Jillicious Stacks: ARCs

One of the most glorious things about attending library conferences is coming home with stacks of ARCs (Advance Reading Copies).  These uncorrected proofs are made available to reviewers, booksellers, and librarians before they are published.  It is so fun to get your hands on one of these, particularly when it's a book you are DYING to read!  The first time I held one as a new librarian I almost cried!  (I know ... total nerd.)  

The tough part is then: 1.) trying to decide which to read first, and 2.) trying to make life stop so you can read, read, read! 

Here are five ARCs that are at the top of my stack (in no particular order as it keeps changing!):

1.  Unwholly by Neal Shusterman 
Simon & Schuster, available August 28, 2012
Long awaited sequel to the incredible, thought-provoking Unwind!! 

Simon & Schuster, available August 21, 2012
Loved Book 1 and this whole premise of "Who was Victor Frankenstein?"

3.  The Diviners by Libba Bray
Little, Brown BFYR, available September 18, 2012
Three things I love:  New York City, the roaring twenties, and mystery!

4.  Safekeeping by Karen Hesse
Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, available September 18, 2012
It's by Karen Hesse (could stop there), futuristic America, illustrated with Hesse's own haunting photographs.  

5.  The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron 
Scholastic, available September 1, 2012
The debut author called it "Jane Austen with gears".  Sold!  

Which would YOU read first??  


  1. The Diviners!!! And I'm also excited about the new Joan Bauer.

    1. Good choice, Amy. I'm so excited about the new Joan Bauer too! I love her strong heroines, and it sounds like she's created another one in this novel. Let me know what you think about both of these when you get to them!



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