State of the ARC | November 2017

State of the ARC

Okay guys, so here it is- my long due post for joining Evelina’s State of the ARC meme. I was meaning to join this last month too but you how lazy I am life plays πŸ˜€ But I am so glad that I finally made it.

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So what’s this meme about, you ask? I have taken this info straight from Evelina’s post:

State of the ARC is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books which isΒ meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Rules of State of the ARC:
  • Mention that you’re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link to this post, or the current State of the ARC post.Β You can use myΒ State of the ARCΒ image too.
  • Don’t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly – have fun!


State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous. Join it here.

I am particularly excited about this (and I dreading too πŸ˜› ) because-

  1. Evelina is a great blogger (and I am sure she is a very good person personally too)
  2. We both are drowning under the pile of unread ARCs πŸ˜€


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Though Evelina is good in reading a few ARCs every month and reviewing them too, I am equally bad πŸ™ I have tons of unread ARCs that you can easily count as backlog. I am so ashamed of my ARC collection seriously πŸ˜€

When I started blogging and joined NetGalley I was hyper-excited you know. I requested almost every ARC that I could see in my genre preferences list! Yeah, I know, I am not proud of it either πŸ˜€ As a result, I have so many unread ARCs in my Kindle waiting for me to read them πŸ˜›

I have banned myself from NetGalley for past few months (though I still check it sometimes πŸ˜› ) so the number of future ARCs are relatively too small as compared to y backlog. And seriously speaking, I have no idea when I would read all of them.

But Evelina is here to help people like me with her meme State of the ARC. I don’t know about you, but I have seen that if I document anything that I tend to do it quickly as opposed to without documenting because that basically gives you the status where you are. So this meme is basically counting and documenting your ARCs progress so that you can control them (hopefully πŸ˜€ ).

Evelina has also made a Goodreads group #ARCsAnonymousΒ  for the same purpose and guess what? It already boasts over 80 members just within a month!! Whoa, Girl!!


What I am going to consider in State of the ARC

I don’t get any physical ARCs basically but I do get review copies. So for me, this meme is going to include:

  • Physical review copies
  • Digital review copies
  • NetGalley ARCs


So now, let’s get started on the shameful real business πŸ˜€ Ahh before that, tell me, what do you think about my header image for State of the ARC? Do you like it?

Let's get down to business






Current State of the ARC

Let’s see how unread and unreviewed ARCs/review copies I own. I am going to use the same tool for creating the graphs which Evelina is using, because why not? Her graphs are so pretty! So here are my charts:


Almost 70 ARCs screaming to me!!

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Bricks Knocked Down

Since I am starting this meme from this month only, I am not going to explain what I read last month. But from the next month onwards, this section will contain ARCs which I have finished and reviewed as well, in that month.



In the Works

This part is about the ones I’m either currently reading, or have finished and am writing a review for.

A Window to Her Dreams by Harshali SinghThe 365 Days by Nikhil Ramteke

I read A Window to Her Dreams last month and now planning to write the review. It was a beautiful book depicting the struggles of a woman after she comes out of a troubled marriage. I am currently reading The 365 Days which is overdue for review. Hopefully, I can complete it this weekend. This is a story of a Malayali who goes to Gulf for making earnings.



Let’s Get Motivated

This section is basically about what I’m planning to read this month (hopefully πŸ˜› ) or what’s next in line.

The End We Start FromThe Radium GirlsEchoes by Neelam DhadwalSecond Chance by Sandeep Jatwa

Oh wow, I just noticed that The End We Start From is actually a sci-fi book? Evelina, see, at least I am reading one sci-fi for this sci-fi month πŸ˜€ As per NetGalley, its publication date is 7th Nov but as per Goodreads it’s 14th Nov. Well, in either case, it is going to release this month so I still have chance to read it before the publication date πŸ˜›

A few days ago, I saw a fantastic review about The Radium Girls on, none other than Evelina’s blog, and since then I am hooked with this book. Considering this is officially non-fiction month, I am definitely going to try to read this.

Echoes and Second Chance are review copies which I am actually looking forward to reading this month considering they are small reads. I am not considering a large amount of books to read this month because of the celebration at home as I told here.






Let's Chat

So that’s it for my State of the ARC this month! How many ARCs have you backlogged currently? Do you document them to keep the progress?




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      Thanks Mridula 😊 I have already started The 365 Days but I don’t know why I am stucked in initial chapters? It feels like there is extra details about Malayalis and it is not helping to the story? I was not sure about it but now that you said that you liked it I am going to continue 😊

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  1. Marie

    Oh this is such an interesting feature πŸ™‚ I think I’m a weird book blogger, because I’m never drowning in ARCs too much, maybe I’m being weird and having loads of self-control -don’t ask me how, I just don’t know, haha. At the moment, I just have two digital copies to get through. I don’t know how you manage to do it all and, well… not freak out too much about all these books to be read, haha. That’s a lovely meme, I love your featured image πŸ˜€

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      Thank you Marie πŸ˜€ Trust me I am scared too πŸ™ˆ But now I just ignore the old ones to get through the new ones.

      You have great self control, I must say! I have now controlled myself from requesting any more ARCs from NetGalley 😜 So in a way I am controlling it somehow 😜

      Yeah this feature is great.. all thanks to Evelina ❀️
      And thank you. It took me sometime to make that image but in the end it’s worth πŸ˜ƒ

      1. Marie

        You’re doing GREAT ahah, sometimes all we can do is try and…refrain ourselves. It’s hard when there are SO MANY amazing books ahah πŸ˜›

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  2. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Awww Sim, you are so adorable and sweet <3 I'm so glad you think I'm a good blogger. Means a lot!
    But I've only been reading several ARCs because of the group, actually!! It's motivating me so much πŸ˜€
    I must admit, I haven't reviewed them all yet though. The problem is, that I don't have empty slots in the blog until December, cause of Sci-fi Month πŸ˜€ I have a schedule and topics. So I'm keeping the books I really liked. Only posted Goodreads reviews for the ones that were meh.
    And of course I like your State pic πŸ˜€
    One question. HOW did you get 70+ so fast πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ although… I guess my own ARCs are mostly from 2016 September? xDD

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      I am amazed by your speed of scheduling posts. I can’t even schedule one post in advance πŸ™ Sorry I didn’t get your question- how did you get 70+ so fast? Is it that how I get so many ARCs? If it is, then well I can say that I was stupid when I joined NetGalley and requested so many books πŸ˜€ and usually I am more ambitious then what I can actually achieve in terms of reading πŸ˜› As a result this whole pile is there πŸ˜€

      And its a long time that I looked to my kindle so the ARCs just left behind. I have to now choose the books carefully and only the ones that I actually want to read. But again the question is, how do you decide if a particular books is going to be good or not? Because I have discovered many good books in such process.. So I guess I am back at square one πŸ˜€

      1. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

        Don’t worry, I did the same when I just joined NetGalley πŸ˜€ got like 50 or 70 books on like a month. They’re basically what I’m struggling with now. Silly me πŸ˜€ but yes! There are some bad books in that stack, but there are so many good ones too! So maybe it’s not so bad πŸ™‚ I just have to trust the Evelina from 2016 and believe that she picked good books for me πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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