I have never in my life before now been so overwhelmed.

The truth of the matter is that reading for much of my life never really came with a lot of requirements and responsibilities. With NetGalley and having opened an e-mail for others to submit book review requests to me, the number of books I’ve felt I need to read has increased exponentially.

I have a fairly busy life outside reading. Work asks for and takes a lot out of me on a fairly regular basis. As a result, I took an incredibly long break during which I accumulated over 500 e-mail review requests. And that’s not even getting into my very clear and obvious problem with requesting too many books on NetGalley.

This weekend I began the daunting task of working through reading and responding to all of those e-mails. I still haven’t managed to get through even a sizable chunk of them. And the truth is that it is immensely overwhelming to think of tackling such a large list of requests. What blows my mind, ultimately, is the large number of books I could potentially have the responsibility to read should I accept.

And I feel quite terrible for not having gotten to all of these e-mails sooner.

How are your review requests going? Do you ever feel overwhelmed?

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6 thoughts on “So Many Books! Too Many?

    1. It is! And thanks! I’m not super worried about burnout, but it’s always good to keep it in mind just in case since I know it can really sneak up on you.

  1. I don’t get review requests often, but unless I feel really excited about the book, I turn it down. I’d rather not have books I NEED to read. I have so many other books and my time is precious!

  2. I’m sorry you are so overwhelmed!! I mostly avoid NetGalley for that very reason, and luckily I only get a review request via email once every couple months. I hope you find some books you like!

  3. I hit a point recently where it felt like I had too much that I HAD to read. A big part of that was stuff going on outside of reading made it feel like I wasn’t going to have enough time to get it all done. There were other, smaller parts to it, but it felt overwhelming. I try to be conscious of not agreeing to read too many so that I still have room for other things or books I see and just really want to read that aren’t part of any obligation, but it is sometimes hard to find that balance.

  4. I have started to avoiding using NetGalley too much. It does help. But I’m not a huge blogger so I tend to get rejected more 😂

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