Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, Book Haul – whatever you want to call it, you probably know what post I’m talking about. You know, that post that some blogs do every week, some do every couple of weeks, some do never, the one where they showcase all the books they’ve recently bought, been gifted, gotten from the library, or gotten from a publisher (which seems to be the most controversial of the bunch). There’s been a lot of jealousy surrounding these posts lately, and seeing these posts always get me thinking and asking myself what I think about them.
If you’re a regular here, you probably already know that I never review ARCs. There are multiple reasons for that (the main reason being that I don’t think I’m a big enough blog to even try getting any ARCs, so it’s quite possible that I’m wrong), but it all means that my wrap-up posts (All the Books) only ever show off books I’ve recently bought or gotten from the library, so they’re all books that anyone can get, blogger or not. So, I think I’m a little more objective, and if not objective, then I’m definitely removed from the group of people who are privileged enough to receive ARCs and such. So, it seems like I would probably hate the posts showing them off, right?
Well, I actually don’t.
This is really surprising if you know me well – I can be a very jealous person, which isn’t a good trait to have, but one that I have anyway. I can get jealous of people for having things I want and simply don’t have, so seeing people that have things I want and truly can’t get (until they’re released anyway) seems like something that should get me really mad and jealous. Shouldn’t I be complaining that some bloggers get 5+ ARCs every week or two while I get none?
I’m not quite sure why I’m not that jealous, but I’m glad I’m not. I like seeing these posts, posts where I can see what books are coming out soon and what bloggers are excited about them before they even begin them. Some of these posts can be quite entertaining (Christina from A Reader of Fictions has a couple of book blogs that she’s done while drinking, so that’s fun to watch!), and it’s nice to often see these bloggers in videos because it makes them so much realer. I love the fact that many bloggers film their videos in front of crammed bookcases, and I spend much of the video looking in the background and trying to see how many books I can recognize.
Are there bloggers out there who use these posts to show off? I’m sure there are, although I’ve yet to see any. Are these posts unfair to the small bloggers who constantly get rejected for ARCs while the big bloggers have too many to ever get too? Quite possibly. But I think these posts can have a place in the blogging community – drumming up support for releases before they come out and giving readers and other bloggers a chance to get to know the blogger better if they do videos for these posts.
Looking at this post as I finish writing it, I feel like it’s quite disjointed, but that’s how I feel about this subject anyway. I don’t have any strong negative opinions about these kinds of posts, and I think that makes it easier for me to enjoy them. I don’t think these posts are the backbone of the blogging community or anything, but I would miss them if all bloggers stopped posting them.
What about you? Do you enjoy watching/reading these posts, or do they just make you jealous? Or do you just not bother reading them or not have an opinion about them?