I’ve seen a few other book blogs go through their NetGalley rejections list and talk about the titles they weren’t approved to read ARCs of. I thought it was fun, and since I’m trying to do more with this blog than just book reviews and Top Ten Tuesday lists (though those are both great posts), I’m jumping on the bandwagon.
To start, I’m going back a few years. I first joined NetGalley in 2013, but I didn’t really use it for a few years. Occasionally, I used it to get an ARC for an author I followed or maybe an author whose street team I had joined. But it wasn’t until I started this blog and realized I didn’t mind reading ebooks that I started requesting a lot. My first rejections are from 2019.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan: This is kind of funny since I went to college with Emily and took fiction writing with her. The fact that I was denied an early copy just makes me laugh now. I read Wicked Saints after it was released.
Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill: I don’t even remember requesting this book, but I read it later for a book club and really enjoyed it.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia: I was sad I didn’t get approved for this one since I’ve gotten approval for other Rick Riordan Presents titles. It’s still on my list to read, but I was waiting until the whole series was out to get started. Book three just came out!
Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee: This was one of those books that I was intrigued about when I requested but wasn’t sure if I wanted to review it because I was worried I wouldn’t like it. I read it when it was published and thought it was pretty good for a superhero novel!
Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson: I read this after it was published and I enjoyed it a lot. Come on, NetGalley! I could be giving these books positive reviews.
The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy: I have no memory of this book at all. I never read it. I don’t have it on my TBR. Probably a good thing I wasn’t approved to read it…
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden: I’m not sure why this was still available when I requested it since it was a whole year after its release. I don’t know why I even requested it either when I had already read it… but whatever.
Dead Voices by Katherine Arden: I guess they just really don’t want me to read this series early. I read it after it released.
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: I still have this on my list! It’s just a very long list so I haven’t gotten to it yet.
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne: I read this one after it was published and I didn’t like it as much as I wish I did. Probably for the best I didn’t get approved for an early copy.
So far I have been rejected on NetGalley 63 times and approved 97 times (with 87 reviews sent so far). I have handful of books (10) in NetGalley limbo and I’m sure about half of them will end up as rejections since it’s way past the publication date. *shrugs* It’s interesting to see which ones were rejected and which were approved. I’m not sure I’ll understand how they decide.