State of the ARC | January 2018

State of the ARC - January 2017

State of the ARC is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books which is 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. You can use my State of the ARC 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.

Welcome to my second installment of State of the ARC meme. I skipped the last month’s edition (Evelina, don’t look at me * hiding *) because of the obvious reasons, but this month I am back πŸ˜€

Also, I want to make this clear to my readers here – Evelina posts her State of the ARC at the end of each month, while I try to post it next month. So literally it means for me “the status of my ARC pile in the current month. Essentially both our posts contain the same thing (the ARC wrap-up in last month), but the posting time is different.

Yeah I'm thinking I'm back Meme

So let’s move ahead. As I have mentioned earlier that how December was too busy month me, I am glad that I still managed to read a couple ARCs. But both the ARCs were non-theme. It seems that I can’t manage to stick the theme πŸ˜› Though I certainly need to improve a lot, the number of ARCs keep increasing πŸ˜€

And yes, for increasing the load of my already overflowing TBR, this month I joined Edelweiss too πŸ˜€ But I am not sure if I am going to use it as often. It doesn’t seem so user-friendly to me so I guess I’ll wait for sometime before actually requesting anything there.


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Current state of the ARC

Current State of ARC - Jan 2018

I know, I know πŸ™ More than 70 ARCS! The number is quite same as my last status because apparently, I didn’t stop requesting (although the requesting frequency is certainly less) πŸ˜›

I am stuck meme


Next month hopefully this number of NetGalley unread ARCs are going to be less because apparently, I have decided to clean the pile and to send the message to the publishers of those ARCs in which I am not interested anymore. I know, this can affect my request approval, but I have come to this decision after a lot of thinking and I don’t want to keep the ARCs which I am not going to read.



Bricks Knocked Down

I finished three ARCs (2 from NetGalley + 1 Review copy) last month but reviewed just one on the blog.

Austenistan by Laaleen Sukhera

Austenistan was such a lovely read and I would definitely recommend it to every Jane Austen fan or otherwise.



In the works

The End We Start FromSea of Strangers by Lang Leav

The End We Start From was an average read for me. I have decided to post its review just on the Goodreads. Sea of Strangers was my first Lang Leav poetry and I really liked it. Hope to post its review soon.



Let’s get motivated

The Marriage Pact by Michelle RichmondKids Like UsThe Boy Who Loved Too MuchKartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli

These are the four books that I am hoping to read this month. I would be more than happy if I can read even 3 of these πŸ™‚


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Let's Chat

That’s my State of the ARC until January.

How’s your ARC reading going on?


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  1. susyscozyworld

    This is a wonderful meme and I am way behind with my ARCs… Maybe this meme would help me (because I really need help here!), so I’ll think about joining in!
    And you read a lot of interesting books! πŸ™‚

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  2. Kathy Martin

    70 ARCs is quite a number. I agree with you that Edelweiss is less user friendly than NetGalley. In the previous version of Edelweiss I was pre-approved for Harper Teen publications. In this version I’m not and I can’t even find Harper Teen books. Good luck with this month’s reading plan.

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      Thanks Kathy 😊 Yeah I am planning to dump some ARCs that I don’t want to read anymore πŸ˜ƒ Edelweiss is quite boring πŸ™ˆ

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  3. JJ @ This Dark Material

    My holiday ARC requests are starting to catch up to me now that publishers are back in the office 😬 And I’ve made requests on both NetGalley and Edelweiss, but much prefer the former. I get approved more quickly and more often on NG, although being a new blogger might have a lot to do with that 😊

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      Haha right πŸ˜ƒ Publishers are back and so the pile will increase even more 😜 Yeah I feel too that NG is more relatable and easy to use

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  4. Chauncey Rogers

    Whew! That is quite a few ARCs that are waiting on you! πŸ˜› Hopefully more of them will be amazing. Nice to see that Austenistan turned out to be a good one! I haven’t decided if I’m a Jane Austen fan or not–I should probably start by reading one of her books. I’ve really enjoyed some film adaptations, though…. The Sense and Sensibility with Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, and Hugh Grant. Always makes me cry happy tears at the end.

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      Haha the number is quite overwhelming 🀣 I haven’t read Jane Austen either but this year I am going to read P&P for sure πŸ˜€ I hope you get to read her work soon!

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              Sadly I am not πŸ™ˆ Till date I have just listened one audiobook. Though I totally enjoyed it, I find it difficult to concentrate on them 😊 But I’m glad you like it!

              1. Chauncey Rogers

                They certainly work better for some people than others. I like listening while I drive, clean, or do graphic design stuff on my computer–things that don’t take tons of brainpower for me, but do take lots of time.

  5. shesgoingbookcrazy

    Great work, Sim! December was a tough month with everything going on! Managing to read at all is a sometime to be praised! Good job with sticking with it, even if it was difficult!

    I read The End We Started From as well (because it was a shorter read :P) and had a similar feeling about it. I’m looking forward to your future posts for this meme to see how it’s going!

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      Thank you Sheila 😊 Yeah December was pretty busy month.
      I just posted my review for The End We Start From on Goodreads and I was so confused between 2 and 3 stars πŸ˜‚
      I am hoping to see some more progress with this meme.. I pretty much suck 🀣

      1. shesgoingbookcrazy

        Yeah…I gave The End We Start From 1.5 stars. It just didn’t rub me the right way. It’s such a weird read!
        You can do it! Hopefully with the holiday season being done, it will open up more time for reading for you πŸ™‚

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  6. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Lol it’s fine to skip one edition :DDDD (I mean, it’s only not fine FOR ME to skip an edition xD xD)

    But seriously, your theme is so cool. I’m loving it every time I visit.

    Wow! You are quickly gaining on me though, with that number! We should seriously stop requesting xD

    I think it’s alright to send a “sorry, I won’t be reviewing” message to publishers, just take care who you send it to. If it’s big publishers whose books you read a lot, then maybe just take the bullet and review it even if you don’t like it. Cause it might matter. But if it’s a publisher you don’t really read often, then it’s probably okay!

    Oh! Oh! The Boy Who Loved Too Much! Have you read my review of it? I absolutely loved that one!! It’s SO worth reading.

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      Yes I would definitely take care whom I am going to send the message 😜
      Yes yes, I read your review of that book and after that only I saw that I already own it 😜 It was a great review.
      Thank you 😊

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