I hope you’re doing well!
It’s that time of year again where we all frantically try and catch up with all of the ARCS we’ve not yet read or got around to. Being a book blogger is fantastic, and it’s such an honour to receive arcs of books. Sometimes though, it can feel like our TBR is crushing us and some books get left to the wayside just a little. This year I’ve been very good with reading physical arcs I’ve been sent quickly, but there are a handful I’ve been gifted that are still sitting on my TBR trolley.
The purpose of Arc August is to read as many unread/part read arcs as possible. While there are two other books I’m planning on reading in August, I’m going to try and get though as many backlogged arcs as possible, including e-arcs from NetGalley.
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 readathon to finish as many ARC’s as possible. You can check out their announcement post if you want to join in here.
Are you participating in Arc August? How many arcs are you planning on reading? Let me know!
1. Ghost Wood Song – Erica Waters
This is the first book I’ve been accepted to read on Edelweiss. I’d heard mixed thoughts on Edelweiss since I began book blogging but I decided to make n account in June. Ghost Wood Song was kindly sent to me by Harper 360. I did have some trouble downloading the arc so my friend Sarah kindly gifted me her physical arc to read instead as she’d already read it. This is one of my top priorities to read this month and it sounds brilliant!
Release date: 14/7/20
2. The Shelf – Helly Acton
I’ve already started this book and I’m quite enjoying it so far. It was kindly gifted to me by Zaffre Books and I’m looking forward to continuing reading it this month. This is another arc that’s high on my priority list to finish reading in August.
Release date: 9/7/20
3. Beach Read – Emily Henry
I was approved for this e-arc on NetGalley a little while ago but still haven’t got around to reading it yet. It sounds fantastic for August so I’m hoping to get around to it.
Release date: 19/5/20
4. Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman is one of my favourite authors and the three books of his I’ve already read I gave 5 stars. I cant wait to get around to this book. As it’s being released in August, this month would be the perfect time to read it! I received an earc if this on NetGalley too.
Release date: 6/8/20
These are the 4 books I want to get around to reading in August and if I read them all I’d be quite happy with that! As there’s two other books I want to read in August too, I didn’t want to set myself any unrealistic reading goals. I have a week of annual leave starting this Wednesday, so a TBR of 6 books should definitely be doable. Let’s just hope I don’t fall into a reading slump like I did halfway through August last year!
Did I read all of my Arc August 2019 books??
Okay, so this part of the blog post may be a little controversial. In 2019, I did an ARC August announcement with a big pile of books I was going to attempt to read. The amount of books I set myself was pretty unrealistic, but as I’m a mood reader, I wanted to give myself a nice amount of books to choose from.
For the second half of this blog post I’m going to look back over the list of books I wanted to read last year to see if there’s any in that pile I’ve still not read yet! Please don’t judge me, as I’m sure there’s still a few I need to read. I know we all have books we should have read but keep putting off. If there are any books I’ve still not read I’m going to do a Books and Lala and make myself read them by the end of this year!
Okay so here are the books I wanted to read last year, but have I now read them all?
1. What if it’s us – Becky Albertelli and Adam Silvera
I will justify not reading it yet by saying that I was never actually sent an arc of this book, my friend Amy gave it to me as she was unhauling it. So I’m giving myself a pass with this one because I didn’t receive it to review it. I still do want to read it at some point, but I’m still not in a massive rush to do so.
2. The Warehouse – Rob Hart
I read this a few months ago! I was really looking forward to reading it and had high hopes! Two thirds of the book was great but I wasn’t a fan of the last third of the book and didn’t think much of the ending. So much more could have been done with this book and I gave it two stars in the end.
3. The Last Spell Breather – Julie Pike
I read this book last year and wasn’t a fan at all. I thought that it was very confusing for a middle grade book and tried to cover too much in not enough pages. The story wasn’t very strong and I ended up skim reading half of it. I think I gave it one star.
4. Floored – Multiple authors
I did start reading this book and got around 80-100 pages in. I really wasn’t enjoying it and ended up DNFing it until a later date. I still haven’t attempted to read it again yet but am hoping to soon. The concept of it is a great idea and I like that every main character is written by a different person. It gives each character such a unique voice, I just wasn’t feeling the plot at the time.
5. The Deathless Girls – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
This was the first book I read for Arc August last year and it was my most anticipated read of 2019. I was so disappointed by it though and although it was an interesting retelling, it was very different to how I imagined it would be. Being a huge Dracula fan, I expected it to focus more on the bride’s experiences with him but this was skimmed over at the end. I think this was a case of overhyping a book completely. I gave it three stars overall as it was enjoyable, just a lot different to what I expected.
6. The Survival Game – Nicky Singer
This is bad I know. I still haven’t read this book, I don’t know why because it sounds so interesting! I really want to read this by the end of the year!
7. Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
Out of all the books in this pile, this was the one I was the most apprehensive to read. I’m not a big fantasy reader but I made it my goal to read more out of my comfort zone last year. This is why I requested this book. I think because I had no preconceived ideas about it, it completely blew me away and it was the book I enjoyed the most from Arc August 2019. It was such a great book and I can’t wait for the sequel to be released this year! I gave it 4 stars.
8. A Flicker in the Clarity – Amy McNamara
This is one that I still haven’t read, when I really should have by now. It’s an arc I keep meaning to pick up but then I end up prioritising newer arcs to read instead. I’m determined to read this by the end of the year.
9. Missing, Presumed Dead – Emma Berquist
Again this is an arc I really should have read by now and I’m not sure why I haven’t. The plot sounds interesting so I’ve not got any excuses not to read it!
10. Elevator Pitch – Linwood Barclay
This was the last book I read for Arc August and it put me into a reading slump in all honesty. I won this arc from the publishers, HQ and thought it sounded to interesting, but it was completely different to how I envisioned it. I found the plot to be disjointed and the ending a bit boring in all honesty. I gave this one two stars.
Out of the 10 books I had on my TBR for Arc August 2019, I’ve now read 5. I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve not read them all yet in all honesty and am determined to finish them all by the end of the year. Please hold me accountable to this!
Are you participating in Arc August 2020? Let me know in the comments below!
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