NetGalley Book Tag!

Hey everyone!

I admit that I am pretty late getting on the NetGalley bandwagon! Although I had an account for a while, I haven’t requested too many books because……. well, as a mood reader, making a commitment to read a book terrifies me!! I can’t predict which book I will want to read one, two, or three weeks down the line. I might want to read a book right NOW, but give it a few weeks and I might not feel like reading it anymore hahahaha.

ANYWAY. Lately I did decide to give NetGalley another chance, and was approved for a book by one of my favourite authors, which I am actually really REALLY excited to read 🙂 And I got tagged by Cyan @ Two Boring Hapas so I guess it is meant to be. (Thank you Cyan for the tag!!! Make sure to check out their blog!)

The rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too

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

Recently I’ve been into YA sci-fi and fantasy, so I would gladly read any book by VE Schwab, Neal Shusterman, or Leigh Bardugo. I am a huge fan of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera as well!

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

The author of the book is what attracts me. If the book is by a writer who I know and love, I am more likely to request it. I previously had bad experiences with buying a book because of fancy covers, so now I am hesitant to request a book based on the cover alone.

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

So far I’ve been only approved for one book so far (I know hahaha *sheepish laugh*) which is Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi, and I have every intention to read and review this book! My NetGalley strategy in the future is to really consider which books I decide to request, because I don’t ever want to be stuck in the situation where I can’t keep up with the books that I’ve requested, which will make reading seem like a chore rather than enjoyment.

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

Um….. “NetGalley Newbie”!?? XD

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

Hmm… I want to get to Permanent Record at the earlier possible opportunity. Other than that, I am dying to read The Toll (by Neal Shusterman) which is out this November, and Wayward Son (by Rainbow Rowell) which is out in September (so soon!!!) I haven’t seen these titles on NetGalley though!!

I tag these people!!

Jai Lynn

Caro @ Bookcheshire Cat

Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

Laura @ Boats Against the Current

Katie @ Never Not Reading

Again, no obligation to do this tag if you don’t feel like it! If you don’t do NetGalley, feel free to answer these questions creatively, for example, “What makes you want to buy a book?” rather than “What makes you want to request a book?” If you haven’t been tagged but are itching to answer these questions, then consider yourself tagged!!

Do you use NetGalley? What books did you recently request? How concerned are you about your feedback ratio? How do you decide to request (or not request) a book?

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29 Replies to “NetGalley Book Tag!”

  1. Thanks for tagging me, Sophie! Netgalley can be a great place, but not so great when you’re overwhelmed and pressed for deadlines xD I agree that lately it’s the author that has been my main consideration in requesting, especially if I know I would love the book!

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  2. I’ve never signed up to NetGalley and I don’t think I know what the website looks like but it is exciting that you are using it more. I hope you love being a part of it– I think it is a super cool resource!! Leigh Bardugo is probably one of my auto-buy authors as well– I’ve read most of her books and loved them!!
    Congratulations on getting approved for Permanent Record— I really hope you enjoy it!! I recently brought Emergency Contact and I’m very excited to read it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Choi’s latest book!! 🙂
    Great post!! ❤

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    1. Hey Sophie!! I haven’t used NetGalley much until now, so can’t really say too much about my experience. It is pretty cool to think that I’m able to read a book prior to its release though 🙂
      Yes Leigh Bardugo is awesome!! That’s great that you have Emergency Contact on your TBR. It’s one of my favourite contemporaries 🙂 Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that one.
      Thank you Sophie ❤

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      1. It is great to have access to unreleased books and I hope you have a positive experience with it!!
        Yay– I’m glad it is one of your favourite contemporaries– I’m excited to get to it and to share my thoughts!! ❤

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  3. Netgalley is addictive. You are definitely approaching it the right way. I massively over requested when I joined. I have gotten better, but I still over request once in awhile. But usually because I assume I’m not getting a book after a month and some publishers will approve late.

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  4. Okay, I just need a second to scream because PERMANENT RECORD AH THIS IS SO EXCITING! This is one of my most anticipated reads, I hope you will adore it, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it ❤
    I'm also trying my best not to request too much, because I don't want to feel overwhelmed and, like you said, lose the enjoyment! 🙂

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    1. Hey Marie!! Yeah I did a happy dance when I was approved for Permanent Record!! Right now I am still on the tail end of another book but I am hoping to start this one soon 🙂
      Yeah! Definitely better to only request the books that we really want to read, and be aware of how many books we’ve requested in total so that we’re not overloaded!

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  5. This is such a cool tag! I have a NetGalley account which I browse every so often, but when I first signed up, boy, I regretted it! I signed up for every book that passed me and I was swamped, and to be honest, some of them sucked. Awesome tag!
    -Emma 🙂

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  6. I’m the same in that the author is usually what makes me interested in a book, at least initially. Being selective about the books you request is a good strategy! I don’t request a ton, but I’ve heard plenty of horror stories about people whose review percentage goes way down after they request too many things that they’re not really interested in 😬 Have fun with your adventures into NetGalley!!

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  7. Sophie, I would like to do this tag! I’ve never requested anything from Netgalley (or anything similar) before, but there have been a few gay romance authors who contacted me to review their books, which I’ve done. (I review every single book I read nowadays, and the vast majority of them are gay romances, which is probably how these complete strangers found me, lol.) So maybe I can talk about those experiences, and make some more creative tweaks to these questions.

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  8. Thank you so much for tagging me, Sophie! 🙂 I use Netgalley the most in comparison to other sides and still have the best luck with getting approved even with the new restrictions on international bloggers. I usually only request books that I have heard of and of course those that I know the author of 😀

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    1. That’s great that you have a good experience with Netgalley overall even as an international blogger 🙂 Which other sites do you use? I’ve also heard about Edelweiss although I haven’t used it before.

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