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Sunday post #7 It was a great reading week <3

Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

~ On The Blog ~

This week I’ve only posted once, but it was a fun review of a book I didn’t really like so much. Sharing the review of The Finding of Martha Lost, or how I failed to find a spark in a story about secret underground libraries, trains and lost items/people:

The Finding of Martha Lost

~ Finished Reading This Week ~

You May Already Be a Winner When the English Fall: A Novel 4 3 2 1 Shift (Silo, #2)

You May Already Be A Winner is a book I unexpectedly got approved this week, and since it’s a middle grade (and almost YA) read, I decided to just read it right away, because it would be quick and easy. Well, it turned out to be quick alright, but by no means easy – it was such an emotional ride. It’s about when children have to deal with their parents’ bad decisions – getting them at 17 included, as well as not being able to school or watch your children. It’s painful at times and it made me angry a lot of times at the unfairness. I liked it, it was strong and emotional, and I recommend looking it up if you go for YA/kidlit. It will be published in July, and my review will also be coming up shortly before the publishing date.

I’ve also finished When The English Fall, which was by far the best read of the week. I absolutely loved it and can truly recommend it. It’s about how civilization ends for the modern man, and it’s told through the eyes of an Amish (for who nothing essentially changes, cause they live relatively simple, technology unaffected lives). It’s a slow read, and you won’t find any typical dystopian stuff going on here, but it’s truly an all-encompassing work on pacifism, kill versus be killed, I’d say even the spiritual aspects of doing things yourself, or standing behind others. It was brilliant and I recommend getting an early copy while you still can.

4 3 2 1 is a book I’ve been reading for several months now, it’s a beast of over 800 pages and a very slow literary read. However, I loved it! It’s about a boy and his possible lives – as you can guess, 4 of them. They are all slightly different, and they show you a variety of different problems a youth could encounter. It’s also an unofficial history of the 60’s in America, with all the racial stuggles, Vietnam, Kennedy and Nixon, university strikes and violence, all of it. It wasn’t an easy book to read, but I loved it and if you’re into more serious reads, you should give this one a chance. I will be posting a full review in the coming weeks.

I have finally finished Shift, and it was pure torture. However, I do recommend reading my review! It’s coming up next Friday, and it features a GIF of pics taken surreptitiously while I was reading. I’d venture to say it says more than the review! So if that’s not worth it, nothing is. Not for this book.

~ Currently Reading ~

Born Aware: Stories & Insights from Those Spiritually Aware Since Birth Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel (A Memoir) Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

Born Aware has turned out to be a pretty interesting read, if you’re into spiritual reading. If you’ve always felt like you’re weird of different (Hint: me!), this book might help you feel better about yourself, cause hey, there are more weirdos than just you, and that’s a nice thing to know.

I haven’t quite started Dear Reflection yet, but it’s coming out in the first days of June, so I should get to it this week, or else. It’s a memoir about a troubled bohemian youth, and it should be interesting.

Apart from that, I’m still enjoying Anne of Green Gables tremendously, and if you’d like to join the readalong with Jane and all of us, here’s the link:

 ~ General Rambling ~

Sharing a lovely quote from You May Already Be A Winner which I felt was truly meaningful.

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.

48 thoughts on “Sunday post #7 It was a great reading week <3

    1. Yeah, it was one of the stronger quotes in the book, especially cause it’s a young teen saying that. The book was pretty good 🙂

  1. I’ll definitely check out your review of The Finding of Martha Lost. And When The English Fall sounds really interesting, too. As for your current reads, I adore Anne of Green Gables—what a wonderful book!

  2. You’re right, our theme is pretty much the same!

    You May Already Be A Winner sounds exactly like my kind of book! I need to get my hands on a copy once it comes out. Thanks for the TBR add!

    Hope you have a great week!

  3. Congrats on finishing a mammoth-sized book! I have quite a few of them on my bookshelf that I’m scared to start because of the time investment! Too bad about the Howey book. I have the Wool Omnibus on audio. Have a great week!

    1. Wool was great, you should be able to enjoy that 🙂 and yes, I don’t know if I would have started the hefty one if it wasn’t an e-book. Didn’t know it was that daunting 😀

  4. You May Already Be a Winner was one I just stumbled upon but wasn’t sure what it was about. Sounds a bit heavier than I would have thought. Glad to see you enjoyed it. Really like that quote. Have a great week!

  5. 4321 sounds very interesting, but I’m not sure I’m ready to read it. If that makes any sense then we’ll get along just fine. 😀

    I can only speak for myself, but any good memory I had of my 1st husband disappeared when he started abusing me. Or maybe they’re still there, buried under the bad memories. Who knows?
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    1. Yeah, that makes sense 😀 aw, that’s too bad about your husband 🙁 that’s what I remember about my dad as well, unfortunately. Oh well :/ yeah, the good things must be there somewhere. As for the story, the character wasn’t abusive, they just.. ‘stopped loving each other’, like most people claim they do.

  6. So Shift kinda sucked huh? I’ll definitely have to watch for your review, as I had been sorta eyeing that series a few times. 4321 and Born Aware though look interesting!

    Love that quote from your Instagram pic! Sounds thought provoking!
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  7. Wow! So many books read this week. I am pretty impressed with 4 3 2 1 being over 800 pages. Some books just can’t be short. I almost prefer a long book if it is written well, ya know? You May Already Be a Winner got my attention until I realized it was kidlit. That is not my thing. When the English Fall looks right up my alley though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these books.
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    1. Thanks 🙂 yeah, long books can be lovely, especially if you enjoy the feel. It’s like living ‘beside’ them then, somehow. That’s why I like them.
      And yes, When The English Fall is just SO good!

    1. Ha, that’s a good one! I never thought of it like this, budgeting based on length 😀 that is smart!
      And I very rarely DNF. This time mom kept pestering me to finish and talk to her about it (it was sort of a buddy read), so I had to finish – otherwise I would have surely DNF’ed!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    1. Yeah, that book was a true killer 😀 and yeah, that cover is amazing. Another blogger posted a pic of the Puffin series Anne. It’s SOOOO beautiful!

  8. Ha ha. YA doesn’t mean un-involved!! I love YA and tend to gravitate towards it a lot – the big issues are all there!

    Again, I love the quote that you shared!

    Hope you have a great weekend and bear with me while I continue to catch up on all things bloggish.

    P.S. I see you’re doing something to your blog??? Redesign?? 🙂
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    1. Yeah, I get what you mean, YA really does have a lot of big issues 🙂 I’m just not very fond of the tone of YA and some overused tropes. But I’ve been finding better YA lately, so I probably just read a lot of bad YA and formed a bad opinion 🙂 thanks for dropping by!
      And yep! Totally redesigning! Albeit slowly -.- but I already like it better 😀

  9. When The English Fall sounds like a very unique dystopian I’ll have to check it out! and I also like how you made You May Already Be A Winner sound [girl, I think I said it before but you are GOOD are promoting books!] 🙂
    you are my reading heroine
    800 pages?? Holy hell! I would NEVER! I’m such a lazy, instant gratification reader! hat off ! I’m impressed! seriously!
    You always got the most unique interesting books here!
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    1. Hahaha, thank you so much 😀 well, I can be good at promoting the ones I loved 🙂 some of the best reviews I’ve written haven’t even been posted yet xD because of the publishing dates. Just you wait till I publish Felix Yz 😀
      And thank you!!! Tell me about it, I am also impressed with finishing that 800 one for realsies 😀 thank you so much for your lovely words ^_^ I’ve also started redesigning, do you like how the blog looks so far? It will have more tweaks soon, but I like it so far 🙂

  10. Evelina:

    I’m very psyched to hear that you enjoyed When The English Fall! Releasing a first novel is…well…it’s a little amazing and terrifying all at the same time, and reading this makes it a bunch more amazing. Thanks!

    Peace and Blessings,


    1. Wow! You’re the author! Are you kidding me, your book gets like 15 stars, it made cry it was so beautiful! I’m afraid of writing a review that’s too weak. Your book is wonderful, you did a great job and please keep writing 🙂

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