Bookishfirst Turns Out To Be Kind of Fun

I won this book from Bookishfirst, Netgalley's sister site for readers. I'm thrilled to receive a real book as a win but I honestly wasn't expecting to win anything and, crap, now I have three weeks to get it read!! I don't know if I can handle the pressure. Patrick is unconcerned.

   

For those who don't know, Bookishfirst features excerpts of a handful of upcoming releases. They ask that you read any that tickles your fancy and write a review of the excerpt and then you'll get tossed into a lottery to win the actual book. If you win, you have three weeks to write the review (yikes, the stress!). You will get points for any excerpt you read and any reviews you submit and when you gather enough points you can choose a free book. I thought this was a very strange new thing (who the heck reviews excerpts? and why do they want reviews of them anyway?) but I'm curious and nosy and signed on to see what it was all about. At first I thought this was a weird way to go about gathering reviews and honestly would be a waste of time for myself who should be reading full books since my house is full of them but like I said I'm nosy so I tried it out. It was actually pretty simple. The excerpts were only a few chapters and the excerpt reviews are first impressions and simple to toss off. I've won twice now probably because this thing is so new. Perhaps I should've kept this secret to myself?! I love physical books so this new thing is pretty cool. If you like ebooks, however, I have only seen one up for offer so far. I'm guessing this service provides additional exposure and lots of buzz for the books in the program? I don't know but it's kind of fun though and I'll likely try another when I get through this one in three weeks.

Here's the latest round of books up for "excerpt review". All are paperbacks except the last.

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Off Limits by [Connelly, Clare]
Ebook


Have you tried out Bookishfirst?

Comments

  1. I've tried it but haven't gotten very far. I think it seems a lot like work. Congrats on your wins though!

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    1. It is a bit of work but I read the excerpt during my mini-break at work so it worked out but I just added more stress to my life but free book! lol, I guess I am a sucker for a freebie :) It's a nice trade sized book too.

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  2. Thanks for letting us know, I'll have to check it out. Are they affiliated with Netgalley?

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    1. You're very welcome. Yes, they are owned by Netgalley.

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  3. Oh this is new to me! I will have to check it out!

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    1. It's a little bit of work for a chance to win a free book but as it's new your chances are pretty good!

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  4. Three weeks to read and write a review? That is stressful. Good luck! :)

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  5. This looks like a fun program actually, and as someone who just wrote a very short novella review lol I might not mind giving my impressions of an excerpt. Plus hey free book chances. :)

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    1. Let me know what you think of the program if you end up giving it a try.

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  6. I think I got an email for this but thought it was a little odd and haven't looked into it further yet.

    But then this helps you keep it all to yourself and win more books so...lol

    For What It's Worth

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    1. Most of us on the Netgalley Group at GR thought it a strange idea too and it kind of is but, hey, free books :)

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  7. Patrick looks pretty chilled out! I don't think I'd fancy reviewing lots of excerpts...I struggle enough keeping up with free samples from Amazon! I have lots of them to read!

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