Not really a problem, and not really a rant. Just my thoughts after being buried in ARCs for the past week and reading like my life depends on it. See, I have discovered there’s a pattern in my reading habits. I will either have nothing to read for weeks (total reading slump) or I will have ALL THE BOOKS to read.
How I find myself in the same situation over and over again, you ask? I request books when I don’t have anything to read, thinking that they will be approved within days. That doesn’t happen. What happens is that one day I wake up to a handful of approved messages. Normally I would be thrilled to have been approved and I am. For a couple of those books. I have currently 10 ARCs on my Kindle, I’m half way into the 6th one (and I’ve edited those numbers about 3 times already so its an ongoing process, really) and luckily they are not due for a while which brings me to my next issue.
I keep reading books that will be published MONTHS from now, and I can’t properly fangirl because no one is reading them – sure I do it later but by then I probably have other books to fangirl about. Back in the days it felt awesome to read books ahead of their publishing days, but now I have forgotten what it felt like to be in the hype of a new book and reading it while others do. Basically I’m speed reading and generally on a speed mode going through my ARCs, writing reviews because I WILL FORGET them afterwards and making sure my reviews are going live and being cross posted on GR and Amazon etc.
Sure, there are worse things than having too many books to read but as a blogger there’s that fine line between reading for pleasure and reading like it’s a job. I enjoy the ARCs I request – that’s why I request them in the first place because something about the blurb made me want it – and yes some I don’t, it’s all part of the balance. I’m not complaining (I literally asked for this), just merely sharing my blogger problems with the rest of you because I know you’ll understand. Reading 10 books back to back, no wonder they leave me drained and in a reading slump because, unfortunately, not even half the books I’ve read were 4-5 stars. That’s the bad side of it, that some books are just plain bad – and yes not all books are going to be amazing and mind-blowing but when you have a few bad one in a row, it’s exhausting.
Currently though I’m having couple good ones in a row, so fingers crossed it continues! And there’s a chance none of these made sense, I just needed to write words instead of reading them for a few hours. #BloggerProblems
Aaaaand I feel like a total asshole for complaining about having too many books OMG HOW DARE I