Book hauls, Sunday post

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.

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Trish @ Between My Lines

Yay for free concert tickets, winning a giveaway and banishing the bug! And I can’t wait for your post about writing a book! I’m always being asked that and I’m happy just blogging. Just because I’m a good reader, doesn’t make me a good writer!

3 years ago

Glad you are feeling a bit better. Next weeks discussion sounds interesting – looking forward to it.

Anne Clarence @ The Reading Life

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!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m glad your fever has finally left your body, Evelina! And YAY for free concert tickets – who are you going to see live?
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I bet they will figure something out with NetGallery. I’m sorry that this new rule is impacting you so badly.

3 years ago

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.

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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 &… Read more »

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

I can’t wait to read it. Hopefully there’s something we can do to show them how much they will be losing.

3 years ago

Thanks for mentioning the Net Galley and Goodreads issues. Got me thinking if I want to continue to include memberships with them.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

He gave me medicine for my cough, but I can’t even take it because it makes you all drowsy. lol. So, not taking that! 🙂

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

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. 🙂

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

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… Read more »

Tracy @ Cornerfolds
3 years ago

I didn’t know that about Netgalley! How awful! Myth looks really interesting! I hope you love your new reads. Have a great week 😀

Natalie @Natflix&Books

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!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

So glad you are feeling better…and those discussion posts look good. Thanks for sharing…and have a great week! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Michelle @Because Reading

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

3 years ago

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… Read more »

3 years ago

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:(

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Happy to hear you kicked that fever! And it’s crazy about Netgalley. I’m US and never got print copies but I dd get eBooks. Makes you wonder what they’re thinking. eBooks are international. It’s not like a file can’t be sent anywhere?

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I’ve been so sorry to hear about the whole NetGalley thing. You international bloggers always seem to get the short end of the stick. Really sad.

Jenea's Book Obsession
Jenea's Book Obsession
3 years ago

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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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I didn’t realize it was NG’s choice. For some reason, I assumed it had to do with publisher’s rights. I often cannot get books published out of the US for this reason. I imagine we will see an uptick in author advanced readers groups particularly for Indie authors who depended on NG.

3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

Glad you are feeling better. Thanks for educating me about the Netgalley issue. I had no idea. But, Yay for concert tickets and winning a giveaway!
I hope you have a better week!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

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!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Sorry about the NetGalley thing. I’ve never used that site or requested an ARC from a publisher, but I know that a lot of people are upset about it. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Have a great week!

3 years ago

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 🙂

Geybie's Book Blog
Geybie's Book Blog
3 years ago

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.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Sorry about the crappy stuff going happening for international bloggers :-/ But other than and a fever, sounds like you had a good week? Congrats on winning a giveaway! Hopefully this week will be ever better 🙂

3 years ago

Thank you for sharing my post!

It’s good to hear you’re feeling better now! Which concert did you get the tickets to?? I hope you have a wonderful time 😀 I’m looking forward to your post about a book blogger’s identity! <3

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Glad to hear you’re healthy again! And congrats on all those little victories <3 It sure is nice to have a great week once in a while 😀

3 years ago

OOh I’m curious about your post on blogging not JUST being a stepping stone. And I heard that about Netgalley and International readers – I’m so sorry! That’s just not right. I don’t get it at all.


3 years ago

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.

Maureen Bakker
3 years ago

Good to hear you got rid of the fever. What is it about this time of year right? I’ve been having the longest cold ever! Sigh.. Congrats on winning the concert tickets. 😉
Happy Reading!

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
3 years ago

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… Read more »

3 years ago

Or… maybe no one thought I should right a book??? Lol

think some people may say it to you as a compliment? I like how you write! So I think if you decided to write a book it will be well written!

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books

Such a small haul for you this week! Yay for getting rid of the fever and for the concert tickets. How awesome is that.

Hope you have another great week.