Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a new 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. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.
- What is your name? Nicka
- Blog URL? http://wanderwithnicka.com
- Twitter handle? @wanderwithnicka
- Where do you live? United Arab Emirates
- Do you find that there is a culture of reading where you live? If not, tell us a bit how you came to be one! Right now, I have yet to discover the reading culture of UAE. But in the newspaper and ads on the street they are actually promoting to develop the reading culture here. I am amazed by this campaign that they are doing hopefully they won’t just focus on children literature but every age of readers out there.
- What kinds of books do you enjoy reading? I love reading Mystery and Psychological thriller it is my go-to genre and it keeps me motivated to read more books. Also recently I have been eyeing non-fiction books mainly self-help, motivational and inspirational books. It helps a lot to understand different aspects of life in general.
- Have you always been a reader? I think I was a writer before I was a reader.
- Do you also read books published in your native language/published locally to you? If so, tell us a bit about what kinds of books are published in your country! Yes I do read Filipino books. Mainly they are focused on history, autobiographies, biographies and romance books. Hopefully Filipino authors should publish about our mythologies and urban legends because those kind of books are the best!
- Are there libraries where you live? If so, what kinds of books can you find there? Are you able to get the books that you want? As I have seen online there is. Since I’m new here in the UAE I am very eager to visit their libraries. Can’ wait to visit the one near to our house.
- How prevalent are English published books where you live in bookstores? (For example, books printed by HarperCollins.) There are a lot of published English books around here. I must say that I’m pretty happy about it though the prices here are quite expensive compared to the Philippines.
- Do you use NetGalley or Edelweiss to request electronic galleys for review? If so, what kind of success rate would you estimate for you personally? Yes I do use both to request electronic galleys. Maybe for Netgalley my rate is a bit low since they made it hard for international readers to get approved. Edelweiss on the other hand I’d say around 80% since I’m an approved member of some publishers.
- Do you experience hurdles or barriers to access for the kinds of books that you read? Please explain if so. Yes when I don’t have the funds to support my cravings for books and also some of the book titles that I really want to read are not available locally. But when I was in the Philippines I had an easy access to any books that I wanted.
- If you could make one change to the publishing landscape, what would you do? I’ll publish more diverse books, literally. I’ll find a way to publish books that are easily accessible to every reader in the world.
- Help other international bloggers out… What resources do you use to obtain the books that you want to read? As a book blogger, I get the books I read from publishers, Netgalley, Edelweiss and our local bookstore. Though to be honest I have less time to read right now than before that’s why I don’t have any problem with how I can get the books I want to read.
- Do you have any other experiences as a reader around the world that you would like to share? Well, as a reader I understood around of things that I wasn’t aware of before. It opened my eyes to issues that deserves to be talked about. It also helped me step out of my comfort zones and meet readers around the world. I never expected that I would be talking to people who I barely know and now they are part of my everyday life.
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.