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message 1: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
I decided to open a thread solely for NetGalley reviewers to let others know when one of our favourites might be up! I noticed posts advising were being missed, and put in different threads, so here we are!


Posted 21/1/20 - Letting you all know that Gulliver's Wife by Lauren Chater Gulliver's Wife (love the cover!) by AA Lauren Chater (author of The Lace Weaver) is on NetGalley, as is A Conspiracy of Bones (Temperance Brennan #19) by Kathy Reichs A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs (in the pipeline since 2018) both on S&S AU. I have them both!!

Posted 21/1/20 - Also The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

and Where Fortune Lies by Mary-Anne O'Connor Where Fortune Lies by Mary-Anne O'Connor

Both AAs :)

Posted today (24/1/20) - The Second Home by Christina Clancy The Second Home by Christina Clancy is Read Now on NG - https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo... - for anyone interested :)


message 2: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (cloggiedownunder) | 8164 comments Excellent idea!!


message 3: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
Thanks Marianne :)


message 4: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 4570 comments I can feel my kindle getting heavier already 😀 Love this thread, thanks Brenda 😊


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
Haha! Good comment Sharon!! lol


Veronica ⭐️ | 2249 comments This is a fabulous idea. Although it should come with a warning. I just know I’m goung to go crazy requesting new books. 😀


message 7: by Carolyn (last edited Jan 24, 2020 01:51AM) (new)

Carolyn | 7970 comments Like minds Brenda! I was going to message you about starting a NG thread after I posted a NG book in the free book thread earlier today (and wasn't sure if that was the best place!).
Excellent idea - although I'll probably have to try to ignore it as I already have way too many NG books!


message 8: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (last edited Jan 24, 2020 01:20AM) (new)

Phrynne | 11354 comments Mod
I would love it if everyone said when they found good books available as read now!


message 9: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
Thanks guys - I only wish I'd thought of it before now! Never mind - we can all load our kindles - eh Carolyn ;)


message 10: by Kylie (new)

Kylie D | 740 comments Awesome idea! I have a few of the above already :)


message 11: by marlin1 (new)

marlin1 | 393 comments Thanks Brenda, looking forward to this thread....I think!


Jülie ☼♄  | 6275 comments Great thread Brenda! And just what we need, one more aid to simplify enabling our habit 😂


message 13: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
Of course we do Jools - we must all help each other to be surrounded in books ;)


message 14: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (cloggiedownunder) | 8164 comments Read Now: Amethyst Pledge by Leonie Rogers pub date 17th April


message 16: by Marles (new)

Marles Henry (henrymarlene) | 35 comments Great idea, thanks for the thread.


message 17: by Kylie H (new)

Kylie H | 767 comments Great idea Brenda!
I was going to recommend Never Forget by Martin Michaud but it was archived a couple of days ago ☹ - very like Jo Nesbø style of writing but set in Canada.


message 18: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
Wish I'd thought of it earlier - better late than never I guess :)


message 19: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 4570 comments Marianne wrote: "For request: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer"


Requested yesterday and have been approved 😊 Thanks for sharing, Marianne.


message 20: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks is available for request


message 21: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
For those who haven't read debut Aussie author Sarah Thornton's Lapse (Clementine Jones #1) by Sarah Thornton Lapse Text have just added it to NetGalley :) A top read!


message 22: by marlin1 (new)

marlin1 | 393 comments Brenda wrote: "For those who haven't read debut Aussie author Sarah Thornton's Lapse (Clementine Jones #1) by Sarah Thornton Lapse Text have just added it to NetGalley :) A top read!"
I second Brenda regarding this book, I really enjoyed it.


message 23: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
Fantastic wasn't it Marlin!


message 24: by Kylie H (new)

Kylie H | 767 comments Halfway through Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth and finding it very intriguing. It is being archived on Netgalley on 10th Feb so if you are interested get it soon.


message 25: by Kylie H (new)

Kylie H | 767 comments Can still recommend this book having finished it, will be archived tomorrow on Netgalley. Only picked it up to get a book starting with 'U' for a challenge :)

My review for Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 26: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 1615 comments I finished one this morning that is still available for request - Amnesty by Award-winning Indian author Aravind Adiga. I really enjoyed it but am in a bit of a review slump at the moment so it might take me a couple of days to put something together.

Essentially, it’s set in Sydney and the whole story takes place over the course of one day. The MC is an illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who has to wrestle his conscience to make a life-changing decision.


message 27: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments This is a question on using Net Galley. My apologies if it doesn't fit here.

When I get accepted to read books my feedback ration takes a dive because they immediately count those books as ones I haven't given feedback on...

What do you do to get around this? Or what am I doing wrong?


message 28: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (new)

Phrynne | 11354 comments Mod
Lol! Read them M:) Or just don't ask for too many at a time.


message 29: by Em__Jay (new)

Em__Jay | 314 comments M wrote: "This is a question on using Net Galley. My apologies if it doesn't fit here.

When I get accepted to read books my feedback ration takes a dive because they immediately count those books as ones I ..."


I am curious how you would expect it to work?


message 30: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
M wrote: "This is a question on using Net Galley. My apologies if it doesn't fit here.

When I get accepted to read books my feedback ration takes a dive because they immediately count those books as ones I ..."


Don't pay any attention to the ratio - and as Phrynne says, read them. It changes as you request and read, so it isn't really important (unless you have a VERY large number you haven't read!)


message 31: by M (last edited Feb 13, 2020 09:18PM) (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments I didn’t realise you peeps would be amused by that :P

Em Jay Reads, I’m having to guess at the answer you’re expecting. Is it ‘I don’t know’?

I didn’t really have any ideas on how it should work but was surprised when books that aren’t published for a couple of months cause my % to drop when the publishers generally don’t want the reviews published until the couple of weeks before publishing.

Phrynne, I think I will take that advice and cut back on requests from NetGalley since it seems a bit harder to plan than I had thought originally. TBC I read them all (except for one non-netgalley dnf), I just thought I had until the weeks prior to publish date to do so and place my review.


message 32: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments Thanks Brenda. Not focusing on the percentage so much is also good advice. It probably just looks bad atm because I do have three lined up :/


message 33: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
You do have until the week prior M, or even a few days after. I don't read and review until a week or so prior to the publication date. I never look at the ratio either :) You'll be fine once you relax into it - they won't do anything (except possibly restrict your requests) but you don't have anything to worry about :)


message 34: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
M wrote: "Thanks Brenda. Not focusing on the percentage so much is also good advice. It probably just looks bad atm because I do have three lined up :/"

Once you get a lot of reviews done - e.g. you've read and reviewed 50 then 100, the ratio would probably stabilize. Don't stress though :)


message 35: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments Great, Brenda 🙂 Thanks 👍🏻


message 36: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
No problems :)


message 37: by Carolyn (last edited Feb 13, 2020 05:13PM) (new)

Carolyn | 7970 comments M wrote: "This is a question on using Net Galley. My apologies if it doesn't fit here.

When I get accepted to read books my feedback ration takes a dive because they immediately count those books as ones I ..."


Because NG counts the books on your shelf as unread, it does take a while to get your ratio to sit over the required 80%.

For example, if you have read and reviewed 20 books you can only have up to 4 on your shelf waiting to be read (to stay at 80%). Once you have reviewed 50 you can have up to 10 on the shelf and so on. As Brenda said it will eventually stabilise.

So as Phrynne said, just read them and don't ask for too many at once and your feedback ratio will soon start to climb. (If you have trouble getting approvals initially review some 'Read Now' books to give your stats a boost).


message 38: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments Great insight re the numbers (which Brenda also touched on), Carolyn. It was something I hadn’t thought of at all and it matters because, by memory, I’ve only read half a dozen or perhaps just over.

So I will def keep going, but also keep a lid on it so as not to spiral. :P


message 39: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments That was KEEP a lid on it.


message 40: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
NetGalley has Something to Talk About by Rachael Johns Something to Talk About by Rachael Johns

and The Women's Pages by Victoria Purman The Women's Pages by Victoria Purman

available for request :)


message 41: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
M wrote: "Great insight re the numbers (which Brenda also touched on), Carolyn. It was something I hadn’t thought of at all and it matters because, by memory, I’ve only read half a dozen or perhaps just over..."

I was curious as I haven't looked at my ratio for a very long time (that's how I found those new releases!) I'm at 96% so I'm pretty chuffed with that. But I also have reviewed well over 500 too...


message 42: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments Whoa! Over 500!?! That’s a lot of reading, well done. 😀


message 43: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 69438 comments Mod
Thanks. I've been a member for a lot of years 😊


Lee at ReadWriteWish (leeatreadwritewish) | 256 comments You don't want to know my percentage... They keep giving them to me though! LOL

This thread will probably not help... whoops


message 45: by Em__Jay (new)

Em__Jay | 314 comments M wrote: "I didn’t realise you peeps would be amused by that :P

Em Jay Reads, I’m having to guess at the answer you’re expecting. Is it ‘I don’t know’?

Ididn’t really have any ideas on how it should work ..."


You could always review on NG asap and review elsewhere closer/on the publication date. You can go in and add links to reviews at a later date.


message 46: by M (last edited Feb 13, 2020 02:52PM) (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments Em_Jay I think that's more good advice for me to integrate. I've been planning my reading in relation to publication dates but that doesn't seem to work as well for Net Galley.

If you read Net Galley books early, can you do the review on their website but not publish your reviews on blogs and websites until the week or so prior to publication date?


message 47: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments Lee wrote: "You don't want to know my percentage... They keep giving them to me though! LOL

This thread will probably not help... whoops"


Hehe, yeah. I think some books are muuuuch easier to get, too. I know when I first joined I didn't have much to show for myself but I still managed to get certain books from certain publishers.

In a way it's been good for me because I might not have tried some of those novels, lesser known stories and authors, but I've enjoyed some of them immensely.


message 48: by Carolyn (last edited Feb 13, 2020 05:19PM) (new)

Carolyn | 7970 comments M wrote: "Great insight re the numbers (which Brenda also touched on), Carolyn. It was something I hadn’t thought of at all and it matters because, by memory, I’ve only read half a dozen or perhaps just over..."

Good luck! It definitely gets easier the more books you've read and in the meantime don't sweat if your feedback does plummet because you've just been approved for a heap of books - just enjoy the ride! As you've said you can discover some great books you wouldn't have tried otherwise.


message 49: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 7970 comments M wrote: "Em_Jay I think that's more good advice for me to integrate. I've been planning my reading in relation to publication dates but that doesn't seem to work as well for Net Galley.

If you read Net Ga..."


Yes - a lot of people do that (review on NG and wait until a week before publication to post on GR). A lot of people post early of GR as well. I usually post in the month before publication unless asked otherwise by the publisher.


message 50: by M (new)

M - The long hot spell (thelonghotspell) | 71 comments That’s great, Carolyn.

Also huge thanks to everyone who replied. I’m feeling more comfortable with the process now.

There’s no rule book! :P


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