This is a backlist blog, Beth, so why are you talking about Netgalley? Welllll, because I get a thrill every time I’m approved for an ARC. So I keep requesting and requesting aaand requesting. But I spend more time requesting than I do actually reading them.
At the beginning of 2020, my feedback ratio is a whopping 23%. TWENTY. THREE. PERCENT. And many of them are from 2015-2018. I’d love to come back to this post at the end of the year and see the ratio at 80%, so I’m putting it out into the universe. My ratio will be at 80% by the end of the year. I’m a little terrified, if I’m being honest.
Top 5 Most Anticipated:
This book came out in 2015, so it’s been sitting on my Goodreads shelf for a while. It’s a YA contemporary with an LGBT romance, which is right up my alley of favorite subgenres. But, also apprehensive because, while 2015 wasn’t that long a lot, a lot has changed since then, so I do hope the writing still feels relevant.
YA mystery hasn’t always been my favorite subgenre, mainly because I like my mysteries to be creepy and usually YA mysteries are lacking the creepiness and gore I enjoy. But this book has been on my shelf since 2016 and I’ve wanted to pick it up so many times and I just haven’t.
You will find out, I’m sure, that I’m a big fan of smut. I just can’t get over the fact that this smutty book has been collecting dust since 2017. Frankly, I am embarrassed. Shame on me. I’ve also heard great things about this series which makes me even more annoyed with myself. As Alex Trebek would say, boo hiss.
Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl
Kids Like Us is a book about a boy on the autism spectrum, falling in love for the first time. I first saw this book in 2017 when I requested the arc and fell in love with not only the concept but also the cover. I mean, look at that cover! I am still very excited to read this one and I hope I love it as much as I think I will.
To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put this on my most anticipated, because I’ve skipped past this one so many times on my Kindle since it came out in 2015. But every time I read the synopsis, I’m reminded of why I wanted to read it in the first place. A girl moves to a new town and looks exactly like the girl that killed herself last year. And I haven’t read this yet, because….?
Top 5 Ehh I Hope I Still Like This:
I love sports. Name a sport and I’ll sit down and watch it. I probably already have. But does that mean I really want to read a book about the mascot? Ehh, I don’t know. This book has been sitting on my Netgalley shelf since 2014 so I guess that’s a good indication of how much I want to read it. But at the same time, I’m intrigued about the interview portion where Mass interviews the people behind the most famous mascots in sports.
At one point in time, I really really loved “chick lit” (I have my own issues with books being referred to as chick lit, but that’s for another day.) But as I’ve grown more as a reader and learned more about what I like and don’t like in books, I gravitate more towards hard hitting romances and new adult if I want something like this. It’s not often that I’m just looking for a funny, cute rom-com. This book has also been sitting on my shelf since 2015 and this one is probably the one I’m most nervous about reading.
Another YA mystery. That is now three on this list and the first on this side of the list. This book came out in 2015 and at the time, it really sounded interesting. I love books set at boarding school, on an isolated island, and suspense. But the premise of the book doesn’t make me want to drop what I’m doing and read it as soon as possible. There’s a type of secret society that possibly kills people? and Cate, the main character, gets invited into the society and is trying to find out who the killer is before the game is shut down? Eh, at least the cover is pretty.
My biggest complaint about Netgalley is that the description of the book rarely tells you if it’s part of a series. And in this case, not only is it part of a series but it is number TWENTY EIGHT in the series. I’m assuming each book can be read independently as most police procedural series can, but I’m still annoyed. Which also leads to why this book is on here. While I love mystery as a genre, I’ve grown out of the typical murder happens, main character is a cop and must solve mystery, cop solves mystery. Rinse and repeat. This book is from 2017 so I’ve been putting it ff for a while, but I feel like I just have to read it soon or I just might never do it. And who knows, maybe it’ll surprise me and become a series I just have to read.
If I’m being honest, I only requested this one because I like the title. At the time I didn’t even know what it was about. I don’t think I know what it’s about now and I’ve had this one since 2015. Something about a proudly politically incorrect main character that plans to run to Africa (here’s a tip for the author: Africa is not a country). And there’s a body in a pizza oven. That’s all I know and I just need to read this one soon or I might never do it. I don’t see it getting a raving review from me, but I guess we will just have to wait and see. It’s also not a great sign that it doesn’t seem like you can buy this book anywhere anymore.