Say hello to little Delilah Bard!

Those who follow my Twitter/Instagram account might have already noticed, but after long thinking we decided to adopt another kitten last Thursday. Meet little Delilah Bard, Lila for short! (And yes, that’s a Shades Of Magic reference. 😀 ) The poor thing was found abandoned when she was a baby and is now about six weeks old…  Adopted from the local animal rescue center.

She’s already feeling at home and shows her strong personality: strong-willed, adventurous, always looking for trouble, afraid of nothing and a true survivor, just like the original Delilah Bard. ❤

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Scaling The ARC Mountain

I’m sure just about every semi-serious bookblogger has at least heard about them: ARCs (or Advanced Review Copies). I would never ever have guessed a few years ago, but the start of my book blog journey also ment I was slowly introduced to the whole world of ARCs. Free review copies in exchange for an honest review… It sounds like every booklover’s dream right? And to be honest, my heart still skips a beat every time I receive a new ARC. BUT. Even though I feel honored to be receiving books for free just because I share my rambles with the blogosphere afterwards, things are starting to get REALLY out of control. (Ok, they have been out of control for a long time haha). Right now, I basically feel like I’m buried under a huge pile of ARCs!

In January, I made a promise to myself to get my pending ARCs more organized and I’ve been trying to get back on track ever since. Here’s how:

Step 1: create a Excel spreadsheet with an ARC schedule.

I guess my Excel skills are pretty basic, but at least it gets the job done. 😉 Pending ARCs are separated by publish date and I start marking them as I read/review them… When I finish a whole month, I get to paint it black. Each ARC has the title, author, source, publish date or date I received it and a read/reviewed option. I’m still hopelessly behind but I’m slowly getting there!

Step 2: Read like a maniac!

Basically, this has been me since January. I’ve been trying to race through my ARCs ever since my promise to get back on track… In fact, out of the 41 books I’ve finished to this date a whopping 64% have been ARCs. I feel bad about neglecting all those other books I’ve been wanting to read, but with a little luck I should be able to squeeze in a few next month.  Another bonus: this ARC reading madness means I’m finally back at a 82% Netgalley ratio!!! 😀 😀

Step 3: Join challenges to help your goal

There are probably a lot of similar challenges out there, but this is the one I signed up for: 2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. It’s a fun challenge where you can set your own goals, and it’s definitely a great way to keep track of all those ARCs you read. I made my own list of ARCs as well since I wanted to include non-NG ARCs as well.

Step 4: Don’t request too many new titles at once

Most Netgalley users will probably be able to relate… It’s been less than a year since I signed up for Netgalley, but it has become my main source for ARCs ever since. Although I still love the surprise mails by both authors and publishers of course, and I’ve discovered another page (Reading Alley) as well. (I tried Edelweiss, but it’s just too complicated to use for now). Netgalley is both user friendly and offers a wide variety of books. Sure, as a non US/UK/Australia user not all of my requests are approved… But there are still more than enough titles available. And that’s the danger right there: there are so many books available, and it is REALLY easy to request a whole pile of books just like that. Which leads to the so-called ARC mountain and a lot of extra stress during the struggle to finish them all on time. The best advice is to try and refrain from requesting too many titles at a time, and only request those you would buy in the first place. But I know for a fact that is easier said than done. 😉


What is your experience with ARCs? And how do you control your ARC mountain?


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It’s All About Books is now also on Instagram!

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I have never considered creating my own bookstagram before, mostly because I (UNFORTUNATELY) don’t own as many physical books as I would have liked due to the country I live in, and tend to read mostly e-books on my kindle. I’ve learned to love my kindle, but it’s still not the same… Then I saw this post at Lectito with 20 January Bookstagram favorites and I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to gawk at all those gorgeous bookish photos anymore. So… It’s All About Books is now also on Instagram!

I’ve added a few photos since I started my account last week, all either with my kindle or furry friends… Although I’m hoping to start taking photos of some of the physical books I own soonish. I’ve been too busy browsing other bookish accounts for now; my thumb is getting tired of hitting the like button all the time haha.

Feel free to follow me at yvo_about_books so I can start stalking your bookish photos as well. 😉 😀

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It’s All About Books has reached 1.000 Followers!

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I almost spit my coffee right back at the screen when I opened my blog this morning… I stared and stared at the right side of the page, wondering if my eyes were playing tricks with me or if the coffee was making me see double. But no, there were actually FOUR numbers before the word ‘followers‘!

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I’m not sure when exactly this happened and I wouldn’t have dreamed of this many people wanting to read my random bookish rambles when I first started It’s All About Books. This has totally made my day!! Thank you awesome fellow book nerds, you guys rock my socks!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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It’s All About Books: now also on Twitter!

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A new year means new beginnings… And that doesn’t only mean freshening up my blog. (Like the new headers anyone?) I have been toying with the idea of creating a Twitter account for my blog for quite some time already, but it seems like I have been procrastinating a lot in 2016. Oops? Yesterday I finally gave in and after a few false starts I am now the proud owner of my very own Twitter page.

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I’m still figuring out how everything works (yes, I admit I’m a totally Twitter Noob), but I have already made a start following fellow bloggers/authors/other bookish pages since yesterday… There is still a long way to go though!

Feel free to add me at @yvo_about_books . I will be looking forward tweeting with everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

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Today it is December 25th which means it’s time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!! I’m actually scheduling this post… In Argentina they celebrate mostly during Christmas Eve and it goes on until late, so I will be either still sleeping and/or nursing a (food) hangover when this is published haha. I hope everyone will have a excellent time! I will be back next week with a few pending reviews.

I wanted to end this post with cute Christmas photos of my furry friends, but they refused to stay still with the hat on. xD So here are a few pictures of cute kittens instead. 

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I’m baaaack!! (sort of)

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Like the title says: I’m back in business!! 😀 Ok, technically I got back last week, but things are still quite busy so today is the first time I’ve been able to properly sit down and blog again. And I’m definitely glad to be back home!

Lots of things happened since my last post… I was in the Netherlands for about three weeks, with lots and lots of spare time to read outside when I wasn’t doing paperwork. Everything went a lot faster than expected so yay! I also made use of my free time to get myself some new books; 7 of them in Dutch (so I can practise since nobody I tried to talk to believed I was actually Dutch haha). Also, I got a new tattoo! I’ve been wanting to for a while now, and I’m happy with how it turned out. 🙂

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I didn’t travel back home straight away though. Together with my hubby we decided to go on a mini vacation to the Iguazu Falls instead and the national park was just as breathtaking as the first time around. Also, my tattoo butterfly got to meet her inspiration!

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I will be putting together a few posts together soon, including book haul, arc haul, books I’ve read while I was away and pending book reviews. Hopefully things will be back to normal by next weekend!

I hope everyone is doing great; I’ve missed you all!