Monday, 29 January 2018

State of the ARC - January 2018

I saw this State of the ARC meme over at Avalinah's Books blog today and thought it would be fun to join in. It's actually turned out to be a bit scary!

The idea is to keep track of all the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) books I've got awaiting reading and reviewing, and to make headway through the overdue pile. I was feeling pretty smug thinking I was over a week ahead of where I need to be and didn't even HAVE an overdue pile. Having just investigated all my Kindle folders including my emails and my internet download folders, that assumption may not have been entirely correct. Oops!

For my State of the ARC, I am including all books sent to me for review whether they are pre-publication copies (as ARCs should be) or simply review copies of books already available publicly. I think two sets of statistics will get too confusing. I am not including books that I have purchased myself, book exchange swaps, or free downloads.

Here's my numbers as of today:

Awaiting Reading

Read / Review / Blog






From Authors


1 R


Blog Tours




From Publishers




RRB (Read, Reviewed and Blogged) essentially means those books are complete and I'm just waiting for their scheduled blog post date. So of the 18 NetGalleys I've got, 4 are already done. That's nearly a quarter. Yay me!

It's that overdue column that needs work though! I found two emails right at the bottom of my inbox, one from an author and one from a publisher, that I had forgotten all about plus a download hidden away in Firefox. I'm going to try get that 5 down to 3 overdues by the time I write February's State of the ARC post.

So while I get back to my reading, here's the last two ARCs I blogged about. Click on the covers to visit their Literary Flits blog posts ...

Twist by Harkaitz Cano

The Earlie King and The Kid In Yellow by Danny Denton

If you want to join this State of the ARC meme check out This Page at Avalinah's Books.
My next 'edition' will be blogged on the 26th February.


  1. Thanks for joining! Your stats are looking pretty good, and I am happy my meme helped you find forgotten books :) I am always overwhelmed at my own numbers, cause I seem to just not be able to get rid of the super old ones fast enough, but I'll get there! But I think you will get there sooner, haha :D

    1. Fingers crossed!
      I can't believe I 'lost' five books!!

  2. I really need to do an inventory like this! I keep a spreadsheet, but sometimes books just disappear into a black hole and I discover them months (or in a couple cases, years) after I promised a review and I feel awful! The whole 'finding emails at the very bottom of your inbox' is a situation I'm very familiar with too, unfortunately. Best of luck whittling away at your list, Stephanie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  3. How funny that we found this meme at the same time! I just posted for the first time and you are right, it is really scary to see how behind I am! But one of my goals this year is specifically about ARCs, so hopefully this will help keep me in line!

    1. Yay! Good to be starting together :-)
      I'll pop over and compare lists :-)

  4. It's always comforting to have ARCs in the "read and reviewed" column, isn't it? Your goals for the month sound very achievable- I'm rooting for you!

    1. Thanks JJ! I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment :-)

  5. I have almost totally stopped accepting ARCs from authors which means I'm less likely to lose books in my email or on my Kindle. However, NetGalley and Edelweiss are my weakness. I keep a Google spreadsheet to help me keep track of all the ARCs I have. It does feel good to have them in the Read, Reviewed, and Blogged/Scheduled column. Good luck on tackling the ones you found.

    1. Thanks Kathy :-)
      I've got dummy blog post with my list now so fingers crossed no more will go walkabout!

  6. I see your stats are already better :D It is always good when we find the forgotten books, isn't it?
    I hope you do better this month too :) Best of luck!

    1. Thank you :-)
      I just need to Stay Off NetGalley!

  7. I really love how you broke this down! I'm always so inspired by everyone who can break down their stats like this. It always inspires and makes me want to go back to the drawing board.

    I've made a spread in my bullet journal for my ARCs and I found so many that were down in the black hole I completely forgot about it. I actually decided not to accept ARCs from authors anymore because I started getting too overwhelmed. But I can't stay away from Netgalley that is my only downfall.

    I can't wait to see how your numbers change on the 26th!

    - Tina @ As Told By Tina


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