ARC August Check-In and Bout of Books Sign-Up

Posted August 15, 2016 / Book Challenges, Features / 4 Comments


ARC August is somehow already halfway over, so I wanted to check in on how I’m doing with my goals so far. I have to admit I didn’t really make a lofty goal because I was afraid of my mood reading biting me in the ass, but let’s remind ourselves what I set out to do regardless…

My goal is to have a 1:1 ARC to regular/backlist ratio this month.

I knew I couldn’t push it even though I’d love to have a 2:1 ratio. I decided to track all of the ARCs in this post until it was time to share my progress, so you’ll see how I’ve been doing below. I didn’t include all of the non-ARCs I read in-between just because it would muddy it up… but I did track if I read regular books in that week so I knew how good I was doing with my planned ratio! I also usually track the days where I continued reading a book, but I think that’s a bit obvious, so I’m leaving that out. Just the highlights (starting and finishing books) below.


Wrecked9780373212408.inddGeminaThis Adventure EndsGame On (Lewis Creek, #2)

Week One (8/1 through 8/6)

Non-ARCs finished: 0   ///   ARCs finished: 2
Non-ARCs: None this week

  • August 2nd: Finished WRECKED, Started IF I FIX YOU
  • August 5th: Finished IF I FIX YOU
Week Two (8/7 through 8/13)

Non-ARCs finished: 3   ///   ARCs finished: 1
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Truly Madly Guilty

  • August 8th: Started GEMINA
  • August 13th: Finished GEMINA
Week Three (8/14 through 8/20)

Non-ARCs finished: 1   ///   ARCs finished: 0
Non-ARCs: Nantucket Red

  • August 15th: Started THIS ADVENTURE ENDS and GAME ON
Ratio/Goals So Far

So as you can see, through the halfway point, backlist to ARC ratio is 4:3. I just need to finish one more ARC to have my goal met so far. Not too bad honestly because I just started reading two ARCs today.

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 16 Sign-Up & TBR

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I don’t think there will ever be a time where I don’t sign up for Bout of Books! It’s one of my favorite readathons. As you can see above, if you don’t already know, you basically just try to read as many books as possible within the one week timeframe. Because this coincides nicely with ARC August…

My goal is to only read ARCs during Bout of Books.

I’d love to get my ratio above 1:1 for the month, if possible. This Bout of Books session falls during the perfect “crunch time” for the end of ARC August. I’m okay with reading a few non-ARCs but only if I finish them during the week and don’t start any new ones. The one exception I’ll make is for whatever audiobook I’m listening to because those are never ARCs. The following TBR is definitely subject to change because I might end up finishing some of these before the readathon begins. Who knows where my mood reading will take me!

I’d also like to mention I don’t really have any actual number goals for Bout of Books. As long as I don’t start any non-ARCs, I’ll be happy with the outcome!

Very Large Possible TBR to Pick From

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)The Goodbye YearUnscripted Joss ByrdThe Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
One Was LostKiss CamLast Seen LeavingReplica (Replica, #1)
Three Dark Crowns (Untitled, #1)The Graces (The Graces, #1)

4 responses to “ARC August Check-In and Bout of Books Sign-Up

  1. I can’t wait to start Wrecked!! It looks SO good!! My mood reading is messing with my ARC August plans big-time!! I wish I could just stick to a schedule and DO IT, but if I do that reading becomes less fun. Also, I’m super excited for Last Seen Leaving, The Graces, and Replica 🙂

    • Yeah, definitely! I have enough ARCs waiting around that need to be read to cover all kinds of my MOODS but there are some non-ARCs that have just been calling to me!

      Definitely chat with me once you finish Wrecked!

  2. I’m so glad that you alerted me to the fact that Bout of Books 17 is happening! I need to get my butt in gear and write my official post about it, since I definitely feel like it’s a good time for me to tackle a read-a-thon AND I have plenty of ARCs to get through.

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