Today is Sunday time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week . I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly@caffeinatedreviewer . 

As this is the first Sunday of November, I’ll also use it as a look back on my reading month!

In my private life

Happy Sunday!

First, I am sorry to have been utterly silent this whole week but I finally caught COVID…

My son was feeling poorly on Monday and by Tuesday he tested positive to COVID. Then it was my husband’s turn and finally, my own test came back positive on Thursday morning.

I was just…miserable, there is no other words, hurting everywhere and totally exhausted. I must have slept 22 or 20 hours a day…

But the bright side is that none of us had serious symptoms (no cough, no difficulties to breathe) and that I already felt much better by Saturday!

My husband is the one that felt the worse, is still not totally ok and has lost his taste and smell! He tried sniffing pepper mint oil, Vicks, anything but…to no avail!

Another bright side too is that I’ll be back to normal to go to YALC next Friday (I have my doctor’s absolution).

But with all that I was unable to reply to a single comment to my planned posts nor blog hop!

I couldn’t even read when I was sick as I read three pages and promptly fell asleep.

Now I’ll begin to slowly catch up with you all!

It’s the first year we didn’t ask for the vaccine but I’ll go ask for it next year!

As I plan a lot of things, I was able to post two reels that I hope you’ll enjoy, full of magic tricks again 😉

And this second one is a dream come true: fly like a super hero!

October wrap -up (click on the graphic to read the post)

I read 12 books in October and have four big favorites!

The first is The Luminaries by Susan Dennard. I waited a long time before listeing to that book and I am glad as the sequel is just two days away from now!

The Shadow Cabinet by Juno Dawson is a sequel and a masterpiece! If you love stories with witches and morally grey characters, just go for that series!

Then we have a mind blowing thriller with None of this is True by Lisa Jewell! I want more thriller/crimes like that! If you have recommendations, be my guest!

And last but not least, the French translation of If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio blew me away! The best dark academia I have read so far!

Thanks for reading and for being patient with me when I catch up with you all!


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  1. I’m so sorry you caught covid! But, it doesn’t seem avoidable these days, everyone I know is also coming down with it so in a way maybe it’s just best to catch it and get it out of the way. Glad you are feeling better!

  2. Glad you got COVID out of the way and it wasn’t too bad for you. Looks like some exciting reads you’ve got here for November. All the best!

  3. Sorry to hear Covid hit your family, Sophie! I lost my sense of smell for eighteen months, and it took even longer for all of it to come back. Hope it’s not the same for your hubby. Loved your reels!

  4. I’m sorry you were all hit by Covid! It’s too easy, now that things have leveled out, to stop worrying about it, but it’s a sad truth that it’s always lurking around the corner, ready to strike…
    My best wishes to you and your family!

  5. Oh no! I am so sorry that your household has been hit by Covid. It is rough when all you want to do is sleep. I hope that you have a onderful week!

  6. Covid is horrible and I’m sorry you caught it! I hope your hsuband’s senses return soon too. It’s such a ridiculous illness. Glad to hear you have YALC coming up soon!

  7. So sorry to hear you were sick! At least you didn’t lose your taste like your poor husband! Hope you and your family feel better soon!

  8. Ughhh covid is the worst. I’ve only had it once in 2022 but I really don’t want to repeat the experience. I was beyond miserable, even with being vaccinated. But I’m glad you feel better now and that your plans for YALC can go on. Stay healthy!

  9. I’m sorry your household was infected with COVID and I hope your husband feels better soon. My parents and brother recently had it too. My sister lost her sense of taste and smell for 6 months in 2021 after a mild case of COVID. I’m glad to hear you can still go on your trip! Have a wonderful week ahead.

  10. I’m sorry you all had Covid, but I’m glad you’re feeling better. My husband lost his sense of smell for almost a year, but it did come back. I hope this is a better week!

  11. It’s great you’re feeling better. I’ve had it twice now. Not fun at all. The first time was over 2 years ago and I never got my smell back and can’t taste much either.