I’ve done it again . . . I’ve been seduced by all the pretties and shinies that appear on NetGalley without ceasing.
Now I’m staring at an overwhelming number of books to read in a limited period of time, some of which I can’t for the life of me fathom why I requested in the first place . . .
*shakes head at self*
In my defense, in addition to the horde of recently requested ARCs, I’ve been approved for half a dozen books I requested months ago. I love it when publishers do that. *flares nostrils*
Clearly, this isn’t the first time I’ve found myself in this situation, and along the way I’ve come up with a few ways to mitigate the damage:
1. Claim a preference to eARCs in .mobi format.
It’s not even a lie.
I’ve got a couple of different apps that I can read the nonstandard document forms with, I just don’t like to. B/c reasons. I’ll do it if I want the book badly enough, but that’s happened . . . maybe two or three times in as many years.
In this batch of overindulgence, that tactic will knock four books out of the lineup. #themsthebreaks
2. Farm them out to other reviewers on your blog.
Obviously, this isn’t an option for any of the one-person shows out there, but if you are one of several, this may help you trim a couple more from the ARC pile of DOOM.
Sometimes you don’t even have to ask for the favor—HOORAY for Goodreads shelves.
3. Make a plan.
The second biggest hurdle is figuring out when to post what review.
Even when I exercise more restraint with my requests, I’ll periodically discover that three or four (or more o.O) books have the same release date.
I never think to check release dates.
But the aftermath can be easily navigated IF you make a plan. If you let the releases sneak up on you, you’re screwed. Sorry, but there’s no help for it.
SO. I repeat, make a plan.
On that happy note, check out the prettiest and shiniest of my recent acquisitions:
What about you? What do you do when your ARC pile gets impossibly high? And all of you non-bloggers, do you find yourself in similar situations with your purchased books? Do many get lost in your ever-growing TBR?