Book hauls, Sunday post

[Weekly wrap-up] Sunday post #51 In Which I Suffer My Poor Knee, Beat A Highscore And Also Win At Not Hauling AGAIN

It’s one of those weeks again when I’m struggling to even come up with what I was up to! All I know is that I finally wound down from a little too much working and picked up a slower rhythm. Which is great! I am finally feeling a little bit more like a human being. The weather is still freezing, and anyway, where did the spring go? Anyhow, more about this week:

  • funny HAHA but I think I might have actually hurt my knee with all that VRing…. it really hurts 😭
  • I mean, it would be K, but I went in for another SUPER SHORT round of the space pirates and now it hurts
  • but hey, on the bright side, I topped my high score AGAIN (13k now…)
  • boyfriend tried playing. Got to 3k. I am so killing it.

Angelina Jolie Shot GIF

  • he also says that I am a beast at that game and I really shouldn’t be THIS happy about it.
  • YES, I am proud of the fact that I can kick alien droid ass. So maybe I won’t survive a zombie apocalypse, but I might be able to handle the drones!
  • and guess what. I ONLY HAULED ONE BOOK AGAIN!
  • And since the sun was out today, I did a tiny Instagram shoot – to show you the print ARCs that I have, because I want to challenge myself to read them this month and finally come clear with my responsibilities! Here it is:

So before we go cook that lovely lasagna and retire for the night, I am going to tell you more about what I’ve been reading this week and what’s on the blog!

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

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky is actually coming out really soon, and I am *slightly* late in reading it, shame on me – but it’s so good! Despite being bloody, gory and terrifying, the Mesoamerican cultures (talking of Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayans etc. here) were AMAZING, quite advanced, and very, VERY rich cultures, so I am very excited to be reading this full mythology! What sets this book apart from other myths and stories is that it’s written very, very readably, and it also tells a mesh of all of the myths (because it’s not just one culture, remember), basically up from the day the world was created – and how these people believed it went up from there. What is incredibly interesting is that they too had giants, they too had a flood – I will never stop wondering about the origins of myths of various cultures that are seemingly so far apart, but claim the same things. Anyway, for anyone who is interested in mythology – and rarer mythology, at that – definitely give this one a go. Comes out in April!

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week we had a review for one of my surefire favorites of the year, All Systems Red by Martha Wells. I recommend this book wholeheartedly! Then we also had a review for The Feed, a solid enough dystopian book which I liked, but couldn’t say I loved. And lastly, skipping this week’s #NewBloggers post, I wrote about how my people saved their own language by smuggling books when they were forbidden. I haven’t replied the comments yet, but it seems everyone was pretty excited to learn of this phenomenon!

all systems red  the feed
book smugglers

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week, I have a very, very recommended review of Have Dog, Will Travel – a touching account of how a guide dog can change a blind person’s life. If you love dogs, this is the book for you. Then on, I think you have already heard be rave about The Zanna Function – so of course I will advise you to come back and read my full thoughts on Wednesday! And last but so very not least, we have a guest post by Jen @ Star-crossed Book Blog and Ivy @ Ivyclad Ideas who will be telling us more about Goodreads – shelves, profiles, customizing and whatnot! Tune in to find out more.

have dog, will travel  zanna function
goodreads tutorial

~ Little Book Haul ~

Guess what. I can’t believe it myself! Second week that I’ve hauled just ONE book! Miracles. Such as that never happen. Ever. Wow. I might have a chance at my TBR! Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank was kindle recommended by Lilyn @ Scifi&Scary, who then went a step further and procured me the book! Thank you again!! As you can plainly see, she doesn’t JUST read scary things 😉 although I don’t know, reading it currently, parts of this would have been scary to me as a kid for sure!

Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Marta @ The Cursed Books talks about why we need more ‘unlikable’ heroines

Aditi @ Dreamy Reads will make you all laugh with how scenarios from books would REALLY go down, if it actually happened in real life

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 Bookviews

Congrats on getting only one new book this week as well, Evelina! You are a much stronger woman than I am, that’s for sure 🙂
And congrats on beating the BF in VR games and kicking alien droid ass! You sound like you’ve been having fun, even if your knee hurts…
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and happy reading. xoxo

3 years ago

I love your enthusiasm for VR. Way to own the game. =)

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

Well I’m glad you could slow down at work Evelina! I’m still waiting for it …. Happy Sunday!

JJ @ This Dark Material

Lasagna, yum! My family always does a big corned beef roast for St. Patrick’s Day; we don’t celebrate the holiday for any reason, but it’s a nice excuse for lots of food 🙂 Feathered Serpent sounds super interesting!! Are you going to post a longer review closer to its release? I’d be curious to learn more, but let’s be honest: if you recommend a book, I’m pretty much guaranteed to add it to my TBR. It sounds like you had a really good week, so I hope the next one is even better ♥

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

I sort of panicked seeing this post since I thought we were already Sunday for a second!!!! Pretty cool to heard about the destruction you bring upon aliens in that VR game. Sounds awesome! And wow, 1 book? Watch ouuuuuuut! You know what will happen in the coming weeks. 🙂 Happy reading!

Barb (boxermommyreads)

Sounds like an awesome week. I’ve been gaming some here and there as well. Congrats on only picking up one book!

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Sorry about your knee. Sounds like you’ve been kicking butt though. LOL And only one book! Way to go:)

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I can’t wait to read your review of Have Dog, Will Travel

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I’m glad you’re feeling more human. Enjoy your new book! I wish I was strong enough to only get one.

Dreamy Reads
3 years ago

Well at least you are good at VRing. I remember that someone had once gifted my Mom a VR and we spent the whole day trying to figure out how it works. Can’t wait for next week’s posts. Also thank you for recommending my post. I still can’t believe that some people actually found it funny.

Dreamy Reads
3 years ago

That VR must have been of some cheap brand as it is we never got to use it because we didn’t know how to set it up.
Thanks a lot <3

3 years ago

ohh im excited to see what the tutorial to Goodreads will be ! (im sure I might not use a few things that i’d learn heheh ..).
Not really a “haul” but I got a copy of “The corner shop in cockleberry bay” for review purposes and I was really PUMPED about that, as it features a wiener dog, eeeeek !!

3 years ago

so far so good ! although some phrases leaves me confused haha

3 years ago

Omg Evelina, I hauled so many books this week! I couldn’t believe until I received all the books. All secondhand and books on my TBR but still!

Feathered Serpents sounds really cool! I haven’t come across many books about Mesoamerican culture…

3 years ago

Oh no, i hope your knee is feeling better! And you should absolutely be gleeful about kicking alien droid ass!

Aimee (Aimee, Always)
3 years ago

Bahahaha, getting addicted to ANY game is both the best and the worst. It’s so satisfying to keep getting better, but it takes up way too much time too. I hope your knee feels better, lovely! I’ll be looking forward to that Goodreads discussion posts–it’s one of my favorite social media platforms. <3

Brian Joseph
3 years ago

Feathered Serpent Dark Heart of the Sky is something that I want to read. A few years ago I read Charles C. Mann’s 1491. That book presented an overview of all the Mesoamerican cultures. They were so rich and I want to know more about them. I might give this book a read soon.

Tracy @ Cornerfolds
3 years ago

I hope it warms up soon! I hate the cold so much! I’ll have to check out All Systems Red. I hope you enjoy your new book and have a great week!

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

How awesome that you get print ARCs and you’re an international blogger! You better take advantage and get reading (no pressure ha ha).

3 years ago

Yaay on killing all the alien droids! And good luck with reading all the ARCs!
I am all up for dog books – last year I went to an event with dogs and met dogs that were being trained to be companions for blind people, we went in a new room with our eyes closed and had to trust the dog to walk us around the room. They are wonderful souls and so gentle.

Also, I am super excited for the Goodreads tutorial and it’s so awesome you only hauled one book. I went crazy, as per the usual.

3 years ago

Oh, but every country needs companion dogs!!

Cannot wait to see the haul!

3 years ago

So…how does one hurt their knee while VRing? 😀

Hope you have a good week!

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

Nice that you are beating your hubby in the VR game! My kids play that stuff and “kill it”. I haven’t tried. Sorry that you hurt your knee tho. I hope you have a great week of reading!

Mary #SundayRoundup #10

Astrid @ Vanilla & Spice Books
Astrid @ Vanilla & Spice Books
3 years ago

Good job on only getting one book! Also, grats for kicking ass VR-ing!

Have a lovely week!

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

I’m going to look into Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank. It may be right up my alley. 🙂

3 years ago

All Systems Red is definitely down for me to get hold of as soon as my TBR pile looks more respectable and if Netgalley gets any more disappointing that will be sooner, rather than later! I loved your post on the Book Smugglers. I hope your knee soon feels better and that we BOTH get some spring weather that lasts:))

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

I’m curious about The Four Women. Enjoy all of your books, and thanks for sharing.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

3 years ago

I think I would be exactly like you Evelina once I start playing something I really can’t stop, but you are killing it with your scores! I hope your knee feels better! And yes to such a small haul, it’s always great when you get new books, but such a nice feeling when you’re not that overwhelmed with books either! I hope you have a great week 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Just keep kicking Droid Arse. Hope your knee feels better and that life feels calm again!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

Nice job on control over there. I was doing good for a while with not requesting/accepting review requests for a little bit, but there are so many good sounding books coming out later this year. My self control went right out the window. I hope your knee feels better soon. 🙁

Vi @Inkvotary
3 years ago

You are great with only getting one book! *lol* I always feel weird when I am at the end of a week and haven´t bought one single book at least. Well … no words *smile* Thanks for sharing your books, the one or the other might go on my wishlist.

Best wishes
Vi @Inkvotary

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

I don’t know where the heck spring is, but it’s March 18th and we got inches of snow there and I AM SO MAD haha. I can’t wait to have a better, warmer weather, that’s for sure 🙂
Congratulations on hauling just one book, wow you’re doing amazing haha 🙂
I hope you’ll have a lovely week! xx

3 years ago

I’ve requested All Systems Red from my library, so hope to get my hands on it soon. Sounds like you had a lot fun kicking alien droid butt! Have a great week!

3 years ago

Only one new book this week? You are good 🙂 I hope you have a great week!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
3 years ago

It is good to have things slow down! Ugh it is so cold here too and I am over it!! Have a great week!

3 years ago

Ha ha love that GIF! You are clearly rocking at the VR stuff. 🙂 And yes the weather is awful here too. Exactly right, where is spring????

Feathered Serpent sounds awesome, and I’ve often wondered that too- how do so many cultures have so many belief similarities? Makes you wonder *cue eerie music* but I’ve always thought the Mesoamerican cultures were kinda mysterious too, with all that we don’t know, so yeah… I’ll have to take a look at that one.

Have a super week 🙂

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Congratulations on beating your record. The injury was for a good cause. 😉 Printed arcs?! That’s awesome! So happy for you.

I love mythology. I’m adding Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky to my wishlist – it seems such an interesting book and it may help on my thesis (I’m currently going through all mythologies and their monsters).

Wishes of a great week.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Yay for only adding one book this week! I didn’t do quite that good but I have been doing better overall so that is a step. Good for you for kicking the alien droids ass 🙂 I hope you have a great week!

Rachel @The Readers Den

You need to try warming up before and then stretching after your VR sessions, Evelina! Sounds like you had some fun kicking butt, though, lol! 🙂

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

Yay! Glad you got to beat your boyfriend’s game record! And you sure got a lot of awesome books here! Hope you have a great week!

herding cats
3 years ago

Oh no on the knee. Hope it’s feeling better soon. Yay for a calmer week 🙂

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Oh you are really enthusiastic about VR, I can see. I can’t imagine myself playing it 😀 And wow, just one book? How are you even controlling yourself, lol. I have a big book haul this book because of a sale and will share this week.
And not to say, you are doing really good on reading front. I am excited to see that Goodreads post.

Bee @ Novel Ink
3 years ago

I’ve never done VR before but it sounds like a lot of fun! Also dangerous… xD

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I love how your boyfriend says you shouldn’t be *that* excited about winning. Well, obviously! But that wouldn’t stop me from rejoicing, either. Ha! Hope you enjoyed that lasagna!

Chloe @ Book Dragons
Chloe @ Book Dragons
3 years ago

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of being able to kick drone ass xD And the goodreads post coming up sounds interesting, I have a love hate relationship with goodreads haha. Hope you have a good week and maybe lay off kicking ass until you’re knees a bit better haha

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

Ouch, I hope your knee feels better soon. Congrats on beating your high score and on only hauling one new book this week. I wish I had your self control 🙂

Cait @ Paper Fury
3 years ago

oooh that’s bad about your knee! And I hope the weather warms up soon! Our weather is jumping between being cool at night and hot in the day ugh I hate autumn in Australia. I just end u p taking a jacket on and off 50 million times ah hahhaa. *falls over* Also GO YOU with not hauling a ton of books and actually catching up!! I AM IN AWE. I am doing the opposite. Although I’ve been reading some books I’ve had on my shelves for YEARS and this is making me feel very accomplished heheh.

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

ugh sorry to hear about your knee!
BUT It is super cool that you like videos games! I was a total junkie in my pre-kids life. Now I nag at my son no to spend 4 hours every afternoon playing [when I could play all night LOL killing monsters in Silent Hill and Resident Evil] 🙂 Of course I cannot wait to hear more about The Zanna Function!

Natalie @Natflix&Books

I went to an arcade this weekend for hours and was legitimately sore the next day. Lol. Feathered Serpents does sound intriguing. I’ve also always found it so interesting that cultures from all over have similar origin stories (like floods). Happy reading!