Join the NetGalley #Reviewathon!

Is your TBR (To Be Reviewed) pile overflowing? Do you want to boost your NetGalley Feedback Ratio

We want to help!
Tackle your summer reading goal and boost your NetGalley stats with our first-ever #Reviewathon!

The NetGalley #Reviewathon runs for 6 weeks, from July 22nd through August 30th, on our social channels. Join the fun to catch up on your backlog, get ahead on upcoming releases, aim for that coveted 80% badge, and acquire some new reviewing tips from other members.

During the #Reviewathon, we’ll host virtual events and challenges for our members to share their review progress and chat with the community.


Join our Twitter chats
with the hashtag #Reviewathon on July 31st, August 15th, and August 29th. Each 30-minute chat will allow you to  meet other NetGalley members, learn some helpful tips, and talk about your favorite books.

Watch our Instagram stories for a weekly story template that you can use to track your review progress. Plus we’ll post mini-challenges to share your #Reviewathon participation. Each Monday we’ll prompt you to post a photo that fits that week’s theme (using the hashtag #Reviewathon, of course!) and we’ll share them all. You’ll be able to see what other NetGalley bookstagrammers are reading and reviewing, and make some new friends!

Participate in our weekly Facebook polls about your review writing process and get for tips and strategies to become a better book reviewer. You’ll have the chance to discuss books and meet other NetGalley reviewers in the comments. Plus, we’ll give a shout-out to our Top Fans on Facebook each week!  


Need some extra tips to help with your review writing process? Check out these great resources:

  • Get answers for any of your NetGalley related questions in our FAQs.
    Here are specific tips for getting started with a review.
  • Janice Harayda, editor-in-chief of One-Minute Book Reviews, shared her wisdom here
  • Our friends at Bookish.com provide some Do’s and Don’ts for review writing here.

As the #Reviewathon wraps up, we will be hand-selecting the top participants to be recognized to our entire community! Make sure to follow our social channels and stay tuned for more info and sneak peeks.
Let the #Reviewathon commence!

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119 thoughts on “Join the NetGalley #Reviewathon!

    1. Robin you must have a great number of books that need to be reviewed. I know it can be hard but stop requesting new books for a while and work your way down on the to read list with reviews and you will see your rating slowing going up.

      1. I am trying to resist new books. I really am. But I made a TBR on my spreadsheet so my ratio should jump in the next month and a half.

        1. Robin, then just buy the books and read them once their released. You don’t have to request/download every book that catches your eye. If your ranking stays low, you will stop getting approved by publishers altogether. The reason they put books up on places like NG is to get early reviews.

    2. I’m in, I need someone to.cover my shifts at work for six weeks, then a team of cleaners to keep my house in order. I can quite happily sit and read/review, as long as I can’t request anymore books my ratio will go up, right!!🤣🤣

    3. Count me in! I’m trying to do some catching up on my reviews and NOT request any new ones….but some of them are too hard to resist! I have an 80% rating, but need to boost that up! I’m not happy with the 80% and of course its my own fault!

      1. Wow I’d be happy with that 80% 😉 mine’s in the 60s! I’m trying to only request books that I’m truly interested in or am familiar with the author or something.

        1. I’ve already started my own review a thon. I made a list by month, and I’m knocking out books every 2 or 3 days. I’m just hoping to catch up. I didn’t realize that the books I requested would be approved mostly at the same time. Now I pay attention to the dates, and I only request so many a month.

      2. I have an 80% rating but have reviewed every single book that I have received so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. It is hard to resist asking for lots of books. You never know when you will get one but typically for me they seem to arrive in 3’s!

    4. Yes – I’m having the same problem too. There are SO many books I want to read and so little time, especially with it being summer and me being outdoors more. I have been making a conscious effort to not look at NetGalley because I’m afraid I’m going to start requesting book after book! I wish you luck; I hope this Reviewathon helps us all!!

  1. I love NetGalley. Not all the publishers will give some of us a chance but overall it’s great. I also have a pretty good ratio at 85%..

  2. This sounds awesome! I will do the best I can since I have my daughter flying in on July 28 for a couple weeks then my other daughter coming Aug. 22 for a week. 🙂

    1. I usually stay at around 79% but I would love to get rid of my more than 3 month stack of books and get that higher!

  3. I’m in! I was doing great but then we moved and I have fallen behind (I feel awful) and I need a boost to get going again. I have been holding back on not requesting new ones but dang, it is so hard. Thanks, you must have been reading my mind.

  4. I’m a bit behind on reading my summer reads from June and now for July. I have one Read Now title from March that I haven’t gotten to yet. I do aim to get 2 books done a week, though my percentage is 92%. I’ve already started one August title this weekend and hope to do another by this weekend. Thanks for doing this! I’m in!

  5. I’m in. I try and get most of them read, but when you also work in a bookstore, you get so many good arcs it’s hard to keep up. Hoping this will help

  6. I’m joining in! I have reached my 80% but this event is motivating, and I have some older books I want to review and have felt guilty about for not reading them. I want to get to ZeroBacklog!

  7. I’m in. The trick is to completey stop requesting new books for a while and watch your ratio go up. I have been doing this for a month and it really works. Just stop looking at the new book listings. I know it’s difficult but you can do it.

    1. The #Reviewathon is very simple. Just commit to submitting reviews and participating in our social media activities during the 6 weeks.

      1. This is a terrific idea! I have only been a part of NetGalley for less than a year and have finally edged closer to the 80% mark (72%) by making a schedule. I think this nudge and tips from other readers will be helpful. The hardest thing at the start is understanding how it works. The isn’t a clear idea as to how and when approvals happen (or if they will) so its more tempting to request many galleys right at the start. Then all of a sudden you get approved for many at once and are overwhelmed. I have found some amazing books and new authors that I would never have known previously, so even with being a little below the mark, it has been a fun and worthwhile experience..

    1. No sign up needed! The #Reviewathon is very simple. Just commit to submitting reviews and participating in our social media activities during the 6 weeks.

  8. This sounds fun even though I already have a good ratio. My trick is to only request a book or two at a time, read it if/when I get approved, review and then request again. I’ve reviewed 77 books since I’ve joined and this has worked well with both being manageable and keeping the review ratio currently at 99%. It means sometimes there aren’t new books while I’m waiting to see if I’ve been approved but it’s ok, I have plenty of other books I’ve purchased to fill up my reading time too!

  9. So excited for this !! Would love to partcipate !! I can walk the dog and read at the same time, or learn to !

    1. The #Reviewathon is very simple. Just commit to submitting reviews and participating in our social media activities during the 6 weeks.

  10. Quick question: I’m assuming by TBR pile you mean the books on our NG shelf pending review. I’m also assuming that users with a sizeable TBR pile, for whom this challenge is for, must already be at a very high percentage to have had all these requests for books approved. So, users with lower percentage cannot really take part in the challenge because we don’t have books in our NG shelf, is that right? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    1. Anyone can participate! We hope all readers will feel inspired to review more books during these 6 weeks than they would have otherwise, thanks to the activities and support happening on social media during the #Reviewathon.

    1. No sign up needed! The #Reviewathon is very simple. Just commit to submitting reviews and participating in our social media activities during the 6 weeks.

  11. I’m in and trying my best but my tbr pile is huge 😁 any excuse to try to squeeze in more reading though 😆

    1. By my numbers it will take 16 more reviews to get from 76% to 80%–if I don’t request anything new.

  12. I am in! My ratio is horrible. I going to make this my midyear resolution to increase my netgalley reviews. Thanks for the great push to do it with a group of like minds.

  13. My ratio is just about 100% at all times, but over a dozen requests came in at the same time, so I’m playing catch up.

  14. Wish I could.but until October I am in 2 summer book clubs as well as my 3 regular ones. I plan to.read 2 or more NetGalley books a.month too, if I can. Then I will increase in the Fall again.

  15. I only have about 5 books on my TBR pile right now, which is as low as it’s ever been. I was up to 13 at one point.

  16. I have read 2 books, but haven’t reviewed them yet and I have 3 to be read. I’m glad for the push.

  17. Love the motivation! This probably defeats the purpose, but is there any way to leave reviews on the books we read but didn’t review in time?

  18. I’m new and thought my ratio was 100% because I haven’t missed a publication date and review everything I read; 3-4 a week. But obviously that’s not how it works. My ratio is 42% because of all my Aug 27 pub date books, which I’ll easily finish but YIKES! Time to stop requesting. NOOOO!!! I don’t want a gap between finishing these and getting my next ones. 🙁

  19. I would like to give this a try. I just started reading and reviewing on Net Galley so not so familiar with it but I will get there. Are we only reviewing books we request from Net Galley or all books we read? I have read and reviewed 119 books this year but just started with Net Galley.

  20. I am in!
    I am quite new to NetGalley & hadn’t realised that having books on my “shelf” waiting to be read was detrimental – I have reviewed every single book I have read so far & have 3 downloaded to read over the next few days (I quite often have a couple on the go at once, usually on different devices or perhaps a serious one & a lighthearted one) & all of those were downloaded this week …
    However I also have 5 more on my shelf that I haven’t started yet. I do tend to binge-read so am used to having 5 or 6 books at a time waiting to be read but I guess I need to slow down on requesting books here as it seems to be detrimental to requests more than 1 or 2 at a time …

  21. I try to request books I think I will like so my feedback ratio is usually around 90 – 93%. Dont have any books on my NG shelf waiting to be read. However there are 8 books older than 3 months and 4 of them have been there more than a year. I feel a bit guilty that I haven’t sent feedback to NetGalley. I’ve read them all and I liked most of them.. I’ve no idea why I didn’t submit feedback at the time. Perhaps the #reviewathon will encourage me to write and post (at leas) some brief reviews.

  22. I’d like to improve my ratio!
    I’ve been trying to limit my requests, to allow myself the chance to catch up a bit.

  23. I am so excited to start! Also, I am glad that I am not the only person with a backlog! There are so many books that I want to read and so little time 🙂

  24. I will definitely try to participate as much as I can. I’m working on trying to get myself out of a reading slump at the moment. I’m hoping I will get out of this slump soon.

  25. I love reading and reviewing and I have my 80% badge. That said, Harlequin never approves my requests. Any suggestions on how to improve my chances?

  26. love this idea since you guys have upped your game and seem to get more of the books I want to read and review , and every time I come to post a review I see something I want to read ,

  27. OMG…I thought I was in a small percentage of TBR pile overflowing and can’t resist the urge to request new books because they sound so AWESOME…I’m in. Sometimes the review bug is dormant for me…I read the book but to leave a review is just not there. Any tips I can get would be great. Sign me up!!

    1. No sign up needed! The #Reviewathon is very simple. Just commit to submitting reviews and participating in our social media activities until August 30th.

  28. I’ve made it my goal to work on my ratio, because it’s not where I want it to be. I don’t know if I’ll get much done during August, because I have some physical books I need to prioritize for review, but should be able to get a couple read.

    I’m new to NetGalley, and it bugs me that my ratio isn’t 80% or above. I requested too many books when I first joined, and have been trying not to for a little while now. However a couple new ones of interest appeared. Now my ratio is down to 38% instead of 56%, but at least it’s only 5/13 and not anything too bad.

    1. The #Reviewathon is very simple. Just commit to submitting reviews and participating in our social media activities until August 30th (and beyond!).

  29. I have been reviewing NetGalley books for a while now. I love it it incourages me to ead ,and has been a great tool to find new authors. My ratio was above 80 for quite sometime.
    Then the last 6 months I have had to be away and very seldom could get wifi or computer access. Such a bummer! I have continued to read but was not able to review.
    Hopefully this can help get my ratio back up.

  30. I’m in! I’m a lot late and a review or ten short but better late than never, right? I’m not real up on how to do Instagram posts, but I’m learning. I need to get my percentages up and this is as good a time as any to get to it. I’m revamping my website to me be more review intensive, so this challenge fits right in there.

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