August Challenges: #ARCAugust & #TomeTopple

With the busyness of my Month of Canada last month, I’m looking forward to challenging myself with my reading! There are some great reading challenges coming up in August and I’m hoping they help me get my pile of 2017 books down that I’m currently hoarding collecting.


First up is ARC August. This challenge runs for the entire month of August and it’s where readers work on all the Advanced Reader Copies they may have. This read-a-thon is hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. Here are the rules from the official sign-up page:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

I don’t have a lot of these, but enough that I want to get them all read, reviews, and done. Here are my physical and e-copies of review books:


Plus, I’m throwing in this book by Jeff Zentner which I had won from a Chapters Indigo Twitter contest – it’s not a review book, but it was still a book that was given to me so it’s going on the list!

One thing I love is that all of these books are SO different. Plus, I have FOUR Canadian titles on the list!

I’m also expecting these two books in the mail, one from author Rebecca Phillips, her newest book that was just released this month, as a thank you for having her on the blog last month. AND my wonderful friend Ambur, over at Thomas Allen & Sons is sending me a copy of Elizabeth J. Church’s new book, The Atomic Weight of Love.


Ten books seems like a lot but hopefully I can make a good dent in what I have!


I participated in Tome Topple earlier this year and got caught up with a few big books, which was great. In case you haven’t heard of Tome Topple, it’s a two week-long read-a-thon where participants read books that are 500+ pages. This year it’s running from August 4th (tomorrow!) to August 17th. Typically it has been taking me 2+ weeks to finish a BIG book but I’m hoping the read-a-thon gives me motivation to read a little quicker.

From the official Goodreads page:

The whole point of this readathon is to read big books (over 500 pages). You don’t even need to read a lot of them. You don’t even need to finish one. The point is that we are all reading those big daunting books at the same time and supporting each other.

This time around I have a few books in mind that I’d like to read – all of them owned books that I’d like to knock off my reading list! I’m hoping to get to at LEAST two of these.

A Conjuring of Light – 624 pages
Lord of Shadows – 701 pages
Queen of Shadows – 648 pages

How funny is it that all these books are about light and shadows?

I’m one of those people who can’t read too many big books in succession but if I finish two of these I’m hoping to start the next book I have to read in the Outlander series.

This one clocks in at 1,149 pages since I own the mass market paperback – if I do get to it, I’m NOT reading that copy. Instead I’ll be reading the kindle version since it’s just too big a book to hold.

And that’s my full reading list! I have a feeling that there won’t be much room for anything else in August, reading-wise, but we’ll see. There are a few books coming out in August that I’m dying to read, but I am trying to prioritize the books I’ve bought so far this year and the books I’ve been given as gifts or for review.

Are you participating in either of these read-a-thons? What’s on your reading list? 


My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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