Challenge Accepted: ARC August 2018 wrap-up

This month I participated in ARC August, and I'm delighted how well this year's challenge turned out for me! I deviated a little from the TBR I initially planned in my ARC August goal post in order to tackle the second part of the challenge: the ARC August BINGO card. At first, I figured I wouldn't hit any BINGOs because my goal was only 5 books. But... then I realized a lot of the books I'd picked fit the categories on the card so I began intentionally reading books that would fit certain spaces. Then I decided to get real and aim for filling up the whole board. It required me to add some books I hadn't initially included, and then I amended a couple times this past week in order to read more books from more publishers (because at first Macmillan was DOMINATING my stack!) and also to read some shorter, older ARCs just to finally clear them off my TBR. Buuuut I do think I did a good job of reading off that initial TBR.

Sadly, I ran out of time Friday night when I had 120 pages left in Wildcard to read but only 24 minutes left in which to read them so I admitted defeat for BINGO. But then Octavia extended the challenge two days SO I GOT TO FINISH! I got my mojo back!! Thank you Angie, Octavia, and Shelly for this amazing challenge!!

Books read goal: 5
Actual books read: 19 + 1/2 of one & 64 pages of another

Reviews goal: 5
Actual reviews written: 3 1/2 (lol)

Books read:
The Chase - Elle Kennedy
Dance of Thieves - Mary E. Pearson
Check, Please!: #Hockey - Ngozi Ukazu
Star-Touched Stories - Roshani Chokshi
Famous in a Small Town - Emma Mills
The Real Deal - Lauren Blakely
Heart of Thorns - Bree Barton
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor
Before She Ignites - Jodi Meadows
Unclaimed Baggage - Jen Doll
See How They Run - Ally Carter
To Be Honest - Maggie Ann Martin
Seafire - Natalie C. Parker
Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating - CL
Love à la Mode - Stephanie Kate Strohm
Heart of Iron - Ashley Poston
Take the Key & Lock Her Up - Ally Carter
Mirage - Somaiya Daud (half)
Illegal - Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano
Wildcard - Marie Lu
Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram (64p pages)

I also thought it would be fun to do a section on my ARC August stats, kind of like the yearly reading wrap-ups Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner, Brittany of Book Addicts Guide, and Andi of Andi ABCs do so here's how my ARC August books stack up:

Average books per day: .61
Total pages read: 6,654
Longest book: Strange the Dreamer (544 pages)
Shortest book: Illegal (128 pages)

Young Adult: 18
New Adult: 1
Adult: 2

Physical ARC: 11
Digital ARC: 3
Finished copy: 7
└Hardcover: 6
└Kindle ebook: 1

Fantasy: 6
Realistic: 2
Contemporary Romance: 8
Sci-Fi: 3
Mystery/Thriller: 2

Type of Fiction
Novel: 18
Graphic Novel: 2
Short stories: 1

Pre-release: 8
Read before release but now published: 2
Already published: 11

By year
2015: 1
2016: 1
2017: 2
2018: 16
2019: 1

Series vs. Standalone
Standalone: 8
Part of a series: 13
└First book: 9
└Middle book: 1
└Last book: 3

By publisher
Self-published: 1
Disney: 1
HarperCollins: 3
Little Brown: 1
Macmillan: 8
Penguin: 3
Scholastic: 2
Simon & Schuster: 1
Sourcebooks: 1

5: 4
4: 9
3: 5
2: 1
1: 0
Not yet rated: 2

Favorite: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll and
 Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Least favorite: The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely and Mirage by Somaiya Daud

ARC August went so well for me that I'm going to try to do a personal challenge this month called Series September because I have been really bad about finishing series! So my new goal is to knock out at least 10 last books in series!

If you participated in ARC August, how did your challenge go? Are you participating in any other challenges this month or this year?


  1. Wow! You read so much, go you!! I didn't participate this year but I'm glad it worked out for you.

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Thanks, Brittany! It was a wild month for sure!

  2. I’ve only ever participated in one reading challenge. But I really need to read more backlist arcs that I have, but new books keep coming out. Congrats on your ARC August success!

    1. I believe there's another ARC challenge in October! Checkout!

  3. So many cool books! The only one I've read is "Darius the Great is Not Okay." --I was glad it was not as tragic as I feared it would be!