The Netgalley Book Tag – All about ARCs

I was tagged by the lovely Kitty Marie over at Kitty Marie Book Reviews as well as by Elysa over at Elysa Reads it All. They have both been so supportive of our blog so far and I’m so grateful to them! Please also check out:

  • Kitty Marie’s recent post on BookBlogger Bookmarks as she so kindly shares some awesome posts from other bloggers. She’s such a gem!
  • Elysa’s review of The House of Salt and Sorrows. Her reviews always have the perfect balance of honesty and humour. They always manage to make me laugh at least once!

The rules:

  • 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?

This was an easy question to answer. Madeline Ash’s books hands down. They’re always so good, regardless of their tropes or book length. She always manages to write flawed and compassionate characters that capture my attention as well as my heart. They’re perfect to read when you’re feeling down and want a feel-good romance pick-me-up!

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?
These books are sitting in my shelf right now and were requested purely for their covers. I had no idea what they were about!

This is going to sound so shallow of me… but it’s the cover. I’m such a cover judge and if something really captures my attention I’m most likely going to request it. Especially if the cover is a colour I’m currently obsessed with. I generally make sure to stick within my fav genres but other than that, I quite enjoy requesting books without reading too much of the blurb or reviews. I like to be surprised!

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

I’m always so grateful that someone thought that our little blog was worth receiving an ARC so I always review books that I receive. Even if I severely disliked it. I’m also a stickler for the rules… so there’s that too haha.

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

I really loved Kitty Marie’s idea to create badges for genre. I think they would be so much fun to collect! Otherwise, I’d like to see badges for challenges or read-a-thons. They require a lot of effort so it would be nice to have a momento from them!

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

There are so many! Since my TBR is a bottomless pit and I’m a reckless review requester (I always tend to request SO MANY more than I should haha) I’m going to show the book’s I’m the most excited to read in my top 3 genres: romance, fantasy and YA.

Helen Hoang is an auto-buy author for me and I’m so so excited for Quan’s story! I loved him in The Bride Test and can’t wait to see where his story leads.

I’ve been a fan of Sarah J. Maas’ work for a while and I always fall head-over-heels in love with her characters (or at least most of them). Her books wrap me up in their adventure and intrigue and I just know that when I get my hands on Crescent City I’ll be binge reading it all in one day.

I’ve read so many positive reviews on The Gravity of Us and it seems like such a heart-felt and relatable story. I’m eager to give this a try!

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?

Realm of Knights was the last ARC that I reviewed on Netgalley and it was a surprisingly good story! Here’s a link to my review. I’d recommend this book for people who enjoy fantasy stories with a: medieval setting, journey, strong heroine and likeable side characters.

The bloggers I’m tagging, as well as their recent posts (so please check them out), are:


18 thoughts on “The Netgalley Book Tag – All about ARCs

  1. I’m the same about covers but also I only look up my fav genres so that’s low risk lol (though doesn’t always work out so well and the reviews I’m posting tomorrow will prove that… sigh…)

    Also, about reviewing everything I receive. I only skipped two books so far and that’s because I haven’t read them in time.

    Hmm, maybe I should do this tag as well? It looks interesting!

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    • Despite being low risk there are always a few that end up being not so great… I’ll keep an eye out for your reviews on them tomorrow! I’ve missed out on reviewing a book before as well. I think I requested it like two days before it was archived and didn’t download it in time 🙈 it was the Tea Dragon Festival and I was so excited for it! 💙 Id love to see more of your responses if you decide to do the tag!!

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      • Yes, sometimes what we think as the safest bet is just… Bad.

        Oh, Tea Dragon Festival was so cute! I’m so sorry!! I didn’t download some comic with Losr Byron and Jane Austen like character kicking ass in time and I’m still bummed :/

        Thanks! I’ll tag you for sure if I end up doing it 🙂

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  2. Thanks so much for your ever kind words. 💙 I agree with so many of your sentiments here. Especially the confession about requesting more than we should, lol, it’s so hard to resist sometimes. :’D But I’m committed to reviewing each one so that makes it better, hopefully. 🙂

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    • It is hard to resist requesting books. My Netgalley shelf was so small (one book!) and then I thought it would be a good idea to check out the Read Now section… 😛 Thanks for the tag for this. I enjoyed it 😀 Jen

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    • Oh I should have tagged you in it! I actually thought about it but when I wrote the post but you’d just done a tag post so I didn’t want to bombard you with another one 😛 I’d really love to see your responses if you end up doing it!


    • I enjoyed this tag 🙂 I’m always on Netgalley so it was fun to do. There’s absolutely no obligation to have to do it too (I should have written that in the post before the tagged bloggers) but if you’d like to do it, I would love to read your responses 🙂 Jen

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