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[Meme] State of the ARC #19 Well... Here Goes My State...

Uh… Yeah, so. I sort of let myself go last month. I’ve been struggling with sort of a reading slump, sort of not… Which somehow caused me to haul like 15 books in one big spree? And yes, that’s ONLY the review copies. Oh gosh, I really, really… really don’t know what I was thinking! I guess I can’t do anything else but read now. Read, read, read… And still read some more.

A GIF of a lot of guys in a gym falling backwards facepalming

The good thing about having reviewed a lot of books on NetGalley though, is that when you batch-download 10 ‘Read now’ copies, your feedback ratio doesn’t really go down all that much because.. maths. LOL. So that’s good, I’m still sub-75%-ish… But I don’t know how soon I can push it to 80% then, cause slow to go down also means slow to go up 😂 but alright… let’s just see how I’m doing!

~ 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) March 29th, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

Yeah… You can see the results, huh. Last month I was happy to state that my review copies went down, and now? They’re nearly back where they were before! Oh dear… 😂

state of the arc 19 feb

~ The ARCs Bingo! ~

Well, I didn’t read a lot this month, but! I still filled one slot in the bingo, and it’s the diversity one. The Spec Set was incredibly diverse – both in terms of race / culture, as well as neuro-diversity. It was quite a ride too! Such a fast paced book. You can read the full review here.

State of the ARC bingo 2019 - state 19 feb

An ARCs bingo sheet with no romance, nonfiction, overdue, diverse and scifi slots filled

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

Out of these books, the ones I enjoyed the most were The Vela and The Secret of Dinswood. I will be reviewing The Vela soon – it’s an amazingly diverse and interesting scifi story about a refugee crisis (and more than that, to be honest). And you can read a review for The Secret of Dinswood here – it’s a cozy middle grade mystery with a boarding school, and… pirates! I also enjoyed The Spec Set, that I’ve already mentioned – a book that empowers neuro-divergent teens. You can read the full review here.

SoulStroller: experiencing the weight, whispers, & wings of the world The Secret of Dinswood The Spec Set
The Vela It All Comes Back to You Astro-Nuts

That puts me at six bricks knocked down off my wall!

~ Culprits Hauled ~

This time I’m not even going to do an ‘excited about’ section. Because there are too many titles to be excited about, seriously. I’ll just post the culprits hauled, and here they are:

A Room Full of Night The Swish of the Curtain: Blue Door 1 Maddy Alone: Blue Door 2 Golden Pavements: Blue Door 3
Meet Me at World's End It All Comes Back to You The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes Stay and Fight
The Secret of Dinswood by Ellen Alexander The Path Keeper (The Indigo Chronicles, Book 1) by N.J. Simmonds The Orchid Sister Light from Other Stars
The Old Drift Lingering The Engineer

And that’s it! How’s your ARCs bingo going?

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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

Oh no, big oops on hauling so many books, but I’m also very envious because, hey, you just hauled a ton of shiny new books!!
I’ve got The Old Drift to read soon too :-:

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

I’ve been making really good progress on keeping up with upcoming ARC releases (although backlog is another story) but I keep having to restrain myself from requesting more books on NetGalley! I’ve had to promise myself that I’d first catch up on my current ARCs at the very least, before I can request any new ones!

2 years ago

Well hey, at least you already read several of the ones you hauled! That’s always good 😀 I hauled about 4 ARCs this month but read two of them immediately as well.

2 years ago

I MUST stay away from NetGalley for a while 😀


Maureen Bakker
2 years ago

Ow I hear you. Sometimes we just keep getting new books one way or another. I always tell myself to not get any new books but in the end I almost always get another one. LOL!!

2 years ago

I have a few same books to read from your list and ya I am like super behind on my TBR… And I have no excuse at all.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Well I don’t know any of the books in your haul but there are some which look enticing. I will look forward to hearing about them. I’ve been doing my own hauling, but at least they were mostly already on my review calendar and over a 4 month period so I’m ok yet. Happy reading!

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

By the looks of them I can see why you couldn’t stop yourself from grabbing these puppies. That’s some great looking books! I went a little crazy myself.

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

This month was awful for me – I read a ton but reviewed very little. OI! And I was almost done with ARCs finally!!

2 years ago

I am confident you will whittle that pile down. Six books is good progress too.

2 years ago

“right back where I started” has been me every month, oops on the one hand I’ve been reading enough ARCs to more-or-less offset the ones I bring in, but on the other I’m not making any progress… welp.

I actually haven’t read or heard a ton about any of the books in this post (except of course Heavy Flow since you’ve talked about it pretty extensively ) but dang, if the contents are anywhere near as amazing as the covers you’re in for some really amazing reads – and I hope that’s the case!

Lydia Tewkesbury
2 years ago

Oh my gosh all those ARCs stress me out. I often think it’s for the best that my blog is too small for me to receive them (I assume. Tbh I’ve never tried but I’m 90% sure I’d be rejected) because I would get in a situation very quickly!

I hope your slump lifts in March. Reading slump and reading pressure is a horrible combination.

2 years ago

You’ve got some pretty interesting titles that you’re excited about! I’m actually quite excited for you. I hope you enjoy them all!

Elley @ Elley the Book Otter
Elley @ Elley the Book Otter
2 years ago

Is it bad of me to be happy to see someone else’s ARC situation reflect my own? LOL I’d managed to whittle my number down and get some past due ones knocked out, and then I got approved for some of my most highly anticipated spring and summer releases, which put me back to 85 outstanding ARCs, but I’m so pumped at the new approvals that I can’t even be put out with myself, lol. We can do it! Fighting!!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

So I hauled a lot of books this month too 😀 And even if you are saying you haven’t read a lot, it’s still a lot for me 😀 You are doing great with your arcs, I would say 🙂