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Where Did This Week Go? At Least There Was Reading… Sunday Post #91

The week before was so exhausting that I don’t even know what I really did this week! It was actually a much less stressful week than the last one, and my fatigue levels normalized, but… it was just one of those weeks that completely disappeared?

A GIF of a shrug emoji, well… shrugging

Accomplishments, though, range from and to:

  1. Actually signed up for a trial run in the gym with a physical therapist, because when you’re 30 and can’t turn your head to one side, it doesn’t bode well
  2. Actually entertained the idea of ACTUALLY doing the gym
  3. We will see how that ACTUALLY goes xD
  4. Apparently used the word ‘ACTUALLY’ a lot
  5. Rewatched Fantastic Beasts I (Newt <3 Queenie <3 JACOB <3)
  6. Went to the library <3
  7. Finished off A LOT of the books that were left half read
  8. Finished off a few dangling ARCs
  9. Actually cleaned the kitchen on multiple occasions xD
  10. Kept reading 5 star books, still! I can hardly believe it, but this year I’ve already read five 5-stars and two 4.5-stars. It’s pretty much the best reading month I can ever remember!

So I feel like it was a rather good week! Sadly, I have not been on social media much again, but hey, one step at a time, right?

 ~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

I finally finished Dune, that I have been reading since the start of December. I feel like I have been reading this book for longer than I actually have! I was utterly and completely in love with it up to two thirds, and after that, it sort of petered out for me. I don’t know why. Maybe it just didn’t keep the secret anymore. Regardless! It’s still getting 5 stars from me, because it truly deserves nothing less. If 5 stars were invented for any book, this is surely the one. It’s so very intricate, smart and well thought-through – I am sure I will be rereading at some point. I think I am going to write a longer review sometime, but as it usually is with books that blew my mind, I find it hard to even think of writing it right now. So we will see. The best books are sometimes the hardest to talk about.

[ Goodreads ]

The Forty Rules of Love has been on my wishlist for a long time, and I finally grabbed it from the library on a complete whim before the holidays. Then didn’t read it and extended it. Then almost didn’t read it again, when I decided that I’ll give it a go in the last few days before having to return it. And then I just disappeared into the book for like two evenings. I could not pry myself away. It’s an incredibly beautiful book, somewhere between The Alchemist and, well, everything else. It’s not as sweet as The Alchemist, and it’s full of kindness and soul, and I just enjoyed it so much. I will be writing a longer review soon!

[ Goodreads ]

Heavy Flow is a book about menstruation – yep. Maybe not a topic some of you are comfortable about, but it really shouldn’t be that way. A natural part of life for somewhere around half of the world’s population, it shouldn’t be the ‘curse’ it’s thought as. Amanda Laird goes into the histories of why it’s regarded like that (hint: it’s mostly the patriarchy, you guessed it.) She also debunks a lot of myths and gives all sorts of advice on how to get to know your body better, and also how to make period troubles go away – because if you’re experiencing pain and discomfort, something is the way it shouldn’t be. There’s a lot of really good information in this book, and most of all – it’s something that could reset your mindset about this completely natural phenomenon. I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed it. There will be a longer review! If you’re on NetGalley, you can still grab or request this book for a short while from Dundurn.

[ Goodreads ]

Calling Major Tom was also a read of a few evenings, but greatly enjoyed. It’s one of those books that will have you both laughing and crying at the same time! It was slightly hard to get into first, but when I did, I fell in love with all the characters and couldn’t help fretting over what will happen with them. At one point, I even paced the rooms in worry, while I listen to the review copy on text to speech. This is one of those books that tells a story of how complete accidents can change lives, and how strangers can sometimes become family. I sighed in contentment when I finished it! It was so wholesome. I think you can still grab it here on NetGalley! When I downloaded it, it was still ‘Read Now’.

[ Goodreads ]

~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

Last week wasn’t about the reviews – it was all mostly discussion, if you can call it that. You can still go and recommend me some books that are coming out that you think were amazing! And then you can find out why I read books at certain points in my life, and ask yourself the same question:

recommend me some new releases why you read

~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week~

Next week it’s time for State of the ARC again! So come and link up your posts. Then there’s also a review of my much loved The Enchanted April, the book I raved about in the first weeks of the year. Definitely very recommended, so come read on Wednesday and Friday!

enchanted april

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

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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CG @ Paper Fury
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I feel like the Major Tom one is also a song!?? I’m sure I’ve heard my parents singing that once or twice. And YAY for all the 5-star reads! That is so lucky and honestly, the more 5-stars I get, the more motivated I am to read too, so that’s really nice. I’ve also been having a good reading month, but a lot of those were rereads haha (my ARCs hate me right now oops). Good luck with the physical therapy too! I’ve gotten so used to my neck being out that when it gets adjusted, I’m like “wow this… Read more »

Sam@WLABB
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Yes, it’s a David Bowie song. =)

sjhigbee
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I know the feeling about turning around twice to find the week has gone… And I see you have Doomsday in your haul… One of my alltime favourite books! But do yourself a favour and carefully time when you read it – it’s awesome, but quite harrowing in places so don’t read it when you are feeling particularly down. I wish I’d encountered Heavy Flow back in the day when I was battling – and I mean battling – the monthly misery that were periods. I sailed through the birth of both children, particularly my first who was born breech… Read more »

Haley
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I LOVE Dune! I’m not sure about reading the others in the series though, a bit hesitant because Dune was just that great!

Sophie
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Well I go to the gym three times a week for more than 17 years now! That would be around my 30 so you might be onto something LOL I tried to recommend some book for you but not sure it would be your kind of “stuff” 😉 Happy Sunday!

jules_writes
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Looks like you had a good week!

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
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That is a lot of awesome books! I wonder if the rest of the year will continue to be as good?

Sam@WLABB
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I hope the PT will help you. Chronic pain is just awful. I hope you can get some relief. Yeah for 5-star reads. It’s amazing when the right book finds you.

Laura Thomas
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Well, I can see why the week went by in a blur. You’ve been a busy bee. And I love your discussion posts as much as the fun reviews you share!

Amanda
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Congrats on all your accomplishments this week! Yea, gym! I so want to read Heavy Flow. I’m glad to see you’re talking about a “taboo subject”

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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That sounds like a busy week to me. Working up the motivation to go to the gym takes a lot of effort. Congrats on finishing Dune. I need to read that someday. Have a good week!

Bookish Creation
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I really liked this post. I want to read some of these as well but I am so busy with the blog and writing that I wont have a chance to do it for awhile so seeing what you thought about them was great. 🙂

Tina @ As Told By Tina
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I bought a ton of work out clothes last year and said I was going to start working out….it STILL HASN’T HAPPENED. I hope the PT is able to help you out. You got lots of reading done! I’m jealous! I haven’t participated in State Of The ARC for a while so I need to get back to that! I hope you have a wonderful week.

mommyincolor
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I participated in the #24in48 readathon. It was my first time and although I only got through 1 and a half books, I enjoyed getting back my reading groove and gushing over books with other book lovers. I’m currently wrapping The Funhouse by Dean Koontz and after that I’ll go back to A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe. Happy reading!

DB's Guide to the Galaxy
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I have Dune – I think maybe the first 3 books – in a bundle that I bought for really really cheap at my library (it’s also held together by an elastic band) so maybe I’ll get to that this year!

I’m most likely going to dnf an arc, and then hopefully finish at least 2 arcs by the end of this week.
Yay for the five 5-stars!

Anne - Books of My Heart
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What a productive and lovely week. It’s great you are having so many amazing reads! Here’s to your continuing success!

Katisha @ Reel Literature
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HOORAY for all the 5-star reading!!!!! It’s always fun when you really enjoy the books you’re reading. I’ve also heard only good things about Dune. One day I will get around to reading it and reviewing the movie adaptation for the blog.

I am still reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming, which I am thoroughly enjoying, but my busy schedule makes it hard for me to get through a book quickly. I was hoping to finish it by the end of the month, but that is looking less likely.

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages
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My weeks are also going so fast and I can’t believe the first month of 2019 is already over. It is good though that you are reading so many incredible books. Seems like you are going to have an amazing reading year 😀

Gayathri
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Okay I can’t believe you liked Forty rules of love. I mean everyone and their mother loved it, I didn’t and I could let THAT go. But YOU TOO? Sigh I guess I am the only one in the whole world who didn’t fall in love with it.

Just kidding. I am just happy you are having such a great reading streak!