Last year around this time, Rachel and I created a two-person-readathon to get our amount of unread ARCs under something resembling control. Ask me how that went! (Not great. Not great at all. I was newly pregnant and feeling pretty awful) But, it was fun! So we are doing it again the last two weeks of September and hopefully this time around I will actually make a dent into my (even bigger) mountain of unread ARCs. You are all absolutely invited to join but we don’t have any prompts, we won’t be doing anything fancy like reading sprints, but it is fun all the same!
Most of my ARCs are overdue and I do not even know how this will ever change – but I really am trying to at least get my number of unreviewed ARCs down significantly over the next few months.
I am currently in the middle of two ARCs – these will obviously my priority:
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
Published by Titan Books, October 6th 2020
I did not expect to be approved for this – it is Schwab after all and people have been looking forward to this book for years, but I did and I am so glad. I was super in the mood for her kind of writing and prefer reading on my kindle to reading physical books lately.
Crooked Halleluja by Kelli Jo Ford
Published by Grove Atlantic, July 14th 2020
I am absolutely loving this – but it is also a difficult read due to its content. I am super enjoying Ford’s characterization and her prose. If this keeps up, it will surely be one of my favourites of the year.
I usually read a few books at the same time but try to read different genres. Once I finish Crooked Hallelujah, I will pick one of my more literary fiction ARCs, and once I finish Addie LaRue, I will choose another speculative novel.
Machine by Susan Steinberg (published by Pushkin Press, August 6th 2020)
The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld (published by Knopf Doubleday, September 1st 2020)
Pew by Catherine Lacey (published by Granta, May 14th 2020)
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (published by Faber & Faber, August 20th 2020)
Of those four I am most excited about Emezi’s second novel – I adored Freshwater and have high hopes that this will also be a favourite.
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (published by Orbit, November 2018)
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (published by HarperCollins, September 2019)
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (published by Titan Books, August 11th 2020)
Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam (published by Bloomsbury, October 6th 2020)
I am most excited about Empire of Sand – but I also never pick it up. I am fairly certain I will love it – many people with similar tastes to mine have already adored it, I love speculative romance, and Suri is a delight on twitter. I really should finally get to this. But I am also intrigued by Alam’s book, who is also a delight on twitter – but I also scare easily, so we will have to see how this horror/ fantasy/ thriller hybrid works for me.
I have also quite a few ARCs I have read parts of but for some reason did not finish. I hope to return to some of these and decide whether I want to keep reading.
This list of ARCs is by far not complete but it is more than enough to keep me occupied for more than the two weeks the readathon runs. And also, who am I kidding, I recently got an ARC of Melissa Broder’s second novel Milk Fed which does not release until next year but which I will probably read before anything else because I am so very excited (and this is how I manage to never ever catch up on my unread ARCs).