The NetGalley Book Tag

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! How are you? I hope your week’s off to a great and bookish start!

Today I’m back again with a fun bookish tag. I have been tagged a while ago by my friend Reg @ She Latitude and a little more recently by the amazing Beth @ Reading Every Night for the NetGalley Book Tag. I’m always late on my tags and will take any excuse to talk about books….So let’s get started!


  • 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 is a hard question to answer because there are so many authors I love. I think one I have to say yes to all the time is John Green because he’s been my favorite author and an overall awesome person for years now and I can’t NOT imagine myself reading every single one of his books.

Another author I love so, so much and would read anything from, is Lauren Oliver. I loved her Delirium series and thought that Replica was so promising – I’m definitely reading any grocery list she writes.

To add a third one to this list, I’d have to mention a recent favorite of mine, Jandy Nelson. I fell in love with her books and writing thanks to bloggers’ recommendations last year and I can’t wait to read her next books.

REQUEST: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

I think it definitely is a mix of things. Whenever I’m browsing on NetGalley, it’s definitely the cover that first catches my attention because let’s be honest, there are way too many books and too little time to read all of their synopsis. That being said, the book’s title can also be something that makes me want to click on a book to know more. Then, it’s the synopsis that makes me want to request it.

Sometimes, it’s also just the name of an author. Or the hype because well, I’m curious.

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

I don’t, and can’t review every single book I read, otherwise I wouldn’t spend 10 + hours per week blogging but much, much more ahah. I try and review the books that I really loved, because I so want to share the love about them and let’s face it, fangirling reviews are fun to write and to read, right? I also try and review the books I enjoy that I haven’t seen around too much in the hope that people will want to add them to their TBRs. As for ARC reviews, well…ARCs are an obligation so obviously I review every single one.

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

Isn’t that a question I should be asking you to answer? I wouldn’t know how to describe myself or this blog. Maybe I’d have a badge that says: caution, this book blogger freaks out a lot about blogging and other bookish things?! Or maybe that’d be a badge just for me and to remind myself to take a breather once in a while?! I do not know, friends, ahah. What do you think?

WISH FOR IT: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

THERE ARE TOO MANY books, how do you expect me to make a choice? I think I’ll have to go with one book I am eagerly anticipating lately because I can’t buy it yet, even if it has been released a couple weeks ago: Romancing The Throne. I want this book in my life because: romance? prince? sisters? CUTE CONTEMPORARY BOOK. It has to be a winner for sure.

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?

The last book I received from NetGalley I reviewed was The Fashion Committee: a promising book, but unfortunately that did not live up to my expectations.

I’m not going to be tagging anyone because I have seen this tag around a lot, but if this inspires you, feel free to answer these questions on your own blog, I’d love to read your answers!

Is there one book that you’re dying to read? I’m always looking for more books to add to my TBR…

How do YOU decide which books you will review? Let me know in comments!


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55 thoughts on “The NetGalley Book Tag

  1. What a fun tag! I might have to do this one myself some time! *cough, says the girl who literally has 20+ tags pending, cough* I’ll probably never catch up on all of them 😂

    Anyway, I agree with so many of the things you said! I definitely always look at the book cover when I’m browsing on Netgalley! And I always check my favourite publishers list to see if they have added anything interesting lately!

    And I don’t review every book I read either! I mean, who has time for that? XD I obviously review all my Netgalley books but for the rest it just depends! If I feel like writing a review on a book I’ll do it. Or I don’t. I really don’t have a criteria, it’s all depending on my mood (and my motivation because I’m so LAZY) 😁

    Wonderful post! 💜

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    1. Well, if this makes you feel any better…I have tags from 2015 I still haven’t done 😂 😂 😂
      Thank you so, so much Jackie! ❤ I can't review every book, but I do try and write a couple lines about each one on Goodreads at least, just to share my overall feelings. And YES, I am lazy too at times, 😂

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  2. I request books that catch my eye, whether because of the cover or the author – you know, like all other humans do! But I sometimes get stressed out thinking about all the books on NetGalley that I’m sure I’d love but never find because I only check it every few weeks. I have serious FOMO about books!

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    1. I understand your feeling – I don’t really check NetGalley constantly and I’m scared of missing out on great books – but then I guess if we’re meant to read them, we’ll find out about them eventually, right? 😀
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❤


  3. I actually review all my books… *frowny face* BUT sometimes it takes a while. *laugh out loud* If I read it for pleasure or as a palette cleanser then I let it sit until I get to it. A review doesn’t always have to be so comprehensive but I like to remember what I thought in general.

    This is a great tag! Really great answers too.

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Dani! If this tag inspires you, feel free to do it, I’m tagging you! 😀
      I understand – I really like to remember how I felt about a book as well, but I read too quickly and write my reviews too slowly, I can’t seem to find a right rhythm to write my reviews, so…I just write a couple of thoughts on my Goodreads account to remember, and only full-length review for a couple ones 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts, Dani! 🙂

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      1. Haha yes, it makes me a bit mad at myself as well – I have like 5 or 6 reviews I need to write at the moment, but I’m just so, slow. I think I might have been a sloth in another life ahah.


  4. Haha this is such a cute tag!!! I normally decide what to request based on what it is about and if it sounds like something I would like. There is also probably a bit of hype involved as well (I’m more likely to request a book that is already well liked because then I am more likely to like it, right? Not always.) For books I buy or get from the library, I usually decide on whether I will review or not based on how much review material I end up with (I take notes as I go.) thanks for sharing!

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    1. It’s so good that you are able to take notes – somehow I can’t bring myself to do this ahah.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Also, if you feel like answering these questions, feel free to, I’m tagging you 😀

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      1. Sometimes I don’t and then I realize it was because I was so into the story that I didn’t write anything down (actually I talk into my phone, but you know… same thing). Other times I have to write down all of the quotes because they are SO GOOD (ahem, John Green). Anyways YAY I will do it.

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      2. More than often, I’m too into the book to write down my thoughts, and at times I just stop for a second and think of something I could write down, then I forget about it or get back into the story. I am the WORST at taking notes ahah.
        AND YOU LIKE JOHN GREEN? YAY, this maes me SO happy, I love him and all of his books 😀

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      3. Haha I get that! YESSS! I haven’t read all of them YET, but I really liked The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Looking For Alaska was a bit profane for my tastes, but you can’t win them all. Crash course was pretty much the only reason I passed APUSH and I really like vlogbrothers as well!

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  5. Lauren Oliver is definitely a great author! I’m so excited to read Ringer (and isn’t Pete the best???). And I need to read I’ll Give You the Sun, agh!

    Romancing the Throne looks SOOOO GOOD. One book I’m DYING to read is Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I NEED to know what happens! Or THUG. I’ve heard nothing but raving reviews for it.

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    1. YES HE IS – and yes I’m so excited to read Ringer soon. You NEED to read I’ll Give You The Sun, May, it is fantastic and easily one of my favorite books of all times ❤
      OHHH. I just started reading Lara Jean and it is SO cute, as always. Hope you'll get to read it soon! I'm with you on THUG as well. Haven't got the chance to buy it yet, but I can't wait, it sounds fantastic and quite unforgettable.
      THANK YOU for always being so lovely, May, you're the best ❤

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  6. I’m dying to read, well a lot of books to be honest haha, but the ones I’ve most recently added to my TBR and REALLY hope to get to soon are Tash Hearts Tolstoy and Eliza and her Monsters 🙂
    I try to review most books I read, but I still don’t review them all. I mostly choose not to review if I just didn’t like a book, but can’t really put into words why I didn’t like it. Some books just aren’t for me and then I feel bad writing a bad review when someone else could still really enjoy it. Or when I REALLY disliked a book and don’t even want to spend the time writing a rant about it 🙂
    Also Marie, you say you just freak out about blogging and bookish things, but that could easily be a badge for being ‘super passionate’, which is definitely a good thing 🙂

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    1. Ohhh, I heard great things about Eliza and her Monsters. I haven’t heard of the second one, Tash Hearts, but I need to check it out, you made me curious now 🙂
      I understand your feelings about it – sometimes there are books we just don’t feel like talking about. Also, it takes so much time to write reviews, I guess we are allowed not to review everything and spread the love 😀
      Ohh you’re too sweet, thank you so, so much ❤ ❤ ❤


  7. This is such a nice tag ! Also I love Jandy Nelson so !! much !! (even though I’ve only read one of her books and I’m trying to get her other one from the library….) Also I really want to get/review ARC’s buuuuuuuuut I finally convinced my parents !! Also I review like one book out of the hundred I read but I have a bunch of drafted reviews??? I just don’t like them enough to post them on Goodreads…..
    (Great post like always !!)

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Amelie! Feel free to do this tag as well if you are inspired! 😀
      I only get digital ARCs because I can’t get the physical ones – geography is not on my side here ahah, but I hope you’ll be able to get both, they’re so much fun, it’s a privilege for sure and it’s so great, I did amazing discoveries this way 🙂
      Ohh no really, why? I’m sure your reviews are PERFECT ❤ ❤

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      1. Thank you! And that sucks 😦 I’m really excited because I got approved ARCs for books that look really good !! And with the blogging community everyone is so supportive or whatever and I have like one friend on goodreads so it’s a very different environment 🙂

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      2. OH, I understand – to be honest, I’m not posting everything on Goodreads either, because I tend to forget to update my reviews, so I usually just leave a couple of thoughts here and there but not a full-length review 🙂

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      3. It definitely takes off a bit of the pressure – and for me, it also helps me in knowing whether or no I want to – or have enough things to say for a full length review on my blog 🙂

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    1. OH thank you so much! ❤ It's nothing to be ashamed of ahah, I know plenty of people who haven't read all of his books! I do hope you'll want to try more though, and love them as much as I did for sure 😀 ❤

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      1. I have papertowns which has been sat on my bookshelf for so long. I mean you know how many books are on my bookshelf waiting to be read because i’m terrible haha! But what is your ultimate favourite or the one you recommend to most people of his?

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    1. HOW do you do it?! Give me your secrets?! Is that because your name is Donna, so you have that kind of awesomeness in you?! 😛
      It is TOO hard ahah, we need 10 more hours in the day 😛


      1. I have no idea how I do it 😂😂 well I’ve been reviewing the books right after having read them and scheduling a lot more. I have reviews up until June 29 right now. And I have reduced my blogging time a bit to read more! We need 100 hours!!!!! 😂😂

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      2. I don’t know how you do this ahah – I don’t have time to review the books right after I’m reading them because basically it’s always the middle of the week and I have other things to do when I get home from work so…. It always gets pushed back to, weeks after hahaha.


  8. This is such a cute tag, Marie! I definitely agree with your reasoning behind requesting books – it’s a mix of things, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t click on pretty covers twice as quick as other books. 😛 I’m shallow that way, ha. Also, it’s really nice to see that you’re still one of those people who adore John Green – I think he’s such a fantastic writer, and as soon as he grew popular, I noticed people started disliking him so much. 😦

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. Thank you so much, Aimal! ❤ ❤ Oh I"m so glad to hear that. I agree, I have seen so many people disliking him lately, it's like, I'm a bit nervous to mention him everytime. It makes me quite sad 😦

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  9. I review mostly YA and NA books but not adult books. In netgalley, I request only books that interest me and I don’t request more than three books because I really don’t like to be pressured with the deadlines. Romancing the throne sounds so cute! I already have it in my tbr and I really hope you enjoy it when you finally get your hands on it. 🙂

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    1. OHhh that’s such a good thing to do. I always try not to request too many books – even if sometimes it’s hard – because the pressure afterwards is real.
      Thank you so, so much, Raven! ❤

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  10. Great answers for this tag Marie, I really loved reading them. 🙂 ❤ I've only read one book by both John Green and Lauren Oliver so I can't say if they'd be auto-buy authors for me too (I do have their other releases on my TBR list though) but Jandy Nelson is definitely definitely on my auto-buy list. I am so excited to see whatever she comes out with next. 🙂
    Also Romancing the Throne sounds really cute, I'm going to have to check that out myself now. It may end up being another one on my to-read list too! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! I really hope you’ll want to read more from John Green and Lauren Oliver soon – both are my favorites, as you know, ahah 🙂
      YAY! Romancing the throne seems like such a great book, I can’t wait to read it 🙂

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  11. I am super excited too about Romancing the Throne! It sounds kind of cliched, but that’s honestly a good thing sometimes when you just want to relax.

    And I feel you re: not reviewing every book you read. I tried and boooy, did it take lots and lots of time. I also kind of like having that buffer of not reviewing every book you read so in case I run out of books and don’t have the time to read, I can review books I’ve read previously. 😂

    Also, love that Chandler gif. HE’S THE BEST. 💕

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    1. Agreed – it sounds a bit cliché that’s for sure, but it’s the perfect kind of book to just have fun 🙂
      😂😂 That’s exactly it – it’s good to have some books we can always talk about later on, just in case!
      Chandler really is the best. Oh, I miss him ❤


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