As a book blogger, I take my "job" seriously. If I request a book from a publisher with the intention of reading and reviewing it, I want to follow through. To me, it feels like a responsibility I should fulfill. When I can't, it's disappointing in a couple ways--because I can't finish a book I really wanted to read and because I'm letting someone else down.
At first, I was just upset with myself for the irresponsibility in the matter. Then I got to thinking about it and realized something. I liked the idea of galleys and ARCs but the expectations from it are too much for me to handle. I'm not so great with deadlines. I thought I could handle these since I was so excited about the books I received for review. But even when I really want to read a book, I can still have a little bit of trouble with the deadline.
I think I've talked about this before, how I want to read just for the sake of enjoying reading. I want to pick up a book and read it just because I want to, not because I have to. As much as I want to keep up with all these new releases, I'd rather focus my attention on the ones that I've been meaning to give attention to. I mean, you've seen my list of books I've won and gotten free from authors, not to mention the tons I've purchased since starting this blog. I have a lot of catching up to do. Why should I request more? I need to prioritize and follow through on my promises to myself.
Now that I've shared some of my thoughts, have any of you come to the same conclusion? Or do you enjoy reading and reviewing ARCs within a deadline? I'm curious!