Friday, April 26, 2013

Around The World: Nuzaifa & Rachel @ Say It With Books

Welcome to Around The World! Every Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week on the Blog I have Nuzaifa and Rachel from Say It With Books!

Say it with books also has an International Giveaway going on right now make sure to stop by and enter to win!


Where are you from?
Nuzaifa- Sri Lanka
Rachel-Republic of the Philippines 

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from? 
Nuzaifa- Best thing would be the food and beautiful landscape! The worst thing would be the lack of great bookstores-It takes AGES for YA books to hit the shelves. And by the time it comes to the book store more or less the entire world has read the book.
Rachel-Best thing: the people, worst thing: the weather

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there? 
Nuzaifa- Like I mentioned because of the unavailability of YA books in my country, I have order all my books from Amazon or Book Depository. There is also an issue of geographical restrictions on ebooks. 
Rachel -Not being able to attend book signings.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
Nuzaifa- Sadly, no. 
Rachel -Sadly, there are only a few events like that here, as far as I know. So, no. Not yet. Hope I can attend them one day. Since I am a new blogger, I am still finding ways to know more about signings and launches, so I’ll tell you if ever!  

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live? 
Nuzaifa- Some of them are and some are not so willing.But I hope that this will not be a problem once the blog starts gaining a little more exposure. 
Rachel -Yes, some are willing to work with me. Say for example, Soho Teen gave me a galley of Escape Theory. But, I’ve tried asking some publishers too and it seems that it’s hard to work with bloggers out of US/Canada.

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?
Nuzaifa- I haven't had the chance to read a lot of Sri Lankan books but I’m looking forward to reading The Swimmer by Roma Tearne and A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman. 
I’ve not read many books set in the Philippines or written by Filipinos, but this book by Jose Rizal, our national hero, is, I think, one of the books that are really close to the heart of the Filipinos.

A Few Of My Favorite Things: 
Favorite Book (overall): Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Favorite Book Recent Release: Going Under by S. Walden
Author: Sarah Dessen
Social Media: Twitter
International Food: Gelato, next to it is pizza

Favorite Book (overall): Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Favorite Book Recent Release: I’m a HUGE fan of dystopians so I’m really looking forward to Erin Bowman’s Taken.
Author: John Green, Sarah Dessen, Katie McGarry, Colleen Hoover, Kristin Cashore
Social Media: Twitter,Goodreads,Pintrest,
International Food: Does Gummy Bears count? 

Emily: Nuzaifa and Rachel Thanks so much for stopping by it was great learning about Sri Lanka and the Phillines!

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  1. Wow! It's so cool that two different bloggers from different countries co-run a blog:)

  2. I can imagine it's difficult for bloggers in different countries to get ARCs because of the postage cost. But it's awesome how they do it anyway.