Despite reading a plethora of posts warning against the pitfalls of newer NetGalley users (in particular, don’t go request crazy!), I let my fingers go wild and requested, well, a LOT of galleys. And at first that was fine because I wasn’t getting approved for much. That’s generally the way it goes. Then, out of nowhere, I started getting a ton of approvals, including stuff that was a few months old that I’d essentially written off. While I admit “too many books” is the best kind of problem to have, this “deadline-oriented, hyper-focused on commitment keeping, highly prideful of being dependable” person has gotten behind, and I still have a huge chunk coming in the next six months. I’ve gotten my requests under control, and I managed to hold back on Edelweiss (though I have some catch up to do there as well), but I want to get to 80% (and stay there!), and more importantly, I want to honor my commitments. So, what better way to tackle this type of problem than a new challenge?!?
For 2017, one of the challenges I’ll be participating in – for the very first time – is the 2017 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Bookish Things & More. The goal is simple: commit to a goal of reading a certain number of galleys from NetGalley and/or Edelweiss throughout the year! On a monthly basis, post links for your reviews on the host page, and voila! You make progress on your galley pile AND have fun participating with others in a yearly challenge. Why not, right?
I’m going for gold level, which is 50 books. I need 45 to get to 80%, and that’s assuming I request nothing else (yeah, right!), and at 50, it’s a little more than 4 books a month which leaves lots of room to read stuff from my TBR and new stuff that’s released throughout the year.
If you’re interested in signing up, click the button below, and you’ll get linked to the sign up page of this year’s host, Bookish Things & More!
I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to make a huge dent in my galley TBR. Bring on the new year!
- A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
- The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
- Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
- The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
- The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams (EW)
- Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri
- The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
- The Gift by Louise Jensen
- The Young Widower’s Handbook by Tom McAllister
- The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
- I See You by Clare Mackintosh
- A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
- The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
- The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
- The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
- The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
- The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman
- Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
- The Twelves Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
- The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen