The Netgalley Shelf App Updated???

The Netgalley Shelf App Updated???

Yep, you read that right. The Netgalley Shelf app has been updated. You might have noticed it yourself, but after using it for a few days, I want to talk about it.

The Netgalley Shelf app is one that’s had plenty of complaints. I know many people have problems with the audio pausing – though I never had that issue – and the general accessibility wasn’t that great. Was it a helpful app before anyway? Yeah. I’d been reading e-books on it and requesting audiobooks for a reason.

But this recent update has made some steps forward in accessibility, and since Netgalley really need to take that further? So I thought, why not highlight the positives so those can be improved upon?

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Getting Through Those Series

Getting Through Those Series

God, I should’ve done this earlier in the year. Steph started her Final Book Support Group, and that would’ve been a perfect time. But alas. I’ve decided to leave it until October/November to finally get through all those final books I need to read.

Ahhhhh.

So why am I talking about this? Sometimes it helps encourage you to get yourself into gear and do these things yourself. So use this as your sign that if you have a good few series you need to finish off? Now might be the time.

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These Books Will Self-Destruct 2022/2023

These Books Will Self-Destruct 2022/2023

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts. Unfortunately, I’m starting to get a build-up of books that I still want to read but I’m just not reaching for. I really need to start picking these up so I’m using this as an opportunity to start doing so. Especially those I’ve had for a while, though some of them are a little more recent.

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Reading A Book Using A Translation App

Reading A Book Using A Translation App

In a world filled with books, there will always be books that sound good to you that just aren’t translated. Sometimes you can find translations online, but sometimes we just want the original. We want to read our own copy, but even if we’re learning the language…a lack of vocab can make it hard.

So sometimes…we might try reading something through a translation app.

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Can I Cut My TBR in Half? (Before The End of The Year)

Can I Cut My TBR in Half? (Before The End of The Year)

I’m someone who owns a lot of books. My physical TBR currently sits at 115 books, with another one on its way. I’m not going to bother counting my e-books and audiobooks as I know I need to start reading them, but I need to sort out my physical TBR first. The piles are dangerously high and have fallen on me a few times recently. It’s not fun.

The problem is that I don’t want to go on a book-buying ban. That doesn’t work. I then tried something akin to Maddie’s Book Buying Bingo. Also didn’t work. If I try to stop myself from buying books, I’m more likely to say “stuff it” and buy them anyway. What I’m doing instead is making myself stop and think. Am I willing to wait to get a book so I can find it cheaper? Would I be willing to borrow it from the library when I’m in the mood for it? Things like that. That way, when I buy books, I know I’m only bringing in the ones I really want. Not just a load as I went in charity shops or The Works, and I just wanted to come home with something.

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Switch Up Your TBR

Switch Up Your TBR

We all get slumpy from time to time. Whether it’s just because we’re too busy to read or we’re just not in the mood, it happens. Sometimes you’ll want to be reading, but it just doesn’t happen.

My general advice for when this happens is to just allow yourself to take a break. Watch TV, play a game, and do whatever else you’re in the mood to be doing. Then when you get back to reading, you won’t feel like you’ve turned it into some kind of chore. And I stand by that.

However, that doesn’t work for every slump or even every person. There are times we really want to read, but doing so is a struggle. In times like this, we need to change how we pick books.

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Am I Using Scribd? A Challenge

Am I Using Scribd? A Challenge

I’ve been paying for Scribd for a while. I use it every month, and the selection of audiobooks is excellent. There are some issues with Scribd. You are limited with how many audiobooks you read per month, plus I have heard of people having some e-books limited too. That seems a lot less common though. I love Scribd and plan to keep using it for a long while yet. But I have to wonder…am I using it enough?

Technically, I am using it. As I said. I’m using it to listen to audiobooks, but many of them are books that I already own. That feels like a waste of money. It doesn’t hurt to do that every now and then, but when I’m using all three or four audiobooks I have available a month on books I could read without Scribd? Yeah…that’s a waste.

So I’m setting myself a challenge. A challenge that I’d be happy if a few of you joined in on me with.

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Do I Know My Reading Taste?

Do I Know My Reading Taste?

The answer to that question should obviously be yes. I buy books that interest me, and then I read them. I don’t always like them, but that’s normal. That’s just how reading works. But what if I’m DNFing a lot of books? What if I’m picking up a lot of books because they’re cheap, but by the time I get to them, I’m no longer interested? That’s when it gets to be a problem.

And that’s exactly the problem I’ve had for a few years now.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

On my blog this year, I want to do more tags and challenges. They’re great fun and can be a way to be a little bit more social. This week I’m starting myself off with a meme, and that’s Top Ten Tuesday which is run by That Artsy Reader Girl. I couldn’t resist doing this week’s challenge as I want to talk about some authors.

So this list is a list of authors who already had books out when I finally picked them up. I’ll mostly be talking about the books I read by them, but some of them I’m definitely going to read more of.

I spent plenty of time going over my spreadsheet from last year to narrow this down. Many of the authors I hadn’t read before were debuts, and I didn’t want to include them. Something interesting I noticed was that a lot of these are contemporary or romance authors. That makes sense, as I did really get into reading those genres in 2021. I do kinda wish there had been a little more fantasy, so hopefully, that’ll change in 2022.

For now, though, let’s get on with the list.

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What Makes A Good Retelling?

What Makes A Good Retelling?

First things first, this post is obviously subjective. But I’ve been reading a few retellings recently, and I’ve had some thoughts. We all love retellings but some tend to work better than others. Comparing the retellings I’ve liked and those I haven’t, there is definitely an aspect that they all share.

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