Hello lovelies. It has been a long long time since I have just written a straight post on here huh! I have been really struggling in a blogging rut and have decided that it was high time I tried to worm my way out. There is a few things on the horizon for November that will help me a long the way, so I thought I would start as I mean to go on and get writing!
I love a good bit of alliteration, so doing NetGalley November makes perfect sense, don’t you think. The simple thought behind this clever title is that I currently have a lot of ARCs/review copies to read and review, and have quite simply not been reading them. I feel pretty rubbish about he fact that my NetGalley ratio currently sitting at 50% and I want to do something about it. The easiest thing, well, get reading! I haven’t been reading too well either recently, so reading and blogging with a purpose in mind will hopefully help me get on track with both, help me discover some new stories, and improve my rating somewhat.
Now, I have to admit right out of the gate that some of the books I have to read are not actually from NetGalley but that would have ruined the title of the post, so I’ve included them anyway. I have some physical ARCs to read as well as NetGalley granted eARCs and I am hoping to read a considerable portion of them and review them immediately. Some of these books have been on my TBR for longer than is acceptable or something I want to admit to, and I know that reading some of them will help me progress in some of the year long reading challenges I have been participating on, so the kick up the back side should help.
I am going to address NetGalley as a blessing and a curse too. I absolutely love the opportunity that NetGalley provides, but I have found that I have been granted some books for almost a year out, and some actually on or post release date, neither of which actually help in establishing a reading and reviewing scale. I know that I am also to blame some what for what I request, but in the past I have been granted a book I haven’t requested, or wait for a long time to actually get the book and then have little time to read and/or review. I have really felt the pressure of the NetGalley ratio of late, and wish there was an opportunity to retract a request before it was granted, or write a review of a book if I elected to DNF it midway through. I have struggled through a couple of books this year just so NetGalley would allow me to review it, and this unnecessary pressure has stopped me reading as much as I would have liked to.
Anyway, enough of the moaning and on with the reading. I am taking part in NaNoWriMo again this year (I’ll post about that later in the month) so I think have a purpose to my reading will help me keep up with it through November. That’s the plan anyway! Feel free to join in!