Book hauls, Sunday post

Sunday post #23 Loads of visitors, not that much reading

Linking up with the usual crew for theΒ Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews, Book Date for It’s Monday! What are you reading? and Mailbox Monday.

This week has been craaaazy… First of all, my sister was visiting from the US. Then after she left, three friends from the Netherlands and Germany arrived… I have had way too much beer, grandma’s food, restaurant food and just general frolic to be a normal human being this week. So you might gather that not a lot of reading has happened! But… There was bookmail!!!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

I’m very happy with the discussion post I posted last week! Aside from that, I’ve also reviewedΒ The Golden House which I didn’t quite like. As you can see, the discussion and the reviewΒ *might* be related πŸ˜€

What do oops i don't like a famous bookΒ The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Thank god I have scheduled so many posts in advance! Otherwise, my week would beΒ really hard! But luckily, this next week is still taken care of. These are the posts I will be sharing with you, and this time they’re both reviews:

I know why the caged bird sings by Maya AngelouΒ Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

~ General Rambling ~

I am so happyΒ State of the ARC took off last week – well, at least a little! I already can’t wait for the next issue that I should be posting on September 27. Although I feel like my progress won’t be too great, because so far?Β This month has been crazy. But I’m still excited!

And I have something else that’s exciting to share!Β I got bookmail – The Redemption Of Marvin Fuster by Patrick Sean Lee.Β The funny thing about this book is that Marvin is kind of a rare name, at least where I live. I only know one Marvin. And that Marvin is from another country. And yet! He happened to be visiting at the time the book arrived! What are the odds?

~ Little Book Haul ~

It's Just NervesΒ Morning Star (Red Rising #3)Β The Feed: A NovelΒ Breaker and the Sun (Paper Stars #2)

I have hauled a few great books this week.Β It’s Just Nerves is a selection of essays about disability, and I just couldn’t let it go! I have already read this book, and I think everyone should – just because we don’t know some things about disability and its struggles, and we should. I am participating in a blog tour, so I will be posting my review ofΒ It’s Just Nerves on October 20th.

I also gotΒ Morning Star from my sister – an actual physical copy! The annoying part about that though… Was thatΒ Golden Son didn’t arrive in time for my sister to pick it up for me. So I have read the first book… And I have the third book.Β Hmm. Bit of a dilemma πŸ˜€ Luckily, my sister should be sending me the second book soon. I just hope the post office doesn’t lose my copy. Cause I can’t wait to continue reading theΒ Red Rising series!

As for the other two,Β The Feed is a review copy from Edelweiss that I’ve requested months ago and nearly forgot. It’s about a post-apocalypic, uh, sort of Facebook? Hah. It comes out in March. AndΒ Breaker and the Sun was temporarily free on Amazon, and it was highly recommended by a few bloggers, so I hurried to grab it too. It’s about a Vietnam vet and an Asian immigrant. Sounds interesting for sure.

~ In The Bookish Community ~

I know I saw some more great posts this week! But I think I’ve lost some of the link T_T So I’m sharing what I’ve got!

Deb @ The Book Stop shares a post about how negative reviews can be turned into positive feedback! Read about how one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book

Cat @ Let The Pages Reign shares her pet peeve about how authors (and sometimes even bloggers) get annoying when trying to get you to read their content

Liz @ Janepedia shares a post about how to be (or not to be) an ally of autistic people

So what have you been reading and hauling? Has it been a good week?

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Glad you had a good week with lots of company and lots of beer! πŸ™‚ Always a good combo.

The Feed- ooh I like the sound of that one!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

The Feed sounds interesting to me. I feel like I need to step back from social media, but, every time I do, I learn that there are more and more symbiotic cords connecting me to it. Scary.


All of the books from your haul sound like ones I’m going to need to add to my to-read list. πŸ™‚

Thanks for the trackback! <3


How fun to have so many visitors! Sounds like you had a great time. I love the idea of state of the ARC, but my stats would be embarrassing (in all fairness, many of the ARCS are for 2018, so I have time)

Karen Blue

I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Practical Magic. That book/author has been on my wishlist for a while now so I am happy to see what someone I know thinks of her writing (yea, I KNOW you now, we are like friends in my imagination. does that seem creepy?). Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Red Rising series. I devoured Red Rising and Golden Son. I have Morning Star and it is just sitting on my shelf. Can you imagine? I pre-ordered it and then didn’t read it. I just can’t bear to have that series end for… Read more Β»


Sounds like a fun week with all of those visitors! I adored Practical Magic! Hope that you did too!

Laurel-Rain Snow

Two summers ago, I had nonstop house guests, but we had so much fun and ate and drank too much…and stayed up late…for two months! I miss it…and them! It’s always too long between visits. That book The Redemption of Marvin Fuster (and that name) made me smile, as I had a brother named Marvin. Yes, had, as sadly he passed several years ago. But I agree that it is a very unusual name. I’ve been wanting to read the Maya Angelou book forever! Maybe I will. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.


Glad you had a good week and I hope this one is awesome too!! Enjoy your books!

Literary Feline (Wendy)

Sounds like you had a fun week, Evelina! Yay for bookmail! Patrick Sean Lee’s book sounds like a good one. I don’t think I know any Marvin’s at all, not that I think about it. That’s too funny that your friend with the same name was visiting at the time you got the book. What a coincidence. Your other books sound good as well. I love the cover of Morning Star.

I hope you have a terrific week, Evelina!

Patrick Sean Lee

He thinks to himself…well, who else can he thinks to, dummy? πŸ™‚ He thinks, “Don’t reply. Just wait to see what happens…” Names of characters: I’ve always thought they were as important in their own rite as the characters themselves. The name in so many ways defines the character in one or two words. I’d recently read “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin when I cast my book. Talk about names:) Pearly Soames, Jesse Honey, Craig Binky, Marko Chestnut, and of course, The Reverend Doctor Mootfowl. In my first draft I had Anton Stump, a lawyer of questionable moral character:) He… Read more Β»

Literary Feline

I agree. Names are important. We just have to look to how much trouble parents go through to choose the right name for their child (or even our pets). There is almost always some reason behind it. It seems natural an author would do the same for a character, and, in many cases, I imagine the reasons behind the choice are even more nuanced.

I hope you book writing is going well!

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Oh you seem to have had such a wonderful week with your sister’s and friends’ visits. I hope you have another wonderful week. I had a quite but so exhausting week with the blog issues. I couldn’t concentrate on reading, hopefully this week is so much better. ❀️

Happy reading.

Barb (boxermommyreads)

Hope you have a great week. It’s nice to be busy but slow downs are nice as well. I hate having books out of order. The Patrick Sean Lee book does look good. I look forward to your thoughts.

Rosie Amber

Happy Sunday! Enjoyed the links you shared, thanks.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

Sounds like you’ve had a fun time with family and friends, which is always nice. Hope you have a wonderful week and that you enjoy reading all of your new books πŸ™‚


Oh your week sounds like it was wonderful and insanely busy! Good food, good drink, and good friends! The good life πŸ™‚ Hopefully, things will return to normal for a spell.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

It sounds like you have been having some fun even if it does make life feel a little crazy! I love the Red Rising trilogy. Hopefully, you get the second book very soon. Enjoy all of your new books and have a great week!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Glad you got to have some visitors—even if it did make for a crazy week!! πŸ™‚

Jennifer | Book Den

How fun to have a house full of visitors and food! πŸ™‚


It sounds like you had a good week of visits which make up for struggling with a book. You had a good book haul. The Redemption of Marvin Fuster looks different/interesting. I recently finished Red Rising and am looking forward to Golden Son also.
Hope this is a good week for you. Happy Reading!


Aww yay πŸ˜€ It sounds like you had a fun week!

Also thank you about Breaker and the Sun being free, I clicked over to Amazon so fast to snap it up! I had heard such good things about Nora & Kettle and am planning on reading it soon, so it’s pretty convenient to have the second book by the author now. πŸ™‚

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

ENJOY your books and your week.

Looks like it was a good one last week. Nice to have visitors.

Silver’s Reviews
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bermudaonion (Kathy)

Your week sounds wonderful even if it didn’t involve a lot of reading.

Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader

Ah, I hope you get Golden Son soon! Such an amazing, heart-pounding sequel! I forgot how stressful it was reading that series! The Feed sounds so interesting; I might check it out!

Paul Liadis

I have Warcross by Marie Lu arriving tomorrow. And many other books have caught my eye. It is a sickness for sure πŸ™‚


Sounds like a great week. I did a bit too much beer and wine drinking myself this weekend – but sometimes you have to right?

Laura Thomas

A great week for you with loads of fun company. And beer! LOL Nice haul of books. Some of those covers beg me to check them out:)

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

I spent my weekend with my phone attached to me tracking hurricane Irma by scanning the news and weather reports… I have many friends and family in Florida, some that were not able to evacuate, so I was a hot mess all weekend. Luckily, they all are ok!

I’ve been reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer & The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue this week πŸ™‚

herding cats

That sounds like a pretty awesome week. Glad you had fun with all of your visitors!

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

Sounds like you’ve been busy but in a fun way! All those visits definitely take away from reading time and I always need sometime to recover when I’ve been really social for a bit. Hopefully you’ll get all the series of the Pierce Brown soon. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard raves. Have a great week!

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

Sounds like you had fun! The Feed looks fascinating I’ll look out for your review β™₯️ And now I need to check out a couple of those posts… they look intriguing! Happy Reading!


I am so glad that you read It’s Just Nerves. I hope you liked it. I cannot wait to see your review.

Lashaan Balasingam

It’s always nice to take a break from reading and come back strong! Hope you enjoyed the company and had a great time! πŸ˜‰ As for that book haul of yours, I’m definitely curious about Feed! It sounds fun, and I think it might actually be too hahah I’ve also been curious about trying out the Red Rising series myself. It sounds interesting, but I don’t know, there’s something stopping me from picking it up hahah Hope you get the 2nd book in the series to finally be able to continue it though! Happy reading! πŸ˜‰


GAH! Can’t wait to read your review of It’s Just Nerves, it sounds super interesting and relevant. I’m thinking about doing Reading Challenge Roundup and/or ARC TBR list soon but we’ll see. I drafted three weeks of posts back in August and haven’t written anything since. I’ve gotten lazy haha. I’m also impressed you can keep up with the discussion posts. Maybe it’s because you don’t waste as much time on IG and Twitter as I do lol

Jackie B.

You must have posts scheduled out for weeks! I’m super impressed. I hope that someday I can get ahead of it all. We shall see. Probably not… But, it’s worth considering! πŸ™‚ I just CONSTANTLY feel behind when it comes to my blog! O_o Yay for visitors! Sad for less reading. Yay for delicious noms! Boo for no blog time. Yay for pre-schedule posts! HURRAY FOR BOOKMAIL! —basically, it sounds like your past week ROCKED. A lot happened, yes, and it might feel like you cannot human well, but it was totally worth it– wasn’t it? Your book hauls blow… Read more Β»


Hi Jackie, I can totally relate to just about everything you said there. I don’t need visitors to get behind on my reading, real life seems to have a habit of doing that for me and my paltry reading total will never even make a tiny dent in the massive TBR pile I already have and which gets higher and higher by the day, as more new review requests pour in. I just about keep my head above water with the regular memes and promotional posts, but my blog hopping is woefully remiss and I never seem to have the… Read more Β»


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I don’t know any Marvins either, although my brother did have a best friend at school, called Mervyn. Neither are names which are much used these days, despite the return to more traditional baby names!

Whilst I only read non fiction once in a blue moon and science fiction and fantasy even less frequently, I did check out your vast collection of titles this week and found myself drawn to ‘The Redemption Of Marvin Fuster’.

See, I couldn’t leave your site without having found one new ‘must read’ title πŸ™‚