wonder wednesday

Wonder Wednesday: Where do you get your books?

Hello lovely readers and happy Wednesday! Today, I’ve been wondering where everyone finds new books that they want to read. Do you find all of your book while browsing the shelves of Barnes&Noble, searching for highly rated books of Amazon, through friend recommendations only, or something different?

I can’t wait to here all the places that you find new and great books.

Advice

Beginning Book Bloggers- ARC 101

Hello lovely readers, I hope the day is treating you well! Today I want to talk about ARCs. ARC stands for advance readers copies. This is probably one of the best perks outside of the book community itself to book blogging. It is where you get free copies of a book with the understanding that on some platform you will leave a review. As a lover of books this is amazing! However, it’s also really easy to overwhelm yourself if you’re not careful. In this post I’m going to discuss general ARCs stuff and also some precautions about what I call the ARC trap.

Where can you get ARCs?

NetGalley– my favorite site. Full of professional publishers

Edelweiss+ – also full of professional publishers. Haven’t personally used.

BookSends ARC – sends you an e-mail with ARCs you can choose. Very small selection. The deadline to read is usually very short compared to other sites.

Reading Deals – the first place I ever got an ARC. They’re very clear on book review expectations and etiquette which was nice, but their selection isn’t very good.

I’m sure there are even more than this, but these are the ones I’ve either heard of or used myself. You can also always personally ask the publishing company or author for an ARC though with no following and limited experience you probably won’t have much luck.

How do I get approved for ARCs?

This is the golden question. For smaller companies that handout ARCs like BookSends and Reading Deals anything you request you can usually receive no problem. Fairly straight forward. I’m not really familiar with Edelweiss+ so honestly I can’t really speak for that website, but I’ve heard a lot of people use it so I wanted to include it. NetGalley is where I get all my best ARCs from. It’s a great site! Now, NetGalley is hub for a variety of publishers that receive your requests and then either approve or deny them. If you look at the publisher’s preferences you will see that almost every publisher has the right to approve or deny your request basically just because they want to. However, there are some things you can do to really improve your chances. 1. You need a platform. I’ve been approved when all I had were Amazon and Goodreads accounts, but it’s not the best. A platform such as a blog really tells the publishers that you have a following and that you’re taking this seriously. You don’t even need a large following so don’t worry about having tons of followers! 2. You need to keep an eye on your feedback ratio. Your feedback ratio is the number of books you’ve given reviews for compared to the number of ARCs you’ve received. Some high profile bloggers may be able to get away with low ratios, but starting out I’ve found a low feedback ratio tends to be why I get denied a book.

Beware the ARC Trap

What is the ARC trap you ask? It’s when you requested lots of ARCs, think you didn’t get approved for any of them, and so request more only to later get approved for all of them and then you have six or more ARCs and limited time to read everything. Plus, your feedback ratio is now horrible. Now, if you’re thinking that’s oddly specific then you’d be correct. This has happened to me multiple times and I don’t want it to happen to you. It puts you under a lot of pressure that you don’t necessarily need or want to be under. Publishers are very busy and probably receive hundreds if not thousands of requests for books every day. It can take a publisher anywhere from a couple days to a month to see your ARC request. I didn’t realize this at first at it put me under a lot of pressure to quickly read a lot of books that I didn’t necessarily have time to read. I would encourage you if you’re just starting out as a reviewer to only request one or two books at a time. Most publishers are kind enough to e-mail you that they have denied your request for their ARC so you should usually know if the publisher has seen your request or not.

ARC Etiquette

So, I would say there’s definitely some ARC etiquette I would personally recommend that bloggers/reviewers follow. If you are getting a free ARC it’s important to remember that the author and publisher are giving you a gift. They worked very hard on it and probably put in a lot of love. What does that mean for you? You need to actually take the time to read the book. Don’t skim it, don’t give up on it even if you don’t like it. Read it. Now, there of course can be an occasional exception. I have DNF-ed one ARC, but that should be a rare occurrence. Once you’ve finished it, give a thought out review. It is 100% okay to give an ARC a bad review. Honesty is the best policy my friends and if you’re not being honest then you’re not helping anyone. But, if you’re going to give a single star to a book then there needs to be a reason just like if you gave it five stars. This is part of why you were given the ARC in the first place. Honor that responsibility.

Transparency is also important. If you were given an ARC it’s important to make sure you let readers know you received it as a free ARC. This has personally never changed how I feel about someone giving a review for a book, but again I think honesty is the best policy and letting readers know is a good trust builder.


Does that answer all your ARC questions? Were there things I didn’t cover? Let me know what you think!

Book Haul

My February Book Haul

Hello lovely readers! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying all your books. I continue to have a book problem. Look at all these books. I hope some of these books catch your interest! Each of the titles contains a Goodreads link so if you want more of a summary just click the title.

My Physical Copies

On the Come Up A female rapper dealing with some drama? It may sound trivial, but if you know anything about Angie Thomas then you know there’s something deeper here.

King of Scars Back to the Grishaverse. I’ll admit so far I’ve only read the first book in the original series, but I really enjoyed it. Battling the darkness that comes with immense power? I think that’s really interesting.

The Fever King Noam and Dara are exceptional. If you want a diverse book with deep characters and political messages then this is the perfect book for you.

The Wicker King A teen who think he’s in a fantasy world who may actually just be battling mental illness? I’m so excited to read this!!!!!

Black Leopard, Red Wolf I’m interested in this book. A shifter who uses his skills to track a young boy. There’s been a lot of hype about this book.

The Wolf in the Whale I love Jordanna Max Brodsky’s work and I’m super excited about reading the intertwining of Inuit and viking mythology.

I was Anatasia The Romanov family has always been a really interesting point of history to me. I’m excited to read this new version of Anatasia.

Pachinko I love historical East Asia. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to read much in that genre so I’m excited to read this. This book seems like it’s going to go deeply into the power and consequences of family


My Netgalley eARCs

I’m super excited about all four of these books!

The Bird King a magic map and fantasy, historical fiction? I’m really jazzed about this! I’m half way through and this is a beautiful book. It’s slower paced, but I find it doesn’t bother me at all.

Gods of Jade and Shadow a story about a death god and a girl? Color me intrigued

Spin the Dawn a Mulan-like story? Sold!

Bursts of Fire addiction to Heaven? Three sisters? Interesting


Have you read any of these books? Are any of these books on your TBR?

Book Haul

My January Book Haul

So, I’ve seen many blog posts floating around about people’s book hauls. I’m always super curious about what other people are buying and reading so I’ve decided to share my own. I’ve gone a little crazy this month so I’ve got a lot to share!

Here are most of my books, but this is mainly just to show off my bearded dragon, Smaug.

My Physical books

Below are the books that I mostly purchased this much, with one exception that I borrowed from the library.

The Wicked King by Holly Black. I’ve been a huge Holly Black fan since high school and I continue to really enjoy her work. This is the sequel to The Cruel Prince and wow. Strong female characters and court intrigue. I love it!

Evermore by Sara Holland. So, I purchased this book not realizing that it was a sequel. Oops, but the plot just sounds so intriguing. I’ve read mixed reviews though so we’ll see how it turns out. Maybe I’ll read the first book first.

Girls Write Now by a whole lots of ladies. As someone who works in education I’m forever looking for way to empower young girls and women. This book is an anthology written by young women about the personal experiences. Very excited about this!

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty. This is the sequel to The City of Brass. I loved the first book and I was very excited to read the second one. I’ve heard some rumors about the content though and while it sounds just as brilliant as the first it also seems to end on a sad note which makes me a bit hesitant to read it.

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman. Dragons? Count me in!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I’ve only read the first couple pages so far, but I’m already in love with it.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Read this book! It’s wonderfully done. It’s a long read, but well worth your time.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’ve been meaning to read this books since it’s come out. I finally have in my hands.

The complete Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin. This book series has won so many awards that I can’t wait to see what it’s all about.

NetGalley eARCs

Fury by Will O’Shire. I requested this book, because of the cover and it looked interesting. It was short fic. It had potential, but I wasn’t very impressed.

Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant. An lgbt novel that has fantasy elements. It’s a nice entertainment read, but I would have liked more world building.

No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll. I requested this book because of the title and the description. It’s a series of short stories. The author was very heartfelt.

Wild Country by Anne Bishop. I was so excited to see this coming out. I love this series.


Those are the books I received/ bought this month! Have you purchased any of these books too? What other books have you purchased this past month?

wonder wednesday

Wonder Wednesday: Diversity in YA vs Adult Fiction

Hello everyone and welcome to Wonder Wednesday. A discussion post to talk about things I and maybe you have been wondering about.

The question of the day: Have you noticed a difference in the amount of diversity in YA fiction VS adult fiction? Is there really a difference at all?

I’ve always spent quite a bit of time in libraries and book stores, but since starting this I’ve been looking with a bit more of a discerning eye I’ve noticed something odd. There seems to be a lot more diversity in YA fiction then in adult fiction. Have you noticed this too? Am I crazy? Is it maybe just my beloved fantasy genre hasn’t reached a good point yet? I have so many questions floating in my head about this. Please share your thoughts! I’d love to know what you think.

Anticipated Reads

2019- My Top 15 Anticipated Fantasy Reads

There are some great fantasy and paranormal reads coming out this year! I originally started with a top ten list, but there were just too many great books coming out for me to narrow it down. Each of these books has at least one element of diversity in it, some even more. I have organized this list according to when each book is released.

1. The Wicked King (The Folk of Air #2) by Holly Black

Release Date: January 8th

2. The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

Release Date: January 22nd

3. King of Scars (Nikolia Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: January 29th

4. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Release Date: January 29th

5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James

Release date: February 5th

6. Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto

Release Date: February 12th

7. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 26th

8. The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

Release date on March 1st

9. Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capeeta and Cori McCarthy

Release Date: March 5th

10. Wild Country (World of the Others) by Anne Bishop

Release Date: March 5th

11. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Release Date March 12th

12. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Release Date: April 23rd

13. Heartsong (Green Creek #3) by TJ Klune

Book Cover currently unavailable. Release Date: September 2019

14. Brothersong (Green Creek #4) by TJ Klune

Book Cover currently unavailable. Publish Date: December 2019

15. Bayden’s Alpha (Werewolves & Dragons #2) by Kim Dare

Book cover currently unavailable. Publish Date: last part of 2019