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The Week When I Didn’t Haul Any Books!! Sunday post #46

Where did this week go? What did I do? And don’t I say this every week? A lot of impossible to answer questions, it seems, but you know what? Let’s try:

  • I did not haul books this week o.o
  • Regardless, this post will not be completely haul-less, as I didn’t post last week’s haul due to my monthly update last week
  • I also had the worst ever teaching experience in class this week. My brain shorted, or whatever happened, and I just NOPED out for most of the class. I hope this never happens again! The most. Awkward. Class. EVER. Ugh.
  • I somehow read 3 books though?? My reading speeds have gone nuts.
  • My boyfriend should be getting a review copy of a game, and he’s so overjoyed that he keeps asking myself how I manage not to always be hyper when I get approved for books πŸ˜€
  • I have somewhat returned to the blogosphere
  • Although I’m still struggling with visiting you all back, cause every time I log in there’s 100 comments? Miracles!
  • We also celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday this week, and it was adorable. We went to this one cafe which is literally just like another country. It’s run by mostly English people, and it was honestly like going on a trip. It was really cute and nostalgic for my boyfriend too, who hasn’t been in his own country (England) for about two years now. We spent like 4 hours there, just sitting, drinking tea and relaxing. Best Friday everΒ ❤
    Here, have a photo from there:

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I posted two reviews –Β The Girl in the Blue Shoes andΒ Heart Berries.Β The first one is a literary thriller/mystery (which is currently free on Amazon, I believe!) with truly amazing writing that I can’t recommend enough, and the second one is an #OwnVoices memoir that touches on growing up as an indigenous person in the wreck of the Western world, going through break ups, PTSD and depression. And, of course, I posted another item in theΒ #NewBloggers 101 series:Β this time, part 2 of theΒ Organized and Efficient Blogger posts – on Scheduling and writing efficiently.

girl in the blue shoesΒ Β heart berries
writing and scheduling posts

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I’ll be posting twice, minus the Sunday post – there will beΒ a buddy read review of Snow Flower and the Secret FanΒ by Lisa See, a book I greatly enjoyed, andΒ the third part of the efficient blogger posts – on scheduling your social media posts and networking.Β I feel like this is my favorite post of the three! So I invite you to check it out on Friday.

snow flower and the secret fanΒ Β social media and networking

~ Little Book Haul ~

So I didn’t haul anything this week! I don’t think that has EVER happened yet, after I started blogging! Yayyy!! However, I am sharing my haul from last week, as like I said, I didn’t share the books because I had my monthly wrapup post. Have you seen these books around? I grabbedΒ Between Two ThornsΒ because I love Emma Newman’s writing and it was on sale.Β The Last AstronautΒ I saw on some newsletter, I think, and I went like WTF, when I saw that cover πŸ˜€ then it turned out that it was free, and the reviews were really good – so why not? AndΒ Playing to the Gods is a NetGalley grab that I saw on someone’s blog in their updates some time ago. It’s a nonfiction about how the battle between two actresses and their acting styles influenced the way we perceive acting right now. This book isn’t due for ages! But I greatly look forward to reading it.

Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds #1) The Last Astronaut (The Great De-evolution) Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads shares an awesome post about how a 5 star rating does NOT compensate for a 1 star rating, because MATHS, PEOPLE

Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings shares a discussion about the fact that yes, extroverted bookworms exist!

BookStormGirl @ Book Storm shares a really funny post about what happens when you feed YA quotes to a chatbot

Erica @ Honest Chaotic shares how she saved hundreds on books this year, and YES, some of it works for internationals too!

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

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

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3 years ago

That looks like a great little cafe! Sometimes it’s nice just to sit and relax and have nowhere you have to be. Glad you guys had a relaxing time! The Girl in the Blue Shoes sounds good, I’ll be checking that one out.

Glad to see the blogger101 posts are still going strong!!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Like, not even a teeny tiny little book, Evelina? That must feel so weird! The ones you got last week look good, though.
And I hope you won’t have another awkward class like the one you had last week… Sounds stressful.
Thanks for sharing so many posts! I am off to check them all out now.
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

3 years ago

Gosh, that cafe sounds divine! Happy birthday to your boyfriend too! Am off to check out the posts listed!

Rosie Amber
3 years ago

Great summing up post and thanks for the links. Heading over now.

Tizzy Brown
Tizzy Brown
3 years ago

That cafe looks adorable! I didn’t haul any books this week either as I’m on a self-imposed ban until I catch up with my TBR list a little. I empathise with the blanking in class moment, sometimes my brain just randomly freezes as well, always at the worst possible time.

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

No haul for this week? That’s impressive, even if you do include last weeks. I get what your boyfriend means when you get approved for a book (or game in his case) you can’t help but get a little excited. And the first time it happens? I remember there was bouncing and excitement. That cafe as well? Adorable! I swear, I’ve seen teacups like that at my nan’s or something. You feel fancy when you have a cup and saucer, it’s always that moment of ‘this is how the other half lives’. Glad you both enjoyed it there, a little… Read more Β»

Trish @ Between My Lines

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is one of my favourite books. Actually I love all her books, the amount of research Lisa does is breathtaking. Happy birthday to your boyfriend and well done for not hauling books!

3 years ago

Ohh!! I just bought Snow Flower and the Secret Fan today!! Looking forward to your review!

TΓ’nia @MyLovelySecret

Little Mavis Cafe looks adorable. *.* I also didn’t haul any books this week. I don’t know how it has happened, but since the year began, I haven’t spent a cent in new books – however, I’ve been received more and more books from Netgalley. =P

Wishes of a great week & Happy readings! πŸ˜‰

Vani | Off-Color Lit
3 years ago

That little cafe looks amazing!! How exciting for you guys!

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

It is good to not haul books every now and then. Sorry for the bad teaching experience but yay for 3 books!!! Have a great week!

Michelle @Because Reading

I almost didn’t get any books this week but then my family let me go to Barnes and Noble and that didn’t last. πŸ™‚
You had a busy week, I love that little cafe picture. I wish we had those around here, someplace I can go to and work because sometimes this house is nosy.

I hope you have a great week, Evelina! Happy reading! πŸ™‚

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

Oh, that cute little cafe reminds me of one in a neighboring village, where the china and table settings feel so luxurious! They used to serve high tea, which was fun. Nowadays they don’t. Sigh.

What a great time you had, though.

Enjoy your books…I’m curious about The Girl in the Blue Shoes.

Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

Anna @ Read and Repeat

I’m a graduate student and have had my fair share of embarrassing teaching experiences so don’t feel bad! There was the time when I was lecturing and actually left off the m when I said the word “mass” O.o There’s the time I taught an entire lab with chocolate on my face (luckily it looked like a new freckle). So don’t worry, it happens to everyone!
Also that little cafe looks adorable πŸ™‚

Chloe @ Book Dragons
Chloe @ Book Dragons
3 years ago

Being from England myself, I just want to say the teapots look adorable and I want them πŸ™‚ I’ve always had a love for tea pots and tea, haha. I’m glad you had a good reading week, I haven’t actually bought any books in ages. I did get a ton from my library though. I swear without my library I’d be lost.

3 years ago

I am glad you are back to the blogosphere and that you survived without buying a book. It gives hope for others. And yay to 100 comments and more on your blog. So happy for you!

3 years ago

Well, happy birthday to your boyfriend. A nice relaxing tea sounds wonderful, and that is pretty cool to get a review copy of a video game. Hope he enjoys it!

Karen Blue
3 years ago

No haul, that’s awesome! I hauled entirely too much this week. Also, I got a brand new book today that I hope I can find time to read. I totally forgot to even post my State of the ARC this month. Ugh! I will just post next month and hopefully it won’t be so bad. It’s not looking good for me though.
I am really looking forward to your blogging organization post. I really need more tips on staying orgainized right now.
I hope you have a great week and happy reading!

Vicky Who Reads
3 years ago

Aww, the teaching experience thing sucks! But I’m glad you and your boyfriend had a lot of fun at that cafΓ©! It sounds like you had an awesome time! Also, thanks for the shoutout! <3

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Hope you have a great week!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

That cafe sounds adorable. It definitely sounds like your boyfriend had a good birthday week. That’s exciting that he’s getting a game to review. I hope he enjoys it. πŸ™‚

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Yay for no haul, it feels good every once in a while to control yourself, right? This means you can buy more the next time, too πŸ˜›
I hope you’ll have a lovely week! xx

DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

Cutest little tea set ever πŸ˜€ I love finding little cafes like that!

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

This cafe looks really lovely I wish I had something that cool near me as well πŸ™‚
I’m also very much looking forward to your upcoming Social Media/Networking post, because I definitely am in need of some tips and tricks πŸ˜€

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

It really look amazing β™₯ I definitely have to check and went I go back to my flat for university, I will certainly be on the lookout for a cool cafe πŸ™‚ We do have one that’s a bit expensive but makes delicious paninis β™₯
I certainly will πŸ™‚

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

You had a fantastic week Evelina and… you are my blogger shoutout for this Sunday Post πŸ˜‰ Thank you for all what you’re doing!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I want to go to a cafe for coffee. But, they probably prefer their clients don’t arrive in fuzzy slippers and pajamas. LOL No haul weeks are nice every now and then.

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

Vilnius?? We had a fab week there about 15 years ago. The first holiday my OH & I took together πŸ™‚ Maybe if I’d looked further than what books you read, I would already know where you live!!

Fingers crossed new books are forthcoming next werk? It would be scary to Run Out!

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

He’s from Torquay?? That’s mad!! Sometimes this planet is just too spookily small!!

3 years ago

NO BOOKS??!! I can’t even imagine, though I probably should have a few of those weeks myself. I need to stop impulse-buying but, well, I can’t. Love the cafe photo too. I have been lucky enough to visit Scotland, England, and Ireland and I especially miss Scotland terribly. I wish I could have brought a piece of Scotland back with me to tide me over until I can go back again. Happy Reading!

Natalie @Natflix&Books

Sometimes the weeks where you don’t haul the books are the best because it gives you some time to catch up. Not that I ever will, but it’s a nice thought, right? The cafΓ© looks awesome. Happy reading!

3 years ago

Awww that place that you went to with tour boyfriend looks so adorable and quaint, it makes me want to go for a high tea somewhere! Also yay for not hauling any books this week, I always to try control how many books I buy, as my own tbr to reading ratio is ridiculous! I hope you have a great week! πŸ™‚

Yvo @ It's All About Books

Kuddos to you for not hauling anything this week! The cover of Between Two Thorns is gorgeous by the way. And that cafe just looks lovely. Happy reading!

3 years ago

The Cafe looks so cute and peaceful. Happy Birthday to your bf. You have a nice set of books this week and my TBR list is super long. Enjoy your week.

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

That cafe looks absolutely adorable! You guys sound like you had a great time πŸ™‚ And your week seems to have been quite productive actually!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Congrats on not taking on new books this week! I really need to have a few weeks like that but at least I have slowed way down on review books coming in. That is the only way to possibly catch up with the backlog. Isn’t it great when your blog starts getting comments regularly? I do know how hard it can be to visit blog and comment back. I would post 7 days a week but I need a day off to catch up on comments and be a bit of a slacker.

Have a great week!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I don’t post 7 days a week because I need a day off to catch up with comments. I do post 6 days a week though which is still quite a bit.

Jackie Briere
Jackie Briere
3 years ago

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a ‘book’ haul. I like to read what you’re up to and is it any wonder you get so many comments when you comment a lot? It’s only fair πŸ™‚ Anyway, it sounds like your boyfriends birthday was wonderful and I appreciate you sharing regardless. Have a great weekend!

3 years ago

What a lovely cafe and I’m glad you had a great time. Teaching is hard – unlike many jobs, you have to be ON IT all day, every day. So just occasionally it isn’t a surprise if you have a brainfade event. I think we all have had those lessons if we’re honest…:). Blame the weather! I hope you have a good week, Evelina:)

Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd

Welcome back!! 100 comments is a lot, I don’t think that I would be able to keep up with all of that… lol

I’m so glad that you and your boyfriend had a lovely lunch celebrating his birthday. I’ve never been a fan of big parties or celebrations, so your lunch sounds right up my ally.

Have a good week! πŸ™‚

Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

Happy belated birthday to your boyfriend! That’s kind of neat that you didn’t get any books this week – definitely a good thing sometimes, especially for shelf space reasons. πŸ˜€ Happy reading!

Have a fantastic week, Evelina. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

3 years ago

You had a great reading week! No books hauled? Not bad at all…gives you catch up time. Happy B-Day to your boyfriend. I hope you have a great week!

JJ @ This Dark Material

Aw, that little cafe looks adorable! I love those out of the way spots where you can just sit quietly and read, or people-watch πŸ™‚ It sounds like a great birthday treat.

And look on the bright side: your students probably barely noticed one awkward class or, if they did, were just grateful they got to zone out a little themselves! I know when I was in school, the occasional scatterbrained day was amazing because everyone just agreed to try again tomorrow haha

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

Oooh! I love your teacup collection and you seem to have a lovely week!

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

Careful now. Not having a haul one week might also mean you’ll double your haul the next week!!!! πŸ˜€ So cool to hear your reading speed has exploded. I soooo want to know what that is like! Happy reading, Evelina!

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

It’s nice to not haul books every once in a while. I did that last week and was like “Yay, my TBR didn’t grow!” But then I hauled 4 books this week, lol.

Hope you have a lovely week!

3 years ago

That cafe is so cute!! I have had those moments before in the classroom. I’ve had so many word blunders, my kids just go with it. When we are reading, and I look up to have discourse, and then look back down at the page, they all know to point out to me the spot we left off on when I make “do do do” noises. They love my “rewinds” and redos. I am living proof that it’s OK to be imperfect. It’ll all be water under the bridge, so don’t sweat it too much. I’m struggling right now to… Read more Β»

Anne Clarence
3 years ago


I’m kidding XD. But seriously don’t worry, a week of you not at least having three book hauls does not mean the end of a world. You need a break too, in terms of hauling.

That Cafe looks amazing. If only I can see the view and experience it myself. Have a great week!

Paul Liadis
3 years ago

I replied to your picture of Facebook, but I’ll say it here. That cafe experience you had sounds lovely. Of course anytime anyone has a relaxing time, that sounds lovely to me. I don’t get many of those.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I love how even a week with no new books still gets a haul. πŸ™‚
That cafe looks lovely and what a treat for your boyfriend.

Barb (boxermommyreads) @ Booker T's Farm

What a wonderful haul. Sounds like you had a great week!!!

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

So crazy that both of us didn’t get any new books last week! LOL I did grab The Girl In The Blue Shoes after reading your review. Guess I’m back on the buying binge.

3 years ago

First time stopping by! Between Two Thorns looks interesting! I’ll have to look into it.

Your boyfriend reviews games? That sounds like fun! I used to own an Xbox in college, but when the husband and I got pregnant, we decided to ditch the electronics. It’s worked out well for us! I’m sure his excitement and anticipation is fun to watch. πŸ™‚

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