Book hauls, Sunday post

What’s New With You, With Me And With My Reading: Week 47, 2018 Sunday post #82

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.

[ Goodreads ]

~ 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:

5 ways to miss books

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 would boudicca do

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

The Girl Who Drank the Moon The Visitors

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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3 years ago

Good morning from my end of the world! It seems that your week was a hectic one 🙂 I hope your cold is almost gone and you are feeling a lot better!

My week was also crazy work and family wise so I didn’t do much blogging done or reading for that matter either. I am super excited that yesterday I finished the book that I was reading though 🙂

Those bow-ties look awesome by the way! <3

3 years ago

Ooh you’re reading Dune. Sounds like you’re liking it too- I read it years ago and I remember some things but not a ton?

Hope this week is calmer for you. And thanks for all the great links, as always. 🙂

3 years ago

Thank you for sharing my pos and discussing trigger warnings with me this week! looks like there have been so many other great posts this week too! I can imagine how hectic Black Friday week would have been for you and glad you are feeling better!

Jovita @ Inky Impressions

You do need the upcoming week to relax, glad you’re feeling better. The bowtie is beautiful, I remember seeing you IG photo this past week.

Cam @ Camillea Reads
3 years ago

*screams* I CAN’T WAIT TO READ YOUR REVIEW FOR BOUDICCA! Dune sounds very interesting. I love books that sort of genre bend. They’re a different reading experience altogether.

Sim @ Flipping Thru the Pages

Seems like you really are enjoying Dune That tells how much you love complex things I recently read Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and loved to know about so many amazing women. Can’t wait to read your review of Boudicca ☺️
I hope this week is relaxing for you though.

3 years ago

That bowtie picture totally captured my attention. It’s so beautiful!

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

Black Friday is just too much for me. I tend to avoid it altogether. I’d rather pay full price than stress myself over deals. Glad you’re enjoying your book. I have been in a slight reading slump even though I managed to finish 3 books last week. Hope you have a great week.

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

3 years ago

Boudicca has been everywhere on my feed and I will love to hear more from you as well. I finally jumped ship and started posting on Instagram and you have been inspiration! And you have a great week ahead.

3 years ago

Hopefully this week is less stressful. Enjoy Dune, it sounds good! The bowtie pics look great.

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I’ll admit I’ve never read Dune, but hearing you gush over it makes me want to drop everything and read it!

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I couldn’t stop feeling amazed as you chatted about Dune, which doesn’t seem like one of my usual reads…but now I am curious! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

3 years ago

I saw your sparkly bookstagram this week Evelina LOL And what have I been hauling? Well I am on a self imposed book ban this month but Black Friday was too good to ignore as I got Honor Among THieves for 9 USD (Hardback) instead of 17!! I wanted to read this one for a long time so yes, I bought it LOL Happy Sunday!

3 years ago

I’ve heard great thing about The Girl Who Drank the Mon!

3 years ago

Glad to hear you are feeling better & enjoying Dune. 🙂
I should re-read it, cuz it’s been 20 years since i read it and i only read the translated version.

Maureen @Maureen's Books

Dune sounds like a very interesting read! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far.
Black Friday definitely sounds intense.. It was never a big thing here. But this year it’s just huge. Everywhere I looked there where Black Friday commercials and advertising. Crazy!
Have a great week and happy reading.

3 years ago

Oh, I’ve heard wonderful things about Dune. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Thanks also for mentioning my post!

JJ @ This Dark Material

I’ve been curious about Dune for ages, so it’s great to hear you’re loving it! And oh no — Black Friday must have been a nightmare! I was actually surprised to find out that countries outside the US also do Black Friday, just because they don’t have any reason to celebrate Thanksgiving, so the start of the Christmas season must be a little more fluid? Maybe not! Or maybe retailers are happy to make money however they can I hope you got some rest and are feeling better ♥

3 years ago

I never read Dune, but it’s so much fun when you like a book so much. Sounds like you had a busy week overall. I hope the coming week is a good one for you.

herding cats
3 years ago

Oh no on feeling poorly. Glad you’re feeling some better. Hopefully a calm week to follow 🙂

CG @ Paper Fury
3 years ago

Ahh that sounds super exhausting! I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better now and the wildness is out of the way. Also your description of Dune makes me want to read it SO MUCH!? Another one for the TBR ah ahha *drowns under books*

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Wow, you sure have been busy. It’s good to hear you’ve bounced back and feel better. I read Dune way back when. Can’t even be sure I’m remembering the book or the movie. LOL

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I really enjoyed Dune, but the series sort of lost me later. I still think I might try it again at some point. Hope you love all the books as much as the first!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

That bowtie photo is beautiful. Sorry that work has been stressful. Hopefully it’ll be better now that Black Friday is over. Dune is on my TBR list, so I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Have a great week!

Tracy @ Cornerfolds
3 years ago

Oh no! I’m glad you’re feeling better! I’ve always been interested in Dune, but I’ve never quite committed to it. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Have a great week 😀

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

I can imagine it’s a nightmare. I haven’t done much either… aside from procrastinating, so you’re not alone, haha. Hopefully after the chaos of Cyber Monday (I’m guessing that’s a nightmare as well?), you’ll have a more relaxing week. 😀

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

Dune is pretty amazing. It totally sucked me in when I read it back in the late ’70s… even though in some ways, I didn’t really like it. But the world-building is phenomenal, and the exploration of cultures is fascinating.

3 years ago

Thanks for the shout-out. I’m glad we’re reading it and it does seem to be picking up for me.

Great post as always.

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

I have been meaning to read Dune but have never gotten around to it, I love that you are sucked in though!!!!

I hope things settle down a bit for you this week, and thank you for linking to my post!

Charlotte Burt
Charlotte Burt
3 years ago

I read Dune this year too, though in my case probably for the third time, I first read it about 20 years go mind so it may be more (totally showing my age I know). When are you doing your next state of the ARC, I really need some motivation to tackle the growing netgalley unread shelf.

3 years ago

I loved Dune I read it a million years ago and have the books in paperback, like my Isaac Asimov and Larry Niven books. When I went to Dragoncon last year I was excited because I got to meet Larry Niven and have him autograph those paperbacks I have moved with me for close to 40 years. Anne – Books of My Heart

3 years ago

You had such a busy and stressful week. I hope you’re feeling better. *sends hugs*

You got The Girl Who Drunk the Moon!!!! I’m so excited to read it. I hope I can still do it before the year ends

Happy readings! 😉

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

Thank you so much for sharing my post! ♥ 🙂 I’m now also among those who have gotten sick, so I feel you, I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better though 🙂

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

Hahaha I swore I read and commented on this post! I think I may be in a time loop! Happy you got into Dune though, its a fun story. And thanks for sharing Spinning Silk! ❤️