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I’d originally planned to focus on ARCs in January, but then I signed up for a bunch of buddy reads, most of which ended up being backlist titles. Which gave me a good head start on Beat the Backlist, but really stressed me out every time I peeked at the “ARCs” tab on my 2019 blogger spreadsheet — so we won’t be doing that again! 😅 From now on, I probably won’t sign up for more than one buddy read a week, and I’m definitely going to work on staying on top of my book club reads.
Still, I managed to get through a decent number of ARCs:
My first goal was to catch up on all my Goodreads giveaway books, and I’m very close: I only have four backlist ebooks left, one of which I’ve started! So the print ARCs have been mailed off to Flapping Pages — check it out if you’re an international blogger or have ARCs to donate! (And yes, I’m going to keep boosting it because Kal is doing a wonderful thing with this program.) The backlist books came to a book swap hosted by my IRL book club; I brought three and only came home with a single new one (The Miniaturist, in case you’re wondering), so I’m counting it as a win!
I also planned to get through as many Netgalley ARCs as possible, because my ratio really needs rescuing. I’m up to 45% now (33 titles approved; 15 reviewed), and luckily future requests will make less of a dent in my progress because that’s how fractions work and the system is skewed against newbies. 80% badge, here I come!
I want to say that I did okay as far as not actively requesting more ARCs, but I did end up somehow acquiring 15 more review copies, 5 of which I’ve read/DNF’d this month:
- 7 from Netgalley
- 4 from Edelweiss
- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang was available to download!
- 3 that I “downloaded” last summer but couldn’t access/read until this month: City of Ash and Red (1.5/5), A Body’s Just as Dead (2.5/5), Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict
- 2 from Goodreads giveaways
- 1 from BookSirens: The Competition (2/5)
- 1 review request from the author: Kingdom Cold (DNF)
My State of the ARC bingo is also looking pretty good, considering it’s only January! This board is brand-new, so I’m pretty satisfied with having already filled in 4 spaces this month.
Since I still have 30 review copies left to read — which is exactly the same as I had left at the end of 2018! — I’ll continue to focus on finishing them off in February. (Why yes, I did notice that my statistics for this month include a suspicious abundance of multiples of 5, but I promise you these are the actual numbers! Fact really is stranger than fiction sometimes.) I can also feel my backlist TBR giving me the evil eye, but I swear I’ll get to you. Eventually.
How’s your state of the ARC looking? Have you read any good ones that I should look out for? Let me know!