Last week I was updating the feedback for some of the ARCs I read on Netgalley and there’s always an option to say whether or not you’d purchase a copy, and I started to think about how I click ‘no’ more often than ‘yes’ and how that doesn’t always reflect my opinion on the book itself. Sometimes it reflects the status of my wallet or the lack of room on my bookshelves.
Typically, I only buy a finished physical copy of an ARC I already read if I really, really loved the book and plan to re-read it very soon in the future, but even this decision relies on the other aspects I mentioned before: money and space.
Sometimes, the release date of a book is so far away, that by the time a finished copy is available, I forget to buy it even though I may have planned to before.
Less often, sometimes I click ‘yes’ for a book I didn’t love because I plan to buy a copy for a friend or family member who I believe would enjoy the book, but again, it doesn’t reflect my opinion of the book.
I’m not sure if that’s even the point of having the the question there on Netgalley… I mean, it could just be there to gather information about how often reviewers do buy the books after reviewing them, and it could have nothing to do with opinions.
The last ARC I purchased a finished copy for was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven because I absolutely fell in love with the book and I plan to re-read it very soon. Plus, it would fit nicely on my Favorites bookshelf (It’s completely rare for me to add a book to this already cramped shelf, so this is a big deal! Most books I give 5 stars don’t even end up here…)
How often do you purchase finished copies of the ARCs you read? What factors play into that decision? Is it purely based on your opinion of the book?
Ps. The finished copy of All the Bright Places is sooo pretty! I actually walked around my apartment telling everyone in my family how gorgeous it was and making them look at it.