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[Weekly wrapup] I Have A New Outlet For Bookish Thoughts? Sunday post #73

This week has been an interesting one. Despite a lot of work related ‘fires’ that needed putting out, it wasn’t a bad week. (Regarding those fires, I even had a dream that I was putting out a fire in the house of my boss. LOL.) I have something exciting to share with you though! Do you remember how I recently made that Instagram theme and was so happy about it? Well, I’m still happy about it, but I also found that it’s so limiting! I can’t post random tidbits, reading updates and hauls anymore, without making a photoshoot and putting hours of work into it. That killed the whole spontaneity for me, so I’ve decided I want the best of both worlds – I want to keep the theme, but also have an outlet for my random bookish thoughts. So I made a second Bookstagram! The second account is called @avalinahsbookbites and I will be updating it quite often – at least several times a day. Think of it as my personal account, but still for reading! (I know right. You can take the girl out of the book, but you can’t take the… well, nevermind.)

What you can expect from my second Bookstagram account:

  • me shamelessly posting less than ideal book photos on it several times a day
  • showing you all my hauls when I’m still excited that I’ve received them
  • all the quotes I loved while reading, posted in real time
  • LOTS of discussion and fun
  • no themes! No rules! No formality!

So please, come follow ❤️

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Anyway, I am also keeping my themed feed, of course. Here’s my most recent post:


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~ We Need To Talk About Some Books ~

First of all, I’ve got to share with you a really good Humble Bundle for Banned Books. It will still be available till the first days of October, and for only a few bucks you can get a lot of cool books, including The ColorPurple by Alice Walker, Kramer Vs Kramer by Avery Corman and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Oh, and also the first volume of Saga! Of course, those are just the ones I know, there are way more in the bundle. If you decide to buy, please do use our affiliate link – support international bloggers! I’m still deciding if I should get mine, but I am pretty tempted, because I want to read The Color Purple, and Saga is incredibly tempting as well.

The Color Purple  Kramer vs. Kramer: A Novel Sophie's Choice  My Sister's Keeper  Saga, Vol. 1

The two books I’ve been excited about this week are Exit Strategy and Finding Baba Yaga. Those are both from who are awesome and actually send international reviewers books. Exit Strategy is the conclusion to one of my favorite series ever, The Murderbot Diaries, and it couldn’t have been a more wonderful ending. Touching, beautiful, and funny as always. I will be blogging about the entire series shortly. And Finding Baba Yaga was a quick afternoon read, my first novel in verse – which I strangely really enjoy! I suspect I will be talking about it more at some point, but I’m still not sure in what format. For now you can find some updates on it on the second bookstagram!

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells  Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse by Jane Yolen

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week on the blog I had two things I’m very passionate about – a book review for Going Widdershins, a women’s book I’ve been raving about for weeks! And the #NewBloggersWelcome Edition 5, in which I introduce a lot of newbies to our community. Come read both!

going widdershins  #NewBloggersWelcome

~ Coming Up Next Week~

It’s finally autumn post time! While most of you are probably neck-deep into #Blogoween, it seems I am only starting the season by talking about what books help me beat the autumn blues. It’s a list post, or sort of a discussion post, about the autumn feels and loads of lovely middle grade books that I can recommend from the bottom of my heart. And then, we also have State of the ARC on Friday, so please come and link up! Common questions include when you can post – well, you can post anytime in the upcoming weeks and come and link up, as long as your post includes the info that you’re linked up to the meme and talks about your review copies. So come join!

autumn blues  

~ Little Book Haul ~

Didn’t haul a lot of books this week, but more than I’ve been hauling these days. Foam on the Crest of Waves is a new novel by Silke Stein, whose book Sleep, Merel, Sleep I loved with all my heart. Even though it’s a very different book and topic, talent is talent! Meanwhile, you’re probably aware that All the Birds in the Sky is a Tor Book Club freebie this month (how could I not?) And I also couldn’t keep myself from getting Interplanetary Robots, a nonfiction book about all the machines that ever went out to space. I’m such a nerd and sucker for anything true-space!

Foam On The Crest Of Waves All the Birds in the Sky

~ In The Bookish Community ~

I have LOADS of posts to share this week! I am so glad I went blog hopping last weekend ❤️

Anna @ Dolewhip and Books professes her love for reading by giving us 5 reasons to keep reading

Marija @ Inside My Library Mind reiterates on the painful, but always relevant issue of being an international book blogger

Dora @ SwiftCoffee has a wonderful idea: listing books that are coming out on a certain week and sharing your reviews for them!

Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany talks about how blogging has made her more introverted – in a good way!

Olivia @ Purely Olivia talks about how to balance blogging and.. you know, actually LIVING too

Kelly @ Divabooknerd reviews the living daylights out of Grace and Fury and makes me want to read it soooo much

Trang @ Bookidote shares a list of books that could appeal to non-readers

Caro @ The Book Cheshire Cat shares a great list of underrated diverse books

Cee @ Dora Reads talks about 7 radical ways to defeat writer’s block

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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Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

I’m glad the fires at work were (mostly) metaphorical, Evelina – even if you dreamt you had to put out a real fire at your boss’s house.
You’ve been very busy blog-hopping lately, which is something I miss. I’ve just been so very busy these past weeks, and I will continue to be so for a while still.
I hope you’ll have a wonderful week ahead, and that you’ll read some amazing books.

3 years ago

Oh, I love Baba Yaga fairy tales so that novel sounds really interesting!

3 years ago

I had never heard of Baba Yaga and then there were like three retellings in a row. I had read Vassa in the Night, which was odd, but entertaining, and it inspired me to read the original tale, which is also odd, but entertaining.

Cee Arr
3 years ago

Thannnnkkk yoooooouuuuuu!!!!!!!!! (Also, I love how literally your dreams take metaphors.)

Cee Arr
3 years ago

Lol! XD

3 years ago

I loved this wrap up! Wrap ups are kind of my favorite thing to read. Thank you so much for including my post, I really appreciate it and I am glad you liked it!

3 years ago

I’m also wildly excited about Exit Strategy. I’ve been doing audio. I’ve read many of those books in the Humble Bundle oldies but goodies. Anne – Books of My Heart

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I just followed your new Insta account. I’ve found that I’m no good at sticking to a theme. And I can’t spend hours on book photos, so I just do my thing. Instagram for me is a bonus, not a main event. I’m envious of all of you who take amazing pictures, though!!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Haha, I can totally get your excitement about your new account and sharing all the updates 😀 I generally post in the stories and then highlight the important ones so that they can stay forever 🙂
I have never heard about Baba Yaga. I hope you enjoy your new books. Have a lovely week.

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

Oh, I love the idea of your second Bookstagram account. I don’t even have one! Or an Instagram. I guess I decided at some point that I was already immersed in social media through FB and Twitter.

Your Humble Bundle includes some books I read a long time ago and would love to read again: The Color Purple and Kramer vs. Kramer. (I also have that movie).

Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Grace Louise
3 years ago

Aw this all sounds so lovely Hun! Gorgeous post I had so much reading this 🙂

Grace Louise ||

Grace Louise
3 years ago

Aw this is such a nice post Hun, I loved reading it! x

3 years ago

Following you already Evelina!!! And I can’t wait to read your “books to the rescue” LOL Thanks for the links headed there now!

Barb (boxermomyreads)
3 years ago

I’ll have to look you up on instagram. I just recently stated posting there. I love your photos here though. I really want to read the Baba Yaga book and can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Ashley @ Oh Hey! Books.

I am excited to read Crooked Kingdom for sure. Nice weekly recap.

Check out what I got this week – Ashley @ Oh Hey! Books.

Literary Feline
3 years ago

Your new Bookstagram account sounds like fun! I have never been able to get into Instagram. I have an account, but it sits there unused most of the time. Oh! Do read The Color Purple if you get the chance. It’s so good. I hope you have a great week, Evelina!

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

I have neglected my Instagram so I know I’d neglect any new outlets I find interesting. You are very busy having fun:) I grabbed All The Birds In The Sky too and plan to start on Martha Well’s series soon. Strange dream you had. Do you dream in color?

3 years ago

I hope this work week is much more relaxed for you! And I’m off to follow your new Instagram account. 🙂 I really want to read The Murderbot Diaries.


3 years ago

I love the idea of a more relaxed Instagram experience. I’m kinda that way in that I’m not a detailed photo shoot/ prep kind of guy, I just don’t have time, but then I don’t post a lot either. Your way sounds great and you sorta have the best of both worlds now, maybe? And I see exit Strategy there so now I’m jealous haha!

Finding Baba Yaga sounds awesome!

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

Oooh! A second Instagram account!! Inner me is screaming with joy!! Also, READ SAGA!!! It’s so AWESOME!!!

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

Ugh, I sympathise with the work fires. They’re everywhere at work to the point I sat with a cup of tea last week seriously contemplating what would happen if I let it all burn down… Then I decided I need to eat and will have a mortgage to pay within weeks so picked up the water bucket and got back to fighting. :/

Good luck with the new instagram!

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herding cats
3 years ago

Ha! Yeah that’s why I’ve never gotten a theme set for my instagram. I like including all the other things in life on mine 😉 Happy bookstagramming on the second account!

3 years ago

Thank you so much for the shout out Evelina, that’s so lovely of you! I seen your tweet the other day for the bundle from Banned Books and unfortunately the bundle wasn’t available here, in Auatralia. I was disappointed to say the least, there’s a few great classics in there too. I love your original bookstagram, so cosy and I really like the times. Looking forward to catching up on the new account, what a great idea to keep one almost as a reading type, photographical dairy. I love that idea! ♥

ERK @Musings of a Confuzzled Reader
ERK @Musings of a Confuzzled Reader
3 years ago

Glad that you put out those fires! Here’s to you dousing all fires in your life ❤️

I love the concept of your second bookstagram account. Managing a bookstagram account is quite tough and I may have kinda abondoned it altogether for a few days Taking photos is literally easier said than done. Followed your second account right away! I would love if I didn’t have the sword of perfect photos lying above my head.

Also, thanks for letting me know about! I may request some titles from them

Have a great week

3 years ago

I’m tempted to get a #bookstagram as well…but I tried Litsy, which is wonderful, but I just can’t keep up with watching other people’s accounts. I just post my own stuff and ignore other people. That feels like cheating, so I gave up on it. lol. I do a much better job of following LibraryThing threads than I do with my blog or Litsy. Though I’m trying to work hard on catching up (and then keeping up) on my blog comments. Good luck on #bookstagram.

I’ve heard great things about All the Birds in the Sky. Hopefully you enjoy it.

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

Oh your Instagram pictures are glorious! Such fantastic bookishness! I’m struggling with autumn books. I want to read them but it’s 90 degrees here so it’s hard to feel too fall! The Baba Yaga fairy tales look intriguing. I know a little bit about them but not as much as I’d like. Have a great week!

3 years ago

That is wonderful that you found a way to use Instagram for your random bookish thoughts. I just followed your new account. All the Birds in the Sky has been on my shelf for over a year, I really need to read it. I hope you enjoy it and all the other books you added this week. Have a lovely week ahead.

Kat @ Novels & Waffles

Congrats on starting a new bookstagram! I agree that keeping to a theme on instagram and all that sometimes get so…bleh. I like that you are starting a new account that is just pure fun and less about the pressure of making everything look “just so.”

Ara @ Open Pages
3 years ago

Ahh! Such fun to have created a second instagram. I’m going to follow from my personal account! I do that on Twitter – live tweets and photos etc, because I’m already managing three instagram accounts.

3 years ago

Just followed the second insta !
Damn girl, I’m not even sure if I wanna get one and you here having two.. ahah you rock ! Please bookstagram for me atleast you like it, which is good !

Oh, what’s ? I’ve never heard about it .. is it like Eldewiss and NetGalley kind of thing ?
Oh wow , lots of links ! I’m gonna hop and check a few

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

Thank you so much for mentioning my post! 🙂 ♥ I’m super impressed that you are now keeping two bookstagram accounts, I couldn’t even maintain one 😀

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

this is such a great idea! Well you know already I followed you 🙂

3 years ago

Wow another place to stalk you at. And those are some amazing links that you have shared.

Katisha @ Reel Literature

I LOVE that banned books bundle, especially since 3 out of the 5 books are also movies, and right up my reel lit alley! I didn’t even know Kramer vs Kramer was a book! :-0 I can barely keep up with my one Instagram account. I can’t imagine keeping up with two! I applaud you, and I’m following you, both of you. Maybe your bookstagrams will inspire me to get back into my Instagram. It’s been MONTHS since I posted anything. I’m just not that creative. LOL I’m currently reading China Rich Girlfriend because I really enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians,… Read more »