The ARC Book Tag | In Which I Call Myself OUT

Greetings readers!

As a blogger who started out way back in 2016, I thought that the day I would finally be getting ARCs was a long ways off. I wasn’t too concerned with them because I knew that in order to get them you really needed a platform and I just didn’t have one when I started out, obviously. So I was perfectly content with reviewing finished and already published books.

Then came the magical day when I received by first e-galley of Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane on Netgalley. From then on, I slowly started progressing with e-galleys, until I was contacted by a publisher and received an actual physical ARC. It was truly magical.

Since then, I have been getting a steady pile of ARCs every season, a perk for living in Canada and having big publishers and fewer bloggers. I feel for a lot of my international blogger friends who don’t get the chance to read ARCs because of legalities, but perhaps one day this bookish system will change and accessibility will widen.

Wow. That was a long intro. Anyways this incredible tag was created by none other than the wonderful ladies, Mandy and Sha over at Book Princess Reviews. If you know me, I am sure you know Mandy and Sha and if you don’t well I think you should correct that immediately!

Let’s get started!


  • pingback to the creator (bookprincessreviews)
  • pingback to the person who tagged you
  • tag as many people as you want
  • have fun!


Spindle by E.K. Johnston…which I haven’t read. I went to an Indigo Preview event way back when and E.K. was present signing books so of course I got it! Plus I had read A Thousand Nights, which was beautiful and I still am interested in reading this one eventually. I wasn’t a blogger at the time when I received this, but this event inspired me to start one up!

*blushes* I know usually we are supposed to promote 2017 ARCs but....for today's #arcstravaganza I am featuring a 2016 ARC! 😳😳😳 I have had SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston since The summer and it's signed!  I loved the first companion novel A Thousand Nights but I never got around to picking this one up before the release date!  So hopefully get to it this summer...a whole year after I got it!  Better late than never right? 😅 Do you have any expired ARCs?  #spindle #ekjohnston #youngadult #youngadultbooks #arcs #Prettycover #bookstagram #books #bookworm #reader #readingwithrendz

*I really love this photo. XD I took it in a rush because I forgot about the IG prompt that day and the light was fading so I had to act fast. Fun note: That’s actually an olive branch from a Palm Sunday mass I attended earlier that year XD*


REBEL (aka Legend 4) by Marie Lu

Who else lost it when the Rebel news came out? My excitement for this book is incredible. Like... I have been waiting for this for years and we are finally going to get it. I still can't believe how lucky we are and how amazing @marieluthewriter is for making our dreams come true! Have you read the Legend trilogy yet?  #Legend #Prodidy #Champion #Rebel #bookstagram #reader #books #scifi #bookstagram #yabooks #books #bookishcanadians

But also not. But I definitely would. I flipped my bejeebers the day the announcement came out, people. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FALL!!!!!


Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

*I would like to gloat that I have actually read all of these :)*

📑 Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian I read this about a week ago and rather enjoyed it! It reminded a lot of The Winner's Trilogy and Red Queen. If you enjoyed those I would definitely recommend you pick this one up!  What fantasy books are you looking forward to this year? #ashprincess #laurasebastian #bookstagram #yabooks #ya #youngadultbooks #fantasy #reader #books THIS WILL GET DONE THIS WEEKEND! I've been reading it for 46 days now! Life has just been so busy I hardly have any time to sit down and read. After I finish my novel study for school, I'll pick this up and finish it!  I actually got to meet the lovely Lauren Oliver and you can read about that wonderful experience on my blog! (Link in bio) No spoilers, but (unlike me) has anyone finished this interesting read!  Share your thoughts below! But once again #nospoilersplease *** #readingwithrendz #readreadread #books📚 #bookstagram #Replica #laurenoliver #yalit #torteen #Gemma #Lyra Soon to be read is CIRCLE OF Shadows by @evelyn_skye  I've been anticipating this book since the moment it was announced and I am so happy to finally have my hands on a copy! Many thanks to @hccfrenzy for sending me an ARC, my Holiday reading sure did get more fun!  I really enjoyed Skye's The Crown's Game duology, so I have a good feeling about this series too! What are you reading this holiday season? #circleofshadows #evelynskye #epicreads #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy

*yes, this is the only picture I have of Replica and it is the ugliest photo I have ever taken. THAT BLANKET! *face meet palm*


I really don’t like not finishing in general. I tend to give books the benefit of the doubt often and it doesn’t always work out (see Circle of Shadows review). I don’t know, I feel like I owe it to the publisher to read the book, especially if I requested it. That being said, I tend to force myself to read books that just aren’t working for me a lot and that needs to change I think.


DNF: A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak
It was just so wrong in so many ways. I ended up skimming after 50% to reach the end so I guess it counts as a DNF

COULD NEVER DNF: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
I was l o v i n g my post-Narnia adventure book!

Do you hear that? Those echoing screams? Well it's probably me you hear. Screaming at the top of my lungs out of utter elation for being in possession of this book.  This book. I have been waiting for a book like this for yeeaaarrsss and now I finally have it in my hands.  Basically it's a story of sisters trying to reintegrate themselves into their real world after having a whimsical adventure in a land like  Narnia.  Narnia.  Do you hear me screaming now? A big thanks to @hccfrenzy for inviting me to their Fall preview event, which is the reason I got my hands on this beauty. Now excuse me while I go back to petting this fabulous book. #TheLightBetweenWorlds #LauraEWeymouth #bookstagram #yabooks #books #fantasy #Frenzy #narnia


The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I had read an e-ARC, but I needed that physical copy on my shelf!!! (I love it so much) I bought it off of Book Outlet though, cheap and in great condition!

Day 4 of #bookishcanadiansfeb19 | Canadian Author Some of you are missing out on Silvia Moreno-Garcia's work and it's a shame. She has so much to choose from: 1) Signal to Noise - music and magic 2) Certain Dark Things - Mexican vampires and narcos 3) The Beautiful Ones - romance, manners and telekinesis 4) Prime Meridian - Mexican astronaut in space 5) Gods of Jade and Shadow - Maya gods in the roaring 20s (Aug 2019) THERE IS SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. TAKE YOUR PICK AND GO FOR IT! Who are some of your favourite Canadian authors? #Thebeautifulones #certaindarkthings #silviamorenogarcia #mexicanvampires #fantasy #bookstagram #canadianauthor #CanLit #bookishcanadians


When I first started out, I started with e-ARCs on Netgalley. I didn’t get a lot of acceptances, but as I found more Canadian pubs, I got approved more often.

Then a publisher actually reached out to me and I was sent physical arcs. And from then on I went hunting. I searched endlessly for Canadian publisher info and tried my very best to make myself known more on my social sites and then I had to build guts to actually send out those emails. Now I’m working with 4 Canadian pubs and they grant a lot of my requests! (I’m looking at you Penguin Teen CA and HBG Canada!!!)


Pace yourself. Don’t get greedy.

Only request books you really want to read, that really have your interest. Not half of it, but all of it.

Don’t pull a Rendz.

Here I am calling myself out. 

I have a problem when it comes to requesting. I tend to request based on the in-the-moment feeling of “I wanna read that book” so what usually happens is that when I get the ARC, I no longer have the dying need to read it, so it gets pushed and pushed and pushed, until it’s way past its release date and then it just feels pointless in reading the ARC. This is super horrible of me. I know it. It’s why one of my new years resolutions was to relax the requesting game.

I feel terrible looking at the unread ARCs I have and thinking that it could have gone to someone that really wanted to read it. Of course I tell myself that I will eventually read them, but if I keep bogging myself with more and more, will I ever truly get to them all? Probs not.

SO the best advice I give to you and to ME is to pace yourself, and don’t get greedy.

I Tag…

Michaela | Blogger Books | Justine

*No pressure to do the tag, if you don’t want to!*

Let me know what you think! Do you read your ARCs on time? How do you keep track of the books you get? What was your first ARC?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


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  1. Rendz, thank you for the tag I love this! I am definitely doing it. Just have to wait hahaha! I agree, I really hope ARCs would soon broaden their distribution for other intl-intl readers. I may have had not read an ARC on time. I was in a bad shape/mood then. I keep track of the books I get by writing them down on a notebook or planner with the release dates and work out how I’ll schedule them out.

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  2. Great great tag! And thanks for tagging me! 🤪🤪 I’d really love to do the tag but I’ve never received an ARC since I’m in boarding school in Germany 😨😨😨😨😨😨😨 so I’m afraid I can’t do it 😢😢😢❤️

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  3. How could you not read Spindle that cover looks gorgeous! *calls Rendz out while she calls herself out so there is a lot of calling out* Also idk what the plot even is, could have more blue wolves.

    Thanks for doing the tag Rendz!! I need to build these Canadian pub relationships. I’m still too scared D:

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  4. Oooooh thank you so much for doing the tag, Rendz!! I loved loved loved reading your answers. That Spindle pictures was gorgeous, and it was so cool to see that was your ARC origin story. And I’m so jealous you can spell ARC out without cheating like I did. 😉 (I thought that Replica pic was awesome btw :D) AND REBELLLLLLLLLLLLL! Wonderful answers, Rendz, and I loved thisssssssss. Thanks again! 😀

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
      I will read Spindle one day, some day, It will happen!
      After having spelled out ARC I went through my whole collection to see if I had a ARC that started with each letter of the alphabet, I think I’m only missing F, J and X…..
      I have yet to pre-order my copy…but I’m thinking it will go on sale closer to the release date so I have to wait a little longer 😉

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  5. I’m quite bad at reading my arcs on time, but that’s something I’m trying to work on this year! I want to play catch up as best as I can, and be more selective with the books I request on NetGalley!

    I think that NetGalley is both a blessing and a curse for me, since I love the fact that it’s relatively easy to get books that way, but I also hate the pressure I feel to finish and review a book even if I’m not enjoying it! I feel like my need to keep my feedback ratio high, and therefore to even finish book I’m hating isn’t fair to me or the author!

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    1. I feel the exact same about Netgalley! A blessing and a curse is the perfect description.
      When I first joined I requested as much as I could and it was rough having to keep up with all the reviews and release dates.
      Hopefully we both get better at managing our ARC requesting skills!


  6. I’m only just getting started in this all but I keep track of all my ARC’s in a spread in my bullet journal and include the name of the book, where I got it from(netgalley, booksiren, etc), when it’s due, my star rating and if I have published the review. I don’t think I have enough ARC’s to do this tag now but maybe in 6 months 😉

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    1. Wow! You’re already super better at handling ARCs than I am! Wait to go for being a pro! I’ve been receiving ARCs for over a year now and still have no system of tracking XD
      I hope you do the tag when you finally get enough ARCs! I’ll look forward to reading your answers!


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