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[Meme] State of the ARC #15 How Is Your ARCs Bingo In October?

October was a busy month, but despite that! It’s actually been a really good reading month, and most of those reads were ARCs as well. I’m happy to say I’ve done well! Except of course, I also hauled quite a few. So I don’t know where I actually am right now, in regards to my ARC reading xD I guess we will see!

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

Anyone is free to participate! 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 (probably) November 30th, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

It seems I have been doing a lot of reading, but last month I also hauled some awesome ARCs. So my numbers are not looking so great right now 😅 but a lot of those ARCs aren’t even due yet, so that’s great! Although I really need to work on that backlog of the oldest ever titles. I am currently at 75% feedback ratio on NetGalley, though! So that’s exciting. Almost there!

state of the arc 15 october

I am quite surprised to see that I only have one slot in the bingo! I was pretty sure it would be hard to fill up the #ownvoices slot – it’s always hard to find books written by a person that’s been through something and is telling it from their own perspective. But I was glad to realize that Polyamorous was written by an #ownvoices author (especially because that made it all the more accurate as well), and then I also filled up the fluffy ARC slot with a middle grade story about popularity at school. Now it looks I’ve only got to tackle my oldest ARC! It keeps coming back to that… heh.

State of the ARC bingo october

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

My ARCs this month have been really awesome! The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World turned out to be flat out amazing, and I could relate to it so well. I wrote a really heartfelt post about anxiety in relation to that book, and you can read it here. Then War Cry was a three star read, cause perhaps it wasn’t really for me, but it was enjoyable. The Truth about Archie and Pye was pretty entertaining – like a little mystery / spy novel with maths and adventure. And Battlestar Suburbia from the same publisher has been one of my reading highlights of the month! The review comes out next week. My Friend Sleep was a beautiful kids picture book, and Cotton Candy Wishes was a rather forgettable, but very comfortable and nice middle grade about popularity at school and staying true to yourself. Creatures of Want and Ruin was also a great sequel to one of my favorite books of last year, Creatures of Will and Temper, and while maybe not as incredible as I thought the first one to be, still a really good and engaging read. And finally, Polyamorous was a non-fiction read, you guessed it, about polyamory, and it was definitely very interesting, because I knew nearly nothing on the subject, but got a chance to find out more.

The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes—through India, Italy, and Beyond War Cry The Truth About Archie and Pye Battlestar Suburbia

So I read 8 ARCs again, just like last month! And six of them I’ve already written reviews for. Only two to go! So two lego bricks and six more normal ones knocked off the big wall of ARCs.

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

What Would Boudicca Do?: Everyday Problems Solved by History's Most Remarkable Women The Eleventh Trade List of 13

Currently the most exciting ARCs I’ve got are these. What Would Boudicca Do? – a book about the women in history who did more than they were expected to do, even though they were not given any liberties to do it. The Eleventh Trade is a really touching and well-written story about a refugee boy, trying to reclaim something that he and his family lost. And List of 18 is an absolutely amazing story about dying before your time and finishing your business, all the while learning some things about yourself as well. I love all three!

That’s that! So what ARCs did you get and which ones are you excited this October?

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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

My favourite ARC this month was Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif. It only just got pipped for my overall Book of the Month accolade! Of my new-in ARCs, I’m especially looking forward to The Diary by Vikki Patis and Crimson by Niviaq Kornelisson which I should be reading right now!

Trish @ Between My Lines

You are doing so well! My answer is I got too many Arcs in Oct, but I’m reading loads so I don’t feel too guilty.

CG @ Paper Fury
2 years ago

Ahh congrats on filling up so many of the bingo too! I have actually been awful with my ARCs in October but I was distracted with going away (I always have something to blame) I’m hoping to get to Bridge of Clay very soon though! Trying not to be terrified of the size.

2 years ago

I love seeing all the books. Good luck on getting even more caught up. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Great work this month! I am slowly shrinking my pile of ARCs altogether. I am really interested in the Boudicca you mentioned. I always joke that my daughter is very lucky I discovered Eleanor of Aquitaine BEFORE Boudicca, or her name would be much harder for people to pronounce.

(Is there no linky anymore? Or did I miss something?)

Happy Reading!

Kendra Allen
Kendra Allen
2 years ago

Hi there! It sounds like you did really well this month for ARCs! 75% for NetGalley feedback ratio is excellent!!! Mine is below 60%. Boooo! I can’t remember how I stumbled upon your meme, but I am excited to participate in it! I did my first post yesterday too! After drafting the post and waiting for it to post, I actually knocked down two. They were dnf’s, but two down nonetheless. I’m excited too see how the month progresses. Happy reading!!! Here’s my post if you’d like to check it out (kept looking for the linky but couldn’t find one.)… Read more »

2 years ago

It looks like you did a pretty good job in reading last month, especially with ARCs. I really want to read The Worrier’s Guide to Life. I’m doing fairly well with ARCs. I’m almost finished with a November ARC and then only one more for the month, and so far, only two for December, and that’s it at the moment!


2 years ago

My numbers just went from high to SO MANY BOOKS I CANNOT EVEN COUNT THEM!
I love watching your insta stories and bookmail!

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Congrats on all the reading you got done AND your exciting new hauls! Also, way to go on being so close to finishing the ARC bingo! Are you planning on making another bingo sheet when you finish it, or is it a one-time thing? (Sorry if you’ve said it in a previous post and I’m not remembering!) I got 11 new review copies in October, most of them were horror novellas that authors asked if they could send me and since they were short reads I said yes even though I really should have exercised more caution since I have… Read more »

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

It is great seeing your percentage go up on NetGalley. I must say that when I finally hit the 80% mark and the badge didn’t pop up I was disappointed. I neglected my NetGalley books in October and need to get busy again this month.

2 years ago

Hah, only one book to go for the bingo! You did this to yourself, so now you’ll have to read that oldest ARC 😀

What would Boudicca do definitely sounds ineresting, I’m curious what you’ll think of it!

I’m going to try to finish all my 2018 ARCs in November, wish me luck…


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herding cats
2 years ago

Hope you enjoy your new (and old) pretties!

Susy's Cozy World
2 years ago

You did great with the Bingo! *_* And you have read a lot of interesting titles! I have a couple of them on my TBR (and yes, one of them is Battlestar Suburbia, and yes, it’s all your fault! 😉 ) and I hope that your future ARCs would be great reading! 🙂

Cam @ Camillea Reads
2 years ago

I feel so inspired by your dedication, Evelina! I love the cover for Boudica, so badass! That’s one I definitely want to read 🙂 I took some time away from ARCs as I wanted to focus more on my physical books. It hasn’t left my NetGalley ration in good shape but that’s alright. I haven’t requested any last month, so that’s good.

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

You are going quite good with your ARCs, Evelina. I remember the number with which you started the year and now you are at 75%! That’s really incredible. I wish I had so much enthusiasm to read so many ARCs as well. My ARC bingo is almost filled too. Just one spot is remaining 🙂

2 years ago

My Arcs are getting out of control, and I feel like all I do is read and review on NetGalley only. For some reason I do not have the confidence to post fully-fledged reviews on my blog, but maybe I read the wrong books?

Anyway, my 2019 blog goal is to write more awesome reviews like you do – I hope this comes out as a compliment, I do not mean to steal your reviewing style, I am just referring to writing with the same passion and excitement that you are writing and talking about the books you read!

2 years ago

oooh i really wanna know more about polyamorous! and i love the cover for what would boudica do? im so glad yougot a copy!!