Just launched: the first English YA book box in the Netherlands

Very exciting news last Friday! The first English YA book box in the Netherlands has just been launched: Bookly Bird. Me and a friend of mine just started selling the first box full of goodies and a great hardcover book. Bookly Bird_Cmyk-01

We’ve been working on setting up Bookly Bird since February and have finally started selling. We felt like it was about time to set up an English box here in the Netherlands as many people read English books here! There are high shipping costs attached to sending a book box from the US or Australia. So, often a box is just very expensive. As we ship from the Netherlands, the shipping costs are significantly cheaper.

So, what is Bookly Bird? Bookly Bird is a surprise box, meaning you know the theme of the box beforehand, but the contents of the box remain to be a surprise. What you’ll know is that the box contains one English YA book (the first box will contain a hardcover book) and 2 to 6 bookish items.

We’re super excited and hope you’ll enjoy the very first Bookly Bird box. Check out the Bookly Bird website. Orders are already coming in, so make sure you’re on time before we’re sold out.

We’d be happy to cooperate with bloggers and BookTubers to create a great post about this! If you’d like to add a Q&A to your blog or simply have some questions to ask, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to info@booklybird.nl . 


When to Accept a Review Copy

As I’ve gained more followers here on my blog and on my YouTube channel, I’ve noticed more authors have been requesting me to review their books. It is definitely wonderful to get that kind of recognition, but it has also made me wonder whether you should accept every review copy you are offered.

I recently got into a discussion with a friend about whether or not to accept a review copy we were both sent. Because, although it is a great compliment, if the story doesn’t appeal to you, it means you’ll spend time reading a book you do not enjoy.

When you still have a small channel such as myself the big publishers are not interested in you just yet. That’s simply the way it is. Hitting 10,000 subscribers gives you a good chance of getting physical review copies from established publishers. 230 subscribers, not so much. And that’s alright. I’m not expecting anything just yet. However, a group of authors that are really keen on getting their books reviewed as much as possible are self publishers. And to get a good amount of reviews that also means contacting smaller channels.

It’s a smart strategy and I cannot disagree it’s a good way to get people familiar with your book. Especially since you can send the book without spending any money as the self published author (most often) sends an ebook. Now, even getting an offer like that is great (it’s a free book after all!), but there are Continue reading “When to Accept a Review Copy”

Mark Zuckerberg’s Reading List

Read about Mark Zuckerberg’s reading list yet? The Facebook founder started a book club through Facebook, assigning one book each two weeks for its members. 

Schermafbeelding 2016-02-25 om 22.56.18
The book club, named A Year of Books, started at the beginning of 2015. The focus of the books were mainly on issues he occupies himself with: leadership, prosperity, the effect of power, scientific revolutions and more. In case you want to read some inspiring books on these themes, Zuckerberg’s list may be a good place to start!

These are the Facebook founder’s 23 books of 2015: Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg’s Reading List”

My Top Three BookTubers

It has been a little under a year since I started Booktubing. Ever since, an entire world has opened up to me. I can’t count the amount of great recommendations, responses and conversations I have had from and with other Booktubers. Within this time I’ve also noticed there are a few Booktubers I keep on going back to, because I enjoy their videos the most.

It’s hard to narrow it down to three, definitely, but I do have to say, the Booktubers below are truly the three Booktubers I go to most.

Little Book Owl

little book owl

This Australian Booktuber has been on my radar for some time now and I have enjoyed so many of her videos. What’s interesting about Caz, is that she attempts to do Continue reading “My Top Three BookTubers”