To a book blogger, or any reader in general really, ARCs are like the pot of gold on the other side of the rainbow, but sometimes they can be the monsters underneath our beds. As readers it really depends on us to decide what ARCs really mean to us, whether it's good or bad. I will go over the good and the bad of ARC books because I believe this will be some sort of a wake up call. In all honesty, I don't get as many ARCs as I would like to but I don't find that disappointing or embarrassing in any way.
~ The Obvious - You get to read and review books earlier than everybody else. Who wouldn't be jealous? If it's for a series you love, you get to read the next installment that you've been dying to get your hands on.
~ Means You're Doing Something Right - Whenever you're eligible for ARC copies, it usually means that you're doing something right with your blog/review site. It also means you have a 'proper' amount of followers and readers.
~ Bragging Right - You have the power to brag (but you really shouldn't bec it makes people sad *whispers* like me). Other bloggers/reviewers will swoon at your ARC and try to take it from your grasp.
~ No Time - I usually find that this is a huge detriment for me. I'm not very good at keeping track of what I read at specific times (understand?). I never keep a book about when I'll read a certain book, I just pick it up at a random time when I feel like reading the book. On occasions when I do get ARCs, I find that I never have the time to read them so I have to squeeze them into my schedule.
~ Can Make You Seem Desperate - When you ask for ARCs too many times, it does get repetitive and might come out as desperate.
~ Are Hard To Get - ARCs are a pain, at times. because they are not necessarily easy to get- not for everyone, of course. They can get soooo frustrating sometimes. For example, when I want a book so badly as an ARC, I will do anything to get it! But the sad news always comes when I have to face the fact that I won't be receiving the ARC.
I know I'm missing a lot of pros and cons, so give me some pointers down below.