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The Week When I Didn’t Haul Any Books!! Sunday post #46

Where did this week go? What did I do? And don’t I say this every week? A lot of impossible to answer questions, it seems, but you know what? Let’s try:

  • I did not haul books this week o.o
  • NO BUT DID YOU HEAR THAT
  • I DID NOT HAUL BOOKS!!!!!!
  • Regardless, this post will not be completely haul-less, as I didn’t post last week’s haul due to my monthly update last week
  • I also had the worst ever teaching experience in class this week. My brain shorted, or whatever happened, and I just NOPED out for most of the class. I hope this never happens again! The most. Awkward. Class. EVER. Ugh.
  • I somehow read 3 books though?? My reading speeds have gone nuts.
  • My boyfriend should be getting a review copy of a game, and he’s so overjoyed that he keeps asking myself how I manage not to always be hyper when I get approved for books πŸ˜€
  • I have somewhat returned to the blogosphere
  • Although I’m still struggling with visiting you all back, cause every time I log in there’s 100 comments? Miracles!
  • We also celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday this week, and it was adorable. We went to this one cafe which is literally just like another country. It’s run by mostly English people, and it was honestly like going on a trip. It was really cute and nostalgic for my boyfriend too, who hasn’t been in his own country (England) for about two years now. We spent like 4 hours there, just sitting, drinking tea and relaxing. Best Friday everΒ ❤
    Here, have a photo from there:

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I posted two reviews –Β The Girl in the Blue Shoes andΒ Heart Berries.Β The first one is a literary thriller/mystery (which is currently free on Amazon, I believe!) with truly amazing writing that I can’t recommend enough, and the second one is an #OwnVoices memoir that touches on growing up as an indigenous person in the wreck of the Western world, going through break ups, PTSD and depression. And, of course, I posted another item in theΒ #NewBloggers 101 series:Β this time, part 2 of theΒ Organized and Efficient Blogger posts – on Scheduling and writing efficiently.

girl in the blue shoesΒ Β heart berries
writing and scheduling posts

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I’ll be posting twice, minus the Sunday post – there will beΒ a buddy read review of Snow Flower and the Secret FanΒ by Lisa See, a book I greatly enjoyed, andΒ the third part of the efficient blogger posts – on scheduling your social media posts and networking.Β I feel like this is my favorite post of the three! So I invite you to check it out on Friday.

snow flower and the secret fanΒ Β social media and networking

~ Little Book Haul ~

So I didn’t haul anything this week! I don’t think that has EVER happened yet, after I started blogging! Yayyy!! However, I am sharing my haul from last week, as like I said, I didn’t share the books because I had my monthly wrapup post. Have you seen these books around? I grabbedΒ Between Two ThornsΒ because I love Emma Newman’s writing and it was on sale.Β The Last AstronautΒ I saw on some newsletter, I think, and I went like WTF, when I saw that cover πŸ˜€ then it turned out that it was free, and the reviews were really good – so why not? AndΒ Playing to the Gods is a NetGalley grab that I saw on someone’s blog in their updates some time ago. It’s a nonfiction about how the battle between two actresses and their acting styles influenced the way we perceive acting right now. This book isn’t due for ages! But I greatly look forward to reading it.

Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds #1) The Last Astronaut (The Great De-evolution) Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads shares an awesome post about how a 5 star rating does NOT compensate for a 1 star rating, because MATHS, PEOPLE

Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings shares a discussion about the fact that yes, extroverted bookworms exist!

BookStormGirl @ Book Storm shares a really funny post about what happens when you feed YA quotes to a chatbot

Erica @ Honest Chaotic shares how she saved hundreds on books this year, and YES, some of it works for internationals too!

So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?

As usual, I’m linking up with theΒ Sunday post meme at Kimba’s book blogΒ and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews.

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118 thoughts on “The Week When I Didn’t Haul Any Books!! Sunday post #46

  1. That looks like a great little cafe! Sometimes it’s nice just to sit and relax and have nowhere you have to be. Glad you guys had a relaxing time! The Girl in the Blue Shoes sounds good, I’ll be checking that one out.

    Glad to see the blogger101 posts are still going strong!!
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  2. Like, not even a teeny tiny little book, Evelina? That must feel so weird! The ones you got last week look good, though.
    And I hope you won’t have another awkward class like the one you had last week… Sounds stressful.
    Thanks for sharing so many posts! I am off to check them all out now.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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    1. Not even a teeny tiny book! I know, right! I was so surprised, when I looked at my week’s list πŸ˜€ but I hauled some this week.. But less than I used to! I’m sort of glad about that. Cause I had been hauling way too many.

  3. That cafe looks adorable! I didn’t haul any books this week either as I’m on a self-imposed ban until I catch up with my TBR list a little. I empathise with the blanking in class moment, sometimes my brain just randomly freezes as well, always at the worst possible time.

    1. It does, doesn’t it πŸ™‚ oh, self-imposed buying bans are important! But they don’t always work out πŸ˜€ well, actually, I wasn’t on any ban, so that’s why I’m super surprised that I didn’t haul stuff πŸ˜€

  4. No haul for this week? That’s impressive, even if you do include last weeks. I get what your boyfriend means when you get approved for a book (or game in his case) you can’t help but get a little excited. And the first time it happens? I remember there was bouncing and excitement. That cafe as well? Adorable! I swear, I’ve seen teacups like that at my nan’s or something. You feel fancy when you have a cup and saucer, it’s always that moment of ‘this is how the other half lives’. Glad you both enjoyed it there, a little piece of home is important when you’ve not been able to visit for a while.

    You’ll figure something out for all your comments soon (I hope) so don’t worry. People are understanding and there are only so many hours in the day when you work too.

    Hope you have a good week.
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    1. I actually didn’t think it was so amazing the first time I was approved! Because lol, I wasn’t a blogger back then. My first NetGalley book was won in a giveaway, and I didn’t even know what NG was, I had to register for it. And then I forgot the book xD haha.
      That cafe was adorable!! So adorable, in fact, that we went there for Valentine’s as well, and it was great. They have this tea menu item where they have English sandwiches, cake, scones and quiche.. It’s just so filling xD we almost exploded lol πŸ˜€ but it was so good! Good thing we brought board games cause lol
      Thank you for all your supporting words, Becky <3

    1. Yay for us not hauling books πŸ™‚ haha, maybe you should keep this up then, with the not-buying? It would be almost like a challenge, to keep it up for x months or weeks πŸ˜€ useful for your wallet! I can understand about NetGalley though πŸ˜€
      And thank you!

  5. I almost didn’t get any books this week but then my family let me go to Barnes and Noble and that didn’t last. πŸ™‚
    You had a busy week, I love that little cafe picture. I wish we had those around here, someplace I can go to and work because sometimes this house is nosy.

    I hope you have a great week, Evelina! Happy reading! πŸ™‚
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  6. Oh, that cute little cafe reminds me of one in a neighboring village, where the china and table settings feel so luxurious! They used to serve high tea, which was fun. Nowadays they don’t. Sigh.

    What a great time you had, though.

    Enjoy your books…I’m curious about The Girl in the Blue Shoes.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
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    1. Aw, that’s so sad that they don’t serve it anymore. I used to also know this really cool tea master of traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, too bad we lost contact – I used to love those.

  7. I’m a graduate student and have had my fair share of embarrassing teaching experiences so don’t feel bad! There was the time when I was lecturing and actually left off the m when I said the word “mass” O.o There’s the time I taught an entire lab with chocolate on my face (luckily it looked like a new freckle). So don’t worry, it happens to everyone!
    Also that little cafe looks adorable πŸ™‚
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    1. Ugh, teaching experiences, huh πŸ™‚ OMG πŸ˜€ loooool… your ‘mass’ story is amazing πŸ˜€ chocolate on your face reminds me of this:

      xD so I hope you enjoyed that πŸ˜€ and your comment certainly cheered me up! πŸ˜€

  8. Being from England myself, I just want to say the teapots look adorable and I want them πŸ™‚ I’ve always had a love for tea pots and tea, haha. I’m glad you had a good reading week, I haven’t actually bought any books in ages. I did get a ton from my library though. I swear without my library I’d be lost.
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    1. Yes to the teapots! We actually went again today (for Valentine’s) and ther was a different teapot, and I was totally fawning all over it, it was so cute πŸ˜€ we are also very big on tea. TEA IS LOVE <3
      Oh, I rarely buy too! I mostly just get them from NetGalley though xD xD hahaha

  9. No haul, that’s awesome! I hauled entirely too much this week. Also, I got a brand new book today that I hope I can find time to read. I totally forgot to even post my State of the ARC this month. Ugh! I will just post next month and hopefully it won’t be so bad. It’s not looking good for me though.
    I am really looking forward to your blogging organization post. I really need more tips on staying orgainized right now.
    I hope you have a great week and happy reading!
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    1. I guess you compensated for my haul, haha πŸ™‚ oh, no worries, you can always join whenever! This month’s State of the ARC comes out on the 26th πŸ™‚ just a heads up.

    1. It does!! Haha, well, I almost never buy books, cause international yada yada, you know the drill πŸ˜€ but the thing about not hauling is that I can finally stand more of a chance of catching up on my review copies and having less commitments πŸ™‚

  10. This cafe looks really lovely I wish I had something that cool near me as well πŸ™‚
    I’m also very much looking forward to your upcoming Social Media/Networking post, because I definitely am in need of some tips and tricks πŸ˜€

    1. The cafe is a real dream <3 hey, maybe you do have something so cool nearby! The smallest cafes are always so elusive, I also didn't know of this one for a long time πŸ˜€
      Oh, I'm glad! I'm also super excited for that post, and I hope you like it πŸ™‚

      1. It really look amazing β™₯ I definitely have to check and went I go back to my flat for university, I will certainly be on the lookout for a cool cafe πŸ™‚ We do have one that’s a bit expensive but makes delicious paninis β™₯
        I certainly will πŸ™‚

    1. Lol haha yes, I believe they probably don’t!! πŸ˜€ well, but I definitely approve of fuzzy slippers and pyjamas. I don’t have fuzzy slippers (that’s so cool), but PJs are DEFINITELY my work outfit.

    1. Yep, I live in Vilnius πŸ™‚ haha, well – I don’t often talk about where I live! But, you might also want to know that my boyfriend is an ‘imported’ Englishman πŸ˜€ I’ve never been in the UK, but he’s come down here to be with me. So we’ve got some ties to the UK πŸ™‚ OH SHIT. YOU ARE FROM TORQUAY. GUESS WHERE MY BOYFRIEND IS FROM. GUESS WHERE I WILL DEFINITELY BE VISITING SOMETIME IN THIS OR THE NEXT YEAR.
      15 years ago though! Back then it was a completely different place, very different from today. We weren’t even in the EU (and now it seems we are switching places, lol) You should come sometime to see how it’s changed, and do a little bloggish meetup along the way πŸ˜€
      Haha, and I don’t think I am going to run out of books soon, I have like 550 owned ones (well, mostly owned ebooks)… So at least 4-5 years’ worth there πŸ˜€

        1. I know right! It’s so awesome, I’m already thrilled that I might possibly meet AT LEAST ONE PERSON from this amazing blogsphere one day πŸ˜€ although I bet I could visit more bloggers in the UK, cause once you’re there.. πŸ˜€

  11. NO BOOKS??!! I can’t even imagine, though I probably should have a few of those weeks myself. I need to stop impulse-buying but, well, I can’t. Love the cafe photo too. I have been lucky enough to visit Scotland, England, and Ireland and I especially miss Scotland terribly. I wish I could have brought a piece of Scotland back with me to tide me over until I can go back again. Happy Reading!

  12. Sometimes the weeks where you don’t haul the books are the best because it gives you some time to catch up. Not that I ever will, but it’s a nice thought, right? The cafΓ© looks awesome. Happy reading!

  13. Awww that place that you went to with tour boyfriend looks so adorable and quaint, it makes me want to go for a high tea somewhere! Also yay for not hauling any books this week, I always to try control how many books I buy, as my own tbr to reading ratio is ridiculous! I hope you have a great week! πŸ™‚
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  14. Congrats on not taking on new books this week! I really need to have a few weeks like that but at least I have slowed way down on review books coming in. That is the only way to possibly catch up with the backlog. Isn’t it great when your blog starts getting comments regularly? I do know how hard it can be to visit blog and comment back. I would post 7 days a week but I need a day off to catch up on comments and be a bit of a slacker.

    Have a great week!
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    1. I also seem to have slowed down with my review books, which makes me happy πŸ™‚ but it’s an easy slip to make again xD one is enough for a while… Although I’ve been wondering whether I can somehow find and request books as awesome as I have requested several months ago (reading them now) – where did I even find those gems??

      7 days a week!!! Wow, Carole! THAT IS AMAZING! I don’t think I can ever post that much πŸ™‚

  15. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a ‘book’ haul. I like to read what you’re up to and is it any wonder you get so many comments when you comment a lot? It’s only fair πŸ™‚ Anyway, it sounds like your boyfriends birthday was wonderful and I appreciate you sharing regardless. Have a great weekend!

  16. What a lovely cafe and I’m glad you had a great time. Teaching is hard – unlike many jobs, you have to be ON IT all day, every day. So just occasionally it isn’t a surprise if you have a brainfade event. I think we all have had those lessons if we’re honest…:). Blame the weather! I hope you have a good week, Evelina:)

    1. Yeah, teaching IS hard! You just have to give out all of that energy, every time. Well, thankfully, I only have to teach like once every two weeks – I couldn’t do it every day (for starters, mostly because of my voice). But yeah, I guess we all have off days πŸ™‚

  17. Welcome back!! 100 comments is a lot, I don’t think that I would be able to keep up with all of that… lol

    I’m so glad that you and your boyfriend had a lovely lunch celebrating his birthday. I’ve never been a fan of big parties or celebrations, so your lunch sounds right up my ally.

    Have a good week! πŸ™‚
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    1. Thank you! Well, I never haul print books anyway, international problems πŸ™‚ so merely kindle space for me, but in terms of commitments – definitely a benefit πŸ™‚

  18. Aw, that little cafe looks adorable! I love those out of the way spots where you can just sit quietly and read, or people-watch πŸ™‚ It sounds like a great birthday treat.

    And look on the bright side: your students probably barely noticed one awkward class or, if they did, were just grateful they got to zone out a little themselves! I know when I was in school, the occasional scatterbrained day was amazing because everyone just agreed to try again tomorrow haha
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    1. My students actually noticed xD the girl who manages the school was there, she made a list 😐 which we discussed. AUGHGHAHGHAHAHAHAHHAGAGGGGUUUUUGGGHHHHH

      So yes πŸ˜€

      Don’t want to have another day like that EVER again πŸ˜€ or at least anytime soon… xD

  19. Careful now. Not having a haul one week might also mean you’ll double your haul the next week!!!! πŸ˜€ So cool to hear your reading speed has exploded. I soooo want to know what that is like! Happy reading, Evelina!

    1. I was afraid of that myself, but actually, I think I’ve only hauled like one this week, so far πŸ˜€ so unless all the requests come pouring through, I shouldn’t haul too many xD but I certainly know what you mean πŸ˜€ and I think my reading speed has increased only due to those text-to-speech books!

  20. That cafe is so cute!! I have had those moments before in the classroom. I’ve had so many word blunders, my kids just go with it. When we are reading, and I look up to have discourse, and then look back down at the page, they all know to point out to me the spot we left off on when I make “do do do” noises. They love my “rewinds” and redos. I am living proof that it’s OK to be imperfect. It’ll all be water under the bridge, so don’t sweat it too much. I’m struggling right now to visit and comment back, too.

  21. OH MY GOD, YOU DIDN’T HAUL BOOKS?! YOU DIDN’T HAUL BOOKS!!!
    OH MY GOD!!

    I’m kidding XD. But seriously don’t worry, a week of you not at least having three book hauls does not mean the end of a world. You need a break too, in terms of hauling.

    That Cafe looks amazing. If only I can see the view and experience it myself. Have a great week!
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    1. I know right!!! I didn’t haul books! I don’t even know how it happened πŸ˜€
      And also. Last week I went on NetGalley, browsed like 5 categories, AND LEFT. Did not request. WHAT πŸ˜€ I can’t even believe it!
      I’m actually really happy I didn’t haul πŸ™‚ I’m going to try and repeat this xD but I’ve already hauled one or two this week, so maybe not this time πŸ˜€

  22. I replied to your picture of Facebook, but I’ll say it here. That cafe experience you had sounds lovely. Of course anytime anyone has a relaxing time, that sounds lovely to me. I don’t get many of those.
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    1. Thanks! I saw the comment too πŸ™‚ oh yeah, relaxing times seem so far in between and so few in the 21st century. Sometimes you wonder, are we all doing this right, you know? Should life really be all running and hurrying? But then I guess we can’t really slow down when everyone else is in a hurry too.

  23. First time stopping by! Between Two Thorns looks interesting! I’ll have to look into it.

    Your boyfriend reviews games? That sounds like fun! I used to own an Xbox in college, but when the husband and I got pregnant, we decided to ditch the electronics. It’s worked out well for us! I’m sure his excitement and anticipation is fun to watch. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi! Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚ I’ll drop by yours later today πŸ™‚

      Between Two Thorns is by this amazing author I love – I don’t know nearly ANYTHING about this series, but the author basically told me to read it once so I am doing that xD (mighty Twitter..) But I can truly recommend her other series (Industrial Magic) πŸ™‚

      My boyfriend doesn’t review games per se, he just streams them on Twitch. Oh yeah, he was pretty excited, but then the game was late, so.. xD

  24. Eeeep take care of yourself and don’t let blogging be TOO overwhelming!! (Says I who is currently desperately trying to play catch up on blogging and totally failing.) And also congrats on like only doing a tiny haul recently. Also what kind of wizardry is this. Since I’m visiting my sister and she has an amazing local library I totally went wild with the reservations and may or may not have borrowed 10 books. The librarian looked really concerned that I’d be able to read them all and I’m like, “Suuure I’ll be fine.” ANYWAY I’M SWEATING A LOT AND TRYING TO GET THROUGH THEM ALL IN A WEEK. HELP.

    Also I love that cafe photo!!
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    1. Well, you have been traveling, so it’s understandable πŸ˜€ and I don’t know! I wish I knew why I didn’t haul, but the question is probably simply – I must’ve not had time xD I was gonna say, I wonder if you’re hauling while you’re away, but I can see somehow you’ve managed πŸ˜€ but the poor librarian doesn’t know your capabilities. I’m sure you’ll be able to, you basically devour books πŸ˜€
      And I went to that cafe again and now have cake photos as well!! It was amazing πŸ™‚

  25. So it seems like I missed many of your posts because of the vacation πŸ˜€ It looks like you and your boyfriend had a great time celebrating the birthday and sometimes there are greatest joys in simple things, isn’t it?
    Sorry that your class was that awkward. I hope you never have to face such class again.
    You haul looks impressive. I also saw Playing to the Gods but somehow didn’t request it. Now I think I should?
    Have a nice week Evelina πŸ™‚
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    1. It’s good to miss posts due to the vacation πŸ˜€ that means, you are HAVING the vacation πŸ˜€ so I am happy for you!

      I haven’t started reading Playing to the Gods yet, but I am pretty excited for it, yes πŸ™‚

  26. Oh no! You didn’t haul any books?!?!?!? Your TBR might actually decrease – horror or horrors – and then what would become of you? :O
    πŸ˜‰
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  27. No book? I almost managed that performance too but I had to step into a second hand bookstore on Saturday and found a book – well I found many books, but only purchased one.

    That cafe looks so pretty!
    Also, I still feel super excited when I get approved for a book, but then again I just started requesting :).

    1. Hahah, it always happens, doesn’t it πŸ˜€ well, you only purchased one though! Not two and not three. So it’s k πŸ˜€
      It’s really good that you get super excited! I think I don’t because I still have like old NetGalley books trailing behind me xD you know the story… lol

  28. The cover of Snowflower and the secret fan looks very intriguing. Looking forward to reading your review. Sorry to hear about your class. This must have been a very awkward moment for you. Hope your next one was better. And sorry for me being late with my visit. I catched a virus and there wasnΒ΄t much energy left to turn on my laptop let alone answering comments.

    Best wishes
    Vi @Inkvotary
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  29. It’s nice to not get any new books for a week every once in a while :). Sorry to hear about your bad teaching experience :(. But that’s great you read so many books and that you celebrated your boyfriends birthday in such a cute cafΓ©.
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