ARC Update: October 2020

October 9, 2020

Time for another ARC update! For my 2020 #ARCApocalypse info and TBR, check here!

I sadly, once again, broke my ARC limit rules in September. 😟 This is two months in a row and I’m feeling kind of bummed about it, but obviously nobody is to blame but me, so all I can do is try to do better this month!

On another note, my haul posts and ARC Update posts have changed a bit! Instead of continuing to post my ARC hauls in both posts, ARC hauls will now only be going in my weekly wrap-ups and in these ARC Updates, so if you want to see what review copies I got in September, keep reading!

If you’re participating in ARC Apocalypse, feel free to copy this post format if you like it!

✨ ARC ban rules ✨

1. I must read AT LEAST 1 more title than I haul every month
2. if a book wasn’t already an anticipated release, it goes on a “wishlist” for 7+ days first
3. I have to check kindle unlimited before hauling indie titles

✨ last month’s ARC hauls ✨

physical review copies

✨ the bone shard daughterandrew stewart
✨ halloween season, lucy a. snyder
✨ cursed objectsj.w. ocker (CURRENTLY READING)
✨ starving ghosts in every thread, eric larocca (READ)
✨ negative spacearic sundquist
✨ truth of the shadows, slade templeton
✨ dracula’s child, j.s. barnes

digital review copies

✨ act your age, eve brown, talia hibbert (READ)
✨ just like thiscole mccade
✨ spoiler alert, olivia dade
✨ one last stop, casey mcquiston
✨ a dark and hollow starashley shuttleworth
✨ a universe of wishes, edited by dhonielle clayton
✨ secret santa, andrew shaffer
✨ fence: striking distance, sarah rees brennan & c.s. pacat

✨ dead rockstarlillah lawson
✨ black cranes: tales of unquiet women, lee murray
✨ after the rain, nnedi okorafor
✨ plunge, joe hill (READ)
✨ dying is easyjoe hill (READ)
✨ bionic, koren shadmi (READ)
✨ september love, lang leav (READ)
✨ long way down: the graphic noveljason reynolds (READ)

audio review copies

✨ yellow jessamine, caitlin starling
✨ to sleep in a sea of starschristopher paolini
✨ the land of the cranesx
✨ before the ever afterx

✨ last month’s ARC completions ✨

✨ witches of brooklyn, sophie escabasse — ❌ DNF ❌
✨ ever after, olivia vieweg — ⭐⭐
✨ dying is easy, joe hill — ❌ DNF ❌
✨ plunge, joe hill — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
✨ body talk, kelly jensen — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

✨ starving ghosts in every thread, eric larocca — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
✨ act your age, eve browntalia hibbert — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
✨ bionic, koren shadmi — ⭐
✨ long way down: the graphic novel, jason reynolds — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
✨ september love, lang leav — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
✨ last case at a baggage auctioneric j. guignard — ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

✨ ARC wishlist ✨

(These are the titles I’m considering requesting/accepting this month, in order of closest release dates to the furthest ones out!)

1. beyond the ruby veil, mara fitzgerald (october 13)
2. the fourth island, sarah tolmie (october 20)
3. plain bad heroines, emily m. danforth (october 20)
4. bane’s choice, alyssa day (october 27)
5. instant karma, marissa meyer (november 3)
6. the factory witches of lowell, c.s. malerich (november 10)

7. lore, alexandra bracken (january 5)
8. the innkeeper’s daughter, bianca m. schwarz (january 12, re-release)
9. the mask of mirrors, m.a. carrick (january 19)
10. honey girl, morgan rogers (february 23)
11. the bone maker, sarah beth durst (march 9)
12. malice, heather walter (april 13)

netgalley ratio:

feedback ratio: 71%

unread ARCs releasing this month:

1. truth of the shadows, slade templeton
2. halloween seasonlucy a. snyder
3. the hollow places, t. kingfisher
4. the invisible life of addie laruev.e. schwab (CURRENTLY READING)
5. over the woodward walla. deborah baker
6. something happened to ali greenleaf, hayley krischer
7. i hope you’re listening, tom ryan
8. spoiler alert, olivia dade

9. you know i’m no good, jessie ann foley
10. the truth project, danta medema (CURRENTLY READING)
11. the once and future witches, alix e. harrow
12. ring shoutp. djeli clark
13. among the beasts and briars, ashley poston
14. kingdom of the wicked, kerri maniscalco
15. cradleland of parasites, sara tantlinger (CURRENTLY READING)
16. the plumbers, terry m. west

✨ ARC try a chapter challenge ✨


Last month’s pick: Teach Me by Olivia Dade
Status: I read it in one sitting and adored it!

I’m actually skipping the “try a chapter” challenge for this month’s post because I’m trying something new in October! Instead of just sampling 10, my goal for the rest of 2020 is to whittle down my ARC TBR as much as possible. I’d like to remove 50% or more from my ARC lists!

The thing is, a lot of these books are ones that I want to read eventually, but know I won’t get to any time soon. Instead of carrying them into a new year hanging over my shoulder AGAIN, I’m finally going to “forgive” myself for a lot of them. The ones that I remove will mostly be staying on my overall Goodreads TBR, but I’ll be purchasing or borrowing from the library whenever possible instead of reading the unfinished copies so that the author and/or publisher still gets some benefit from it. I hope this idea sounds reasonable and not like I’m being disrespectful about these titles, because I certainly don’t mean to be! So like I said, I’m skipping this portion this month but will hopefully have a big update of removals for you all in my November post!


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. Wow, that is a lot of ARCs to read! They all do look fun, so I hope you enjoy them all! Good luck with getting your ARC number down, you can do it!

    1. I need to get more proactive with my arcs. I have ones from a couple of years ago just sitting there waiting for me to read them. So I need to get on that. I do see some of these I am interested in reading. I have had my eye on Long Way Down graphic novel. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. So now that it’s also a graphic novel need to get to that. I also am excited about Instant Karma. I do hope you end up getting your arc numbers down and end up finding some new favorites!

    1. So many new ones haha, but also you managed to read quite a few!


    1. It sucks that you aren’t hitting your goals but you are still doing so so well with your ARC reads! And your NG ratio is holding pretty steady from what I can tell. I have definitely seen improvement since you started #Arcapocalypse 💕

      Happy reading!

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