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!

42 thoughts on “Getting Free of my Netgalley TBR Pile

    1. Ohh my… well well… welcome to this wonderful part of the community! It’s where I get all my advance reader copies to review for my blog. If your interested in new releases at all I highly recommend it. Just request within reason.


  1. I am slowly making my way through my Netgalley shelf for the same reasons. There was a time where I didn’t think I’d get approved for anything & that isn’t the case any longer. It feels icky having so many back titles but I’m on the better late than never train 😉 great post! 💙

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  2. It took me almost 2 years until I could balance the new releases and older books I have to catch up with, it was all perfect until I started getting approved on Edelweiss. And now I have this same kind of stress because I keep requesting more than I do read and I am slowing down a bit now until I can find a new perfect rhythm!

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  3. it’s so inspiring to see you crack down on your tbr like this! i don’t use netgalley, but i’d love to be able to do something like this with my owned tbr 🙂 good luck!

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  4. When I first started NetGalley, I went a little overboard with requesting, not thinking I’d get as many approved as I did. Then they did and I was like “oh… wait… no…” Since then I’ve cut back on the requesting, and being more choosy of the ones I pick. I’m slowly getting my % up!

    To Kill A Kingdom is such a good one! I hope you like it!

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    1. I think it’s everyone’s horcrux to request a bunch when you first start out and go into panic mode when you actually get approved. My percentage is now at 76! So I’m almost there with 80%, But I still have 18 books to complete Till I feel like I am out of this hole.

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  5. I’m so close to clearing my netgalley cache—just 3 books to go!! And i finally cleared my edelweiss one last month. I had to put a ban on requests until i got my shit in order hahaha. Best of luck with your tbr!!

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  6. I’m having a love/hate relationship with NetGalley to be honest.

    On one side, I’m proud of never having gone all out with requesting books and drowning in NG ARC’s that had to be read and reviewed by a certain time. I’ve always been right on top of those; haven’t reviewed a book late even once in the year I’ve been requesting books.
    On the other hand.. The reason that’s even possible isn’t necessarily my self-restraint when it comes to requesting books. More like the being an international blogger and being declined over and over and over again, haha. So, sometimes I’m simply wishing I was drowning in NG ARC’s because it would mean I’d finally be “big” enough to get my hands on those much anticipated releases. 🙂

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about that. I’ve heard recently that Netgalley has been even less inclusive to international readers and that really bothers me. It’s really grate when you can finish every book you request on time, but at the same time you should be able to be approved based on merit of your blog alone.


  7. I haven’t requested any books off NetGalley before. I know what it is, but I just get books from the library or buy them. This sounds like something I can definitely check out though in the near future at some point.

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  8. This is super genius! I completely relate to this struggle. There was a while when my rating percentage was barely double digits, and it was rough. I’m finally a little less than 20 books away though, and I’m excited to clear it up. It’s quite satisfying.

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