NetGalley was not only my first introductions to ARCs but it was also, essentially, my introduction to the book blogging community! Since I joined earlier in 2017, I have learned a lot about book blogging, what ARCs are (this acronym took me ages to understand) and how to request them on NetGalley. I’m yet to receive any physical ARCs and that’s something that I’m hoping to work towards in 2018, but for now, I have lots of e-ARCs that I need to get through.
When I first joined NetGalley I had no idea how it worked so I ended up accidentally requesting a lot of books without understanding the consequences of doing so! My review ratings ended up plummeting while I tried to work through the backlog and it meant that I couldn’t request any new books, and missed out on a bunch of the newer, most talked about ARCs. I’ve been trying to be really well behaved while I work through the remaining ARCs on my NetGalley shelf and thought I’d share with you all what I have left to read. I’m hoping to complete them ASAP because a) I feel really guilty about not reviewing things in a timely manner and b) I want to make space for some new 2018 ARCs!
The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville 1899-1926 by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff. University of Mississippi Press.
This is the ARC that I’m currently reading and one that I’ve had since June 2017! I felt so guilty about it just sitting on my shelf, especially as it’s such an amazing topic and one that I’m really interested in. It follows the evolution of the original blues out of minstrelsy at the end of the 19th century, providing a platform for black resistance, culture, and community in America in the face of segregation and Jim Crow laws.
Music in Disney’s Animated Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to the Jungle Book by James Bohn. University of Mississippi Press.
For anyone who isn’t aware, I am HUGE fan of Disney, especially the older Disney films. In the summer, I did a talk on Queer Coding in Disney and have been toying with the idea of doing one on early music and animation in Disney, so this ARC is absolutely perfect for me. I’m really excited to read it and grateful for the University Press of Mississippi for granting me this ARC even though I hadn’t made any progress with the Original Blues yet!
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Annick Press Ltd.
This is one of my more recent ARCs that I’ve received and one which I’m really excited, and grateful, to have received. #NotYourPrincess has been one of the most talked about releases of Autumn 2017 and challenges the stereotypes of Native American women through this collection of essays, poems, interviews, and art.
Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices From Within the Anti-Violence Movement edited by Jennifer Patterson. Riverdale Avenue Books.
This is a book which was making the rounds in the diverse book blogging community when I first started my blog. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was interested in reading it. It’s a hugely important topic to talk about and I’m really glad that the book existed, but I wasn’t sure about whether the voices of trans masculine people would be included. As someone is trans masculine myself and has lots of trans masculine friends, we are often victims of abuse but who have to live in silence within the queer community. However, after reading a review of this by the wonderful Wendy @whatthelog and seeing her mention the diversity of voices included, I decided to give it a shot. It’s another one that’s been on my shelf a little while, purely because the topic is quite heavy and I want to choose the right time to read it.
Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak. Laksa Media Group.
Where the Stars Rise is a diverse collection of 23 different Asian SFF stories which focus on the exploration of identities, belonging and choices. I believe I saw this book mentioned (again) by Wendy and after having read The Sum of Us, an anthology of SFF stories centering on caregivers which were also edited by Lucas K. Law and published by Laksa Media Group, I knew that I had to read this one too. I’m super grateful to Laksa Media Group for approving me for my second ARC with them and am looking forward to diving into the world of Asian SFF.
Requested: 28 ARCs
Approved for: 15 ARCs
DNF’d: 4 ARCs
Reviewed: 6 ARCs
Declined for: 12 ARCs
Pending: 1 ARC
Review Ratio: 72%
How many ARCs do you currently have waiting to be read?
Which ones are you most excited to read?
Do you prefer e-ARCs or physical ARCs?
Comment below and let me know!