State of the Arc #2 | March ’18



State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

February was an exceptionally good reading month for me. I was hoping that march would be a similar month for me ARC wise. Yet March proved to be the exact opposite of what I hoped it’d be. Which I am laughing about now since I wanted to have another good reading month. I guess it wasn’t in the pages for me! (See what I did there?)

Any-who, at the beginning of the month I wasn’t sure if I would end up reading any kind of ARC. I wasn’t in the mood to read anything, yet I tried. I tried, and that’s what counts right? March, for me, was a month of DNF’ing so many of my older ARCs.

I ended up reading only 2 books, and a manga through to the end. I DNF’d quite a few books this month– 11(!!!) to be exact.

I won’t be going into specific details pertaining the books, or be mentioning any names/titles, since they are in my opinion NOT worth talking about. Most of these books however were unremarkable. I found them to be pretty bland. As well as predictable and boring. Some of the books held no life to them–no spark. Nothing that made me want to turn to the next page.

Books Acquired this March were:

  • Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal — A book about pirates, necromancy, and a lot about politics, i believe. That’s all I want to know until I finish the book, haha!
  • Perfect World Volume 01 by Rie Aruga — the first volume in a manga that isn’t about two kids in high school. Instead they’re in their late 20’s, and meet again at their high school reunion.

Whisper by Lynette Noni was the first ARC I read this month. Whisper, to me, was an average YA book. The only thing that stands out in my mind when I recall this story is that it takes place in Australia. (my review will be published on April 4th) (my review)

Rock & Release by Riley Edgewood was the second ARC this month that I read through from cover to cover. Rock & Release was a book that I had gotten back in ’15, so I’m incredibly glad that I finally read it. Another off of the list, woohoo! (my review)

Perfect World by Rie Aruga was the third ARC I read this month, as well as the last arc read this month. Perfect World was a manga that I had my eye on this March. I’m glad that I got the chance to read it, since I honestly love the story. Perfect World is different from all of the other Manga’s I’ve read because the story actually takes place in the character’s late 20’s instead of the usual high school age. (my review)

At the start of March, my feedback ratio was 40%. It’s now the end of March, and I’m relieved to say my current feedback ratio is at 48%!

Hopefully April will be a somewhat better month for me, ARC wise. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!

— Adele

[EDIT: On June 28, 2018 I added the links to the reviews of the books I read)

State of the ARC meme was created and is hosted by Avalinah over at Avalinah’s Books!

11 thoughts on “State of the Arc #2 | March ’18

  1. Kathy Martin says:

    Some months are harder than others. I think I DNFed three this month. They just didn’t grab my attention and I don’t hold my nose and finish books I don’t like anymore. I figure it isn’t fair to the author when I know that my review would not be positive. Better to not say anything at all than to say something negative. I hope April is filled with wonderful new discoveries. Happy reading!


  2. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    Wow, 11 DNFs is quite serious xD I feel that I might have only DNFed this many in the past few years, if even 😀 but hey, that still beats reading a book you don’t want to be reading.

    I hope your April is better on your ARCs 🙂


    • adeleisreading says:

      I have trouble DNF’ing books as well. These books though weren’t sitting with me right, unfortunately. I’m glad to have them off of my back at least.

      Thank you! I wish you have a great reading month as well! 😀

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