This week was intense! If you ever want to know what the black friday week is like for someone who works in internet marketing? Well, it sucks 😂 to top that off, I also had two evening classes to teach, and it was just brutal. I got so tired I was sick by Thursday, but it seems I’m better now. So not a lot of reading was done! Or blogging, or visiting others, for that matter. How have you all been?
~ What I’ve Been Reading ~
I am so thankful to my friend Paul for finally getting me to start Dune! We’ve started it as a buddy read, and while he’s not been so enthusiastic about it yet, I have been unable to UNGLUE myself from this book. It’s so vast, foreshadowing and just nuts! An interesting thing is that it’s basically fantasy set on a different planet (or like a few of them), but no typical scifi details are present – technology is minimal, because the culture is sort of post-technological, and while they are more advanced than us, it totally takes a backseat. I am weirded out that I’m SO deep into this story because normally I run away when they start with the hundreds of hard to remember names or the new to me traditions and customs that are also hard to work out. Basically, I struggle with the world-building. But this time, it’s just not a problem! I’m so surprised. Anyway, Dune has these interesting schools of thought and different cultures with some really interesting concepts behind everything, and it is also like a game of chess that you’re watching with insider knowledge. It’s like things are being set up, and there’s foreshadowing that tells you that it will NOT end well, but you still need to follow through and have hopes for the characters, and more than that – everything that is going on is somehow bigger than you and basically anything. Ah.. Pardon me for my inability to voice my thoughts today at all. Basically, my mind is just yelling “COMPLEX, INTERESTING, AWESOME!” and after such a hard week, I’m struggling to make it into intelligible thoughts 😂 but Dune is very recommended! Even if you don’t like scifi, because like I said, it’s basically fantasy set on another planet.
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~ What You’ve Been Talking About ~
Here are some awesome posts I found this week:
Amber @ The Literary Phoenix talks about how so many (YA) books tend to misrepresent the situation in mental institutions, and in doing that make it so much harder to look for help! VERY IMPORTANT POST.
Tanaz @ The Keysmash Blog talks about 10 things that non-readers do that are super annoying
Caro @ Book Cheshire Cat talks about how to write when you’re in a bad mood
Darina @ Facing the Story introduces us to some amazing and unique bookshops in London
Amiiie @ Amiiie’s Books talks about why she loves audiobooks
Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages talks about why she’s terrified of big books
Dani @ Perspective of a Writer reviews Spinning Silk, a book I would also really recommend!
Tamika @ Paperback and Flick Chick talks about the importance of trigger warnings
Marta @ The Cursed Books talks about hateable sexist tropes and books that smashed them
Kaleena @ Reader Voracious shares 6 books by Native American authors to add to your TBR
Consu @ Paper Eyed Girl shares diverse fantasy recommendations
Savannah @ The Book Prophet talks about the controversial nature of Thanksgiving
~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~
I am super proud of my discussion of last week, 5 Ways to Miss Books – it’s got little solutions as well! Go read it here:
And some #bookstagram pics you might have missed:
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And okay, this one’s not #bookstagram, but still! I am really loving the photos that I managed to take of the bowties mom made for Christmas sales (you can get it here, by the way):
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~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week~
Next week I’m publishing a review post for the book I’ve been talking about for a while on Instagram – What Would Boudicca Do? It’s a book about some lesser known, but really awesome and inspiring women. I’ll be posting some of the women that really inspired me! You might have seen some of them on my second instagram account already. Come read it on Thursday:
~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~
So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?
I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.