Book hauls, Sunday post

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.

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3 years ago

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

3 years ago

Glad you international bloggers have each other. I always like when there is a silver lining found in something not so great. Hope you are back to 100% (or 90-ish) for the holidays!

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

I can’t believe the situation at NetGalley! Why won’t they allow the international users to get books? I hope they get this sorted out and I’m so sorry that you had to go through this. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

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 🙂

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

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… Read more »

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

I agree, Evelina, finding many new-to-me international bloggers was such a boon last week! And I would love to be part of the international book chat 🙂
Staying positive is important, and I hope international bloggers will keep blogging no matter what NetGalley does.

3 years ago

That’s awesome that you were able to organize a chat for international bloggers! 🙂 I also love the cover of The Sunday Lunch Club. It looks like a fun read so I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on it. Have a great week! 🙂

Michelle @Because Reading

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

Karen Blue
3 years ago

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… Read more »

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books

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.

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

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:)

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Thank you for creating such a fun chat group. It’s great to meet other international bloggers. It isn’t so lonely any more. 🙂 I hope you enjoy your new books – Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith has caught my eye.

Happy readings & Wishes of a great week! 😉
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

The Orangutan Librarian

I wish you better! That’s a great idea about international bloggers 🙂 I really related to Marie’s post as well!

3 years ago

Hope you feel better soon too. Good to hear your efforts on the NetGalley issue is going positive. Enjoy your latest haul.

3 years ago

I hope you get well soon. I love your positive outlook for International bloggers. Very inspiring. Your book haul looks good. The Sunday Lunch Club looks really good. Have a great week!

Trish @ Between My Lines

I’m international (Ireland), so I’d love to join in the community! So far I don’t seem to be affected by the NetGalley changes but I’m sure that will change when I’ve more time to browse NG and see what I’m missing out on.
And I’m all about those positive vibes so looking forward to that post.

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I somehow missed your post about NetGalley, I will have to click over there now to see what’s up! Hope you feel better soon!

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

Thanks for this post and linking with great posts this week. The social media struggle hit close to home!

3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

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…

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I shared your discussion post on this week Sunday Post. Glad something good came out of the NetGalley thing. I hope the week ahead is delightful and not too busy!

3 years ago

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… Read more »

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

I happy that the international bloggers are going together the way y’all are! Enjoy the new book and enjoy the new book you got this week.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

The international bloggers group sounds awesome. At least something good came out of the Netgalley mess. Have a great week!

3 years ago

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… Read more »

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

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!

Rachel @The Readers Den

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.

3 years ago

Oooh im looking forward to being positive about your book blog in the next week!

3 years ago

I had no idea about Netgalley, wow that’s messed up! I hope they will change their mind. 🙂

Barb (boxermommyreads)

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!

Maureen Bakker
3 years ago

Sorry to read you’re still not feeling all to well. I really hope it gets better for you before Christmas. (Sending you a virtual hug now!!)
Have a great week and happy reading!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

How exciting that you actually ended up gaining more of a bookish community through the mess of the NetGalley changes. The community is such an enormous part of really what makes blogging great, so that’s a huge positive!

herding cats
3 years ago

Oh man on not feeling well still. Hope you’re on the mend soon!

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Awww how did I miss this, thank you SO much for sharing my post, that’s so sweet of you <3 <3
I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, I hope you will feel better soon <3 Sending you all the love and hugs xxx

Jackie B.
3 years ago

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.… Read more »


[…] as it seems I’ve only managed half the books I normally read (but hey, I was very busy with the international bloggers group and the new bloggers group which you can still join). I’m really glad that I managed to stick […]

Jackie B.
3 years ago

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… Read more »