So, basically, this is pretty straight forward. I’ve talked about how I want to use my Kindle more, and how I want to catch up on all the ARCs that I’ve been approved for but somehow forgot about, so to make it official: in 2019, this is going to be the year of the ARC.
For this to be successful, I’ve found two reading challenges that I plan to put into practice: Late-A-Thon, which was announced by Destiny over on her blog; and Blogger Shame. Both challenges revolve around advance reader copies that are past due, that have been forgotten about; the former taking place in all of January, while the latter takes place in all of 2019 and will have three separate posts for checking in (this one, a check-in post in June, and then a wrap-up in December). With Blogger Shame, I almost forgot to mention that the ARCs have to be overdue by at least four months, minimum.
So, I’m going to kind of take the principles of both and adapt them to my situation, and then see how it goes for the rest of the year after January. Since it’s probably the quickest TBR, I’ll run through the latest-latest ARCs that I want to read by year’s end just to put it out there in the ether. These are going to be taken from my Late-A-Thon shelf on Goodreads, so you’ll see the covers when I post the screenshots of that shelf later in this post.
BLOGGER SHAME TBR:
- Love is Love by Mette Bach
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
- 806 by Cynthia Weil
- Going Places by Katheryn Berla
- Ohio by Stephen Markley
- Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
- Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmyn Darznik
I think I’m going to leave it at those for now, and then when I check back in around June, I may make another TBR. I don’t know if I’ll get to all of these by June, but that’s the goal, especially with how I want to get back into reading more LGBTQIA+ stories this year, and that list has a couple of them on there (Love is Love is a story a transgender character; Mask of Shadows has a gender-fluid main character).
Now for the readathon that sparked this idea and reading plan. As mentioned previously, I created an entire list of overdue ARCs that I want to try to get to, and there’s a total of 51. I have way more than that, but these are the ones I want to make a priority first. I’m not planning on reading every single book on this shelf, but I want to knock out at least a few this month, so we’ll see how well I do.
I’m not going to go through all of these one by one, but these are the ARCs that I’ll be focusing on in the foreseeable future. A lot of these I definitely forgot I had been approved for an advance copy of it, so I’m looking forward to hopefully, finally, read some of these.
This is most definitely my biggest challenge of the year, but in order to improve my Netgalley score (it’s a whopping 10%, it’s so bad), I need to stop requesting all the books that sound “interesting” or “intriguing” and start reading the ones that have been waiting to be read because it’s become such a bad habit that I’m trying to break this year.
Wish me luck. I’m so going to need to it . . .