Book hauls, Sunday post

Finally A Long Weekend To Clean Up My Blog Schedule! Sunday post #97

Can you believe I scheduled nearly all posts for March yesterday? I can’t even believe it. I haven’t had a full scheduled month for… I don’t know, a half a year at the least?! I’m so happy right now! Anyway, this is due to no other than a long weekend, because we’ve got a free Monday next week – it’s our Independence Day. So I’m scheduling away!

The weeks are still stressful, full of work and kind of gloomy, and most of the time I am too demotivated to do anything fun on social media – this is why you haven’t been seeing me around much. And if I tweet anything at all, Twitter doesn’t even give me any reach because who even am I anymore if I don’t tweet 😂 I’m still in my reading slump. Boyfriend is sick and in quarantine from me (I don’t boast sturdy health), so I’m stuck at mom’s scheduling posts! (THAT would be why I’ve scheduled so many, you’re correct.)

But hey, last week I got some awesome books! First of all, I was approved for Cait’s book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, and I was also sent this beauty of a book by post mail – The Heavens by Sandra Newman. Here’s a video of its immense beauty! 😍

 ~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

Ain’t I always a space dork? It just runs in the family. My grandpa was a huge space dork himself, he even taught astronomy to high school students back when he was still teaching. I guess he passed it on to me! Anyway, I just finished Picturing Apollo 11, and while I admit to getting a little bored of reading it on the computer screen, as it would have been much more enjoyable as a real print book, it was a very original and cool read. Think of Picturing Apollo 11 as literally a photo album of every imaginable moment of preparation for the lunar landing, as well as photos from the flight and landing itself, along with photos after this huge historical event. They come with comments and short paragraphs of text between the chapters (a paragraph like every 15-20 pages or so, and a short comment for every photo). The images are high quality and high definition – they are simply stunning! 273 pages almost all filled with incredible photos. Some of these photos are accessible online or in other books, but some are said to be very rare and have been unearthed especially for this publication. There is also a lot of trivia about the photos, so this is the perfect book for a collector or fan who loves NASA books or albums. To give you the taste of it, here’s one of the more easily accessible photos online with a little piece of trivia: Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins posing for a team shot with their space suits, the cost of which at the time was $100 000 per suit! (I thank the publisher for the ebook review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. It has no affected my review.)

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

Last week, I posted a review of The Forty Rules of Love, a rather well-known book that I loved. I feel it’s a book that will appeal to anyone who liked The Alchemist, but will be still very palatable even to those who didn’t. I found it very profound. Here’s the review. And then, I also had a guest post about gender bias and privilege in publishing. You can read it here.

forty rules of love gender bias in publishing

~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week~

Next week there will be two reviews, both for middle grade books, both about magic! First, I’ll be reviewing Ewan Pendle and the Castle of Nightmares, part two in the Ewan Pendle series that I greatly enjoyed. And then, I’ll be reviewing a wonderful, plain legendary middle grade story called The Girl Who Drank the Moon. You might have heard about it, because it won the Newbery medal. I loved it with all my heart. Some come back for the review on Friday!

ewan pendle and the castle of nightmares the girl who drank the moon

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

Last time I didn’t detail the books I hauled, so I’ll include them here. I think it was a pretty awesome haul! What with my new books this week as well. I am super curious to start reading some of these!

The Heavens by Sandra Newman The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan 
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan Zelda by Nancy Milford

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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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

The Heavens looks glorious. I must look for it.

Hope life gets back on track soon. Especially your reading life.

I’ve created a linky on my blog for the Sunday Salon and I’ve kept the Facebook group. I hope you will join in and spread the word.

Diane Lynch

I hope you enjoy your books!

Diane @ Diane’s Book Blog

Laura Thomas

I’ve had a busy work load and have fallen behind on my posts. Now the dash is on to get ahead again. LOL Heanes has a stunning cover. I hope the book is just as good!

The Repvblic of Letters
The Repvblic of Letters

So many interesting-looking books to look forward in the next month! Also, congrats on the collab with Granta, I love them!


Wow I am impressed! Scheduling a whole month ahead is just fantastic! And congrats for getting The Boy who Steals Houses 😉 I alos loved your post on gender bias. Great week Evelina!


I’m sorry your boyfriend is still – again! But well done for having scheduled a whole set of posts so far ahead. Picturing Apollo 11 looks fabulous, though I’m going to rein in my impulse to get a sumptuous copy, given that we are currently staggering to the charity shops with armfuls of books… Have a good week!


Aannnddd the word ILL should have been in there somewhere…

Susan Crosby

Oooh I can’t wait to hear about the boy who steals houses! It sounds really original.. I don’t think anyone has written anything like it before. Not that I remember anyway. My week has been a good one! Although I am not nearly as organized about planning out my month as you are planning yours lol. But I have been blessed with some great ARCs although there is one I might have to DNF. The genre is new to me and I am just having a hard time with it (Sky without Stars) but I haven’t given up yet. To… Read more »

Laurel-Rain Snow

Great article on gender bias. Sadly, things change very slowly…and sometimes not at all. Nowadays, with a misogynist in the White House, I sense we in the US will go backward even more. Sigh.

On the other hand, my “bias” is toward female writers. I do read some male authors, but have a tendency to find my way to books written by women.

Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your week and your books. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

Elizabeth Tabler

You are so ahead of the game in terms of scheduling! That’s fantastic.


I have heard great things about The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Too bad the library does not have a single copy((.
Get better soon!

Michelle @Because Reading

Jealous you are so far ahead. I am about two weeks ahead on posts and that is amazing considering I was barely making it some weeks last year. Celebrating the small things 🙂

I hope you boyfriend feels better. The Heavens cover is beautiful. I saw your post on Instagram. So pretty!!!

I hope you have a great week, Evelina! Happy Reading!! xx


Wow.. You scheduled all your March posts. You are a blogging queen, I’ve never even scheduled posts for a week . The heavens looks glorious though. I’m glad you are finally getting all the book mail that you deserve.

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

Congrats on getting the rest of March scheduled, I love when waves of inspiration AND time coincide for maximum productivity! I hope your boyfriend is feeling better soon, and that you kick the slump’s butt!

Anne - Books of My Heart

You get the most interesting books, many I’ve never seen. Happy long weekend!

Barb (boxermomyreads)

Congrats on getting so far ahead. That’s awesome. I’ve had a horrible cold this week as well, and my husband had surgery, so we’ve been relaxing, reading, watching TV and gaming. Looks like you got some good books. I’ve seen some mixed thoughts on The Test so I’m curious what you think.

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

Ooohh! I really want to read the Boy Who steal houses! Reading slumps are the worst. I hope you find some good books during this time!

Tina @ As Told By Tina

I always have the intention of planning and scheduling my blog but it hardly ever happens. I hope to at least get most of April scheduled soon since I’ll be working most of the month. I hope your boyfriend starts to feel better!

Have a wonderful week!


The Heavens is one I haven’t seen before, but I love the sound of it. And it does look like an amazing book physically. And yay for being scheduled ahead! I love scheduling ahead, although I’ve been slacking lately, sadly. 🙂

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I’m jealous that you got your hands on The Boy Who Steals Houses. I definitely need that one!!

CG @ Paper Fury

Eeep it never ceases to be surreal to see TBWSH on people’s blogs! (soft scream) Thank you so so much for being excited for it I’ll just be over here being excited out of my mind that it’s nearly out!!! Also eep, don’t get sick! My parents have both been down with a flu lately and I’m like…yes stay away from me forever ugh. I hate being sick. Wastes so much time. Also much respect for all those scheduled posts. I have 2 scheduled and feel like I’m on top of the world lmaooo.


My goodness, scheduling a month ahead is amazing! I feel like I’m doing a great job if I have dinner planned out a night in advance!

I hope your reading slump ends soon. I haaaaaaaaaaaaate those. I had one in September/October of last year and it was just so terrible. Even though I got a bunch of reading done, it didn’t feel like I was doing anything and my brain was just so blaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh. Everything crossed that yours is over and done with quickly!!!


I am glad you are back to blogging with the zest! I haven’t visited your blog in a few weeks and I promise I will be back soon. Have a great week ahead.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I bet it feels great to have everything ready for the blog for the rest of the month. I haven’t even written my review for tomorrow 🙂 The Apollo book sounds fabulous. My husband is really into that kind of stuff so it sounds like it would be right up his alley. I hope you have a great week and enjoy all of your new books!


I cannot imagine having a months worth of posts scheduled. That’s insane. Kudos to you!


I’m in awe! An entire month of scheduled posts? At best, I manage to write them one day in advance. But most of the time, I publish once I’m finished *sigh* But you motivate me to work harder on this so I have enough posts prepared before vacation time starts again.

Brian Joseph

Congratulations on being organized as well as ahead of the game for March. I wish that I was that organized in terms of blogging.

I am a bit of a space geek myself. For a while I was reading a lot of books on real life human space exploration. Picturing Apollo 11 looks awesome.

Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

Wow! I’m always so impressed with everyone who manages to schedule their posts, even though the circumstances may not have been the greatest. I hope your boyfriend feels better soon!

And that’s amazing that you got approved for The Boy Who Steals Houses! I’m so excited to read that book!


Oh, how exciting! I also want to read the Boy Who Steals Houses <3 Hope you'll enjoy it!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Your haul is amazing. LOL, I retweet and uplift others on Twitter but my personal tweets..I get crickets. So I feel you! Plus, I tend to go there on my phone and it shows me day old tweets. Congrats on being scheduled for the rest of the month. It’s a good feeling!

Lizzy @ Bent Bookworm

I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to have posts scheduled weeks in advance…I’m lucky if I have them ready the DAY BEFORE right now! If only I didn’t need to sleep…


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