Sunday, January 28, 2018

State of the ARC 1

This is my very first State of the ARC post, hosted by Avalinah's Books, and I'm super excited to be participating. One of my 2018 Reading Goals (also find a related Top Ten Tuesday HERE) is to catch up on all the galleys I fell behind on when I began writing my own book last year. I am still trying to figure out how best to go about displaying the information, so please be patient with me.

I have been a member of NetGalley for almost three years now and I love it. I have read so many amazing books, and of course a few not-so-amazing books, but I am very happy with my experience so far. I just joined Edelweiss yesterday, and am a little more hesitant. I think that is going to be one I will have to play around with a bit more to see if I like it. That, however, did not stop me from requesting two ARCs anyway.

I am very behind on my NetGalley ARCs, and that pains me. A lot of the books have already been published and I hate that I did not uphold my end of the bargain in the end of 2016/through 2017. It is my goal this year to split my time more evenly, as these publishers and authors still deserve the reviews after they so kindly granted my requests. All links go to Goodreads.

(Format equals = title/% complete, pub date)

Pending Approval/Denial = Five
1. The Secret Poisoner, 3-22-16


5. The Black Prince, 5-1-18

Not Started = Six

Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln, 4-15-16 (Received three days after publication)

Failure, 7-1-16 (Received three months after publication)

The Poison Plot, 5-15-18

Educated, 2-2-18

Started = Twelve

Whose Promised Land (8%), 10-15-15 (Received four months after publication)

The Witch of Lime Street (12%), 10-6-15 (Received three months after publication)

Queens of the Conquest (4%), 9-26-17

The First Congress (12%), 2-9-16 (Received one month after publication)

American Gothic (22%), 10-4-16

Scars of Independence (8%), 5-9-17

Muslims, Christians, and Jesus (4%), 11-7-17 (Received two months after publication)

1932 (32%), 10-1-15

Lincoln Reconsidered (20%), 3-22-16 (Received one week before publication)

Thieves, Rascals and Sore Losers (9%), 5-8-15 (Received 15 months after publication)

Finished, Review To Come = Two

No Justice, 1-9-18 (Received a week after publication)

I know this list looks kind of ugly right now, believe me I understand. Not only is it ugly because of the looooong overdue dates on some, but because of the format. I am still working those kinks out and hopefully this will be more aesthetically pleasing in future posts.

Let me know what you think and leave a link to your post as well.
Happy Reading!


  1. That's why I don't deal with ARCs...not enough time to read to lots of deadlines! I like a more relaxed reading schedule these days and to read things in the order I want!

    1. I was actually doing really well until I started writing my own book in 2017. I love getting ARCs before the books are published. The only real deadlines are the ones I set for myself and any that a publisher might request. Some publishers don't say anything and some ask that I not post the review until the book is out. But, to each their own, happy reading!

  2. Oh my goodness, I could never have a dozen books going at once! Even when I double up and alternate between two it can be a little bit much, so I'm super impressed you can manage so many. Good luck this month! ♥

    1. Hi JJ, thanks for coming by! I am one of those weirdo readers who can't just read one book at a time (I have even more than 12 going right now, actually!) I think it works for me because I mainly read non-fiction, so there are not worlds and characters and plots to keep track of. I definitely could not do this if I was reading fiction. Good luck to you as well, let's hope we all make great progress! <3

    2. Likewise I can keep several non-fiction on 'the go' at once but certainly couldn't read two or more novels at the same time. Imagine the confusion!

    3. I'd end up re-reading so much, it would end up being a waste and I'd have to start over!

  3. Good luck with your new challenge :-)
    How is Edelweis for you? I'm only on NetGalley because I'd got the impression Edelweis was mostly romance fiction. Perhaps I need to reconsider?

    1. Thank you Stephanie!

      I am still learning my way around, and it does not seem as user-friendly as NetGalley, but I am finding books I am interested in.

  4. Yay, welcome to the meme! Did you enjoy writing it? I hope you will be joining us regularly :)

    Edelweiss does take a little while to get used to. But I do advise to sign up for their weekly newsletter - that way, you will always be in the know if some highly anticipated book comes out.

    So you're also one of the people who read many books at the same time? So am I! :)

    Wow, you read a lot of president stuff. History buff? :)

    I hope it helps your motivation and you have some nice milestones next time!!

    1. Thank you! I have enjoyed working on my post for February, because I am already able to start shuffling ARCs from one category to another. I love this idea but this first post was painful because I finally had to take a good look at how far behind I had really fallen!

      Edelweiss is SO different from NetGalley and I am constantly getting "lost". I will definitely sign up for the newsletter, thanks for the tip.

      Between books, ARCs, books I am reading with my baby girl, and my research I have about 75 books going right now and that is NOT a typo - 75! But I did go through and add every single ARC to my 'currently reading', as another way to force myself to start making progress.

      History is my jam and I read it almost exclusively. I started a presidential reading goal last year but failed about as miserably there as I did with my ARCs, so this year I am trying to knock that one out too. I love European history, and the UK especially. But I also love lots of random pop culture and micro histories, paranormal experiences, some US history, Kievan Rus, the Vikings, Roman Britain, antiquity, biblical archaeology, the list goes on and on.

      I am very highly motivated and am now off to get back to reading. Thanks for coming by :)

  5. NetGalley and Edelweiss are filled with temptation, aren't they? I do try to get books read, reviewed and blogged about within a couple of weeks of publication but sometimes my calendar is already full when a book arrives and it has to wait for a calendar opening. I am also amazed that you can be reading so many books at a time. I am a one book at a time reader. Come see my State of the Stack here. Happy reading!

    1. Hey Kathy, thank you for coming by! I am normally on top of this and I don't really use a schedule - but I probably should. But then it does not feel fun to me anymore, so I guess I will keep winging it until that doesn't work anymore, ha! I definitely could not be juggling so many if they were fiction, that's for sure!

  6. Trust me when I say this, but your stats are much better than me and Evelina :D we both are drowning in piles.
    And how do you even manage to read 12 books at a time? I can hardly manage 2, lol :P

    I hope this month is even better for you :)

    1. Ha, thank you! My stats might be better right now, but I can not stop myself from requesting more titles on NetGalley and Edelweiss, it is an addiction!! I am trying so, so hard to get these finished up but then I start browsing and BOOM! Ten more ARCs.

      I think the only reason I can read so many books at a time (12 is only my ARCs, I actually have many many more going right now. Many are for my research, but a lot are not. I think the official count on Goodreads is 75) is because I read non-fiction. I definitely could not do this if I was reading fiction.

      I've already started my post for February, and it is amazing how this challenge has helped me get books done. Good luck with your books this month too!


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