Reading Check-In: October 23, 2021

What book have you finished reading recently?

This debut novel lives up to all of the hype and the praises its been getting. Even if romance isn’t your to-go genre, if you’re a fan of Norse mythology, then you have to read this book. It gives an interesting picture of the Norse Pantheon from the perspective of other immortal beings.

Another great debut novel that is worth reading. However, there are 2 things you need to know about this gothic story. One, it does have a slow start, but it’s for a good reason. Two, a lot of the plot surrounds higher academia and its “lifestyle.” So, if you’re not familiar with graduate school, then much of the story won’t make too much sense to you.

What are you reading currently?

This is my Halloween read. I’m less than 100 pages in (it’s been a busy week), but so far it’s so awesome! Thanks to similar reads, I’m not having any issues with he narrative style! These vampires are vicious!

I’m listening to the audiobook edition of this book, and WOW! This is one of the most underrated fantasy books of this year! I have about 4 hours (120 pages) left in the book. Not only am I looking forward to the ending, but also I’m excited for Book 2 (yes, it’s a trilogy)!

I’m still making my way through the SCKA Finalists. The final votes take place soon, but I have an idea on which ones I’ll be voting for.

What will you read next?

My next audiobook. Everyone I know who has read this book has enjoyed it a lot! I might not get to the sequel until next year, but at least I’ve had read/listened to the first book.

I know I’m behind on reading this book (and the next one), but I’m going to use Norsevember as a reason for reading through both books. Hopefully, I can finish reading at least one of the two books.

I did manage to complete my Reading Goal for 2021; however, I am reading more because I want to (and because my TBR keeps getting longer). Also, I want to do my annual Favorite Speculative Fiction Books with 20 books. Right now, I’m close to reading my 14th book that qualifies for that list (I might make a separate list to include the other books I’ve read, too). I believe I can read 6 more books for the list.

What are you reading?

This Week’s Book Haul (April 4-10, 2021): NetGalley Edition

We are familiar with posts about Weekly or Monthly Book Hauls, or new arrivals of books. These books can be ARCs, purchases and/or gifts. Sometimes, there are stories surrounding these book hauls, but most of them don’t need to be told. I’m taking the opportunity and I’m using this week’s book haul to discuss some lingering and continuing issues I’ve been having with NetGalley.

Request Rejected

Most of us remember when we had our requests rejected. This is a scenario I’m still familiar with: request a book, have that request rejected, search other opportunities to receive an ARC (Goodreads giveaways, Bookish First, etc.) and fail in that, purchase the book the week it’s released.

‘Read Now’ Quota Reached

Those of us who check NetGalley daily and/or receive the newsletters know what I am talking about. You receive an email and/or you’re browsing a galley site and you realize that you can download the book immediately. However, you’re NOT in front of your computer and you are unable to download the galley from your mobile device, which means you’ve missed out on receiving the galley. On top of that, your request is rejected; so, you wait until you can purchase the book.

Request Pending (even with the ‘Read Now’ selection available)

This happens more often than NetGalley wants to admit. You request a galley and it’s pending. Then, a few weeks later, the publisher gives the book a “Read Now” status. So, you access your NetGalley account hoping to download the book, only to notice that your request is still pending. You can’t cancel the request and there is no way around downloading the book due to its “status,” which leaves you feeling more annoyed because you were so close to obtaining the galley that you wanted.

In this case, after entering numerous giveaways, the author of Firebreak, Nicole Kornher-Stace, mailed an ARC to me (Thank you SO MUCH for doing that for me)! Firebreak is one of my most anticipated books of 2021, and I’m honored that the author decided to mail me an Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review, which I will be doing sooner rather than later (after I read the book of course)!

I should mention that this is NOT an issue with Edelweiss+. In fact, there have been times when I’ve had a request rejected only for the publisher to allow for the “Download” option for anyone who is interested. This change overrides the any previous status. If Edelweiss has this override, then shouldn’t NetGalley?!

Galley I Forgot to Download BEFORE the Archive Date

This one was my fault. I heard about this book from other bookbloggers, and I my request was granted almost immediately. Unfortunately, I did NOT download the galley by the archive date. Honestly, I might have misread April (Apr. on NetGalley’s website) for August (Aug. on NetGalley).

I still wanted to read this book, so I bought it! This book is a translation of a trilogy about Norse mythology. Since Norse myths are the stories to read at the moment (I still have to read both Northern Wrath and The Witch’s Heart), I decided to add this one to the list. I want to do a Norse-themed read through before Norsevember 2021!

So, why did I write this post? I wanted to let readers, bloggers and reviewers know that they are not the only ones with these issues on NetGalley. I believe that all of these issues are common knowledge, but for some unknown reason, NetGalley has yet to address the issues surrounding their available galleys. I understand some of it goes back to the publishers’, but they are NOT the ones running the site.

Have any of you had similar and/or different experiences with these galley sites? What did you do? What are your other options for gaining ARCs and galleys? And yes, I’m looking forward to reading ALL of these books!