NetGalley November — Learning From My Mistakes

Hello, friends! I have a confession to make and I’m sure you all can tell from the title of this post. November is going to be dedicated to the (long) list of NetGalley books that I need to read. I’m not going to discuss the amount because I went through a phase when I first started blogging where I would request everything. I feel terrible about it, but I’m slowly trying to make up for that. I’m writing this so I can hold myself accountable. If you have books from NetGalley that you need to read then let this be motivation. You got this!

For the month of November, the majority of the books I read will be from my NetGalley checklist. I don’t want to put myself in a slump, so I’m not going to commit to only picking up NetGalley books. I have a good variety to choose from, and I’d say a lot of them have already been published, but I’ll do my best to make sure I balance the old with the upcoming. This will be a list of nine books I want to knock off of my list.

Thank you to all the publishers for the early digital copies in exchange for an honest review!

*click on images for the link to their Goodreads page*

“But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…”

Published: 11/5/19 by Avon

3.86 average rating on GR

369 pages

Genre: Romance (own voices)

“In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.”

Published: 8/20/19 by Celadon Books

4.06 average rating on GR

355 pages

Genre: Thriller

“An addicting and twisty debut about an apartment building devastated by the disappearance of a teenage girl–and by the secrets that won’t be kept behind each closed door–that will thrill fans of Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.”

Publication: 2/16/21 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

4.50 average GR rating

304 pages

Genre: Suspense / Thriller

“Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.”

Published: 3/10/20 by William Morrow

4.05 average GR rating

373 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

“A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.”

Publication: 1/12/21 by

4.22 average GR rating

176 pages

Genre: Fantasy

“Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Sylvain Neuvel weaves a scfi thriller reminiscent of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, blending a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with an exploration of the amorality of progress and the nature of violence in A History of What Comes Next.”

Publication: 2/2/21 by

3.11 average GR rating

304 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

“A middle grade fantasy adventure about a trio of royal siblings who unlock a long-forgotten magical language in their bid to reclaim their stolen throne.”

Published: 9/8/20 by Balzer + Bray

4.18 average GR rating

368 pages

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

“Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.”

Published: 8/6/19 by Avon

3.68 average GR rating

387 pages

Genre: Romance

“A hauntingly powerful novel about how the choices we make can stay with us forever, by the award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K.”

Published: 11/12/19 by Orbit

3.74 average GR rating

420 pages

Genre: Fantasy

I love NetGalley and I’m so happy that it’s a resource readers can use, but sometimes it can get out of hand. Publishers allow you to read the novels early so you can review them and get the word out. It gives other readers something to go off of rather than going into a book blind. That’s why I want to do my best to read the books I requested. There are some on my checklist that I don’t want to read anymore, and I will figure out what I want to do when I get to them (there are only a few options). My end goal, really, is to get my percentage past 80, which is a lot of books. Wish me luck!

Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss? Do you have a habit of requesting too many books at once or is it just me *nervous laughter*?

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NetGalley Checklist: Books Being Published in April

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Publication: 4/7/20 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

368 pages

ISBN: 9780593085424

Goodreads blurb:

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut. 

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Publication: 4/7/20 by Atria Books

352 pages

ISBN: 9781982136116

Goodreads blurb:

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention—and maybe just win each other back in the process.

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

Publication: 4/14/20 by Berkley

336 pages

ISBN: 9781984804938

Goodreads blurb:

In a funny, insightful, and life-affirming debut, Brooke Fossey delivers an unflinching look at growing old, living large, and loving big, as told by a wise-cracking man who didn’t see any of it coming.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Publication: 4/21/20 by Viking

432 pages

ISBN: 9780525429760

Goodreads blurb:

The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her. 

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Publication: 4/21/20 by Ace: Berkley Pub

384 pages

ISBN: 9781984805997

Goodreads blurb:

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication: 4/28/20 by Berkley

384 pages

ISBN: 9780451491756

Goodreads blurb:

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

Thank you to all of the publishers / NetGalley for the early digital copies! I also won The Big Finish in a Goodreads giveaway, so thank you to Goodreads as well.

Let me know if any of you would be interested in the books being released each month on my NetGalley checklist! This way it would make these a decent length without listing ALL of them in one post.

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November 2019 TBR


It’s time for that monthly TBR! This month, I want to focus on my NetGalley checklist. I’ve been putting them off for no reason, and I feel terrible.

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I’m 200 and something pages into Middlegame by Seanan McGuire, but there’s an 80% chance I will DNF it. I love her writing, but I’m not enjoying the story. Super disappointed! 😦



I want to knock out Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout so I can read Olive, Again. This one is on my NetGalley checklist that I need to get to ASAP. I have it checked out from the library right now.


The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman. This isn’t from NetGalley, but it’s one of my most anticipated reads. Can we also talk about how beautiful the cover is on this one?


Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. I have this on NetGalley, and at this point I own it. I think the least I can do is read it and review it.

This TBR is ambitious for me. Working full-time always exhausts me, even after working the same job for over two years. You’d think I’d be used to it. I’m going to actually carve out time everyday for reading and see where that gets me. Wish me luck!

What are you going to read this month?

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Netgalley Checklist

Now that I am requesting books I am super excited about, Netgalley has become one of my favorite websites. I’m in this mood where ebooks trump physical books right now. I find myself wanting to pick up my kindle a lot more. I have actually hit 81% on Netgalley recently, but obviously it went back down after I requested more books. I am very proud of myself for that! It’s been a journey with this website, but I think I have found a new love for it. I also want to thank any publisher that lets me read a book before it’s published. It’s awesome that this website exists. I’m just rambling, so let me talk about my Netgalley checklist!

Some of these were mentioned in my post: Current Anticipated Releases for 2019 

My goal for this post is to let you guys know more of what each book is about, and maybe why I wanted to read it. This may end up being a very long post but, I hope you all enjoy it!


Publication Date: 5/21/19 by Simon & Schuster

The Naked Truth: A Memoir by Leslie Morgan: This is the story about Leslie, the author, and after twenty years of marriage and divorce, she wanted to conduct her own type of experiment. She wanted to avoid being called all of the cliches surrounding middle-aged divorced women. She devoted a year to search for five lovers who she could connect with sexually and mentally. I also need to add that she did it all without creating a dating website! Kudos is all I have to say to that. She truly finds out what it is like to be a middle-aged woman in today’s world.

This sounded like such an intimate story that I absolutely had to read it. I would like to thank Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review. I will definitely let you all know what I think about it after I read it.


Publication Date: 5/28/19 by Scribner

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: This one is about two families that live next to each other in a suburban town. The fathers, Francis Gleeson, and Brian Stanhope were both members of the NYPD back in 1973, but they weren’t friends, unfortunately. There are, of course, personal hurdles that their wives are going through behind closed doors. The son and daughter of the two families bond with each other. An event happens while they are in eighth grade and it forces the Stanhopes to move. They do find their way back to each other and reexamine everything that they have known about their families.

Okay, I have a type when it comes to general adult fiction. I love when two families duke it out and then figure it all out in the end. This novel gives me Little Fires Everywhere vibes. The last book I read hoping it was like Little Fires Everywhere was a huge disappointment. I need to stop putting that pressure on books. I think family drama is the best trope when it comes to general or literary fiction. I’m very excited to start this one!


Publication Date: 7/2/19 by Dutton

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: Jules Larson starts a new job as an apartment sitter at one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. The rules are no visitors, no leaving the apartment, and no disturbing other residents. She meets Ingrid, a fellow apartment sitter, who reminds Jules of her sister she lost eight years ago. Ingrid warns Jules that the Bartholomew has a dark hidden history, but Jules brushes it off. The next day, Ingrid is gone.

This book sounds so good, but I want to read Final Girls by Riley Sager before I jump into this one. I read The Last Time I Lied last year, and it was okay. I hope this one is better. It sounds 100x more interesting. I hope this is the ghost story that I didn’t know I needed.


Publication Date: 7/16/19 by St. Martin’s Press

Buried (Agent Sayer Altair #2) by Ellison Cooper: An FBI agent and his dog fall into a sinkhole at the Shenandoah National Park and discover human bones. Senior Special Agent Sayer Altair is finally back on the field after six months of desk duty. She and her team find two whole bodies among all of the bones. There is a clue that leads the team to believe the bodies are of a woman and her daughter that are missing. This whole case leads her to get help from an anonymous psychopath she has been studying.

I received an ARC of the first book last year, and I enjoyed it. These are my guilty pleasures. I don’t usually like FBI stories, but for some reason, I am hooked. This one sounds just as good as the first one. I have started it, and the writing is the same as the first one, and I have never been more excited!


Publication Date: 7/27/19 by Tangled Tree Publishing

A Divided Mind by M. Billiter: The only synopsis given is:

Sometimes that little voice in your head isn’t always yours.

What if the only friend you have isn’t real? When the voices in his head begin to make sense, high school senior Branson Kovac turns to the one friend he’s still got…only to discover he’s not really there.

This sounds like it’s going to deal with heavy topics. I am excited to dive into this one. The description is all I need to know to pick it up. 


Publication Date: 7/9/19 by Henry Holt & Co.

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess: Eve Rosen wants to become a writer, but she is stuck at her low-level assistant job. She is struggling to shake the shadow of her brilliant brother. In 1987 Eve has a chance to attend a summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of a well-known writer Henry Grey and his wife Tillie, a poet. She ends up having a crush on their son when she lands a job as Henry’s research assistant. She is also invited to the exclusive “Book Party” where members show up as their favorite literary character. After one evening she discovers that she may not want to be part of the literary world.

I love reading novels about aspiring writers. I haven’t found one that has completely grabbed my attention. I am hoping that this is it. It sounds like something I would enjoy reading the entire time. I want to know what happens at the Book Party, don’t you? 


Publication Date: 8/6/19 by Harper Voyager

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang: Rin’s story continues in the sequel to The Poppy War. Rin is on the run from her guilt after the atrocity she committed saving her people. She doesn’t want to live but she will until she avenges the Empress who betrayed Rin’s homeland. She wants to join forces with the Dragon Warlord to create a new republic. Neither the Empress or Warlord are what they seem. She may have to use Phoenix’s destructive power once more.

I read The Poppy War last year, and I enjoyed it. I had some issues with it, but it was not enough to deter me from the sequel. I am hoping that this one will step up its game. I am very excited to jump back into this world. 


Publication Date: 5/7/19 by Ecco

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames: Stella Fortuna lives a life full of near-death experiences. She is considered an oddity in her village, but she remains tough. This allows her to protect her sister Tina from the harsh reality. When the Fortunas emigrate to America Stella and Tina must come of age together in a hostile new world. She realizes that survival is worthless without her independence. In present-day Connecticut, a family member tells the story determined to understand the rift between Stella and Tina.

I have started this one already, and I am about 17% of the way through. It’s very different and not what I expected after reading the synopsis. I will keep my thoughts to myself at the moment, but there will be a review when I finish. I wanted to see how the story panned out. 


Publication Date: 6/18/19 by Ecco

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung: Katherine knows she is different and her parents aren’t who they seem to be. She is on a mission to conquer the Riemann hypothesis, the most significant unsolved mathematical problem of her time. She turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds the lock and key to her identity. It also holds long-buried secrets of WWII in Germany. She strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics and finds closeness with the women before her.

I don’t know anything about math, but this story sounds interesting. Again, I haven’t read anything like it before. I want all of these unique stories to become favorites. I have such high hopes. 


Publication Date: 8/13/19

The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger: This opens with the shooting of Lady Virginia “Ginnie” Courtauld in her garden in 1950s Rhodesia. This novel spans enormous cultural and social change. Virginia Courtauld broke boundaries. She was an unconventional woman who rejected to play the submissive roles that women were expected to play. She was ostracized by society for being a divorcee at the time of Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson. She and her second husband, Stephen Courtauld, leave post-war Britain to form a new life in Rhodesia. They progressive liberals but it was dangerous during the segregation. The novel blends fact and fiction to paint a picture of an extraordinary woman.

This doesn’t sound like anything I have read before. I want to broaden my horizons, and I think reading about a badass woman is an excellent place to start. I hope it doesn’t disappoint because this sounds like it has loads of potential. 


Publication Date: 6/6/19 by Oneworld Publications

In the Shadow of Wolves by Alvydas Slepikas: WWII is ending, but the world is still not safe. Women and children are forced out of their homes in East Prussia to make way for the victors. The women send their children into the forest where they cross the border into Lithuania. There they have to beg farmers for work or food to take back to their families. The children find cruelty, hardship, and violence but they also find kindness, hope and promise of a new and better future.

I don’t want this to be brutal, but at the same time, I want it to give me everything it can. This sounds like it could tug at all of my heartstrings, mainly since it deals with children. I am very excited to read this one.

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