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[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #50 I try VR, read something awesome and almost don't haul anything!

So this week was pretty awesome… A tough week no less, with how busy I became, due to all the running around, but it was so worth it. Here goes:

  • on Monday, it was my grandmother’s sister’s (great aunt’s?) 80th birthday
  • so we hopped onto the bus and trawled ourselves to another city to give her a surprise party
  • she first thought we were Jehova’s witnesses or something, popping up at the door like that 😂
  • took her over an hour to process the surprise. 80 years old, man!
  • we actually brought our own cake with her name and everything
  • so what ensued is one of the best parties I had this year, with two ladies aged 70+, one like 60+ and my mom
  • I know I’m a weirdo, but it was just so much fun. Yes, I prefer parties with older folks 😂
  • a perk of such a party is also that you have 4 hours to spend on the bus, so I finished half of Arm of the Sphinx which I’m buddy reading with Trang @ Bookidote (yes, you guessed it – there will be a guest post!)
  • that’s not all though, because on Thursday, I tried VR (virtual reality)
  • As a result of shooting space invaders though, you will laugh, but I managed to pull my leg muscles like I’ve never done before (from all the squatting and avoiding bullets)
  • Second day in, I still can barely walk 😂 my cat despairs about how she tries to get me to chase her, and I stumble like a pirage on two peg legs
  • Literally, this kind of stuff can only happen to me. I swear. But hey, I hope it made you smile!
  • Seriously though, space pirates IS THE SHIZZ – you can see why I pulled my legs by how the dude moves, and FYI, by the way – I made it through 14 waves on my first play session (okay, not the first game, but first 30 minutes). My high score had 5 digits. I could school that dude. Who shoots one target with both guns? DUDE JUST AIM AT TWO ALREADY!!! (YES. I am serious about my shooting. When I play games. Those three times in my life.)

Glad I’m not as tall as that guy to hit the ceiling lol xD but you can see what I mean!

~ We Need To Talk About Some Books I’m Reading ~

Since I have such a dreadful backlog of books read and reviews I need to write, I’ve decided to add this little bit to my weekly posts. I just need to talk about these books I’m reading NOW! And not two months later. So I’ve been reading some great stuff – currently I have the worst bookish hangover about The Zanna FunctionI will be posting a review sometime soon, but you need to know about this book BEFORE it comes out. In the words of Lilyn @ Scifi and Scary, Harry Potter – but a girl – with science instead of magic” – and I feel like she’s said everything that needs to be said here. It was such an amazing, original and well-written book that you just need to check it out. NOW.

The Zanna Function

Two other books I’ve just finished are The Girl Who Chased the Moon, which is the sweetest thing to start your spring off, especially if you’ve been missing the soft and fluffy during the winter, just like me. And then there’s also Have Dog, Will Travel, which is a love song to guide dogs, and just dogs in general, which will make your heart do a happy dance and cry with love. It makes life better to read about how much a seeing eye dog can enable a blind person, not just physically, but also emotionally. It’s a book that radiates happiness and it will also help you if you’re currently feeling a little bit under the weather.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey with an Exceptional Labrador

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week, I reviewed two books – The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, which is yet another slightly odd short story collection, and a wonderfully hilarious, yet deep YA called No Sad Songs, which I recommend whole-heartedly! And then, of course, we had our #NewBloggers 101 post, courtesy of Pam @ Reverie Society, who I must thank again for writing such an amazing guest post for my blog and the community ❤

the sea beast takes a lover  no sad songs
bookstagram props

~ Coming Up Next Week~

I am SO excited about next week! You have no idea!! First of all, there’s the review of SOMETHING AMAZING, namely – All Systems Red by Martha Wells. All of you, scifi fan or not, NEED to read this short amazing pearl of bliss. So funny, so sarcastic, and yet, so empathetic – so brilliant! I’m sure it will pan out to be one of the best books of my year. Review comes out on Monday. Then, on Wednesday, we have a review of The Feed, which was a good dystopia, but it failed to ultimately coax me into a love affair with itself. And last, but SO not least, is the post I’m excited for most of all: Badass Book Smugglers – A Historical Reality? And they actually were. I am so proud of this point in my country’s history. You MUST read it. Please, please read it! It’s something you don’t learn every day. It’s something that’s only ever existed in my culture, and it has to do books and the freedom to read and educate oneself.

all systems red  the feed
book smugglers

~ Little Book Haul ~

Would you believe it?! I did it again! I only hauled one book! I am so happy, I hope I don’t haul a million next week again. One can hope. Also, most say the book I hauled is pretty amazing!!

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight talks about the (not always successful) process of culling your owned TBR (it’s pretty hilarious!)

Cam @ Camillea Reads talks about some really tough subjects that need to be talked about – rape in YA fantasy books

Cate @ Midnight Biblio Blog talks about ridicuous character stereotypes, namely – Irish characters in books

Andreea @ Cheeky Lines talks about the care you should take when reviewing children’s books

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.

109 thoughts on “[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #50 I try VR, read something awesome and almost don't haul anything!

  1. Ah you had such a fun week. Hope your legs are getting better. Hmm now I’m interested in Zanna function, going to check it out as soon as possible. Great post

  2. Happy Birthday to your Grand Aunt! Surprise parties, even small ones, can be difficult to process even for younger people.

    I see that you picked up Annihilation. I loved the book. It may have been the most atmospheric novel that I ever read. There were many other appealing things about it. I am actually planning to go see the film tomorrow.
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    1. Yup! The cake went with us 😀 well, it was a seated bus because it’s a trip to another town, so we just put it on the top shelf, but yeah – there was actually a really crowded bus on the way to the station, I don’t even know how the cake survived that xD
      I’m glad, I hope you enjoy my historical post this friday 🙂

  3. Older people parties can be fun. The bluntness, the laughter, the lack of hormones making people crazy, etc. 🙂

    I’ve never tried VR!

    1. Yes, and the lack of stuff you’re ‘expected’ to do at a party… That’s usually what crashes it for me xD I guess you can just relax at older people’s parties.
      And VR is fun, hope you get a chance 🙂 unless you have motion sickness, then maybe not a good idea 😀

  4. Thank you for recommending my blog post! It was such a tough topic to write about, so I’m glad with how well it has turned out.

    How do you come by such amazing books?? I checked out All Systems Red and it sounds good! I’d love to give it a read!

    1. This is mostly from my non-blogger friends on Goodreads. They have some amazing tastes!! And I am proud to share your post because it’s so sincere and on such an important topic. Go Cam!

  5. Did you get a little a little queasy when you tried VR?

    (I don’t know whether to congratulate you or say sorry for only getting one new book lol)

    Have a great week!
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    1. Congratulate me, haha xD I am trying to make my hauls smaller! And nope, I didn’t get motion sickness – I don’t get it in.. almost any situation. I don’t think I’ve ever been seasick either 🙂 just lucky, I guess.

        1. Well, maybe that’s not so bad, 40 minutes is plenty, I think I got plain old tired after 30 😀 I did feel a little queasy on the way back on the bus. Maybe it compensated after I actually stopped playing xD

  6. I’m currently in a MG binge and I’m so happy about it! I was starting to get a bit burnt out with YA and this is the perfect switch to make for me. I just ADORE MG books, really. I’m currently reading Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly which just won the Newbery Medal and it’s SO good!
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    1. I think I love her too, although this was my first book of hers 🙂 you’ve read ALL her books? Noooo! That’s too bad… That’s why I try to read favorite authors slowly :/ it’s just too easy to eat their books up 🙁

        1. Oh man, that’s sad when that happens :/ I guess you have to pace yourself with one author’s books, so you don’t start seeing the ‘formula’, cause truly – most authors will have one.

  7. Seems like you’ve had a great week and you’ve read some fun books! I really enjoyed reading this post, Evelina! Also, it’s actually amazing you only hauled one book?! I just typed up my monthly personal update / book haul post and I’m so shocked by the number of books I got, I don’t even dare count them, hahah!

    1. I know! I am also super surprised. I actually track my hauls in a google sheet 🙂 so I always know how many I’ve got… I’ve actually started hauling less ever since I started doing that xD

  8. Oooh, Annihilation! I’m pretty curious about that one!

    Sounds like those old ladies party harder than i do! 😀 I have not celebrated my birthday in like 5 years.

    1. Yeah, I’ve only celebrated my birthday like twice (not counting childhood) and it wasn’t nearly as epic either xD maybe just that one time. So it was a fun party with the old ladies 😀

  9. I’m glad you had so much fun partying with the older folks…now that I’m getting to be one (some would say I already am one), I appreciate those who love spending time with us seniors.

    But when I was young, my clients were older folks and I did love them then, too. My grandmother was my favorite person.

    Enjoy your reading…and games. I am curious, now, about Badass Book Smugglers. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
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    1. Nope, haven’t started on it yet. Those blasted ARC commitments xD but I know it’s going to be great when I do, cause everyone is just going nuts about that book, it seems 🙂

    1. Actually, that’s the weirdest thing 😀 I didn’t do anything! It turns out, it wasn’t really broken..? Like, it just wasn’t showing up on my browser (on anyone’s blog – not just mine). Maybe your browser is doing the same? A way to check if it’s that is to go visit your blog on your phone, that’s what I did. Although my browser now seems to be able to deal with the button as well! I know I cleaned my cookies, but it didn’t help, although now it seems fixed. So maybe just wait it out too? 🙂

          1. Evelinah

            I avoid having too many plugins… I solved my problem in another way. I’m just not seeing the count on WP anymore bu that’s not really a problem.

            Thank you!

  10. You party sounds like a lot of fun Evelina! And I am in serious awe of people that can read in a bus or car, I always feel really sick! The best I can manage is an audiobook! I hope you have a great week 🙂
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  11. Happy birthday to your geat aunt! Sounds like an awesome get- together! and woo hoo for VR- looks awesome! Sorry you pulled muscles though but I can kind of see that happening? Muscles we don’t often use right? I remember being very sore after a particularly hectic match of laser tag once lol…

    I loved All systems Red so much! One of my favorites too. And there are two more coming this year which makes my day ha ha!

    I need to read Annihilation. I LOVE that cover!!
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    1. Thanks, Greg 🙂 yeah, when you do a sedentary job, you end up not using your leg muscles a lot. And I guess when you’re playing VR, you can’t help being immersed… At least, I can’t help it 😀 laser tag! That’s also really cool, and yeah, I guess it would be similar 🙂

  12. Partying with older people is fun because they know how to enjoy life. Space pirates sounds fun but a little painful. I’ve never tried virtual reality. Have a great week.
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  13. You’ve certainly had a busy week. It’s funny the way you described how you’re walking is reminding me how I’ll be walking when I finally go horse riding again. I’ll just be in pain haha. I’m off to check out some of those posts as they look interesting. Hope you have a good week, maybe without trying to dodge space invaders this time? xD
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    1. Thanks! I actually have a plan to go fight some more space invaders this week, I just can’t resist it 😀 and ooh, horse riding! That’s cool. Never done that, but I feel like I’d be too scared to, it’s so… horses are big and a little scary, and it’s quite far to fall xD

  14. I am so happy to hear that you had such a good week. I can only imagine how happy your great aunt was with her surprise party. People of all ages can be fun to party with. I could totally see myself getting hurt if I were to try VR. I hope your pulled muscle feels better very soon. Enjoy your new book and have a great week!
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  15. I’m waggling my eyebrows at your haul right now haha! And what an awesome week!! Between the birthday party and VR shenanigans it sounds like you had a blast 🙂 I read ALL of your posts, so its kind of a given for me, but I’m really excited for your book smugglers post 😀 I don’t know anything about that history so I’m ready and eager to learn all about it!
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  16. What a nice surprises for you Great Aunt!

    I’ve done my son’s VR with zombies and almost had a heart attack because it was so scary! I’ve done it a few times now and my heart still pounds. I am a good shot, but they are fast, lol! I’d really need luck on my side if there was an actual zombie Apocalypse! Hope your leg feels better! 🙂
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  17. Partying with old people is seriously the best… I cannot wait until I’m an old lady. I’m probably going to be super over the top and embarrass my children and grand children. I’d say that’s one of my top ambitions in life, to be a awesome Granny lol

    I will be looking forward to Badass Book Smugglers – A Historical Reality?

    I am currently reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay & Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World – both in honor of Women’s History Month 🙂

    1. Well, I can certainly wait till I’m old, so to say xD but yeah, older people seem to know their jokes 🙂 so it’s fun. Your current read sounds really cool! And I’m glad you’re excited for the book smugglers, I’m really curious about what everyone will think of that post.
      P.S. I think you’ll be a fun grandma! And also, you like good books, so that’s already a good foundation there 😀

  18. I can’t wait to read your review for The Girl Who Chased the Moon, I’m genuinely curious about that one. 🙂 I have Annihilation as well and want to read it this year before I see the movie! It sounds like you’ve had an eventful week, I want to try VR but I’m a little scared to at the same time haha. Hopefully this upcoming week is just as fun!
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    1. Thank you! I basically gobbled that book up, it was so great. Wait, maybe you want to do a buddy read post with me for Annihilation? 🙂 we could do one like next month or something. You know the format, right?

  19. Happy birthday to your great aunt! I really enjoy the company of old folks too – they are some of the funniest humans I met.

    The Zanna Function sounds too good to be true so I will keep an eye out for it.

    Congrats on reading just one book and thank you so much for sharing my post – I am a blushing mess now!
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  20. You know, if the Jehovah’s Witnesses had come bearing cake when they wanted to talk to me about God and stuff, I think I would have been much more receptive and excited to talk to them. Someone should pass on that memo.

    I’d also like to say that I’m ashamed of how long it took me to read the title of the one book you hauled this week…Apparently I need some sleep.

    Have a wonderful week.
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  21. Wow, seems like you had an amazing party 🙂 I haven’t actually ever spent a lot of times with older people so I have no idea how much fun it can be. But now, I know that it is definitely fun 😀 Happy birthday to your great aunt 🙂
    And congrats on hauling just one book 😀 You are doing amazing seriously 😛
    And ooh I am excited about that smugglers post.
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    1. Thanks, Sim! Oh, that’s a shame you don’t have a hilarious older aunt or something like that. Of course, it depends on the person 🙂 but it’s nice to have relatives like that. I guess I’ve been lucky!

    1. I hope your March is awesome reading-wise, then 🙂 and in every other way, of course! Oh, I see you’re having a sort of reading holiday then, huh 🙂 jealous!! Have fun, sounds amazing 🙂

  22. Hope she had the happiest of birthdays! I LOL’d about the part where she thought you guys were Jehovah’s witnesses. 😀

    I’m not quite ready for VR. I think it would make me feel a little queasy, how did it feel?

    Anywho, hope you enjoy your week!

    1. Thanks 🙂 actually, I don’t get motion sickness at all, so I might not be the person to ask – I didn’t even get it in the skiing game where everything is moving. But even if you do have motion sickness, some games will be okay because you just walk like in a normal room, you control your movement, so it’s like having a filter on your eyes is all. Those games should be fine 🙂

  23. Annihilation is such a good book!!! I remember reading it before this blog and I slightly remember my exams were just a week or so away (like the final exams) and I was so into the book and I had borrowed it from the library the day it was brought into and ugh, it’s super amazing and am hoping you love it! <3 Which reminds me to add that to my read shelf, LOL. I can never get tired of stumbling upon books I have read before my GR account was born XD Virtual Reality is so cool! And a party with older folks sounds jsut as great 😀 My grandad is 97 and I remember we threw a party for him when he was 95 and it was so much fun but he got like super emotional toward the end and he was all like, "I don't know if I would even remember all this the next year" because he was getting old and everybody got emotional and ugh, it was fun but also bit overwhelming <3 Hope you have an amazing week ahead!

    1. I don’t think I’ve actually read a bad review for Annihilation yet, or heard of someone disliking it 🙂 so I can’t wait to read it now.

      Your grandpa is 97!!! Wow. WOOW! That is awesome. My great grandma’s lived to 95 and 93, which is awesome, but 97, dang. And a man too! Usually, women are the ones to live that long, somehow. Awww, the emotional part is adorable 🙂

      And thank you! 🙂

  24. Glad you have an happy party with old folks XD Sometimes I’m good with them too, until they try to talk about the current period. Then I run away.
    But HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY to your great aunt!

    I would love to try out virtual reality. It must be a super cool experience. I would go with a zombie game… probably ending screaming like no one else and panicking for pixel zombies XD

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