Book hauls, Sunday post

Sunday Post #100!!!!! A Nice Milestone For My Favorite Post And Also A Wrap-Up For March

At the start of March, I looked at my blogging calendar, and thought… Ah, I’m at 100 Sunday posts, almost. I will have to do something special for my 100th. After all, it’s my favorite post of each week, and it’s always my most popular post of the week as well. Funny that, the post also coincides with a monthly wrap-up – it should be like a wrap-up of the entire two-ish years that I’ve been posting these… Probably without a single missed week, as long as I remember.

But the week in question came, and I realized that it will not be any special post, in fact, it won’t even be as good as my typical Sunday post normally is. It’s a shame, but as they say – the blog belongs to you, and not the other way round. The reason why? Oh, I’ve just had one of the hardest weeks in the past two years for sure. Nothing bad happened, but bad stuff was trying to happen. At least three straight days of 12 hours of anxiety… I don’t think I’ve had a more stressful week than this for at least two years. That means, you have never seen me as stressed out as last week, because I’ve only been blogging for like two and a half years. (I mean, if you had seen me last week. Because I was effectively off the face of the net. My Twitter notifications are in the three digits.)

Anyway, things seem to be alright now, and hopefully they will be. But I just want to relax and don’t want to work on the blog right now. So no special post for the #100! Still, I love the milestone. I want to thank all of you for reading my thoughts at least every second Sunday, and of course, my biggest thanks goes to our host, Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Thank you everyone!!! 🙏

~ Bookmail!!! ~

However, the universe was kind to me this week and sent not one, but TWO packages of bookmail to balance things out with all the bad and evil that’s been going on! My photo game isn’t good because as I said, I just want to sleep and stare at the wall currently, but I still wanted to let you see the beauties in my mailbox:
The Design and Construction of the Nautilus and The Boy Who Steals Houses

A photo of two books with blue covers, I will explain what they are in the text

These two beautiful copies came from two different publishers on different continents, and yet! Would you look at how their colors match? I wouldn’t believe it, total #aestheticgoals!! Anyway, the big hard cover book is called The Design and Construction of the Nautilus, and it’s about the most interesting thing I have ever seen!! Certainly, it will only appeal to certain kinds of readers – and I feel like the publishers couldn’t have found a better person to send this book to – of course, I mean in terms of how much I’m loving this book. Finding a reviewer who will love something like that is probably not easy, but they’ve found one for sure. Anyway, I haven’t told you what the book is about yet – it’s basically a theoretical / historical / engineering book about what the Nautilus (yes, Jules Verne’s) would look like and how it would operate, if you were to build one with the materials and technologies known at the time Jules Verne wrote 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea. So it’s all speculation, but WOW. I mean, haven’t we all fans of Jules Verne ever wondered whether it COULD be built? And if so, HOW? This book is incredibly fascinating, and I’ve already started reading it. I couldn’t have been luckier, thank you Boyle & Dalton for the copy!

Speaking of being lucky, I was also really lucky to be sent The Boy Who Steals Houses by Cait @ PaperFury! Thanks for TeamBKMRK, aka Hachette Children’s for the review copy. And although I’ve already read it, I know I’ll be returning to the print copy after some time to re-read it. And I’ll be taking pics with it for sure. This book is especially dear to me, because, as some of you might remember, the words of my humble self have been quoted on the first page, the praise section!!! Couldn’t be more exciting, since while I have already been quoted on maybe 3 books, this is the only such book that has reached me in the form of a print copy. And since this text can only be seen on the ARC, what I hold now is an incredibly limited edition, so to say 💛 because only another couple hundred reviewers probably even have it in the world. I’m very happy. And here’s the first page, in case you’re curious:

The Boy Who Steals Houses Praise, my lines in it

The first page of The Boy Who Steals Houses, my quote is “You will not regret picking A Thousand Perfect Notes up! It really IS all it’s cracked up to be, and there’s a reason why we all keep giving it five stars. Evelina, Avalinahs’ Books blog”

Anyway! That makes my unusual book haul, because that’s all I hauled in this week, or even the previous one. I’ve hauled other books this month, but I’ve already showcased them, so I’ll just leave it at that. Now let’s go talk about the books I loved in March!

~ 5-Star Miracle Books Read ~

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

There were only two books I fell in love with in March, but they were both incredible, and the odd thing? They couldn’t be more different, but they also are strangely alike?? The Boy Who Steals Houses is an incredibly touching and powerful YA about a boy who has no home and has to fight by the skin of his teeth to stay afloat every single day. It’s a brutal story, but at the same time, it’s an incredibly soft story that will definitely make you weep. I absolutely loved it. Meanwhile, Stay and Fight could also be called absolutely brutal, but in a different way. In a punky way. In a stay outdoors and fight for your life kind of way. The Naked and Afraid kind of way. Except minus the cameras. In Stay and Fight, it’s our characters against the world, and our characters are a bunch of women, some of them are queer, some of them just anti-establishment. So they brave the forest and learn to live there, and even raise a child. These women… Are incredible. But it’s not so much about them, as about family, about survival and about how the world and the government will screw you over, especially if you’re poor and/or different. It’s an incredible book. Prepare for a nice strong review from me for this one – but since it comes out only in a few months, you’ll have to wait. You won’t have to wait for the review of The Boy Who Steals Houses though! Because that’s already scheduled – please come back and find out why I loved it so much this Wednesday, April 3rd. TL;DR: BOTH OF THESE BOOKS GO ON YOUR SUMMER READING LIST.

~ 4-Star Steady Good Books Read ~

The Swish of the Curtain (Blue Door #1) by Pamela Brown Maddy Alone (Blue Door #2) by Pamela Brown Golden Pavements (Blue Door #3) by Pamela Brown Blue Door Venture (Blue Door #4) by Pamela Brown

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick (Goodreads Author), Jayne Ann Krentz (Goodreads Author)

I really enjoyed The Blue Door series this month! I got through them all so fast. It was written a while ago – in the 1940’s-50’s, but it’s still relevant and interesting. It’s about kids and teens who really want a career in the theatre, so it’s balancing somewhere between middle grade and YA cause there are characters of quite a few ages. I will be reviewing these books soon! Then there was also The Haunting of Tram Car 015, a short, fast paced diverse magical adventure, set in an alternate reality, which I’ve reviewed here. I also enjoyed Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water, a psychological diverse scifi, reviewed here, as well as The Paid Companion, a quick and simple, but very satisfying cozy mystery romance, or perhaps romantic suspense, set in the Regency era, review here. They were all great books!

~ Okay Books Read ~

Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments by J.L. Pickering, John Bisney The Casket of Time by Andri Snær Magnason (Goodreads Author), Bjorg Arnadottir (Translation), Andrew Cauthery (Translation) The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow

Picturing Apollo 11 was a great book – but it was purely a picture book that took ages to read on my computer as a review copy. Which is why it got 4 stars from me as a product, but falls in the ‘okay books’ category among others. It’s great for a NASA hobbyist though! Full of some really stunning and rare photos of the astronauts, as they were preparing for the journey to the moon, as well as the machines and labs, trainings and even the flight itself. Full review here. Then there was The Casket of Time, a middle grade fantasy, which also got 4 stars, as it was a great book, but it horribly mis-blurbed. So I was expecting a contemporary and perhaps dystopian middle grade, when what I really received was sort of a fairytale retelling. Curbed my enjoyment for sure! But I can recommend it as a fantasy story. Full review here. As for The Grand Design… I know I should have enjoyed it more, but it just felt dry. Sigh… Maybe the translation is to blame, as I actually borrowed this off a friend and it was translated. Physics jokes don’t go down too well when translated, I guess.

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

I read one appalingly disgusting book which turned out (at the very end!! Argh!) to center around the idea of King Arthur being buried on the coast of America and worshiped by a Native American tribe, who then apparently mixed with the white people who “stayed”, which in turn led them to try to hide their “unnative roots” from the rest of the world and try to hide poor Arty’s ass being buried in their soil. It’s purely disgusting. Firstly because, of course, anything of importance to non-Americans culturally will of course wind up in America, because there is no rest of the world *holds up sarcasm sign* Second, I don’t even know what to say about the Native American stuff, it was infuriating to me – and I come from Europe. I can only imagine how painful it would be to a Native American to read this. I wanted to scream as I found out where the book was headed. This book was a pure turd and I won’t even mention its name. If anyone is curious what NOT to read, just DM me on Twitter and I’ll gladly tell you.

~ On The Blog In March ~

This has been quite a month! I don’t even know what to recommend because I enjoyed all of these books so much, and I had quite a few fun buddy reads too, as it appears. I am incredibly proud of the discussions though – the guest post The Writer Behind the Name: how much does gender bias exist in publishing? As well as of the interview with Jen – The Life of a Bookworm with Dyslexia. Both are relevant and I promise you, contain a lot of good info and/or thought material! Please go check them out:

 the vela  forty rules of love

gender bias in publishing   ewan pendle and the castle of nightmares

the girl who drank the moon   eleanor oliphant is completely fine

the haunting of tram car 015   bookworm with dyslexia

~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week ~

Look at how lovely, yellow and sunny next week will be on the blog! They are also both books about young people, and books I dearly enjoyed. Please come back next week to read the reviews for The Boy Who Steals Houses and The Swish of the Curtain.

 the boy who steals houses  swish of the curtain

So how has your week been? And what about your March? What are you reading and 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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Elizabeth Tabler
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Great post! You inspire me to get posting with a Sunday post or a wrap up for the month. Maybe that will be tomorrows project.

Tânia@MyLovelySecret
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I’m so sorry about your week. Why does anxiety has to be a thing? My last days have been a whirlwind of anxiety too. Let’s hope next week is better. <3 Congrats on received two physical books. =D I read your thoughts on THAT book on Goodreads and it's appalling what some people do. It's not okay to white-wash the Native American culture just to create a book plot. Why would someone do that?!

Wishes of a good week.
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Gayathri
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Evalina!! 100 Sunday posts is definitely not a small deal. Kudos. I am sorry that you had such a terrible week. I just want to mention once again, that I am just a DM away, if you need to talk. I hope you know that.

I wish the coming weeks are much much better than the last.

Ayushi
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Must be such an incredible feeling to see your comment printed in a book. I can only aspire to be there someday. Congratulations!!

Michelle @Because Reading
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Sorry about the anxiety, I went through that the last 6 months, I am better able to handle it but it still creeps up every one in a while. I am glad you are feeling better.

YAY for your mention in the book! That is always awesome when that happens, just a great feeling and also something so show off to the neighbors, kids, nieces, nephews, aunts, strangers…whoever will listen and not tell you to go away. 🙂

I hope you have a fantastic week, Evelina! Happy Reading! xx

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity
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Isn’t it always the way? You intend to do something special to mark a significant event on the blog and everything happens to stop you. Sorry to hear you’ve had a stressful time of it but hopefully it’s bad the bad things haven’t happened, have they? Count the little things as a win. Glad you got some book mail and how awesome to have a book where you’re quoted within the pages! It feels like a special moment to see your name there so I’m so pleased for you.

Hopefully, this week will be better.

Sophie
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I really hope the next week will be less stressful Evelina! And congrats on getting paper ARCs! It’s never happened to me but I am already happy that some egalley I request directly to the publishers are now granted! All that thanks to your post about how to request ARCs and the advices of that person who worked for a publishing house!

Laurel-Rain Snow
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So sorry about your stressful week, but your books look good. Have a wonderful new week with no “meh” or “disgusting” reads. Thanks for visiting my blog.

JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog
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Happy 100 Sunday Post. Sorry to hear you had a stressful week. Thank goodness it is now better. Sometimes just need a relaxing blogging moments.

Happy Reading
JoLee
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Susan Crosby
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I had to read this 15 times. I kept reading that you were celebrating your 100th post and I’m thinking no way. I know she’s done a million posts. No way only 100. Then it finally clicked to my addle mind that you meant 100 “Sunday posts.” and the world suddenly made sense again :). CONGRATULATIONS!

And that is fantastic that your comment was included in a book. That is truly an incredible achievement! 🙂

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
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I’m so sorry to hear the week was quite stressful and anxiety-inducing, I hope that next week will be better, I’m sending all the positive vibes your way <3
SO exciting, having your blurb on the ARC of a book, that's every book blogger's dream for sure, ahhh this is SO great, I'm so happy for you and so happy you received a copy, too .I can't wait to read Cait's latest work, I loved her debut 🙂
Wishing you all the best for April <3

Sam@wlabb
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AAHHHHH! That’s amazing to see your own quote on a page. Achievement unlocked. Congratulations!

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
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This was one of my better weeks in March…. not that that’s saying much but I posted on the days I planned hahaha. Hope April is better for you Evelina. I got to blurb an ARC… just one but it was super fun. ❤️

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Well hopefully the only way is up now and you will have a great week! At least you have some lovely books!

Here is my Sunday Post   

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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I hope this week is less stressful for you. Congrats on hitting 100 Sunday Posts. Enjoy your new books!

Greg
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Congrats on 100 Sunday Posts!!! That IS a milestone, and a pretty cool one. 🙂 Hope you have a super week too! 🙂

Laura Thomas
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I’m sorry things have been stressful. And I’m glad you have had some great books to help escape. I;m sending you good vibes and hugs!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Happy 100th! I am glad you enjoy the weekly posts. I love seeing what everyone is up to and discovering what they’ve read and posted about. I am so sorry you had such a bad spell of anxiety. Mine is usually at its worse when people I love are experiencing or doing things out of my control. I hope this month is better for you and delighted to see your face on the Sunday Post <3

Erica Metcalf
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I need to get my hands on a copy of The Boy Who Steals Houses soon!! 🙂 I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! Great wrap-up!

Brittany
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Congrats on 100!! That is awesome 🙂

I’m sorry that it had to come after such a hard week 🙁 but I’m glad you are doing better and I hope this week is easier! Hang in there <3

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom
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I’m sorry you had a difficult week last week. I hope this week goes much more smoothly for you.

How exciting that you were quoted on the first page of The Boy Who Steals Houses!!! What a book bloggers dream! Congrats 🙂

That is horrible about the book you won’t even mention the title of! Do some people really not think before they write? How could the author possibly not think they would get backlash for that kind of book?!? Horrible!

CG @ Paper Fury
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Aww I totally relate with how draining long bouts of anxiety are! It’s hard to get motivated to do anything, particularly special things?! I don’t even think I celebrated my blogversary last year because things were a mess looool. Anyway I’M SO GLAD YOU GOT THE ARC!! You definitely deserved to have this And i’m so grateful for your recommendations and words of encouragement!You’re so fantastic eeep.

Donna
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Happy 100! I know what you mean about wanting to do something special to celebrate and then life getting in the way. My blog anniversary it the same week as my birthday so I always think I’ll do something big and special, but it also happens to be the middle of January when I’m still struggling with getting back on schedule after the holidays if I even remember my anniversary it is usually just a quick shout. Check out my wrap up at Girl Who Reads

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
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I’m so sorry to hear about the anxiety. It’s an absolute bitch and I hope it lets up and lets you breathe soon.

Congrats on reaching 100 Sunday Posts!

Danielle Hammelef
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Danielle Hammelef

The Boy Who Steals Houses sounds like the perfect book for me. I might have to gift myself for Mother’s Day. That’s so cool to be quoted in the book!!

Tina @ As Told By Tina
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That’s so awesome that you were quoted! It’s an amazing feeling huh? I hope that these past couple days have been gentler with you.

Tina @ As Told By Tina