I may have gone on a request spree a few months ago and got a bunch of ARCs from Netgalley that added up to the pile I already had to read. This is a post to publicly shame me into reading the ARCs, some of which I’ve had for over a year. They’re not so many (13 in total), but I hate the pending feedback list and I’d like to get to all of these rather soon. Let me know in the comments which I should read first!
These are three of the most recent books I requested and received.
The Odyssey by Lara Williams was an impulse request – before seeing it on Netgalley I had no idea this book was coming out! Supper Club was such a great book and I am very excited to read this new release by the author! What it’s about? No idea. But it was described as “mischievous” and I want to read it immediately.
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich is not a book I am very excited for, to be honest – I don’t know her work at all but I heard somewhere that this was good and impulsively requested it on Netgalley. Oops. I believe it’s set during the pandemic, some sort of contemporary story?
The World Does Not Belong to Us by Natalia Garcia Freire – I know nothing about this one but it’s a translated novel by an Ecuadorian author and I vaguely remember it was some sort of dark story with lyrical writing. Sold.
Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee – I have read most of this already so this one is about to leave my list! Yay!! Excellent read. This is the third book of the Green Bone Saga and it’s absolute perfection.
Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James is the second book of this dark fantasy series that I LOVED but I think got mixed reviews. I adore the storytelling, which truly made the first book shine for me! SO excited to get to this one soon.
Devotion by Hannah Kent is one I requested on impulse. This is a Sapphic historical fiction that sounds bleak and heartbreaking so, you know, sign me up! It’s giving me The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave vibes, which I loved, so I kind of have high expectations for it, although I’ve never read anything by Hannah Kent before.
I was on the fence about reading To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara but since I got approved for the eARC, I am actually a lot more excited about having my heart broken by a brick-like book! Yay!
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Matrix by Lauren Groff and I LOVED Fates and Furies, so I have no idea why I’m dawdling and haven’t picked this up just yet. It’s a historical fiction about a nun and it’s somehow a feminist story. I need to read this soon!
The Raptures by Jan Carson is a book I know nothing about, but I loved The Fire Starters and I am very, very excited for this. I just looked it up and it’s a story about tragedy, community and I am hoping for some sprinkling of magical realism into it. One of my most anticipated for this year and I’ll probably pick it up soon!
I requested Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden on a whim after seeing how much Lala enjoyed it. I think it’s some magical, dark, introspective story that has the potential to be a 5 star read, so I’m hoping I won’t regret ordering a book that was not on my radar before at all.
And now to the books I received AGES ago and should read asap:
Okay so… I only requested This One Sky Day by Leone Ross because I heard only amazing things but the story itself doesn’t interest me at all. I started listening to it in audio but could not pay attention or enjoy it at all, so I gave up and decided to give it another try on my e-reader. I’m just not very excited for this at all.
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers I received years ago from Edelweiss. SHAME.
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers is the fourth book of the Angry Planet series and I still have to read the third one before picking this one up. I just haven’t been so much on a sci-fi mood lately, so I’ve been dawdling terribly to read this series.
I received How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue so, so long ago. I enjoyed but didn’t love Behold the Dreamers so I’m not too excited about this one, although I heard it’s very good.