ARC August!

Hi everyone! I’ve been working on a “super top secret” project and I’m so happy to finally share it with you!

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Tada!

ARC August Banner

 

No I’m not unveiling an awesome (and some what amateur) banner. I’m unveiling a kick butt, month long challenge!

ARC August!

If you’re like me you are probably up to your ears in ARC’s and review request. Scratch that. If you’re like me then at this point there is a giant pool somewhere filled with all the ARC’s and review request you currently have. And I know what your saying…

“Octavia there isn’t enough hours in the day”

“Octavia I’m just not in the historical-paranormal-high-fantasy-fiction mood today”

“Octavia! I just want to be lazy today!!

I know this is what’s going through your mind because I say the same things! But today I’m giving you a chance to get over your excuses and make a dent in that giant ARC pile. So here’s the skinny on this challenge:

You: “Octavia how long will ARC August last?”

Me: “Umm…all of August. From the 1st – 31st.”

You: “Octavia what kind of ARC counts?”

Me: “That’s a better question! All ARC’s count. NetGalley’s, Edelweiss’s, physical copies, upcoming releases….past due releases (yes I’m looking at you).

You: “What’s my motivation?! I just want to be lazy today!”

Me: “Isn’t getting through that giant pile motivation enough?!”

You:  Say What

Me: “Ok ok! In addition to helping you get through that pile (YOUR WELCOME!) I’ll also throw in a $20 gift card to a book dealer of your choice. Because what’s the point of reading all those books if you can’t buy more?!

You: “20 bucks?! Alright I’m in! How do I sign up?”

Me: That’s the really easy part. Type up a post just saying you’re participating then add your link in the linky below! The post can be as detailed (how many ARC’s you have, etc.) or as simple as you want just make sure your mention this post so other people can join! At the end of ARC August I’ll use Random.org to pick a winner. See! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! So go on! Start sorting through that review pile, get that post written, and sign up!

You are more than welcome to use this button! I made it all by myself!

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110 thoughts on “ARC August!

  1. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    Yes! Count me in! I’ll get my post up as soon as I can!
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    1. Octavia

      WooHoo!!!! thanks for wanting to participate! 🙂
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  2. Nova Reylin

    I love this!!! What a fabulous idea, AND great incentive! Being able to buy more books is always incentive!

    by the way… just an odd question. I keep seeing little cute animations like the Jon Stewart one you have here. Where do you guys get this great stuff?! (Don’t tell Jon Stewart that I called him cute, he’d be appalled, I’m sure!)

    Thanks again! Cute blog too! I think I’m following by email, but if not I will be!
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    1. Octavia

      Thanks!

      And their called GIFs…I get most of mine from tumblr. I just google “confused gif” and tada. 🙂
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  3. Shannon @ Twilight Sleep

    Totally in. My post goes live tomorrow but I linked it up already because I’ll forget otherwise. WOOP!
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    1. Octavia

      Woohoo!!!! Thank you ma’am!
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  4. Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

    Awesome, I’m going to join soon. =D
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    1. Octavia

      Wooho!!! Thanks! 😀
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  5. Rebecca H

    WHOA THIS IS SUCH A COOL IDEA. CAPSLOCK BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A COOL IDEA!!!
    Getting my post up ASAP.
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  6. Jane Squires

    Count me in – I love reviewing and post on several sites. It is something I give back to the authors. Would love to be entered to receive ARC.
    I love getting to know new authors and pass on books after reading.

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    1. Octavia

      Ummm, I’m not giving a ARC away though. O_O This is more of a challenge than a giveaway. Get through as many of your ARC’s as you can for the month of August. Maybe re-read the post?

      Reply

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  10. Meagan @ Reviewing Wonderland

    I’m in! Just need to get a post up. 🙂 Great idea!

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    1. Octavia

      Woohoo!! Thanks Meg!
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  11. Katrina @ Bookish Things

    OMG I so need this. My shelves are a little insane.
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    1. Octavia

      Girl I feel your pain! I’m surprised I haven’t been banned from NetGalley yet! 🙂
      Octavia recently posted…~ARC August Goals and Rules~My Profile

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      1. Katrina @ Bookish Things

        Me too! I just can’t stop requesting! haha
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  13. Darlene

    Great idea! I will get my post up tonight and link-up. I am assuming that review copies of audiobooks also count, since you said all ARCs count!

    Thanks for hosting!
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    1. Octavia

      Yes ma’am! If you got it for review then go on and knock it out! 🙂
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  18. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    JUST WHAT I NEED! SERIOUSLY. My ARC pile is really bad. I need to get on it! Thank you so much for this. 🙂

    Leigh
    Little Book Star
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    1. Octavia

      No problem! I hope you decide to sign up! 🙂
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  19. Lillian

    Amazing idea! I was just wondering what ARC’s are. I figured it has something to do with books to be read. I would love to join but the books are the ones that have been on my list for too long,no ones with review requests. Is that alright?

    Lillian
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    1. Octavia

      Hi Lillian! An ARC is an Advance Reader Copy. In other words a book that you get before it is released, with the expectation of giving a honest review of it. This could be a book that a author contacted you about personally, or one that a publicist sent you in the mail unsolicited, or one that you are approved of via NetGalley or Edelweiss. So people who have ARC’s, be it a hard copy, e-book copy, or audiobook will definitely benefit from ARC August, since it gets that number of “books to read for review” down. Does this answer your question?
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  21. Leanne @ Literary Excursion

    This is such a great challenge, Octavia! Thanks for sharing it with us. I definitely need a little more motivation to get through my pile of ARCs. My post is going live on Monday so I’ll link it up then. 🙂
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    1. Octavia

      Thanks! I hope it helps you get through those ARCS! 🙂
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  23. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    Octavia, thanks for hosting such a fantabulous event! I’m also participating in the Netgalley Knockout so this is really an overlap but nonetheless, it’s encouraging me to do more because that way I succeed in not one but TWO challenges LOL

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    1. Octavia

      Two bird one stone right?! Woohoo!!! 😀
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  26. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    Yay! I love this! Count me in. 🙂 My sign-up post will be up on Wednesday, so I’ll be sure to link here!

    Thank you for hosting!
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    1. Octavia

      Woohoo!!! Thanks for signing up and good luck!! 😀
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  28. Niki Hawkes

    Cool! This couldn’t have come at a better time – I was already planning on devoting this month to catching up on my arcs. This is going to be fun! 🙂

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    1. Octavia

      Woohoo!!! And now you have that extra push! Good luck! 🙂
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  30. Megan

    Well, I’m in! Typing up my post now!
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    1. Octavia

      Woohoo! Woohoo!!
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  31. Bookworm1858

    I’m swayed-working on my post so I’ll be back later tonight!
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    1. Octavia

      Well I can be pretty persuasive. 😉
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  34. Libraryhooker

    This is a cool challenge. I came back with a ton of ARC’s from ALA Annual too! I just started a Tumblr. Can I keep track and post on there for the challenge?
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    1. Octavia

      Of course you can! Just link it up and I’ll drop by! 🙂

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  38. Slytherpuff

    What a fantastic idea!
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    1. Octavia

      Why thank you! And I adore your “name”!
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  39. Adrianne

    I’m in. Hopefully my ARC pile will be much less shameful at the end of the month!
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    1. Octavia

      This is a shame free and judge free zone! We’ll show those ARC’s who the boss is and then we can finally request more! lol 😛
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  44. Ruby's Reads

    The linky was still open, so I’m hoping it’s not too late to join up! I don’t usually do challenges because I’m awful at them, but I’m always susceptible to a bookish bribe. Oh…maybe I shouldn’t announce that…

    Anyway, I’m on vacation the majority of this month, so it’s a great time for me to concentrate on catching up with my reading. I just have to–as you said–stop coming up with reasons to read other stuff. And I always have reasons!

    Thanks for the challenge–I think it’s a great idea!
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    1. Octavia

      Nope your definitely not late! Thanks for signing up and woohoo to vacations!
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  46. Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea

    just the motivation needed! thanks Octavia ;))
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    1. Octavia

      No problem! Good luck!!

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  47. Tina

    Just joined this challenge! I’m a little late, but I’ll still try to read as many as I can this month 🙂 It’s always a good feeling to get the pile down a little!
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    I am starting late but will try to catch up!

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