{ TAG } The ARC Book Tag

Hello Lovelies

The ARC Book Tag was created by bookprincessreviews one year ago, almost to the day, and I’ve been wanting to do it ever since. However, back then I had only received three ARCs and my post would have been silly and useless. However, I went to Book Expo and Book Con last June and now that I’ve read most of the ARCs I received, it’s finally time to do this TAG. Brace yourself, here we go.


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  • tag as many people as you want
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It’s funny because Rebel of the Sand by Alwyn Hamilton is the first ARC I ever received, back in January 2017, and yet it was granted to me by NetGalley ONE YEAR AFTER THE RELEASE DATE. So I’m not even sure it could be considered an ARC (even though the digital version they gave me was the advanced copy one and not the final version).


Is it cheating if I pick books that are nowhere close to be released and that they don’t even have covers? Because if not that would be the fourth instalment of the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas and One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. Other than that, there are MANY books I’m interested to have as ARC, but not as much. Without realising it, I quite care for my soul.


All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey


Reverie by Ryan La Sala


Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

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Honestly, I never DNF an ARC for the same reason I always try to read the ARC that was given to me before the release date. I can’t help myself, I just think about all those people who wanted that ARC and weren’t able to get it unlike me and because of it, I feel like I have a duty to read the book. Sadly, I haven’t been able to read all the books I received at BookExpo/BookCon, because fifteen of them were getting released in the four months following the event and I just couldn’t keep up. However, I’m happy to say that I did my best and I’m still trying to absorb those ARCs before requesting any other.



That’s an easy one because A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer is the only one I actually bought when it was released. Now I bought it for several reasons; First, it’s the ARC that had the furthest release date and therefore I feel like many things could have changed between it and the final version. Second, I already own a Fairyloot limited edition for A Curse so Fierce and Broken and I wanted this one to match. And last, because I adored it and I feel like it deserved it.


That question is tricky, if I count the actual ARCs I own, physical would win. However, I only own that many physical ARCs thanks to BookExpo/BookCon and outside of those events I have only received ebooks (by NetGalley, Edelweiss+ or by being DM directly on Goodreads by authors and publishers).


Honestly, for all the previously mentioned reasons, I don’t know if I would be the best advisor for ARCs. I’ll try to help you the way I can:
Be conscientious: Always read and review the ARC you receive before the release date
Be throughout: You can send your review to the publisher that gave you the ARC
Be selective: Only request ARCs you really want to read
Be attentive: When you are contacted directly by authors and publishers, look carefully for reviews of the said book and check online what people say about it. Unfortunately, the only two ARCs I’ve been directly contacted for were for very questionable books and I read that one publisher managed to delete a blog where someone gave an opinion they didn’t like on the book.
Be grateful: Keep in mind that not everyone has the opportunity you have to be given an ARC.
Be respectful: Always.


As always, I won’t tag anyone because I don’t want you to feel obligated to do the TAG, but if you’re interested in it, consider you tagged here and now, and please, send me the link in the comment section.

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What has your experience been with ARCs?


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15 thoughts on “{ TAG } The ARC Book Tag

  1. Oooh, thank you so much doing the tag!! 🙂 I loved reading your answers. That was so interesting about the Rebel in the Sands ARC. I had once gotten approved for an ARC after the fact but it was just like on that day or maybe a day or two after – not a whole crazy long time after. Super interesting. I loved the advice you gave – I certainly needed that when I started requesting or getting requests. And souls are a good thing to keep, haha.

    I can’t believe it’s been a year – I feel so old now, haha. Thanks so much again for doing the tag!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment and for actually creating this tag!! I had so much fun doing it ^^

      Haha yes I agree, we shouldn’t sell our souls too easily but still I would for the two book I mentionned ><

      Time flies, I'm telling you, I haven't seen 2019 pass either
      Thank you for stoping by and for following my blog :*

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    1. It’s so weird when they grant us a wish but years later the release date xD I really thought I was the only one but if it happened to you it may not be that rare. Can’t wait to see your answers on this TAG!

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  2. Lovely answers for this tag and ahh it’s amazing that you got to go to bookcon and bookexpo ahh that’s so exciting. I hope you had a great time there 🙂 I love your advice so much, especially about being respectful and mindful, and most of it all, grateful for the wonderful opportunities blogging gives us sometimes 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you Marie! Yes it was so unexpected that I was able to fly to New York for five day! I was lucky because last year’s bookcon/bookexpo happened during le Pont de l’Ascension. Since I’m a teacher I can only have school holidays and thanks to the Pont I was able to go 🙂
      Blogging has made me so happy that I’ll be forever thankful for it ❤️

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      1. I hope you’ll get to go one day! It was really worth it 🙂 what’s keeping you from going this year?


      2. Well definitely the price, especially for book expo 😂 as well as the price of the plane tickets and the hotel and not having enough days off work to be able to go 😂 I guess a lot is keeping me from going technically 😂 but maybe someday! 🙂

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      3. Yes bookexpo (and NY) is so expensive, I was lucky to be accepted to go as a teacher, that was definitely cheaper ^^ I hope you’ll get the opportunity though 🙂

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