Yet another week passes, and I still feel largely disconnected from my blog because I’ve been so busy with work I even had to miss a few Bookstagram posts because I just had no time to edit the photos. Mental health is not at an all time high either, let me tell you. But at least there was #bookmail!!! To fix all ails. Originally, I only requested Exit Strategy from Tor.com, but instead… They sent me five books! A finished copy of The Million and four ARCs:
An image of my book haul: The Million, War Crt, The Black God’s Drums, Exist Strategy and Finding Baba Yaga
Anyway. But I have been having certain thoughts about my blog and blogging in general lately. I feel like it’s going to take shape soon, and I’ve talked about some of it in this tweet – please come and share your opinion if you want:
I’m thinking of changing the format of the blog. I want to just talk about the books I loved, and not in boring reviews. I want to be excited about books! I want to just casually talk about them with you all. Not give FORMAL reviews, nobody even reads them! 1/x
— Evelina | Avalinahsbooks (@AvalinahsBooks) September 15, 2018
Bottom line, anyway, is that I’m sick of talking about books when I don’t want to. I’m sick of having to post reviews, I’m sick of the calendar. I’m sick of it being a job. Isn’t blogging supposed to be you talking about books out of your love for them? Instead, we don’t even notice how it turns into an (unpaid) job. I have been incredibly unmotivated about the blog lately purely for this reason. And I think the way I blog is going to change. I’m not sure how yet – and I’m definitely not quitting, but don’t be surprised to see posts from me on your feed appearing at odd times. I might be doing away with set post times and days. We’ll see how this goes.
I know at least a few of you have been having similar thoughts lately. Share them!!!
~ We Need To Talk About Some Books I’m Reading ~
Have I talked about this miracle yet? I know that I was buzzing with Going Widdershins right and left while I was reading it, but that was also unfortunately the time when I was going on vacation really soon, so I might just have been buzzing to a couple of you on DMs, and that’s all. Truth is, this book should be known far and wide and read by all women, especially if they’re at least a little into the alternative belief of getting in touch with your spirit, the Earth and the elements, as opposed to a patriarchal god. This book got tears out of me, tears of sadness and of joy. I haven’t read something that resonated with me like this for a long time! My review for it comes out on Tuesday, please come read it – and I thank Jane Ryder for the recommendation from the bottom of my heart. Jane, you’re amazing!
~ Last Week On The Blog ~
Last week I posted a lot of mini reviews and a review for a book I really loved: Sleep, Merel, Sleep. The book is very, very recommended!
~ Coming Up Next Week~
Even though I said I’ll be doing away with the calendar, I still have some posts scheduled. And next week is an exciting one! First of all, I’ve got an AMAZING book that I just mentioned – Going Widdershins, and also, another welcome post for #NewBloggers! So please come read. BOTH! I demand your attention ❤️
~ Little Book Haul ~
I had actually hauled nothing this week. And then the surprise bookmail arrived! I am both happy and bummed out xD haha. More happy though. Since I have already read The Million, technically, I only hauled these four. But seriously, I was very excited for The Black God’s Drums, but had to skip requesting it because I was busy with the vacation and all that. Now I can read it anyway! Super happy about that.
~ In The Bookish Community ~
Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch talked about how she rarely posts TBRs and why it’s like that. And then, she… posts a TBR xD
Ellie @ Books at the End of the Alphabet posted a really strong review for a feminist book, read it!
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.