ARC Reading Process

Hello everyone!

Recently I’ve been receiving a lot of print ARCs from publishers – and I am so very grateful for that opportunity.

Due to me receiving a lot of ARCs, I’ve had to figure out a system to reading them so I can provide you all with the best review that I possibly can.

I’m going to quickly go through my process below!


Step 1: Supplies

This step is mostly something that I do prior to reading a new ARC. This step basically details me grabbing everything I would need to properly read and annotate my ARCs.

I know the word annotate freaks a bunch of people out, but don’t worry, I don’t write in my books (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I just use a lot of post it’s and page flags to ensure that I am paying attention to important plot points that I think I should remember so I can mention them.

Things I Use:

  • Large Post-Its
  • Page Flags
  • Pen – mainly black

Step 2: Active Reading

Active reading to me means that I don’t read a page without understanding everything that is going on.

Being a fast reader, there are times in which I unconsciously read a couple lines without putting them into my head – either because I think they’re unimportant, I’m preoccupied, or I just don’t realize.

Active reading is exceedingly important when I’m reading and reviewing an ARC because it is for a publishing company and I want to provide my readers with an accurate account of how I felt about the novel and why I liked/disliked the novel.

Step 3: Avoid Bias

This step is super important to me. When receiving an ARC from a publisher you always feel guilty for not liking the novel. They sent you this book for free and you repay them by telling everyone it’s not a good book.

It makes you feel guilty.

I avoid bias by being sure to provide reasons for anything I didn’t like in the novel. It’s very hard to avoid bias at times, especially when other’s like the novel so much, but it’s important to be honest and review a novel to the best of your ability.

That’s why they send you books.

Step 4: Have Fun

It’s very easy to look at your ARC pile and immediately regret requesting half of the books you requested. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but the main thing to remember is that you requested these books for a reason.

You asked for those books because you were honestly excited to read them, and it’s important to remind yourself of this, especially when you’re running behind on your reading.

Just have fun!

That concludes my post regarding my ARC reading process. I hope you all enjoyed!

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Until next time,

Rimpy Toor

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23 thoughts on “ARC Reading Process

  1. Taking note on this.:) Great post Rimpy.:) I don’t usually get ARC’s but when I did I made sure to put them on my priority list like when I receive ARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss or being part of the blog tour. But sometimes upon being approved, I always read the first three or five chapters of every ARC and when it’s something I really love, I put them first on the line or top of my TBR.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your process! I don’t typically take notes as I read, for review copies or others. I tend to remember things, especially if I didn’t like them. (Natural critic that way. ^^) I’m a little confused on your use of “biased” since we’re all biased, but I totally agree with explaining why you didn’t like something so other readers can decide if that’s something that would bug them or not.


    1. I know everyone is naturally biased, but when I use that term I use it in a nature in which someone would be exceedingly biased. I’m not really a note taker for when I read for “fun” but when I’m reading ARCs I definitely feel pressure to ensure that everything I’m writing is accurate and pertains to the novel fully, and I think note taking/post it use really helps me with that!


  3. avoiding bias is so important, I always try to be absolutely fair and honest but THEIR POOR FEELINGS?? but it must be done.
    love your process, it’s so organized and encouraging ❤ ❤

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    1. I always feel so incredibly guilty for writing bad reviews, but I always fight my guilt by writing reviews that are honest and NOT rude or “angry”. It’s more so just sharing the things that I just don’t agree with!

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  4. I always love learning about other peoples process when it comes to reading ARCS and books in general. I go through so many post it notes, I actually have to buy more today when I run to the store. I am so glad they exist.

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