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Sunday post #3 Let's sum up the reading week

I turn around, and it’s Sunday already. Which means, it’s Sunday update time! Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

~ On the Blog ~

This week has been quite productive on the blog! I have published reviews for Children of the Different and The Radium Girls. I specifically urge you to read about The Radium Girls, if you haven’t yet. I feel very strongly about that post and its contents:


I’m also very happy about how my review turned out, cause it has reached the biggest popularity on Goodreads in my own personal history, so yay! You all probably remember that I’m doing an interview with the author soon as well.

~ Reading this week ~

Where is god when it hurts? The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) The Baking Powder Wars Quackery

Where is god when it hurts? During my visit to the library last week, I picked this up, because I’ve been struggling with pain issues myself, and it just caught my attention. I should mention, though, that I am not a Christian (although born and raised in a Christian-only country), and this book is quite clearly Christian. Nonetheless, I picked it up and found that it is approachable even if you’re not of the faith, and it.. well, is good. This book seems promising so far, it goes through the understanding of suffering and the misconceptions around it, and so far, I can say it has truly helped me.

The Fifth Season I’ve been reading since last week, but I haven’t got far yet. It’s very interesting though. Just haven’t had the time.

Baking Powder Wars has also been on the shelf since last week, and so far it’s pretty interesting, although it is the dry kind of non-fiction. Enjoyable, though.

Quackery is an ARC I picked up on NetGalley this week, and I’m loving it. It’s a very funny take on the ridiculous slash terrifying medicine they had before our day. If you’re into non-fiction at all, I must recommend this one! It’s formatted nicely, it’s divided into chapters that go over specific elements that people were extremely fond of, such as mercury. It’s got plenty of historical detail, like what remedies were the medicines (read: poisons) of choice of Napoleon, Lincoln and other well-known historical figures.

~ General rambling ~

Yesterday we had a loooooong day with friends. It was my first ever Dungeons&Dragons session! Unfortunately, I had pretty much zero spoons yesterday (read: pretty much physically incapacitated), so even sitting through the whole thing was incredibly hard. But I know that if I had been physically more present, it would have definitely been great fun! My character, by the way, is the coolest ever. Doesn’t eat, breathe or sleep and doesn’t die of old age, is also made of pure crystal. And apparently the villagers think I’m a god. How cool is that, eh. Do I have other nerdy friends who have ever played D&D?

Yep, that’s what we’re doing this Saturday. #dungeonsanddragons #dnd #Saturday

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How has your week been and what are you planning on reading next 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.

40 thoughts on “Sunday post #3 Let's sum up the reading week

    1. Thanks Geybie 🙂 you can find the link to my review in the post, in several places. Yes, it’s definitely worth checking out this topic, if only to honor the victims of that story.
      Thank you for dropping by!

  1. Oooh, I want to read The Fifth Season!! (And not just for cover love…I mean, tho. THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS. ) It sounds so interesting and it’s on my wishlist. I hope you enjoy the rest of it! I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons, but glad you’re having fun. Also congrats on your goodreads review doing really well with the stats. You’ve had a successful week, right?! *applauds*

    I just read Wilful Machines by Tim Floreen which is so good and so underrated.
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    1. Hey, thanks for visiting 🙂 yes, the Fifth Season is quite interesting and original. But if you do read it, give it a chance – it’s one of the slow-start books. And read the glossary xD reading this one without reading the glossary is just not acceptable xD lol

    1. Thank you, it has indeed been a better day 🙂 D&D is hard at first cause yours all like… what’s going on, what should I be doing xD so it’s best to try to play with at least one or two seasoned players 🙂

  2. ugh sory if this is a duplicate but I’m not sure what happened to my first comment. The Fifth Season is in my TBR I hope to get to it soon! 🙂 I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons ! a character made of pure crystal sounds awesome and villagers worshiping you??? Can’t beat that! 🙂 I wish I could play! maybe soon 🙂 Enjoy
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    1. Hey, thanks for coming back 🙂 I think I approved your last one, maybe it’s on a different post? 🙂 I think it was on the other Sunday post. Anyway, thanks for coming again! And yeah, DnD isn’t a very easy game to start with, but for book readers (read: imagination-havers :D) it’s a good thing to do 🙂

  3. I haven’t heard of Dungeons & Dragons in years! My youngest son and his friends used to play it…and they went to a dark place…LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and I’m also curious about The Radium Girls.

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  4. I don’t think I’ve heard of Dungeons and Dragons but I am definitely going to check out Radium Girls. You seem very passionate about it from reading your review. I’m happy you get to interview the author. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks for visiting and I’m glad you will check it out 🙂 it’s definitely worth the time. Yes, I felt VERY passionate about that book. And DnD is a very nerdy thing, it’s alright if you haven’t heard about it 😀

  5. Never played Dungeons and Dragons, I always wanted to but it looks confusing 🙂
    You had a great reading week, I still have been so busy I have no time to read. That should be illegal!

    I hope you have a great week! Happy Reading! 🙂

    1. It can kind of be confusing, you are right 😀 but if your friends have played before, then it’s easier 🙂
      I have also been so busy, I know what you mean 😀 I hope this week is better for you 🙂

  6. I played D&D in college and it’s pretty awesome. 🙂 Although I don’t know the new rules that came out? For me I love the world building and developing a character. You’ll have to share some of the adventure highlights if you’re so inclined- it’s fun to read about what other players do. I used to go to GenCon every year (D&D convention basically) and it’s pretty awesome.

    I’ll have to check out Radium Girls and see what it’s all about.
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    1. Why am I not surprised you played DnD? 🙂 haha. Yeah, it can be great fun, especially if your friends are fun and have a sense of humor.

      1. I know, right? 🙂 Probably not a huge surprise lol. I still miss playing… funnily enough a friend just called me from Chicago and wants to get together and play. so maybe I’ll be jumping back in?
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    1. Haha, indeed 😀 although a child of twelve is pretty cool! I mean, it’s different. But yes, I’ve had enough of humanity in this life, myself 😀 I’d rather be someone much weirder 😀

  7. I am looking forward to reading Radium Girls. I am also looking forward to reading your interview with the author! I really like the sound of Quackery.

    D&D can be such fun! I haven’t played in years–and never got into it the way my husband used to be. We’ve been playing Pathfinder Adventures (card game) as of late. My daughter’s even into it.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Ooh, haven’t heard of that one 🙂 card and board games are so much easier on the imagination though! DnD can get rough 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!

  8. D&D can be exhausting, even on the days where you have a ton of energy so I totally understand what you mean. There are nights when I feel like sleeping but it’s always worth it for the laughs. Your character sounds pretty cool! My current is a Tiefling Warlock who works for the Raven Queen (the sort of deity of death).
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    1. I’m so glad to hear that a lot of my fellow bloggers have played DnD at least once and I’m not the only one 😀 your character sounds totally cool! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  9. I just want to start by saying thank you. This is a bit of a weird place to do it, but you checking in on me recently means a TON to me. I’ve been in this funk over my blog’s broken-ness. And suddenly… well, it’s like I was a kid sitting alone in the school cafeteria for the first month of school and suddenly someone came over and sat down and ate lunch with me. I can feel my funk rising and my inspiration returning. I owe a lot of that to YOU! THANK YOU!!!

    Also this post = <3 I tried DnD once, but I just couldn't focus my mind enough to be interested. My friends all played a variety which is more focused on character development and storytelling. Sounds right up my alley, right? Wrong. I am bad at pretending! I need a book to help me pretend, apparently. O_o So, now I just read while they play in my living room. At least we're social together. Good luck on your campaign!
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    1. D’awww 🙂 I’m glad! I’ve always really enjoyed your blog a lot (even if sometimes I’m too busy to visit, lol, you do know how it goes :D). So I’ve been sad that it hasn’t been around, truly! Can’t wait till you’re back into doing all you did and I can read your reviews again 🙂

      Yeah, I get the not being able to focus part xD I was feeling really bad, so maybe that’s part of it, but I was also pretty bored when other people were doing their turns, so I did a lot of doodling 😀 but I’ve noticed one thing! Most of the girls were super bored. All of the guys were super into it 😀 what is this? How? Why? :DD

      And yep, I’m also super bad at pretending 😀

      1. We all get too busy to visit. That’s a fact. I actually have a calendar schedule now to remind me to visit specific blogs on specific days of the week, actually. If I read the blog before the date, that’s cool, but I will always get at least once a week now. It’s helped a ton. <3

        I wonder how much of male vs. female focus in DnD type activities has to do with how we process information? Males, in general, seem more stimulated by the visual, which is completely contrary to the whole DnD concept! Weird. Hm. Is your Dungeon master male or female?
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        1. Yeah, great point! I’ve actually also thought of just setting ten minutes every evening or something. Actually, I just got this app! That reads the posts aloud! I now listen while in the shower xD it’s a little messy, and won’t work too well for the blogs that do a lot of GIFs.. but for the mostly text ones it’s such a good and different way to experience it! I like the change, cause the eyes do get tired. And you pay a “different kind of attention” when listening to it.

          Yeah, the visual counterpart also made me think it’s very weird about all the guys getting into it like that! It’s… so strange. And our DM is male, it’s my boyfriend 🙂

          1. Aw man. Now you’ve got me wishing it could let you dictate 😀 don’t think it does… but technically, phone keyboards have that function already, right? You could just use that… and that app is called @Voice. Pretty simple, pretty good. You just hit “share” in the browser, and that app is one on the list, and then it starts reading for you.

  10. I also enjoyed Where Is God When It Hurts. It’s the first book I’ve read my Philip Yancey and it made me want to read more of his stuff.

    I’m also interested in Quackery. It’s amazing how many insane “cures” have been peddled throughout history! Though I think it would also be interesting to read a book about all the medical treatments/diagnoses that were considered crazy in their time but then were proven effective/accurate. I guess I’ll just have to wait for someone to write a book about that!

  11. Well it looks like our tastes in books are quite different, so I don’t have much to say about your books I’m afraid. I’m sorry to hear about your pain issues, I hope it’s not serious. I’m not a religious person too, and honestly I’ve never been able to read and enjoy religious books. It’s wonderful you’ve been able to find something for yourself in Where is God When it Hurts. Maybe I’ve just come across books that were trying to make a point and preach, and I hate being preached at.

    For some reason I assumed that you are American, though your name probably should have clued me. Evelina is not an American name, such a beautiful name by the way. So you are from Vilnius?
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    1. Haha, yes, book tastes do that sometimes 😀 thanks for visiting and commenting anyway! Yeah, it’s not a preachy book at all – actually, it shames other Christians for being preachy! I really loved that in that book. Basically, the author decided to write it BECAUSE Christians were often preachy at sick people, and he hated that. Good Christians are often silent, it seems, and only the mean ones really speak up. Typical of people, I guess.
      Haha, my English really is.. quite American, isn’t it. And I do blog towards the West. But yeah, I’m from Lithuania. And thank you! I guess my name is of Latin origin? “Avelana” meant hazelnut or something like that in Latin (I might be misspelling). It’s why it’s “avalinah” though 🙂 so yep, I’m from Vilnius. Your name also suggests you might be from somewhere pretty close to Vilnius? 🙂

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