Hello, my name is Judith! Welcome to my blog, ReadandReview.
For this blog post, I’ve decided to to answer some questions from the NetGalley Book Tag, a tag I’ve seen on a couple of other blogs. I joined NetGalley in late 2018. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, NetGalley is an online service which is free to join, and provides users with advance reading copies to review and promote upcoming releases before they have been published.
1. Which authors do you automatically want to read, regardless of what the books are about?
A few names spring to mind:
- C.J. Tudor. I read and enjoyed her first novel, The Chalk Man, and requested her subsequent novels: The Taking of Annie Thorne and The Other People. Unfortunately, these requests weren’t successful at the time, but I remain optimistic for future requests.
- C.L. Taylor. Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of C.L. Taylor’s work and I like every book she’s written. Her stories and writing captivate me, and I was thrilled that my request to read her latest novel, Strangers, was approved.
- Louise Jensen. I requested, read, and reviewed her newest novel, The Family, last year and gave it 4 stars. I then read one of her other books, The Sister, and also liked that too. I am confident I will continue to enjoy the books she releases.
2. What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?
Usually, I make my requests based on a combination of considerations, including:
- Genre: Does it contain plot elements, themes, and ideas from genres I already love?
- Plot Description: Does it sound mysterious and intriguing? Do the characters sound interesting?
- Author: Am I familiar with the author’s work or reputation (via Twitter or book blogs)?
- Publisher: Am I familiar with the publishing company? Have I enjoyed books they’ve published in the past?
- Cover: Does it look like the next best-seller?
3. Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?
Yes, I do review every book I read; I post the review to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon, and this blog. This may sound like a daunting task to some, but I only request books I am sure I will like, and only request a few books at a time. This means I don’t get carried away with NetGalley requests and then find myself with 100 books to review!
4. What was the last book that you received as an advance reading copy (ARC) that you reviewed?
The most recent book I have read and reviewed from NetGalley is We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk.
5. What’s one book that you can’t wait to read?
I am currently working my way through a number of NetGalley reads. My most recently approved request was for The House Share by Kate Helm, which I look forward to reading!
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This post was last updated in January 2020.