Reading Around the Globe

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. I wanted to take the time to help educate those that live in the US/UK/EU/AUS that the privilege we experience is not universal and thought that one of the most constructive ways that I can boost marginalized voices is to help share their experiences.

Using my above Tweet thread as a guide, I created a 14 question interview and asked the international book blogging community if they would be interested in sharing their experiences for a post. I received such an overwhelming response that what was originally planned as one post has grown into this series!

Each post will highlight a full interview with one international reader and I will update this master page to include links to each interview organized by country/region. The first interview post was published on August 19, 2018 and is now a weekly post happening on Saturdays!

Countries

Argentina
Consu @ papereyedgirl

Australia
Anthea @ Proud Book Reviews
Ellyn @ allonsythornraxxbooks

Bangladesh
Maria @ mariahossainblog

Belgium
Inge @ Of Wonderland
Wesley @ Outsiders and Misfits

Canada
Catherine @ This One is for the Books (Toronto)
Shania @ Book Princess Reviews (Quebec)

Chile
Maria @ bookish4life

China
Safiyya @ Phantom Paper

Denmark
Silje @ inkedbybooks

England
Clo @ Book Dragons 24/7

France

Germany

Hungary
Veronika @ Reading is Dreaming with Open Eyes

Indonesia
Carolina @ fictionologyst
Petrik @ Novel Notions

India
Nandini @ Unputdownable Books
Suraj @ Books N Myself

Italy
Camilla @ Reader Attic

Japan

Kuwait
Devyn Jase @ devynjase.com

Mexico
Jossie @ thebookdragoncorner

Mozambique
A Restless Traveler

Nigeria
Chinelo @ Booked_Unicorn

Norway
Julie @ StrixAlucoBooks

Palestine
Hamad @ thebookprescription

Philippines
Aimee @ Aimee Always
Alexia @ Bookworm Daydreamer
Gel @ Whimsy Wanders
Justine @ bookishwisps
Kate @ the backwardsbookshelf
Rain @ Bookdragoninsm
Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea

Portugal

Rwanda

Slovenia
Para @ Other Worlds Reviews

South Africa
DB @ DB’s Guide to the Galaxy

Switzerland
Elisa @ bookishexpat

The Netherlands
Annemieke @ A Dance With Books
Laurie @ Laurie’s Bookshelf
Marco @ Barely a Blogger

United Arab Emirates
Nicka @ Wander with Nicka

Wales
Jen @ Bookworm Jen Blog

Zimbabwe

Please note that all experiences reflected in the interviews are personal and are not meant to generalize what reading access is like in each country. If you are interested in participating please DM me on Twitter.

Resources for International Bloggers


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Hi! I’m Kaleena: book lover, runner, wanderer, and philanthropist. Life is an adventurous gift: through the outdoors and books. I run Reader Voracious Blog, where I post spoiler-free book reviews of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and mystery & thriller.

93 thoughts on “Reading Around the Globe

  1. This is a very good idea!! I don’t have much experience since I’ve only started requesting books about one and a half month ago, but as an international reader, I’m very interested in learning about other people’s experiences.

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  2. This is brilliant! Also I noticed you don’t have any scheduled interviews with someone from the african continent so I’m nominating myself! I’m not living in Mozambique right now, but I did grow up there and my family is still there. My 14 year old niece is the most recent family member to experience first hand the the troublesome life of a reader in Mozambique…

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  3. This is amazing! Thanks for doing this! I was originally from the Philippines but moved to the US in my 30s so I do understand the hardships of gaining access to books. As an example, I lived in a smaller city and we did not have a bookstore that sold fiction books. We eventually had a used bookstore which was were I got introduced to romance, but those were quite outdated.

    Now that I’m in the US, It is glaringly obvious that there is such a disadvantage to access to books other countries. Glad you did this!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for checking out the series and your comment, it means a lot! I’ve spoken with a few people that moved to the US from other countries that have shared similar stories; it’s amazing what I take for granted living where I do.

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      1. True! My mom was in the US while I was growing up so she could send me books. but again, very limited. So I definitely appreciate my current situations right now. Especially in Los Angeles since the LA Public Library system really has a huge selection of books, ebooks, audiobooks, and even movies

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