i went a bit overboard on netgalley again

I did it again, everyone. Every time I go on Netgalley, I promise myself that I won’t request millions of books. That I’ll be restrained, maybe request just one, or two…. yeah, that never happens.

So, I thought I would share with you some of the books that I requested – what they’re about, and for some of them, what I thought!

1. The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed.

When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn’t forget, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories. Who knows what will vanish next?

This sounds like an interesting dystopia-like book. And I’m always a sucker for books that are about books. I’m going in with some hopes, though I don’t think I really understood the last book by Yōko Ogawa that I read.


2. Supper Club by Lara Williams

Roberta spends her life trying not to take up space. At almost thirty, she is adrift and alienated from life. Stuck in a mindless job and reluctant to pursue her passion for food, she suppresses her appetite and recedes to the corners of rooms. But when she meets Stevie, a spirited and effervescent artist, their intense friendship sparks a change in Roberta, a shift in her desire for more. Together, they invent the Supper Club, a transgressive and joyous collective of women who gather to celebrate, rather than admonish, their hungers. They gather after dark and feast until they are sick; they break into private buildings and leave carnage in their wake; they embrace their changing bodies; they stop apologizing. For these women, each extraordinary yet unfulfilled, the club is a way to explore, discover, and push the boundaries of the space they take up in the world. Yet as the club expands, growing both in size and rebellion, Roberta is forced to reconcile herself to the desire and vulnerabilities of the body–and the past she has worked so hard to repress.

I’ve read this one, and I was really torn. I connected so deeply to Roberta, and her desire to finally feel like she can take up space in the world. However, I was kind-of weirded out that in a book that is so much about weight and size and space, it didn’t really mention fatness. Hmm.


3. Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

“Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?” Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don’t understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices. The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they’ve come to know and love.

More books about books! This is a year in the life of Shaun Bythell, from January 1st to December 31st. I really enjoyed yet another look into his quirky life of bookselling, although it didn’t quite have the charm of the first one.


4. No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

‘It’s not my body that’s holding me back. I think it’s more of a problem that people tell me my body should hold me back.’

Meet Emily Daly, a stylish, cute, intelligent and hilarious seventeen-year-old about to start her last year at school. Emily is also fat. She likes herself and her body. When she meets Joe at a house party, he instantly becomes The Crush of Her Life. Everything changes. At first he seems perfect. But as they spend more time together, doubts start to creep in.

With her mum trying new fad diets every week, and increasing pressure to change, Emily faces a constant battle to stay strong, be her true self and not change for anyone.

OMG! I have been looking forward to this book for so long – Bethany Rutter is such a cool fat activist, and I am always looking for new YA books about fat girls. This so accurately represented my experiences when I was younger, and it is definitely being added to the pantheon of fat-positive YA, such as Dumplin’.


5. Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem

For thousands of years human beings have been losing their possessions and dumping their rubbish in the River Thames, making it the longest and most varied archaeological site in the world. For those in the know, the muddy stretches provide a tangible link with the past, a connection to the natural world, and an oasis of calm in a chaotic city…

For fifteen years, Lara Maiklem has walked the Thames foreshore, spending innumerable hours peering into the mud for items discarded by past generations of Londoners. The list of things Lara has rescued from the river is long and varied: from Neolithic flints, Roman hair pins and medieval shoe buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes, seventeenth-century love tokens and discarded war medals.

Mudlarking is the story of the River Thames and its people, told through the objects that Lara has eased from its muddy clutches over the years. Weaving her story through and around the history of the River, from prehistory to the present day, she uses her finds to bring the ordinary lives of long forgotten Londoners to life

I’m really interested in London history, so this book was right up my alley. I’d heard of mudlarking before, but I didn’t realise that so much history could be found on the banks of the Thames! This is a gentle meander through the history of London.


6. The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

I was quite disappointed with this one. I’d say like 98% of it was backstory, and literally the last two pages were about Lil and Kizzy’s lives as vampyres. The pacing felt super uneven as well. I’m still interested to potentially read other Bellatrix books though.

Do you use Netgalley? What was the last book that you requested? Let me know!

5 thoughts on “i went a bit overboard on netgalley again

  1. Queerly Asexual says:

    Netgalley is so hard to resist! I’m careful about what I request and try to keep in mind who books may be meant for, but my last collection of requests included Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert, Dine with Me by Layla Reyne, Love and the Laws of Motion by Amanda Weaver, and Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore. Two m/m romances and two m/f romances.


    1. whatthelog says:

      It really is! And ooh, those sound good! It’s always interesting to me what books are available on the US site versus the UK site – it seems like the US gets so many more books!


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