Book hauls, Sunday post

Sunday post #40 New Year, New Not-So-Lofty Goals

For some reason, this week has been so long, hasn’t it? What with all the holidays, it seems I’ve lost track of time. Nothing new to report in the bookish realm! With 2018 at our door, it seems everyone is uplifted and hopeful, and taking it easy with their goals! So am I. Look at this:

goodreads goal ahead of schedule

Ahead of schedule… #FeelsGoodMan

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week we finally embarked on the #NewBloggers 101 post series, and I promise so much more content! There should be something weekly. So this week we had a discussion about a very important question – when should one start requesting books? Then I also gave a shoutout to all my favorite bloggers, AKA the bookblogger / booktuber tag. And last, but not least at all – the review for Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer, which was one of my favorite books last year! Go check it out.

creatures of will and temper  My Favorite Book bloggers
requesting books

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Since I am working with other bloggers on some of this content, the timeline is still subject to change! But if everything goes well, and I certainly hope it will, we should have a guide on how to make your NetGalley and Edelweiss profiles top notch, plus a guide on how to start using Edelweiss. There will also be a buddy read review of Dumplin’, and a list of feel good books for when you have the lonelies. Enjoy!

dumplin  a good edelweiss or netgalley profile
feel good books

~ Little Book Haul ~

Well, it’s smaller than usually! And believe it or not, I’ve only requested ONE book in the past three weeks (and it might not even be granted!) So imagine what a good bookworm I’ve been. No Sad Songs is a book about tough decisions and what it means to be taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, Chasing Eveline (hey, almost my name!) seems to be something of a coming of age story about a girl who wants to reconnect with her mother who has left her, plus some indie music love, and Doorways in the Sand seems to be an inventive sci-fi adventure that most of my friends seem to have rated 5 stars!

No Sad Songs Chasing Eveline Doorways in the Sand

So how has your week been? What did you haul?

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’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.

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Andreea
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I hauled way too many books this week, but fortunately I even read a couple and I am halfway though other so… totally not feeling guilty for my stack.

I love the newbloggers series and I cannot wait for the next post in the series!

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity
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I’ve only regained my sense of time this week due to my return to work so I finally know what day it is! But it means I have been so darn tired all week which has been less fun. I am feeling positive about reading this week, though, even if I’ve not finished a book and I have plans for blogging again which is great. I am starting off 2018 well (even if really I am starting book related things in the second week of the year while I adjust back to work hours).

Trish @ Between My Lines
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Happy New Year! Looks like you are having a very productive start to 2018, and your upcoming schedule of posts look great! Looking forward to reading them.

Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd
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You were busy this week! I’m excited to say hello to everyone on the chat server tomorrow morning, but then I’ll have to abandon all of you to finish the mountain of work that is currently on my bed. I don’t know how y’all will survive without me! *makes dramatic face*

I’m excited to read the posts about NetGalley. Because even though I’ve been using it since 2015, I still feel lost whenever I get on it. lol

Have a wonderful week, Evelina! 🙂

Maureen Bakker
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Sounds like you’ve a great week blogging wise. And there’s still lots of fun to come I see. Love it. 😉
Chasing Eveline sounds like a good read.
Have a great week and Happy Reading!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
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A week in and already ahead of your GR goal. Gotta love that. LOL
I’ll be looking forward to the Edelweiss/NetGalley profile article. I’d be great to learn some new ways to improve my profile. Always room for improvement! 🙂

Anne Clarence
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Yes the reading challenge! This is actually my first year ever in participating the Goodreads reading challenge. I have no idea how it will work out though XD

Have a great week! And yes, your book haul is slightly less gigantic than usual.

Caro @ bookcheshirecat
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I’m really, really, really excited for the upcoming posts, they sound like exactly what I need right now A few days ago I tried to make my Edelweiss profile more appealing, so I’m very much interested in a post offering a little help, because I felt kind of lost 😮 I also do need a few feel good books right now 🙂

Sam@WLABB
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I loved Dumplin’. Willow Dean is quite a character and I really enjoyed all the Dolly Parton references (just as I did in The Serpent King). I hope you love it too. No Sad Songs looks good. Can’t wait to see what you think.

Paula Bardell-Hedley
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I’m really looking forward to your Edelweiss guide – I find the whole setup really confusing!

Jennifer | Book Den
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Good luck with your Goodreads challenge. I hope 2018 is a great year for you.

sjhigbee
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I’m trying to start 2018 sensibly regarding books… I know, I know – a daft idea! Still, so far so good! I hope you have a great reading and blogging year, Avalinah 🙂

Jenea's Book Obsession
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Getting back into the swing of things after the holidays is no fun. My son has been home all week due to cold and snow, but my daughter started back her homeschool schedule. So, it’s been a little chaotic at my house. Hopefully, this week will back to normal, at least till the next big weather maker comes. Enjoy the new books! I am curious about No Sad Songs. 🙂 Happy reading…

Laurel-Rain Snow
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Since I still have five ARCs on my stack, with release dates ranging from 1/23 to 5/15, I am trying not to request too many right now. Although I do have three requests out there…and you never know when they will come through. I try to arrange the release dates so as not to overwhelm me.

Enjoy your week and your New Year. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Greg
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I’m glad your new blogger posts are going well. I’ll have to look at your tips for NG/ Edelweiss since I don’t request ARC’s but may want to in the future? I’m sure that ‘ll be helpful! And Doorways in the Sand looks interesting.

Have a nice week!

Tina
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My schedule has been off since the holidays. My co-worker went out of town so I covered her shifts as well as my shifts and it just threw off my schedule entirely. I’m definitely going to check out your post on NG and EW profile because I’ve been wanting to update mine but I’m not sure what I need to add.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
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You really are on a roll with all of these blogging groups, blog posts and everything else, Evelina. I admire you so much, how do you do it all, haha 🙂 I can’t wait to read all of your blogging posts, I am sure they will be so useful to many bloggers, me included haha 🙂 And yay for being ahead of schedule on your Goodreads challenge already, you’re doing this right! 😛
Have a lovely week! xx

Sophie Eloy
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Really interesting topic planned Evelina!

Lilyn George
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This is a cool thing that you’re doing. The supporting of new book bloggers. I wish you the best of luck with it 🙂 I might even check out some of the stuff, since I really just dove in the deep in and am still trying to figure it all out.

Lily
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I think I only requested one book in the past few weeks myself, but it’s been kind of a long month and I don’t want to start the new year overwhelming myself xD

Samantha
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I have been blogging for 3 years now and I am excited for your “how to make a good NG/Edelweiss profile” post because I think mine could use some polishing!

Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)
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Nicely done on being ahead on the Goodreads! I’m behind… already. Whoops! Hopefully what I read this weekend will get me back on track. 😀 I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

Have a lovely weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Literary Feline
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No Sad Songs sounds really good. I watched my grandmother’s descent into dementia, which was hard. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for her. It made Still Alice a difficult read, though, but it’s such a good book. I’m trying to stay away from NetGalley and Edelweiss for the time being. We’ll see if I succeed.

I hope you have a great week, Evelina!

Kristina
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OH ! looking forward to the 5 feels good book !

also oh man .. I still haven’t read anything yet since the year started ​I have some catching up to do … I have 2 days off though, so HOPEFULLY I’ll get to finish my first book (which I started in Nov. so it don’t count for #BeatTheBacklist … bummer.. xD)

Barb (boxermommyreads) @ Booker T's Farm
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Such great content this week. I think I want to check out that science fiction book…Doorway to the Stars. I’m moving the cover as well. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Mallory
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Way to smash that Goodread’s goal!! 🙂

Really enjoyed your article on “When to Start Requesting ARC’s.” I told myself no arcs when I started, just because I had a million other things I should focus on for the blog first. I’ve been thinking of *maybe* signing up for Netgalley and trying for 1-2 this Spring. Your posts have me inspired! 🙂

Sim @ Flipping Thru the Pages
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Yeah last week certainly felt slow. But I guess it was the result of all the festive mode Seems like you have chosen good books. Teally proud if you that you have controlled yourself in such a good way

Tânia @MyLovelySecret
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I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one losing track of time because of the holidays. I found myself wondering if it was Sunday or Monday – or maybe if I slept a whole day – a few times these past weeks. =P I can’t wait to read the post on how to write a good Netgalley/Edelweiss profile. I always have issues with Edelwiess and how to make my profile good enough for my requests to be accepted. The cover of Chasing Eveline is so pretty. I haven’t heard of its before, but after reading your brief descriptions,… Read more »
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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Your new bloggers series sounds great. I love the idea. I am ahead on my Goodreads goal right now as well and it is great! Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

Vi @Inkvotary
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Wow, so many wonderful posts. Guess I will need some time to read through all of them. But thanks a lot for the Edelweiss information. Though I am not much of a ebook reader, but that info seems quite right after all the restrictions Netgalley is giving its requests lately.

Best wishes
Vi @Inkvotary

Fanna
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Good luck with the reading challenge, Evelina! Also, you requested on book in the past three weeks? *cries* Show me your ways! It’s a goal accomplished to stop yourself from requesting more books. Can’t wait for the next installment of NewBloggers101; I really need to understand Edelweiss, lol 😀 Plus, Chasing Eveline looks like a wonderful read so your review is definitely anticipated <3

Geybie’s Book Blog
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Evelina, I don’t think I have joined New Blogger 101 Group. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been really around and have been behind with visiting.

I hope you enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week. ❤️

Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind
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I feel like I’m taking it way too easy with my Goodreads goal. Only one book in ten days and not ahead of schedule anymore. But, I’ll start reading and then won’t stop so there’s that to look forward to.
I didn’t haul any books. I just got a Barnes and Noble gift card which I will hoard and find what I want carefully.
Hope you have a great week!

Lashaan Balasingam
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I like your new direction towards more discussion post! So many interesting things to learn from them. And I too love that “Ahead of schedule” thing from Goodreads. 2018 is looking good.

Jackie B.
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Happy New Year!!! I’m actually really glad to see you taking it easy with your reading goals. Do you plan on adding other goals this year? I know you– you really like to jump into new things and connect with people. I think this goal of only 52 books will help keep you sane throughout. Not that you won’t be pushing yourself to read a ton of ARCs… 😉 Chasing Eveline… it’s so close to your name! Other than Anne of Avonlea, have you found your name in other books? Any you would recommend? Doorways in the Sand sounds totally… Read more »