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Sunday post #25 Friday night in a 50+ Russian pop disco cafeteria, I do not kid

It’s Sunday again! So I don’t normally share non-bookish news. But this time?

So basically, there’s this colleague of mine who appreciates a good joke. But like I mean, a really good joke.

So for his 35th birthday, he found this cafeteria-bar in the dodgiest part of town, that apparently hosts Friday dances for age 50+ folks who like listening to some really cheesy old Russian music. Let me just illustrate it for you:

That’s where he held his birthday party. I can tell you, half the guests couldn’t stop laughing at the novelty even an hour and a half in, and after they did, they still kept taking pictures and broadcasting a live video feed on Facebook. Imagine 30 rich middle-age hipsters who work in a fashionable ad agency and probably comb their beards every morning, sitting around a table in a lower class bar with a disco ball, live bad old Russian pop covers blaring at max volume and an entirely full dancefloor of 50 year old guys dancing with 70 year old ladies. I tell you, it was something, alright. (And let me tell you, those old folks know how to have fun!)

Me and Ebilshrimp though, we dressed up for it. Gotta be one with the joke. I wore a vintage dress that fit the party perfectly! Ebil just looked plain smart in a suit. We even danced to the bad music! Hell, everyone danced to it. This must’ve been one of the weirdest and possibly more memorable evenings this year! The funniest bit was when my colleague told us about how he’d been listening to people making excuses all day (gotta watch the kids, nothing to wear… oh, I just need to do this for my mother…) because they were too weirded out or embarrassed to be seen at a place like that. Good riddance! It just means we all had more champagne left.

(Literally. We all got a bottle to take home. We’re opening ours tonight live on Ebil’s Twitch channel where we’ll be streaming Undertale (yes, you get to see me too) starting 6.30PM GMT+3. So cheers!)

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Sunshine award Introducing my co-blogger

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I’m finally posted the long-awaited review of The Punch Escrow (I can’t recommend that book enough!!) and State of the ARC #2, where you will be able to link up your own ARC progress post after it goes live. So come and join! There will be bricks and buildery-fun. (Yes, bricks. Don’t ask. Just see for yourself :D)

The Punch Escrow 

~ Little Book Haul ~

I hauled three books last week! It’s not a huge number again, which makes me happy. Ironically, even though I said I don’t read a lot of fantasy, the books I hauled this week are mostly fantasy, plus one nonfiction! The Hidden Face is a book my buddy here S.C. Flynn wrote and kindly sent my way (I think my co-blogger Ebil might be reading it), and I couldn’t help grabbing The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame, because come on – a real story about a nearly forgotten daring woman who would rather leave all her riches and run off to the cold North Pole to explore the snow and ice and loneliness? I have to read about that. And The Forgotten Beasts of Eld was recommended to me by my friend Margaret Kingsbury, because she thought I would like it, so I dutifully grabbed it – it sounds great!

The Hidden Face (Fifth Unmasking #1) The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

~ In The Bookish Community ~

First of all!!! Don’t forget to sign up for Sci-fi Month over at Rinn Reads! I’ve just signed up. Join us for some fun!!!

Last week I didn’t have too much time to blog hop (I apologize to those whom I failed to visit from the linkup!), but I have found these gems!

Lisa @ Remarkably Lisa shares a why a bad review is still a good review

Avada Kedavra @ The Bookish Muggle shares a random post about life, career change, politiness on the internet and many other random ponderings. Does a post always have to have a topic? Nope.

Mikaela @ The Well-thumbed Reader shares a discussion about what she has changed in her blog and blogging habits for her readers

Shruti @ This Is Lit shares
why she likes Jodi Picoult’s books buy is getting tired of them

As usual, I’m linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews. This time I won’t be linking up with Mailbox Monday or Book Date, because it’s just too hard to visit 100+ blogs! Staying true to the Sunday post crew though 🙂

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.

89 thoughts on “Sunday post #25 Friday night in a 50+ Russian pop disco cafeteria, I do not kid

  1. I’m sorry, but the picture of your party, all I can see is the food on the table.

    And I almost didn’t recognize you! Oh my god you’re even prettier than your profile pictures XD (Seriously you’re so pretty. I’m seriously jealous right now).

    Don’t judge the disco-style party, every party is a party! You’re so lucky, I’ll probably never get to go to a party like that. My favorite post is probably your announcement of your co-blogger. It’s so funny! You got to show a picture of him one day! And you need to know how lucky you are to have a boyfriend who also loves books.

    And I promise, if you show a picture of your boyfriend, I’ll show you mine if I ever get one.

    AND I have to warn you, I might not. You get a boyfriend when your crush likes you back.

    And that also meant I’m never getting a boyfriend *silent tear*.

    But I’m so glad you had such a wonderful week!
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    1. 😀 no worries, I can absolutely understand the food thing. The food WAS good 😀 it was like your regular New Year’s feast!
      And awwww! You know what’s funny? Because me and Bf spent an hour at the end of that party (when we got bored xD) debating about my understanding of beauty and why I think I’m ugly 😀 (I really don’t like my hair and a lot of other things xD) but I’m really glad you think so highly of me 😀 my Bf will say HA TOLD YOU SO when I show him this comment xD
      If you liked that post, I’m sure you will like his other posts, when they do show up 🙂 hey, we were actually streaming Undertale on Twitch on Sunday, both of us! If you want to see us live next Sunday, you should totally visit his channel between 6.30-10PM Vilnius time (GMT+3), and got can see us live and all that 🙂 I mean, if the timezones match 😀 (also, you need to see that game, it’s just ridiculous)
      Also! You are totally both getting a boyfriend and going to weird parties one day! Well, I can’t promise he will be as gorgeous and as funny as Ebil (xD but he issss lol) and I doubt you’ll actually go to THIS kind of party, but… I’m sure you’ll go to wacky parties 😀 also, I was horribly unpopular with boys! Like terribly so! Most of my boyfriend came from online, and I have pretty much been single till I was 27 so you are gonna be FINE xD
      Also? I am totally jealous of YOUR hair 😀 truth!
      Thanks for this amazing comment!

        1. It’s a nope for me to curly hair. I’ve had too much abuse in life for it (childhood? Nope. Teen years? I was utterly unacceptable. Even now people still sometimes say that being curly makes you lazy, WTF even.) Also you don’t want to know what it looks like in the morning 😀 let’s just say I would switch with you gladly xD

    2. Isn’t she just gorgeous though? She never believes and usually states “Your opinion doesn’t count”
      But for the record: HA TOLD YOU SO!

      Just so you know, the stunning guy next to her that doesn’t have a bad case of ribbon-face is me, her boyfriend! ^^ Now you have to show us your future boyfriend!

      I would like to amend one detail though. Your expected crush almost never likes you back. BUT FEAR NOT! Your real, secret crush that you don’t know you crush on yet appears to catch you off guard when you least expect it. Ava and I most certainly did not expect this! You’ll absolutely get a boyfriend!

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post, and as ava says, definitely check out the stream next Sunday :3

        1. Thanks! We get that a lot for some reason 😀 (I mean, people saying we look alike)
          And Twitch is really easy, you don’t even have to sign up. It’s kind of like youtube that way, only live. But you can sign up with an email if you want to comment 🙂 and that’s all there is.

  2. Looks like a good time had by all. 🙂 Quite the place for a birthday party!??!

    Punch Escrow has me so curious, between the title and the premise I just want to know what that book is about! Ha ha
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    1. Quite the place, indeed 😀 I know I’ll keep telling stories about it for a while 😀
      And you should ABSOLUTELY read The Punch Escrow. Like just take my word on it!!

  3. That party sounds like it was amazing! I love it when you go out to strange places you’d never have normally ventured to and up having the best time. Who cares if it was a place which seemed to be targeted to the elderly you had fun and that’s what matters. And a bottle of champagne to take home? Sounds like an amazing success, everyone else missed out.

  4. I cracked up on seeing the pic of the band. Tell me THEY didn’t resurrect themselves and thrill you with “Hey Baby, What’s Your Sign?” at the party. Whatever, sounds like you and Ebil & Co. had a blast:)

    The Punch Escrow…now that sounds like a novel I must investigate. I think I’ll hold off until you review it, though.
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    1. Yeah, my colleague is fun 😀 he gets extra points because he brought me ACTUAL Gemina from ACTUAL Australia too! Imagine that 😀

  5. That party sounds hilarious…and fun. Pooh to those who made excuses for whatever reason. Who needs glum people looking down their noses?

    Enjoy your week, and I am curious about The Polar Adventures.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
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    1. That’s true, their loss 😀 thanks for visiting back too! Have some awesome margaritas this week so you can share a pic, as always 😉 love your restaurant pics!

  6. Haha.. oh hilarious! I’m glad you had a wonderful time there. Once in our lifetimes (or more than once) we need to do something uncomfortable. I would definitely go to that party. Awesome!

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy your books. Have a wonderful week. ❤️

    PS: have I told you I love your name? I’m obsessed with it.

    1. It was truly hilarious 😀 I think you would totally enjoy that party, truly 🙂 or just a party like that. Fun ride.
      You have a wonderful week too! And awww! Thank you, what a lovely thing to say about my name 🙂

  7. I’m glad you had fun! No Russian pop songs actually jump to mind, so I’ll have to look some of them up!
    I haven’t heard about any of the books you got but I hope you’ll enjoy them! Have a great week and happy reading!

    1. Yeah, they’re… not very good songs, in my opinion 😀 songs of the 80’s pop kind as well xD
      Thank you, you have a great week too, and thank you for visiting 🙂

    1. Exactly xD even bad music can be so much fun! Thanks 🙂 yeah, it seems like a very cute book, I hope I can make way for it soon, cause I signed up for the Sci-fi month for November, so now I have… quite a long-reaching TBR, so to say 😀
      Thanks for visiting!

    1. Thank you Jenea! I want to apologize for not visiting your update, but I tried twice yesterday. And both times my antivirus told me there was something evil and blocked me, and the page wouldn’t load at all… sorry!

  8. It’s challenging to jump around isn’t it; but I try to give to get…if only there was more time in each day. Also, sounds like a fun party. Love the humorous tone of your writing as well.

    1. Thank you Laura 🙂 yes, that’s one word for the place 😀 it was different for sure! It was such a dodgy neighbourhood though, like your local Harlem, basically xD thanks for visiting 🙂

  9. The party sounds wonderful – thank you for sharing the pic:) I’m looking forward to seeing what you make of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – it’s a book I read a while ago, but I remember quite vividly. Have a great week, Evelina and thank you for popping in and your kind words:)

    1. I felt like it would be a book some of my friends would have read for sure, and you’re the third already! I’m so lucky to get something that’s being republished on NetGalley 🙂 really, that’s when you feel like “yessss. Blog win!” Haha 😀

  10. The birthday party sounds like so much fun! I am glad you had such a good time. It sounds like everyone who went did. 🙂 I like the sound of your new books and hope you enjoy them! The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame appeals to me for the same reason it does you. I’ll have to look for that one.

    I hope you have a great week, Evelina!
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    1. Yep, everyone did, I think 🙂 yeah, I think you can still grab that book on NetGalley. I can never stop myself from grabbing a nonfiction book about a strong woman 🙂 so inspiring! Hope you get it 🙂

  11. That sounds like an amazing time! One of my favorite memories back in Chicago was spending New Years at this Romanian/Greek/Something Else But I Don’t Remember restaurants/dance/bars near downtown. The food and alcohol were pretty good but the entertainment and decoration were over the top. The music was instrumental and there were these old women with tons of makeup on and crazy outfits dancing all around the place. And the even older men there kept making the bills rain down on them. It was all kinds of crazy, but it was definitely one of my favorite New Years Eve ever. I’m so glad you guys did something out of the norm and that it was so much fun, that’s awesome!
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    1. Your description sounds like JUST the kind of place we were in! Only with the appropriate cultural substitutions 😀 I’m so glad you know the kind of place! It is unique, isn’t it. Especially because sometimes I feel we middle class people are pretty trapped in our whole “fashionable-proper-intellectual” way of living and we don’t know how to break out of it the way both the rich and the poor do. So we can kind of get boring that way. That’s why it’s good to go to a place like that for a change 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. That party sounds pretty funny and fun!! Glad you had a great time. ENjoy your new books and have a great week!

  13. It sounds like you had a really great time! That sounds like a lot of fun actually. I can never seem to resist a good nonfiction read so I’m going to watching for your thoughts on The Polar Adventures! Have a great week and happy reading!

  14. The party sounds like it was a great time and very memorable. The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame sounds amazing, I would love to read a book like that. I hope you enjoy all your new books. Have a great week!
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    1. I know right 😀 I believe you might have even danced! Because you would have seen ladies double your age (and size) dancing and you would have been all like ‘to hell with it!’ 😀 it’s quite inspiring xD but yes, it was totally fun. I’m happy to have made you laugh as well 😀

  15. I NEED TO VISIT A BAR LIKE THAT!!! It sounds so silly that it would be a blast to visit with friends 🙂 Hope you’re off to a great week and welcome to the new co-blogger! I’ve been way behind on blog-hopping this week and looks like I have some catching up to do 🙂
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    1. Thanks! Actually it was kind of a tough week, but of well D: it’s alright even if you’re late, cause you’re here <3 have a great weekend :)

  16. The Polar Adventures does sound intriguing – especially good one for the upcoming cold season. Happy reading.

  17. Someday, I will come visit you. When I do, we MUST go to this bar. It is imperative. Particularly for the longevity of our relationship. We will dance and eat and celebrate all the amazing things this bar will bring to our lives. Well, yours for the second time. Regardless, you have been warned. 😉

    I TOTALLY WATCHED SOME OF UNDERTALE. I don’t understand now Twitch really works, but it was really interesting to me! Please don’t forget to invite me to more of those in the future. 😉

    I love all the posts you share from other blogs each week. How do you manage to make time for that? I couldn’t be more impressed.

    I can’t wait to see what you think of Hidden Face! I am reading it too… perhaps another buddy read might be in our future? 😉

    1. It’s actually a cafeteria during the day, not a bar xD maybe if you visit when we are both 60ish, we’ll even fit into the crowd! XD

      As of next Sunday, we will be playing Mass Effect 2, and you said you liked that! So maybe you can join us again 🙂 Undertale rocked xD it was so delightfully random! Too bad it’s so short.

      As for shared posts.. I don’t always find time for that. But when I do read them on my phone, I will always just put the links of what I liked into a draft post and then I don’t have to look for them. It’s all the phone. I wouldn’t be able to do this if I only had the computer. It enables you to do a lot of things on the toilet go.

      You’re reading Hidden Face? How are you liking it? Wasn’t planning to read that soon cause I am Swimming in ARCs, plus I’m currently reading up for November’s Sci-fi Month (you in?), so my month is pretty mapped out 🙂

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