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[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #51 In Which I Suffer My Poor Knee, Beat A Highscore And Also Win At Not Hauling AGAIN

It’s one of those weeks again when I’m struggling to even come up with what I was up to! All I know is that I finally wound down from a little too much working and picked up a slower rhythm. Which is great! I am finally feeling a little bit more like a human being. The weather is still freezing, and anyway, where did the spring go? Anyhow, more about this week:

  • funny HAHA but I think I might have actually hurt my knee with all that VRing…. it really hurts 😭
  • I mean, it would be K, but I went in for another SUPER SHORT round of the space pirates and now it hurts
  • but hey, on the bright side, I topped my high score AGAIN (13k now…)
  • boyfriend tried playing. Got to 3k. I am so killing it.

Angelina Jolie Shot GIF

  • he also says that I am a beast at that game and I really shouldn’t be THIS happy about it.
  • YES, I am proud of the fact that I can kick alien droid ass. So maybe I won’t survive a zombie apocalypse, but I might be able to handle the drones!
  • and guess what. I ONLY HAULED ONE BOOK AGAIN!
  • And since the sun was out today, I did a tiny Instagram shoot – to show you the print ARCs that I have, because I want to challenge myself to read them this month and finally come clear with my responsibilities! Here it is:

So before we go cook that lovely lasagna and retire for the night, I am going to tell you more about what I’ve been reading this week and what’s on the blog!

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

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky is actually coming out really soon, and I am *slightly* late in reading it, shame on me – but it’s so good! Despite being bloody, gory and terrifying, the Mesoamerican cultures (talking of Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayans etc. here) were AMAZING, quite advanced, and very, VERY rich cultures, so I am very excited to be reading this full mythology! What sets this book apart from other myths and stories is that it’s written very, very readably, and it also tells a mesh of all of the myths (because it’s not just one culture, remember), basically up from the day the world was created – and how these people believed it went up from there. What is incredibly interesting is that they too had giants, they too had a flood – I will never stop wondering about the origins of myths of various cultures that are seemingly so far apart, but claim the same things. Anyway, for anyone who is interested in mythology – and rarer mythology, at that – definitely give this one a go. Comes out in April!

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week we had a review for one of my surefire favorites of the year, All Systems Red by Martha Wells. I recommend this book wholeheartedly! Then we also had a review for The Feed, a solid enough dystopian book which I liked, but couldn’t say I loved. And lastly, skipping this week’s #NewBloggers post, I wrote about how my people saved their own language by smuggling books when they were forbidden. I haven’t replied the comments yet, but it seems everyone was pretty excited to learn of this phenomenon!

all systems red  the feed
book smugglers

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week, I have a very, very recommended review of Have Dog, Will Travel – a touching account of how a guide dog can change a blind person’s life. If you love dogs, this is the book for you. Then on, I think you have already heard be rave about The Zanna Function – so of course I will advise you to come back and read my full thoughts on Wednesday! And last but so very not least, we have a guest post by Jen @ Star-crossed Book Blog and Ivy @ Ivyclad Ideas who will be telling us more about Goodreads – shelves, profiles, customizing and whatnot! Tune in to find out more.

have dog, will travel  zanna function
goodreads tutorial

~ Little Book Haul ~

Guess what. I can’t believe it myself! Second week that I’ve hauled just ONE book! Miracles. Such as that never happen. Ever. Wow. I might have a chance at my TBR! Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank was kindle recommended by Lilyn @ Scifi&Scary, who then went a step further and procured me the book! Thank you again!! As you can plainly see, she doesn’t JUST read scary things 😉 although I don’t know, reading it currently, parts of this would have been scary to me as a kid for sure!

Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Marta @ The Cursed Books talks about why we need more ‘unlikable’ heroines

Aditi @ Dreamy Reads will make you all laugh with how scenarios from books would REALLY go down, if it actually happened in real life

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.

99 thoughts on “[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #51 In Which I Suffer My Poor Knee, Beat A Highscore And Also Win At Not Hauling AGAIN

  1. Congrats on getting only one new book this week as well, Evelina! You are a much stronger woman than I am, that’s for sure 🙂
    And congrats on beating the BF in VR games and kicking alien droid ass! You sound like you’ve been having fun, even if your knee hurts…
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and happy reading. xoxo
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    1. I just sort of made myself slow down… not that there’s less work, I just basically let everyone know I won’t be busting my ass over it anymore, cause my health suffers. And that’s that xD

  2. Lasagna, yum! My family always does a big corned beef roast for St. Patrick’s Day; we don’t celebrate the holiday for any reason, but it’s a nice excuse for lots of food 🙂 Feathered Serpent sounds super interesting!! Are you going to post a longer review closer to its release? I’d be curious to learn more, but let’s be honest: if you recommend a book, I’m pretty much guaranteed to add it to my TBR. It sounds like you had a really good week, so I hope the next one is even better ♥
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    1. Haha, wow, thanks – instant add to the TBR is a huge compliment 🙂 yes, I am sure I will be posting a full review when I finish reading it, so far I’m really enjoying it. And my boyfriend THRIVES on lasagna – it’s a good thing he’s the one who cooks it too xD cause we don’t really cook it in this country so much. Not traditional or even typical. Just restaurant food. (My boyfriend is not from my country.) So before he moved here I had never even had lasagna!

  3. I sort of panicked seeing this post since I thought we were already Sunday for a second!!!! Pretty cool to heard about the destruction you bring upon aliens in that VR game. Sounds awesome! And wow, 1 book? Watch ouuuuuuut! You know what will happen in the coming weeks. 🙂 Happy reading!

    1. Hahaha 😀 I’ve been releasing my posts early – on Saturday evenings, because it reaches a different audience, due to the time frame. Experimenting, so to say 🙂 haha, this is the second week I have hauled only one book, so I am still hoping for the best in that regard :DDD

  4. Well at least you are good at VRing. I remember that someone had once gifted my Mom a VR and we spent the whole day trying to figure out how it works. Can’t wait for next week’s posts. Also thank you for recommending my post. I still can’t believe that some people actually found it funny.

    1. Haha, well, I actually don’t know how to set up VR at all 😀 luckily, my workmates set it up since it’s in the office. Wait, someone gifted your mom that? But.. it’s VERY expensive O_o wow, that’s a.. big gift. That’s like gifting a fridge or a computer, lol 😀
      Oh, your post was delightful 🙂

      1. That VR must have been of some cheap brand as it is we never got to use it because we didn’t know how to set it up.
        Thanks a lot <3

  5. ohh im excited to see what the tutorial to Goodreads will be ! (im sure I might not use a few things that i’d learn heheh ..).
    Not really a “haul” but I got a copy of “The corner shop in cockleberry bay” for review purposes and I was really PUMPED about that, as it features a wiener dog, eeeeek !!

    1. I hope you like it when it comes out 🙂 but I think you probably already know most of these things! 🙂
      Oh, that’s awesome about the doggie 🙂 I hope the book is interesting to read as well 😀

  6. Omg Evelina, I hauled so many books this week! I couldn’t believe until I received all the books. All secondhand and books on my TBR but still!

    Feathered Serpents sounds really cool! I haven’t come across many books about Mesoamerican culture…

    1. Haha, happens xD I actually ended up hauling some this week, although it was directly from publishers and giveaway wins, rather than just my usual NetGalley/Edelweiss hauls. So it’s pretty different than usual and it feels strange 😀

    1. Thank you 🙂 my knee is slightly better now that I’ve started doing the exercises I did after the last time it went bust. It’s odd how exercise can actually fix it 😀

    1. Thankfully, I can’t spend time getting better at VR, cause it’s at the office, and I work at home 😀 that’s mostly good I think xD it would be fun, but I don’t think my knee would appreciate it. And thank you, my knee is starting to feel better 🙂

  7. Feathered Serpent Dark Heart of the Sky is something that I want to read. A few years ago I read Charles C. Mann’s 1491. That book presented an overview of all the Mesoamerican cultures. They were so rich and I want to know more about them. I might give this book a read soon.
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  8. Yaay on killing all the alien droids! And good luck with reading all the ARCs!
    I am all up for dog books – last year I went to an event with dogs and met dogs that were being trained to be companions for blind people, we went in a new room with our eyes closed and had to trust the dog to walk us around the room. They are wonderful souls and so gentle.

    Also, I am super excited for the Goodreads tutorial and it’s so awesome you only hauled one book. I went crazy, as per the usual.
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    1. Thanks 🙂 oh wow, you actually were in contact with some guide dogs? Wow, that’s so cool. I’ve never seen one. They are not trained at all in my country, which is sad. They are so great.
      And my next haul is going to be bigger because I got some ebooks directly from publishers xD whoops..

        1. I actually read an article about it – blind people here don’t seem to be able to afford the dogs, that’s why there are no schools (teaching the dogs is apparently really, really expensive, and that would make sense). So that’s the sad truth 🙁

    1. I’m on the phone so I can’t link you, but if you check my Sunday post from last week (not this one), you will find a YouTube video of a guy playing that game. He runs around the room so much he nearly slams into the wall 😀 it’s a very active game… you have to keep dodging the lasers and crouch to avoid the bullets. It’s actually quite a workout! You’d be surprised 😀 but I know. It does sound hilarious xD

  9. All Systems Red is definitely down for me to get hold of as soon as my TBR pile looks more respectable and if Netgalley gets any more disappointing that will be sooner, rather than later! I loved your post on the Book Smugglers. I hope your knee soon feels better and that we BOTH get some spring weather that lasts:))

    1. Lol more disappointing NetGalley, huh… have you been getting declined, or is it just what they have that’s disappointing? Aw, thanks for reading, I was happy to share that 🙂

  10. I think I would be exactly like you Evelina once I start playing something I really can’t stop, but you are killing it with your scores! I hope your knee feels better! And yes to such a small haul, it’s always great when you get new books, but such a nice feeling when you’re not that overwhelmed with books either! I hope you have a great week 🙂
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  11. Nice job on control over there. I was doing good for a while with not requesting/accepting review requests for a little bit, but there are so many good sounding books coming out later this year. My self control went right out the window. I hope your knee feels better soon. 🙁
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  12. You are great with only getting one book! *lol* I always feel weird when I am at the end of a week and haven´t bought one single book at least. Well … no words *smile* Thanks for sharing your books, the one or the other might go on my wishlist.

    Best wishes
    Vi @Inkvotary

    1. Maybe we should hang up posters about spring missing xD yeah, we still have sucky weather too. Meh!
      And this week I hauled more books xD but it’s cause I finally mailed some publishers! Still only ebooks, no real bookmail for me, but I’ll take what I can get. At least I’m past the fear of emailing 😀 but that also means the haul is bigger xD

  13. I’ve requested All Systems Red from my library, so hope to get my hands on it soon. Sounds like you had a lot fun kicking alien droid butt! Have a great week!
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  14. It is good to have things slow down! Ugh it is so cold here too and I am over it!! Have a great week!

  15. Ha ha love that GIF! You are clearly rocking at the VR stuff. 🙂 And yes the weather is awful here too. Exactly right, where is spring????

    Feathered Serpent sounds awesome, and I’ve often wondered that too- how do so many cultures have so many belief similarities? Makes you wonder *cue eerie music* but I’ve always thought the Mesoamerican cultures were kinda mysterious too, with all that we don’t know, so yeah… I’ll have to take a look at that one.

    Have a super week 🙂
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    1. Thanks, Greg 🙂 spring is still missing! Hopefully, we’ll get some warmer weather soon.

      Oh yeah, the Mesoamerican cultures definitely have that mystery vibe going on. But that might also be just because we know so little and their beliefs are so very different, and also all of that sacrifice stuff, you know?

  16. Thanks 🙂 hm, now I’m wondering whose blog I saw the guide dog book on, wasn’t it yours? If not, I totally recommend that one. And yeah, I saw your haul. Awesome as ever 🙂

  17. Congratulations on beating your record. The injury was for a good cause. 😉 Printed arcs?! That’s awesome! So happy for you.

    I love mythology. I’m adding Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky to my wishlist – it seems such an interesting book and it may help on my thesis (I’m currently going through all mythologies and their monsters).

    Wishes of a great week.
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    1. Thank you 🙂 cool – I hope you like the mythology book. Yeah, mythology can be amazing :0 and it’s pretty hard to find an easily readable one. Oh, that’s the topic of your thesis? Then it should definitely help 🙂 (P.S. SUPER COOL TOPIC!)

  18. Oh you are really enthusiastic about VR, I can see. I can’t imagine myself playing it 😀 And wow, just one book? How are you even controlling yourself, lol. I have a big book haul this book because of a sale and will share this week.
    And not to say, you are doing really good on reading front. I am excited to see that Goodreads post.
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    1. It’s just fun, that’s all xD well, you can’t imagine yourself playing it before you try 😀 I also couldn’t. Yes, just one book! Although it’s going to be more this week.. Some of those publishers replied to my emails 😀
      I think I just didn’t have time to haul in those two weeks 😀

  19. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of being able to kick drone ass xD And the goodreads post coming up sounds interesting, I have a love hate relationship with goodreads haha. Hope you have a good week and maybe lay off kicking ass until you’re knees a bit better haha
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  20. oooh that’s bad about your knee! And I hope the weather warms up soon! Our weather is jumping between being cool at night and hot in the day ugh I hate autumn in Australia. I just end u p taking a jacket on and off 50 million times ah hahhaa. *falls over* Also GO YOU with not hauling a ton of books and actually catching up!! I AM IN AWE. I am doing the opposite. Although I’ve been reading some books I’ve had on my shelves for YEARS and this is making me feel very accomplished heheh.
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    1. Congrats about reading something from your actual TBR 🙂 meanwhile, yes, I definitely can’t believe I have hauled just one book a week for the past two weeks 😀 miracles! Mmm, autumn, I actually love autumn, but I wonder if it would be the same over there, of course.

    1. It’s more that my boyfriend likes video games, and I don’t hate them 😀 but I have never really actively played. There’s never really time for that (rather, I guess I’d rather spend time on other things?) But yeah, video games can be good fun 🙂

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