State of the ARC | #10 Dis-ARC-ster

State-of-the-ARC

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).

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This month was Moody May so I was expecting to not be reading many ARCs, which I was fine with, but it ended up being more of a disaster than I had anticipated as two of my ARCs ended up being archived. It’s the first time any ARCs I’ve requested through Netgalley have ended up being archived before and I was gutted as I didn’t discover this until I went on Netgalley to read them. They were both graphic novels that I had set aside as nice, easy reads so yes… I’m very sad about this. 

Aside from my 2 archive losses, I read 1 book (Aurora Rising) and received one book on Netgalley (Don’t Touch my Hair). I know I promised not to request any more ARCs but I am a huge fan of Emma Dabiri’s work and couldn’t resist requesting Don’t Touch my Hair as it’s such an important book.

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State of the ARC Bingo

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I don’t have long to finish up my Bingo card for the first half of 2019 now and I’m not sure when it technically runs out, but I’m going to give myself until the end of June so that I might be in with a chance of actually finishing it. I’ll be able to use Don’t Touch my Hair for the nonfiction ARC, though I don’t know what I’ll be able to use for the graphic novel slot now as I lost both my graphic novel ARCs 😭

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I’m sticking with my rule of taking a break from ARCs for the most part, with the exception of catching up on the last few ARCs that I have, especially given that these next few months are going to be very stressful for me as my deadlines are coming up in August and September.

How are you all coping now that we’re almost halfway through the year? Have you managed to keep up with your ARC goals or are they just a distant memory to you now?


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ARC Review: You Asked For Perfect | Perfection is Served

TITLE: You Asked for Perfect
AUTHOR: Laura Silverman
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: March 2019; Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE: YA Contemporary
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: Academia, friendships, romance, anxiety
REPRESENTATION:
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Content Notices

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ARC Review: A Memory Called Empire | A Stunning and Intelligent Debut from a Promising New Voice in Science Fiction

TITLE: A Memory Called Empire
AUTHOR: Arkady Martine
SERIES: Texicalaan
RELEASED: April 2019; Tor
GENRE: Science-Fiction
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: Political science fiction, space opera, empire and imperialism, non-western setting, great world-building, political intrigue
REPRESENTATION: 
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Content Notices

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