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Yes, I Did Haul Books This Time, But Also… Valentine’s And Patriotism Week Sunday post #47

This week was a clump of holidays for me! Between last week’s boyfriend’s birthday, this week we didn’t just have my mom’s birthday which falls on the Valentine’s, but of course the Valentine’s Day itself, and then… on the 16th, a really big celebration for my country – 100 years of restored independence!! No, that doesn’t mean 100 years of continous independence, unfortunately, but 100 years is 100 years! So congratulations, Lithuania!

In terms of my own celebrations, we… Couldn’t resist. And went to the same place again! I’ve got photos for you, and this time it was even more amazing, as we had the afternoon tea set, which surprised us with cake! (I guess we’re not very good at reading the menu, huh.) There was so much food that we literally skipped dinner that night. It was an amazing Valentine’s!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I took it easy. Only two posts! But they are both very valuable to me. I posted a buddy read review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan along with my friend and great discussion buddy Sarabi @ Swallow Song, and of course, some #NewBloggers 101 content, which I’m quite proud of: all my Goodreads, Twitter and other social media hacks that I use to be a more efficient blogger. Here they are:

snow flower and the secret fan  social media and networking

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I am planning two reviews (if I have time to write the second one) – as you can see by the number of stars, they were both amazing books! And a guest post from Lauren @ Northern Plunder. She will be talking about the intricacies of moving your blog from Blogger to a free WordPress account.

rosie colored glasses  freshwater

~ Little Book Haul ~

Well, I did haul this week – but so little, compared to how much I usually haul! Amazing, isn’t it? I really like this change for the better. The smaller TBR. The slowly growing TBR. #KeepDreaming

Happily Garden Spells (Waverley Family #1)

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Lara @ Words With Lara talks about what to do if you’re reading a book that’s just too much

Shruti @ This Is Lit gives useful recommendations on how to write a book review request email to a blogger

Continuing the author topic, Gayathri @ Elgee Writes talks about why it’s important for authors to have a website

For Valentine’s, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books tells us why we should give some love to book bloggers as a whole

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.

88 thoughts on “Yes, I Did Haul Books This Time, But Also… Valentine’s And Patriotism Week Sunday post #47

  1. Wow you had such a fun and productive week. OMG you’ve read freshwater, I can see you loved it from the stars. Can’t wait to read your review of it. I love seeing books by Nigerian authors being read worldwide. Happy birthday in arrears to your mum.

    1. Freshwater was AMAZING! I will be publishing the review tomorrow 🙂 I think I will reread it one day, such a strong and wonderful book.
      Oh, and I’ve read quite a few books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie too 🙂 so I’ve read quite a bit about Nigeria, comparatively, you could say 🙂 (I love all the curly hair rep, seriously!! I am white, but I can so relate to all the crap African women get about their hair from society, cause I’m curly myself. People are mean to curly haired people… I have shouted SAY IT SISTER many times while reading both Adichie, and even Freshwater :D) (so that was unrelated, sorry xD)

  2. Happy Sunday! And congrats to Lithuania for the independence celebration! Looks like a pretty amazing spread at the tea house. Cool pic!

    I remember seeing good reviews for Garden Spells. And some of her other books also.

    Have a great week!
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  3. Congratulations to Lithuania for 100 years of restored independence!
    That tea place looks fantastic. I love afternoon tea. I should try to go get some more often 😉 And if there’s cake, it’s even better.
    Your new books look great, and well done for not getting too many 😉
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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  4. Oh, Lithuania! You’re near the Baltic Sea! How nice it would be to live there! I was born in Tunisia and lived in Algiers for a period of time when I was young. I loved the Mediterranean. I would love to go back there and visit Morocco for Couscous. 🙂 Those cakes look delicious and the tea. I don’t really celebrate Valentines Day. For me, this year it’s about Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent where we fast and pray the 40 days leading up to Easter.

    1. That’s nice that you think that, but it’s kind of a cold place 😀 lots of snow and just really no good weather xD Tunisia was nicer, I’m sure 😀 (I’ve never been there though! But I absoluely love couscous and cook with it often.)

  5. Hello! Your post makes me want to go to tea! I’m lucky enough to also have a great little charming teahouse right down the road. 🙂 Those tea sandwiches and cakes look amazing!

  6. Aww, the tea house is like your special place. I haven’t been to one in quite some time, but they are definitely my kind of place. Cute little food and a little bit more quiet atmosphere. It’s kind of fun to be able to celebrate a big milestone for your country. I was young, but I remember the bicentennial here in the US. We had a block party (it’s a very NYC thing to do), and somebody drilled holes in a bunch of bicentennial quarters and we wore them on red, white, and blue ribbons around our necks. Good times.
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    1. Yeah, the little cafe is our favorite place now 🙂 it’s so cool to have a favorite place! Eating out is complicated in Lithuania (really overpriced and not really good places), so this is a first for me 🙂
      Wow, the quarter thing sounds cool! 🙂
      And I guess our milestone is a little bit different… As a country, Lithuania is many hundreds of years old, but it is also a small country, so its independence came and went. The 100 years is not even continuous – I was alive during the last retaking of independence from the Soviet Union – tanks literally drove through my home. Not even kidding.

  7. This was a big celebratory week for you and your country. Congrats on 100 years of independence! Also, all that food looks so yummy, so I’m sure you had an awesome Valentine’s Day.

    I hope you enjoy your new books. A bookworm can’t survive too long without hauling books – I wish it was easier to keep my TBR pile short.

    Happy readings!
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  8. That looks delicious. Yummy!! It sounds like a good week for you.
    Your upcoming guest post sounds very interesting. I’ll have to check it out.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  9. Ooo… that spread had me drooling – a really lovely, old fashioned afternoon tea takes a LOT of beating in my book! No wonder you went there to celebrate! Congratulations – and how lovely that Lithuania also has a chance to mark 100 years of freedom – here’s hoping for the next 100… Have a great week, Evelina:)

  10. Congrats on the great news! I’m in love with tea parties and haven’t been to one in ages, so I adore the cafe and teapot. So lovely and elegant! Hugs…RO
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  11. Congratulations on all the holidays…and that tea place, which looks so delightful.

    Rosie Colored Glasses has piqued my interest. Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing…and thanks for visiting my blog.
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  12. Oh! Garden Spells is one that I’ve been really wanting to read for a while, I read another novella by the same author and loved it and have been curious about her work since. Freshwater is also on my TBR for hyped new releases this year, so I can’t wait to read your reviews!

  13. Congratulations to Lithuania! That little shop looks super cute, I wish they had those around here. I am more coffee than tea but I like a cup of tea especially in the summer. I don’t know why I prefer it in the summer but I do. lol

    I hope you have an awesome week, Evelina! Happy Reading!
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  14. I’m suffering from serious tea and snack envy! (But please don’t stop posting when you go, I want to live vicariously through you ) Can’t wait to read your review of Freshwater too, that cover alone seems like a reason to buy it. And I’m glad your new blogging schedule is working so well 🙂 Have a wonderful week Evelina ♥
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    1. Well, tea and snack envy is the best 😀 Freshwater really was great 🙂 really? I actually think that cover is the only downside of the book 😀 I’m glad that’s just my opinion xD cause I want that book to sell well 😀

  15. Aww I’m glad that you were able to go back to that cute cafe and really enjoying yourself again, the afternoon tea once again looks amazing, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to eat anything after that! And having small hauls is always good, I’m trying to manage my tbr a bit more too now. I hope you have a great week Evelina! 🙂
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  16. Congratulations Lithuania! That little cafe looks like a amazing place to relax, read or people watch. Oh my goodness, now I’m craving something sweet. It is always wonderful when we enjoy the books we do read, it doesn’t feel like time wasted.

    Off to visit the bookish community links, sounds like some great topics. Have a wonderful day Evelina.
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  17. Oh, the cafe looks amazing! I always love the pictures you share of your country. I’d love to visit Lithuania some day. ❤️

    1. Aw thanks 🙂 the cafe was so cool! I hope you get to visit someday, we could hang out 😀
      Oh BTW, did you get a self-hosted site??!!?!??! Or did I just not notice earlier??

      1. If I visit, I’m definitely going to let you know beforehand. xD It’ll be cool to meet IRL.

        And I didn’t get a self-hosted site. I didn’t want to start over again and keep diverting my visitors from to .org (I’m lazy). Haha. I got a premium account instead. I did it at the start of this year.

        1. Oh yes, it would be SOOOO cool! And it would also be cold-cool. I am only saying that because I just came back from a fair market event, and it has snowed the whole time, and it was -13C. Dreadful.

          Oh, you got a premium account! Yeah, that makes sense – I mean, that’s pretty much the same as self-hosted anyway 🙂 congrats!

          1. Oh nice! I like snow. But I’m one of those people who whine about the cold a lot too. xD

  18. What an amazing milestone, congrats! Also, all those celebrations sound like fun. After eating all those goodies, I don’t think I would have dinner either! LOL.

    Hope you have another great week!

  19. Oh wow! That sounds like a lot of excitement for a week 🙂 Love cafe you found – that food and tea set looks great! I can’t think of a lot of places that do tea service in the U.S., but would love to try it sometime 🙂

    (And I really need to check-out your Social Media post. I could use all the hacks I can get!)
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  20. Wow, seems like you had an amazing week. And Valentine’s celebration looks wonderful. We don’t celebrate Valentine, however. It was the same old working day for us, lol 😛
    And congrats to you and Lithuania for the 100 years of independence. Now looking at my own country, it’s hardly been 70 years of Independence 🙂
    Two posts a week is fine, comparing to none (like my blog last week) if you are not stressing it out.

    Your books look great. I didn’t purchase any book but yes, I got a lot of review copies this week which were pending to arrive for past few months. I’ll share them this Saturday 🙂
    Have a lovely week 🙂
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    1. Yup, it was a good week 🙂 actually, we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s too much either. It has only become ‘a thing’ when I was maybe 10 years old. I’ve always mostly hated it too because it made me feel bad xD I was never popular. I was mostly single. So this is like the first Valentine’s that we actually went out somewhere 😀 might have gone out last year too… Don’t really remember, whoops xD
      Well, it actually hasn’t been a *continous* 100 years of independence for us xD it has only really been like 28ish years now? Will be 28 in March, I think. So it’s less than I’ve been alive xD
      But the first time we were independent was 100 years ago xD

      Actually, I have been doing 3 posts instead of 2 anyway because I just don’t have any other way to post about all the books I have read xD especially ARCs. But! I have not been pressuring myself to do 3 posts, so I guess that makes the world of a difference 😀

  21. Definitely lots to celebrate for you. The tea shop visit sounds like a lovely way to celebrate. The Sarah Addison Allen book was a favorite for me a few years back and I hope you enjoy it. Well done on keeping your TBR pile small. Your helpful post about media sounds good. I’ll have to check it out.

    Have a good week, Evalina!

    1. It’s not a thing here either, hence the British cafe 😀 bet you could find one over there too. At least one in a bigger city 😀 I’m so happy that cafe exists though. I want to go there again 😀

  22. Holidays are usually fun! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! Glad hear you have your mom’s birthday to celebrate on Valentine’s Day 🙂 Happy Independence Day Lithuania!

    ARE THOSE TAROTS CARDS??? I have an obsession with those! My Contemporary dark fantasy WIP is about tarot cards 🙂

    Ohhh that place looks so inviting!

    Looking forward to your review of Freshwater 🙂
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    1. Hah, well, mom’s actually pretty unhappy that her birthday is on Valentine’s xD nobody ever congratulates her cause they have other business. Nobody ever wants to celebrate. Also, she’s single! So she hates both her birthday and the fact that it’s Valentine’s xD
      And nope, those are not Tarot – although my boyfriend has Tarot! Those are just playing cards, it’s an amazing card game 🙂

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