Book hauls, Sunday post

[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #50 I try VR, read something awesome and almost don't haul anything!

So this week was pretty awesome… A tough week no less, with how busy I became, due to all the running around, but it was so worth it. Here goes:

  • on Monday, it was my grandmother’s sister’s (great aunt’s?) 80th birthday
  • so we hopped onto the bus and trawled ourselves to another city to give her a surprise party
  • she first thought we were Jehova’s witnesses or something, popping up at the door like that 😂
  • took her over an hour to process the surprise. 80 years old, man!
  • we actually brought our own cake with her name and everything
  • so what ensued is one of the best parties I had this year, with two ladies aged 70+, one like 60+ and my mom
  • I know I’m a weirdo, but it was just so much fun. Yes, I prefer parties with older folks 😂
  • a perk of such a party is also that you have 4 hours to spend on the bus, so I finished half of Arm of the Sphinx which I’m buddy reading with Trang @ Bookidote (yes, you guessed it – there will be a guest post!)
  • that’s not all though, because on Thursday, I tried VR (virtual reality)
  • As a result of shooting space invaders though, you will laugh, but I managed to pull my leg muscles like I’ve never done before (from all the squatting and avoiding bullets)
  • Second day in, I still can barely walk 😂 my cat despairs about how she tries to get me to chase her, and I stumble like a pirage on two peg legs
  • Literally, this kind of stuff can only happen to me. I swear. But hey, I hope it made you smile!
  • Seriously though, space pirates IS THE SHIZZ – you can see why I pulled my legs by how the dude moves, and FYI, by the way – I made it through 14 waves on my first play session (okay, not the first game, but first 30 minutes). My high score had 5 digits. I could school that dude. Who shoots one target with both guns? DUDE JUST AIM AT TWO ALREADY!!! (YES. I am serious about my shooting. When I play games. Those three times in my life.)

Glad I’m not as tall as that guy to hit the ceiling lol xD but you can see what I mean!

~ We Need To Talk About Some Books I’m Reading ~

Since I have such a dreadful backlog of books read and reviews I need to write, I’ve decided to add this little bit to my weekly posts. I just need to talk about these books I’m reading NOW! And not two months later. So I’ve been reading some great stuff – currently I have the worst bookish hangover about The Zanna FunctionI will be posting a review sometime soon, but you need to know about this book BEFORE it comes out. In the words of Lilyn @ Scifi and Scary, Harry Potter – but a girl – with science instead of magic” – and I feel like she’s said everything that needs to be said here. It was such an amazing, original and well-written book that you just need to check it out. NOW.

The Zanna Function

Two other books I’ve just finished are The Girl Who Chased the Moon, which is the sweetest thing to start your spring off, especially if you’ve been missing the soft and fluffy during the winter, just like me. And then there’s also Have Dog, Will Travel, which is a love song to guide dogs, and just dogs in general, which will make your heart do a happy dance and cry with love. It makes life better to read about how much a seeing eye dog can enable a blind person, not just physically, but also emotionally. It’s a book that radiates happiness and it will also help you if you’re currently feeling a little bit under the weather.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey with an Exceptional Labrador

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week, I reviewed two books – The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, which is yet another slightly odd short story collection, and a wonderfully hilarious, yet deep YA called No Sad Songs, which I recommend whole-heartedly! And then, of course, we had our #NewBloggers 101 post, courtesy of Pam @ Reverie Society, who I must thank again for writing such an amazing guest post for my blog and the community ❤

the sea beast takes a lover  no sad songs
bookstagram props

~ Coming Up Next Week~

I am SO excited about next week! You have no idea!! First of all, there’s the review of SOMETHING AMAZING, namely – All Systems Red by Martha Wells. All of you, scifi fan or not, NEED to read this short amazing pearl of bliss. So funny, so sarcastic, and yet, so empathetic – so brilliant! I’m sure it will pan out to be one of the best books of my year. Review comes out on Monday. Then, on Wednesday, we have a review of The Feed, which was a good dystopia, but it failed to ultimately coax me into a love affair with itself. And last, but SO not least, is the post I’m excited for most of all: Badass Book Smugglers – A Historical Reality? And they actually were. I am so proud of this point in my country’s history. You MUST read it. Please, please read it! It’s something you don’t learn every day. It’s something that’s only ever existed in my culture, and it has to do books and the freedom to read and educate oneself.

all systems red  the feed
book smugglers

~ Little Book Haul ~

Would you believe it?! I did it again! I only hauled one book! I am so happy, I hope I don’t haul a million next week again. One can hope. Also, most say the book I hauled is pretty amazing!!

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight talks about the (not always successful) process of culling your owned TBR (it’s pretty hilarious!)

Cam @ Camillea Reads talks about some really tough subjects that need to be talked about – rape in YA fantasy books

Cate @ Midnight Biblio Blog talks about ridicuous character stereotypes, namely – Irish characters in books

Andreea @ Cheeky Lines talks about the care you should take when reviewing children’s books

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

Ah you had such a fun week. Hope your legs are getting better. Hmm now I’m interested in Zanna function, going to check it out as soon as possible. Great post

Brian Joeseph
3 years ago

Happy Birthday to your Grand Aunt! Surprise parties, even small ones, can be difficult to process even for younger people.

I see that you picked up Annihilation. I loved the book. It may have been the most atmospheric novel that I ever read. There were many other appealing things about it. I am actually planning to go see the film tomorrow.

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

That was such a wonderful thing to do for your great aunt 🙂 Did you have to carry the cake all the way on the bus too?

I’m intrigued by the book smugglers idea. Shall eagerly awai your post as I want to know more!

Lilyn George
3 years ago

Older people parties can be fun. The bluntness, the laughter, the lack of hormones making people crazy, etc. 🙂

I’ve never tried VR!

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

What a fun time you had at the surprise birthday party. And nothing like a long commute to get some reading in. LOL I passed on reading Annihilation but I will be seeing the movie. Massage those legs and I hope you’re up and striding strong again soon.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Haha, I like partying with old people, too. They don’t stay up all night, so I can get home early and read. I hope your leg feels better soon. Have a great week!

3 years ago

Thank you for recommending my blog post! It was such a tough topic to write about, so I’m glad with how well it has turned out.

How do you come by such amazing books?? I checked out All Systems Red and it sounds good! I’d love to give it a read!

3 years ago

Did you get a little a little queasy when you tried VR?

(I don’t know whether to congratulate you or say sorry for only getting one new book lol)

Have a great week!

3 years ago

Congratulations then 😉

I got motionsick when I tried the Playstation VR. I could only do it half an hour, 40 minutes tops. I usually don’t get seasick either!

3 years ago

LOL! 😀

Bee @ Novel Ink
3 years ago

I’m currently in a MG binge and I’m so happy about it! I was starting to get a bit burnt out with YA and this is the perfect switch to make for me. I just ADORE MG books, really. I’m currently reading Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly which just won the Newbery Medal and it’s SO good!

3 years ago

I love a good surprise, I am smiling just thinking about your aunt’s reaction. Sounds like you had a fun week – a party, a buddy read, and VR. Sounds awesome!

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

Ooooh, I love Sarah Addison Allen! I’m sad I’ve read all of her books. Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen were my favorites.

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

Okay I take that back, I DNF Lost Lake because by the time I got to that book it felt too much like all her other books. But I did read all her other books before that one without getting sick of her “formula”.

Ayla @ Books & Babbles
Ayla @ Books & Babbles
3 years ago

Seems like you’ve had a great week and you’ve read some fun books! I really enjoyed reading this post, Evelina! Also, it’s actually amazing you only hauled one book?! I just typed up my monthly personal update / book haul post and I’m so shocked by the number of books I got, I don’t even dare count them, hahah!

3 years ago

Oooh, Annihilation! I’m pretty curious about that one!

Sounds like those old ladies party harder than i do! 😀 I have not celebrated my birthday in like 5 years.

3 years ago

The party sounds like a lot of fun. Glad she had a good party. Yay for VR. I have never tried it but I bet I would love it. It looks like a lot of fun. Glad to hear you had a great week. I hope ext week is even better for you.

3 years ago

I swear the older you are the better you party because you realise life should be fun! We worry too much when we’re younger.

3 years ago

It sounds like a great week, happy birthday to her! All Systems Red sounds very good too. Happy reading 🙂

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I’m glad you had so much fun partying with the older folks…now that I’m getting to be one (some would say I already am one), I appreciate those who love spending time with us seniors.

But when I was young, my clients were older folks and I did love them then, too. My grandmother was my favorite person.

Enjoy your reading…and games. I am curious, now, about Badass Book Smugglers. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

Jenea’s Book Obsession
Jenea’s Book Obsession
3 years ago

Happy Birthday to your great aunt! The party sounds like it was a lot of fun too. Hope you have another great week. 🙂

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Have you read Annihilation yet? I absolutely loved it. I’m looking forward to your book smugglers post!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

The party sounds like it was a hoot and yes hours reading on the bus is wonderful! I love hanging out with older people…always have. Hope this week is amazing!

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

You had a great party!!! And thank you for the posts you recommended. Now Evelina I have a very important question: How did you get your Bloglovin button an dcount back? It’s missing from my blog since yesterday and it was missing from yours too (I checked). Thanks for helping me 😉

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

Well I checked on my phone and it’s not showing there either??? Damn!

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago


I avoid having too many plugins… I solved my problem in another way. I’m just not seeing the count on WP anymore bu that’s not really a problem.

Thank you!

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

The party sounds like it was a lot of fun! I hope you have a good week in reading. I just got back in my home after a week of no power so I am behind in things. Have a good week. =)

Mary #SundayRoundup #9

3 years ago

You party sounds like a lot of fun Evelina! And I am in serious awe of people that can read in a bus or car, I always feel really sick! The best I can manage is an audiobook! I hope you have a great week 🙂

3 years ago

Happy birthday to your geat aunt! Sounds like an awesome get- together! and woo hoo for VR- looks awesome! Sorry you pulled muscles though but I can kind of see that happening? Muscles we don’t often use right? I remember being very sore after a particularly hectic match of laser tag once lol…

I loved All systems Red so much! One of my favorites too. And there are two more coming this year which makes my day ha ha!

I need to read Annihilation. I LOVE that cover!!

herding cats
3 years ago

Oh how fun! Awesome yall were able to surprise her and have a little party. Older people are a riot!

3 years ago

Quite the busy week! What fun to surprise your great aunt.

3 years ago

Partying with older people is fun because they know how to enjoy life. Space pirates sounds fun but a little painful. I’ve never tried virtual reality. Have a great week.

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

Oh wow. It sounds like you had a fun week. I think it’s great that you guys were able to surprise her for her 80th birthday. <3

3 years ago

HA! hahaha, must of have been fun! You’re a clever girl…old people are the best to be around if you want to learn a lot and become a wiser person! 🙂

I liked that murderbot book too, something very different from usual scifi 🙂

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Oh wow, it sounds like you had a really fun week, and it’s so awesome that you did a surprise party! I’m so glad to hear you had such a great time 🙂 <3
I hope you'll have a great week!! <3

Chloe @ Book Dragons
Chloe @ Book Dragons
3 years ago

You’ve certainly had a busy week. It’s funny the way you described how you’re walking is reminding me how I’ll be walking when I finally go horse riding again. I’ll just be in pain haha. I’m off to check out some of those posts as they look interesting. Hope you have a good week, maybe without trying to dodge space invaders this time? xD

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I am so happy to hear that you had such a good week. I can only imagine how happy your great aunt was with her surprise party. People of all ages can be fun to party with. I could totally see myself getting hurt if I were to try VR. I hope your pulled muscle feels better very soon. Enjoy your new book and have a great week!

JJ @ This Dark Material

I’m waggling my eyebrows at your haul right now haha! And what an awesome week!! Between the birthday party and VR shenanigans it sounds like you had a blast 🙂 I read ALL of your posts, so its kind of a given for me, but I’m really excited for your book smugglers post 😀 I don’t know anything about that history so I’m ready and eager to learn all about it!

Rachel @The Readers Den

What a nice surprises for you Great Aunt!

I’ve done my son’s VR with zombies and almost had a heart attack because it was so scary! I’ve done it a few times now and my heart still pounds. I am a good shot, but they are fast, lol! I’d really need luck on my side if there was an actual zombie Apocalypse! Hope your leg feels better! 🙂

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

Partying with old people is seriously the best… I cannot wait until I’m an old lady. I’m probably going to be super over the top and embarrass my children and grand children. I’d say that’s one of my top ambitions in life, to be a awesome Granny lol

I will be looking forward to Badass Book Smugglers – A Historical Reality?

I am currently reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay & Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World – both in honor of Women’s History Month 🙂

Jamie @ The Last Page
Jamie @ The Last Page
3 years ago

I can’t wait to read your review for The Girl Who Chased the Moon, I’m genuinely curious about that one. 🙂 I have Annihilation as well and want to read it this year before I see the movie! It sounds like you’ve had an eventful week, I want to try VR but I’m a little scared to at the same time haha. Hopefully this upcoming week is just as fun!

3 years ago

Happy birthday to your great aunt! I really enjoy the company of old folks too – they are some of the funniest humans I met.

The Zanna Function sounds too good to be true so I will keep an eye out for it.

Congrats on reading just one book and thank you so much for sharing my post – I am a blushing mess now!

3 years ago

I was too busy to see the comment in time and I missed it TToTT, but will definitely not mind buying it.

Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books

You know, if the Jehovah’s Witnesses had come bearing cake when they wanted to talk to me about God and stuff, I think I would have been much more receptive and excited to talk to them. Someone should pass on that memo.

I’d also like to say that I’m ashamed of how long it took me to read the title of the one book you hauled this week…Apparently I need some sleep.

Have a wonderful week.

katherine @ paperbackdreamer
katherine @ paperbackdreamer
3 years ago

Virtual reality sounds like so much fun!
It sounds like you had a great week this week! 😀

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Wow, seems like you had an amazing party 🙂 I haven’t actually ever spent a lot of times with older people so I have no idea how much fun it can be. But now, I know that it is definitely fun 😀 Happy birthday to your great aunt 🙂
And congrats on hauling just one book 😀 You are doing amazing seriously 😛
And ooh I am excited about that smugglers post.

Anna @ The Bibliotaph
3 years ago

Sounds like an excellent week. I’ll be interested in what you think of Annihilation – it’s been on my TBR for ages and I keep hearing more and more about it. Have a great week!

Tori @ InToriLex
3 years ago

Awesome small book haul! Since I had a long reading slump last year I’ve been hauling 2017 titles…and new releases…and getting ARC’s but I’m hoping to have a awesome reading month because I have a week off from work. We shall see!

Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Hope she had the happiest of birthdays! I LOL’d about the part where she thought you guys were Jehovah’s witnesses. 😀

I’m not quite ready for VR. I think it would make me feel a little queasy, how did it feel?

Anywho, hope you enjoy your week!

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

I AM SO CURIOUS how you are gonna alike Annihilation o-0
I think is super cool that you like you hang out with older folks. We all will be one day 🙂

Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd

It sounds like you had a wonderful week! And that party sounds super fun! Wish I could have been there. 🙂

3 years ago

Keep seeing the Zanna Function, might have to pre order! Great post!

3 years ago

Annihilation is such a good book!!! I remember reading it before this blog and I slightly remember my exams were just a week or so away (like the final exams) and I was so into the book and I had borrowed it from the library the day it was brought into and ugh, it’s super amazing and am hoping you love it! <3 Which reminds me to add that to my read shelf, LOL. I can never get tired of stumbling upon books I have read before my GR account was born XD Virtual Reality is so cool! And a… Read more »

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

Happy Birthday to your Great Aunt! That does sound like a fun party 🙂

Camilla @Reader in the Attic

Glad you have an happy party with old folks XD Sometimes I’m good with them too, until they try to talk about the current period. Then I run away.
But HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY to your great aunt!

I would love to try out virtual reality. It must be a super cool experience. I would go with a zombie game… probably ending screaming like no one else and panicking for pixel zombies XD

Ivyclad Ideas
3 years ago

Sometimes it’s just easier to socialise with older people. I don’t know why.
Have a great week!