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Nothing To See Here, Moving Along… Just Another Sunday Post… And A Little About Accessibility! Sunday post #103

Second week that I’m back blogging and I am still unable to quite be back 100%! Work is still going a bit crazy, and my health is starting to suffer for it. So I won’t be concentrating on the blog too much – however, I’ve decided to just keep it at a point where I’m having fun. Isn’t that the point? So I think for now, my blog will be relatively quiet and I’ll only be posting on Fridays and Sundays. And since I’m posting so few reviews now, you know that the ones I do post will only be books I really really loved. As for those I don’t want to review in long form, I’ll just review them here on the Sunday post.

By the way, I have recently installed an accessibility widget! It was really simple, and you can install one too, if you’re on self-hosted WordPress. I think it has options for non-wordpress sites too. Here’s the one I’m using, and the function I love the best is that it can read blog posts to you! I wish everyone had this widget. Then I’d just listen to everyone’s blogs! If you want to try it out, click the accessibility symbol at the lower left corner of my blog, and you can get your own widget by clicking the links on it too. Or just visit them directly: userway.org

By the way, I was introduced to this widget thanks to Miss Lawrence is Hearing Things, a disability friendly audiobook blog. She has whipped up a nice incentive for blogs to become more accessible and disability friendly, so there’s a badge you can get to put on your blog, and she’s also planning a directory! And that’s the badge – join us and become more accessible ❤️

 ~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal

Whenever I get a book about inspiring women in history, I guess I always expect something incredibly written, such as The Radium Girls. Oh Kate Moore, how you have spoiled me! The Radium Girls is a nonfiction historical tale, but somehow it’s written in such a voice as if it’s actually fiction. Except, you know, it’s also real. I think that’s how all nonfiction should be written. It brings the story to life. It tells it with emotion.

But back to where I was. Like I said, when I encounter an inspiring nonfiction story I always expect it to be written in an inspiring manner as well. This was the case with this book too. Come on, black women in the 19th century starting a bank – that’s incredibly inspiring! I was so curious to find out. How and why, and how they managed to achieve this.

I still believe the The Independent Order of St. Luke was an incredible feat – both for the black community and women in general. A huge achievement. And it was also an interesting historical point. But heck, this story could have been told so much more interestingly. I will never understand telling nonfiction stories in the form of a history textbook. How many of us enjoyed our textbooks at school? Why would you want to stick to the straight facts when you can present it so much more interestingly? I mean, you can say that being grown up means being academic and taking off your rosy glasses. But I don’t think growing up means accepting that life must be boring. I don’t want to say this book was boring cause I was so excited to read it, and the story of the bank run by black women was truly inspiring. But I guess I was expecting to read about the hurtles they experienced, and not the types of insurance policies they offered.

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.

[ Goodreads ]

~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

So there’s only been one review, but I am really proud of it, since it has my first illustrations! It was also a wonderful book that I can truly recommend. Take a look at my review of Moon Mission, a book I would recommend to everyone who is at least a little into space stuff, and especially if you have kids:

moon mission

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

Not a big haul! Thankfully 🙂 and I think My Uncle, The Spy might still be free on Amazon US this week, so have a check if you like fun middle grade books.

My Uncle the Spy: Part One - Mysterious Meetings The Wayward Girls

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’m going to check out that accessibility widget. It’s important that anyone who’d want to could come and get something from our content 🙂
I’m with you on blogging for fun! It’s a hobby, after all, and life is hard sometimes, that’s for sure. I hope you’ll feel better, and look forward to your Friday and Sunday posts.
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading xoxo

etinosa
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Oh, I’m going to check out the accessibility widget and put it on my blog. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that not everyone can do the things you can do without even thinking about it. Also the badge is so shiny.
Yes blogging should be fun. Take care of yourself Evelina. I’m currently reading The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey and it’s been good so far. I’m looking forward to your Friday and Sunday posts because I love reading all your posts.
Have a great week

Susan
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If you aren’t having fun then what is the point my dear???? That is what will burn you out!!! You do you! That is all that matters!!!

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
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The accessibility widget is a great idea! It’s such a simple thing that can make such a difference…
I’ve been struggling horribly lately and haven’t posted anything in two weeks that wasn’t pre-scheduled (I think 1 post?) except for today. Sometimes you just need to step back and chill.

Look after yourself! Work shouldn’t be making us ill… Although it does it all too often. 🙁

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
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I wonder how many people have been completely turned off reading, especially nonfiction reading, by school. Eek. That’s truly awful to contemplate, since the end result of school should be to encourage everyone to become lifelong learners, right?

I loathe textbooks. I never had a single textbook that was well-written. That’s a shame, too.

I hope your life slows a bit and you have more time for blogging. I’m glad you have been able to pop back into the blogosphere.

Tânia@MyLovelySecret
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Blogging is about having fun, so don’t pressure yourself. Blog whenever you feel like it – I’ll always be here to support you, even if only blog once a year. 🙂 The accessibility widget is such a great idea. I’ll have to take a look at it and see if I can use it on blogger (blogger really needs to start allowing users to use more widgets).

Wishes of a happy week.
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Well it’s good to have you here even if it’s only a bit. Do what is comfortable and don’t worry about it. Have a lovely week!

Here is my Sunday Post   

Bella
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Bella

Love this idea with the accessibility button! Will look in to setting it up on my own blog!

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
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The Accessibility widget is a great idea, I wonder if free WordPress has such an option, I’ll have to investigate.

Have a great reading week

Dina
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Evelinah! I haven’t stopped by in ages. I’m going to check out that widget! I think it’s very important to be accessible to every single reader out there. I did notice on your Instagram that you read more nonfiction than I do (but, like, for reference: I don’t read nonfiction at all). What are some of the things that you look out for when picking up nonfiction? And, how do you find books that do not treat history as a dull and depressing topic? So far, I have been in steampunk and tweaked historical fiction. Like, My Lady Jane was… Read more »

sjhigbee
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And that’s a great looking book – thank you for the recommendation. I think you’re spot on regarding your attitude to blogging – it should be enjoyable:)). I hope you have a good week with work not being too demanding, Evelina.

Laura Thomas
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Blogging is my favorite hobby. I love it and hope to continue for a long time. I am struggling to find time to devote to it as my new job is keeping me busy. I know I’ll find a good routine soon:)

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Love the idea of the Userway accessibility widget. I just tried to install it on my blog, but I’m blogger and something went screwy with editing the code so I have messaged Userway for advice.

Kelly | Another Book in the Wall
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Thank you so much for introducing me to the Userway widget, Avalinah! I’ve just installed it on my blog! <3 I think it's so important to make our blogs accessible to everyone!

I'm currently listening to Broken Things by Lauren Oliver, and am hoping it picks up a little bit! I'm enjoying the mystery aspect of this thriller, but unfortunately am not overly fond of the characters yet. Happy reading, love!

Bookish Creation
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I will for sure be checking out this widget. I had a lot of sight problems, in fact up until two years ago I was at risk of going blind, so anytime I can do something to allow more people who struggle with sight to be able to enjoy more I like to try and do it. Thanks for letting us know about it. 🙂 Blogging is always a hobby thing. I look forward to your posts on Fridays and Sundays.

Lydia
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Welcome back! I think just having fun with it is the right approach to blogging. Your health is the most important thing, so please do take care of yourself. We’ll still be here 🙂 There is so much fantastic and engaging non-fiction out there there really isn’t any excuse to be boring with it these days. I think it probably depends on the academic’s background – whether it was a creative one or not. It’s such a shame that they took that incredible story and portrayed it in such a dry way! I bet at some point another writer will… Read more »

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators
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I LOVE the new accessibility widget! I’m going to look into implementing it into our blog!

And I think nonfiction gets a bad rep because of the boring, textbook-like books! I try to only read highly recommended non-fiction that explain a topic or piece of history in more a more entertaining fashion. That way I learn something new while also enjoying my read!

Nora Eleri @ Papertea&Bookflowers
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Oh I love the accessibility widget! I’m not self-hosted yet so I can’t install it, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind for when I do make the leap and go self-hosted (still a little scary thought) And you’re absolutely right. Focus on writing just as much as is fun!! No need to force yourself when right now is a stressful time. I myself had to take a step back from blogging myself and I don’t even have that much else to do … And yes, I don’t get why nonfiction is often written like a school textbook instead of… Read more »

Olivia Roach
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I really love the sound of taking things easy and mentioning the books you’re really enjoying. The accessibility widget sounds so wonderful and I will check it out as well. x