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Sunday post #37 The Emergence of an International Bloggers Community!

It’s Sunday again! Another week has blasted by, and I’m quite tired of writing I’m still not okay on my Sunday post. Christmas is coming up fast, and I’ll be pretty bummed out if I can’t  eat any holiday foods cause I’m still not okay. Grr… I hope I get better soon! Meanwhile, this week has been all about:

  • the NetGalley thing (you’ve all heard about it by now…)
  • running around here and there with errands (it’s nearly Christmas, after all)
  • gift shopping finally done!
  • too tired and wrought out to work properly, unfortunately
  • but! Something really positive has happened. The “NetGalley thing” led to forming an international bloggers chat community, there are already 50+ and if you’re international and want to join, say so in the comments and I’ll tell you how!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

We had an emergency post for The NetGalley thing, and it encourages internationals not to give up! If you haven’t read this post yet, or shared it with your international blogger buddies, this is your chance. The rest of the week went as promised – a warm wintry list of books to go with cocoa and a discussion about how book bloggers sometimes get harrassed about when they’re going to “grow up and become real writers”:

international book blogger  books to go with cocoa and a warm blanket
blogging is not a stepping stone

~ Coming Up Next Week~

I’ve also got a couple of interesting things up my sleeve for next week! First of all, I’ll have a buddy read review with Trang @ Bookidote, then the important review of All Day I promised last week, but had to move due to the NetGalley crisis, and specifically for the holidays, I’ve decided to give you a boost of positivity and talk about how we should all be positive about our blogs and book blogging in general!

all the light we cannot see  all day
be positive about your book blog this year

~ Little Book Haul ~

Well, not as little a haul as last week, but at least it’s not ten, right?

The Lightning Stenography Device We Care For You Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith The Sunday Lunch Club

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Austine @ Novelknight talks about how multiple social media pages can be a struggle

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about the feeling of ARC insecurity. Have you ever felt that?

Cam @ Camillea Reads talks about how DNFing might actually be good for you

Lauren @ Northern Plunder talks about how you can organize your Goodreads shelves to make your bookworm life easier

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.

75 thoughts on “Sunday post #37 The Emergence of an International Bloggers Community!

  1. Already getting positive vibes from the ‘be positive about your book blog post’ you’ve got scheduled for this week!

  2. That’s such a fun dea for the chat group for international bloggers! It’s definitely so positive for us international bloggers to motivate each other as we’re all in this together 🙂
    My week has been pretty low on reading on reading, because as you said… the holiday preparations are exhausting. But fun. But also kind of exhausting 🙂
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  3. Oh sorry to hear you’re not feeling good. I hope you’re getting better soon, before Christmas.
    I know how frustrated you are right now. Last Christmas I was sick pretty much the whole week during Christmas. The Blog was my happy place and the one that made me kinda happy at that moment.

    I’m still not done with Christmas shopping, which is exhausting. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a wonderful reading week, my friend.

    Anyway, oh i’ve read about the netgalley thing. I’ve rarely requested ARCs these past 6 months. Oh, they’re like a burden and i’m a mood reader, so.. I buy most of the books I read so I don’t depend on it. I request my books sometimes via blog tours if they’re from the authors I love or from the authors directly when they promote their new releases. I actually don’t really read new releases, so I prefer buy ebook kindle (cheaper), especially the freebies and sales. As long as they’re not higher than $4 per book.
    I’m sorry to hear that it’s affected many bloggers. I think Blog tours might be the best solution.

    Sorry for the loooong post.

    1. Oh, please write long comments whenever you want! I really enjoy them 🙂

      I see you are keeping my Kindle strategy with the prices 😀 it’s good you are a romance reader – somehow romance books have really good prices, I’ve noticed! At least more some than something like sci-fi. But it’s really admirable that you don’t read too many ARCs, I am impressed 🙂

  4. Sorry you are still not feeling well. I hope this week is a better one for you. I read a few of your posts but wasn’t able to comment. I can’t tell you how many times people ask me about writing a book. I don’t want to write one!!! I just like to read! 🙂

    I hope you have a great week, Avalinah! Happy Reading! ox
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  5. I only hauled 1 book this week. I am a bit ahead of reading my ARCs, so I think I will throw in a backlist ARC to get my numbers up for #ARCsAnonymous.
    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. You are saving yourself so many calories though. All holiday foods are so full of fat. I am getting fatter and fatter just going to work everyday. There is always food about at work and I have no self-control when it comes to food.
    I hope you have a great week. I am looking forward to your blogging positive post this week.
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    1. You are ahead! Wow, I am so proud of you 🙂 impressive!
      I mean, the thing is, I WANT all those calories. I was borderline underweight before, now? I’m legitimately underweight. I stepped on the scale today and got scared. You don’t want to know. Thankfully, it seems I can finally eat more, so maybe I can gain a little and turn back into a person out of the skeleton that I am right now :/

  6. Looks like a wonderful tiny book haul (it’s smaller than mine at least…You’re welcome!) The whole Netgalley thing upsets me on behalf of international bloggers without loopholes like myself (although I’m preparing to not be international at all here very shortly as well). I just don’t understand why Netgalley would make that particular change. Hopefully there is a positive resolution for you guys.

    Hope you have a wonderful week.
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    1. Haha lol, I’ve just noticed that the way we talk about book hauls, regular women talk about waist sizes, basically 😀 that’s quite funny..

      I think they did it for legal reasons, or just to please publishers, because Edelweiss seems to not be doing anything like this… well, you know. Just life as usual 😀

  7. Oh, I hope you feel better in time for the holidays! I am impressed by your efforts to bring together the international bloggers.

    Your book haul looks tempting, especially The Sunday Lunch Club.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and try to relax!
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  8. Well done for organising the International Bloggers into an online chat space – I hope Netgalley reconsiders about leaving European readers so stranded – it’s so unfair! In the meantime, I hope you manage to find some moments during the coming week when you can put up your feet and have some time to yourself:)

    1. Thank you! And thanks for being a part of it 🙂 BTW, you might be able to get an Ewan Pendle review copy too – in the #arcs channel, I wrote about an ARC of The Girl in Blue (don’t remember the exact name), but it’s the same author and his email is there in the channel. He’s still looking for reviewers 🙂

    1. Wonderful, I was actually going to ask you 🙂 where should I write you? We would love to have you. I think I have your Twitter, I’ll try to locate you and write you a DM with all the details.

  9. Yay for getting international bloggers together! I’m glad something good could come from ‘the netgalley incident’!! Loved the post about blogging and writing. I have no desire to EVER write a book. Ever. I blog because I like talking about books, not because I want to write one!
    Have a wonderful week and a very merry Christmas!
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  10. Nice about the international blogger coming together- how awesome! Glad somethnig good came out of that. And hope you’re feeling better soon! Ack can’t believe how close Christmas is…
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  11. Although I am not a International blogger myself, I am SUPER bummed about the Netgalley situation. I have a ton of International book blogging buddies this has affected & tbh it just plain SUCKS! & feels like a slap in the face to those putting in the time & passion to read, review, and promote books just cause they love books. I am so glad to hear a group has been formed & growing in #’s, I’m certain more will find their way to this group. Also really looking forward to your positivity post, thank you for sharing & happy reading! 🙂

    1. Thanks for being on our side and understanding us, Lilly 🙂 BTW, do tell your international buddies that there’s a community they can join! If anyone wants to join our chat channel, just give them some kind of contact of mine (Twitter, for example) and I’ll get them set up 🙂 it helps to be in a community with people who are the same and get the same problems, it’s just so much easier that way 🙂

      And thanks!! <3

  12. Love that there is now a strong group of International Bloggers coming together out of this Netgally mess! I’ve followed your tweets and posts on the topic and it really shed light on why this is such a big issue 🙂 Guess I never really thought about it too closely before because I haven’t been interested in ARC’s 🙂

    Hope you feel better in time to enjoy some holiday feasting (or at least cocoa!) And can’t wait to check-out your post on being positive over blogging. It’s easy to get down some weeks and I’ve felt like a bad blogger for not devoting as much time to my site with the holidays. Gott keep positive! 🙂
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  13. Sorry to hear that you are still not feeling well. I have seen a bit about the NetGalley thing concerning international bloggers. I am glad to hear that you have found the positive in it. All of your new books are completely new to me so I will look for your review. Have a great week!
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  14. Sorry to hear you’re still not feeling well, Evelina! I hope you feel better soon! 🙂

    I didn’t know about Netgalley getting more difficult for international bloggers. That’s a bummer! I get 90% of my ARCs from them, but I have hardly any luck with Edelweiss. I’m glad to hear you have more success with them, and I hope the situation with Netgalley improves for you. I don’t get hardly any print ARCs at all either.
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    1. I’ve started feeling better several days ago, thankfully 🙂
      It’s not as bad about NetGalley as we initially thought, so that’s good. And it did lead towards forming an internationals community, so that is wonderful! 🙂

    1. The changes haven’t really been that big, as we found out in the end – but that’s part of the problem – they didn’t inform us! It’s alright though, everything isn’t as bad as it looks 🙂

  15. I really hope you start feeling better soon and can enjoy the holidays. I just think the Netgalley thing is awful. Blogging really has no borders and I think people all over can promote books. I’ve been encouraged to purchase/pick up a book numerous times by international bloggers. Trust me, I live in what might be considered a hole in the wall state so I’m always amazed at how many countries visit my blog.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
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    1. A hole in the wall state? 🙂
      Anyway, thank you. Yeah, it’s exactly that – the laws and the publishing industry need to just catch up to the 21st century, I think. Maybe in time, they will 🙂

  16. I can’t wait to read your emergency NetGalley post (this is what happens when I have to catch up on all the posts I’ve missed over the last few weeks!)– but I’m sorry the whole thing happened in the first place. It’s horrible and unjust. Have you heard anything from NetGalley about this? Do you play on boycotting or anything else? I’d love to see a future post which updates the world on how the international book blogger group is going. I’m (obviously) not involved but I want to help out in any way I can. You are my people. <3
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    1. That’s alright, it all came out very positively 🙂 now that we have the internationals community, we finally feel like we belong somewhere. It’s a huge difference.

      Nope, NetGalley just blatantly ignored the whole thing. Not a beep from them, to any of the tweets or questions ANYBODY posed. Just about the worst way to deal with a situation, from the PR point of view. Ouch!

      But I guess I don’t care too much. It’s still possible to request, and in the end, it depends on the publisher whether they’d be willing to give us a book or not. Now that we have our community, we feel so much better about this, you could say we don’t hold any grudge against NetGalley anymore.

  17. I’m glad that you found a place in the book blogging world which holds a community for you. Or, well, made one, actually. Which is EVEN cooler. I’m just sad that you had to go through this. But it’s good you guys feel better about it; that you don’t hold a grudge. I might have already asked you– but how are you planning on working with NetGalley going forward?

    NetGalley’s PR team obviously doesn’t care about their interaction with the bloggers, only the publishers. And, as you pointed out in your NetGalley/Edelweiss Profile post, the publishers and the publicists are a bit too busy to perhaps care sometimes. Shame. It’s got to be a super tough industry!
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    1. Well, not working with NetGalley would be closer to punishing myself rather than them 😀 cause they don’t care. And that would be stupid xD so of course I’ll be working with NetGalley.

      Yeah, in contrast, the Edelweiss people are so nice – would you believe they personally emailed Lucy to thank her for the guide she did and tell her they fixed one bug she pointed out? Take that, NetGalley. Seriously.

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