Why You Should Go On an Arc Ban

Wahey, Guiders! This is a punishment post (one of two). I was on an arc ban…and broke it. But I’m good now, I learnt my lesson. I blocked Netgalley and Edelweiss. I’m reading my arcs. But now Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts has given me my punishment. And here is my one post – Why You Should Go On an Arc Ban. 

Disclaimer: This is a humorous post and my thoughts on arcs do not necessarily have to reflect your thoughts on arcs as we are all wonderful individuals; and therefore my thoughts are not to be taken seriously, merely light-hearted. I do hope you enjoy the post.

You know that feeling? That feeling when you’ve got more books than you know what to do with? Everywhere you look, you’re reminded you’ve got books to read? Your Goodreads Currently Reading is sitting at about 4 or up, because you like to move between books. Look at all the books you’ve read. Now look at your tbr. Now take a quick, quick glance at your arc pile (because it can smell fear). The tbr and arc pile are ever growing, aren’t they? And why is that?

Because the arcs know our weaknesses. They know we are attracted to good covers and found families. They know you can’t resist sarastic characters and banters between love interests. Or a character who won’t take no for an answer and who’s willing to sling a weapon around. And if that book comps to another famous book or if it’s something + lgbt+ themes, you know I’ll be there with bells on. 

But the problem comes when you just see pretty books, or books a lot of other people talk about, and all logic goes out the window and reach for that download/request/please take my kidney button. And then comes a few other problems. 

So when should you go on an arc ban? I’ll give you 5 hints: 

  1. When you’re lucky you have an electronic arc list, otherwise you know the pile(s) would be toppling over and falling all over you. But if you do have a physical arc pile, I commend you, because mine would be stacked up and would be falling. Constantly. 
  2. When you (finally) go look up all the release dates for the arcs and see that, like, maybe 5? 9? have passed already and you didn’t realise, while the next month has about 16 coming out (I have 8 in October. 8!!) 
  3. When you go onto Netgalley or Edelweiss or your favourite publisher’s catalogue but feel guilty because you should be reading.
  4. When you want to take library books out or buy new books but you have all these arcs to read (yet I still…take…books out – I had a bit of a rough day on Friday! It’s free retail therapy!)
  5. When there’s a chance of going out with friends but you have a long list of arcs you should be reading and you have to choose what to do!

Feel free to add any hints in the comments😉

Some books I broke my arc ban for (the other books will be shown on the other post): 

How To Be Remy Cameron


The Merciful Crow

The Infinite Noise 

Into the Crooked Place

Lifestyle of Gods and Monsters


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14 thoughts on “Why You Should Go On an Arc Ban”

  1. Ahahah oh my god, you two 😂 but hey, the punishments do seems to work!

    Don’t get me wrong, I still have one review request to do; but somehow I didn’t dowloaded the habit of contantly checking netgalley and i’m pretty clueless on what books come out when.. When I do check both the english and french one, I rarely even find something (or you know, i gotta wish for it). I consider myself really lucky! 😘

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    1. I’m being good now – after my being bad 😄 I would’ve been good, but then I saw someone tweet that Macmillian had made a whole bunch of arcs on Edelweiss download nows – and then my restraint flew out the window.
      Only one review request to do? Yay!!! Good on you!

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      1. ..i’m sorry to admit I have no idea what macmillian is 🙊 but hey- I assume that should’ve been worth it!

        Iknow eh!! 👏🏼👏🏼 though it looks very much high-fantasy.. so harder on my brain.. this will take me a while 😂

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      2. It’s one of the publishers – they put up a whole bunch of good arcs up and I am weak 😄
        I know the feeling! As much as I love high fantasy, I probably wouldn’t be able to get through them as easily as I used to. Hopefully you do get through it! Fantasy is a fantastic genre!

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  2. This post is fantastic, and one I definitely relate to since I’ve been on an ARC ban for over a month now. I think the worst thing about my 2019 slump is getting so behind on my arcs. It’s a nightmare. I have 5 arcs that release on September 3rd. FIVE! I’m doomed.

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    1. I’ve been on the ‘new’ ban since the 28th of last month (well that was when I broke my previous one). So basically one month, also August has felt like 3 days. Oof, yeah slumps can be awful to bear through. Have you tried switching up your formats of your books? Like an audiobook or a quick graphic novel to get you back in the swing of things?
      There’s an arc that comes out ON my birthday 😄 Also 4 that comes out on Oct 29 so I feel you.


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