Hi dear friends,

It is Sunday again, time to look back to this week’s events and link to our charming hostess Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer

In my private life

Well this week my friend Garmin still bossed me up and showed its sneaky side!

When I got that watch it was easy peasy to impress as it had a set number of steps at 7.000 a day. With my over 13.000 steps every working day it was a breeze!

But that tool is a pawn of the devil as without my consent and unknowingly to me it raised the daily level to ….14.000 steps a day!!!

If it is not devious I don’t know what is!

And back to today’s title: do you sometimes feel that you live in an Italian family? Where everyone is a drama queen, doors shutting with a bang, voices raised for some futile point to be followed by contrite faces and excuses? No?

Or are you from these postcards families with the kids well fed, rosy cheeked and pristine clothes while the mom is always kind, peaceful and dad is always benevolent, cool as a cucumber? Where just a mildly disapproving tone suffices to berate the kids and shush them into obedience?

If so you are lucky because my family does look like the heated Italian family every day!

Today it exploded again for such ridiculous topic that I don’t know if I must cry, laugh or ignore it!

All is always well in the end but it is just exhausting!

Nothing special to mention this week aside me ogling runners today for a local marathon.


I realized that Jesus, they don’t have one ounce of fat on their bodies! And I hurt just looking at them in their final run looking all red faced, veins bulging with the look of someone who’s got a bad case of diarrhea and can’t run fast enough to the restroom! It left me pondering about the merits of sports when done in such intense fashion…

I was very happy to only walk for about 8 miles today as it seemed much more enjoyable and less painful! I got the enjoy the first smells of arriving Fall with a crispness in the air and the sun shining softly, not singeing skins anymore!


Oh last info for you: Amy from @foxyblogs, Angy from @collectorofbookboyfriends and I decided to do one final ‘Meet Your Next’ for 2019. We decided to do Own Voices. Own Voices is when the main character is part of the marginalized group. A marginalized group covers everything from race, sexuality, disability, etc
So keep your eyes open as I’ll post the Google doc to fill in if any of you is interested! The blog tour should run
from October 14 – October 25. We won’t be posting on the weekend of the 19th and 20th. Applications should be filled in for September 13th.

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

This week I posted four reviews! Two of these books will definitely go to my Bests of 2019!

King Unveiled by Taralynn Moore was the book I got from the author from IG. It was a good 4 stars.

Handle With Care by Helena Hunting was a wonderful romcom with the female character reminding me of Nanny MacPhee for adults. 4 Stars.

The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang just about killed me! It was brilliant but excruciating at the same time and I don’t know how I’ll manage to wait for the next one!

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood is a story like none other. It was brilliant, unusual and perfectly executed. I want everyone to read it! 6 stars

On Tuesday we chatted about series we should finish and these I will never finish. Some unpopular opinion there…

And our weekly discussion topic was about quotes! Do you believe in their power? Like them? Collect them maybe?

In the blogopshere and literary world

Epicreads quizzes us on books first lines! Try to match these first lines with the book covers.

And Kristina shares with us the pressure of missing a post!


That was my week in a nutshell! What happened in yours? Is Fall slowling coming in your town?

Thanks for reading!



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  1. Ahaha 😀 😀
    For me it’s not my family, but my office. We are like a sort of disfunctional family, and we do have some italians too, so you can imagine 😀

    I have a Fitbit, and it took about a month to calibrate it properly… It didn’t change my goals or anything like that, but for the first month it tracked steps i didn’t take. Also, a vigorous teeth brushing can increase my steps by quite a few, lol 😀 Your Garmin just sounds like it’s possessed by an evil spirit or something 😀

  2. I wish the cool autumn weather would come here! It’s only the two of us at my house and we are masters of staying in our own room if we want alone time or even being in the same room and not talking like today. But I tend to get up earlier and she stays up later so we have some time by ourselves, plus our house is 2 floors and pretty big.

    I have a Garmin car GPS. I just do what I want and tell it to shut up or turn up the music so I can’t hear it. lol

    You had some great books this week! Yay. Happy reading.

  3. This post cracked me up. 🙂 And for the record, yes I am a cool as a cucumber dad, so there. Okay, maybe not really lol.

    Your Garmin is definitely evil. I think the technology is out to get us. And I had to laugh about the runners. I always think the same thing- why are they doing that when they look half dead??

  4. Girl, drama follows my family. Maybe not throwing doors but tantrums and raising voices and getting mad over stupid stuff? Yup lol Especially if it surrounds my grandma.
    Anyway, that’s interesting that Garmin switched things up! Hopefully you can fix it (if you want it lowered). But I mean, you should totally try for those 14,000!
    Have a lovely week!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

  5. Fall is making it’s way here, and I am so thankful. Also, my family can be at each other’s throats one minute, and the next…everything is fine. It drives me nuts.

    Yay for some new favorite books! I LOVE weeks like that.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. There was always plenty of drama in my family, with three boys who were teens together…and a spoiled youngest (a girl). LOL.

    My drama continues, even in senior living surroundings…you wouldn’t believe it! LOL

    Enjoy your week.

  7. Oh, I have the dramatic shouty family, lol. The tempers that are quick to flare and quick to cool… I often wonder if we’re the weird ones or if the stepford style sweet families are! 😉
    I laughed a lot reading your post and I’m glad it’s not just my crew!

  8. I have a Fitbit and it’s not near as sassy, lol. I have a daily goal of 10,000 and it does buzz me to move at least 250 steps every hour 9am-5pm but it doesn’t change my goal on its own.

    When I had teenagers in my house it was a lot of drama! Much calmer now that the kids are out of the house. Now I get all the drama when I stay with my daughter every other week. She has a 4-yr old and a 17 month old, and let me tell you, there are meltdowns a-plenty! I need a glass of wine or 3 by the end of the day.

    Speaking of drama, I will never finish Sylvia Dey’s Bared to You series, either. Too much fictional drama for me, haha! 🙂

  9. 14,000 steps a day? Gah! Good luck with that. Will Garmin start to bully you if you fall short? LOL I am not jealous of the family drama. Ugh. Hope that blows over. I did quite miserably on the book covers/first lines quiz. Apparently my YA knowledge isn’t what it used to be.

  10. “Can’t run fast enough to the restroom”…oh Sophie, gawd I love reading your Sunday posts as they always make me laugh.

  11. Wow, your Garmin really is sneaky bumping up your goals like that, lol. Yikes for family drama. Thankfully even though we had some family drama this week, usually we’re kind of middle of the road when it comes to drama.