Book hauls, Sunday post

Sunday post #25 Friday night in a 50+ Russian pop disco cafeteria, I do not kid

It’s Sunday again! So I don’t normally share non-bookish news. But this time?

So basically, there’s this colleague of mine who appreciates a good joke. But like I mean, a really good joke.

So for his 35th birthday, he found this cafeteria-bar in the dodgiest part of town, that apparently hosts Friday dances for age 50+ folks who like listening to some really cheesy old Russian music. Let me just illustrate it for you:

That’s where he held his birthday party. I can tell you, half the guests couldn’t stop laughing at the novelty even an hour and a half in, and after they did, they still kept taking pictures and broadcasting a live video feed on Facebook. Imagine 30 rich middle-age hipsters who work in a fashionable ad agency and probably comb their beards every morning, sitting around a table in a lower class bar with a disco ball, live bad old Russian pop covers blaring at max volume and an entirely full dancefloor of 50 year old guys dancing with 70 year old ladies. I tell you, it was something, alright. (And let me tell you, those old folks know how to have fun!)

Me and Ebilshrimp though, we dressed up for it. Gotta be one with the joke. I wore a vintage dress that fit the party perfectly! Ebil just looked plain smart in a suit. We even danced to the bad music! Hell, everyone danced to it. This must’ve been one of the weirdest and possibly more memorable evenings this year! The funniest bit was when my colleague told us about how he’d been listening to people making excuses all day (gotta watch the kids, nothing to wear… oh, I just need to do this for my mother…) because they were too weirded out or embarrassed to be seen at a place like that. Good riddance! It just means we all had more champagne left.

(Literally. We all got a bottle to take home. We’re opening ours tonight live on Ebil’s Twitch channel where we’ll be streaming Undertale (yes, you get to see me too) starting 6.30PM GMT+3. So cheers!)

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Sunshine award Introducing my co-blogger

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I’m finally posted the long-awaited review of The Punch Escrow (I can’t recommend that book enough!!) and State of the ARC #2, where you will be able to link up your own ARC progress post after it goes live. So come and join! There will be bricks and buildery-fun. (Yes, bricks. Don’t ask. Just see for yourself :D)

The Punch Escrow 

~ Little Book Haul ~

I hauled three books last week! It’s not a huge number again, which makes me happy. Ironically, even though I said I don’t read a lot of fantasy, the books I hauled this week are mostly fantasy, plus one nonfiction! The Hidden Face is a book my buddy here S.C. Flynn wrote and kindly sent my way (I think my co-blogger Ebil might be reading it), and I couldn’t help grabbing The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame, because come on – a real story about a nearly forgotten daring woman who would rather leave all her riches and run off to the cold North Pole to explore the snow and ice and loneliness? I have to read about that. And The Forgotten Beasts of Eld was recommended to me by my friend Margaret Kingsbury, because she thought I would like it, so I dutifully grabbed it – it sounds great!

The Hidden Face (Fifth Unmasking #1) The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

~ In The Bookish Community ~

First of all!!! Don’t forget to sign up for Sci-fi Month over at Rinn Reads! I’ve just signed up. Join us for some fun!!!

Last week I didn’t have too much time to blog hop (I apologize to those whom I failed to visit from the linkup!), but I have found these gems!

Lisa @ Remarkably Lisa shares a why a bad review is still a good review

Avada Kedavra @ The Bookish Muggle shares a random post about life, career change, politiness on the internet and many other random ponderings. Does a post always have to have a topic? Nope.

Mikaela @ The Well-thumbed Reader shares a discussion about what she has changed in her blog and blogging habits for her readers

Shruti @ This Is Lit shares
why she likes Jodi Picoult’s books buy is getting tired of them

As usual, I’m linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews. This time I won’t be linking up with Mailbox Monday or Book Date, because it’s just too hard to visit 100+ blogs! Staying true to the Sunday post crew though 🙂

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Anne Clarence
3 years ago

I’m sorry, but the picture of your party, all I can see is the food on the table. And I almost didn’t recognize you! Oh my god you’re even prettier than your profile pictures XD (Seriously you’re so pretty. I’m seriously jealous right now). Don’t judge the disco-style party, every party is a party! You’re so lucky, I’ll probably never get to go to a party like that. My favorite post is probably your announcement of your co-blogger. It’s so funny! You got to show a picture of him one day! And you need to know how lucky you are… Read more »

Anne Clarence
3 years ago

I actually had the worst hair in that picture! But thanks. What are you talking about though? Your hair looks amazing! I love it!!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Anne Clarence

Isn’t she just gorgeous though? She never believes and usually states “Your opinion doesn’t count” But for the record: HA TOLD YOU SO! Just so you know, the stunning guy next to her that doesn’t have a bad case of ribbon-face is me, her boyfriend! ^^ Now you have to show us your future boyfriend! I would like to amend one detail though. Your expected crush almost never likes you back. BUT FEAR NOT! Your real, secret crush that you don’t know you crush on yet appears to catch you off guard when you least expect it. Ava and I… Read more »

Anne Clarence
3 years ago
Reply to  Ebilshrimp

Haha nice to finally meet you! You and Ava actually do look a lot alike, and is a really great match 😀

I’ll try to check up the stream if I can, but I’ve never used Twitch 🙁

3 years ago

OMG YOU AND YOUR BF MAKE SUCH A BOMB COUPLE! Glad to know you guys had an awesome time!!!!

3 years ago

Looks like a good time had by all. 🙂 Quite the place for a birthday party!??!

Punch Escrow has me so curious, between the title and the premise I just want to know what that book is about! Ha ha

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

That party sounds like it was amazing! I love it when you go out to strange places you’d never have normally ventured to and up having the best time. Who cares if it was a place which seemed to be targeted to the elderly you had fun and that’s what matters. And a bottle of champagne to take home? Sounds like an amazing success, everyone else missed out.

Maureen Bakker
3 years ago

Sounds like a great party! How fun that your collegue is such a funny guy!
LOL!! I also don’t read a lot of fantasy novels. And my two new books this week are also fantasy novels. Strange.. Maybe I do like reading fantasy more than I think I do. 🙂
Have a great week and happy reading!

Patrick Sean Lee
3 years ago

I cracked up on seeing the pic of the band. Tell me THEY didn’t resurrect themselves and thrill you with “Hey Baby, What’s Your Sign?” at the party. Whatever, sounds like you and Ebil & Co. had a blast:)

The Punch Escrow…now that sounds like a novel I must investigate. I think I’ll hold off until you review it, though.

3 years ago

That birthday party sounds like it was one for the books. Glad you had a great time!

Shruti | This is Lit
3 years ago

The party sounds amazing! Your colleague must be a hoot to be around with! xD

As usual, thanks for the shoutout! Really appreciate it.

Shruti | This is Lit
3 years ago

Wow! Nice. xD

3 years ago

That sounds like the best party ever!! I love that you guys were able to embrace the weird! Have a great week!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

That party sounds hilarious…and fun. Pooh to those who made excuses for whatever reason. Who needs glum people looking down their noses?

Enjoy your week, and I am curious about The Polar Adventures.

Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

Brian Joseph
3 years ago

That bar and party sounds awesome!

Now I am off to find some old Russian pop music on Youtube 🙂

Margaret Kingsbury
3 years ago

That party sounds like a blast!

Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld!

Geybie's Book Blog
Geybie's Book Blog
3 years ago

Haha.. oh hilarious! I’m glad you had a wonderful time there. Once in our lifetimes (or more than once) we need to do something uncomfortable. I would definitely go to that party. Awesome!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your books. Have a wonderful week. ❤️

PS: have I told you I love your name? I’m obsessed with it.

Michelle @Because Reading

OMG, that is so funny! I love going to those type of places. It’s good for the soul to laugh! 🙂

Have a great week, Avalinah! Happy Reading!

3 years ago

I’m glad you had fun! No Russian pop songs actually jump to mind, so I’ll have to look some of them up!
I haven’t heard about any of the books you got but I hope you’ll enjoy them! Have a great week and happy reading!

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

That sounds like a memorable evening! Laughter and good company and music (even bad music) and dancing — all good for the soul.

Enjoy The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. It’s a beautiful little gem of a book.

3 years ago

Sounds like a great party! Glad you had fun.

Enjoy your books. Have a great week!

Jenea's Book Obsession
Jenea's Book Obsession
3 years ago

Sounds like ya’ll had fun at the birthday party. I hope you enjoy the new books you got this week. 🙂

Jenea’s Book Obsession’s Sunday Post

3 years ago

It’s challenging to jump around isn’t it; but I try to give to get…if only there was more time in each day. Also, sounds like a fun party. Love the humorous tone of your writing as well.

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

You’re looking very snazzy! And that party. What a fabulous place to hold it. I bet nobody will ever forget. And times like those are so few and far between.

3 years ago

Haha that party sounds amazing! Dive bars and old Russian music? It sounds perfect 😛

3 years ago

The party sounds wonderful – thank you for sharing the pic:) I’m looking forward to seeing what you make of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – it’s a book I read a while ago, but I remember quite vividly. Have a great week, Evelina and thank you for popping in and your kind words:)

Literary Feline (Wendy)

The birthday party sounds like so much fun! I am glad you had such a good time. It sounds like everyone who went did. 🙂 I like the sound of your new books and hope you enjoy them! The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame appeals to me for the same reason it does you. I’ll have to look for that one.

I hope you have a great week, Evelina!

3 years ago

That sounds like an amazing time! One of my favorite memories back in Chicago was spending New Years at this Romanian/Greek/Something Else But I Don’t Remember restaurants/dance/bars near downtown. The food and alcohol were pretty good but the entertainment and decoration were over the top. The music was instrumental and there were these old women with tons of makeup on and crazy outfits dancing all around the place. And the even older men there kept making the bills rain down on them. It was all kinds of crazy, but it was definitely one of my favorite New Years Eve ever.… Read more »

S. C. Flynn
3 years ago

Very entertaining post about that party! And thanks dor mentioning THE HIDDEN FACE.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

That party sounds hilarious. Your friend has a great sense of humor and he had a birthday party you all won’t soon forget!

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

That party sounds pretty funny and fun!! Glad you had a great time. ENjoy your new books and have a great week!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

That party sounds absolutely amazing! Such a good time. Yay for keeping the book haul small again this week. I hope you have a great week and enjoy all of your new books!

3 years ago

That sounds like a fun party! Neat you dressed up in a style that fit the party. Have a great week!

3 years ago

It sounds like you had a really great time! That sounds like a lot of fun actually. I can never seem to resist a good nonfiction read so I’m going to watching for your thoughts on The Polar Adventures! Have a great week and happy reading!

Karen Blue
3 years ago

The party sounds like it was a great time and very memorable. The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame sounds amazing, I would love to read a book like that. I hope you enjoy all your new books. Have a great week!

Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Glad you had so much fun! I’m cracking up over that gif of the keyboard player. LOL.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

That party sounds like a very memorable experience, haha!

I look forward to reading your review of The Punch Escrow.

Have a wonderful week!

Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

That sounds like a fun party and you are a cute couple!! That gif is great and I can just imagine the dance floor filled with elderly people dancing lol.

3 years ago

Omg that party must have been one hell of a kind! Glad you guys had so much fun! 🙂

Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader

Ah, thanks so much for linking back to my post! ❤️ It means so much to me!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Oh my gosh, I can’t stop laughing at the night out at the dodgy bar with the retro Russian disco music. LOL That had to have been so much fun. I would have gen just for the spectacle. No dancing for me but I would have loved to just sit back and take it all in. What a fun night!

3 years ago

I NEED TO VISIT A BAR LIKE THAT!!! It sounds so silly that it would be a blast to visit with friends 🙂 Hope you’re off to a great week and welcome to the new co-blogger! I’ve been way behind on blog-hopping this week and looks like I have some catching up to do 🙂

Nikki @ The Bibliophibian

*waves* I am visiting back because I always try to, but I have no brain because of a cold so I can’t think what I want to say! Hi.


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3 years ago

The Polar Adventures does sound intriguing – especially good one for the upcoming cold season. Happy reading.

Jackie B.
3 years ago

Someday, I will come visit you. When I do, we MUST go to this bar. It is imperative. Particularly for the longevity of our relationship. We will dance and eat and celebrate all the amazing things this bar will bring to our lives. Well, yours for the second time. Regardless, you have been warned. 😉 I TOTALLY WATCHED SOME OF UNDERTALE. I don’t understand now Twitch really works, but it was really interesting to me! Please don’t forget to invite me to more of those in the future. 😉 I love all the posts you share from other blogs each… Read more »