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Sunday Blog: My NetGalley Shelf – July 2018

Happy Sunday everyone!

At the end of every month, I’m going to share a round-up of my NetGalley TBR shelf. I have to confess I had trigger finger this month so I’ve decided to omit a few have either been published some time ago or are not being published until way into the future (I’ll include those in next month’s post).

Enjoy!


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The Winter’s Child – Cassandra Parkin

Title: The Winter’s Child
Author: Cassandra Parkin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication date: 1st August 2018

This is the book I’m currently reading. I started it yesterday and I’m about a fifth of the way through and so far enjoying it. I thought it was going to be a standard crime thriller but it quickly took a more unusual and sinister turn. Looking forward to seeing what happens in this one!


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The Choice – Edith Eger

Title: The Choice
Author: Edith Eger
Genre: Memoir
Publication date: 16th August 2018

Out of my whole list, I think this is the one I’m looking forward to the most. It’s a memoir of one woman’s experience of being sent to Auschwitz. I’ve been reading books about the Holocaust for a very long time, so anything along these lines is a welcome addition to my bookcase.


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A Little Bird Told Me – Marianne Holmes

Title: A Little Bird Told Me
Author: Marianne Holmes
Genre: Mystery/thriller fiction
Publication date: 13th September 2018

I think this book can best be described as being about secrets and family. I’m not overly sure what else to expect from this book having read the blurb, but I’m intrigued by it.


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Into the Jungle – Katherine Rundell

Title: Into the Jungle
Author: Katherine Rundell
Genre: Children’s fiction
Publication date: 20th September 2018

I’ll be honest, I kind of regret requesting this book; I’ve never been a big fan of The Jungle Book but I’m hoping this book will change my perspective.


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If Cats Disappeared From The World – Genki Kawamura

Title: If Cats Disappeared From The World
Author: Genki Kawamura
Genre: Literary fiction
Publication date: 20th September 2018

This book is about a man who does a deal with the Devil for one more day of life and embarks on a journey with his beloved cat, Cabbage, to discover what’s really important in life.

I’ve really had to exercise some self-control not to read this book immediately, especially considering the adorable cover!


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A Promise Stitched in Time – Colleen Rowan Kosinski

Title: A Promise Stitched in Time
Author: Colleen Rowan Kosinski
Genre: Children’s fiction
Publication date: 28th September 2018

OK, I am probably going to describe this book horribly but my understanding is that it’s about a girl trying to get an art school scholarship. She’s struggling to complete her portfolio and comes across a coat in a thrift shop. On purchasing the book she starts to have nightmares and visions and has to discover the mystery of the coat, which from what I can gather, was taken from a young prisoner of war during the Holocaust.


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Tirzah and The Prince of Crows – Deborah Kay Davies

Title: Tirzah and The Prince of Crows
Author: Deborah Kay Davies
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publication date: 4th October 2018

A hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age tale set in the Welsh valleys of the 1970s

Set in a remote valley in Wales, this is 1974, and Tirzah is sixteen, pretty, witty and wise. Brought up in a staunchly religious family, she has lived a sheltered life. But then she meets a boy. As she begins to struggle against the confines of her community, juggling everyone’s expectations and trying to find her own way in the world, life takes an unexpected turn and Tirzah realises that there are many ways to be free.

Drawing on Welsh mythology and with an almost fable-esque quality, Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is an intensely immersive, layered and powerful novel about life choices and the healing power of love.

– Description taken from NetGalley

I thought I’d include the blurb here since it’s so beautifully written. This book is going to be bumped up my TBR list because Deborah Kay Davies is going to be at the Cardiff Book Festival in September. Find out more about the Cardiff Book Festival here.


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The Library of Ice – Nancy Campbell

Title: The Library of Ice
Author: Nancy Campbell
Genre: Memoir/Non-fiction
Publication date: 1st November 2018

I have to confess I don’t really know what to expect from this book. It’s part memoir, part ecological, part social sciences. I think this will be way out of my comfort zone, which is most welcome. Love the cover.


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Death in the Stocks – Georgette Heyer

Title: Death in the Stocks
Author: Georgette Heyer
Genre: Murder mystery
Publication date: 1st February 2019 (This edition)

So not a new book per se but when I saw this new edition of Death in the Stocks I seized the opportunity to read it. I love a good murder mystery! I think I’m going to save this one to read on holiday later in the year or delve into it over the Christmas period (yes, I used the C-word).


What did you get approved for this month?

Let me know in the comments below or if you have your own NetGalley post then please feel free to link it.

Do any of these books appeal to you? Have you read any of them? Let me know!

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