That’s it. I’ve reached my limit. No more!
I hereby declare my freedom to read like a leaf on the wind… (excuse my mélange de metaphors). Watch how I soar!
Way back when — on January 1st, to be precise — I made all sorts of promises and resolutions. And, well… I suck at resolutions.
I swore that I’d cut back on ARCs and concentrate more on reading the books I already own, and to tell you the truth, I didn’t do an awful job. I did cut back. I paid attention to release dates. I made myself a handy-dandy Excel worksheet so I could track my ARCs. I tried to make sure I didn’t have more than 2 or 3 per month for the first half of 2016, and I did my best to read them all as their publication dates rolled around. And for the most part, I actually did pretty great! Yay me!
I’m still frustrated. I’m down to my last 10 ARCs (ignoring the unread ARCs from previous years), and I feel duty-bound to read them — but damn it all, I have so much else I want to be reading.
My books are piling up, and I’m feeling weighted down. And my overall feeling is:
I DON’T WANNA!
I don’t want to read according to a schedule. I don’t want to read what’s next on my calendar. I don’t want to read because I said I would.
I want to read what I want, when I want.
This isn’t anything earth-shattering, and I know I’m not alone. We all get frustrated. It’s the same old, same old story:
I’ll repeat myself:
I’ve had it. I’m done. I need my space.
So yes, I’m going to finish the 10 ARCs still sitting here waiting to be read. After all, they’re all books that I wanted to read — I made sure to only request ARCs for books I’d read anyway, whether in ARC format, fresh from the library, or even requiring actual money to change hands.
But once I’m done, I’m done. I’m not requesting any more ARCs this year. Which feels like a huge step to take, but I mean it. If I want to read a new release that badly, I can get it from the library or bookstore. And once it’s in my hands, I’ll know if I really want to read it at that very minute.
I’m just sick of delaying the books that strike my fancy because there’s an obligation book staring me in the face. So no more!
I’m getting off the ARC train.