So, I am massively new to Edelweiss.
I made an account a month or so ago and near immediately gave up on it because it just seemed like such a task to navigate—for those of you out there wondering what changed my mind, nothing did…it’s still a task—but, after waiting around with my NetGalley account to get approved for titles that I really wanted and not the random ones that just seemed good enough to put effort into reading, I went on a little search.
Ironically, this search was really just to find out what other people had experienced as far as wait times are concerned because truth be told, I was dying to have these books and I just wasn’t hearing anything back. As a quick aside, though, before I get to the real purpose behind this post I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more likely to get approved for Middlegrade (my go to when I’m bored) books than Young Adult (the real dream). I’m not sure why this is, but I have a feeling it might have something to do with demand. But it’s cool, cause I enjoy giving feedback.
Anyway, moving on. When I did my search, instead of finding a bunch of different accounts for how long one has to wait to have a review request approved on NetGalley, I found numerous comparison blog posts between Edelweiss and NetGalley. And it was like, yeah, these people have a point. There are a lot more exciting options on Edelweiss. But I didn’t really have anything established there, I didn’t have the slightest desire to deal with the mess of their interface—which is frankly a lot worse when you access it from an iPad, which I do since that’s my primary device now that my laptop is five years old—and I was rather anxious about their requesting process.
But fortunately one of these comparison posts (drop in if you’re interested!) made me feel a little bit better about the whole thing and so I went ahead and gave it a shot. I set up my profile, left completely blank the last time I’d visited primarily because I hadn’t realized Edelweiss had one, and I requested a single book. Naturally, I wasn’t going to make the same mistake I had with NetGalley that first time two years ago.
Cue the waiting game, me anxiously dying more than I had over any NetGalley book I’d ever requested because this was one I’d actually been desperate to have for months. And a day passed. Then another day passed. Then another. By day four I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be getting the book because I’d never had any real experience with the site before. So…I took someo of my reviews for ARCs I’d gotten on NetGalley and posted them to Edelweiss, kind of something to give whomever would be looking at my profile an idea of what I write for reviews—though I suppose they could have always checked out my blog—and this morning, just around lunchtime, I got the email.
This is perhaps the first e-ARC that I am over the moon excited about. I’ve been reading it ever since I downloaded it and thus far it’s as wonderful as I always imagined. Keep a look out for a review of Sherwood by Meagan Spooner because it’ll likely be coming very soon! I am a mess of excitement and happiness right now, it’s hard to even describe. I hope you’ve all been having a lovely week! Happy reading, everyone!