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[Meme] State of the ARC #17 New ARCs Bingo Sheet!

Ohh, I’m very excited for this State of the ARC. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, it’s the last one in the year and we get to tally our results and set new goals. But that’s not all… We’re also getting a new ARCs bingo! Isn’t it all exciting?

A GIF of Bunny from Sailormoon, with her eyes glittering

~ 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 (most likely) January 31st, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

state of the arc 17 dec 2018

~ What’s Changed Since The Start Of 2018? ~

So! Back when we started State of the ARC in January, I had 102 total review copies – this number has now shrunk to 69, and if that isn’t an achievement, I don’t know what is! Here’s where I managed to drop by numbers the most:

  • NetGalley ARCs dropped from 59 to 31 – so almost by half!
  • Edelweiss stays stable – I’ve always had a similarly small number of review copies from there
  • My other ARCs were at 33 when I started, now they’re at 31 – so I’m still accepting author and publisher ARCs and I should work on that batch!

Last month I had the last slot of my ARCs bingo unfilled. I’m happy to say I’ve filled it out! Slightly less happy to admit that it was a terrible book, but it was also my first ARC, won in some giveaway… before I was a blogger… It’s probably no surprise that it wasn’t a literary miracle. But it was my oldest ARC! And I’m happy to have finally finished it. And hey, at least it’s got a GORGEOUS cover for the ARCs bingo.

State of the ARC bingo - 2018 december

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

Well, I didn’t read too many ARCs this month, compared to the previous months, but I’m glad of my progress! Especially because I knocked down the oldest one. Almost all books were really really good – except for that particular oldest one – Vasu and the Matsya Temple was written badly and I didn’t enjoy it. Now the other books! The Four Women was a really twisted little dark tale which I enjoyed and which left me pondering for days on end after I put it down – review to come in January. Christmas Secrets by the Sea was surprisingly good – you can read a more in depth review hereShin, a sequel of Spinning Silk which I reviewed in spring, was also really cool – the review can be found hereWinter of the Witch was amazing and you can find the review here.

The Four Women Christmas Secrets by the Sea Shin The Winter of the Witch Vasu and the Matsya Temple

So that puts me at four proper bricks with the reviews already posted, and one lego brick because I’ve still got to publish the review.

~ State of the ARC 2019! ~

So it’s time to get motivated for the next year! And it’s time for a new bingo. I think that a half a year was a great length of time for a bingo of this size, don’t you think? We won’t get bored, but we’ll still cover most of the slots. This is why I am not changing the rules up – only giving you a new bingo with new slots! I’ve taken the liberty of picking my own slots this time. Here is your empty State of the ARC Bingo sheet for the first half of 2019 – up for grabs:

state of the ARC bingo 2019 first half - empty

So why did I pick these slots? Well, I kept your oldest ARC and an overdue ARC, because that’s always relevant. Then I figured that everyone would have a fantasy ARC or a scifi ARC. Other that that, I would like to encourage you to read more diverse books, as well as books that have good mental health rep, so I’ve put that along with nonfiction, which should also be promoted, I think! Then I thought an interesting prompt could be a no-romance ARC, because so many books concentrate on romance, but don’t talk about a lot of other important things – like friendship, or ambition, or family. I’m sure you’ll find something! And I’ve also included a graphic novel / illustrated ARC – you can interpret this freely, so a kids picture book also works – I just wanted to change it up a little and add a prompt that was different.

And that’s it! You think you’ll be able to fill those slots before July?

#BeatTheBacklist Sign Up!

I will also use this space to announce that I’ll be joining #BeatTheBacklist again this year, because I really enjoyed it last time! The challenge asks us to post a TBR, but I won’t be locking myself into it. My goal is to read at least 36 backlist books. I’ll also be proudly reading for Hufflepuff this year!

So what ARCs did you get and which ones are you excited for in the new year?

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Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Way to go on your progress – dropping down to 69 is amazing work! I can’t wait to see what my progress is from January to December of next year. I’ll definitely be joining in on the bingo card this time! 🙂

2 years ago


How are you doing? It’s been such a long time since we talked! Congratz on the ARCs that you finished 🙂

Since you told me before you were reading an ARC manga back in my Manga Monday announcement on my blog, I thought I’d let you know that it has now evolved into the Anything Goes Monthly Feature! You can now link up manga, graphic novels, comic books and anime. At the end of the year, there will be a draw for a gift card.

If you are still interested, heres the link: https://bookishowlette.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/anything-goes-monthly-feature/

Have an awesome day!

Avery Delany
2 years ago

Ahhh I’m SO EXCITED for the next year of State of the ARC. I didn’t join in until just after August in 2018 so I’ve never been here for the beginning of the year. This time I’ll be participating at the end of the month (instead of randomly in the middle like I was doing before) and I’m looking forward to doing the bingo card as well! Thanks for making such a fantastic event and wishing us all luck for our 2019 State of the ARC goals <3

2 years ago

Great job bringing your list down! What a great way to motivate people too. I’m so scared of going over due dates that I mostly under request. GAH! Is there even a balance? LOL!

2 years ago

Great job Evelina, you’ve made so much progress since you started!

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

That’s such great progress, awesome job!!

Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku

YES. NEW BINGO! This one will be tough with my current ARCs — I won’t be able to fill all the spaces. But it should help me get through all my remaining NetGalley ARCs. You know. If I’m feeling inspired. O_o

I love the idea of the No Romance ARC. But, unless you really know the content well that might be quite challenging. I can’t think of any no-romance ARCs with the exception of my non-fiction. Hmmmm. Do you already have some no-romance ARCs in your collection?

Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku

PREACH. I’m so over romance for the sake of romance, as you saw in my platonic relationships post. Because, ugh. Why?! We need intense friendships and positive family relationships. None of this drama around kissing and such. But, we have some flexibility with the “no romance” space. I hope I’ll find something awesome to read for that spot.

sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Your progress have been amazing, Evelina, with all the ARCs. I have to admit, I left reading the backlist ARCs by the mid of the year and focused more on future releases and backlist books. That’s why I am way behind on my ARCs 😀 I hope you can finish all your pending ARCs in the new year 🙂
The new Bingo looks interesting. I think I would have problem with the sci-fi ARC since I rarely read sci-fi but hoping to change that in 2019 😀

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

Congrats on you stats. I failed with my ARCs. It is mostly because of Netgalley. I started with the oldest ones and was doing pretty good but then I grabbed some news ones, and you know what happens next. LOL I plan to work harder on it next year.

2 years ago

ooooh congrats on getting through so many of your ARCs and completing your ARC bingo! I’m super excited for the new bingo card and all the new books coming out next year 😀

2 years ago

Congrats on your success! I try to keep super organized but it all comes down to whatever will work for you. My audio ARCs exploded this year and I’ve been wrangling them back under control this month. I pretty much have two audio ARCs from 2017 now and one Netgalley eARC from 2014 and one Edelweiss eARC from 2016. Everything else is current. What is still out of control is my purchased books I want to read, and purchased audiobooks. Anne – Books of My Heart

2 years ago

Your progress is really impressive. *applause, applause* AND, you filled your bingo card. I am happy with where I am on NG right now (85%), but I need to work more on EW (76%).

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I’ve just posted my 12th State Of The ARC post and am delighted that I no longer have any overdue ARCs! Thank you Evelina, these posts helped so much 🙂

2 years ago

I’m so excited about the new bingo!! There are a few categories that are pretty difficult for me, but we’ll have six months… And congrats on your NetGalley numbers, you made amazing progress 😀

2 years ago

Yay! A new bingo! I might attempt to do this one (if I can remember to keep track)! I’m participating in Beat the Backlist, too, although I’m not doing the Hogwarts Mini Challenge — too much to keep up with right now. If I were participating, I’d be Ravenclaw, so we’d be playing against each other. 😉

Happy reading! I hope you have a lovely New Year!
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

2 years ago

I was in such a hurry when writing my last State of the ARC that I did not set up any goals, but to be honest my only goal is to be more organized with the ARCs! And I already filled in one spot in the Bingo!!! Bingo sheets always get me excited – so thank you for doing them and for starting this meme!

Laura @BlueEyeBooks
2 years ago

Doing a bingo sheet is such a good idea to inspire you to tackle some of these ARC’s! I’m a huge mood reader and TBR’s have never really worked for me to lessen my own pile but I might give this a try.

Laura @BlueEyeBooks