I will combine today’s Sunday Post with the monthly wrap-up and link back as usual with The Sunday Post hosted by the charming Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer
In my private life last week
Well first I hope you’ll forgive me but I have been sometimes MIA in the blogosphere this week because:
1) I visited my cousins on Monday and it was months since we did not gossip so it took us a looooong time to catch up;
2) On Tuesday I had dinner with a friend and we went to the theater right after;
3) On Wednesday and Thursday I made my candles (see below for some pictures);
4) On Friday I went with my mom on my father’s tomb;
And in between I had to read and review 4 ARCs!!!!! Needless to say that I had little time to blog hop! Sorry sorry!
And last night I’ve been up the whole night as my 20 years old of a kid was vomitting and everything else when you have the stomach flu! They may be young adults they still need their mom when they are sick!
So yes, stomach flu and cemetery aside I had a busy but very great week and skipped my blogger’s duty!
If you want to see my latest creations in candle land ….here they are 😀
On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)
Book wise I have reviewed 9 books, 3 of them being audiobooks! You can find them from lower rating to maximum reading pleasure!
Audiobook review: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan was an okay read with 3,5 stars.
The Living Canvas by Pepper Winters was the conclusion to The Body Painter duology . 4,5 stars.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater was book 3 in The Raven Boy series and a 4,5 stars.
Audiobook review: The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah was an historical fiction in the WWII Burgundy region narrated by the talented Saskia Maarleveld. 4,5 stars.
Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann was a smart and funny romcom with the female MC being Asperger with my favorite character name of all time (Miss Lemon Fresh aside): Dorothy Mayhem! 4,5 stars.
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L Armentrout was even better than the first book in this series! 4,5 stars.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater was the last book in the Raven Boys series and a resounding 5 stars!
Now, my two winners this month were:
Audiobook review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn. Simply mesmerizing with Saskia being once again the brilliant narrator for this historical fiction! 5 stars.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo knocked me off my socks and made me entre Leigh’s bandwagon! Diabolical! 6 stars!
Post wise this month has been filled with my Thursday discussions but also fun posts like :
Recommending books based on your favorite Fall activity:
Posting about #ownvoices books and hosting a blog tour with a giveaway. By the way my choice was obsviously the best 😀 and was Birthday by Meredith Russo.
And we loved The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh so much Julia @acourtofwordsandpages and I that we wrote two fanfic posts this week!
One about two possible beginnings for the sequel and the second about my theories about the plot for the sequel based on the clues left in the book! Not many read the post but that’s not a problem because we had so much fun doing it! 😀
And last week Top 5 Tuesday was about Spooky books!
This week on the blogosphere and in the literary world
First quizz but I am afraid not for Greg this time (or maybe well?): Which Raven Boy is your soulmate? I got Gansey!!!
And a second quizz for these not interested about finding your Raven Boy Soulmate: How well do you remember the Gone series?
And some very interesting posts this week:
The Orang Outang Librarian talks about terrifying tropes and writing styles:
No Read is too great talks about villains to root for!
Lashaan wonders how objective we are in our reviews:
Mandy gives precious advices to survive a book festival when you attend solo:
That’s it! Now do tell me how was your month? How many books did you read? And favorites that I should know about?
Thanks for reading!
You had a busy week. Being able to create candles sounds very good. Love the pictures in your post. Thank you for sharing. I am a Maggie Stiefvater fan myself. And Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo seems to be a fantastic read. Heard so many great things about it.
Sounds like you had a busy week indeed. That’s great you got to catch up with your cousins. Those candled you made look great, I like all the glitter in them. Looks like you had some good reads this month.
Oh my goodness you had such a busy week, hugs! I hope your kiddo is feeling better and that it wasn’t passed to you *fingers crossed*. And those candles are GORGEOUS! I was just telling my husband that I want to put glitter candles on my wish list, lol. You’re so talented! ♥
Oh my goodness you have been so busy socialising and I love it! I hope you had all the fun. And those candles look amazing <3 I am going to go and take both of those quizzes now and will share my results on my insta story! So curious…
you had a great reading month! I’m glad Ninth House was a hit for you! Can’t wait to check out your review! I haven’t read The Beautiful yet but planning to pick it up this month. Being sick with the stomach flu is the worst! I hope your son is feeling better now! Those candles looks great btw! 🙂
I hope the stomach flu has passed… and didn’t move on to anyone else! The new candles are gorgeous!! And so many great books read in October!
Super busy week! No one can blame you for being awol. I don’t have your reasons, I’m just so tired!
Hope the vomit bug passed quickly without passing on to the rest of the house! I love autumn but I hate how it comes with an influx of bugs!
Your candles are pretty. Are they scented too?
Yes they are scented! Some with orange others with cinnamon or ginger 😉
Your candles turned out amazing!!!! I love the glitter <3
Thank you Brittany! I love glitter in general LOL
Dragon candle!!!!! 🙂
Yes Maddalena!!!! 😉
You had such a busy week – but it was the good kind of busy and I hope you had lots of fun. 🙂 Your candles look so pretty. *.*
Thank you Tânia!
A busy week for you, I hope your son doesn’t pass on his gastro!
Wishing you a great reading week
Thank you Shelley Rae!
Sounds like you had a crazy busy week. I’m sorry to hear your son is sick and hope that he’s feeling better soon. Those candles are amazing!
Thank you Suzanne!!!!
Yes they do still need their mom when they’re sick! So true haha.
Book Dragon looks awesome!
You wrote some fanfic? Cool! I’ll have to check it out. Oh, and I’ll take that quiz anyway haha! I take all the quizzes… 🙂
Well Greg quizz away please LOL I will try to add some more just for you next week!
I also LOVED Ninth House. I am glad you got to do all the things this week. Have a lovely week and more great reads!
Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post
Yes! i am so happy that you loved it as well Anne!
I love the candles! Are you selling them somewhere, Sophie? Hope your baby gets better soon, and doesn’t pass it around!
Oh he did not pass it around Jacquie! I am tough LOL And no I am not selling them just making them for me as I love doing some craft.
Tbh, I haven’t been that interested in Ninth House but now when it’s getting so many great reviews I really want to give it a try.
You don’t have to apologize for being absent, it happens to everyone sometimes.
Well Irena I wanted to give Leigh Bardugo’s books a second chance and I am glad I did!
I actually enjoyed her grisha trilogy, I only read the first two but still…
I do plan to give six of crows a try at some point…
Your candles are amazing! Stomach bugs are the worst! But, you’re the best mom for being there as the kid vommed. I can’t be around the smell. It makes me vomit.
Ha Sam I had no choice but overcome my disgust or he could have been all alone 😉
Oops. Hit the post comment too soon. So sorry your little one isn’t feeling well and I hope he recovers quickly:)
Hahaha I am glad I am not the only one with a “trigger happy” thumb ending to post mid comment Laura! And thank you he alrady feels much better today!
Your candles look fabulous! I wish I had time to be crafty again. I’m finally done with my 31 reviews for October and I’ll be able to stop in more often again. My brain is fuzzy from typing all of them. LOL
I just snagged the Bardugo book for my BOTM pick! I’m excited. And I got the audio of The Beautiful. Hope your child is feeling better!
Samantha I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Ninth House!!!
You’ve had a busy week! You never stop being a mom, right? I’m at my daughter’s house, sick, but everyone is sick so I still end up taking care of them. I’m trying to rest today. Happy reading, Sophie. 🙂
Exactly Rachel! We never stop being moms! I hope everyone will get better from your end too!
You had quite the week. HOW in the heck do you work, take care of a family and do all that? I’m in awe! Wow, I love the new candles. Especially Dragon. How pretty with the glitter. I got Pepper Winters duet but haven’t read it yet. So looking forward to doing so. Same with Perfectly Adequate. That is coming up soon too in my TBR.
I’ve read 22 books in the last month. The 5-star highlights were: Another Sky by Jayne Frost, Sacred Heart by AM Johnson, the ARC of Landon & Shay by Brittainy C Cherry, the ARC of Stud Muffin by Jiffy Kate and the ARC of No Whisk No Reward by new author Ellie Kay.
I don’t know how I do it Tracey! One day at a time like every woman on the planet I guess! And 22 books is a great book!
Oh, sorry to hear that your boy is sick. Hope he gets better.
Thank you! He feels way better today!