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State of the ARC #3 I actually got something done, yay!!!

What’s this? A month has flown by and it’s time to count my chickens … unfinished ARCs … ARC wins of the month!! And this time, I’m even happier, because I am hoping more and more of you will be joining me in lamenting our failure to read said ARCs celebrating how awesome we are at reading those overdue ARCs we’ve got, cause #ARCsAnonymous now boasts over 80 members!!!

This time I would like to give a special shout out to our ARC-destruction-monster Sheila @ She’s Going Book Crazy, which is an extremely good name for her blog, cause ARC-nuts she is!!! She has read something over 4 ARCs this month (correct me if I’m wrong, girl!) and is on a total roll here. Applause to Sheila!!!

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

If you want to participate too, 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 November 30th, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ Current State of the ARC ~

state of the arc stats 3

Yay! It seems as though I have actually made some headway!

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

Let’s look at the bricks knocked down! A reminder for what is what – the real brick stands for read and reviewed, the Lego brick stands for read, review due:

(Please don’t ask me how I count the bricks. The answer would be ‘painstakingly’. The data analyst in me shudders.)

If you’re wondering what books those were, here they are. Two of them link to my review on Goodreads, and I will post a proper review for Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet on the blog sometime soon, because it was so good!

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet In the Blue Hour This Calling Master

~ In The Works ~

An Unkindness of Ghosts

I want to send out a cloud of very special love for An Unkindness of Ghosts this time! THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK!!! I am currently almost 80% into it, and it’s one of the most amazing reads of this year. Slavery, misogyny, diversity, equality, empathy, kindness… spaceships – it’s got ALL you could possibly want in a book. It’s so unbelievably raw and amazing, full of fresh ideas and despite being in space, so utterly believable and (uhm) down to Earth? It’s just something else. I will be posting a review for it in November during Sci-Fi Month 2017, but I have to tell you to just get this book NOW, before I even post the review. Believe me! It’s re-read material.

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) The Forgotten Beasts of Eld The Story Traveler

Currently I’m very motivated to read The Girl In The Tower, which comes out in December and is the sequel to The Girl In The Tower (yes, we are all very excited!) Also, I feel like I should read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, would you just look at that beautiful cover? Plus, it seems it’s got a pretty amazing cast of interesting creatures. And The Story Traveler is just a random old ARC of mine that I chose off the top of my stack. It’s supposed to bit a slightly genre-confused middle-grade / YA story, and I am quite curious how I’ll like it.

So that’s it this month! How was your ARC reading? Please link up at the bottom, and don’t forget to visit everyone else’s links <3




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.

40 thoughts on “State of the ARC #3 I actually got something done, yay!!!

    1. You totally should make a chart 🙂 maybe use one in your wrapups. It’s loads of fun (especially when you love stats as much as I do!) I have also joined a Mount TBR challenge. But I prioritize ARCs 🙂

  1. Woohoo!!! you made some great progress, Evalina! I couldn’t be prouder of you. 3 ARCs in one month?! Mind blown.

    It’s finally time for me to link up and get in on this. I haven’t made a darn dent in my ARCs more-or-less for the last 6 months. I’ve got to get on this! So, I’ll be hopping on this bandwagon and kicking my own butt into gear. Let’s do this!!!
    Jackie B. recently posted…State of the ARCMy Profile

    1. I’m so glad you linked up! See, it wasn’t so hard 😀 I hope it does give you some motivation 🙂 we’ll have the ARc theme tomorrow so that should make things more interesting too.

  2. I am late again for this 😀 But this month I’m going to join this at any cost 😀 But sadly I din’t read any ARC but I do read some review copies. An you know what’s the worst thing? I din’t read the book that I thought I would read for #ARCanonymous! I am very bad in keeping track of my TBR you know. I plan for any other book and read just another 😀

    But I am surely going to join this, may be I’ll post on 5th? Let’s see 🙂
    Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #9 | Time for winning giveawaysMy Profile

    1. You should count your review copies too, cause I use ARC as a blanket word for any review copy, really 🙂
      That’s too bad that you didn’t read your group book xD whoops!
      Join whenever you want, the link will be active all month before the next State comes out 🙂 will be glad to have you!

    1. I know right 🙂 I don’t request in the mass numbers I used to though. I used to request tens and tens, now I just ask for one or two a month. So that makes some kind of a difference 🙂

  3. Fantastic progress yourself Evelina! It’s so wonderful to see how your idea is blooming and how it is helping all these folks put a nice dent into their massive ARCs list! Your tease of An Unkindness of Ghosts was also successful! I’m super curious about it now. So many fascinating themes being dealt in one book! Also love the books you plan on reading! Happy Halloween, Evelina! And Happy reading!! 😀

    1. Thanks Lashaan 🙂 you should definitely read An Unkindness! You have a lot of readers and you could do wonders for that diverse and positively riveting book. I just finished it BTW, and it was great, although I’m a little puzzled about the ending. But the book itself was a miracle and I’m sure I’ll be rereading it some day. 100% recommended!

    1. That’s alright, I’m glad you found it, I’ve answered your comment but I see you already have it figured out 😀
      And you should totally grab An Unkindness of Ghosts 🙂 it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.
      Thanks for linking up!

    1. Haven’t started it yet, actually 😀 I will start it soon. That’s too bad you couldn’t get into it… I hope that doesn’t happen to me, but who knows :p was it too slow? Did you DNF?

      1. I didn’t. It takes a lot for me to DNF something. It’s just that the first 30% of the book was not appealing to me. It was too slow and seemed like a different story. It did get better and I finished it, but the love just wasn’t there for me. I am looking forward to seeing what you think!

        1. Yeah, me too! I DNF very rarely.
          That’s interesting that you thought it was slow though. I think it’s much faster and more suspenseful than the first book. Although I will agree that it’s a totally different story! I’m almost through with it, but so far, it’s getting pretty depressing. I hope it picks up cause I really don’t want it to end in a sad way, to only have to keep wondering till the third book 😀

          1. I definitely think both books were worth reading, and there were things I loved about them, but I honestly wanted more Russian folklore and fairy tale aspects and less christianity. I was also really confused about the whole thing with Kasyan. I do hope you enjoy it more than I did. I just didn’t connect with it like I wanted to.

          2. Ah, I see! I think the reading was easier for me cause I basically live beside Russia and I’ve known those fairytales all my life. The stuff with Kasyan made perfect sense because it’s from a very famous Russian fairytale. And yet, I also thought that maybe it’s not explained well enough – how are you, as a Westerner, supposed to know it and what it means? That he keeps his life in a goose in an egg in a needle so that Death can’t steal it? I suggest reading Deathless by Catherine Valente – it’s a retelling of this particular fairytale as well, but it gives A LOT more background, and it’s delightfully dark and inventive. Truly one of my all-time favorites.

          3. Ah, see that is what I am missing! So it seems that the author intended for the readers to be those who were very familiar with Russian folklore. I think I was hoping for more introduction to it and more explanation, like you said. It makes more sense now why it was harder for me to get in to this one! I will definitely look up Deathless. Thanks! <3

  4. Yay for all your progress, and for growing State of the ARC bookgroup to over 80 members! This is awesome, mostly becuase now we KNOW we are not alone. #thestruggleissorreal
    I love your “bricks” although I can’t even imagine how you construct them. I would like to see the structure you are building with them in a future post. You have the start of a foundation right?
    I am really excited for The Girl in the Tower this month as well. I am hoping to stay a but ahead in my ARC reading so I can get those backlist ARCs read.
    Thanks for hosting and motivating me!
    Karen Blue recently posted…State of the ARC #2My Profile

    1. Yeah! I’ve always felt like I wasn’t alone about my ARCs, cause HOW COULD I BE LOL, right? Everyone always complains about it 😀 but I never knew for sure. It’s much better to share this stuff with each other 🙂
      Hahah, bricks.. The bricks were meant to symbolize the bricks in the TBR wall I knock down 😀 one brick is one book. I thought it was quite wacky at the time and I still quite like the idea 😀 it’s just funny. And it matches the colors of my blog, ironically xD even funnier that way. (I am very silly :D)
      And it’s my pleasure! Motivating is funnnn 😀

    1. An Unkindness is totally worth the attention 🙂 I only got Forgotten Beasts of Eld because a friend recommended it! So I’ve heard good stuff about it. I hope I’ll like it too 🙂

  5. Wow, that’s a lot of arcs! I don’t request many, so I only have one at the moment, and it’s not due until January. I’d probably get more if I requested ARCs more often, but I know how expensive it is for publishers to print arcs, so like this meme encourages, I want to make sure I only request ARCs I will actually read and review.

    1. Just one! I have deep respect for you, strong-willed reader! I have no such strength of mind 😀 but! At least almost all of my ARCs are merely electronic and didn’t cost them almost anything extra to print them or send them 🙂 I live in a small country in Europe, so they wouldn’t really mail ARCs here much.
      But still, print or not, I am hoping to cut down on my old ARCs cause it’s just not good to keep them like that.
      Thanks for reading 🙂

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