Yes, I know Galleyathon ended 3 days ago. And yep, I am aware that this is a late wrap-up post. I got too caught up with other stuff and completely put off writing this until now. But better late than never, right?
This is the first readathon I’ve joined this year and I’m so happy to say that it’s a successful one for me! Admittedly, I don’t have a great track record when it comes to readathons as I am lacking the focus and commitment it requires. That’s why it was a surprise to me how I managed to do well in this one!
For Galleyathon, I managed to read 3 books and started a 4th book (though I haven’t quite finished reading it yet) from my Netgalley shelf! How I achieved that in only a week, considering how slow my reading pace is, I’m not sure. But the hosts of this readathon sure gave us participants a lot of motivation, especially with the reading sprints so it was a lot of fun!
As a quick background: Galleyathon is a week-long readathon dedicated to help with our ever-growing Netgalley shelf. It started June 15th and ended June 21st. You can read more about the readathon, its prompts and my TBR here in my sign-up post.
Like I said, I have finished a total of 3 books (all of which were based on the prompts) and I have a 4th one that I’m not yet through reading.
The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate – This is the book I read for the “oldest ARC you have” prompt. This follows a girl without skills, born into a world where special abilities seem to constitute for normal, when she braves a deadly maze to find her missing best friend. I thoroughly enjoyed this one for its pace is fast enough for my liking and the journey in the labyrinth has kept me on the edge of my seat. You can read more about my thoughts here. 4⭐.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim – I have this book for two prompts: newest ARC you have and ARC you’re most excited for. This is about a Chinese-American woman returning home years after a falling out with her mother. The thing that urged her to return? Her mother’s death. Back home in Chinatown, San Francisco, she discovers how much her neighborhood has deteriorated and takes it upon herself to reopen her grandmother’s restaurant to connect with and possibly save their neighborhood. This one I liked, with the focus of gentrification, amazing Asian cuisine and the importance of sustaining their heritage. However, the writing and especially the romance were a bit of a letdown for me. My review for this to come. 3⭐.
The Water Tower Club by B.K. Mayo – I chose this one for the prompt of ARC you regret requesting for. I requested this one very long ago so when I read its synopsis again recently, it didn’t appeal to me as much as it did before. This book follows Darryl Coombs as he returns to his hometown after finding out that his sister was brought in for attempted murder. In efforts of exonerating her, Darryl has to face the ghosts of his past that he never wanted to relive. This was a pleasant surprise since it definitely delivered on its promise of a thriller. Also, this book is riddled with a lot of dark topics so it was a bit heavy to read about. Nonetheless, the twists and turns it gives surely took me by surprise. My review for this to come. 3⭐.
Book Started During Galleyathon
Lovestruck by Kate Watson – I started this one and had high hopes of finishing it before the readathon ends but I was majorly disappointed. I strongly dislike the main character, the romance is so cheesy (borderline cringe-worthy) and the story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. This one is about a 16-year-old Erote who accidentally pricks herself with her cupid’s arrow and falls head over heels in love with a mortal. I love Greek mythology so I thought I was gonna love this book to, but that’s definitely not the case. I am seriously considering DNF-ing it.
I surprisingly did well in this readathon’s additional prompts. But of course, these prompts overlap on the four books I’ve mentioned above.
Overall, I’m very happy with how I did on this readathon. Thank you so much to the hosts as I have made real progress with my ever-growing Netgalley shelf. This was so much fun to partake in and I really hope this would happen again in the future!