This is something I’ve been thinking about, for a couple of weeks now.
I love reading. And whenever I get the opportunity to arc read for an author, I’m so excited about it. Every time an author reaches out to me, and ask me to review their work, I’m over the moon. But the fact of the matter is, that its very time consuming.
If we look at pages like Booksprout and Netgalley, you’re not guaranteed a certain amount of time to read and review the book, before its released. To someone like me, who doesn’t like to let anyone down, this can be quite stressful. I have on numerous occasions put a book I was reading aside, in order to respect the arc date. But that’s not always what I want to do. Frankly, if I’m in the middle of a really interesting book, its annoying. Annoying to know that I requested the book weeks ago, but then suddenly get accepted a few days before the book is released
Disorganised as I might be, I like to maintain a certain amount of organisation. So I know what upcoming deadlines I have. That makes it easier for me to plan my time. As of right now, I have about 15 books I’ve received, with no due date. Plus whatever I want to read from my TBR list. So, I think that keeps me more than busy for the rest of the year.
Another fact in my decision making is, the authors I steadily work with. Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to find some authors, that steadily keep me on their beta and arc lists. For some of them, its been for over 6 months, for others its still relatively new. But what we share, is the wish to keep it going. To me these authors take priority. Because I love how they value my opinion, input and think about me, every time they have a new book coming out. And most importantly, because I love their words and feel honoured to be part of their journey.
The above is the logic reasons I need to do this. But honestly, I also think I really need to do it for the sake of my own sanity. As it is right now, I at times feel like I’m drowning in reading. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading. And I’m so flattered every time an author reaches out to me. Probably that’s part of why it’s so hard for me to say no. But I really feel like I need to. Lately, I’ve only had 2 chilled evenings with my boyfriend, because the rest is spent reading and writing reviews.
When I started my blog, I was studying full time, which allowed me so much time to read. And I could comfortably finish 1-2 books per day. Which made it really easy to request all these books, and say yes to a lot of authors. I’m no longer in that place and yet, I kept accepting and requesting like I was. So this is all on me. It might have taken me some time to get it, but now I finally realise that I need to take a step back from the obligations. That way I’ll read what I can, but without feeling guilty for not getting books and reviews finished in time.
Enough about me! How do you manage your reading load? How do you juggle your personal, social and working life with your blog? Do you ever find that you don’t have enough time to finish all the arc’s you’ve requested? Let’s talk in the comments!