Netgalley & It’s All About Books

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I think every semi-serious book blogger out there has at least heard about Netgalley, a website that connects professional readers with publishers and authors. As a reviewer and blogger, you can use NetGalley for FREE to request, read and review new titles, which is a huge privilege on it’s own.

I have been wanting to create a Netgalley account for my blog for a long time (read: years), but somehow I always felt too intimidated and unworthy of calling myself a ‘professional’ blogger. I just love to read and talk about books with fellow book lovers; hopefully helping others find books they might enjoy as well in the process. But I thought the other day: why not give it a go?

Over the years, It’s All About Books has grown into a book blog with almost 800! followers and more than 2.000 monthly views, something I still can’t get my head around and I am immensely grateful for. I guess becoming an official Netgalley member is the next logical step on this book blogging adventure; one I’m really excited about!

I’m going to try and restrain myself from requesting tons of titles right away, but I did get this beauty below as my very first official Netgalley ARC: We Awaken by Calista Lynne! It’s scheduled to be published on July 14th 2016 by Harmony Ink Press, and I can’t wait to read it soon.

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Are you a Netgalley member or do you want to be? What are your experiences with Netgalley? Feel free to comment!

It’s All About Books is going on a Backpacking Adventure!!!

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The departure day has finally almost arrived! Yay! Tomorrow my hubby, the green monster (my backpack) and I will be starting our six week backpacking adventure… I’m so excited!!! 😀 😀 😀

We will be taking a 22 hour bus ride to the Bolivian border and we will start traveling Bolivia from there… Tupiza, the Salt flats, La Paz, Copacabana, Potosi; I can’t wait to visit those places and more! We will most likely visit the Peruvian side of the Titicaca lake as well, although the idea is to get back to Argentina with loads of time left so we can visit the northern provinces (Salta, Jujuy) before we travel back home.

As you might guess, I won’t be having a lot of time to blog or read during my trip… Having crappy internet connection most of the time doesn’t really help either. 😉 So It’s All About Books will also be on vacation until November; I’ve no posts scheduled (I still have a few book reviews, tags and awards lined up, but I just couldn’t find time to finish them before I leave) and most likely I won’t be able to respond to comments until I’m back…

So I guess I see you guys when I’m back in November!!!

Book Review Policy

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Authors and publishers have contacted me in the past with the request of reviewing their book, and I’m grateful for them to consider It’s All About Books. I always enjoy discovering new authors and books and I tend to read books from a wide variety of genres. So if you are a publisher or an author looking for someone to write an honest review of your book, the chances are high I would say yes! If you are interested, you can contact me through my Contact Info page; I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note the following information before sending me a review request:

Please note that since I’m living in Argentina, the easiest way for me to review your book is in e-book form. Any format compatible with kindle would be highly appreciated. I will try to read and review the book that has been sent to me as soon as possible (normally in less than eight weeks) and contact you as soon as I’ve posted my reviews both here and on Goodreads(For now I won’t be able to post my reviews on any other website, so please don’t ask!).

My reviews always follow this standard format:

  • The details of the book I’ve read (title/author/publish date/page count etc)
  • The rating which gives a general idea of my opinion according to my Rating System.
  • A quote to give those who read my reviews an initial feel of the story.
  • My Rambles, where I give my general opinion of the book.
  • Short Summary, where I try to keep the summary short and spoiler-free.
  • Final Thoughts, where I give my final opinion and thoughts on the book in question.

All my reviews will be my honest opinion and therefore I cannot garantuee a completely positive review. To give an idea of the books I like and don’t like to read, I’ve listed both my top 5 favorite genres and the genres/elements I tend to stay away from below.

TOP 5 FAVORITE genres

  1. Mystery/Thriller/Crime
  2. Fantasy
  3. Historical Fiction
  4. YA
  5. Memoirs/True Crime

What I DON’T read:

# Anything with cheesy romance or (romantic) cliches. Tropes like insta-love and love triangle are likewise a huge turn off.
# Erotica, sexy scenes, adult content etc.
# Anything involving vampires. I’m sorry, but if your story is about vampire, there is a 99,9% chance I won’t like it. Therefore I’ve decided to not read any new stories that have the slightest hint of fanged characters.
# Religious/inspirational stories. Especially if they sound preachy.
# Business/Financial.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review policy! If you have any further questions you can ask them through the contact page.


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Versatile Blogger Award

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I promised myself I wasn’t going to do any blog award memes anymore and just thank everybody in my general Nominations & Thanks post… But no less than four awesome bloggers have nominated me in the last few days, so I thought why not share the love?! Thank you Sheetal @ Dreaming WordzAlina @ Radiant ReadsMaren @ The Worn Bookmark and Reckless Indulgence for the nominations!! 😀 ❤

poster-moment-awesome-you-are The rules of the award are:
1. Show the award on your blog.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 blogs. 

I’m going to cheat and nominate all of you!! Thanks to the enormous amount of amazing book bloggers this community has been like the home away from home… Thanks for giving me the inspiration to keep reading and blogging! You guys rock!! ❤

 

On to the seven facts…

  1. I LOVE cooking and baking. I love experimenting with different foods from different cultures and normally don’t follow recipes unless I’m trying to cook something specific. My hubby doesn’t seem to complain hehe. I love anything curry and one of my favorite recipes would be this awesome mint oreo brownie. Soooo delicious, I wish I had a few pieces right now to go with my capuccino. 😉
  2. petsI love animals and I currently own a dog and six cats! Although four of those are little kittens born only two weeks ago and I will only keep one. 😉 My inlaws next door have another dog, so things are getting crowded outside haha. From top to bottom are Jazmin, the mother of Sienna below and the little kittens to the right. (The black one is a male, so I’m going to keep him, yay!) Then we have Paco, who we should have named Tornado or something; he is about 6 months old and totally destructive. Lastly is Pini who is owned by my inlaws…
  3. Sadly enough, I read more e-books than actual books… It’s not easy and rather expensive to buy paperback/hardback copies of English novels in Argentina, so I normally stick with the digital version. Sometimes I wish I would move to an English speaking country with my hubby just so I can buy more books! 😉
  4. My favorite color is blue and it shows; I even painted a few walls blue at home. 😀
  5. I hate the cold winter months! I can handle a one or two week vacation with snow, but anything longer than that and I will probably end up frozen solid. I’m the kind of person who has to wear three pairs of everything when the temperature drop below zero.
  6. I have lousy ankles and knees after playing too much volleyball when I was younger, but I’ve set myself a goal to participate in a 5KM run by the end of the year anyway. Wish me luck! 😉
  7. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but I’m a leftie and it’s not easy to find a teacher. I’m also a terrible singer, so even if I do learn to play, I wouldn’t be able to sing along.

One Lovely Blog Award

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Romance Novels For The Beach and Anna @Friendlybookworm both nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award last week… Thank you so much to both! I truly appreciate it; you guys rock! 😀 ❤

On to the Rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 5-15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven facts about myself:

1. I use both this blog and reading English books as a way to keep up with my English, especially now I live in a Spanish speaking country… English is not my mother tongue. 😉

2. I’m not the typical girly girl, and I have to confess I dislike anything romance. Especially movies, I just can’t stand them… I do enjoying reading some books in the romance genre, but they are mostly exceptions. I tend to tolerate them as long as they aren’t too overly cheesy.

3. I love animals in general, but I am what you can call a crazy cat lady. 😀 My cat Jazmin gave birth to three kittens last month and they are totally adorable! ❤

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4. I don’t cry in general when I read books. No, my heart is not made of stone, but I guess I just process the things I read in a different way… I don’t cry a lot in general either. 😉

5. I’m a late coffee bloomer, and only started to drink coffee about two years ago. AlthoughWP_002627 I have to mix it with a lot of sugar and/or milk to be able to enjoy it, I especially came to love cappuccino… Like the steaming mug of cappuccino that is in front of me right now.

6. My mind is what you can call quite chaotic, and I tend to forget things or misplace objects… It explains the abundancy of lists at It’s All About Books; it helps me keep more organized. 😉

7. I love anything crafty, and I’m always trying to invent and make new things to decorate my home… The latest thing I made were string lamp shades pictured to the right. 😀

 

Boy, there are so many great book blogs out there! It was incredibly hard to narrow it down to just 15 awesome blogs and bloggers… My nominations are listed below, although I would have liked to nominate every book blogger out there, you are all awesome! 😀

(For those I’ve nominated, please don’t feel obligated to participate if you don’t want to…)

Nominations & Thanks

Last week I was nominated for my second Liebster Award by the very awesome aesaza (once again: thanks a million, I truly appreciate it!

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So in this post I have brought together all those super awesome and lovely bloggers that took the time to nominate me… Thanks again to all of you!! You guys rock my socks off! 😀

For nominating me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

For nominating me for the Liebster Award

For nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award

For nominating me for the Sisterhood Of The Word Blog Award

For nominating me for the Addictive Blog Award

For nominating me for the Jolly Blogger Award

For nominating me for the “Sibterhood” Of The World Blog Award

For nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award

For nominating me for the Creative Blogger Award

For nominating me for The Beautiful Blogger Award

For nominating me for The Blogger Recognition Award

For nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award

For nominating me for The Keep It Fresh Award

For nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award

For nominating me for the Siblinghood Of The Word Blog Award

For nominating me for the Dragon Loyalty Award

For nominating me for the Book Fangirling Blog Award

For nominating me for The Entertainer Blogger Award

Time To Celebrate!

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The other day I realized I have been blogging at WordPress for more than a year now! I started posting my reviews at a different blog, but moved to WordPress in August last year. So it is time to celebrate and thank everyone who has visited, commented and supported my humble blog during the last year!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE OUT THERE FOR INSPIRING ME TO KEEP IMPROVING MY BLOG AND ABOVE ALL: TO KEEP READING!!! 😀

It means the world to me that my rambles are being appreciated, and I love that this blog has made me read more than ever AND made me get to know some very awesome people and great community. Thanks again! ❤

On to some numbers… In the last year blogging, 286 people decided that my rambles are interesting enough to follow It’s All About Books, and together have liked more than 1000 times what I’ve wrote. I have managed to read 100 books since I first started to keep notes of what I’ve read in November 2012 (although I still have to upload some older reviews), and I have reached the magical 150 post mark the other day as well! Woohoo! When I first started this blog, I wouldn’t have even dreamed about these numbers… And sometimes when I open my blog, I still cannot believe it. So… Thanks to all those awesome people out there! Let’s go celebrate with some virtual cupcakes and adorable kittens! 😀

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