State of the ARC

[Meme] State of the ARC #12 This Has Been A Quiet Month... Except For The Readathon!

So my ARC reading… Could have been better this month… That’s how I felt about my stats:

A GIF of a woman covering her face and saying ‘I can’t look’

Or that’s what I thought, and then did #24in48. I have to say, readathons are effective!!! (Captain Obvious to the rescue.) I think I’d only read for like 18 hours or something, but nope – I actually managed a whole 24 and even more! Here are my screenshots:

But I can also say that it was fun, but… I don’t think I’ll be doing that again. Reading needs to stay fun. And it was fun for 20 hours, but not for the 4 more. The last hour was surprisingly painful and full of me thinking ‘this is a chore’… And I never want to feel like that about reading. So maybe my next one will be only 20 hours, tops! However, it helped me out with my review copies, especially because I need to bulk-schedule a month’s worth of reviews because of vacations, social occasions and all sorts of trips. So let’s move on to the State!

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

Anyone is free to participate in this meme! If you want to, just link up anytime during this month and refer to this page as to the rules of what to put in your post and how to link up. The next State of the ARC post is going to be on August 31st, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

state of the arc august 2018

I am actually pretty happy about my stats! Although they might seem like big numbers to you, they are CONSISTENTLY going down. Because I am hauling less and less ARCs and actually picking up ones from my old stack. I still have a lot of old author ARCs on my back, like the ones from years and years back, before I even had a blog and just randomly picked them up in giveaways and such. I remember when I did my first State of the ARC and had almost over a hundred ARCs… Well, maybe NEAR a hundred. Maybe dropping it by 30 isn’t that much, but when you consider that I’ve been hauling ARCs as I was reading them? It’s progress! And I’m really happy about it.

~ How Is My Bingo Progress? ~

august arc bingo

Even though I did nail my ARC plan for the month, I didn’t get a lot of ARC bingo slots done! Only two – a new to me genre would be a spy novel called Killing It (a spy novel! OMG!) and my overdue ARC was The Story Traveler, which was nothing much to report, so maybe it’s not so bad it spent so long in that NetGalley pile (okay, it’s still a little bit bad. We’ve got to be accountable as book bloggers. Bleh.)

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

I actually wrote all the reviews too! OMG, that never happens. No plastic bricks this month! I still have one review hanging from something I read last month, but hey. I’m going to schedule it. Like RIGHT NOW. After I finish this post. Yes…

Here are the books I read for State of the ARC this month – my favorites were The Fated Sky, Rogue Protocol and The Spaceship Next Door. Do you see some kind of trend towards scifi here? It’s actually something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – read more scifi. I’m happy to see that it’s working out, even if it’s not consciously attempted!

The Story Traveler An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) Dispatches from the Heart: Transplanting One Heart and Transforming Many Others
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2) The Spaceship Next Door (Sorrow Falls #1) The Caseroom Killing It

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

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I’m extremely excited about Creatures of Want and Ruin! I absolutely LOVED the first book, Creatures of Will and Temper – and when a friend told me that another book by Molly is coming out, I grabbed at it through all the means possible! Which is why I now have a review copy through NetGalley AND Edelweiss 😂 but better safe than sorry, right? However, I will still not be reading it for a while, because it comes out only in November. I will continue being excited though! You can read my review of the previous one, Creatures of Will and Temper here.

That’s my ARC August! What has yours been like?




I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Norrie
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Well done on completing the 24 hours! Sorry it sucked 🙁

I’m pretty much the same now with the netgalley ARCs. I’m on a self imposed ban cuz i spent all of July reading NG books, and i still have plenty to go through, but i kinda feel like i wanna read my own books too now… 😀 You know, have fun and all… Not getting my reading determined by dates.

Destiny @ Howling Libraries
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Way to go on the #24in48 progress! I only made it to about 8 hours in that readathon, sadly. Weekends are the hardest time for me to read because my partner works so much during the week that I try to just spend time with him on the weekends! I can imagine how it must’ve felt like a chore by the end, like you said. I think once I hit that point, I would’ve had to have just put on an audiobook and done something else at the same time lol! Also, way to go on actually writing those reviews!!… Read more »
JJ @ This Dark Material
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Oh my gosh, in all my excitement I forgot the new bingo!!?! I’ll have to rush over and add it to my post today! Your struggle in the last four hours is why I cheer on readathons from the sidelines, but don’t join in. Having a small time frame and set goals to meet just makes me feel…obligated? But in a bad way, so I kind of resent the reading I’m getting done. I’m so impressed and proud that you logged a full 24 hours, though!! I definitely couldn’t manage that, or even the 20 you say you’ll aim for… Read more »
Alexa
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Oh wow! I’ve never tried a 24in48 readathon before. It sounds really stressful, but I can imagine you felt accomplished when you managed to complete it.

I’m proud of you for bringing down your stats!! Hah, I tried to ban myself from requesting but then I ended up requesting 4-5 new titles this month anyway :/

I’m still so jealous about Rogue Protocol 😀 I’m not surprised you loved it!

Jackie B. @ Death by Tsundoku
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HOLY BUCKETS! You made so much progress this month on ARCS?! HOW DID YOU READ SO MANY?!?!?!?!? I see you didn’t mention an ARC haul. Did you actually manage to not haul a single book?

Ugh. I can relate to the last 4 hours being just straight up *work*. This is why I’ve never done the 24in48. I desperately need sleep. I would get mean and hateful towards my reading if I tried to do that. I kid you not. I’m a go to bed early and sleep in kind of girl. 😉 <3

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Congrats on your 24 hours stamina – not sure I could be that dedicated! Maybe it will stand you in good stead for all your scheduled reviews. A whole month in advance sounds like quite the hill to climb?

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
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I’m excited to read Creatures of Want and Ruin, although I don’t think I was ever approved on NG yet. Oh well. I cant wait to start Murderbot!! Congrats on your readathon!!

Lara @ Words With Lara
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I don’t think I’ve ever done a readathon, but when I next have holidays from uni I’ll give the 24 hour one a go for sure! I can imagine it would be difficult, especially near the end, but I really wanna challenge myself. I’m glad it helped you get through some more ARCs! Go you!!

Susy
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This month you did a great job, both with the Readthon and the reviews! You have to share your secret, because how did you write all the reviews??? *_*I really need help here! 😉

ShootingStarsMag
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Wow – that’s a lot of reading. If I read for 24 hours, I think I’d be sick of it too, or just get really really tired. LOL Yay for your ARCs going down. Thankfully I don’t have too many, so I’m trying to go back and forth between review books I do have and books that I own/have wanted to read for foreverrr. I do really need to get some posts scheduled though as I’m so behind on that.

-Lauren

Haniya
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I was also going to participate in 24 in 48 readathon… signed up for it… but stuff happened.. & I didn’t get the time to read for the first 24 hours… & then I lost motivation to try the next day 🙁 I guess readathons aren’t for me lol XD but maybe someday I’ll conquer this… But you literally smashed the challenge * ________ *

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious
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Congrats again on #24in48 victory! It definitely felt like a chore to me and I stopped at 17.5 hours because I was just not into it anymore. Good job on your ARC progress, love!

Laura Thomas
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You’re doing great. I’m afraid to look at my stats. LOL

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!
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Whew, 24 hours of reading does sound really daunting! I tend to feel that way at the end of readathons too, which is why I don’t participate as much! I think it’s impressive you’ve gotten your ARC count down 30 books while getting new ones as well!

Northwoman
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I try to be really careful not to get ARCs I can’t schedule. I always have 10-15 from Netgalley. My current overload is I have things from several audio publishers now and I need to be careful to listen and review on a timely basis. I have 6, one is listened and I will write the review today. But I also have 6 requested so I have to remember that. I also usually have 2-3 from authors to read and review, right now 3. But everything I have is soooooo good. Anne – Books of My Heart
Amy
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Omg, this is such an improvement; going down by 30 is definitely an accomplishment! I haven’t requested any books in quite a while, but I recently went on a lil’ spree, so I have 3 ARCs that release in September now. Hopefully I get to them before they’re late! I love this meme; I have 2 ARC reviews waiting for me at this point, so I might try to get another in and join in this month. XD

Amy
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Oh, and 24 in 48 is literally the best readathon ever. It’s my absolute favorite and the most lucrative one I participate in. Definitely don’t push yourself to the point where it isn’t fun, but I would certainly recommend a wide variety of mediums to get you through the weekend! Audiobooks, graphic novels, ebooks, novels in verse, short stories… It all helps. Anyhoo! I’ll be off now, lol!

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
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Sounds like you’re doing really well! And congratulations on the readathon.

I’ve made a little bit of progress on my ARCs, but I probably got more new ones than I finished, so… sigh. Actually, I’ve got a couple of reviews to write today, so I’d better get busy.

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Lindsi
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Saved by the Readathon! I wish I could participate in more of those, but I just don’t have the time or ability to commit wholeheartedly. Yay for writing ALL THE REVIEWS! I always feel so much lighter when books are reviewed and their posts scheduled. Good luck with the rest of your bingo!

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

lauren
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woo look at you being awesome. i havent looked at mine yet – a little scared tbh after YALC haul ahha

Danielle
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Is the bingo card just for the month, or can it be used for the whole year? Or the rest of the year? I left my link up now. 🙂

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Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages
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Congratulations on completing the readathon 🙂 Wow, your ARCs stats are definitely getting better, at least far much better than mine 😛 I read a fewer ARCs these days. I don’t know why, but I keep getting attracted to owned books 😀
I hope August is even better for you 🙂

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books
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I think getting 30 books moved off your list, especially while still hauling is amazing. It’s certainly better than what I’m accomplishing with my own list.