Lately, I have been reading with singular purpose. Fixing my Netgalley Feedback-Approval Ratio.
But first a bit of an update.
This summer has really taken it out of me. I have been working full time and I believe working hard. I also took two summer classes that each only lasted one month, so therefore was quite intensive. I had class Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And of course, I’ve been busy planning my wedding. Something had to give, and unfortunately, that was the blog. But I am still very interested in books (obviously) and in staying connected to the blogging community, so I’m not quite entirely disappearing just yet.
Back to the main story.
So I have so many physical copies of books in my office that are completely unread. It’s really quite pathetic. And there are so many books on my to-be-read list that I could easily pick up and enjoy. And what am I reading these days?
Any book I get approved for on Netgalley.
There are a few reasons for that.
The first is that I got a new Kindle. It’s a Paperwhite and is pretty awesome. I love reading on it and I like carrying that to and from work more than carrying a physical book. Reading books that I am approved to read from Netgalley means I have plenty of books to read on that Kindle.
The other reason for this binge of sorts is because I have a horrible feedback/approval ratio. It’s because when I first started blogging, like way back in March 2013, I discovered Netgalley. I started requesting all the books. Oh, it’s a cover? Great! I’ll request it! It’s got a description that sounds okay. Cool, I’ll request it!
I didn’t quite understand the whole archive date thing, or that there was a ratio that was being tracked. I ended up missing out on even getting to read most of the books I had been approved for. I think my ratio was barely at 20% by the time I started actually realizing what happened.
I’m not proud of this. So last autumn, I started requesting a few books here and there to see if I could start to slowly climb back from the hole I had created for myself. Obviously, I don’t get approved for many books, but those that I do, I make sure I download, read, and review in short order.
So by doing this a little piece meal, and then really focusing on it the past couple of months, I have improved my ratio to 43%. Not fantastic still, but better. I am almost done with more book that I was approved for and have another that I will start right away.
It’s getting almost a little addictive in a way. I can’t wait until I get it to at least the recommended level of 80%. It’s become almost a game in some ways to see if I can do it. I read and review the books just as honestly as I would normally, but I am definitely focusing more on those books than anything else. I wonder when I start getting tired of reading books dictated by when I’m approved to read it. But so far, I’m in this to reach my goal. 😛
What’s your Netgalley ratio? What reading challenge/binge are you on?