I’m not one of those bloggers who gets all the arcs. I do get some from my favorite bookstore – and I am incredibly lucky in that way – but I’m not that person who gets several a week, and I definitely don’t get a ton of super popular ones!
One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve started reading and reviewing the few arcs I get is that I definitely read them differently than I read other books. I tend to analyze them more, and I consciously and subconsciously think about what I’ll talk about in my review as I read. This is because arcs are given *to be reviewed,* not just to be read. Because of this, I usually end up liking arcs less than I would if they were just books to be read for fun.
It’s weird, though, because I review most of the books I read anyway. But I think there’s just more pressure when it comes to arcs, because I’ve been given them on the condition that I will review them, whereas for other books I read, writing a review is completely optional and something I do just for fun.
I’m speaking as someone who’s lucky enough to get arcs, and I know a lot of bloggers would LOVE to get physical arcs like I do and probably wonder what’s wrong with me right now. That I can understand!! I promise I’m not complaining.
For me, there are a couple of reasons arcs are awesome: 1) I get to read books I’m excited for early, 2) reviewing them can get attention for my blog, and 3) they’re free.
It’s exciting to participate in the early buzz for a book, especially when it’s a book I’m really excited for and have been lucky enough to get to read early! Also, people are more likely to read reviews for a book they’re excited for, I think. Finally, I am not currently able to buy very many books, so it’s always thrilling to get a free book to read and review and keep, especially if it’s an anticipated release!
But sometimes I kind of dread the arcs a little, because I know some of my reading enjoyment will be ruined by my analyzing-arc-reading-style. It’s so hard for me to separate that out in my head, and I really wish I were better at that.
Here are some not-so-awesome things about arcs: 1) As I mentioned, I never like arcs as much as I like books I read after they’re published, even if I’m reviewing both 2) there is a ton of draaama surrounding arcs and 3) they’re going to be published, so why bother with the arcs?
The not-liking-arcs-as-much is me. About drama: maybe I would see less of it if I stayed off Twitter xD. (honestly, that goes for a lot of drama xD) And obviously, it is far better to have something NOW than having to wait five billion years for it to be released. Obviously.
Basically, I’m wondering, am I the only one whose reading enjoyment is slightly ruined by the fact that a book is an arc? And am I the only one who thinks that juuust maaaybe arcs might be slightly overrated?
Overall, though, I think the pros outweigh the cons. I will never get over going to pick arcs at the bookstore and finding one I reaaaally want to read and gasping because I can’t contain the excitement. But, what do you think? Let me know all your thoughts!!