NetGalley is 3x more cool! & some “read now” picks

I hinted at some awesome NetGalley updates in one of my Book Expo America posts, and yesterday those updates finally happened!

So what’s different? Basically, there’s a few more options to organize books on your dashboard. It’s now broken up into several sections: New On My Shelf, Reading List (aka to be read/currently reading), Finish and Send Feedback (aka to be reviewed), and Pending Requests/Auto Approvals. Here’s a little video detailing how it works:

I love being able to organize things more, especially since I used to have to stare at DNF books in bookish guilt until they were archived. Now I can just shove them off my shelf and not worry about it!

Do you like being able to organize review books more? How are you going to use the new NetGalley options?

There is ALSO a new section in the book catalog called “Read Now.” It’s basically like auto-approval only open to everyone– no waiting for a book to be approved! Just start, well, reading now.

I’ve picked out three Read Now books to highlight; if you’re interested in them, be sure to add them to your shelf! They may not always be available as “read now” books, so time is of the essence.

Parasite medium Parasite by Mira Grant
Pub. Date: October 29, 2013

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.

Trial of Dr Kate medium The Trial of Dr. Kate by Michael E. Glasscock III
Historical Fiction/Mystery
Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

In the summer of 1952, Lillian Johnson was found dead in her home, slumped in the wheelchair that had become her cage due to multiple sclerosis. An overdose of barbiturate had triggered a heart attack, but the scene was not quite right. It looked as though someone other than Lillian herself had injected the fatal dose.

Dr. Kate Marlow, Lillian’s physician and best friend, now sits in the Round Rock city jail. The only country doctor for miles, Kate cannot remember her whereabouts at the time of Lillian’s death?and the small Tennessee town buzzes with judgment.

As Dr. Kate’s trial approaches, another woman is determined to uncover the truth about the night of Lillian’s death. Memphis reporter Shenandoah Coleman grew up in Round Rock on the wrong side of the tracks, but unlike the rest of her unsavory clan, escaped her destiny. Now, back in the town she grew up in, she’ll have to turn every stone to keep Kate from a guilty verdict.

Green Wizardry mediumGreen Wizardry by John Michael Greer
Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

Merlin, Gandalf, Voldemort—these well-known sorcerers from popular culture are famed for their amazing spells and spectacular magical powers. In ancient times, however, a wizard was actually a freelance intellectual whose main stock in trade was good advice, supported by a thorough education in agriculture, navigation, political and military science, languages, commerce, mathematics, medicine, and the natural sciences—in essence, the true Renaissance man.

John Michael Greer proposes a modern mage for uncertain times; one who possesses a startling array of practical skills gleaned from the appropriate tech and organic gardening movements forged in the energy crisis of the 1970s. From the basic concepts of ecology to a plethora of practical techniques such as composting, green manure, low-tech food preservation and storage, small-scale chicken and rabbit raising, solar water heating, alternative energy sources, and more, Green Wizardry is a comprehensive manual for today’s wizard-in-training.

Providing a solid practical introduction to the entire appropriate tech toolkit, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about decreasing our dependence on an overloaded industrial system and, in a world of serious energy shortages and economic troubles, making life a great deal less traumatic and more livable.

Which “Read Now” books caught your eye?

4 thoughts on “NetGalley is 3x more cool! & some “read now” picks”

    1. I had to try SO HARD to not request more than, like, five books. And now I have to stop myself from constantly checking for new ones to request! NG is super addictive, yo.

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