Reading Around the Globe: fictionologyst

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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.

  1. What is your name? My full name is Fani Carolina, but you could just call me Carolina, or Olin for short!
  2. Blog URL? fictionologyst.wordpress.com
  3. Twitter handle? @fictionologyst
  4. Where do you live? Yogyakarta, Indonesia!
  5. 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! I believe we Indonesian doesn’t read much, we have no reading assignment in school like most country does, and our schools barely has any library. You’ll be considered as a nerd if you walk with books in your hand which I think very inappropriate and very uneducative. Most of my friends’ parents even forbid their children to read because they thought it was a waste of time. But I’m so lucky my parents are very supportive, my father is a reader and he really wants his children to love books as well, he literally fed me books since I can’t barely talk, he bought me so many books and encourage me to read, so that’s why I become a reader.
  6. What kinds of books do you enjoy reading? I really love fantasy and sci-fi books, sometimes I read contemporary too if I’m in the mood. I love both YA and MG books!
  7. Have you always been a reader? I am, as long as I can remember. I started reading picture books when I was a child, and I started reading comic and manga when I was a bit older. And now here I am, still obsessed with MG and YA books and of course manga and comic too!
  8. 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! Umm I did when I was teenager but not anymore, they’re mostly cliche romance, some are actually great though but I got tired of that genre a long time ago. I mostly read translated books back in the day, but now I’m confident enought to read in english, so I never buy anything again from local bookstores.
  9. 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? There is a public library where I live but the books are mostly non-fiction so I never go there.
  10. How prevalent are English published books where you live in bookstores? (For example, books printed by HarperCollins.) There are approximately three bookstore chains in Indonesia that sell imported books, they are really update with new releases but it’s kinda hard to get some old books there.
  11. 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?
    I do use NetGalley, I’m still figuring out how to use Edelweiss because that one is so confusing! I’ve only used NetGalley for three months and I never got any YA book I wantย but I always got most of MG books I requested.
  12. Do you experience hurdles or barriers to access for the kinds of books that you read? Please explain if so. I was! When I was younger I could only buy them in the bookstores, and imported books come with a ridiculously expensive price. But now I have my own credit card and I could just order them online from anywhere I want, although the shipping cost is killing me!
  13. If you could make one change to the publishing landscape, what would you do? I really don’t know how to answer this question, but to have the major publishing houses in our country would be great. Or maybe they could do an annually Book Con to countries other than US, UK, ad AUS for starter?
  14. Help other international bloggers out… What resources do you use to obtain the books that you want to read? Book Depository has been my saviour, there are so many options and the shipping cost is none! They’re the best!
  15. Do you have any other experiences as a reader around the world that you would like to share? Being an international reader mean that we have to raise a lot of money because English books are imported and they’re so damn expensive. We couldn’t get ourselves an ARC because apparently the publishers only prefer the US, UK, and AUS. And we really need a Book Con here where we could meet our favorite authors but I guess it will never happen. What I love being an international reader is, my English improved so much ever since I started reading in English!

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.ย If you are interested in participating please DM me on Twitter.


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22 Comments

  1. Maddie // Munch Reviews

    August 26, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Oh Carolina! So amazing to learn more about your wonderful self!
    Love this series Kaleena!

    1. Carolina @fictionologyst

      August 26, 2018 at 10:04 PM

      Hi Maddie! Thank you so much love for you sweet words ๐Ÿ’•

    2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 27, 2018 at 8:48 AM

      Thank you so much, Maddie!!!

  2. Books, Life and Everything Nice

    August 26, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Another lovely introduction to international readers! Your series is making me very aware of the privilege I have regarding books, reading & education by living in the US. I cannot wait for more in the series!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 27, 2018 at 8:56 AM

      Thank you SO MUCH, I am glad that this series is being well received and helping to shed light on the privilege we experience just by living where we do. I honestly never thought about whether libraries were prevalent in other countries until someone brought it up – I definitely take a lot for granted.

  3. thebookprescription

    August 26, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Oh this was interesting. I am sorry people hate reading and consider it a bad thing!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 27, 2018 at 8:57 AM

      I know, I was so surprised to learn that reading isn’t really part of schooling there!

  4. tornpagesandroses

    August 26, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    This is incredible! Now I can’t wait to read more of these posts ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 27, 2018 at 8:58 AM

      Awww thank you and I am so glad you like the series! Every Saturday for the forseeable future (through the end of the year and beyond so far) we will “travel” to a new country!

  5. Carolina @fictionologyst

    August 26, 2018 at 10:05 PM

    Thank you so much for having me Kaleena! I really enjoy this new feature of your blog! I hope you keep on doing this because I need to know what it feels like to be a reader in so many different countries!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 27, 2018 at 8:59 AM

      Thank you so much for participating, Carolina, and I really enjoyed learning about what it is like to be a reader in Indonesia! And have no fear, I have scheduled weekly posts through the end of 2018 and still have more to schedule, so this will be going on for awhile!

      1. Carolina @fictionologyst

        August 27, 2018 at 6:28 PM

        Yaaay so happy to hear that! Looking forward to you next post! ๐Ÿ’•

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    August 27, 2018 at 6:10 AM

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  7. alwaysbooking

    August 27, 2018 at 6:14 AM

    This is a really great idea!!! I loved all the questions and answers ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 27, 2018 at 9:01 AM

      Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

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  9. Ellyn

    August 27, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    This is such a fantastic series, I loved reading all of Carolina’s answers! I can’t wait to see the next one!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 2:23 PM

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Ellyn! I am glad you are enjoying this series!

  10. Kat @ Novels & Waffles

    August 28, 2018 at 3:40 AM

    I love the idea behind this series! It’s nice to get to know book bloggers from all around the world!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      August 31, 2018 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you so much for stopping by Kat, and I am glad you are enjoying this series!

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