Book hauls, Sunday post

What I’ve Read And Decided In October October Stats Fever 2018

So I’m trying out something new this month. You might have already seen it on my Instagram stories or Twitter. But reMarkable, my e-paper tablet, has released an AWESOME update where you can hand-write the text and then convert it to type. And so, I bring to you my first completely hand-written blog post. I will only be sorting out the types and inserting photos or links on the computer. How awesome is that?!?! Actually, here’s the tweet, although I apologize for the quality of the video:

Anyway, my blog has grown increasingly silent this month, and I think this trend will only continue. This is in part due to my eyes which have been troubling me lately, but also to do with the fact that I’m unhappy with working overtime, and then working some more after that – who cares if it’s working on the blog? It’s still working, and my body is miserable when it has to work 12 hours every day. I think the 2 year mark is when most bloggers break entirely because of this. They realize that in the end, it’s just more unpaid work, and if you have a full time job too, and family commitments, you can’t just keep running yourself into the ground. Something’s got to give.

So l’m not abandoning my blog altogether. But since I want to still be able to SEE in a few years (and hopefully decades) and since I want to stop having to sit at a desk for 12 hours every day and actually go out there to do LIFE things too, my blog will have to slow down. This means less content, and unfortunately – less blog-hopping. l’m truly sorry about this! I am never able to respond to my comments in a timely manner, so I’ve decided I will just respond, even if I can’t visit back. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate you! That just means I have a full time job and poor eyesight. But!!! I have recently found that I can support you in another way, which you might have noticed me doing already – that is FURIOUSLY retweeting! I will continue doing that, because right now it’s the only way I can be present in this community. I hope you understand.

A GIF of an illustrated doggie, wagging his tail and saying “Love me?”

~ The Reading ~

And now to the books! I actually managed to read a lot of books last month, and you say, what about your eyes? Well, most of it is due to listening! I got worried about my eyes and started listening more instead of reading, so I covered more. And there are a few graphic novels involved too. Right now I’m just wondering how many books I’ll have read by the end of the year, when I pledged 52, but have already read 126 xD another thing about reading that makes me happy this month is that I’m at 76% feedback ratio on NetGalley! Not that I care about requesting anymore, I just want to get done with my old review copies.

~ Goodreads Awards ~

And how can I fail to talk about something this exciting? I know you’re probably thinking it’s just a popularity award, which is it – but who would I be to say it isn’t exciting? This year I was particularly happy to see a couple of books on the list, and here they are. Which ones were you excited about?

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Ball Lightning Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) Heart Berries: A Memoir

~ 5-Star Miracle Books Read ~

The Sugar Queen The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes—through India, Italy, and Beyond Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 1: Revolutions of Terror width= Battlestar Suburbia

There were only a few 5 star books last month. First of all, of course it’s The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World, the one I wrote my anxiety post about (and I’m really proud of it!) Relevant topic, good book – really recommended. After that, you must have all noticed me ramble about Battlestar Suburbia – the review is here, and the book is a bundle of laughs, and very smart. Then, I also really enjoyed The Sugar Queen – although that’s more of a 4.5 star read, but I can never resist me some Sarah Addison Allen. And last, but not least – the starting novel of the 10th Doctor graphic novel series. I loved the new companion, Gabby, so much!

~ 4-Star Steady Good Books Read ~

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor, Vol 1: Weapons of Past Destruction Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Archives #1 (Agent Provocateur: 1) The Truth About Archie and Pye My Friend Sleep

Cotton Candy Wishes: A Swirl Novel Adult Children of Alcoholics Creatures of Want and Ruin Polyamorous: Living and Loving More

In this section, Wente got a few more Doctor who graphic novels, a children’s picture book My Friend Sleep 1ith truly amazing illustrations, and a lot of others. The highlights fall on The Creatures of want and Ruin, sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper that I read and loved last year, and also Polyamorous – a non-fiction I’ve already talked about several times that is truly worth your attention.

~ Okay Books Read ~

War Cry Lost and Found Sisters Book Love Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 2: The Weeping Angels of Mons

Out of these, I would say consider War Cry, which was good, but maybe just outside my genres. The rest were okay, but I won’t be highlighting them. I am actually pretty bummed out that I didn’t enjoy Book Love, when it seems everyone else in the world did! (Especially the reading world.) It was just all about paper books, and a lot of those problems don’t even come up when you read e-books, so I just felt excluded and couldn’t relate to most of the stuff.

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

Meh books? Yes, there were some. But they were so incredibly meh that I don’t even want them here!

~ The Stats! ~

I know the post is called stats fever, but I have already gone over my reading challenge numbers, so I’m not too motivated to track them anymore this year. Maybe next month xD books were read. That’s all you need to know 😀

~ On The Blog In October ~

 murderbot diaries  tomorrow factory

worrier s guide to the end of the world   books for the wistful season

read chicklit   #NewBloggersWelcome

As usual, I’m linking up with Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

And that’s it for my October! What about you? Share your links with me in the comments!

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Susy's Cozy World
3 years ago

Managing all the things in the real life (work, family, healt, social life, hobbies) and blogging is not an easy task, really. Almost impossible, sometimes. And the blog, at least in my opinion, is a way to have fun and share the love for books, even if it’s hard work, but the moment in which it became more work than fun… well, that’s not okay, and it’s right to just tune it down. Maybe for a little, maybe for a long time or maybe forever. It’s not a bad thing 🙂 I hope your eysight will be better soon! And… Read more »

3 years ago

Congrats on your blog growth and I totally understand the burn out you might doing this for such a long time. So yes to your fewer posts and more rests! Have a good month ahead.

3 years ago

I’ve been having trouble with my eyes lately too. 🙁 I hope you’ll feel better soon!

I also feel you on the unpaid work thing – I haven’t reached the point where I really view blogging that way, but I just recently stepped back from my activist group because I just can’t handle it anymore, at least not right now. Even if it’s for a good cause, there’s only so much you can do.

You still managed to read a lot!

Michelle @Because Reading

We all need a break sometimes, it actually helps more than hurts. Sorry your eyes are giving you trouble. I get that feeling of working and being tired. I hate my job so I am physically exhausted when I get home and have no desire to do anything. It has sent me into a big of depression but I can’t leave because I am not sure what I want to do.

I hope after a break you are feeling more bloggy! 🙂
Have a great week Evelina!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I have a copy of Lost and Found Sisters on my Kindle…hope to get around to it.

As for blogging and working full time, I applaud you for doing it all this time. I didn’t start blogging until after I had retired.

Enjoy your reading…and take care of those eyes! Thanks for visiting my blog.

3 years ago

I think I need a reMarkable in my life. 🙂

Congrats on your blog growth. Don’t worry about blog hopping (I visit your blog because I love it and not because I’m expecting you to drop by) and fewer posts. No matter what or when you publish, I’ll be here to read (unless my schedule doesn’t let me, but I always try to squeeze some time to read blog posts because if were only writing my thesis I’d die of stress).

Happy week! 😉

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

Your approach is much healthier than mine when I hit a complete burn out! I started blogging back in 2012 and burned out sometime in 2015. I decided in Dec 2015 to delete my blog, social media and disappear completely and did it on Jan 1st 2016. I wasn’t in a good place, I was in an epic reading slump and for almost a year my blog had become a combination of half-hearted interaction and completely neglected. The break did me good but in May (2016) I realised deleting everything was a big mistake a little bit nuts… Thus Sunny… Read more »

3 years ago

Well Evelina it’s wise to slow down if you don’t feel it either! I can understand your two years mark as I will hit my own two years in a few weeks. I was slowing down this week too because I just wanted to read and take the time. It is a hobby and we should not feel pressured to do anything. So good luck with the slower tempo 😉

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Have you seen the eye doctor? I just found out I might have to have surgery to correct a problem I’ve been having with my vision for a couple of years!! I have a consultation next month. I hope everything is ok!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Take care of yourself! I’ve cut down on blogging this year, too. It’s hard to sit in front of a computer all day and then sit in front of a computer to write blog posts. I hope you have a good November!

Alexandra @ Reader Witch

Hi there, I’m finally commenting here too, although I write to you in many other places. LOL, I sound like a stalker now. Well, about this 2-year threshold, I think it’s true for all other activities. More than that, if I remember correctly it’s also an expiry date for romantic love or whatever this period of “blind love” is called. I’m a beginner in blogging, but I’m crossing the 2 year line in mountain running and I do feel the change. I’m not so fanatical any more, and sometimes I just want to stay home. I also felt the same… Read more »

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

I too am having problems with eye strain. Mine is because I need new glasses, I think. Will be getting new ones soon and hope that clears things up. I also have a full time job and have trouble with finding time for blogging. I’ll be cutting back some after this month. I want it to continue to be fun, not work:) I totally understand that something has to give:)

Jenn @ Bound to Writing

Taking care of you first is the most important! <3 I look forward to whatever you post in the future!

Avery @ RedRocketPanda

You never have to apologise for looking after yourself! I think the health issues you’ve raised are SO important and I really wish we spoke about them more. I love blogging but it is incredibly time consuming, I put in hours and hours of work for something I’m not paid to do, and my eye sight (and my spine pain) has been getting worse from spending long periods of time on the computer.

So yeah, blogging can be great but looking after yourself is even greater!

3 years ago

I could never keep up with everything you were doing. You deserve a break. I hope your eyes get better with the rest. I have really bad MGD (chronic dry eye), and can relate to eye issues.

sherry fundin
3 years ago

Blogging is definitely hard on the eyes. Take care.
sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

Sara Letourneau
3 years ago

Totally understand your need to slow things down with your blogging frequency. About 5 or 6 years ago, I was blogging at least weekly, and sometimes as much as three times a week! I can’t even remember how I was managing that… But life has a way of pinching you, so to speak, and reminding you that there’s more to life than blogging – especially when it comes to taking care of yourself. And trust me, your readers will understand if/when you need to make changes to your schedule. And more of them will be understanding than not. 😉 Speaking… Read more »

3 years ago

Taking a break sometimes is good so that you can still continue. I might need to take one next year. We’ll see. 🙂 Anyway I hope your break helps you.

3 years ago

I’m sorry to hear about your eyes, and I totaly get it. Blogging takes SO much time. I’m glad you’re sticking around though, whether in the blogosphere or Twitter or both.

I enjoyed scrolling through the Goodreads awards and voting.

3 years ago

Oh no Evelina, so sorry about your eyesight. Take care yourself and enjoy life. I took a five year break from blogging, some day’s I feel like taking another. There is so many other things that I rather do. With you working full time, I’m not sure how you kept up this long.

I did see your post about reMarkable, it looks like an amazing product that is very useful. I sent my husband the video link 😉

Have a lovely week and take time to enjoy those things and people around you.

3 years ago

I understand about the blogging issue – I think I also need to rethink my workload with regard to my blog, too… And I’m very impressed with the number of books you read during October – I’ve just started Creatures of Want and Ruin and enjoying it:). Have a good week, Evelina…

3 years ago

You have to do what you can and leave the rest. I feel badly the weeks I just can’t respond or hop more. I’m going to set either a time or number limit for each day as I am retiring.

You have some great books there. I also love everything Murderbot. I really love almost all the Jill Shalvis books but not really your genre. Anne – Books of My Heart

ERK @Musings of a Confuzzled Reader
ERK @Musings of a Confuzzled Reader
3 years ago

Oh Ava! We all love you and though we will miss your posts, we understand your need to focus on your priorities ♥️

Barb (boxermomyreads)
3 years ago

Blogging is hard work so you deserve a break. And how could no one love that doggy? I hope you are taking care of your eyes. I wear my glasses more and more now. Looks like you managed to read some stellar books this month. I had a few I didn’t care for but for the most part, my month was good as well.

Cora @ Tea Party Princess

Sounds like you had an incredible October for reading 🙂
That tablet update sounds amazing and so handy.
Cora |

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

It is really hard to fit everything in sometimes. I tend to fall way behind on commenting or spend so much time commenting that my reading falls behind. I work a full time job, have a spouse, 3 dogs, a teen living in the home, plus other family commitments. I don’t think I could handle overtime consistently with the blog. I hope your eyes stop giving you trouble.

3 years ago

I totally understand. It’s pretty much working for nothing, no gain. Except, meeting fellow bloggers is always a plus. 🙂

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

Totally hear you about the blog hopping and the 2 year mark Evelina! I’m about there too and its really hard. Creating content is why I’m here so the hopping may have to go. Supporting through other means like the retweeting it spot on! ❤️

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Don’t worry Evelina about being less engaged in the community. We all have our personal lives too apart from blogging and we need to focus on that too. I too have been posting so less these days and I guess it is quite okay. You have a lovely audience and they love your content 🙂 And wow, you really did so well with your NetGalley ratio. I too want to finish all the backlog books but I am not finding the motivation to read more Arcs 😛 It is so good that you are reading so many books each month.… Read more »

Maureen @Maureen's Books

Blogging definitely takes a lot of time. But I’ve never really seen it as work though! But we all have to take a break sometimes. 😉 I hope you eyes get better!
Happy Reading and enjoy your away time!

Darque Dreamer
3 years ago

I totally understand. In the last week in May I started exercising 5-6 days a week and really focusing on my health and diabetes, and since then, I haven’t had much time to read or blog or blog hop. I don’t want to quit, but my blogging is going to be sporadic for a while. Life happens, and that’s okay.

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

Holy CRAP @ the handwriting to text… that is some science fiction stuff right there! I am so sorry your eyesight has been bothering you, but I definitely support you doing what you can to be able to see for years in the future! You have to take care of yourself, and I will still be around to (belatedly) hop to your content when you post it! Glad you have been able to read more audiobooks and I am sorry you didn’t enjoy Book Love as much as I did – but I agree it was all about physical books… Read more »

3 years ago

I am sorry that you aren’t going to be blogging as much, but it sounds like a good idea! You need to put yourself first <3 Hang in there 😀

Ara @ Open Pages
3 years ago

Managing life and blogging is definitely not easy. It’s why my schedule is so sparse compared to other people, so I don’t burn myself out like I did when I started blogging. It’s worked so far, and I’m crossing my fingers it keeps working. I hope this helps you out with things too, and I look forward to staying in touch on Twitter. <3

Karla Strand
3 years ago

Good for you for setting boundaries. We all need to do what’s best for us. Hope your November is fun and relaxing.

CG @ Paper Fury
3 years ago

Ahh yes please do take care of yourself!! I feel worn out with blogging a bit too (in my 7th year now I think?!) so I feel like taking it slow and steady is often a great way to keep going for the long term. but omg yes take care of your eyes. And that is SO cool you can handwrite posts now! That video is also really fun haha. I’m also glad you had a fair few 5 stars this month! I did a LOT of rereading so I ended up getting into a ton of 5stars but if… Read more »

3 years ago

I can completely relate. I have been blogging for 3+ years now, and it was at the 2 year mark that I felt really deflated. Because it was hard to juggle family, a full time job, and blogging. So I took a break, changed course, and now have maintained a steady, if not a super consistent pace. It works for me, and that’s what matters most. You need to prioritize yourself and your needs, and I personally love how you are approaching this. Do what you can, and when you can. It will keep the joy in the process. P.S.… Read more »

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

The reMarkable tablet sounds insane! I’d seen them before but they’re so expensive and since I don’t really need it for work or anything I can’t justify it but that update is so cool and so useful because sometimes you don’t want to sit at a computer typing up a post, so getting to hand write it is pretty awesome. How does it handle handwriting? Does it make many errors or is it pretty good at recognising what you’ve written as long as you don’t have an illegible scrawl? It’s understandable taking a small step back from the amount you… Read more »


I only bog on my off days. I work part-time so I’m able to do it. I think in the future when I go full-time. Before I do it I’ll Blog Ahead some and blog only once or twice a week if I can. I’ve heard of that tablet. It looks old for some reason. That sucks about your eyesight. Is it going to get progressively worse? I’m not excited about any of the Goodreads choices only because I haven’t read any of them. This has been a lackluster year of reading. I do hope in the YA section certain… Read more »

3 years ago

Good job on the NetGalley ratio! I am feeling the same way – and you probably know that since I barely wrote any posts on the blog lately and since I pretty much mentioned this thing in every blog post. Before it was because my job position was really stressful and then I would come home and stress myself even more over the blog, but now I have a new job position that I actually love doing and I find myself spending more time doing it (and enjoying it), that the little time I have left I use for family… Read more »

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Sorry you’ve been having a hard time keeping up with everything lately. I can relate. Sometimes you just have to figure out what you can and can’t do and then just don’t stress about it.

3 years ago

Totally understandable move! blogging is one thing,but you gotta live your youth too ! not only blog your way through. I support your decision xx Sharing is still caring !

Cee Arr
3 years ago

Did you know that at one point I blogged almost every day? I stopped doing that because I didn’t have the time to put into writing the posts to the quality I wanted, plus I was putting too much pressure on myself!

Basically, my point is this: you gotta do what’s right for you. Life is a constant re-adjustment, and making sure you’re OK comes first! 🙂

Dani Eide
Dani Eide
3 years ago

I love your great posts and just assume you slowly down will only make your reviews more focused and awesome! ♥️♥️
Take the time you need and adjust your schedule to fit your health. You were smart to change early to audio books. Books are a part of your life; we’ll be waiting.

Danielle Hammelef
Danielle Hammelef
3 years ago

I completely understand your situation about juggling time. Self care is so important because without your health, you can’t do anything. I don’t have a blog, but I love supporting those that do as this bookish community is amazing (plus my family and friends don’t read YA, middle grade or picture books like I do). Best of luck to you.

3 years ago

i went ahead and added creatures fo will and temper to my wishlist! 🙂 i love how enthusiasic u are about these books.