#AVAReadathon: A Very ARC-ish Readathon

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I’ve been talking about how I’m trying to beat the ARC monster last week and I came across the perfect challenge to help me do just that. Aimal @ Bookmarks And Paperbacks is hosting A Very ARCish Readathon during the whole month of April and the best part is that the goals are easy: just read as many ARCs as possible! 😀 You can join the readathon conversation by using the #AVAReadathon hashtag on social media as well.

READATHON TBR

Netgalley/Reading Alley ARC

  • What Doesn’t Kill You by Ed James
  • The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
  • Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw

Other ARCs

  • Blood Moon by John David Bethel
  • Among Friends: Travels In Cuba by Heather Murray
  • The Car Bomb by T.V. LoCicero

  • Riven by Belinda Crawford
  • Heartborn by Terry Maggert
  • The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien

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Scaling The ARC Mountain

I’m sure just about every semi-serious bookblogger has at least heard about them: ARCs (or Advanced Review Copies). I would never ever have guessed a few years ago, but the start of my book blog journey also ment I was slowly introduced to the whole world of ARCs. Free review copies in exchange for an honest review… It sounds like every booklover’s dream right? And to be honest, my heart still skips a beat every time I receive a new ARC. BUT. Even though I feel honored to be receiving books for free just because I share my rambles with the blogosphere afterwards, things are starting to get REALLY out of control. (Ok, they have been out of control for a long time haha). Right now, I basically feel like I’m buried under a huge pile of ARCs!

In January, I made a promise to myself to get my pending ARCs more organized and I’ve been trying to get back on track ever since. Here’s how:

Step 1: create a Excel spreadsheet with an ARC schedule.

I guess my Excel skills are pretty basic, but at least it gets the job done. 😉 Pending ARCs are separated by publish date and I start marking them as I read/review them… When I finish a whole month, I get to paint it black. Each ARC has the title, author, source, publish date or date I received it and a read/reviewed option. I’m still hopelessly behind but I’m slowly getting there!

Step 2: Read like a maniac!

Basically, this has been me since January. I’ve been trying to race through my ARCs ever since my promise to get back on track… In fact, out of the 41 books I’ve finished to this date a whopping 64% have been ARCs. I feel bad about neglecting all those other books I’ve been wanting to read, but with a little luck I should be able to squeeze in a few next month.  Another bonus: this ARC reading madness means I’m finally back at a 82% Netgalley ratio!!! 😀 😀

Step 3: Join challenges to help your goal

There are probably a lot of similar challenges out there, but this is the one I signed up for: 2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. It’s a fun challenge where you can set your own goals, and it’s definitely a great way to keep track of all those ARCs you read. I made my own list of ARCs as well since I wanted to include non-NG ARCs as well.

Step 4: Don’t request too many new titles at once

Most Netgalley users will probably be able to relate… It’s been less than a year since I signed up for Netgalley, but it has become my main source for ARCs ever since. Although I still love the surprise mails by both authors and publishers of course, and I’ve discovered another page (Reading Alley) as well. (I tried Edelweiss, but it’s just too complicated to use for now). Netgalley is both user friendly and offers a wide variety of books. Sure, as a non US/UK/Australia user not all of my requests are approved… But there are still more than enough titles available. And that’s the danger right there: there are so many books available, and it is REALLY easy to request a whole pile of books just like that. Which leads to the so-called ARC mountain and a lot of extra stress during the struggle to finish them all on time. The best advice is to try and refrain from requesting too many titles at a time, and only request those you would buy in the first place. But I know for a fact that is easier said than done. 😉


What is your experience with ARCs? And how do you control your ARC mountain?


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2017 Author ABC Challenge

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I know I’m already doing the 2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, but a few people mentioned doing the same thing for authors and I just couldn’t resist the temptation. I couldn’t find any official post when I checked yesterday, so this is me creating my ‘own’ challenge. If you know the blog an author ABC challenge is hosted this year, please let me know in the comments! 🙂

I’m going to keep rules pretty basic and use the author’s last name for each letter. If there is more than one last name, it should be the first that counts… And the Q, X and Z names can have the letter anywhere in the last name.

>>> Last updated March 7th 2017 <<<

A: Arnold, David: Mosquitoland (2015)  5/5 stars
B: Barr, Emily: The One Memory Of Flora Banks (2017)  5/5 stars
C: Campbell, Jamie: The Thankful (2016)  4/5 stars
D –
E: Elliot, Ruby: It’s All Absolutely Fine (2017)  4/5 stars
F –
G –
H: Harmon, Amy: Making Faces (2013)  5/5 stars
I –
J: Jewell, Lisa: I Found You(2017)  4,5/5 stars
K: Kepnes, Caroline: You (2014) 0/5 stars
L: Luchesi, Lily: Stake-out (2015)  3,5/5 stars
M: Miranda, Megan: The Perfect Stranger (2017)  5/5 stars
N: Ness, Patrick: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here (2015)  3,5/5 stars
O –
P: Patterson, James: The Paris Mysteries (2014) 2/5 stars
Q –
R: Rekulak, Jason: The Impossible Fortress (2017)  4,5/5 stars
S: Slater, K.L.: Blink (2017)  4,5/5 stars
T: Towles, Amor: A Gentleman In Moscow (2016) 4/5 stars
U –
V –
W: Wyer, Carol: Little Girl Lost (2017)  4/5 stars
X: MaXwell, Lisa: Unhooked (2016)  3/5 stars
Y: Yoon, Nicola: The Sun Is Also A Star (2016)  4,5/5 stars
Z: Zentner, Jeff: The Serpent King (2016)  4,5/5 stars

I have found 18 out of 26 letters so far.


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2017 When Are You Reading? Challenge

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It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time for yet another When Are You Reading? challenge! I really enjoyed participating in the previous two years (2015 and 2016), so I immediately decided to sign up for this year as well. This challenge is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about reading books either set or published in twelve different time periods. The perfect way of reading books of different eras! Make sure to check out Sam’s post and sign up if you are interested.

I will divide my reads into two categories like last year: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color.

>>> Last updated March 7th 2017 <<<

    • Pre 1500
      # The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller (800)
    • 1500-1599
    • 1600-1699
    • 1700-1799
    • 1800-1899
    • 1900-1919
    • 1920-1939
      # A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (1920s)
    • 1940-1959
      That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (1940)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (1940)
    • 1960-1979
      # 
    • 1980-1999
      The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (1987)
    • 2000-Present
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2001)
      # The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller (2011)
      # The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken (2012)
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
      # You – by Caroline Kepnes (2014)
      # The Paris Mysteries – by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (2014)
      # Mosquitoland – by David Arnold (2015)
      # Stake-out – by Lily Luchesi (2015)
      # The Wrong Side Of Right – by Jenn Marie Thorne (2015)
      # The Rest Of Us Just Live Here – by Patrick Ness (2015)
      # The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley – by Shaun David Hutchinson (2015)
      # The Light That Gets Lost – by Natasha Carthew (2015)
      # The Invisible Library – by Genevieve Cogman (2015)
      # Witness – by Caroline Mitchell (2016)
      # The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner (2016)
      # Americosis Vol. 3 – by Haydn Wilks (2016)
      # The Sun Is Also A Star – by Nicola Yoon (2016)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (2016)
      # Unhooked – by Lisa Maxwell (2016)
      # Missing – by Monty Marsden (2016)
      # Rebel Of The Sands – by Alwyn Hamilton (2016)
      # The Truth Will Out – by Brian Cleary (2016)
      # The Killing Game – by J.S. Carol (2016)
      # A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (2016)
      # I Found You – by Lisa Jewell (2016)
      # Big Mushy Happy Lump – by Sarah Andersen (2017)
      # The Perfect Stranger – by Megan Miranda (2017)
      # That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (2017)
      # The One Memory Of Flora Banks – by Emily Barr (2017)
      # It’s All Absolutely Fine – by Ruby Elliot (2017)
      # Those Who Lie – by Diane Jeffrey (2017)
      # Don’t Look Behind You – by Mel Sherratt (2017)
      # Blink – by K.L. Slater (2017)
      # The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (2017)
      # Little Girl Lost – by Carol Wyer (2017)
      # Traitor To The Throne – by Alwyn Hamilton (2017)
      # The Wanderers – by Meg Howrey (2017)
      # Renegade Red – by Lauren Bird Horowitz (2017)
    • The Future
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I have currently completed 5 out of 12 time periods.


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2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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I saw this challenge over at Incessant Bookworm, and decided to join immediately since I already have to do a similar scavage hunt for the 2017 Beat The Backlist challenge. The challenge is hosted at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book and is another yearly challenge. Bacially, by the end of the year, your bowl has to be filled with one book for each letter of the alphabet!

Each letter will count as 1 spoonful, and the challenge is to read one book that has a title with every letter of the alphabet. The A’s and The’s can be dropped from the book titles to make things easier. Also, the Q, X and Z titles can have words that start with the letter anywhere in the title. I’m not going to make a list beforehand, and just see how things go… Although I will probably have to hunt for the more difficult letters later on.

On to the list:

>>> Last updated March 7th 2017 <<<

A: Americosis Vol. 3 – by Haydn Wilks (2016)
B: Blink – by K.L. Slater (2017)
C –
D: The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken (2012)
E –
F: The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley – by Shaun David Hutchinson (2015)
G: A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (2016)
H –
I: The Invisible Library – by Genevieve Cogman (2015)
J –
K: The Killing Game – by J.S. Carol (2016)
L: The Light That Gets Lost – by Natasha Carthew (2015)
M: Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
N –
O: The One Memory Of Flora Banks – by Emily Barr (2017)
P: The Perfect Stranger – by Megan Miranda (2017)
Q: Mosquitoland – by David Arnold (2015)
R: Rebel Of The Sands – by Alwyn Hamilton (2016)
S: The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner (2016) 
T: The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (2016)
U: Unhooked – by Lisa Maxwell (2016)
V –
W: The Wrong Side Of Right – by Jenn Marie Thorne (2015)
X –
Y: You – by Caroline Kepnes (2014)
Z: Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer (2017)

I have found 19 out of 26 letters so far.


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2017 Beat The Backlist: Official TBR

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The 2017 Beat The Backlist challenge is hosted over at Novelknight AND also includes a Harry Potter themed mini challenge. Of course I will be joining that one as well, proudly trying to win the Hogwarts House Cup along with my fellow Ravenclaws. My challenge name is OakSickle!!

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I signed up for this challenge about two weeks ago, but never actually made the full backlist/TBR for this challenge. With only two weeks left in 2016, I thought it was about time to properly sit down and write down those books I have been neglecting for way too long. Remember my goals?

  • read 50 books published before 2016
  • read 20 books published before 2013
  • review each book 
  • update challenge post monthly

I want to try and read at least 50 books that were published before 2016, and I’m 20 of them have to be published before 2013. I’m hoping to actually be able to read more older books that way. On to the backlist!!

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2017 Beat The Backlist

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I know that technically there still is more than a month of 2016 left, but I saw this new 2017 challenge mentioned by Donna over at Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog and I just HAD to join. (P.S. visit her blog if you haven’t already, she’s awesome. 😀 )

The 2017 Beat The Backlist challenge is hosted over at Novelknight AND also includes a Harry Potter themed mini challenge; how cool is that?! Of course I will be joining that one as well, proudly trying to win the Hogwarts House Cup along with my fellow Ravenclaws. (Yes, I finally checked Pottermore and I can now officially say that’s my house.)

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# What is the ‘2017 Beat The Backlist’ challenge about? #

This challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2017 is all about finally reading all those poor neglected books that have been collecting dust for way too long, ignored and/or pushed aside for new releases and ARCs. And since my TBR pile is about to explode and I’m definitely guilty of the above, I will set my goal to read 50 books that have been published before 2016 next year. And not only that, at least 20 of them will have to be published before 2013… I know I have read WAY more books than that this year so far, but I’m ashamed to admit more than a third of them have been books published in 2016. Oops?!

# GOALS #

In short, my goals for this challenge will be:

  • read 50 books published before 2016
  • read 20 books published before 2013
  • review each book 
  • update challenge post monthly

# TBR #

Since I will be trying to read a few titles that have been on my shelves for a while next month, I will be making a proper TBR closer to the end of this year. But if I can’t get to them before, I can promise that titles like the Red Rising trilogy, Outlander and The Darkest Minds will sure be mentioned.


Make sure to check out the official challenge page at Novelknight and sign up if you want to join the fun! Your TBR pile will thank you. 😉