I think it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a book reviewer in possession of a Netgalley account, must have requested too many books.
Its certainly the case for me. I’ve been a bit more restrained on the old Request clicking recently and got my % up but I’ve got a bit of a backlog of books to get through.
Stats time (I’m a maths nerd, I love me some stats):
As of this morning, I have a feedback ratio of 66% and 34 books which need to be read and reviewed. Not terrible but given that I have been reading at an average rate of 6.4 books per month this year, it’ll take me over 5 months to finish them all and I really just want to do a bit of mood reading.
So what am I going to do? Well, Bookstacks & Golden Moms – Bookstacks & Golden Moms (bookstacksngoldenmoms.com) have come to the rescue and are hosting this Summer Netgalley challenge! Running from 1st June to 31st August, this challenge aims to focus the mind on getting through that NG pile.
There are even levels! Using my handy stats above, I’d hope to read 19 books in this 3 month window and nudge my way into Beach Ball level. That’d make a really nice dent in the pile and I’d feel less guilty about picking up some of the books that keep making eyes at me from the book case.
I’ll provide an update in my monthly wrap-up but here’s hoping I can really get that % up by the end of the challenge.