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I Should Really Be Doing A Monthly Wrap Up But Sunday Post It Is! Sunday post #96

So as my post title suggests, I should really be doing a monthly wrap-up, but hey, my blog – my rules (I have been saying that quite a lot lately, I feel xD) So I’m just doing a regular Sunday post! Why? Because February kind of wasn’t the most awesome reading month. Yeah, I did read some really good books, but overall it was disappointing, and I had a book slump (and an ‘everything’ slump, really), so I don’t even want to look back. Literally, there was a week when all I did after work was play a mobile game that requires you to feed cats, because I wasn so sick of everything (overtime included). Stuff has been hard! But I’m finally back to reading, and actually feeling like I’m interested in it, so I hope stuff will get better!

So there will be no accomplishments list for this week, cause all I have accomplished is basically breathing and working xD but! I do have something interesting to share. Today we went to the town fair! It’s one that happens only once a year, and truthfully, I’m surprised that we even managed to haul back everything we did. It’s only once a year, like I said, so we kind of go all crazy on the stuff we want to get, cause some of it isn’t available more than that one time! We ended up with a whole lot of beer (honey beer, mostly!), home-made cheese, smoked fish, cakes, and even some baklava and roasted nuts. Here’s a thread with pictures that my boyfriend made on Twitter, go check the haul out (bring snacks xD):

 ~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

I’ve been neck deep into The Blue Door series this week. They were free to download on Edelweiss a few weeks ago, and they might still be – and I can recommend them so far! They have first been released in 1941, so as you would expect, some things about them are dated (the way overweight girls are treated makes me want to cry… and the fact that teen boys smoke and that’s normal is just o.o), but if you keep it in mind that it comes from a whole ‘nother century, it’s a very enjoyable and surprisingly relevant tale about some kids with real ambition for theatre and their power to keep fighting to be allowed to choose it as a direction for life, as all of their parents are strongly opposed to this ‘unreputable’ profession, as it was commonly thought to be at the time. It’s really interesting to read about their achievements, as well as just compare how many have changed since then, and how many haven’t. I will be reviewing them in more detail soon, but I just wanted to share that I’ve really been enjoying them so far!

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I’ve also been buddy-reading Lingering with Beth @ Before We Go Blog. And what I mean when I say buddy-reading, is actually dragging my butt behind Beth and not being able to catch up AT ALL, cause I’m doing overtime at work and also in a book slump no less (oh my god, Beth, I am so sorry for being such a shit reading buddy!!) But anyway, the book is very interesting! It’s super well written, and the premise is curious, in a morbid way – a software that can make your loved ones who have passed be able to talk to you. Or rather, not really them, but a digital ‘them’, created by the footprint they’ve left on the internet. It’s a very interesting idea, and I feel like it’s pretty relevant in today’s world, cause pretty soon I’m sure this could become reality. Obviously, this story deals with a lot of morally grey areas, but I’m also curious as to where it will go, because some things are pretty suspicious, but I haven’t read quite enough to see where it’s going to go!

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~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

Okay, so since this is *sort of* a monthly wrap-up, let me just chuck the entire month’s posts here! So you can catch up with anything you might have missed, if you think you’d like it. Actually, all of the books I reviewed I really really loved! So I can’t recommend one more than the other, but I have to bring attention to Heavy Flow, a book about menstruation that every woman should read, The Spec Set, a rare kind of book – because it’s neuro-diverse, and The Vela, because it’s super diverse in every way, so empowering and also contains a non-binary main character!

calling major tom to the edge of the sky
heavy flow by amanda laird secret of dinswood
the spec set #NewBloggersWelcome
the vela

~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week~

Next week, I’ll be posting a review of a book I truly loved and one that a lot of you might also know – The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. It’s a book full of romance and spirituality that made me fall in love with it with all my heart. And then, for Woman’s Day, we have a relevant guest post – The Writer Behind the Name: How Much Does Gender Bias Exist in Publishing? I am really looking forward to that post myself, and I truly hope you’ll enjoy it!

forty rules of love gender bias in publishing

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

Nope. Just nope. I hauled 23 books. We ain’t talking about that xD

A goat-like creature bounces on the beach, with “nope nope nope” appearing on the picture

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.

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Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
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YAAAYYY!!! Glad you enjoyed the town fair (and all the beer)! I can’t wait for our county fair to come soon!

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
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You hauled 23 books?! Good luck getting through them (sincerely!).
I had a good giggle at “all I’ve accomplished is working and breathing”, some weeks are just that bad, aren’t they? :/

Sam@wlabb
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I wish I could go to that festival, because all that food looks ah-mazing!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
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It is always interesting for me to read books that were originally published long ago. Almost like reading very, very good historical fiction.

Have a good week!

Mel
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Last week was a real catch up for me and I struggled with my routine but I finally feel as if I’m getting on top of it. My next read is probs going to be The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James.

Gayathri
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I combined monthly wrap with the Sunday post as well. It turned out to be a long post but it is what it is. And seems you have had a great haul and we need to talk about it! I look forward to your Forty rules of love!

Sophie
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I wonder what your “gender bias” will be Evelina! On a totally side note I wanted to let you know that I got my first earc directly from the publisher using all the advices that you (or rather the person who worked for a publishing house) gave some weeks/months ago to request ARcs! So …thank you!

Grab the Lapels
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I actually listened to a news story about a scientist who recorded his dad in the last several months he was alive and then used those recordings to upload them into a program he was developing. He can ask the program to do something, like “Dad, tell me a story” and his Dad’s voices comes on and shares one of his personal stories. You can ask the program lots of things, and it’s KIND OF like actually talking with your decease family member. So, maybe closer than you think!

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Wonderful post and wishing wonderful weeks ahead for you. You can only do what you can do. Be happy.

Caro @ bookcheshirecat
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Oh no I’m sorry things have been hard, I hope they get better soon! 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I love the sound of your annual fair. Lits of delicious delights and you have certainly earned treats with all the extra effort you’re having to put in a work. I hope it’s appreciated and you get some time off in lieu soon. It’s not healthy to be so tired 🙁

Greg
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Ooh that looks like a pretty awesome haul from the market! Sounds fun. 🙂

My reading has been down too in February. I hope it picks up soon! And yours too!!

Thanks for the book rec for The Vela, it looks awesome!

Laura Thomas
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That gif you used about your book haul is hilarious! LOL I didn’t include all of my haul this Sunday. Kind of embarrassed at how crazy I went. February was kind of an everything slump for me but I’m coming back strong this month. I hope you do too!

Laurel @ The Inky Saga
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I’m really interested in hearing more about The Blue Door series. The covers are gorgeous and I love reading contemporary books from different time periods.

CG @ Paper Fury
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Ahh that festival looks like it was delicious! And I’m sorry about your slump…definitely relate blah. I worked super hard in February but still was only scraping through a quarter of what I needed to do?! I don’t even understand lmao. And I know you had such a terrific reading month in January so I hope March sends some more good books your way.

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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Fair food is the best food. Sorry you had a reading slump. I’m kind of having one of those, too. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been reading at all. Have a great week!

Lindsi
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It’s my blog and I will post what I want to, post what I want to, post what I want to… 😉 I’m super bummed I didn’t get to The Secret of Dinswood before its release date, but I’m hoping to read it soon. I’m happy to see you gave it four stars! I read your review, and you’re totally right. There’s just something about boarding schools in books, haha. I also like that you said it was uncomplicated, because I feel like that’s exactly what I need right now. It sounds like February has been a good month for… Read more »

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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My husband’s paternal grandmother was Lithuanian. We try to go to the market every few months and grab bread and other speciality items. Sounds like you had fun. 23 books woah..go you! A lot of peeps combine weekly and monthly, but you are right..it’s your blog so go you!

Aleen ~ Lampshade Reader
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Sometimes you just have to take a break from reading. No shame in it. 🙂

Hope your reading slump goes away soon!