I’ve been debating whether I should talk about today’s topic for a while now, but since I haven’t posted for a pretty long time, I think I owe it to you guys to explain where I am at the moment and what changes I’m planning for 2016.
For the past few years, I’ve been incredibly lucky. Since I started this blog back in 2011, I got to know dozens of lovely people from the world of publishing who were kind enough to send me ARCs (advance reading copies) of their upcoming books. For a book blogger, this is a dream. And I’m genuinely grateful for every single book I’ve been given.
But in the past few months, some things have changed. By the end of last year, I got to a point where reading – and blogging – felt more like a chore than a hobby I’ve always been passionate about. What started out as a short reading slump turned into a constant source of stress, and that’s when it finally hit me: I need to stop and re-evaluate what I’m doing, and why I got here.
During the last week of 2015, I realised something: in order to get out of this slump I’ve been in for the past year, I need to take things slow and go back to where I was a few years ago. To do that, I decided to take a break from ARCs – and here’s why.
1) I don’t want to “work” to deadlines
As a general rule, review copies don’t come with specific deadlines – but most publishers prefer bloggers to post their reviews shortly before or on publication day. With so many amazing books coming out within days and weeks of each other, however, it’s difficult to keep up. Since I work full time and travel quite a lot, my free time has been limited for the past year or two.
Unfortunately, I’ve always found it hard to say no to review copies (especially if it’s something I’ve been waiting for for a long time) and blog tour requests, so I found myself finishing books literally hours before I was supposed to publish my review on way too many occasions. Which, in the long run, is pretty exhausting.