10 ARCs I would probably sell my soul to get!

 

I’ll be honest.  There are a ton of arcs that I would love to have.  My eyes are getting worse, so I really need to take breaks from reading on my kindle and picking up a physical book helps.  I also read them quicker and I love being able to take pictures and hold a book in my hands.  There is nothing better.

 

I decided to narrow my list down to my top ten.  I didn’t include any books coming out soon, nor did I include any from next fall/winter.  I believe all of these are spring/summer books.  There are a couple that I think are early September.

 

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Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Milman

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January 2019 Challenge Updates

 

I joined a lot of reading challenges for 2019, so I want to try to update every month with what I’ve done towards the goals.

 

2019 Asian Challenge:  2 of 11

Goodreads Challenge:  12 of 100

Audiobook Challenge:  0 of 5

2019 New Release Challenge:  10 of 50 (these were all arcs of books being published in 2019)

TBR and Beyond Yearly Challenge:  5

Pages Read Challenge:  4,224 of 36,000

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Signing up for the 2019 Audiobook Challenge

 

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I decided to join another challenge for 2019.  This one is for audiobooks.  You can sign up here.

 

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. First update in June 30, 2019 and last update in December 15, 2019.

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2019 Pages Read Challenge Sign Up

 

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I decided to sign up for the 2019 Pages Read Challenge hosted by Book Dragon’s Lair.  I thought this looked like a good one for me.

 

About The Challenge:

How many pages can you read this year?

This challenge isn’t about how many books you read but rather how many pages. After all, it isn’t fair that I might read 4 titles and another might read 2 titles but we’ve read the same number of pages!

There is one hard rule, one just for general courtesy, several guidelines and eight levels.
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Can’t Wait Wednesday 1/16/19

 

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Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

 

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The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

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Review of Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (digital arc)

 

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

 

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

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Review of Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (digital arc)

 

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

 

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her.

To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

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