Let’s face it. I have plenty of books to read. I don’t need more. Really, shouldn’t the shelves full of books be enough to satisfy me? But then I go to an event or click onto NetGalley or Edelweiss … and there are all these books. They’re calling to me. It’s like there’s a magnetic pull, and I can’t resist them …
At BEA, I felt like I was really using restraint. I was making an effort to only pick up books that I was genuinely interested in and that I was 99% sure I would read (or I did pick up some that my kids would read – that I intended to read along with them, but that hasn’t happened as much as I’d hoped). I still came back with way too many books, apparently, because I haven’t read them all. Some of them I haven’t read because when reviews started rolling in, they just weren’t all that positive. Some of them I just haven’t gotten to. Sigh.
Then there’s NetGalley and Edelweiss. In the past, I hadn’t really used Edelweiss much. Unlike NetGalley, the interface isn’t all that intuitive (or attractive), and I think I just didn’t want to deal with it. But, then, every once in a while, I would see that someone got a book on Edelweiss that I really wanted, so I would head over there and request it.
The other day, I went to Edelweiss and requested a book – and realized something. I’m auto-approved for Harper Teen books. Auto. Approved. This is wonderful – and, oh so dangerous. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining or anything, but Harper Teen has about a bajillion books listed on Edelweiss (okay, more like 67) – and most of them look awesome. And all I have to do to gain the privilege of reading them is to click on a little button …
Now, I could just as easily read these books after publication. I don’t even have to buy them – most Harper Teen books can be found at my local library. But there’s still work involved there – they aren’t just sitting in a row, asking me to pick them up!
So, here’s my dilemma. I picked up a few of the books that I knew I definitely wanted to read (you can see a list of them HERE), but I want to get so many more. You all need to talk me out of this. Please. I’m feeling that pull again – but this time I think I might be the little magnet and the books are threatening to swallow me whole!
Here are some that look particularly good to me. Anybody know anything about these books? Or the authors? I’m limiting myself to three (at least until I’ve read them all). Which one’s do I need to read? (The covers link up to Goodreads.)
At the end of the month, I’m heading to ALA Mid-winter, and I know that there will be even more pretty ARCs to tempt me. (Anybody else going to be there? Let me know!). I need to give myself a strict cut-off and stick to it. I can do it!! (I think.)
Are you able to resist the pull of ARCs? Have you ever turned down an ARC and then been really sorry? Accepted too many ARCs and been just as sorry? I want to know!