Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The 2009 ARC Reading Challenge

Now through December 31, 2009

I decided to make this a year long challenge this time. My hope is that it will help us better manage are ARC's.

Here are the rules:

1. To sign up, leave a comment and a direct link to your blog post about this challenge that includes your list from rule #2.

2. List all of the ARC's that you have to read right now. Then throughout the year, you must continue updating that list as you receive more ARC's. (This is important). You should also strike out the ones that you finish.

3. a. All of us who have or will have more than 12 ARC's must read and review 12.
b. All of us who have or will have less than 12 ARC's must read all of the ARC's we have. Note, that if you have 11 ARC's and then receive a 12th one you will be bumped up to catagory a.

4. You don't have to make a list of which ARC's you plan to read, but you can if you want.

5. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and Audio-books are allowed as long as they are ARC's.

6. Read the books and review them on your blog. If you don't have a blog, you can post your review on sites like Powells, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Leave a comment on this post with a link to each of your reviews.

7. Please subscribe to my blog, as I will be posting updates to the challenge periodically.

8. Enjoy!


Here is level 2 of the challenge. For those of you who have or will finish 12 books, read another 12 books for a total of 24 books.

Level 3 of the challenge is for the ARC Obsessed and is over 25 books.

Note of clarification: I guess I use the term ARC loosely. I consider anything sent from a publisher or author as an ARC because they are sent to us with the expectation that we will review them.

This is the list of ARC's that I currently have:

1. Blood Harvest by Brant Randall

2. Testimony by Anita Shreve
4. Rainbows End by Peter Webb
5. The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin
8. Now the Drum of War by Robert Roper
9. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
10. The Lost City of z by David Grann
13. American Rust by Philipp Meyer
14. Rocket Man by William Elliot Hazlegrove
18. Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst
19. People of the Book by Gerldine Brooks
20. Bedlam South by Mark Grisham and David Donaldson
21. An Obsolete Honor by Helena P. Schrader
25. My Little Red Book Edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

These are the participants for this challenge, so far:

Level one Completed- Congratulations Alea!
Level 2: Over Achiever:

14.The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
15.The Makedown by Gitty Daneshvari
16.The Season by Sara MacLean
17.Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Allis
18.Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison
19.Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
20.The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks
21.Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
22.Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
23.The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
24.Willow by Julia Hoban
25.Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Level 2 completed, cogratulations Alea!
Level 3: ARC Obsessed! LOL!:
26.If I Stay by Gayle Forman
27.Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur
28.Hottie by Jonathan Bernstein
29.Super in the City by Daphne Uviller
30.My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter
31.The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti
32.The Diamonds by Ted Michael
33.Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
34.TMI by Sarah Quigley

35.Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
36.Heartbreak River by Tricia Mills
37.Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee
38.B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras
39.Deep in the Heart of High School by Veronica Goldbach
40.Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders
41.The Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
42.Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson
43.Genesis by Bernard Beckett


1. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell2.
2.The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

3. I Choose to Be Happy by Missy Jenkins
Level one Completed- Congratulations Alyce!
Level 2: Over Achiever:

Level 2 completed, cogratulations Alyce!
Level 3: ARC Obsessed! LOL!:


Level one Completed- Congratulations Dar!
Level 2: Over Achiever:
Level 2 completed-Congratulations Dar!
Level 3: ARC Obsessed! LOL!:
Level one Completed- Congratulations Gaby!
Level 2: Over Achiever:

Level one Completed- Congratulations Kristi!
Level 2: Over Achiever:

Level 2 completed, cogratulations Kristi!
Level 3: ARC Obsessed! LOL!:
Level one Completed- Congratulations Wendy!
Level 2: Over Achiever:

Literate Housewife
Level one Completed- Congratulations Nicola
Level 2: Over Achiever:
25.Drood by Dan Simmons
Level 2 completed, cogratulations Nicola!
Level 3: ARC Obsessed! LOL!:

Level one Completed- Congratulations Rima!
Level 2: Over Achiever:
Level 2 completed, cogratulations Rima!
Level 3: ARC Obsessed! LOL!:

Level one Completed
Level 2: Over Achiever:


I'm in :)

I'm backing off of ARCs this year, but I'll post your challenge on my Official List for other people to find. (Stealing Athena is quite good, BTW!)


PS I stole your Obama pic. :-)

Count me in. Here's my post.

I wanna play!

What an awesome challenge! I'll be back later with my link. :)

Do these have to be ARCs (like marked on the book) or books sent to us to reviewed. If so, I don't think there is an audio ARC. Audios are published after the hardcovers or so I've been told.

Good question J.Kaye! Probably only half of the books I have to review are actual ARCS. Definitely considering joining this one!

Alea, I know! I have like 20 review books, but one actual advance copy. And that was given to me by a!

Maria, Laza, and Jamie,

Thanks for joining the challenge!


I should be backing off ARC's but have a horrible addiction! Enjoy the Obama pic!

J Kaye,

They don't have to say ARC. I consider anything sent from a publisher or author for you to review, an ARC. I was just sent an audiobook from Hatchette to review, so it would count. Also, sometimes on Shelf Awareness, the ARC's or Galley's I am sent don't say ARC on them. Sometimes there are the actual finished product, which is always a treat. I'm glad you are going to join!


I hope you join!

Teddy Rose ~ If they don't have to be actual ARCs, only books sent to me by publishers/publicists/authors to review, then I have my list! Yippee! Thanks!!

I'm in:

Also check this out:

Oh goodie! I'll have to read over the rules once more and then join!

Here is my list!

Yay! So excited!

Here's my link:

Here's my URL:

I'm in and here's my post!

I'm in! Here is my link. Thanks for sponsoring this challenge!

Mine is up here.

I'll be joining and will be back with a link later:)

I'm joining Teddy. I'll be doing my post tomorrow and then I'll be back with the link. Great challenge!

I'm joining. Here is my post:

A incentive to get cracking my ARC pile. Here's the link.


Thanks for joining the challenge. I plan to read all ARC's in January. I'll post your button on my blog with a link to your January challenge.

Alea, Alyce, J. Kaye, Amy, Literatehousewife, Melissa, Sharonanne, and Marcia,

Thanks to all of you for joining! It looks like we all have quite a few ARC's to read and review. It should be fun.

Tracee and Dar,

I'm glad that you are going to join in the fun! I look forward to seeing your lists.

me! me! My post is

I just updated my post by adding all the books. :( I have WAY more than I thought. I am going to have to start saying no more.

Hey Teddy Rose,
Count me in again, I'm just bad about posting my list but I will get to it on vacation:)
Thanks for hosting! This is the only challenge I join (time)


Thanks for joining the challenge!


I look forward to seeing you post. I'm glad your joining!

J. Kaye,

Nice list! I may catch-up to you "long-listers" I have more ARC's on the way. LOL! There like Lays Potatoe chips, "You can just eat(request, read)just one". LOL!

Teddy Rose ~ Unless the book fits in the criteria of the 2009 book challenges, I won't be accepting more. If I don't, I'll never finish them!

I'm in! Thanks for hosting. I have just started reading ARC's so this is a good opportunity for me to keep them organized too! My list so far is here:

J. Kaye, lets see how long you stick to that plan. LOL!

Wow Kristi, for someone who just started getting ARC's, you sure have a good list. I hope you enjoy the challenge.

Took me a little bit, but here's my link:

I'm glad that your joining us Tracee!

Hi! I'm joining this ARC challenge again. :) This is my Challenges page. Will update soon.


Sign me up! Here is my post about the challenge. I'm going to go with the literal definition of ARC and only list those books which are truly ARCs (even still...I have far more than 12!!!)

Josette and Wendy,

I'm so glad that your joiningn in the fun!

I'm in again ;)

Here's the link. I've got the challenge posted, but will have to come back in a day or so with my list :)

This sounds like fun (and will be very productive). Here's a link to my post about this and my other 2009 challenges:

I'll post my ARC list tonight on this page:

Hi Teddy, I'm joining! Here's my post:

I would love to join!
This is my post.


Lori, Jessica, Nicola, Literary Feline, and Rima;

Thanks for joining the challenge!

Hello - Just finished Gatekeepers by Robert Liparulo - Review is here:
Am on to reading Be Strong and Curvaceous and Walking with Wolf!

Finally got my post and list up. Here it is:

Sorry for slacking Teddy. Here's my beginning, partial list!!

I'm in - here's hoping I do better than last time! =D

I'm in:

Could you change the link to my challenge post please? To this:

Here's my first review:

And my link to the page where I'm keep ing track has changed to

Should they be current ARC's or would ARC's I never got to many years ago count? After all, I was supposed to read them then, I just didn't manage to do it. :-P


Here is my review for: Be Strong and Curvaceous.

I am also done with Walking with Wolf - but it is going to be a hard one to review! So much info!


Callista, done.

Nicola, I added your review. Thanks!

Kristen, let's say ARC's that are no more then 1 1/2 years old.

Kristi, I added your review. Thanks!

Just did a review! For a new Young Adult Book, Beautiful Americans!

Here's the review for my first ARC of the year - Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell.

Got another one done! Houston, We Have A Problema!

I've read my fist book! It's NEVER TELL A LIE by Hallie Ephron.

Here's a review of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County:

Hello - Here is a review for another one from mini book expo:


I don't have that many review books but since I do want to make sure to read them I thought I'd join in. I just posted about it here and my list of review books is here.
Thanks Teddy!

Tanabata, I'm glad you joinedee the challenge! Remeber, if you get more ARC's throughout the year you add them to your list, so you may end upo with more to read for the challenge.

Here's my first review - The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan.

I'm joining and my joining post is here:

I'm so glad you decided to join us Lenore!

Here are two more of my reviews!


Here are links to my 2nd and 3rd books

When Will There be Good News by Kate Atkinson

Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz

Thanks for the links Nicola, I added them.

I've gotten my first one done (actually two, but I haven't yet posted my review of the other one, so I'll be back when that goes up).

This is the link to my review of Teaser by Jan Brogan:

Here's #2! :)



Thanks for the links Literary Feline and J. Kaye.

Hey Teddy! Here is the link to my first ARC!!

Thanks for the link Stephanie!


I have another one for you - for The Red Siren -


Ok, here are my ARCs so far:

Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers:

The Dust of 100 Dogs by AS King:

Flygirl by Sherri L Smith:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson:

#2! The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.


Shoot, I forgot to leave my links so I have a few:

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks:

The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby:

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister:

The Private Patient by P.D. James:

Kristi, Lenore, Megan, and Dar;

Thanks for the links.

Here's another one for me:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

And one more:
The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Thanks for the links Nicola!

Teddy, here's one more:

I definitely need this challenge, thank-you

I've got two more reviews posted:

I Choose to Be Happy:

Love and Other Natural Disasters:

And another Teddy:


Here are two more, looks like I can manage about 2 a week! :)

Going to See the Elephant:

Kiss Me Kill Me:

Another one down! It's CASSANDRA & JANE by Jill Pitkeathley.

Here is my link for my latest "ARC" book, Who by Fire. Have a good day!

Here is another one for you - Grace for the Afflicted by Matthew Stanford, PhD.

Thanks Teddy!

Madeleine, It's not too late to join this challenge if you want. Just do up you list like I outlined in the rules and leave a comment with a link to your list.

Dar, Alyce,Kristy, Wendy,J. Kaye, Alea;

Thanks for the links.

Here's one of my ARC reviews:

You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay

I completely forgot to come back with this :(

Here's the link to my list of ARC's

My first review ~ The Spare Room by Helen Garner

My second review ~ Bronx Justice by Joseph Teller

I don't know how you keep up with all of these posts! Here is #6 - Scream for Me by Karen Rose

Here's #6 for me: American Rust by Philipp Meyer

Rima, Nicola, and Lori, Thanks for the links.

Kristi, I don't know how I keep up either. It does help that in your comments you include the title of the book and author. That wasy I can just cut and paste and not have to look it up on you blog first! Thanks for the links.

Here's my first review!

Kopek the Destroyer (Phil Owens)

Here's another for me!

Here's the Story by Maureen McCormick

I have completed another book in this challenge. It’s THE RIDE by Jane Kennedy Sutton.

Finished another one! 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Hi Teddy - got another one for ya!
For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper -


Hi Teddy,
Here are my 2 for January:
Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe and Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton

Just finished Lost in Las Vegas by Melody Carlson -


Hi, Teddy! I finished another of my review (ARC) books. Whew! It's called Zoo Station

Jamie, Nicola, J. Kaye, Kristi, Tanabata, and Wendy;

Thanks for the links!

Hi Teddy, here's another one down:

Here are the links to more finished reviews:

I Lorelei by Yeardley Smith

Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann

Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo

Dar and Alyce,

Thanks for the links!

I reviewed three this week!

Peace, Locomotion

No More Us For You


I have a few new ones for you:

Princess of the Midnight Ball

I, Lorelei

Triple Shot Bettys in Love


Here's my next one:

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

You've made a mistake in my listing. Zoo Station belong's to Literary Feline, not me. And you missed one of mine, American Rust by Philipp Meyer

I don't know how you manage to keep track of all this! It would drive me insane. Guess that's why I participate in challenges but don't run any of my own LOL

Hi Teddy, another one down, Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez:

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Alea, Lenore, Nicola, and Dar;

Thanks for the links!

Nicola, it is hard to keep track, so thank you for catching my error. That is a big help!

A couple more for me!

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
Upbound by Peter Hassebroek

Here's my next one - Scrapping Plans by Rebeca Seitz

Here's book #10 for me:

The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas

Here's my one for the week!

North of Beautiful!

Hi Teddy- Here are my first two ARC reviews for '09

Scrapping Plans - Rebeca Seitz

The Apothecary's Daughter - Julie Klassen

Another one bites the dust-lol-The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash

Here you go: The Valentine Edition by Robin Shope

Here are my newest posts:

The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes:

Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff:

Nothing Right by Antonya Nelson:

My latest review is for The Little Giant of Aberdeen can be found here.

Looks like I forgot to give you a link to my first ARC review for this challenge which was Firmin. The review is here.

Thanks for all the links everyone! I am going to add another level of participation to this challenge, which I will add to this same post.

The new level is 'The Overachievers". If you sign up for that you commit to reading another 12 books for a total of 24 books.

book #11 for me

A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock

And I have no problem joining the Overachievers club as I have plenty of arcs waiting for me to read!

Here is another one - Lessons From San Quentin by Bill Dallas.

And this makes 12!

Otherwise by Farley Mowat

Hi, Teddy! I posted another review for this challenge; Walking Through Walls.

Here's the link:

Hello - Another one for you.

John's Quest - Cecelia Dowdy

Here's another one!

Bones of Faerie - Janni Lee Simner

Here's number 3 - Canvey Island by James Runcie.

Only one for me this week.

Got You Back by Jane Fallon

Here are some new ARC reviews I've posted awhile ago:

Here is my next one - Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale -

Thanks for all the links everyone.

A big congrats to Nicola and then Kristi! They both crossed the finish line for the challenge. They are both continuing on the The Overascheivers level.

Here's my next one!

Fool by Christopher Moore

Here's another review:

Nicola and Rima, Thanks for the links.

Here are the links to the next set of ARCs I've finished:

Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett:

The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs:

This was the oldest book on my list of arcs. I'm glad to have finally read it!

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

Hello, Miss me? :) Here is one

The Spring of Candy Apples by Debbie Viguie

Sorry I am late getting this link to you, Teddy. Here is the link to my review of Broad Street by Christine Weiser."

Here's my next book.

Pieces of My Heart by Robert J. Wagner

Here are mine for this week:


Kisses and Lies

The ABC's of Kissing Boys

Thanks for the links Alyce, Nicola, Wendy, Kristi, and Alea.

Congrat to Alea and Alyce for completing level one. You are now wroking on level 2, The Overachievers.

Note to all,

I'm no longer going to comment on your reviews on your blogs that I added the link to this post. When you give me the links I will add them as usual. However, you may want to check this post every once in awhile to make sure I didn't mis any. If I do miss anything, please let me know.

Another review up!

Got the next one done - Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee -

Thanks for all your work on this Teddy Rose!

Rima and Kristi, Thanks for the links.

Alea, it's my pleasure!

And another one!

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Here's one for you Teddy. Grayrider by Bruce Skye.

Another one!

Here's my one for the week!

The Makedown:

Two more reviews this week:

Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn:

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Sorry, just realized I didn't leave a link with the last one.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann:

Hey Teddy, got another one for you~The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick

Hi Teddy,

I have two for you - I Do Again by Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs (
and Age Before Beauty by Virginia Smith (


Nicola, Dar, Rima, Alea, Alyce, and Kristi; Thanks for the links!


It seems that there are some in this group are ARC obsessed. For those among us who will surpass the overacheivers level, I am now adding the Totally ARC obsessed level. The object, to read over 25 ARC's.

Who among us think they will be Totally ARC Obsessed?

I'm going for it! I have a zillion to read so that's all i'm reading currently!

LOL-I'm definitely in for the Totally ARC Obsessed! I'm already halfway there.

Next one is Bloodprint by Kitty Sewell.

Another one Teddy: Regina's Closet by Diana M. Raab


And one more~that's it I promise. lol.

The Mom Squad by Christine Weiser

Alea, I had no doubt that you would go for it. LOL!

Dar, congrats on completing the first level! I kind of figured you would go for it too! LOL!

Nicola and Dar, thanks for the links.

Boy Dar, your review of Regina's Closet blew me away!

here's a link to my third, Scream by Mike Dellosso:

Book #19 coming at you!

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

I have 2 for you - One I guess I forgot to "spread" around to the challenges after I posted my review!

Kiss - Ted Dekker

This Side of Heaven - Karen Kingsbury -

Here are my three for this week!

The Season

Everything is Fine.

Taken By Storm

Got one for you Teddy. Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

Amy, Nicola, Kristi, Alea, and Dar,

Thanks for your most recent links!


When you give me your links, could you please type out the title and author like this: The Dog and the Hydrant by Shena Sheldon

That way I can just cut and paste it. That makes it much faster for me. I know that many of you are doing this already. Thanks!

Here is my latest:

The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks reviewed here

Thanks for the link Wendy!

Book #20!

Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson

Another one down -

The Stones by Eleanor Gustafson

Review is here

Here are a few more reviews:

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

Kiss by Tedd Dekker

Got one for you Teddy...

The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha by Andrea Gunraj

Here are my three for this week!

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

Book 21, coming down the home stretch!

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye

Hi Teddy, a couple more for you:

The Simplest of Acts And Other Stories by Melanie Haney


Bark Up the Right Tree by Jessie & Ruth Tschudin


Hi Teddy

Two more for you

Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney

Scream by Mike Dellosso


Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly

Caught up on my reviews - Here is another one

Marked by Passion by Kate Perry

Here are a couple more:

The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly

Some more reviews!

For this week I have:

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Willow by Julia Hoban

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Nicola, Kristi, Alyce, and Dar, thanks for the links.

Alea, Congrats on crossing the finish like. This must mean that you are the biggest addict of us all. LOL! Way to go!

Rima, Thanks for the links. In future it would be much appreciated if you include the title and author in the comments along with the links. It makes my job easier. Thanks!

Teddy Rose- LOL! It's very possible! I'm going to keep going, shall I still give you links or no? Either way works for me!

Here is another one - Katt's in the Cradle by Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannell


Books number 22 and 23. Just one more to go!
She Always Knew How: Mae West by Charlotte Chandler
Fade by Lisa McMann

Here's another review.

Number 4 - The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill. Thanks! =)

And this makes 24. Yeah! I finished.

Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

Alea, yes please keep those links coming!

Kristi, congrats on finishing the challenge! Keep those links coming, if you like. Overachievers was for 25 or more, so you can do the "or more". LOL!

Nicola, Thanks for links #22 and 23. You actually have 2 more to go, it's for 25 or more.

Hi Teddy, a couple of reviews for you:

Zig-Zagging by Tom Wilson

Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center



Thanks for the link to Wintergirls. From now, could you please include the title and author of the book along with the link. It will save me time because then I can cut and paste. Thanks!

Megan, Thanks for the link!

My next batch!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur

Hottie by Jonathan Bernstein

I have two for you here:

Deadly Charm by Claudia Mair Burney

and Yesterday's Embers by Deborah Raney

Another book review!

Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee

One more:

Willing Spirits by Phyllis Shieber

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