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[Weekly wrapup] I should be doing a monthly update… But Instead I'm Doing Sunday Post #58

It’s the first Sunday of May, and where I live, that means it’s Mother’s Day! So me and mom are going out to that favorite cafe of mine which you’ve all heard about countless times! Due to this and the fact that I have the worst headache which will ruin everything today GAH, I will not be posting a monthly update, although it was a very exciting month, but I just don’t feel like it right now. I will post it another time! Who cares if I’m late? My blog, my rules, heh. Let me just say that last month I read more books than EVER EVER EVER, and actually read much more than I hauled. So that makes me infinitely happy.

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

I just finished Obsidio, and since even if you haven’t read it, you probably realize that it’s not easy or comforting read, I really needed something sweet and light to pick me up. Luckily, the next book on the upcoming releasese calendar of my ARCs was Clara Voyant! It’s a DELIGHTFUL middle grade, bright and sweet and quite trouble free. I truly enjoyed it loads, and I can recommend it to everyone. It was a wonderful thing to read after something as stressful as Obsidio! And look at that adorable cover. I will be posting a review in the middle of May!

Clara Voyant

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I had the State of the ARC, and I am sorry if I haven’t visited some of you yet! I have like 200 unreplied comments (which means undone bloghops too xD) and I am just not able to deal with that in time. But I will definitely visit you all, if slightly late! Anyway, I also reviewed The Breedling and the Trickster, a part of the Element Oddyseys series, which was an alright read. And, lastly, I released an instructional post with a downloadable TBR spreadsheet that is color coded for ease of use, and I hope you will have a lot of fun with it!

TBR spreadsheet

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Coming up next week, I have the very exciting review of Artificial Condition (Murderbot #2) – squee! Definitely read that, please! It’s like my favorite review ever! And also favorite series, teehee. Second, we’ll have a review for another biography of Marilyn Monroe, this one concentrating on how she was feministic and opened the way for a lot of women in her industry, and not only that. If you think less of Marilyn than you should, please read that review. You will be surprised with some facts about her, because that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing. And lastly, I will be reviewing The Redemption of Marvin Fuster. Sorry it’s all reviews, people! But I needed to catch up. Plus there are some very exciting reviews next week!

artificial condition  the girl marilyn monroe
redemption of marvin fuster

~ Little Book Haul ~

So, the first good news is that I only hauled one book, while I have already read four! (I should write a post about how I turned this hauling business around, seriously.) The second good news is that I got Cait’s book! Despite being ridiculously late on actually asking for it, I got it! Miracles do happen <3 I am very excited to be able to read a book by a blogger buddy! My only regret is that the ARC doesn’t contain any cover I could flaunt for bookstagram. Maybe I’ll send myself an image cover to the kindle. Only for you, Cait. Only for you. LOL

A Thousand Perfect Notes

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku has finally solved her technical issues and come back! Go give her some blogging love ❤

Cahleen @ The Alt Story tells us why nonfiction is kind of like vitamins

Shruti @ This Is Lit discusses whether it’s YA or not the brings you good stats

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books posted a post that everyone and their mother have already read probably, but it really resonated with me, so I’m sharing it as well. It’s about how we want and get validation as book bloggers and why it matters

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.

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    1. It IS absolutely adorable and I believe you’d totally love this book, cause you adore sweet and upbeat books 🙂 you should totally read it!! And yep, the cover is very fabulous – I will admit it’s what got my attention xD but the contents are just as good!!

  1. Hey Evelina! Happy Mothers day- enjoy!! And can’t wait to see what you thought of Artificial Condition- I’m very excited to read that one.
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  2. Love the cover for Clara Voyant! I haven’t read Obsidio (or the others in the series) but it seems to get a lot of mentions! Don’t think I’d be happy with the stress of it, lol, so I’m going to pass. 🙂
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  3. Ooh, in Lithuania Mother’s day is today? I always thought it’s on the second Sunday of May, same as over here in Latvia (and Estonia, too, afaik)… huh… the more you know!

    ALSO, CONGRATS ON GETTING ATPN ARC, I’m only gonna get to read it when my preorder arrives, since I’m not at that book-blogging stage where I request ARCs yet… Happy for you tho! c:
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    1. Yep, it’s the first Sunday of May 🙂 interesting, so Latvia and Estonia have the same Mother’s Day as the West? So odd! Maybe we are the only different country or something, I don’t even know 😀
      Aw, thanks! That’s so cool that you’ve already preordered it 🙂

  4. Okay what is this Obsidio and why is everyone talking about it? I’m such a bookish grandma. I never read what everyone else is. Sigh. xD

    My week’s been good, surprisingly. I hauled The Upside of Unrequited and I’m buddy reading it with Simant, starting tomorrow. And I had to grade a bunch of papers of aspiring content writers for where I work! So it was fun! xD

    1. LOL it’s from the Illuminae series. And while I normally don’t read YA and don’t like it – this should tell you something – I REALLY loved this series. It’s pretty rare that a series is good throughout ALL THREE BOOKS, you know? So yeah, even if you don’t read a lot of YA, The Illuminae Files (Obsidio is book #3) is definitely worth your attention 🙂

      Ooh, buddy read! Buddy reads are great 🙂

      1. Yes, they really are great! And nice! I should probably check Obsidio out. I am reading some popular books here and there these days. Trying to learn what you youth are reading these days, you see.

  5. Have a lovely Mother’s Day – ours was a few weeks ago in March… I’m so sorry about the headache – and you’re absolutely right – your blog, your rules! I’m not even sure if I posted a monthly roundup in April and they are generally late, anyway… I hope the coming week is a pain-free one!

    1. Thank you, SJ 🙂 it was a good weekend! Yours was even earlier? The Americans seem to only be celebrating theirs this weekend 🙂 everyone hsa different dates, it seems.

  6. Enjoy your day with your mom for Mother’s Day! And enjoy your books. I know what you mean about replying to blog comments, there’s not enough hours in the day for it all. Happy reading week!

  7. I do hope that even with a headache, you managed to enjoy your time out and the cafe for Mother’s day <3 Headaches are no fun. I hope it passes very soon my friend. Mother's day is next weekend here. No idea if kiddos and nonhubs are making plans. I will settle for a clean house, new books and sleeping in 😉
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    1. I actually did 🙂 my headhache went away after I got up, I guess it was just my sinuses acting up as usual, coupled with “Something Stupid™” xD

      I am sure they are making plans! And I hope you have a nice Mother’s Day 🙂 haha, a clean house is definitely awesome, although a cake and coffee/tea in bed for breakfast probably wouldn’t hurt either 😀

      1. We have a celebration of life to attend this weekend. So for Mother’s Day I simply requested time to sleep in and a trip to the book store. I am glad youra turned out

  8. Damn, it is indeed mother’s day… thanks for the reminder, i totes forgot 😀 😀

    I’m gonna be reading the 1000 perfect notes soon as well. I’m quite excited about it.

  9. Aw, I hope you and your mom have a lovely, headache-free time at that cafe! I’m also ridiculously behind on blog hopping—I still need to read your amazing post with a TBR spreadsheet! Clara Voyant sounds cute 🙂 I don’t really read MG but you make it sound so good! Can’t wait to read your review of it. Hope you have a wonderful week Evelina!
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    1. Thanks! Yeah, my headache eventually fixed itself 🙂 so it was a fine Sunday! Clara Voyant was also adorable, I really loved that book. Possibly, my favorite MG this year so far 🙂

  10. What a fun post, Evelina! I really needed to hear (read?) the “my blog, my rules” thing because I keep saying it to myself but I never “believe” it, if that makes sense?! Ahhh, I always get so upset with myself when I decide not to post something when I’m not happy with it because I feel like people are expecting something or because it’s my “publishing day” or something. So, thank you!

    I’m so excited about you getting Cait’s book! So many people seem to be reading and loving it and I hope you will enjoy it, too! Will you be reviewing it? Cause I’d definitely read that! ☺️

    1. Thank you, Ayla! That totally makes sense 😀 I know, we are our own jailers 😀 we make our own rules and we try to stick by them, when nobody else but us is really enforcing them 😀 but it just feels so bad to let your own self down. So I totally get what you mean 🙂

      I have actually started reading Cait’s book yesterday, and so far? IT’S FABULOUS. Absolutely loving it. Yeah, I’m going to be reviewing it sometime at the start of June for sure 🙂

      Thanks for visiting, Ayla! And I am sorry, I seem to have misclicked and removed CommentLuv 😀 really really sorry about that! Happens the second time to me tonight, what gives xD LOL

  11. Oh! Interresting how different country have different dates .. in Canada our mothers day fall on the 13th! So, just next week (gotta say its a GREAT thing for my workplace.. heheheh) But anyway, our group of rather local dachshund parents are having merchs again!! So this year, I bought both of us somes!
    Of course dear, take your time and post that later! No problem here ~

    Yay for good reading !! Im on a good launch myself started on April 30th and im passed halfway already! I may be able to go a book more than last month !!

    1. Yeah, somehow we’ve always had it on a different date than a lot of other countries 🙂 it’s probably our Soviet history. A lot of holidays exist here that you guys don’t even have!

  12. Have fun with your mom. This probably sounds awful, but I don’t remember when Mother’s Day is in the US. I know it’s sometime this month. Probably next weekend. I need to look that up. Anyway, I wish I could read more books than I haul. That rarely happens. I hope you have a good week!
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  13. Okay but first off I AM SEVERELY HONOURED. The ARC also has a lot of typos in it lol lol so please don’t die there (I promise we caught them all in copy edits). But eeep it makes me so ridiculously happy to see it on your blog, AND ALSO KIND OF SURREAL?! Like I’ve been blogging/trying to get published for 7 years and it’s happening…get an umbrella, I’m gonna cry on you.❤️❤️❤️


    Also I think we need to all applaud the fact you read more than you hauled because that is like the key to success right there. And something I never seem to get to.

    And I hope you and your mum have a really lovely day!! Mother’s Day for Australia isn’t until 2 more weeks I think. Oh wait, maybe one more week? I should probably find this out oops.
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    1. Haha thank you 😀 oh, no worries, typos are an ARC thing, so that’s to be expected.

      Awwww I’m blushing! It’s so sweet, I’m glad you love the sight of your book out in the wild 🙂 well, sort of in the wild 😀 (it’s really too bad it’s getting published so far away, you won’t actually spot it in a bookshop near you… yet!) I guess all your British buddies will just have to report 🙂 I *might* actually be going to England sometime this year. Maybe I should plan some bookstore trips. And take pics and be like MY FRIEND WROTE THIS ONE HERE (THAT WOULD ACTUALLY BE SO AWESOME.)

      And yes! The more read than hauled has been making me so happy lately! It’s almost like this is ten years ago, when I was but a wee normal person :DDD

      Yeah, I think we have our Mother’s Day a week early. Indeed maybe you should check, cause your mom happens to be the one with all the awesome cakes, last time I checked xDDD

    1. Thank you, we did 🙂 it was great. And June is right around the corner, so I hope your copy will arrive soon 🙂 I still haven’t started it though! I really really want to, bbut work has been insane this last week. I barely have time for anything else but sleep, argh D:

    1. Awww, that makes me even more excited 🙂 sadly, I have been too busy to even start the book! Argh. The past week or two have not been too easy for me. And Clara Voyant was absolutely amazing, I totally loved it 🙂

  14. Happy Mother’s Day (I’m late, sorry!)! I hope you had a lovely day with your mom and that your headache left you alone <3 <3 Sending you tons of love!
    I'm glad you read some great books though, Obsidio…. I can't wait to read that one, but I am also very very very veeeeeeeeeeeery nervous about it, hahaha. It's not an easy book to read, that's for sure, but I can't wait to see how it ends.
    I'm so glad you got Cait's book, this is SO EXCITING! I hope that you will love it, I can't wait for it to be released so I can get to it as well 🙂
    Have a wonderful week! <3 <3
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    1. Haha, thank you 🙂 yeah, we did have a fun day! And the headache did go away 🙂 thanks!

      Oh yeah, Obsidio was no light read – but it’s definitely a great ending to a series. You won’t regret it 🙂 it lives up to the other books! I don’t think I’ve read any series yet where ALL THREE BOOKS are of the same quality? Never happens xD usually one (or two!) of the books are worse than the others. Not at all the case with this series, which is just incredible 🙂

      I am very excited to read Cait’s book for sure! But I’ve had SUCH a busy week at work, you can’t even imagine. Haven’t even started it yet T_T

  15. Thanks for the shout out, my wonderful friend! It feels so liberating to be back in the world of blogging. I have desperately missed it.

    You have every right to not write a monthly review post if you don’t want to! Your blog, your rules– for sure. This is still a great post. I am with you about how Obsidio was a bit exhausting emotionally– I really need something fluffy to make my feel better, but I haven’t gotten there quite yet. I hope this MG novel does the trick!

    I cannot wait to hear what you think of Cait’s novel! I will admit, I’m always nervous of reading blogger-friend writing. I want to love it, but I’m a bit anxious I won’t. Am I alone in this fear?
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    1. And I am so glad you’re in the world of blogging 🙂 I have just been way too busy to visit your blog posts, and I know I two more have come out since I.. wasn’t busy xD and I am feeling all the due guilt and hoping I will visit you soon 😀

      And I did end up writing a monthly review post, only like.. in the middle of the month 😀 since it was a great month! I felt like I had to review it 😀

      I’ve just started reading Cait’s book yesterday. IT’S AMAZING T_T so far it’s really, really, really good, and I’m so glad I know someone who wrote that. It’s so utterly awesome! I was INCREDIBLY nervous to read a book by a friend! But now I see I didn’t need to worry at all 🙂 I think you don’t need to worry. You’ll love it. It’s a great book 🙂

  16. Oh… was it Mother’s Day on Sunday?!?!?! Erm… ha… I forgot. *dies* I thought it was next week. Whelp.

    I’m a horrible child. o_o

    I saw you got Cait’s book on Twitter! Congrats again! ^_^ I don’t think I use any of my eARC covers for photographing – I download all of the covers to my phone and use it, haha (though I really want to see how the new phone camera update will work with bookish photos after the magical things it did to my face).
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    1. I don’t think it was on that Sunday, cause we have Mother’s Day one week earlier than apparently everyone else 😀
      Thank you! I am reading Cait’s book right now, and it’s SO AWESOME. That’s really smart about your phone, but if I downloaded it on my phone, what would I take the pictures with 😀 that’s the dilemma xD

  17. Hope you are feeling better and that you had a good time with your mom! Mothers day is next Sunday here in the US so I’m looking forward to it! 🙂
    I’m getting more and more excited about the Illuminae series because everyone is loving it! 🙂 Hope you enjoy Cait’s book. I’ve heard wonderful things about it!
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    1. Thank you! Yeah, we did have a good time 🙂 I hope you have a good time too, especially because you’ve got several little ones of your own who will be making you cards I imagine 🙂

      And I can’t believe you still haven’t read Illuminae xD yeah, I think you’d enjoy it. It’s full of action and twists. Definitely won’t bore you!

    1. I know! I feel incredibly lucky. Sorry you didn’t get it 🙁 I’m reading it right now, and OMG it’s so good – I can absolutely recommend it already.
      Yeah, we celebrate Mother’s Day on a different date 🙂 don’t know why, historically, I guess?
      And haha, I really don’t know how or why I am hauling less 😀 it’s a mystery to me, but one I am happy about 😀

  18. So exciting that you got A Thousand Perfect Notes, that’s one of my highly anticipated reads and I can’t wait to see some more buzz for it! I just picked up All Systems Red and I’m excited to start the series since you’ve been enjoying it so much. Nothing wrong with all review posts as well, I love book reviews! It helps me pick and choose what I want to read and you write great reviews!

    Also as a side note, I nominated you for The Unique Blogger Award, you can grab the post from the commentluv link. 🙂
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    1. I know right! I actually started reading it yesterday, and IT’S SO GOOD. You absolutely have to read it. Oh, you picked up All Systems Red! I’m so glad, and can’t wait to see your review 🙂
      Oh, thanks! I didn’t know, I will definitely go check out the award <3

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