Blogging as an International | Access to books and ARCs

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while now, and with the recent developments with Netgalley and Goodreads, I think it is the perfect time to talk about this. I won’t be going into depth about the developments on Netgalley and Goodreads because it has been talked about a lot already, and I don’t want to repeat the same things.

As you probably know, I’m not from the US. In fact, I’m from the Netherlands (you know that small country in Europe with clogs and cheese? except that there are barely any clogs to be found in the entire country). Since our native language is Dutch, there are already a couple of disadvantages to reading English books. But more about that later. This post is in no way supposed to come across as if I’m ungrateful for anything, or that I would be entitled to things other bloggers do get, or anything like that. I just wanted to talk about how for internationals, it can be a bit harder to get access to the same things others get easy access to.

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Down The TBR Hole #14

This is week fourteen of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story. Last week I didn’t post because I wasn’t feeling well but now I’m back with 5 new books.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books

Last Days of Summer by Steve KlugerAfbeeldingsresultaat voor the last day of summer steve kluger

Again, I should read more Steve Kluger Books, since I loved My Most Excellent Year. I have to say I don’t like any of the covers of this book… Steve Kluger should get some better ones for his novels! His books are all contemporaries and the covers just don’t really match the feeling of the books.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor dreamology lucy keatingDreamology by Lucy Keating

Only the cover itself already makes me want to read it, it’s just so pretty! The story sounds really interesting too, it’s about a girl who dreams of a boy that then suddenly shows up in her life, for real.

The Judgement: KEEP

 Afbeeldingsresultaat voor a boy called mouse

A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. by Penny Dolan

I’ve already bought this book, and it looks so cool, besides, I barely ever read Middle Grade, so I look forward to trying that out!

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor dangerous shannon haleDangerous by Shannon Hale

Again, a book I already own, I just need to get up and read it! Admittedly I bought this book 50% for the story and 50% for the quote on the cover that says “One of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever.” by James Dashner (whose books I highly enjoyed so that means it has to be good right?)

The Judgement: KEEP

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 

I’ve heard a lot about this book, so I can’t wait to start on this!

The Judgement: KEEP

This week I kept all the books, so no progress, sadly. Do you think I’ve made the right decisions?

Down The TBR Hole #13

This is week thirteen of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realise that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor cruel beauty rosamund hodgeCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Except for the Beauty and the Beast aspect, this book doesn’t really attract my attention.

The Judgement: GO

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor a monster calls bookA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

So many people have flailed about this book, I just need to read it.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the sun is also a starThe Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

It’s Nicola Yoon! The genius of Everything, Everything so I need to read it!

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor emma jane austenEmma by Jane Austen

I DNF’ed this in November, but I really want to read it one day. A lot of people seem to love this book (some even more than Pride & Prejudice) so I just need to finish it.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Almost like being in love steve klugerAlmost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger

I loved My Most Excellent Year but had no idea Steve Kluger had written more books, so I should check them out!

The Judgement: KEEP

I’m already at the books I added in November, so only two months of books to go and my current tbr count is 58 books. So I don’t know how many more weeks I’ll do.

Did you agree with my choices?

Down The TBR Hole #12

This is the 12th week of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story, in which I attempt to get my TBR under control.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books:

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor replica lauren oliverReplica by Lauren Oliver

I’m not really a fan of Lauren Oliver, although I liked the delirium trilogy. I’m not going to read this because I’ve heard not so good things about it.

The Judgement: GO

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor a study in charlotte cavallaroA Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I need to further investigate whether I’ll like this book. I love Sherlock Holmes so this book immediately attracted my attention. I’ve heard good and bad things about it, and I don’t know how to make up my mind.

The Judgement: KEEP (for now)

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor heartless marissa meyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer

It’s Marissa Meyer, of course I’m going to keep it!

I actually wanted to buy this book but they didn’t have the pretty white cover, so maybe I’ll need to order it online.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor illuminae kaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I heard so many good things about this series and I love books that have original things on the inside: calligraphy, page layout, design etc. I’ve been dying for some good sci-fi!

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor graceling kristin cashoreGraceling by Kristin Cashore

I already own this book and it has amazing reviews so I’ll read it. The cover is kind of holding me back though, I don’t really like it.

The Judgement: KEEP

What do you think? Did I make the right decisions? Have you read any of the books?

Down The TBR Hole #9

It’s Friday, which means I’m going to attempt to clean out my TBR a little. This is week nine of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books:

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the thousandth floorThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

No no no no not going to read this one! I’ve heard a lot about it, especially that it’s just a bunch of spoiled teens with drama, but then in the future.

The Judgement: GO

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the reader traci cheeThe Reader by Traci Chee

Mehh. No thanks. I added this because of a tag I did a while back. And the idea of a girl discovering the wonderful thing that is a book really attracted to me, but not anymore.

The Judgement: GO

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

This is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy! I loved the first. And I will definitely read this one.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor always and forever lara jean

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

More Lara Jean, yes please!

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor always and forever lara jean

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Even more Lara Jean, love it!

The Judgement: KEEP

Do you think I’ve made the right decisions? Have you read any of these books?

Down The TBR Hole #6

Can you believe I’m late on my own meme? *hides in shame* This is week six of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

No need to ask. This is a keeper. I’ll just need to finish the Grisha trilogy first!

The Judgement: KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Yeah… How can I not read this one, right? I don’t know. I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses and it was a little disappointing. I don’t feel like reading any of SJM’s books right now, and the premise doesn’t sound that interesting to me, so I’m going to let this one go. (don’t hurt me)

The Judgement: GO

 

 

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’ve heard amazing things about this book, but the blurb just doesn’t do it for me. A hot (and very annoying) alien neighbour.. no sorry. Also this book apparently includes a lot of sexual tension (which really isn’t my thing) and rape?

The Judgement: GO

 

 

 

 

Angelfall by Susan Ee

It has two sisters and angels, and it sounds really interesting! Also it is dystopia, which is something I don’t read very often, because it’s often not really original, but this has angels!

The Judgement: KEEP

 

 

 

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I’m kind of conflicted about this one, it sounds kinda interesting, but on the other hand it seems to be about romance a lot. It does have good reviews, but I think it would be on my tbr forever.

The Judgement: GO

Don’t hurt me for the SJM one, okay *hides*. My opinions might be a little controversial sometimes, but it doesn’t seem like something I’d enjoy a lot. Do you think I made the right decisions here?

Down The TBR Hole #2

Welcome to week two of Down The TBR Hole, which is a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, you’re Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books:

9752790Burn – Julianna Baggott

This is the third book in the Pure Trilogy and I’ve covered the second book last week, so I’m going to keep this one in as well.

The Judgement: Keep

 

 

 

 

 

17378508Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

This is the third book in the Raven Cycle and I’ve read the first two books a long time ago. I remember that it was okay but quite vague or something. However I’ve been hearing a lot about this series and how good it is, so I want to reread the entire series.

The Judgement: Keep

 

 

 

 

22053410Perfect Ruin – Lauren DeStefano

I’ve read The Chemical Garden Trilogy a long long time ago and loved it. That is probably why I added this book to my TBR. However, I’ve read some reviews and they’re not all that good. I’m still curious to this book, because the premise sounds interesting.

The Judgement: Keep

 

 

 

 

29056083Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling (John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Why I haven’t read this yet:
a) The book is expensive.
b) The book is in English and the rest of my HP books are in Dutch.
c) The book’s cover doesn’t fit with the rest of the series.
d) I’ve heard very mixed things about this book.
e) It’s a script.

However I can’t help being curious.

The Judgement: Keep

 

17342750Soldier – Julie Kagawa

This is the third book in the Talon Saga, and I have read the other two books. But I didn’t really like it that much. It was okay. There are dragons, which is pretty cool, but beside that it didn’t do much for me.

The Judgement: Go

 

 

 

 

Send me your links if you’ve done this! Do you think I’ve made the right decision with these books?