2018 NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge

January 2, 2018     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Reading


The fifth annual Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge – hosted by Bookish Things & More (formerly hosted by Falling for YA)

Have you ever logged on to Edelweiss or Netgalley with the intention of “Just Looking” and then logged off having requested 5 new titles even though your TBR is a mile long? This challenge will (hopefully) give you the incentive to tackle your review books, stumble upon new ones, and get your Netgalley percentage to the desired 80%!

Challenge Guidelines

  • The challenge will run from Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up.
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion.
  • If you have any questions tweet me @BookishThings or e-mail katrina@bookisthingsandmore.com!
  • Hashtag: #NGEW2018


Bronze – 10 Books
Silver – 25 Books
Gold – 50 Books
Platinum – 75 Books
Diamond –  100 Books

Sign Up Here

Sign up for the challenge here!


I have been really vague about my NetGalley numbers, because I am SO ashamed. But, I am going to come clean and post them so that I have some incentive to get them into better shape.

My Shelf on NetGalley: 402 books (384 over 3 months old)
My Feedback Ratio on NetGalley: 8%

(Please note that I am only ashamed of myself. If you have similar numbers, I will support you to the ends of the earth ♥)


My Edelweiss shelf: 34 books

So, I hope you see why I am wanting to get into better shape.

Now, in my defense, I do need to say that some of my issues have stemmed from the fact that my health was SO bad for SO long. I am so embarrassed that it has gotten to this point, but with this challenge and Beat the Backlist, and my commitment to not requesting any new books this year unless they are something I am personally highly anticipating… I am hoping to whip my NetGalley (specifically) into better shape.

You may be wondering how I have access to so many books. The main reason is that when you use Kindle for your NetGalley reads, they don’t have the expiration like an epub does. Since I read on a tablet and can use the Kindle app AND read epubs, I have a choice. Since the Kindle docs cannot be retrieved from your Kindle at all, and (as far as I know) are locked to the device they are sent to initially, it is its own form of protection against having the e-ARCs ripped and put up on sites for people to get. I am so OK with this compromise, because it means I am not limited to 55 days, but the author isn’t susceptible to piracy. Win-win!

So, I am signing up for the SILVER (25 books) level of the challenge, because this specific challenge includes writing reviews, and while I want to reduce my NetGalley total by more than 25 books, I may just prune some as not being interested in them any longer.

Do you have a large backlog of ARCs you need to read? Are you doing any challenges to help you get through them all? Comment below and let me know!

BONUSCrini @ It’s All About Books has made some amazing spreadsheets for use with Google Docs. I will be using her ARC Tracker to help complete this particular challenge!

Stay bookish, lovelies! ♥

Talk bookish to me!

3 responses to “2018 NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge

  1. Well, all I can say about a feedback ratio like that is…the only way is up! Seriously, good luck with the challenge. I’m doing it too and targeting Silver level as well but my motivation is trying to achieve my 100 Reviews badge.

  2. Seriously, you are my new best friend! Lol. My ratio is about 30% but has been sitting there for a very long time. I keep seeing the nagging notification that NetGalley wants 80%. I am so glad that there are others in the same boat as me 🙂