Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m an arc-oholic. I have a problem.. well. problems. The ARCs I have and haven’t read yet are my problems. The fact that I keep requestion ARCs without reading them is a problem. So I banned myself.
Now, I’m not as behind as a lot of other people I see on Instagram or Twitter. I see people who still need to read 100 ARCs. I think I have less than 20 ARCs (I think maybe even 15?), and a bunch of them are ones I’ve already read, but just haven’t reviewed. There are a few reasons why I just don’t get to reading ARCs.. I think a lot of you will recognise the reasons – they don’t just apply to ARCs, but to new releases as well.
There are a couple of tiny ones, like that I have to read my eARCs on my phone, because I don’t have a Kindle. And I get distracted when I’m on my phone because I get tons of notifications (and no, I’m not going to turn them off).
The biggest one is that I have major FOMO. There are so many good books coming out, and out already, and my friends talk about those books constantly and I just have to read those books. It doesn’t work in favor of my ARCs.. causing me to forget all about my ARCs.
In order to make sure I’ll read my ARCs, I have a few rules for myself. Well, there’s one big rule. NO MORE REQUESTING ARCS. It’s not fair for the authors to leave the ARCs lying around like that. And I requested them for a reason. I’m genuinely interested in those books and I do really want to read them.
So what I’ll be doing is read at least an ARC a week, and not request an ARC in the meantime. In order to make sure I won’t have any ARCs lying around at the end of this, the not requesting ARCs will have to be followed until there are no more ARCs left. I don’t have a strict punishment for myself in case I break the rule and request an ARC.. So maybe you know a rule?
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever requested far too many ARCs and what you’ve done to stop yourself (or if you’re planning something to stop yourself)! Also if you know of a good punishment, please let me know!