The Netgalley Tag

(Last Updated On: June 20, 2019)

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo, and Tea and Kate @ Backwards Bookshelf both tagged me in this super fun tag last month awhile ago and I am so excited to finally get around to doing it!  Be sure to check out these lovely ladies’ blogs because they are awesome!


  • Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too!

AUTO-APPROVED: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they are about?

Kurt Vonnegut is the one author that I would read anything he wrote, but since he passed away in 2007 I have think I have read nearly everything. As far as current authors, Tomi Adeyemi and Lindsay Buroker are both on this list.

REQUEST: What makes you want to request a book on NetGalley?

I’ll admit that I don’t often look through the books that are listed there anymore, I generally go looking for a book in particular. BUT when I do, it is all about the covers initially! I look at what’s available in my preferred genres and read the synopses of the books that catch my eye.

FEEDBACK RATIO: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?


I review every book that I finish, but I do not write public reviews for books that I do not finish reading unless I found them problematic and felt strongly that I needed to share my experience. Because books can slow burn, I try to give it at least 30-40% before deciding to DNF. I am currently trying to catch up to my NG backlog before more approvals come in and ruin my feedback ratio lol

BADGES: If you could create one badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Diverse reads, for sure! I need to make more of a conscious effort to read more diversely and work a bit harder on my around the world reading challenge!

WISH FOR IT: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

Grim Lovelies by Meg Shepard. I legit would sell my soul for an ARC of this book but have settle for pre-ordering it and anxiously waiting until September.

2018 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE: What was the last ARC that you reviewed?

Mirage by Somaiya Daud is my most recent NG review, but that post is coming on the 21st of this month so I suppose Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart.


As always do not feel obligated to do this tag if you do not want to!

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Karlita

    August 14, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    This tag is amazing!😍 Glad I found your post via Twitter. I’ll post mine one of this days.😁

  2. Jessica Greenfield

    August 14, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Ha! I’m with you 100% on Grim Lovelies. Being so new and having such a small following, I would have been shocked to get a copy, but I was still a little sad when my request was declined. I can’t wait for it to come out. 🙂

  3. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    August 14, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Ooooh, love your answers! I think maybe I’ve told you this, but I also frequently opt out of posting public reviews for DNF titles. If you ever notice a book mysteriously disappear from my Goodreads shelves altogether after I have an ARC of it, that’s always why. 😂😂😂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 7:53 PM

      Thank you so much, Destiny! And yea I usually don’t publicly review titles I DNF either unless it was problematic. I am going to watch your shelves like a hawk!

  4. tornpagesandroses

    August 14, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    My Net Galley backlog is embarrassing lol I’m really working on it though, plus all the physical ARCs that I have and the other non-NG arcs. I’m not accepting anything new because I literally have 100. Or a bit over that. I feel bad that I was that impulsive at accepting them but hey, that’s what I get for being an unsupervised new book blogger haha

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 7:54 PM

      I know EXACTLY what you mean, it is so easy to get yourself into a messy backlog when you are new and super excited!!! Over 100 would give me a heart attack though, lol. I have widdled my ARC backlog to just under 20 and almost feel like I can breathe again. Good luck!

      1. tornpagesandroses

        August 15, 2018 at 8:16 PM

        I am an anxious mess alright haha but everytime I get to finish one is such a relief, until I look at the remaining ones 😂 we’ll get it under control, someday!

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  6. LairOfBooks

    August 14, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    A diverse badge does sound lovely 💓 this tag is one I haven’t felt the courage to do cause my NG ratio is the thing of nightmares 🙈😂but I’m also whittling away at the backlog & personally staying away from the request button 🤞🏼Happy reading! 💜

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 7:56 PM

      I honestly probably wouldn’t have wanted to do the tag if my ratio weren’t above 80% so I definitely feel you there, but based on the comments here I don’t think you are alone! Good luck reining in the request impulses!

      1. LairOfBooks

        August 15, 2018 at 8:38 PM

        Haha! I’m in good company 🤷🏻‍♀️ we can’t help ourselves with that request button 🙈😂 but I’m getting there slowly but surely 💕

  7. Maddie // Munch Reviews

    August 14, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Thank you for the tag! Looks like so much fun!!

    P.S. Jelly of your feedback ratio…mine is terrible..

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 7:57 PM

      Thank you and I can’t wait to see your answers!

  8. booksandblends

    August 14, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    I loved all your answers, Kaleena!!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 7:57 PM

      Thank you so much, Kayla!

  9. Carolina @fictionologyst

    August 14, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    That was an amazing feedback ratio Kaleena, I’m amazed by how well you manage your time between reading, blogging, review, and playing video games LOL! I also want to sell my soul for Grim Lovelies, I’ve heard great things about it!! 💕💕

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 8:01 PM

      Thank you so much Carolina, I have obsessively kept my ratio above 80% frantically for like 3 months now as I wait for NetGalley to FIX THE BROKEN BADGE. It’s stressful when books get approved but I have been a lot more selective with the request button lately. And scheduling posts ahead of time & saving reviews for bad reading months helps a lot with keeping up with my blog – I don’t game as much as I would like these days.

      1. Carolina @fictionologyst

        August 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM

        That’s a very useful strategies. I stop requesting ARC when my feedback ratio was below 60%!! I always procarastinate to write a review, by the time I find the perfect time to write it I already forgot what I want to write LOL

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          August 17, 2018 at 10:29 AM

          Hahaha yea I have to write my reviews right away of I am screwed; but I do take extensive notes while reading which helps!

          1. Carolina @fictionologyst

            August 19, 2018 at 10:04 PM

            I think I’m gonna try write my thoughs on note when I’m reading! Thank you for your advice!!

          2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            August 20, 2018 at 2:25 PM

            You’re welcome and I hope that helps!

  10. libby @ dimscreen

    August 14, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    I totally agree about judging the cover first. If the cover doesn’t appeal to me I normally don’t find myself interested in the book at all. The cover is there for a reason, make me want to read the book!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 8:02 PM

      Thank you for making me feel better about judging books by their covers! It’s a marketing tool and with there being SO MANY BOOKS it’s a way to widdle through all of them.

  11. Jordanne

    August 15, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    What an awesome tag! Great answers, for me Rick Riordan is my auto-buy author and I judge covers hard 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 15, 2018 at 8:04 PM

      Thank you so much for stopping by, and I haven’t read anything by Rick Riordan yet – any recommendations?!

      1. Jordanne

        August 15, 2018 at 10:52 PM

        Oh, so many! Just start with the Percy Jackson series and work through the rest of his series in publication order!

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