal and I have an ARC Problem. *Hi, Kal.* About two weeks ago, I put myself on an ARC Ban after I went a little download crazy on Edelweiss and added nine more ARCs to my already enormous pile. Because I have no self-control whatsoever. Literally, I think my words five minutes prior to the downloading spree were: “I am not going to accept any more 2019 ARCs.”
Last year, I implemented a rule that I would only request four ARCs per month to help balance my reading with my owned TBR (gotta give those backlist books some love!). This worked out really well for me for almost a year… until Slump of 2019. My reading this year is down, but that didn’t stop me from requesting/accepting/downloading ARCs. (This is the epitome of my aforementioned lack of self-control.) For my own mental well-being, I need to conquer ARC Mountain.
ARC Mountain (under which I am suffocating)
The worst thing in the world for a reading slump is feeling guilty about ARCs. I’m already a mood reader, which works in opposition to my Type A need to schedule every aspect of my life… but self-imposed pressure really exacerbates my slumps. It’s time that I conquer ARC Mountain so that I can get back to my carefree reading existence.
📚 7 past due ARCs/Finished Copies from authors/publishers directly
📚 7 past due Netgalley/Edelweiss ARCs
📚 24 ARCs spanning the rest of 2019
📚 2 ARCs for January 2020 releases
I want to take a moment to acknowledge my privilege for even getting myself into this situation to begin with. Because I am a blogger based in the United States, I am fortunate to have the access to ARCs (and books) that I do. Please know that you are still a valid reader and blogger if you don’t have the same access – the publishing industry has a lot of work to do to be more accessible worldwide. If you are an international blogger, check out the Flapping Pages ARC Program.
Thankfully I am not alone as there is a good number of us on a book buying/arc ban in the Bookish Collision Discord Server. I’ll be going there if I am feeling weak, and documenting my journey on Twitter via #KalsARCBan2k19.
I have the Netgalley Catalog and Edelweiss websites blocked on my browser. This way, I have a couple extra clicks and have to really think about my choices to go there.
— Kal @ Reader Voracious (@kalventure) July 12, 2019
I’ll be including an ARC Mountain section in my monthly wrap-ups to keep track of my progress. I am behind on my monthly hauls, but after my May/June/July haul goes up there had better not be any more 2019 ARCs in them! Or else!
Do you ever feel guilty about your past-due reviews, and does it negatively impact your reading mood? What do you do to prioritize your reading and ARC requests? Are you/have you ever been on an ARC ban?
Let’s go on another adventure together!