Why I Decided Not To Read My Approved eARCs

Today has kind of been a momentous day for me. See, for the past couple of days I kept staring at my eARCs on NetGalley and wondering when on earth I was going to read the September releases (especially since some of them had been published already #failedtimemanagement) I had been approved for because I honestly haven’t been feeling like reading lately, which is kind of sad.


While staring at those books, I realized that I simply had lost interest in most of them and that I would be forcing myself to read the book just so I could say I had read it. But by doing that, I would enjoy the book a lot less and not give it a fair chance which would suck for everyone involved. So what did I do?

Well, I finally DNFed one of the books that had been on my Currently Reading shelf for almost a month and that I hadn’t touched in over three weeks which felt really great. Usually, if I really like a book, I will read it within a day or two. It doesn’t take me weeks to get through a book that is about 300 pages. The story just simply couldn’t grab me and it was time to move on.


Once I had done that, I went back to NetGalley and took another look at my eARCs and realized that none of them really interested me anymore and so I sent in my feedback letting the publishers know that I wouldn’t be reading the books and my reasons for it. Which felt really good too.

No longer was I looking at 5 copies of books I should be reading right this second (which really just puts unnecessary pressure on a reader) and instead I now have two books that I am definitely really excited about reading – one being a sequel to a book I’ve had on my TBR for a while that’s going to give me that final push to finally read the first book!


By doing all of that today, I realized that I need to change the way I request ARCs on NetGalley. I want to make sure that I only request books that are already on my radar and that I am actually anticipating rather than just requesting a book that sounds even the tiniest bit interesting. Those seem to be the books that I will have to force myself to read and I no longer want that.

I’ve been lucky enough to have read some truly amazing books this year thanks to NetGalley so I won’t stop using the website but I will definitely be more critical with the books I request. I want more experiences like I had with Now I Rise or Dear Martin and fewer experiences that end with me DNFing a book or forcing myself to finish it.

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How do you guys approach your eARCs (or ARCs in general) when you realize you’ve lost any and all interest in reading them? Do you make yourself read them? Do you push them off until the last minute? Or do you decide to simply not read them anymore?ย  Let’s discuss in the comments down below!

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32 thoughts on “Why I Decided Not To Read My Approved eARCs

  1. i think it’s very good, that you did that! pressuring yourself to read these books would only end in not liking them. so you did the right thing!
    i haven’t had that problem yet, because i do not request that many books, but we’ll see what happens, if i get to that point.

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    1. Thank you, Alex! ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s not even that I request too many books but I had been approved for some of them months ago when I was actually interested in reading the stories but that had changed since.

      I really hope it doesn’t happen for you!

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  2. I think it’s a great idea to do that! I’ve requested books before in the moment and then realised I’m not actually that interested in reading them. It just ends up with me not liking the book because my hearts not really in it!

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  3. I used to have the same issue with Netgalley when I first subscribed and started requesting ARCs. I requested the ones that seemed a tiny bit interesting and, even if I never got approved for tons of ARCs at the same time, still, I sometimes got approved and, by the time it happened, kind of lost interest in the book. I did exactly the same as you, I said that I wans’t intereted in reading it anymore. I now only request books I know I’d be reaaaally interested in reading and never too much at a time, so I’m not overwhelmed and I feel happy – as much as I can – with what I’m reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Did you ever feel guilty about letting the publishers know that you were no longer interested in reading a book you had asked for yourself? Because it felt so weird to let them know that I wasn’t going to read the books anymore because I had lost interest.

      That’s basically my policy now too! I’m only allowing myself to request books I’ve been excited about for a while because that’s hopefully not going to change between (hopefully) being approved and reading the book.

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      1. I did feel weird, but… I also felt good being honest this way. I didn’t want to let them down, yet I didn’t want to force myself. It wouldn’t have been fair to the book or the publisher either ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Hi! I haven’t gotten into ARCs yet for this reason. I don’t want to feel pressured about reading books that I’ve lost interest in. It absolutely makes sense for you to narrow down the books that you really want to read. The truth is that book bloggers aren’t being paid for what we do (for the most part?) so I think we should read what we enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. This is so weird, but I actually did this exact same thing a few days ago. I just sat there, looking at my NetGalley TBR going “I don’t want to read any of these!”

      I decided I was going to really cut back on the books I requested, and only request ones I’m super interested in reading. The plan is to only request 4 books a month, one for each week, but we’ll see how good I am at sticking to it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. That makes sense to request only the books that you are very interested in ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a netgalley account but haven’t requested books yet. Maybe I will see if there are books that I really want to read ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. I’m usually really excited about the opportunity to read a book early, even if I haven’t heard much about it before. Maybe I’m just in a weird mood when it comes to reading lately and that affected my decision here, but I’m glad I made it none the less.

      And I 100% agree with you about reading what we enjoy!

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  5. Luckily, I’ve never really looked at my NetGalley eARCs and realized I no longer had any interest in the books that were there. But I’ve definitely had moments where I felt overwhelmed by all of the eARCs that I have to read within a certain time and it’s absolutely led me to change how I request books on there. Like you mentioned doing, I now try to only request books that I’ve already heard about and am interested in reading, rather than requesting random books that I come across on there. It’s really helped me to keep my numbers down a bit and not get so easily overwhelmed!

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      1. I have!! It helps so much that I only request books I’m genuinely interested in. Now it’s rare that I end up disliking ARCs I’ve gotten.

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  6. I definitely relate! Right now I’m kinda going through my own Netgalley crisis, I requested a bunch of September eARCs, put off reading them, and am now trying to race to finish them all in time for their releases. I really need to do what you said and only request books I know I for SURE want to read, and not just anything that looks decent.

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    1. That is EXACTLY what happened for me too and I just realized that I wouldn’t enjoy my time with any of the books because I wasn’t in the mood anymore. Maybe you could not read some your ARCs too rather than ‘forcing’ yourself to do it.

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  7. I try to only request ARC’s that I’m genuianly interested in reading, if I’m not sure if I’m going to like it and that I will read it, I don’t request it. I also have a limit, I won’t let my self have more than 5 unread ARC’s, I have read them before I can request more.

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    1. I was up to a total of 5 ARCs too and I was convinced I would get them all read but it just didn’t happen for most of them. You’ve got a great system going on though, I might have to steal it!

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  8. Totally agree. I haven’t been on NetGalley because I’ve been so busy with other stuff, but I definitely have had a lot of experiences of books that just weren’t all that great that I basically had to force myself to read. It creates so much pressure and really takes the fun out of reading.

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  9. ahhhhhhh I should try that with all of the 2016 books I requested back when I had been using Netgalley for… two minutes. XD

    But I feel like I only try to request my anticipated books! I usually also try to check it out on Goodreads before I request it haha.

    Honestly, I’m not afraid AT ALL to DNF a book. If there’s a book I’m not that excited about reading, I’ll start it and most likely just DNF it. And I can still send feedback in, and my ratio is better (which might not be the best reason tbh)

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    1. You should 100% just do that with your 2016 releases, Juliana!

      I thought I did that too until this past week. xD I’ve DNFed two books this year which is basically the most I’ve ever not finished! I will usually do my very best to finish a book.

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  10. This is so smart!!!! I have a few ARCs to read from when I first signed up to Netgalley in like April! Some of these books I’m not interested in reading AT ALL but a few of them actually do sound interestingโ€”it’s just that they’re not what I’m looking for/in the mood for at the moment! So it’s tough to decide whether I should just simply email ALL the publishers or whether I should keep the small amount that I’m interested in and might end up reading in the future! #TOUGHLIFE

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