Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – NetGalley Rejections That Hurt My Ego

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

So I mixed up the prompts and did this week’s prompt last week, and last week’s prompt was too similar to a Friday Favorites post that I did recently, so I was kind of in a fix for this week’s TTT. Instead, I decided to revisit a previous prompt and talk about the 10 most disappointing denials I’ve gotten on NetGalley recently. This is one that I can always talk about because I’m the worst about enforcing a NetGalley requesting ban. Here’s the recent rejections that hurt me the most:

  1. Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros — can I just get approved for a single one of his books? Seriously? I get declined for every single one.
  2. To Have and To Heist by Sara Desai — I love her books, and was incredibly disappointed not to get this one.
  3. Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena — her mystery/thrillers are fantastic, and it was like a punch in the teeth to get denied.
  4. The Whispers by Ashley Audrain — I was overjoyed to see this on NG, and ready to cry when I got denied.
  5. The Only Survivors by Megan Miranda — I requested this right after finishing a different book by the same author, and was so hoping to get this. Alas, I did not.
  6. Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon — as a lover of RLS books, I was so prepared to get approved for this. My heart sank when I didn’t.
  7. The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren — for the love of all that’s holy, why can’t I ever get approved for a CL book?
  8. Margo Zimmerman Gets the Girl by Sara Waxelbaum and Brianna R. Shrum — NG ruined my whole day by denying me this book.
  9. Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler — this one sounded like such a fun read, and I was miserable to hear that I wasn’t going to access an ARC.
  10. Happy Place by Emily Henry — another author I can’t get an ARC for no matter what I do. Are they expecting me to offer up a kidney? 

What are some of your more recent NG rejections that hurt the most?

35 replies »

  1. Sorry for the denials. I get denied by Berkley every single time, it’s a real bummer. For some reason I keep torturing myself and requesting from them. I got People we Meet on Vacation but not Happy Place. Good figure.

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    • That’s how it is with Edelweiss for me – I’ve never gotten approved for anything. but I get approved for more than I get rejected, so I can’t really complain. I’m really excited for Wrath Becomes Her. Aden Polydoros is a fantastic writer.


    • It seems like everyone has! I wonder who actually has gotten approved for Happy Place. I’ll eventually get my hands on a copy through the library once it isn’t in super high demand and on a 6 month wait list.

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    • Mine has been in the mid 90s for months, so I have no idea why they denied me! I’m a model NetGalley member! *cries* I’ve yet to see anyone say they have gotten approved for it!


  2. I’ve always loved doing this post!! True Love and Happy Place were both declines for me and it HURT! I was approved for Henry’s first two and now that she’s blown up, I get declined. haha

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