So I’ve just recently discovered this cool concept of ARC trading. I suppose I always knew in the back of my mind that it was a thing that could be done, and I have seen “traded” on some people’s book haul posts, but I never really thought about how it might relate to my life. To be honest, I don’t get that many physical ARCs straight from the publisher, but I do get to raid a certain friend’s stash from time to time. This means that I have a lot of old ARCs which are just handy to have to read, and a couple of new ARCs. I try to read all of the ARCs I have access to a week or two before the pub date (if not more), so that means that I have gently used ARCs that could be read at least once more before the publication date!
Here enters ARC trading. I actually have been in a Goodreads group ARC Swap for a while but when I didn’t have any physical ARCs to trade, I just gazed longingly and forgot about it. Then when I went to purge my group memberships of ones that I don’t actually pay attention to, I found it again and was delighted! I, like many of you I’m sure, really really really want to read an ARC of Cress, so I figured I might as well put up my trade-able list in case I can entice anyone to trade with me (btw, I’m happy to send you multiple of my books to trade for Cress >.>). No luck yet, but I’ve been having fun poking around other aspects of this phenomenon. I did spot someone looking for a copy of The Chaos of Stars, and since I had just finished reading my ARC, I swapped them for Linked since I still want to read that. I’m mostly just excited to get stuff in the mail >.>.
ARC Trade Wishlists
Anyway, in order to be proficient and organized about this whole new book related activity, I started trying to figure out what upcoming books I actually really wanted an ARC for. There were a couple of books this summer that I wanted to read, and I was actually able to get review copies for them! However, now I find myself with actually very few ARCs I’m wishing for. There are the obvious sequels (Laini Taylor, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo), and a couple of other sequels from lesser known series. But that’s about it! I don’t know if I just haven’t been paying as much attention to what is up and coming, or if I’m just becoming an old fuddy-duddy (totally possible, haha), but I haven’t spotted any first books or standalones that I must read right this instant. How do you come across new books to look forward to or request ARCs of? This is my trade wishlist currently, and you can see that I definitely stuffed it with sequels I know I’ll want to read, haha. (If you have any of them and want to trade, let me know!)
YA Book Exchange
I tend to become a bit obsessed whenever I stumble across something new with books, so I proceeded to search GR to see if there are other ARC trading groups. I found YA Book Exchange which has a lovely user interface and is obviously for trading YA books in general with a category for ARCs. I’m a bit put off by the necessity to list each of my to-trade books separately, so I haven’t actually started on that site yet, but I might. Or I might just keep stalking the ARC category for pretties ;-).
Do you belong to any ARC trading groups or events? I’m curious to know how often you hang on to your read ARCs and how often you offer them for trade. Do you find yourself often finding other people to trade with or only once in a while? If I’m missing any other trading communities, I would love to find out about them because I’m obsessive like that :D. What sci-fi and fantasy ARCs are you most craving? Remember that if you want to trade, I would love to hear from you (because I’m obsessive :D).
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