So I spent a good long while last week organizing my ARCs and other review copies into a list, sorted by publication date. This is so I can keep a better eye on what’s coming out when and I can time my reading and reviews more accordingly. Yay me, I think. I’m being productive.
Then my Kindle died.
Completely died. First my computer couldn’t recognize it as a device. Then the drivers wouldn’t reinstall. Then after I restarted it, it froze completely, won’t take a charge, and won’t do anything else.
It’s just out of warranty. Replacing it will cost more money than I have, considering I don’t know how long I’ll be off work.
And the icing on the failcake is that the vast majority of my ARCs are e-books. Now my only option for e-book reading is on my laptop, and sitting in front of my computer to read like that isn’t nearly as convenient or as comfortable as using my Kindle was.
So just when I think I’m going to get better with ARC reading and getting on top of things, my ARC reading is going to end up slowing down dramatically until I can find a way to replace my e-reader.
I know, I know. First world problems, right? But it just kind of gets me down because I was thinking that with having to take time off work, I can catch up on books and reviews, get ahead of the game again. And then this happens.
But the real kicker? I can’t rescue my files from the Kindle. All the ARCs I got via NetGalley that have been archived because they’re a few months old? Gone. Can’t recover them, can’t redownload them from NetGalley, and I’d feel like a real tool approaching the publishers and saying, “Hey, can you give me free books? I swear I had them before, honest.” So unless I can recover those files, there’s a good half of my review copies that I am going to be unable to actually read.
I know I wanted to try to cut down on the pile, but not like this. If anyone has any advice on how I might be able to recover things, even to just stick the files on my hard drive until I can get a replacement device, I’d be appreciative.
At least I’m not completely reliant on e-books. I do have shelves and shelves on physical books that are waiting for my attention, and this will just spur me to reading them. There’s a silver lining to this, and I won’t wallow in my loss, but instead I’ll focus on what I do have and what I can do.