Reading Challenges

ANNOUNCEMENT: #ARCApocalypse 2020!

November 4, 2019

Are you behind on review copies? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the stacks of ARCs you need to review? Have I got a reading challenge for you

If you’ve been around here any amount of time at all, you already know I talk pretty openly about being behind on my review copies list. Between mental illness struggles, a terrible reading slump that’s been going on most of this year, and over-zealous requesting when I first got that beloved “Netgalley Librarian” status… well, just look at the numbers at the time I’m writing this post:

→ 139 overdue Netgalley/Edelweiss titles
→ 98 overdue print titles
→ 21 titles releasing later in 2019 (11 print, 10 digital)
→ 36 titles releasing in 2020 (36 already?!)

Obviously, something’s gotta give. While I do want to knock out as many in the remainder of 2019 as possible, you and I both know: it’s already November, and the holidays are a busy time of year — these numbers can’t drop that much between now and 2020! So, it’s time to take matters seriously: I am devoting the entire year of 2020 to catching up on my review copies. By December 31st, 2020, my goal is to have read every single ARC that released at any point leading up to that date — so, my 2020 titles, my leftover 2019 titles, and anything I have that came out before 2019, too.

I was going to just do this on my own, but then I thought: wouldn’t it be more fun to take you all along with me?

So, I came up with a hashtag I hope you’ll find as catchy and inspiring as I do: #ARCApocalypse! I’ll be using this hashtag on Instagram and Twitter to post my updates, and I hope you’ll join me. I’ll also be adding a Goodreads group and Discord server to the mix over the next few weeks, so PLEASE let me know if you’re interested in being invited to either (or both) of those!

I’ll also publicly post the links to the groups closer to December, as well as a blog post detailing my plans for how I’m going to tackle this reading challenge next year, so be on the look out for all of that, and comment below if you have any suggestions, ideas, or requests — or just general excitement to share! Talk soon! ♥♥♥


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  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends November 4, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I love this! Please sign me up and hold me responsible for my ARC actions!

  • Reply Jess @ Jessticulates November 4, 2019 at 10:11 am

    This is such a fun idea! I also need to catch up on my NetGalley reads. My goal for 2019 was to get to an 80% feedback ratio, but I don’t know if I’ll make it, so I’ll definitely be joining you in 2020 to read as many of my eARCs as possible. Best of luck with all of your review copies!

  • Reply Sammie @ The Writerly Way November 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, Destiny, you made this challenge just for me, didn’t you? xD I feel both attacked and glad that my numbers aren’t *quite* as high as yours, so heeey, there’s a silver lining! It could totally be worse. 😛

    I’ve been pretty honest about falling behind, for much the same reasons as you. I’ve been forever chasing that elusive 80% feedback ratio, and it’s just … not happening so far? But I’m totally in for this! Maybe 2020 will be the year I start reading ARCs ahead and write reviews early instead of late. And let’s pretend like I just typed all of that with a completely straight face.

  • Reply Sarah November 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Yay, best of luck with this! I’m excited to see those numbers drop. 🙂

  • Reply Becca Leighanne (Bex) November 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I’m planning knocking down a lot in the next two months, BUT! I know I won’t be CLEAR, so I would love to join you! Please invite me to both Goodreads & Discord <3

  • Reply Musings of a (Book) Girl November 4, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS! I’ve only been blogging for 8 months and I don’t have any overdue ARCs from that yet but I have a ton from before I started blogging that I won in giveaways and such that I feel like since they’re ARCs I should do my best to review them if possible.

  • Reply Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads November 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    SIGN ME UP, DESTINY! I need this so badly.

  • Reply mistysbookspace November 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    This is so cool. I’m definitely interested in joining.

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths November 5, 2019 at 2:12 am

    i love this! i only got into arcs these past few months but i immediately fell down the rabbit hole. this will be so great for motivation to catch up and stay caught up! i’d loved to be signed up for it pls – and can’t wait to see your stats go down!!

  • Reply Kristin November 5, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I seriously need this type of challenge, as my ARC/press copy pile is almost past the point of no return. 😛

  • Reply northernplunder November 5, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    im definitely in need of a discord server to support and remind me to do this. im 10 pages from finishing wilder girls so theres 1 ive knocked off already 🙂

  • Reply sepiareads November 5, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    This is a great idea! While I don’t have as many to review as you, I do have a good amount so I’ll definitely be taking part.

  • Reply Kal @ Reader Voracious November 7, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I volunteer as tribute! i need this like I need air, thank you for your service.

  • Reply Nicole Evans November 12, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Oh gosh, can I PLEASE join you!? I am so stressed and behind and I NEED THIS. I am hoping this will be the support and group I need to help me actually tackle this reading pile.

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