Netgalley. We all love it. It supports authors gives us the chance to read books for free and seeing all the shiny new titles on the site brings excitement in our bookworm hearts.
However, once you start using Netgalley it can get harder and harder to stop requesting every title you see. Books on your shelves become abandoned. The mountain of approvals becomes bigger and bigger until you can’t see the light anymore.
This became my nightmare especially when for a good while I was reading a book a day every single day for a few months. Naturally, this created a situation where I requested without guilt knowing I could read all these books on time, but then things changed. I started prioritizing myself, my writing, and getting healthy in mind and body. This meant that I couldn’t read so many books anymore. So it left me with a mountain of books to read and much less time to read them.
Right now my Netgalley tbr has become significantly smaller. I have 18 left to read. Once I crawl out from under this I will request fewer books and read a lot more books that are currently on my shelves. It’s been difficult and I’ve been slowly making progress for the past few months, but seeing my Netgalley percentage at 75% is incredibly encouraging.
After reading these remaining books and reviewing them I am going to feel some great freedom. But I am also going to discipline myself much more strictly by obtaining a maximum of 4 books at a time that must be complete before requesting again.
I hate that so many of these titles weren’t read on time. I won’t let that happen again. Plus, I have a whole world of books on my shelves to read. I want to feel pages in my hands again so that’s what I’m going to do.
Thanks for reading! what is your Netgalley pile like? Leave your struggles in the comments below.
-Till next time!