My NetGalley Queue (#3)

Each month I plan on reviewing my NetGalley queue and sharing which NetGalley ARCs I’ll be reading in the next 30 days.

Total Books TBR: 
Books TBR in the next 30 days: 3 (shown below)

IMG_0874Title: The Hunger
Author: Alma Katsu
Archive Date: March 6, 2018
Description: Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere.

Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone–or something–is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a disastrous experimental route West, or just plain bad luck–the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party are at the brink of one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history.

While the ill-fated group struggles to survive in the treacherous mountain conditions–searing heat that turns the sand into bubbling stew; snows that freeze the oxen where they stand–evil begins to grow around them, and within them. As members of the party begin to disappear, they must ask themselves “What if there is something waiting in the mountains? Something disturbing and diseased…and very hungry?”

NG1Title: Merry Spinster
Author: Mallory Ortberg
Archive Date:
March 13, 2018
From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” series, “The Merry Spinster” takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. The feature become among the most popular on the site, with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg’s eye for deconstruction and destabilization. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children’s stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief.

Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg’s boisterous good humor and uber-nerd swagger: those new to Ortberg’s oeuvre will delight in her unique spin on fiction, where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface.

Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently, alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves, and each other, as we tuck ourselves in for the night.

Bed time will never be the same.

NG2Title: In Every Moment We Are Still Alive
Author: Tom Malmquist
Archive Date:
March 31, 2018
In Every Moment We Are Still Alive tells the story of a man whose world has come crashing down overnight: His long-time partner has developed an fatal illness, just as she is about to give birth to their first child … even as his father is diagnosed with cancer.

Reeling in grief, Tom finds himself wrestling with endless paperwork and indecipherable diagnoses, familial misunderstandings and utter exhaustion while trying simply to comfort his loved ones as they begin to recede from him.

But slowly, amidst the pain and fury, arises a story of resilience and hope, particularly when Tom finds himself having to take responsibility for the greatest gift of them all, his newborn daughter.

Written in an unforgettable style that dives deep into the chaos of grief and pain, yet also achieves a poetry that is inspiring, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is slated to become one of the most stirring novels of the year.

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18 thoughts on “My NetGalley Queue (#3)

  1. I’ve got 11 unread NetGalley titles right now, but thankfully some were early approvals for fall releases! I’m planning to read 4 of them over the next month, since they all come out in April 🙂 I’m curious to hear your thoughts on The Hunger! I heard about it via Goodreads Giveaways (but didn’t win) so I’m waiting on some reviews before I make up my mind to buy it or not. Happy reading!


  2. I haven’t read The Hunger yet, but it is on my TBR! I’m really looking forward to it. I did manage to get a copy of The Merry Spinster from NetGalley and liked it a lot! I hope you enjoy all of these. 🙂

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  3. Oh, y’know. 30 to read, 31 to review. Just livin’ the life (but it’s totally doable don’t worry I’m not drowning but also like ARC August needs to come faster T.T). I’m not a huge adult book reader out of SFF but The Merry Spinster sounds pretty interesting, I’ll have to check it out!

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  4. Let’s not even open the discussion on how many books are in my net galley queue!! It scares me, I am on a galley ban now until I have got my % up and queue down!
    I love the idea of the merry Spinster – plus that cover is beautiful. x

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