Hi friends,


Time to chat again this Sunday about what happened in my private life and on the blog this past week!

As usual I am linking back to the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer

In my private life

We are settling down in our new routine with my daughter happy at university, my son learning to drive and my husband finally back at work after his bike accident last May!

The only dark spot is my frequent migraines. I had a headache the whole weekend last week and again this Thursday. I want to see a specialist to eliminate any serious causes (like brain cancer, aneurism etc) because I don’t think that’s the problem. I bet on stress, AC or something like that but I don’t expect an appointment before months!

The thing is that these headaches leave me drained of energy and I can’t blog hop or answer comments like I should.

Anyway there are worse things so I won’t compliant anymore!


But let’s get back to my title…

Yesterday I went to the theater as I wanted to watch Joker. You know that guy, Lashaan @bookidote πŸ˜€Β  (yes you Lashaan!) he is always reviewing comics and marvel books. Well he was so enthusiastic about the movie that of course I had to watch it! Just read his stellar movie review HERE.

My son did not want to accompany me, my daughter already went with friends (traitor!) and my husband answered by a “maybe”.

So I asked my 79 years old mom who was immediately on board! πŸ˜€Β  Thanks mom for being my constant sidekick!

And let me tell you that it’s dark and disturbing! Very very disturbing.

It’s also the performance of a lifetime because Joaquin Phoenix is extraodrinary! I don’tΒ  know how he was feeling playing this character and how he felt after the movie ended. It must take some time to adjust and get back to normal life.

If he does not get the Oscar I don’t understand anymore.

What’s incredible is that I was sad for the Joker! We all know him as crazy and bad but here, learning about his past, it shed a whole other light on his persona! Does it mean that he suddenly is a good guy and that all criminals with a traumatic past should be lfet free to roam the streets? Of course not! But it helped to understand why he became the Joker. At one point in the movie, he is on this TV show and said something that I think quintessentially defines his life and the path he went on after: how he has been abandoned by society, treated like trash and could somebody show some kindness please?

As you can see the movie truly is something!


And about me whoring my dog on instagram…

I loved The Beautiful so much that with Julia @acourtofwordsandpages we had a book challenge for eight days, the last day being The Beautiful’s release day. I am an international blogger and if I was already very lucky to land an eARC I didn’t have the physical copy that I always use in my bookstagrams! It’s been ordered for months but I am still waiting for it.

So I pimped up my picture featuring my dog πŸ˜€

She honestly was a good sport.

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

I reviewed two books this week! The last two of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because… I am ready for call Down the Hawk!

We didn’t have a top 5 Tuesday so I wrote a fun post where I recommend books based on your favorite Fall activity.

And the discussion topic was about tips to freeze your TBR (some replied that I was crazy to stop buying books πŸ˜€ ).

On the blogosphere and in the literary world

Epic Reads has a quiz to ask if you would survive Throne of Glass based on our Starbuck order!! I am happy to say that yes, I would!

And some very intersting posts that I managed to read, even with the migraines!

Sha wonders if YA books should be adapted for the screen



Kal explains annotation process for reviewing



Marie gives tips to organize your life as a book blogger


That’s it!

Now do tell me how was your week.

Thanks for reading.



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  1. Thanks for the insight on the Joker I hope you will feel better. My daughter has migraines which are caused primarily by stress. The doctor suggested Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin and magnesium. She takes a blood pressure type pill also Those seem to help but mostly just relaxing and some exercise helps. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post Β Β 

    1. Thank you Genesis! So far I have heard great news about Joker but that’s certain that it could not please everyone!

  2. What? You AND your mum went to see JOKER? Wow. I’m impressed. This really is not the kind of movie I’ll ever go see. Though I believe the performance was probably Oscar winning, but the content? I have no desire to see something so deeply, darkly disturbing. There’s enough going on in life without watching it in movies as well.

    I love seeing your Instagram photos, and that’s definitely one cute dog you have. πŸ˜€

    1. Well yes! We are both a little bit adventurous in our own ways at time Alexandra!!! LOL And thanks for the praise!

  3. My son and I are going to go see Joker. We are both excited to see Joaquin in it! He was so wicked in Gladiator and I think he’s perfect for the part. I can’t wait! I sure hope you feel better, Sophie:)

  4. Sorry to hear about your migraines! Not sure The Joker would be for me, because I’m not one for dark movies. Nice that your mom accompanied you! Cute and cooperative doggie!

    I still need to read The Raven King. I never did finish the series. Glad to see you loved it. πŸ™‚

  5. So I’m not really into the Joker but I’ve seen a lot of buzz about it. How cool your mom went! Did she like it? Also I feel like Joaquin Phoenix is very good at these deep, complex roles- he played someone kind of disturbing in Gladiator too.

    Cute dog! πŸ™‚

    1. Well Greg I don’t know if you can really “like” the movie as it’s so disturbing but admire it, think about it etc certainly!

  6. I don’t have much interest in Joker but I’m sure I’ll watch it at some point if for no other reason than to see Joaquin Phoenix’s performance. Your mum rocks for going with you!

    I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling with migraine so badly. I was where you are June/July and it sucked. I’ve been lucky in that they’ve put me on meds that seem to be doing the trick. Hopefully you can get some resolution for yours soon.

  7. I’m so sorry about your migraines – they make it so hard to do anything – just so debilitating! I’m glad you were still able to do some fun things though. We saw Joker last night and while I had been initially hesitant because I was afraid it would be too depressing, I’m super glad we went. Like you said it was so disturbing but OMG that was the performance of a lifetime. I said the same thing when we left about what it must have taken for him to do that, and how long it would have taken to recover, Objectively speaking it was a really, really good movie and performance, if not a feel good one. And it was nice to see an origin story for a villain” vs. the superheroes too. I hope you have a good week – with less darn migraines!!

  8. Sophie, hope everything is ok. But I’m shocked that it can take months for you to get an appointment. Good luck!!

    And I agree with you about Joker. I’ve only seen the trailer so far, and won’t watch the movie, but could barely recognize Joaquin Phoenix in the role. He looks incredible. Glad you enjoyed it.

  9. I am glad the rest of your family is doing well, but I wish you were not suffering so much. It’s good it’s only migraines, but it’s still migraines and they stink and hurt. ((HUGS)) I hope you can get some relief. I love that photoshoot of your pup. So cute.

  10. Oh boy, my sister said she was going to see Joker and now I want to. Joaquin Pheonix is extraordinary based on his looks alone IMO. I’m sorry to hear about your migraines. That can’t be good but it sounds like you had a very productive and exciting week. Love the Insta pic.

  11. Firstly, gotta say your pooch is gorgeous! Please more pics here on the blog too.

    I’ve been plagued with migraines for the last couple of years, had all the tests and my GP and I put it down to the MENOPAUSE. As if that bitch didn’t pain me enough. So I feel your pain, Sophie. The HRT is helping and although I’m stressed as hell at the moment, they don’t seem to be as frequent as they were 6 months ago.

    I won’t get to watch the Joker at the cinema but will add it to my wish list. Hope you have a great week, Sophie.
    Flora x

    1. Flora that’s what I suspect for me too but rather premenopause …hormones must certainly play a role in it!

  12. Gosh, I am SUPER SUPER SUPER happy that you went ahead to check out Joker AND I am even MORE happy that you ended up enjoying what was probably one of the best movies released this year. It was quite dark, disturbing and traumatic wasn’t it? Hope you’re having a wonderful week-end, Sophie! πŸ˜€

  13. I suffered weekly migraines for years, but after my third child was born they just dropped off, now it’s only about three a year that put me down for 2 or 3 days. Make sure you emphasis how debilitating the migraines are, hopefully you will get a priority appointment then.

    Wishing you a great reading week, and cute dog!

    1. Thank you Shelley Rae! I am happy to learn that you are practically rid of migraines! Something similar happened to me but with allergies. Once I’ve become pregnant and had my first kid they ahd just left me! Odd right?

  14. I’m delighted your mother went along to the cinema with you – she is definitely brave as I’ve already decided that Joker is not for me…

    So sorry to hear about your migraines:(. I suffered for years, and while I think hormones played a part – they have definitely lessened in frequency and severity since the menopause, I also discovered chocolate, red wine and citrus fruit were aggravating factors. Though there were times I could manage chocolate and I’d be fine, other times when one piece would put me to bed for 3 days… I hope the coming week is pain-free!

      1. Yes… quite often we can be caught out by a strong emotional response when we least expect it. I often find that happens to me when I haven’t been writing for a while:)

  15. I do think Joaquin Phoenix is an awesome actor. I’ve enjoyed watching him since he was a kid named “Leaf” Phoenix, playing in the Parenthood movie with Steve Martin and others…1980s version.

    Enjoy your week…and I hope the migraines go away!

    1. Well Laurel my colleagues agree with you and it does seem that I’ll have some movie watching in the future!

  16. I hope your migraines get better. I don’t get them too often, knock on wood, but when I get headaches I drink a lot of water and take a nap. They’re unbearable!