Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist ARCs

Top Ten Tuesday #43

Hey there, book nerds, it’s me again!

I’m not sure if you saw my post from earlier this morning, but if you didn’t please allow me a moment to pander and promote! You see, I participated in a blog tour for Announcing Trouble, a sports-themed romance that completely caught me by surprise. I’m very interested to see if this novel lands the same way with my fellow readers, so if you’re looking for that perfect beach read/refreshing teen-centered contemporary, please click this link to check out my full review!

I’m double posting today (as I foreshadowed in the aforementioned 6 a.m. post) because I didn’t want to miss out on my favorite weekly meme. However, in classic Taylor fashion, I’m tweaking the prompt that was slated for this week. Scroll on down to check out my edits.

Are you ready? You better be, because it’s time for another round of TOP TEN TUESDAY!Hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, this week’s topic is “Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated.” And while I love that idea (and can’t wait to check out what titles y’all came up with), I knew between rehearsals and blog tours I wouldn’t have the time to devote to this prompt. So instead I decided to do my own thing.

As y’all know from previous posts, I’m slowly but surely finding my way back to a pretty regular blogging schedule. In order to remain on top of my game, I’m trying to not only stay diligent with upcoming arcs, but also cross off the neglected arcs that got left behind during my blogging hiatus. And thus my TTT prompt was born: Backlisted ARCs.

So without further ado, let’s check out mt: Top Ten Backlisted ARCs!


1) Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Released: 01/16/18 ★ Current Rating: 3.88 ★ Source: From Author

Opening lines: “They called them slaves. in the shadow of the Coliseum, through the paved streets of Rome, armed guards dragged them by the neck. Rusted iron shackles cut at their wrists and ankles. Each labored breath was fouled by the bitter stench of the city. Old and new blood darkened the rope that bound them together. Clumps of hair, torn fingernails, and other bits were trapped in the heavy, twisted strands. It was a rope that had been used many times before.”

2) More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Released: 03/06/18 ★ Current Rating: 4.30 ★ Source: NetGalley

Opening lines: In a game chat: “Player 1: You suck. Player 2: And that’s what I’m going to say when I find you and shove it in your mouth hole. Reality: Gross. At least this guy didn’t include a dick pic. My finger hovers over the Ban Player button. I should do it. I know I should.”

3) Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

Released: 07/17/18 ★ Current Rating: 4.20 ★ Source: NetGalley

Opening lines: “Fallen angels were cast down to Earth and became demons. When Babel casts us out, it’s in fire and blood and steel. As the descent begins, I hold on to one truth: I am more than what they would make of me.”

4) The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young

Released: 10/02/18 ★ Current Rating: 4.23 ★ Source: Edelweiss

Opening lines: “The cancer would take its time killing Sasha Cade. I think we all knew that, in the beginning.”

5) I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

Released: 10/23/18 ★ Current Rating: 3.78 ★ Source: NetGalley

Opening lines: “A few months ago, I walked into the gym, hopped on my usual machine, and thumbed the worn-out little button on the monitor up to channel 46…where every afternoon TBS ran Friends.”

b.jpg6) Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

Releases: 02/26/19 ★ Current Rating: 3.71 ★ Source: Giveaway Winner

Opening lines: “The black ship breaks atmo like a falling star, burning up the sky. Pressing a scanner to my eyes, I squint and adjust the settings until the ship sharpens into focus. It’s a big one, sleek and fast. Fire licks its hull as it descends, and then it passes across the great violet sun, turning to a silhouette.”

7) Fake Plastic Girl by Zara Lisbon

Released: 03/26/19 ★ Current Rating: 3.48 ★ Source: From Author

Opening lines: “Eva-Kate Kelly. Is this story really about a person with three first names? Could anything be more tedious than a person with three first names?”

8) Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Released: 04/30/19 ★ Current Rating: 3.79 ★ Source: NetGalley

Opening lines: “July 13th. 8:10 p.m. All she cared about was that the pain had been taken away. With it, the fear, and the certainty that she would die, all gone in the space of a few miraculous seconds.”

9) Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior

Released: 05/02/19 ★ Current Rating: 4.06 ★ Source: Edelweiss

Opening lines: “A woman came to the barn today. Her hair was the color of walnut wood. Her eyes were the color of bracken in October. Her socks were the color of cherries, which was noticeable because all the rest of her clothes were sad colors.”

10) With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Released: 05/07/19 ★ Current Rating: 4.34 ★ Source: Festival ARC Drop

Opening lines: After a recipe is broken down: “Babygirl doesn’t even cry when I suck my teeth and undo her braid for the fourth time. If anything, I’m the one on the verge of tears, since at this rate we’re both going to be late.”

Beyond the fact that I can no longer use ANY of these books for a First Lines Friday post, what did y’all think of my spin on this week’s TTT prompt. Did you like getting a sneak peek? Did any of these lines lure you in? Have you read any of my backlisted arcs? Let me know below!

And, as always: Happy Reading!



12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist ARCs

  1. Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

    I love your twist on the theme! I’m so glad that I’m not the only one with backlist ARCs. xD Love the little sneak peaks you gave! I haven’t heard of a lot of these before.

    Oooh, that opening for Blood and Sand! Tingles. It sounds so good. I love the beginning of More Than We Can Tell, too! I’ve heard really good things about Brigid Kemmerer, though, so that’s not surprising.

    Hope you end up enjoying these when you get a chance to read them!

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Thanks so much, Sammie! And, yes, you’re definitely NOT alone! lol

      I figured the first line sneaks might help boost these books onto other people’s TBRs and I’m so glad you also love B&S that was my favorite one for sure!

      I wish us both luck on our mighty arc piles =D

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  2. Amber says:

    I find myself in the same situation whenever I take a hiatus! I hope you manage to catch up 🙂 I’m still working on it. I love the sound of With the Fire on High, and I’ve been dying to read it for the past couple of months!

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Hey there! So sorry for the delay in my response time!!! Hiatus definitely impact the TBRs, but I’m glad to know I’m not alone in this! =D

      I wish us both luck and hope we can both read Elizabeth’s new book soon!!


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