NetGalley November: Goals & Updates

Posted November 3, 2014 by Melissa in Event recap | 11 Comments

From the host K-Books’ Site:

The Origin of Netgalley November:

Netgalley November was created last year after discussing with a few other bloggers and reviewers that we had way too many Netgalley books to read. If you are a Blogger/Reviewer I’m sure you’re familiar with Netgalley and Edelweiss… two wonderful sites where publishers can allow us access to e-book editions of ARCs for review.

Last year Netgalley November was hosted by myself, Laura @ Bookish Treasures and Faye @ A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. This year it’s just me.

So what do you need to do?

This is completely a personal challenge so if you want to join in with Netgalley November just sign-up below.
On the first of November, write a blog post/twitter or Facebook status saying you are joining #NetgalleyNovember and how many books you plan to do and then keep us updated on how many you manage to read.

Challenge Categories:

Easy: 1-4
Medium: 5-10
Hard: 11-15
Difficult: 16-20
Netgalley Superstar: 21+

Watch out…dirty laundry is about to be aired!  I’m hoping mortification will keep me honest !! Click away now if you don’t want to be scarred by my huge list of unreviewed books!

I’ve been really good the past few years about limiting the number of NetGalley requests that I make and prioritizing those reviews. Unfortunately my average is pretty bad (70%) due to the fact that when I first started blogging end of 2011/early 2012 I requested way too many books and never had the time to read and review some of them.  Since I am also participating in Blog Ahead this month I think it is the perfect time to catch up on writing reviews for ARCs I’ve finished as well as tackling these lingering NetGalley reviews.  Sadly all of these were released years ago…but late publicity is better than none, right?

PS. I don’t think it is fair that Widgets for review books that I never requested nor accessed are counted against my ratio…but I guess that just gives me more incentive to get the ones I did request reviewed.

I’m shooting for 5 books read in November and all 5 reviews written and posted in November or Scheduled for December. (As well as a DNF post for After the Snow)

Here is my scary NetGalley TBR

Brand New:
First Frost  – Sarah Addison Allen (In Progress)
One Mad Night – Julia London (Read – Review Scheduled)
 
2012 Releases:
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire  (Read – Review Scheduled)
After the Snow –  S. D. Crockett (DNFed in 2012-feedback left)
Dust Girl –  Sarah Zettel
The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking –  Matthew Hutson
The Green Man –   Michael Bedard
Goddess Interrupted  – Aimee Carter
Spellcaster  – Cara Lynn Shultz
Pieces of Us – Margie Gelbwasser
Tomorrow Land  – Mari Mancusi
Spells for Tough Times – Kerri Connor
The Legacy of Eden  – Nelle Davy
The First Rule of Ten  – Gay Hendricks, Tinker Lindsay
Irish Lady – Jeanette Baker
Secrets – Freya North
 
2011 Releases:
Enchanted Again – Robin D. Owens
Every Other Day – Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Read and Reviewed-feedback left)
Upon a Mystic Tide – Vicki Hinze
Head Over Heels  – Jill Shalvis (Read – Review Scheduled)
Beside a Dreamswept Sea  – Vicki Hinze
Prized – Caragh O’Brien
Christmas in Lucky Harbor – Jill Shalvis (Both Read & Reviewed -feedback left – 2 in 1 {Simply Irresistible & The Sweetest Thing {Lucky Harbor 1 & 2})
Between the Sea and Sky – Jaclyn Dolamore
You Are My Only  – Beth Kephart
Dearly, Departed  – Lia Habel (Read – Review Scheduled)
Casting Samson – Hammond, Melinda
Seers  – Heather Frost
Blood Rights  – Kristen Painter
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School  -Kathleen Flinn
Forbidden – Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Marian’s Christmas Wish – Carla Kelly
Good Girls Don’t – Victoria Dahl
Fallen  – Traci L. Slatton
The Sweetest Thing  – Christina Mandelski
Blind Dates and Other Disasters  – Ally Blake / Fiona Harper / Barbara Hannay
Wishcraft  – Lanie Kincaid
 
 

Any Suggestions about where I should start?

Updates

Nov 10th – About 1/3 of the way in and I’ve read 2.5 Netgalley books and written and posted one review so far. Still plugging along!

Nov 16th – Well…I’ve read 4 NetGalley books so far this month am in the process of reading a 5th and have reviewed 1.  I hope to write the other 3 reviews today which should also help with my Blog Ahead Challenge.

Nov 20th – 6 Books read so far and feedback left for 2.  Hope to write the rest of the reviews this weekend.

Nov 30th – 7 Read:)  All Reviews Written & Feedback left! Yay! I’m in the middle of the 8th now:)

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11 responses to “NetGalley November: Goals & Updates

  1. Ha Ha. I know my list is worse and longer, I would totally be on board with the challenge but I am in the middle of a horrible reading slump and I have had to set aside some review books and pick up a couple that I want to read as my last two reads were request books from Edelweiss and absolutely dismal. Good luck! Maybe I will be brave and do it in the new year.
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    • Melissa

      I was like that last month…barely read anything! I hope you find a way out of the slump with some “pleasure” reading!

    • Melissa

      Thanks so much for the tip on that one. Definitely my first read once I clear out 5 of these old ones! And yes…I told you it was very dirty laundry-I went crazy when I first started blogging. I never imagined they would all get approved.

  2. “PS. I don’t think it is fair that Widgets for review books that I never requested nor accessed are counted against my ratio…” – Oh, that annoys me too, so very very much. We’re penalied for books we don’t want and didn’t ask for. Grr.

    That’s….quite a list. I have a lot of older ARCs too but for this, I’m focusing on newer books, a year or less old. I really need several months devoted to NG. 😛

    Every Other Day was really good; I vote you start with that one.

    Good luck!!!
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    • Melissa

      I’m caught up with all of my new NetGalley titles (except for First Frost which I got today). I just have this monster list from my 1st 6 months blogging that I need to tackle!

      Every Other Day does sound good…I think I will start there!

    • Melissa

      Yeah…I guess I was like a kid in a candy store my first 6 months blogging. I never imagined they’d let me have it all and then once I had the books I just got overwhelmed. Never even downloaded most of them.

  3. EEEEEEEKKK!!!!! That’s actually pretty fantastic that with that many books, you’re % is 70%!!!! But…

    EEEEEEEEEEKKKK *runs flailing in circles*

    I’m so kidding!!! My Edelweiss looks like your NG… That’s why I’m teasing you so mercilessly 😉 I say start at the top (newest) or else you’ll be bored? I have no clue!!!

    Good luck friend!!!!

    • Melissa

      I was horrified when I saw how many I had not reviewed from when I 1st started blogging 🙁 I’ve been pretty good the past few years hence managing to be at 70% despite all of these!

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