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Sunday post #5 Let's sum up the reading week

Another week has flown by, and it’s time for another sum-up. Luckily, it’s been a good reading week! Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

~ On the Blog ~

This week has been quite busy work-and-life-wise, so I didn’t do a lot on the blog. However, I did finally post the interview with Kate Moore, author of the Radium Girls! It’s quite a touchie, so you’re very welcome to check it out:

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The Radium Girls has now been published (just this week!), and you can get your hands on it here. Or add it to your Goodreads here. Truly think you will enjoy it. Also, the author is touring the US, so you might want to check out the venues and the dates she will be giving talks and signing here.

~ Reading this week ~

The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys, #1) Born Aware: Stories & Insights from Those Spiritually Aware Since Birth Get Well Soon Felix Yz

Reading this week has been good! Despite not being able to chug out reviews quite yet, I have finished a few books and started a few curious new ones.

The Breedling and the City in the Garden is one of my Blogger Shame challenge books which I’ve had since the end of last year. It was really fun and refreshing retro fantasy read (the cover is spot on to the mood of the book!) and I will be posting a review of it soon. I have also contacted the author and got on the list for those waiting for an ARC of the sequel! Exciting.

Born Aware is something I grabbed last week from NetGalley. It’s about people who were born spiritually aware, or aware of their surroundings (as opposed to most people getting born without any understanding or keeping any memories of their own birth). A lot of you would label this book as ‘bogus’, probably, but I like stories like that, cause they engage my metaphysical gears and often motivate me about life.

Get Well Soon is my first title from Edelweiss, and I might have not picked it up otherwise, but it was the only ‘Read Now’ title on it at the time, and I want to publish a review or two on the platform, since my profile is such a fresh slate on there that nobody approves me for stuff yet. This turned out to be like a 2.5 star read, and I will be publishing a review of it soon too.

Felix Yz is a delightfully diverse middle grade book that is like a current version on A Wrinkle In Time. It’s about a boy who lives a very unusual life, as he is fused with an interdimensional being which makes his life quite tough, although a lot of this seems just like it’s paraphrased for ‘I’m different’ and how that makes you deal with loads of things most kids don’t face (and it’s refreshingly lovely). I just started it, it’s adorable and quite enjoyable, although a little bumbly. If you like middle grade super diverse and wacky books, do check this title out.

~ Book haul ~

So I normally don’t do a book haul during a weekly round-up, but this time… I kind of really got off the tether. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that I got only 5 books in the entirety of April. Maybe it was because there were a lot of Amazon sales. Maybe it’s cause I was feeling particularly blue one of those days and went a-NetGalley-raidin’…

My reasoning being that, you know. They never approve me anyway.

Except they did.

FOR ALL THE BOOKS.

So seeing how I’m stuck with loads of review copies now, not sure if I’ll read them all in time, I might as well share it with you and give them the boost!

~ Books I got for review ~

Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel (A Memoir) When the English Fall The Finding of Martha Lost Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family

Dear Reflection is a rock’n’roll memoir of a teen in a bad situation. Very interesting. When The English Fall is a literary title, about pacifist societies in the light of the end of the world. The Finding of Martha Lost is about a girl who is nobody, and doesn’t want to be found, but has to stop hiding. Down The Up Staircase is a book that is already released, and I’ve seen it around the blogs and been super excited about it – it’s about growing up in Harlem, three generations of it. Super excited to read it.

Felix Yz Get Well Soon Hack-Proof Your Life Now! The New Cybersecurity Rules: Protect your email, computers, and bank accounts from hacks, malware, and identity theft Born Aware: Stories & Insights from Those Spiritually Aware Since Birth Blooming (Blooming #1)

Felix Yz, Get Well Soon and Born Aware have already been summed up above. Hack-proof Your Life Now just seemed like a useful title to request (although it’s geared more towards US audiences) and Blooming is just a light YA read for an evening which was a freebie on Instafreebie, so I grabbed it.

~ Books I bought ~

The Flight of the Silvers (Silvers #1) The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Running the Rift The Housekeeper and the Professor The Great Apocalypse (Sparlock of the Multiverse, #1)

The Flight of the Silvers has mixed reviews, but I decided to grab it. It’s either a good or a really weird dystopia. We’ll find out. Have you read it? The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is about the racial difficulties of a person born out of the culture of their race, which seems like a very interesting topic. Running The Rift is about running, hardship, life, it’s also literary (I think..?)The Housekeeper And The Professor is about human relationships and it has a lot of great friend reviews. The Great Apocalypse, to be fair, is something I don’t even remember putting on my to-read list, but the bizarreness of the story made me think I should grab it, as it cost like 0.99$ as well (it’s a mishmash of the creepier parts of various mythologies, it seems, which will always hook me).

~ General rambling ~

Bookish ramblings first: this week I joined Litsy and ReadFeed. Is anyone out there? If so, add me, pretty please 🙂 I’m so lonely out there now!

As for life events, yesterday we got invited to our friends’ summerhouse. Their parents live there, and they turned out to be incredibly fun. In fact, I think it’s my first pair of people in their 50s who have blatantly refused to age and are still like the 20-30 year olds that we are. Spent a fun evening with some drinks, a barbecue and so much live music (there were 6 of us there, and every single one could play guitar and sing!) I also got a lot of reading done while sitting around and just relaxing in nature. It was great!

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.

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Literary Feline (Wendy)
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I haven’t had a chance to read your interview yet with Kate Moore, but I’ll head over there next. I am looking forward to reading it!

Looks like you are reading a number of good books–and look at all those new ones! They all sound so good.

I am not familiar with ReadFeed, but I am on Litsy. Not that I use it regularly. I should try harder to do so.

I hope you have a great week!

blodeuedd
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LOL, that is the best (and worst 😉 when you are all, I am not gonna be approved and then you have a million books to read

Hayley @ RatherTooFondofBooks
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I’ve not been online much over the last couple of days so I missed your interview with Kate Moore but I’m going to go read it straight after I post this comment as I’m keen to read it. I’m also going to buy The Radium Girls now it’s out 🙂 I have The Finding of Martha Lost on my TBR and hope to read it soon as I love the sound of this book. I hope you enjoy it. The author also writes under another name and I’ve loved all her other books so I have high hopes for this… Read more »
bookworm
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Great books, The Finding of Martha Lost looks especially good. I try to stay away from Edelweiss and NetGalley because I can never resist requesting books from them myself 🙂
Happy weekend and happy reading!

Greg
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Glad it was a good reading week. Born Aware sounds interesting, and Readfeed I know nothing about, will have to check it out. And yay for summerhouse fun. Barbeque= the best.

Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews
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Every time I think they won’t approve me so I keep requesting they always do! I’ve requested some books I really want to read so hopeful we both will get our books! Have a great week

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
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Felix Yz certainly sounds interesting. The comparison to A Wrinkle in Time made me smile since I remember reading that one as a child. The summerhouse getaway sounds divine! Good people, good food, good music… and reading time. Does it get any better? 🙂

Lampshade Reader
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Nice picture!

Also, nice book haul. Totally understand the NetGalley raiding. I do that with Edeleweiss as well. 🙂

Hope you have a great week! ~Aleen

Laurel-Rain Snow
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I’m curious about The Finding of Martha Lost. Enjoy your book haul and your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Jennifer | Book Den
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It sounds like you had an amazing time at the summerhouse!

Geybie's Book Blog
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Wow, you have a lot of books to read this week. My option this week is very limited. For some reasons, nothing interests me on netgalley so I haven’t requested any. I’m looking for book recommendations. What are your favorites last week?
Anyway, have a wonderful week. Enjoy all these books.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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Sometimes busy is good, right? And that’s awesome you got on the author’s list for that one book 🙂 I joined Litsy but literally haven’t done anything on there because there’s just too many social media outlets and I don’t really see the benefit of Litsy over GR. I don’t even know what the other one you mentioned is??

Your evening at the summer house sounds like so much fun! HAve a great week 🙂

Laura Thomas
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The summerhouse sounds like a good time. I’m reading The Breedling now, and will be getting to Radium Girls. It seems every one is reading it!

kimbacaffeinate
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I am curious about Down the Up Staircase. I am looking forward to Radium Girls, I just want to be in a better place when I begin. I need to check out more of the titles you nabbed. Hope your week is simply amazing.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
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Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

Oh I know about getting approved for all the books. Happened this week now I am drowning in ARCs. There are worse problems I suppose. The summer house sounds like it was a great time!! Have a great week and happy reading!

Darlene
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The Flight of the Silvers sounds interesting! Enjoy your diverse selection of books!

Emma
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What a great mix of books. So many I fancy reading. I really enjoyed The Radium Girls…when I wasn’t feeling angry at what the women were put through.

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
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man, you do know how to sell me books! I always have to sign in my GR account when I come visit your blog! 🙂 I added the Radium Girls when I saw the interview and now… I so wanna know about When The English Fall [the end of the world… [giggles]!] The Breedling [soulcatchers??? Hell yeah!] and Born Aware[ because I kinda like ‘bogus’ topics like that one 😉 ] I would have usually jumped also on a “super diverse and wacky” middle grade like you describe Felix Yz but maybe it’s a little too down the rabbit hole… Read more »