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NetGalley Book Tag



I discovered a tag created by the wonderful Koutni at Kourtni Reads – as my relationship with NetGalley would be filed under ‘complicated’ this sounded like a good place to air my feelings, especially in light of their recent changes to the reading shelf!

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

A few authors could fall into this category but I’m going to plump for Belinda Bauer who even managed to woo me with her book The Shut Eye which had a strong supernatural element – any other author would quite probably have been shunned.

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

It depends on my willpower – on weak days (all of them then) it can range from an eye-catching cover, a book other bloggers have raved about, a synopsis that grabs my attention, being on the auto-approved publisher list and the most likely, I’ve read and enjoyed previous books by the author.


In fact my latest request is The Trophy Child by Paula Daly, made when I wasn’t even looking! Honest, I went to check something out for this post, and it was there, looking at me! I loved Paula Daly’s previous three books; Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, Keep Your Friends Close and The Mistake I Made so my fingers nearly fell over themselves trying to request this one, due out in January 2017


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

My aim is always to review every book but like many other NetGalley members sometimes this takes a while! Hence my huge upset at the long list of books on my reading shelf that I’ve had approved for over 3 months.

The only time I don’t write a full review is if I don’t finish a book and that’s not always because I didn’t like it. I sent publisher feedback on Mary Ann Cotton – Dark Angel: Britain s First Female Serial Killer by Martin Connolly, a book I really wanted to read but the formatting was so awful I couldn’t read it. This is from someone who managed to read an entire ARC that had all the ‘s’ and ‘f’ letters omitted, so I don’t give up easily! What confounded me on this one was that half the words from one line would appear three lines (or more) below which made it more like an extreme brain trainer puzzle than a good read. I have the physical book on my wishlist instead.

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


Professional Reader 80% Reviews Published Frequently Auto-Approved Challenge Participant 2016 NetGalley Challenge 200 Book Reviews
Ooh this is tough, I love the badges and proudly display mine on the sidebar of my blog but as for a new one? Perhaps there should be one for requesting at least one book for every one I review which is why my overall percentage rating remains more or less stable and the total number never reduces!

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

Again – these are tough questions – how on earth am I meant to pick just one book? One book which is on my ‘waiting for release’ wishlist on Amazon is The Good People by Hannah Kent (author of the amazing Burial Rites)


County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.

NÓRA, bereft after the sudden death of her beloved husband, finds herself alone and caring for her young grandson Micheál. Micheál cannot speak and cannot walk and Nóra is desperate to know what is wrong with him. What happened to the healthy, happy grandson she met when her daughter was still alive?

MARY arrives in the valley to help Nóra just as the whispers are spreading: the stories of unexplained misfortunes, of illnesses, and the rumours that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley.

NANCE’s knowledge keeps her apart. To the new priest, she is a threat, but to the valley people she is a wanderer, a healer. Nance knows how to use the plants and berries of the woodland; she understands the magic in the old ways. And she might be able to help Micheál.

As these three women are drawn together in the hope of restoring Micheál, their world of folklore and belief, of ritual and stories, tightens around them. It will lead them down a dangerous path, and force them to question everything they have ever known.

Based on true events and set in a lost world bound by its own laws, The Good People is Hannah Kent’s startling new novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this long-awaited follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers.

2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed?


The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith was the last book I reviewed having received the ARC from NetGalley. I chose this book, not just because of the beautiful cover but because I’d read the first book in the Poppy Denby Investigates series, The Jazz Files – which ok, I did chose mainly because of the cover – and found I enjoyed this historical murder mystery set in the 1920s.

What do your answers look like?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

24 thoughts on “NetGalley Book Tag

  1. You’ve posted 200 reviews on NetGalley? That’s quite something.How do you read your books btw? I usually read mine on Aldiko and they expire exactly 54 days after the download so this heightens the pressure. I would like to know how I change this. Then on Auto-approved? How does that work? I checked mine and it says that I have not yet been auto-approved. I have posted 27 reviews there though.

    Great post and I do request books for the same reasons.Rave reviews from other bloggers and good descriptions though sometimes the author’s name is also a motivation.


    1. I read my books on my kindle, they don’t expire thank goodness 😉 although that may stop me choosing so many. I think publishers auto-approve you when you’ve submitted a number of reviews for them. Those books I get without having to wait for approval. Haha you have to remember my 200 have been posted over three plus years 🙂
      My best choices are made when I judge what I’d like from other blogger reviews.


  2. I love your answers to this one, Cleo! And I don’t blame you for wanting to read the Hannah Kent. I know I do! And – I have to ask – how did you manage to get through a book with all of the ‘f’s and ‘s’s removed? I don’t know that I could do that.


    1. Yes that’s highest on my list for upcoming publication – the book with the missing ‘f’s and s’s removed got easier as I went on – it is amazing how many words are repeated and I got quite adept at decoding it! I think it goes back to recognising shapes and there was a space for the missing letter so I suppose my brain automatically worked it out after a while – not something I’d recommend though but I can be quite stubborn when I want to be!

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  3. When I first saw the new shelf organization, I was so discouraged by how many of the books I had received were on the “three months or older” shelf (and felt quite bad about it). I have 6 total sitting on my shelves and only one of them is recent! I really need to get reading them haha
    Thanks for participating in the tag!


  4. I haven’t visited Netgalley in a while, since I have several review copies to read still, way past the time when I should have read them. What changes did they make to the book shelves? Thanks for alerting me to Kent’s new book. Definitely a “Have to Read” for me.


  5. As soon as I saw The Trophy Child, I clicked on over to NetGalley to request it! I love that author’s books.

    I do review all that I receive, so I try not to request too many….I hate deadlines that loom, and maybe I don’t have to take them that seriously, but old habits die hard, I guess. lol

    Right now I have four on my shelf, and they are spread out…two in October, one in November, and one in January.

    I haven’t received any poorly formatted books…yet. Not from NetGalley. But one book that I had read as a child and downloaded as a purchase was a mess. I struggled with it.

    Great post!


  6. Your list of badges is impressive 😀
    NetGalley manages to make me feel happy and guilty at the same time! I like seeing titles on my shelf because it means I won’t run out of things to read and I’m likely to enjoy them, but then I realize how long it will take me to read them all. I guess I should stop running to the site when I’m feeling down to avoid long lists of books waiting for their reviews!


  7. My answers probably look a lot like yours – although I’m not nearly as organised! I requested the Paula Daly one too – surprise! I have so much to read, and of course I came back from Bloody Scotland with even more books! I got Nicci French to dedicate a book to my daughter saying, “Keep on reading!” as the Frieda Klein series – which is going to be eight books, yay! not seven as I’d assumed – is her current obsession book-wise. I thought she might enjoy Kate Rhodes or Claire McGowan too – but any suggestions would be gratefully received!


  8. I am participating now since I saw your post, yaaay, thanks 🙂

    Your will power is incredible, I think you actually tried to read the ‘extreme brain training puzzle’ wow

    I really didn’t like Shut Eye and wouldn’t read another by her I don’t think.

    I didn’t think anyone really cared about the badges but it is nice that they offer it and recognise you.


  9. I agree with you! I request too many books and then fret about having to review them on a schedule. I would also have a very hard time picking one title that I really want to ask for but I did put in a request for Paula Daly’s newest one– I love her work. And oh yes, to Hannah Kent’s new book! Her first one, Burial Rites, was one of my absolute favorites of the last few years.


  10. Thanks for the heads-up on the Hannah Kent book – I hadn’t spotted that one! I’m not enthusiastic about the new shelves on NG either – I liked the old reading list one, and like you I have a lot of three months or older, but some of them still haven’t reached publication date. However with my new willpower to resist, my lists will be soon going down… 😉


  11. My relationship with NetGalley is also complicated – I have an insane number of books on the Reading Shelf – surprised they keep granting me ARCs!

    I kept my eye on NetGalley for the new Hannah Kent – in my year of buying no books, this was the exception I granted myself – as I haven’t seen it on NetGalley, I caved and pre-ordered it, wanting it as soon as it’s available!

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