Monthly NetGalley Updates, Reading Updates

NetGalley Update – October 2021

It’s time for my mid-month update on my NetGalley ARCs. I do this to keep myself accountable for reading all ARCs by the publication date.


  • Approved ARCs:29
  • Feedback Sent: 17
  • Feedback Ratio: 59%

Still not the greatest ratio but up quite a bit from last month and I’m currently reading an ARC so definitely made some progress lately.

Books Read Since Last Update

I had a terrible reading month in September with only 5 books but 4 of those were ARCs. Since my mid-September update, I’ve read 3 ARCs from NetGalley.

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (was published September 21, Reviewed September 19)

I loved this new sci-fi and it’s been getting much-deserved praise since it was released. If you’re in the mood for a YA sci-fi with a kickass female main character, definitely take a look at this one. I gave it 5 stars and you can see my full review here.

Love, Chai and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma (was published September 21, reviewed September 25 – yes this was a little late but they moved the publication date up at the last minute so that’s on them)

This book is still making me mad weeks after I read it. The author tried to include a heavy and emotional topic in a contemporary romance but failed miserably to do it fully and ended up with a book that is infuriating and honestly doesn’t make a lot of sense. I ended up giving this 2 stars. You can read my full review here.

Sistersong by Lucy Holland (was published on October 5, reviewed on September 26)

This was an intriguing and unique YA historical fantasy. It certainly made me think and had some things I haven’t seen in other books. It had a couple odd things and was a little slow at parts but overall, a very enjoyable read. I gave it 4 stars and you can read my full review here.

Approvals Since Last Update

Since my last update, I’ve been approved for two ARCs. One is The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart which I am so excited to read and really happy to get access to it early, I loved the first book in the series. Then I got accepted for Love, Loyalty, and Vermouth by Eric Peterson which is a bit of a departure from my normal reads but the premise sounded interesting and that adorable dog on the cover sucked me in. I think the description says its a cockapoo but it looks like a westie and my westie died in December 2020 so I couldn’t say no. That said, NetGalley categorizes it as humor and if that poor, sweet dog dies, I will be one angry reviewer.

Current NetGalley Shelf

I currently have 12 books sitting on my NetGalley shelf.

  • Chasing Fireflies by Chloe Fowler (October 25, 2021) – currently reading
  • A Light in the Sky by Shina Reynolds (November 9, 2021)
  • All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (November 9, 2021)
  • Love, Loyalty and Vermouth by Eric Peterson (November 16, 2021)
  • The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart (November 23, 2021)
  • Old Music for New People by David Biddle (December 7, 2021)
  • The Last She by H.J. Nelson (December 7, 2021)
  • When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord (January 4, 2022)
  • The Beholden by Cassandra Rose Clarke (January 18, 2022)
  • The Gaps by Leanne Hall (February 8, 2022)
  • Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe (February 15, 2022)
  • Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin (March 1, 2022)

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