Clearing the Shelf for ‘ARC April’

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I’ve actually already done this week’s Top 10 Tuesday– I wrote a post a while back titled “Books to Read if You’re in the Mood for Activism.” It’s not the exact same thing, but it’s close enough that I don’t feel like making a similar list at the moment. I’m also in the midst of an awful reading and writing slump at the moment, and am hoping this new topic will put the fire under my behind.

I’ve signed up for ARC April, which is an opportunity for bloggers and reviewers to get some built up advanced reader copies off their bookshelves. Not all of these are necessarily ARCs, but they’re all books that a publisher/writer/website has sent to me. Let me know which of these you’re most excited to read about, and maybe I’ll push them to the fore.

  1. The Association of Small Bombs: a novel, by Karan Mahajan: I already posted a bit about this book. There’s been so much hype, that I’m really excited to read it… I just have to get to it!
  2. Goslyn County, by A.M. McKnight: This review is slated to be finished on Wednesday– wish me luck, because I’m in the midst of the worst writer’s block at the moment. It’s incredibly promising, especially considering that I haven’t reviewed any black lesbian fiction on the blog.
  3. Consequence: a memoir, by Eric Fair: This book takes me back to my international security courses. Consequence is the memoir of a man who has decided to speak the unspeakable horrors of Abu Ghraib. I don’t read too much nonfiction related to Iraq or Afghanistan– mostly because I did enough of that in graduate school– but I have hope that this one will be a little bit different than the others.
  4. The Hospital Always Wins, by Issa Ibrahim: I’ll be honest, and let you all know that I have absolutely no idea what to expect from this book. However, I’ve been looking for some way to investigate the relationship between incarceration and mental illness, and think this might be a good stepping stone. I don’t even know how to properly summarize this book in a sentence, so I’ll leave you with the Amazon summary here. In short, The Hospital Always Wins, details Ibrahim’s 20 years spent  in a Queens, New York mental institution. It promises to be dark…perhaps even too dark for me.
  5. Slow Boat to China and Other Stories, by Ng Kim Chew: This weekend, I’m digging right into this. I’m almost certain that the best way to get me out of my reading slump is to get immersed in a book of short stories. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of it thus far, so this could be the one. I also have had a tendency to veer toward Asian literature lately, and feel like this could satiate my appetite.
  6. The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, by Michael Eric Dyson: My feelings about Michael Eric Dyson tend to flip flop quite often. But I’m incredibly interested in the subject matter, and do think he has the ability to do it justice.
  7. Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave: I know– I said brown books. Well here’s the thing. As many of you know, I read (and surprisingly really liked) one of his other books, Little Bee, but hated his book Incendiary. This is me giving Cleave another change. There’s nothing particularly interesting about this book so far, but I’m hoping it changes my mind.

 

Why so sad Donald Glover?
Me, looking at the books I have to finish reading.

I’m so swamped by ARCs that I have to take executive action  now before I lose my mind! Are any of y’all participating in ARC April? Let me know what ARCs you have to get off of your shelves. Better yet, let me know if you refuse advance copies altogether! And if you did the regular Top 10 Tuesday subject and you think I’d like it, link me below!

 

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  1. Did someone say “swamped by ARCS?” Because I am too!! Goodness! It’s crazy! My TTT

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    1. So swamped. Good luck with yours!

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      1. oops! I gave you the wrong link to my TTT – HERE is the correct one 🙂 My TTT

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  2. Oh, goodness–some of the titles up there seem so intriguing! Here’s hoping your dual slump passes, and passes quickly…and that you enjoy what you read for ARC April!

    Thank you so so much for stopping by my little slice of the internet! Happy book-ing to you!

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  3. bookloversalliance

    Slumps are the worst! I’ve heard a bit about The Association of Small Bombs and it sounds really interesting! The rest of these I’m definitely going to check out! I love your lists because I always find books I probably wouldn’t stumble upon on my own 🙂

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    1. Thanks for reading! I’m slowly making my way out of my slump. I think I got out of my reading rhythm, and then tried to jump back in with a book I wasn’t too excited about.

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  4. Well, I think I can’t sign up for ARC April because then I would be ignoring all the library books I requested that all came in at once… but I applaud your efforts! I’m curious to see what you think of Slow Boat to China.

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  5. lisaalmedasumner

    Well, I’ll definitely have to read your list of books to read when you’re in the mood for activism. I would put James Baldwin on that list for sure. And Kiese Laymon’s How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. I’m about to go check out your list right now. Don’t let me think about ARCS….Ugh.

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    1. YES to James Baldwin. He’s amazing. These would make fantastic additions to my list, which is woefully incomplete, because I’d limited it to books I already owned.

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    2. You’ve inspired me to redo my list. I’m really excited.

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  6. I Love the idea of ARC April – I could use something like that!

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    1. It’s really helping me get through some of the things I forgot I’d requested on Netgalley! I stopped requesting so much a while back, but still have to deal with the ones I’d already gotten

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  7. I’m not familiar with these books but number 6 sounds interesting. And I hope you get out of your writer’s block! That sucks 😦

    *and I can relate to that gif whenever I look at my TBR pile…

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    1. And of course the pile keeps growing, right? Story of my life. I must be a masochist. BUT I did do a TBR challenge for the first couple months of the year. I’m really happy I did, because it made me enforce a book buying ban!

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  8. I’ve heard people mentioning ARC April, but haven’t had time to join in with it myself – I’m going to have to try to squeeze some in though, because I have quite a few backing up at this point!

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    1. Do it! Even if you don’t get them all done, it’ll be good to just get some of it done! And I’m finding that some of these books are ones I really like, and am happy to have finally read!

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  9. I have not seen any of these books before. Thank you for bringing them to my attention. 🙂

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  10. On the same note as Consequence, have you seen Taxi To The Dark Side? It was horrifying

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    1. I haven’t! I heard about it, though. I’m pretty sure that my grad program did a movie night with it, but I just couldn’t make it. I should find out if its on netflix. Did you see it??

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