Please shame my ARC list

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I have lots of shame, actually.

This includes my ARC list.

At the moment, I have 35 ARCs that still need to be read and reviewed. Technically 34 because I don’t have one yet, but I know it’s going to get to me.

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I know, Hermione, I know. It’s bad. It’s really, really bad and completely out of control. Right now, I have 8 I need to read before August, 11 for September, 8 for October, and then the rest are either December or 2020.

It’s not good, right? I have the privilege of getting ARCs and I definitely abuse use that power. It’s how I read books I’m interested in without having to buy them or use the library. And I know I’m going to see more that I want and go on a requesting spree as soon as I get that number down.

The deadly circle.

I do my best to keep it down by a few techniques.

1. I do reading sprints!

Reading sprints is this thing when you pick up about three books, set a timer for 20 minutes, and then read for those 20 minutes. If you don’t get into it, time to put the book aside and move on.

2. I liberally DNF them.

I know that there are people who don’t DNF ARCs. I get that. Giving them an honest review, to some people, means reading everything of it. For me, I give an honest review even if I don’t finish it because there was something that kept me from finishing it that needs to be addressed.

3. I read multiple at once.

Yeah, I tend to have a couple going at the same time. Maybe more if I have a physical one or two (usually they’re e-ARCs, though). I try to keep the genres apart so I don’t read multiple books in the same genre and get confused. But, I just read them.

4. Set a reading goal.

There’s a wonderful app I use called Reading Planner. I have an android so I don’t know if it’s available for iPhones. But, basically, you search for a book that you’re reading, add it to your list, update the pages if needed, and then you can set a goal for yourself. That can be pages per day or finish by a certain date. I usually use the latter! Then, it tells me how much to read each day to finish it by that specific date.


So, in a nutshell, I want you all to shame me for having that many ARCs and my tips on how to keep the list down. Even though I know I’ll go and request more as soon as I get it down to a more respectable number.

Talk to me!
Is your ARC list as out of control as mine?
What tips do you have to keep your list short?

13 thoughts on “Please shame my ARC list

  1. I have about 30 on my list. But most of mine are ones I’m behind on and should have already reviewed. I’m just trying to fit them in readathon challenges so I’m more likely to pick them up instead of a random book.

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  2. My main tip on not having too many arcs is not to request them 😉
    Sorry not very helpful I know. Most of my reading is really cheap books from charity shops and I’m also lucky to have a library service, so I don’t have to rely on arcs. I only request maybe one every couple of months, as I am one of those reviewers who feels obliged to read and review them!

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  4. DNF’ing is the only way I get through all my ARCs 😅 I’m less willing to read an entire book I don’t love if I haven’t spent money on it. That also extends to library books

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