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Sunday post #16 What a busy week!

Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

Another week has passed, how time flies! I’ve been relatively off the Blogosphere, due to being busy (honestly? I don’t even know what I was up to!), but nothing of the consequence happened this week. Apart from this (click through to see the full tweet and the culprits):

These book-promoting spammers have been following and unfollowing me time and again for at least a half a year. When I spoke up, they blocked ME! Turns out, they’ve been pestering so many bloggers. If they’ve bothered you – tweet, report and block them. It’s not cool.

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

As usual, I have posted three times last week. In my first post, I’m linking up with Marta @ The Somewhere Library to do a fun buddy read (it really worked out!), then I am doing the now quite popular Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag as tagged by Maureen @ Maureen’s Books, and last but not least – a long overdue review of a lovely literary title 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster.

Why Marta thinks I should read Red Rising The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

~ Coming Up Next Week ~

Next week I will be finally posting my Red Rising review (loved it!), also I will be posting a super fun new book tag about the biggest books on my shelves, and a review for Things To Do When You’re Goth In The Country (they really did not do well with the contrast on their digital cover, don’t even say it.)

red rising pierce brown 
things to do when you're goth in the country

~ Little Book Haul ~

Last week was quite exciting in terms of ARCs! (I know I should stop requesting them, but look at those. Would you not try to get them??) Naturally, the most exciting grab of last week was They Both Die At The End – a novel every book blogger seems to be getting their hands on lately. I have first been denied for it on NetGalley, but Edelweiss had faith in me! The next title I’m super excited about is The Growing Season – I have read Helen Sedgwick’s previous novel The Comer Seekers and loved it, so naturally I am excited about another one of her books as well. Aside from that, I grabbed Clade which is a dystopian/apocalyptic tale as it was a Read Now title on Edelweiss (you might still be able to grab it!) and also got approved for The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock on NetGalley. Last but not least, I grabbed Kindred which was on sale on Amazon. It was a really lucky stroke, as I had just read a lovely review at Grab The Lapels maybe a week ago and marked it as to-read!

~ In The Bookish Community ~

First of all, thank you all who have tagged me in so many tags! I have been tagged for the Liebster award three times in pretty much the same week, you have indeed made me feel so special ❤ you are the best community around! And now I’m going to share some recent posts that have attracted my attention:

5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To by Jackie B. @ Death By Tsundoku
I know it’s an oldie, but when it’s July 23 and you’re still remembering a post your friend wrote on June 30, you realize you’ve got to share it!

Do You Get Tired of Seeing the Same Books Around the Blogosphere? by The Well-Thumbed Reader
And important topic! And while it doesn’t really get old for me, I know a lot of you will agree with this opinion

Why I Don’t Read A Lot of Contemporary Romance by Taylor Is Reading
I agree to a lot of the reason’s Taylor states and it’s pretty much why I don’t read this either (+some extra reasons!)

How To Write A Great Blog Post by Drizzle & Hurricane Books
This post really gives some good, emotional insights and I agree with a lot of them!

~ General Randomness ~

I finished The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson last week, and I have to say, it was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read recently. So absolutely touching, flowing, raw and poetic. It’s hard to even define what I liked about this book! Stay tuned for the review, as I will be gathering all my wits to write one – as you may well know, it’s not easy to write a review for a book you immensely loved!

I did not expect a #book that mom randomly got from the #library to turn out this good. Even when I realized it had been on my #TBR for 4 years. The #writing is beyond amazing – it’s hard to even point out what I like so much about it, aside from just loving the flow, the experience of reading it. I easily clock 100 pages a day. Themes of changing beyond recognition, of trauma and living with it, of #asexual love being just as valid and valuable and sexual love. Intermixed with religious #mysticism and art. I LOVE this book! The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. #bookstagram #currentlyreading #reading #read #readingrec #readingrecs #readingrecommendations #ptsd #gargoyle #andrewdavidson #goodbooks #berries #raspberry

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And that’s it for this week! What new books have you got? Are you doing a cool buddy read? Have you got anything fun to share with me? Will be waiting for your update links in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

60 thoughts on “Sunday post #16 What a busy week!

    1. It’s like they’ve followed everyone! You should block them xD thanks, Red Rising is amaaaazing, I hope I can get the sequel soon 🙂

    1. You’re probably right about this! It just got so old I couldn’t help it xD yeah, the same happens on IG, you are right. Respect for not paying them any mind!

  1. Gah! I hate those people who follow only to unfollow, and then come back! I have started using a service both for my Twitter and my IG to weed out those who will unfollow as soon as I follow back… And then, I can just block them 😉
    You got some nice ARCs, Evelina! I hope you’ll find the time to read them soon, and that they’ll live up to your expectations!
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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    1. Hm, what’s that service called? I’m curious 🙂 and thanks! Yep, I hope I get that time as well 😀 and the motivation (you know what I mean :D)

  2. I tend to ignore followers I don’t recognize, but that whole “following and unfollowing” thing is creepy.

    Enjoy your new books…I am curious about The Growing Season.

    Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
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  3. The account has done that to me many times. Just ignore him. Maybe he/she is the promoter. I can’t imagine an author does that to promote his own book. He’s a spammer.

    Anyway, glad to hear about your new books. Yay, so happy for you. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading and have a wonderful week.
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  4. Wow, that is kinda creepy with the whole follow-unfollow things. Enjoy your new books. 🙂

    Thank you for stopping by earlier.

  5. What a great update! Thanks for sharing it 🙂
    It’s also nice to see I’m not the only one with a mounting tbr pile 😉 Which one will you be reading first?

  6. Some twitter peeps are beyond irritating and I really dislike the ‘follow for follow’ sort of theme right now.

    I’m glad you loved Red Rising – can’t wait for your review. I have that pretty high on my TBR and I need some positive reviews to give me a final push to go read it. 🙂

    The new books look great – hope you enjoy them!
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  7. Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear about these twitter people following and unfollowing you, this is SO annoying when it happens. Twitter as a whole has its positive sides, but things like that always make me so mad, ahah.
    I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed Red Rising! Many blogger friends have told me they enjoyed it a lot, but I’m a bit nervous because I don’t know if this might be the kind of book for me. I’m into the genre, really, but when it’s a little too dark, I’m not sure anymore ahah. I don’t know if that made any sense?
    Congratulations on the ARC of They both die at the end! That book has been getting tons of hype, I hope you’ll enjoy it – and all of the other books as well 🙂
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post! And happy reading 😀
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    1. Thanks! 🙂 Red Rising IS a little dark. And a little bloody and gory. It’s really good, but if you’re uncomfortable reading that then you might not enjoy it 🙂

  8. Those Twitter spammers are so annoying. I had a guy who kept following and unfollowing, I guess he thought if he kept doing it I would follow back? Um, why would I? It was a marketing site I have no interest in. Some people have too much time to irritate others. 🙂

    Yay for the ARCs! They Both Die does look really good. And thanks for the links as well.
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    1. I sort of have a rule who to follow back and who not to 🙂 I always follow back book bloggers cause I like seeing what they have to say (unless they’re… problematic. But that’s rare!), I also like following those who follow me cause it’s so much more two-sided that way. I usually don’t follow back authors or book pages though, because I’m not interested in their communication so much. So basically I try to stick with book bloggers 🙂 but with those, I’m pretty generous with my follows 😀
      Thanks Kristin!

  9. What a pain with that Twitter troll. I’ve encountered that before (not with the same guy) and I don’t know why but it never occurred to me to report them. The constant following and unfollowing is just annoying. I need to block them and be done with it. I hope you have a great week… looks like you have some excellent reading options! 🙂
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  10. Ah yes, that lovely little twitter incident is still very fresh in my mind. What’s funny is he follows me but didn’t do the constant follow/unfollow nonsense he was doing to a lot of other bloggers. If he did, I didn’t notice haha. I’ve had other authors in the past do that though and it’s SO ANNOYING. Like, I’m not going to buy your book. Sorry. I’m very picky. Yay for THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END!!! I knew there was some way you could get it. Hope it ends up living up to your expectations! I’ve had weeks where I did hardly anything but by the end of the week I’m exhausted and have been absent from social media. No idea what I did that made me so busy but it happens quite often!
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    1. I know right xD it seems that the weeks you do ‘nothing’ you are the busiest 😀 it’s like time dissolves or something?

    1. Yeah, I guess I am too, what’s the word.. Petty about it 😀 or just pay too much attention to detail. You are right, it would absolutely do me good if I just didn’t mind it much 🙂 maybe one day… 😀
      How are you feeling BTW? How is your elbow? Did you figure out some app to voice-type/read back? My Bf started using the book voice reading app I recommended to him 😀 so he’s actually *reading* now. I am SO happy about that. ONE OF US, ONE OF US lol
      I have fixed my tonsil problem and I can’t even believe it!!! At least for now. So happy. Still struggling with skin irritations and allergies and totally woke up and forgot to wake up today (if you know what I mean :D)
      I also started reading They Both Die At The End yesterday. It’s not that it’s sad or gory or anything, but it’s not a book to read for the chronically ill, I feel like. It could really upset someone, as it’s just… there’s so much death there. It’s a little hard to bear.

  11. Hallo, Hallo Avalinah!

    I admit, I saw this floating round your feeds – however, I take a different path when this happens, as it’s something that happens time to time though not as frequently as it has for you. Sorry for that angst! I mute regularly those I feel I don’t have anything in common with to follow and/or it’s a bot feed (you know, the ones that auto-RT?) or for whichever reason, I don’t want the content in my own feeds (that happens to us all!). I block those accounts which I honestly feel I should – but sometimes, I also block accounts for things I am never going to be interested in such as Erotica (aye!) and/or the immense offerings for ebooks! Some of which I wonder if they could be considered spam in some ways,… not all of them, but you might know the ones I mean?

    Anyway — I mute first, block second and I think I only reported once or twice in four years?

    I have this down to a bit of a science now – so I don’t get overly vexed by any of it. I do wonder why so many books get accounts – though I know it’s to help market the book the same reason a film has their own account but sometimes, eh. Not into it. Other times, I change my mind and unmute the person or book. I mean, we’re women, we can change our minds! lol Other times, I wonder why those ppl I think are less interested in book blogs would follow book bloggers at all? So strange.

    The only quirks I had that come to mind are ppl who seem to be interested in your feeds follow you, engage with you once or twice and then unfollow you? It’s the darnest thing. Only happened a few times I recall – but still? What gives?

    We all do what we can to keep our social sanity! Sorry this past week was more angst for you than joy.

    The mid-year freak out seems keen – do we have to be tagged to play along!? Hmm.

    I know what you mean about having books come into your life unexpectedly and giving you the greatest of joys! 🙂 I think this is something we all share as book bloggers — by the way, the physical book which was inbound to you – did I miss the champagne and confetti? Did the polar bears really take a bite out of the pages or did it finally arrive!?

    ps: Since you & the other blogger posted your “if your a book blogger, tag me & share your blog” tweet s/o threads, there have been at least five more happening! Just made me smirk!
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    1. Wow, Jorie, thank you for such a long and <3 comment! I'm sorry I haven't visited your blog lately, been swamped with stuff. But at least we talk on Twitter, right? 🙂 you're a great blogger buddy.

      And I am still thinking of that awesome glowing bottle 😀 I would flaunt it AAAAALL the time to everyone if I had one, even non-bookish friends, haha 😀

      The auto-RT ones don't bother me somehow. Hey, free reach, right? xD haha. Although I will admit, I don't really understand the point of RT bots? Who even follows them..?
      Although I myself DO follow one bot, but it's not an RT bot, it's actually kind of awesome. It's a bot that writes very positive messages, like "I've never told you how much I appreciate you" and stuff like that. So while I know it's a bot, that's something I like seeing on my stream xD so why not, right?
      But yeah, before this whole spat, I didn't even figure I could mute/block people? I guess you live and learn 🙂

      Yeah, I don't really like book accounts either. Like, I feel like it's better to have an author account, and then they talk about the book? Cause then it's not so openly marketed (most of the time), and gets a human touch as well. I'd always rather have a human being talking to me than just some random "voice". And that did not sound like I'm insane either 😀 hahaha.

      "I mean, we’re women, we can change our minds!" - :DDDDD that one made me laugh!! You go, girl.

      Sometimes people change their mind and unfollow you. I hate to say it, but I also unfollow people sometimes. But it's mostly because I either don't talk to them at all, or they post content that makes me stressed out, or they're not following me and there's no dialogue. I'll only follow illustrators without them following me back - cause I like seeing their lovely content. And maybe several rare bloggers who are really good, so I still want to see their content when they don't want to see mine. But for the majority, it's much more interesting to be mutually following, cause otherwise you just... are sort of out of the element and it's weird to talk to them. It's more fun when you're just equals like that 🙂 so sometimes I unfollow people who have never followed me back although I talked to them time and again. Ultimately, I guess some people unfollow because they don't remember? We follow hundreds, if we don't see that person's content often or talk to them, it's likely we'll even forget who they are. I struggle with that on Goodreads a lot, especially when trying to recommend books to people xD

      You can totally tag yourself in the mid year freakout, if you want! If you want, I'm tagging you 😀

      The physical book, as well as the #BroodyBFF swag, IS STILL EN ROUTE T_T I'm actually a little worried about those now??? It's been weeks! They're still totally and absolutely NOT HERE. :/

      Hahah, yeah, I have also noticed so many blog hops, I feel like I definitely had some part in that 😀 it feels awesome to set off events like that, like dominoes 😀 totally cool!

  12. Ohmygosh! I am soooo honored to be linked here, particularly with a post which is almost a month old at this point! <3 <3 <3 You are so good to me.

    UGH. This is one of the many reasons I struggle with Twitter. Not only am I not great at social media in general (it takes too much of my time/mental effort, honestly…), but I don't understand why there need to be so many political plays like this! If you follow someone, and they follow you back, that should be just fine. Who cares if you follow as many people as who follow you? This isn't some sort of silly war about who has the better ratio. Come ON people! I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. Totally not worth your time.

    I have sooooo much catching up to do on your blog! I know I'll never be able to make it back to all your posts when I was traveling. But I can't wait to read your post about Red Rising. You have so many great posts coming up. How on earth do you manage to figure out all your posts for the week ahead of time? That blows my mind. Do you have a schedule for posts? For when you spend time blogging? SHARE YOUR SECRETS WITH ME! Help me be a better blogger! 😀

    I cannot wait for us to do our Buddy Read!! I just picked up a copy of Attachments and I am READY. Let’s do this! Thoughts on how we can make this awesome? Send me a message and we can figure out the deets. I am pumped.

    1. Hahaha 😀 this is the time I should tell you my posts are currently scheduled up to mid-August? I’d like to schedule farther, but life just happens xD I used to schedule less, but I’m going on a vacation the second week of August, so I needed to schedule for that, and then I ended up scheduling for the time up to that as well. I need to write one more post at least so I don’t have to jump off a building when I’m back xD so I have a safe buffer of posts!

      I also use twitter scheduling tools so I don’t have to tweet at the time it posts either. And I schedule an email to myself with the Goodreads review, because GR is not that smart yet. So usually, my post, social media and review goes out at the same time, and I can forget about it. The review can lag cause I sometimes don’t notice the email. But that’s it 🙂 so I schedule things and forget what’s even scheduled before my own email reaches me from beyond time xD

      I will write you about Attachments when I’m back, alright? 🙂 I should be back from my vacation in the middle of August. Don’t want to start anything before that, cause it will end up a mess 😀

      1. I’m so impressed that you are scheduling your posts! Holy buckets! Does that mean you have them already ready to be published and are scheduled accordingly?! WOWZA. I need to get on your level. I can barely get coordinated enough to identify what books I want to review the week before.

        I also use a Twitter scheduling tool for posting. I’m just awful at Twitter. I keep forgetting it exists… O_o Oops. But I just post a shortened version of my real review on Goodreads, so I post it whenever I get it written. That also helps me keep track of which books I’ve written reviews for and which ones I have not. #Slacker

        Yes! Attachments. I am suuuuuuper pumped. Take your time. I’ll be here and waiting. 😀

  13. That sounds really annoying! I haven’t been bothered by that on Twitter so far.. Thankfully!
    Awesome that you were able to do the Midyear FreakOut Tag last week. I’ve been crazy busy this week, so I’ve only had time to visit the Sunday Posts today. Sigh.. Thankfully I’ll finally have some more blogging time this weekend.
    Happy Reading!
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    1. That’s good 🙂 we all have busy weeks. Thank you so much for still visiting me although you didn’t have too much time 🙂

    1. Yeah, I hope I can read it soon 🙂 but not right now xD I need more upbeat books in my life right now! I’ve been reading They Both Die At The End and Silvera is murdering me!

  14. That does sound annoying. I know I’ve unfollowed and then followed some people again, but not consistently like that, that’s just annoying.

    I heard good things about Red Rising, but haven’t read it myself yet. Nice haul you got this week and that’s great you got accepted for a book on edelweiss when you got denied on netgalley. Maybe another person at the company did the accepting for that site?

    Those reviews for books you loved are always the hardest to write it seems. i hope you’re having a great week!
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    1. Thank you! Yeah. It does seem like different publicists are managing NetGalley and Edelweiss, which is basically a win for me in this case 🙂

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