I hate book sneak-peeks.
I DO. I hate them! I can’t read them! I refuse.
I’m a wild fangirl, as you know, and there are books I get incredibly passionate about as I wait (impatiently) for their released date. And sometimes publishers release a few chapters prequel. I’ve even known Epic Reads to have half of books up for a weekend for perusal. It’s tempting. Back when I was dying for Unhinged by A.G. Howard, Netgalley had a sampler up. Oftentimes I can even read a chapter on Amazon.
And right now (which has sparked this post) there’s a chapter sampler on Amazon of Sarah J Maas’ new book A Court of Thorns And Roses which I’m freakishly excited about. 40 pages! FREE TO READ NOW.
But I don’t want to.
I want to read the whole book.
I DON’T WANT A SNEAK PEEK I WANT TO READ THE WHOLE THING OR I WON’T READ ANYTHING.
Of course, this is rather dramatic and a teeny tiny bit illogical of me.
So I’ve decided to view this from a logical position. What are the pros and cons of reading several chapters of a book before it’s released to the wild?*
* I’m very proud of myself, by the way. Considering this maturely instead of throwing a tantrum about why can’t I have Sarah J Maas’ new book NOW?!
Pros of Reading Chapter Samplers:
1. You get to see if you like the style before getting super hyped up about a book.
2. You can adjust your expectations because you know Stuff.
3. You can get even more super excited about a book you’re already hyperventilating over.*
4. You can decide if this is a book you should a) buy, b) borrow from the library, or c) murder someone for.**
5. You can blog about your “first reaction” to it.
6. You can be more confident about how much you’ll like it because you’ve started it already.
7. You have 87% more reason to scream.
* Because that’s fun. Gosh…being a bookworm is so stressful. I need a calmer hobby.)
** I seriously don’t condone this. Be nice.
Cons of Reading Chapter Samplers:
1. THE REST OF THE BOOK ISN’T AVAILABLE TO READ RIGHT NOW.*
2. You can suffer a mind explosion because of above reason. Which is messy. Your friends and family will gift you a mop for your tears.
3. Sometimes beginnings aren’t as awesome as, say, endings…and you finish the sampler feeling unsatisfied and not enthused to read on.
4. By the time the book comes out, you’ve forgotten those chapters and have to reread them.**
5. Cliffhangers. Cliffhangers suck, okay?!
6. You have to leave things unfinished and those of us who like things done and dusted have issues with this.***
7. You need an ereader or you have to read on your computer. Not comfy.
8. You hurt a lot and the whole world burns.
* And that’s just cruel.
** I don’t like wasting time rereading so this bugs me a lot. I am, possibly, (jury’s out) weird and alone on this point, though.
*** I’m opposed to UFO’s – unfinished objects.
Do you think I’ll be okay with just a few chapters of a much anticipated book?!
So no. I don’t read chapter samplers. While I’m at it, I barley read blurbs and I rarely try out first-pages before committing to a book. If I pick up a book, I read the whole thing. (I really don’t like unfinished books, but I will DNF if I hate it too much.)
I am not strong enough for chapter samplers.
I am a weak, weak fangirl with the emotional stability* of a puppy at lunch time.**
* When it comes to books…I’m rather Vulcan about everything else.
** Since I am a dog-owner now, I know for a fact that puppy’s are weak with anticipation and crying with hunger at the sight of meals. That is me and books.
how about you?! do you read chapter samplers? do you prefer a little knowledge…or complete darkness-and-anticipation? have you read the A Court of Thorn And Roses sampler?!
Cait is miserable because ACOTAR doesn’t come out till May. MAY. How unfair is life? She is also partly miserable because she wants to read Half Wild and Winter and the 4th Throne of Glass book and she can’t. It is torture. Currently, she’s reading MALICE by Chris Wooding while she waits.