ARC Reading Challenge 2010

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January 2 – December 30, 2010

See that huge stack of books in the button above? That is not that far removed from my stack of ARCs begging to be read. I admit that in 2009 I went a bit overboard in accepting copies of books for review…and so I need Teddy’s ARC Challenge to get caught up. Here’s what you need to know:

  • List all of the ARC’s that you have to read right now. Then throughout the year, you must continue updating that list as you receive more ARC’s (this is important. You should also strike out the ones that you finish.
  • Choose a level of participation:

Level Bronze

  • All of us who have or will have less than 12 ARC’s must read all of the ARC’s we have. Note, that if you have 11 ARC’s and then receive a 12th one you will be bumped up to catagory a.
  • All of us who have or will have more than 12 ARC’s must read and review 12.

Level Silver : Read 24 ARC’s

Level Gold: Read 25 or more ARC’s

Once you see my ridiculously long list of ARCs (below), you will not question my decision to do the GOLD level of participation! I have defined ARCs as strictly Advance Readers Editions (not simply books for review). I’ve organized these books by date of publication.

Published 2008

  • Passion on the Vine, by Sergio Esposito (pub. 04.22.2008)
  • My Father’s Paradise, by Ariel Sabar (pub. 09.16.2009)
  • Devil’s Brood, by Sharon Kay Penman (pub. 10.07.2008)
  • Miles from Nowhere, by Nami Mun (pub. 12.26.2008)

Published January 2009

  • The Land of Marvels, by Barry Unsworth (pub.01.06.2009)
  • Eat, Drink and Be from Mississippi, by Nanci Kincaid (pub. 01.06.2009)
  • Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell (pub. 01.07.2009)
  • Blonde Roots, by Bernadine Evaristo (pub. 01.22.2009)
  • Hotel on the Corner of the Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford (pub. 01.27.2009)

Published February 2009

  • Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (pub. 02.03.2009) – COMPLETED August 7, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • The Mighty Queens of Freeville, by Amy Dickinson (pub. 02.03.2009)
  • Nine Lives, by Dan Baum (pub. 02.17.2009)
  • The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James (pub. 02.19.2009)
  • American Rust, by Philipp Meyer (pub. 02.24.2009)
  • The Lost City of Z, by David Gram (pub. 02.24.2009)

Published March 2009

  • The Age of Orphans, by Laleh Khadivi (pub. 03.03.2009)
  • The Weight of a Mustard Seed, by Wendell Steavenson (pub. 03.17.2009)
  • Palace Circle, by Rebecca Dean (pub. 03.24.2009)

Published April 2009

  • Summer World, by Bernd Hinrich (pub. 04.07.2009)
  • Laura Rider’s Masterpiece, by Ruth Hamilton (pub. 04.09.2009)
  • Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie (pub. 04.28.2009)

Published June 2009

  • Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad (publ. 06.02.2009)
  • Perfection, by Julie Metz (pub. 06.09.2009)
  • The Wish Maker, by Ali Sethi (pub. 06.11.2009)
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, by Farahad Zama (pub. 06.11.2009)
  • The Embers, by Hyatt Bass (pub. 06.23.2009)
  • Gifts of War, by Mackenzie Ford (pub. 06.23.2009)

Published July 2009

  • The Blue Notebook, by James Levine (pub. 07.07.2009)
  • The Crying Tree, by Naseem Rakha (pub.07.07.2009)
  • Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant (pub. 07.14.2009) – Completed January 21, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.

Published August 2009

  • The Elephant Keeper, by Christopher Nichols (pub. 08.04.2009)
  • Sweeping up Glass, by Carolyn Wall (pub. 98.14.2009)

Published September 2009

  • Homer and Langley, by E.L. Doctorow (pub. 09.01.2009)
  • The Boy Next Door, by Irene Sabatini (pub. 09.08.2009)
  • South of Broad, by Pat Conroy (pub. 09.15.2009)
  • The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood (pub. 09.22.2009) – Completed January 7, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.

Published October 2009

  • Tell Me Something True, by Leila Cobo (pub. 10.01.2009)
  • Evolution of Shadows, by Jason Malott (pub. 10.20.2009)
  • The Creed of Violence, by Boston Teran (pub. 10.20.2009)

Published November 2009

  • The Good Plain Cook, by Bethan Roberts (pub. 11.01.2009)

Published January 2010

  • Thursday Night Widows, by Claudia Pineiro (pub. 01.01.2010)
  • Rose, by Leila Meacham (pub. 01.06.2010)
  • The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris (pub. 01.18.2010)

Published February 2010

  • One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (pub. 02.02.2010) – COMPLETED March 30, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  • The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight, by Gina Ochsner (pub. 02.08.2010)
  • The Last Surgeon, by Michael Palmer (pub. 02.16.2010) – COMPLETED January 31, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  • Keeping the Feast, by Paula Butturini (pub. 02.18.2010) – COMPLETED January 29, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.

Published March 2010

  • Chow Hounds, by Ernie Ward DVM (pub. 03.01.2010) – COMPLETED April 25, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • Raven Stole the Moon, by Garth Stein (pub. 03.05.2010) – COMPLETED March 3, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  • Impatient with Desire, by Gabrielle Burton (pub. 03.09.2010) – COMPLETED April 10, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  • Making Toast, by Roger Rosenblatt (pub. 03.10.2010) – COMPLETED February 28, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • The Lotus Eaters, by Tatjana Soli (pub. 03.24.2010) – COMPLETED March 19, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

Published April 2010

  • Get Lucky, by Katherine Center (pub. 04.06.2010) – COMPLETED March 28, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • Thumbing Through Thoreau, by Kenny Luck (pub. 04.19.2010) – COMPLETED August 6, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.

Published May 2010

  • The Threadbare Heart, by Jennie Nash (pub. 05.04.2010) – COMPLETED April 20, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  • The Singer’s Gun, by Emily St. John Mandel (pub. 05.04.2010) – COMPLETED May 5, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.

Published June 2010

  • The Outside Boy, by Jeanine Cummins (pub. 06.24.2010) – COMPLETED June 22, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.

Published July 2010

  • Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens (pub. 07.06.2010) – COMPLETED August 17, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  • The Search by Nora Roberts (pub.07.06.2010) – COMPLETED September 12, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • Red Hook Road, by Ayelet Waldman (pub. 07.13.2010) – COMPLETED October 24, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.

Published August 2010

  • The Blessings of the Animals, by Katrina Kittle (pub. 08.03.2010) – COMPLETED September 29, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • City of Veils, by Zoe Ferraris (pub. 08.09.2010) – COMPLETED August 24, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • Let’s Take the Long Way Home, by Gail Caldwell (pub. 08.10.2010) – COMPLETED February 15, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • I Curse the River of Time, by Per Petterson (pub. 08.03.2010) – COMPLETED July 26, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.
  • Dangerous Neighbors, by Beth Kephart (pub. 08.24. 2010) – COMPLETED August 8, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

Published September 2010

  • Room, by Emma Donaghue (pub. 09.13.2010) – COMPLETED October 2, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  • Stranger Here Below, by Joyce Hinnefeld (pub. 09.28.2010) – COMPLETED October 14, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  • Safe From the Sea, by Peter Geye (pub. 09.28.2010) – COMPLETED October 30, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.

Published October 2010

  • Grace, by Melinda Marchiano (pub. 10.01.2010) – COMPLETED September 16, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  • The Wake of Forgiveness, by Bruce Machart (pub. 10.21.2010) – COMPLETED September 5, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.

Published November 2010

  • Mary Ann in Autumn, by Armistead Maupin (pub. 11.02.2010) – COMPLETED November 28, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  • The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton (pub. 11.09.2010) – COMPLETED December 8, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.

Published January 2011

  • Three Seconds, by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom (pub. 01.04.2011) – COMPLETED December 19, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.

9 thoughts on “ARC Reading Challenge 2010

  1. Nicola

    Glad to see I’m not the only one with some 2008’s left. I’ve got 6 and I’m working on them now. Hopefully I can get at least 3 of them read before the new year starts. Then the other 3 will be my first books of 2010!

    My list is as long (or longer) than yours so don’t feel bad. But I’d have to include review copies, not just ARCs as most books I get are final editions for review.

  2. Caribousmom Post author

    Thanks, Kathy!

    Nicola: Oh, I’m glad I’m not the only one harboring 2008 ARCs! If I included all my review copies too, I’d be too embarrassed to post this *laughs* I have the 2008 ones right up there near the top of the stack too.

    Diane: You betcha it is … YIKES! I’ve been better lately about not accepting so many.

  3. Les in NE

    This sounds like the perfect challenge for me! I did a quick count from across the room and I easily have a dozen stacked up. Not sure if I have any from 2008, though. 😉

  4. Teddy

    I’m glad you joining the challenge again in 2010 Wendy. I think we have about the same number of ARC and I know I have a few from 2008. I’m so glad to know that I am not alone. I vowed to cut down on the number I accept but so far that isn’t working to well for me. LOL! There are so many great sounding books out there being pitched to us bloggers.

  5. Caribousmom Post author

    Les: Lucky you only having a dozen *laughs*

    Teddy: I *have* to do this challenge just to keep me delving into the giant stack!!! I am trying to cut down, but I admit…I’m a total book addict. I – Just – can’t – stop!!!!

  6. Caribousmom Post author

    Rose City Reader: I admit, I join this challenge just to induce the correct amount of guilt to make me finish all these ARCs – *laughs* Happy to make you feel better – 8?!!??!? Oh, that is truly nothing *smiles*

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