State of the ARC

Hey y’all! Welcome back. I’m happy to say I have made some progress in November, so it’s time for State of the ARC, a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books. Basically, the point is to dwindle your unread ARC pile. We all know we’re guilting of getting review copies and life getting in the way. Been there, done that. Numerous times over. Join in, and let’s track our progress together!e

I’m determined to get some of the old ass ARCs I have sitting around on my Kindle. They’re just taking up space, and who needs that?! So I’m about to get real honest (and shit, this is going to suck!). I have dozens of unread and unreviewed ARCs. Most of the books are from NetGalley.

Just in case you missed it last month:

Y’all know how the story goes…

Once upon a time, there was a newbie to the book community. Ms. Kendra went grabby-hands at books she may never read, just because she didn’t think she would get approved on the infamous read and review website called NetGalley. But low and behold, she got chosen for many a book. Too many in fact. This was also at a point where Kendra would randomly click on books based on their covers, which isn’t a bad thing, but when it comes to the Feedback Ratio… Oh, that’s another story for another day. Months go by and Kendra falls behind. She manages to read four to six books a month, but she does manage to review those books. NetGalley wasn’t Kendra’s only pitfall. Blog tours were up next! She slid into those company’s DMs and became a tour host. Those blog tours took up her reading time, and the first NetGalley books fell to the wayside. Although, it did not stop her from requesting more… On and on she goes, where she stops, no one knows!

Thus the reason for the State of the ARC monthly progress! Let’s get into the stats before I chicken out, even though I made (very) small progress.

 I am still loving the blues in this graph! I did add two more categories though. It makes it a little easier. My progress can definitely be seen better, rather than the numbers just going down. I like how the one color will start to fill up and become bigger, while the others become smaller.

It reminds me of the weight loss challenge thing: you put some quarters in a jar to represent pounds you want to lose. The jar beside it is empty. When you lose your first pound, you move the quarter into the empty jar. So the pounds lost jar will be more full than the pounds to lose jar. I love this idea! Just with books, which is far more easy than losing weight. Losing weight is a bitch.

So, the stats:

Some of the old stats are definitely the same. You’ll see the breakdown as we get further into it.

The overdue, unread section is purely my NetGalley books, with a total of 71 books. The physical section is the physical ARCs I have, still all unread and unreviewed. I only have 7 physical books to read, which really doesn’t seem like much. Up next is the not due yet section. This section has five books, all due after the start of the new year. Other copies include books authors have sent me or finished copies from publishers. This category holds 5 books at the moment. Woah. Those numbers are pretty damn high!

My total number if ARCs is 88, still. But yes, the old rules apply. I’ll still be signing up for new releases from one author, and I’m still on the ARC team. Yay! Buuut I am going to make a dent. I promise!

The progress towards the goal…

I’ll have to fit other books in between all the damn ARCs. WHY DID MY FINGERS HAVE TO BE SO CLICKY?! To make it easier, I’m going to make a goal each month.

PROGRESS ~ DNF’d: 2 | Overdue, unread: 1 | Physical: 1 | Other copies: 0
Not due yet: +3 | Overdue, unread: +1 (ooops! This hurts my progress! Ahhhh!)

GOAL ~ Overdue, unread: 2 | Physical: 1 | Other copies: 1
Plus, no other additions.

Since I love stats, let’s break this down even more. I’m going to show you my totals in each category AND which books made it into my progress section for the month. It doesn’t include the new books in any section.

DNF (-2): The Other Woman by Sadie Jones | Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Overdue/already published, unread (-1) (70+1 total): Shameless by Gina Maxwell

Physical (-1) (7): Sadie by Courtney Summers

Not due yet (2+3 total)

Other copies (5)

While I didn’t completely make my goal, I did read a total of 14 books. How sad that only 4 contributes to this? Better luck next month!

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If so, let me know down the comments! Let’s chat!

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5 Comments

  1. If only all those other books counted as ARCs too!
    I do love all the blue tones in your pie chart 🙂

  2. Kathy Martin says:

    Good luck on making progress on your goals. I’m caught up but have a stack of January releases that I should start reading soon. Happy reading!

  3. Terri Quinn says:

    Hey, progress is progress! I keep trying to raise my NetGalley rating but still have waaaaay too many unread books. At least you’re making progress! Good luck!

  4. regtardless of the fact only 4 counted – i only “read” 3 things last month. like where did time even go :’)
    so im really proud of the progress u made!! 😀

  5. Wow, I love your graph! That’s a cool idea, I haven’t done one like that. At this point, it would be hard to keep track of the old ones 😀 maybe I should start a new one like that for next year though. Anyway, thanks for linking up 🙂

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