Reading Challenge

let’s read all the ARCs! #lateathon TBR 💖

January is the month when we tell ourselves that we’ll be better. We might have picked up some bad habits in the previous months, but in January we’ll surely be good. Following this logic, I decided to join Destiny @ Howling Libraries‘s month-long readathon dedicated to our ARCs!

Unfortunately, I go on ARC-requesting binges and, sometimes, completely forget about them for a long time. I am super, super grateful for all the ARCs that I have received, and so, I want to do a better job reading and reviewing them on time! Hopefully, the #LateAThon will help me get back on track!


NOTE: In case you don’t know, an ARC is an advanced reader’s copy — an early copy of a book that a publisher sends bloggers, librarians, writers, etc for marketing purposes

I’m being very ambitious this month and pledging to read only ARCs. But this isn’t a super restrictive challenge! Making sure you’re on top of all your ARCs is stressful enough, so Destiny made sure this challenge is as relaxed as possible. If you want to enter or read more about the challenge, make sure to check out her announcement post!

🌻 my tbr pile 🌻

I’m not one to usually make TBRs, but this time, I feel like I really have to. I need to set a goal of finishing these books and actually getting through them!

The White Moth: The Story of Three Generations at a Tuscan Villa by Camilla Calhoun — I’m already reading (and loving!) this one and I hope to finish in the next couple of days! Camilla tells us the story of Alda, her mother-in-law, since she was a young adult to when she became a grandmother. She also weaves in her story and shows us how their paths connected, which leads us to this beautiful Tuscan village.

Publish date: November 1st, 2018
Genre: non-fiction, memoir

The War Blog by Glen Sobey — This ARC attracted my eye immediately when I saw it on NetGalley. It follows the life of a young girl who has been abandoned by her parents in a native Alaskan village. Once she learns that her mother had been raped in high school, she revolts against everyone and everything as a protest against patriarchy. I thought this would be a cool and diverse read but now, having read some reviews, I’m not so sure… But I will still read it and find out for myself!

Publish date: December 27th, 2018
Genre: young-adult contemporary

Breakfast With Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects by Chad Orzel — I love books that explain science in an accessible way. Since I studied physics for so long, I was very curious to see how Orzel approached this subject in an hopefully interesting way! In this book, the author takes everyday-scenes (such as toasting slices of bread or making a cup of coffee) and explains the quantum physics behind them. Doesn’t this sound like a super interesting concept???

Publish date: December 11th, 2018
Genre: non-fiction, science

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G and J. R. Zuckerberg — This comic book promises to explore several queer narratives in a simple way. Since I don’t have a lot of experience reading from Queer and Trans points of view (and since I feel super outdated every time I visit book Twitter), I felt like this would be a good and breezy way to (start to) get up to speed.

Publish date: April 23rd, 2019
Genre: non-fiction, lgbt

Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen — Another graphic novel!!! This time, about a little girl who runs away to the woods and meets a mythical wood spirit who is lost and can’t find its way back home. Willow makes it her own mission to help this mysterious woodland spirit, Pilu, to return home. This sounds like such an adorable little story I can read in one sitting this month!

Publish date: April 16th, 2019
Genre: children, fantasy



Extra challenges!

Apparently, I like to set the bar high for myself — which is why I’m pledging to post reviews of all these books when I finish them! Except for the ARCs that will still take some time to come out, you can expect to see reviews of all these books either in January or in February! Let’s cross our fingers and hope that I can pull this off!

 Are you also taking part in the late-a-thon? If so, what ARCs are you pledging?

18 thoughts on “let’s read all the ARCs! #lateathon TBR 💖

  1. The White Moth sounds lovely, can’t wait to read your review of that! I’m really intrigued by Breakfast with Einstein and especially if it actually explains the science accessibly, as I struggle with understanding it even in popular science writing. Will be looking for your review on that one!!

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    1. I finished it this morning and oh wow what a lovely read that The White Moth was!!! I will be posting a review next week 😊 I’m also looking forward to that one! Have you ever read any of Carlo Rovelli’s books? I read one about physics (I don’t know the name in English because I read it in Portuguese). I love his writing style and think he’s very concise with his explanations 😊

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      1. I’ve never heard of Rovelli! Sciencey topics, even more popular science, are definitely a weak spot of mine. But if it’s something readable and understandable for a very general readership, I’m interested! And very much looking forward to your White Moth review!


  2. I’m aiming to read mostly ARCs in January too (except for one book club read). I think January is the month where we all try really hard to catch up on ARCs so we can move on to other books and series the rest of the year! Good luck with the challenge!

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  3. I haven’t heard of this readathon before but it sounds like such a cool one, especially since it’s scheduled for the beginning of this new year! Just followed your blog and am looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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