Discussion: Requesting ARCs

For those of you who request review copies, have you ever NOT requested one for a book you really, really want to read, even though it’s available?

One of my first requests on NetGalley was for Lauren Myracle’s The Infinite Moment of Us. I knew I wouldn’t get it, because I had just barely started blogging, like the week before, and I had only one or two followers. But Myracle is one of my favorite authors so I had to try.

I didn’t get it. It took the publisher six weeks to deny me and it was just sitting there at the bottom of my NetGalley dashboard page, taunting me the whole time. I was at the point when I wanted them to just deny me already so I could get it off of there! And then, finally, they did. I wasn’t upset or disappointed, because like I said, I never expected to get it.

And I had already decided that I didn’t want it anymore. I don’t want to read the ARC. I want to wait until the book is published and go to the store and buy it. Or at least download it from Amazon, since most of my books are on my Kindle now.

For a book I’m really, really looking forward to, I want to keep looking forward to it. I want experience the anticipation of the release date. (AUGUST 27!!!) I didn’t even read some of the Harry Potter books on their release date, because I wanted that feeling to last a little longer. (As it got later in the series, I did try to read them starting on the release date, mainly because I was so afraid of spoilers.)

So the next time I see a book by one of my favorite authors up on NetGalley or Edelweiss, I think I’m going to wait. I plan to use those sites more to explore new-to-me authors, ones I might not have been exposed to without the opportunity to request a review copy.

What about you? Do you request all of your favorite authors’ books, or do you wait for publication for some of them?

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