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Sunday post #21 I'm bringing something exciting next week!

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

Just two weeks after the vacation, and I feel like it was ages ago. How does that even happen? But, despite being more tired and busy with work, I got some really interesting ARCs this week, and I’ve also finished a really good book. More on that later! Unfortunately, I have noticed a lot less traffic, messages and comments on the blog and social media. Is everyone on vacation?? I hope they are!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I posted a discussion about the ways we have book related insomnia! I think it’s very relevant to many of us. I know I keep having this problem every night! And I’ve also posted a review for the much-anticipated They Both Die At The End, which I liked a little less than most people I know. Click here to check them out:


~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I’ll be posting three times, and I’ll be introducing something exciting! It’s going to be a new meme with a link-up, so you can all join and hopefully be motivated (here’s to hoping the link-up with work! My first time trying it.) It’s a monthly meme that will be geared towards tracking your success rates with ARCs and seeing how you’re managing. So link up please, I’d love to see all of your updates!

Aside from State of the ARC #1, I will be posting a review of The Tiny Thousand Miracles of Living Twice and The Growing Season – both great 4 star reads that I loved and truly do recommend.

the tiny thousand miracles of living twice  the growing season helen sedgwick

~ General Rambling ~

Let me share my joy with you this week! I have been waiting for my first ever print ARC and my Brooding YA Hero street team swag for over two months now, I think! And I’ve finally putting all those mailing mishaps behind me, as both have arrived on the same week! And here they are:

~ One Recommendation ~

The Punch Escrow

I should be reviewing this book soon with the help of a my reading buddy Paul @ Struggling Writer, but it was such a great read that I wanted to bring your attention to it before I even review it. This is a truly smart, witty, action-filled and yet poignant sci-fi novel and I think you should definitely give it a go! I stayed up at least two nights, if not three, to finish it, because I just couldn’t put it down. I had no expectations for it, I got got it on NetGalley through one of my browsing sprees, but it turned out to be so good! So keep your eyes peeled for the review in the upcoming weeks.

~ Little Book Haul ~

The Enchanted The Redemption of Marvin Fuster Heart Berries: A Memoir Sip Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine #5)

I got some really good ones this week! The Enchanted is about a mentally ill prisoner who sees a fantasy world where there is not one. The Redemption of Marvin Fuster is an indie-published title that has been offered for me for review, which I’m also pretty excited about. But the most exciting one this week has to be Heart Berries – it’s a memoir of a woman growing up in a native American reservation, with all of the problems and real life of it, #ownvoices too! I’m super excited. And Sip I got at the last minute, it’s being published next week I think (or might already be published), so I wasn’t expecting to get it, but here it is! It’s got a pretty crazy premise – about people starting to drink their shadows, becoming addicted and basically bringing the end of the world. So far it’s okay (yes, I’m already reading it), with only some of the typical YA qualms. And Cirsova #5 is my long anticipated print review copy of a scifi and fantasy magazine which we might be reviewing together with my boyfriend, as he seemed interested in it too. Excited to start reading all of these soon!

~ In The Bookish Community ~

So if you still haven’t heard about last week’s NYT bestseller’s list scandal, I suggest you get acquainted with it! It’s really mind-bending to think of the lengths people will go to game the system and then complain that nobody loves their books…

On a more positive note, I’m also sharing the 2017 Dragon Awards Ballot list that H.P. has kindly shared with us – there you’ll find the sci-fi you need to put on your reading list this year

So! Anything new with you this week? Did you read anything good?

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.

62 thoughts on “Sunday post #21 I'm bringing something exciting next week!

  1. Wow… I’ve just read the story of the NYT publishing scam. And just… wow. There are always folks who think rules and regs are for the other suckers, aren’t there? Glad she got caught, but depressing to consider how this apparently is a regular thing for more established publishers. One at least hopes the books are written and edited to a higher standard and without a ripoff cover.
    On a happier note – you are the second person I’ve heard raving about The Punch Escrow – thank you for the shoutout and I’m definitely now looking out for it… Have a great week, Avalinah:). My Sunday Post –
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    1. I know, right! This has surely been the scandal of the week. Watching it enfold pretty much with some popcorn in your lap was kind of fun though, I’ll have to admit. But that’s partly due to the fact that I KNEW she just wouldn’t get away with it.
      Oh, yay! Who else talked about The Punch Escrow? 🙂 I’d love to read their review. And I hope you get to read it, it’s absolutely worth it 🙂

        1. Really? Oh! I didn’t know. Maybe you should ask the author of Twitter when it comes out as an e-book? He’s very kind and very responsive 🙂 I can ask him for my review, maybe.

  2. Ooh I’m excited to see your linkup!! And omg that scandal with the NYT list was so BIZARRE. I didn’t even know you could cheat your way onto that?! Twitter was so on fire about it. It kind of all went down while I was asleep though so I was just playing catch up with articles.


    Also yay that your package arrived!! And that you got some great books this week!

    I fiiiinally dived into the second two books in the Ink and Bone series by Rachel Caine and I just…*rapidly falls in love* They were amazing and it was like my second 5-star read of the month, so that was exciting!
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    1. I don’t suppose anyone knew you could cheat it that way 😀 I guess you have to give them points for originality? Hah. I’m glad it ended how it did though. It’s absolutely NOT right.

      I’m glad you had a 5 star read! Every since I posted that discussion about rating everything 4 stars all the time, I got basically a bunch of 3 star books straight xD I must’ve jinxed myself, lol.

  3. I have to get to They Both Die at the End soon. Wonder how I will feel. It will be my first book from him. I love the sound of your new Meme. Will definitely check it out! Have a great week!

  4. That’s so exciting you’re starting your own weekly meme! Unfortunately, I don’t read ARCs so I won’t be able to link up. I also feel you on vacations– my vacation feels like months ago when it was just like a week and half ago….
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    1. Oh wow, how do you get by not reading ARCs? 🙂 I just can’t stop requesting them 😀 we must be compensating for each other to balance the world out. Haha 😀 and yep… Vacations are nearly always much too short.

  5. State of the ARC sounds interesting and I will definitely be checking it out. I am excited to read Brooding YA Hero. My co-blogger got it at BEA, but then, like with a bunch of the books I wanted to read, she took it to school. I was lucky enough to see it on EW for download, so I hope to read it soon.
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    1. Oh, that’s too bad that she did! I didn’t get the Broody ARC either, so I don’t know if I’ll be reading it, despite being on the street team! Oh well 🙂

  6. That NYT scandal book was crazy! I couldn’t believe how easy it was for that author to manipulate herself onto the number 1 spot on the list! CRAZY!!
    I’m curious about your state of the ARC meme! Sounds like something I will be interested in!
    Hope you have a good week!
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    1. Thanks Sam 🙂 yeah, the good thing though, is that they took her off the list quite fast. And I hope you do like my meme 🙂

  7. I don’t usually read Sci-Fi, but the title “The Punch Escrow” really grabbed me.

    Enjoy your ARCs….and thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my blog. My updates are now at a different blog; I switch things up every few months.
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    1. Yep, it’s really smart too – it’s not ‘punch’ punch, it’s Punch as in last name, was it a poet? It’s all well explained in the book. And the book was great 🙂 it’s not so much scifi, really. It’s just based in the future, it’s sort of like… speculations. It’s more psychological, maybe. Although it does have some science talk.

    1. Thanks 🙂 July, huh? I didn’t experience one in July, but maybe it was overcompensation of that huuuuuge twitter blog hop that made it seem like it was bigger, and now that’s over, and I’m down to a trickle 😀 it makes sense though.. People are either moving for school, or grabbing their last chance for vacation.
      You have a great week too!

  8. Sounds like a very interesting new meme. I’ll definitely keep a look out for your blog. 😉
    The Punch Escrow sounds like a great read. That cover could be a little more attractive though. But who cares?! LOL.
    Have a great week!
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  9. Wish I could come up with a new meme! There are so many out there it’s hard to think of a new idea…lol. Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Happy reading!
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    1. Thanks, Stormi 🙂 oh, I’m sure there’s a meme or two around the blogs that’s like that! But it’s alright. Maybe someone will want to link up anyway 🙂 even just two or three people is just as fun 🙂

  10. Glad you got some good ARC’s! And your new meme sounds great.

    I saw a really good review for The Punch Escrow, definitely wanna know more. Sip sounds like it might be interesting?

    Have a great week!
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    1. I had high hopes for Sip as well, and look at that cover! But I finished it yesterday and went like “huh..?” Not sure what I even read. Reads like YA, but has violence, gore, sex. NA maybe? Didn’t have a strong storyline, or world building. Didn’t like it much. Kind of disappointed. Oh well, at least it read quickly!

  11. Good luck with your new feature!! It does sound quite interesting and informative. Also glad to see you got your hands on The Enchanted. I’m actually reading the author’s latest book and can’t wait to see how it’ll end! 😛 Happy reading Evelina! 😀

    1. Thank you!!! The Enchanted was on a sale for a few bucks and I had been considering it for a week xD I mean… Cheap and good, why not, right? But I’m also trying so hard to get AT LEAST as many books as I manage to read now, so that… if my TBR doesn’t diminish, it would AT LEAST stay level? 😀 But considering everyone’s reviews, The Enchanted was definitely worth it, so I couldn’t help myself 🙂

  12. The Enchanted sounds so intriguing… I wonder how it will work…? I like mental health books ♥️ So glad your book mail finally arrived, how fun! I didn’t don’t read about the scandal do I’ll have to click through! Have a good reading week Evelina! Oh and I’ll look out for your new meme… it’s about posting about your ARCs?

    1. Hi Dani 🙂 nope, it’s not about new ARCs! It’s about the ARCs you mowed down during the month, and especially late ARCs 😀 to motivate you. Because loads of us seem to have ARC related problems, I’ve noticed 😀

  13. Your State of the ARC sounds fun and I’ll be checking it out. I have so many ARCs to read lol. I read about that scandal and it is crazy the lengths they went through. The Brooding YA sounds really fun and I love his tweets. I hope you have a great week!
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  14. I can’t wait to learn more about your State of the Arc meme. That sounds like fun!

    I was just reading about the NYT scandal and was just stunned. It seems like there are people out there always looking to cheat and scam. It’s disappointing.

    Hope you have a wonderful week!
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  15. How is it that we spend so much time planning and anticipating vacation and then it’s over in a blink of an eye? And withing weeks it feels like ancient history. Happens to me every time. State of the ARC sounds awesome! First, what a clever idea. And second, mega points for the clever name. I love it. LOL The whole bestseller list scandal is just pitiful. There’s always someone wanting to take the easy route and/or try to cheat the system.
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    1. Every time indeed 🙂 thanks Tanya! Yeah, I have been chuckling about that name like a little nerd for WEEKS 😀 hahaha. I’m glad you like it, I was actually wondering if anyone would, or if you all would think it’s a bit corny 😀 hahaha!

  16. I think I was suppose to get a copy of The Punch Escrow, but now I need to look into that. The pub wrote me and gave me a sample which I thought was a prelude to getting my copy. Hmmm. Anyways, I am looking forward to your link up. I need this for more accountability. Have a great and happy reading!
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    1. Oh, definitely ask them! It’s a great book, well worth a read. And I hope you do like my linkup 🙂 have a great week too!

  17. I’ve been on and off blogging this summer- there’s so much to do outside that I can’t do in the winter!
    It’s always exciting to start new memes- I’ve been neglecting mine lately. I hope it goes well.
    I love the cover for The Enchanted- this coming from someone who once bought a music album just because of the horses on the cover. 🙂
    ~Litha Nelle

    1. You’re absolutely right (and smart!) – I should be out enjoying summer now too. But a lot of it gets complicated if you don’t own or drive a car xD us city dwellers… glad you’re enjoying the summer though 🙂

  18. I’ve still trying to catch up from my last trip away… And I already feel like I need another one! 🙂 If only I managed to continue blogging regularly when I go away! So for me – YES, I was away, hence no comments and no visits! I will be better from now! 🙂

    State of the ARC is such a cool idea! I’m going to have to check it out properly and join in. 🙂

    Also I don’t know why I’ve never actually twigged on that your pics are from INsta! I’ve followed you there now. 🙂

    The Enchanted looks awesome – I love that cover! I hope it’s good.

    Hope you’re having an awesome week and I’ll catch up soon!
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    1. I feel like you’ve been traveling all this time I’ve known you cause you keep saying that 😀 Please DO join in with State of the ARC 🙂 next time I’m posting will be the end of September, so you can hop on this one, or the next one.
      Hahaha 😀 thanks for the follow. Maybe they just so seemlessly fit into the posts you just didn’t notice xD thanks! You have a great week too, and thanks for the visit 🙂

    1. You’re right, it’s also the start of the school year. I forget that in the States school can start in August… where I live, school always starts on Sep 1st – every single school in the country (and in the surrounding countries, for that matter). So I never think of school before this date 😀

  19. That NYT book scandal! Am I right?! Ugh. It just offends me, honestly, what people will stoop to. I just don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to achieve something through honest means. It’s NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE! RESPECT THE BOOK COMMUNITY. WE AREN’T IDIOTS.

    End soapbox.

    It looks like you had a great last week!! I love seeing so many buddy reads. I can’t wait for your buddy read review of The Punch Escrow. It sounds really intriguing. Also SWEET BOOK MAIL! Oh wow. I definitely am super jealous right now. I haven’t gotten book mail in months. It’s a terrible and sad drought.

    I am super excited for State of the ARC! I’m glad someone is helping us all get out of our ARC holes. Because, well, we are all suffering. And it’s intense. We shall rally behind you and together we shall reign victorious over our ARC piles! MWAHAHAHA!

    …I might be losing my mind. Perhaps it’s time for bed. Oops! 😉
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    1. Hauling is not the same as reading though xD but yes, I think I’m out of my evil little slump. Started reading Anne of the Island the other day, and it’s just the country coziness I need 🙂 bit you’ve got school! So it’s perfectly justifiable to have a harder time adjusting to the new rhythm 🙂 we all get more productive around Halloween, I think, so you should be fine before then 🙂

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