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.
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? Let’s discuss in the comments down below!