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!
See, the thing is that Evelina and I are both strong supporters of young. newer, and debut authors. We realize there are many authors out there trying to find their big break– so who are we to get in the way?! We request ARCs to help spread the good word of their art… only sadly we often fall short.
So that’s why I’m picking up the State of the ARC! Theis monthly meme will hopefully help keep me even slightly more focused on the ARCs I have in my possession. The goal? Whittle that list down! In NetGalley, the goal is always to have a feedback ratio of 80%. I’m at 56% right now. Let’s see if we can raise that bar!
Enough babble– let’s check in and see where we stand, shall we?
NetGalley Backlog: 15 books
Author Request Backlog: 14 books
Unsolicited: 3 books
Total ARCs: 32 books, all post-publication date.
Looking at this, I don’t expect to make a huge dent over the remainder of the year. My short-term goal is to read 3 ARCs before the end of the year. 1.5 a month. I think I can handle that! 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.
My goal is to read all three books before the end of the year. Honestly, that’s not a huge dent in my TBR ARC pile… but it’s better than nothing! The cool thing about seeing these books here is that it’s a bit telling — I tend to gravitate towards anthologies when I’m requesting from NetGalley. That’s pretty cool!
What do you think?
- Have you read any of these books? If so, what do you think?
- 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?
- Are you successful reading through ARCs in a timely fashion? Share your secrets with the rest of us!