I think we can all agree that it is supremely awesome to get ARCs(Advance Reader/Review Copies) it's one of the coolest perks of being a book reviewer, I know personally every time I am granted access to one on NetGalley a nice happy feeling fills my stomach and I get oh so excited to read this book before it comes out. On top of that it helps get traffic to your blog and can help you connect with authors for guest posts and what not. Now recently I have seen tons of posts about bloggers who have too many ARCs and are so very behind on reviews and the pros and cons of review copies mainly being that you tend to not have time for new releases and your TBR pile because you're constantly reading review copies instead, but today I want to talk about why I didn't request Heir Of Fire among other books. First of all I doubt that I would have been approved for it anyways but this isn't about that it's about why I wouldn't have wanted it anyways. Just to be clear I am in no way looking down on people who did get advanced copies of this or anything else.
My thing is, with getting Advanced copies sometimes I think you miss out, on the stalking the internet for every little tiny bit of information about a book, of anxiously awaiting along with thousands of other fans, of that feeling of excitement the morning it comes out and you drive to the book store and the moment of bliss when it is finally in your hands, of all the hundreds of tweets that fill your notifications bar of all of your book friends also being super excited that it's finally here!
Now in no way am I saying I would never want any review copy of any kind I still love ARCs, mainly I'm saying I wouldn't want one of one of my favorite series. I got an advanced copy of Enchanter Heir last year and Comic Con and I was beyond excited to get it early and I loved every minute of reading it just the same but then I missed out on the excitement of it's release date, even more so with Cress which I also got at Comic Con last year and then earlier this year everyone was so excited that it was finally out and for me it was just another day.
What I am saying is I love going to the book store the first thing in the morning the day a book is released when it's one of my all time favorite series and I have been waiting forever to read it, I love seeing it for the first time on the shelf in the store, quietly stalking towards it, sending bedroom eyes it's way, dreaming about undressing it(okay maybe that's a little awkward) and then finally getting my hands on it. Then there's the slightly giddy feeling of walking to the checkout counter cradling(am I spelling this right? I hope so.) it like a baby in your arms, the slightly crazy look in your eyes as you pay for it and then finally you get home, lock the door and just dive in. You tweet along with hundreds of other fans as they screech that it's finally here!
So yeah. I love advanced reader copies but I think that there's a little bit more magic to be found waiting until the day it comes out. Of course I would never stop reading Advanced copies and except for my favorite series I would never even consider not trying to request the book I'm just saying I don't want to lose all the magic of release day either. =)
So what are your thoughts? Do you love release day excitement or do you prefer to preorder and have books delivered? Do you sometimes pass on an ARC so that you can wait for it along with everyone else or am I the only crazy person?
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