Hi, friends! I’m so excited to be writing this because I think this readathon is just brilliant for my current predicament. But if you know me, you know that I am a catastrophic disaster when it comes to readathons. I seem to lack the focus and commitment to finish even one full readathon, whether it be a short week or a whole month. With that, I became really skeptical about participating.
However, my NetGalley problem far overpowers my skepticism so here I am now, perusing my NetGalley shelves for my TBR in this readathon.
The Galleyathon is a readathon hosted by Connor and Brooke which focuses on the galleys we requested (and have been approved for) on NetGalley, but never got around to reading yet. This is a week-long readathon, which runs from June 15th up until June 21st. Through this, hopefully I can revive my feedback ratio closer to a hundred percent.
There are 4 prompts given for the Galleyathon:
- Read the oldest arc you have
- Read the newest arc you have
- Read an arc that you regret requesting for
- Read an arc you’re most excited for
It’s also noted that one book can count for multiple prompts so as not to stress ourselves out since that is not what this readathon is about.
Also, the Galleyathon Twitter account has also posted a bingo game with more prompts to make this all the more challenging! Plus, this gives entries to a giveaway they’ll be hosting so that’s a win-win.
MY GALLEYATHON TBR
Because I’m such a slow reader, I decided to have only 3 galleys on my TBR for this one. That is the maximum number of books I can read in a week, and I think three is even pushing it.
To save the hero, she’ll have to team up with the villain. But in the labyrinth, nothing is as it seems.
The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalvers’ isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path.
But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes the only person who knows the safe path through-Dex-into forming a tenuous alliance.
Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps-with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide-Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Prompts: Newest ARC you have, ARC you’re most excited for
At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.
The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.
The Water Tower Club by B.K. Mayo
Genres: Thriller, Fiction
Prompts: ARC you regret requesting for
From the author of the award-winning novel Tamara’s Child, comes a story crackling with mystery and suspense.
The day after graduating from high school, Darryl Coombs fled his hometown of Grotin, Kansas, hoping to put the memories of his nightmarish childhood behind him forever. His only regret—he’d had to leave his beloved little sister, Libby, behind. Now, ten years later, Libby’s arrest on a charge of attempted murder has Darryl reluctantly returning to his childhood home. He is desperate to save his sister from prison, but first he must survive the descent into the rabbit hole of his past.
When his efforts to exonerate Libby expose a devil’s bargain so hideous as to be unthinkable, Darryl unwittingly takes action that leads to deadly consequences.
Beautifully written, artfully conceived, charged with moral complexity, this book will leave you wanting more from BK Mayo!
Those are all the ARCs I plan to read for now, but who knows, I may miraculously read more than I originally planned! I haven’t included any of the bingo prompts there in my TBR as well. I’ll keep you guys updated, and hopefully I don’t fail in this readathon.