#COYER Summer Season Signup & A Look at My Unread NetGalley ARCs

COYER – Clean Out Your E-Reads – was initially about reading free (or nearly free) e-books and writing reviews for them. We’re going back to that as the basis, with some seasonal twists. - Because Reading is Better Than Real Life

As someone who seriously needs to focus on their old ARC's, this challenge was made for me. I currently have 11 NetGalley ARCs. My goal is to slowly chip away at them so I can start the new year with a minimum amount on my list. As a result, I am participating in the COYER Summer Challenge from July 1st - October 27th. Below is a list of all my ARC's and what I plan to read:

All My ARCs:

To Read List:

I decided that I am going to keep my goal simple. Read four books. One for each month. My above list is from oldest to newest. I decided I would pick the one I am most interested in each line. Here they are:

A violin and a middle-school musical unleash a dark family secret in this moving story by an award-winning author duo. For fans of The Devil's Arithmetic and Hana's Suitcase.

It's 2002. In the aftermath of the twin towers -- and the death of her beloved grandmother -- Shirli Berman is intent on moving forward. The best singer in her junior high, she auditions for the lead role in Fiddler on the Roof, but is crushed to learn that she's been given the part of the old Jewish mother in the musical rather than the coveted part of the sister. But there is an upside: her "husband" is none other than Ben Morgan, the cutest and most popular boy in the school.

Deciding to throw herself into the role, she rummages in her grandfather's attic for some props. There, she discovers an old violin in the corner -- strange, since her Zayde has never seemed to like music, never even going to any of her recitals. Showing it to her grandfather unleashes an anger in him she has never seen before, and while she is frightened of what it might mean, Shirli keeps trying to connect with her Zayde and discover the awful reason behind his anger. A long-kept family secret spills out, and Shirli learns the true power of music, both terrible and wonderful.
Why I want to read Broken Strings: I was drawn to this by the family secrets aspect and that it seems to touch upon the Holocaust. My thinking is that is what the family secret is about. I don't read much Jewish fiction especially not middle grade so I thought it would be nice if I read this one. 

Trouble knows two things: they are a shapeshifter, and they are running from something--but they don't know what. So when the StarLeague shows up, Trouble figures it's time to flee.

Changing from blob of goo form, to adorable puppy form, to human boy form, Trouble stows away on the Hindsight, a ship crewed by the best navigators and engineers in the galaxy, led by the fearsome Captain Astra. 

As the ship travels, Trouble uses the time to figure out how to be a good human boy, and starts to feel safe. But when a young StarLeague cadet shows up to capture Trouble, things get complicated, especially when Trouble reveals a shapeshifter form that none of them could have expected. Soon a chase across the galaxy begins. Safety, freedom, and home are at stake, and not just for Trouble.
Why I want to read Trouble in the Stars: I don't see many space adventure books for kids. I am really enjoying science fiction but I haven't read much of it. I thought this would be a fun space adventure that features some cool aliens. 

The Kingdom of Lyrica was once warm and thriving, kept safe by the Firebird, whose feather and song was a blessing of peace and prosperity. But the Firebird disappeared, and Lyrica is now terrorized by the evil Spectress who wields her powers from within a volcano. All that remains is a mysterious message scrawled on the castle wall in the Queen's own hand: Wind. Woman. Thief.

Young Prewitt has only known time without the Firebird, a life of constant cold, as his village is afraid to tempt the volcano monsters with even the feeblest fire. But he has heard whispers that the kingdom's princess survived the attack . . . and he is certain that if he can find her, together they can save Lyrica.

Princess Calliope has no memories beyond living on her barge on the underground lake. But as she nears her twelfth birthday, she is certain there is more to life than the walls of a cave. When Prewitt finds her, he realizes that she is the missing princess: the only hope for Lyrica. Determined to decipher the meaning of her mother's strange message and find the Firebird, Calliope and Prewitt set off on a quest that puts them in more danger than either of them ever anticipated.
Why I want to read The Firebird Song: I love fantasy and books featuring royals. I haven't read a middle-grade fantasy like this one in a long time. I feel like it will be a fun adventure story. 

Meet Erik Sheepflattener. Each member of his modern-day Viking-heritage family has a motto to live by. His parents have Family and Pride. His sisters have Conquer and Win. His grandfather has Turnip. But Erik is developing a motto he can truly believe in: Avoid Stuff.

Mostly, Erik’s fierce family ignores or discounts him, especially when he tries to say no. But while spending the summer with his rough-and-tumble cousins and older sister Brunhilde in Minnesota, axe-wielding Bru gets the idea to name and Conquer all of Erik’s fears. Will anyone hear him say no before it’s too late? And will Erik end up defined by his fears, or by his fearless family? 

Erik vs. Everything is an adventurous, humorous, and heartfelt romp about finding your place, speaking up for yourself, and pursuing what you love . . . even when it scares you.
Why I want to read Erik vs. Everything: I am a worrier. I never read or heard of books when I was Erik's age with main characters that were worriers. And he is a Viking so it makes me think of How to Train Your Dragon which is a book I didn't enjoy but a movie I loved. There should definitely be more Viking stories for kids... and adults!

How many ARCs do you have pending to read?

Do you have a bunch of e-books that you haven't gotten to?


  1. I definitely have a lot of ebooks just sitting on my Kindle! Good luck with the challenge!

  2. Broken Strings and the Hopkins books look really good. I read Salty Bitter Sweet as an ARC. I remember enjoying it, especially the food stuff. I have accepted I will never read all my past due ARCs. I currently have 62 unread on NG (not sure how many on EW), but I have been able to keep my ratio at 92%, so I am happy enough.


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