Sunday Salon: ARC overload
I don’t know how those of you who are always reading ARCs do it. I went on a bit of a requesting binge in November/December, plus I found someone on BookMooch who had a bunch of ARCs (that I had requested but not received) listed, and as a result, I found myself with a modest stack of ARCs that needed to get read. Consequently, a full half of the books I’ve read so far this year have had a “deadline” of an upcoming publication date (and an additional three had a “need to return to the library” deadline.)
I still have a stack of four unread ARCs, including on LibraryThing Early Reviewer books, which normally get immediate top priority. However, this weekend I decided that I need to take a break, and just read something *I* want to read. (Not that my ARC books haven’t been very-good-to-great.) Fatty-fat fantasy novel January is kind of turning into ARC-tastic January, but I wanted to get at least one fatty-fat (grown-up) fantasy book in there.
So yesterday I started The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold. I haven’t had a ton of time to read, but about a quarter of the way into it, I’m really enjoying it. Bujold is very good at creating interesting, multidimensional protagonists in interesting, complicated predicaments, AND she’s got one of the more self-consistent, plausible, and interesting theologies I’ve run across in fantasy.
I’m also slowly working my way through Beyond This Dark House by Gavriel Guy Kay. I’m stealing Jessica’s idea of reading a poem a night (although they’re mostly short, so I usually read two or three), and it’s interesting… this is the first poetry I’ve read since high school, so I don’t always entirely have my bearings. They also (thus far) have a rather different feel from any of Kay’s novels.
But I’m sure next week I’ll dive back into my pile o’ ARCs again – deadlines to meet, miles to go and pages to read before we sleep, etc. Readers who maintain a constant large stack of ARCs: How do you manage? Do you ever start missing your own books? Or do you not make that kind of distinction?