Believe me, I appreciate NetGalley. Getting books for free is a wonderful gift for readers, and I'm well aware of that. While there are cycles when the books don't really appeal to me after I begin reading, there are cycles when I have an excess of good books and hate deciding which to start next.
Sometimes I discover new-to-me authors that I enjoy and can order other books they've written with more confidence. This is especially nice if the author is prolific--lots of good reading in the offing.
Sometimes a debut novel introduces an author that just nails it from that first effort, and I know I'll be following that author, waiting for his or her next effort. But this can be frustrating if it is a series, because I hate waiting for the next installment.
Another frustration occurs when I have to schedule a book review up to six months or more away. If I really like the book, I want to talk about it NOW. And this has just happened with two books:
The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley is an excellent fantasy novel. Great characters, well-written, and engrossing, but it won't be published until next May.
I will have to schedule the review for April.
Just received an email from Brian Staveley and the book will be released Jan. 14, rather than in May. :)
Bred in the Bone by Christoper Brookmyre is part of a series (so I can go back and pick up two earlier books and/or some of his other novels). A complex police procedural set in Glasgow, Bred in the Bone kept me completely involved. Another May release.