ARC August 2018 Wrap-Up

Posted August 31, 2018 / Book Challenges, Features / 0 Comments

ARC August is over! I signed up because I had some goals to get my ARC percentage to 80% by the end of the year, so this challenge was set to be a nice push for both backlist books and some coming later this year. I planned to focus on egalleys, with maybe a couple of ARCs in between, because I can focus on the NG/EW Challenge I’m working on. All of the details for this challenge can be found here!

Challenge Tracking
ARCs read:
  1. Book title/author: After Nightfall by AJ Banner
    Dates read:
    8/1 – 8/2
  2. Book title/author: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
    Dates read: 8/4 – 8/10
  3. Book title/author: Sadie by Courtney Summers
    Dates read: 8/5 – 8/7
  4. Book title/author: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyenne Young
    Dates read: 8/7 – 8/14
  5. Book title/author: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Dates read: 8/11 – 8/13
  6. Book title/author: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
    Dates read: 8/15 – 8/22
  7. Book title/author: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
    Dates read: 8/2 – 8/21 DNF
  8. Book title/author: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
    Dates read: 8/23 – 8/26
  9. Book title/author: The Universe is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler
    Dates read: 8/26 – 8/28
Non-ARCs read:
  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  2. Strange New World by Rachel Vincent
  3. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Final Numbers
Total ARCs read: 9
Total non-ARCs read: 3
Percentage of ARCs: 75%

My goal was to have 75% of the books I read this month be ARCs. That way, if I read my usual 10 books, I could read 7-8 of them and reach my goal (instead of being pressured by actual numbers). I was behind on my Goodreads challenge though so I was really hoping to read 12 books and catch up, which means I would need to read 9 ARCs and 3 non-ARCs to reach exactly 75%. I didn’t technically catch up because I DNFed one of the books and didn’t count it toward my Goodreads challenge, but I did count it toward my ARC August numbers. That’s a win overall. I successfully managed to read 9 ARCs and 3 non-ARCs during August so I’m impressed with myself. I was really disciplined and made great review copy progress!

Bingo Card

Not to toot my own horn, but bookish bingo is something I usually have quite a bit of success with. I knew I’d be able to get a few bingos on this card! Some squares were harder than others though for sure. If I managed to squeeze one more book in, I would have had a bingo for the contemporary novel or 2017 square, depending on what I chose to read. I knew I wasn’t going to finish a book after Wednesday the 29th because of my trip to NJ for a wedding on Thursday morning. Womp. So close!

Bingo boxes completed:
  • Set in summer: Unclaimed Baggage
  • Finish a contemporary novel: Unclaimed Baggage
  • Finish a mystery novel: After Nightfall
  • New to you author: Sadie
  • Start and finish two ARCs in August: Unclaimed Baggage and Sadie
  • Debut author: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade
  • Read a total of 500 pages: After Nightfall + Sadie = 563 pages
  • Start a series: Little White Lies
  • Finish 5 ARCs: Unclaimed, Nightfall, Sadie, Sasha Cade, Lies
  • Standalone: The Dinner List
  • DNF: A Date with Darcy
  • Released more than 30 days ago: One Was Lost (2016 release)
  • Finish a series: The Universe is Expanding and So Am I
  • Has been on your TBR for a while: The Universe is Expanding and So Am I
  • Meet ARC August goal: 75% of books read were review copies

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