State of the ARC

Hey y’all! Welcome to a new feature on the blog. I have quite a few confessions to make, but first, let me tell you about this monthly meme I’ll be participating in. State of the ARC is 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.

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.

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. I’ve already admitted too much!

 This is my pitiful, yet colorful graph. I do love the blues! Who wants to break down the chart? Me! Me! Alright.

The stats

The overdue, unread section is purely my NetGalley books, with a total of 73 books. The physical section is the physical ARCs I have, still all unread and unreviewed. I only have 8 physical books to read, which really doesn’t seem like much. Up next is the not due yet section. This section has two books, both 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. However, this does not include books I’ll be signing up for in the future, nor does it include the ARC team I am on. There’s one author that I auto-signup for every single time. No matter how busy I am or how much of a slump I am in. My latest read from her was a m/m romance, and it was to-die-for-yummy! The ARC team I’m on, the author has two more books coming out before the new year. I’m definitely reading those asap too.

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.

Overdue, unread: 2 | Physical: 1 | Other copies: 1

While it seems like the 4 books goal is such a small number compared to the 88 ARCs I have, that’s also 4 books I need to read in one month. It’s in addition to any other books I want to read for the month. I’m not sure if the 4 will work out, but I am definitely going to try!

Do you participate in State of the ARC?
If so, let me know down the comments! Let’s chat!


Currently | March

State of the ARC


  1. Good luck with your State of the ARC catchup plan. I remember getting so overwhelmed with books because NetGalley clicking is just Too Easy!!

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Thank you! It really is just too easy! Thankfully, I have learned (for the most part) and I’m not too grabby-hands anymore!

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