Don’t you just love Netgalley? The pleasure and opportunity of reading pre-release books in exchange for a review. There’s not a huge amount of pressure as a reviewer/blogger either as you can pick what you like and if you don’t enjoy it you can now just click the option not to leave feedback.
I always think I’m going to catch-up with all my Netgalley books, that I’ll read them and review them all before I request new ones. I did have an 80% badge but it’s gone 😦 It doesn’t help that you have that shelf of books and they send you an email about another book, and another, and another and another…….
They want us to finish reading the books we already have, right?
I started looking on Netgalley for some summer reads and thinking how I’m almost caught up I decided to request other books…. And now I’m tumbling down that rabbit hole…. It starts by looking for books for the summer, then thinking that sounds good, then you see books you have to have!
These are the books waiting on my to-be-read Netgalley shelf:
I was looking for a lovely summer read and this has been added to my list of summer books which you may have seen in my last post. Just realised it’s a series, whoops. Might end up adding more to the tbr in future then
“The first in a gorgeous new series from the author of Summer at the Cornish Cafe.
Summer is on the horizon, and the people of Porthmellow are eagerly awaiting the annual food festival. At least, most of them are…
For Sam Lovell, organising the summer festival in her hometown is one of the highlights of her year. It’s not always smooth sailing, but she loves to see Porthmellow’s harbour packed with happy visitors, and being on the committee has provided a much-needed distraction from the drama in her family life (and the distinct lack of it in her love life).
When their star guest pulls out with only a few weeks to go, everyone’s delighted when a London chef who grew up locally steps in at the last minute. But Gabe Matthias is the last person Sam was expecting to see, and his return to Porthmellow will change her quiet coastal life for ever.
Curl up with this gorgeous novel and savour the world of Porthmellow Harbour.”
I think I had an email about this next book and I had to, just had to request, I love Guillermo del toro films ( and Cornelia Funke the author of the Inkheart books!)and of course the Pan’s Labyrinth film which I’m going to rewatch soon. I might end up buying a physical copy of this beauty.
“You shouldn’t come in here. You could get lost. It has happened before. I’ll tell you the story one day, if you want to hear it.
In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests.
Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories. And she sees right away what the Capitán is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves, smiling: a wolf.
But nothing can prepare her for the fevered reality of the Capitán’s eerie house, in the midst of a dense forest which conceals many things: half-remembered stories of lost babies; renegade resistance fighters hiding from the army; a labyrinth; beasts and fairies.
There is no one to keep Ofelia safe as the labyrinth beckons her into her own story, where the monstrous and the human are inextricable, where myths pulse with living blood”
This next book is a sequel I requested as the first book is on my tbr and adding this will actually encourage me to read it sooner, I’ve heard great things about these funny books
“The hilarious second novel, and Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller, from author of the smash hit Why Mummy Drinks.
Monday, 25 July
The first day of the holidays. I suppose it could’ve been worse. I brightly announced that perhaps it might be a lovely idea to go to a stately home and learn about some history. As soon as we got there I remembered why I don’t use the flipping National Trust membership – because National Trust properties are full of very precious and breakable items, and very precious and breakable items don’t really mix with children, especially not small boys.
Where I had envisaged childish faces glowing with wonder as they took in the treasures of our nation’s illustrious past, we instead had me shouting ‘Don’t touch, DON’T TOUCH, FFS DON’T TOUCH!” while stoutly shod pensioners tutted disapprovingly and drafted angry letters to the Daily Mail in their heads.
How many more days of the holiday are there?
Welcome to Mummy’s world…
The Boy Child Peter is connected to his iPad by an umbilical cord, The Girl Child Jane is desperate to make her fortune as an Instagram lifestyle influencer, while Daddy is constantly off on exotic business trips…
Mummy’s marriage is feeling the strain, her kids are running wild and the house is steadily developing a forest of mould. Only Judgy, the Proud and Noble Terrier, remains loyal as always.
Mummy has also found herself a new challenge, working for a hot new tech start-up. But not only is she worrying if, at forty-two, she could actually get up off a bean bag with dignity, she’s also somehow (accidentally) rebranded herself as a single party girl who works hard, plays hard and doesn’t have to run out when the nanny calls in sick.
Can Mummy keep up the facade while keeping her family afloat? Can she really get away with wearing ‘comfy trousers’ to work? And, more importantly, can she find the time to pour herself a large G+T?
Probably effing not.”
I loved the synopsis of this book, “a centuries old house on the Yorkshire moors” I read a similar book recently so this won’t be read straight away.
“A house full of history is bound to have secrets…
‘It’s a beautiful story and written with such wisdom and kindness, and it also happens to be set my most favourite part of the world! It’s incredibly smart, because like all good Gothic novels, it weaves together the past and the present and makes you realise just how much one relies on the other.’ JOANNA CANNON
Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…
Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.
While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…”
Another book that intrigued me by the synopsis:
“** THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF THE COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD **‘A timely and powerfully told tale of a working class community in crisis…a new and exciting voice in fiction’ Mike Gayle
On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries.
Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after.
Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years.
Tristan wishes Malachi would stop pining for Pamela. No wonder he’s falling in with the wrong crowd, without Malachi to keep him straight.
Elvis is trying hard to remember to the instructions his care worker gave him, but sometimes he gets confused and forgets things.
Pamela wants to run back to Malachi but her overprotective father has locked her in and there’s no way out.
It’s a day like any other, until something extraordinary happens. When the sun sets, Nightingale Point is irrevocably changed and somehow, through the darkness, the residents must find a way back to lightness, and back to each other.”
I do sometimes request books and forget, I didn’t realise I have three pending requests….
I will definitely be reading the first two this summer, what started off as a summer themed reading challenge has changed. The other two later. I’m going to avoid looking on Netgalley again until I have finished… Or halfway. I want to get a 100% badge. Keeep an eye out for my upcoming reviews
How’s your Netgalley tbr looking? Do you forget you requested them too?