State of the ARC: March

State of the ARC: March

The time has come for another State of the ARC monthly wrap up...

Lately, I’ve been dreading these posts, and for good reason too. I’ve just not been as motivated to read lately as I normally am. That, and I’m caught in a tug-of-war with wanting to read backlist books as well. 

So, in order to give myself a bit of a break (and to actually make some progress with my ARCs) I’m going to be setting some goals for the next few months in order to get my feedback ratios way up, and my overdue ARCs way down. 

But, before I do that, I’ll share my current stats for the month of March and heading into April. 

In case you haven’t heard of this; the State of the ARC Meme is hosted by AvalinahsBooks. Go check out her website for further information if you’d like to join! It’s a great way to get some motivation to tackle those old ARCs that have been bogging down your TBR piles.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that you’re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link to this post, or the current State of the ARC post. You can use the State of the ARC image Evelina created (found on her website.)
  • Be sure to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • Most importantly – have fun!

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous. Join it here.

My stats haven’t changed much since February. My overall feedback ratios are as follows:

Netgalley: 56%

Edelweiss: 39%

Author: 46%

Publisher: 25%

While I was able to get some old reviews written, as well as some upcoming ARCs read and reviewed, I’m still behind. I was only able to read and/or write reviews for past ARC reads for 4 books this month. They were:

Dragons of Dark by Ava Richardson

Reign The Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Of Sand and Storm by Amber Argyle

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade  

This is where my goals for this-coming month come into play. In April, I will (and the key word is will):

  • Complete all unwritten ARC reviews. Currently, I have 5 waiting to be written.
    • Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith
    • Solomon’s Ring by Mary Jennifer Payne
    • The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King
    • The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
    • A School of Dragons by Amy Wolf
  • Complete reading and reviewing all ARCs for April. I have 6 total. (I’ll post which these are in a separate blog post.) 
  • Complete reading and reviewing all ARC requests from Publishers. I have 1 review to write, and 1 ARC to read to get my feedback ratio to 100%.
  • If I am able to complete these tasks before the end of April, my goal is to complete reading and reviewing May ARCs as well. I currently have 6.
  • Also, I’m on an ARC requesting BAN for the next few months, until I can get these numbers under control! 

I only received one new ARC this past month, so that wasn’t too bad. 

So now that you know my goals for this-coming month, what are your own?
Are there any specific ARCs that seem to be haunting your TBR pile?
Good luck to everyone participating in this Meme!

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8 thoughts on “State of the ARC: March

  1. I think your goals sound very achievable Sheila! And I’m very impressed that you only hauled one ARC this past month 🙂 I let some reviews pile up this past month as well and it’s been a bit of a slog to finish them all up a few weeks after reading the book, so I want to wish you the best of luck getting yours wrapped up! If only we could always guarantee having the free time to review as soon as we’ve finished reading haha. Good luck with all of your April goals!!
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    1. Thanks JJ, I’m glad I’m not the only one! (As bad as that sounds :P) I look forward to the day that I can just request a book, read it right then, and get the review back to the approver within a timely manner 😛 I wish, I wish, I wish…Anyways, good luck with reading this month and I hope you are able to get caught up with your reviews!

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! I hope it’s helpful to you! I’m just finding that I really need to get on my own case and get stuff done! This year I’ve been sort of dragging with ARCs, and I’m not sure why…I hope April is a great month for you and that you are able to get some reading done!

  2. You’ve been off the blogosphere! Hey, I miss you – where did you go?? And sorry I didn’t visit your State sooner – I have been busy myself, I guess 😀 just replying my comments from the start of the month now.

    I’ve also been reading more backlists this month. But that’s alright, cause my #BeatTheBacklist team needs to catch up xD

    Good luck with your goals! Your stack looks pretty serious, just like mine 😀 don’t be too hard on yourself, you’ll lose your motivation though. It happens to people like you and me, cause we tend to push ourselves too much (you seem a lot like me in this regard :D)
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    1. Hey Evelina!

      I’ve been around, just flying under the radar a bit. I haven’t had near as much time recently to poke around others’ blogs–let alone my own. I’m also only 6 weeks away from baby #2 arriving, so things are getting close. I’m hoping everyone won’t completely forget me when June comes around and I won’t be nearly as active on the blog as normal due to having a newborn and 2-year-old! But, I guess we’ll see 🙂

      Good luck with your reading goals and keeping up with everything! And I agree–it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with trying to stay on top of things when we work full-time jobs, have lives, etc. 😛 Thanks for the encouragement!

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