Book hauls, Sunday post

[Weekly wrap-up] Birthdaying, Vacationing, Sunning!!! Almost Not Reading Though. Sunday post #69

I’ve been so far out this week (I mean, with my mind!) I’ve been spending time in a kids camp where my boyfriend is teaching English and I’m just sort of hanging out. It’s by a lake, it’s nice and sunny and very different. I have been working for the entire first week, but next week I’ve decided to take more time off, so I hope I’ll be doing some more reading. Because I haven’t really been reading all that much this past week!

But I also can’t really blame myself. It’s just so different here. You’re always surrounded by like 40 people, most of them kids. There’s some sort of themed evening every night – a fashion show, a talent contest… And let me tell you, the kids are SO talented. They took half a day (only!) to literally put up a band with drums, base guitar, electric guitar, saxophone and vocals to performΒ House of the Rising Sun. Another kid performed the life out of an accordion, and he’s like… 8? 9? A girl sang a song a capella really well. Man… These kids are something alright.

But I know one thing. None of them has read 86 books so far this year πŸ˜€ (I’m just saying that to feel better about myself xD Although it’s also true.)

I also celebrated my birthday.Β (Thank you ALL for such amazing birthday wishes!)Β I don’t have pics to share, but some of the stuff will be going on my Instagram when I’ve had time to photograph it and set it up (read: sometime in September, hopefully xD) My mom gave me the most insane gift ever!!! She made me a PERSONALIZED exlibris, you know, the stamp that you stamp your owned books with. It’s got me on it (lugging a ton of books), musical notes, and most importantly – my kitty, peeking from out of the corner. IT IS SIMPLY PERFECT. I will share some pics eventually! Some of you might have seen it in my Instagram stories on Friday or Saturday. Sorry for no pictures this Sunday! Sharing my latest Instagram pic though:

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I postedΒ State of the ARC, and I’m sorry I’m so late to visit yours! I will be making the rounds today or tomorrow. Do remember to link up, if you’ve posted yours πŸ™‚ also, I must really really recommend the bookΒ Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows! It was an amazing and very meaningful read. Come see why the controversial title makes sense.

Β Β Β erotic stories for punjabi widows

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I will have a review forΒ Rogue Protocol, AKA Murderbot #3! Drop by to read it. And also a review of another title,Β The Million.

rogue protocolΒ Β 

~ Little Book Haul ~

I am happy to have hauled only one book so far this month (because like I mentioned, I haven’t been reading all that much) – and it’s one I’ve been wanting to get, ever since I read everyone’s glowing reviews!

The Oracle Year

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Jordanne @ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts shares a pretty great Edelweiss guide

Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku talks about why she’s breaking up with NetGalley

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 post about NetGalley… i can relate to that. I just reached that point last month where i decided this needs to stop and i won’t be requesting stuff for quite a while.

Hope you enjoy your week off πŸ™‚

3 years ago

Ha ha 86 books. Beat that kids! lol sounds like fun though. And happy birthday!!! Hope it was awesome.

And yay for Rogue Protocol!!!!

Andreea @Cheeky Lines
3 years ago

Those kids do sound like amazing little humans – especially the band, man, that must be hard work and to be done in one day! Anyway, enjoy your time even if you are working, at least it’s a change of scenery.

I think I forgot to link up State of the Arc but I will check asap.

3 years ago

It sounds like fun – those children sound lovely. I hope you manage to have a relaxing time with week and catch up with your reading – though 86 books so far this year is a good total.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Sounds like some talented kids at that camp! (But you’re right, I’m sure none of them are total reading ninjas. So there.) Happy (belated) birthday wishes! And what an amazing gift from your mom!

Hanna @ Booking in Heels

Oh my God, I’ve been eyeing up those stamps for literally years. Either that or an embossing version. I’ve even added it into my card a few times but still not bought it!

I just can’t decide! They look so, so lovely, but I’m struggling to get over my fear of ‘defacing’ books!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I’m glad you had a great birthday! Your new book looks tempting, and I’m impressed by your books read total so far.

Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

3 years ago

I know what you mean about some kids these days, I mentor some kids aged like 11 – 14 and I cannot get over how engaged they are and how aware of what’s going on in the world politically and in terms of serious social issues – they’re probably more in touch than me. They also ask better questions than most interviewers I’ve met! Glad you had such a lovely birthday – I have wanted my own exlibris for so long but for real, how many hints does a girl need to drop on her boyfriend? I mean c’mon. Thanks… Read more Β»

3 years ago

Happy Birthday, girl!

3 years ago

I think summer camps are pretty fun, and the one you are at sounds rather nice. I love sunning by the lake. Can’t wait to see pics of your birthday haul, and congratulations on 86 books!

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

That camp sounds like fun! It’s always nice to get away from your normal life sometimes I loved The Oracle Year and I hope you do too! Happy belated birthday (if I forgot to wish you happy birthday last week)

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Your other sure knows you! I’d love to see the exlibris. Enjoy your vacation. I’d love one right about now. LOL

My Sunday Post

3 years ago

Sounds like you’re having one hella amazing time at the camp!!! β™‘β™‘β™‘ I kinda wanna attend this Kids camp too :p AND OMG Happy Belated Birthday Avalinah!!! ❀❀❀ 86 books!!!!! Damn girl!


It seems like you had a fun week. Once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Haha, that’s true: no kid has read 86 books. =P

Happy readings! πŸ˜‰
TΓ’nia @MyLovelySecret

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Happy Birthday!! I loved going to camp for two weeks every summer. So many wonderful memories. What a fun job your boyfriend has.

3 years ago

Sounds like fun at camp. I don’t know – at 8 or 9 I was reading that many books and I went to camp and played piano and saxophone.

Anyway, Happy Birthday! It’s a wonderful and personal gift.

I love Murderbot and I’m holding out for the audio. Have a great week with more reading!

Anne – Books of My Heart

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

86 books, wow you are my champion! GO YOU! Happy Birthday or belated as it may be. May you have a wonderful day and week.

Mary Sunday Roundup #30!

JJ @ This Dark Material

The summer camp sounds so fun! I hope you get a little “me time” to read though πŸ™‚ And I’m one of the ones who saw that amazing stamp on your Instagram stories!! That’s such a cool, personal present. If I was in your shoes I’d be itching to rush home and stamp it on every single book in sight I’m also loving the way your new Instagram theme is coming along, so pretty β™₯

Avery Delany
3 years ago

Looking forward to taking part in State of the ARC this month! Have been deliberating it for the past month but got a little intimidated by all of the spreadsheets :’)

3 years ago

im glad you had a fab birthday πŸ™‚ <3

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Happy birthday! Have fun with the kids at the lake. I think that many kids would stress me out. Enjoy your exlibris. Have a great week!

3 years ago

“My mom gave me the most insane gift ever!!! She made me a PERSONALIZED exlibris”

That’s awesome. Happy birthday!

I worked at a summer camp (day camp, not sleepover) when I was in college. I had so much fun with the kids.

Barb (boxermomyreads)
3 years ago

I think I have a copy of the Oracle Year. It’s one of those I may have bought for my Kindle when it was on sale. Of course I could be dreaming. Those kids sound uber-talented. But of course, you are too. What an awesome gift from your Mom!

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

A belated Very Happy Birthday to you!!
I hope your head wasok? Concussion is not a nice birthday present πŸ™

CG @ Paper Fury
3 years ago

Ahh I’m so glad you had a lovely birthday! ALL the best wishes!! (And cake!?) And omg there’s nothing like being surrounded by a ton of talented tiny kids to make one feel unaccomplished. Juuuust kidding. They sound pretty amazing haha. Also congrats on having read 86 books!! With all the blogging and work and going places you do, that’s seriously amazing.

3 years ago

Those kids at the camp sound awesome! Super talented for sure. The gift your mom made sounds amazing!!


Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

It sounds like you had a great birthday, Evelina. Having kids sing for you is awesome πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a wonderful week, and that you’ll have some more time to read.

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

Happy belated birthday! πŸ™‚

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Happy belated birthday Evelina! I am glad that we both are 30 now, see I needed company πŸ˜›
Wow, 86 books already? you are on fire girl. Keep it up. And I loved your review of Erotic Stories. That is such a powerful and wonderful book.
Haha, yes the kids these days are really talented. I usually think I wasn’t even able to go alone somewhere when I was that old πŸ˜›

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

Awww, Happy Birthday! I completely forgot about it but then again, I was very off social media.

86 books is a talent that some kids can’t beat! πŸ˜‰

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Happy Happy Birthday! What a wonderful gift from your mother.