Netgalley Tag: Book Review secrets revealed!

Netgalley Tag

This picture shows some books I have been lucky enough to read through Netgalley!

Have you ever used Netgalley?

Have you read and reviewed many books through the website?

What do you like and dislike about it?

How many books do you currently have on your Netgalley shelf?

Let me know in the comments!

Auto-Approved: Who is one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they are about?

I have several! Some of my ‘auto-buy’ authors are Cornelia Funke, Frances Hardinge, Holly Black, Laura Weymouth, Vic James, Marissa Meyer, Sarah Crossan. I could probably keep going…

Request: What makes you want to request a book on NetGalley?

When I first discovered Netgalley I did what most people do and went a bit mad, requesting tonnes of books. Firstly, it was a bit like walking into a bookshop and being told you could take what you like. Also, I didn’t really know how likely I was to be approved, so had been recommended to click on a few ‘Read Now’ titles to start building up my feedback profile.

Now, I am a bit more selective. At first I just clicked on anything that looked remotely interesting. Now, I read the description more carefully and try not to request something that is being published a week late, unless I’m pretty sure that it is a book that I may not be able to access in my region when it comes out. If I’m still unsure about reading something, I will click through to other reviews to see what the early reception has been like.

I will always request books that feature bilingual or bicultural protagonists or promote different cultures and languages to children.

Some more great reads from Netgalley!

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I do review every book I read, on Goodreads at least. I don’t always write a full review on my blog, either because I loved the book so much that I find it tricky to review, there have been so many other reviewers that I feel like everything I want to say has been said or I don’t feel strongly enough about the book to write an in-depth review. As I work full-time (or more than full-time!) in a busy job, often the books I review are just those I feel like reviewing at the time.

When authors or publishers send me a book I will always review them, but it may take a while because, as much as I love blogging, it is not my full-time job! I am very much a mood reader so I would rather give a book it’s best chance of being loved by me by picking it up when I want to, rather than rushing myself to read it by a certain date.

Badges: If you could create one badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Um, not really sure, but maybe something to represent my commitment to reading diverse books from a wide range of different countries and cultures?

Wish For It: What’s one book you’re absolutely dying to read?

Only one? There are so many! Recently, my preorders of The Wicked King and The Winter of the Witch arrived so I am hoping for a quiet day to read them! I also have a whole list of books I’m excited for on my Waiting on Wednesday posts, such as Spin the Dawn.

NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

My latest review was Witch for a Week, which I borrowed from the library. Recently, I also reviewed The Gilded Wolves and The Girl King, both of which I was lucky enough to read through Netgalley. My two reviews before that were The Twisted Tree and The Dog That Saved Christmas, both of which I received for review purposes from the publishers.

While you’re here, why not check out Secret Life of a Book Blogger or Netgalley 101: A Guide for Beginners?

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I spotted this tag over on @Amiiie’s Books – thank you! If anybody would like to do this, consider yourself tagged. If you leave you links below I will check out your post!

Thanks for reading!

15 Comments Add yours

  1. eviebraithwaite says:

    Oh I went absolute request crazy when I first discovered NetGalley and now my feedback average is so low because of it. I’m more selective now too, although it can be difficult when there are so many amazing arcs available!

    Evie x |

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    1. I know what you mean! I have to try to force myself not to look at the ‘Find Titles’ tab whenever I go on to leave feedback, otherwise I just end up requesting more…

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  2. Paul's Picks says:

    I really like this tag. Every blogger has a very unique relationship with NetGalley!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think every reviewer has a love-hate relationship with Netgalley because we love accessing lots of amazing books, yet feel guilty when we can’t always review in a timely manner! Let me know if you do the tag!

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  3. lucindablogs says:

    I’m trying to be more selective but it’s sooo hard!

    I hope you enjoy the Winter of the Witch, I’ve just read it and loved it!

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    1. I have to choose the right time to read it because anyone who talks to me during it is going to either get ignored or have their head bitten off, lol. I’m actually toying with the idea of rereading from the beginning of the trilogy…

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      1. lucindablogs says:

        Good idea. If it snows in the next couple of weeks that would be perfect timing!

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      2. It tried snowing here yesterday and I got ridiculously excited. Only one flurry today but forecast says snow for tomorrow so I can hope! (I have never really grown up so, unlike most adults, I LOVE snow!)

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      3. lucindablogs says:

        Me too! Fingers crossed! 😊

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      4. Still no snow here 😦 Oh well!

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  4. I signed up to netgallery before realised needed kindle to get the Arcs. I like physical books 📚

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    1. You don’t have to have a kindle – you can download the books on a kindle app on your computer, tablet or phone or you can download the epub files to adobe digital editions. Readersfirst do draws every week for physical books if you’re interested?


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