By: Celine | August 1, 2014 | (38) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.


Hey guys! Sorry Discussing Through Midnight is late today, but I was sleeping kinda busy. *cough cough* Either way, I wanted to discuss blogger guilt with you today, and also wanted to know if you ever suffer from it.

First I’ll explain what exactly I mean by ‘blogger guilt’. As a blogger, most of us get review copies. Or shamelessly download them from Netgalley and Edelweiss even though we have enough to read already (guilty as charged). And aside from those books, we also have the backlist books we still want to read or reread. During school weeks, I usually have a system for that. (If you can even call it that.) I usually read one review copy, then a backlist book. If I read that backlist book really fast I can read another one, and if not I’m on to the next review copy. This way I get to write enough reviews for ARCs while also reading those books I’ve been meaning to for a while, just for fun.

However, during the holidays this system sort of starts failing. Because in the ‘big holiday’, AKA summer vacation, I never feel like reading review copies. Now, I’ve long ago decided to read whatever I want to keep the fun in reading, but 6 weeks without reading an ARC? That’s when I start to feel guilty. Okay, so it doesn’t help that I’m away for the holidays without a computer (this post brought to you by tablet), but still. I just start to feel guilty for reading only ‘me-books’ and no review copies.


What about you? Do you feel blogger guilt from time to time?

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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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38 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (41): Blogger Guilt

  1. Siiri says:

    Heh. I don’t really feel blogger guilt since I almost always buy my own copy and read what I want to read. TI very rarely request anything. Mostly because I like to read at my own pace when I want to and not think about the pressure of it being a review book, but a little because I don’t live in UK/Aus/Can/US etc where people get a ton of arcs. Even the NG and EW ones, since my blog is so unknown and so few followers etc, I almost always get denied for books that I actually want to read very much and even though I know that a deny reply is coming my way, I still feel so very bad and upset about it and it totally messes with my confidence. So nope. Don’t request anything usually and I find myself to be a much happier reviewer because of it 😉
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    • Celine says:

      Ha, I also don’t have print ARCs so I’m with you on that (yay Netherlands!). But luckily, I’m auto-approved for HarperCollins which involves a lack of self-restraint and a lot of DOWNLOAD ALL THE BOOKS so yeah. *cough*

      Also, those people denying you are idiots. Their loss! You and your blog are amazing. Just so you know. But I’m glad you’re a happier reviewer because of it 😀

  2. I divide my ARC’s per month. Book that come out in the first week of september are listed in August to read and the rest of the september books are listed in september. And so on. Sometimes I just can’t wait to read a book until the month of release so I read it early, but most of the time I keep to that list. 🙂 Gives me a chance to read other, backlist, books too!
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  3. I definitely feel blogger guilt! But I also feel me guilt, and I probably feel that more than blogger guilt.

    I always try and read review copies ASAP, which means everything falls behind (even ebook review copies and the such – oops). But then, after a while, I look back at my recent reads and I realise that whilst I have wanted to read these review copies … they’re not purely or me and my enjoyment. What about the books I’ve been wanting to read for ages? What about the books I bought yesterday? They always get pushed aside because blogger guilt is very consuming and I hate the feeling of it.

    So I try out different things. I tried out reading two review copies and then one “me” book, but that didn’t work out. I tired to read every single review copy – that obviously didn’t work out. I tired one review copy for every “me” book – which is what I am doing now. It seems to be working, but then the review copies pile up pretty quickly, so I guess I’ll see how this tactic works out.

    But yes, blogger guilt plagues me quite often! But I’ve just got to remember to just try and do my best when it comes to reviews.
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    • Celine says:

      Ah, that’s the other side of it, I guess! I can definitely understand your ‘me-guilt’; after all, we read for our pleasure and for ourselves. The balance between review copies and backlist books can be pretty difficult to maintain. I always tell myself that I read for ME and not for others, and therefore I shouldn’t feel guilty about any of my reading choices. However, easier said than done, which is why I still feel guilty about (not) reading certain books.

      I think just trying to do your best is probably the best thing you can do 😛 I hope you figure it out 😀

  4. I don’t think you should feel guilty for reading your “me books”. Personally, I read for pleasure. I don’t really request a lot of ARCs, but I don’t feel guilty for reading my ‘me books’. You should cheer up, and be glad that you are reading at all! 😀
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  5. Tanja says:

    *raises hand* Guilty! I mean I do get to catch up and do everything on time eventually, but not before I experience a huge amount of guilt. I’m going through that phase right now. I have read whatever I wanted this past few weeks and now the ARC pile is looking huge to me. I guess it’s part of blogging. Great post 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      That awkward moment when you look at your TBR and it’s taller than you are. *cough* But in the end, we read for ourselves. so I guess we shouldn’t feel too guilty about it, haha. It’s definitely part of blogging, I think 🙂

      Thanks Tanja <33

  6. Yep, I feel the same pressure and guilt when I have a bunch of review books to read and I don’t want to. I am endeavoring to do some catch up this fall but who knows. I also feel guilty when I get so busy that I am not as on top of returning comments, but I have learned to do what I can and let the rest go.
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    • Celine says:

      Ooh, yes, not returning comments is definitely something I feel guilty about as well! Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do the blog rounds most of the time and I really hate that 🙁 But you’re read, we do what we can and otherwise… Oh well.

  7. Yessss…*sobs a little* I feel horribly guilty right now, actually. I don’t ALWAYS read. Like I read insanely for like a month and then I stop reading altogether and write for a bit. Buuuut…I still get ARCs in that time and I feel so bad for not reading them. 😐 And sometimes I get a lot of unsolicited books, which I’m hugely grateful for, don’t get me wrong! But I just don’t want to read them. And I read them out of guilt and…well, it doesn’t help me enjoy them. (Although, to be honest, I’ve read a bunch of books I’d never have picked up on my own…and I really liked them. ^_^) GAH. It’s hard!!
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    • Celine says:

      I don’t have unsolicited review copies (because no physical ARCs) but I can definitely imagine that! Reading them anyway out of guilt would TOTALLY be something I’d do. Even if I KNOW it’s not something I likely would enjoy. Argh! That’s the perk of NG and EW: you get to choose your own review copies. Well, if you get approved for them anyway 😛

      And yes, there are always times in between books when I don’t really read. I’m mostly uncapable of starting a new book immediately upon finishing another book, so I waste my time on the internet for a few days before I pick up something new. This usually leads to the following thoughts: 1. I could be reading right now. BUT WHAT? 2. I could read so much more books a year if I stopped doing the internet-procastinating thing. 😛

  8. Anah says:

    I don’t feel bloggers guilt, because I haven’t really received any review copies. I mostly just read whatever I feel like. ^_^ I could imagine trying to balance personal books with review books and feeling overwhelmed, though.
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  9. Yeah, I know what you mean. I try not to accept too many review novels these days to alleviate most of that guilt and stress, and it means I can read more of my own books. However, running a blog (like any job and/or hobby) is bound to leave you feeling a bit guilty here and there, thinking you could be doing more, etc.
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  10. I know exactly what you mean. I actually have a very similar system! I read one review book and one “fun” book, be it library book or a book I bought and have been wanting to start. Thing is, like you said in summer it gets hard to read any review books! So I’ve cut down and scheduled more buddy reads and stuff. But….the guilt!! Haha
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  11. Sarah P. says:

    Gah, Celine. I don’t have this specific guilt of not sticking with my review books schedule. But I still feel guilty nonetheless, like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. Sorry, if I’m a bit overdramatic but I am so glad someone feels the same way. I only read review copies now and while it is good and I’m happy because I get to read books I’m interested in, I am so tired of having to read and review every freaking day. Sigh. Then sometimes, I can’t even seem to stick to my reviewing schedule which messes everything up. I even have review books that badly needs a review already because they’re out since like…last year! *hides self*

    I miss having to read in my own time, no pressure attach. I swear to anyone who would witness that I’ll never go into a requesting spree again.

    • Celine says:

      You don’t sound overdramatic to me! I think a lot of people have that feeling 🙂

      I recognize your review-burnout (for a lack of a better word). This is also why I alternate review copies and ‘me-books’: I never review books I read solely for myself. Only rarely do I review them, for example when someone specifically asks me to review it or when there aren’t enough posts for the blog, haha. But I try to keep that ‘I don’t feel like reviewing’- feeling at bay by not reading every single book I read.

  12. Ummm… yeah, lots of blogger guilt up in here. *blushes* I’m one of THOSE that has to have ALL THE BOOKS and can’t help myself, especially when HarperTeen does their mass upload. I know I’ll never get to them all, at least not by their release date, but I still NEED them. It’s like a disease really. *hangs head in shame* I’m off to pout a bit now… lol. Great post, sweets! 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      Self-restraint? Hahahaha. What is that? Whenever Harper uploads a bunch of books I pretty much download them all. I see people saying, ‘oh, I only downloaded 3’ and I wonder HOW and I look guiltily at my e-reader, on which there are currently 11 new books. *cough cough*

      Yep, I usually end up skipping a lot of those books but I still NEED them, you know? I wonder if there’s a cure for this disease 😛 Thanks, Lisa <33

  13. It’s not really guilt, most of the times I feel more stressed about the fact that I’m behind. That feeling of ‘I neeeeeed to catch up’ is frustrating. But at the same time I just tell myself to let go. Most of the times I’m on track though, so lucky me :p
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  14. Holly U says:

    Oh, the guilt when I don’t review books in a timely manner! Gosh, I’ve had to work through that a lot this summer. I was stressing about the terrifying pile of ARCs I had to read and the fact that there’s just not enough time to get through them all. Plus I’m a mood reader, so that can definitely screw with my plans. I try to get ARCs done before publication dates, but I went crazy when I first got NetGalley, so I’m still making up for that. I’m just not reviewing them enough to counter all the approvals. It’s stressful, but I let myself read “me” books in-between the review ones to help relieve the pressure. It’s helpful, because sometimes I feel like the anticipation of a review takes out the enjoyment of reading.
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  15. Nikki Wang says:

    OOOOH. Okay so I’d totally know how you feel except…most of my most anticipated are actually ARCs. I read a book a day so I’m caught up with most of my most anticipated released books. Sooo…it’s arcs. But then again, I’m also schedeuled ahead a few months so I manage to read in whateverorder I want 😛 Good luck with that!
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  16. I can totally relate to blogger guilt, I read ARC after ARC but sometimes I just give up and focus on me books. But then I get guilty because I’ll fall behind on the ARCs so you just can’t win!
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  17. Rashika says:

    I actually have a system for this so that I don’t have to read too many review copies in a week and can read more books for fun than review copies. It’s my way of balancing things out so I don’t overload. I do feel blogger guilt though.. especially when I have too many review copies and not enough time to review them and I am starting to come to terms with the fact that I really won’t be able to review every single review-copy I get .-.

    Fantastic discussion post, Celine!! 🙂

  18. Zoe N. says:

    The thing is, I usually only request ARCs that I really, really, REALLY want, so I usually end up reading them as soon as I get them. I haven’t really experienced blogger guilt in the context your referring to, so I can’t offer much discussion here, but I can imagine that a lot of bloggers probably feel this way! Thanks for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT post! <3
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  19. Oh, I definitely feel it all the time. I’m one of those “eager beavers” when it comes to downloading off Netgalley and Edelweiss, even when I already have tons to read, but sometimes I just can’t help it. They’re like, “ooooh, shiny!!!” but I always try to make up for it. I WILL read them eventually. It’s an obligation I accepted as soon as I hit that download button. I try not to let myself get stressed out by it too much, but then again, there are just some days when I look at my blogging schedule, and the books I need to read, and I’m like, “Crap, how am I going to fit everything in?” Good thing I am co-blogging in another blog 😀 I could put the ones I can’t fit in there!
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  20. I’m 50/50 on feeling blogger guilt!

    Being a relatively small blogger (on Deadly Darlings), I do only get approved for a select number of eARCs, and I also only request the ones I’m really interested in (which are mostly popular titles, hence all my declined requests). Since I only get a small number of eARCs, I just read them a month or a few weeks before the release date, and then I’m done. Time for “me” books!

    For The Social Potato, Faye gives us access to her eARCs and those could get intimidating. It’s pressuring since I’m just a co-blogger and it would embarrassing if I don’t review in time! I don’t “claim” as many eARCs to review as Faye and Rashika, but I do feel like I’m committing to read and review so many books, that I wonder which I’ll start first. Do I read the one with the closest release date, or something I’ve been anticipating more? Or do I skip ahead and read a “me” book?

    So yeah. I’m on both sides of this problem. ;D

    Awesome post, Celine! (Sorry for this huge-ass comment!)
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  21. I feel blogger guilt all the time…and sometimes it’s crippling. Lauren from Love is Not a Triangle tweeted recently that she has so many books she wants/needs to read that sometimes she ends up not reading anything at all, and I can totally relate to that, and to what you’re saying. Right now I’m in this weird place where 90% of the ARCs I have just show up at my door unasked, so then I feel obligated to at least give them a shot. I don’t mean to dump on this–I’m really grateful that the publishers are so generous, and some of these surprise books have ended up being my favorites. But a lot of them aren’t very good, or aren’t to my taste, I feel like I have to give them away or send them to other bloggers or donate them, etc, etc, so I end up wasting a lot of time, too, that I might’ve spent on something I requested and liked. Wah wah, I know, my shoes are too tight. But blogger guilt is a real thing if you’re conscientious about blogging.
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    • Celine says:

      Ooh, I can definitely relate to that as well! Usually I end up wasting my time on the internet, haha. I can definitely understand why you might feel guilty about the unsollicited ARCs and even that you feel it can be wasting your time sometimes. On the other hand, blogger guilt can definitely feel like ” what a problem to have!” to me – of course there are much worse things. I’ve had a few comments from people who couldn’t really relate because they don’t get (a lot of) ARCs, which in turn made me feel slightly guilty about feeling guilty, haha. But I – like most of us – am really serious about blogging, so in the end, though it is a bit of a luxury problem, I definitely think it’s a real thing that can (and should?) be acknowledged!

  22. I always feel blogger guilt. :'(
    I have so many review books to get through but then I also really want to read the books that I actually want to read you know? I don’t have a real system for it but I always try my best to prioritize review books. 😀
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  23. Lyn Kaye says:

    Blogging is a big source of guilt. About everything. About commenting, about the quality of the reviews, about my discussions, about my range – everything.
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