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Sunday post #23 Loads of visitors, not that much reading

Linking up with the usual crew for theΒ Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews, Book Date for It’s Monday! What are you reading? and Mailbox Monday.

This week has been craaaazy… First of all, my sister was visiting from the US. Then after she left, three friends from the Netherlands and Germany arrived… I have had way too much beer, grandma’s food, restaurant food and just general frolic to be a normal human being this week. So you might gather that not a lot of reading has happened! But… There was bookmail!!!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

I’m very happy with the discussion post I posted last week! Aside from that, I’ve also reviewedΒ The Golden House which I didn’t quite like. As you can see, the discussion and the reviewΒ *might* be related πŸ˜€

What do oops i don't like a famous bookΒ The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Thank god I have scheduled so many posts in advance! Otherwise, my week would beΒ really hard! But luckily, this next week is still taken care of. These are the posts I will be sharing with you, and this time they’re both reviews:

I know why the caged bird sings by Maya AngelouΒ Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

~ General Rambling ~

I am so happyΒ State of the ARC took off last week – well, at least a little! I already can’t wait for the next issue that I should be posting on September 27. Although I feel like my progress won’t be too great, because so far?Β This month has been crazy. But I’m still excited!

And I have something else that’s exciting to share!Β I got bookmail – The Redemption Of Marvin Fuster by Patrick Sean Lee.Β The funny thing about this book is that Marvin is kind of a rare name, at least where I live. I only know one Marvin. And that Marvin is from another country. And yet! He happened to be visiting at the time the book arrived! What are the odds?

~ Little Book Haul ~

It's Just NervesΒ Morning Star (Red Rising #3)Β The Feed: A NovelΒ Breaker and the Sun (Paper Stars #2)

I have hauled a few great books this week.Β It’s Just Nerves is a selection of essays about disability, and I just couldn’t let it go! I have already read this book, and I think everyone should – just because we don’t know some things about disability and its struggles, and we should. I am participating in a blog tour, so I will be posting my review ofΒ It’s Just Nerves on October 20th.

I also gotΒ Morning Star from my sister – an actual physical copy! The annoying part about that though… Was thatΒ Golden Son didn’t arrive in time for my sister to pick it up for me. So I have read the first book… And I have the third book.Β Hmm. Bit of a dilemma πŸ˜€ Luckily, my sister should be sending me the second book soon. I just hope the post office doesn’t lose my copy. Cause I can’t wait to continue reading theΒ Red Rising series!

As for the other two,Β The Feed is a review copy from Edelweiss that I’ve requested months ago and nearly forgot. It’s about a post-apocalypic, uh, sort of Facebook? Hah. It comes out in March. AndΒ Breaker and the Sun was temporarily free on Amazon, and it was highly recommended by a few bloggers, so I hurried to grab it too. It’s about a Vietnam vet and an Asian immigrant. Sounds interesting for sure.

~ In The Bookish Community ~

I know I saw some more great posts this week! But I think I’ve lost some of the link T_T So I’m sharing what I’ve got!

Deb @ The Book Stop shares a post about how negative reviews can be turned into positive feedback! Read about how one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book

Cat @ Let The Pages Reign shares her pet peeve about how authors (and sometimes even bloggers) get annoying when trying to get you to read their content

Liz @ Janepedia shares a post about how to be (or not to be) an ally of autistic people

So what have you been reading and hauling? Has it been a good week?

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.

77 thoughts on “Sunday post #23 Loads of visitors, not that much reading

    1. Thanks Greg! Yeah, good combination, but I wish I was less tired xD tomorrow another hectic work week starts… I don’t feel like I’m ready πŸ˜€ oh well!
      Yes, I think you might be interested in The Feed indeed πŸ™‚

  1. All of the books from your haul sound like ones I’m going to need to add to my to-read list. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the trackback! <3

    1. Yay! I’m glad you found something for your own taste. Not a big haul this time πŸ™‚ thanks for visiting, and I only share the best, so… πŸ˜€ looking forward to more of your articles.

    1. Hm, why would they be embarrassing? Mine are embarrassing because nearly all of my ARCs are a year old! At least πŸ˜€ so that’s definitely embarrassing…

  2. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Practical Magic. That book/author has been on my wishlist for a while now so I am happy to see what someone I know thinks of her writing (yea, I KNOW you now, we are like friends in my imagination. does that seem creepy?).
    Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Red Rising series. I devoured Red Rising and Golden Son. I have Morning Star and it is just sitting on my shelf. Can you imagine? I pre-ordered it and then didn’t read it. I just can’t bear to have that series end for me. Sometimes my own neuroses amaze even me.
    Have a great week!
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    1. Hey, you totally know me now πŸ™‚ I completely get what you mean! And after all… bookish people’s opinions on books matter more than real life people’s you know, quite often. Cause real life friends are usually not very bookish πŸ˜€
      I liked Practical Magic, but… not as much as I’d hoped. But Alice Hoffman is definitely worth reading! But maybe a more recent book of hers πŸ™‚
      I can also understand that you don’t want to read the last one. That has happened to me! I also don’t want some series to end. Which is why I still haven’t finished HP πŸ˜€

  3. Two summers ago, I had nonstop house guests, but we had so much fun and ate and drank too much…and stayed up late…for two months! I miss it…and them! It’s always too long between visits.

    That book The Redemption of Marvin Fuster (and that name) made me smile, as I had a brother named Marvin. Yes, had, as sadly he passed several years ago. But I agree that it is a very unusual name.

    I’ve been wanting to read the Maya Angelou book forever! Maybe I will. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
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    1. But maybe you were already retired then xD cause it would be mostly fine if I didn’t have to do my job at the same time, AND blog πŸ˜€ but yes… still, two months of guests can be incredibly taxing. I bet you felt lonely after they left πŸ™‚

  4. Sounds like you had a fun week, Evelina! Yay for bookmail! Patrick Sean Lee’s book sounds like a good one. I don’t think I know any Marvin’s at all, not that I think about it. That’s too funny that your friend with the same name was visiting at the time you got the book. What a coincidence. Your other books sound good as well. I love the cover of Morning Star.

    I hope you have a terrific week, Evelina!
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    1. He thinks to himself…well, who else can he thinks to, dummy? πŸ™‚ He thinks, “Don’t reply. Just wait to see what happens…”

      Names of characters: I’ve always thought they were as important in their own rite as the characters themselves. The name in so many ways defines the character in one or two words. I’d recently read “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin when I cast my book. Talk about names:) Pearly Soames, Jesse Honey, Craig Binky, Marko Chestnut, and of course, The Reverend Doctor Mootfowl.

      In my first draft I had Anton Stump, a lawyer of questionable moral character:) He got deleted. Marsten Dick, “warden” of the jail Marvin spent many days in, who was anything but a dick, lol. He left in the second draft.

      Anyway, I’m starting to write another book here…which I have a tendency to do. Let’s just end it with, I think character names are important:)

      1. I agree. Names are important. We just have to look to how much trouble parents go through to choose the right name for their child (or even our pets). There is almost always some reason behind it. It seems natural an author would do the same for a character, and, in many cases, I imagine the reasons behind the choice are even more nuanced.

        I hope you book writing is going well!

      2. You lurker πŸ˜€ those are some pretty interesting names too! At least one thing’s for sure – doubtfully would anyone ever forget those character names, especially Marsten Dick πŸ˜€

  5. Oh you seem to have had such a wonderful week with your sister’s and friends’ visits. I hope you have another wonderful week. I had a quite but so exhausting week with the blog issues. I couldn’t concentrate on reading, hopefully this week is so much better. ❀️

    Happy reading.
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    1. Exhausting indeed! And all that work that has piled up while I was away D: but yes, I’m sure I’ll only remember the good times πŸ™‚ happy reading to you too!

    1. Yeah, all the good stuff, minus the good sleep πŸ˜€ but I’m sure I’ll only remember the fun later! In the end, that’s probably what matters πŸ™‚ have a great week too!

  6. Aww yay πŸ˜€ It sounds like you had a fun week!

    Also thank you about Breaker and the Sun being free, I clicked over to Amazon so fast to snap it up! I had heard such good things about Nora & Kettle and am planning on reading it soon, so it’s pretty convenient to have the second book by the author now. πŸ™‚
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    1. Oh, so have I! I didn’t know it was the same writer πŸ™‚ so glad you could grab it then. Luckily, the promotion was a longer one, I guess πŸ™‚

  7. I spent my weekend with my phone attached to me tracking hurricane Irma by scanning the news and weather reports… I have many friends and family in Florida, some that were not able to evacuate, so I was a hot mess all weekend. Luckily, they all are ok!

    I’ve been reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer & The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue this week πŸ™‚

    1. Oh my gosh.. sounds like a tough weekend :0 I am glad everyone is alright!
      I know both those books you mentioned, although I don’t plan to read them right now. How are you enjoying them? πŸ™‚

  8. Sounds like you’ve been busy but in a fun way! All those visits definitely take away from reading time and I always need sometime to recover when I’ve been really social for a bit. Hopefully you’ll get all the series of the Pierce Brown soon. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard raves. Have a great week!

    1. It was great! Also, Mailbox Monday featured it on their weekly post, after my haul post πŸ™‚ (Update: that was YOU xD whoops! I actually just checked it out now, such a busy week)

      I’ve written the review already, now just need to format it, wait for your info and schedule it πŸ™‚ I am excited too, my first blog tour book!

  9. It’s always nice to take a break from reading and come back strong! Hope you enjoyed the company and had a great time! πŸ˜‰ As for that book haul of yours, I’m definitely curious about Feed! It sounds fun, and I think it might actually be too hahah I’ve also been curious about trying out the Red Rising series myself. It sounds interesting, but I don’t know, there’s something stopping me from picking it up hahah Hope you get the 2nd book in the series to finally be able to continue it though! Happy reading! πŸ˜‰

    1. Ohhhh you should totally read Red Rising, have you read my review? I was also feeling like that, and largely because I think the book was mismarketed, I thought it’s just typical YA. It’s totally not πŸ˜€ it’s raw, brutal and absolutely amazing.

  10. GAH! Can’t wait to read your review of It’s Just Nerves, it sounds super interesting and relevant. I’m thinking about doing Reading Challenge Roundup and/or ARC TBR list soon but we’ll see. I drafted three weeks of posts back in August and haven’t written anything since. I’ve gotten lazy haha. I’m also impressed you can keep up with the discussion posts. Maybe it’s because you don’t waste as much time on IG and Twitter as I do lol
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    1. Thanks πŸ™‚ yeah, it’s super relevant, worth a read. Just to inform people of the way some other people live and what they experience, cause people without disabilities, well, don’t really get it. They can’t relate. So I found that book very sobering.
      I will be posting my State of the ARC on like 28th or 29th, so you can just join that and link up with your ARC TBR πŸ™‚

  11. You must have posts scheduled out for weeks! I’m super impressed. I hope that someday I can get ahead of it all. We shall see. Probably not… But, it’s worth considering! πŸ™‚ I just CONSTANTLY feel behind when it comes to my blog! O_o

    Yay for visitors! Sad for less reading. Yay for delicious noms! Boo for no blog time. Yay for pre-schedule posts! HURRAY FOR BOOKMAIL! —basically, it sounds like your past week ROCKED. A lot happened, yes, and it might feel like you cannot human well, but it was totally worth it– wasn’t it?

    Your book hauls blow me away. If I had that many books coming in all the time, I’d just be drowning. But, I guess I get most of my books via the library– perhaps I should have my own Library hauls posted? Hm. Something to consider.

    Okay– you’re linking up to like a billion Sunday/Monday posts. Tell me about this. What do you like about doing it? Why do you link up to so many? How did you FIND them all? What value does it bring you? TEACH ME YOUR WAYS GREAT MASTER. πŸ˜‰
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    1. Hi Jackie,

      I can totally relate to just about everything you said there.

      I don’t need visitors to get behind on my reading, real life seems to have a habit of doing that for me and my paltry reading total will never even make a tiny dent in the massive TBR pile I already have and which gets higher and higher by the day, as more new review requests pour in.

      I just about keep my head above water with the regular memes and promotional posts, but my blog hopping is woefully remiss and I never seem to have the energy to sit and gather any coherent thoughts for a full blown review!

      Having said all that, I still desperately crave the new books which cross my desk and i just can’t stop adding to my already over flowing book shelves, both real and virtual.

      May we both find a way through the madness, which works for us πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh my gosh, yes πŸ˜€ let’s not even bring the massive TBR pile into this because it severely drains the mood πŸ˜€

        I actually don’t accept review requests all that often for the same reason. I like NetGalley or Edelweiss better because it just gives me a chance to be the chooser, instead of just accepting what comes my way. It gives you an.. illusion of choice and power xD haha.

        As for blog hopping, I don’t even know what I’d do without my phone. It’s the only way I get to blog hop at all.

        Yeah, I hope we can maybe… I don’t know, find some time to at least clean ‘house’ πŸ˜€ everything is better when you’ve got a few posts scheduled in advance. I’m getting my boyfriend to be a co-blogger for me, so he’ll contribute a post here and that, that’s already better than just trawling on on your own πŸ™‚

        1. Thank you, Yvonne! It feels so good to know that I’m not alone. The cycles of books coming and going and the TBR can be a bit overwhelming sometimes.

          I love your comment about the illusion of choice and power, Evelina! That’s so true. I used to be part of a bunch of lists to help authors find bloggers to read/review their works. I realized that while I want to support authors, I don’t want them to dictate my reading. So, now I’m like you and I only use NetGalley. Still struggling with my ARC pile, though. πŸ˜‰

          I struggle to use my phone for blog hopping, honestly. It’s something I should work on. I don’t know how I’d function without the WP app! XD

          I personally have scheduled a few days off for myself next month to work on my blog exclusively. I have a list of what I want to do all prioritized and ready to go. Let’s do this.

          1. Have I answered this already? I hate the way WordPress lays the comments out. It’s the worst. And I read them and didn’t have time to comment, so now I feel like I don’t know if I answered or not, so I’m hoping I didn’t πŸ˜€

            I actually just use the browser, because the WP app doesn’t work for blogspot blogs so well – you can’t comment on them. You can’t comment on your blog either, or mine, for that matter. At least on my end.

            You’ve scheduled days off for the blog? Okay, now THAT’S impressive.

    2. I *used to* have posts scheduled for weeks. Then this crazy September shit hit the fan and I almost ran out. By almost ran out I mean there are still posts for an entire week. However, I have appended two posts to the list now, and one of them, lo and behold, is the introduction of my co-blogger(-boyfriend)! I’m super excited because someone will help out now, and also he’s funny, and also – he’ll be reviewing fantasy! Which we have wayyyyyy too little of on this blog!

      Anyway, got carried away a little. But it’s just so exciting.

      You got that totally right. I felt like I couldn’t human too well at all πŸ˜€ I am still not quite back to normal (been working till late evening all this week, actually), and friends STILL want to see us tomorrow, but… thankfully, at least I’ve been getting back some sleep. Lol.

      Yes, library hauls totally count xD would you believe me if I said that some people I visit on the Sunday post haul 20+ books every week? I don’t even know what they do with those πŸ˜€

      Linkup… it’s just one linkup xD every weekend I post a Sunday post. Then I head over to Kimba’so blog (link is at the top of any Sunday post I post), and every Sunday she hosts a Sunday linkup. Where everyone leaves their link in the linky. Then I visit everyone, and everyone (well, mostly) visits me πŸ™‚ probably half my blog visitors and buddies come from that linkup, really. Why do you think there are 60 comments on each Sunday post I do πŸ˜€

      1. YAY FOR CO-BLOGGERS! That’s super exciting. I try to spend time on Sundays queuing up posts, but it doesn’t always work. I have to be in the right mood. Can I be a mood-blogger as well as a mood-reader? I’m going with yes.

        Wait. People haul 20+ books a week? That’s not a thing. It can’t be. How do you even LIVE? Are they drowning in books?!

        Wowza! You visit EVERYONE from that post?! That’s a big deal. It’s not a small link-up. I’m glad there is some share and share-alike going on, though. I try to do that when I participate in TTT– but I just don’t have enough time on Tuesdays. Perhaps Sunday is a better day? πŸ˜‰

        1. Yeah, I often do that on Sundays too, although the Sunday post and linkup take very long, so I have to put in another day during the week after work. At the least πŸ˜€
          But it totally depends on the mood! If the mood isn’t right, it’s kind of just time wasted.
          I suppose the 20+ books a week are mostly e-books? But yes, yes – I’ve seen that. But then again, I just met a blogger who reads 300 books a year. I don’t even know what to make of that…
          No, I don’t JUST visit everyone from THAT linkup. I visit everyone from two more linkups xD so… something around 80 blogs for sure.
          I don’t do TTT… and I keep thinking I should xD Tuesday is a review day for me though… but I keep thinking I’ll try, and then I keep forgetting. Hah xD

  12. I don’t know any Marvins either, although my brother did have a best friend at school, called Mervyn. Neither are names which are much used these days, despite the return to more traditional baby names!

    Whilst I only read non fiction once in a blue moon and science fiction and fantasy even less frequently, I did check out your vast collection of titles this week and found myself drawn to ‘The Redemption Of Marvin Fuster’.

    See, I couldn’t leave your site without having found one new ‘must read’ title πŸ™‚

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    1. Mervyn, huh πŸ™‚ I think that’s an even rarer name! Oh, I didn’t know they were older. They just sound so fancy to me πŸ˜€

      Yes, I’m actually also quite excited about reading that book! When the request came my way, I checked it out carefully and even previewed the first few pages on Amazon, but it seemed kind of easy to get into, so I said yes πŸ™‚ hopefully you get to check it out too. Have the best reading week ever πŸ™‚

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