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[Meme] State of the ARC #10 In Which I Want To Look At My Overall Stats And See If This Ever Went Anywhere?

So a few weeks ago, a fellow blogger Debbie @ Debbie’s Library gave me an idea about #ARCsAnonymous and State of the ARC – namely, on how to bring it back to life. As you might know, due to how many things I do, which is entirely too many, I have not been able to keep up with the #ARCsAnonymous group and it has been slowly dying. If any of you want to take up the banner, I would gladly make you a mod! So just write me a message or comment below this post and we can talk about it. But since the group is kind of hard to keep up with (Goodreads groups in general tend to.. well, die), Debbie has pointed out that maybe we could have something like a checklist or a bingo instead of monhtly reading. And maybe we could have a readathon. Currently I’m unable to host a readathon, but again, if any of you want to come up with something, we could talk about it! And I definitely think the bingo is the way to go. I just need to come up with it!

So tell me, what would you like to see on the State of the ARC bingo? If we were to start one for the second half of the year (July-December)?

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

Anyone is free to participate! 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 June 29th, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down and come back next time 🙂

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

state of the arc 10

So as we were talking with.. some of you last month (yes, yes, my memory is a sieve. I am sorry.), it seems as though some of us have been doing State of the ARC for a while now – namely me, ten months already! But we don’t seem to be making any progress in our numbers -.- I just wanted to check back to the very first state of the ARC of mine and see how much has changed. So let’s have a look…

NetGalley: 64 -> 43 (yay!)
Edelweiss: 7 ->
Other platforms: 22 -> 24
Author: 7 -> 18
Unsolicited: 0 -> 1

Well… I could be doing better, but I could also be doing worse. My main goal was not to stop requesting (although, I ultimately did, it seems) – my goal was to knock down that NetGalley stack that was threatening to topple over. And I can see the fruit of my efforts! I knocked down more than you can see here as well – because I kept requesting, and read those, so the total is more than the difference between the read and remaining ones. However, it seems as though I now have more author and other (publisher/book tour) requests. Need to rein those in! But personally, I am happy with my State of the ARC achievements since my first meme. Maybe you should look at yours throughout the whole time you’ve been participating too? The numbers can still look big, but we fail to notice how far we’ve actually come! That’s very important for your motivation ❤

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

So this month, I read 8 ARCs, 2 of which were old and overdue ones! It has been a hectic month for me, and I have not been able to do much reading, but I am still glad of these results. Out of these books, I still need to write a review for 5 books, but since the reviews are due pretty soon, I think I’ll be doing that this week! So that’s three real bricks and five lego bricks off the wall of ARCs!

These are the ARCs I finished this month, and the ones really worth your attention are Clara Voyant (reviewed here)The Freeze-frame Revolution (review to come soon)A Thousand Perfect Notes (also will be reviewed soon), No Fourth River (reviewed in the next post!), Spinning (review to come soon)Eight Stories are also worth your attention, if you like anti-war fiction and Remarque’s writing (review to come soon too, didn’t you expect me to say that?)

The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills Clara Voyant Song of Batoche The Freeze-Frame Revolution (Sunflower Cycle)
A Thousand Perfect Notes Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss No Fourth River. A Novel Based on a True Story. A profoundly moving read about a woman's fight for survival. Spinning Silk

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3)

What I’m really looking forward to reading sometime soon is The Calculating Stars (women astronauts!!) and, of course, so unexpected right? Rogue Protocol, AKA Murderbot #3! (It’s like sometimes I think my blog is there half for the purpose of simply talking about Murderbot books, lol.)

That’s my ARC May! What are you looking forward to reading this month? And how have you been doing with your hauling? Don’t forget to link up your post and visit the other links!

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Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

You are really doing amazing with your ARCs. Sigh! I am doing so bad. I don’t know why but I don’t want to read those ARCs, I keep picking up physical books and backlist ones 😀 Also, I am becoming more of a mood reader now, so I pick like whatever I feel and then the ARCs are just left. 😛

Your numbers are really well now. So proud of you 🙂 I hope June is even better for you. And that Bingo idea is really good.

Daniela Ark
2 years ago

well I’m glad your blog is all about Murderbot books! Because book 1 won the Nebula awards 🙂

2 years ago

Yay for the drop in NetGalley numbers!

About the bingo – a few ideas I have are “not request new ARCs for a month”, “schedule 3 ARC reviews” (or a different number!), “read the ARC that you’ve been putting off for the longest”, “read the ARC you’re most excited about”, “read an ARC that’s overdue”!

Also, why are you not using CommentLuv anymore? Any specific reason?

2 years ago

Ooh! I never even considered that that might be an issue… Luckily, Disqus still works and sends emails as it should, at least as far as I know. 😀

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

How do you do such a great job with your ARCs? If my requests weren’t denied as often as they are, I would be drowning in ARCs. I only have five ARCs to read and half is overdue. *hides in a corner in shame*

A book bingo sounds an excellent idea. I would definitely join it (especially if there is a mention to retellings *wink*).

Happy readings!

JJ @ This Dark Material

That’s amazing progress, especially on NetGalley! It can be hard to see how things change month to month just looking at bar graphs with big numbers 🙂 Also, Lego bricks vs. real bricks…I love it Maybe next month I’ll look at how my numbers have changed since that will be a half year of State of the ARC for me! I kind of expect them to have all gone up, though, since I first started the meme when I was a baby blogger without much luck on NG. Oooo, I love the idea of ARC bingo! I feel like my… Read more »

2 years ago

i have 0 idea what i did in my first post because i tried to compare but things were not adding up. so fresh start this month for me and maybe i can finally compare progress next month too. you did awesome as always. i like the bingo idea… i like checklists in general. its hard to find books to fit themes and sometimes makes me prioritise the wrong books. if anyone wants help to comeup w some bingo themes i have a few, but iam definitely not active enough on goodreads in general – but u know ill promote… Read more »

2 years ago

You are doing so well! There are so many great-looking books on this post – I saw you raving about Freeze-Frame Revolution on GRs and of course I am dying to get my preorder of A Thousand Perfect Notes in the mail! I am actually joined to the ARCs Anonymous group but haven’t been active just because I haven’t had time to sit down and go through the group. But I think a bingo readathon would be fun! I also did my first State of the ARC this month (https://bit.ly/2J0WWmR)! My ARC TBR isn’t too bad, but I wanted to… Read more »

Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum
2 years ago

Wow, great job chiseling down your NetGalley pile! My NetGalley TBR is the one that gives me the most trouble, it’s too easy to request and the books can pile up so quickly and get unmanageable!

Jackie B
2 years ago

TEN?! There are been TEN of these?! Where have I been the whole time? Wowza. Where has the time gone… I remember when you created this. Is our friendship going on a year?! !!! <3 <3 <3 Also. You read 8 ARCs. Did you read anything else this month? I'm blown away! If I could read 8 ARCs in a month, well then. 😀 I cannot wait to see what you read next. Calculating the Stars is on my TBR. I hope it's amazing. And, obviously Murderbot. That said, my Science Fiction/Fantasy book club decided we will be reading the… Read more »

Stephanie Jane
2 years ago

This month is my 5th State of the ARC and I am finding it so useful for actually keeping tracks of ARCs so they don’t vanish into eBook oblivion. I don’t tend to join groups, but a bingo-style challenge would be fun. Maybe a few categories could be oldest ARC, ARC I have no idea why I accepted, ARC with the prettiest cover,

2 years ago

Clara Voyant sounds awesome!

I still don’t understand the logistics of having so many NetGalley ARCs. There is an archive date, isn’t there? So how do you still keep super old ARCs? O-o

I requested Rogue Protocol but I haven’t been accepted or denied yet 🙁 I hope I get accepted soon because I love that series so much.


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Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

I like the bingo idea, though I know for me it would probably not work as well as it would for others. I have a tendency to read what I feel like reading, when I feel like reading it – except for the ARCs when I know they have to get done. You made great progress, well done!

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books

Way to go knocking your Netgalley list down. I don’t want to compare mine because I know it just keeps growing and I haven’t even read/reviewed much from it since starting to do State of the ARC. But maybe June is the month when that will change…maybe.

2 years ago

YES! A bingo sounds like a lot of fun – and a readathon would be great too when you have more time to do it.

You did great with your ARCs this month!

Unfortunately I will not participate in this edition of State of the ARC, it’s not like I read a lot of books last month anyway, but I will add those book at the June State of the ARC.

I want to read Clara Voyant too – you recommended it to me on Good reads and I want to get my hands on it asap!

2 years ago

You really did a great job with your ARCs! *_* And the books that you have read seem great, too! 🙂
This month I have read 5 of them, even if in the post I just wrote down 3 of them because I counted just the fantasy one (don’t ask me why!) but I was really satisfied with it. Now, if I could keep up with the reviews it would be awesome! 🙂