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!
This month I read an ARC! I know, I know, little victories, right? Plus, I also managed to read and review the book before publication day! This has only happened one other time for me over my blogging career (not quite two years), so I am giving myself a big pat on the back for this one.
The Hidden Face by S.C. Flynn
You can find my review here.
I want to give a huge shout out to S.C. Flynn. Prioritizing his book to the top of my ARC pile happened completely because of the person he is. Flynn is a known face on social media as someone who politely interacts with bloggers. He has a presence even when his books aren’t being mentioned. This is something I really admire. So, when Flynn asked me to read his upcoming new fantasy novel, I was personally invested. Yes! Of course! I wish there were more respectful and present authors. I’d love to develop more meaningful relationships with authors, for sure.
I magically did not end up acquiring any new ARCs this month, which is amazing. I’ve been trying to stay away from NetGalley and I am no longer accepting author submissions. Whew! That takes some pressure off, right? Once I have a reasonable pile again, then I’ll let myself dig back into ARCs.
Current State of the ARC
ARCs read in 2017: 8 ARCs
NetGalley Backlog: 15 books
Author Request Backlog: 13 books
Unsolicited: 3 books
Total ARC TBR: 31 books, all post-publication date
As you might recall from last month’s State of the ARC, my short-term goal is to read 3 ARCs in the 4th quarter of the year. I’ve already broken away from my TBR with The Hidden Face, which makes me proud. Two left to go! These are the books at the top of my pile:
Roll by Darcy Miller
Published May 23rd, 2017
Unsolicited: via a friend who’s friend wrote this! SUPER COOL!
When Lauren (but call him “Ren,” pretty please) Hall sees birds falling from the sky, he knows something is wrong. But just as he’s starting to worry, he realizes that the birds are plummeting toward the ground on purpose.
Turns out they’re Birmingham Roller Pigeons, and his new neighbor Sutton is training them for a competition.
Sure, it’s strange, but Ren’s best and only friend Aiden has picked this summer to start hanging with the popular kids. So Ren starts training pigeons with Sutton—what’s the worst that could happen? A bird falls on his head?
You’ll have to read Roll to find out.
The Meaning of Michelle edited by Veronica Chambers
Published January 10th, 2017
Requested via NetGalley
Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started.
While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what she means to our culture. The Meaning of Michelle does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. In addition to a tribute to Michelle Obama, this book is also a rollicking, lively dinner party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood and what it means to be American today.
The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad
Published March 14th, 2017
Requested via NetGalley
A fascinating collection of new and classic tales of the fearsome Djinn, from bestselling, award-winning and breakthrough international writers.
Imagine a world filled with fierce, fiery beings, hiding in our shadows, in our dreams, under our skins. Eavesdropping and exploring; savaging our bodies, saving our souls. They are monsters, saviours, victims, childhood friends.
Some have called them genies: these are the Djinn. And they are everywhere. On street corners, behind the wheel of a taxi, in the chorus, between the pages of books. Every language has a word for them. Every culture knows their traditions. Every religion, every history has them hiding in their dark places. There is no part of the world that does not know them.
They are the Djinn. They are among us.
This is only the second time I’ve participated in State of the ARC and I’ve already made a dent in my list. Even if it’s only one book, I’ll take it! Hopefully, this will give me the motivation I need to keep making a dent in that pile. I still have two ARCs to read to meet my goal for this year and we’re heading into December. Yikes! I think I’d better get on that.
What do you think?
- Do you read ARCs? If so, how do you acquire them? Are you making dents in your piles?
- Do you think you would benefit from joining State of the ARC or #ARCsAnonymous? Why or why not?
- What ARCs are next on your To Read list? Which ones are you most excited to read?
- Do you have a relationship with any authors? If so, how did those develop?