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5 Hopefully Not Deadly Sins of Book Blogging It's High Time To Confess

So, blogger buddies. How’s your #bookish conscience? You know what I mean. Anyone running away from this question yet?

This time I’m here to talk about 5 Hopefully Not Deadly Sins of Book Blogging (I mean, I’m sure there are more, but that’s where you all come in.) I know I must confess of at least a few! And no, I’m not talking about spilling your coffee on your book or filling the spine up with crumbs (you monster!) Those are awful, we will all agree, but they’re merely #bookworm sins. We are talking about #bookblogger sins today!

Sin #1. I’ve Downloaded ARCs And Haven’t Read Them

Okay, so we’ve all said Oh my god, I’ve got so many unread ARCs once or twice a lot of times.

But trust me, when I say I’ve got tons of unread ARCs, it’s not the same. When you say overdue ARCs, you’re really saying “I have like two books I should read but haven’t”. When I’m saying it? I mean, it’s in the double digits. Sometimes I look at those numbers, but today?

Nope, not looking at them today. I don’t want to feel those #feels today. There’s an evil special day in the month for that and it’s called wrap-up time.

So basically, I probably have more overdue ARCs than you do. (I probably have more overdue ARCs than the entire world…) That’s except for 2 or 3 bloggers that I know! I’ve even started a meme to help handle this situation! So if you feel like it’s a sin you’re guilty of, join the rest of us sinners. They say it’s better in numbers.

Sin #2. I’ve Posted Reviews On Goodreads Instead Of Blogging About A Book

That’s a GIF of me. Escaping my responsibilities.

Most of the time when I get an ARC, I both blog about it and post my review on Goodreads. However, sometimes… Sometimes the book is boring as hell not at all what I expected. Sometimes I kind of regret reading it, but it’s not really bad enough to receive a scathing review?? (Re: We are getting to that sin of blogging) So what I do is I’ll just post a Goodreads review, leave the link on NetGalley/Edelweiss and just… scuttle off and hope for the best.

Sin #3. I’ve Written Mean Reviews

You know I have. I know you have. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE. We all have. (Is this that point where you say a verb so many times you forget its meaning..?)

What is it about a mean review that feels so bad though? I know I always juggle between “Should I really say what I mean?” and “But what if it is mean to the writer”, and also “But what if it isn’t true to the readers of my blog and the other good books I’ve read?”

I know I always try to cater to the reader of my blog, and nobody’s just going to read a negative review for the sake of it. It’s gotta be a fun post to be read! And fun often means scathing, if the book is really bad. So I confess: I’ve written this scathing review. And this one. And this… Woo. Off my conscience!

Sin #4. I’ve LOVED an ARC… And Didn’t Post A Review For Months.

In fact, my biggest heartache with this one is All Day. I loved that book more than I can say, it dealt with so many important issues – Black Lives Matter, the commercialization of American prison systems, the inequality in society, the way teaching can make or break someone’s life… Many things! I loved it, it made me cry, I was going to champion it to the ends of the world. And..?

What happened is that I chickened out. I believe I will still write that review, but I just can’t. The book was just too good! I feel so pressured to write a review that’s as good as the book, and I fail.

Instead, I hope to make up for it by mentioning it time and again, so you’d still know how awesome it was and how much you need to read it. So go read it. Really, PLEASE DO. Go put it on your Goodreads. Go buy it.

5. Are We Even Going To Talk About Shelved And Unread Books We’ve Bought?

Thought so.

UPDATE!!! We have a Goodreads group now to help you deal with at least part of these problems! It’s called #ARCsAnonymous and it’s there to help you cope with your hopeless NetGalley and Edelweiss addictions. Come join! You’ll find it here.

So do you have any bookish sins of your own? Confess them to me! Misery looooooves company.

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

104 thoughts on “5 Hopefully Not Deadly Sins of Book Blogging It's High Time To Confess

  1. Those are some quality .gifs, especially the two cat ones. Well played.

    I need to read that book All Day. I had a germ of an idea that turned into part of a novel that dealt with commercialism of the prison system.
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    1. Thanks! I am always very happy when complimented on my choice of GIFs 🙂 cause I spend a lot of time searching for them xD
      And you should SO read All Day. Please do! It’s a very important thing to read about. It will enrich your life, I promise. Also, the writer is this woman full of soul and power, she can really inspire.

    1. 😀 yes, you did already ask 😀 I’m glad you want to see his posts! He has actually written one, I just need to clean up the formatting and it should come out next Wednesday I think 🙂

  2. Great post on a topic of so much interest.

    I occasionally get offered ARCs. Some seem like things that I might like. I turn them down because I have a feeling that I need to read them right away and review them if I accept them.
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  3. This post is everything to me. I’m joining up next month because I want to be with other people who are being drowned by commitments! Hi My name is Lili and I have way too many arcs.

    1. 😀 yeah ARCs Anonymous! 😀 please do join, I really want some more people in our hopeless club 😀 I will be posting another State of the ARC on the 30th, so you can mark that on your calendar and come link up 🙂
      P.S. glad you like it!!

    1. Bah humbug, what ban 😀 there is no such thing as a NetGalley ban xD teehee. Can’t wait for you to join the State of the ARC meme 🙂

        1. I think it’s probably open till the end of next month, unless that widget will decide to close itself 😀 but I think it shouldn’t!

  4. I always forget to post my reviews on Goodreads because I post them on my blog first and then just… forget to post them anywhere else haha. I had like 3 books from NetGalley to read, but then they all expired before I could read them! One I started and wasn’t enjoying, though, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

    1. I have this complicated procedure for Goodreads 😀 whenever I preschedule a post on my blog, I also preschedule an email to myself with the formatted text of the Goodreads review. So when the post comes out, the email gets emailed out to my own inbox as a reminder 😀 and then I usually post it out from the phone, on the go – wherever I am at that time. As for NetGalley, I have a Kindle so they don’t expire, ever 😀 they also wouldn’t expire for you on the Kindle phone app.

    1. I wonder what your other sins are 😀 I handle my fresh ARCs well too! But the old ones just drag after me like a shady past xD I’m really proud of you for handling your ARCs though! *pat pat* Good blogger *hands a cookie*

  5. hahah this was a great post! I’ve got waayyyy too many books from publishers on my shelves that are just waiting to be read. Eeek!

    1. I’m glad you liked it 😀
      Fancy joining State of the ARC and counting all those books? 😀 my State of the ARC #3 post comes out on the 30th 🙂

    1. 😀 good picture!
      Yes, you are right, that blog hopping problem is definitely a thing! Cracked me up 😀 I didn’t even think about that one, you’re a genius.
      Then there’s also that thing where people like your comments, but never reply xD that’s also one, I think.

          1. There are some really weird blogs that like all of my posts and never comment. Though they’ve since stopped, a sex toy blog used to like all of my posts.

          2. 😀 oh my gosh 😀 it’s even funnier because you’ve got a feminist blog and they’re a sex toy blog xD

  6. Oh em Gee this is so me right now! When I first started my blog I went so far as to add my profile to tweetyourbooks so I could get an arc every once in a while but I did not expect my email to get BOMBARDED with dozens of arcs every week
    Now I’m committing aaaaallll the sins you mentioned. I need Arcs anonymous so please let’s make that a thing
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    1. P.S. Nicky, actually, I AM MAKING THAT A THING. Thank you.
      Give me your Goodreads profile link. I will invite you to the group!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😀 BTW, I have just launched ARCs Anonymous – a Goodreads group where we try to motivate each other to cut down on our ARCs! Want to join? 🙂

  7. Totally guilty of #1 and #2. You know, part of the reason I have so many eARCs is because my requests pend for so long, I think I am getting rejected, so I request more, and then I get like 20 at once. I fell behind recently (too many September/October releases!), but I do read a lot of books (263 so far this year), so I am confident I will catch up. Because I read so much, I will often post on GR and not my blog. BUT I always mention the books on my weekly wrap-up, so I sort of blog about them (?).
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    1. I absolutely know what you mean 😀 I’ve done that before! Lately I’ve been requesting in smaller batches so it’s been happening less xD
      Yeah, I also always console myself about at least showing them in my hauls and stuff 😀
      By the way! I’ve just started a Goodreads support group called ARCs Anonymous that’s meant to help us pick the next ARC from that pile and just get it over with! And then share our reviews 🙂 want to join?

  8. #1 Sin on my list is all the unread books I bought! I started a tracker this year and …. nope. Didn’t even make a difference because. I seem to operate under the philosophy that if a book looks good, you should just buy THAT book and read it THAT second and forget about all the lonely books you already bought on the kindle 🙂

    (Oh – and I love seeing scathing reviews. Not because they’re mean, but because they’ve kept me from buying books I’ve been interested in. No one has time for bad books. I’d look at it as a service to humanity 🙂 )
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    1. You are totally right about READ IT THIS SECOND 😀 I kind of feel the same!
      Nice thought about scathing reviews 😀 that’s one way to look at it! It’s true, I’ve also benefited from bad reviews in the past 🙂

    1. I’m really glad, Laura 🙂 making someone laugh while reading my post makes my day 🙂 especially you! You give me the very best compliments of everrrr 😀 I can just feel you really mean it! Thank you 🙂

  9. Ha ha ha ha. I love this post. I was extremely entertained. 🙂

    I hear you on the ARC issue. Not because mine is out of control right now – I’m feeling actually like I’m in an OK place with that right now… But I have seen your list. YIKES.

    Posting reviews only on GR is totally acceptable, especially if you didn’t really like it!

    I too have soo many books that are just… There. And that’s Okay, right? One day I’ll get around to reading them all……….. What? I WILL!!!!!!!
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  10. Oh my gosh, the unread ARCs. YES! Especially ones that are from long ago. I have two that I was given back in January. Ummmm it’s October. It’s almost been a year, eeks. They’re part of a series and I enjoyed the first book but I’m super nervous that I’m going to hate the next two depending upon who she chooses. I really should read them and review them but *hides face*, I’m too nervous to jump back into that world because I’ll hate them. Logical, hmmm maybe, practical ummm totally not. Fabulous post and thanks for making me not feel alone * high five*!
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    1. January? XD I have ARCs from 2016! 😀
      Which series is that? I can totally understand that. I’ve also put away series for a long time for reasons like “I don’t want it to end” xD
      I’m happy you liked the post!
      Hey, you are totally not alone. In fact, I’ve just created a group called ARCs Anonymous on Goodreads and I think the name speaks for itself. Several hours later? Over 20 members! You are sooooo not alone xD want to join? The idea is that we will motivate each other to pick up a book from the ARC stack by picking a theme and then share the reviews, talk about the books 🙂

      1. It’s by Heather Lyons and it’s the Fate Series. I actually think I’m going to pick up her other series first – The Collectors’ Society – because I have friends who have read the whole series and absolutely love it. Ugh. I feel guilty but I just can’t pick up the next one lol!
        I’m usually really good about reading ARCs but that one *shurgs* yeah I don’t know when I’ll pick it up.

  11. Haha! I relate to almost every one of these. I don’t post to Goodreads without posting to my blog though. I am definitely guilty of buying books and then not reading them. The shame is real. Thanks for sharing all of these “sins”. It is nice to know I am not alone.
    Also, I joined the Goodreads group. I hope to be able to contribute something there at some point. I am pretty bad at social media.
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    1. You’re definitely not alone 🙂 I think most of us have at least *some* of these problems 😀
      Thanks for joining up! It’s fine to just lurk on the group too, if it motivates you to pick up and finish an older ARC, then it’s already achieved its purpose 🙂

  12. OH LORD!!! It feels like you have revealed all my secrets!!! I have so many unread ARCs rn! So many times I finish a book and post the review after ages!!! I used to be scared of writing mean reviews but now I write them with full passion! Don’t judge ME! I can’t sugar coat anymore *evil laugh*
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  13. #2 made me lol…

    And #5, they’re all sat on my bookshelves, leaning against each other for support. I can hear their sobs in the night

    One of my sins – having a week of prolific posting… Then a week where I’ve dropped off the face of the earth. Continuity!
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    1. For support 😀 made me laugh there!
      Hm, have you tried scheduling in advance? When you’re really energetic, you can just put those posts up for next week. I’ve been in those phases, so I know what you mean 🙂

      1. Yes, I only occasionally have access to the pc (which is my preferred method of writing rather than on my phone); so when I have the occasion to sit and type, and if I have enough posts to type, I’ll try and schedule them and pace them out.
        But then I get anxious to see if anyone responds to them so I usually end up altering the schedule!
        Zero self control
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  14. We bloggers and readers have an extense list of deadly sins. Writing a mean review? You should totally give your opinion. It’s okay to have some gripe about books we dislike sometimes too. I hope you didn’t offend anyone, though.
    Requesting and being accepted for Arcs and then not reading them is almost part of the job. But we’ll get to them eventually…
    I also not write reviews for books that I LOVED, like Warcross most recently, but we just got to make ourselves do it. The start is always tough, but then we actually get into it and enjoy raving about the story!!!
    I agree with most of these, but writing reviews on Goodreads instead of blogging is not THAT of a sin. In fact, it’s very helpful to authors and readers just as writing on our blogs. I decide whether to buy a book 10% because of recommendations, 10% because of personal thoughts about the author and genre tastes, and 80% because of the Goodreads reviews. I’d say it’s a pretty good deed, writing reviews in that platform!

    1. Yeah, I hope I didn’t. Mean reviews only get like a few likes usually, though, so that means not a lot of people have seen them, so that’s good.
      I also keep thinking I’ll get to them eventually 😀 yes, I suppose you’re right, it’s probably worth more to leave a review on Goodreads rather than on your blog anyway 🙂

  15. Girl, you are by far not the most behind person when it comes to ARCs. I mean, I tend to hold around 15-20 unread at any given moment (it seems I take them in at about the same rate I read them), and I feel like that’s a good number, considering I know other bloggers who are in the triple digits lol. And only a few of them are on NG, so my percentage is safe 😉

    As for those books that are so amazing I don’t even know how to review them, I just dive right in and ramble and rave and probably people’s expectations are so high by the end of my review that they just end up hating the book lol.

    To be honest though, I prefer negative reviews that are just informative, not mean, and I don’t write mean reviews. If I hate a book so much that I feel like I just absolutely cannot review it w/o getting snarky (which, yes, sometimes I come across a book that is really that bad lol), I just don’t review it.
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    1. Triple digits xD I think I know two people who have said they are in the triple digits, but that’s about all 😀 most of the people who joined my Goodreads group have around 30 ARCs. So I am still in the minority xD
      Kudos on not reviewing books you super hate! I just can’t stay silent xD I’m one of the soapbox people, I guess?

  16. Cats are so .gif-able lol

    I…have a few unread ARC’s but I just posted feedback saying they weren’t my cup of tea *cough* which is partly true. I DID start at least try to start them and just couldn’t get past the first few pages. If an ARC doesn’t grab me by then I spend the rest of the book wondering why I’m reading it when I could be reading something better :/

    I actually like reading negative reviews. Not mean ones, as such, but ones that are constructive and point out things that were wrong with the novel in a way that isn’t too snarky…I did write a review once for a book that was so painful, I didn’t want anyone else to risk their sanity by reading it.
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    1. xD that’s the best word ever!
      You’re right about that kind of ARC. I rarely get ARCs that are that bad, really 🙂 maybe I’ve been lucky so far. Oh well, I’ve got about 100 to get through still, so who know what that’ll bring 😀
      Yeah, negative reviews can be super helpful!

  17. Haha… I 100% agree. It’s like our fate as a book blogger. Lots of great looking books released every week and you know we are just human. Who can say “no”?
    Awesome discussion, hon. Love this! ❤️

  18. I’ve committed all of the sins mentioned – although it doesn’t happen with ARCS since the very few I receive, I try to be on track with reading/reviewing. Sometimes I love a book so much and I don’t review for months (I will probably not even review it because it’s really difficult for me to review a book I love with all my heart and soul). I think I probably have one hundred e-books to be readon my Kobo. They just stay there unread… and no matter how much I tell myself I shouldn’t download more, my brain just doesn’t listen to me.

    Had so much fun reading this topic -loved all the cat gifts. Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  19. First of all: All these cat memes. Yes please forever and thank you. I love these. If I had to put gifs in my posts I’d probably spend hours lost in searching for gifs which are appropriate. You have quite a gift! (HA! Get it? GIF-t?! I am so funny.)

    Let’s go through these sins together, shall we?
    1: Tell me about it. You have WAY more ARCs sitting around than I do, but the stress is so real. I’m far too involved in book clubs and reading buddy opportunities to even get to them. I should just… be banned from NetGalley or something. O_o

    2: Oh yeah. I do that all the time. Particularly when I don’t have a lot to say about the book, or when I am on a deadline. I keep telling myself, “Oh, I’ll just post this to GR to meet my deadline and then I’ll come back and write my blog post later…” (And then I never do it… Oops!)

    3: I struggle with this a lot. I don’t *mean* for my reviews to come across as mean. But I think it’s important that I tell the world why I DNF’d a book or didn’t enjoy it. I try really hard to make this a constructive review without getting too critical… but it’s really challenging to do that without coming across as middling on your review. If it’s a 1-star review, it’s a 1-star review.

    4: So, I don’t think this is a sin, really. Sometimes a book has struck me so much that I just can’t write a review for it. I can’t. I’m so overwhelmed with love and happiness that I feel a review wouldn’t do the book justice. I’ve never done this with an ARC, but I think that it’s okay. As long as I give the book credit for affecting me somewhere on my blog, I feel good about it.

    5: Yup. I joined your #ARCaholics GR group to help with me this. That said, I think that I have a problem with non-ARCs when it comes to physical books. Almost all my ARCs are eBooks. I just need to prioritize the books on my shelves, too, ARC or not!

    Other sins? Hm. I think it’s the sin of not staying on top of my comments. I feel like there are 4 things I need to do a week as a blogger: Read, Write Posts, Bog Hop, Reply to Comments. Typically one of those gets dropped each week. And sadly, it’s almost always one of the last two. I just don’t feel like I’m timely in responding to my blogger friends! I wish I was a better friend… O_o But, this is why they are sins. They are something we will admit to, and everyone else does them at some point and forgives each other for them. 😀
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    1. GIFt xD yes, I do appreciate those jokes! I am living with basically an embodiment of them, after all. Did you read that tweet of mine where Bf waited an entire day for me to see him dress for bed, notice his torn pants (that’s the word for underwear in British English) so he could say “RIP pants” to me and then giggle? He honestly held onto that joke for more than 12 hours. Now THAT’S dedication. (…and you are filled with determination!!)

      Anyway, it is true that those GIFs take forever though. But my posts wouldn’t be the same without them! So I just have to xD

      Oh man! You even commented on each one! You definitely have the Amy Santiago in you xD anyway, at least I don’t tell myself “I’ll come back and write a post”. My reviews always come AFTER the posts to bring traffic to them. So if I post a GR review first, it’s a lost cause xD

      I don’t feel like you write mean reviews though? You’re nice! And you’re not snarky at all (unlike me with my jokes xD). You’re intellectual!

      You’re a good blogger friend to me! It’s alright about the comments, cause it’s fun to come back to a Jackie-comment-dump like this one xD I’ve got like an essay of your comments 😀 I am actually so dedicated to answering them and love it so much I even ordered a data plan to do it cause at my mom’s house the Wi-Fi is turned off at night xD so I just spent a dollar on data, my phone is on 2%, it’s 1am and I am here still answering your comments xD sadly, for me the part that usually suffers is reading!

  20. I’m especially guilty with the last one. I still have physical 50+ books lying pathetically on my bookshelves (I don’t even bother to count it anymore) that I haven’t read yet and not to mention all the books that I bought on Kindle on impulse just because it looks pretty.
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    1. I know what you mean! I have 550+, if you count both print and Kindle 😀 I have actually almost freaked out when I counted them all several months ago. Wow, right!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

    1. Wait, have you joined our group? I’m sorry if I don’t remember xD but I feel like you need to xD God knows I do! That should help me cut down AT LEAST ONE ARC a month. That’s soooooo much better than nothing. Lol, what have I become 😀

  21. All except #4 for me. I feel no shame either. This is a hobby and is supposed to be enjoyable so sometimes things get put on the back burner while we do other enjoyable things or posts.

    1. A lot of people say that about #4! For me, the worst thing is not that I’m late in posting it – it’s that I’ll post a review for an ARC I liked, but not for one I loved. It just doesn’t make sense xD

      1. I think sometimes we love a book so much that we get scared to write the review thinking we won’t do it justice, or that we can’t find the words to show how much we loved it. I do that sometimes too.

    1. Yeah. There’s a very thin line between a negative review and a mean review. Sometimes when you’re writing you don’t even notice it. I don’t mean to say I’ve ever bashed an author in my reviews (that’s just silly), but I think my black humor and eye rolling can be sharp at times.

  22. I CAN RELATE. Really, I can to especially three of those. When I say I have a lot of unread ARCs I am right up there in the double digits with you. I read them, and sometimes I even love them, and then it takes me ages to post a review. When I review I try and go all out across instagram, twitter, youtube and my blog so it takes effort to get the reviews out there… so they might be on a waiting list. And about shelf space? That ship sailed long ago…
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    1. Hahaha 😀 my ARCs are mostly e-books. So at least I don’t have the shelf space problem 😀 have you joined our ARCs Anonymous group on Goodreads? Maybe we can help you deal with those ARCs 😀

    1. I know what you mean! But I’m so glad I started that Goodreads group of mine, cause it’s already working out. I picked up a year old ARC and it turns out, it’s really good 🙂 really enjoying it right now. Sometimes we miss good books over the scariness of the big old pile 😀

  23. This is hilarious! I can totally relate. And yes, I believe my unread ARCs are in the 50s or 60s… I think yours is still more than mine, but ALAS. TIS NO SMALL NUMBER. Sigh. Sometimes past me is not my favorite me. *squints*
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    1. I’m not sure I’ve asked if you’ve joined our group? Sorry if I’ve asked, it’s now got 80+ members and I have trouble keeping up 😀 Because so far it’s helping us, at least me! I’ve read one really old ARC I have had for a year and I’m super happy about that. But some of the others read 4 and I’m even happier for them 🙂

  24. Ahahaha, I’m with you on Sin#1! I have SO MANY ARCs that I’ve downloaded but haven’t read yet!! I need to work on that ASAP tbh.
    Is Sin#2 actually a thing?? I didn’t know that it was a thing! Hopefully I haven’t done this..
    Sin#3; I’ve indeed written a bad book review. I try to leave bad reviews short and to the point because I don’t want to hurt the authors’ feelings too badly.. D:
    Sin#4; Oh my gosh, I have something similar to this. I actually totally forgot that I had an ARC of a book and then rediscovered it at the library…. Geeeeeezzzzuuuh. Hahahaha
    Sin#5; I’m always broke (I don’t currently have a job) so I guess sin#4 is also a bit of sin#5, haha.

    Cool post 😀

    1. Haha.. Actually, have you heard of our support group? 😀 cause as it turns out, a lot of us book bloggers have that ARC problem. Like, a lot 😀 so I made a support group. Join us!!!

      Sin #2 is totally a thing, and as for sin #4, I mean when you read an ARC and then hide out in the bushes because you CAN’T write a review 😀 for me it’s usually because the ARC was soooo good! That doesn’t make any sense, does it 😀 it’s so good, so… let’s not post about it… LOL. But I usually just feel like I can’t do it justice 😀

      1. Haha, I joined the group a little while ago actually!

        Sometimes I feel like I can’t write a review because the book was just So Good. Other times the book was so bad I just want to forget about it.

        1. Oh! Now I do remember your name on the group posts somewhere 🙂 sorry about that. The group now has 90+ members and I get a little lost 😀

          Me too, I wish there was an easy way to get rid of “book was too good” review blues 😀

  25. This is really great. Publishers in India need to know whom to send books. The ARC and Review copy scenario is horrible here right now 🙁

      1. We hardly have ARCs. We get books after they are released, and people are not ready to accept criticism, so books are sent to only those people-pleasing ones who give 5 stars to any okayish book

        1. When I say ARCs, I generally mean review copies, not necessarily early copies. Well, that’s not too good about only accepting the sweet-talkers. But then again, where I live, I don’t think anyone is sent any copies whatsoever, new or old.

          1. I don’t think so, the country is too small, so it probably won’t 🙂 but that’s alright! We’ve got the international blogging community, after all.

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