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Sunday post #8 We Are Redecorating!!

This week on the blog – two review posts (yay! I have reached my quota!), big news on the theme front (which you might have noticed already) and quite a few finished reads. It’s been a good week!! Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

~ On The Blog ~

As mentioned, I have posted two reviews this week. The Breedling And The City In The Garden is a retro fantasy based in a pre-war Chicago (think gangsters, orphans and magic) and Shift is the sequel of Wool – a dystopian story about how the world ended and people got plunged into underground Silos to try to survive. I did not like Shift, so you can look forward to a sarcastic review with a funny GIF of me reading it at the end.

~ Finished Reading This Week ~

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel (A Memoir) The Slip Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

 

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls has been lying of my Blogger TBR of Shame since 2015! I’m so happy to have finally read it. This was at least a 3-star thriller, finished it basically in an evening, and it explores the evils of oppression, family secrets, old money and basically Ye Olde Problems Of The ‘Murican South (including the KKK, actually). It was strong in those regards, although I didn’t like the main character, but the book was enjoyable for sure, so if any of you out there are thriller lovers, you should check this one out.

I also finished Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel – and loved it. Wrote a very open and emotional review about it, and I will be posting it on the 30th, as the book comes out June 1st. This is a memoir worth a read for anyone who has ever struggled with self-confidence, anxiety or depression issues in the past. I know this has made me feel better about a lot of problems in my life, and in a way, it was like a reverse memoir – despite living a completely different, daughter-of-punk-rock-musicians life, Jessica Bell lived a life I lived inside of her heart, with the same aches and troubles. This was an immensely interesting memoir. With good music links as well! Be on the lookout for a tear-jerking review next week.

And I nearly forgot Anne of Green Gables! Of course I loved Anne. Although, maybe a little too saintly by the ending? Anyway, no need to say more, you all know what kind of book this is, and I’ll be posting my likes and dislikes (mostly likes) about it in the coming month.

~ Currently Reading ~

Born Aware: Stories & Insights from Those Spiritually Aware Since Birth A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country

 

Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m reading anymore, cause I’ve been reading fast lately! I’ve even made a “Currently Reading” folder in my Kindle so I’d know what I’ve got! Ridiculous, huh?

I’m still reading Born Aware, so nothing has changed here, nothing to report 😀

I’ve finally started A Close And Common Orbit, sequel of A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet! So far it’s not as instantly engrossing as the first book was, but I’m sure it will get there. I’m also sad that we don’t really get to read another story about the wonderful characters of the first book (I would honestly read fanfics about them, and I don’t read fanfics!… Anyone got any, actually..?), but oh well, I liked Lovey and Pepper as well, so I wonder how life will go on for them.

And I’ve also started Things To Do When You’re Goth In The Country. Despite the awful contrast of the cover (I am aware nobody can read that title, is the publisher aware..?), the contents of the book are quite nice. This is a collection of short stories about the darkness in the country (mostly, again, the American South), with a bit of magical realism woven in. I am very sober-minded about magical realism, but this is the kind I dig! Raw, dark, and yet somewhat humorous. The ugly side of the country.

~ Little Book Haul ~

Daisy and the Pirates (Daisy Tannenbaum #1) Sometimes I'm So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person The Library at Mount Char Fingersmith

 

This week I grabbed Daisy And The Pirates which is a kids’ book that was a freebie on Amazon. Also, the author of Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like A Real Person requested a review. This book is said to be along the lines of The Rosie Project, so if you loved that, contact Graham on his personal blog and ask for a review copy.

I also bought two books – The Library At Mount Char, which had simply raving reviews from my friends, and Fingersmith, which I’ve had on my to-read list for ages. I’m sure you have heard of at least one of these?

~ Around The Blogs ~

I’m updating this post, cause I met this lovely new blogger today – Savanah @ Off-Color Literature. She’s just starting out as a book blogger, so drop by and give her some love!

 ~ General Rambling ~

So, as you might have noticed, my blog has been looking different! It’s all due to my lovely blog theme magician friend Bianca, who’s currently helping me out with the blog theme. It might take a while for us to help the blog turn into the beautiful swan we want it to be (okay, maybe not swan…), so bear with us, as it might look weird in the meantime!

And I actually haven’t taken any pics for my Instagram all week, so no quote today!

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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bookworm
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Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel sounds really good and what a pretty cover on Anne of Green Gables. Happy reading 🙂

Jordon
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I’ve heard so many good things about Wool! Sorry to hear the sequel was horrible. Also everyone seems to love A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, I really need to check it out!

I remember reading an abridged version of Anne of Green Gables, I feel like I need to read all of the books in full!

Your theme is really pretty Evelina!

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
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isn’t playing with your blog theme just FANTASTIC it’s up there on my list of things I love to do 🙂 I love how your blog looks! So of course now I can’t wait to hear about “Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel” I have to say… you are breaking havoc today on my TBR! TBRggedon! die you all! LOL You made me kill Wool and though, I had made a vow to finish the series I started, now I don’t feel like finishing “A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet! either ” ;-P well since… Read more »
La La in the Library
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I have the Wool stories as an ebook bundle with the added animated graphics. I haven’t read them yet, though. I am sorry to hear the next stories might not be as good. I did an Anne Of Green Gables reread during a read-a-long last year. I hadn’t read it in years and I think I enjoyed it even more this last time. I should have grabbed The Library At Mount Char, but I decided not to. Of course it went back to regular price by the time I decided I wanted it, ha ha. Hopefully the ebook will go… Read more »
Dolphinfeathers
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I was curious so I looked up how many books I read this week. Only two! (What a bad reading week for me…haha..)
Because of what you said on twitter, I picked up The Library at Mount Char as well 😉 I’m curious what we’ll both think of it.

Laurel-Rain Snow
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I am addicted to making blog changes…themes, headers, backgrounds, etc. Enjoy!

I have an e-book with three of the Anne of Green Gables books that I want to re-read. I want to read more from Sarah Waters. I loved The Paying Guests.

Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
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Oh, I read and enjoyed Burying the Honeysuckle Girls a while back. I look forward to reading your review on it. 🙂

Savanah | Off-Color Literature
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Thank you for the love! I appreciate you so much!

Lampshade Reader
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I love new themes, I recently changed mine. It’s just a refreshing feeling. 🙂

Hope you enjoy all those books and have a great week! ~Aleen

Laura Thomas
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Most of these are new to me and you can bet I’ll be checking them out. Some have such unique covers I find them hard to resist too. LOL I’m with you about reading fast and keeping track of ones I’m reading now. LOL I’m all over the place.
Enjoy those lovely books and have a wonderful weekend:)

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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Yay I’m so glad you were finally able to get your friend to help with the blog since I know how much that was bothering you! And it looks nice so far 🙂

Greg
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Breedling sounds interesting and sorry to hear that Shift was a disappointment. I have to admit I was thinking of trying that series- maybe less likely at this point now?

I agree about Closed and Common Orbit- it didn’t interest me as much and I think it’s because I wanted more of the spaceship crew again. I still liked it but it wasn’t as gripping to me…

Christina T
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I love Anne of Green Gables and I listened to the audio version (read by Rachel McAdams) last year. I need to check out the new adaptation on Netflix too.

I am curious about The Library at Mount Char. I will have to look for that one.

Hope you have a great week!

Jennifer | Book Den
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Your blog looks lovely!

Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews
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The blog looks pretty, I loved that part of blogging, changing themes and getting things to look like you want them to, have a great week!

Di @ Book Reviews by Di
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I’m loving how you’re blog is starting to look. I hit a sudden change last week aaaand… Well, I’m still tweaking and learning to live with it.

You HAVE been reading loads lately! Yay for that! And mostly good, right?

Hope you’re having a great week!

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Jackie B.
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Your. Blog. Looks. AWESOME! I love where you are going with the theme. It’s so clean and feels more like you. Plus, honestly, it’s a bit easier to navigate. #UIXProblems Wow. You read a TON of books this week! How on earth do you make that happen?! I really feel like I should just quit all my social engagements and read 100% of the time. Then I might make half the dent in my TBR you do. 😉 Not that it’s a competition, but, I’m a bit jealous. I can’t wait to hear what you think of Anne! Jane and… Read more »