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Sunday post #36 Can You Believe I Requested Nothing?? :O

I start with more important matters. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS OUTRAGE?? NetGalley has cut international reviewers out of the loop. We were never good enough for print ARCs, but now we don’t deserve even eARCs anymore. Read more here.

Another week has flown by, and I am happy to say, this one has finally been less stressful than the past couple have been! My week in a nutshell:

  • finally rid of the fever!
  • work is still busy, but I think we’ll be doing better now that I’m not sick anymore
  • I have no evening class to teach this week!
  • a client gave us free concert tickets xD
  • I didn’t request any books!! How often does that even happen??
  • I won a giveaway! Thank you, Nicole <3 (and Rafflecopter xD)

So the week has been fine, apart from me not actually doing any proper reading cause the only times that I could do it was literally between 0-3 AM. Of course…

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week we had two reviews and one discussion. Happiness is a memoir of actual events – a mother with a dangerously ill infant, trying to save her life (and succeeding). This is the story of the journey. It was uplifting, but not for the feint of heart. Then, I also reviewed The Girl in the Tower, which was beautiful and stronger than The Bear and the Nightingale in so many ways. Strong female characters win! And last but not least, we have the discussion about how I’m afraid I’ll never find such good and epic books as I’ve already read. Come share your opinion with me!

  The Girl in the Tower
Discussion: Fear Of Reading All The Good Books

~ Coming Up Next Week~

As you can see, so far I’m sticking with my new plan of review-list-discussion. Hope you’ll enjoy it! I will be posting a review of All Day that I’ve been promising since forever ago. If you’ve read The Hate U Give or Dear Martin, you should read this review. Then, I will post a list of books to go with cocoa and a warm blanket – for pleasant and engaging reading when you need something warm, encouraging and sweet. And also, I will be posting a very relevant discussion! For all those book bloggers who get tired of being told they should just write a book. And also about how we should respect our own identity as bloggers and how that’s an identity that’s complete on it’s own! So I hope you will enjoy.

all day  books to go with cocoa and a warm blanket
blogging is not a stepping stone

~ Little Book Haul ~

This time the haul is actually little!!! Would you believe I only hauled two books, and even that happened in two weeks rather than one? I know! I’m pleasantly surprised myself. Anyway, have you read those?

The Gadfly (The Gadfly #1) Myth

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Terri @ Second Run Reviews talks about how the books she reads reflect who she wants to be

Cam @ Camillea Reads talks about how it’s important to learn to actually read… less

Trang @ Bookidote shares why she loves villains in books so much

Cam @ Camillea Reads shares that buying [print] books is actually a privilege, and not many Westerners realize it

Briana @ Pages Unbound writes about how we should stop stressing about how many books we’ve read this year

So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?

As usual, I’m linking up with the Sunday post meme at Kimba’s book blog and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews.

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

76 thoughts on “Sunday post #36 Can You Believe I Requested Nothing?? :O

  1. Oh my god you were sick?! I’m so glad you’re better now.

    I only have won one giveaway once in my life so far. And to be honest, I think this would most likely be the only time I’ll ever win a giveaway XD. What concert are you going to?

    Have a great week!

    1. Yeah, I’ve been pretty sick for the past two weeks. Lost a lot of weight :/ problems with eating. Remember I told you I was going to have to teach a class while having a fever xD (that went alright, though.)
      The concert is just a random Broadway/Christmas song concert, I don’t really know 😀 I guess I can tell you more when I come back! 🙂
      You have a great week too 🙂

    1. Oh, nothing special, nobody ever comes to my country 🙂 but it’s probably going to be cool – something to do with Christmas musicals. Just Broadway songs with an orchestra, I guess. Nothing I would buy a ticket myself to, but as a free one, sure – why not. And I did want to go somewhere for the Christmas season 🙂

  2. Glad you are feeling better, and I hope the concert is great. I love live shows. It’s been a long time since I went to one, because I always went with my daughter and she’s 8 hours away now. Hope things slow down a little for you, though sometimes busy is good.
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    1. Thank you 🙂 yeah, I’d love a slow Christmas! Who knows 🙂 maybe it will settle down for a while. January should be calmer in my job, at least. Usually the big stuff happens before the end of December.

  3. Good to hear you’re feeling better Evelina. Also, enjoy your free concert tickets. 🙂

    I’ve heard about Netgalley and Goodreads a few weeks ago (now I understand why Netgalley UK was created a couple of months ago) and once again international readers are being treated as second rated readers -we have none of the perks that other readers have and yet spend lots of money to get printed books. I don’t think the people who are in charge of these websites will ever realize how much international readers help to promote a book in their own country.

    Happy readings & Wishes of a great week.
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret
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    1. Yeah, I really think they don’t get how the internet works, or that I buy my books in America. Sucks for NetGalley though, imagine the readership they’re losing. Imagine their morning tomorrow! They’ll wake up to that shitstorm on Twitter 😀 well, serves them right… I am still fuming. And sad. But tomorrow I’m posting an emergency post about what we can do and what our other options are as internationals. Stay tuned 🙂

  4. Yay, your fever is gone! Mine is gone aswell, I still have a terrible cough, but tommorrow I will go to the doctor, because I have it for two weeks now and nothing helps. Pfff. Hate it.

    I hope you have a wonderful week.
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    1. It seems like everyone is sick! I guess the start of winter will do that to you 🙂 I hope the doctor can help, cough is pretty bad mostly because it’s so hard to sleep. I hope you get better soon too!

  5. Freeeeeee stufff!!!! 😀 That has to be pretty awesome! The whole international thing regarding Goodreads and Netgalley sounds awful though… I heard about the Goodreads one, but making it harder on Netgalllleey???? I don’t know how that helps anyone. I mean.. it’s just an electronic copy of a book. It can’t possibly cost much to make it more accessible. Hope it doesn’t however cut you off from reading awesome books though. 😉 Have a nice Sunday, Evelina. 🙂

    1. I guess there’s always Edelweiss… But yeah, just another day to find out that the US is the only country in the world. Nobody else matters -.- ugh. Ruined my mood today for sure!
      I’m posting a post tomorrow about other options for internationals. I wonder if you guys will be affected? Canada is not exactly US, although I guess it gets lumped into the same thing a lot, when it comes to ARCs.
      Thanks Lashaan 🙂

      1. I honestly have no clue if we’re affected indeed… I’d assume they’d do exactly that and consider us as part of the US. Although there’s A LOT of giveaways out there that is USA only, and what’s usually worse for me and my coblogger is the whole “giveaway for Canada, excluding the province of Quebec”… Apparently we have a law that makes it complicated for giveaways to happen and be sent our way so they usually exclude us in their terms. I do hope however that this issue gets attention and opens up for international readers. It’s too embarrassing to think that they’d exclude anyone out of the States when it comes to reading. Doesn’t sound like societal progress to me….

        1. I think you guys are like in the middle… Like, still much better off than me are (cause you keep getting all those paper ARCs that I see on your blog), but of course you miss out on some giveaways that are US only. I’d take it any day though xD but I guess it isn’t so bad where I’m at! Some people from my new international group of bloggers? THE KINDLE APP IS NOT SUPPORTED IN THEIR COUNTRIES. Now that… That is mean and sad 🙁 some of them literally can only pirate their books – there’s no other way. Nothing ships. No kindle app. No nothing. It just makes me sad!

  6. I’m glad you are feeling better! It sucks being sick, and how awesome you got free concert tickets! I hope it’s to somebody you’ll enjoy (although live music is always fun, no matter who it is). Happy reading!

  7. Sorry you weren’t feeling well but glad to hear you are doing better. Lately I am not a fan of how Netgalley is handling reviews and links. plus it seem impossible again to get accepted for books. It’s like they put the books up but never hit approve. I only have one book left on my Netgalley shelf and I might just call it quits with them. I didn’t hear about the change to international, that is a dumb move.

    I hope this week is awesome for you! Happy Reading! ox

    1. Really? I haven’t been requesting lately, so I guess I haven’t noticed. That’s sad 🙁 tomorrow I’ll be posting a post about what other options we have, besides NetGalley. But I believe they will lose readership. Quite a bit of it. It’s a big PR nightmare for them right now, probably.

      And thanks!

  8. So THAT’S why I’m suddenly finding I’m having to WISH for so many books! I’m now signed up to the Brit version of Netgalley and you’re right – there are a lot of books I click onto where I’m being asked to WISH for them. And a whole bunch more that simply don’t come up AT ALL. You probably think I’m really thick – but I didn’t put the two together… And if it’s like that here where there is a reasonably large and flourishing publishing industry, even if it cannot compare with the likes of the USA – I can only imagine how limiting you’ll find it:(.
    In the meantime, have a wonderful time at the concert and a great reading week:)

    1. I think it’s been active for only a week.. I didn’t even know either! Because I’ve been avoiding NetGalley all this time 😀
      So dumb of them to just flat out do this and not talk about it though. Ugh.
      I mean, I don’t even HAVE a NetGalley for my country. It just doesn’t exist, and it will NEVER exist. My country effectively doesn’t exist to America.
      So yeah, this makes me pretty sad :/

      1. So sorry to hear of your difficulties – crass ignorance regarding the situation in Europe and so typically modern US attitudes (the government and big corporations, NOT the lovely folks we meet up here, I hasten to add…). I completely understand:(

        1. Yep, it’s the lovely folks we meet up here that make it all better 🙂 thankfully! Well, to be honest, there has been a positive outcome too – we have formed an international blogger community now, because of all this. And it’s pretty cool 🙂 it’s nice to finally belong!

    1. I kicked the fever, but I’m still getting up from it… I really hope I can be better by the time it’s Christmas 🙂
      Really, you never got print copies? Didn’t know that. Most Americans seem to be drowning in them somehow xD
      I think eARCs are not a problem to send, they’re a problem legally sometimes though. Like selling rights, etc… God knows their legal stuff. Might be complicated. And yet, it’s annoying… It needs to catch up with globalization and the 21st century.

    1. That’s alright, we still have Edelweiss 🙂 and the NetGalley thing probably seemed a lot worse than it really is (mostly because they didn’t bother explaining). But we have weathered the change, I guess, and it led to something really positive – a growing and super fun blogging internationals group that we have formed 🙂

  9. I am glad that you are feeling better now. I hope that NetGalley gets something situated for all the international blogger and soon. I didn’t know about any of this until today, but I think it is awful. I hope you have a great week. 🙂

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    1. Oh no, it’s definitely NG’s choice, because Edelweiss doesn’t have this issue. After all, the publisher replies with granting or denying the request, so they do choose in the end. And on Edelweiss, you can request absolutely anything. Meanwhile, NetGalley just sort of labels us. Oh well, but it is how it is!
      I believe they still have the choice to choose to give their books to us, but who knows. I guess we’ll see how it is as time passes. Either way, I know this has led to us forming an awesome international readers’ group that I am very happy with, so it’s a positive change either way 🙂

  10. I had not heard that about Netgalley! Sorry to hear that they are making that change. Boo to them 🙁

    Congrats on the concert tickets though! And the giveaway win. 🙂

    Looking forward to your upcoming discussion posts!
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  11. Sorry to hear that you have been feeling sick but glad to hear that you are on the mend. Yay for concert tickets and small book hauls! Wasn’t The Girl in the Tower an amazing book?!?! I just loved it! I do wonder if anything will change in regards to the NetGalley issue. I hope so!
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    1. I’m still on the mend, heheh 😀 but I’m hoping for the best… Holidays are coming up anyway! Need to have a healthy stomach for that, right? 🙂
      The Girl in the Tower was an AMAZING book 🙂 I love it.
      I think the NetGalley issue isn’t as bad as we thought it would be, so basically just a big scare, although it’s really neglecting of them not to talk to us about it or inform us, but what are you gonna do 🙂

  12. I’m glad your week was less stressful! I’m looking forward to a quieter week…hopefully in a week or two 😉 [[though I am excited I don’t have any more 8 AM classes to teach!]]
    You always have the coolest discussion post ideas! I’m looking forward to reading what books you think go best with a warm blanket and coco 🙂
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    1. A week later, I am still hoping for a slower week 😀 but holidays are not far away. At least a few more days off, right 🙂
      And thanks! I love writing discussions, I just hope I don’t run out of those ideas 😀

  13. Yay for free tickets and winning the giveaway. So happy for you. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week. Sorry about netgalley though. I’ve been rarely there these past few months. I get books from authors or publishers or buy them myself.

    1. Thanks 🙂 we don’t really get books from publishers straight when we’re international though xD just kind of… Doesn’t happen. So we rely on NetGalley. But I guess we still have Edelweiss 🙂

  14. That’s too bad about NetGalley, hopefully they will realize what a mistake they are making. I don’t know much about NetGalley, but their decision is just wrong. Glad to hear you got over your fever, the free concert ticket hopefully made up for it. Enjoy your reads this week.
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    1. I think their decision supports publishers rather than reviewers, because it’s the publishers who pay the money in the end, and the client is always right. So I can understand that… but of course, it still sucks. Meh! Well, what can you do 🙂

  15. No one has ever told me that I ” should just write a book” ! 🙂 But I did schedule a discussion about how some articles in the internet that say that “Bloggers are not really writers??” Come again??? SAY WHAAAAAT???? I think some issues in this discussions may overlap, so, looking forward to that discussion post!

    Glad to hear you are not sick anymore, and giveaway, and free concert!! YAY!

    Since you mentioned this thing with NetGalley cutting international reviewers out of the loop I’ve made my goal to learn more about this issue because it is disturbing! So I’m off to read Silvia’s post now!.
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        1. Lol I totally think you should write a book 🙂
          Yes, I think they might mean it as a compliment. But it’s kind of like one of those “so when are you two getting married?” kind of compliments xD haha

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