Book hauls, Sunday post

Sunday post #21 I'm bringing something exciting next week!

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

Just two weeks after the vacation, and I feel like it was ages ago. How does that even happen? But, despite being more tired and busy with work, I got some really interesting ARCs this week, and I’ve also finished a really good book. More on that later! Unfortunately, I have noticed a lot less traffic, messages and comments on the blog and social media. Is everyone on vacation?? I hope they are!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I posted a discussion about the ways we have book related insomnia! I think it’s very relevant to many of us. I know I keep having this problem every night! And I’ve also posted a review for the much-anticipated They Both Die At The End, which I liked a little less than most people I know. Click here to check them out:


~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I’ll be posting three times, and I’ll be introducing something exciting! It’s going to be a new meme with a link-up, so you can all join and hopefully be motivated (here’s to hoping the link-up with work! My first time trying it.) It’s a monthly meme that will be geared towards tracking your success rates with ARCs and seeing how you’re managing. So link up please, I’d love to see all of your updates!

Aside from State of the ARC #1, I will be posting a review of The Tiny Thousand Miracles of Living Twice and The Growing Season – both great 4 star reads that I loved and truly do recommend.

the tiny thousand miracles of living twice  the growing season helen sedgwick

~ General Rambling ~

Let me share my joy with you this week! I have been waiting for my first ever print ARC and my Brooding YA Hero street team swag for over two months now, I think! And I’ve finally putting all those mailing mishaps behind me, as both have arrived on the same week! And here they are:

~ One Recommendation ~

The Punch Escrow

I should be reviewing this book soon with the help of a my reading buddy Paul @ Struggling Writer, but it was such a great read that I wanted to bring your attention to it before I even review it. This is a truly smart, witty, action-filled and yet poignant sci-fi novel and I think you should definitely give it a go! I stayed up at least two nights, if not three, to finish it, because I just couldn’t put it down. I had no expectations for it, I got got it on NetGalley through one of my browsing sprees, but it turned out to be so good! So keep your eyes peeled for the review in the upcoming weeks.

~ Little Book Haul ~

The Enchanted The Redemption of Marvin Fuster Heart Berries: A Memoir Sip Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine #5)

I got some really good ones this week! The Enchanted is about a mentally ill prisoner who sees a fantasy world where there is not one. The Redemption of Marvin Fuster is an indie-published title that has been offered for me for review, which I’m also pretty excited about. But the most exciting one this week has to be Heart Berries – it’s a memoir of a woman growing up in a native American reservation, with all of the problems and real life of it, #ownvoices too! I’m super excited. And Sip I got at the last minute, it’s being published next week I think (or might already be published), so I wasn’t expecting to get it, but here it is! It’s got a pretty crazy premise – about people starting to drink their shadows, becoming addicted and basically bringing the end of the world. So far it’s okay (yes, I’m already reading it), with only some of the typical YA qualms. And Cirsova #5 is my long anticipated print review copy of a scifi and fantasy magazine which we might be reviewing together with my boyfriend, as he seemed interested in it too. Excited to start reading all of these soon!

~ In The Bookish Community ~

So if you still haven’t heard about last week’s NYT bestseller’s list scandal, I suggest you get acquainted with it! It’s really mind-bending to think of the lengths people will go to game the system and then complain that nobody loves their books…

On a more positive note, I’m also sharing the 2017 Dragon Awards Ballot list that H.P. has kindly shared with us – there you’ll find the sci-fi you need to put on your reading list this year

So! Anything new with you this week? Did you read anything good?

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Trish @ Between My Lines

Your State of the Arc meme sounds like fun. And I’m not familiar with any of your new books, but I’m loving the look and sound of Heart Berries. Happy reading.

Oh and I do think that my blog gets a bit quieter in the summer too.

4 years ago

Wow… I’ve just read the story of the NYT publishing scam. And just… wow. There are always folks who think rules and regs are for the other suckers, aren’t there? Glad she got caught, but depressing to consider how this apparently is a regular thing for more established publishers. One at least hopes the books are written and edited to a higher standard and without a ripoff cover. On a happier note – you are the second person I’ve heard raving about The Punch Escrow – thank you for the shoutout and I’m definitely now looking out for it… Have… Read more »

4 years ago

Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog also raved about this one – I’ve provided the link – Sadly when I looked up this one on Amazon is it only available at present in hardback and I really want the Kindle edition, so will wait for it to come out as an ebook… *drums fingers on desk while waiting*.

Cait @ Paper Fury
4 years ago

Ooh I’m excited to see your linkup!! And omg that scandal with the NYT list was so BIZARRE. I didn’t even know you could cheat your way onto that?! Twitter was so on fire about it. It kind of all went down while I was asleep though so I was just playing catch up with articles. I STILL LOVE THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END SO MUCH I WANT TO HUG IT. Also yay that your package arrived!! And that you got some great books this week! I fiiiinally dived into the second two books in the Ink and Bone… Read more »

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
4 years ago

I have to get to They Both Die at the End soon. Wonder how I will feel. It will be my first book from him. I love the sound of your new Meme. Will definitely check it out! Have a great week!

Jennifer | Book Den
4 years ago

I have heard such amazing things about Punch Escrow. I can’t wait to read it.

4 years ago

That’s so exciting you’re starting your own weekly meme! Unfortunately, I don’t read ARCs so I won’t be able to link up. I also feel you on vacations– my vacation feels like months ago when it was just like a week and half ago….

4 years ago

State of the ARC sounds interesting and I will definitely be checking it out. I am excited to read Brooding YA Hero. My co-blogger got it at BEA, but then, like with a bunch of the books I wanted to read, she took it to school. I was lucky enough to see it on EW for download, so I hope to read it soon.

4 years ago

That NYT scandal book was crazy! I couldn’t believe how easy it was for that author to manipulate herself onto the number 1 spot on the list! CRAZY!!
I’m curious about your state of the ARC meme! Sounds like something I will be interested in!
Hope you have a good week!

Laurel-Rain Snow
4 years ago

I don’t usually read Sci-Fi, but the title “The Punch Escrow” really grabbed me.

Enjoy your ARCs….and thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my blog. My updates are now at a different blog; I switch things up every few months.

4 years ago

Nice haul of books. Enjoy. I’ve noticed that blog traffic is getting lighter. I do think it has to do with summer vacations. Hope you have a great week.

4 years ago

You did get an awesome haul and have me curious. Yes, July and August always see dips in traffic. Vacations, back to school for kids and college age bloggers. I hope this week is a delightful one for you.

Laura Thomas
4 years ago

I just last night read about the scandal. Sheesh, people will never learn. Loving your books this week and I’ll be checking out the Dragon ballot list for some sci fi. It has been a bit slower on commenting on my posts too. I think it’s because of the end of summer and school starting.

Maureen Bakker
4 years ago

Sounds like a very interesting new meme. I’ll definitely keep a look out for your blog. 😉
The Punch Escrow sounds like a great read. That cover could be a little more attractive though. But who cares?! LOL.
Have a great week!

4 years ago

Wish I could come up with a new meme! There are so many out there it’s hard to think of a new idea…lol. Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Happy reading!

4 years ago

Glad you got some good ARC’s! And your new meme sounds great.

I saw a really good review for The Punch Escrow, definitely wanna know more. Sip sounds like it might be interesting?

Have a great week!

Lashaan Balasingam
4 years ago

Good luck with your new feature!! It does sound quite interesting and informative. Also glad to see you got your hands on The Enchanted. I’m actually reading the author’s latest book and can’t wait to see how it’ll end! 😛 Happy reading Evelina! 😀

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

The Enchanted sounds so intriguing… I wonder how it will work…? I like mental health books ♥️ So glad your book mail finally arrived, how fun! I didn’t don’t read about the scandal do I’ll have to click through! Have a good reading week Evelina! Oh and I’ll look out for your new meme… it’s about posting about your ARCs?

Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

Your State of the ARC sounds fun and I’ll be checking it out. I have so many ARCs to read lol. I read about that scandal and it is crazy the lengths they went through. The Brooding YA sounds really fun and I love his tweets. I hope you have a great week!

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

I’m sorry. I was SO busy last week I wasn’t around much. I feel you about the after vacation feelings. Hehe. I miss being on one. Planning to have a short trip with my husband next month! So looking forward to it.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy your new ARCs. Happy reading and have a wonderful week.

Anne Clarence
4 years ago

Ohhh the link up sounds amazing! I’ll be looking forward to that 😀

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

I can’t wait to learn more about your State of the Arc meme. That sounds like fun!

I was just reading about the NYT scandal and was just stunned. It seems like there are people out there always looking to cheat and scam. It’s disappointing.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

How is it that we spend so much time planning and anticipating vacation and then it’s over in a blink of an eye? And withing weeks it feels like ancient history. Happens to me every time. State of the ARC sounds awesome! First, what a clever idea. And second, mega points for the clever name. I love it. LOL The whole bestseller list scandal is just pitiful. There’s always someone wanting to take the easy route and/or try to cheat the system.

Karen Blue
4 years ago

I think I was suppose to get a copy of The Punch Escrow, but now I need to look into that. The pub wrote me and gave me a sample which I thought was a prelude to getting my copy. Hmmm. Anyways, I am looking forward to your link up. I need this for more accountability. Have a great and happy reading!

Jenea's Book Obsession
Jenea's Book Obsession
4 years ago

You got some really good books! I hope that you enjoy them. Thank you stopping by my Sunday Post. 🙂

Litha Nelle
4 years ago

I’ve been on and off blogging this summer- there’s so much to do outside that I can’t do in the winter!
It’s always exciting to start new memes- I’ve been neglecting mine lately. I hope it goes well.
I love the cover for The Enchanted- this coming from someone who once bought a music album just because of the horses on the cover. 🙂
~Litha Nelle

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

I’ve still trying to catch up from my last trip away… And I already feel like I need another one! 🙂 If only I managed to continue blogging regularly when I go away! So for me – YES, I was away, hence no comments and no visits! I will be better from now! 🙂 State of the ARC is such a cool idea! I’m going to have to check it out properly and join in. 🙂 Also I don’t know why I’ve never actually twigged on that your pics are from INsta! I’ve followed you there now. 🙂 The Enchanted… Read more »

4 years ago

Maybe everyone is busy with the start of the school year? Your new meme sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out :). I hope you’ll enjoy your new books and have a great week!

Jackie B.
4 years ago

That NYT book scandal! Am I right?! Ugh. It just offends me, honestly, what people will stoop to. I just don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to achieve something through honest means. It’s NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE! RESPECT THE BOOK COMMUNITY. WE AREN’T IDIOTS. End soapbox. It looks like you had a great last week!! I love seeing so many buddy reads. I can’t wait for your buddy read review of The Punch Escrow. It sounds really intriguing. Also SWEET BOOK MAIL! Oh wow. I definitely am super jealous right now. I haven’t gotten book mail in months. It’s a… Read more »

Anne Clarence
4 years ago

I think it’ll be safe to say that you are officially out of your book slump, looking at your still-going-strong ‘little’ book haul.

Can’t say the same for me though. I think it’s my turn XD

Liza Rodriguez
4 years ago

The NYT article was very interesting to say the least! I hope you love all your books 🙂