State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers.
My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty!
Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join!
Somehow, I let State of the ARC fly past me last month and I never put a post up. Instead, I’ll cover both December and January in a single post.
The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own edited by Veronica Chambers
A long time coming, this essay collection explored many aspects of Michelle Obama’s impact on the world which I never considered. Published in January 2017, I finished and reviewed the book in December 2017. You can find my review here.
Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton
A fun children’s graphic novel, this is the third in a wonderful series. I reviewed the first book many moons ago and completely loved it. The 3rd book isn’t as strong but is still a fun read. I read the book in January 2018 and the book is expected to be published in March. A review will be published closer to the publication date.
Current State of the ARC
ARCs read in 2018: 1 ARC
ARCs acquired in 2018: 4 ARCs
NetGalley Backlog: 16 books
Author Request Backlog: 3 books
Giveaways/Unsolicited: 5 books
Total ARC TBR: 24 books; 21 post-publication date
New year, new goal! This year, my goal is to read one ARC a month from NetGalley at a minimum. My current NetGalley feedback ratio is 55%. I hope to raise my feedback ratio to the coveted 80% by the end of the year through this goal. The trick here is that I’ll make my ratio goal if I keep my requests down… Limiting my requests will be key!
ARCs Acquired in January
First off, I want to point out I acquired NO new ARCs in December! Yaaaay! But, three of the ARC’s I received this month are from NetGalley. Darn. So much for keeping my requesting down! And TWO of them I requested at the suggestion of Evelina herself (How are we supposed to overcome these obstacles if we are enabling each other to keep requesting ARCs?!)! Ah well. C’est la vie. I did manage to read Peanut butter and Jelly this month; quality progress.
The fourth ARC, Let’s Talk About Love, I won as part of a Swoon Reads Twitter giveaway. I couldn’t be more excited to read Let’s Talk About Love, a tale of a bi-romantic asexual couple, hence it being on my February to read list. Plus, this fits the State of the ARC reading theme for the month: Love.
Tentative ARCs To Read for February:
You might notice that both of the books I’ve tentatively slated to read in February are new acquisitions. The age-old debate is: Do I read and review the newer books in an attempt to submit reviews prior to publication? Or do I whittle down the backlog in an attempt to catch up?
What do you think?
- What is your philosophy on reading ARCs? Do you start with the newest or the oldest?
- Do you participate in State of the ARC? Share your post below!
- What ARCs are on your to be read list for February?