The NetGalley Book Tag


I was supposed to do a discussion post today but I spent the whole weekend totally swamped and completely forgot to draft up anything remotely articulate, so a tag it is! Thank you to Ari at the Daydreaming Bookworm for tagging me for this one, and also to Kourtni at Kourtni Reads for creating it because I’m now totally saved from having to… er, think. ๐Ÿ˜‚


  • Link back to the tagโ€™s creator (Kourtni Reads).
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you donโ€™t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too.

AUTO-APPROVED: Whoโ€™s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what theyโ€™re about?

Just one? Iโ€™m feeling rebellious, so Iโ€™m gonna give you two:

himym-marshallSarah Dessen is my comfort author and all of her books give me all the warm and fuzzies I could ever need. I realise that sheโ€™s quite formulaic if you read a lot of her works one right after the other, but theyโ€™re just so nostalgic to me. I picked up a lot of her books as a teen and really loved her writing style and how elegantly she uses symbols and metaphors to convey her messages. ๐Ÿ’–

V. E. Schwab is another author whose works Iโ€™ll pick up immediately without even reading the blurb. Sheโ€™s a master world-builder, and I love all of her magic systems and how creative she gets. Her books always start out a little bit slow and there is usually a lot of staging, but itโ€™s always super freakinโ€™ awesome when she finally delivers the punchline.

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

Itโ€™s a combination of author, blurb and cover โ€” in that order. If the author is someone whose books Iโ€™ve had a great experience with previously, theyโ€™ll likely be an insta-check out author, which means that the chances of me requesting the book once it passes my โ€˜is the blurb interesting enough?โ€™ check. ๐Ÿ™Œ

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

I donโ€™t review every book I read, but I do rate all of them on Goodreads. I pretty much only review books in line with my blogโ€™s genre (i.e. Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary), though I do read stuff like general non-fiction or memoirs that donโ€™t make it hereโ€ฆ and then there are books that Iโ€™ve basically skimmed through that I usually leave off my shelves, just because it doesnโ€™t feel fair to rate them when Iโ€™ve basically read only 70% of the words in them. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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

I was blind but now I see bradley cooper gifOH GOD. Hardest question ever! Instead of a badge I own, how about a badge that Iโ€™d like to eventually get? Maybe a Critical Reviewer badge? I donโ€™t think Iโ€™m that stingy with ratings (I thinkโ€ฆ though OK, my Goodreads average is only 3.12), but I do like to look at books critically and consider all, if not most, aspects of it. Admittedly, though, sometimes I do get a bad case of the ~feels~ and throw all critical thought out of the window. ๐Ÿƒ

WISH FOR IT: Whatโ€™s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

Iโ€™ve got so many, but the one that comes to mind right now is Ryan Graudinโ€™s Blood for Blood, mostly because itโ€™s releasing preeeetty soon and Wolf by Wolf, the prequel, BLEW me away. I just canโ€™t wait, and I hope itโ€™ll be super duper amazing. ๐Ÿ˜

2016 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If youโ€™ve never received an ARC, whatโ€™s the last book you reviewed?

Last book I received that I reviewed was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, although I was sent the finished copy instead of the ARC. You can find my review here. I also just received an ARC of Heartless by Marissa Meyer and intend to get started on it preeeetty damn soon. Hopefully it lives up to expectations! ๐ŸŽ‰


Thanks for reading, guys! ๐Ÿ’•

42 thoughts on “The NetGalley Book Tag

  1. Thanks for doing the tag!! I loved reading your answers. Your badge is perfect haha Creative and it fits you pretty well, I think ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve heard that Blood for Blood was just as good, if not better than, Wolf by Wolf. I really need to read both of those books! I just got an ARC of Heartless too, on NetGalley. I was shocked that I got it because I really was not expecting it haha I’m so excited to dive into it though!


    • Thanks for creating the tag! And thanks, that’s the goal. ๐Ÿ’–

      I’m suuuper excited for Blood for Blood. Wolf by Wolf was so amazing from start to finish, and early reviews for BFB have been more positive than not, so I have high expectations for it. I also can’t wait to see what you think of Heartless! I’m SO excited to read it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • I’m so glad to hear that! Lock and Key is actually my second favourite of hers (Just Listen being my first), and I LOVE IT. And thank you, I hope so too. Judging by everyone’s reactions about Heartless so far though, I suspect I have nothing to worry about. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. Loved reading this!! I really need to read Wolf By Wolf and more of V.E. Schwab’s books because ADSOM was everything. Super jealous that you have a Heartless ARC too, haha. That’s so cool! I hope you love it!! I emailed Pan Macmillan the other day, but I feel like I could have gotten in too late haha. We’ll see ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    And thanks for the tag! โ™ฅ


  3. My goodreads average rating is only slightly higher than yours haha! I agree, Sarah’s writing is pretty formulaic, but they always managed to give that warm fuzzy feelings. And V.E Schwab books do need a lot of set up, but she never fails to deliver! Great answers Reg!


  4. I love tags for the same reason, haha. Sometimes I just can’t muster the energy to think but I feel like blogging. In this case, tags are perfect!
    My average ratio is 3.32, what does that say about me? haha! I haven’t read anything from Sarah Dessen, is there a book I should start with?


  5. Thanks so much for the tag Reg! I haven’t seen this one before but I can’t wait to get started on it!
    V.E. Schwab is definitely my auto-buy author as well, and I think by this point I’m pretty much guaranteed to love everything she releases as well.
    Also I can’t wait for Blood for Blood either, but at least it’s not long to go until it’s release now, and the same for Heartless. Wow its great you managed to get an ARC, I can’t wait to see what you think of it!
    Thanks again for the tag, I loved reading your answers! ๐Ÿ˜€


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