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Witches, Ghosts, Advance Praise And Loads Of Flu-like Symptoms Sunday post #93

Wow, this has been quite a week. This is the first day in three that I’m able to sit down at the computer at all. I have been quite sick, and for these past few days, all I’ve been able to do, pretty much, was to lie around and listen to my review copies on text to speech. Well, at least that got my ARCs taken care of! Some of them 😂

But despite it being such a tough week physically, it wasn’t all bad! Here’s what happened last week:

  • I found out my quote was added in Paper Fury‘s new book as praise! At least in the ARC version. I’ll embed a picture later! #goals
  • I finished three books in the last two days (that’s what happens when listening through text to speech is all you can do xD)
  • I drafted two reviews, although I’m pretty sure I’ll have to rewrite that last one, cause I was pretty loopy when I was writing it 😂
  • we had my boyfriend’s birthday, which I sadly could not really celebrate, due to that whole loopy business because of being sick
  • that’s about it!

So let’s hope my health improves next week and I can finally get stuff done! Oh, and before I forget! Here’s my quote in The Boy Who Steals Houses! It’s one of the four photos, go see Cait’s tweet and you’ll be able to read it. SO EXCITE!! P.S. PREORDER CAIT’S BOOK!

 ~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

The Girl Who Drank the Moon was AMAZING!!! I have been buddy reading it with Tania @ My Lovely Secret, and I have to say, that has been one of the most structured buddy reads I have ever had 😂 thank you, Tania! (And I’m sorry I kept falling behind.) It is truly such an amazing book though! You know I love middle grades, but about this one, I have to say it’s one of those middle grades that actually defies all understanding of age – much like Harry Potter, any reader of any age will most likely enjoy it just as much. Yet, it has layered meanings that uncover themselves differently depending on the reader’s age, which makes it all the more magical. It had such powerful messages! There was definitely more than one, but the one that stood out the most for me was that the person who tells the story is always the winner – regardless of whether the story they are telling is true or not, it becomes the truth. As many authors have said already, especially in the diversity movement, the power of the single narrative is overwhelming.

But that’s just one facet of this amazing book! There are so many. MAGIC, first of all, and of course, witches (good and bad!) The book is soaked through with magic! And love – lots of love and understanding. And loss and sorrow too, of course, because what love exists without those? Oh, it’s one of a kind, and it would be hard to tell you all about it in these short paragraphs. But rest assured, there will be a full review! But honestly – don’t wait for the review. Especially if you’re a fantasy lover, you WANT this book. Just trust me!

And just one thing I’m really partial to. Look at the cover. THE MAIN CHARACTER IS CURLY HAIRED. SCORE. Never happens!!

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This book was one hell of a journey, and I’m not sure I’ve read anything like that before. At first I was nearly sure it was fiction – I had bought it a while ago and had forgotten what it was supposed to be about. After a while, I noticed the name of the author and the main character was the same. That’s when it dawned on me it’s not fiction at all. It’s sufficiently weird for non-fiction, until you realize it’s really a story of loss, mental health struggles and some really weird coincidences (I mean, probably coincidences?) But I got invested in what the author had to tell, because I too was a struggling teen, although maybe not in quite such a messed up way he was.

Essentially, it’s a powerful, but deeply sad and lonely story of letting go. It revolves around the fears and paranoias the author had when growing up, but not just that – also all the losses suffered, and mostly the loss of a very important close friend. Reading the book, and especially by the end, I was transfixed by how loved that friend must’ve been. There’s a scene where he goes to her grave and is sad about the fact that there isn’t even a marker with her name on it, no headstone or anything. When I was finishing the book, I thought he built her the best monument ever – better than any stone would have ever been. A book that readers from across the world will stumble upon, read and think of his beloved best friend, while they look at a photo of her beautiful face, which is included, by the way. It’s truly very gripping, when you think about it like that.

I don’t know if I can recommend this book or not. I enjoyed it, but it was also sad and hard to make anything of. If you’re doing some soul searching, you will probably enjoy it too. But in a way, I feel like keeping this book and my reading of it almost a personal moment. Just between the author and me. Weird feeling, when you think about it – so many people read one author’s book, right? But it wouldn’t surprise you if you read this book too. There’s just something about the way it was written that makes you feel that way. Like the reading a book that talks about such an intimate friendship also somehow becomes an intimate act. So I find myself submerged in the silence after having read it – wanting to just stay still and think about it some more.

[ Goodreads ]

~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

Last week I reviewed some really awesome books – a warm, wholesome and quite funny adventure with the unlikeliest cast, titled Calling Major Tom, and To the Edge of the Sky, a gripping memoir of growing up in the turmoil of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Both reads were really moving and are very recommended!

calling major tom to the edge of the sky

~ What You’ve Been Talking About ~

I know I read so many more awesome posts last week! It’s just that I was very sick, so I’m forgetting half of them!! But this is what I could find:

Cait @ Paper Fury shares secret meanings in her first book ATPN! Go support <3

Etinosa @ Uwadis debuts at Book Riot! Here’s her first post about a bookshop from her childhood

Bella @ Bella Jones shares why she reads, and spoiler alert: it will break your heart (chronic illness and reading)

Julie @ A Little Book Problem shares why she likes the sound of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and also eep, why she loves my blog! <3

~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week ~

Next week I will finally be reviewing the book I talked so much about – Heavy Flow, a book about the taboo of our periods. It covers so much – from why it’s a taboo, to the odds and ends we don’t know about our bodies, when we really should. I would recommend it to every woman who’s reading my blog. And then, I’ll also have a review of The Secret of Dinswood, a middle grade boarding school mystery that I truly enjoyed!

heavy flow by amanda laird secret of dinswood

~ What I’ve Been Bookstagramming ~

I’ve posted a shelfie and a few other things!! Including a chart of my ‘currently reading’ titles, and there’s regularly 20 of them, and I’m not even kidding 😀


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So do you remember that time I said I was #currentlyreading reading 18 books? I WAS NOT KIDDING 😂 Here’s my super elaborate new chart, which is basically just the same as your Goodreads currently-reading shelf, which is… just not big enough for me, it seems (that’s what she sai… nevermind) After three books on the Goodreads sidebar, you need to click “show more”, and after like eight? ten? you can’t even see them all on the sidebar anymore. Problem 😂 So basically. Unless I can clear a spot on this page, I can’t start a new one 😂 or at least, I will *try* to follow that rule now 😃 How do you track the books you are currently reading? Or do you even need to, cause maybe you’re just reading one at all times? #reading #readingnerds #bujo #bujoreadinglist #bookwyrm #bookwyrming #obsessivereader

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~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

The Secret of Dinswood by Ellen Alexander Harmony Black (Harmony Black #1) by Craig Schaefer The Path Keeper (The Indigo Chronicles, Book 1) by N.J. Simmonds Dawn (Xenogenesis #1) by Octavia E. Butler The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian Wild Seed (Patternmaster #1) by Octavia E. Butler

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
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

I saw Cait’s tweet with your quote, and I totally jumped up and down in joy for you, Evelina! That must feel so good!
I hope you’re feeling much better – it’s no fun to be sick – sending you some healing vibes 🙂
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading (or text-to-speech-ing 😉 )

Charlotte @ Engrossed in a Good Book
Charlotte @ Engrossed in a Good Book

So sorry you have been feeling ill and hope you are getting better. I have just realised I have inadvertently plagiarised/been inspired by your book review images. If you mind, let me know and I will change them (they aren’t identical but there are similarities.)
Ohh btw partially due to your publicist interview I have managed to get my first print arc from an email to a publisher (The Parisian by Isabella Mammad). So thanks 🙂


How are you feeling so far? I hope you’re back to normal soon! The Girl Who Drank the Moon is also on my TBR- along with a million other books.


Sorry to hear you are unwell. I had the flu once, and every inch of my body hurt. I hope your symptoms are subsiding, because nobody deserves to feel like that. It’s awesome that you were blurbed! I like that Cait is showing blogger appreciation too.


Urg! So sorry you’ve been ill – it’s always miserable to be knocked endways by all the germ floating around just now, though I’m glad you’re now recovering. I love the sound of The Girl Who Drank The Moon. Maybe you can have a mini-celebration with your boyfriend once you’re fully recovered – being ill when a ‘thing’ is going on is no fun! Have a MUCH better week:)


I hope you start feeling better! Sending positive vibes your way 🙂
But I gotta say I’m impressed, you’re a much more productive sick person than I could ever be!


That’s awesome you were blurbed! That’s such an amazing feeling, right?! Hope you get to feeling better and have a great week.


I am so sorry you’ve been sick Evelina! Now what’s that text to speech thing???

Laurel-Rain Snow

Wow, you have a lot of tempting books! Glad you’re feeling better, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

I’m definitely going to have to get Giving Up the Ghost. What a week you’ve had, good to see you’re starting to feel better!

Laura Thomas

I hope you feel better soon and can celebrate your boyfirend’s birthday then. And how exciting about Cait including your quote, Evelina!

Nicola Niemc

Heavy Flow sounds really cool and unique! I think it might actually be a book my mum would be interested in reading too


Congrats on the quote!! And sorry you haven’t been feeling well. Hope this week is better for you health wise. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Well other than all the sick you had a pretty amazing week! I hope you are much better now and can enjoy the fun things happening and your new books.

Tina @ As Told By Tina

I hope you are feeling better! My little ones were also sick with the flu. The Girl Who Drank The Moon sounds really good plus the fact that the main character has curly hair! That is so hard to find. I hope this week is better for you!

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

Wow! I hope you’re feeling better! But I’m glad you at least read some good books! Silver lining , I guess? I also think that it’s SO COOL that you’re in the ARC for The Boy Who Steals Houses! Being a part of an ARC in any way just seems like goals to me!


What a coincidence because I was sick too lol

Omg having your quote featured in your an author’s book is totally goals!

CG @ Paper Fury

Aww I’m so glad it made you happy to be quoted in ATPN!! I honestly had no idea it was happening and SQUEE the fact that it was just this list of my friends my day was made too!! (Also really sucks about your health being so bad last week…I hope this week is better. Less brain fog and loopiness. *sends hugs*)

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Oh no, sorry you’ve been sick. Hopefully you’re feeling better this week. At least you were able to listen to some reads and make good use of your down time (minus the loopy moments, of course LOL). So awesome that you got quoted!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Sorry you’ve been sick, but at least you got a lot of stuff accomplished. Congrats on having your quote published! I hope you feel better soon.

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I loved the Harmony Black series! It’s really awesome 🙂 I had it in my mini-reviews recently. The audiobooks are very nicely narrated too and free in Kindle Unlimited.


Oh man! I hope you get to feeling better. I can understand writing reviews when loopy. I feel like most of my reviews look like I was when writing them!

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

Sorry to learn you’ve been poorly this week, but I’m glad you could manage to still keep reading – or listening anyway!
Huge congrats on your quote. Must have been so exciting for you!!

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

Sounds like you have been busy with being sick and reading. Looks like some amazing books. I am curious about Giving Up the Ghost. How exciting to be quoted in Caits Book!! YAY, go you! That is so awesome! Glad to hear you are feeling better. He is to a better week for you and Happy Belated Birthday to your boyfriend!


Kal @ Reader Voracious

I am so sorry to hear that you’ve been sick, love, and hope you are feeling better now! At least you got caught up on some reading!

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

Happy to see you read & enjoyed he Girl Who Drank the Moon! I thought it was a very unique little book myself. I think it would make for a good movie adaptation as well 🙂

Dani Eide
Dani Eide

Hope you are feeling better. The flu going around is nasty. Had my bout in January. Congrats on the quote! How exciting! I loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I so agree with you it is a book for all ages. Have a great week and give your BF a big hug now you aren’t contagious! ❤️❤️

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