Book hauls, Sunday post

[Weekly wrap-up] Bookmail! Squee!!! Sunday post #72

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, but instead… They sent me five books! A finished copy of The Million and four ARCs:

book haul 2018 september

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:

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!

Going Widdershins
Going Widdershins

~ 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!

mini reviews 2  sleep merel sleep

~ 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 ❤️

going widdershins  #NewBloggersWelcome

~ 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.

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) The Black God's Drums War Cry by Brian McClellan Finding Baba Yaga

~ 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?

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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Ara @ Open Pages
3 years ago

Eh! Book mail is always fun! And I completely understand changing the way you blog. For me, my schedule works, because it’s set to twice a week, and one of those is a feature post not involving a lot of writing. Lol. And reviews go up whenever, and my reviews are SUPER unformal so. But everybody has a thing that works for them, and I hope you find something that you enjoy!

3 years ago

How exciting! Hope you’ll enjoy all the books 🙂
I totally understand the sentiment to only talk about stuff that makes you excited!

3 years ago

I’m so happy you got Exit Strategy!! I can’t wait to hear what you think! Also, the Black God’s Drums sound amazing 😀 To be honest, I get sick of blogging being a job sometimes too, but I mostly solve it by not giving a damn? I very often don’t post full reviews of the ARCs I request on my blog, only short ones on my Goodreads account. But I do still get stressed when I can’t finish a book by the publishing date, so I understand the feeling… I have a lot of experience with unpaid work since I… Read more »

Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

What I find fascinating about (book) blogging is the whole ‘nobody reads them’ type of comments that have a great habit of making all we do seem futile. I get told *all the time* that nobody reads reviews. Nobody reads excerpts. Nobody reads promo posts (blitzes, tours etc) yet… People obviously do. I mean, I’m one person but I’ll read them. If I have a genuine interest in the book or the author or something (cover, tag line etc) catches my eye, I’ll read it and I have a hard time believing that I’m a special snowflake for reading them.… Read more »

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

Aaahhh!!! New books ripe for the picking!!! I understand your frustrations with the blog. It’s nice to just make posts on your blog, whenever you want to. Every time some people make a schedule for when they do posts for their blogs, it just makes things too stressful. That’s why I prefer to just post whenever I feel like it.

3 years ago

I like the sound of Going Widdeshins – thank you for the recommendation Evelina. I look forward with interest to see what you do with your blog. I’m also having a go at varying my blogs and including more personal articles about my own writing experience. In the meantime, I hope the coming week is a kinder one…

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I agree with you completely about blogging. I am not being paid to blog. I am not being paid to read books. I am not being paid to write reviews. I do it because I like it. So I am going to do what I want when I want to do it. When it stops being fun, I will stop doing it. I mostly post my reviews on Goodreads and link the reviews to my blog. Though there are times I can’t stop myself from talking about a book…those are the reviews I really want to share with others, I… Read more »

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Hooray for the book mail! That is so exciting! 🙂

Yes, yes, and a thousand times yes to your tweet and your follow-on comments about reviewing and about blogging in general. I feel the same way and you put it into words perfectly. What happened to blogging for FUN? Why does every review have to be professional and publication-ready instead of just rambling talks about what we thought about a book? I’m ready to ditch the rules and take the fun back!

3 years ago

Yeah for book mail! I hope they are all awesome reads. I am with you. Blogging is not my job. I spend almost 12 hours a day at and commuting to/from my job. I do the things I enjoy for the blog. End of story. I have been seeing a lot of good buzz for Merel. I need to check that one out.

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Book mail is therapeutic! It always makes me happy too:) And I know just what you mean about blogging. Sometimes it does feel like a job. That’s when I know to give myself a break and spend more time on other things.

My Sunday Post

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I can relate to feeling tired of the review process. As you know, I vented a bit about Amazon and the stupid passcodes…(and I think I’m the only one with this issue! How is that possible?) LOL. But…I’ve been reviewing (and blogging) for ten years, so it’s hard to imagine not doing it.

We all need a break sometimes, though. Enjoy however you decide to proceed. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Congrats on your book mail! I know exactly what you mean about scheduling and being a slave to your calendar. I hope your new blogging format works and gets you more excited about blogging. I personally need more structure, otherwise I don’t know if I’d blog at all.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I think you should blog however you want. Mix it up, do twiter-style reviews when you feel the need.

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

Wow, that bookmail is totally insane, how cool is it that they sent so many books for you? That’s a blessing and a curse I suppose because so many new books to read! I think we’ve all gone through that phase of hating reviewing and blogging feeling like a chore, you need to figure out what works best for you. I often find that reviews are difficult and they aren’t the posts most likely to convince folks to read a book. I used to love top ten tuesday posts for finding new books so I would love to smaller versions… Read more »

3 years ago

You’re becoming famous!!!! Congrats Evelina this is a big step for an international blogger 😉 And I can’t wait to see what you plan to change about blogging …

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

I can really relate to how you are feeling — the sense that it’s become a chore rather than a joy, the sense of obligation instead of fun in reading and reviewing. I’ve been struggling with that myself, on and off, for the last year or so — certainly for much of 2018. Like you, I’m trying to figure out what to do about it. I cut back on memes, which has helped. Now I only do Sunday Post (because I enjoy it, and it’s a chance to wrap up the week) and occasionally Top Ten Tuesday, if the topic… Read more »

3 years ago

Oh I so know what you mean about blogging and reviewing. I’m at the point where I’m trying to change things up a bit. For one thing, I’m not taking on as many blog tours and trying to stay away from NetGalley as much as possible. It’s a start anyway. Hope you have a great week!

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

Congratulations on the awesome bookmail! Those are indeed some amazing books you got your hands on. And I hope the new changes to your reviews will make you happy. That is what’s most important after all. 😉 Happy reading, Evelina.

Jackie Briere
Jackie Briere
3 years ago

Hey Evelina, I know people don’t read book reviews that much since they can read the book themselves. That is why I like Most people discuss the book they are reading as they go along, and I like that. And yes, I have two blogs + book likes 🙂 I always retain more if I write down my thoughts as I go and I imagine people do this in a notepad already. I am glad to hear more book bloggers are switching things up. I started blogging for the fun of it, and reviewing books and reading them.… Read more »

3 years ago

All of those books have amazing covers!

I feel you on the book reviews. I have been changing things up a little, though not completely abandoning the calendar. (I need some sort of schedule.)

I’ll have to keep an eye out for Going Widdershins.

3 years ago

I’m excited about Exit Strategy but I’ve been doing audio. I like everything digital for my books and audio.

Sometimes I feel that I talk about the same things in every review because I don’t want to spoil – so I talk about characters, world-building, how I feel about the pacing and plot. I DO read reviews but I don’t think they need to be long. Anne – Books of My Heart

3 years ago

I think there’s a lot of different formats that could be used, or different ways to blog- it doesn’t have to just be reviews. I think a lot of us blog more or less the same way because we’re used to it? But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way to do it? It’s kind of thought provoking to think of all the different ways book blogging could be done!

And yay for book mail! Can’t wait to read Exit Strategy.

3 years ago

Yay for some fun book mail. I don’t really have a set schedule for when I post things. I tend to post 4-5 times a week, but it still just depends on what will show up on certain days. I think you should be able to post whenever you want! It’s all good. 🙂


bookish bibliophile
bookish bibliophile
3 years ago

oh wow i never recieved book mail, i would be so surprised and excited if i do! and i definitely agree with how you view about blogs, bloggers should be happy about what they’re blogging whenever,wherever

Barb (boxermomyreads)
3 years ago

Great book haul. Tor is awesome. And good luck on taking your blog in a new direction. I’m excited for whatever you decide to do!

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious


I love you and your content, and I hope that the changes you make bring you more joy! xoxo

ERK @Musings of a Confuzzled Reader
ERK @Musings of a Confuzzled Reader
3 years ago

I wanted to comment on this before but just couldn’t find the time! I had 16 tabs all contaning different blog posts that I had to comment on We are down to 4 now About reviewing, I rarely accept books if they are to be reviewed in a particular time frame. I cannot go about making a reading rountine. I also read your thread on twitter and I agree that reviews are the least successful of all posts but I am not giving them up just now. Maybe take a break, give up the reviewing for now and consider it… Read more »

3 years ago

I know exactly how you feel about changing the format of your blog. I went from being bored with my blog, to changing the whole template of it, to loving it, to now going back to being bored lol. I think it’s because I haven’t changed the way I do my reviews and other posts. There’s little room for growth and extension for what we bloggers do, so the content feels stuck. But I’m trying to add more different content to make it better.


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3 years ago

What a fabulous book mail surprise! And good luck with figuring out how you want to move your blog forward and change your schedule. I love that we have 4 of us, it makes blogging not stressful and we all fill in when the other is slammed with life, work, sickness or other things that take up time and it makes blogging fun. Hugs and good luck!

Aimee (Aimee, Always)
3 years ago

Unexpected bookmail is just incredibly awesome!!! I’m so excited for you, Evelina! ♥ Also, I get those fuzzy blogging thoughts every now and then. Difference is, I kind of enjoy writing reviews! I don’t get really formal with them, and typically do list-type reviews, so maybe that’s why I enjoy them so much? And personally I LOVE reading reviews–it all depends on the blogger’s voice. I guess I would enjoy informal ones more!

3 years ago

“And I think the way I blog is going to change. I’m not sure how yet – and I’m definitely not quitting” – this is exactly how I am feeling, but you know that already. I will always support you and your blog no matter what direction you take – and yes, it shouldn’t feel like a job, we are not even getting paid!

Meeghan reads
3 years ago

Hi! Sorry, I’m super late responding to this blog post… but I absolutely understand what you mean about the reviews not being fun any more. I often find that unless I want to gush about a particular book I’ve just read, then I’m way more likely to just … leave it until later? And by “later”, I mean, I basically just had to re-read a book to write a review the other day because it had literally been months and several dozen books read in between, and the story was fine, but it didn’t stick in my head. So, maybe… Read more »