Can ARC’s Become Too Overwhelming?

Hey there! Today I have a special guest post for you! My lovely friend Ashley @ Inside My Minds has kindly written up a wonderful post for my blog! You guys… Ashley is such a sweet person, and her blog is great… with lots of entertaining content and fabulous stuffs for you to enjoy. So you MUST go check out her blog! Like, now. Well, after you read this post, I mean. 🙂 Thank you!


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I’m sure most all book bloggers have used NetGalley or Penguin’s First To Read as sources to read books for review.  There is just something exciting about getting your first review book, so what do you do? Start requesting more, but more becomes way too many books and you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.  You become so overwhelmed with all the review copies that you have to read by a certain date, but, you don’t know where to start.

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The first thing you should always do if your request for a book has been accepted is to download the books, then in a notebook or somewhere you’ll always see it, make a list of all the books that you have to review and sort them by date. Meaning the books that have the earlier publication date, should be the first books on your list, that way you know which books need to be a top priority.

If you’re the type of person that can read more than one book at a time, you should also do this. If by chance it happens that books have the same publication date, I would suggest reading the longest book first, that way it can help you gauge how much time you will have to read the other books.  Chances are, the shorter books will be the ones that are easier to read.

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If you still feel that you are behind on review copies, take a break from requesting books.  I know this might not be the easiest thing to do, because who doesn’t want all the books?  It will really help with feeling overwhelmed, and it will also help you get caught up.  Once you feel that you are all caught up, and want to start requesting books again, DO NOT BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW, meaning, don’t request so many books all at once, especially if they all have similar publication dates.  Make sure that if you are going and want to request a lot of books, check the publication dates, and try to spread them out as far apart as you possibly can.


I hope this post helps bloggers and reviewers to not feel so overwhelmed.  And most importantly, NEVER WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE, that will only make the overwhelming and stress a lot worse.

— Love, Ashley @ Inside My Minds




Well, that it’s lovelies. I hope you all enjoyed this Guest Post and learned some things. I know I sure did! (I have a huge problem with requesting ARC’s…) Thank you, Ashley, for your wonderful post! And don’t forget to go check out Ashley’s blog, guys!

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Let us know below if this post helped you at all! Or if you, too, have a problem with requesting too many ARC’s. Is there any advice you’d like to add? Looking forward to hearing from you!

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126 thoughts on “Can ARC’s Become Too Overwhelming?

  1. Thanks you so much for this post! I do request lots of ARCs and then I almost feel overwhelmed and stressed out about finishing them in time hopefully.

    I think that the specific problem for me, is that I’m an impulsive person. So I’ll go on NetGalley or Edelweiss and start clicking away on the “request button” impulsively. Sometimes it’s based just on the cover, just on the author’s name, etc. Then I get myself into a lot of problem.

    My advice would be to not spend a lot of time on any of those tempting eyecandy lovely websites for requesting ARCs because that will get you down a rabbit hole unfortunately!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I’m the exact same way!! I have a problem getting on NetGalley and just clicking the request button for anything I think sounds interesting or has a pretty cover! Here lately I’ve been trying to stay off NetGalley because once I get on there… it’s over! Lol. Great advice!! I agree that you should stick with just one ARC site… because if you get on a bunch of them, you’ll definitely be in it deep! I’ve stuck with NetGalley and I’m still overwhelmed, so I could only imagine how I’d feel if I was on multiple sites requesting!!

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  2. It’s perhaps irrelevant but there are lots of bloggers who have loads of ARC’s be they Netgalley e-ARC’s or paper ARC’s that they don’t read before the publication date, both big and small blogs and it can’t be helped and you see ARC reviews go up months after the book has been released. So I’d say if you do miss the publication date then don’t stress about it and don’t worry to much.

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    1. Most want reviews in Goodreads before the publication date to generate buzz for the book. With the one ARC that have left to read, my review will be turned into NetGalley and posted on Goodreads before the publication date.

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      1. Yes, but alas not everyone gets what they want in life.😂 And while that’s the point of ARC’s, there are lots of ARC reviews out there for books that have been released months ago, there was a couple for Nevernight the other week and one ARC review for a book that had been released in June.

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      1. I often miss the pub date for ARCs because the publisher doesn’t send them in time. For example, the book I posted a review for today was the first book in the series that I had to buy because the publisher only sent me the second book. That added another book to my October TBR that I wasn’t expecting when they only gave me two weeks notice mid-move to Florida.

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  3. I do try to follow the advice in this post and do write a list of ARCs with publication dates so I can plan my reading but for various reasons (Wobble or my mood) it does tent to go out the window. I really need to clear out the older books on my shelf possibly by just admitting to the publisher I’m never going to read it but at the moment I focus on those with upcoming dates. I figure there is little difference between a month late and 2 months 🙂

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    1. You know, if there are books you’ve requested, that you know you aren’t going to read, or that you didn’t like and DNF’ed… it’s always better to go ahead and send your review in telling them you DNF’ed it and why and I found that’s better than not sending at all. Plus it counts toward your overall feedback ratio!

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  4. Great post! Happy to see I am not the only one who has to write thr Titles down and organize them to keep track. I have also learned to just back off of requests some times. I was swamped for a while because I went crazy on NetGalley and no one to blame but myself…

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      1. Awe 😢 I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.. I think haha. I backed off on a few things and am wrapping up a blog tour. I think I actually only have one Netgalley, but I am sure I will get click happy soon. I need to allow myself some time to enjoy my own books here.

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  5. I totally agree that it’s easy to get overwhelmed, even in the beginning! Right now I have I think 6, which I think is too many (for myself at least). A couple of them were surprises that I won in drawings for ARCs though, so I don’t feel too bad.

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  6. I’m not requesting from NetGalley right now. I’m trying to catch up with the ones I have now to be reviewed- either from NetGalley or books I have been sent from authors. I try not to go on NetGalley much because of that. Now, I do have a list that I will into requesting once I am caught up- and if they are no longer available- no big deal!! 🙂

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      1. For me- I’m doing my blog for me first and I want to make sure I am having fun doing it. (I would love more followers!) That said, I don’t want to get so many books to be reviewed it gets out of hand and I get overwhelmed. I have to work,so I don’t have much time to read. I can usually get a book read in 7-10 days now(sometimes quicker- the one I am reading now is just over 100 pages and the next I think is 150 pages- those will be quick reads). I have improved on that- it used to be 2-3 weeks to get a book read. 🙂

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      2. That’s great! I used to be able to read 2-3 books a week. But since blogging is so time consuming, I’ve dropped to about 1 book a week. But that’s alright! As long as I’m reading and I’m happy, then it’s all good! 😊

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  7. This was my life in September – October because I went click happy on NetGalley. I’ve officially learned my lesson and haven’t gone click happy since lol. Although I do have three ARC reviews due in January so my reading time in December will definitely be centered on those. 🙈
    Great post and great tips! 😊

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  8. Great post! I get stressed if I have too many books because I read slow for one and then for two I don’t feel stress free unless I get through everything that needs to be read! My pet peeve with Netgalley is you never know if you are going to get approved or not, so somedays I may have nothing to read and then all of a sudden I am approved for several books!!

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  9. I don’t think I’ve ever requested a book. I’ve even stopped accepting most review requests because I have much less time to read and I’d rather spend it with books I want to read and not ones I have to. But I’m also less concerned with getting books upon release. Even if I’m really excited for a new book by a favorite author, I can totally wait two months to pick it up at the library.

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  10. I have been dealing with this for a while. I finally sat down and created a calendar for my review books. I also did some searching on Netgalley to see if there was any way to have the expiration dates extended and found that if you download to a Kindle app, there is no expiration date. I will try to read them as close to their release as possible or before they expire but this lessens my guilt a bit.

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    1. Right! That’s exactly what I was telling someone yesterday! If you go ahead and download them to your Kindle as soon as you are approved, then you won’t lose access to the book! Even if you don’t read it before the archive date. That’s awesome, isn’t it? 😊

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  11. I took the decision to stop requesting from NetGalley and accepting book review requests for the moment. Between university and my private life, reading was starting to look like a core. I have a few ARCs that need to be taken care of, but I sent a note to the publishers explaining why reviews would be a little late, and I am slowly rediscovering how to read without pressure. The thrill of getting ARCs is a nice feeling, but it comes with an engagement! Starting next year, I will use an excel spreadsheet to keep track of publication dates and the work that comes with it 🙂 Great post!

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  12. I think we all fall into the request trap at first – it’s just too easy to do and also being approved for the books is almost addictive! Then of course you realise you have 10 books all with the same publication date. I would agree with Drew – obviously you try to review ARCs before or as near to the release date as possible but life does sometimes take over in the most unexpected or unplanned way – in which case my motto is ‘better late than never’. 😀
    Lynn

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  13. Great post!
    I joined NetGalley a few months back, requested 2 books, got approved and then got really overwhelmed and haven’t logged on since – This was just over 2 books so I can’t imagine how overwhelming it must be to be approved for loads!

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    1. On Goodreads, I have friends who have 95+ books on their NetGalley shelf and they think that “little” compared to other addicts. I think that I would go out of my mind and pull my hair out if that was me.

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  14. My ARC pile is getting better but that’s because I put so much pressure on myself to read them faster. I try to read them before the pub date if I receive them in a decent amount of time. I’ve actually asked for ARCs before the pub date and didn’t hear back until after, so it was out of my control when I posted my review. I need to stop asking for them, but when they keep saying yes, I’m like gimme, gimme, gimme! 😜

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  15. wise advice! What helps me also is not only put them in order when I need to have this or that book read, but also write in my calendar when I will post my review.
    For those who have requesting issues, I like the system at “blogging for books”, as they do not allow to request books unless you have posted the review of the previous book you’ve requested

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    1. “Blogging for Books” I’ve never heard of! I’ll have to go check them out because I like that idea… of having to post a review for the previous book before requesting another. That’s a brilliant idea, actually. Especially for us happy fingers who like to hit the request button. 😉

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  16. Great post!! I started writing things down in a notepad as well at the beginning of this year. Plus, I stopped requesting books for about 2 months now. And still need to review 13 ARC’s this year XD. But I’ll get there! And great advice on starting the big ones first also, it’s true that the smaller ones are usually better to plan in :). Go Ashley!!

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  17. So what you she is saying is that you should NOT join NetGalley and go request happy and end up with 70+ approved books thus digging yourself a hole you may never climb out of? You know hypothetically lol

    Head this advice book bloggers! Don’t end up 6 feet under like some bloggers… 🙂

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  18. Awesome post. I joined NetGalley in July and ended up with about 33 books by the end of the month. I didn’t think that I would get approved because of my location. However, most of my requests were approved and then I received more requests to review books that I hadn’t even asked for. It was exciting atfirst but then it became quite overwhelming. I am trying to manage the addiction but and keep myself at less than 20books at all times. The tips shared here are quite helpful. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I know exactly how you feel. I think at first, I went request happy because I didn’t think I’d get approved for most of them anyway. But I did, unbelievably. And all of a sudden had a buncha books to review. So stressful, and such a bad habit of mine!

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  19. Wow great post wish I’d seen this earlier! I sent NetGallley feedback about my very first ARC, ta read now book the I wasn’t enjoying at all. I felt guilty about not reading it but then decided to be honest with by telling them it wasn’t my type of book and it wouldn’t be fair to post a negative review when I hadn’t finished it. It was a huge relief even though the book isn’t due out until next year.

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  20. For some reason I always feel bad to send a negative feedback, especially if I need to tell them that I didn’t finish the book :/ .
    I also requested a book that was like the 4th one in a series – they didn’t say it was part of a series, I thought, hey, it’s a stand-alone or the first book in a series. And I don’t know what to do? Read it anyway? Write them back that I didn’t realize that it wasn’t a stand alone/first book? Try to read the series? Ugh.
    *
    What font did you use for the headers? I like it a lot.
    Also, I noticed you highlight your headers or edit the font. Can you tell me the program/site you use? Unless is a secret, of course 🙂

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    1. Always, always tell them you couldn’t finish the book. They understand, I promise. Plus, it makes your feedback ratio go up, versus you just not sending anything in. Hope that makes sense. As far as my headers… no, it’s not a secret 😉 I use Canva. They have different lines and illustrations on there. The blue highlight is a “line” that I just made bigger. Then put the font on top. The font I used for this one was called Kaushan Script.

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      1. Thanks. I managed to do it. Can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. I usually use Adobe Photoshop, and you can do the line thingy as well.

        Yea, I didn’t rush to do it, because I was in a reading slump. No book was good for me at that time. Hehe.
        What about the 4th book in a series? I just say I made a mistake?

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