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Challenge: Review Copy Cleanup

After my worries earlier this week about my Netgalley ratio, I have been introduced to the perfect solution by several people: the February Review Copy Cleanup hosted by Vicky @ Biscuits and Tea and Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews. These lovely ladies are challenging each other, and other bloggers, to read as many review copies in the month of February as they can. It’s perfect for people like me who may have gone a little crazy with the ARC requesting.

I’ve gone through my ‘to review’ list and my Netgalley dashboard, and submitted a message for all the books I lost when I got a new Kindle. My ratio is now 30.5% (the highest it’s ever been!), but should actually be higher as it says I’ve submitted 36 pieces of feedback, rather than 48. Apparently this is a glitch that Netgalley are working on, so I’m hoping it will be sorted soon to reflect my real ratio. Thank you also to Faith @ Student Spyglass, who has shared a post on improving your Netgalley ratio, including a brilliant formula to work out how many books you need to read to reach certain percentages. I’ve used the formula on my to review spreadsheet, and apparently I need to read 94 books to reach the recommended Netgalley ratio of 80%! I’ll also be putting my Weekly Roundup feature on hold for now, as I attempt to stop buying and requesting books. Madness.

I don’t have a specific goal for February, I just want to read as much as possible – but my overall goal before I start my Masters is at least 65%EDIT: I finally hit over 50% yesterday, when Netgalley caught up to my most recent feedback where I informed the publishers of lost books. 65% should be another thirteen or fourteen books, and now I’ve looked at it that way, it doesn’t seem all too bad! You can see which of my ARCs I will read first this month by taking at look at my review copy ‘to read’ list. If you want to sign up to the challenge, please click the image above!

Are you taking part in the challenge? Do you have many review copies to read?

6 thoughts on “Challenge: Review Copy Cleanup”

  1. My NetGalley #’s have always hovered around 50%, but I admit I have never quite understood the obsession with that percentage. Do you feel you are getting denied certain titles because of it? Or just afraid you might in the future?

    So far I haven’t seen any issues. Certain publishers ignore me, but it seems that ones that approve me once do it again each time.

    1. Well, to be honest it’s never been an issue – I’ve only received one rejection that I think was due to it, the rest said they were due to my location (sometimes I go a bit crazy for a book, don’t read the notes and end up requesting a US copy or something). But I think it probably doesn’t give the BEST impression, plus I have all these books that I do want to read, and I want my reviews to be useful. So it’s better to read and write them around the release dates. In the end, it all comes down to a sense of guilt, haha!

      I think the book I wanted the most from Netgalley, which I also got rejected for, was due to my percentage. But I got a copy of it on Edelweiss instead so it was all good πŸ˜‰

  2. Good luck with the challenge! I hope to catch up on some Netgalley requests as well, I definitely go through stages where I request wayyyy too many and do not like playing catch up. Luckily I currently on have two that are released in Feb so hopefully I will get to both of them. πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy your reads!

    Erin @ Let’s Evaluate

    1. Thank you! I was going to read a lot today, but I got completely distracted by a new video game and just spent the last six hours playing it… oops. I better not do that every day in February πŸ˜‰

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