It’s my first real State of the ARC update. . . and it’s a bit scary to be honest. The goal is to get my ARC stack down, rather than add to it but that is definitely not what happened this month haha.
I’m merging my ARCs and finished copies for review all together. And. . . I also realized that I forgot several so the number just gets bigger and bigger, and so does my stress levels >.<
So let’s start with the good parts, yes?
Read. Reviewed. Checked off!
A few of these I read a year or so ago but never reviewed because I’m such a good book blogger, but I finally got around to posting my reviews on NetGalley and crossing them off my list! And a few went live throughout January because YAY for new releases!
- Gilded Cage by Vic James
- These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
- Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler
- Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
- The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
- Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields
- Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
- Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
- Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
- When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham
- The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
- Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
*Two of these reviews aren’t live yet but you’ll see them this month!
- Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath
- My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden*
- Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller*
Now. . . the Breakdown
I’m sitting at about the same amount of ARCs and finished copies to read/review as I was at the beginning of January so. . . progress?
But on the bright side, I think I’m making a small dent in things! I actually read quite a bit this month and have a few that just need reviews which is, for me, awesome. Lately, I’ve been absolutely swamped with student teaching and work so blogging/reading has kind of gone to the wayside but I read 18 books this past month which I’m taking as a good sign!
And I’m making a stand (for myself) this year. I receive a fair amount of unsolicited books over the last year and I’ve always felt this sense of obligation to read them even if I’m not interested. Expanding my horizons and all that. Except each time it never ends well, I waste my time, and the reviews aren’t all that great. But this year I’m making a goal for myself to only read/review books I’m actually interested in.
You know, despite getting crushed by my TBR, this monthly meme has really made me look at my reading and even how I track it. I made a whole spreadsheet to ensure I share my reviews to retail websites, email them to the publisher, all that business.
I have a bunch of ARCs coming up on my TBR that I am SO excited to read!