Conversation at work:
Me: I’m off for the next week and a half. I’m going to work through some ARCs for books already out in paperback. Because let’s be honest, we all have those.
Coworker: Hey, I have ARCs for books already out of print.
I posted a couple of weeks ago about my feeble attempt to read through my ARC pile. You will all be shocked to find out that I’ve actually been rather successful. Let’s see what I was up against:
And now let’s see what I actually finished (no photo because I actually gave most of these away to coworkers and other desperate book addicts):
1. Grady Hendrix, Horrorstor (out September 2014) – I feel like I should write a whole post on this one.
2. Eula Biss, On Immunity: An Innoculation (out September 2014)
3. Daryl Gregory, Afterparty (out now)
Then I was briefly interrupted by a re-read of Locke & Key…
4. Stephen Collins, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil (technically this was a finished book, but not yet published, so it counts)
5. Julia Elliott, The Wilds (out October 2014)
6. Alyson Foster, God Is An Astronaut (out this week)
7. Randall Munroe, What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (out September 2014)
8. Susan Coll, The Stager (out this week)
So hey, pretty good! I had 11 books in my pile and read 8. But wait… Upon closer inspection, it is revealed that only one of these was in the original TBR pile. I call this ‘the Nick Hornby effect’ — read any of his Believer columns and you will discover that his books acquired list rarely matches his list of books read.
It was a pretty good run in terms of quality. There were no abandoned ARCs. It was also a pretty good mix of regular fiction, speculative fiction, short stories, and non-fiction. Therefore, I declare my ARC decimation project a success. Commence phase 2: Further Decimation of ARC Pile. And while I’m off, maybe I’ll also do phase 3: Getting Rid of ARCs I Will Never Read But That Looked Good at the Time!