Hi friends,

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


First thing first, let’s begin with a rant.

I hate it when my 80 year old mom behave like an irresponsible child!

OK I’ve said it.

The context: she phoned me days ago to explain that my cousin had invited all my uncle’s siblings to celebrate his birthday. And she was delighted to say the least.

The only problems:

-we were still in lockdown and limited to four people that we could see;

-there would have been 13 people with the spouses;

-my cousin and her family aside, they are all well above 70, ranging between 73 for the youngest and 90 for the oldest. So dang in  the risk group to die from the COVID.

See where this is headed? 

I tolde her “No, absolutely not. You are a grown up but this is crazy.”

Do you think she would listen?

Nope sir!

Like a petulant child, she went to that celebration where they didn’t wear masks and where the 1,5 meters were not respected all the time!

Result: I told her she was quarantined from all her other friends and from our house as my kids have important exams and can’t be ill. Also if she felt unwell, she had to phone the doctor right away and me too of course! 

In our local language, Walloon we say “Plus Vi plus biesse” that I would losely translate into “older means more stupid”.

From tomorrow we can officially see ten more people, other than people under our roof and add ten more the week after. BUT social distancing is still the rule and if you aren’t able to keep your distances, wear a mask! Meet outside too if possible.

Our fitness club can reopen as from tomorrow as well but we have to book our classes to avoid having too many people.

Do you think I will run back there? No. I will wait one month and see if we have a second wave or not. Only then will I go to the club.


Another news, something that made me sad but was to be expected: YALC London is officially rescheduled to next year.

This event is my favorite and what made it even more special was my trip to London with my daughter. Some bonding mother/daughter time. But well, that’s life right now!


Now what is today’s title about?

I WENT TO THE HAIRDRESSER!!!! Finally my hair look like something else than a bird’s nest. Nothing fancy mind you but …neat.

Last but not least, I present you my latest custom funko pop, one of my favorite book characters that I really had a blast making: Nina Zenik from Six of Crows, King of Scars etc. Isn’t she cute? :-D 

See how I designed the human heart with different colors and the arteries? Well yes, I could have chosen a waffle too but she is a Heartrender so…


On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)

I thought I didn’t post a lot this week but no I was wrong!

Three reviews and three other posts I am happy with this!

First review for Thorn by Intisar Khanani. Great audiobook with a fairy tale like quality! 4,25 stars



Fortuity by Jewel E Ann was an amazing 4,5 stars! A roller coaster of emotions, more mature characters and a testimony to that author’s talent. 


Finally today, I posted the review of The Girl in the Love Song by Emma Scott. A book she struggled to write but was so good to read! 4,5 moving stars.


I also wanted to explain how to make Hunt Athalar’s funko so you’ve got a new tutorial of custom funko 101.


As Shanah is taking a long break from the Top 5 Tuesday and given the dramatic events in the US, I decided to post about 7 books you should read to avoid spewing hate and stupidities on Twitter.


And this Friday I decided to participate in a Friday Face-Off as I saw this meme for years now.


On the blogosphere and in the literary world

Sorry but this week has been so weird that I have no blog post for you. I blog hopped and commented but …

I will only leave you with this list of new books by black authors published by Epic Reads : https://www.epicreads.com/blog/new-ya-books-black-authors/

And I took this picture this morning when I walked in my small Belgian hometown …. I just wanted to wheep.


How was your week? How do you really feel?

Thanks for reading!




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  1. I am so glad my grandma seems to take the whole corona thing seriously and is staying home and avoiding social gatherings. That’s so weird your grandma went to that celebrating with lots of other older people who are at risk. I just hope no one actually gets sick. Now that things are reoponing some people seem to think the worst of the risk is gone. I had to laugh at that social distancing hairdresser GIF. That’s too funny. Your newest funkopop looks great.

  2. Hope your mom and family stay healthy! We are just starting to open things a bit here. My parents are coming over on Friday, and I can call the salon on Saturday to make an appointment to have my hair done next week. No open date for gyms yet… Take care of you and yours and enjoy your week!

  3. Now that they’ve eased up a little on restrictions here, people are acting like it’s all over. I’m waiting to see as numbers are already rising again. I finally got new glasses and a haircut and feel fabulous!!!

  4. I go through the same thing with my 75 year old mother, Sophie. Weekly, it feels like. I’ve all but given up. She agrees to everything to my face and then goes out and does exactly what she wants. It’s maddening. I absolutely love the hairdresser distancing gif! LOL I haven’t gone to mine yet (I’m still holding out) but I will be so glad to finally get a trim. I broke down a month ago and colored the roots myself. A woman has to do what a woman has to do. LOL

  5. I hope your mother will be well! The older generation can definitely be stubborn… I’m also waiting it out a bit longer to see what will happen before I get out amongst people too much. And yay for the haircut! I have an appointment next week and I’m so looking forward to it :) Love the Nina Funko!

  6. Oh man, I hope your mother will be all right despite the lack of reason lately! This has been such a huge issue out here too, regarding elders who just didn’t want to listen and went on with their daily lives without any respect for quarantine rules. So unfortunate… :(

  7. You made me very emotional with the “I can´t breathe-picture” …. I hope I can type without any mistakes while some tears are running down my cheeks *no kidding*. Phew … I know how you feel about your mother. A few weeks ago I had a discussion on the phone with my parents because they were still going to the supermarket during the lockdown. It was absolutely impossible to make them promise us to not go and rather call us to get them what they needed. Nope, no chance. But at least they obeyed the social distancing rules when our state government allowed us to come together again from two different households on a private property. I hope your mother is well and that she´s not infected. Stay safe and well and enjoy your books.

  8. I desperately need to visit the hair salon, and my daughter works in one. But I would have to go out to get there, and we’re still on lockdown!

    We have a salon here that is now open, but I’ve seen some of the hairstyles coming out of it…and…no, thanks! LOL.

    I feel for you about your mom. I am in the older generation, but my problem is my daughter. She is pretty defiant and not believing what is happening. Did she drink the “Koolaid” from those who don’t believe? Probably.

    Enjoy your week and thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Although it wasn’t in a crowd that large, my parents also went out and socialized earlier and with more people than they should have. They can be stubborn. Hope your mom and extended family stay healthy!

  10. Sophie, it is hard with the older generation sometimes, so true! I’ve had to have frank conversations with my mom as well about some things. Although thankfully she is wearing her mask when she goes out at least. But yes- frustrating!

    And I love your Funko!!

  11. Sometime parents don’t use their brains! Hopefully no one gets sick! I need to go to the hair dresser. My hair has gotten unmanageably long. Thankfully though its super curly so no one can tell its in need of a cut. I am happy to hold off a bit longer and let those who need cuts get them.

  12. I am eager to see what things look like when we reopen here. I have been wondering if things will be like where you live or something totally different. I understand that some people are getting a little stir crazy from the lockdown (not me), but it doesn’t seem prudent to throw away all the rules, especially if you are in a risk group. What are you going to do. Sorry about YALC. It seems like 2020 is a wash. –sigh–

  13. Omg Nina! That is so good!!!!!

    I feel your pain as my parents are the same. We arent allowed anyone in our houses who dont live there. I was in a call with her and I heard a voice singing and it wasnt my dad, who is that I said. Oh she said that’s Dave (my dads friend) DECORATING THEIR BATHROOM. They are both 75 with health issues so cant take any chances. Honestly it beggars belief!

  14. Wow. I am worried about your mom, the protestors, and so many who don’t bother with the rules. We are staying home and if we absolutely must go out, it’s masks and distancing.

    Stay safe and be well!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  15. I really hope that your mom and everyone else who attended that gathering will stay healthy. It’s so frustrating trying to keep people safe and having them just do whatever they want to do anyway. Your Nina custom Funko is fantastic. I’m really loving what you’re doing with these.

  16. Dang, Sophie, you’re mother is putting her life in danger doing a party, especially where no one would be wearing a mask. You were quite right to be concerned. I hope she saw sense as did the rest. I understand their frustration but now is not the time to let our hair, or our guard down.

  17. I hope your mother would be well! And we don’t have the same saying in Italy, but sometimes we should! This period was very hard for the elderly, that’s true, but sometimes they really can be stubborn!!
    On another note, I went to the hairdresser this week too and it was pure bliss!!! And your funko is sooooo cute!