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Beat the NetGalley Backlist

We hope everyone had a great weekend! Danielle and Rachael have decided to participate in Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews’ 2021 NetGalley Reading Challenge. If you use Edelweiss instead, you can also participate as well! Danielle and Rachael both use NetGalley. We will both list our goal and keep a running list of books that we have finished. A link to this post will be kept in our bio on our Instagram. You can check out our Instagram here.

Please note that both of us have high approval rates because we are listed as an educator and librarian respectively. Do not feel discouraged if you are not getting approved for ARCs. Keep it up and you’ll be approved for some!

The challenge guidelines are as follows (taken from Yvonne’s blog):

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. There is no deadline for you to sign up.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate, even if you don’t have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts — the book just needs to be from NetGalley.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • The first day of each month, Yvonne will post a “link up” for you to post your reviews. If you aren’t able to post one month, just catch up the next month.
  • If you have any questions, please ask Yvonne through her blog!


Goal: 25 books (Silver Level)
Approved: 148
Feedback sent: 44
Feedback ratio: 30%

  1. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  2. What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
  3. Skyhunter by Marie Lu (a chapter sampler)
  4. The Project by Courtney Summers
  5. Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
  6. Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
  7. Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall
  8. Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston
  9. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
  10. This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes
  11. Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen
  12. Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen
  13. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  14. A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart
  15. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
  16. Darling by K. Ancrum
  17. The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (Blog; Instagram)
  18. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
  19. The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu
  20. The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino
  21. Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker (Blog; Instagram)
  22. All These Bodies by Kendare Blake


Goal: 25 books (Silver Level)
Approved: 111
Feedback sent: 69
Feedback ratio: 62%

  1. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (Blog; Instagram)
  2. The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
  3. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
  4. Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke (Blog; Instagram)
  5. Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
  6. Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland
  7. Namesake by Adrienne Young
  8. Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
  9. Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
  10. Like Cats and Dogs by Kate McMurray
  11. 11 Paper Hearts by Kelsey Hartwell
  12. A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna
  13. TRUEL1F3 by Jay Kristoff
  14. These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
  15. Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
  16. Untethered by KayLynn Flanders (Blog, Instagram)
  17. City of Villains by Estelle Laure
  18. The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
  19. The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh (Blog; Instagram)
  20. Oaths of Legacy by Emily Skrutskie
  21. Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain (Blog; Instagram)
  22. So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen
  23. Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  24. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
  25. Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan

Each month, we’re going to start doing round-ups of all our reviews (which include all of the reviews above as well as a few others). We’ll link the post below so you can see all of the reviews in one post.

February’s Round-Up of Mini Reviews

March’s Round-Up of Mini Reviews

April’s Round-Up of Mini Reviews

May’s Round-Up of Mini Reviews

Published by Always, Bookish Lovers

We’re a sister duo and a best friend from Virginia, USA who absolutely love books! We all met while Danielle and Skyler were in college. Danielle and Skyler are teachers and Rachael is aspiring to be a librarian. As well as having a bookstagram, we co-run a blog together where we review books, post unboxings of other subscription boxes, and offer reading resources for parents and educators.

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