Many of us are guilty of requesting more books than we can read on Netgalley but honestly, it is something that cannot be helped. Us bookworms just have to jump at the opportunity to get our hands on some of our most anticipated releases but then comes the actual problem—reading them all in a short amount of time. That is why I decided to participate in this readathon when I first saw it on Twitter.
Galleyathon is a readathon focused on the goal to help everyone get through their Netgalley review copies. We all have books that we need to catch up on and I love the idea of everyone coming together to tick off their Netgalley reads one by one.
The readathon takes place from the 15th to 21st of June and you can read as many or as little books as you want. As long as you have fun whilst ticking off a book or two, it counts. To find out more about the readathon, make sure to visit their Twitter page here.
MY GALLEYATHON TBR
1ST CHALLENGE — the oldest ARC you have.
☆ Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor
A strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War in 1916 with a young woman living in modern-day England a century later, in this haunting literary time travel novel.
Two people, two battles: one against the invading Germans on the battlefields of 1916 France, the other against a substandard, uncaring mental health facility in modern-day England. Part war story, part timeslip, part love story – and at the same time a meditation on the themes of war, mental illness, identity and art, Beyond The Moon is an intelligent, captivating debut novel, perfect for book clubs.
I requested this book a while back and also received a physical copy from the author. It is a book I am really excited to get to and I am hoping to finally pick it up.
2ND CHALLENGE — the newest ARC you have.
☆ A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Marrow
Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.
But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.
This book is one of my most anticipated releases for June and as I was not able to get to it before it released, I am hoping I can read and review it soon.
3RD CHALLENGE — an ARC you regret requesting.
☆ Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford
A small-town librarian witnesses a murder at his local deli, and what had been routine sleep paralysis begins to transform into something far more disturbing. The trauma of holding a dying girl in his arms drives him out of his own body. The town he knows so well is suddenly revealed to him from a whole new perspective. Secrets are everywhere and demons fester behind closed doors.
Worst of all, he discovers a serial killer who has been preying on the area for over a century, one capable of traveling with him through his dreams.
I am really intrigued by this book and think it is an amazing read but I am not in the mood for a thriller. I fell out of love with the genre a while back and find it really difficult to get into any story. Luckily, this book is quite short so I am hoping to get through it more easily.
4TH CHALLENGE — an ARC you’re most excited for.
☆ The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.
Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?
After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades in TJ Klune’s YA debut.
I have been hearing nothing but wonderful things about this book from those who have already read it. The synopsis is what drew me in and I am really looking forward to get to the story.
This blog post is coming to you all quite late (on the day the readathon is ending) but I have decided to take a break this month as things have been a bit hectic. I also have not been able to get a lot of reading done and still have not read any of these books for the readathon as I have been in a bit of a reading slump. There are still a few days of the month left so I will see if I can get to at least one book.
Before I forget, a very happy winter/summer solstice to everyone! Today was the first day in a long time where I felt inspired and motivated enough to actually publish a blog post.
And another thing before I go, my lovely friend, Cielo from bellerosereads.wordpress.com, interviewed me for the Book Blogger Highlight section on her blog. I am so honoured and grateful that she asked me as it was such a fun experience. I also learned a lot about myself and the future of White Rose Stories through her questions. If you are interested in checking out the interview, click here.
Keep reading and never stop telling stories.