When you have a little too much to drink and request all the books!

NetGalley

So just before Christmas I had a little too much alcohol and decided that it would be an absolutely great idea to go onto to NetGalley and see what books just happened to be available. Towards the end of last year, I had slowly been working my way through my shelf, finishing those last few reviews, so that I could start the new year all caught up. I was on track and things had been looking good haha.

Turns out when you’re a little bit tipsy you may lose pretty much all your self-control and go on a requesting spree! (It may not have helped that there were so many great books to choose from but I digress). Don’t worry I thought when I realized just how many books I had seen fit to request, I’m sure I won’t be approved for all of them…. Checking my emails I had only been approved for two, oh good I was thinking, that’s not so bad, definitely manageable. It’s now three weeks later and I have a grand total of 22 books casually just sitting on my shelf. Welp. To put this into a bit of perspective I counted the other day and found out I had only reviewed a whopping total of 20 books for the whole of last year! 20! Now I do plan to do a whole lot more reading, reviewing and blogging for this year but when you add up my author requests, blog tours I’m on and you know books I’m going to go and purchase for myself that’s a whole lot of books! Oops. On the other hand, I am really happy that I have so many really promising looking books to read but it’s a tad overwhelming haha. Anyway, I thought I would include the first 5 down below so you can see what upcoming reviews I have!

NetGalley Upcoming Reviews

  1. Coming Home to holly close farm by Julie Houston

Julie Houston’s novels are heart-warming, full of joy and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.

Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation.

As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm. A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too…

Julie Houston’s novels are heart-warming, full of joy and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.

Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation.

As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm. A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too…

2. From Mum with Love by Louise Emma Clarke

Mum of one, Jess has had enough of endless diaper-filled days and her husband Chris has just the solution to vent her frustrations – a blog.

Jess loves her daughter more than anything, but sometimes she just wants a little bit of freedom – some time for herself. Cue a laptop, a glass of wine and the beginning of a life-changing journey.

Overnight Jess’s inbox is full of notifications and before long she is officially a ‘mummy blogger’ but this new life comes with its own set of rules and regulations. With Queen of the Bloggers, Tiggy, blanking her in public, people recognizing her on the street and her life decisions suddenly judged by strangers Jess’s idea of ‘me time’ is slowly becoming a full-time job.

Will Jess be able to find the right life/work balance? Or will she wish she’d never turned to a world online?

From the award-winning blogger behind ‘Mum of Boys & Mabel’.

3. What happens in France by Carol Wyer

“She stood and took her place in front of the camera… It was now or never”

Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.

With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.

Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfill more than one heart’s wish…

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

4. I Invited her In by Adele Parks

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.

This is worse.

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.

But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.

After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.

5. The Man I fell in Love with by Kate Field

Sometimes we find happiness where we least expect it…

After twenty years of quiet, contented marriage, Mary Black can’t help but find her eyes drawn to a particularly handsome man at a Christmas party. But her world is suddenly turned upside down when she sees her husband next to him, holding his hand.

For the sake of her children, Mary has no choice but to pick herself up and start again. She hosts family meals that includes her ex-husband and his new partner. She copes with her children wanting to spend less time with her, and more time with their “fun” dads. And she tries her very best to ignore Leo’s gorgeous brother, who has been living in New York for many years, but has just come back to town…

After living a life of sliding doors and missed opportunities, can Mary finally put herself first and take a chance that could change everything?

A wonderfully uplifting novel full of wisdom, spirit and charm – this is a love story with a difference…

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31 thoughts on “When you have a little too much to drink and request all the books!

  1. These all sound good, looking forward to your reviews of them. I’ve been tempted by the Adele Parks one a few times but never quite took the plunge. I’ve only ever read one of her books “The State We’re In which I really enjoyed but seem to recall thinking it a bit slow to get going but a brilliant ending.

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  2. Oh my, lol! I don’t think that I’ve ever requested more than 2 at a time, LOL! I guess it’s better than online shopping while tipsy because I know I could do some serious damage that way! At least you’re set for books for a while and have some great sounding books to review. 🙂

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  3. Great post lol. I have faith in you getting it done. I confess to requesting so many books when I first joined that i got overwhelmed and gave up for quite a while…maybe a year or so before I went back and cleaned up the mess as best I could and started fresh. Restraint is not easy when we see books we really want, even when they are months off 🙂

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  4. Hahaha! Yeah, I remember the click sprees where you assume that you’ll get a couple if you’re lucky and then… gulp! I live in dreams of hitting the 80% mark for feedback, let alone clearing the decks.

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