Hope you’re all doing good!
I’ve spend the weekend in London at YALC and had an absolute blast. I’m still getting over the post con blues, but feel super inspired to blog and read! What better way to utilise this than with ARC August!
If you’re not familiar with ARC August, it was created by Octavia and Shelly over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. and is a month long read-a-thon to finish as many ARC’s as possible. You can check out their announcement post and sign up sheet if you want to join in here: http://readsleeprepeat.org/2019/07/06/announcing-arc-august-2019/.
If you’re not familiar with the term ARC, it means an Advanced Reader’s Copy of a book that is yet to be published. As a blogger I’m fortunate enough to receive my fair share of ARC’s, both physical and digital. It’s tough getting around to reading every one, especially when you’re reading books to review, ones from your back log and new releases. I’m in desperate need to get through my back log of ARC’s and also raise my NetGalley score.
If you’re not familiar with NetGalley, it’s a website book reviewers and bloggers can sign up for. Through NetGalley you can request E-ARC’s of books and the publishers then decide if you will be approved to read the book or not. The biggest mistake I made when first using NetGalley was to request ALL the ARC’s, not really expecting to be approved for any. Fortunately I was, but then was left with a huge back log of reading to do! Each time you read and review a book on NetGalley your percentage increases, but for every new book you’re approved, your percentage goes down – you see my problem here? 😂 The suggested percentage score to have is 80%, so I’m really trying to reach and maintain this.
For today’s post I thought I’d compile my reading list for ARC August. While I’m a big mood reader, I’m determined to stick to this list for a month and finish as many of these books as possible! Just as a disclaimer, some of these books have already been published and they have all been #gifted to me by the publishers.
I hope you enjoy, and please do let me know if you’re participating in ARC August this year, let’s cheer each other on!
(Also, don’t take a shot each time I say ARC or August in this post, you’ll be very drunk 😂)
Arc August reading list
To give myself a bit of leeway, I’ve decided to choose 15 ARC’s for this read-a-thon (10 physical and 5 digial). I’d love to read 10 of these books, but I’m going to stick with a realistic 8 and any others I read I’m going to class as a bonus!
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what your thoughts on them were!
1. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
So this ARC is kind of a double win. When these went out to reviewers last year I really wanted to get my hands on a copy to review but unfortunately wasn’t able to. Ever since it’s been on my list of books to read and buy.
My lovely friend Amy-Louise was doing an unhaul a few months ago and this was one on her pile, she kindly gifted it to me and I was over the moon! After having recently read They Both Die at the End and absolutely loving it, I can’t wait to read this! I’m calling it a double win because it’s a book I’m desperate to read, but it’s also an ARC so I can include it in this challenge!
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT
2. The Warehouse – Rob Hart
This book has been on my radar for a while and I can’t wait to read it. Having seen it a lot on social media I was so excited for its release and my friend Danielle was kind enough to offer her copy for me to borrow. A few hours after talking about this we were gifted copies of this ARC at the Swansea Blogger’s Collective – talk about a coincidence! We were also given T-shirts promoting the book too, which was so cool.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
3. The Last Spell Breather – Julie Pike
This was another ARC that was gifted to the Swansea Blogger’s Collective a few months ago. It seems like a fairly short and easy read and I’m looking forward to giving it a go!
Genre: MG, Fantasy
4. Floored – Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, Eleanor Wood
This is another ARC gifted to the Swansea Blogger’s Collective and has been on my bookshelf for the longest time. I was planning on reading it last August, but then had a tough two months in regards to family bereavements. It ended up getting put on the back burner, so I want to finally get around to reading it this month.
Genre: YA, Contemporary
5. The Deathless Girls – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I feel so honoured to even be saying that I was lucky enough to win an arc of this book at YALC this year. I genuinely squealed with joy when I saw my raffle ticket number on the board and I can’t wait to read this book. If you don’t know already, I’m a huge fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, so I can’t wait to read this! It’s one of my most anticipated released for the second half of this year so can’t believe I get to read it already!
Genre: YA, Retelling, Fantasy
6. The Survival Game – Nicky Singer
This is another ARC that’s been out for a while and I know I should have read months ago. I was actually approved an E-ARC on NetGalley after receiving a physical copy, so if I read this book I can tick it off there too. I know it’s a book I’m likely to enjoy so am looking forward to getting around to reading it.
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
7. Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
So I’ve technically already started this ARC, although I’m only around 20 pages in so I’m going to include this in my list. This is another ARC I feel very fortunate to have received as I know a lot of people are excited to read it! I can’t wait to continue with this book this month.
Genre: YA, Fantasy
8. A Flicker in the Clarity – Amy McNamara
This is another ARC that’s been in my pile for ages that I haven’t yet got around to. I’m going to take the opportunity this month to make sure I read it as I’ve had it for the longest time!
Genre: YA, Contemporary
9. Missing, Presumed Dead – Emma Burquist
I received this arc a few months ago and am yet to read it. It’s been released now and it sounds so good!
Genre: YA, Fantasy, LGBT, Mystery
10. Elevator Pitch – Linwood Barklay
This ARC is such an anticipated read for me and I have high expectations for it! It’s meant to be one of the best thrillers of the year and I was so excited when I won an arc of this from HQ last month. It releases in September so I’m hoping to read and review it before then.
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
11. The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods – Emily Barr (E-ARC)
I’ve heard so many great things about this books so far and can’t wait to read and review it.
Genre: YA, Contemporary
12. Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart (E-ARC)
This has embarrassingly been sitting on my Kindle since I first had NetGalley almost two years ago. It’s only a short read so I don’t really know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I’m determined to read this book in August.
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery
13. Bone – Ysra Daley-Ward
I’d forgotten I had an E-ARC of this book until looking through NetGalley in all honesty. I love poetry collections and this will be a short read so I should finish it in August!
Genre: Poetry, Feminism, Non-Fiction
14. The Tree House – Glenn Haybittle
This is another book I’ve had on NetGalley for ages and is a short read. I’m hoping to get though it in August.
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
15. You, Me and the Movies – Fiona Collins
I was recently approved this in NetGalley and would like to read it before the paperback is published.
Genre: Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Total number of pages to read: 4,218 😅
I’ve set myself a mammoth task here and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I’m going to finish every one of these books, but I’m going to do my best!
To keep up to date with my daily reading updates, don’t forget to follow my Twitter, @FTLOBOOKS, where I’ll be posting a thread all through August.
Please do let me know if you’re participating this year too!
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments below!