State of the ARC #12



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.

Hello everyone! Today is the day where I post another State of the ARC meme-post!

I haven’t posted a State of the ARC post since February, so this post is going to include March, April, and May.



What I gained in March was both:

*Texting Prince Charming (#1) by Patty Carothers and Amy Brewer — I found out about Texting Prince Charming via BIBLIOPHILE’s book review. I ended up emailing the authors and was able to receive an ARC for it. I am SO excited for Texting Prince Charming.

*Make Him Howl (Shift, #3) by Zoe Ashwood — I have been looking forward to reading Make Him Howl for quite a while. I was so excited when I got an email from Zoe saying that ARCs for Make Him Howl were ready to be read.

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What I Read or marked as Did Not Finish was:

DNF Ocean’s Daughter by Lisa Barton. — Ocean’s Daughter ended up being a big disappointment for me, so I marked Ocean’s Daughter as Did Not Finish.

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At the end of March,

My feedback ratio is up again at 63% on NetGalley! Yay!

A goal I want to achieve this year is to have my feedback ratio on NetGalley at or over 80%. I feel like when I accomplish that, then I can rest for a bit. I would honestly try to make that happen within a months time, but honestly, I know that isn’t going to happen LOL. I just haven’t been in a reading mood lately, which is such a bummer.

* Did not receive from Netgalley


What I gained in April:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson — I’ve been looking forward to reading Sorcery of Thorns ever since I found out that Margaret Rogerson was writing another book.

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What I Read was:

I didn’t complete any books like I had wanted to in April. However, I did manage to read more of the ARCs I’m in the process of reading. I read more of Forever Wolf, List of 13and Cold Day in the Sun


What I gained in May:

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer, #1) by Maxym M. Martineau — Kingdom of Exiles piqued my interest ever since I found it on NetGalley. Kingdom of Exiles’ main character, Leena, does some illegal stuff to survive, and then she’s pretty much on the run. Leena is on the run from those who would punisher her for what she’s done, even though she has every intention of getting her beasts back. Which I think is a trope that I honestly love: Main character is on the run for something they’ve done illegally, even though they have every intention of fixing what they’ve done.

*Dagger & Scythe by Emilie Knight — I’ve been looking forward to reading Dagger & Scythe ever since Emilie mentioned it to me in an email a few months ago. I’m excited to dive into Emilie’s writing again to see what’s in store!

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What I Read or Marked as DNF was:

DNF Rhythm and Blue by D.P. Denman — When I first found Rhythm and Blue I was curious about what would end up happening in the story. However, I tried reading Rhythm and Blue earlier on in May. It didn’t work out. I’m not reviewing Rhythm and Blue, either just because all I can really say about it is that I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I thought I would.

DNF Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart — I’m not going to lie–I had such high hopes for this novel. I didn’t know what to expect, exactly.. But what I read curbed my interest in Little Broken Things very quickly. Little Broken Things is not for me.

DNF Citadel of the Sky (Thrones of the Firstborn, #1) by Chrysoula Tzavelas — Citadel of the Sky is a book that I had *incredibly* high hopes for. I was interested in reading this one for a long time. However the further I got along into the story, the more confusing things became. Great story idea. Just a poor execution.

DNF Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor — I was intrigued by the synopsis for Wandering Wild. And then I started reading Wandering Wild…..I ended up quickly DNF’ing because this book is absolutely not for me.

DNF The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey — Don’t get me wrong…the premise is certainly intriguing, and I was curious enough to request a copy. Yet when I started reading it, I quickly realized how utterly bored I was when I was reading The Secrets We Bury. The story was moving so slowly that I quit reading this book 10% in.

I actually marked a very good portion of the books I had on NetGalley as Did Not Finish, this month, because they really weren’t for me. I tried to read them all but in-and-out like clockwork the books were…just not for me. Which honestly makes me feel incredibly guilty, but hey, at least I tried.

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At the end of May,

My feedback ratio on NetGalley is amazingly up to 83%! I definitely didn’t expect to hit that percentage anytime soon. Yet I’m glad that I’ve reached it now.

I didn’t get to finish any of the ARCs that I wanted to read this May, since I was distracted by other books.

If you read ARCs, how have you been managing?

I admit that I get sidetracked by other books like 98% of the time, so I’m always falling behind.

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

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