Book hauls, Sunday post

Sunday post #10 Yay, I've finished books!

This week flew by so fast! I didn’t even notice it. Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

~ On The Blog ~

As usual, I’ve posted two reviews this week. I keep forgetting whether I gave The Slip two or three stars because it just… wasn’t very good. But Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom was brilliant and I loved it through and through!

~ Finished Reading This Week ~

Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country Born Aware: Stories & Insights from Those Spiritually Aware Since Birth The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness Le Chateau

Things To Do When You’re Goth In the Country is a delightful collection of dark, dark stories about rural America and all the underlying problems of being poor, having nothing better to do and not having ready access to education. With a little magical realism involved, as well. It’s a serious subject, and it’s not a light read as well, but it’s definitely enjoyable.

I finally finished Born Aware as well, and it was very enriching and uplifting. If you’re into reincarnation, lucid dreaming or any of the New Age stuff, then you should give this one a go. It will publish in July, and I’m posting a review at the end of this month.

The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a non-fiction title about people who have Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes them incapable of distrust. They almost always suffer from physical ailments as well as a lower IQ, very often, but they possess the ability to feel extremely connected to everyone and love almost universally, which is what most of our religions strive for. It was an incredibly interesting read, and I will be posting a review this month as well.

Le Chateau is an old NetGalley title that I’ve had for a year, and it was really high time I read it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t good, but next week I’ll be posting a discussion slash review post based on this title and how books like that can be so cliched you can see through them right away. It’s going to be a fun post.

~ Currently Reading ~

I’m still reading A Closed And Common Orbit, sequel to A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet, and I can finally say I’m invested in it. Although it’s definitely not as engaging as the first book, but I’m enjoying the new info about their universe and all the species. It’s just too bad I’m not really in love with this book’s characters, as I was with the crew of the Wayfarer in the previous one.

All Day is an incredible title that I’ve just started listening to (just text to speech, it’s an ebook). It’s written based on the experiences of a teacher who taught convicted kids at Rikers Island. Mostly, it’s about the tough life ghetto kids get dished out to them, and it talks a lot about the problems black youth face in American society. Living in Europe myself, I had known that these problems do exist, but I never thought they were as grave as they really are, and this book is now showing me this. Any fans of The Hate U Give could enjoy this. Just keep in mind that this isn’t fiction, it’s about actual living people.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder probably doesn’t even need an explanation? Although I haven’t actually read the Little House yet, but I have grown up with the TV show and enjoyed it immensely. The books are on my to-read list. So of course, I couldn’t pass up this title when I saw it on NetGalley. It talks about all those places Laura lived in, the way life was back then, even what meals they cooked and how they stored them. It will give you a deeper understanding of pioneer life, and it’s just a delight for me to read, personally.

~ Little Book Haul ~

The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family Young Babylon Straight Expectations: The Story of a Family in Transition House of Shadows

My two buys this week are The Sisters, a non-fiction book about the Mitford family. Of course, I plan to read the Nancy Mitford books (or at least, one of them!) before I start this one. I also grabbed Young Babylon, a novel about China and making it there. Straight Expectations is a title I’m very excited about that I got off NetGalley. It’s about a family whose both sons turned out to be LGBT and how the family dealt with the initial shock and transition, which is a very interesting topic for me. And House of Shadows is one of those ancient secrets and haunted houses mysteries that I love so much. Failed to get approved on Edelweiss, but got it on NetGalley! Booyah.

Above Parr: Memoir of a Child Prodigy Deer Life Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After  Momo Freaks Out

Above Parr is a memoir of a musical prodigy, which is always an interesting subject for me. Deer Life is said to be a ‘dark fairytale’, it’s also short, so I grabbed it on NetGalley. Happiness is also a NetGalley find about families, and Momo Freaks Out is a tale about the dark days of blogging back in 2008, when I happened to have my own teenage blog, so I thought it would be nostalgic.

 ~ General Rambling ~

I’ve had a tough week which involved my phone being broken, so no Instagram pics all week! You could say I detoxed from the internet a little bit, because it was only accessible through the computer. Maybe that’s why I actually got some reading done? Teehee!

How has your week been and what are you planning on reading next week? Any good posts you saw around the blogs and would like to share?

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4 years ago

Hello, Eve! Can we get your comments, I wonder.

4 years ago

I’m curious about your review of Momo Freaks Out. I thought it sounded so good, but I couldn’t quite get into it.

Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews

The Boy Who Loved Too Much sounds like a great read, I’ve never heard of the Williams syndrome before, thanks for sharing!

4 years ago

It was a fast week! And Slaves to the Switchboard of doom- thanks for the Goodreads rec! I love that title- and the cover. I need to read it. 🙂 I felt the same way about Closed and Common Orbit, I liked it but not as much as Long Way To A Small Planet. I missed the Wayfarer crew too! And I believe there is a third book coming, can’t wait for it! I loved that scene when they travel through the undersea tube to get to their new home, that was cool. Sorry to hear about your phone. Boo!… Read more »

4 years ago

There’s not much info yet, not even a cover, but I checked her website and GR and there does seem to be a book three coming in January (or thereabouts).

Maureen Bakker
4 years ago

Looks like you’ve got a great reading week! I’m planning on catching up with my reading today! Better get started soon though.. LOL!
I love the looks and sounds of ‘House of Shadows’.
Sorry to hear your Phone broke. I would be a total mess without my Phone.. It’s bad I know.
Have a great week and happy reading!

Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd

Ya, that’s a good way to get some reading done. Though, hopefully you will be able to use your phone again soon! Happy reading! 🙂

Brian Joseph
4 years ago

You have finished some very interesting books.

I have head a lot of good things about Things To Do When You’re Goth In the Country. I tend to like dark and quirky stories and I like magical realism so I think I would enjoy this collection.

Williams syndrome sounds potentially horrifying and fascinating. I want to read The Boy who Loved Too Much and I want to learn more about it.

LilyElement Book Reviews

Nice haul 😀 #GetSocial17

Laurel-Rain Snow
4 years ago

So many interesting looking titles! Born Aware and The Sisters jumped out at me, along with the Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Michelle @Because Reading

You made me want The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder so badly! I love reading about that kind of stuff. It’s always interested me. I also love old pictures and especially looking in the background of the pictures just to see what they had. I am adding that to my TBR.

I hope you have a great week, Evelina! Happy Reading

Savanah | Off-Color Literature

Things To Do When You’re Goth In the Country sounds so good!! I definitely need to get this one.

Born Aware also sounds like it’s right up my alley!

You have so much reading going on, that’s awesome 🙂 Sorry about your phone though!

I just started an Instagram a couple of days ago, so I’m following you now XD

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

Sounds like you have quite a few good reads in the works! Sorry about your phone! #Getsocial17

4 years ago

Oh no being phoneless is horrible. It is like losing an appendage! Looks like you have some interesting reads lined up..enjoy.

4 years ago

Lots of good books there, I still need to read that next Becky Chambers book, it sounds so good.

4 years ago

So many books, well done! And I’m sorry about your phone… But hey, at least you got to read a lot more 🙂 (gotta look on the bright side!)

4 years ago

booo no phone. that sucks

4 years ago

No phone or no wifi is usually how I get my reading done, haha! I am looking forward to your review of The Boy Who Loved Too Much!

Barb (boxermommyreads)

So I really need a copy of the Goth book because growing up in a small town in rural WV and being somewhat odd to say the least, it is calling to me. Also Deer Life looks right up my alley too for some reason. I was just approved for Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom last week so I’m thrilled to hear how much you love it. I really am glad I stumbled across your blog! #GetSocial17

4 years ago

I like the cover on Momo Freaks Out… and I’m kind of sad that the characters in a Closed and Common Orbit aren’t as engaging as those from A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.

Emmeline Annie
4 years ago

Looks like you got lots of reading done this week! Also you should definitely read the Little House books sooooon, they are some of the best things to ever happen to humanity XD

Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Enjoy your book haul. Have a wonderful week!

4 years ago

No phone! I would never make it! #getsocial17

Geybie's Book Blog
Geybie's Book Blog
4 years ago

Enjoy all your books you’re currently reading. I hope you enjoy and love them, Avalinah. All Day is calling my name. Looks interesting.

Have I said I love your name? ❤️

trin carl
4 years ago

I like the look of your blog and can tell you spent a lot of time on each post. How do you get the pictures of the book covers to align so perfectly? I use blogger and mine always come out too big or if I’m posting more than one pic they always end up all over the page.

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
4 years ago

Glad you are blogging twice a week 🙂 rural america, very dark stories of hardships… and MAGICAL REALISM??? Here I go again logging in GR. EVERY time I visit your blog 🙂 I added House of Shadows too 🙂 . AND like all that New Age crap so I looking forward to your review of Born Aware. 🙂

Lashaan Balasingam
4 years ago

There’s some really intriguing titles on here, especially among your currently reading and your book haul! All Day sounds interesting (and that cover is really eye-grabby) 😛 Hope you enjoy the book you’re reading! Happy reading! 😀

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

Nice book haul. These all sound great. Sorry to hear about your phone. I hope you were able to get it fixed. #getsocial17

4 years ago

All Day looks very good.

If I stayed off Twitter and Instagram I could accomplish so much more in my life. lol


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Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Whoops – a week late here! Sorry! Catching up like made again. 🙂 I’m sorry about your phone being broken but at least you had a bit of a break?