Welcome to Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.
Why I Quit NetGalley and Edelweiss
If you are a seasoned book reviewer/blogger than you might already know what NetGalley and Edelweiss are, but if you’re new I will give you a quick run down. Publishers use NetGalley and Edelweiss to put forth e-ARC’s on these sites so that we, as book bloggers, booktubers, reviewers etc., can request to read them for review. Now doesn’t that just sound amazing? Well, it is, don’t get me wrong. BUT it is not without it’s downfalls.
Zero Self Control
So I use more NetGalley then I do Edelweiss, and on NetGalley you get to look through pages and pages of books that available for review. By doing so you end up requesting 20 or so books you think look interesting or that you might enjoy reading. Then you sit there and wait. You get a approved for one. YAY! Then you you get approved for another one. Awesome! Then another, and another until you are almost approved for all the books that you requested. And guess what? They are all due around the same time. Your brain goes into overload and you kick yourself for having no self control.
Too Many Books
So you just got approved for the majority of the books you requested. Six are due for this month, four the next, and another six the month after that. How can you possible get to all these books in such a short period of time and still work eight + hours, cook, clean, watch your TV shows, have a social life, spend time with family, and read the other hundred books sitting on your book shelves? That’s right, you can’t.
High Stress Levels
When I first got approved for many books at a time I just could not keep up. My stress levels sky rocketed and my happiness and energy just felt drained. I just kept procrastinating and procrastinating until I had not time left to read all these books. Who knew reading could effect your health?
I got into one of my biggest book slumps I have ever had in 2015 thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss. It was a good 3-4 months before I could start reading again. Those sites just turned me off from reading and mentally and physically exhausted me. It took a lot for me to pick up another book which is completely out of character for me. Just be careful!
Now I’m not saying NetGalley and Edelweiss are not great tools for getting ARCs for your blog, just don’t do what I did! Request 1 or 2 books at a time, space out publication months, make sure you get time to live your life and read other books you own, and try and keep stress at a minimum!
Until next time,