#ARCsAnonymous, State of the ARC

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 29th, 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

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Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books

So my post isn’t nearly as pretty and graphic filled as yours, but I got one put together to join in on this self-shaming journey 🙂

Hopefully this helps me be less behind on my ARC reading.

Have a great week.

Laura Thomas
4 years ago

I bet its fun to see the darkest section grow! I should make a chart for my challenge. Mine is for books on my TBR that I still want to read. Made some great headway this year.

Jackie B.
4 years ago

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!!!

Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages

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 🙂

Utopia State of Mind
4 years ago

I loved participating so much! and you got so much reading done!!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have so many ARCs…it can be overwhelming. I will honestly probably never catch up unless I put a freeze on taking on new ones. That doesn’t stop me from trying!

Lashaan Balasingam
4 years ago

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!! 😀

Lashaan Balasingam
4 years ago

So much praise! Looking forward to hearing more on your thoughts on it then hahah

Trish @ Between My Lines

I’m a dope, I was trying to link up to last month by mistake! I’m sorted now. Yay for making headway, it’s a good feeling!

An Unkindness of Ghosts sounds awesome!

Darque Dreamer
4 years ago

How is it going with Girl in the Tower? I couldn’t get in to it all the way when I read it 🙁

Darque Dreamer
4 years ago

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!

Darque Dreamer
4 years ago

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.

Darque Dreamer
4 years ago

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

Karen Blue
4 years ago

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 more »

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

Yes! I am excited for the Girl in the Tower too. An Unkindness of Ghosts has gotten some great reviews. And I loved The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, hope you do too!


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4 years ago

Sounds like you had a pretty good month! 😉 I didn’t end up wrapping up last month, but I’m participating even more this month!

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

I should really join this group. I have fallen so far behind on all my ARCs. Well done this month, and here’s to success in November as well!


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Jacqueline @bluejaybooks

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.

Jacqueline @bluejaybooks

Yeah, that’s good at least 🙂 It’s too bad shipping is so expensive 🙁 Yeah, eARCs are still exciting. Good luck!

You’re welcome!

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Yay for catching up on the ARCs a little! I was totally ready to post my State of the Arc and then… I was away and did ZERO blogging over that week! So I guess I’ll just link up next month! Oops. Sorry!

Sheila @ She's Going Book Crazy
Sheila @ She's Going Book Crazy
4 years ago

ARC-destruction-monster!? HAHA, you crack me up girl! I won’t be possessing that name for November fa sho. I’ve been quite unmotivated this month to read, but I MUST get going to keep these numbers down! I just wrote my State of the ARC post and joined up. I’m glad to be a part of this again! Keep on that readin’! 😀


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