State of the ARC (Prologue)

POSTED ON December 31, 2017 BY Austine IN Weekly/Monthly

Hello everyone! Can you believe that it’s almost 2018?! I decided as part of my plan to post more often on the blog, I want to tackle some weekly/monthly blog memes for this coming new year!

I’m starting small with the addition of the State of the ARC hosted by Avalinah’s Books as a way to track my progress with the ARCs I have (as well as the backlog. . . yikes!). This monthly meme is great motivation to keep on top of your ARC TBR.

I thought this was a really cool meme as there’s a lot of freedom in how you share your updates and then you can add your post to the monthly link-up! Check the page linked above for more info!

Since these posts go live around the end of each month, I wanted to do a “starter” post to compare to at the end of January and see what kinds of numbers I’m going in with for 2018.Β I really liked what I saw on some other bloggers’ posts where they broke down their ARCs into graphs which is right up my alley! So how I’ll be breaking these posts up in the future will look something like this one.


Looking Ahead. . . ARC Stats

I have a LOT of work ahead of me for this coming year. With student teaching for the first 4 months of 2018, my free reading time will be a bit limited. The more I can get done (and the sooner) the better! I’m going to try to stay on top of things. . . but we’ll see how that goes. Also with Beat the Backlist, I want to have more time to read more backlist books!

Because it’s the new year and I wasn’t tracking anything before, there won’t be much progress to show this time around BUT. . . but. . . I’m excited to see what happens next month! So here’s what I’ll be starting out with!

The Breakdown

I tallied up all the ARCs and finished copies I have for review that I haven’t featured yet and made a graph! I decided to include finished copies because there are a couple publishers I work with that often send FCs rather than ARCs. This chart might also be off by a few because I was approved for some books on NetGalley and then the publisher sent a physical ARC.

There are 88 books total I still have to cover, both for 2017 that I just didn’t get to, as well as for the new year!

. . . So how behind am I?

It’s bad, y’all. REAL bad. The darker the star, the later I am. 88 stars and over half of them I’m behind on. YIKES! I’ve got my work cut out for me this year. This includes my ARCs and FCs both.

But. . . but. . . but. . . it’s not SO bad.

Do I HAVE to review it?

I mean I will. I’m someone who reviews whatever I read in general, even stuff that isn’t for review, so I’ll get around to all of these at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later!) but I promise I didn’t request ALL of those books.

“Other” is mostly giveaways or trades from other readers so IΒ definitelyΒ don’t need to review those but still plan to at this point!


Heading Into 2018

I can’t wait to read more fabulous books in the new year and hopefully I can get all caught up on these books and any more that come my way!

Next month I’ll share my ARC reviews I post but until then, that’s the state of my review TBR (it’s going to be a busy year)!

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27 responses to “State of the ARC (Prologue)

  1. This is such a great idea! I love graphs too. I am also in your position where a lot of my review arcs are old old old! I’m trying to focus on physical books this year because CLUTTER but I may follow your lead as well and spend some time on some old ARCs. Like 2012 old… πŸ™‚ thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to see how you do! Happy new year!

    • Oh WOW! I think my oldest ARC is just from earlier this year XD I want to get all these squared away so I can read more books from my shelves (SO MANY BOOKS). A happy new year to you as well!!

  2. Ooh, I love your stars! I absolutely adore how each blogger reinvents this meme and always has different stats πŸ™‚ it makes my heart glow with pride and happiness!
    Thank you for joining up!!
    Also, it seems like your ARC situation is similar to mine πŸ™‚ I’m sure we can do it! Hey, are you in the Goodreads group? We should soon have a finished vote on the new theme. I’ve noticed the theme really helps with staying motivated.
    BTW, as most of my old ARCs are actually now backlist (from 2016 even, for shame), I think they count for the blacklist challenge too, don’t they? BTW I’ll be taking part in your awesome challenge πŸ™‚
    Good luck with the ARCs!

    • Thanks! I had a lot of fun deciding what to track and how to track it!

      And yes, I believe I joined the GR group but haven’t been very active. I’m terrible about using GR groups >.< Always forget lol. Yes, those totally count! As long as the pub date is before 2018 you can read a book in any format, even ARC form! Good luck to you too!!

      • We have a discord channel for the group, even if it’s pretty dead πŸ˜€ you can join that if it’s more convenient for you. As for the group, I think you’re not the only one who doesn’t follow too much xD I basically just see the theme and peek in once or twice a month πŸ˜€ and I’m the owner lol xD xD

        • . . . what is discord???

          Lol yeah I’m like that with my Beat the Backlist group. I have so much going on outside blogging that I usually just don’t have time to follow the conversations, let alone participate

          The struggle is reeeaaalllll

  3. Whoa I haven’t heard of the State of the ARC book meme until now, but it definitely sounds interesting. If possible, I’d like to join it. I definitely need to catch up on backlist ARCs. OH MY GOSH YOU MADE GRAPHICS AND CHARTS AND TABLES I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

    • IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! I hadn’t heard about it until recently either but immediately decided I needed to join in!

      (Also the website Infogram is GREAT for making cute little graphics and charts πŸ˜‰ you know, in case you wanted to make some lol)

    • Lol yeah I’ve got a lot of backlog from one unfortunate NetGalley binge-request. But a lot of the ones I have are also for the new year so I’m not behind on THOSE. . . yet haha

  4. Wooow, this was well done and also quite stressful?? Wish you all the luck and fun reading and reviewing all those books! #bookwormgoals

  5. Great post and a great challenge AND I agree with the others that your graphics are so much fun. I’m too embarrassed to reveal my numbers, but let me just say I put 88 to shame. :/ Good luck getting your ARC’s under control!

    • I was honestly scared to post that I had that many but it was also kind of a relief to be open with it! And thank you! I loved the idea of using graphs from some of the past State of the ARC posts I checked out and thought it’d be fun to track mine too, a way to be accountable for everything πŸ™‚

  6. I am a visual learner, so I must say, this post dazzled me. If I did my numbers right now, they would be scary. I have a ton of BEA books, but also, a lot of DRCs for books that have not been released yet. Good luck with your State of the ARC and your student teaching. I remember my student teaching being quite challenging. Drink lots of water and get enough rest, because I think that was the only time I ever got the flu.

    • Oh goodness, and I’m going in to my first week sick too! It’ll definitely be tough since I still have to work and don’t get any sort of stipend for the next 4 months while student teaching but it should be a rewarding experience and I honestly can’t wait!

  7. Kathy Martin

    Enjoy student teaching! I seem to be reading mostly ARCs these days because I lack the willpower to stop requesting them. Come see my ARC post here. Happy reading!

  8. This is such a nice way to keep track of your ARCs! I just started a Bullet Journal for 2018 and I created an ARCs to read page to help me keep better track. I don’t get a lot of ARCs, but when I personally request them I try to keep up, but that doesn’t always happen. Hopefully this will help. Happy reading and good luck!

    • I tried bullet journaling last year and was terrible about keeping up with it so switched to a planner but same deal, tracking ARCs and reviews and whatnot ^_^ Happy reading to you as well, and thanks!

  9. Dragonfly Our Familiarium

    This year is my first year joining Top Ten and Beat the Black List! Two fav features that I had been stalking for a while. Love the Charts!