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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.

38 thoughts on “Sunday post #8 We Are Redecorating!!

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

    1. Yeah, that book is definitely worth it 🙂 I love that Anne cover too! Too bad mine’s just a coverless ebook, really 😀

  2. 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!
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    1. Oh well, you can’t have them all 🙂 Yes! A Long Way is just soooo good. You should totally check it out 🙂
      Oh and thanks! I’m just changing it so I’m really glad you like it 🙂

  3. 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 I DNF this first book I guess it doesn’t matter BUT I JUST requested “The girl with all the gifts” from the library 🙂 so 2×1 🙂
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    1. Well, I dunno about fantastic 😀 it’s more like SUPER ANXIETY INDUCING for me 😀 cause it’s not me doing it, things come and go, and it’s all scary 😀
      TBRgeddon 😀 that’s a good one, LOL 😀
      And I’m sure you will LOVE TGWATG 🙂

        1. ok sorry again!!! this is so freaking crazyyyy even coming from me!!! so I went back and read ALL my comment and YES THIS COMMENT WAS FOR YOU!!!
          Books review by D was ALSO playing with her theme so I thought I had left the wrong comment here. OMG I’m more Dory than usual today. LOL Sorry!!! many hugs and kisses xoxo
          Can’t wait to read TGWATG!!!
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  4. 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 on sale again. Have a wonderful week. 🙂
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    1. Well, the first batch of Wool stories is definitely worth your while 🙂
      Mounth Char… I was hesitant about that one myself. Because it’s so very dark? You know. So I might be triggered. But hey, I’ll still try it. Hope you can grab it another time 🙂

  5. 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.

    1. Yeah, I’ve only had these last few reading weeks that have been good! The others have been.. kind of meh. You need the right mindset, I hope you can get into it 🙂
      Oh, nice, hope you’ll like it 🙂 The Library At Mount Char seems like a very dark story though, so I’m a little bit worried about that now 😀

  6. 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.
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    1. Good for you 😀 I don’t know too much ABOUT making those changes. So it’s more like stress for me 😀 cause I feel like I am totally not in control 😀 you have a great week too, thanks!

    1. Yeah! Unfortunately, she found that the mailing function on my website is absolutely broken for an unknown reason D: looking into the hosting side of it now, hope we can solve this :/

  7. 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…
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  8. 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!

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Di, it’s balsam to my ears! Now if only we could solve that problem where my blog refuses to mail notifications, including comment notifications.. One day! 😀
      Yes, the reading has been mostly good indeed 🙂 so glad about that! Unfortunately. Phone just broke ;_; which means no more audiobooks for a bit T_T noooo!
      I hope you’re having a good one as well 🙂

  9. 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 I have been *trying* to figure out Linkups. However, we can’t seem to get the trial versions to work, so we’ve given up (we are not dropping $$$ for something we can’t get to work. WORST); instead we are asking people to Pingback or reach out to us and let us know they want to be linked up. We’re posting links in our reviews to Pingback again. It’s simple but gets the job done. Once we announce our mid-reading Giveaway (!!!! Spoilers!!!) we’ll just have to manually count our link ups. Baby steps.

    Finally, I really dig how open you are about working with authors. I could learn a thing or two from you about that. I’m not great about it. Yet. Good on your for giving Graham a shout out here!
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    1. Yay! Thank you for the compliments 🙂 yes, I also like the theme! My friend just picked it from what I said I wanted (very roughly!), and can you believe it that this was the first example she pulled? We didn’t even bother looking any more! Awesome, isn’t it.

      I was also listening to a lot of voicereading, so I guess that upped my read numbers? But then, I also had many long books I just finished, but not started and read this week. So I think maybe it’s that 🙂 like, listening while showering or washing the dishes does wonders!

      Oh, the free versions don’t work? Hmm. Well that sucks!
      I’m not sure how to do a pingback, actually 🙁 do you just include a link in your post? But I don’t get it. Like, when I link my own posts, some of the links will come back as a pingback, and some won’t. So I am completely puzzled as to the whole pingback thing.

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