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[Weekly wrapup] Sunday post #52 I Am Posting Late With Impunity Cause I Was Reading In Bed

So I am posting late today and I don’t even mind. Because my awesome boyfriend woke us up early just to bring me scones (that he made!) with cream, jam and tea and my kindle. Yes, in bed. Yes, envy me! Ha. No, but seriously – best Sunday morning ever. I can only profess my undying love to my Ebilshrimp right now. Having read a good quarter of The Sunday Lunch Club, I can finally get up and start my day.

Unfortunately, I don’t even know what I did this week, so I won’t be sharing much with you. However, I’ve got to thank Lili @ USOM for being an unbelievably good #BloggerBestie and finally making me write some emails to publishers. It has brought some amazing results, although I don’t want to talk about them in detail yet, because some things are still not in the clear (the definite downside to weekends is that your replies from publishers have to wait till at least Monday.) Lili, thank you so much for finally pushing me to step over my fear of rejection! Everyone, please check out Lili’s blog, she’s got amazing tastes and she has actually had her second blogoversary just last week! And actually, she is having a giveaway to celebrate it, so you definitely want to visit:

~ We Need To Talk About Some Books I’m Reading ~

I finished a really cool book yesterday, and that book was also written by someone I know, so I wanted to give a shoutout! If you love YA and fairytale retellings, you should definitely give Happily by Chauncey Rogers a go! I loved it. A review is coming up the week after next, roughly when the book is released, but I wanted to let you know in advance! This book is definitely worth your time, go and mark it as to-read on your Goodreads right now. Short note of what to expect: a grumpy cat main character (not literally a cat, of course!), some amazing book boyfriend material, a great spin on a classic fairytale, some witty banter, some good life lessons and a big bowl of #coverlove!


Coming Up Next Week ~

Next week’s platter has been changed up like three times in the previous week. Mostly because me and Trang @ Bookidote were struggling with finishing our buddy read – not because it wasn’t good, but because of migraines and #life hitting us in the reading ability, but I think we are making it! So tomorrow, you should be able to see a post for Arm of the Sphinx, which was pretty gosh darn epic – if you haven’t read the series yet then you should really think about what you’re doing with your life!! Then on Wednesday, we will be doing another State of the ARC, and I hope you’re ready to join this time! And we’re taking Friday away with Bookstagram basics from my lovely guest posted Sophie @ Beware of the ReaderDon’t you just love it how many people are participating on my blog? I am so happy that I get to tag a third blogger today in my Sunday post.

arm of the sphinx  
intro to bookstagram

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week we had two review posts – one for Have Dog, Will Travel – a truly touching and wonderful book about guide dogs for the blind, which I urge you to read with all my heart, and another review for The Zanna Function – for all you people who love reading about magical schools and/or scifi, because it’s basically Harry Potter, but for girls and with science (I know, I’m tired of repeating that too, but it’s true!) I really can’t recommend that book enough, so you should totally put it on your TBR. And, on the #NewBloggers front, we had Jen and Ivy’s post about how to make the most of your Goodreads. Go check it out!

have dog, will travel  zanna function
goodreads tutorial

~ Little Book Haul ~

Would you believe I hauled JUST ONE book again? For the third time in a row? Neither can I. But I did! And it was one of those amazing developments that I have to thank Lili for. I hauled my super anticipated sequel to Murderbot!!! I am beyond excited, and for now, I’m not even starting it. I want to bask in the glory of hauling it for a little longer. Anticipation!!!

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Charvi @ It’s Not Just Fiction talks about the pros and cons of reading books in public, and it’s sooooo accurate

Buzzfeed shares a really funny article about short reviews, and I normally wouldn’t share Buzzfeed articles, but our friend Inge is on it! (Plus, the post is just super hilarious. You won’t regret.)

So how has your week been? And what are you reading? 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.

96 thoughts on “[Weekly wrapup] Sunday post #52 I Am Posting Late With Impunity Cause I Was Reading In Bed

  1. Omg I’m totally jealous of your boyfriend! And I hope you get back good replies from the authors you e-mailed, they’re idiots if they don’t want their books reviewed on your awesome blog
    Kudos for the one-book haul, I could never do that! And thank you so much for the mention ❤
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  2. Ah, breakfast+reading in bed is the best! <3
    When i'm by myself i often take my brekkie in bed anyway, just for the fun of it 😀

  3. Hmm not a bad start of the day Okay yes, I am jealous!
    Good luck with the publishers. I hope you get the positive replies I have actually never wrote mail to any publisher for book reviews. But yes I want too. May be once you get acquainted with this thing, you can help me
    And congrats on hauling just one book. I simply CAN’T

    1. Haha, thanks 😀 actually, it was mixed with the publishers. I did get onto the ebook mailing list! So no print copies, but hey – it’s fine. I can deal with ebooks, no sweat. And the other email was not replied at all, but I got in contact with another publicist, who first thought I was not international, and then took back my offer xD (I’m sure you saw that on Twitter maybe..) – but then I still got some ecopies! So it’s mixed, but mostly good 🙂 but the most positive thing is that I’m now mostly over my fear of emailing them 😀

      1. Oh wow I am glad that you are out of that fear I am still not over it. I can only mail to Bloomsbury India and too when they send me their monthly catalog I am still not daring enough to ask them directly

  4. How awesome of your boyfriend that was sweet of him. I hope everything works out with the publishers! I have emailed a few authors and have never been disappointed and I have had a few email me to thank me for reviewing their books (famous ones). But, I have never tried to talk to a publisher, never felt a need to. I don’t write and I win a lot of free books. I am curious to know how it went for you, so I can’t wait to see your post on that. Have a great week!

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    1. I’m sure you would be accepted! It’s also easier if you live in America 🙂 you should try! By the way, I’ve realized one thing… Rejections don’t really come. It’s either a yes or silence! In a way that’s good, you don’t just get a no 🙂

    1. Thank you! Oh man, YES, you really need to start that series!! You will not regret it. It’s just so funny, and it’s also short. Not a big time investment at all – a one evening read. And Arm of the Sphinx was more than epic 🙂 also slow to start, althoguh not as slow as Senlin Ascends. By the end it gets really epic with the twists…

  5. Tea and scones and a good book sound perfect! Good luck with the publisher emails, I know what you mean about having to wait until the work week to hear back.

  6. That’s so sweet of him – now that I think about it I never had scones! I should try to bake some! I love when my partner surprises me with breakfast in bed – especially because he does his best to plate it.

    Nooo, I cannot resist fairytale retellings! (I did not just preorder it on Amazon, no, no, I didn’t!)

    Congrats on hauling just one book! I am so joining State of the ARC next week!
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    1. Yeah, I also never had scones before we went to that lovely British cafe (maybe you remember that from my earlier posts!) And then boyfriend remembered that he can make them too 😀

      Haha, you did not preorder it, haha 😀 I am glad! 😀

  7. Oh, yes, definitely envious of scones, tea and your Kindle…in bed! Luxuriating in your bookish life. Enjoy!

    I can’t remember the last time I set up my tray (I know that I did it myself!) to enjoy some time eating and reading in bed. I may have to do that soon!

    Enjoy your books and your week, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.
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  8. Aww such a great boyfriend. I’m looking forward to the bookstagram post cause I’m thinking of starting one soon. Can’t wait to hear about the results of the letters you sent to publishers. I’ve actually sent three emails to publishers, one to a publisher on Netgalley and I got auto approved by them but I havent heard back from the others. I thought it was normal until I saw your tweet about how unsure you were about it and other bloggers agreed. then I was worried I did it too early. Great post as always.

    1. Oh, that’s cool, if you start one I’d love to follow you 🙂 bookstagram can be tough though! But also fun 🙂 that’s cool that you got auto approved on NetGalley. What publisher was that? I have heard back from at least one of the publishers, so I’m happy about that 🙂 I don’t think it’s “too early” to mail publishers – the more you try, the higher the chances of success 🙂 it’s just that they can’t always reply, I think. They probably get a lot of emails!

  9. Awww, what a wonderful boyfriend! How sweet of him!

    Emailing publishers for review copies, or for something else you’re planning? I’ve been getting braver and emailing some pubs for ARCs lately (partly out of necessity because I need to stop reading so many ebooks, and I’m too broke to buy a bunch of print books lol), and it’s paid off a few times. It’s so exciting! Good luck with your emails 🙂

    I’m off to check out the Buzzfeed article! Have a great week!
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    1. Sorry for replying so late 😀 yeah, emailing about review copies. That’s so cool that you also started doing that. They’ve said no to print copies so far because I’m international, but I don’t mind, cause I either listen to them, or read them on my kindle. But I’ve been completely off NetGalley, so that’s wonderful 😀

  10. That’s so sweet! Emailing publishers can be nerve wracking. I emailed one and didn’t hear back but heard from the others. I’m still waiting for a copy of book one the Muderbot books. Hope you have a great week!
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    1. Yeah, I guess you don’t always hear from all the publishers 🙂 hey, did you receive your Murderbot copy already? The first book (in ebook form) was free just yesterday, and I think it’s still free now 🙂 saying just in case!

  11. Homemade scones sound awesome! They are a great way to start a Sunday.

    The Books of Babel Series sounds so good. I am trying to read more contemporary science fiction and fantasy this year so I might give this a try.
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  12. My goodness, your blog is so entertaining and awesome. I clearly haven’t been stepping up my game at all. Also: it is clear that I need to go back and read your posts on blogging as a whole. You are, indeed, #goals. *Bows before you*

    I am very curious as to how your experience with publishers went so far. I tried it once and basically deleted my entire existence afterward. That is how embarrassed I was. You are way braver than I am, is what I am trying to say.

    Loving your work, lady! Keep at it!

    1. Awww Dinaaaa <3 that is soooo sweet of you to say... Thank you!
      As for the publishers, it's went both well and not so well xD one email was replied, and athough no print copies will be forthcoming because I am international, I got on the e-copy mailing list 🙂 the second email was not replied.. A third email from the same publisher reached me (unrelatedly? I don't know!), and they offered something awesome, but then took it back because they didn't know I was international as well xD but then they also gave me e-copies. So it didn't go so badly xD
      And I think you should never give up after just one try 🙂

    1. You are being incredibly responsible, Laura 🙂 I think you wouldn’t be denied either! You’re in the US and you have pretty great follower numbers 🙂 but yeah, thinking about your current stack is a very smart thing to do 😀 I applaud you!

  13. Ahhh best of luck with your e-mails to publishers!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that everything works out splendidly 🙂 And what a great way to wake up in the morning! You’ve got a keeper of a boyfriend, but of course you don’t need me to tell you that. I loved the cover for Happily when you posted it in a past haul, so I’m glad to hear that the story behind it is good too. I still need to read Senlin Ascends! It sounds so good and now there’s a sequel available too, so I really need to get on it and read. Hope you have a marvelous week Evelina ♥
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    1. Thank you! Well, they turned out both well and not so well 😀 one is unreplied, the other got me on the (ebook) mailing list!! So that’s great. A third one arrived, seemingly unrelated, but then they didn’t know I was international and took back on the offer 😀 but it’s not so bad, cause I ended up with some ebooks as well. Anyway, it has been an interesting adventure and I’m glad I finally started writing publishers 🙂

      Aw, thanks 🙂 yep, he is a keeper alright!

      And you SO need to read Senlin Ascends. Like really really! You might find it slow (a lot of people do), but the story is just so epic. I can’t wait to hear your opinion!

  14. Ooh new Murderbot! Can’t wait to hear about that one. Love that series. The Zanna Function sounds pretty good too, from that description. That one’s new to me…

    Nice way to start a Sunday. 🙂 Relaxing Sundays are the best.

    Have an awesome week.
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  15. Your boyfriend sounds like a real gem, we all need someone to do that for us on a Sunday. I’m glad you’ve been brave and contacted a few publishers. I admit, I should do more of it but then I am so behind on the books I already own why invite more books to the party? I do work on the philosophy of ‘don’t ask, don’t get’ it sucks when you’re told no but you’re told no by people you’ve never met and that’s ok. More often than not you get a yes and that’s way better. Hope you have a great week and all works out from the contact you’ve made to the publishers.
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    1. Aw, thanks 🙂 yeah, I’m also glad that I’m finally over my fear of contacting publishers. It worked out quite well, even if it didn’t result in print copies 🙂 ah, it’s not “more often than not” a yes for me though – I’m international. I’ve been turned down on one of the offers for exactly that. In fact, this week they found me themselves and first invited me, then did a bait and switch cause they didn’t check that I was international :/ that was pretty bad. But all in all, my experience with the publishers was okay so I think I will be mailing them in the future 🙂

  16. When are you going to marry the boyfriend? He sound like a keeper 🙂 Hopefully everything works out wonderfully with the publishers that you contacted this week. Thanks for the Buzzfeed link, I had a good laugh with The Catcher and the Rye comment. I had to agree with Inge, I didn’t thing The Great Gatsby was all that great. Have a wonderful week Evelina 🙂

    1. Haha, well, he’s got to ask first 😀 the stuff with the publishers actually went quite well – no to print books cause I’m international, but yes to ebooks! I pretty much expected that, so I am happy about the result. And yep, I also agree, I didn’t like The Great Gatsby all that much either 🙂

  17. Good luck with you emails to the publishers. I really hope your are luckier than me because I never got a reply. *fingers crossed for you Evelina* 🙂

    Happily seems a book I’d love (I love retellings). Adding it to my wishlist.

    Happy readings! 😉
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    1. Thanks! I think I only got a reply to the one because a friend told the publicist about me. It’s like everything’s recommendation-only in this world xD I ended up on the ebook mailing list! But no reply from the other email. Oh well!
      And Happily was amazing 🙂 maybe you can still request a copy from the author? It only comes out on April 3.

  18. Oh my gosh what a sweet boyfriend! Can I have one? 😛

    Can I just say how freaking much I love that you do so many shout outs in your posts!?! You create such an awesome community vibe, and it makes my heart so happy 🙂

    Also, good for you for overcoming your fear and reaching out to all of those publishers! That’s something I’m still too new to do, but am so excited to grow enough to try one day.
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    1. Hahah, maybe we could clone him 😀 otherwise I ain’t sharin’ 😀 😀

      And thanks! I love the shoutouts just as much 🙂 this community is ALL about the love! Where would we be without each other? I really value all of those people, it’s a wonderful community.

      Thanks! I think you are from the US, right? Things should be easier for you, if you are 🙂 but yes, it’s definitely worth it to wait a while to get your bearings and grow your self-confidence as well 🙂 after all, that confidence probably seals half the deal, like with most things in life 🙂

      Thank you for this awesome comment 🙂

    1. I know right xD and I didn’t bake the scones too. I don’t even know how. He did xD
      And I’m really excited for YOUR guest post, haha 😀
      Yeah, Bookstagram is not easy for sure 🙂 I have not been able to break through either 😀

  19. If my husband made scones for me and brought them to me in bed, I would immediately know that I was dreaming. It just wouldn’t happen. Good for you for reaching out to the publishers. I haven’t really done that and I have been at this a while. Have a great week!
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  20. Forgive me, I’m ridiculously sick, still a month behind on comments and I’ve just got home from a couple of weeks of travels! I’m only hopping to more personal posts for now and then when I’m back on top of things I’ll check out more recent reviews! Sorry!

    Your Sunday morning sounds divine and yes, I do envy you! My hubby woke me up with painkillers, so probably that’s just as good when I feel like death. Ha ha.

    I need to check out that Buzzfeed article 🙂

    Hope you’re having a good week and hopefully I’ll be able to catch up properly soon!
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    1. There is nothing to forgive, Di <3 I am glad of every visit, whenever you are able to 🙂 just be healthy and happy!

      Painkillers instead of desert, huh 😀 haha! Yeah, if the timing is right, I believe it's just as good 😀 (love your sense of humor!)

      I am replying to the comments late too, so I am hoping your health is much, much better by now 🙂

    1. Thanks, Marie 🙂 yes, so far I’ve had 50% luck with the publisher emails, as I’ve only sent two xD but I am happy with the results!! 🙂 no print copies, but still got some e-copies, so I am glad.

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