#ARCsAnonymous, State of the ARC

State of the ARC #8 This Has Been A Good ARC Month, But No Month For The Backlist...

Well, I’ve certainly got good news for myself in terms of ARC reading, although it’s also certainly bad news for #BeatTheBacklist. I’m sorry, backlist team! I so totally deserve to be on the losing team this month. Because all of my books read this month so far have been ARCs! (Okay, all but ONE.) So… March’s State of the ARC can boast 9 review copies completed. I guess I still have a few days of March left. Maybe I can read one or two backlists… Maybe…

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

Anyone is free to participate! You can 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 April 30, so if you can’t make this one, mark it on your calendar. We will be waiting for you to join!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

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Well… The good thing is that I haven’t actually been acquiring books as fast as I usually would this month! So my ARC count… has at least not grown? Although it hasn’t really gone down either?? (How does this even work…) However! One nice thing is that I have finally mowed down those reviews due – no ARC reviews left that I need to write! (Yep… Only the backlists now…)

Also? Yes, I like that show. I am a fan of everything Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network. I do not plan to grow up anytime soon.

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

So as it turns out, I’ve knocked nine bricks off my wall, and they’re all real bricks, I’ve actually written all the reviews! Seems like a pretty good ARC reading month huh. Except I wish I didn’t read them all last minute, but so it goes. You know, I was just scheduling a review and wanted to draft my links for NetGalley, and realized that that particular book I was scheduling the review for wasn’t even an ARC. What a weird feeling! Do you ever get that? Are you someone like me, who just reads 99% review copies, or do you mostly read the backlist?

And here are the ARCs I’ve managed to get off my list this month:

The Zanna Function Happily The Lost Castle (The Lost Castle #1) The Dragon Queen
Sugar Money Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey with an Exceptional Labrador

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

The Redemption of Marvin Fuster The Four Women Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine #5)

Now these three are the only print ARCs I’ve ever received! And they have waited to be read for long enough, which is why I pledged to slowly, but surely move to their completion. I am currently reading The Redemption of Marvin Fuster, and it’s delightful. For some reason, reading print books is going much slower for me – I guess I’ve grown more used to an electronic medium? But these books are definitely going to be my companions during April!

That’s my ARC March! What has yours been like? Link up at the bottom!

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3 years ago

I’m glad to see you will finally be getting to Cirsova! I am way behind on those–issue #7 came out last month, and despite how much I have loved them I am only on #4.

I managed to keep my ARC collection reasonable, only picking up one–By Fire Above–a book I requested a long time ago.

On the other hand, I didn’t post ANY reviews of ARCs in March. I haven’t posted one since Feb. 27.

JJ @ This Dark Material

That’s huge progress, Evelina! Congrats!! I was looking at your graphs first and trying to find the “review due” color. Then I finally read your actual writing and realized it wasn’t there because you’ve completely caught up All those bricks in a row are a beautiful sight 🙂 I’ve already got Zanna and Happily on my TBR. You’re always picking the best books to read! Good luck with your backlist. I hope you get to make just as much progress on it this next month ♥

Ivyclad Ideas
3 years ago

I don’t get ARCs and I don’t read all that many books the year they come out either. I’ve finally bought a copy of All the Bright Places today. Let’s not think about how long I’ve been saying I should read that. :’)

3 years ago

That’s great that you have made so much progress, I went in the completely opposite direction!

3 years ago

That must be the theme for March – ARCs only. I had so many review books for March! I read 24 review books this month, and I could use a little backlist break. Great job knocking those books out!

Tracy @ Cornerfolds
3 years ago

Good job on knocking out so many this month! Good luck on the rest! 😀

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

You did amazing! Me, not so much. I’m hiding my head in shame. The last two weeks I’be been bust fixing email issues and barely written any reviews. Sigh.

3 years ago

I’m taking April to get to my review copies especially the overdue ones! I had to also a few, from my first time on NetGalley. Luckily, I’ve been more conscious of what I request now. Congratulations on your progress!!

Bee (Quite The Novel Idea / Novel Ink)

Yay on making progress! I’ll try to participate with this next month. Didn’t have the time this month, honestly. xD

3 years ago

This isn’t a meme I do, but I think I might follow this just for the head sup about new title — Dragon Queen looks so striking!

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

I found my IndieAthon and TBR challenges this month really helped me hammer my ARC reading. Of course it helped that several of my due books were shorter so plenty read, if not the hugest amount of pages!
That guide dog book you read looks interesting. I’m going to take a closer look


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3 years ago

hah I managed to knock down 10 backlist titles this month, some were past aRcs other’s were just books I had bought.
It’s awesome that you at least got some out of the way! Mine seems to be growing too fast recently 🙁 need to buckle down

Lara @ Words With Lara

I love this tag, I find it so entertaining to read and it looks like you’re powering through those ARCs…. I don’t really have an ARC problem, but is It bad that I kind of wish that I did so that I could read this tag?

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3 years ago

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Tori @ InToriLex
3 years ago

I’ve only recently started accepting ARC’s again. I was in a terrible reading slump last year so im trying to balance my backlists with new releases. Awesome ARC month for you!!

3 years ago

Wow! Your March was eventful 😀

My March was eventful in that I dnf’d many, many books. I read 3 though! So that’s a plus, ahah.

Vicky Who Reads
3 years ago

Ahhhh yay! I’m glad you’re making progress! I am happy to say that this month I made it to the 70% mark? I am so proud of myself? (But I’m still reading them all last minute so…)

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

9 is so, so good, I was happy about 3! Hahahaha. I too struggle over reading a back list book or an ARC… choices, choices!

3 years ago

I think you did awesome and knocked down a lot of bricks! The number of ARCs you have scares me, but I am heading towards that too so I need to be careful – I just can’t resist requesting books!!!

And I finally joined the Meme too, but you know this already.

3 years ago
Reply to  Andreea

I can’t see the link-up widget thingy – is it gone? It might also just be my PC at work, so I will make sure to check at home tonight too.

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Seems like you had an amazing ARC reading month. I can’t read so many ARCs back to back. I start craving for a physical book 😀 I know, it’s silly but it’s true.
My ARC month was normal. I read 4 books. Hoping to cover much more in April 🙂

Sheila @ She's Going Book Crazy
Sheila @ She's Going Book Crazy
3 years ago

Great job with knocking some bricks down this month, Evelina! I feel like I’m only reading ARCs, and have been for a while now! 😛 MAKE IT STOP! Or…make me stop requesting more. HAHA!

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books

Look at you go, knocking 9 books off your list this past month! I want to be you when I grow up!

3 years ago

what if i actually take part …

like im here opening a draft now to see where on earth i am with my life! WOW thank u for being an inspiration