I’ve managed to get my Netgalley TBR down a lot over the past few months. There are still some books on there and I am determined to have it cleared by the end of the year. I started writing these posts each month to help me to see my TBR and hold me accountable when I haven’t read them on time. Here are some of the books that are currently on my Netgalley shelf / TBR!
Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean
At 35, Mika Suzuki is struggling.
She’s been fired (again). Her last relationship went up in flames. Her mother is perpetually disappointed in her.
And now, she’s had a phone call from sixteen-year-old Penny Calvin: the baby she reluctantly placed for adoption when she was just a teenager herself.
Penny has questions – and Mika is desperate to meet her girl. But she barely feels like she can take care of herself . . .
I’ve just started reading this one and I’m loving it already. I’ve read Emiko Jean’s YA books and enjoyed them a lot. So, I am looking forward to seeing what I think of this branch into general fiction. The storyline is intriguing already so I can’t wait to see what happens.
8th September 2022
Heartbreak Houseshare by Emily Merrill
Fresh out of university in Manchester and struggling to climb the career ladder in London, Flick’s devastated when her boyfriend dumps her with no warning and leaves her looking for a new place to live.
Being forced into a houseshare with three complete strangers isn’t exactly how Flick saw things going. But the residents of Carlisle Avenue are quickly on hand to help her navigate the ups and downs of the life she’s currently winging.
With their help, along with her big sister, Flick manages to focus her energy on ticking off items that she’s added to her ‘twenties list’ – the perfect bucket list for any twenty-something reclaiming their life post-break up.
And all is going well, that is until her boss catches wind of it and asks her to create a new magazine column documenting her progress. Enter Teddy, a sweet guy who becomes Flick’s friend after a tennis meet-cute. As the column finds its feet Flick’s in way over her head, somehow managing to fake-date Teddy to please her boss and her readers.
I started this one a few months back and put it down after a few pages because its mood wasn’t what I was looking for at the time. I’m looking forward to picking it back up again and seeing what I think. It sounds like it will be excellent and I’m sure I’ll love it.
7th July 2022
One Day I Shall Astonish the World by Nina Stibbe
Susan and Norma have been best friends for years, at first thrust together by force of circumstance (a job at The Pin Cushion, a haberdashery shop in 1990s Leicestershire) and then by force of character (neither being particularly inclined to make friends with anyone else). But now, thirty years later, faced with a husband seeking immortality and Norma out of reach on a wave of professional glory, Susan begins to wonder whether she has made the right choices about life, love, work, and, most importantly, friendship.
Nina Stibbe’s new novel is the story of the wonderful and sometimes surprising path of friendship: from its conspiratorial beginnings, along its irritating wrong turns, to its final gratifying destination.
I’ll be honest, this one has been on my Netgalley shelf so long that the download has expired. But, fear not, I have the audiobook on reserve at my library. So, I am looking forward to finally reading that when my reservation arrives. I’ve heard some excellent things about this one so I have high hope.
21st April 2022
There you have it, some of the things that are on my Netgalley shelf/TBR at the minute! What have you got on your Netgalley shelf and what are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments!