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What’s New With You, With Me And With My Reading: Week 46, 2018 Sunday post #81

So my blog went offline this week! Annoying as ever, and it’s back on as you can evidently see, but I somehow didn’t even worry about it this time (as opposed to if you remember the last time, when I nearly exploded with anxiety.) Because I’ve realized, my blog isn’t quite just the website. My blog is ME. And that’s not going to disappear if my blog blinks out. I can still make more content and I might lose some followers, but not all. Which I hope won’t happen to my blog anyway, but if it does… Well, you know.

Which had me thinking… And generating ideas. I think I will be expanding my blogging a little bit. Working on an interesting little side project! It’s nowhere near being ready yet, but you will know when it is. It’s going to be exciting!

In other news – how many of you are rescuing dragons?? I need to know!

A GIF of Spyro the video game dragon looking around

~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

This book is riveting. I gobbled it up in an evening. Susannah Cahalan suffered a near-shutdown of her cognitive functions because of a rare encefalitis, which however looked so much like just a psychosis of unclear origins. She could have ended up in a psychiatric ward, forgotten for all time, unable to function. And yet, thanks to recent findings in recent medicine, it turned out her illness was curable and completely physical (as opposed to mental in nature.)

It’s a unique story and the author’s undeniable journalistic talent makes it an impossible book to put down – the danger seems always around the corner and you can’t contain your need to know why, why?? It’s truly scary considering your integrity and your ability to make rational decisions could just degrade, with a snap of a finger – and the worst thing, you wouldn’t quite know that it’s even happening, because the functions that help you draw conclusions are not there anymore. This book puts it right out there – the fragility of our minds – of our selves. This is a rare condition, thankfully, but the fragility of self is a deeply existential question that will stir any of us inside.

Susannah Cahalan was lucky to have been diagnosed right and not ended up in a ward as a vegetable, or worse. But how many people aren’t? It’s a wonderful thing that she did so much work in order to illuminate this condition and make it known, and of course, the same, and more can be said about the medical professionals who worked and continue working in this issue, its resolution and finding out more about why it comes up in the first place. This book explores the limits of what we know about where the biology stops and the mental realm begins – and how many of our mental problems might actually lie in the biology, in physicality. How much of us ourselves lie there? So many questions, most of them unanswered as of yet – but hopefully one day they will be.

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As you know, last week I published a review for a book I really loved, The Eleventh Trade, and it’s about refugees from Afghanistan. I remembered I had another review copy with stories from Afghanistan, so I decided to read that one as well. And it couldn’t have been farther from the first book – Memoirs of an Afghan Village contains stories that are shocking to the Western mind, and the most interesting part about them is that as a Westerner, you don’t actually know how close to or far from the truth they are – you can only wonder. You hope that they’re hyperbolized – the cruelty. The darkness. The violence. The false justice. But then, if they’re not true, why are there refugees and honor killings? Why are there tales from the war? Some of it must be true. Although you wish it wasn’t. It’s a shocking and blood curdling book, and not because it’s horror, but precisely because it’s probably someone’s reality. I don’t regret reading the stories though. Oddly, they give such a perspective about your own life and where you stand. Or perhaps how lucky you are. I thank the author and publisher for providing a free copy for review through Story Cartel. This has not changed my honest opinion.

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I also finished part 2 of the urban series about Daniel Faust – Redemption Song, and the above is a quote I loved from it. It’s both hilarious, whimsical, and sufficiently dark as an urban series. I am loving it!


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And I also finished What Would Boudicca Do, which was a really nice and inspiring read about mostly lesser known women of great spirit. I learned a lot, and will soon be posting a review!

~ What You’ve Been Talking About ~

Briana @ Pages Unbound talks about how we struggle to get non-blogger readers to follow us

I also read a really interesting post by Amy Lynn Andrews, and it’s kind of old, but still relevant – about why she turned down a pub deal and went indie

Eline @ Lovely Audiobooks talks about how audiobooks foster inclusion and how we often disregard that

~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

Last week I reviewed a book I truly loved – The Eleventh Trade. Please read the review! It’s sooooo worth your time, I promise – the book is very good:

the eleventh trade

And some #bookstagram you might have missed:


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I am absolutely in love with The Eleventh Trade ❤ it’s such a beautiful, heartwarming book, and it was just what I needed when the weather started cooling and the sun started hiding behind the rainy clouds. It’s a middle grade, and it’s a true gift to the reader. Go check out the full review on my blog, you’ll find the link in my profile. Thanks @bonnierzaffre for the review copy! #theeleventhtrade #soundofhome #refugeebooks #musicbooks #middlegradebooks #kidlit #kidsbooks

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~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week~

Next week I have an exciting new discussion planned: 5 ways to miss books. Definitely come back and check it out! It’s planned for Thursday.

5 ways to miss books

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

Atticus: A Woman’s Journey with the World’s Worst Behaved Dog Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga #1) The Living End (Daniel Faust #3) Trina Bell's Humming Summer

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

I can’t wait to hear more about your new side project. 🙂

You already know that I’m rescuing dragons. In a matter of fact, I finished rescuing all the dragons yesterday and today I’ll start collecting orbs. I’m just so in love with the game! The inner child in me is happy for reliving her childhood.

Happy readings! 😉

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

I’m rescuing dragons too! Although I had to turn the game off the other day because I forgot how much the annoying blue egg thief angered me. I seriously forgot how rage inducing his taunts were to me. I think the remake looks absolutely stunning though. It sucks your blog went offline for a bit but it’s awesome you’ve become more relaxed about it. These things happen but like you say, it’s you running the blog and if the blog were to go you could still create stuff somewhere else. I’ve heard of Brain on Fire, I actually watched the… Read more »

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

Of wow, you’ve found some amazing books. Brain On Fire sounds a terrifying read and I need to track myself down a copy of the Afghan stories.
Fingers crossed for your blog behaving itself from now on?

2 years ago

Afghanistan is one of my favorite place to read about, maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am able to relate a bit to their culture. It has always been a little new and a little known to me. I am glad you read another book from there. You have a great week ahead!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

I’m SO happy to see Atticus in your haul this week! I love that story so much, and I’m a huge Sawyer Bennett fan 🙂
I have no idea how you’re able to come up with new and fun ideas – my brain is so focussed on work and school these days I feel like I don’t have any ideas at all…
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading, Evelina!

Laurel-Rain Snow
2 years ago

Wow, Brain on Fire looks tempting. Enjoy all of your books, and thanks for sharing; and thanks for visiting my blog.

2 years ago

Rescuing dragons? Well not yet 🙂 And about your blog going down I worry way less than before too because often it’s not due to something I did but a glitch happening on the provider or WP and there is nothing I can do but wait! I hope you’ll love Atticus Evelina!!!!

Maureen @Maureen's Books

I can’t wait to find out what your planning to do Evelina! Don’t get us waiting to long! 😉 LOL!
Have a great week and happy reading!

2 years ago

Oh I hope you enjoy Atticus – I really loved that one. Eveything else you have just read looks like horror – only it’s the truth, non-fiction. I’m glad you are enjoying them. I would also but right now I use reading to escape and I have enough trouble without bringing more issues to light. Right now anyway. But I’m still upset about the movie Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner) which was 20-30 years ago, how the Indians were treated so these things stay with me. Anne – Books of My Heart

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

Yep, my internet went off line for a few days. No blogging, no binging Netflix! I went buggers. LOL Ay least I have satellite so I can watch other sutff. And I did read more. So I guess it wasn’t all bad. LOL

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2 years ago

GOod luck on your side project! Hope you have fun doing it.

2 years ago

You have me intrigued about this side project. Can’t wait to find out what you are working on. I love Sawyer Bennett’s hockey books, but have not read Atticus. Curious to see what you think about that one.

2 years ago

What Would Boudicca Do looks fun! And sorry to hear your site went down- that’s so frustrating, but you seem to have a great attitude about it. And that’s a good point- our blogs are not just the site but we, the actual blogger, are the heart of it, and we can always come back. That’s a good thing to remember I guess when tech issues arrive. 🙂

Hope you have a nice week.

Jenna @ Falling Letters

I read on Brain on Fire a few years ago and agree that it was completely riveting! It’s astonishing how much we know and don’t know about how our bodies and minds function.

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

Oh no, not again! But I’m glad your blog didn’t worry you as much as this time because it is definitely you. And I’m totally okay with you and will definitely continue to follow (even if I occasionally pop up like a lovely weasel into your comments). And oooo shiny new things – the side project sounds exciting and I can’t wait to see what it is! 😮

2 years ago

Thank you for sharing some great reads, I’ll check them out. Oh and your topic for next week sounds interesting. I’ll be back!

P.S. Good luck with your side project. I look forward to hearing more about it!

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

I am really excited for your side project, and I hope it brings you a lot of joy! I’m glad the downtime wasn’t as stressful for you this time around, but bummer it went down at all. *snugs*

CG @ Paper Fury
2 years ago

Ooh that bookstagram photo is most MAGNIFICENT ✨and also I’m really sorry for you having problems with the blog going down and such at times…the anxiety for that is REAL. But I’m glad you know you can always write excellent articles and thoughts, and that won’t end if your blog goes down. I’m coming to that realisation myself too.

2 years ago

Thank goodness everything came back online!!! I never read the book, but I watched Brain on Fire on netflix, and my goodness, I could almost feel the pain and frustration she and her family suffered. Thank goodness, she had a family that wasn’t going to give up no matter what. Sure hope your Thanksgiving is a good one! Hugs…RO