My NetGalley TBR | December 2017

Dec 16, 2017 | Books

If you’re a book blogger, you’re probably familiar with NetGalley. If you’re not, I’ll quickly explain what it is: it’s basically an online library for ARCs, or Advanced Reader Copies, of books soon to be released. The general rule is that if you request a book and you’re accepted, you get to read and keep it in return for an honest review.

If you're a book blogger, you're probably familiar with NetGalley. If you're not, find out more here! I'm going to share my entire NetGalley TBR. Let's go!

Book bloggers tend to have a love/hate relationship with NetGalley. It’s amazing because anyone who is anyone can sign up for free; there’s no strings attached, they don’t ask for high numbers of followers; literally anyone who likes to talk about books can register. “So where’s the bad in that?!” I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you.

Imagine you’re a book blogger who absolutely loves to get their hands on any books they can get. Give them books for free – books which haven’t come out yet but we’ve been yearning over for months – and we’ll go CRAZY FOR THEM. Like, if they were physical books, they’d be pouring out of our windows and doors and we wouldn’t be able to move. SO MANY FREE BOOKS AND NO TIME TO READ THEM ALL. ~sobs dramatically~

NetGalley’s clever way of trying to get people to actually read some of the books they request is by giving each user a ratio of books requested to books reviewed. They say that publishers prefer to accept users whose ratios are at 80% or above. (Pffff I don’t think that’s even possible. Is that possible? Are you one of these rare magnificent beings who manages to keep their ratio at 80%? SHOW ME YOUR WAYS.)

Step Inside My NetGalley Universe…

Today, I’m going to let you into my NetGalley world. NetGalley to me is like a secret world where you never really find out how many books people have. There are people like me who have a modest amount that others would think is pitiful, while others’ TBR lists could stretch around the world twice. Today, I’m going to give you a glimpse into my NetGalley TBR list so you can see the kind of books I request, what I’ve already read, and what I’ll probably still have unread in 6 years. This will also help me get a proper insight into how many books I’ve reviewed and how many I’ve got left, because I hardly look at it (oops).

Let’s go!

Some Stats Before We Begin

  • Member Since: 2016 (It doesn’t give you a month)
  • Feedback Ratio: 54% (OK, not bad. I thought it’d be about 20% or something ridiculous.)
  • Books Approved: 37
  • Feedback Sent: 20
  • Favourite Categories: General Fiction, Humour, LGBTQIA, Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA

NetGalley Books I’ve (Actually) Read

This surprised me, actually: I’ve reviewed more than I thought. It’s still probably quite a short list compared to some (I see some people sharing a badge for like their 100th, 200th, 250th NetGalley book reviewed – what the what?!) but I’m quite proud of it. Most of these are reviews I’ve also shared on my blog, so I’ll link to them in case you’re interested to see what I thought. I’ll also share some stats for each book so you can see how long it took me to actually read them and send the feedback. (You might see how enthusiastic I was at the start and it all collapsed from there.)

(Key: P = Published, R = Reviewed)

  1. Bridesmaids 1: The One With the Engagement Party by Erin Lawless (review)
    • P: June 10, 2016
    • R: June 8, 2016
  2. The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone (review)
    • P: June 16, 2016
    • R: June 11, 2016
  3. Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan (review)
    • P: June 16, 2016
    • R: June 16, 2016
  4. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg (review)
    • P: June 28, 2016
    • R: July 5, 2016
  5. The Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes (review)
    • P: August 11, 2016
    • R: August 12, 2016
  6. The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne (review)
    • P: June 16, 2016
    • R: Nov 5, 2016
  7. Bridesmaids 2: The One with the Wedding Dress by Erin Lawless
    • P: Sept 16, 2016
    • R: Nov 5, 2016
  8. The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime by Lynsey James (review)
    • P: Nov 10, 2016
    • R: Nov 16, 2016
  9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (review)
    • P: Nov 3, 2016
    • R: Nov 17, 2016
  10. A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart (review)
    • P: Sept 1, 2016
    • R: January 16, 2017
  11. Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas (review)
    • P: August 11, 2016
    • R: January 17, 2017
  12. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (review)
    • P: January 31, 2017
    • R: Feb 4, 2017
  13. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (review)
    • P: April 4, 2017
    • R: May 1, 2017
  14. The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs (review)
    • P: Sept 13, 2016
    • R: May 10, 2017
  15. Right Here Waiting For You by Rebecca Pugh (review)
    • P: May 31, 2017
    • R: May 28, 2017
  16. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • P: March 7, 2017
    • R: June 9, 2017
    • I didn’t get to read this because it expired before I downloaded the eBook. I wanted to cry. 😥 So I just had to submit my non-feedback and explain.
  17. The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion (review)
    • P: May 2, 2017
    • R: June 10, 2017
  18. We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan (review)
    • P: Feb 9, 2017
    • R: June 18, 2017
  19. Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield (review)
    • P: July 3, 2017
    • R: July 11, 2017
  20. Artemis by Andy Weir (review)
    • P: Nov 14, 2017
    • R: Dec 7, 2017

So, there you go. Hope you like having a little snoop into my reading habits! Next up is my TBR…

My NetGalley TBR

I have SO many books on this list that I can’t wait to read, but I never seem to have a chance to read them! I’m currently on a NetGalley ban unless there’s a book that I’ve 110% wanted to read for AGES and AGES. (Then again, some of these books that I already have are ones I’ve desperately wanted to read and still haven’t got around to it… ugh. #BookwormProblems) Because I’m lazy there are too many and I can’t be bothered it’ll take me ages to write them all, here’s a handy screenshot of my NetGalley TBR list. 🙂

So… there you go. Spot any there you’ve read? If you have, please help me out by telling me which books you think I should prioritise. Soon, I want to start trying to power through some of my dreaded NetGalley TBR, so it’ll be useful to know which ones I should start with!

Now It’s Your Turn…

I’d love to see some other bloggers’ TBR lists. I’m pretty nosy, so I like to see the kinds of books other people are into! If you’ve shared your NetGalley TBR in the past, please comment with your link so I can read it. Or if you’re inspired by me doing it (you must be crazy, surely this was really boring?!) and you want to do it yourself, then let me know!

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