Libraries, GISHWHES, and NetGalley – Oh My!

I was almost tempted to say the past week had been uneventful, but that’s not really true. It’s just been a more chilled out kind of event filled week, instead of the manic weeks I seem to have had a lot of lately!

It started off great when I found out The Library Project wanted my face. Ok let me back up a bit here lol! I recently wrote a blog about my favourite childhood book to help promote The Library Project – an organisation which donates books and libraries to children in under-financed rural schools and orphanages in Asia. When they first reached out to bloggers to help promote their organisation I jumped at the chance!

Well now they want to grow that into even more bloggers being part of it and have set up a specific section of their website…which now has my face (and the other bloggers who took part in the original blog posts) on it! 🙂


For any bloggers interested in joining in the fun and helping to spread the word about the organisation, there are full details on The Library Project website on how to take part.


I also got a few of ebooks from NetGalley – my first time ever requesting from them! I was rejected for several, which I expected, but I got approved for a handful of titles so now I’m working my way through them. I’ve written a review for Henchgirl already, and am about 75% of the way through Night Shift.

Henchgirl by Rita Stradling  Amazon | My Review

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris  Amazon


Then some online friends told me about something called GISHWHES. I’d never heard of it before! It’s an annual “scavenger hunt” run by Misha Collins (who plays Castiel on Supernatural), where teams work to complete fun and creative challenges. You don’t have to live local to anyone on your team (I don’t!) and you can create your own team or join a team of random people to get to meet new friends.

From what I can tell, there are a LOT of different challenges and you just do as many as you can – they vary from something simple (like taking a photo with a stormtrooper) to something really hard (like writing GISHWHES in space!). The aim of the hunt isn’t just a creative outlet though, it’s also to help and inspire others in your community.  It sounded like way too much fun to pass up so I’ve registered 😀 The hunt starts in July – I’m a bit nervous but definitely excited!

Finally, it was Penny’s “birthday” yesterday! She turned 2-ish. It’s been a year since we took her in and I can’t believe it’s been so long already. She definitely feels like she’s been part of the family for way longer than that!


I made a vlog about some of these things (and other bits going on in my life) while the dog and cat are crazy in the background lol!

As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

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25 thoughts on “Libraries, GISHWHES, and NetGalley – Oh My!”

  1. Sounds like you had a lot of fun things this week. I’ve heard of Gishwishes a lot in the last few years. It certainly looks like fun, so I hope it will be a great experience for you. Your cat is so cute.

    1. Thanks! I’m excited that I got accepted for a few 🙂 She’s definitely soft and cuddly, but also sharp and pokey at times hehe.

  2. Congrats on being included in The Library Project. And hurray for Netgalley! When I first started, I would check every publisher’s requirements to rule out the ones I knew I’d get rejected for, but now I just apply for whichever books I feel like, and if I get rejected, I get rejected lol.

    That GISHWHES thing sounds fun, and your cat is so cute!!!

    1. Thanks! I didn’t even think to look at the publisher’s requirements lol! I’m just winging it with the same mentality you are – if I get rejected that’s ok 🙂 I have to rein myself in though, there are so many lovely books on there!

  3. Hey that Library Project sounds very cool, congrats on participating in that. And Henchgirl sounds interesting. Like that cover!

    I haven’t heard of GISHWHES but it sounds fun.

  4. Congratulations – sounds like a great week. And go you for getting hold of the Charlain Harris NetGalley arc! I love the series and am looking forward to reading the next book, so I hope you are enjoying it:). Have a happy reading week.

    1. I hadn’t realised Night Shift is book 3 in the series – I’ve read her other series but somehow had missed this one before now! I’m enjoying it so far 🙂

  5. Ohh, I love Netgalley! I spend way to much time there and request way to many books. I’ve wanted to start this Midnight, Texas series from Charlaine Harris, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

  6. What fun you had, and your vlog was cute! Nat Chat or Natterings…both sound really adorable, I think.

    Enjoy your week…and congrats on breaking the barrier at NetGalley. It took me a while to start regularly getting books…and then, out of the blue, I had my first reject in forever! For an author I read all the time, but the publishing house probably doesn’t know me. It wounded me for a bit, though. LOL.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog. Penny is very sweet!

    1. Ooohh I don’t even remember him from the Sookie series (oops!) – maybe he came in after I stopped reading it. I am loving him in Night Shift though 😀

  7. Congrats on joining NetGalley! I’m absolutely addicted to it, and have quell my requesting to make sure I get through my own books. And happy birthday to your cat – she’s gorgeous! I know what you mean – I adopted my cat in November last year and it already feels like he’s always been here. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier 🙂

  8. Sounds like you had an awesome time and the vlog is great! I love NetGalley but have been avoiding it. My % is at 97% and with Clean Sweep ARC this month I want to see i I can get 100%, THEN I will probably go crazy!!

  9. Good luck with GISHWHES! One of my pals participates in it every year, and it looks really fun. I’m kind of shy, so I haven’t plucked up the courage to give it a try though.

    Also, Penny is so cute!

  10. GISHWES sounds fun! I’ve been watching Supernatural lately but having gotten to Castiel yet. I’ve heard he’s amazing. The Library Project sounds awesome and how cool that your face is now up there! NetGalley is so addictive! I get in trouble there all the time. Enjoy your new reads and have a great week!

  11. Yay that The Library Project wanted your face. I love that they seem to be appreciating (and engaging with) bloggers!

    I don’t request much from NetGalley any more as I get new release listings from most of the big Aussie publishers so that keeps me busy.

  12. Ah that’s so fantastic about The Library Project! Congrats ♥

    And I’ve heard so much about GISHWHES! I had a couple of friends in the past participate in it and it looked like they had soo much fun. Good luck with it 😀

    Penny is sooo cute!!

  13. The Gishwhes challenge definitely sounds like a fun challenge. And the fact that Misha Collins runs it.. Well it’s a nice little extra! LOL!
    Loved your vlog! And the dog and cat are so cute! 😀 Congratulations with Penny’s birthday! She’s really pretty.
    Have a great week and Happy Reading!

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