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 .
As I didn’t post last Sunday (too busy having fun) I’ll cram two weeks in one today and I will give you my November wrap-up
In my private Life
First I want to wish a HAPPY SAINT NICOLAS for those who celebrate!
We do in Belgium and the tradition is to leave a carrot with your wishlist in front of a fireplace or a door or a window. The carrot is for Saint Nicola’s donkey of course!
Then in the morning, kids discover their gifts (we don’t give many gifts to kids on Christmas), chocolate (because we live in Belgium) and cooked marzipan.
Usually at the office, I leave chocolate on my colleague’s desks but this year, I sent them a parcel with more chocolate than usual and a card that I took the time to personalize. Not just with a “Happy Saint Nicolas, enjoy” but really pondering on this year, on what that person does for me, on who he or she is and to give my thanks.
After writing 13 cards, I realized that I wasn’t used to write a lot by hand anymore! I wondered how I have done that in school, writing the whole day 😀
I went to the post office with a cart full with 13 parcels and…the post worked her magic super fast!
Discovering my colleague’s reaction was really heartwarming!
I saw that the cards were so loved that one of my colleague burst into tears after having read it!!! Not sad tears but happy ones.
Mission accomplished, I brought some sweet and joy in this very bad year 😉
Less positive news now: our government has annouced the rules for Christmas. We can only invite one person! ONE!
Yet we have two mothers, both widows so making a choice was not easy!.
My mom proposed that we choose my mother in law as she never sees anyone, at all. My mom has friends she go walk with and, living closer to us, she sees us once or twice a week, wearing masks and all.
Still, that stings.
But it is what it is…
We decided to order our Christmas meal at my cousin’s restaurant. Restaurants and bars have been closed twice this year and are still closed now. They have a hard time surviving so we thought that even if we would pay a hefty price as it’s really “fine cuisine” with stars in Gault et Millau at least we would help my family to survive this crisis.
Last thing for you to enjoy: we made another collaborative reels where we all show our best read of 2020!
I love doing these because I end up coordinating 13 people from around the world (Greece, Romania, UK, USA and Belgium) and it shows how united this community is! We all gather together, support each other because we love books! And that gives me lots and lots of positive energy!
Click on the graphic below to watch it! I’ve titled this : BAND OF BOOKNERDS PRESENTS : OUR BEST READS OF 2020
On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)
In November I have read 14 books! I reviewed 9 of them and here are my favorites this month:
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco is the first of her new series and my first by that author but it won’t be my last one! I may have a little crush on Prince Wrath 😉
The Burning God by RF Kuang is the conclusion to her Poppy War trilogy. It was hard, brutal, brilliant and heartbreaking! Thsi will always be an author I’ll fear to read.
Last but certainly not least favorite: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey Mc Quiston. I know I am late to the party but I so loved Alex and Henry’s story!
From December 1st, we began our Best Reads of 2020 challenge and I’ll leave you the posts below if you are interested in reading them!
I know that I have tons of like and comments to catch up with but writing all this is time consuming yet thrilling! 😀
I want to thank you for your comments and also those who participate in our challenge! That’s always amazing to see your choices!
Have a great week guys!