State of the ARC: Dec 2018

This meme was created by Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books

Since one of my 2019 goals is to catch up on all my ARCs, this seemed like a great time to take stock of the situation and develop a plan. Just for convenience and comprehensiveness, I’m including all the data from this year — including books from before I started this blog, as well as review copies for already-published books.

This is my very first state of the ARC, so it’s more of a where am I at than what’s new this month, but future posts will be more in-depth updates. I’m also super excited to start with next year’s first ARC bingo!

My 2018 ARC stats, in decreasing order: Read & Reviewed (48.5%), Netgalley (23.5%), Goodreads giveaways (14.7%), DNF (7.4%), Edelweiss (5.9%).

As you can see, of the 68 total ARCs I’ve received this year, I’ve read and reviewed almost half; most of these were from Edelweiss. (I always write my reviews as soon as I finish the book or decide to DNF, so I don’t have any that I’ve read but not reviewed.)

My next focus will be Netgalley, since I’ve got to get that feedback ratio back up. I just made my account last month and went kind of crazy requesting ARCs, so it’s an uphill climb but I’m hanging in there — and I definitely know better than to repeat the experience. I’ve been pretty good about not requesting more until I catch up, but I may return to primarily using Edelweiss, since my much lower approval rate there should help keep me in check 😅

It’s definitely not as bad as it could be, so here’s hoping I’ve gotten ahead of the problem before it buries me under a pile of unread ARCs!

How’s your state of the ARC looking? Have you read any good ones that I should look out for? Let me know!


15 thoughts on “State of the ARC: Dec 2018

  1. You will totally catch up! I have a small mountain to climb to catch up on the ARCs I have so just might start State of the ARC and shame myself into catching up.

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    1. thanks for the encouragement! I figured it can’t hurt to keep myself accountable haha, it’s probably worth a try 😉


  2. I’m so glad you’re joining State of the ARC! This meme has really helped me stay focused on my ARCs and the commitment I’ve made to them.

    I love seeing that you DNF’s 7.4% of your ARCs this year. I don’t feel like people DNF books often enough. What is your trigger which decided for you it’s time to stop reading?

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    1. aw thanks! I tend to feel worse DNF-ing ARCs since the point is to review, so actually the percentage is higher for my reads in general — but normally I’ll DNF if I’m bored and/or super confused around 20% of the way through the book or I run into a major issue (eg, a racist/homophobic remark that doesn’t seem like it will be addressed); with an ARC it’s more like 60% unless I’m REALLY bored or pissed off.

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      1. I agree about not DNFing ARCs as we have received them (more or less) to provide a review. I try to review all ARCs, even if I DNF them. I want to share WHY I couldn’t finish the book with the author and publisher. Perhaps I can help them learn?

        Do you ever write DNF reviews?

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      2. I do write DNF reviews, for the same reason you said — even if I couldn’t finish the book, I can at least give some feedback.

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