Giveaway Alert: The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan

This is a special spur of the moment post I’m writing to let you all know that Amy Mason Doan’s giving away 50 free copies of her debut novel The Summer List! (US & Canada only)

I loved The Summer List. Check out my review here.

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Unexpected Hiatus

I had to take a break from blogging for the last 2-3 weeks due to the trip back to my home country. I expected to be super busy but I thought I could schedule 1 or 2 posts at least. Boy, was I wrong. Here’s why:

  1. I’m never home. Me, hubby, and bub always find ourselves on the road or in friends’/relatives’ homes. Even if I am, there’s  too much to do to be sitting in front of a laptop. What about mobile blogging you say? See #2 and #3.
  2. Intermittent access to Wi-Fi. I couldn’t be bothered to get a number just to subscribe to an internet plan.
  3. My lovely 11-month old thought swinging my phone around passes as entertainment. The result is a disastrous 2-point crack that makes it impossible for me to read on one side of the screen, much less writing on it.
  4. My family had a wedding to run. My sister just got married!

All these meant that even finding some time to read is a challenge. I’d only finished one book during this whole trip 😞.

Please bear with me as I work on getting some reviews out!

On Netgalley, GR & International Bloggers

Now this is just a dreadful way to start the week. I was going to start participating in It’s Monday, What Are You Reading meme but I have to do my share and spread the word about changes to Goodreads and Netgalley first. To put it simply, if you’re not from the US, you’re going to miss out on opportunities like giveaways and requesting for ARCs.

A lot of great bloggers I know and follow aren’t from the US. This move by Goodreads and Netgalley is going to seriously hurt them. I mean, these two are bread and butter for us book bloggers.

I’m not overreacting, right? What are your thoughts?

UPDATE: I’ve contacted Netgalley through email to ask them to confirm the news. Based on their reply, there doesn’t seem to be any changes to titles’ request availability to international users. Below is a screenshot of our correspondence (Right-click and select ‘open image in new tab’ if you have difficulty reading).

Netgalley reply

The decision to make titles available for request has always been up to publishers, and if there’s a consensus to exclude international users, then there’s nothing Netgalley can do about it. They are just a medium/middle-man and their presence that has made our reading experience absolutely wonderful – I mean can you imagine bookblogging without them? I can’t. Let’s give them some love ❤️💚💙 

The Cursed Books

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Hello, everyone! Today I want to talk about an issue that has been on my mind for some days now, it’s something that I want to share my opinion on and while I did it on Twitter, I believe a blog post is required. I’m not sure if everyone is aware of the new policies of Goodreads and Netgalley, so I would try to explain what the issues are and why this is not okay.

It first started with Goodreads, who had decided to make a new giveaway program in January, where the giveaways are open only to US residents for an unknown period of time. They stated that their reason for doing this is “to bring our new Goodreads Giveaway program to more marketplaces.”, oh, the irony. They went even further and stated that authors and publishers outside US can organize giveaways, offering their books to US readers once…

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