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Bookish: Book Blogger Hop #19

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme with a prompt featuring a book related question. The hop begins on a Friday and ends on a Thursday and should hopefully give people the opportunity to learn something new about the blogger.

The Book Blogger Hop can be found on Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and obviously my answers can be found here!

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When I hear ‘Edelweiss’ my brain goes here:-

Which probably goes to show that no, I don’t use Edelweiss. But I am aware of it!

I signed up to NetGalley in 2018 when I started book blogging because the concept of ARCs was something that I was new to and I was curious.

Aside from getting over-excited when I first joined I don’t actually request a great deal. That’s because I want to review every single ARC I get approved for (otherwise what’s the point of requesting) and as writing reviews aren’t my favourite thing I didn’t want to get bogged down.

Reviewing an ARC does feel a little bit like homework at times especially when the release date is coming and you just don’t feel in the mood to read that particular story.

However I have been pleasantly surprised by some of what I’ve requested as I’ve taken a chance on books that wouldn’t normally be ‘for me’ and found that I adored them.

I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by how many ARCs I’ve been approved for but it could be because I use NetGalley.co.uk as I am a UK based blogger and the approved requests predominantly come from UK based publishers.

At the time of writing this blog post I have a feedback ratio of 63% and so I am determined to get that up to 100% (not even 80% but 100%) before I request anymore.

I’m hoping to start a new feature at some point later in this year called ‘Conversations in a Coffee Shop’ which will be discussion posts and one of the topics I have lined up is on ARCs as I’ve noticed this can be a very hotly contested and discussed subject in the book blogging community.

Blog Hop

Aurora @ Aurora Librialis has told us about the 6 Reasons I’ll Follow Your Blog and by ‘I’ I mean Aurora!

Sam @ Fictionally Sam opens up and invites us to discuss Books That Have Changed Lives

Lori @ The Inky Saga tells us the 5 Things I Did to Grow My Pinterest Blog Traffic and again you know by ‘I’ I mean Lori 😉

Krysta @ Pages Unbound gives us a post called In Defense of Flawed Characters which I love just as much as I love said flawed characters

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious bravely provides us with her Stats Transparency Post & Lessons Learned from One Year of Blogging

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Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss? Both? Not bothered by either?

Do you find it easy to write reviews for ARC’s you’ve been approved for or do you feel that you’re more of a mood reader and you struggle to get in the zone before a publishing date?

Do you stick to the publishing date? What’s your methods?? Come tell me all your secrets!

Until next week when I try and answer the question of whether I read along with my audio books. I don’t have audio books so that will probably be a quick and easy answer. 😉

19 thoughts on “Bookish: Book Blogger Hop #19

  1. I like that they have a wider selection of books in Netgalley, but really don’t like the “Deny without saying why” process. I mean, Edelweiss denies you without reason too, but they at least give you a chance to state why you want to read this book in the first place. And I really like how Edelweiss allows you to organize the books that are on your radar!

    And I got greedy in the past six months and have been requesting from both Netgalley.co.uk AND Netgalley.com. 😛

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    1. I would like to know why I’m denied sometimes but that’s only because I’d want to counter-argue and let’s face it – that ain’t ever going to help!!

      I don’t think I could use Netgalley.com but then I’ve not tried. I probably won’t try but only because I need to curb this ARC thing. It’s rather addictive isn’t it?

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  2. I went a little crazy when I first joined Netgalley believing I wouldn’t be approved for anything, but then I got approved for most of them, and I drowned. 😂 Now I don’t even go on there except to request one or two ARCs that I’m particularly interested in, just because my low completion rating (30%) stresses me out lol.

    But I will say that I like Edelweiss a little bit more? The request requirements actually force me to think about why I really want to read a particular book, so I never over-request on there. Also, you can practically write an essay (which is what I do) to show just how much you want to read that book, so likelihood of getting approved is higher for me I think. 😛

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    1. I was the same! My overexcited brain requested like mad and then I was pleasantly surprised at getting approved. And approved. And approved. Then I got extremely agitated!!

      I’ve only got 4 more ARCS to read and then I’m taking a break from requesting. I want to reach 80% at least though because I’m like you! I don’t want to see a low % attached to me for anything!

      Honestly, I don’t think I’ll give Edelweiss a go because that level of participation and effort before I even write the review is making my lazy brain cry!

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      1. Woohoo, 4 more arcs is totally doable! Super jealous, but I shall be cheerleading for you from the sidelines! 😉

        And girl, Edelweiss is actually easier than I (or others) make it sound, so check it out sometime! Of course, slow down on the requesting, but I’m actually planning on going Edelweiss exclusively from some point on since I think it is better in some aspects. 😉

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  3. Hola Gerry! I’ve been wanting to do a Netgalley vs Edelweiss post for months now, hopefully I’ll get to it soon! As an international blogger, ARCs are very hard to get for me. I used to adore Netgalley until they chucked us (Us being the non US/UK bloggers), so now I try Netgalley first, then Netgalley UK, then Edelweiss, or I simply go to Edelweiss first. It’s better than Netgalley but only after you get used to its horribly complicated interface. It’s really horrible, but I seem to find books there which I can’t find elsewhere, and I get approved more often. You should try it but don’t freak out! There’s a tutorial online on how to use it, it helped me. 🙂

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    1. Marina! Yay! I’m glad you’re back!!!

      I think that’s something I’m hearing quite a bit – that Netgalley is very country centric and if you aren’t in the US or UK then the chances of being approved for ARCs is lower. Honestly I just don’t get it, there are eARCs that can’t cost much to distribute so I don’t know why those should impact countries other than US or UK. Hard copy ARCs I get but eARCs? Nope. I don’t understand why distribution is an issue.

      I haven’t tried Edelweiss and don’t know if I will, you haven’t sold me at ‘horribly complicated interface!’ You know I’m scared of tech!

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      1. Well… I guess I wasn’t, but I am now. 😀 Yep, you’ve heard that correctly, and as of recently – Goodreads giveaways have become limited to US and UK too… :/ eARCs don’t cost anything as far as I know, which makes this even stupider. :/

        Hahaha I know, but they have a different selection, so some popular books can be available there but not on Netgalley 🙂

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  4. Great post! I’ll definitely be checking out some of those other blog posts. And I use both Netgally and Edelweiss and I am drowning in ARCs for both as well. I have a tendency to request an insane amount of ARCs, only to leave them for the last possible moment. I’m surprisingly on track at this point. Probably because I’ve actually been in the mood for the books I have. It really does suck when you have an ARC due and you have no motivation to read it.

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    1. I got very excited when I first joined Netgalley and requested left, right and centre. I’ve reigned it in a bit now but still get occasionally overexcited and end up with some ARCs that have the same deadline.

      Ugh, I know what you mean. If you’re not in the mood to read one then it feels more like a school reading assignment than a joy even though I would like to read it when I feel like it!

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      1. I’ve definitely gotten overexcited and requested two many. I have 11 ARCs and four of them come out on the same day May 7th. Thankfully I still have time!

        And yes! I feel like I never enjoy them the same way I would have if I’d been in the mood. Then I feel bad because it like I haven’t given the book a fair shot!

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