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State of the ARC #8 This Has Been A Good ARC Month, But No Month For The Backlist...

Well, I’ve certainly got good news for myself in terms of ARC reading, although it’s also certainly bad news for #BeatTheBacklist. I’m sorry, backlist team! I so totally deserve to be on the losing team this month. Because all of my books read this month so far have been ARCs! (Okay, all but ONE.) So… March’s State of the ARC can boast 9 review copies completed. I guess I still have a few days of March left. Maybe I can read one or two backlists… Maybe…

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

Anyone is free to participate! You can 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 April 30, so if you can’t make this one, mark it on your calendar. We will be waiting for you to join!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

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Well… The good thing is that I haven’t actually been acquiring books as fast as I usually would this month! So my ARC count… has at least not grown? Although it hasn’t really gone down either?? (How does this even work…) However! One nice thing is that I have finally mowed down those reviews due – no ARC reviews left that I need to write! (Yep… Only the backlists now…)

Also? Yes, I like that show. I am a fan of everything Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network. I do not plan to grow up anytime soon.

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

So as it turns out, I’ve knocked nine bricks off my wall, and they’re all real bricks, I’ve actually written all the reviews! Seems like a pretty good ARC reading month huh. Except I wish I didn’t read them all last minute, but so it goes. You know, I was just scheduling a review and wanted to draft my links for NetGalley, and realized that that particular book I was scheduling the review for wasn’t even an ARC. What a weird feeling! Do you ever get that? Are you someone like me, who just reads 99% review copies, or do you mostly read the backlist?

And here are the ARCs I’ve managed to get off my list this month:

The Zanna Function Happily The Lost Castle (The Lost Castle #1) The Dragon Queen
Sugar Money Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey with an Exceptional Labrador

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

The Redemption of Marvin Fuster The Four Women Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine #5)

Now these three are the only print ARCs I’ve ever received! And they have waited to be read for long enough, which is why I pledged to slowly, but surely move to their completion. I am currently reading The Redemption of Marvin Fuster, and it’s delightful. For some reason, reading print books is going much slower for me – I guess I’ve grown more used to an electronic medium? But these books are definitely going to be my companions during April!

That’s my ARC March! What has yours been like? Link up at the bottom!




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.

47 thoughts on “State of the ARC #8 This Has Been A Good ARC Month, But No Month For The Backlist...

  1. I’m glad to see you will finally be getting to Cirsova! I am way behind on those–issue #7 came out last month, and despite how much I have loved them I am only on #4.

    I managed to keep my ARC collection reasonable, only picking up one–By Fire Above–a book I requested a long time ago.

    On the other hand, I didn’t post ANY reviews of ARCs in March. I haven’t posted one since Feb. 27.
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    1. Sorry for taking forever on my comment 😀 actually! I started Cirsova AGES ago – but my mistake was that I started reading it with my boyfriend before bed. And reading together with a non-reader.. just makes things impossible 😀 we’re already halfway through, but now I know never to do that again if it’s an ARC 😀 I feel bad about finishing it without him, but I also feel bad for taking so long xD between a rock and a hard place…

  2. That’s huge progress, Evelina! Congrats!! I was looking at your graphs first and trying to find the “review due” color. Then I finally read your actual writing and realized it wasn’t there because you’ve completely caught up All those bricks in a row are a beautiful sight 🙂 I’ve already got Zanna and Happily on my TBR. You’re always picking the best books to read! Good luck with your backlist. I hope you get to make just as much progress on it this next month ♥
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    1. Thank you, JJ 🙂 actually, I am a little disappointed with my huge progress, because I said I would be doing #BeatTheBacklist!! xD And do you see me reading backlist books, cause I don’t xD gah!

      Yep! I caught up with the reviews! Can you believe it 🙂 I am so excited about that, omg.

      Awww, thanks <3 I'm really so glad some awesome people like you trust my tastes :) I have missed you all BTW, and you especially, because we only talk in comments it seems :D and I haven't been responding to those or blog hopping for nearly two weeks (boo on me...) I guess I was busy scheduling those posts and talking to those publishers :D but I'm finally back!!

  3. I don’t get ARCs and I don’t read all that many books the year they come out either. I’ve finally bought a copy of All the Bright Places today. Let’s not think about how long I’ve been saying I should read that. :’)
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    1. 😀 oh come now, saying “I should read that” is a part of the bookworm culture 😀 why have you never tried getting ARCs though? Just curious. Most bloggers seem to jump to the opportunity 🙂

    1. Hahaha 😀 25 review books though, wow! That IS a lot. But then again, you also read fast 🙂 this month I’ve been reading more backlist books so far. Trying to be better at that challenge, because my team is last, gah 😀

    1. Oh my gosh, I have not been replying my comments for much too long, I have so many 😀 I hope you didn’t think I was ignoring you! Haha. Thank you 🙂 I actually didn’t even notice that I had such numbers, I guess the number of books read just manifested last month 😀 well, the email issues you can’t control so it’s not your fault! I hope you fixed them? Sigh indeed. Hope you can catch up soon, technical problems can suck!!

  4. I’m taking April to get to my review copies especially the overdue ones! I had to also a few, from my first time on NetGalley. Luckily, I’ve been more conscious of what I request now. Congratulations on your progress!!

    1. This is a fun meme to do, especially if you’ve got trouble keeping up to your ARCs 😀 (like me!) Maybe one day you’ll join? 🙂 Oh yeah, Dragon Queen was a good book. The cover is the best!

  5. I found my IndieAthon and TBR challenges this month really helped me hammer my ARC reading. Of course it helped that several of my due books were shorter so plenty read, if not the hugest amount of pages!
    That guide dog book you read looks interesting. I’m going to take a closer look
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    1. I am also participating in a few readathons this month, I feel like they might make a dent in the reading, which just feels great 🙂 they also give you such hype! It’s good to read with others 🙂
      And I can so totally recommend the guide dog book. It was truly very touching and heart warming!

  6. hah I managed to knock down 10 backlist titles this month, some were past aRcs other’s were just books I had bought.
    It’s awesome that you at least got some out of the way! Mine seems to be growing too fast recently 🙁 need to buckle down
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    1. 10 backlist titles sounds amazing 🙂 I also need to catch up with my old ARCs! And thankfully, I haven’t been hauling as much lately, I hope you can also rein it in 😀

    1. I’m so glad to hear you love my tag, thank you 🙂 haha! There is absolutely no reason to have an ARC problem to link up! Why don’t you use the chance to BRAG about your ARCs and make a post? 🙂 like, flaunt your new arrivals and your numbers! The problem is only part of it xD you can totally join even if you’re handling it all xD and we will clap clap clap for you 😀

    1. Thanks 🙂 really? That’s awesome that you had stopped requesting for a while – I don’t know if I could stop requesting completely. Somehow I still get at least a little 😀 it’s just such a good feeling, to receive books.

  7. I think you did awesome and knocked down a lot of bricks! The number of ARCs you have scares me, but I am heading towards that too so I need to be careful – I just can’t resist requesting books!!!

    And I finally joined the Meme too, but you know this already.

    1. I can’t see the link-up widget thingy – is it gone? It might also just be my PC at work, so I will make sure to check at home tonight too.

    2. Thank you 🙂 yes, the number of ARCs I have scares me too xDD but you are so totally heading towards that too, ahaha 😀 well, you’re walking my path, what can I say 😀

    1. Yes, the solution is to stop requesting, and IT’S DOABLE! 😀 You can do it!! 😀 But apart from that, there’s nothing bad about reading just ARCs 🙂 means your stats must be getting better! BTW, I reached 68% on NG, woot woot! 🙂

  8. what if i actually take part …

    like im here opening a draft now to see where on earth i am with my life! WOW thank u for being an inspiration

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