Book hauls, Sunday post

Yes, I Did Haul Books This Time, But Also… Valentine’s And Patriotism Week Sunday post #47

This week was a clump of holidays for me! Between last week’s boyfriend’s birthday, this week we didn’t just have my mom’s birthday which falls on the Valentine’s, but of course the Valentine’s Day itself, and then… on the 16th, a really big celebration for my country – 100 years of restored independence!! No, that doesn’t mean 100 years of continous independence, unfortunately, but 100 years is 100 years! So congratulations, Lithuania!

In terms of my own celebrations, we… Couldn’t resist. And went to the same place again! I’ve got photos for you, and this time it was even more amazing, as we had the afternoon tea set, which surprised us with cake! (I guess we’re not very good at reading the menu, huh.) There was so much food that we literally skipped dinner that night. It was an amazing Valentine’s!

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I took it easy. Only two posts! But they are both very valuable to me. I posted a buddy read review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan along with my friend and great discussion buddy Sarabi @ Swallow Song, and of course, some #NewBloggers 101 content, which I’m quite proud of: all my Goodreads, Twitter and other social media hacks that I use to be a more efficient blogger. Here they are:

snow flower and the secret fan  social media and networking

~ Coming Up Next Week~

Next week I am planning two reviews (if I have time to write the second one) – as you can see by the number of stars, they were both amazing books! And a guest post from Lauren @ Northern Plunder. She will be talking about the intricacies of moving your blog from Blogger to a free WordPress account.

rosie colored glasses  freshwater

~ Little Book Haul ~

Well, I did haul this week – but so little, compared to how much I usually haul! Amazing, isn’t it? I really like this change for the better. The smaller TBR. The slowly growing TBR. #KeepDreaming

Happily Garden Spells (Waverley Family #1)

~ In The Bookish Community ~

Lara @ Words With Lara talks about what to do if you’re reading a book that’s just too much

Shruti @ This Is Lit gives useful recommendations on how to write a book review request email to a blogger

Continuing the author topic, Gayathri @ Elgee Writes talks about why it’s important for authors to have a website

For Valentine’s, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books tells us why we should give some love to book bloggers as a whole

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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Wow you had such a fun and productive week. OMG you’ve read freshwater, I can see you loved it from the stars. Can’t wait to read your review of it. I love seeing books by Nigerian authors being read worldwide. Happy birthday in arrears to your mum.

Jackie Briere
Jackie Briere

Oh, Lithuania! You’re near the Baltic Sea! How nice it would be to live there! I was born in Tunisia and lived in Algiers for a period of time when I was young. I loved the Mediterranean. I would love to go back there and visit Morocco for Couscous. 🙂 Those cakes look delicious and the tea. I don’t really celebrate Valentines Day. For me, this year it’s about Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent where we fast and pray the 40 days leading up to Easter.


Happy Sunday! And congrats to Lithuania for the independence celebration! Looks like a pretty amazing spread at the tea house. Cool pic!

I remember seeing good reviews for Garden Spells. And some of her other books also.

Have a great week!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Congratulations to Lithuania for 100 years of restored independence!
That tea place looks fantastic. I love afternoon tea. I should try to go get some more often 😉 And if there’s cake, it’s even better.
Your new books look great, and well done for not getting too many 😉
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.


A week full of celebrations! Congratulations, Lithuania and Happy V-Day – you went back to the awesome tea place and those sandwiches look amazing. And also congrats on keeping the haul so small – I wasn’t that lucky, but I am excited for all the books I got.

Happy reading!

Becky V.

Hello! Your post makes me want to go to tea! I’m lucky enough to also have a great little charming teahouse right down the road. 🙂 Those tea sandwiches and cakes look amazing!


Aww, the tea house is like your special place. I haven’t been to one in quite some time, but they are definitely my kind of place. Cute little food and a little bit more quiet atmosphere. It’s kind of fun to be able to celebrate a big milestone for your country. I was young, but I remember the bicentennial here in the US. We had a block party (it’s a very NYC thing to do), and somebody drilled holes in a bunch of bicentennial quarters and we wore them on red, white, and blue ribbons around our necks. Good times.

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

This was a big celebratory week for you and your country. Congrats on 100 years of independence! Also, all that food looks so yummy, so I’m sure you had an awesome Valentine’s Day.

I hope you enjoy your new books. A bookworm can’t survive too long without hauling books – I wish it was easier to keep my TBR pile short.

Happy readings!

Maureen Bakker

That looks delicious. Yummy!! It sounds like a good week for you.
Your upcoming guest post sounds very interesting. I’ll have to check it out.
Have a great week and happy reading!


Ooo… that spread had me drooling – a really lovely, old fashioned afternoon tea takes a LOT of beating in my book! No wonder you went there to celebrate! Congratulations – and how lovely that Lithuania also has a chance to mark 100 years of freedom – here’s hoping for the next 100… Have a great week, Evelina:)

Jamie @ Fantasy Book Chick
Jamie @ Fantasy Book Chick

Sounds like you had a busy week! Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

Kari @ Kari Reads and Writes
Kari @ Kari Reads and Writes

Yay for all your celebrations, including your patriotic one 🙂 That tea time afternoon looks dreamy! Glad you enjoyed it.

Garden Spells is one of those books that was talked about a while back and I never read yet. I hope you find it delightful!

Vani | Off-Color Lit

That little place is so effing cute! I’m so glad you guys went back. And I love that you played cards there. Also yay Lithuania!!


Congrats on the great news! I’m in love with tea parties and haven’t been to one in ages, so I adore the cafe and teapot. So lovely and elegant! Hugs…RO


Congratulations Lithuania! What a pretty afternoon tea pic. Enjoy your books!


Oh! Garden Spells is one that I’ve been really wanting to read for a while, I read another novella by the same author and loved it and have been curious about her work since. Freshwater is also on my TBR for hyped new releases this year, so I can’t wait to read your reviews!

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

The sandwiches are making me hungry! What a lovely place to relax. Hope you have a wonderful week

Laurel-Rain Snow

Congratulations on all the holidays…and that tea place, which looks so delightful.

Rosie Colored Glasses has piqued my interest. Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing…and thanks for visiting my blog.

Aimee (Aimee, Always)

Woohoo for all the celebrations! Belated happy birthday to your boyfriend and to your mom. <3 AHHH CAKE. T_T <3

Sophie Eloy

I can’t wait to read the post on moving from Evelina! And funny but Marie’s post is also on my Sunday Post. Happy Sunday!

DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

Yes, this cafe is just as cute and I love the center piece! (Mainly because of what it has on the top layer) 😀

Michelle @Because Reading

Congratulations to Lithuania! That little shop looks super cute, I wish they had those around here. I am more coffee than tea but I like a cup of tea especially in the summer. I don’t know why I prefer it in the summer but I do. lol

I hope you have an awesome week, Evelina! Happy Reading!

JJ @ This Dark Material

I’m suffering from serious tea and snack envy! (But please don’t stop posting when you go, I want to live vicariously through you ) Can’t wait to read your review of Freshwater too, that cover alone seems like a reason to buy it. And I’m glad your new blogging schedule is working so well 🙂 Have a wonderful week Evelina ♥

Cricket@ Little Library Muse

Sounds like you had a great week to celebrations. Cake is a good surprise and I’m sure it tasted amazing. The teapot kind of reminds me of Beauty and Beast.

Laura Thomas

Loads of fun celebrations, indeed! I only had a small book haul too. Got a feeling that won’t last. LOL I sure have been enjoying your blogging tips posts. Thanks bunches!

Rachel @The Readers Den

Oooh the cake and tea looks delicious! Glad to hear you had a great time!

Garden Spells has a beautiful cover. Hope the insides match the outside!

Enjoy your week, Evelina! 🙂


Aww I’m glad that you were able to go back to that cute cafe and really enjoying yourself again, the afternoon tea once again looks amazing, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to eat anything after that! And having small hauls is always good, I’m trying to manage my tbr a bit more too now. I hope you have a great week Evelina! 🙂

Aj @ Read All The Things!

That food looks sooo good. I want it. 🙂 Have a great week!


Congratulations Lithuania! That little cafe looks like a amazing place to relax, read or people watch. Oh my goodness, now I’m craving something sweet. It is always wonderful when we enjoy the books we do read, it doesn’t feel like time wasted.

Off to visit the bookish community links, sounds like some great topics. Have a wonderful day Evelina.


Sounds like a great week for you! Hope this one is just as good!

Barb (boxermommyreads)

Sounds like you did a lot of celebration. Glad you had a nice time. Now I want cake! Looking forward to your reviews!


Oh, the cafe looks amazing! I always love the pictures you share of your country. I’d love to visit Lithuania some day. ❤️

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I think that the little cafe looks amazing! I could totally handle some of that cake 🙂 Garden Spells is a book that I would like to read. I hope you enjoy it and have a great week!


Oh wow! That sounds like a lot of excitement for a week 🙂 Love cafe you found – that food and tea set looks great! I can’t think of a lot of places that do tea service in the U.S., but would love to try it sometime 🙂

(And I really need to check-out your Social Media post. I could use all the hacks I can get!)

Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

What an amazing milestone, congrats! Also, all those celebrations sound like fun. After eating all those goodies, I don’t think I would have dinner either! LOL.

Hope you have another great week!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Wow, seems like you had an amazing week. And Valentine’s celebration looks wonderful. We don’t celebrate Valentine, however. It was the same old working day for us, lol 😛 And congrats to you and Lithuania for the 100 years of independence. Now looking at my own country, it’s hardly been 70 years of Independence 🙂 Two posts a week is fine, comparing to none (like my blog last week) if you are not stressing it out. Your books look great. I didn’t purchase any book but yes, I got a lot of review copies this week which were pending to… Read more »


Ooh, that looks like the yummiest high tea!

Sophia Rose

Definitely lots to celebrate for you. The tea shop visit sounds like a lovely way to celebrate. The Sarah Addison Allen book was a favorite for me a few years back and I hope you enjoy it. Well done on keeping your TBR pile small. Your helpful post about media sounds good. I’ll have to check it out.

Have a good week, Evalina!

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

Oh I wish high tea was more of a thing here! That looks amazing! I can definitely see why you went back to the same place. Happy 100 years of restored independence! A nice little book haul! I loved Garden Spells and hope you enjoy it as well. Have a great week!

Daniela Ark

Holidays are usually fun! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! Glad hear you have your mom’s birthday to celebrate on Valentine’s Day 🙂 Happy Independence Day Lithuania!

ARE THOSE TAROTS CARDS??? I have an obsession with those! My Contemporary dark fantasy WIP is about tarot cards 🙂

Ohhh that place looks so inviting!

Looking forward to your review of Freshwater 🙂

Rachael @ This Westgate

So many celebrations! That’s fantastic! WE have a tea house quite similar to yours called the Empress where I live in Canada. They do beautiful little sandwiches and delicate treats too – such a special spot to visit!

herding cats

Oh the afternoon tea looks lovely! Hope you’re having a great week!