Big conversations to be had in this one… Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see what I mean, and comment below with any advice you might have! ♥
My current State of the ARC…
Since my last State of the ARC post, I have completed 7 review copies! (Holy crap… I think this is the lowest number of ARCs I’ve completed in any given month SINCE I STARTED REVIEWING THEM.)
I also DNFed and/or set aside (for now!) 3 review copies:
- DNF (permanently):
- The Gossamer Mage
- The Quintessential Quintuplets, Vol. 1
- Might pick up again later:
- DEFINITELY picking up again later:
- Salvation Day
Right now, I have 3 review copies in progress.
I also acquired 46 new review copies (12 physical, 34 digital), with 1 of them being unsolicited (meaning I didn’t request or accept it) and 1 left out of the collage below (because it doesn’t have a cover yet).
Yeah. I honestly didn’t know it was that bad until I put this post together… which is what brings me to my next section.
Back in June, I said I was going on an ARC ban. I did great for about 3 weeks, but the end of July steamrolled me and my misguided self-care was ALL THE ARCS. I continued to be an epic failure at sticking to my ban through all of August (as you can see from the numbers), but I’m determined not to let this be a thing anymore. There are a few things I plan on doing to help motivate myself away from the review copies!
The first step I’ve taken, you’ll already know if you read my Sunday Post from yesterday: every weekend, I’ll take the time to be transparent with you all about how my ban went that week, what helped keep me on track, etc.
The second step is related to my reward-based Points Tracking System that you may have heard me mention, especially if you follow me on Twitter. If you missed that conversation, it’s something that has been proven to help people with ADHD and Executive Function Disorder (it me!) stay on track of short-term goals like daily chores and tasks. Essentially, you earn “points” for completing tasks on your to-do list, and you can redeem those points for “prizes” (for example, 350 points can snag me a kindle sale title for $2 or less, but a $15 Steam game requires 2,500 points).
My spouse (who also has EFD) and I have been trying this for about two weeks now, and it’s been AMAZINGLY motivating, so I added my ARC ban into it: I lose points with every review copy I haul! I lose:
- 100pts for manga/graphic novels/poetry collections
- 200pts for novellas (200pg or less, more precisely)
- 300pts for anything above 200pg
- 0pts for children’s picture books (because I need to start checking out more eARCs of these for ordering purposes at work)
This goes into effect today, though I won’t count points off for anything I accepted or requested before this week (as I do have a couple of review copies on their way to me currently). I really think this is going to help, because I’m not viewing it as “punishing” myself for hauling review copies, but I am viewing it as a sacrifice — am I willing to give up a $2 kindle book that I might have had on my wishlist for a while just to haul another review copy I might not enjoy or get to before its release? I hope it’ll make me stop and really think about things before going request-happy like I usually do, so I guess we’ll meet back here this time next month to see if it worked! 😀
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