Coffee Break: ARC Reactor

It’s no secret that I’m an unapologetic nerd.  I love to read, I love school, I hang out in libraries and bookstores, I am an avid member of many fandoms, I like the Stars (Trek, Wars, Gate, Battle, etc.), and super heroes.  You name it, I can check off the nerd box.  Luckily, my interests mesh well together.  I like being able to recognize the threads that connect the things I love.  So, when I say I consider myself an “ARC Reactor” it makes me laugh like a dork at my own joke.  Keep reading, and you’ll laugh, too – either at me for being hilarious, or with me at my extreme level of clever.  Either way, mission: accomplished.

You see, though I super-duper ❤ Batman, deep down I’m really a Marvel girl.  And Iron Man is one of my favorite Marvel super heroes, mostly because, as far as I’m concerned, Iron Man is just a brighter, flashier version of Batman.  (Those of you who are hurling tomatoes at me via your computer screens right now, just keep in mind that you’re not actually squishing me with them, and you should take it easy on your electronics.)  Hear me out.  Bruce Wayne = bazillionaire.  Tony Stark = bazillionaire.  Bruce Wayne engineers his suit.  Tony Stark engineers his suit.  Bruce Wayne is a second-generation operator of his family’s business; Tony Stark, same.  So, you see what I mean.  That said, there’s one thing that Iron Man has that Batman doesn’t (besides the bromance with Captain America) – the ARC reactor.

The ARC reactor is what keeps Tony Stark alive.  Without going into too much detail and boring you (crazy) non-comic book fans, here’s a brief explanation (inhales giant breath): Stark had shrapnel in his chest that was traveling toward his heart and would have killed him but Stark modifies one of his father’s inventions called the ARC reactor and shoves it into his chest cavity to suck the shrapnel back away from his heart and keep it from exploding.  (Whew!)  The ARC reactor also supplies the power for the Iron Man suits.  So, essentially, for Tony Stark, ARC reactor = life.

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One of the many hats I wear is my book blogger beanie.  I love books, I  love reading books, and I love writing about books.  (Psst, sources say that’s the main reason this blog exists.)  If I could make a living reading and writing about books, this world would be an awesome place.  Alas, that’s not the case.  BUT, that doesn’t mean I can’t try to make that wish come true.  You see…

A few months before publishers release finished, gorgeous copies of books they hope will become best sellers, they release what are called Advance Readers Copies (or ARCs).  Getting an ARC is rare, because publishers only print a small number of them, and only distribute them to people they think will do them justice, like book bloggers with a large following, some librarians, and individuals they know can promote sales.  So for book bloggers like myself, getting an ARC of a popular author’s upcoming release is like finding a Golden Ticket.

The book community is an enthusiastic and opinionated one.  Also, they possess a level of devotion to their favorite authors that’s slightly creepy.  So the last two or three months before an author’s newest book is released is like pure torture for any fan.  They are desperate for any scrap of information about the new book.  This is where book bloggers with ARCs have the power.  (Right now, in my head, I see Prince Adam hoisting aloft the Power Sword and yelling “I have the POWER” while morphing into He-Man.  Yep, total nerd.)

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It’s true.  If you’re a book blogger with an ARC of the next big thing, readers will flock to your blog to read your review.  And what does every book blogger want?  READERS!  And what gets the readers?  ARCs!  So, what does ever book blogger want to do?  React to ARCs!  (You see where I’m going with this.)  So, essentially, for book bloggers, ARCs = life.

I was fortunate enough to attend the American Library Association Annual conference at the end of June, where I was able to acquire several of these coveted ARCs.  (You can read my post about that experience here.)  And every now and then, I win one through a Goodreads giveaway, as I did Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, which I recently reviewed here.  But I currently have a nice little pile of ARCs by authors I love, that I am honored to be able to review.  Thus making me a – wait for it – ARC reactor.  Bahahahahahahaha!

Monday will feature a mini-review July wrap-up post, and Tuesday, as always, an awesome Top 10 Tuesday post!

Peace out!

Author: inkblotideasblog

Britney Dillon starts and ends her days with coffee. By day, she masquerades as a librarian, recommending fabulous books to people; by night she writes YA books with an urban/steampunk flair. When she’s not at work, Britney spends her time watching British television, prowling through book shops, and riding horses. She loves fairy tales, haunted things, and moody, stormy days. She has traveled widely, but lives in West Michigan with her husband, their three children, two giant dogs, and too many horses.

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