Rachel and I have too many ARCs – a “hold me accountable” TBR

I have too many unread ARCs on my shelves and I am starting to get really annoyed at the fact. My reading has been very different the last I don’t even know how many months (actually I do know; since October last year) and as a result I haven’t read the books I thought I would read but have not stopped requesting books either. Which means that at the moment I have the ridiculous number of 26 unread ARCs, 15 of which are past their publication date. I don’t know about you all but for me, once I don’t manage to read an ARC by its publication date, chances are I won’t read it anytime soon – which is stupid because I want to read those books! I am not alone in this, so Rachel @paceamorelibri and I have decided to hold each other responsible and do a two week long stretch of reading ARCs, starting on September 1st. You should join us!

High priority:

39714124Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Published November 2018

I was approved for this ARC after it had already been published and then I just never got around to reading it. Which is a shame because apparently it features gods (possibly my favourite thing ever! See recommendations here) and a really well-done romance – this book could not be more up my alley if it had been written with me in mind. I figure if I read it now I can get hyped about the next book in the series, which will be released in November.

42123790._sy475_Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Publishing Date: Oktober 1st 2019

Pretty much the only Booker longlisted book I am interested in this year. I adored Winterson’s memoir when I read it last year and have wanted to read more of her ever since. This sounds absolutely brilliant I really should get to it before the short list is announced – so that I have at least one potential horse in the game.


43521657The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Publishing Date: September 12th 2019

I was a bit apprehensive when I requested it but it so anyways because the hype got to me. But since then people whose taste I trust have loved it – so I am really looking forward to this. I do love a good portal fantasy but I don’t love books about books. But the reviews are so good!


40947778._sy475_The Outside by Ada Hoffmann

Published June 2019

I have a complicated relationship with scifi. I want to love it and often adore the premises but then never super enjoy the books. This one sounds SO brilliant and made for me though. I mean, AI Gods? (Like I said, I adore books about gods) How could I not request a copy? I really need to get to this.

44282599._sy475_Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Published August 2019

I have been looking forward to this book for ages, so I have absolutely no excuse. I really, really want to read this. But for some reason I have not been able to read non fiction lately at all. I hope this will change soon!


Unsure and will do a Try A Chapter Tag with

40407148Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt

Published July 2018

Another book I received after its publication date – and one I keep forgetting that I own. It is losely based on the Nabokov marriage and I think it would be interesting to compare it to what I learned about Vera and Vladimir Nabokov reading Stacy Schiff’s incredible Vera a few weeks ago. It is, however, historical fiction, a genre I frequently struggle with and have mostly given up on. Hopefully this will work for me now.

40060700The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

Published March 2018

I requested this when I was trying to read as many eligible books for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. And then promptly never picked it up. It isn’t quite my type of book but the reviews are good. I will have to read a bit and see how much I like it.


44596261._sy475_Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Publishing Date: September 3rd 2019

I wished for this because it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. However, I apparently did not expect to have my wish granted (it is the third wish I have had granted, so maybe I am a unicorn?) – I am not sure I will love this. I have struggled a lot with YA these last few years, so this might not work for me at all. It does sound interesting though and maybe myself-imposed absence in the YA world will help me like this.

Read a bit and need to decide whether I want to keep reading:

I have the habit of starting a book and putting it down at some point when I am not immediately loving it. I have five ARCs that I have read at least some part of but for some reason or other put down again. I need to read a bit more of each of these books and then make the decision whether I want to keep reading or not.

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

Cala by Laura Legge

Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe

The Snakes by Sadie Jones

Knock Wood by Jennifer Militello


Please join us in our attempt to finally make a dent into our ARC piles! Which of these books should I prioritize? (I cannot promise to actually listen to anybody)


24 thoughts on “Rachel and I have too many ARCs – a “hold me accountable” TBR

  1. I really enjoyed Velocity Weapon, although it does take some to get going. Its confusing in the beginning but it turned out to be really good. And I’ll be reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January very soon too. Good luck!

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    1. I’m really not great with SF. I always want to like it and then I struggle. I made it fairly far into Velocity Weapon, so I will definitely be picking it up again and give it another chance. I do love the premise!


  2. I guess it is a bit weird getting approved for an ARC once it is already out, but I can honestly say that Empire of Sand is amazing! Was one of my favourite books of 2018 and I am really excited for the sequel which is coming out later this years. Fingers crossed you like it!

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    1. I am glad to hear that! It’s ricidulous that I haven’t read it yet because it is SO up my alley! Plus Tasha Suri is so wonderful on twitter, I really want to love her fiction.

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    1. I am glad to hear! I have heard such brilliant things! To be fair, I started it but didn’t like her take on Goffmann which is a very me-reason to put the book down. Maybe I’ll just skip that essay.

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  3. Definitely feel your pain – I don’t have as many unread ARCs (6, and 2 pending) but I wish I didn’t have so many stacked up! I’m reading two of them at the moment – Tracey Chevalier’s A Single Thread and Nesrine Malik’s We Need New Stories.

    I’m afraid I only got 25% of the way through The Old Drift (by which time I’d read an ordinary-length novel) but I know that others have really enjoyed it.

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  4. Hopefully you will enjoy all the ARCs you end up reading! Ten thousand doors of January sounds good!



  5. This is a good idea! I should also probably set aside a few weeks to focus on overdue ARCs. My pile is only growing! D: I’m reading Ten Thousand Doors right now and loving it. It’s as much of a story about life in general, as it is about books, so fingers crossed you enjoy it!


  6. Definitely Velocity Weapon! It’s a slow build, but it pays off handsomely. Empire of Sand is on my backlist of “meant to read when it came out and didn’t.” Hopefully the release of the sequel will motivate me a bit!


  7. Good luck with the readathon! It looks like you have some great titles to choose from! I’m planning to get to Frankissstein before the shortlist announcement as well- it looks so promising! I’m also very intrigued by Trick Mirror and Cala. Looking forward to seeing what you pick up!


  8. I am currently plodding my way through The Ten Thousand Doors of January, which I requested because I like the premise and the author’s short stories, but I am having a lot of trouble with it…I am wondering, where is the story that everyone’s been raving about? ^^; I realize it’s already September 8, so perhaps you’ve made a dent in it already? I’d like to hear what you think of it!

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    1. I still haven’t picked it up and I have started to see not so positive reviews. But I will try at some point! (I am such a bad blogger recently, I don’t ever read anything I should be reading)


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