Why I decided to delete my NetGalley account

I’ve always been a pretty anxious person. I stress over the little things. Creating a NetGalley account was both amazing and terrible at the same time. By requesting eArcs I was giving my already stressful life, even more reasons to be stressed, and I wasn’t enjoying reading and reviewing any more. I recently decided I had to deleted my NetGalley account and I feel so much better.

I think I created a NetGalley account in March last year. That’s when Belgium went into lockdown (for the first time lol) and I started having a lot of free time. I didn’t post a lot on my blog because I didn’t have any ideas as to what I was supposed to write, so having a NetGalley account definitely helped with that. I could read books and review them and create content for my blog.

I found myself “joy requesting” a lot. You know when you see all these new books in the bookstore, and you just have the urge to buy them, well I had the same with requesting eArcs. I saw all these new releases that I was so excited about and wanted to request them all. I just loved getting the ‘your request has been approved’ mails.

I have read some amazing books thanks to NetGalley, and I’ll forever be grateful for the that, but the constant feeling of having to read was exhausting. The pressure of having to stay above your 80% mark was so stressful, and I’m glad that’s over now. I’m a huge mood reader so it was really hard to force myself to read my eArcs. I couldn’t pick a book up that I had been wanting to read for years, because I felt I hard to read all my requested books.

It wasn’t even that my ratio was at 20% or something. I had a minimum ratio of 70%-75% and I had maybe 6 books left to read. But the days were passing and I wasn’t always in the mood to read. Some books were released in October of last year and I still hadn’t read them in January.

Knowing myself I would’ve kept requesting books if I hadn’t deleted my account. Requesting eArcs was pretty therapeutic if I’m being honest. I realized these couple of weeks that I don’t have to read all the new books that are being released. Being on Twitter and Instagram isn’t always easy, because you feel this pressure of having physical copies of every new book. Especially on Twitter because you want to be able to talk about these new releases with your mutuals. But I’ve decided I will be reading more books from the library. And if I really want to read a new book, I’ll just wait for it to come out and buy it.

5 thoughts on “Why I decided to delete my NetGalley account

  1. Strawberrys Corner 29 March 2021 — 17:44

    I’ve been thinking about getting a NetGallery account and have been for a long time because so many pros and cons. I am so glad you’re able to live a little less stressfully now 😊

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  2. I’m on a similar mindset as yours, keeping that 80% while for me is not as stressful because I don’t log into the account often, I do hate seeing how it goes lower than 80% especially if I DNF a book -.-
    It takes me forever to read a book from NetGalley when approved, and most of the time I don’t even enjoy it because I feel pressured just to read it. I haven’t requested anything lately and I probably won’t in the near future 🤷🏻‍♀️ but glad it has worked for you not having the account, is good to know when to stop something for one’s health and peace of mind.

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  3. I’m also guilty of “joy requesting” and have had to cut back majorly because I just couldn’t keep up with the amount of books I was requesting. I haven’t been on Net Galley in a while so I can catch up on all the books I requested and never read. Oops!

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  4. Reading should never feel stressful or like a job so I am glad you are feeling better now that you have deleted your account. I do enjoy having mine and requesting books but I never put pressure on myself. Reading is always supposed to be fun!


  5. I have never had a NetGalley account, nor do I want one for that very reason. There are a few other reasons, as well. But I have felt pressured to have one from other reviewers/bloggers and from publishers, as well. But reading, even for reviews should absolutely never feel stressful. Or competitive or pressured. It’s just not right.

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