I missed Monday…

118330-I-Hate-Monday-sYeah I know right, I missed my Monday Morning Rant…I am so sorry considering that it is finals week and I’ve been attempting to study I forgot all about my Monday bitch session. So I will keep it short today since Tuesdays are always a little sweeter.

ARC…Advanced Reading Copies. These, my friends, are precious for many reasons…

  1. You get to read a book before it is released!
  2. You’re helping the author get a feel for what their audience might think about the book
  3. You’re helping editors, publishers and authors find things they may have missed (hopefully)
  4. And finally…you get to read a book before it is released!!!

But I am also conflicted when it comes to ARCs. As a blogger and avid reader when I get an ARC I am immediately nervous. Don’t get me wrong I love receiving them but what if I don’t like a book? What if I feel it isn’t quite ready for print and needs just a few more edits, or a rewrite somewhere? Am I supposed to give it 4+ stars just because I was gifted the opportunity to get an ARC?

And don’t get me started with the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads that start with “I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion” I am so skeptical of those. I feel like most of them are all 4 stars or better. I have yet to find one that is 1 or 2 stars. I have a tendency to seek out those reviews when I am deciding on whether or not to buy a book. I feel like the 1 and 2 star reviews are the most “real”. Trust me when I say that I do read the 5, 4 and 3 star reviews too, I would just rather know why someone didn’t like it versus why they did. Maybe that makes me weird but it makes me…me.

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