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#ARCApocalypse Update: July 2020

July 1, 2020

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

I had no trouble at all sticking to my rules in May, but it was really tough in June! In May, I didn’t allow myself to haul a new ARC unless I was 2 books ahead of goal, that way when I would haul the new book, I’d still be meeting my goal for that month. In June, I let myself get ahead with hauls (like having hauled 5-6 books when I had only read 2) and then I hit a bad reading slump, and it really caught up with me! I ended up having to binge a few short reads over the last couple of days, but I was determined because I wanted to use this as an opportunity to remind myself WHY I’m doing this ban to begin with. ๐Ÿ˜‚

If you’re participating in ARC Apocalypse, feel free to copy this post format if you like it!ย ๐Ÿ’–

โœจ ARC ban rules โœจ

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

โœจ last month’s ARC hauls โœจ

  1. The Mask Falling
  2. You Should See Me in a Crown
  3. The Tea Dragon Tapestry
  4. Across the Green Grass Fields
  5. The Ghost Tree
  6. The Green Witch’s Grimoire
  7. Float Plan
  8. Finding Faeries
  9. Venus in the Blind Spot
  10. Who I Was With Her
  11. Thirteens

โœจ last month’s ARC completions โœจ

  1. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
  2. You Should See Me in a Crown โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
  3. Take a Hint, Dani Brown โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
  4. The Tea Dragon Tapestry โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†
  5. Just Like That โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
  6. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†
  7. What Unbreakable Looks Like โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†
  8. Venus in the Blind Spot โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†
  9. Upright Women Wanted โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
  10. The Monster of Elendhaven โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
  11. A Collection of Dreamscapes โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
  12. Finding Faeries โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†ย (no rating)

โœจ ARC wishlist โœจ

(These are the titles I’m considering requesting/accepting this month!)

  1. Beyond the Ruby Veil
  2. The Fourth Island
  3. The Roommate
  4. Instant Karma
  5. Cursed Objects
  6. Plain Bad Heroines
  7. The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep
  8. The Black Kids
  9. The Factory Witches of Lowell
  10. The Bone Shard Daughter
  11. Eventide
  12. Spoiler Alert
  13. Ruinsong
  14. The Secrets We Keep

netgalley ratio:

feedback ratio 68%, with 550 approved and 374 reviewed

2020 & 2021 ARC numbers:

72 unreleased + 85 released & unread = 157 to be read/reviewed

ARCs releasing this month:

  1. Burn Our Bodies Down
  2. Cinderella is Dead
  3. Girl, Serpent, Thorn
  4. You Had Me at Hola
  5. Boyfriend Material
  6. Survivor Song
  7. The Lost City
  8. The Princess Will Save You
  9. The Fell of Dark
  10. The Extraordinaries
  11. The Only Good Indians
  12. Ghost Wood Song
  13. The Year of the Witching
  14. I Kissed Alice
  15. His & Hers
  16. Flyaway
  17. Deal with the Devil
  18. My Highland Rogue
  19. The Green Witch’s Grimoire

overdue priority titles*:

  1. Laughing at Shadows
  2. My Dark Vanessa
  3. Mexican Gothic
  4. A Song Below Water
  5. Beach Read

* every month, I’ll pickย five overdue ARCs I’d like to read ASAP!

โ€” destiny โ™ฅ

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8 Comments

  • Reply evelynreads1 July 1, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Good for you for not having so many new ones!
    You should see me in a crown, Mexican gothic and A song below water sound so good!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 2, 2020 at 4:33 am

      Thank you! Crown was so good and now I really can’t wait to dive into the other 2, especially because I think I heard someone on twitter say that A Song Below Water has a gargoyle?? ๐Ÿ‘€

      • Reply evelynreads1 July 2, 2020 at 7:00 am

        Ooh that sounds good! I was sold at sirens haha!

  • Reply thecritiquesofafangirl July 1, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Iโ€™m trying to catch up on my Netgalley arcs this month

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators July 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    I’m currently reading Boyfriend Material for review and I’m having such a great time! It’s filled with such great British humor!

    And I’m so curious to hear what you’ll decide for your wishlist titles! One of my most anticipated releases of the entire year is The Roommate! And I just requested Spoiler Alert because it sounds do good and I adore the cover!

    I hope you have an easier time keeping up with your ARC ban rules this month, and that you manage to make a dent into your e-ARC TBR and enjoy them all!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 2, 2020 at 4:35 am

      Ooooh yay! I love British humor so that makes me about 10x more excited for it than I already was haha, so thank you for telling me that!

      Omg, the cover for Spoiler Alert is honestly killing me lmao. I have a copy of one of her older books and I want to read it first and make sure I enjoy her writing style before requesting the new one, but I feel like I’ll probably cave lol!

      Thank you so much! โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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