Friday, August 3, 2018

State of the ARC [3]

This is a new meme started over at Avalinah’s Books for tracking your ARC progress. I actually really love this idea and think it will help me better manage my current reads! 

At the end of July 2018:

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven
I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz 
The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie 

Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett
Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Keeper of the Bees (Black Birds of the Gallows) by Meg Kassel

I used July to get caught up on my review copies, and I'm very happy with the results! I'm pretty prepared for August, and I even went back and read some of the books that were missed the last few months. I can't promise things will stay this way, but I'm definitely going to try!

I think I'm most excited for Christina and Lauren's Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. I really enjoyed Autoboyography, and I hope this one makes me smile just as often. I've seen Keeper of the Bees around, and I think the reviews have been mostly positive. The others sound really interesting...

Which book would you read first? I need suggestions! 

38 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing what you think of Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. I recently read my first of theirs, Love and Other Words, but I don't read contemporary romance a whole lot so I skipped out on getting a review copy of their newest. I have too many as it is, I should be participating in this too to light a fire under me. lol

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    1. Ohhh, I haven't read Love and Other Words, but I believe I have a copy... somewhere...

      Yes! This is such a wonderful feature that helps me focus on what I need to read and when. <3 If you decide to try it, let me know! I'd love to check out your post.

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  2. Rule looks super pretty, the cover is making me think of Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Lol.

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    1. I can see that! I also really loved Heartless, so I'm hoping Rule is just as good. :)

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  3. I haven’t heard of any of these but they all look good.

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    1. I'm a little iffy on The Raging One, because spacey/future books are always hit or miss with me. It has an interesting premise, so we'll see!

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  4. I did read 2 of them and enjoyed a lot!

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  5. I'm glad to hear you are facing August fully prepared :) I am actually quite out of the loop right now, so I haven't even heard of any of these books :D but The Keeper of Bees has an amazing cover, if that's any criterion xD haha :D good luck with the reading stats this month!

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    1. I've been visiting family, so I understand being out of the loop. I took my iPad to try and get some reading done while we were gone, but I think I read 10 pages. I'm sooo behind on everything right now, even after saying I was on track--hah! I'm still okay as far as review books go, but I lost my lead and blog stuff is stacking up. I'm glad I remembered to schedule these posts in advance and thought to add my URL to your site!

      I'm coming back to your blog to leave a comment! Pinky promise. <3

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  6. Gosh, I wish I had signed up too. I currently have over forty unsolicited review copies and just getting over chronic tonsilitis and fallen months behind. Based on the cover and title, I'd go with Rule. I love kingdom and royal type fantasy, I'll have to check it out. Good luck with this month's reading Linds, looking forward to picking up some new reads ♡♡♡

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    1. Forty unsolicited review copies? Eep! It's because you're so awesome. Everyone wants you to read their books. ;)

      Chronic tonsillitis?? Ouch! I can see how that would effect your reading. I don't think I would want to do much of anything. I hope you're feeling better!

      I was leaning towards Rule and Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. <3

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  7. I hope The Raging Ones is good, I just saw a review for it over at Kristen's earlier. And I Do Not Trust You is new to me but I'm SUPER curious because I loved their book Sanctuary Bay. I definitely need to look this one up!

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    1. Ohh, I haven't read Sanctuary Bay! The authors are new-to-me as well, so I'm going to trust your judgement! I think I saw Kristen's review for The Raging Ones... a week or so ago? I'll double check.

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    2. I liked Sanctuary Bay a lot. Boarding school, on a remote island, strange experiments...

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    3. That sounds fascinating... I have a fondness for boarding school settings. I'm not sure why that is. I think it's because kids act differently when they're away from their parents, even if it's at a boarding school. We get to see different personalities and how they choose to live on their own (mostly).

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  8. So glad you are organized for August! I feel like I need a bit of organization is I want to read all those ARCs that are overdue. But good job to you!

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    1. I think this feature is a great way to keep with overdue ARCs! That was my original plan when I started joining in, but I quickly realized that the ARCs I missed were the same month after month, because it's like once I miss their pub date, the need to read and review it becomes less important. I'm still going to get to them, it's just going to take a little time! Choosing to highlight the new books I've received gives this post more variety (in my case), and shows what books I have coming up. I've been really good about staying on top of things the last few months, so I hope to continue that trend! <3

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    2. I feel like that one sentence looks weird and is really long, haha.

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  9. I'm doing great with arc's BUT come September and October....*trembles in arc fear* I have all those ALA books. lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Eep! I guess you should start now, haha.

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  10. I have a review copy of Phoenix Unbound and can't wait to get started with it. A couple of the other books are familiar but I haven't seen any reviews for them yet. I am so behind with my arc pile. I am slowly working to get caught up but it is a very slow process and I grabbed way too many books to read when I wasn't feeling well. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. I tend to grab way too many books on a regular basis, haha. I've been really trying to cut back until I've caught up, but it's so hard! I want to read everything and just cannot squeeze them all in. Audiobooks have been a tremendous help and allow me to listen to books when I'm cleaning or driving, but it only makes a dent. I hope you're feeling better! <3

      Phoenix Unbound is one I've been looking forward to for awhile, so I hope it doesn't disappoint!

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  11. I hope you enjoy Keeper of Bees. I read the first one and it was so unique. I'm really looking forward to this one as well. I need to be an arc reading beast for a few months - it would definitely help my situation!

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    1. I haven't read the first one, but was told I didn't need to for it to make sense. They should both be okay to read solo, right? Would you recommend I read them in order?

      I tried to only read ARCs during the month of July and made a little progress, but then we went on vacation and I'm back where I started. I always plan on reading even when I'm gone, but it never works. I don't know why!

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  12. Congrats on catching up! I hope August is a little more relaxed for you because of it :) The only ARC on your list that I've also read is Rule, and it wound up only being so-so for me. There have been a lot of excellent fantasy novels released this year, so I think competition is particularly stiff. Good luck with your August reads!

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    1. I've seen a lot of so-so reviews for Rule, but I'm still excited to try it! I guess I'll find out where I stand once I start. ;)

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  13. I have heard great things about Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating! I want to read Rule soon too, it looks good. The Raging Ones didn't work out great for me, but I have seen other really positive reviews so I am hoping you'll like it! And good work catching up, that is fabulous!

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    1. I cannot wait to start Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating (phew, long title). I keep seeing lukewarm reviews for Rule, but I still think it might be what I read next. I've been hesitant about The Raging Ones since I accepted it for review... sci-fi hasn't always been my go-to genre, but I liked the premise. I guess we'll see!

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  14. Yay for getting caught up and catching up with some missed ones :)

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    1. If only I could completely catch up... think of all the time I'd have! There are a few books I've been wanting to re-read, but I wanted to get back up to 80% on NetGalley.

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  15. ahh that is so awesome that not only did you do well you also got some of the backlog sorted!!

    State of the ARC

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    1. Yes! I really felt like I accomplished something, haha. I hope I can keep knocking out the ARCs that were left unread. I want to have a clean slate before fall! I know there are a lot of wonderful books being released then, so I don't want to have any other obligations. :)

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  17. Keeper of the Bees is definitely on my list. I loved Meg's Black Bird of the Gallows and I cannot wait to continue reading more about the same universe.

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    1. Ahh, I still need to read Black Bird of the Gallows! I wanted to see if my library had it first, but then I forgot to look. Thanks for reminding me! <3

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  18. I would read Rule first...because I have a copy of it too. LOL. Hope you enjoy all your ARCs. - Katie

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    1. Haha! You want to know what I think before you start it? I haven't read any other reviews for Rule, so I'm pretty curious... <3

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