The Netgalley Book Tag

I love a book tag! I came across this on the Paperbacks and Planners blog 🙂 and couldn’t walk away without reading the awesome answers and trying this out.

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1. Auto-Approved | Who’s One Author Whose Books You Automatically Want to Read, regardless of What They Are About?

Chinua Achebe, any poetry book released by Button Poetry, Ava Richardson (love her Dragon series)

2. Request | What Makes You Want to Request a Book on NetGalley?

I love reading the descriptions, so if the blurb somehow gets me interested then I’ll definitely request it.

If it’s also by a Writer whose work I previously read and enjoyed.

3. Feedback Ratio | Do You Review Every Book You Read? If Not, How Do You Decide What Books to Review?

I really try to share my views.

4. Badges | If You Could Create One Badge to Display on Your Blog, What Would It Be for?

I’d love an emoji badge! You know something that kinda shares how I feel about a book, like a shocked face for how many books I managed to read in a month, or a smiling face emoji with sunglasses just cause I managed to review all the books I requested in a month.

5. Wish for It | What’s One Book That You Are Absolutely Dying to Read?

I haven’t come across one yet.

6. 2019 NetGalley Challenge | What Was the Last Book That You Received as an ARC That You Reviewed? If You’ve Never Received One, What’s the Last Book You Reviewed?

I received an arc of this towards the end of December and read it in one sitting! Loved it as well!

Reading Why Writing Matters by Nicholas Delbanco

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About this book

In this new contribution to Yale University Press’s Why X Matters series, a distinguished writer and scholar tackles central questions of the discipline of writing. Drawing on his own experience with mentors such as John Updike, John Gardner, and James Baldwin, and in turn having taught such rising stars as Jesmyn Ward, Delbanco looks in particular at questions of influence and the contradictory, simultaneous impulses toward imitation and originality. Part memoir, part literary history, and part analysis, this unique text will resonate with students, writers, writing teachers, and bibliophiles.

My take on it:

I truly want to hate this book, not because it is not insightful but because as as Writer and Reader, I’ve finally read a book that the author focuses not only on the craft of writing but shares personal insights of how he was inspired and mentored by other writers.

Nine chapters and each one builds upon most the questions and clarifications that writers seek- I’m all the way in Kenya and could relate to this book, that’s how much of an impact it had on me.

In Chapter 2, on Imitation he remarks:

“Try to have a conversation using no word you’ve used before.”

I started reading it as a potential reviewer then took a step back and went back to the beginning to read it as a Writer and can I say that chapter 2 on Imitation was such a gem! Thanks Netgalley for the eARC. I see this is a must read and it could be well added to any writing program- more so because of the author’s insights on the focus of workshops.

Verdict: heartheartheartheartheart


About the Author

Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. The author of some thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, he lives in New York City and Cape Cod.

Titles I look forward to reading

I love getting new books and not just hard copies but now more than ever I find myself logging into Netgalley and going straight to “Read Now” to see which titles I can add to my elibrary.

This year, I promised myself that I would not set a target number of books to read. I read 200 last year- and somewhere along the way, found that I read more than I updated, simply because I read various works. Some just for entertainment, some are so absorbing that I can’t get them out of my head, others I read and take notes on what to improve on in my own writing- so I am really trying not to set a Goodreads Challenge.

I don’t know how long I’ll resist!

So, here are the titles that I have to read before stacking up the shelves: