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How Are Your Review Copies Doing This Month? State of the ARC #22

This month I sat down and made a dent in my old ARCs! Posted reviews for some I had read and not reviewed, as well as just sitting down and reading some older ones that needed finishing or tackling in general. I read 10 old review copies and also DNFed four old ones, which at this point is a win, because now I can remove them from the pile. I feel really proud of myself! Anyway, here are the books I finished this month:

Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal by Shennette Garrett-Scott Blissfully Blended Bullshit: The Uncomfortable Truth of Blending Families by Rebecca Eckler The Orchid Sister by Anne D. LeClaire The Test by Sylvain Neuvel The Path Keeper (The Indigo Chronicles #1) by N.J. Simmonds
Angie by K.A. Tremblay A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins Wings to Fly by Emma Mooney Skyships Over Innsmouth by Susan Laine Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega

The books I loved the most were Managing Bubbie, which was a very good-humored and touching story of how a Jewish woman brought her family to safety during the WWII years in Europe, and the way she always kept her cunning and fighting spirit. Truly a story I can recommend reading. I also really loved The Test, which is a story that won’t leave you cold. I couldn’t believe how much stuff can be packed in a tiny novella like this and how conflicted it might leave you after you read it. I willl be posting a review soon! Angie was also a great book which I’ve reviewed here. All the others were okay, but didn’t quite grip me – except for Skyships over Innsmouth, which I found quite poorly written. I guess I picked up a lot of poorly written ARCs back in the day! Which is evident by my four DNFs, which I won’t even be mentioning this time.

Now tell me, how is your ARC reading going?

~ 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) June 28th or 29th, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

I am happy to say that this is the second lowest my ARC stack has ever been. Definitely moving in the right direction!

state of the arc 21 - may stats

A chart: 6 ARCs not due yet, 58 overdue and still unread and 7 read with a review due to be posted

~ The ARCs Bingo! ~

I have finally added a fantasy ARC to the bingo! I think I’ll have to tackle my oldest ARC soon. And I’m not sure I even have an illustrated one!

State of the ARC bingo 2019 - state 21 may

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

~ Culprits Hauled ~

I’ve hauled a smaller amount of ARCs in May, and I’m very happy about that. But the ones I did haul are pretty exciting! I sincerely recommend reading Have You Seen Luis Velez – I’m reading it right now and it’s the sweetest, most heart-warming story ever. I’m also quite excited about The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen, as I enjoyed the last novel by Juliet Ashton, The Sunday Lunch Club (review here).

Fu Ping by Wang Anyi The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen by Juliet Ashton

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

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Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m actually doing fine. I keep a spreadsheet which makes sure I review on time. It used to be all I had was Netgalley. But now I have Edelweiss and print ARCs and blog tours and 6-7 audio publishers. Without the spreadsheet something would get overlooked. If I don’t have a review spot I try not to get the ARC. I have about 10-15 on Netgalley, usually only 1-2 from Edelweiss and about 5 audios at a time I’m reviewing over the next couple moths. Blog tours are the hardest because they don’t always get me the review copy timely.… Read more »

Avery @ RedRocketPanda

Congrats on knocking down some of those old ARCs! I’ve stopped requesting ARCs so I can spend more time reading my owned books and catch up on my last few overdue ARCs. I think I only have about 15 to go now and then they’ll all be complete!

1 year ago

Progress looks good! I used to feel kind of guilty for DNF-ing an ARC, but not anymore. There are too many books still on my TBR, and other ARCs to get to as well.

Laura Thomas
1 year ago

You are doing so great! Sadly, I’ve fallen way behind after taking my new job and trying to work both jobs. I have got to buckle down and get those reviews written.

1 year ago

I did really well last month and read all of my May ARCs on schedule, and I only have two for the month of June. I’ve started working my way through my backlogged ARCs, so I might actually start using this meme the right way (sharing my overdue ARCs that have been read instead of my upcoming ARCs). Right now your meme helps me stay organized, and it’s a good reference point for the month, but I do think I’ll start including which backlogged ARCs I’ve managed to read as well. It looks like you were able to knock out… Read more »

1 year ago

Honestly I cannot not read an ARC! I feel guilty especially as I requested them. If I got some by publishers without requesting I guess I would feel less guilt butI am too small of a blogger and international to be gifted these…. so I am doing great especially as I don’t request much to keep room for moody reads!

1 year ago

DNFing is still good, it’s no use having all that stuff on your list if you don’t even want to read them anymore. I DNFed one of my oldest ARCs recently because I just wasn’t interested in it 🙁

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

That’s great to get so many cleared in a month, especially with those DNFs which were simply cluttering up your shelf.
I’ve got some good looking books lined up for June including a Baroness Orzy short story collection from the 1910s which is being republished!

1 year ago

Good job making a dent in your ARCs! I feel super behind and can’t seem to stay ahead of the game on mine, but hopefully I will start to make a dent in them soon!

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

The Rise and Fall of Sadie McQueen has such a bright and pretty cover! And I’m so glad you managed to make a dent in your arcs! I was making really good progress with my NetGalley arcs, but then I went to two book events in the same week, and now I need to work on the physical arcs I acquired!

1 year ago

Wow! You’re really doing your thing with those ARC’s! I wish I could do as well with my TBR pile, which seems hopelessly hopeless right now.(lol) Kudos to you! Hugs…RO

1 year ago

Well done you! I need to try and make a dent in mine, it’s getting out of hand

Alyssa Janine Busia
1 year ago

I have a copy of Managing Bubbie, and since you loved it, maybe I’ll read it soon after the two ARCs that I’m reading.