I now have THIRTEEN unread NetGalley ARCs…most of which have tumbled down onto my shelves in recent weeks.

Three of them came in 2018…but their release dates are in August (along with three others that arrived this year).

FOUR are releasing in June, so they will be up next.

After I read the August books, I’ll tackle the two releasing in September and one in October.  But I’ m sure there will be more!  I’m loving them, but I am also a little nervous about how they are showing up at unexpected times.

I used to get only books I requested.  I had some control that way.  But surprise offerings are delightful, too, and it feels good to be selected.  Yes, that’s what I feel when I first see a new one already approved in my inbox.  Sigh.

I enter each book on my review pages here, and then add the links once I’ve read and reviewed them.  I also have a trusty little notebook, but I have had to redo it when the new additions fill up the page.

If I had all of these books in a pile instead of on my Kindle, they might look like this…sort of:

That image reminds me of how my book stacks looked when I started this blog.  I had boxes of unread books when I moved (see below), and decided creating a blog to address the issue was a great idea.  All these years later, I don’t regret that action…since it worked.  But I keep adding to my TBR.  The books I receive for review now are mostly e-books.


How do you manage your unread books?  Do you curtail the number of review books that come your way?




  1. Being in the USA you are more in the firing line for review books. I do get some from NG via an email but if I decide I am not going to read it I don’t click on the link. Sounds like they just appear on your shelf – a little disconcerting. I am cutting down as I want to read some of the books off my shelves that I have bought at book fairs or well… you know actually bought. ( Yes two books yesterday!)

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    • Thanks for visiting, Hayley, I am also amazed to realize how quickly the ARCs stack up. I arrange them in order on my Kindle device, which helps me prioritize them.

      I might have to start passing on some of them!


    • Thanks for visiting, Mystica, I am concluding that, from now on, I need to let some of the e-mail approvals “go,” and not add the books to my Kindle. I feel a little stressed out with all the ARCs I have now.


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