Saturday, January 3, 2009

The 2009 ARC Reading Challenge

Teddy has brought back the ARC reading challenge which I joined (and failed at!) last year. This year it's an all year event that requires us to list all the ARCs, which are defined as "anything sent from a publisher or author with the expectation that we will review them," in our possession and should we have over 12, we should read and review 12 within the year to meet the requirements of the challenge.

Suffice it to say that I have well over 12, so I will be reading 12 (hopefully *more*!). Here comes the really unpleasant part - the listing of the "ARCs" in my possession.

1. In the Country of Brooklyn by Peter Golenbock
2. The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan Review
3. Franklin and Lucy by Joseph E. Persico
4. Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
5. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
6. The White Mary by Kira Salak
7. Stealing Athena by Karen Essex
8. Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner
9. The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill Review
10. The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin
11. Resistance by Agnes Humbert
12. Guernica by Dave Boling
13. Stalin's Children by Owen Matthews
14. Heavier Than Air by Nona Caspers
15. The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein
16. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister Review
17. The Glister by John Burnside Review
18. The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson
19. The Fireman's Wife by Jack Riggs Review
20. Joker One by Donovan Campbell
21. American Rust by Philipp Meyer
22. The Weight of a Mustard Seed by Wendell Steavenson
23. Something Like Beautiful by Asha Bandele
24. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
25. The Belivers by Zoe Heller
26. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
27. Canvey Island by James Runcie Review
28. Outcasts United by Warren St. John
29. When Skateboards Will Be Free by Said Sayrafiezadeh
30. Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
31. Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung
32. Baby Jesus Pawn Shop by Lucia Orth
33. Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redmption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton Review
34. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See Review
35. Don't Call Me a Crook by Bob Moore Review
36. Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
37. The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi
38. First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Browne-Waite Review
39. Stone's Fall by Iain Pears
40. The Blue Notebook by James Levine
41. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
42. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
43. The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips Review
44. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
45. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
46. The Texicans by Nina Vida Review
47. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
48. The Rapture by Liz Jensen
49. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
50. The Invention of Everything Else by Smantha Hunt
51. Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
52. Family Sentence by Jeanine Cornillot
53. Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown
54. The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
55. The Information Officer by Mark Mills
56. The Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess


  1. I didn't do so well with this one last year either. This year, you and I will come out on top! I've decided. :-) Good luck with this one!

  2. Wow, that's a lot! The Painter From Shanghai is a great book.

  3. Thanks for joining the challenge again! Hopefully having it for the full year will help us get through on lists better.

    I really enjoyed the Lace Reader! I am planning to read Stealing Athena this month.

  4. LF - this year failure is not an option. Therefore we will succeed! ;-) Good luck to you as well!

    Katherine - A lot? Oh, I hadn't noticed until the stack fell on me and caused me grievous injury. ;-)LOL. Seriously though, it's a bit out of hand - hence the need for a challenge to get me motivated to get to work harder on them, right?

    Teddy - Thanks for hosting again. It really is a great motivator (greater, even, than my own personal guilt complex!). I think with a year to work with I should be able to succeed (and then some!).