Series I Need to Finish

One of my goals this year (though it’s one I haven’t talked about much), is finishing as many series that I’ve started as possible. I tend to start series and then either read them all in a matter of days, or I read the first book and never pick up the rest.

I currently have 8 series in progress*, which is a little stressful because I don’t know when I’ll ever get to them…hahaha…it’s fine.

*ps- there are other series I’ve started, but I’m not interested in continuing them.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I am actually finishing this series up soon- I am on the third book right now, and I am waiting for my hold of the final book (The King of Crows) to come in from the library! I had the first book on my TBR for a really long time, but I finally got to it in February, and I’ve been making my way through ever since.

I really love it, and I’m so happy that I have almost completed it, though I’ll be sad to leave the world behind soon.

The Conquerer’s Saga by Kiersten White

So this next one is another that I am currently in the process of finishing. If I’m being honest, I didn’t love the first book, And I Darken, that much, but I received an ARC of the third book a while back, and I would love to at least give it a chance before donating it. I have the second book on Audible, so I will probably get to it later this month or next month!

Empirium by Claire Legrand

I was surprised by how much I loved the first book in this trilogy- Furyborn. This was another that I had an ARC of, but I don’t own the rest of the series, so I need to wait to get them from my library!

I might even purchase them if I end up liking the second one!

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This is another one that I’m close to finishing- I just have the last book left to read! It’s the longest one, though, so I know I need to have a lot of time to read it. Currently, I have too many other reads to get to, but once I have the time, I am excited to sit down and read it!

I really loved the first two books in this series, and I really want to know how it ends. But, I think there are more books coming out in this series, so I’m probably just going to be behind for a really long time (oops). I’m not sure when that is happening, or if it actually is, but I’m not opposed to it at all honestly!

All for the Game by Nora Sakavic

This is one that I have no idea when I’ll continue, but before I do, I want to re-read the first book. It was just an okay read for me, but everyone who’s read the entire series says that it gets better. I am optimistic about the rest of the books, and maybe it’ll even become a new favorite!

The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I really loved Illuminae, but, for some reason, I just kept putting the rest of the books off. I know that I want to read it physically because of the intricate designs of all of the pages, so I’m just waiting until I can buy them. It was an amazing read, especially as someone who does not often read sci-fi.

The problem is that I’m on a book buying ban, so unless if I can find a copy of the next two books somewhere cheap, I probably won’t be getting to these for a while!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is one that I kept on the list, but I’m not sure if I even have any interest in continuing anymore. I read the first three books, but then more kept coming out and I had forgotten about them. I think there is now a 6th book coming out (or maybe it’s already out, I don’t know).

I personally just don’t like when a series is over four books, so this one is going to take a lot from me to get to them. I also feel like the series is just being dragged out longer than it needs to be now, and I have heard many people say they didn’t really enjoy the newer books as much.

Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

I read the first book in like 2016, and I remember the ending left off of on a cliffhanger so I wanted to get to the next one ASAP. That just somehow never happened (oops). I think I’m going to try to get to it next month, though. I am excited to see what happens!

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Please let me know that I’m not alone in having so many unfinished series! What are some that you need to get to?

Jessica

24 Hour Read-a-thon to Ease My Mind

Hello loves! If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I hosted a 24-hour read-a-thon this past Monday as a way to distract us all from the current crisis. As I’m writing this, it is Sunday night, and I am preparing for a long night of reading.

My TBR for the day:

Docile by K.M. Szpara- 20% in

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins- 46% in

And I Darken by Kiersten White- 0% in

As you can see, my plans aren’t too ambitious, and I’ve already started two of the books. I don’t plan on fully finishing Docile, but I would like to get at least to the 40% mark.

I want to definitely finish Hearts, String, and Other Breakable Things because it’s the shortest of the three and I’m already halfway through it!

And I Darken is the only one I have on audio, so I’m hoping I can get a really decent amount of that one done, if not fully finish it.

I will be back after I start reading to update you all on my progress!

Midnight to 1 a.m.

I started off with the e-book of “Hearts, Strings, & Other Breakable Things” at midnight. I was exhausted so I didn’t want to stay up too late (and ruin my sleeping schedule completely).

I was able to get to about 60% before heading off to bed, though!

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

I woke up around 8:30, and then I started reading from 9 (still reading the same book). At 10, I stopped so I could get out of bed and get my day started.

I worked out from about 10 to 11, and the entire time I did that, I listened to “And I Darken” on audio. I got about 11% into it!

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11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

At 11, I always eat my breakfast, and while I was doing this today, I listened to my audiobook a little bit, too.

I was able to get just a few more minutes in, nothing significant!

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

A little after 12, my dad and sister wanted to go for a hike, so I decided to join them! I listened to a bit more of the audiobook, but mostly I was just taking in the outdoors for a bit.

After this, we went grocery shopping for a couple of necessities.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

When we got back, I locked myself in my room to finish my e-book! I managed to get a good amount done (around 85%).

I also made myself a little lunch, and around 4 in the afternoon, I facetimed Olivia from StoriesForCoffee! We chatted about school, our social distancing plans, as well as some other things. This was also the same time that I held a little reading sprint on Twitter, so we read together over the chat for a little bit!

I ate dinner around 5:30, and then I caught up on sending some emails.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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I decided to also make brownies because I had been craving them.

In this time, I managed to listen to my audiobook more concretely, coming to a total of 4.5 hours.

9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

I watched the movie “Singin in the Rain” because I am trying to watch more movies this year, and you guys were able to pick the movies I watched on Instagram (so be sure to follow me on there).

11 p.m. to 12 a.m.

To finish off this read-a-thon, I read a little bit of Docile while playing some music in the background. It was a nice way to end the day, but I didn’t get through this book as much as I had hoped for!

The Final Stats:

  • Docile: I only read one chapter of this oops.
  • Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things: completed
  • And I Darken: 32%

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Overall, I’m very happy with how I did with this read-a-thon. I have been finding it hard to read recently, especially for longer periods of time, but this allowed me to get so much more reading in than I normally would!

I hope you guys enjoyed, and be sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter in case if I do more of these soon :)

Jessica

How I Organize My Goodreads

Look, I know Goodreads has its flaws, but if the search feature was improved and the mobile app didn’t glitch so much, it would be the best app ever for me.

I’ve had my current account since 2015, but I had another one even earlier than that. It is great for keeping track of all of the books I’ve read, and I can see myself using it for a very long time.

One feature that I find especially useful is the ability to create shelves. Today I want to show you what my shelves look like and how I used them all! This is critical to my experience on Goodreads because it truly keeps me sane.

If we take a look at my profile, it looks like I have so much going on. I have a LOT of shelves, but I really do use them all and they all serve a purpose!

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Exclusive Shelves:

First and foremost are my exclusive shelves. I have five them- three being the generic ones that Goodreads automatically gives you- “want to read,” “currently reading,” and “read.” These are fairly self-explanatory, and if you’ve ever used the site before, I’m sure you’re familiar with them.

However, I created two of my own exclusive bookshelves, and it’s very easy to do! First is my “DNF” shelf, which stands for “did not finish.” I do not like counting books that I haven’t finished as “read,” so I put them in this category instead.

I also have a shelf called “on my radar.” I got this idea from Kayla (booksandlala), and the idea is basically to put books that you’re sort of interested in but don’t fully want to add to your TBR yet until you hear more reviews, information, etc. Typically, I put books by my favorite authors that haven’t been released yet in this category until a synopsis is released, or I hear early buzz about it!

If you want to create one of these shelves, all you have to do is hit the “edit” button next to “Bookshelves” when you’re looking at your books (on the desktop version, not mobile). Then, just change whichever shelves you want to “exclusive” and you’re all set!

Favorites:

I also have a favorites shelf, which is also self-explanatory. I believe that Goodreads automatically gives you this one as well, but I could be wrong. This shelf changes constantly for me.

Genres:

Aside from those shelves, I also have shelves for every genre and age group: YA fantasy, Adult mystery/thriller, middle grade, poetry, etc. After I finish reading a book, I add it to one of these shelves depending on which one it falls under. I do this so that when I’m writing specific review posts I can easily find books I’m looking for in specific categories.

It’s also just useful to see what books I read the most of, and which ones I should try to pick up more often! It’s a great visual representation because I don’t really keep track of this anywhere else.

Owned TBR:

I have a TBR shelf, which I mentioned earlier. Any and every book I want to read goes on there. BUT, this shelf if specifically for books that I already own. This is how I keep track of the number of unread books I own without having to constantly count them.

ARCs:

Next, I have two shelves for Netgalley and Edelweiss ARCs. I keep books that I have to read for those platforms on shelves so I can easily see how many books I need to review. I go on Goodreads more often that those two sites, so this is just an easier way to see the books. Also, when I’m picking my TBR for the month, I go here to see what books I should prioritize.

Others:

Neet to Read ASAP- This is a shelf I made a long time ago and I honestly don’t use it that frequently. I do occasionally add books I’m really excited about to this shelf, but for the most part, I don’t use it.

Not Yet Released- This is the shelf where I keep books that have not come out yet. I’m awful at new releases, so I made this shelf a few months ago in the hopes that I would get better at tracking them. Unfortunately, I don’t update this shelf as much as I should.

Series to Finish- Again, this is an easy shelf to interpret. I keep track of the series I need to finish on Goodreads or else I will never get to them. This is actually a very useful shelf to have!

To Buy- Finally, I have this shelf to refer to whenever I’m in the mood to buy books. Because I am trying to cut down on the number of books I buy, I try to only add books I’ve already read and loved to this.

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What do you think of my current setup? Are there any shelves you think I should add? Let me know by leaving a comment down below :)

Jessica

Authors I Need to Check Out!

I talk about my favorite authors on here quite a lot. What I thought I’d do instead today is talk about some authors whose books I’ve never read but I have heard amazing things about so I should probably pick up one day. Whew, that was a mouthful. 

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Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is a very well-known thriller author. I own one of her books, The Good Daughter, and I have quite a few of her other books on my TBR. One thing I noticed about myself is that I really love reading mystery/thrillers via an audiobook rather than physically, which is why I have been putting this one off for so long.

But, I definitely want to dive in and see what all of the hype is with her books, so hopefully, I will get to one soon!

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Cynthia Hand

I own two of Cynthia Hand’s books that she actually co-authored with two other ladies- My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane. I’m not the biggest historical fiction fan (though I’ve had really good experiences with a few recently), which is why I’ve been holding off on them.

But, she has written other books that I want to read as well: The Afterlife of Holly Chase and The Last Time We Say Goodbye. I definitely plan on at least getting to The Lady Janies books in the near future and I am very excited about it!

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K.A. Tucker

I love to read romance, though I don’t read as much of it as I would like. K.A. Tucker’s books have been on my radar for a while- first because the covers caught my attention (The Simple Wild especially), and second because I’ve heard amazing things about them.

For some reason, I just feel like I will really fall in love with her work, so I have been meaning to finally read one of her books.

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A.S. King

A.S. King is probably the person I am most excited to mention on this list. First of all, Ariel Bissett and Kayla from Booksandlala are two of my favorite booktubers and A.S. King is one of their favorite authors. I absolutely must pick up one of her books. It’s kind of a crime that I have not yet done so.

If anyone has any suggestions for what order to read her books in, definitely help me out!

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There are tons more authors I want to read one day, but here is my condensed list! Who are some authors you haven’t picked up yet but want to?

Jessica

Ways to Organize Your Shelves

I rearrange my bookshelves on a seasonal basis- at least. I acquire new books, or I get bored with the way my shelves look, so I change them. It’s something I do pretty frequently. Luckily, there are so many different ways to organize your shelves, and today I’m going to share 3 of them.

*All images used in this post were taken from Pinterest. They are not my own.

By Genre

This is how I typically have my shelves organized. I like this method of organizing because I’ve found it’s easiest for me to find a book I’m looking for. It’s also a good option for mood readers. You can see all of the fantasy books you have or all of the romance books you have, and choose from those sections. I also separate the books I have read from the books I haven’t read, and from there I split them into genres.

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It also helps with blogging because when I’m looking for specific books for recommendations, I can easily see all of a certain type of book in one section.

This can also be separated into sub-genres: first YA vs Adult vs Middlegrade, then into contemporary- romance, mystery, literary fiction, etc. vs fantasy- urban, dystopian, etc. Or it can even be divided into different tropes or elements!

Your shelves can be arranged in a variety of ways using this system, which is what makes it such a great option for most.

By Author’s Name

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This one’s for all my Ravenclaws.

Organizing alphabetically is something I’ve grown very accustomed to after both volunteering and working at a library. This can be combined with the previous one, or done on its own. It is pretty self-explanatory, but it means putting your books in order of the author’s last name from A-Z (or first name, if you prefer).

If you are good at memorizing an author’s name, this one might be perfect for you! I’ve had my bookshelves organized this way before and I loved it. I’m actually thinking of going back to this way because it’s such a nice system where there isn’t a lot of question over which book to put where.

With genre, it can be a little difficult to decide where to put certain if they fall into multiple genres, or if you only have one or two books from a genre. This one is simple- there isn’t that same room for confusion. Plus, all of your books from an author can be placed next to each other.

By Color

This is one that scares me, but I love the end result of so much. That is by turning your shelves into a rainbow! I’m sure you’ve all seen rainbow bookshelves before. They are a huge trend in the book community.

I love how these look. I personally just don’t think I have enough books for each color to be able to successfully do this. It also just stresses me out to have my authors and series separated.

But, if that doesn’t bother you and you are a visual person, this is perfect for you!

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Tell me, how do you have your bookshelves set up? I would love to know!

Jessica

How To Get More Reading Done Before the Year Ends! / Blogtober Day 30

We are nearing the start of the 11th month of the year, meaning we have just about 61 days left to read before 2020. Luckily, I have surpassed my Goodreads reading challenge this year. I wasn’t always so successful, though, and I know how hard it can be to get that last stretch of reading in.

As a busy college student, I’m always trying to find time in my schedule to fit in reading. I thought I would compile a small list of tips that help me read more and maybe they’ll help if you need to finish your reading goals for the year!

🖊Audiobooks are lifesavers

First up, before anyone feels the need to comment: audiobooks count as reading.

I used to never listen to audiobooks. I never really knew where to get them, and I found myself zoning out while it was playing. That all changed my junior year of high school. I started driving to school, which was a long time of me not doing anything. I decided to try out Audible, and I got two free credits. Soon, audiobooks became a necessity for me.

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I can still vividly remember listening to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Hearing the emotion from the voice actors made the story so much more powerful for me. I fell in love.

Now, I usually read one physical book, one e-book, and one audiobook. That way, I can basically be reading at all times. Audiobooks are great because you can listen to a book while cooking, cleaning, driving, etc. which is something you obviously can’t do with a physical book. You can also increase the speed (I usually listen at 2-2.5x’s) which makes the read feel shorter, too (even though 2-2.5 is typically the normal speed I would read the book if I were reading physically).

🖊Put it into your schedule

I started dedicating 15-30 minutes of reading at night. I made it part of my reading routine. I shower, put on my PJs, watch a bit of Netflix or Youtube while drinking a glass of water, and then I read until I’m tired.

This has helped increase the amount I read a lot. Now that it’s a habit of mine to read at night, I don’t get tempted to keep watching Netflix instead. I enjoy this time I have to just read. It’s super relaxing.

You don’t have to dedicate a specific time to read, though. Not everyone has a consistent schedule every day, so that might not work for you. You can tell yourself that you will read for 10 minutes every day instead. It doesn’t matter what time it is. Or you can make it part of your morning routine rather than night!

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🖊Never leave without a book

As I mentioned before, I read one physical book, one audiobook, and one e-book at once. This is just my preferred method, but obviously, that’s not necessary. It helps a lot to always have a book on my phone, though. When I’m in class and have some free time, I can pull out my phone to read. On my way to class, I listen to an audiobook. On a bus or long car ride, I bring a book with me.

When it’s accessible, you’ll always find some time to squeeze in a few pages. If you don’t bring a book with you everywhere you go, you might find yourself having free time that you just spend on social media or doing something else that’s not very productive.

🖊If you’re not enjoying it, DNF it

Reading a really painfully slow book that you’re just not into isn’t going to help. It might actually end up putting you in a reading slump because you won’t be motivated to finish. When you normally read one book a week, this one might take you months to finish. It’s not worth it sometimes.

Don’t be afraid to just DNF the book. DNF’ing doesn’t mean that you’ll never pick up the book again and that it’s automatically a bad book. It just means that it’s not working for you right now. Put it down. Pick up something different that will keep you excited about a story.

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Those are all of my tips today! They may seem a bit obvious, but a reminder is always helpful. What other ways do you get yourself to read more? Leave a comment letting me know!

Jessica

Things I Look For In Books – Tropes I Love / Blogtober Day 26

I never used to think about what kinds of things I liked in books. I would only think in terms of genres- I like dark contemporaries, urban fantasies, romance novels, etc. But recently, I started making a list of things that I’m usually drawn to in books (or reasons that I tend to rate a book 5 stars).

Some of these are tropes, some are just other random elements- but you’ll get it! This is also a bit similar to Kayla’s (@Booksandlala) video, so check that out, too.

🖊Morally grey characters

A character who makes questionable choices but also has a good reason for it and is sometimes an ass but has gone through it in the past? Give it to me. I love characters that you’re not sure if you’re supposed to hate or love. Or a character that you know you should hate but you actually feel bad for. One example of this is The Cruel Prince. I personally am not the biggest fan of this book, but I can totally see the appeal to Cardan. I mean, the title says it all- he’s cruel. But then we see parts of his life behind closed doors, and there’s a little bit of tragedy there.

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🖊Boarding schools

This is my all-time favorite setting. For a book. For a movie. Whatever it is, I love it. There’s just something so eerie about boarding schools. I just recently talked about this in a post where I gave book recommendations based on tv shows. Sanctuary Bay is such a good book, and it’s the one I mentioned. Another example is Truly Devious, which I also loved (and still need to read the rest of the series). There’s also Wilder Girls, which I LOVEd. And, of course, Harry Potter, which is probably one of the most well-loved series in the book community- and outside of it, too, for that matter.

🖊Flowery writing

The Starless Sea. The Night Circus. That’s it. That’s all I have to say for this one.

Ok, JK.

I love beautiful, poetic prose. Words that are so beautifully written they give you goosebumps. Maybe this is just the poet in me, but it’s almost vital to an all-time favorite book for me.

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🖊Unreliable narrators

This is such a good plot twist. Probably one of my favorites. I feel like this reveals too much in a story, so I won’t list any specific books. But there’s something so cool about a book convincing you that the main character is in the right and then BAM! You find out they are actually a pathological liar. Or they kept something super important from the reader. I would love to write a book with an unreliable narrator one day, but I feel like this is something so hard to do.

🖊Plot Twists

This is similar to the unreliable narrator (which is a type of plot twist, oftentimes), but I just love really good plot twists. When endings can actually surprise you, but also make so much sense for the story, it’s one of the best feelings. It’s just so satisfying, even if the book ends on a cliffhanger.

One example is Every Last Word. I really didn’t see the plot twist the first time I read it, and it still haunts me to this day. Looking for Alaska? That plot twist broke me. There are so many more that I also want to read (and many that I added just because I heard they had good plot twists).

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What do you think? Do you like any of the same tropes as me or do you have totally different ones? As I was writing this, I also realized I have so many other ones, so I might have to do a part 2 for this in the future.

Until tomorrow!

Jessica

On Mood Reading- A Discussion / Blogtober Day 22

I have always called myself a “mood reader.” When it’s spooky season, I want to read all of the dark and scary books. In the summer, I go for contemporaries. Sometimes I’m in the mood to only read fantasies for an entire month, and sometimes I can’t even decide what mood I am in, I just know that every single book I start I’m not in the mood for.

But this has become a problem. I always set TBRs for myself and then I don’t follow them. Or I have an ARC I need to read before publication, but I don’t feel like it’s the “right time.” I can’t even tell you how many books I’ve picked up only to read a couple of chapters and put them down again. I’ll get to it another time, I tell myself. And then I never do.

I’ve actually been trying to train myself to stop being a mood reader, which sounds weird, but it’s working.

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This month, I decided I wanted to ACTUALLY read all of the books on my TBR. Out of the 7, I’ve read 3 of them, and I’m in the middle of 2 more. I forced myself to pick them up and start reading them regardless of the fact that I wasn’t “in the mood.”

And guess what? I LOVED them and couldn’t put them down once I started. Not being in the right mood had nothing to do with my enjoyment of the book because if a book is good, I’m going to like it no matter if I read it in July or December.

Along with this, I realized that I need to keep my TBRs each month small and manageable. This way I can get through the books I have to read that month, but I still have room to pick up others I want to read at the moment. This month’s TBR was a bit ambitious since I’m in school and have a lot of assignments to do. In the future, I’ll probably keep my TBRs at 5 books. That’s a little over 1 a week.

Obviously, if I’m not liking a book on my TBR, I’m not going to force myself to finish it. I am all about DNF’ing books. And yes, sometimes I’m still going to put down a book simply because I’m not in the right mindset for it. But, I’m hoping that by training myself a bit more, I will be able to hit deadlines faster, finish all of the books I’ve intended to read, and maybe even discover some new favorites along the way!

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So tell me, are you a mood reader? How do you choose your next read?

Jessica

A Guide to Netgalley / Blogtober Day 16

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Ah, Netgalley. Both a blessing and a curse. This site has been the cause of much of my excitement but has also been a factor in my stress. Today I thought I’d talk about my personal tips for Netgalley, and how to get the most out of it!

If you’re not familiar with it, Netgalley is a site where bloggers and book reviewers can request ARCs in exchange for an honest review of the book. It’s a simple way for people, both with large and small followings, to get their foot in the door for ARCs.

It’s how I first began reading ARCs. It took a while before I first got accepted. But don’t be discouraged! I hope the following tips will help you land some ARCs (maybe even your first)!

Keep your profile updated.

Your profile should always be up to date with the most important information about you. Include links to your social media sites, your blog/Youtube channel (if you don’t have one of those, it’s fine), and anywhere else you post about books (like Goodreads). Include the stats of all of those (how many followers you have, how many views you get, etc.). Also, include any other relevant info. This can be the genres you like to read, your location, etc.

Publishers want to be able to see as much information about you in as fast a time as possible so they can continue on with their job. Putting all of this basic info into your bio makes it easier for them to make a decision about whether to approve you for the ARC or not. If they don’t see that info right away, they probably won’t go looking for it on their own, and instead, they will just move on to someone else. Don’t give them a reason to say no before they even consider you.

Request from smaller publishers first.

When you are just starting out on Netgalley, you probably won’t get accepted by Simon and Schuster or Penguin Teen. Don’t be offended or upset by this. It makes sense from a business standpoint. Start with some smaller publishing houses to build up your profile first.

Another thing that publishers look at is your feedback ratio (I’ll explain this more in the next point). If you have never been approved for any books, they don’t know how good you are at reviewing books in a timely manner. But don’t worry- many smaller publishers still accept accounts with no feedback ratio, so start there!

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Eventually, you can work your way up to bigger publishers and may even be auto-approved by some (meaning you have unlimited access to all of the titles they post and don’t need to go through the waiting process).

But don’t request too many books.

Going back to the feedback ratio- the publishers can see how many books you’ve requested, how many you’ve been approved for, how many you were denied for, and how many you’ve reviewed. This all ties into your feedback ratio- this is the number of books you’ve been approved for to the number of books you’ve provided a review for (or feedback).

For example, if you’ve been approved for 4 books, but you only reviewed 2 of them, your feedback ratio will be 50%. If you’ve reviewed 3 of them, your ratio will be 75%. The higher your ratio, the better your chance of getting approved. Netgalley recommends a ratio of 80% or higher, but I’d say try to keep it above 70%.

That being said, don’t go crazy and request every single book on Netgalley. Chances are you’ll be accepted for a lot more than you thought you would, and you’ll be stuck with a really low ratio, and will most likely not be able to review all of the books before publication. This is also unfair to reviewers who would love the chance to review a certain book but were unable to because spaces filled up.

So, stick to only those you are truly interested in and know you will read soon! Trust me, it makes life so much easier. I know it’s tempting, and I’ve fallen into the requesting trap myself, but don’t make the same mistakes I did.

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I hope these tips were at least a little bit helpful! Let me know what other advice you have for Netgalley users as well! We can all learn from each other :)

Jessica

The Perfect Reading Nook / Blogtober Day 5

Before we get into today’s post, I just want to make a little announcement!

I am going to be doing a 24 hour read-a-thon TOMORROW! If you want to join me, feel free to start at midnight in your timezone on October 6th! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates as well!

Today’s post is based off of the Day 4 Blogtober prompt by The Library Looter. It was yesterday’s prompt, but I still wanted to do it! I even created an aesthetic board to describe the perfect reading nook for me!

*All pictures were taken from Pinterest. They are not my own.

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The first (and most important) thing for me would be a big window in my reading room. Natural lighting is a necessity for me when reading (and it’s great when taking pictures, too). My room at home is in the basement, so I definitely don’t get good lighting down there. Ideally, I’d love to have it.

Also, I would need tons and tons of comfy blankets and pillows. When you’re sitting and reading for a long time, you need to be comfortable. I’d also want a few different chairs around the room so I can change up my location or have mini reading parties with friends and everyone can be comfortable!

Going along with the blankets, it would be so nice to have a fireplace in the reading room, too. This is mostly for the ambiance, but also adds that extra warmth in the wintertime. I don’t have a fireplace in my house anymore, and it’s probably one of the things I miss most.

Plants would also be super cute and would add some life to the room. Even fake plants are always a nice addition, and I try to have them everywhere.

And finally, I would need to have lots of books! In a perfect world, I’d have a huge collection, but that’s not something I absolutely need. I would at least need a pile of 5 unread books at a time to choose from (either bought or borrowed from the library) because I am a mood reader!

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And that’s it- This is my perfect reading nook! Let me know what you would want in your ideal reading spot because I think it’s so interesting.

Jessica