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A Week Full Of Video Games, Brownies And Tiramisu Sunday post #41

As usual, the week blasts through like it’s a single blink, and I’m lost as to what happened. This week, like any other, had both good and bad parts to it, summarily:

  • my boyfriend is awesome, and it’s easy to tell you why: one brownie, one tiramisu, one batch of morangues, and I’m not counting all the regular food he always makes for me. *please do not take this list as a comprehensive list of why he’s awesome xD
  • He also asked me when we are writing that co-review of The Assassin’s Apprentice, and that’s just so unbelievably cute ❤️
  • I found out something awesome, which is that Kimberlee Ann Bastian will be having a blog tour for the sequel of The Breedling and the City in the Garden and I’m invited to participate in spring!
  • The #NewBloggers 101 post series is well under way, and I’ve started talking with all our lovely bloggers in the community who are willing to help draft guest posts to help our with the series! My biggest thanks to all of you who are participating, you know who you are ❤️
  • Unfortunately, I have spent a good half of the week feeling extremely tired, headachey and unable to cope with the deluge of work and blog stuff. I apologize if I haven’t replied to comments!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week we had a fun buddy-read format review of Dumplin’ with my friend Sim @ Flipping Through The Pages, then we had a #NewBloggers 101 post on How to make a good profile on Edelweiss or NetGalley, along with Lucy’s @ That Book Gal post about how to start out with Edelweiss. And lastly, we had a list of books for when you have those cold lonelies. So pick and choose content from this week, there’s one for nearly every mood 🙂

dumplin  a good edelweiss or netgalley profile
feel good books

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week is no less exciting! We’ll start it off with a review of The Plague Charmer, a very atmospheric book about the middle ages that I loved, then we will have a review of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, a book that’s coming out soon and that I also adored, and what week would be complete without another installment of #NewBloggers 101? This time we’ll be talking about how to get comments and what you should know about the book blogger commenting etiquette, and my post will be done with the help of the lovely Shruti @ This Is Lit! Exciiiitiiiiiing!!

plague charmer  the mermaid and mrs hancock
get comments

~ Little Book Haul ~

I have a smaller haul this time again! Whee xD The Girl in the Blue Shoes is an ARC I got from the author, it’s creepy, literary and short and I AM EXCITE. The Ways of my Grandmothers is also a very exiciting title – it should teach me more about the ways of the Blackfoot Indian women, and I got (a print copy!!) through Nicole’s @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction giveaway! Nicole, thank you again, it has safely arrived! Another quite exciting title this week is one I grabbed off of Edelweiss, it was download (not even request!) and it’s an exiting scifi title that comes out at the end of the year, titled Tomorrow’s Factory: Collected Fiction.

The Girl in the Blue Shoes The Ways of My Grandmothers Tomorrow Factory: Collected Fiction

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Aimee @ Aimee, Always talks about all those instances of reader’s guilt we have. It’s so true!

Sim @ Flipping Through The Pages the importance of making an About page and how one should best achieve thatinstructs us on . #NewBloggers should read!

Liz @ Lost in Literature tells us about how to spice up a book review! I liked this post because I had been planning to write a longer version of something like that for the #NewBloggers 101 series!

So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?

As usual, I’m linking up with the Sunday post meme at Kimba’s book blog and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews.

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Aimee (Aimee, Always)
3 years ago

AW YOUR BOYFRIEND IS SO CUTE. I definitely need a guy who can cook and bake, because I am one hungry girl. 😉 AND HE READS?! You are one lucky lady, Evelina. My “guy” (and I put that in quotation marks because my mother feels that I’m still too young to have a boyfriend) does neither, although he’s super supportive about my bookish addiction. <3 Thanks so much for sharing my post, love! <3 Also very excited about your upcoming commenting post. Interaction in the blogging community is a must, although it's also really fun and not just an obligation.… Read more »

Trish @ Between My Lines

Your boyfriend is a keeper! My husband does most of our cooking, and I love it, as it makes me feel so well taken care of. I’ve yet to recruit him to write a review for me though! Thanks for the links, I’m off to check out Liz’s one on spicing up a book review as that sounds so interesting. And I always love learning about how others approach their review writing.
Have a good week Evelina.

3 years ago

You had me at brownies. Seriously, now I want some sweets. I hope you are able to rest up and get back to 100%. I admire you taking on so many new things and the way you are contributing to the community.

3 years ago

Your boyfriend is awesome indeed. I hope you feel less tired this week but its always good to take some time for yourself

Dreamy Reads
3 years ago

That is so sweet of your boyfriend! Also I hope you’re feeling okay now.

3 years ago

It’s lovely to have a special someone who cooks you treats, isn’t it? Himself does most of the cooking, as well as being the main breadwinner – I’m so lucky:)). It sounds like you have a wonderful blogging lineup ahead of you, so I hope the coming week is awesome!

Vani | Off-Color Lit
3 years ago

Ahh you and your boyfriend sound awesome together!!

So cool that you’re going to be part of that blog tour! I’ll have to check it out, as I haven’t heard of that book.

I loooove how involved you are with other book bloggers! It’s honestly so cool.

Anne Clarence
3 years ago

OH MY GOD THAT WAS SO CUTE. I know I should be focusing on school, and not boys, but I do think that I will ultimately become one of those 20-year-olds who still have never been on a date *sign*. Enjoy those brownies for me please.

#NewBloggers 101 post series sounds so cool! I’ll be keeping a tap on that.

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

All those desserts sound so yummy. Very lucky to have a bf that makes all that!!! The New Blogger 101 posts are such a great idea and I am sure help so many bloggers out there! Hope you have a great week!

Tiffany Chiang
3 years ago

Your boyfriend is so cute! That is honestly such goals. I really appreciate all the new blogger posts Keep them coming!

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

It is so great that your boyfriend is so involved with your blog! Your so sounds busy. Hope you are feeling better. Happy reading!

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

I love that cover on Plague Charmer. It sounds like you had a great week! I’m suddenly craving brownies. 🙂

3 years ago

So jealous of all these baked goodies your boyfriend has made! I can’t wait to see upcoming reviews 🙂

3 years ago

I have one HUGE question. Can your boyfriend be cloned, because he sure sounds like a keeper?! (lol) How very cool and kind of you to focus on other bloggers. Hugs to you for that and Happy Sunday! RO

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I saw Tomorrow Factory and almost downloaded it, but I’m trying to be careful with review books this year. But I could change my mind! Have a lovely week!

Karen Blue
3 years ago

So many great links shared here! I need to get clicking. Thanks for sharing all of these. I am going to share almost all the #NewBloggers101 on this coming week’s Beyond the Books, which is all about interesting reads lately.
Your boyfriend sounds so cute! I wish my Miguel would take more interest in my blogging but I can’t have everything. He does cook for me occasionally and it is usually something Spanish and new to me. So there’s that.
Congratulations on the book win! Have a great week and happy reading!

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

Your boyfriend sounds adorable! I wish I had someone providing me with tasty treats… I suppose I do that for myself. You give yourself a rest and don’t stress yourself, if you’ve been feeling run down it’s ok to spend a little less time blogging. It happens to the best of us, resting will do you good. Hope you have a good week.

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Sounds like two are a perfect couple:) And so fun that he wants to do a dual review with you! I hope you feel more like your sparkly self soon and enjoy those new reads.

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

I can’t wait to read your post with Shruti!!!! And I changed my Netgalley profile LOL

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

You had me at tiramisu! There once was a restaurant next to the movie theater in my neighborhood mall, and their tiramisu had me regularly stopping by before or after the movies. Sadly, they closed down a few years ago, and ever since, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect tiramisu. Sigh.

Enjoy your books, and I am curious about The Girl in the Blue Shoes.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Off to check some of your links!

Hayley @ RatherTooFondofBooks

I’m sorry you’ve been unwell this week and hope you start feeling better soon. I’m just getting over the flu and it was horrendous, these viruses can really knock you. I’m glad your boyfriend is making treats for you to cheer you up, he sounds fab! My husband does a lot of the cooking in our house and it always feels like a treat because he’s so much better at cooking than me! Hope the week ahead is full of great books and more lovely treats. x

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Aww, your boyfriend is seriously cute 😛 My husband also does a lot of cooking (just occasionally) and is a great cook.. better than me, Lol. But yes, he doesn’t read and I feel like that is worst? I hope you get some time to relax and I can understand that how busy you have been with all this community work. I am sorry that I am yet to approach you but I am always here if you need any support 🙂 Life is keeping me busy and my parents are here, so I am hardly getting any time to… Read more »

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

He is not even a seldom reader :p He just doesn’t like to read. But I am trying hard to make him read at least one book 😀 Project is going just okay.. I don’t know how I will do it. it seems tougher but let’s see 😛

I would definitely remember tiramisu now 😛

Barb (boxermommyreads)

Can’t wait to see that joint review. My husband loves to cook too and like you, it’s just ONE of the reasons I love him. That and he rarely makes comments about the books I bring into the house. Your new features are so helpful and I’m glad they are getting a lot of response. Hope you are feeling better this week!

3 years ago

I hope you start feeling on the mend soon – hopefully the tiramisu helped! All those sweets sound delicious 🙂

3 years ago

Awww what a great boyfriend! Hope you are feeling better. Congrats on all the awesome blogging 101 posts!

Jackie B.
3 years ago

Ebil is amazing. I wish you’d share some photos of his wonderful creations sometimes! You’re so good at bookstagramming, I think you can take a pause for some food. Perhaps some food AND a book? 😉 Maybe your review of The Assassin’s Apprentice could involve noms?! 😉 No pressure. I am super excited to see all the #NewBlogger101 posts popping up. I’m not great at Discord, but I definitely want to get involved. I’ll try harder to pick up the conversation. 😉 Is there an ultimate list of the scheduled vs claimed vs requested posts somewhere? I’d love to see… Read more »

3 years ago

Your boyfriend is definitely a keeper! Tiramisu? Oh yes definitely a keeper 🙂

Hope you have a great week!

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

Sorry I haven’t been in support group that much but… LIFE! Terribly busy last weeks. I hope to be able to rejoin the conversation this week. Also sorry to hear you haven’t felt well and extremely tired 🙁 I hope you are benn pampered and spoiled by BF! I’m sure there is plenty more good qualities but tiramisus, brownies and morangues are definitely among the best qualities a boyfriend can have 😉 Have fun on the sequel of The Breedling and the City in the Garden tours!

Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

Mmmph. Good boyfriend! I need one of those. But like, one that brings me sweets. Happy reading!

Have a wonderful weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Your boyfriend is definitely a keeper. 😉 Don’t apologize. I hope you’re feeling better – take all the time you need to rest. The posts aren’t going anywhere. 🙂

I loved the #NewBloggers101 post. At the same time that I was reading it, I was changing my Edelweiss profile. I hope now it’s good enough for my requests to be accepted.

I hope you enjoy all of your new books.

Wishes of a great week.

Jackie Briere
Jackie Briere
3 years ago

It’s nice when someone you care about is so supportive and it’s a bonus if he can cook 🙂 You are a busy blogger! I am not, but thanks for sharing your week with us and I love your comments! Sorry about not commenting back but I hope I’m getting better! So many blogs, so many books… so overwhelming!

3 years ago

You are so busy, I don’t know how you find the time. I hope you are feeling better this week, headaches… ugh. I enjoyed the first installment of New Bloggers 101, Simant definitely had be questioning my profile and how I can change it. Enjoy your day.

Wendy @ Falconer's Library

Now I really want tiramisu, although my doctor just told me no dairy for two weeks to we can figure out if that’s an issue for me. My husband doesn’t bake, nor does he read. HOWEVER, he does cook really well (and often), and he is 100% supportive of my reading and blogging.

I hope you feel better soon. I have been sleeping far too much lately myself, both at night and during looooong naps.

Literary Feline
3 years ago

Your boyfriend is awesome! My husband sometimes makes me brownies, which I can never resist. 🙂 I am sorry though to hear you aren’t feeling well. Hopefully you will be feeling more yourself soon. I hope you have a great week! I am off to a birthday party for my daughter’s friend. She’s over the moon she was invited. 🙂

3 years ago

The NewBloggers101 project is amazing!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Sounds like you had a pretty good (and delicious!) week, other than the tiredness and headaches :-/ I hope you’re feeling better this week!

Rachel @The Readers Den

Your boyfriend is all kinds of awesome! Happy reading, Evelina! 🙂

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Aw, your boyfriend sounds sweet. I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy your new books, and have a great week!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Sounds like your boyfriend is a keeper! Sorry you weren’t feeling great this week. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

3 years ago

Sounds like a pretty good week all around (love your post title this week)!

Tomorrow Factory sounds awesome! And it’s a download not request, so maybe I need to go over and make an Edelweiss account eh? lol

The Plague Charmer looks interesting too.

Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum
3 years ago

Sounds like my kind of week! My husband and I have been enjoying football, video games, and reading this weekend. I listened to a couple of audiobooks while doing some chores, which is a great way to multitask. We also played Uncharted: The Lost Legacy on the PS4 which was an AMAZING game. What have you been playing lately?

Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum
3 years ago

Uncharted 2 was amazing! I’ve only played 2, 4, and the Lost Legacy 😀 We have 3 lying around somewhere, but it doesn’t play on the PS4 (which we just upgraded to).

Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

Awwww a mutual review, that’s so adorable of you and your boyfriend! The New Bloggers series definitely sounds helpful for new bloggers, I’m sure many are appreciating these posts. Happy reading and writing!


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3 years ago

I’ve grown a love for thoses posts, and look up to you so much !! how are you so talented and be able to do so much ?? This new blogger here will be waiting for that new blogger 101 post ! xx

Geybie’s Book Blog
Geybie’s Book Blog
3 years ago

Sorry hon, I couldn’t visit sooner. This week has been hectic with school registration plus work. I just had the time to visiting today. I’m even behind with posting reviews. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your books this week. Oh, your boyfriend is SO cute. I’ve tried to make my hubby contribute but haven’t had any success so far. He doesn’t like romance books. Haha.. he’s far from romantic.

Have a wonderful week, my friend. I’ll join the group tonight.

Anna @ The Bibliotaph
3 years ago

Gahhh your #NewBloggers101 articles are so helpful. Thank you so much for doing this! I’m excited to keep reading them!