State of the ARC

State of the ARC #7 February Flies By Quickly

Here we are at the end of February, and even though it’s such a short month, I somehow find myself having finished so many books already? Not that I’m complaining, but… What gives?? And how do I do it again?

So for those of you wondering how many ARCs I read this month.. Yes, I am also surprised!!! I mean… I READ TEN. 10. TENNNN. I don’t think I’ve ever done this yet, world. I truly don’t think I have. So before you start grumbling about me basically burning through that stack (I really don’t know how!! I worked too! And I blogged!), let’s get down to those stats and what books those were.

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

Anyone is free to participate in this meme! 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 March 28, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

state of the arc 7

Well, comparing this to last month’s graph, those ten ARCs really made a dent! First of all, my authors list is down by a lot, and so is my NetGalley one. My total is also slightly lower, but I’m getting there! I can finally boast a 63% NetGalley ratio, which makes me ever so happy because it’s a number I’ve never previously reached! WOOT WOOT.

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

I swear, my blog has never seen this many bricks. What even happened. Wow! I believe I do deserve congratulations this time.

~ The Really Good Ones ~

So then, let’s look at the books. This time I’m segmenting them! These are my three favorite ARCs from this month. Freshwater was just plain unbelievable – fresh, #ownvoices, strong, dark and honest. Brutal, I’d say. An account of multiple personality disorder, through the lens of mythology and tradition. Even though it contains many triggers, you should at least consider reading it. It’s a true masterpiece. You can read my review hereHeart Berries is a related release, also #ownvoices, tackles many similar topics, such as being an outsider, being a minority and being depressed. Very feminine, and very feminist – a work of art, too. Find my review here. And No Sad Songs is a YA about responsibility and dementia. Unlikely YA topics, huh? And yes, it was that good. My review will be posted on March 7th.

Freshwater Heart Berries: A Memoir No Sad Songs

~ The Good Ones ~

Doorways in the Sand was a great scifi novel that I truly enjoyed – witty, fun and a little bit unlikely – just what a scifi story needs. The Feed was a slow-moving, yet good dystopia about the certain end of the world if we carry on being so ‘plugged in’ as we are now. Reviews will be coming up next month.

Doorways in the Sand The Feed

~ The Okay Ones ~

These books were alright, but didn’t give me a bunch of feels. The Sea Beast Takes a Lover was a collection of slightly odd short stories, and it could have been in the good ones category, if some of them were slightly less odd. Dragon’s Future is an alright fantasy that lacked world-building, sadly. These two will be reviewed on my blog in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, We Care for You is a scifi about synthetic humans and… how that ends. It was okay, you can read my Goodreads review here. And On Being an Introvert or Highly Sensitive Person helped me figure out a couple things about myself and is generally a good book, but it doesn’t present any ground-breaking new info. You can find my Goodreads review here.

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories Dragon's Future (Dragon Courage #1) We Care For You On Being an Introvert or Highly Sensitive Person: A guide to boundaries, joy, and meaning

~ Meh ~

Mizgot is one of my older ARCs, and I just… didn’t like it. At all. You can read more in my Goodreads review, but I don’t feel like it’s worth your time to read an over-dramatic account of an experimental ‘toy’ android unleashed on the world to do lobotomies on the supposition that ‘it’s not learned its lesson and won’t do that anymore’. Right.


~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares #1 (Sons of Ares #1)

Sons of Ares! Need I say more?? But seriously though, I’m not pulling up any other new ARCs because I’m a little lost in all of the books that I have right now and need to get my bearings. However, I am excited about this one!

That’s my ARC February! What has yours been like? Please link your post up!

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katherine @ paperbackdreamer
katherine @ paperbackdreamer
3 years ago

10! you’ve read so many, that’s brilliant!
i don’t think i’ve even made a dent in my netgalley arcs just yet, nooo!!
but i am like, up to date with reviews on there i have two books to read before they are released on march 6th, i’m just hoping i can finish in time!
great post, i may look into doing one like this in the future 🙂

Becca | Cozy & Caffeinated

Teach me your ways! I work too, and I’ve been having the hardest time crossing books off my TBR lately!

Anna @ The Bibliotaph
3 years ago

Ahhh! Congrats on getting through so many books! And thanks for inspiring me to start working through my overdue books..

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Wow, ten is amazing! It’s been YEARS since I’ve been able to read 10 books in a month:-)

3 years ago

Woooo! 10 ARCs read is awesome! 😀 Out of curiosity, how do you make those graphs you include in your State of the ARC posts?

JJ @ This Dark Material

10 ARCS?? Congrats Evelina, that’s stupendous! And bumping up your NetGalley ratio—yay! Most of my progress this month was with physical arcs, so it’s a little disappointing not to see those percentage points go up just yet…but I’ve got a load of e-arcs to read for this coming month 🙂 So happy for you and your ARC progress! You had an amazing month 🙂

3 years ago

Congratulations! 10 ARCs is impressive.

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

Congrats on those numbers! I love that you actually show us the bricks 🙂


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3 years ago

Wow! that’s an impressive number of ARCs you got through! Congrats on your netgalley stats too

3 years ago

‘Freshwater’ sounds amazing and it’s going straight to my TBR: mental health rep, mythology, and #ownvoices! I’ve seen ‘No Sad Songs’ pop up a fair bit lately too and I love that someone has written a YA about dementia and elder care.

All in all, congrats on getting through so many this month!

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

You are the reading machine! I only read 2 ARCs and still have to finish reviewing them. And so many of yours are new to me. No! I will not request any more until I’m caught up. Except for…….. LOL

3 years ago

That is amazing progress!!! So great to see others having success too. My steps were small but significant. Happy Reading – Feb went way too fast!

3 years ago

Woww 10 bricks is an accomplishment!!! I applaud you seriously how did you manage all of that??? Reading, working and blogging???! You are not a human being xD

The day I manage to accomplish this the cows will be flying I tell you…

And I am soo glad I did my very first post with this meme I love it and THANK YOU FOR CREATING IT!!

3 years ago

hahaha pure magic so it does exists! 😀

I would definitely would love to see flying cows, this would be like dream come true loool

And yessss it is very usefulll and I will do my best to participate every month 🙂

Anne Clarence
3 years ago

Okay, I’m so nervous (I finally participated after weeks of joining your Goodreads Group ). The sorting of “the good ones”, “the okay ones” etc idea is so good. God dammit I wish I knew it sooner because I had enough ARC this month. *sigh*

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

Can’t wait to see what you think of Son of Ares! 🙂 I know I say it before but I really can’t wait 🙂


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Jackie B.
3 years ago

WOWZA! I am super proud of you, Evelina! Did you read anything which *wasn’t* an ARC this month?! I also wonder what order you read these ARCs in… I imagine if I read one or two duds in a row I’d just give up on ARCs for a while. I applaud you!

Also– 63%?! *standing ovation* I’ve only improved 1%, but while I read two ARCs I haven’t written/published my reviews yet. Oops! I’ve got to get on that ASAP.

I hope you give yourself some time to read other books this month. 😉

3 years ago

I think I read 7, mostly children’s books or poetry – but I went on a request crazy last night and now my ratio is down again on NetGalley. Hopefully I will do better this month – my goal is to get at 60% too! But congrats! I heard so many great things about Roger Zelazny and I am quite excited to read one of his books.

Kathy Martin
Kathy Martin
3 years ago

Congratulations on your epic ARC reading month! I was surprised to see Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny on your list. It was first published in 1976 and Zelazny died in 1995. I read all of his books when I was in college and they were new or nearly newly published. I wonder who is republishing his work and sending it out for review again.

3 years ago

I read 10 books this month too! Woot!

Great post!

Vicky Who Reads
3 years ago

I’m at ~65% too and I’m pretty happy with it! I’m hoping that sampler that I accidentally requested will help my case as one out of thirty lolol. Awesome progress this month!!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Wow, 10 books? It’s really an accomplishment. Surely your year is going so great in terms of reading.
I don’t know how you are doing so great If I read even 2 ARCs in succession I get bored
February was too bad for me. I just read 3 books but I am happy that two of those were ARCs
I hope March is also as good as this for you ❤️ Well done Evelina!

3 years ago

You did awesome! I read 20 ARCs last month, but I have so many March releases to get through!!!

3 years ago

Wow! You were super good! You read a lot of ARCs!!!!! *_* And I am happy that almost all of them were good reading.. that’s always a great thing! 🙂

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

Wow! Way to go on getting your feedback ratio up by a lot! That has to be a bit of a relief!

3 years ago

10 ARCS! That’s so impressive! Again, thank you for hosting this meme. It helps me so much.

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books

Look at you go, reading 10 ARCs in a single month, and the short one at that! Huge congrats.