Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here].
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My brain has not been very creative lately, so I decided to talk about my love of ARCs this week. Admittedly, it’s a love/hate relationship sometimes, but love always wins out in the end. 😉 I’ll be listing the top ten reasons I love getting advance reader copies, as well as sharing some of my favorites over the years!
(Link to Goodreads synopsis through the book title.)
First to read
If we’re being honest, this is probably the reason most of us love getting ARCs. We get to read books first, before the rest of the world. There’s something about having that first glimpse into a world, like an explorer in uncharted territory. I was so very happy when I was invited to read The Honey-Don’t List. I’d been denied access when I requested it through Netgalley, but then a few days before publication, an invite showed up. A lovely surprise! (My review)
Discover new authors
I’ve discovered so many new authors from ARCs–some that are even auto-buy or request authors for me now. Katherine Center is my top choice. I was introduced to her through an ARC of her novel, How to Walk Away.
Alternate choice: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
It may sound strange, but I actually like to read debut novels. I enjoy getting to be one of the few readers to read someone’s first attempt at writing fiction. Their baby. Their dream come to life. It’s an honor and a privilege. If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ve probably already heard me gush about The Most Fun We Ever Had, but I still can’t believe it was a debut. Want more? Check out my Engaging Debut Novels You Might Have Missed.
Alternate choice: Cape May by Chip Cheek
Pick up books I wouldn’t have otherwise
While I try to choose ARCs I know I will enjoy, sometimes I do accept books I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own. Maybe they’re books that wouldn’t have come to my attention because they’re so far outside my norm? Or maybe they deal with a subject matter I’m not typically very interested in? But for whatever reason, when these books landed in my mailbox, I couldn’t resist. My current read, Hollywood Park, is one of those books, and so far, it’s riveting!
Alternate choice: After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry
Gush and rant with other early reviewers
I love getting to gush and rant about books with YOU before the rest of the reading world is able to. 😉 I recently finished Beach Read, and I love that I was able to discuss how much I LOVED it with other bloggers who had already read it, as well. (My review)
Get that next book in the series
It’s always nice to get that next book in a series I’ve been waiting to read just a little bit before the rest of the world. I was able to read the entire Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz through ARCs, whether by requesting them or winning them. I was already a big fan of Koontz, so getting early access was a treat!
Alternate choice: The Living (Warm Bodies, #3) by Isaac Marion
Get an author’s next “big” book
Maybe it’s not the next book in a series or a debut novel, but it’s a successful author’s next book! I was excited to get an advance copy of Artemis by Andy Weir, after his success with The Martian.
Alternate choice: Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Great for reading challenges
This is my third year to participate in the Popsugar Reading Challenge, which tends to have some specific and harder-to-fill prompts. And ARCs work great for that. When Good Boy showed up in my mailbox, it perfectly fulfilled a prompt I didn’t already own a book for. (My review)
Alternate choice: Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love by Abby Maslin
Building relationships with authors and publishers
I’ve loved getting to establish relationships with authors and publishers. Granted, they probably don’t recognize my name at all, but I recognize theirs when that request comes in. There are certain publishers that regularly send me invites to read their latest books, and it’s such a nice thing to know who you’re working with. I read The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (My review) and I’ll be reading Invisible Girl, as well.
Let’s be honest, getting advanced copies saves us money, too. Although, if I really love a book, and I only have an e-copy of it, I’ll try to pick up a physical copy, as well, to display on my shelves. But I am thrifty and usually only buy books when they’re on sale or used. I loved Judy Blundell’s The High Season, and was happy to come across a physical copy.
Alternate choice: You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
How do you feel about ARCs? What do you love most about them? Let me know in the comments!