Getting That 80% Ratio (A Stuck-Inside Challenge)

Hello, long time no see!

I hope you, your family, and friends are all staying safe. To any of those who are providing essential services right now, whether it be in the medical field or service sector, thank you. I know you’ve heard it many times but you deserve to hear it many, many more. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And to the rest of you… you better be staying inside. Six feet apart, people!

Anyway, the title of this post might make you think that these are tips on achieving the golden ratio of requested books to reviewed books on NetGalley… I’m sorry, but it’s not. I myself am sitting at a pitiful 60%.

Instead, I’m writing this as a challenge for myself. I haven’t been reading much at all lately, and even less so from my little (ha!) list of NetGalley titles. So, a challenge to myself, and all other reviewers out there, is to reach that 80%!

The bookworm’s ultimate point of sadness, and also a common excuse for reading slumps, is the “I don’t have time to read” conundrum. Whether or not this was true before, it’s definitely probably not true now.

So go log into NetGalley. Look at your shelf. You requested those books for a reason. They intrigued you for a reason!

I myself have 35 books received and 21 reviewed, which means I have to read 7 to reach that 80% mark. Easy peasy. I’m going to be tagging a few people who I will invite to participate in this little quest as well. But if any of you are sitting below 80% (or somehow, you’ve reached it), I’m sure NetGalley authors would love your participation as well!

Thank you all for reading, and good luck!

Book Riot’s 2020 Read Harder Challenge

Hey there!

So recently I’ve only been writing reviews, but I want to get back into more expansive content to keep it interesting. I’ve decided that the first order of business is to find a new reading challenge for 2020. I fully intend on completing a simple “read this many books” challenge on Goodreads, but a friend recently mentioned that the quality of books is just as important, if not more, than the quantity.

After some digging, I discovered Book Riot’s 2020 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has been hosting the challenge for a number of years now, and although I am late to the party I am glad that I found it. I love that the challenge includes reading books to promote awareness of social issues and support minority communities. I think it is important to increase my awareness and open-mindedness as a reader and as a person; reading books that I would not pick up otherwise is a great way to diversify my world view and gain perspective.

“We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is—a perspective shift—but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.”

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