Thank Goodness for ARCS: My Best Source for Free Books (Shelf Love March Update)

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It’s hard to believe it’s March already.  What’s even harder to believe is that I’ve done pretty well with not buying books.  At least not buying books that were outside of the rules I set for myself when I began this challenge.  I’ll admit that I’ve done a lot of preordering, since preordered books are allowed.  I regret nothing.

For the most part I’ve been a good girl.  There are two reasons I’ve been (mostly) able to stay strong:

  • My amazing local public libraries: There are two really good libraries within a ten minute drive of my house.  I visit at least one of them once a week.  I love libraries.  When I have an urge to binge buy at my favorite indie bookstore, I turn instead to a library and load up on free books.  Sure, I have to return them at some point.  But at least at the most I’m out some fines rather than hundreds of dollars.
  • Advance copies from NetGalley and Edelweiss: One of the major perks of being a book blogger is that publishers give me free books.  Well, they’re not entirely free.  I write reviews in exchange for the books, but I’d be writing the reviews anyway (eventually) so it’s all good.  When I first started out I didn’t get the good books, but a year into my discovery of the wonderful world of ARCs, I get pretty much every book I really want.

Here’s what I’ve read from my own shelves this month:

  1. Untamed (House of Night #4) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  2. Panic by Lauren Oliver
  3. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Hm.  I had thought there were more than that.  Not even close to the Shelf Love awesomeness of February (10 books).  Lot’s of library books and ARCs.  So my goal for April will be to tackle at least 5 of my own books.  Now excuse me while I procrastinate and go read Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Julie S.

    Glad you’re using your library so much 🙂 Hey, 3 books is still pretty darn good lady, with all the other books you’ve read.

    I need to get back to my Shelf as well. I’ve been focused on some of the ARCs I surprisingly was approved for via NetGalley. And then got sidetracked by a book at the library that caught my eye!

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

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