Today is Sunday, time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week in and out of the blog. As usual I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer .
In my private life
I know I skipped last Sunday Post because I am way over my head into ARCs and book club reads this month! I just wanted to read and read and read!
But now I am back on track!
I am writing this post on my terrace under a huge arbor (you know these kind of big tents you put in the garden when you want to have a reception) with the sound of cicada in the background.
I might add, for a complete visual, that I am in a tank top, short and barefoot because we’ve been hit by a heatwave for two weeks in Belgium now! We reached close to 100°F!!!
I was homeworking in 32°C inside my livingroom and I had to take cold showers between Skype meetings! Not because they were sexy meetings (I am not working in that field 😀 ) but just because I was sweating like a pig due to the heat.
Let’s hope next week will be more bearable!
Now about 50 being the new 20, Friday was my birthday and I reached the middle of my life: 50. I have decided long ago that I won’t die before hitting 100 years. We need one in our family.
It was a sad day because COVID prevented any celebration.
No friend, no cake, nothing.
My husband didn’t buy me a gift nor my son. They say they will organize something big when we are allowed more freedom. But, you know, just a little bouquet and a tiny cake would have made my day …. I swear men are clueless sometimes!
Lucky for me, my mom offered me a lovely bouquet and my daughter came back that day bringing me small gifts. One of them was my favorite : a mug with a mom flying with a cape. The text on the mug says:
“Maman, légende vivante.
PDG d’une PME polyvalente: traiteur, psychologue, soutien scolaire,…
Maîtrise l’espace-temps pour atteindre des journées de 29 heures.
Signe distinctif: estime que trois appels par jour est un minimum.”
“Mom, living legend.
CEO of a small polyvalent company: chef, shrink, school helper.
Master time/space to have days of 29 hours.
Distinctive characteristic: thinks that three calls a day is the bare minimum.”
I know that now you are swooning right?
As my Bday was not so great, I decided to do something crazy and do a live unboxing on Instagram where I show my face guys!!!
Time is flying and I know that I don’t fit the “young and beautiful” mold of booktubers or bookstagrammers but we scream that we want more diversity in books with BIPOC, LGBTQ etc so why not more diversity in age for videos????
As I am a “walk the talk” kind of girl I did it! You can see it on my feed now, wrinkles, accent and all.
If you can’t throw your complex out of the window at 50, I don’t know when you can right? 😉
PS If you are on IG, would you mind watching it and giving me an honest feedback? I would love to improve.
Here is the link to the video https://www.instagram.com/p/CD39UvngGG0/
Last information: I MISS MY FRIENDS!
There, I said it.
It seems that I could go a long time without seeing friends “in real life and face to face” but now, I miss the chats in the changing room of the fitness club, the lazy swim while talking for one hour, the girls night, the ….
That hit me hard since last week and my mood kind of plumeted.
I know I must be grateful to be healthy but that does not mean that the whole social distancing does not suck!
But as I was fed up to be sorry for myself, we already took measures: I will go walk with a friend wearing mask and keeping the 1,5 meters and we bought new garden furniture with a huge table (I just had to sell a kidney for this ) and said arbor to invite few friends and manage to eat outside while keeping the safe distance.
Because for as much as I miss my friend, I don’t want to act foolishly and lose my life!
On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)
I reviewed two romance books and loved both!
Drowning in Stars by Debra Anastasia reminded me why I fell in love with her books many years ago (4,5 stars)
Leo by Jay McLean was so angsty and difficult that I nearly stopped reading it! By the end I gave it 4,5 stars too.
I managed to read two more books but the reviews will come later this month as I read them for two book clubs on Instagram!
On Tuesday I went all out and did a double post! The top Ten Tuesday because I wanted to show favorite books that I never reviewed because it was before I knew reviewing books was a real thing!
And Top 5 Tuesday as we talk about books where something turned right!
Last but not least, August is the month of romance and I teamed up with Trisy and Caro to give you one post a week about a romantic topic. We have so much fun doing these that I’ll leave the two first posts here below.
I did manage to blog hop and leave comments even if I tend to reply late on comments on my blog! I love them so don’t stop but my life is busy right now!
On the blogosphere and in the literary world
Epic Reads has the perfect quiz for you:
Could You Survive a Gladiator Game? This Quiz Holds Your Fate
Click on the graphic to take the quiz.
And now, some blog posts I really liked:
About the Twilight series, reread and all the (funny) reactions of The Laughing Listener
And Alexandra The Wry Writer, about the different views on the news from the English or French part of Canada!
Now, do tell me all about your week!
Thanks for reading.