Friday, July 11, 2008

What If I Don't Like The ARC That I'm Reading?

Sigh...I know that there's a reader's bill of rights but does that apply when reading Advanced Review Copies (ARC) sent by publishers and authors?

The Reader's Bill of Rights

Everyone has the right to read. Here's The Reader's Bill of Rights to help you make the most of that right: Readers have:

1. The right to not read.
2. The right to skip pages.
3. The right to not finish.
4. The right to reread.
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to escapism.
7. The right to read anywhere.
8. The right to browse.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right not to defend your tastes.

—Pennac, Daniel, Better Than Life, Coach House Press, 1996.

*Taken from ALA | Tips to Encourage Reading*

What if I'm 'suffering' while reading it??? What if I prefer to be reading something else but then feel guilty because I have to read the review copy first so that I can review it soon. I have no desire to pick up the book because I just don't like it at all!

Guess I have to brave it out and continue reading until I finally finish it!


  1. I would start skimming if I was you. I recently read a book for my book club that I couldn't stand, and reading was becoming a chore. It had large PAGES of I just started skipping those and reading the dialogue. The book went at a nice pace after I decided to do that. :D

  2. Ah..a little too late! I was at the verge of giving up reading this book that spanned almost halfway describing a woman in self pity. I'm now at the part where she bounces back and kicks her cheater husband in the guts. How lovely, don't you think?

  3. trish: Hi, but I got this book for free...the least I could do is read it cover to cover and then review it! But I know what kind of books that I shouldn't buy now. Haha! Yeah, skipping can be done too. It's one of our rights!

    yileen: Hi, kudos to the lady who fought back. We should fight back at books too. I mean, if the book's too boring, we can still continue reading until we finish it! That's what I'll do. :)


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