International Bookworm || Life of an international blogger

internetional book blogger meme

Hello, bookish people! Today is time for a meme! It’s the international book blogger meme. It was created by Books and Babbles for every international bookworm, to share pur views and feelings and even more relaxing stuff like hobbies, because sometimes, too many times, things get filtered with a USA point of view and that’s really restrictive for a book community.

Today theme is about the life of international bloggers and this time I will not be super creative, but I will follow some of the questions that are already listed on Ayla’s site 😉

P.s. Yes, I know that I’m like week late but I had a moment in which I had to put the blog on pause because I was draining myself. But I really wanted to post this one.

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WHAT IS LIKE TO BE AN INTERNATIONAL BLOGGER?

Well, that’s immediately a difficult questions. As many of you know, I’m from Italy and currently still living there. Italy isn’t the best place for writing in English and reaching out to the international’s panorama, but….

As far as my experience goes, being an international blogger is fine. Yet it may pose this fact: international bloggers haven’t the same bookish privilege of US bloggers. And I say bookish privilege because I want to remain strictly related to book. And in certain ways, it may happen that UK bloggers can reach out to much more possibility then other bloggers all around the globe.

But, in general, being an international blogger that is currently in Italy, I’m quite fine.

My blog get views, I just recently hit 211 followers, I can fairly reach to eArcs and I got the joy of being contacted for a review. I can order books and get them without many problems, but in this case having a family economical has backup plays its part.

For sure, there are some things that aren’t that easy to do. Like, yes, some italian bloggers really purchase many tickets as they want, airplane included, to reach to European book fairs, especially YALC. Or have no problem to reach another Italian city. But I cannot. So is more something personal. I’m living a moment where my family has money but sure cannot go on spending too much at once.

In the end, I cannot really say that being international is a terrible barrier, but sure I cannot reach that easily to authors and events. I’m gonna talk more about it down below.

WHAT’S PUBLISHING IN MY COUNTRY?

AND THE BOOK COMMUNITY?

The last question was added by me. Because I think that there’s much to say. Let’s start with the publisher.

First of all, imagine that Italy is not a country where people read. Neither is one where books that are actually quite a market piece in other places, well, it’s not. Italy has a complete distorted idea of what a young adult is. Just recently our publishing industry started to acquire many new books, but there’s still a huge work to do. Especially about showing the importance of representation and understand the context from where that marginalized voice wrote that book and with that rep.

Italians. Probably.

Publishers go for what seems that will sell better, usually adapting the books with ugly covers and bad titles translations. Some even act with racist cover and whitewashing. For example, the big whitewashing that Newton Compton publisher did with The Reader by Traci Chee.

Also, the interruption of series and the constant changing of format, or even the many year gap between one publication and another, is what led me to start reading in English.

But what about the italian blogging community? Well, they never ask athing. Not seriously enough. If someone ask for constancy, be sure that someone will come and talk about some publishing stuff and why publisher cannot do this or that. Which, yes, this is the truth, but at the same time is not possible to do a change without sacrifice or focusing more on something like the simple aesthetic of the novel.

Also, italian bloggers are like… all white cisgender allosexual hetero ladies? Well, the majority of them. And they really move around romance trashy romance and if you say “intersectionality” they are all like “intersectionality what?”. So, even if I made contact with other blogger that looked like interesting in diversity in books, but pushing for actual diversity isn’t really a priority. Or tend to talks over marginalized bloggers (as far as I know I was the only one… lefting out another one that did some problematic things that are permanently scarred in my mind). Or to promote books that have a rep but the rep is terribly harmful. And don’t you dare to call them out, because: OPINIONS!

Me everytime I read something like that

Basically, that’s the situation. Yes, they read diverse books, sometimes, but still aren’t a main focus on blogs and their importance of representation is never mentioned. Also, italian bloggers never care to check outside their community and analyze some ownvoices reviews to see and talk about possible problematic aspects.

I even found a review about The Hate You Give where the blogger rated the book lowly, and that can be perfectly okay, unlesse she showed her racism saying that the author was pointing the finger to much against the general idea of the “white cop”.

 IS EASY TO PURCHASE ENGLISH BOOKS?

It depends very much on the location. I live in Rome, the capital city. Yet, since I’m quite a picky reader, meaning that I might more looking for hardcovers than paperbacks, the story changes.

Talking about local shops, there are few English bookshop but their young adult sections area quite small or don’t have the books I’m looking for. Feltrinelli is a big distributor where is possible to find English books and the sections I’m interested have a decent amount of books but almost always in paperback and be sure that any of those are cheap.

Talking about online shops, there are many local distributors but things associated with Mondadori or Feltrinelli usually mess up. Valid option are IBS or Libraccio, but for English books I rely on Amazon of Book Depository. Amazon or Book Depository have basically the same prices for book. I usually rely on Amazon because I have Prime, so I get books in little time and I can easily send them back in case something is wrong. Also, is one of the few places in Italy with every book I can think of. And rarely mess up with orders.

HOW IS POSSIBLE TO REACH TO AUTHORS?

What is reaching for to authors? Funny thing is that: authors don’t pass often by Italy. If they do Milan or even Venice, or even some fair in Lucca or Bologna are the places where they will go. Nothing that I can reach like is no mattere,  because I would need to purchase train or plane ticket, a place where to stay and even the ticket of the event or the fair.

Me trying to find authors that will come to Rome

Last time an author came to Rome, was Cassandra Clare and her location was kept secret until the end, so no one knew where to go unless you are some major famous italian blogger (that’s not easy at all) and from the after event, of what I heard, the bloggers were ill-treated and kept under the sun (summer in Rome, where streets melts!) for hours and many other s****y things.

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This is it! Do you have other questions about the topic? Because I would gladly love to answer from an international perspective and also as an Italian. So, please, if you have questions, leave them in the comments!divisorio uno

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22 thoughts on “International Bookworm || Life of an international blogger

  1. I’m from Belgium and I can easily say the same is true for me on a lot of these aspects. Although I don’t have to travel that far to get to YALC [since you mentioned that specific convention], it does take plenty of money to book train tickets, hotels and stuff like that. I’m going this year, but that’s more because I know it won’t be an option in the years to come. I simply want to be able to go at least once in my life, haha.

    Hardcovers are not easily found here either. All books I’m interested in are paperbacks, which is such a pity. I keep ordering on Amazon or BookDepository to get the books I want, simply because I like my hardcovers better. Not to mention I hate having one installment of a series in hardcover and the next in paperback.

    There are.. two [I think?] author events a year in Belgium / the Netherlands as far as I know – at least with YA authors. One of them is next week and I’m going. I hadn’t heard of the thing before so I’m stoked about that one. I think I have more of an advantage on that front as Belgium is closer to the UK than Italy is? I have no clue.

    Love this topic! 🙂

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    • Belgium is definitely much near to UK than Italy, but actually takes to reach it at least two hours with a plane, but with the jet lag it becomes much less. UK is one hour behind the Italian’s time.

      I feel the same about YALC. Is not that in the future I will no possibility to go, but I know that with my family, when I make plans for a travel, everything get delayed until… forever?
      But yes, bigger problems are tickets. Just figure that even moving across Italy can cost a lot.

      I know that in Italy there Bologna’s Children Book Fair that sometimes host some young adult author but I never got a chance to go there. I can only hope that Lucca’s Comics will get other names. Last year there were Terry Brooks and Brandon Sanderson. But zero authors that I was actually interested to met.

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      • I’ve never had much trouble with the hour difference since it’s that way for Belgium as well, haha. As long as it’s one hour and not six, I’m mostly fine.

        I hope you’ll be able to go one day! The things I’ve heard about it make me all excited to go myself so I can only imagine it’ll be the same for you. Not to mention when it’s coming closer and the YALC-posts will be everywhere on social media.
        Moving across a country is always an expensive ordeal. But I do hope you’ll be able to do whatever you please in the future! We all need some time to find stability – definitely when it comes to finances – and I’m certain you’ll get there as well. 🙂

        I’ll keep my fingers crossed you’ll get to meet some authors you’re genuinely interested in! I have an author meet next week and, at first, I wasn’t overly excited for it but since reading Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone I honestly cannot wait. They mostly host debut authors so I had to read quite a bit [still have to], but I’m happy that there’ll be at least two authors I’m really looking forward to meet. So I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed you’ll be in the same situation as I am right now one day. 🙂

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      • To YALC I will probably go with a friend of mine but if for reason’s she has to drop the project, I swear I will go by myself. I’ve already been to Londo as a tourist and I think I will survive. I really hope to meet also a lot of the international blogger I met thanks to specific chats

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      • Of course! London honestly isn’t that hard to “survive” – it’s one of my favorite cities and I’d love to roam it on my own one day, haha.
        I’m looking forward to that as well! Reminds me I still need to start some kind of chat / group to add those bloggers to. :’)

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      • I said survive because I’ve never did a travel alone before, plus I’d to check few medical things before going by myself. The idea is exciting but give little anxiety at the same time.

        For the chat, if you have twitter, try to find Evelina of Avalinash Books (hope I wrote the blog name rightly) and DM her. There are two discord chats that you can join

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      • Totally normal to have some anxiety about it as well. I once visited a friend of mine when he was in Riga for a month so I had to go by plane all by myself and I was so.. hyped up and anxious all at the same time.

        Ooh, awesome! I’m going to do that! Thanks!

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  2. I loved this post! It was so interesting hearing you talk about your experience as an Italian blogger. I live in the U.S. myself, but I suppose I don’t know how my blogging reach differs than international bloggers because I’m still a small blog, but finding books for me has never been a problem. I’m also really lucky to live near several diverse language book stores, and my library has an assortment of books of different languages, so if I ever wanted to read a book in Chinese or Japanese, that would be an easy thing to do. 😊 I’m really glad I got to learn more about your book-blogging experience! Hopefully I’ll be able to relate more as I grow my blog in the future 😋

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  3. Ah, Rome!! Love it ❤ Been twice…

    On the blogging aspect: it sounds frustrating. 😦
    I never understood the logic behind publishing translated books with bad translation or horrible covers. I mean, do they even try to sell them?

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  4. Great post, Camilla! My sister-in-law (who is also a book lover) has the hardest time buying books in Italy (she’s near Perugia.) She stayed with my husband and I for a while a few months ago in the U.S. and we frequently went to bookstores and sales so she could stock up on books unavailable in Italy. It really is a shame at how inconsistent the market can be.

    When I was there in August, I was searching for some books to bring home in Italian to have for myself and my daughter to be able to read. However, finding a full series was difficult! The only one I could find which was complete was Harry Potter, and the prices were far too much. Granted, I wasn’t at a formal bookstore, but there aren’t many, if at all, in that area.

    Hopefully they will broaden their market to reach more readers and have a wider variety (and good representation and translation) of books.

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    • Definitely, if English readers cannot afford online shipping or find a good international seller, there’s a problem for them.
      Sometimes I pass by the English sections in bookshops, becuase it happend that I might find some new releases but the majority of the time there’re always the same books… for months.

      I get on the seires. It happens that I go around and see only the latest book of one or another is missing. Or in the fantasy section not a new books get published in months.

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  5. I loved hearing about how things are like in Italy, as this can really differ from country to country!

    I have to admit that I’m not really involved in my own country’s blogging community either. Especially as few people actually talk about intersectionality or diversity in books :/

    Sometimes I do have to rely a lot on Amazon if I want to have a book quickly. Thalia – a German bookstore chain – usually has a very good online shop that I use, but sometimes they don’t have certain books (happened to me when I wanted a hardcover of ACOMAF, they canceled my order because they didn’t have the book in stock anywhere) or it takes 1-2 weeks to get them ready for shipment. But overall I’m glad to have an alternative to Amazon!

    Meeting authors is really tricky in Germany as well, but I’m glad that we have Frankfurt Book Fair, because sometimes a few US authors get invited, but mostly those who have a large fanbase!

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  6. yikes reading about that Rome event w CC stressed me out. I was in Rome for a week during Summer and trying to do touristy things in the heat KILLED ME. i had fun but like i was prepared bc it was a holiday yknow. or as best prepared as my white ass can be…

    im glad that mostly youdont feel too left out of things ❤

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  7. *Sending virtual hugs from a fellow international blogger*

    Not a book blogger but I’ll add that it’s hard to engage with the community unless you blog in English. And people could hardly relate if you raving about a book in your own language lol.

    I could especially relate to the difficulty of finding English books. I’m a Malaysian and it’s easier to find libraries or bookstores in my home country but since I live in Japan I’ve got no other choice besides from buying books online or go to a big bookstore in the bigger cities.

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