Reading Around the Globe: Inge in Belgium

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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. 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? Inge
  2. Blog URL? https://ofwonderland.com
  3. Twitter handle? @ingeswonderland
  4. Where do you live? Belgium
  5. What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?Β I love fantasy, contemporary, dystopia, sci-fi… a bit of everything, though mostly within the YA category.
  6. Have you always been a reader? I became a reader when I was about 16. I didn’t like any of the books they pushed on us in high school, and so I assumed I wouldn’t like any book. It wasn’t until I picked up Twilight that I started discovering the weird notion of actually liking reading? I’ve read hundreds of books since then!
  7. 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! No, I only read in English. Reading in Dutch feels awkward and clunky to me.
  8. 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 are libraries, though unless you live in a big city, there’s not much to do there if you’re an English reader. Smaller libraries will generally hold classics.
  9. How prevalent are English published books where you live in bookstores? (For example, books printed by HarperCollins.) Again, if you live in a big city, you probably won’t find much to complain about. When you go to smaller towns, the English section vastly decreases until you have a few popular chicklits and thrillers.
  10. 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’ve never had much luck with Edelweiss, but I used NetGalley a lot and got approved for most of the books I requested. For the past year, though, I’ve been feeling very slumpy. Reviewing started to take away from my reading enjoyment. Now that I’ve cut down on ARCs, I’m slowly finding that joy again. At the end of last year, though, NetGalley became a lot more restricted for international readers. We can no longer request most books, but we can “wish for them”. These wishes are never granted, though. I’d say I’ve gone from an 80% success rate to a 10%.
  11. If you could make one change to the publishing landscape, what would you do? I wish ARCs and giveaways were more available to international readers. I know this costs a lot of money and there’s international rights and whatnot, though, so this might be a long shot.
  12. Help other international bloggers out… What resources do you use to obtain the books that you want to read? I use Amazon for my ebooks and The Book Depository for paperbacks. I mean, free shipping, folks. If TBD doesn’t ship to your country, Wordery might — also for free.
  13. Do you have any other experiences as a reader around the world that you would like to share? No.

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


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22 Comments

  1. Meeghan reads

    December 8, 2018 at 11:15 PM

    I love Inge’s blog!!

    1. Inge

      December 12, 2018 at 4:01 AM

      😘😘😘

  2. Phantom Paper

    December 9, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    ‘Reviewing started to take away from my reading enjoyment.’

    YES! SAME. HERE. πŸ˜–

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 10, 2018 at 8:48 AM

      Oh no!!! Altogether, or just when you are obligated to read the book? Sometimes when I feel burned out and sucked of joy, I mood read and review whatever I feel like.

      1. Phantom Paper

        December 16, 2018 at 11:42 PM

        I think it’s the latter. I feel guilty for not posting a review near the publishing date(or even anytime within the year of publication) and it feels like I’ll never see the bottom of the pile. But this is most probably something many reviewers go through. I, for one, do not want to just lament about it. I think I need to strap myself down and come up with a loose plan and just let it go. What’s done is done. How do you prioritise your ARC reading or all your reading?

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          December 17, 2018 at 12:47 PM

          Yea I feel you and definitely found myself struggling a bit earlier this year – I was reading ARCs almost exclusively, and while I requested all of them it did feel a little like “work”. I set myself a limit of four releases per month for ARCs about four months ago and honestly? My life has been a lot better! I still go by due date and can mood read a lot more now, and it feels fun again.

          1. Phantom Paper

            December 20, 2018 at 9:24 AM

            Thank you for the tip! I’m going to have to rein in my requests 😁 I was doing fine for the first few months but once I missed one due date everything just dominoed!

          2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            December 23, 2018 at 9:14 AM

            I DEFINITELY know how that is! I try really hard to not miss publication dates but once I do… I am kind of hopeless. I have 2 right now (which isn’t that bad) that I missed but hope to read next month for the lateathon!

          3. Phantom Paper

            December 25, 2018 at 4:42 AM

            Lucky―or more like efficient―you! 😭

  3. Shruti | This is Lit

    December 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Omg this is a brilliant feature! Why have I never seen it before?! Nice one, Kaleena! It’s great to know how bloggers do in other countries too.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 10, 2018 at 8:48 AM

      Aww thank you so much, Shruti! I am glad you came across it and I hope you enjoy the upcoming interviews!

  4. Madalyn @ Novel Ink

    December 9, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    I’m loving this series, and Inge is one of my favorite bloggers, so it was a pleasant surprise to see her featured! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 10, 2018 at 8:49 AM

      Isn’t Inge wonderful!? Thanks so much for your comment, and I am glad you are enjoying the series, Madalyn!

    2. Inge

      December 12, 2018 at 4:01 AM

      Thank you, lovely 😘

  5. Kelly Brigid

    December 10, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Inge is such a lovely person and amazing blogger! So happy to see her featured here, Kaleena! <3

    1. Inge

      December 12, 2018 at 4:01 AM

      I’m blushing! Thank you!

      1. Kelly Brigid

        December 12, 2018 at 9:23 AM

        You’re welcome, love! <3

  6. northernplunder

    December 15, 2018 at 6:44 AM

    yay igne! πŸ™‚ this was great to read, hopefulyl one day we can sort out a better shipping cost bc the amount ive paid sometimes is mad

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM

      seriously, shipping is such a nightmare! I know that fuel is expensive and whatnot, but there has got to be at least a “it’ll get there by a barge eventually” option out there to make it more accessible!

  7. Bookish Nice or Naughty Tag - Of Wonderland

    January 15, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    […] Inge:Β Nice. I don’t use my local library. Shameless plug, but I guest posted over at Kaleena @ Reader Voracious and talked about my experiences as a reader in Belgium for her feature Reading Around the Globe. You can find the post here. […]

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