This September I am celebrating NetGalley month. A wonderful month of reviews, bloggers, giveaways and more, all organised by the lovely Tay at Chicks That Read. You can read more about the why Tay has organised NetGalley month here
For those of you that don't know, NetGalley is a fantastic resource that allows professional readers to request advanced copies of books to review and recommend to others. If approved the book is sent to your Kindle or other reader.
When I first joined NetGalley back in June 2012 I was approved as a professional reader due to the fact that I am a library manager who has responsibility for some budget and ordering stock. When I first joined I was very click happy (hey who am I kidding I am still click happy :)). What can I say I love books & I love being able to read new books first so that when they arrive in the library I can recommend them to the readers. Since joining NetGalley I have also found some wonderful new authors, authors that I maybe wouldn't have tried before and because of NetGalley I have been able to order books for the library service and share those authors.
More recently I decided that it was time I started reviewing the books I was reading. Writing reviews for people to read used to scare me, why would my opinion really count? At first I just used to give the book a star rating, state whether I would buy it for the library and perhaps leave a sentence or two about what I thought about the book. Then I started to discover book bloggers on Twitter and decided that actually perhaps writing reviews wasn't that scary after all.
The only problem is because I am so click happy my review percentage is awful at 39.6% so for me September will be a month that I can focus on increasing my percentage and reading some wonderful books.
My Reading Plans
Here is what I am planning to read & review. I have actually finished some of them over the last couple of weeks but have been saving my reviews for September. If I do manage to get through this list then I have plenty more on my NetGalley shelf to read
1. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
2.Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
3.The Beginner's Guide To The Birds & The Bees by Sophie Hart
4.Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie
5. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
6. Saving Grace by Jane Green
7. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
8. The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop
9. Upside Down by Lia Riley
10. The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan
11. Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
12. Wait For You by J.Lynn
13. What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy
14. Return To Mandalay by Rosanna Ley
15. Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks
16. The Separation by Dinah Jeffries
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