For Pleasure or Not? {Discuss #2}


Thank you so much for those who participated in my discussion last week. I’ll think of more interesting topics to cover and topics that aren’t covered yet. All opinions are appreciated ❀


You’re wondering, “how the heck can a book be like Starbucks?” Well. You love Starbucks, right? Let’s just say you love it, OR think of a drink or food that you really love. Imagine you eating/drinking that EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. till 2014. You’ll get tired of it right? Everyday, your demand for Starbucks will lessen and eventually you’ll stop buying a Starbucks drink. Is it the same for books? Everyday you read, read, read, and read… and one day you just fall into a reading slump (you stop buying Starbucks drinks). I mean, don’t you feel like blogging and reading are jobs sometimes? Was there a time where you feel like you’re dragging yourself to write a review?

Was there a time when you were like…THIS?

Honestly, I felt like forcing myself to read before. There were times where I was reading not for pleasure. During those times, I thought to myself that I “missed those days” where I picked up a book because I WANTED to read it; I was in the MOOD to read it. Now that bloggers have access to ARCs, I feel like bloggers are NOT reading for pleasure because there is a time limit on ARCs. For example, you have 2 months to read the book if you received it from NetGalley and of course you would want to post your review BEFORE the book comes out on sale. There is a TIME CRUNCH. Let’s say you bought Harry Potter and you’ve been DYING to read it! BUT WAIT! You have an ARC and it comes out or expires NEXT WEEK :O …..

To sum it up, this post is about whether you’re still reading for pleasure or not. Are the books that you’re reading becoming “just another book” for you, or are they very special like you’ve never read a book before? Do you HAVE to read it or do you WANT to read it? HAVE meaning you have to and you’re forcing yourself to read it & WANT because you’re really in the mood to read it and excited because it’s going to be an awesome read. I think “HAVING” to read a book vs. “WANTING” to read a book has an impact on your review.

This is part of the Let’s Discuss meme hosted by Oh, Chrys! & Fiction Conniption.

34 Responses to “For Pleasure or Not? {Discuss #2}”

  1. 1 Hazel @ staybookish August 15, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Books & Starbucks = perfect analogy. Great discussion topic, Leigh! I’ve fallen to a reading slump lately (although I’ve recovered today!!!!), but I’ve never fallen in a slump because of a sense of “responsibility” to review a book. I’ve made this promise to myself not to request an ARC or accept a review request unless I REALLY want to read that book or am at least a little bit curious and mystified by the plot. It’s working out well for me. πŸ™‚

    • 2 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      Haha πŸ™‚ it’s cause I’ve been having Starbucks everyday and now I’m sick of it xD aww and that’s good, glad you recovered. Slumps sucks 😦

      Oooh teach me how. I had a problem with requesting so many arcs, but last week I told myself to just STOP requesting. I told myself I’ll only request the book if the synopsis sounds good and to pretend that the book doesn’t have any cover (cause the covers are the reason why I immediately click the request button lol).

  2. 3 Kaitlin Snider August 15, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    I’ve only dabbled a little bit in the reading review copies. All of mine have been for authors through Goodreads so far, but I’ve still gotten a similar feeling to what you’ve described. Those ARR books have recently gone into the “have to read” category, and I have to agree, it has an impact on my reviews. If I am required to read a book, it sucks some of the fun out of the experience of reading it (not all the time, though). That’s been happening to lately with my ARR books, so I’ve decided that the current batch I’m working through will be my last for awhile.

    I’ve seen some people mention how reviewing ARCs was affecting their enjoyment of reading or blogging, so I’m taking early precautions so that when I do get to reviewing ARCs (which I want to do at least a few times to just experience it), I won’t weigh myself down with too many of them. I love to read and I don’t want it to become a “job” or even homework.

    I’m working on writing more discussion posts on my blog, so I might join in on this meme. I’ve created a google form for people to give me topics to write about or questions to answer, so maybe I should adjust it to include the “Let’s Discuss.” πŸ™‚

    • 4 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Yeah ARCs are sometimes aka “have to read books” which sucks 😦 I think it’s cause when you’re about to request the ARC that’s the time where you really want to read the book and since publishers takes a long time to reply back to your request, your attention is in another book. Awesome, can’t wait for your discussion topics!

  3. 5 Francoise August 15, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Well I got sent one of my first review books ever before it was published. I told myself I would read it the weekend before it was published and write a review and post it on the publication date…I still haven’t read it. It was published 24 of July and it is now August. I feel really bad but every time I tried to get into it I found other amazing books to read. (AKA City of Bones)

    • 6 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      I totally get you. I have a review request from 5 months ago and I still haven’t read it and I feel so bad. I’m mad at myself right now, but I want to read that book when I’m in the mood for it you know? I think it’s better to read a book you’re in the mood for so you’re a lot more engaged with the story and you’re not forcing yourself.

  4. 7 Reem @ I Read And Tell August 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    I think it’s harder to tire of books that anything else, but yeah, there comes some times when I go through a massive reading slump (i’m having one right now!) I think the thing with books is that every single one is different, so it’s not like you’re ordering the same drink every day, you know?!

    • 8 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      aww hopefully you get out of it soon! I suggest reading a book of your favorite genre. Contemporary books helps me get out of my slump because it’s my favorite genre. Ohh I get what you’re saying. Yeah, it’s like the same thing but a different taste.

  5. 9 Celine (@CelineNyx) August 15, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    It’s very easy to tire yourself from reading, but it’s definitely the time pressure that’s at fault, not the books themselves. It’s important to find a book balance for yourself between ARCs and books YOU want to read. I’ve seen bloggers come and go, and the reason most of them stop is because they don’t enjoy reading and blogging any more because of the pressure. Some people work with schedules (although to me that would feel even more like work) or find another solution. I for example just don’t request that many ARCs, just maybe one or two every month. That gives me plenty of time to read tons of my own books in between so it doesn’t feel like a chore.

    • 10 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      That’s a really good point! Yup it’s definitely time consuming and I wish there was more time in the day so I can get a lot of reading done. Wow requesting 1 or 2 ARCs per month is a really good balance! Great tip, I’ll def. follow that.

  6. 11 Sara August 15, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    I like your analogy. I would say that having to review a book is like ordering the same thing for days, when if you were free to decide, you know you might go crazy and order something totally different from the menu.

    I go through periodic reading slumps, and I think you’re right that they can be caused by the feeling you *have* to read something. Beta reading or reviewing a book, even a book you’re interested, can start to feel like a chore because of the added dimension of someone else’s expectations of when you will finish and what you will do after (write a review, etc.).

    • 12 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Agree! It’s cause I think at first you really really want to read it but as time pass by you’re kind of like ‘ehh’ about it (well, in some books) because you found ANOTHER one that you’re excited to read.

  7. 13 Asti (A Bookish Heart) August 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    I think this is a huge thing, and actually one of the reasons why I don’t read ARCs. The only time I get them is through giveaways, and then I don’t feel like I “have” to because I didn’t agree to. I don’t want reading to feel like a job or a chore, so continue to only read what I want and when I want. Even then, sometimes I worry I’m losing my desire to pick a book up, but I forgive myself if that happens. Plus, by only requiring myself to write one review a week, I have barely any pressure if I’m not feeling up to it. I think to each their own, you know? You have to know what your limit is, and work around it.

    • 14 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      It’s really hard for me to resist ARCs 😦 It’s so bad but I am now very strict with myself and have learned that I should stop requesting just because of the intriguing synopsis and beautiful cover. One review a week is really good πŸ™‚ I don’t have a review schedule, only if I feel like it or if I finish the book and I’m near my computer is the only time I write reviews.

  8. 15 Alise August 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Fun post, I can definitely agree with this. I do it a lot with movies. When the Avengers came out I watched it constantly, three times in one day until I tired of it. Good things in moderation πŸ™‚

  9. 16 Books, Tea & Me August 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I definitely only read for pleasure. I made sure I put in my review policy that just because I accept a book from a publisher to review does not mean I’ll get reading it right away. I will read and review it, but I can’t promise when. And I do try to get to them within a couple of months but school tends to get in the way. And plus, I don’t want reading and maintaining my blog to be a chore. I love reading with every fibre of my being — I don’t want to regret putting too much on my plate. I read what I want when I want and don’t regret anything.

    • 17 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      I looove it! I totally regret putting so much books in my plate during my 5th-7th month of my bloggy days. I overwhelmed myself with so many books because I was just so excited to read all these books I found in Netgalley or books for blog tours.

  10. 18 lindseysurratt August 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I actually haven’t requested any ARCs for this very reason. I have book shelves of unread books and I would die of shame if I kept ignoring them so I’m determined not to request any ARCs until I get through them. Great post idea, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • 19 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      That is a good plan. I should have done that. Now I have dusts on my books because I put ARCs as my priority because those publishers are counting on me and other bloggers. I think it’s all about discipline. It’s so easy to click the ‘request’ button and it will cause us bloggers to put too much books on our plate.

  11. 20 Nara August 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    That’s very true! Sometimes I request a book a few months in advance on NetGalley, because at the time it seems like a good idea, but then when it actually gets around to review time, it feels like such a chore. I’ve actually put myself on a NetGalley ban haha. However, I do request print copies from publishers, but these are mostly titles I actually really want to read e.g. Crown of Midnight, so it definitely does not feel at all like a chore when I read them! In general, though, I read books really quickly, so I’m able to read quite a lot of books for leisure in between my review titles πŸ™‚

  12. 22 kim August 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Way back in the day I got quite overwhelmed with authors asking me to review their work and ARCs (which is awesome! mostly super excited to read them but by the time I got them I found myself having only limited time to-read,before publishing date,then to post & do other stuff) and got drained in the process haha! so I decided to keep them in moderation(it still depends really) but usually I just gotta chill, take a break and try to remember why I started reading,posting reviews,blogging and such in the first place.Do whatever makes you happy. ^^,

  13. 24 Helen @ My Novel Opinion August 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I have a lot of books from Netgalley and sometimes feel the pressure building to read them, but at the end of the day I’m only requesting books that I am interested in so still enjoy reading them. I really try to not request to too many with similar release dates so that I am still able to read books from my own shelf every now and again. I really enjoy reading and that doesn’t change whether I’m reading a book to review or not. I post reviews of my own books too so every book I read I read with the intention of reviewing. If I don’t feel like reading, I just don’t read…if I miss a deadline, it doesn’t bother me too much because I’ll be posting a review no matter what even if it is weeks after the release date.
    I think the moment it stops feeling like fun is the moment that I will take a step back and think about it but until then I really do love reading regardless of how I obtained the book πŸ™‚

  14. 25 Charlotte August 18, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    There are times that reading and reviewing books felt like a chore to me especially these days that I’m already a full pledge blogger. Previously, my life was so relaxed but right now it is so hectic with all the galleys and other books that need to be read and reviewed. I felt like I’m doing an assignment every other day. But whenever I’m feeling like this, I always tell myself that, “No pain, no gain.” And to further prevent myself from feeling all those things, I take reading and reviewing breaks for a day or two.

    And right now, I am banning myself from Netgalley and other Read to Review programs on GR. Fighting temptations is sooo difficult but it’s for my own sanity.

    Thoughts and Pens

  15. 26 Jasmine @ Flip That Page August 18, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    I still do read for pleasure πŸ™‚ Most of the books I pick up, I do so because I really WANT to read them. Sometimes though, it feels like I have deadlines to meet just because I schedule them for review on my blog. I also have pending titles for reading and reviewing on Netgalley, but apart from the hassle of catching up, I think I can still find myself some time to read for pleasure. I think I have to cut down on the requesting though. I honestly have a lot on my plate right now. Great discussion, Leigh!

  16. 27 Tanya Patrice August 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Like Asti said – I don’t request ARCs for this reason. I want to keep my reading fun, and not have to feel pressured to do it. I would definitely feel some responsibility to get it done in a timely manner, and when I’m not enjoying a book – it takes me forever to finish it.

  17. 28 Mel@thedailyprophecy August 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    I’ve never been in a reading slump in all my life. Books are my love. My passion. My hobby. They are all I think about and I feel quite happy and lucky that I can think about them that way. The moment reading is starting to feel like a chore.. *shives* Blogging can feel like a job sometimes, but I know when I need to take some ‘me-time’ so I can keep my blogging fun. And I don’t really mind eating the thing I love every day, haha. Things like chocolate are more than welcome :p

  18. 30 books for a delicate eternity August 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I have actually been thinking about this for a while. I request books on Net Galley, and from publishers, and I also receive books from authors who want reviews, and books for tours. Sometimes, I feel like there are a bunch of books that I am interested in reading (otherwise I wouldn’t have asked for them/accepted them), but they may not be the book I want to read right that moment.
    I must say I do sort of miss the old feeling of having a completely free choice in what I am going to read next, which is why I am thinking of cutting down on review requests/book tours. I want to be able to read library books, and books I own without having to feel guilty.
    That being said, I have read a number of awesome books via review copies that I would not have found otherwise. So I am grateful for ARCs, and the such. But I just really miss choosing a book based on my mood.
    Rambling comment that doesn’t make much sense, haha. Sorry, Leigh!

    • 31 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Haha I 100% understand you! I feel the same way sometimes. So.. I recently noticed that I read faster with physical books than ebooks so I think I’ll just request physical ARCs from publishers. I think what’s causing my reading slumps and with me being behind the schedule are ebooks.

      • 32 books for a delicate eternity August 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        I read physical books much faster, too! Although that seems really weird. I mean, why would our pacing be different just because of the platform?
        I love my ebooks, so I don’t think they’re influencing my being behind too much. I think my over-excited-ness when it comes to ARCs is responsible for the mountain high pile of books I have to read ASAP, haha.

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