Book hauls, Sunday post

Sunday post #43 Where Does The Time Go?

You’d think that after a week I’d have regained my blogging juice? I wish… For some reason, I still find it hard to reply to comments or even participate in my groups. It might be to do with the fact that I’m just constantly tired – and, well, it is the dead of winter. It’s so hard staying awake half the time!

But the the good thing is that my reading has been going quite well – and I’ve come back to more listening, as opposed to reading, cause I’m starting to worry about my eyesight a little bit. Listening to books is amazing! Although I am sticking with my weird little Google Voice Reader app – I had my first experience with an Audible book, but the narrator was just TOO WEIRD. I’ll go back to my monotonous reader, thank you. I want to have my own emotions about books! One of these days, I should do a post on how I listen to books, and especially ARCs. It would save you loads of time, my lovelies.

Sorry I haven’t been around the book community as much, and I am thankful to all of those who still remember me and who endeavour to save my butt by helping me with guest posts. You are amazing people ❤ and thank you to all those who have followed my blog in this continuing absence of mine! I really appreciate you all.

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

I posted only two times last week, due to all of the half-hiatus stuff that is currently going on. Have you forgotten me yet? I hope not. I can truly recommend The King of Bones and Ashes though! Dark and witchy. There’s more about it to come next week! And I will thank Shruti @ This Is Lit again, for writing a guest post on how to write a proper review policy.

the king of bones and ashes  review policy

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Coming up next week, we have State of the ARC #6! So come link up. Also, for those who are interested in The King of Bones and Ashes, we will have an interview with the author J.D. Horn! And then, of course, no week can go by without some more #NewBloggers 101 content, and this time it will be What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? Part 1: Blogging Calendars – a topic I hope will be able to help many of you. Keep your eyes open next week!

  j.d. horn
blogging calendar organized blogger

~ Little Book Haul ~

This week we’ve got two very unrelated, and yet feminist books! I can whole-heartedly recommend The Girlyes – yet another biography of Marilyn’s, but one that really establishes her as an unlikely feminist in a reader’s mind. If you want to learn why you shouldn’t associate her with the fluffy roles she has been given throughout most of her career, you should read The Girl. And of course, how could I resist reading Herding Cats? I enjoyed it, although I feel like it could have been a better collection, because the topics were not too interrelated, although very enjoyable and relatable.

The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles #3)

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Susie Lindau shares some interesting ways to get discovered on WordPress, and I believe most of us book bloggers who sit around in a sort of a closed circle of our own people, won’t have heard about these

Jenniely invites all book bloggers who are older than 20 to join the Crone Bloggers group!

Shruti @ This Is Lit brings some positive author feedback to bad reviews to our attention – to remind us that there are so many nice authors!

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads shares ways to get books legally, even for internationals – and believe me, she even had one I didn’t know! So go read it.

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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3 years ago

Two posts a week is not a hiatus, woman! You’re still my numero uno blogger! ❤️❤️

Also, you’re worried about your eyesight? Everything all right?

3 years ago

In my experience it takes some time to recover when you have first managed to wear yourself out. Be kind to yourself and you energy will eventually return.

3 years ago

What an interesting thought about audiobooks and the emotional impact of the narrator. I get almost all my audiobooks from Hoopla, and they always seem to be from Tantor. Therefore, they use a lot of the same voice talent, and I like them, but I do remember one I thought was over the top, and it did impact my experience with the story. I hope you get your energy back soon (artificial sunlight? Vitamin D supplements?)

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

Glad your reading has gone well! I have to get back into audiobooks. I just haven’t been feeling them lately. Enjoy your books and have a great week!

Vani | Off-Color Lit
3 years ago

Ooh I’d love to hear how you listen to arcs! I know what you mean, if a narrator’s voice is off I can’t do it! So often that’s my problem with audio books.

Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

It’s great that your reading is going well! Don’t feel too bad about the commenting/blogging vibes being off. Sometimes you just have to take your time. I love Sarah’s Scribbles on Facebook! I need to get some of her books. Happy reading!

Have a lovely weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Kari @ Kari Reads and Writes
Kari @ Kari Reads and Writes
3 years ago

Glad to hear that you’re having a good reading time, even if you are too busy in real life to post as much. I understand how gloomy winters can get us down, but cuddling up in a blanket with tea and a book = awesome!
I look forward to this week’s posts from you. Enjoy your books.

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

I normally have a hard time with audio book, but I am trying them again. Hope you have a great week! ☺

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

I think 2 posts a week is still good, so no worries. I’m glad to hear you’re having a great reading week though in spite of your blogging struggles. Hope this week is a good one for you!

Sim @ Flipping Thru the Pages

Hey Evelina, posting two times a week is totally fine. Trust me you are doing okay And everyone remembers you ❤️ Oh yes, winter can have that effect on you. It makes me sleepy too. But now that Inhave moved to a tropical region(southern India) I kind of miss winters? Ha definitely yes to that post about listening to ARCs. I would love that. Also, I would like to see a post on how you schedule your post updates on social media. I guess, that would be a good topic for #NewBloggers 101 series? I hope you get your spirit… Read more »

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

I have added a bunch of books this week. I am currently reading Dead Lemon by Finn Bell a thriller and I really like it. I think we can all get into a funk about responding and just not having the vibe…It comes back and sometimes you even miss it.

Have a great week of reading!


Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I agree with Shruti, a hiatus is not posting at all for weeks. I’ve never heard of Google voice but I’m intrigued

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

When I started blogging, I quietly committed to a blog post a week and to visiting ten blogs a week. That’s a pace I can keep, even during low energy times.

I hope you will feel better soon.

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

I’ve been having to force myself to do more posts. I think its the winter doldrums. Two posts is still okay. The topic of how to listen to books, especially ARCs, is fascinating and I haven’t read anything like that before. Take care and be at ease:)

Emma's Library
Emma's Library
3 years ago

I tend to listem to more audiobooks when I have eyesight issues too. It’s easier. I use Audible but I do listen to the samples so I can get a feel for the narrator. Some are a lot better than others and it does take a while to find them. However, If you want a good one, I highly recommend Zara Ramm’s narrations of the Chronicles of St Mary’s series, starting with Just One Damned Thing After Another. She does them really well and they’re hilarious.

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

You did better than me last week. I didn’t post at all. 🙂 I’d love to hear how you listen to your books. If you are using an app, you have an easier method than I do!

Michelle @Because Reading

Sorry your not feeling yourself and super tired. I have been feeling that way also and plan to go get a blood test to make sure my Iron isn’t too low. OMG you totally just said why I can’t listen to audio books. I have such issues with the voices. I can’t read romance with its just a man or woman. It’s just weird. I might have to try google voice app and see if that works for me. Sometimes it’s more of me not concentrating when I listen to stuff since I use music to manage my OCD and… Read more »

3 years ago

I am so happy to have found your blog! I will definitely be adding the Marilyn Monroe book to my list, and I think your State of the ARC meme is just what I need to help me get those lingering galleys finished up. Happy Reading!

3 years ago

Glad you are enjoying your reading and do be kind to yourself – if you are finding it hard to get back to the blogging, cut yourself some slack, we aren’t going anywhere… In the meantime, have a great week!

3 years ago

No worries ! We are understanding, and we be here when you will have time and wont forget you
As for me… eeeh my reading as slagged a bit unfortunately .. hopefully that shall resume itself soonish.

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I have enjoyed a few books about Marilyn, so The Girl is going on my list. Thanks for sharing.

Great post, and I hope you enjoy your books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Lisa @TenaciousReader
3 years ago

I think we all need a break from time to time, dont let it stress you out

Maureen Bakker
3 years ago

Sigh.. I totally get you. I’ve been feeling super tired too. And I haven’t been able to blog much. Frustrating really! I’m glad to read your still able to do some reading. Lets hope we both feel fit and blog-inspired soon. 😉
Happy Reading!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

It’s hard to do comments when you’re tired. It takes a lot of mental energy! I hope you get your blogging groove back soon 🙂

3 years ago

Glad the reading is going well! And don’t feel bad- I definitely think the winter doldrums affects me, sometimes my motivation is just not there! Do what feels right, we’ll all still be here!

Herding Cats looks awesome! 🙂

Literary Feline
3 years ago

Keeping up with comments lately has been difficult with me as well. I am glad to hear you are able to fit in reading though–that is the most important part. 🙂 Herding Cats is such a catchy title! I hope you have a great week!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I’ve actually never heard of Google Voice Reader. Will have to look that up. It’s true that a narrator can definitely make or break a listening experience. I have some real favorites… and then there have been the odd few that just made me cringe.

Hope you have a great week!

Anne Clarence
3 years ago

You book haul IS smaller than usual. You’re so lucky you can listen to books! I don’t have an Audible membership, so I cannot enjoy that luxury. You really need to care for your sight, I remember I exhausted my eyes to a point before, and once you reached that point your eyes are going to be sore for a LONG time. So please be careful!

Anne Clarence
3 years ago

Wait, THERE’S SOMETHING LIKE THAT??!! How does that robot app work? What is it?

DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

That cover for Herding Cats though XD

But I look forward to your tips for organizing blogging! That is something I took too many years to finally sit down and get straight.

Jackie B.
3 years ago

I’m sorry you still don’t have all your juice back! Don’t worry, it will return soon. I know it will. Sometimes, we just need to prioritize self-care, right? Right! Plus, your blog seems to be doing a great job staying afloat! I’m here for you, too, you know. 😀 You are the WORST influence on me! I requested and was approved for both The Girl and Herding Cats. I adore you. Please continue to tank my NetGalley average. 😉 These are some wonderful posts to share! I’ve noticed lately that you focus more on sharing non-book-review posts. Is that intentional?… Read more »

Kristin @ AddictedtoHEA

This time of year is always hard on me! I have depression (it’s in the family) so I take prozac but without the sun, it DOES get worse. Like the comment above, artificial sunlight would help your energy. They make bulbs with artificial light. There are lamps, too. My family doctor actually suggested that I go once a week to a tanning bed (but don’t tell my dermatologist!) for the sunlight. Where I live in the U.S. doesn’t get a lot of sun in the winter (Michigan). Hang in there… it’ll get sunny soon I’m sure.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

You should take as much time as you need. Sometimes you just need a break. I do think that this is the time of year when exhaustion seems to set in and I can tell you that I sometimes feel like that poor little dog. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

That bookstagram post looks good, I’ll have to check it out… I admit it would be an expensive hobby if I had to props some bloggers have! I look forward to next week’s posts too <3

3 years ago

Please don’t worry or get stressed about replying to comments or visiting our blogs, we are still going to follow you no matter what. You need to take yourself and enjoy all the reading time you’re getting in 🙂 Sorry to hear about your eyesight. I noticed more strain on my eyes when I read for longer periods, especially wearing reading glasses. I had corrective surgery done about 15 years ago and the doctor told me that I would have to wear glasses again as I got older, while last year I was older and finally had to go in… Read more »

3 years ago

Ohhh ME MEE , I am busting to get my hands on the King of Bone and Ashes! It sounded amazing, though I am still curious why it’s called that if it’s all about women lol

Barb (boxermommyreads)

Hope you are managing to rest and take care of yourself. I look forward to your interview with JD Horn because I have tons of books and really need to start one. Hope you have a great week!

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

I can’t wait to read Herding Cats! I love Sarah Anderson 🙂 I hope you feel better and get lots of rest!
Thanks for visiting my Sunday post.

3 years ago

I love Sarah Andersen!! And I am with you on the tiredness and blog juice too – although in my case it turned out to be a very nasty cold and I am on sick leave from work for three days! This is my first sick leave ever!

Oh, and I usually prefer monotone narrators too – unless it’s memoirs, then I just like to listen the person whose memoir I’m reading.

I hope you will have a better week and a good rest!

3 years ago

I’ve been too tired and just absent from the community, too!! 🙁 Though, I hope this week would be better. And of course, no matter how active you are, I still love you <3 <3 Can't wait for next week's New Bloggers post because organizing is something I need to get all possible pointers on XD Thanks for linking up the posts, they all are so amazing and some are super helpful! 😀

3 years ago

I live in Dubai and it’s a hot city so winter is basically cold breezes in Dec and Jan, nothing more LOL. I haven’t hopped around blogs very consistently either, oops! Gonna read all the pending posts soon <3

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

I’m giving The King of Bones and Ashes a second chance JUST because you liked it 🙂 I’ve been so exhausted too it’s been hard to read eARCs so I’m trying the physical now. and yes! listening to books is a lifesaver when you re exhausted. so keep doing it! THOUGH you will have to read Herding Cats! 😉 I hope you love it as much as I did and that you take care of yourself and regain some energy soon. In the mean time just remember we love you no matter what. 😉

3 years ago

I badly need to read Sarah Andersen…not only because I’m a feminist but because she’s wonderful…
And more feminist books maybe o.O

Have a great week! 🙂 Take it easy with the blogging! (If it stresses you)

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling tired and finding it hard to keep up. Take some time for yourself, to rest and take care of yourself before anything else! <3
I hope you will have a great week <3 <3

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

Don’t worry, cutting back is important so you don’t burn out. Also, it’s totally true that during Winter you’re more tired. I literally want to sleep all the time so I’m kind of liking blogging a little less to catch up on some sleep, but it means my weekends are jampacked with blog related things which isn’t always the best.

You have a good week and I’ll look forward to this weeks posts.

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

Monotonous narrator? Wow, I think it’s the first time I’ve heard someone prefer that over someone reading it. I’m not an audiobook reader myself and don’t plan to be for now but have always found the whole idea a bit weird and very subjective. I mean, how do people even decide who gets to narrate the book? And man, just like you lived through, I can imagine some pretty weird narration that could totally ruin a book.

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

/HAAHahahahahaaaaha I had a good laugh reading this reply hahahahah That would probably be the only way I’d DNF a book in my life hahahahaha

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3 years ago

I’m looking forward to reading about how to become a more organised blogger – it’s definitely something I need to improve on right now!

3 years ago

I know this is an older post but hope you’re feeling better! I’ve been finding it difficult to interact as well. It can be so tough.