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[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #54 A Quiet, Lovely Week

This has been one of those calm and slow weeks! I am also *mostly* done with the taxes… Some of you might know what an ordeal that can be. And also, spring is finally upon us, so things are looking good. Some more stuff about this week:

  • I have not hauled any books whatsoever this week. NONE. None!!
  • …but can you imagine?? NONE.
  • I can’t either.
  • I think I’m also reading 8 books at a time, HALP
  • Anyway, I’ve joined a fun readathon, #25inFive, and while I suck at taking actual photo check-ins, I’ve been reading all weekend!
  • I’ll also be joining next week’s Dewey’s pre-readathon, where you are supposed to read 1000 pages in the whole week
  • Also, Dewey’s sign-ups are finally open, have you signed up yet?
  • Me and boyfriend went out to a restaurant yesterday in celebration of the two years of his being here, and we actually read a book to each other interchangeably, while eating. It was really cute. I should really learn to take more pics!
  • I also caught up with a lot of you on Twitter last week, and I’m very happy about that. It seems we are all drifting somewhere now, most of you are busy with school, maybe it’s just the season. I miss the talks!
  • The #NewBloggers 101 series is slowly winding down, and while I still have posts planned, I am getting slighly tired of juggling the guest posts, so it might be that I’ll insert one or two unrelated discussion posts these coming fridays. We’ll see! It also feels like a weird crossroads, cause it was such a big, lovely project – but now I’ve got to search for new directions.

And that seems to be all! What is new with you?

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

So this week, I finally read that sequel of All Systems Red, and I must say, it was JUST AS AMAZING as the first one!! I can’t wait to share my review with you all, it will be on May 7th, I’ve already scheduled it, and it’s full of enthusiasm. For those who would love to start this series, Tor.com is actually offering the book for free now (sadly, only in US and CAN, it seems…) Maybe some of you can grab it – here’s the tweet with the link.

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I posted a review for Happily, a very different Cinderella retelling that I can truly recommend, and Sugar Money, a heart-breaking, but factual novel based on a real story of slaves trying to escape in the 18th century. Both are recommended. And I also have to thank Aimee @ Aimee, Always for her wonderful #NewBloggers 101 post about Bloglovin’.

happily chauncey rogers  sugar money
quick guide to bloglovin

~ Coming Up Next Week~

There should be three posts next week, but the guest poster for #NewBloggers is late, and I don’t want to ask her again, so I might just do some discussion post or tag for fun (I’ve missed my discussions anyway!), so I can’t tell you right now what I’ll be posting on Friday. Let it be a surprise 🙂 as for the other two posts, we’ll have Doorways in the Sand, a great (and a little wacky) scifi, and The Lost Castle, a nice historical novel told through three different perspectives and timelines, which I really loved.

doorways in the sand  the lost castle

~ Little Book Haul ~

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds talks about why ARCs should decode to “Actually Reviewers Crying”

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer talks about why she says no to audiobooks

Austine @ Novelknight talks about how we determine blogging success (and that we shouldn’t use this label)

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra talks about how important it is to find your OWN voice in blogging

Charvi @ Not Just Fiction talks about how she’s bored of blogs with only reviews and nothing else

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.

93 thoughts on “[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #54 A Quiet, Lovely Week

  1. I am OFFENDED at how you feel so out of place for not getting reviews in one week (if you feel like that, where would I be?!).

    *Just kidding haha please don’t hate me*

    And I saw your post checking on us! That was so nice of you. I know I didn’t have time to reply yet, but it really touched me (you’re such a nice person). No wonder you’re so popular among the blogging community (hehe).

    Have a great week!
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    1. XD lol I could never hate you! You are just too adorable! 😀

      Oh, that’s alright even if you had no time to reply – at least you know I am thinking about you all, you included 🙂 aw, thanks! Would you believe it, this week I actually found out someone blocked me because I was “rude and insulting”. I am so baffled xD it.. really does not sound like me..? 😀

      I hope you have a great week too, and as always, best of luck with the grades, cause I know how important it is for you right now 🙂

    1. Oh yay! Finally I am talking to someone who reads just as many books at a time as me 😀 apparently, it’s not very common. I guess we are just multitaskers, huh 😀 but for me it’s like a TV channel! I mean, you wouldn’t imagine just watching ONE TV channel for weeks. 😀

  2. Ooo congrats on not hauling at all! I ended up hauling…11 books xD 7 are in one series and 4 are in another although amusingly they’re all by the same author – that wasn’t planned. I’m currently reading two books but I think I’ve hit a bit of a reading slump so we’ll see if I end up finishing either of them this week or I jump to another book to read xD Have a great week!

  3. I need to check out the read-a-thon for dewey this week. I didn’t even realize they had a FB group!
    I am so awkward when it comes to talking to people on twitter, I don’t know why. I am socially awkward in person and for some reason it shows more on twitter than Facebook.

    I hope you have a great week, Evelina! Happy Reading!
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    1. I have joined the Goodreads group, I’m not sure they have a Facebook group, but they might do! Definitely do check it out though. A pre-readathon readathon! Doesn’t get more exciting than that 🙂

  4. Happy Sunday.

    Reading out loud to others is s cool thing to do. I have never done it in a restaurant though. Any plans you can do it in peace is a good place though.

    Reading eight books at a time is impressive. I am able to handle two and find it difficult to go beyond that.
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    1. Thank you 🙂 I have somehow always read like at least 3-5 books at once! Even in childhood 🙂 for me it’s kind of like changing the channel on TV, when I’m tired of one plotline, I just skip to the other 🙂

    1. Yeah, there’s definitely no reason to exhaust yourself 🙂 I hope you can have some time for a readathon soon, maybe in a couple years – you never know 🙂
      And I still do read every night before bed xD I am often tired in the morning, but I just can’t resist 😀

    1. I know right! I am super surprised 😀 I don’t know, I guess I just shifted my attention to other things or something 🙂 I’m sure I’ll be hauling stuff again soon, but for now – I am savouring this newfound feeling 😀

    1. Oh yeah, I never really read on their time cause I’m not about to get up at 5am 😀 I just read whenever I get up, till whenever I go to bed. Missing sleep is no fun 🙂

  5. I LOVE that gif for your zero haul 😀 Good luck with your readathons! They aren’t quite my thing because I know as soon as one started I would want to do anything but read. I really seeing my friends do them on Twitter, though, since everyone is so productive 🙂 You and your boyfriend are too cute! That was the Pullman book, right? I really need to branch out from His Dark Materials and read more of his books. Hope you have a wonderful week Evelina! ♥
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    1. Haha, thanks 😀 haha lol, really? Actually, I wait so long for the readathons usually that I just really really want to read when they come, I guess I just motivate myself 😀

      Yep, that’s the Pullman book! It’s good so far as well 🙂

  6. Calm and slow weeks are good weeks. But taxes are a huge headache. Those may ruin a good week.

    I think I’ll take a look at Dewey’s read-a-thon. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to join it, but maybe I’ll squeeze it in my schedule.

    While you didn’t a haul a single book this week, I went overboard this week. I’m pretty sure this week I got more books than all my combined hauls since the beginning to the year. *hides in shame*

    Wishes of a great week. 🙂
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    1. Yeah 🙂 oh, it would be great if you joined Dewey! The more the merrier 😀 but yes, it’s not always easy to make time, especially if you don’t find out in advance and can’t plan to take a day off.

      Oh, I guess you compensated your haul for me, and there is balance in the world 😀

  7. Not sure if I can do the readathon, I don’t have/use twitter, and am just learning instagram, but I don’t think I would do so well in this one. However you got some great books, and good luck with the readathon!

    1. You can definitely do the readathon 🙂 you can also post on your Goodreads or Litsy, and just your blog! Besides, the checkins are optional. Last year I didn’t check in much, I just sort of… Read 😀

    1. I know right, I have no clue how this even happened 😀 I think it’s the first time ever since I started blogging that I’ve hauled nothing! Well… Maybe when I was away on vacation..? Doubtfully though xD
      And thanks 😀

  8. Oh my god relationship goals right there. I’m jealous! You better keep that one close to you! XD

    I’ve honestly been really bad about keeping up with the Blogging 101 series, but what if you started having people write about how they first got into blogging? Like, they can talk about what they’ve learned and how they’ve changed because of it?

    Have a great week! 🙂
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    1. Haha, thank you 😀 well, our relationship isn’t all rosy, of course, but the scones are definitely the rosy part! 😀 (Actually, we went out this weekend, so no scones were made. I grumbled about that for two days cause apparently you can live 29 years without knowing what scones even are, and then you are simple hooked in like two months. :D)

      That is a neat idea, I could explore that. Thank you 🙂

    1. I know, me too!!!! Super excited!!!!!!!
      And thanks 🙂 I don’t know how I didn’t haul, I think I just concentrated on other things? xD but I like how it worked out 😀

  9. Wow. I wish I could multi-task like that. I can barely read a book and listen to an audiobook around the same time. I end up getting things jumbled and mixed up. I used to love chatting on Twitter but it I lost interest in it once everyone seemed to only post political stuff or drama. I miss the days of just sitting on Twitter and chatting books or having actual chat parties on there.
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    1. I don’t know, it just doesn’t bother me, reading many books at once 🙂 like changing the channel on the TV, really. And I just unfollowed the people who were being too political, so my Twitter is still mostly about books 😀

  10. I’m so proud of you for not splurging on books!! Also, you and your boyfriend are such #goals <3 Where can I find a boyfriend who supports my reading habits??

    1. Thanks! And I actually found my boyfriend online, through a lucid dreamer forum, so the short answer would be, pursue your WEIRD interests and find someone through there :DDD but I had to import my boyfriend to my country :DDD that wasn’t easy and took truly book-story worthy effort and chance. So… yes XD our #goals did not come easy :DDD
      But I wish you best of luck in the effort 😀 I hope you succeed. A reading boyfriend is like THE BEST. Mine doesn’t really read on his own, but I mean, let’s not push it :DDD

  11. definitely nothing wrong with not getting any ARCs good time to catch up on your other reads 😀
    Your blogging posts are awesome for new bloggers out there so great job 🙂
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    1. Thanks 🙂 I don’t know, actually, I guess I shifted my focus to something else rather than hauling books 😀 but I’ll admit, it’s strange! I have never ever not hauled books (I don’t think? Unless during vacation?) after I started blogging! So it’s a pretty big achievement for me there, haha 😀

  12. Aw that’s cute about reading together- how nice! Nothing better than being able to share a passion with a significant other. 🙂 Ooh has spring hit in your area? We’re still cold here, sadly. It’s quite annoying.

    I’m glad to hear that Artificial Condition was good, I loved the first book. I’ll have to go o ver there and grab it. Can’t wait to see what you thought!

    1. He’s less of a reader than me, but there are these moments when he will read with me, so I greatly treasure them 🙂
      Yup, spring finally hit! It was actually warm enough to ditch the coat today already. It will still be colder, probably, just a spell, but I don’t think winter will be coming back this year. One can sense the difference 🙂 I hope spring comes to you soon too!

  13. Enjoy your upcoming readathons. The pre-readathons sounds like a wonderful opportunity to get through at least two tomes. You and boyfriend are so adorable together, I enjoy reading about your outings. Have a wonderful day Evelina 🙂
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    1. Oh, definitely! I have also been working freelance last year, so that makes my taxes all the more complicated xD
      Well, soon you’ll be too busy to haul new books 😀 well… in a couple months.. or a little more.. 😀 so I think that will help! LOL

    1. Aw, thanks 🙂 and yeah, readathons can be tough – I was planning to do mine, and then we planned a quick vacation xD um… Well, my readathon is going to be interesting. I’m still going along with it. AWAY. Expect interesting Twitter and Instagram updates 😀

  14. Sounds like you had a nice anniversary celebration. I’m looking forward to your review of Doorways in the Sand because I’m admittedly drawn to weird and wacky reads. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you, actually, my review of Doorways in the Sand just came out like a few hours ago 🙂 you can find it here! Yes, that book was lovely and pretty wacky, and I can totally recommend it 🙂

    1. Thanks 😀 no books at all! I also can barely imagine it 😀 why? It’s because I already own over 500 xD that’s why :DDD also, I’m tired of never catching up to my ARC stack! If I’m honest, it’s mostly the ARCs 🙂

    1. Yeah, pingbacks are not always trustable 🙂 it’s my pleasure! Yeah, it seems everyone seems to have their opinion about audiobooks – even more so than ebooks 😀

      Thanks! I also usually find not hauling really hard, so I don’t know I did it this time 😀

  15. You both are adorable, aren’t you? 🙂 I wish my husband too could show only a little interest in reading 😛
    It was nice to catch up with you too on Twitter 🙂 yes, everyone seems busy. At least you know where I have been busy 😛

    Good luck with all those readathons. I can’t manage to do them, however. Also, I think you have provided enough content for #newbloggers series so now it’s okay to squeeze in some other discussion posts 🙂
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    1. Haha, thanks 😀 yes, it seems everyone is away/working/studying now. Must be the season!

      Actually, I just found out I’ll be on vacation during that readathon xD gah! That’s both good AND bad 😀 I don’t know how I’ll manage it 😀

      And thank you 🙂 yes, I think I do need a break from the #NewBloggers posts, indeed.

  16. I’m always amazed when you say you hauled no books, it sounds like witchcraft to me, I am incapable of not buying books it seems. And you’re reading loads to! I am jealous. And you and your boyfriend at the restaurant sound so cute, what a great meal out! We should all be so lucky. I hope you have a good week.
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    1. I know right, I don’t know how I hauled no or almost no books for such a long time 😀 this week I actually did haul some, finally. But still less than I usually do xD
      And thank you!

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