Thursday, December 31, 2009

ARC Reading Challenge

Teddy Rose knows that some of us need to keep lists to stay on top of our obligations. Last year she ran the ARC Reading Challenge and while I didn't get through all the advanced reading copies I was sent, the growing list certainly did keep me accountable by reminding me constantly of the stack of unread books I needed to read and review. I did manage to read 75 of 109 books sent to me so I think I did pretty well, especially as about 7 of those still unread were sent to me in December alone. So, since I still have a bucketload of unread ARCs, I am signing up for serious accountability again.

The rules differ depending on how many unread ARCs you have stacked around your house so suffice it to say that I have to sign on to the heavy duty version of the challenge. Once I deleted those from the 2009 list which I've dutifully (and in most cases, happily) read, I was left with this list remaining:

1. The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri
2. The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi
3. The Blue Notebook by James Levine
4. Old World Daughter, New World Mother by Maria Laurino
5. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
6. The Link by Colin Tudge
7. Viva Cisco by Patrick Shannon
8. The Big Steal by Emyl Jenkins
9. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
10. A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
11. Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke
12. Passeggiata by G.G. Husak
13. Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
14. The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
15. Waking Up In Eden by Lucinda Fleeson
16. The Puzzle King by Betsy Carter
17. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
18. The Blue Star by Tony Earley
19. The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt
20. Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle
21. The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell
22. The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley
23. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
24. Spellbinder by Helen Stringer
25. Surviving Paradise by Peter Rudiak-Gould
26. The Return by Victoria Hislop
27. Children of the Dust by Ali Eteraz
28. Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie
29. Reasons by Tracy Fabre
30. The Bread of Angels by Stephanie Saldana
31. A Rainbow in the Night by Dominique Lapierre
32. Solar by Ian McEwan
33. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
34. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

With luck I'll have some more wonderful books to add to the list as the year goes on but I will also manage to whittle this down so that I have fulfilled the obligations to which I've already committed (and yes, I'm fully aware that it's probably me that should be committed instead).


  1. Gezz thanks, now I don't feel so bad Kristen. I'm joining this one too with over 25 for starters...LOL

  2. Ferris Beach is great. Has my all-time favorite Malapropism. I've heard The Puzzle King is fantastic and I recently requested a copy myself. Good luck!

  3. I have a few of the same books to read. Welcome to the challenge!


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