8 Books I Wish I Could Have Read as Arcs

Arcs, or Advanced Reviewer Copies are an amazing way for bloggers, librarians and reviewers to gain access to new release books in return for their honest opinion. Books by popular or ‘big name’ authors are hotly contested, and it’s not always that you’re chosen to receive the book.

Here are 8 books I requested via NetGalley but devastatingly missed out on being chosen.

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  1. Meet Cute, an anthology by numerous authors including Nicola Yoon, Nina LaCour, Julie Murphy, Emery Lord and Sara Shepard. As a fan of Yoon, Murphy &  LaCour, I was desperate to read this book. Not only did it have all the big names, but the whole premise sounded so…well, cute. Luckily I managed to pick it up at my local library as it ended up being adorable! This book gave me all the feels & all the squeals 😂. Find my extended thought on the book here.
  2. Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus. Another book that I was excited about almost purely off the author. It’s not even like I LOVED One of Us Is Lying but for some reason I had my fingers & toes crossed waiting for the results of my NetGalley request.
  3. Sadie by Courtney Summers. This book got a serious amount of hype. I’ve actually  since borrowed Sadie from my library but never got around to reading it- it would be interesting to see whether I would have liked it had of read it pre-release.
  4. Speed of Life by Carol Weston. Perhaps the first book on this list that wasn’t overly hyped, something about the blurb Speed of Life just spoke to me. I later borrowed this as an audiobook but, like many of the audiobooks I start, it remains unfinished.
  5. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandya Menon. This book sounded sweet, looked sweet and had a lot of hype behind it. I needed nothing more to make me desperate to read it.
  6. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. My lack of knowledge on graphic novels is perhaps a good reason why I did’t have to write a review of this. I was desperate to read it at the time, although now, I’m not so sure.
  7. The first of two feminist books to round off this list, Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan sounded fresh and inspiring. Plus, we all know I love a book in verse. *Sigh* I guess I’ll just have to wait for it’s release later this month, then.
  8. Girl Squads by Sam Magg. I loved the sound of this girl-power tribute and had planned on buying a copy for my bestie if I enjoyed it enough.

Were you lucky enough to read any of these books as Arcs? What  books did you miss out on reading pre-release? Let’s talk new, old and pre-releases in the comments below! 🙂 Happy reading.

Loved this? Find more book recommendations in my 2018 end of year book survey here.

Top Ten Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early| TTT 01/05/18

Top Ten Tuesday was hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish but has recently moved to That Artsy Girl. This week’s topic is all about the books that you’d do Anything to get early. Anything. I’m super excited for this list as I have a fair few new releases on my TBR and haven’t ad the opportunity to discuss them in depth yet.

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  1. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee. Oh my, I absolutely cannot wait to read the next instalment in the Guide Series. Felicity was one of my favourite parts of the first book so a whole story about her seems too good to be true!
  2. 35396511.jpgWhat If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli. I read History is All You Left Me earlier this year and thought it was super sweet. This book is getting a lot of hype so I can’t wait to see how good it really is.
  3. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon. When Dimple Met Rishi was adorable  so I can’t wait to read more of Sandhya’s work.
  4. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. A YA psychological thriller is always a very welcome addition to my reading pile and this one seems especially intriguing (it’s giving me serious People Like Us vibes).
  5. The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace. Don’t even get me started on how much I love Amanda Lovelace’s work, I read both of the other books at the start of this year and would do almost anything to get my hands on a copy of this next book.
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    Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch. 
    From the author of Love and Gelato, this one seems like a super cute read.
  7. If Only by Jennifer Gilmore. This book seems fresh and original, plus, the blurb reminds me of a book that my friend and I started writing last year so it’ll be interesting to see how that works out.
  8. Freak ‘N’ Gorgeous by Sebastian J. Plata. A fun sounding story about a town where the gorgeous suddenly become the hideous and vice versa
  9. This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender. I don’t know too much about this book, however the synopsis and title sounded fun so Ithought it was worth adding.
  10. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker. While I’m a little worried this is just going to be a bad copy of Gentlemen’s/Lady’s Guide, it does sound interesting in its own right.

What books would you do anything to get early? Do you have any of these books on your TBR? Leave a link to your TTT and I’ll make sure to stop by. 

New Books! 16/01/18

I promised myself I wouldn’t borrow or buy anymore books until I had read all of the books on my shelf. Did I keep my promise? Of course not! The pull of the library is simply too strong (well, that’s the excuse I’m using, anyway :)). Here are the books that I have added to my physical TBR over the past few days.

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Borrowed (from library):

  1. Dear Nobody, Berlie Doherty. I’ve actually already finished this book. While certain aspects of the structure & writing of the book were a little confusing (the author’s aversion to commas, for example), the ending more than made up for it. A great read- 3.5 stars.
  2. When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon. This book has gotten some wild praise over the past year & with Sandhya Menon’s 2nd book (From Twinkle, With Love) coming out this year, I thought I better pick it up.
  3. Moonrise, Sarah Crossan. I wasn’t sure about this book as it seemed a little more dystopic than the books I usually gravitate towards. Despite this, it still seems like an interesting read.

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Bought (from 2nd hand book shop):

  1. ‘Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas’, Louise Rennison. The third in the series, I was reminded by how much I loved the first book when I saw this one at the 2nd hand book shop. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the second book but I’m sure it will be enjoyable nonetheless.
  2. The School For Good and Evil; A World Without Princes, Soman Chainani. Another book from a series I started last year, hopefully this one lives up to the first.

Acquired (via Netgalley):

  1. Down in the Belly of the Whale, Kelly Kay Bowles. I’m not 100% sure why I decided to request this book on Netgalley, however now that I’ve been accepted I’m more than willing to give it a go. 🙂 It’s set to be released on May 5th.

Have you read any of these books? What books have you bought, borrowed or acquired during the past few days to a week? Leave any comments (or a link to a similar post that you’ve written) down below. I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂