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State of the ARC #20 Some Great ARCs Read Last Month!

This month my ARC reading has really been going well! I am catching up to my due books, and in general just enjoying it. Then again, there was one very problematic ARC which I’ve already talked about on Twitter. I won’t be giving it more publicity here and just ignore that even happened though! Instead, I wanted to start out this post with books I truly loved this month:

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews The Swish of the Curtain (Blue Door #1) Maddy Alone: Blue Door 2 (Blue Door #2) Golden Pavements (Blue Door #3) Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

I loved all of these so much. The Boy Who Steals Houses is about an unlucky child from a problem family who basically has nowhere to go. It’s partly about how poverty is a trap in and of itself, and also about how we all need to be loved and accepted, no matter what we’re like. Oh, and it will also wring all your #FEELS out. But you’ll want it to. Meanwhile, The Blue Door series, or the three books in the middle, are all about these really motivated kids in the 1940’s who just really want a career in the theater. They want it so much, they essentially build themselves a business. These books are SO awesome that I went on and bought part 4 full price because it wasn’t offered as a review copy. There’s part 5 as well, but it’s more of a spin off, so I’ll see if I can grab it later. And Stay and Fight is also an incredible story which has one thing in common with the first book I mentioned – it also deals with how poverty is a trap. But in a very different way, because these people choose to live freely – free from capitalism, consumerism and, basically, other humans. And then they get punished for it. Stay and Fight is different, gritty, edgy and all that – but it’s also sad. And strong. And wow, what a book. I can only recommend it! In fact, I can recommend all of these. You’ll be seeing reviews soon!

~ 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) April 26th, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

Well, even though I’m saying I’m catching up, my numbers have somehow gone up. But the newest ones are mostly not due yet! Which is great.

state of the arc 20 - 2019 march

A chart: 9 books not due yet, 67 due and unread, 5 read and review due

~ The ARCs Bingo! ~

This month I read an ARC with quite a good example of rep in terms of mental health! It was diverse as well. You can read my review of Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan here.

State of the ARC bingo 2019 - march

An ARCs bingo sheet with no romance, nonfiction, overdue, ARC about mental health / with good rep, diverse and scifi slots filled

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

So I’ve already shown you books I enjoyed the most. I won’t be displaying the rest, so let’s just count up the ARCs read! I am surprised to say that I have read 11 ARCs this month 😮 it seems I was mostly reading ARCs this month! No wonder I was making my numbers. Anyway, out of those, I have already written 6 reviews, but 5 remain! So here are my bricks knocked down off the colossal Wall of ARCs for March (dude, that is a ton of bricks here. I can build a little house of my review bricks instead of my ARCs now!)

~ Culprits Hauled ~

February was my month of ARC hauling, so my March is way better off. I’ve read a lot of these already, athough two of them that are in print are still calling  to me to be read.

Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
The Heavens by Sandra Newman Black Indian: A Memoir The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

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

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2 years ago

I’m trying to make more of an effort this year to calm down on requesting ARCs so I can catch up, but it’s so hard! I’m glad to see that you liked The Boy Who Steals Houses–I was really interested in it, so I might check it out now. Happy reading!

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

I actually feel like I’ve been receiving more arcs than I’m reading. But for now it isn’t so much of a problem because the release dates for a few of them aren’t for another few month and in that time I really hope to catch up on my backlist! I’m also SO excited for The Boy Who Steals Houses to come out next week! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

Anne Clarence
2 years ago

I’ve been so ridiculously slacking off in my blog life, and I’m desperately trying to get back on to the game. Seeing how you’ve worked so diligently with no breaks all this time – how do you do it?

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

The Test was so good! I hope you like it!

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

11 ARCs is great for a month’s reading 🙂
Some good-looking books here that I need to take a closer look it!

2 years ago

The Blue Door series seems an interesting series. Is it middle grade? 🙂 Good luck tackling all the ARCs.

Happy readings! 😉
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

CG @ Paper Fury
2 years ago

at some point I will actually get my life together and join in this meme!! Goodness knows I need to my ARCs are just…a wild thing trying to devour my soul. Although I’m kind of proud of me for reading a ton of books I acquired this month!? Usually they sit on the tbr for ages before I get to them. Lol the bar is super low for me to be impressed with myself BUT ANYWAY.

Also all the for a particularly mention of a particular book

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

You are doing great with yours and reading some fun ones. I’m reading a bunch of my ARCs but failing to get those reviews written. Got to work on it this weekend to get some done.

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Nice work!! We both made a lot of progress this month!


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2 years ago

Wow! Great progress on your bingo, and on reading 11 ARCs!! That is amazing and I’m jealous 😀

2 years ago

I’ve heard really good things about The Boy Who Steals Houses! I’m happy to see you enjoyed it, and that it made an impact. I love books that make me feel something. I also like that it shows how poverty itself is a trap. I’m looking forward to reading it for myself!

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

The Boy Who Steals Houses is EVERYTHING. I am so glad you enjoyed it too! But dude, your 67 ARCs… I might be having some kind of spasm here, wowwww. 67. Like I am stressed on your behalf But I am glad you have made such great progress, you are doing fabulously!