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[Weekly wrapup] Sunday post #52 I Am Posting Late With Impunity Cause I Was Reading In Bed

So I am posting late today and I don’t even mind. Because my awesome boyfriend woke us up early just to bring me scones (that he made!) with cream, jam and tea and my kindle. Yes, in bed. Yes, envy me! Ha. No, but seriously – best Sunday morning ever. I can only profess my undying love to my Ebilshrimp right now. Having read a good quarter of The Sunday Lunch Club, I can finally get up and start my day.

Unfortunately, I don’t even know what I did this week, so I won’t be sharing much with you. However, I’ve got to thank Lili @ USOM for being an unbelievably good #BloggerBestie and finally making me write some emails to publishers. It has brought some amazing results, although I don’t want to talk about them in detail yet, because some things are still not in the clear (the definite downside to weekends is that your replies from publishers have to wait till at least Monday.) Lili, thank you so much for finally pushing me to step over my fear of rejection! Everyone, please check out Lili’s blog, she’s got amazing tastes and she has actually had her second blogoversary just last week! And actually, she is having a giveaway to celebrate it, so you definitely want to visit:

~ We Need To Talk About Some Books I’m Reading ~

I finished a really cool book yesterday, and that book was also written by someone I know, so I wanted to give a shoutout! If you love YA and fairytale retellings, you should definitely give Happily by Chauncey Rogers a go! I loved it. A review is coming up the week after next, roughly when the book is released, but I wanted to let you know in advance! This book is definitely worth your time, go and mark it as to-read on your Goodreads right now. Short note of what to expect: a grumpy cat main character (not literally a cat, of course!), some amazing book boyfriend material, a great spin on a classic fairytale, some witty banter, some good life lessons and a big bowl of #coverlove!


Coming Up Next Week ~

Next week’s platter has been changed up like three times in the previous week. Mostly because me and Trang @ Bookidote were struggling with finishing our buddy read – not because it wasn’t good, but because of migraines and #life hitting us in the reading ability, but I think we are making it! So tomorrow, you should be able to see a post for Arm of the Sphinx, which was pretty gosh darn epic – if you haven’t read the series yet then you should really think about what you’re doing with your life!! Then on Wednesday, we will be doing another State of the ARC, and I hope you’re ready to join this time! And we’re taking Friday away with Bookstagram basics from my lovely guest posted Sophie @ Beware of the ReaderDon’t you just love it how many people are participating on my blog? I am so happy that I get to tag a third blogger today in my Sunday post.

arm of the sphinx  
intro to bookstagram

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week we had two review posts – one for Have Dog, Will Travel – a truly touching and wonderful book about guide dogs for the blind, which I urge you to read with all my heart, and another review for The Zanna Function – for all you people who love reading about magical schools and/or scifi, because it’s basically Harry Potter, but for girls and with science (I know, I’m tired of repeating that too, but it’s true!) I really can’t recommend that book enough, so you should totally put it on your TBR. And, on the #NewBloggers front, we had Jen and Ivy’s post about how to make the most of your Goodreads. Go check it out!

have dog, will travel  zanna function
goodreads tutorial

~ Little Book Haul ~

Would you believe I hauled JUST ONE book again? For the third time in a row? Neither can I. But I did! And it was one of those amazing developments that I have to thank Lili for. I hauled my super anticipated sequel to Murderbot!!! I am beyond excited, and for now, I’m not even starting it. I want to bask in the glory of hauling it for a little longer. Anticipation!!!

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Charvi @ It’s Not Just Fiction talks about the pros and cons of reading books in public, and it’s sooooo accurate

Buzzfeed shares a really funny article about short reviews, and I normally wouldn’t share Buzzfeed articles, but our friend Inge is on it! (Plus, the post is just super hilarious. You won’t regret.)

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

Omg I’m totally jealous of your boyfriend! And I hope you get back good replies from the authors you e-mailed, they’re idiots if they don’t want their books reviewed on your awesome blog
Kudos for the one-book haul, I could never do that! And thank you so much for the mention ❤

3 years ago

Ah, breakfast+reading in bed is the best! <3
When i'm by myself i often take my brekkie in bed anyway, just for the fun of it 😀

3 years ago

Hmm not a bad start of the day Okay yes, I am jealous!
Good luck with the publishers. I hope you get the positive replies I have actually never wrote mail to any publisher for book reviews. But yes I want too. May be once you get acquainted with this thing, you can help me
And congrats on hauling just one book. I simply CAN’T

3 years ago

Oh wow I am glad that you are out of that fear I am still not over it. I can only mail to Bloomsbury India and too when they send me their monthly catalog I am still not daring enough to ask them directly

3 years ago

Haha yes I can see that You are doing too good actually

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

How awesome of your boyfriend that was sweet of him. I hope everything works out with the publishers! I have emailed a few authors and have never been disappointed and I have had a few email me to thank me for reviewing their books (famous ones). But, I have never tried to talk to a publisher, never felt a need to. I don’t write and I win a lot of free books. I am curious to know how it went for you, so I can’t wait to see your post on that. Have a great week!

Mary my #SundayRoundup

3 years ago

Homebaked scones in bed. Life is good! I have not been brave enough to email a publicist or publisher. I just like the more anonymous rejections I get on NG and EW. So, good for you! If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

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

That does sound like the best morning!! You are very lucky!! Have a lovely week!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I’ve only contacted publishers two times in ten years. Both times they said yes. Why am I so afraid?!

3 years ago

Aww Evelina your boyfriend is the best, you have me craving all the scones now! I hope you enjoy your book and have a great week 🙂

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Congrats on getting Artificial Condition! I really need to start that series. Also I’m so behind, I haven’t started Arm of the Sphinx yet. I’m looking forward to your buddy review

3 years ago

Lovely way to start your Sunday 🙂 Sounds like you have a busy week ahead. I still have many ARCs to read, but I’m getting better at limiting the amount I accept. One of these days I will join your State of the ARC meme.

Have a great week!

3 years ago

Tea and scones and a good book sound perfect! Good luck with the publisher emails, I know what you mean about having to wait until the work week to hear back.

Paula Bardell-Hedley
3 years ago

Ooh, how lovely. Scones with jam and cream. My favourite Yum!

3 years ago

That’s so sweet of him – now that I think about it I never had scones! I should try to bake some! I love when my partner surprises me with breakfast in bed – especially because he does his best to plate it.

Nooo, I cannot resist fairytale retellings! (I did not just preorder it on Amazon, no, no, I didn’t!)

Congrats on hauling just one book! I am so joining State of the ARC next week!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

Oh, yes, definitely envious of scones, tea and your Kindle…in bed! Luxuriating in your bookish life. Enjoy!

I can’t remember the last time I set up my tray (I know that I did it myself!) to enjoy some time eating and reading in bed. I may have to do that soon!

Enjoy your books and your week, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

Yup. Totally jealous over here. My dog woke me up for his breakfast this morning. LoL No sleeping in for me.
I hope you enjoy your new book. <3

3 years ago

Aww such a great boyfriend. I’m looking forward to the bookstagram post cause I’m thinking of starting one soon. Can’t wait to hear about the results of the letters you sent to publishers. I’ve actually sent three emails to publishers, one to a publisher on Netgalley and I got auto approved by them but I havent heard back from the others. I thought it was normal until I saw your tweet about how unsure you were about it and other bloggers agreed. then I was worried I did it too early. Great post as always.

Jenea’s Book Obsession
Jenea’s Book Obsession
3 years ago

That certainly sounds like a great way to start the day!!! I hope you hear good things from the publishers soon. Enjoy the new books and your Sunday. 🙂

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

For a post starting with you saying you’d not done much, this feels really busy! I’m going now to read the Goodreads post that I missed.
Yay for scones in bed 🙂

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

Breakfast and reading in bed is PERFECT! I’m glad you loved Chauncey’s book. His books sounds really unique. At some point I need to read his horror/rooster book.

3 years ago

One again, look at you being responsible!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Awww, what a wonderful boyfriend! How sweet of him!

Emailing publishers for review copies, or for something else you’re planning? I’ve been getting braver and emailing some pubs for ARCs lately (partly out of necessity because I need to stop reading so many ebooks, and I’m too broke to buy a bunch of print books lol), and it’s paid off a few times. It’s so exciting! Good luck with your emails 🙂

I’m off to check out the Buzzfeed article! Have a great week!

Anna @Adventures with a Book Nerd

You better keep him close to you!! lol I can think of quite a few people that would like to have a boyfriend like that. Have a good week! 🙂

3 years ago

That’s so sweet! Emailing publishers can be nerve wracking. I emailed one and didn’t hear back but heard from the others. I’m still waiting for a copy of book one the Muderbot books. Hope you have a great week!

3 years ago

I did and then saw the free copy and got that one. So, I’ll return the library copy. Thanks

Brian Joseph
3 years ago

Homemade scones sound awesome! They are a great way to start a Sunday.

The Books of Babel Series sounds so good. I am trying to read more contemporary science fiction and fantasy this year so I might give this a try.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Homemade scones in bed? *swoon* Keep this man! LOL
Hope you get some positive feedback from the publishers! I always find that nerve-wracking.
Happy reading this week!

Rachel @The Readers Den

What an awesome boyfriend! I love late, lazy Sundays! It should be a day for lounging around, and reading. Happy reading, Evelina! 🙂

3 years ago

My goodness, your blog is so entertaining and awesome. I clearly haven’t been stepping up my game at all. Also: it is clear that I need to go back and read your posts on blogging as a whole. You are, indeed, #goals. *Bows before you*

I am very curious as to how your experience with publishers went so far. I tried it once and basically deleted my entire existence afterward. That is how embarrassed I was. You are way braver than I am, is what I am trying to say.

Loving your work, lady! Keep at it!

Barb (boxermommyreads)

What an awesome thing for your boyfriend to do. I hope you enjoy all your books and have an awesome week.

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Such a wonderful way to start the day and he sure knows you:) I don’t approach publishers much. I have a few I deal with and that’s enough for me. Every time I get tempted to approach more I remind myself how many books I have to read. LOL

JJ @ This Dark Material

Ahhh best of luck with your e-mails to publishers!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that everything works out splendidly 🙂 And what a great way to wake up in the morning! You’ve got a keeper of a boyfriend, but of course you don’t need me to tell you that. I loved the cover for Happily when you posted it in a past haul, so I’m glad to hear that the story behind it is good too. I still need to read Senlin Ascends! It sounds so good and now there’s a sequel available too, so I really need to get… Read more »

3 years ago

Ooh new Murderbot! Can’t wait to hear about that one. Love that series. The Zanna Function sounds pretty good too, from that description. That one’s new to me…

Nice way to start a Sunday. 🙂 Relaxing Sundays are the best.

Have an awesome week.

Bee (Quite The Novel Idea / Novel Ink)

HAH! I have nothing to envy you for because my boyfriend cooked for me this weekend and will cook for me today too! Isn’t it great to have such thoughtful boyfriends? OMG I love him so much, he’s the absolute best.

Jamie @ Fantasy Book Chick
Jamie @ Fantasy Book Chick
3 years ago

You started your week of great! Hope things work out with publishers. Enjoy your book and have a great week!

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

Your boyfriend sounds like a real gem, we all need someone to do that for us on a Sunday. I’m glad you’ve been brave and contacted a few publishers. I admit, I should do more of it but then I am so behind on the books I already own why invite more books to the party? I do work on the philosophy of ‘don’t ask, don’t get’ it sucks when you’re told no but you’re told no by people you’ve never met and that’s ok. More often than not you get a yes and that’s way better. Hope you have… Read more »

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

yay your sequel is here! I hope you love it as much as book 1. You are so enthusiastic about the books you love I think you convinced me to read that series too! 🙂

Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

That sounds like a lovely breakfast in bed. Here’s to many many more! 🙂

Hope you have a great week! and good luck on the feedback from the publishers you contacted.

3 years ago

When are you going to marry the boyfriend? He sound like a keeper 🙂 Hopefully everything works out wonderfully with the publishers that you contacted this week. Thanks for the Buzzfeed link, I had a good laugh with The Catcher and the Rye comment. I had to agree with Inge, I didn’t thing The Great Gatsby was all that great. Have a wonderful week Evelina 🙂

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Good luck with you emails to the publishers. I really hope your are luckier than me because I never got a reply. *fingers crossed for you Evelina* 🙂

Happily seems a book I’d love (I love retellings). Adding it to my wishlist.

Happy readings! 😉

Rachael @ This Westgate

Oh my gosh what a sweet boyfriend! Can I have one? 😛

Can I just say how freaking much I love that you do so many shout outs in your posts!?! You create such an awesome community vibe, and it makes my heart so happy 🙂

Also, good for you for overcoming your fear and reaching out to all of those publishers! That’s something I’m still too new to do, but am so excited to grow enough to try one day.

Rachael @ This Westgate

Canada – but yes, shouldn’t be too much of a struggle once I work up the courage to go for it!

Aimee (Aimee, Always)
3 years ago

Aaah seriously?! Scones IN BED? You are one lucky lady, Evelina! XD I’m really excited for this week’s guest post, too, because HELLO bookstagram is nuts–it’s a super hard social media to make your way into, at least for me.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

If my husband made scones for me and brought them to me in bed, I would immediately know that I was dreaming. It just wouldn’t happen. Good for you for reaching out to the publishers. I haven’t really done that and I have been at this a while. Have a great week!

Nikki @ The Bibliophibian

Scones! Definite envy, wow! Hope you enjoy the new book too… 🙂 I waaaant the next Murderbot!

Di @ Book Reviews By Di

Forgive me, I’m ridiculously sick, still a month behind on comments and I’ve just got home from a couple of weeks of travels! I’m only hopping to more personal posts for now and then when I’m back on top of things I’ll check out more recent reviews! Sorry! Your Sunday morning sounds divine and yes, I do envy you! My hubby woke me up with painkillers, so probably that’s just as good when I feel like death. Ha ha. I need to check out that Buzzfeed article 🙂 Hope you’re having a good week and hopefully I’ll be able to… Read more »

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

What an amazing Sunday morning ahah, that’s the dream 🙂 Best of luck for your emails with publishers, I have no doubt that they will pay off! 😉
Wishing you a wonderful week!! <3