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What’s New With You, With Me And With My Reading: Week 45, 2018 Sunday post #80

This week has been an eventful one because I had two sets of free tickets for concerts I was advertising, which is, I admit, an incredible perk of working in advertising. So two evenings were completely planned out. I also got to play VR again! (Which is why my leg muscles have their own opinion about life this morning.) But despite all those evenings out, I still made some time for reading, thankfully. And l’ve been very lucky with my reading lately, especially with those review copies. So let’s see what I’m reading! I will also be sharing A LOT of your blog links this week because I found so many awesome posts!

~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

This is the crowning glory of my week – this book was so unbelievably good, touching and full of all that I needed ❤️ It’s a middle grade, but it reads well if you’re an adult too, and to be honest, the main character often acts and thinks in a very adult-like way, although it’s in no way unrealistic – on the contrary, it helps show how hard circumstances can make a child into a small adult. This book grabs at your heart in the all the right places, warms it up and makes you laugh in all the right places too. It’s definitely going to make my “books of the year” list (…that’s not a completely planned out project yet!) all I can do is keep recommending it to you again and again!! You get the picture. Anyway, I’ll be reviewing it next week, so come back to get the whole picture of why I’m in love with it! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy – it’s much appreciated, but it doesn’t change my opinion.

[ Goodreads ]

I truly loved this one! It’s a short novelette – a retelling of Bluebeard, but it weaves an amazing fairytale world. It’s about three sisters, who are all powerful in their own ways – one as a sort of enchantress, another as a warrior, and the last one – because of her beauty. Unfortunately, this beauty gets her married off to a mean demi-god who plans god knows what. And this is where the sisters have to come in to rescue her.

I really loved both the writing style and the setting in The Bride of the Blue Wind. The writing is very poetic and somewhat fairytale-like. Normally that’s not something I enjoy too much, but this time I really loved it. The world it’s set it seems to be based on the Middle East (apologies if I fail to point to the right culture! The ignorance is all mine, so please feel free to point it out and I’ll fix the post.) Anyway, there are all these magical cultural details – passing the world of the dead, talking to the Sphinx, the winds and the jinni – it all seemed so rich and I couldn’t believe so many things could fit in such a short story. I know there is a part 2, which is regrettably short too! But I’ll have to get round to reading it too. Meanwhile, I got this one as a free book during some kind of promotion, so thanks to the author and publisher for that. Loved it!

[ Goodreads ]

This book has a really weird name, huh? Okay, not weird, maybe, but just very… cheap bestseller style? You know what I mean. But the book itself is totally not like that! It’s actually mostly psychology through the lens of Zen, or how you can basically learn to love yourself more, or more accurately – learn to hate yourself less. It’s all very simple, explained with examples, non New Agey and very down to Earth. Definitely recommended, if you have had problems with negative self-talk in the past. You could say it’s a self-help book without all the baloney. Huge thanks to Jane for the book rec and the loaned Kindle copy! Much love to you, Jane, my Twitter soulmate ❤️ also, does anyone know – do I get to keep my highlights from a loaned Kindle book, or will I have to copy them somewhere before the book disappears?

[ Goodreads ]

This is a sad and poignant story that’s a very loose retelling of the Little Mermaid. I found the story deep, touching and sad. The writing is great (as with anything by Silke Stein, really), although I couldn’t connect to the story too much. In this case though, I believe it’s purely me, because the book has been getting some great reviews! We follow a family tragedy that’s unresolved, and the only one who can uncover it is a mute teenager with PTSD from the accident – the accident includes many family members, lost love, regret and guilt. The teen struggles to keep herself together and the only way she succeeds is by believing she is like the little mermaid. Eventually, life brings about the resolution to this situation and lets her move on, but even then we are left with a very poignant ending, as befitting the little mermaid, if you follow the original story. Despite that, there are happy endings for everyone else in the story, so it’s not all sad. It’s a complex tale with so many variables. The story has triggers though, please read my goodreads review to see what they are.

[ Goodreads ]

I’ve been into shorter reads lately, it seems – and I just started this yesterday! And it’s so awesome (I’m a dedicated fan of Neil Gaiman, so it would be hard to dislike a book of his…) Anyway, I was sold the minute Thor, Loki and Odin appeared in, uh, non-typical circumstances. I don’t want to spoil anything because its fairly short, but just know that the personalities of the gods are really awesome (Loki <3), and also the main character (named Odd) is great and reminds me a great deal of Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon – and not just because of his injured leg! He’s such an empowering character – disabled, but incredibly able – able to take care of himself and be on his own, and even cunning enough to save three gods in a pickle. I’ve already read half and chuckled all along the way. Can’t believe this has been lying around in my Kindle for so long, unread!

[ Goodreads ]

~ What You’ve Been Talking About ~

I said I would be sharing a lot of great posts this week! Here is some stuff I think you should read:

Briana @ Pages Unbound shares poll results of book blogger success criteria vs reality and you should read that because most of us always think the grass is greener on the other side!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny @ Jenny In Neverland talks about how you can make your blog into a business

On the same note, Shantala @ Shanaya Tales talks about doing paid book reviews

For all of my Aussie blogger buddies – Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx Books shares a mega contact list for Aussie readers and bloggers!

Tanya @ Girl XOXO shares a list of 2019 reading challenges, if you want to plan out your reading year already

Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile shares a list of cozy (and/or funny!) books to read this fall or winter

Following the same theme, here’s a list by Krisha @ Bookathon of books that make her happy, compiled especially for Diwali!

Sheila @ She’s Going Book Crazy is BACK!!!!!!!!!! Go say hi!!

Speaking of which, we should also welcome back Amy @ The Little Booknerds

Sharade @ The Fantasy Inn writes about the Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers Series and Hope as a Subgenre

Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku talks about embracing your TBR, for once!!

Not a bookish post, but an important post – Trisha @ Trisha Jenn Reads points out how our usage of social media might be hurting others – in particular, complaining about your kids online. Read it all here

Destiny @ Howling Libraries is announcing a readathon in December for reading your shortest books – Shortathon!

Doree Weller shares 5 great books for writers and how they can help you

Fiction No Chaser published a flow chart to make it easier to pick your reads if you’re a moody reader

Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks talks about the bookish things she (and a lot of us!) should stop doing already (because they make us miserable)

Gayathri @ Elgee Writes shares 8 book covers that are completely ridiculous and this post will crack you up

Gayathri @ Elgee Writes also shares plot holes to watch out for when you’re writing your book

Scifi @ Scary publishes 3 Design Lessons from Horrifying Book Covers by Dave Chesson

Also, I HAVE TO share this amazing Instagram post by Charvi @ Not Just Fiction, look at how sincere and beautiful this is!!!


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~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

Another slow week on the blog, but I’m happy with it. I’ve posted a review of Creatures of Want and Ruin, a sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper, which I really loved! The sequel is definitely worth a read, go and see why:

creatures of want and ruin

And some #bookstagram pics you might have missed:


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~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week~

Next week is exciting, because I’m posting a review for the wonderful and amazing The Eleventh Trade that I have already talked about in this post:

the eleventh trade

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

Can you believe it!! Nothing hauled!!

A GIF of Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, making a surprised face

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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2 years ago

Ooh VR sounds like fun. 🙂 And thanks for sharing the links- I found a few I need to go read.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Odd and the Frost Giants looks great!

2 years ago

It looks like a great week. I have the Creatures of Want and Ruin waiting to be read. I will have to check out your review. Happy reading 🙂

Tracy @ Cornerfolds
2 years ago

Free concerts sounds like an awesome perk! Foam on the Crest Waves sounds really good, I may have to check that one out. Beautiful bookstagram pics!

2 years ago

Would you believe I have never read a Gaiman’s? Well, I have not and maybe I should seeing how high your praises for him are. You shared some awesome links, I almost clicked every one of them.

Trish @ Between My Lines

Yay for free concert tickets, that’s a lovely job perk. Hope you enjoyed them. And thanks for all the great links, a few have caught my eye.

Laurel-Rain Snow
2 years ago

Great photos! I am now ogling all of your books and fantasizing about pumpkins.

I love the look of The Four Women. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

2 years ago

Wow many links here and yes I loved Charvi’s bookstagram!!! Happy Sunday Evelina 😉

2 years ago

Two free concerts? How exciting! Thanks for all the other blog links too; I always find new things to check out!


2 years ago

You included so many interesting links. Sounds like a great week with some fascinating books. I am pretty sure it keeps your highlights and notes. It does for Kindle library books anyway. Anne – Books of My Heart

2 years ago

Tickets to live shows is an awesome perk. Hope you had an amazing time. Can’t wait to read your review for The Eleventh Trade. I have been loving all the MG I have been reading, and am always looking for more quality MG to read.

2 years ago

Ooh, The Bride of the Blue Wind sounds like one I’ll have to check out. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny in Neverland
2 years ago

Foam on the Crest of Waves sounds amazing – I love a good fairy tale re-telling!

2 years ago

I hope you had fun at the concerts – sometimes, jobs can have nice perks. 🙂

The Bride of the Blue Wind seems such a great book. I love fairy-tale retellings – and if they are mixed with other folk tales and creatures, I love it even more. Adding to my wish list. Thanks for sharing.

Happy readings! 😉
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Cam @ Camillea Reads
2 years ago

Looks like you had a good reading week! I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. I’m still reading A Wind from the Wilderness by Suzannah Rowntree. I’m loving it so much! It’s a historical fiction with elements of fantasy set in several places around Greece. I would definitely recommend that book to you as, I think, it will be something you might enjoy!

Barb (boxermomyreads)
2 years ago

Sounds like you had an awesome week. Odd and the Frost Giants looks awesome! Hope you have a wonderful week.

Maureen @Maureen's Books

Looks like you’ve had a great reading week!
How awesome that you were able to go to those concerts. That definitely sounds like a big plus for your job! 😉
Happy Reading!

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

What a great week you had. And busy! Thanks for sharing the post links. My internet was down for several days and I missed a lot. Sorry so late in getting by and have a wonderful new week!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

All the books you read have beautiful covers 😀 I am glad you are enjoying your recent reads. And you shared some wonderful links. Off to reading them now 😀

Jane Ryder
2 years ago

Absolutely loved this round-up of stuff, E. A great assortment of bookish things, like a ginormous box of chocolates without a single coconut creme, just lots of English toffee and caramel. Delish! And I’d say so even if we weren’t Twitter twins. ❤️

Charvi Koul
2 years ago


I literally just decided to catch up on posts and whatta lovely surprise

Thank you Evelina, you’re the sweetest ❤️

Also yaay looks like you had a fun week!

Darque Dreamer
2 years ago

I’m going to read Finding Baba Yaga this week! 🙂

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Evalinah! It’s been forever! I have had a seriously crazy year and just decided the other day that instead of breaking my neck trying to catch up (and never actually managing!) that I’m going to rather start afresh and visit the blogs I want to visit! So I’m finally catching up with you after SO LONG. I’m glad that everything sounds good in your world – busy but fun and even good reading success! That’s awesome.

2 years ago

Free concert tickets are always fun! My husband and I try to go to at least one concert a year! It’s the only time we get away and just have a regular date. I always look forward to it! This year it was Weezer, and last year it was Dispatch (one of our favorites!). There was another Dispatch concert this year, and I wish we had gone to it instead of Weezer. Weezer was enjoyable, but the venue was massive. Dispatch was a smaller setting and felt more intimate. I hope you had fun! I missed my State of the… Read more »

2 years ago

Wow, you were indeed lucky with all those review copies. My reading has been kind of meh and inconsistent over the past month, because I just had a lot going on, on the work and home front.

But then no matter how busy I am, I can never not read, so I veered towards the light & fluffy books that usually tide me through such times. However I feel like I will be having a relatively free December, so I’m going to check out some of your recommendations from this post. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the feature!

2 years ago

My evening with be filled with reading all the links you posted, thank you. Happy to see that you had a great reading week. Free tickets, those are the best kind. Have a lovely week.

Ellyn McCann
2 years ago

Thank you so much for mentioning my post!
Happy reading!


[…] I didn’t review because it’s kind of short, but there’s a sort of mini review on this post, and List of 13 and What Would Boudicca Do, which I’ll be reviewing in the two upcoming […]


[…] of Bluebeard that I enjoyed incredibly! Very flowery and poetic language, read the mini review here. And then there’s The Last Astronaut that’s basically a love song to a lost pet, and […]

2 years ago

Thank you for including my post!! I love checking out new posts and these all sound great ! Will definitely read them