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The NetGalley Book Tag

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The more I do them, the more I love them. No, I’m not talking about waffles, but tags. Yesterday,  I discovered a new tag created by the wonderful Koutni at Kourtni Reads. I have a complicated relationship with NetGalley, so this tag is perfect for me!


  • 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?

Based on my last reads, I would say Jenny Lawson. She could write about toilet paper being at war with makeup wipes and I’d read it.

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

The synopsis. I have requested a few ARCs that later changed their covers so I make sure to browse and pick randomly to read as many blurbs as possible. I don’t trust cover on the website.

Also, there is one publisher that I check regularly and from which I requested lots of books just because I liked the first title they sent me. I trust them with my life TBR.

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

When I started, I only reviewed books if I had something to say about it, which means I did not review that many books! I was at loss about what to say, how to say it, and how to express my feelings. Now that I am starting to gain experience, I enjoy jotting down thoughts for every book I read and review them, even a month later.

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

Furiously reading. I would give it to all readers to wear proudly on their blog to remind them reading is a hobby and a pleasure and take the pressure off, and as a reminder of their love for reading when they’re stuck in a slump.

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

Only one??? 404 ERROR

Okay, to stay on the NetGalley theme, this week I requested a book after weeks of fast. Following publishers on Twitter is a terrible idea. As soon as Bookouture announced Helen Pollard’s new book was up on the website, I “virtually” run over there to grab my ARC. By the way, thank you for approving, you have my eternal love.

I adored The Little French Guesthouse, and I am hoping to enjoy my second stay at La Cour des Roses.


2016 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?

The last ARC I reviewed was Good Girl Bad Girl. I am so behind on my reviews for NetGalley, it’s a shame. I am trying to solve the issue during this long weekend but I also need to catch up on Suits…


Kate @ Bibliophile Book Club
Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer
Annie @ The Misstery
Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books
Kendra @ Reads and Treats

51 thoughts on “The NetGalley Book Tag”

  1. This is a fun tag! Thanks, chica! 🙂 I’m the Queen of NetGalley lately. I’m almost done what they gave me two weeks ago, and I requested a few more on Thursday night. I also put in 7 requests on Edelweiss. Yikes! That’s my first time asking on there. I hope I get approved for some of them. All of these ARCs are forcing me to read more cause I want to get them all read and reviewed so I can ask for more. It’s an addiction. 😂 Ha! Love the 404 error. 🙂 What happened to men and waffles? 😝 I better go check out Kourtni’s post. I wasn’t on WP all day today and hardly at all yesterday.

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    1. My pleasure, I love tagging you because your answers are always fun :p I can’t stand Edelweiss’ site, it’s a nightmare! Hahaha, Be careful of not getting buried under all those ARCs! I lost all courage to keep the men in the equation xD I still need lessons!

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      1. That’s what everyone says when they tag me. You really never know what you’ll get when I answer the questions. Too bad I can’t tag Drew for this one. He doesn’t use NetGalley. He’s cool and goes right to the publisher for his ARCs. 😂😝 Ha! I was like where is the man sentence? Next time you’ll get the courage. 🙂 I never liked Edelweiss, but I started flipping through it the other day and it wasn’t so bad. It’s pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. That site is more like writing a letter to the publisher except it’s an egalley. Now I have all these requests I’m waiting on approve. Email me damn it I want to know if I got them. 😂

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                  1. Can I get a waffle? 😍 It’s horrible here. It’s so gross I didn’t even bother to go to the beach house because I have no desire to go outside. I’m hanging out in the air conditioning and editing the manuscript. 🙂


                    1. A whole bunch of waffles, with caramel and chocolate flavored whipped-cream 😀 We don’t have air conditioning, I feel I’m living inside a big oven

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                    2. I don’t even have a bath tube xD My only hope is the heat won’t last, and that the curtains and blinds do their jobs and help prevent the sun from coming in. Also, ice cream helps

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  2. Fun tag! I only read two ARCs on NetGalley and they were terribly Formatted, for my Kindle, for some reason, so reading them was not fun. It was a huge turn off and I haven’t requested any more ever since. 🙈

    Glad it’s going well for you. Keep reading and reviewing!

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    1. Some books are indeed awfully difficult to read because of the unfinished formatting, I was so surprised when it happened with my ARC of Black Widow that I almost gave up. It requires more focus to read that way. But some are all neat and beautiful! You should try again 🙂
      Thank you! 🙂


    1. I thought about tagging you because you eat ARCs faster than I devour my waffles, haha, but I was not sure you’d like to participate and I did not want to bother you. I’d love to read your answers 🙂

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  3. The last one I read was Eowyn Ivey’s The Bright Edge of the World which was great and the next one I intend to read is Where the River Parts by Radhika Swarup.

    I try not to press Request too often, I hate the feeling of obligation, and sometimes the feeling that made me push Request leaves me completely and I’m unable to read a book.

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    1. I am currently writing the review for Furiously Happy 😀 or rather declaring my eternal love for Rory the raccoon, haha. It has had a huge impact on me, and the results will be visible tomorrow… *uses teasing music* xD

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    1. Addiction is NetGalley’s middle name! 🙂 I’ve cut back on requests because of the pressure I feel whenever I have to write a review to send to the publisher, but I’ve made an exception this week 🙂

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  4. I just started using Net Galley, and it really has been an interesting experience. I love the idea behind it, and can’t wait to get started reviewing! Overall, I’ve been using the covers to decide whether or not to review the book, but I see now that the blurbs are more important. I guess I didn’t realize that the covers could change! Although I have a amazon (and therefore a kindle account), I don’t have a kindle email…. Do you find that helpful in using Net Galley?

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    1. The change of covers only happens from times to times but I learned to trust blurbs more 🙂 I only use my Kindle email address to get the books to my Kindle, it makes things really easy if you have the e-reader. I used to use it to send the ARCs on my iPad with the kindle app, too

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      1. Oh hmmm, I’ll have to look into that. I know I had a kindle email a while back when I first got a kindle (many years ago), but when I switched to using the kindle app, I also sold my kindle. Definitely looking into getting another one soon though!


  5. I just saw you tagged me by reading your post (didn’t get a pingback), but thanks for tagging me, I think this one is doable ! Netgalley is sooo dangerous. I try to stay away and then I go over and before you know it I requested 4 times. I haven’t read anything by Jenny Lawson yet but I’ll have to look her up now.


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