State of the ARC

State of the ARC #2 How have your ARCs been this month?

Hi everyone, excited to welcome you to the Second Edition of State of the ARC!!!

Congratulations on making it through yet another month! But let’s get to the point. How has your ARC reading been? While you’re undoubtedly pondering your success, WANNA GUESS ABOUT MINE???

I dare you. Guess.

It was pretty much like this:

Except a little less cute. Or rather, way less cute.

Basically, I had family and foreign guests over from a total of about three countries, over a total of at least two weekends, and after that apocalypse – some pretty serious work reparations to do. But all is well! (Except for the ARC progress, that is.) I’m surprised the blog is even still running, to be fair! But let’s get down to business. To the stats!

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

State of the ARC is a monthly meme that is meant to motivate you into finally finishing up those old ARCs. If you want to participate and add your own post to the link-up, you should: mention that you’re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps – and don’t forget to include the link to this post! You can use my State of the ARC image too. Don’t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment. And most importantly – have fun!

~ Current State of the ARC ~

Let’s check my stats and my progress.

State of the ARC stats - September

I feel like… IT ACTUALLY GOT WORSE??? Because I received a few new ARCs and had no time to read whatsoever… I AM EXPERIENCING DESPAIR HERE.

Okay, so… Let’s see how many bricks I knocked down and how many I added. Also! Notation for which is which:

The Fake Brick stands for books read, but not yet reviewed!

The Real Brick stands for books both read and reviewed!

I hope you like construction.

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~


Well… You know. It could be worse. Right? I could have ONE FAKE BRICK. (Okay, okay, it can only barely be worse…) The good thing is that I made it through all of last months “In The Works” titles! (Come on, just let me have this.)

~ In The Works ~

In Case I Go The Nix Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After It's Just Nerves

These are my current titles. In Case I Go is shaping up to be a delightful read about a child who isn’t truly a child, about spirits, family problems and heritage. So far it’s pretty diverse and I recommend checking it out. Meanwhile, The Nix is one of my older ARCs that has been boring me for at least two months. I do not really recommend it. Happiness is one I’ve already finished and greatly liked – it just needs a review now. It’s a true story about a family that lived through a heavy illness of their baby, and even though it might be shocking, it’s definitely worth your attention. And finally, It’s Just Nerves is also a title I’ve already finished, but it isn’t due till the end of Octorber – I will be posting a review for Poetic Book Tours at the end of the month. While not a fun read, it’s definitely something we should all know – because not all of life is about fun. I greatly enjoyed this collection of essays as well.

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0) House of Shadows  Sweet Bean Paste

This time I’m not looking into super old ARCs cause I have something more pressing among the current ones! These are the ones coming out soon, and I should read them ASAP. I’m sure you’ve all heard of The Rules of Magic – I’ve recently posted a review of Practical Magic which this is a prequel to. Then I also have House of Shadows – something mysterious about diaries, old houses, tragedies and courtesans! Super exciting. And Sweet Bean Paste is about an unlikely friendship between a misfit and an old lady, and surprise, surprise – it happens in Japan. Seemed very cute and heartwarming when I grabbed it.

So that’s it this month! Please share your own State of the ARC posts with me! I am super excited to read them. Please link up at the bottom, and don’t forget to visit everyone else’s links <3

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Paul Liadis

I was here. Didn’t receive or ask for any arcs but enjoy reading about your successes (and other results) with them.


I have to confess that I have an ARC of a book released this week that I did NOT finish or review. To be fair, I think it is pretty mediocre so I am going to relegate it to a roundup post.

I have ARCS for TWO books coming out next week. One I should finish this weekend and plan to review on release day. The other will have to wait a weeks (fingers crossed I make that happen).

Still just treading water.


I don’t even want to think about my ARC pile right now it’s ridiculous. q__q I have a few ARCs I’m going to get to next month in the very least for blog tours along with some reading time for books that I’ve bought that have been neglected for too long. Good luck with your ARC pile!

Jackie B.

I love how open and honest you are about what’s going on in the world of ARCs here. I just… I just can’t. I haven’t bothered to look at my ARC pile since August and, while it might not be as bad as yours, it’s intimidating and overwhelming! I really should set aside time to review them all and make something happen… We shall see. Wait. You’re in the middle of reading four ARCs at the same time?! How do you manage that? Why are you doing this? HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS MADNESS!!! I can barely listen to an audiobook… Read more »


I read 13 ARCs for far this month, but I had so many September/October ARCs and all my library holds keep coming through. I am going to keep calm and read on.

Brian Joseph

This is an interesting meme and on interesting topic. I do not get offered too many arcs/ I guess it is the nature of the book selections on my blog. I tend to not take them when asked as I also fear that I will never get to them.


I love this idea!!! And what an awesome title! ☺️ I definitely need to join in on this one- my list is 98% books unread and long overdue and 2% review desperately needed. Yikes. I’ll give it a sit in the next month or so though!


Haha – is it mean of me that your ARC woes make me feel so much better about mine? I have 31 outstanding and about 17 of them are overdue. But those ones have been overdue for so long, I’m expecting them to be classics by the time I get to them… 😉

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her books

This sounds like the perfect way for me to share my Netgalley shame…And maybe I’ll remember to participate next month…I have no time for delving into this on my blog right now, sadly.

Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages

This is a great postagain 🙂 I have been meaning to do state of ARC this month. I hope I am not late for it yet. Instead of just ARCs I am also thinking to incude review copies, because that is what I’ getting more these days. All the best for this month progress.

Karen Blue

This is such a fun way to share how we are doing with ARCs. I have added my post to the linky. I am sad to actually see my numbers. Thanks for hosting this!

Nikki @ The Bibliophibian

Ahaha, I love this idea. I need to get in control of my ARCs… maybe next month I’ll join in!

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

I love your graphics so much! I don’t think I would ever have the time to make those and my ARCs have been abandoned since May I think. I’m trying again with a couple horror I requested now that I’m in Creeptober! 🙂


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I’m not even counting ARCs I’ve had over a year. Some of the ones I have a really short – I should just move them to the front of the list.

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

Hi Evelina! I’m sorry you’re ARC reading an reviewing wasn’t as successful this month… But some done is good! Reading is good! The first step… I’m loving you’re brick graphics!! It’s cute and matches your color scheme… Good luck reading and reviewing next month! <3

I alas tried for a couple days to write my own State of the ARC and wanted to do a fun graph but no matter how I did it I couldn't get the stats to show well and it frustrated me…! So yeah I put it aside and finished up my month *cries*

Sheila @ She's Going Book Crazy
Sheila @ She's Going Book Crazy

Hey there!

Here’s my September and first State of the ARC post:

I hope you are having a successful month so far, and getting caught up on some of those ARCs! Happy reading!


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Trish @ Between My Lines

Love your bricks! Even on months where you don’t read much, it’s still hard not to request more isn’t it! So hard!

I joined in this month. But I’ve tried to add my link but can’t. I can view the link list but see nowhere to add mine. What am I doing wrong?


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