Hello fellow bookworms 📚 When the lovely Sophie @ sophiexli tagged me for the Netgalley Book Tag I knew I had to do it! (Thank you so much for the Tag, check out her blog, it’s lovely!! ❤) I looked at the questions and thought that it was a great Tag to do! It’s important to mention that the Tag was originally created by Kourtni Reads 😊
Netgalley is still my main source of Arcs (though Blog Tours have proven to work in my favor sometimes as well), even though – as an international reviewer – I’m not happy with the changes they made. A lot of books are now only available to ‘wish for’ (so far that only worked out twice, once this year and once last year – so not very often) and I find that a few years ago I got accepted for a lot more review copies than now. Still, I’m making the most of it and I’m grateful Netgalley exists, because I have the best luck with it (definitely better than Edelweiss, it hates me 😂) and continue to get some Arcs 💕
- 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
I’m tagging …
(as always, no pressure to do the Tag 💕)
- Swetlana @ thecaffeinatedbookwormlife
- Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks
- Noémie @ tempestofbooks
- Dani @ perspectiveofawriter
- … and YOU if you want to do the Tag!
Auto-Approved 📚 Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?
I could’ve gone with my usual obvious answers (Susan Dennard and Rick Riordan), but I did want to highlight other authors that I also really love and would want to read everything by (if only I could get auto approved for their Arcs that would be heaven 😭). I have talked a bit about how much I love Jen Wilde on here, so let’s do it again. I adore her works, they are always full of fandom love, great dynamics and LGBTQ characters. She just gets it what it’s like to be a teenager and also to be a fan, her words are so very genuine and therefore always resonate within me. Margaret Rogerson is also a fantastic author whose books I have become addicted to. She writes the best fantasy standalone books and I wish she would write more Series because her worlds have SO much potential and deserve more page time!! (She also gets the most beautiful covers 😍). I’m glad Roshani Chokshi got more hype for her Gilded Wolves book (still haven’t read that one though 😱), but she’s still underrated, especially her older books. I’m honestly in awe of her beautiful writing style and lush words, I wish I could write like that! 💕
Request 📚 What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?
Like many readers I used to request whatever looked good/I had heard about literally anywhere before, but as of right now I’m stricter with my requesting. I only look for books that are on my TBR and therefore automatically something I’m interested in reading. Another factor can be if I have heard a lot of great things in the bookish community and I’m also interested in the synopsis! That guarantees that I’m actually interested in reading the book, if I get accepted to review it. So far it has been working out well, I’m no longer stressed out by an Arc list that includes books I requested on a whim 👍
Feedback Ratio 📚 Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?
I think this isn’t strictly aimed at reviewing books at Netgalley. In that case I try to review every book I read, but recently I have given myself permission to write shorter Reviews for books that I don’t have that much to say about (primarily 3 star reads), because the Reviews have been piling up the last few months. The only books that I don’t necessarily review (or just write a few quick words about) are graphic novels/manga/comics and books that I reread after a long time as I’m usually not in the mood to type out an extra Review, especially if the book is super popular. Everything else I try to get to even if it’s late like … right now 😅
Badges 📚 If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?
I’m guessing this is also about in general, so I choose two of my defining bookish characteristics. Those are rereading, because I love it so much and would consider myself to be the Rereading Lover and doing Readathons, because I’m the ultimate Readathon Champion. I’m proud of both of them and would definitely display a bagdge of them on my blog! Therefore, I made some quick, fun badges on Canva 😄
Wish for it 📚 What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?
Eliza and Her Monsters (Francesca Zappia) 📚There are a lot of books that I’m dying to read, so this was such a hard choice! In the end I settled on Eliza and Her Monsters, because I have been meaning to read this book for ages, more specifically the year it came out – 2017 😅 I have finally gotten a copy and plan to read it for the NEWT Readathon this month! I’m really in the mood for a book about social anxiety and lots of fandom love, so I really hope that I will actually end up liking the book (it would be a bit awkward if I didn’t, after such a long time waiting to read it), because I really, really want to. I’m just VERY excited to finally get to this one 😍
2019 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?
Do you use Netgalley? Are there any other sources you use to get Arcs? What’s one book you’re dying to read? 📚