A Very ARCish Readathon

April 5, 2017

The amazing Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks has come up with a wonderful April challenge! As a kick off to my own personal Spring Cleaning efforts, I will be participating in her A Very ARC-ish Readathon! (Complete with super-sweet banner above. I am so impressed!) This is a low-pressure readathon during the month of April with the sole goal of getting through the ARC backlog. And what book blogger doesn’t have an ARC backlog?!

My ARC backlog is daunting and overwhelming.  I have a pathetic 41% feedback ratio on NetGalley right now. Actually, in reviewing my NetGalley archives I’ve noticed that some are books I’ve read, but never posted the review for, and others are already published now! O_o (I honestly drank too much wine one night and went on a requesting RAMPAGE – I have minor regrets. The wine was delicious. The backlog is not.)

In honor of this glaring stupidity, here are my goals:

  • Read as many ARCs as I can (TBR below)
  • Post reviews on NetGalley for all ARCs read this month, as well as the ones I’ve already read
  • Publish at least one ARC review on my blog and link back to NetGalley
  • Read my outstanding Blogging for Books book! 

Those are fairly achievable goals, and they will help me get on track with writing and posting reviews again too. Mini goals like this help me stay focused.

Below is the TBR I hope to tackle – nothing too crazy, but if I get to these books, I will have tackled some of the older books on my ARC TBR:



That seems like a huge TBR, considering my pre-existing April TBR. However, this includes a book under 200 pages, a graphic novel, and two cookbooks. I don’t know if I’ll get through everything, but it’ll be fun to try! Mini goals for the win. 🙂

Thank you to Aimal for hosting such a cool readathon. Please check out her blog here. And if you want to join in the readathon, check out her original post here and follow on Twitter with #AVAReadathon

What do you think?

  • Will you be participating in Aimal’s A Very Arc-ish Readaton?
  • Do you read many ARCs? If so, what is your preferred platform to get them from?
  • How do you feel about NetGalley’s Feedback % system and badges? Does that motivate you?


  • whatthelog April 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Good luck!! I am definitely with you on the backlog of ARCS O.o

    (Also I absolutely love that Netgalley spree story – it never fails to make me laugh!)

    • Jackie B April 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thanks! It’s sooooo easy to over-request. I just get so excited and BOOM: regret. Here’s hoping I can fix that feedback ratio.

  • Books, Vertigo and Tea April 6, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I am finally almost caught up since I turned off request, but this is an excellent idea. I hope you are able to enjoy The Shadows of the Forest more than I was. It was not bad at all, but too short in my opinion. A great concept cheated by the length of the book maybe? Happy reading <3

    • Jackie B April 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Thanks! I have definitely run into books where if they had been longer (or shorter!) they would have significantly improved.

      I didn’t realize you could turn off requesting! I should totally do that until I’m caught up…

  • theorangutanlibrarian April 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Ooh fun! Good luck!!

    • Jackie B April 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you! I’m a bit nervous of my ambitious goals, but we shall see how it goes. I am certainly a fan of making ambitious goals and failing rather than under shooting.

  • Diana April 7, 2017 at 2:58 am

    All the best Jackie. I am also currently drowning under ARCs. I have 30 unread books on my NetGalley shelf though feedback ratio is currently at 75%. I plan on getting through 11 of them is month to get down to 19 by end of April. I think I will borrow some of your goals.

    Your books look great BTW. The Sun is also a Star has great reviews and the one about Michelle loks wonderful. Happy reading.

    • Jackie B April 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Wow! You must have read a TON of NetGalley books to have 30 unread and still have a feedback ratio of 75%! I am just not that committed. I’m so glad to see that you’re also aiming to fly through some of these goals, too. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this effort. Whew. 11 ARCs this month alone?! I’m exhausted and impressed just thinking about it!

      Thanks for the kudos on my TBR. I can’t wait to dig in. 🙂

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