Why I’ve Stopped Caring About ARCs

I think everyone in the book social media world, whether that be blogging, twitter, Instagram or goodreads can agree the ARCs are a hot commodity. To be one of the select few who receive one feels like you’ve been dubbed an elite in our little internet community. And on the flip side to be one of the many who are denied one can feel a bit disheartening. I am here today to talk about why I’ve stopped caring about ARCs all together.

For those of you who are a tad confused an ARC refers to an Advanced Readers Copy of a book; meaning the early copies of unreleased books handed out to reviewers and public figures for review – usually to generate discussion and hype around a book. They can be very hard to get, but there are like 10,000 posts available all of the internet with valid and reliable tips if you were interested in googling.

Me, like almost every other book blogger has tried in the past to get our greedy book loving hands on an ARC before, when you first join the book online community the idea that ARCs are the BEST THING EVER is kind of forced on you! But after blogging for just over a year and a half I’ve decided that ARCs really are not for me.

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Here are 5 reasons why I don’t bother with ARC:

i dont like the pressure type

What pressure? You ask. Well, 1) the pressure to like the book, 2) the pressure to read it and review it before a certain date and 3) not getting the choice as to what to read.

1) I feel so, so, so damn guilty if I’ve been given an ARC and once I read it I’m over here like, ‘ahh… well, I know I’m meant to be helping boost sales of this book but… it kind of sucks, don’t waste your money.’ Like, NO! Don’t put that pressure on me! Then on the flip side, I always feel this weird pressure to bump my star rating up on an ARC, like if I wanna give it 3 stars change it to 3.5 instead. Which is obviously breaks my personal ethics and I blame the whole moral dilemma on ARCs!


2) My reading and reviewing speed is a fickle fickle monster, let’s call him Jameison, who needs to be nurtured and feed so that when he feels like leaving his beautiful lazy slumber he is at peace enough to read and review to his hearts content. Now if you suddenly put a deadline on Jameison, he will rebel against it by lighting fire to your deadline and aggressively snarling at it till it passes and he is secure in his knowledge that Jameison can fail every deadline ever!

3) Another thing Jameison hate’s is his choice being taken away, and he is a very big believer that ARCs take away his choice of what book to devour next because of that dreaded deadline mentioned above!


Just a quick snap of Jameison being Jameison – giving me the side eye while devouring a book. Ah classic Jameison.

i love hardbacks

Dude, I love a hardback. My wallet may not, but my soul certainly does and like 99.99% of ARCs are either ebooks or paperbacks and my soul (and Jameison’s) will wither up and die if forced to not own beautiful, beautiful hardbacks.


i can do without the fanfare

As you may know, getting your hands on an ARC when you aren’t on a publishers auto-send list requires you to send well-constructed emails pretty much selling all your blogs awesome traits. This is the most tedious experience ever. Cross my heart and hope to never have to do it again. Also, with ARCs you have to like have special ARC Reviews, or have to be part of a book tour. It’s just a lot and I’m like 10,000% too lazy for that life.

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werid competivenss

Is it just me but do ARCs always have this feeling of competiveness and lowkey jealousy. When I first started blogging I wanted those ARCs so badly! Now I’ve been doing this for a decent whiles, I’ve kind of dissociated from that wanting to be followed, from running my blog for other people and more completely for myself. ARCs always used to feel to me that it was the person with the most ARCs was the most loved and I’d get a  tad jealous but since letting all that go I no longer see ARCs as like some kind of symbol of blog success and therefore no longer want them.



Seriously, a quarter of a trillion (accurate number). I don’t need unpublished ones, I have too many glaring at me accusingly as it is!


So tell me! What are your opinions on ARC? Love them? Can do without them? Have you got your own Jameison? What’s he/her like? Do you feel the ARC competitiveness or am I just a weird one?



About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

36 Responses

  1. I’m not crazy about Arcs either. I have only ever received two because I don’t really request them, but I wasn’t a fan of the PDF format NetGalley sends them in. I much prefer a physical copy of any kind.

    I also find that many of the books that are easy to get ARCs for aren’t really worth your time so it’s better to not concern yourself too much with them and you’ll be a happier blogger.

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  2. I completely agree with this! The pressure of having to read and review a book within a certain time can become super uncomfortable to me, so I try limit my ARCs to just a few per month. Don’t get me wrong- I definitely do see the appeal of receiving ARCs, but I really don’t bother unless it’s something that I’ve heard about before and am definitely interested in reading.

    Lovely post, as always! 🙂

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  3. I still love ARCs, but I only ever request on NetGalley and have never attempted the whole hard copy from publishers route. I have decided this year to be a lot more discerning about what I request, though. I can’t say I never get jealous when I see other people have an ARC of a book I really want to read, but it definitely doesn’t bother me like it did when I first started blogging.

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  4. Nice discussion post! I agree, I’ve seen a lot of weird jealousy surrounding ARCs, so much so that some bloggers have told others not to post pictures on their blogs because it could be considered “boasting” and that isn’t okay. While I don’t agree with this line of thinking, it’s undeniable that ARC envy does exist. I personally think ARCs are nice to have, but they aren’t necessary in order to run a successful blog. I also agree that having them adds pressure and sometimes you just don’t have time for that.

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  5. This post has inspired me to start implementing a plan to quit ARCs too. I only request stuff I’m genuinely interested in, but it’s just that I’m a slow reader and I want to get through my personal pile as well as keep up with the new releases. I actually work well under deadlines and having a review due is a good excuse for me to tuck myself away and just read.

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  6. DAMN GIRRL HAHA nice topic!! And definitely nice comeback 😀 Its a great timing too ! Ive been talking with my boyfriend about these Arcs and just book requests in general and only after a few months I kinda get.. well..tired LOL its still nice to receive them tho, I get to discover new books and if it helps the author getting feedback before publishing its even better but yes I totally get the feeling !! I do love hardback cover too ❤ Like THE ROSE SOCIETY SHOUTOUT ❤ hahha 😉

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      1. LOOL awkward turtle I feel that on so many levels xD I’ll probably stop the book request after this year tho LOL and yeah I’ll be more focused on books that Im ver very excited about instead 😀

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  7. Ooh this is a really great topic! I’m still pretty new to blogging so I still feel a little excited about ARCs, but I definitely understand and agree with all the points you bought up. I feel so guilty if I take too long to read and review an ARC and even more guilty if I don’t like it or say no when I’ve been offered it. Before I started really blogging I used to go crazy on Netgalley, haha, but now I only request books that I’m really interested in and I’ve decided that I’m not going to take on anymore ARCs until I’ve caught up on the ones I’ve already received.

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  8. Emma The Book Lover

    Yeah I agree, arc are nice to read and review sometimes but I’d rather be reading books that I knew I was going to love and that I actually really want to read.

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  9. Great post, Amy! I totally agree with you. I used to love getting ARCs and I felt like I was “so cool” because I was getting to read all these books before everyone else. Now I don’t even bother requesting them anymore. The pressure is real. I have a few ARCs that I had requested awhile back and haven’t read yet that I need to read, but the desire to read them now that it’s almost deadline time (two the deadline was a few days ago OOPS) is now gone. I also have so many books I own and are unread that I need to focus on those hahaha.

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  10. You literally just wrote everything I’ve been thinking the past few weeks about my feelings toward ARCs. I’ve been avoiding the ones I still have to read and review because I’m not in the mood to read them. I actually don’t understand why everyone fights over them like they do because the books are going to come out eventually and like you said, my TBR is huge as is and I kind of want to read those books instead. I usually never end up liking most of my ARC reads and I would rather spend that time reading something I know I will love. No time should be wasted on reading a less than satisfactory book. Great post 🙂 !

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  11. hopelessbookaddict

    I totally agree! I really only request on netgalley, and I tell myself I’ll slow down the requests a bit, but then I go on to just ‘check’ and suddenly my fingers get all clicky. Let me tell you, the regret is REAL afterwards.
    Also, I’m too scared to write e-mails to publishers to fear of rejection and just generally making a fool of myself so . . . yes. ARCs are far too much trouble.

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  12. I completely understand ALL the reasons you mentioned above! I, too, feel that weird pressure when I read arcs and as if I shouldn’t let them sit too long, because well – NEED TO GET THAT REVIEW OUT THERE! And then, when I didn’t really like it, what to do now?
    However, I’ve only gotten eArcs via NetGalley or from authors via mail. Being an international bookworm, I am not even sure how to get a physical arc half of the time. I guess it’s possible, but I am not that super good at constructing those kind of mails either … well, I’ll just stick to my eArcs, of which I never have more than 2 or 3 per month. So, that’s totally manageable for me 😀

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  13. Great discussion! I think this is something a lot of book bloggers can relate to but just haven’t spoken up much about yet. I, personally, don’t worry myself over ARCs. If there’s a book in a series about to come out that I’m really interested in reading, I’ll go ahead and request it. But, for the most part, over the past few months I’ve been far more interested in reading the books I already own. 🙂 Reading is a pleasurable activity for me, and I’d like to keep it that way.

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  14. I enjoy a handful of ARCs snagged from Netgalley or a book tour a few times a year, but I’ve never “aggressively” sought them out. It does feel like some kind of award when you’re granted one though, and that makes me feel pretty good about myself. Really, I just enjoy going in to the library and picking books out at random. It kind of makes reading an adventure for me. I’ve discovered genres I never would have thought to read had I been spending my own money.

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  15. oh my gosh, I was literally just talking about this! There are certain ARCs that make me freak out with wanting/jealousy/insane desire (right now Of Fire and Stars comes to mind) but I completely agree that if I received every ARC I dreamed of the result would be me stressed out curled up on my floor. I always have a PILE of books to read, and that is teetering on stressful as it is! This is a great post–it sounds cheesy to say reading should always be for fun, but seriously, if you get too entrenched in the online community it’s easy to forget that!

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