Thursday, 24 May 2018

Privacy Policy

Hello!

You may have heard of the new GDPR or General Data Protection Regulations that are coming into force across the EU, for any site that holds or may hold data about its users. This blog is no exception and as such I now have a Privacy Policy which you can view in the footer of the blog. The policy is created and maintained by Iubenda, and according to them is fully GDPR compliant and will be updated automatically regarding GDPR on the 25th of May 2018. The policy highlights the main ways data may be used on this blog, but I thought I would add some further points here.

Hosted by Blogger (Google), TheArtsShelf does store data from users but this is only for commenting and analytics (or stats) purposes. I can also see a registered username for those who have chosen to follow me, along with which other blogs you follow, though you should be able to unfollow at any time via Google/Blogger or your chosen service; I have no control over this. Blogger offers the ability for users to comment on posts, and data can be captured dependent on what method of identification is used to comment. There are multiple options for various external accounts (Livejournal, Wordpress, etc) to be used to submit a comment, or there is the ability to post anonymously. This is at the user's discretion, but I use no data view-able from comments posted. All I might do is reply and/or follow your own blog :)

If you have submitted a comment you wish to be removed and are unable to do this yourself please contact me at the email below and I will endeavor to remove the comment as soon as possible.

Blogger employs a 'stats' function which captures quantitative, aggregate traffic stats to inform the blog owner (Me) of site traffic based on the post viewed, traffic sources (So whether you clicked on a Twitter link to get here, as far as I'm aware), browser and operating system use, and country based audience location. This is all quantitative/aggregate traffic and so not focused on individual site visitors, but the traffic as a whole. As far as I am aware, no IP addresses or other personal information are stored by this stats function, however if they are I do not have access to such information, which would be held by Google themselves as the host site/developer. You can read their own Privacy Policy here.

I only use this base data as a way of improving my content (Basically seeing what my audience enjoys about my blog, and what they don't). I may provide aggregate data to a third party, ie a publisher or site such as Netgalley, when requesting review material, however this is not personal and is solely the aggregate data (For example a line such as "My most viewed post is a review of "X book" which currently has 145 views").

I have a cookies pop-up when you first access my blog that informs you of Blogger's use of Cookies and includes a link to Google's Cookie Policy. By continuing to access my blog and its content, at the moment this constitutes an agreement to the cookies, which is what forms the statistical data. Blogger/Google may update their own banner to comply with GDPR in respect of a pre-load 'opt-out' feature, allowing you to disable cookies before accessing my pages, however I have no information regarding this as of yet and I do not have the access or ability to create such a feature myself. My cookies banner is therefore currently created by Pipdig, who have noted they will be adding further features to the plugin in future to help with GDPR compliance.

If a competition or giveaway is hosted on TheArtsShelf and you are a winner, I will contact you via Twitter DM or email; this would be specified at the time the giveaway/competition is posted. Any data gathered for the purposes of sending through any prize would only be used for that purpose and would be deleted once the prize was received. In some cases I may need to provide information to a third party, such as a Publisher, but this would be detailed in the original 'competition post' and would be discussed with any subsequent winner.

This blog includes external links and/or widgets to other sites including social media. Social media sites such as Twitter and Goodreads do store cookies, however I receive no information as to whether any user accesses these links or external sites, except for what is potentially collected by Google for the statistical data mentioned above. Again this is only aggregate data that I can view, and is collected in conjunction with Google's cookie policy, again listed above. External sites such as other blogs, web links and social media sites that I have linked to may use cookies and should be covered by their own privacy policy and I accept no liability. Social media plug-ins may also utilize cookies. All Widgets are created either by Google for Blogger or the third party such as Twitter or Goodreads and are therefore subject to that companies Privacy Policy. This includes the built in share links within Blogger's post/comments function, for which I have no control over, as well as the 'Follow By Email' and 'Subscribe to' widgets, for which I receive no data regarding. If you choose to follow this blog by email, there is an Unsubscribe function within every email update.

If you send a review request to my email below (Please check my Review Policy as to whether I am accepting requests), this information is only used by myself to accept or decline a request. If you wish an email to be deleted at any time, please let me know.

Lastly, in mid-2017 a massive Twitter appreciation thread for book bloggers took place, in which a desire to 'blog-hop' was expressed by many. As the thread was becoming unmanageable I decided to create a blog post here that listed everyone's blogs and twitter handles in one place, to make it easier for all to follow/blog-hop, etc. I only used public information from Twitter to create the list, as mentioned in the post, however if anyone on the list wishes to be removed please feel free to drop me a line at my email below, and I will remove forthwith. Similarly, if you'd like to be added, do let me know! :)

Please note that as this is a hobby blog and I am not a technical expert, legal expert, nor have I sought the advise of a technical expert or legal expert, this information and the steps I have taken to conform to the GDPR are known and taken to the best of my ability, using internet based resources, mainly this Guide to GDPR for Bloggers. They are also not legal experts. Any queries, please use my email below and I will endeavor to reply as soon as I am able.

You can contact me via theartsshelf@gmail.com

Have a lovely day!

Holly x

[Post date: 24th May 2018]
[Last updated: 27th May 2018]

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme originally created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. Top Ten Tuesday has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl and all info can be found here if you want to take part!


This week we've been challenged to list books that take place in another country, however, as I live in the UK and most YA books are published and written in the US, I've decided to take a different spin on this one and feature my favourite fantasy books that take place in another land.


What about your Top Ten Tuesday? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme originally created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. Top Ten Tuesday has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl and all info can be found here if you want to take part!


This week we've been challenged to list the books on our spring TBRs. I hope you enjoy mine. Most are ARCs I've yet to get through.

1) State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

2) Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton

3) The Waking Land/The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates (ARCs)

4) The Astonishing Colour of After by X. R. Pan (ARC)

5) Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (ARC)

6) Zenith by Alsberg/Cummings (ARC)

7) Everless by Sara Holland (ARC)

8) Eliza and Her Book of Monsters by Francesca Zappia

9) Truthwitch/Windwitch by Susan Dennard

10) Hunted by Megan Spooner

What about your Top Ten Tuesday? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf





Sunday, 18 March 2018

Letters Between Friends: Dear Cazz #5


Dear Cazz,

Sorry for being a bit late again with this post. I've been in London most of the week and spent last weekend getting ready and planning, so I've only just had time to gather my thoughts. The weather has been quite awful hasn't it? Hopefully it will brighten up and get warmer soon! Fingers crossed anyway...

Yes! Les Miserables is coming to Manchester next March! Even though I'll hopefully be in London at Uni by then, I still can't wait. It'll definitely give me an excuse to come home for a weekend or two! Tickets are released in July I think, and no cast yet, but we'll definitely have to go. I need to introduce you to my favourite musical!

Speaking of Les Mis, I watched it on both Monday and Tuesday (Shows 9 and 10) and it was as amazing as always. I don't think I'll ever get tired of either the show or this cast. It/They're just phenomenal! *Insert Happy-Holly face here*

You mentioned Wicked too so I'll add onto that. I'm going watching it for the first time in almost two weeks and I can't wait! I've only heard a few of the songs so I'm going in completely blind. I think it'll be amazing though. I've heard only good things. Then I've got Miss Saigon a little after that before another Les Mis. A "stagey" month is a good month!

You should definitely check out Renegades when it's released. I also read another new one called Blood Rose Rebellion which was incredible! Very Les Mis esque which I love. Think you'd like it. What's the new Levithan/Cohn about? I'll have to get around to it!

Aww no! I hope Alex is okay. Big hugs to you both. You know I'm only a phone call away if you need anything?

Blogging is on the up; I'm getting there. As for reading, I'm not sure what I'll get to next. Any suggestions?

All my love,

Holly.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (Good or Bad)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme originally created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. Top Ten Tuesday has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl and all info can be found here if you want to take part!


This week we've been given the challenge to list the books that surprised us. Mine are those that surprised me in a good way, such as with plot twists.

1) Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

2) The Fandom by Anna Day

3) The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

4) Blood for Blood Trilogy by Catherine Doyle

5) The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

What about your Top Ten Tuesday? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf