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


Well we are still working from home for a few more weeks so it’s pretty calm but two things to mention this week.


First I went to the doctor for a blood test, being fifty and all we have to check some things. As I was at her office with mask and all I asked if we could look after COVID antibodies as she was taking my blood and all.

At the beginning of March, before the lockdown, we all were sick in my family and even if I only felt bad for three days, my husband was ill for nearly three weeks. So, who knows?

We’ll only have the result in a few days. As the antibodies disappear after some time, maybe we won’t learn anything but it is worth a shot.

While visiting her, I confessed having a really hard time isolating for so long as we respect the rules to a T. I also said that I was punishing myself not going to the aquaboxing lessons whereas it was now allowed again.

She told me that I couldn’t control what the others do, that we were in this crisis for more months and that maybe I could try to go to the aquaboxing and see how I felt. If I didn’t feel safe then so be it but my mental health was as important as my physical health and we had to learn to live with the virus, making the smart decisions as far as risks are concerned.

I think she is right but it’s difficult not to fear when you watch the news…


Second, I went to my haidresser today and it was a nightmare!

She works for a salon and also privately in her own house. I’ve known her for more than 30 years and love going at her house as she cuts hair on Sunday and it’s easier for me.

But today, when I arrived with a mask and sanitized my hands, there were two other clients ….without mask on! My haidresser had one of these transparant shields you put on your face so that was fine, but I was stressed looking at the other clients.

I thought about leaving but I really wanted that cut!

So I sat down three meters from the other clients and asked to open the big window.

They asked me if it was too hot and I answered that as they hadn’t masks on, I wanted more fresh air in the room. No one said anything to me but I was ill at ease the whole time they were present.

Now I will pray that none was infected and that I won’t catch anything! Cross your fingers for me would you?


To end this post on a positive note, I’d like to thank all of you who commented my live unboxing on Instagram. Lashaan in particular made very useful comments and I’ll keep them in mind for the next one!


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

No review even if I have finished three books and nearly a fourth one now!

Two are for book club reads so I’ll publish the review next week and one is for a release tomorrow!


That does not mean that I published nothing!

On Tuesday I published two posts:


One for the Top 5 Tuesday  with characters I’d love to dress up as and I added a tweak to it ….

And the other for Top 10 Tuesday as it was about books I’d love to see made into TV shows. I chose to select books I have read this year only as I had done similar posts in the past.

On Friday you also got two posts from me!

One was our third collaborative post about Romance with Trisy and Caro!

This week was very creative as we had to imagine a pairing with some of our favorite authors and what kind of story they’d write!

And I also posted some funny post about how hastag can help understand the booknerd tribe! If you are in need of a good laugh, be my guest!


On the blogosphere and in the literary world


A quiz from Epic Reads first as they ask us to test what form our Daemon would take! 



Sumedha gives us what she has learnt after 5 years of blogging



The Orang Utang Librarian gives us her thoughts on unhauling books and minimalism



Poulami is talking about book slumps!



That’s it guys! How was your week? Anything great happened?

Thanks for reading



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  1. I don’t blame you for being super uncomfortable with the other hair clients not wearing masks! The rules are different everywhere but in the UK it’s required for both hairdresser and client to be masked. I don’t know how enforced it is though as I haven’t been to a hairdresser since January… I was due around the time lock down hit. My hair is getting so long and it’s driving me nuts so it’s going to have to change soon! :/
    At least your hair is done now and you don’t need to think about it for a while.

    I like your doctors advice about balancing risks and mental health being as important as physical health. We’ve been out and about a lot throughout August for that very reason. We’ve taken every precaution we can while still going out and doing stuff because I’m convinced there will be more lock downs to come and we were all going crazy being in the house ALL THE TIME even when the lock down eased… I must admit, it was super strange at first but it hasn’t actually been too bad being out at all! Most people I’ve seen have been super sensible (and London was the quietest I’ve ever seen it when we visited a couple of weeks ago!)

  2. I hate it when people are selfish and don’t wear a mask. They shouldn’t have been allowed to be in the salon without one. You can’t go anywhere without a mask on here in California. Salons are still not open but my hair lady is coming to my house in a couple of weeks and I’ll be wearing a mask as will she.

  3. Aw man, I can totally understand the discomfort you must’ve felt throughout your haircut experience. Some people love to take risks without a care in the world of others around them. I mean, even if they think they know that they’re not infected, why risk GETTING infected by not protecting yourself… I too hope you won’t have caught anything from that. Just don’t overthink about it. 😉 Stress makes things worse (and easier for virus to grow).

    I’m glad to hear that my comment was appreciated, Sophie! Again, I still taught it was a lot of fun hearing you and seeing you discover your loot! I hope you’ll always have fun doing these videos! 😀

  4. I still can’t wrap my head around the blatant unwillingness to use masks some people show: of course they can be uncomfortable, but they are one of the best defenses we have against this virus. The hairdresser should have been in the position to *require* the wearing of masks in the salon, as a matter of public health…
    I’m sorry that what should have been the pleasant and relaxing experience of taking care of yourself turned into such a stressing situation 🙁

  5. Oh my goodness, I would not have been happy about other clients being there at the same time… and especially not wearing masks. My hair cut would have had to wait, no mater how badly I wanted it. I always tend to err on the side of caution. Some people just don’t seemed concerned, though (like those other customers).

  6. Oh my goodness, I’m sorry to hear they weren’t wearing masks, that is happening far too often isn’t it, here in Scotland the hairdressers make sure all clients are wearing masks or they don’t get their hair cut.

    But there are still too many people flouting the rules, its crazy.

    I hope you have a good week and stay safe!

  7. Sounds like your doc gave some good advice, Sophie. Give it a try. Can’t believe the other clients weren’t wearing masks – seriously, it’s not a difficult thing to do for your safety and the safety of others. Have a great week!

  8. Oh I know how uncomfortable you must have felt, but good on your for knowing the risks and taking care of yourself! That’s the one thing I took away from this whole pandemic – you can’t rely on anyone else to follow the rules, and only you know what’s best for your health. I’ve been going about my life normally these few months (though I wear a mask) but the numbers in my area are really low and I also know I am in a low risk group. Still, if I ever find myself in any situation I don’t feel safe, I’m definitely outta there! I think you should be okay though, as long as you were physically distanced from the people in the waiting room, and people often forget that chances are infection are much lower if it didn’t involve any prolonged or frequent exposure and it didn’t sound like you were too long.

    I’d also be curious to know what your antibody results say!

  9. Oh my gosh, that would make me uncomfortable too. As it is, I’m literally having panic attacks if I have to be in the stores for awhile so I rarely go anywhere if I know there’ll be a lot of people around. My son does most of our grocery shopping so I don’t have to..I just cannot handle it. I need to find some kind of physical activity to release some of my anxiety but I also need to be careful because I have fibromyalgia so my options are kind of limited. Anyway, I’ll pray for you my friend!! Here’s to a healthy result! 🙂

  10. It is difficult nut I think your doctor’s advice was sensible. We do have to learn to live with this new normal to a certain degree, but it is definitely nerve wracking because no one wants to get this thing! I think the struggle is mental and emotional as much as it is avoiding the virus, in some ways. We are all being tested, for sure…

    And you do wonder sometimes, if you’ve been sick, whether you had it! Good luck with your results either way!

    I would absolutely be nervous and not happy about people not wearing masks! So I hear you there.

  11. I am sorry to hear you didn’t have a good time getting your hair cut, I need to get my haircut soon though. I haven’t had it done since before covid and its driving me bananas.

    Looks like you had a good week though so I am happy to see that. Happy reading.

  12. I get really fed up with folks that won’t wear masks, too! My sister has so much hassle at the Pharmacy where she gives out medicines with customers who play up about wearing a mask. I’m due to have my hair done on Friday, so I hope everyone wears their masks, too… Have a great week, Sophie:)

  13. The doctor is right about the importance of mental health, and taking calculated risks. Personally I don’t think sharing a pool and presumably a changing room is a risk I’d take, but it sounds like it would be good for you to find something you can take part in.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  14. The world and everything in it has become just one more step closer to being a nightmare of what should I do, and whether or not to go anywhere you have to be anywhere near one or more “stupid” people. It is beyond me how with so many infect and dead already, people are still not wearing a mask?

    I’m glad you got to see your doctor, and hope you feel a little better with her advice. I am not (as you know) looking forward to going in to see mine. Because I’m convinced that’s where I too caught COVID.

    Stay safe, Sophie, and hope you and your family come back negative.

  15. UGH I hate that they didn’t wear masks. I am just not having my hair cut which is fine. Things would go a lot better if people weren’t stupid. I don’t know if you would still have antibodies after all this time even if it was COVID. That is one of the worst things is that people can get it again, which is sort of like the regular flu which we have to get vaccinated every year and they don’t always predict which strain will be big.

  16. When I was finally able to get my haircut it was at the salon and they only allowed one person inside at a time, mask mandatory for me and for her. I have another appointment this coming week and still the same procedure. I’m thankful for that.

  17. I cant wait to get my hair done. My hairdresser is booked up and my appt is first week in September. I am now working from home until the new year so I am going to need to order a chair as my dining room chair is killing off my back and neck!

    I’m really surprised they weren’t wearing a mask, I would feel uneasy too. I went on a bus the other day and there were 3 people without masks on, why they didn’t i have no idea, maybe medical reasons but i did make me nervous (and one of them stunk of BO and i could smell it through my mask!!!)

  18. I’m sorry your hairdresser didn’t insist on her clients wearing masks. I personally would have told her I’ll come back when no one else is in the waiting room unless everyone is wearing a mask. I went to the grocery store this morning and it was so crowded and no one was social distancing! It stressed me out too so I know how you feel

  19. I am surprised people weren’t masked indoors. Though, most of the people I see at the stores don’t have their noses covered, so sort of like not wearing a mask. That really reinforced what your doctor said, how we can’t control what other people do. Good luck with your aqua-boxing decision.

  20. I can’t wait to get my hair and eyebrows done, but I totally get how you felt. We left a gas station the other day because we realized the employees didn’t have masks on. It felt weird setting stuff down and leaving, but I was pretty pissed since it’s required for businesses here.