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State of the ARC #23 – How Are Your Review Copies Doing? The One Where I Finally Reach 80% On NetGalley

It’s that time of the month again! Time to look at our review copies and rejoice… or despair. But hopefully get motivated! I’ve been moving more and more towards the idea of not requesting any review copies anymore, or at the most one or two a month. But I have successfully not requested anything for the entirety of this month, and I have kept it up with last month’s vibe of reading my old ones. So I have a few happy things to share, some of which you might have already heard:

  • I have finally reached 80% on NetGalley! (Or, actually, I believe it’s at 81% right now)
  • I have only one print ARC left, and that one was unsolicited as well
  • I have started reading from my ACTUAL OWNED TBR 🙀
  • I haven’t even hauled that many books, aside from ARCs even, this month either

So suffice it to say that I’m feeling on a roll and I think I’m going in the right direction. I’m very motivated!!


So what ARCs have I read this month?

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde My Counterfeit Self by Jane Davis The Sundered (Among the Mythos #2) by Ruthanne Reid The Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos Malibu Motel by Chaunceton Bird
Five Steps to Happy: An uplifting novel based on a true story by Ella Dove Three Days Breathing by Mike Maguire Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles by Anne McDonald Bunyan's Guide to the Great American Wildlife by Quentin Canterel Hansel and Gretel by Mike Klaassen

I have to say that June was a really good month for reading ARCs – especially considering they were old ones, I truly don’t know why I didn’t read them sooner. Most of them were amazing books! I cried, I laughed or was just simply glued to the book for an entire evening. The best ones out of this batch were Have You Seen Luis Velez?, The Sundered and Three Days Breathing. I reviewed Have You Seen Luis Velez? here and it’s a wonderful, moving, warm and relevant book about society, being there for each other, and it has amazing aroace rep. The Sundered is a sort of half dystopian fantasy where humans live on a world inhabited by these quite odd creatures, and of course, humans take advantage of them and don’t know anything about how all of this came to be. The Sundered was so incredibly imaginative and instantly engrossing, I can’t help but recommend it, and I’ll be reviewing it soon. Three Days Breathing is also a dystopia, and it’s somewhere along the lines of A Brave New World, and it’s wonderful – although, naturally, really really sad. I’ll be reviewing it here soon too. Some other truly noteworthy books were The Design and Construction of the Nautilus, which I’m sure I’ve already mentioned once or twice – it’s a love letter to Jules Verne’s creation, The Nautilus, and it’s truly a work of art – soon to be reviewed on the blog. And also Malibu Motela novel loosely based on a true story of a lottery winner who died homeless, because a windfall doesn’t equal good skills handling your assets. Most of the others were good too – My Counterfeit Self is a coming of age story of a girl in a rich family, who was sadly unloved and suffered polio, but grew up to be a poet and participated in all sorts of anti-establishment movements, and it was quite interesting. Bunyan’s Guide to the Great American Wildlife was a quirkily written story about a very, very sad thing and problems inherent in areas with a lack of culture and education and a lot of alcohol. The other books were alright, but I won’t go into too much detail here.

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) July 31st, so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

To be honest, I can’t believe the progress I’ve made in the past two months. To have gone from over 70 total review copies to almost 50! I’m nearly there. I’ve also got done with a lot of obscure author copies that I’d gathered during my first forays into blogging, which is really nice, cause they’re hard to keep track of – cause they’re not on an aggregated system like NetGalley or Edelweiss:

state of the arc 23 stats

A chart: 4 ARCs not due yet, 50 overdue and still unread and 0 read with a review due to be posted

~ The ARCs Bingo! ~

It seems I’m not doing too well on my own bingo though 😂 I just don’t have any graphic novel ARCs I guess. And while I know reading the oldest one I have entirely depends on me, I… Am just not picking it up 😂 since the bingo is only there for a half a year, it seems I’ll need to come up with a new bingo sheet for next month!

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 ~

Nothing!!! I hauled no ARCs!!! I can’t even believe it myself!

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

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Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

This is such a fun way to keep track of all the ARCs we have! I’m glad I came across this. I think you did such an amazing job this month 🙂

2 years ago

Congratulations on reaching 80%!!! it is a lovely feeling, isn’t it?

Davida Chazan
2 years ago

I didn’t know about this meme but I don’t have any overdue ARCs. Still, I might join in next time just to review things and use that beautiful graphic!

2 years ago

Congratulations you did really well!!! And you even get physical ARCs now! I am impressed Evelina 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

What a brilliant month for your ARC reading! Huge congrats on cracking that 80% 🙂
I read twelve ARCS, but somehow also managed to end up with sixteen received. NetGalley and Interesting Blog Tours are my downfall

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

Yeeeah, so happy to see you reached some great milestones!! 🙂 I have only one Arc to currently read and that feels really nice in a way, as I don’t have the pressure to have to meet several ‘deadlines’ 😀

2 years ago

Gosh, my State of the ARc is so bad! Went on holiday and did little to no reading #woops! Catching-up mode now!

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

You are doing great with your ARCs. I’m still so behind and trying hard not to take in any new ones.

2 years ago

Congratulations on achieving 81% on NetGalley, Evelina. X

Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

dang congrats on finally reaching 80%! and on getting through so many old ARCs, and on not hauling any new ones – wow, you really are on a roll

I’ve been keeping up in the sense that I read about as many ARCs as I pick up each month, so the numbers aren’t going down but at least my only “overdue” ARCs are the ones I got after release date, which I don’t count as my fault doing the meme definitely continues to motivate me to get through them all though!

2 years ago

Congratulations! I’m currently at 72%! I feel like it’s taking forever to get to 80%, haha. It doesn’t help that I can’t stop myself from requesting more books. There are so many good books coming out this year!! I’ve been reading from my physical shelves even though I’m still behind on ARCs. I’ve been grabbing whatever looks interesting. <3

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

Kelly | Another Book in the Wall

Oh my goodness, congratulations on reaching 80%! That is incredible! 😀 I’ve been stuck at 65% for far too long. Haha! The Sundred and Three Days Breathing sound very interesting! Since I’m often a fan of imaginative, dystopian settings I think I’ll enjoy the former!

2 years ago

I am new to Net Galley and I went a little crazy requesting reads. I have sooo many abd haven’t yet finished one. But the ones I really enjoy right now are The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman, Mother of Pearl by Angela Savage, Before We Were Wicked by Eric Jerome Dickey. But I also have The Dark Side by Danielle Steel, Maternal Instinct by Rebecca Bowyer, If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais, a Death in Harlem by Karla Calloway, and Mama Hissa’s Mice by Saud Alsanousi just name a few. For physical copies… Read more »

2 years ago

Hmmm… that’s not a bad idea. Thanks! Happy reading to you as well!!! Love your blog!