Mid-Month NetGalley Check-In – May 2022

I’ve once again made some serious progress in the last month. I’ve read and reviewed more NetGalley books in the last month than ever before. I’ve been approved for quite a few new books, as well, but I’ve still managed to raise my feedback ratio by a bit. I read and reviewed NINE books, and I’ve been approved for eleven new books in the last month. This is the first month where I’ve been invited by publishers to get their books, which was an awesome feeling. Four of my new books were invitations, and one of them was a granted wish, which I didn’t even know was a legit thing until it happened. You can see where I was last month in my most recent check-in post. My feedback ratio thankfully managed to climb two percent to 70%. I’ve completed 54 ARC reviews out of the total 77 for which I have been approved. I’m hoping to keep my ratio in the 70’s or above from now on, but we’ll see how that goes. I now have 22 books available to review on my shelf, which is a slight increase from where I was this time last month.

The books below are those currently needing to be reviewed. I plan to read and review the books in bold before my next NetGalley check-in on June 15, 2022.

Wildbound by Elayne Audrey Becker | Publication Date: August 30, 2022
Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez | Publication Date: May 31, 2022
This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves | Publication Date: August 23, 2022
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Publication Date: July 19, 2022
Silk Fire by Zabé Ellor | Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Second Spear by Kerstin Hall | Publication Date: August 16, 2022
Babel by R.F. Kuang | Publication Date: August 23, 2022
My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth | Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Dark Theory by Wick Welker | Publication Date: April 17, 2022
Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality by Julia Shaw | Publication Date: June 28, 2022
High Times in the Low Parliament by Kelly Robson | Publication Date: August 9, 2022
Fraternity by Andy Mientus | Publication Date: September 20, 2022
This Wicked Fate by Kalynn Bayron | Publication Date: June 21, 2022
A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland | Publication Date: August 30, 2022
Blood of Troy by Claire Andrews | Publication Date: September 6, 2022
The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez | Publication Date: August 30, 2022
Heat Wave by TJ Klune | Publication Date: July 19, 2022
Eyes of the Void by Adrian Tchaikovsky | Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales | Publication Date: December 6, 2022
In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan | Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald | Publication Date: June 28, 2022
If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber | Publication Date: May 3, 2022

How do you stay on top of your NetGalley ARCs? Are you successful at staying above the coveted 80% ratio threshold? Let me know in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Mid-Month NetGalley Check-In – May 2022

  1. That’s so awesome that publishers are reaching out to YOU via NetGalley and not the other way around. All of your hard work/hobby is paying off! I’m not at the coveted 80% ratio, but I did climb a couple of percentage points to 66% yesterday after submitting my THE STARDUST THIEF review.

    Also, wrt THE SPEAR CUTS THROUGH WATER…I remembered I read the author’s debut sci fi novel last year (or maybe the end of 2020) called THE VANISHED BIRDS. So I’ll be curious about your review for Jimenez’s next book. I unfortunately wasn’t a huge fan of BIRDS, but it also may have been deeper than I could comprehend? Idk. But THE SPEAR looks more fantasy-oriented, so I’m curious about it.

    • Yeah. I’ve been a little shocked, but super grateful, by all the emails with invitations. I’m not at 80% yet, but I’m hoping to be there by the end of the year. The request spree I went on today probably didn’t help. Lol

      Well that makes me a little worried about that book. I’ve never read anything by the author. So, we’ll see…

      • I’ve been tempted to look again on NG recently too…ahhh!

        Well I hope you end up liking SPEARS. There are definitely people on Goodreads who enjoyed BIRDS but idk like I said it might’ve just been too deep and open-ended for me haha.

  2. It took ages to get my review rating up to 80% but since I managed it, it’s been fairly easy to keep it there. I used to read my Net Galley books in the order I requested them but now I read them in order of publication date. I sort out all the ones due for publication in the next month and try to get them read before the end of the month. So I’m currently working my way through the June releases on my list. April was a bit stressful though as I had so many books with May release dates. Generally though, it works well for me. Doing it this way stops me feeling pressured by how many books there are on my shelf too.

    • That is usually how I order my reads too. I’ve gotten a bit behind because I had so many April and May releases, but I’m on track to get caught up by the end of the month (I hope). I’ve definitely found reading by publication date to be the least stressful option because I feel like I’m failing at the purpose of getting an advanced copy if I don’t get the reviews out before the book is published.

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