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The Netgalley Book Tag πŸ“š

Netgalley Book Tag

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ“šΒ 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 πŸ˜‚) and continue to get some Arcs πŸ’•

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

I’m tagging …

(as always, no pressure to do the Tag πŸ’•)

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Auto-ApprovedΒ πŸ“šΒ 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! πŸ’•

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RequestΒ πŸ“šΒ 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 πŸ‘

Feedback RatioΒ πŸ“š 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 πŸ˜…

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BadgesΒ πŸ“šΒ 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 πŸ˜„

readathon champion Kopie von readathon champion (1)

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Wish for itΒ πŸ“š What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

Eliza and Her Monsters (Francesca Zappia) πŸ“šThere 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 πŸ˜… 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 πŸ“š 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?

Arc_ Sorcery of Thorns

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Do you use Netgalley? Are there any other sources you use to get Arcs? What’s one book you’re dying to read?Β πŸ“š


14 thoughts on “The Netgalley Book Tag πŸ“š

  1. This is such a fun tag and you tagging me comes at just the right time as I’m kind of stuck about what to post on the blog. xD I adore your badges and I would 100% want them on my blog too – I LOVE rereading! I hope you’ll be able to read Eliza And Her Monsters soon – I remember really enjoying it when I read it. There were pop culture references and I remember not minding them which is so rare for me. xD

    I do TRY to use NetGalley but they aren’t always the kindest with what we can request not being in the states. xD I feel like I’ve almost had more luck in recent months just contacting publishers or having them contact me after signing up with blogger lists previously! Oh boy, Ninth House? I ADORE Leigh and everyone has been talking about this book so I NEED to know what it’s all about even though it sounds like it is going to be rather dark and gruesome, etc! I’m curious to see what Leigh does in an adult setting!

    Lovely tag and thank you, once again, for tagging me!

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    1. Now that’s perfect as I’d love to read your answers ❀ Thank you so much!! I’m so happy to hear that you like my badges πŸ₯° Oh I hope to read Eliza and her monsters very soon! I love all fandom references so I think that I’ll end up really liking it ❀

      Netgalley’s options have certainly gotten limited over the years with all the wish for it buttons popping up 😦 I have had luck with some blog tour though, so it seems like a direct approach is needed, as we cannot really rely on Netgalley anymore (and Edelweiss always declines me no matter what I do). I’m excited for all things Leigh Bardugo, but I’m not sure when I’ll read Ninth House as it sounds super heavy on the gore, so I need to prepare myself for that 😱

      You’re welcome β€πŸ’•


  2. Aaaahhh so much Sorcery of Thorns love here!! Which reminds me I have to write my review xD
    Amazing answers, Caro ❀ Margaret Rogerson has become my auto-buy author as well, and I will mostly request books based on the cover (oops!) and whether I've seen them around a lot / are on my TBR.
    I definitely will start writing shorter reviews as well depending on the book. I remember Eliza and Her Monsters being so hyped back when it first came out, so I can see why it would be highly anticipated for you!
    Lovely post, as always ^^

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    1. I would love to see your Review of Sorcery of Thorns!! πŸ₯°
      Thank you ❀ Margaret Rogerson is such a fantastic writer and she also gets the best covers as well, they look sooo stunning!! Eliza and her Monsters was so hyped, but it has taken me so long to finally get my own copy 😱
      Thank you so much, Sophie! πŸ’•


  3. Hey Caro!
    Yay! Glad that you did this tag! It’s a good idea to only request ARCs when you already have the book on your TBR- probably reduces the chances of over-requesting and getting a book that we don’t want to read in the end πŸ™‚ That’s great that you are a re-reader. I have a mental to-reread list (the… TBRR?) although I still need to get to them. Love the badges you made by the way πŸ™‚
    I love writing mini-reviews. I agree that there are a handful of books that I don’t have much to say about (primarily the 3-stars!) and it’s just so much easier to scribble a short review rather than wracking my brains for something longer. Also I find that if I really try to dig my mind for things to write… the review ends up sounding forced or insincere.
    Great post!

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    1. I’ve really decided to stick to my ‘only request if I know the book and have it on my TBR’ rule as it’s been working pretty well so far πŸ™‚ Ha, the TBRR sounds great for a rereading list πŸ˜ƒ Thank you, glad to hear you like the badges ❀

      Oh yes mini-reviews can be a life-saver, especially when you don’t have so many things to say (or it has been a while since you’ve read the book πŸ˜…)! Thank you ❀

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  4. ooooh this was fun to read and kind of talk ARCs Caro! I think I’ll try to do it too. ❀ I don’t think I’ve even seen it before!! I need to take a page from you though and write short reviews for books that have been waiting for me to review for a while (typically because I didn’t like them and don’t have positive things to say!)

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    1. I would love to see your answers! πŸ’• I’m trying really hard to shorten some Reviews myself because I tend to begin and then keep writing really long ones πŸ˜‚ I have some Reviews to catch up on, so I’m hoping to do that soon πŸ™‚


  5. Ahh Caro I hope you’ll read Eliza and Her Monsters YAY I can’t wait to hear what you think of it, I love this book so very very much ❀ ❀ and yes to Jen Wilde! I adore all of her books SO much they're some of my favorites, too! πŸ™‚

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