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Sunday post #28 Post-blogoversary blues

Good morning, everyone! I admit, today’s maybe the first morning ever when I don’t really feel like writing a Sunday update, cause I’m having the “I’ve been blogging for a year already, but what of it” blues, lol. But I wouldn’t miss my chance to talk to you all!

So this week:

  • flew by without me noticing it??
  • I finally started my #ARCsAnonymous book (which I really like!!)
  • I’ve devised a scoring system that we use in the group so people are motivated to read more of their old ARCs
  • I did not request any new ARCs! (that’s a definite win.)
  • Taught a class which was relatively fun
  • Also started reading Diamond Age for Sci-Fi Month 2017 and I’m not sure I’ll even finish it in time??? (that book is huuuge.)
  • Had my blogoversary

And that’s about it!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

I would say it was a pretty exciting week blogging-wise, as it was both my blogoversary, and the debut of my co-blogger with his Overwatch review! That said, Ebilshrimp was a little worried that it’s a very niche book and not many of you knew what the book or the review was about, but hey – first posts are always tough! I say he did just fine.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman overwatch anthology

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week we will debunk sci-fi myths with the help of a real astronaut – I really do recommend reading the Endurance post cause it’s as much a discussion as a review! I loved writing it and felt empowered by it, I hope you enjoy it too. Then we will also review Weaver’s Lament which I already fangirled to you about last week. And we will have a blog tour stop for It’s Just Nerves – a collection of essays on disability that I truly enjoyed.

endurance by scott kelly Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman
it's just nerves Kelly Davio

~ Little Book Haul ~

This week’s book haul is little again! Which I am very proud. Way to go shrinking TBR! It was also not a book I requested, but a book that I was offered by the author, after she read my review of In Case I Go. It’s a book on a similar topic, as far as I know, so I agreed to review it when I have time.

Song of Batoche

~ In The Bookish Community ~

This week I don’t have a whole lot to share, but I’ll still share a few links! Didn’t have a lot of time to blog hop, sadly!

This is no new post, but it could be very useful to you, as it was to me! Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction shares Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer shares a discussion about The Awkward Duty and Ecstatic Joy of Comments

Sophie @ Beware of the Reader shares a very relevant post to all of us self-hosted people – what to do to organically appear in the WP Reader

That’s it for this week! What’s new with you? Share your news and update links in the comments!

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. I might also link up with Mailbox Monday and Book Date if I decide to 🙂

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.

78 thoughts on “Sunday post #28 Post-blogoversary blues

  1. You’ve had a great week, Evelina, happy Blogoversary! <3 It's hard every now and then to think about blogging and what it really means, no? I think I'll keep on blogging for a long time, because I love sharing my reviews – even if sometimes it seems as if I'm the only one reading them 😉
    No new ARCs? That's a feat!
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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    1. Thank you, Lexxie 🙂 I know what you mean, I also feel like blogging is such an important part of my life right now. Just my expression in life, maybe? And I really don’t think you’re the only one reading them 🙂 your blog has a lot of followers, doesn’t it! And there are always so many comments 🙂
      And yes, that IS a feat! I think it’s because my ARC group motivated me 😀 it’s working :DDDD

    1. Thank you, Deb! Wow, ten years – that’s loads and loads! I somehow felt that you’ve been blogging for a looooong time 🙂 probably back in the day when there were not even so many book blogs, right? It’s amazing though, ten years is an accomplishment all on its own 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Patrick, means a lot to me 🙂 I am so sorry I still haven’t started your book! I have to read so many things for Sci-Fi Month (I think I might fail, actually :D), but I have not forgotten 🙂 thank you for being a reader of mine!

  2. Once again happy blogoversary! Thanks for highlighting my post and for your very interesting comment about Discover. I confess that now I’m interested in having your intake about promoting your blog if we can’t show on WP reader under “Discover”. At least now my posts appear in my friends feed as it was not the case before.
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    1. Thank you, Sophie! 🙂 ah, friends feed? Yeah, it has to appear in the friends feed if Jetpack is cleaned up. But I really don’t know if it would appear on discover. How would you know? If it’s not appearing for you because it’s just you, or not appearing at all? I’m not sure I know of a way to find out 🙂

  3. Congrats on the one year and the no ARC requesting 😉 ARCs Anonymous is such a cool idea! I’ve actually been having the opposite problem of not seeing any ARCs I want to request….
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  4. Hi Avalinah,

    I’m going to check out Weaver’s Lament – actually I already requested Brother’s Ruin from the library. I like the cover of Weaver’s Lament and could see this series being right up my alley.

    Love you sharing posts from the bookish community!! ♡♡♡

    Have a great Sunday, and happy reading!!
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    1. Yaaaayyy!!! You read them for sure!! And tell me what you think. If I forget to visit you, just link drop on me please 😀 I really want to see your reviews! Because I SOOOOO want to fangirl about these books. You can probably see by the punctuation of my comment xD

  5. I liked your review of The Rules of Magic. While I found the beginning slow, I soon found myself immersed in the world of the characters…and wanted to know what would happen next.

    Thanks for sharing…and enjoy the new week. And thanks for visiting my blog.

    The doll you liked on my blog is sadly, not mine…yet. I found it on Amazon, and may have to go and “click to buy” at some point. Meanwhile, I like looking at her.
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  6. Happy blogoversary Evelina! Here’s hoping there’s many more wonderful years for you to come. And I know what you mean, I seriously don’y know where this week went, and the weekend is almost over too! Well done on not requesting any ARC’s, I’ve been good so far too! I hope you have a great week! 🙂
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  7. I cannot wait until your Sci-Fi myths article + real astronaut!! My husband and I occasionally geek out on space stuff so would love to hear what he says 😀

    (And I think you’re a mind reader with the links to comment moderation this week. The struggle is real in my neck of the woods and I feel like I’m always missing comments until a day or two until after their posted)

    Happy reading!! 🙂 🙂
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    1. Yay! I absolutely know what you mean! I totally geek out about space all the time! (Stargate SG-1 anyone? Doctor Who?)
      The post is now live here! I hope you like it 🙂
      I feel you about the comments! See when I’m replying? 😀 hahaha

  8. I used to think too much about blogging in the beginning but now I just do what I like to do. I think that is the most important thing. Be you.

    You had so much self-restraint in hauling. I hauled 13. Though to be fair, it was my birthday.
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    1. Yes, birthdays are totally understandable. And I was doing so well at not-hauling! But then yesterday Early Bird Books sent an offer for a free 4 book bundle from Alice Hoffman for signing up. How was I not going to grab that?? You tell me 😀 cause I totally grabbed it. There goes my non-haul month 😀 but I guess it’s still smaller numbers than usual, and they are not ARCs! So that’s still a win.

  9. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I admire your control in not taking on more ARCs!

  10. I am really looking forward to the sci-fi astronaut thing you have coming up. Thanks for sharing all the links this week. I did check out the WP reader post but honestly, after spending almost all week working on getting https working, I can’t even think about taking on another project.
    I honestly meant to not get any ARCs, but then I got this email from Harper Collins and then…the inevitable happens. As long as I stay on top of it I am okay, right? Right!
    Have a great week!
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    1. You’re a hero for even attemptint https. I don’t think I’m going to go for it… After all, there are no registrations or purchases on my site, so it’s really pretty optional. It would involve soooo much trouble, I’m sure.
      Oh no, emails from publishers 😀 I am sort of glad I have not signed up for… almost any of them. That would get me in constant ARC trouble 😀

  11. No, don’t get down, your one year blogoversary is something to be happy about! A lot of people don’t make it that far, but you did! But isn’t it funny how we get excited when we get ARCs but also excited when we don’t? Lol. I’m glad you taught a fun class and that you seemed to have a pretty good week 🙂
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  12. Congrats on your one year blogoversary!
    I didn’t request any books this week, either. The ones I got were either free downloads or for upcoming blog tours. So I don’t feel too bad about getting them.

  13. Diamond Age– not familiar with that one, but looking forward to your review for SciFi Month! Which I can’t wait for lol, should fun. I don’t remember if I wished you a happy blogoversary yet- if not, happy blogoversary!! And if so, well… happy blogoversary again!

    Hope you have a great week!
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    1. That is if I make it to read to Sci-Fi Month 😀 500 pages! And it’s not just 500, it’s also 500 by Neal Stephenson, and there is just something about his writing that makes you ever so slow at reading. At least for me! So let’s hope I manage 🙂 for what it’s worth, it is a good book. Have you read anything by Stephenson?
      Thank you, Greg!! Happy to have got to know you in this year of blogging 🙂

        1. You absolutely should! I actually don’t know, I read Seveneves as my first one and absolutely loved it – although it’s just plain sci-fi, not cyberpunk. But it’s just so mind-blowing!
          And I haven’t heard of Richard Morgan. I am looking it up 🙂

  14. Happy blogoversary again!! Yay for not requesting ARCs. I am making progress on my pile and it feels so good and I am trying not to request any either. Hope you have a great week!

  15. I own Diamond Age but have not yet read it. I have a couple Stephenson books I haven’t finished yet. I enjoy his writing and he is a good writer, but also it takes dedication to get through one of his books.
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        1. Thanks for sharing! Yes, it was an interesting article a writer shared. Social stuff is interesting stuff, especially about classes mistreating other classes… I’m all about that Robin Hood kind of reading. If you can’t help them, at least get educated about it. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Congrats on not requesting any ARCs! (I can congratulate you for that, right? lol)

    I’m looking forward to your sci-fi myths post! I watch sci-fi but don’t really read it much (sometimes, like…The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I’m pretty sure is entirely impossible haha)

    Have a great week!
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  17. I’ve got The Rules of Magic requested at my library. I hope it arrives this week as they are closed next week due to some renovations they are doing. Congrats on not requesting any new arcs, I need your willpower.

  18. Happy blogoversary again. Mine is in December. So excited. Anyway, I’m curious about your #arcsanonymous. Is it a challenge?
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading. ❤️

    1. Thank you! ARCs Anonymous is my Goodreads group where we try to mow down all the old ARCs we have and make that stack smaller 🙂 I’ve already got rid of one, but some of the others have done 4 already! So it seems to be working 🙂

  19. You are TOTALLY welcome to not want to post. I don’t know where this week went either, honestly! It was a strangely fast week. It’s like I wrote a post on Sunday, blinked, and BAM: Now it’s Monday again and barely wrote anything?! What? It’s like last week didn’t even happen. Perhaps it didn’t? Perhaps this is all just a strange time warp?!

    I digress. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! I couldn’t be more excited for you, and I am STOKED to check out your posts from this past week #SlackerFriend

    Great job starting your #ARCsAnnonymous book! I have made a little bit of progress on mine, but not much. I hope that I can get it done this month. The clock is ticking! Oops. Which book are you reading? Mine isn’t spooky at all; it’s a collection of essays about Michelle Obama. I LOVE it.

    Congrats on only picking up one new book, speaking of ARCs. You can do it! Stay on top of that. Hopefully next month you won’t have ANY new ARCs. 🙂
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    1. Hahaha, slacker friend xD you still have a ton of messages on your Twitter from me 😀

      I have already finished my ARC, actually! It was certainly a little scary and very magical, called Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet, and I loved it. Don’t know when I’ll be posting a review, because Sci-Fi Month, but maybe I can do it after (it’s a year late. It hardly matters anymore xD)

      1. Wait. I have Twitter messages from you?! UGH!!! Lately, Twitter hasn’t been notifying me properly. I think this is tied to my most recent iOS update. I’ll get on that.

        Pft, you can post your review whenever you want. I have quite a few books which are over a year late… But, hopefully, ARCsAnnonymous will help me make a dent in that! I won’t get my ARC done for this month, I don’t think, which makes me sad. I’ve got so much reading to do! Where did October go?
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          1. Well I just spammed yours one week ago, so it’s all fine xD feel free to spam my Twitter whenever you want. I’ve been waiting for those messages of yours for forever 😀

  20. Wow! Well done on the ARC front! You’re getting super organised there. I’ve been pulling back on arcs for months and trying to feel like I have a manageable list. And I did for a month! September was an absolutely awful month for reading and blogging though so I’ve had a speed wobble…. But I’m still in a good place now I’m most of the way through October!

    My goal is to try to focus more on my own personal books though rather than having arcs rule….. It could happen!

    Congratulations on your blogoversary!

    I hope this week has been better for you and that you feel more inspired with posting!
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