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Sunday post #16 What a busy week!

Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

Another week has passed, how time flies! I’ve been relatively off the Blogosphere, due to being busy (honestly? I don’t even know what I was up to!), but nothing of the consequence happened this week. Apart from this (click through to see the full tweet and the culprits):

These book-promoting spammers have been following and unfollowing me time and again for at least a half a year. When I spoke up, they blocked ME! Turns out, they’ve been pestering so many bloggers. If they’ve bothered you – tweet, report and block them. It’s not cool.

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

As usual, I have posted three times last week. In my first post, I’m linking up with Marta @ The Somewhere Library to do a fun buddy read (it really worked out!), then I am doing the now quite popular Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag as tagged by Maureen @ Maureen’s Books, and last but not least – a long overdue review of a lovely literary title 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster.

Why Marta thinks I should read Red Rising The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

~ Coming Up Next Week ~

Next week I will be finally posting my Red Rising review (loved it!), also I will be posting a super fun new book tag about the biggest books on my shelves, and a review for Things To Do When You’re Goth In The Country (they really did not do well with the contrast on their digital cover, don’t even say it.)

red rising pierce brown 
things to do when you're goth in the country

~ Little Book Haul ~

Last week was quite exciting in terms of ARCs! (I know I should stop requesting them, but look at those. Would you not try to get them??) Naturally, the most exciting grab of last week was They Both Die At The End – a novel every book blogger seems to be getting their hands on lately. I have first been denied for it on NetGalley, but Edelweiss had faith in me! The next title I’m super excited about is The Growing Season – I have read Helen Sedgwick’s previous novel The Comer Seekers and loved it, so naturally I am excited about another one of her books as well. Aside from that, I grabbed Clade which is a dystopian/apocalyptic tale as it was a Read Now title on Edelweiss (you might still be able to grab it!) and also got approved for The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock on NetGalley. Last but not least, I grabbed Kindred which was on sale on Amazon. It was a really lucky stroke, as I had just read a lovely review at Grab The Lapels maybe a week ago and marked it as to-read!

~ In The Bookish Community ~

First of all, thank you all who have tagged me in so many tags! I have been tagged for the Liebster award three times in pretty much the same week, you have indeed made me feel so special ❤ you are the best community around! And now I’m going to share some recent posts that have attracted my attention:

5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To by Jackie B. @ Death By Tsundoku
I know it’s an oldie, but when it’s July 23 and you’re still remembering a post your friend wrote on June 30, you realize you’ve got to share it!

Do You Get Tired of Seeing the Same Books Around the Blogosphere? by The Well-Thumbed Reader
And important topic! And while it doesn’t really get old for me, I know a lot of you will agree with this opinion

Why I Don’t Read A Lot of Contemporary Romance by Taylor Is Reading
I agree to a lot of the reason’s Taylor states and it’s pretty much why I don’t read this either (+some extra reasons!)

How To Write A Great Blog Post by Drizzle & Hurricane Books
This post really gives some good, emotional insights and I agree with a lot of them!

~ General Randomness ~

I finished The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson last week, and I have to say, it was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read recently. So absolutely touching, flowing, raw and poetic. It’s hard to even define what I liked about this book! Stay tuned for the review, as I will be gathering all my wits to write one – as you may well know, it’s not easy to write a review for a book you immensely loved!

I did not expect a #book that mom randomly got from the #library to turn out this good. Even when I realized it had been on my #TBR for 4 years. The #writing is beyond amazing – it’s hard to even point out what I like so much about it, aside from just loving the flow, the experience of reading it. I easily clock 100 pages a day. Themes of changing beyond recognition, of trauma and living with it, of #asexual love being just as valid and valuable and sexual love. Intermixed with religious #mysticism and art. I LOVE this book! The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. #bookstagram #currentlyreading #reading #read #readingrec #readingrecs #readingrecommendations #ptsd #gargoyle #andrewdavidson #goodbooks #berries #raspberry

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And that’s it for this week! What new books have you got? Are you doing a cool buddy read? Have you got anything fun to share with me? Will be waiting for your update links in the comments!

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Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

That person has followed and unfollowed me tons of times too. So annoying.

Ooh, I hope you enjoy reading Kindred. I loved that book. I look forward to reading your review of Red Rising too. One of these days I need to keep going with that series too.

Have a wonderful week!

4 years ago

I tend to ignore those that follow and unfollow. It is annoying but whatever. I’m not going to waste any energy on them. The same happens on instagram a lot.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Gah! I hate those people who follow only to unfollow, and then come back! I have started using a service both for my Twitter and my IG to weed out those who will unfollow as soon as I follow back… And then, I can just block them 😉
You got some nice ARCs, Evelina! I hope you’ll find the time to read them soon, and that they’ll live up to your expectations!
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

For Twitter, it’s called statusbrew, for instagram, I have an app 🙂

Laurel-Rain Snow
4 years ago

I tend to ignore followers I don’t recognize, but that whole “following and unfollowing” thing is creepy.

Enjoy your new books…I am curious about The Growing Season.

Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

4 years ago

Yet another reason for me to dislike Twitter. I have such a poor relationship with that social media site. Ugh! I am glad you were able to get approved for an ARC you want. I hope you love it.

Megan @reading away the day s

I hate book spamming on Twitter it’s so annoying. I really need to read red riding have heard great things about it. I love the cover of The growing season. I have heard great things about Adam Silevas books I need to check them out. Have a great week.

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

The account has done that to me many times. Just ignore him. Maybe he/she is the promoter. I can’t imagine an author does that to promote his own book. He’s a spammer.

Anyway, glad to hear about your new books. Yay, so happy for you. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading and have a wonderful week.

4 years ago

Wow, that is kinda creepy with the whole follow-unfollow things. Enjoy your new books. 🙂

Thank you for stopping by earlier.

4 years ago

What a great update! Thanks for sharing it 🙂
It’s also nice to see I’m not the only one with a mounting tbr pile 😉 Which one will you be reading first?

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Some twitter peeps are beyond irritating and I really dislike the ‘follow for follow’ sort of theme right now.

I’m glad you loved Red Rising – can’t wait for your review. I have that pretty high on my TBR and I need some positive reviews to give me a final push to go read it. 🙂

The new books look great – hope you enjoy them!

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear about these twitter people following and unfollowing you, this is SO annoying when it happens. Twitter as a whole has its positive sides, but things like that always make me so mad, ahah. I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed Red Rising! Many blogger friends have told me they enjoyed it a lot, but I’m a bit nervous because I don’t know if this might be the kind of book for me. I’m into the genre, really, but when it’s a little too dark, I’m not sure anymore ahah. I don’t know if that… Read more »

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

I think I’ll have to think about it… ahah 🙂 Thank you so much! 🙂

4 years ago

Those Twitter spammers are so annoying. I had a guy who kept following and unfollowing, I guess he thought if he kept doing it I would follow back? Um, why would I? It was a marketing site I have no interest in. Some people have too much time to irritate others. 🙂

Yay for the ARCs! They Both Die does look really good. And thanks for the links as well.

Elise @ Roaming Reader
Elise @ Roaming Reader
4 years ago

I’m excited to see your Red Rising Review. It’s on my TBR and I’ll probably grab it next time I’m at Barnes and Noble or my library 🙂

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

I don’t even follow people back who follow me on Twitter or Instagram… is that bad of me or what?!?!?! 🙂 It certainly keeps stream clean. I should check those apps out that Lexie mentioned, though!!!

Great haul this week!! You did have a busy week!! Have a great reading week next week!!

Anne Clarence
4 years ago

KINDRED. You started it too XD. I never notice when authors become spammers actually. Is that how it works? But I’ll be keeping an eye open for that in the future.

Have a great week!

Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader

Ah, thanks so much for sharing my discussion from today! I much appreciate it! I read They Both Die At the End and absolutely loved it and cried, so I hope you enjoy it as well!

4 years ago

Yay for an awesome book haul!! I tell myself I am going to stop requesting so many….but I want all the books!! Sigh… oh well.
Have a wonderful week!

herding cats & burning soup

People are crazy. I have that happen on Instagram with spammy marketing accounts/authors. Blerg on them!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

What a pain with that Twitter troll. I’ve encountered that before (not with the same guy) and I don’t know why but it never occurred to me to report them. The constant following and unfollowing is just annoying. I need to block them and be done with it. I hope you have a great week… looks like you have some excellent reading options! 🙂

Jennifer | Book Den
4 years ago

I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Red Rising. I can’t believe I still haven’t read it!

4 years ago

Kindred is a good one. Love how she handles time travel. Enjoy.

4 years ago

Ah yes, that lovely little twitter incident is still very fresh in my mind. What’s funny is he follows me but didn’t do the constant follow/unfollow nonsense he was doing to a lot of other bloggers. If he did, I didn’t notice haha. I’ve had other authors in the past do that though and it’s SO ANNOYING. Like, I’m not going to buy your book. Sorry. I’m very picky. Yay for THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END!!! I knew there was some way you could get it. Hope it ends up living up to your expectations! I’ve had weeks where… Read more »

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Sorry about the Twitter hassle. I don’t even pay enough attention to the spammy book promotion accounts to notice if they unfollow me or follow me multiple times.

Glad you got the chance to read they both die at the end! It sounds like a really good and emotional book.

4 years ago

Hallo, Hallo Avalinah! I admit, I saw this floating round your feeds – however, I take a different path when this happens, as it’s something that happens time to time though not as frequently as it has for you. Sorry for that angst! I mute regularly those I feel I don’t have anything in common with to follow and/or it’s a bot feed (you know, the ones that auto-RT?) or for whichever reason, I don’t want the content in my own feeds (that happens to us all!). I block those accounts which I honestly feel I should – but sometimes,… Read more »

Jackie B.
4 years ago

Ohmygosh! I am soooo honored to be linked here, particularly with a post which is almost a month old at this point! <3 <3 <3 You are so good to me. UGH. This is one of the many reasons I struggle with Twitter. Not only am I not great at social media in general (it takes too much of my time/mental effort, honestly…), but I don't understand why there need to be so many political plays like this! If you follow someone, and they follow you back, that should be just fine. Who cares if you follow as many people… Read more »

Jackie B.
4 years ago
Reply to  Jackie B.

Also. Your insta? Slays.

Jackie B.
4 years ago

I’m so impressed that you are scheduling your posts! Holy buckets! Does that mean you have them already ready to be published and are scheduled accordingly?! WOWZA. I need to get on your level. I can barely get coordinated enough to identify what books I want to review the week before. I also use a Twitter scheduling tool for posting. I’m just awful at Twitter. I keep forgetting it exists… O_o Oops. But I just post a shortened version of my real review on Goodreads, so I post it whenever I get it written. That also helps me keep track… Read more »

Maureen Bakker
4 years ago

That sounds really annoying! I haven’t been bothered by that on Twitter so far.. Thankfully!
Awesome that you were able to do the Midyear FreakOut Tag last week. I’ve been crazy busy this week, so I’ve only had time to visit the Sunday Posts today. Sigh.. Thankfully I’ll finally have some more blogging time this weekend.
Happy Reading!

4 years ago

AHHH KINDRED YESSSSS. I loved that book. Need to get a physical copy in my personal library.

4 years ago

That does sound annoying. I know I’ve unfollowed and then followed some people again, but not consistently like that, that’s just annoying.

I heard good things about Red Rising, but haven’t read it myself yet. Nice haul you got this week and that’s great you got accepted for a book on edelweiss when you got denied on netgalley. Maybe another person at the company did the accepting for that site?

Those reviews for books you loved are always the hardest to write it seems. i hope you’re having a great week!