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Might Be My Last Sunday Post For A Bit Sunday post #104

I’ve been thinking, and I guess my hiatus was not long enough. That is to say, I don’t really want to take another one, but I think I want to post less, and the fact that I have to post based on any calendar just makes me feel like it’s work. So I’m probably going to abandon the Sunday posts for a bit, although they’ve always been my favorite and most visited post. But now that I don’t have time to visit blogs and link them, or really even recap my own posts for the week (cause there’s only ever one!), I don’t know if the Sunday post is even so interesting anymore. So I’m definitely still blogging, but you’ll see me more rarely I guess!

And this week I have to thank my buddy Bella @ Bella Jones (whom you should really follow!) for sending me some lovely bookmail ❤️ and not only! She sent me my very first bookish pin and I am in love with it waaaaaaahhhhh!!! ❤️❤️❤️ take a look:

 

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My lovely and unbelievable bookish buddy @bellaojones didn’t just send me a beautiful handwritten card plus a book she loved, but also MY FIRST EVER BOOKISH PIN 😍😍😍😭😭😭😱😱😱 and it was a total surprise!! Look at it, it’s so beautiful!! I was stunned for a moment there, when it fell out of the envelope as I pulled out the book. I am running around the house now, showing it to mom and to my cat, and to all the saints, basically. BELLA, YOU ARE THE BEST ❤️❤️❤️ Also, hey, look at the book. Isn’t it gorgeous? ✨ Then again, let’s hold that first thought. MY FIRST EVER BOOKISH PIN!!! ❤️ Okay, okay, I have a Hogwarts Hufflepuff pin. But that’s not the same. Not the same!!! And also that one’s not an enamel pin. LOOK AT IT!!! Wow, okay, I am fangirling, but we don’t get much bookish merch here in the boondocks. Also I really treasure these kinds of things, especially if they’re gifts from friends ❤️ Do you also feel the same about bookish gifts? I mean, run around the house and flail like a kid when you get something like it? Even if they’re gifts to yourself? #bookhaul #enamelpins #bookishpins #booksbooksbooks #instabook #bookstagram #ilovebooks

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 ~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing is one of those books that took me about a year to read. The stars in my rating (4.5) should tell you that it’s not because I got stuck – but because this is just one of these books that gets too painful to read, if you’re highly empathetic. Which is exactly why I kept putting it down. Although it’s told in relatively short stories that don’t often span entire lives, the stories get under your skin and they don’t let you go. The injustice in most of them was the biggest reason I had to keep taking breaks. It was ovrwhelming and so, so sad.

The main thing I want to highlight that I loved about this book was that it breaks up the complicated history of the Black people of America by not just telling half of it – the book tells it all, because only half the stories are based in America – the other half continue in Africa, the place that was left behind when those people were taken. To me, as a reader, this didn’t just present the unique opportunity to read the part of history no one ever really talks about, but also enrich my knowledge of it with a lot of cultural detail. You can feel how the story becomes full when it’s told like that. You can’t tell the story of Black slaves without telling the story of the place they left behind.

Another interesting thing about Homegoing is that there will be stories that stick and stories that just go by – for everyone. But these stories will be different for all of us. The one that stuck the most for me was the story of Marjorie, a girl originally from Ghana, living and growing up in Alabama, and how she wasn’t allowed her own identity, because even the Black people there wanted to put her in the frame of American Black, although that wasn’t her experience, coming from Ghana. The author wants to say that there’s no single definition of being Black, and it can’t be considered the same experience for everyone, just like we can see through all of those stories, detailing the very many different pasts of the characters of this book.

Homegoing is a book that conveys so much. I’m amazed by the fact that so many different histories and ideas even fit in one book. It’s a unique book be be sure, and I’m certain it tells a different story to each reader, depending on their culture and background. But I’m sure every reader will be able to take something valuable from it.

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Blissfully Blended Bullshit: The Uncomfortable Truth of Blending Families by Rebecca Eckle

While this book is definitely interesting and very immersively written, you also have to keep in mind that essentially, it’s a book about how a relationship doesn’t quite work out. So you go through stages of falling out of love, conflicts and breakup with the author. That can be truly emotionally draining, so I’m warning you.

However, if you’re struggling in a blended family yourself, or are looking for similar experiences to your own from the past, then you will definitely find this book a wonderful source of info. The book is very emotional, easy to relate to and the author’s way of presenting her own past choices in a way where you shake your head along with her is very easy to read and follow. She doesn’t refrain from using humor at her own expense either, so you won’t find it a boring read by any means.

But like I said, it’s a painful read all the same. I am one of those people that easily identifies with other people’s emotions, so I found myself often anxious or stressed out while reading this, because it talked about how spouses mistreat each other, how vindictive people can be or how essentially most relationships are doomed to fail because of the rosy glasses we wear when we fall in love. Overall, I’d say it’s a great read for someone who is looking for relatable stories about blended families, or just anyone who’s struggling in a relationship, really. It can help you understand that the problems you’re going through aren’t unique to you, and help you feel better about it being relatively normal to encounter those. It might also help see the things you don’t see in your own relationship because you lack the necessary distance or a point of comparison to see them. It’s definitely a good book, but before reading it, you need to know whether you’re at a place emotionally where it won’t bring you down.

I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy for review through NetGalley in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion.

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~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

Last week I talked about traveling from your living room! Which if, of course, reading travel books. This time, another illustrated review of a memoir of the Camino de Santiago, which I enjoyed greatly. Check it out here:

walking to the end of the world

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

The first book, as already mentioned, hauled with the help of my lovely friend Bella, who sent me a gorgeous copy of The Beautiful Side of the Moon. Then I also hauled a middle grade about a dyslexic child and a teacher who helps her cope, Fish in a Tree – very curious about that one. Has anyone read it yet?

The Beautiful Side of the Moon by Leye Adenle Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?

As usual, I’m linking up with the Sunday post meme at Kimba’s book blog and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews.

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Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms
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I understand not wanting your blog to feel like work, Evelina! And while I’m with you 100% on taking a break, I can’t help being a little bit sad I won’t see you as often as I’m used to.
Spend the time doing things that relax you and fill you up with good feelings <3
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading xoxo

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
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Sometimes you’ve just got to step back and so what you can do rather than what you feel you need to do. Blogging is a hobby. When it feels like a job, I feel we’re doing it wrong and we need to pull it back or we won’t last.

Flora
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I do enjoy reading your posts and I will continue to devour them as soon as I see the notification in my inbox but I understand that there’s only so many hours in the day and we can’t do it all. I’m putting my own blog under the microscope. It’s funny isn’t it, I started blogging to share my book reviews and they’re the posts that get the least dialogue/traffic but I love writing them.

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
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Blogging can so easily and so quickly feel like this overwhelming, all-consuming work. I hope you will find a blogging rhythm that works out well for you and that makes you happy and feel less stressed out just as well, Evelina, take care of yourself! <3 <3 <3

Trish @ Between My Lines
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Your pin is so cute. And the Camino book looks interesting as I really want to walk some or all of it someday. I can understand about the break, I often take them when I need them.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Do what you need to do. That’s all you need to do. Take care. I’m subscribed so I will see your other posts.

Sophie
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You are making the right decision Evelina. Blogging should never feel like work but always like pleasure. We have enough pressure from our real paid jobs! So do as you please and we’ll read posts you enjoyed writing 😉

Laurel-Rain Snow
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What lovely bookish mail! I hope you find just the right balance in your blogging.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
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That’s alright! Take all the time off that you need! We’ll still be here!

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators
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That’s such a cute pin! Homegoing would probably be too emotionally gutting for me, from what I’ve heard. I really don’t handle emotionally devestating books well. It why I try to stick to the lighter side of books, with cute contemporary novels. I need cuteness and fluffiness in my life so that I can take on one or two sad books every few months. Also, I read Fish in a Tree a few years back so I don’t remember too much, but I do remember enjoying it! I hope you do too!

CG @ Paper Fury
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I am almost ready to get back into blogging!! I feel like I’ve been the worst blogger lately oops, but hey if you need to post less or just rearrange what you’re posting, you go for it. we’ll be here for you!!!

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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I’m glad you mostly liked Homegoing because I’m on a very long waitlist for that one. I may also have to take a hiatus from blogging. I got a new job and am exhausted all the time. Have a great week!

Laura Thomas
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I get the struggle to find time for blogging. I’ve not been doing to good at visiting blogs recently. I’m glad you will continie to do some posts and share with us!

Gayathri
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I totally understand what you say, babe. I think taking off from your Sunday posts sounds good, even though I will be missing them. I hope to see you around though.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I feel you. I cannot always comment especially in the summer because weekends are crazy, but it makes sense to cut this post and share reviews etc. We do have peeps that only link up once a month. (food for thought)

Olivia Roach
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Don’t worry girl, I completely relate. I don’t have any kind of schedule at all for posting anymore, let alone any date constraints. Instead, I just try to post at least once a week and that works for me! Go at your own pace <3

Kelly | Another Book in the Wall
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I completely understand how blogging according to a schedule can feel like work! I used to publish Sunday posts of my own, but after realizing that I wasn’t able to link to many of my own posts (I’ve been posting far less frequently this year), as well as those from other bloggers, I decided to abandon it for the time being. I hope you find that perfect blogging rhythm, sweets! <3 Homegoing sounds like such a fascinating read, and I'm particularly intrigued by how you mentioned the stories continue in Africa! Perhaps I'll check it out some time!

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom
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Happy to see you read & enjoyed Homegoing! I read it with my bookclub and it made for an excellent discussion. I cannot believe it was a debut novel! The fact that the author wrote a multi generational novel spanning hundreds of years where each chapter is a new perspective AND that tells the collective black experience… It is mind boggling! I’ve heard really good things about Fish in a Tree. I am very interested in reading it myself, since it is about a child with dyslexia. My own son has a visual processing disorder, which is very similar. Let… Read more »

Tina @ As Told By Tina
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I use to have a strict blogging schedule when I first started but now I just bother myself with having any type of schedule. I tend to write down what I would like to post for the month but I also realize that my life is hectic due to my kids being in school and sports so I don’t really have much time to work on the blog. It took me a while to be okay with that but I did and it was honestly the best for me. So I hope that a break and doing what is best… Read more »

Lindsi
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I totally understand! I do a My Weekly Pull post every Wednesday and feel terrible when it’s not up on time. Sometimes I just don’t have the time or the energy, and other times I don’t have everything I need for the post (since I also include my husband’s comics and he like to procrastinate). 😉 Do whatever you need to do to take care of you! We’ll still be here for you. <3

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

Sarah
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I have had Homegoing on my radar for a while. Not sure I am emotionally ready to read it yet, it will be draining. But it NEEDS to be read!

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
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Awwww what a sweet gift! I have been thinking of collecting enamel pins. That is the best bookworm pin I’ve seen. I get you about blogging less. I hope you feel rested and rejuvenated! ❤️