Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2010 Challenges - ARC Catch UP

A RC Catch up..........

Well................we all have a stack of ARCs waiting to be read, and several websites are featuring all kinds of challenges with rules to say how to count them.

I'm just challenging myself to catch up on the list below and then STAY CAUGHT UP --that is, no ARC will sit unread for longer than 6 weeks.  At the end of 2010, there will be no more than 10 ARCs or Early Review copies left.

Let's do some definitions:

ARCs are books received from authors or publishers given with the expectation of a published review.
"Catching up" is defined as reading, reviewing and posting the review of the book.

Books won in contests sponsored by bloggers are not considered ARCs unless the rules of the contest specify that a review is expected.

Here's the list of what is sitting on my shelf right now

1. Night Gardener by George Pelecanos
2. Book of William by Paul Collins
3. My Name is Will by Jess Winfield
4. Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
5. Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that redrew the Map of the New World by Douglas Hunter
6. Boy who harnessed the wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba
7. Artist in Treason: The extraordinary life of General James Wilkinson by Andro Linklater
8. Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich
9. Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
10. Maze Runner by James Dashner
11. Lovely Bones by Alice sebold
12. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the present by Gail Collins
13. Who Turned out the Lights: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis by Scott Bittle
14. Broken Road to disaster recovery by Keifer Bonvillain
15. Triangle of Deception by Haggai Carmon
16. Moonlight in Odessa by Janet S. Charles
17. Bible Salesman by Clyde Edgerton
18. Exit Music by Ian Rankin

I hope to really get these caught up this year. I'm going to read the new ones as soon as I get them, so the behind list doesn't grow any longer. I am promising myself to be a bit more selective about what books I take on for reviews, and to stop accepting ARCs if I get behind.  It's not fair to authors who want a review to give me a book if I can't get a timely review out there. 


  1. The Night Gardener is very good. A quick read too. I've read a lot of posts where bloggers are being much more selective about the books they accept. When it starts to feel like a chore, it's time to cut back. Good luck with your resolution.

  2. Lovely Bones is fantastic. Happy reading.

  3. Good luck- I hope you get caught up soon. I really should make some kind of pledge like this!

  4. oh, don't remind me and make me feel all guilty!
    The only book I share in my unread ARC pile is the Maze Runner..oh, and wait, Moonlight in Odessa too.

    The only one that I have read is
    Lovely Bones, which I would agree with Serena on, is a fantastic book.

  5. Thanks everyone for your encouragement on the ones I have. i'm going to try to start from oldest first, slide in any new ones as they arrive (to keep from getting 'behinder') and really make a dent.

    We're due for a HUGE snowstorm New Year's Day, so I'm thinkin' a Tutu Read-a-thon!

  6. Lovely Bones and Boy Who Harnessed the Wind are very good. (I need to make my ARC list too). Good Job Tina

  7. I have The Lovely Bones on my TBR list too (have read it before a few years ago & loved it).

  8. I have the same problem. The books sound so good and now I'm months behind!

    Several on your list look good, darn it...adding to my wish list...looking forward to hearing what you think of them ;-)


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