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

As you may have guessed from today’s title and my hints at wet weather, this week as been ….one of these weeks!


I should have guessed it would be full of inconveniences when my washing machine broke down on Monday!

If there is one modern appliance that certainly allowed women’s lib it’s the washing machine!!!!

When you are a family of four and do sports, the pile of dirty clothes is growing by a mile every day! If we had to wash everything by hand, we’d never have time to go work oustide. Or we’d be sleep deprived…


Then on Tuesday, we realized that the car I inherited for my dad should have been sent to the annual mandatory control (I don’t know how you call it in English when the government asks of you to present your car yearly to an official station and check that everything is running smoothly) months ago!

Usually, you get a reminder some weeks before your time comes to an end to present your car only …we didn’t get such paper!

Sadly, the paper is rather considered as a courtesy and we should have known better….

As we rarely used that car as we already have two others, we never realized!!!

To sum it up: we can’t drive with it until our booked control (in…August!) and we’ll have to pay a big fine ! 😥 

For someone who prides herself to always pay the bills on time and walk the line, I feel ASHAMED!

Then I learned that the little baby bird I saved last week and drove to a shelter didn’t make it and died a few days after!


It was followed with me not being chosen as rep for Illumicrate (and yes I know this is silly but I can’t help it) when I had hopes that , this time, it would be it (nope, re nope).


To top everything, we learned that Fairyloot had been victim of a malware and they advised their clients (me among many others) to block their credit cards as informations about cards had been stolen. Several customers reported fraudulent operations…

I checked and didn’t spot any anomaly but, to be on the safe side, I blocked and cancelled my card!!!

That means that right now, I don’t have any valid payment method on several online sites like ….Amazon and Audible as they don’t allow Paypal!

With the COVID, I don’t know how long it will take for my card to make its way to me!


Last but not least, we have an increase in COVID cases in some parts of the country and we are waiting for government’s decisions today. Sigh.


I told you, it pours!



I have decided that it was enough and fate had its fun with me but that would stop right now! And next week will be better.

It already began this morning with two other bloggers brainstorming with me to plan something fun for August.

But if you want to send some positive vibes my way, feel free 😀 


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

Only one review this week but I have read two books (the other one will come tomorrow) and …what a book!!!!

The Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty deserves all the stars!


On Monday you got my second post about a unicorn author and this time, it was Amy Harmon in the spotlight! If you want to know why you should read her books, just click on the graphic!


On Tuesday, it was all about Ten Books that made me smile!


On Friday, in the face-off, we talked about covers with someone holding an object.

On the blogosphere and literary world

Epic Reads has a quiz based on your “One Direction” opinion and tells you what reading genre you are (Greg, I wonder what your results would be ) 😀 

Click on the graphic below to take the quiz


And …they nailed my results for that quiz as I got:

“You’re a romance!

You like the sweeter things, and that would be reflected in the pages of your life story! So whether more of your chapters are filled with the sweetest thrills or painful heartbreak, you’d bare it all with impressive vulnerability.”


Katie explains how she manages to read many books at the same time

How I went from reading one book at a time to approximately 5 million



That was my week in a coconut! How was your week? Better I hope?

Thanks for reading



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  1. Oh damn that’s a hell of a week. I hope it gets better soon! In the UK we call the annual test an MOT (which stands for Ministry of Transport, so it should be MOT test but not many call it that) and omg when washing machines break down not only is it one of the biggest inconveniences but they normally make a huge mess!!

  2. Firstly- this translation in the title looks very odd to me as I never even SEEN that word before ‍♀️ But that could be a regional thing- I would’ve had said something like « quand il pleut.. c’est l’averse! » which sounds so much better to me ahah

    Ohhh no- what an awful week it was indeed :/ you’re right though, it can only gets better from now! Xx hang in there, friend!

  3. Wow, that was a week, I had one like that in late February, it sucks but the following week was much better!!

    My husband is waiting to get his van MOT’d, I wonder if that is the same thing, it has to be done every year on older cars, of course with coronavirus he really needs it done now but nowhere is ready to do it yet.

    Hope next week is better for you!

  4. As you know I also blocked my card but haven’t been able to get a new one yet. At least I can’t buy any books without it so yay for saving money LOL

  5. We don’t have mandatory control for cars here, but we probably should. There’d be less accidents I think. We saw a bunch of broken down cars on our car trip home from up North today. Bummer about the inherited car, but stuff like that happens. What can you do? No shame, Sophie! No one is perfect. 🙂

  6. Oh yes, it’s always something. We have to get cars and motorcycles tested every year here in NC and my renewal for the Harley is December. I always leave it go until the last minute and then it’s cold. In MN we didn’t have to do that at all. I hope the washers fixed and you’ll have a much better week. I think the boring weeks are fine. At least, we have great books to read. Have a lovely week. Stay safe and be kind.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  7. Oh you did have a week of bad! Here in the US, in some places, you have to take your car in for an environmental check. However, I don’t think there are many places left that do that. Maybe California. I always forget about getting our plates renewed until the last minute!
    The cases of COVID in the US have been on the rise for awhile. Its kinda crazy!
    I had to stop entering rep searches because my ego can’t take the hit!! I’m too sensitive!

    I’m sure this week will be better! Hugs!

  8. What a tiring stressful week you have had….how are you dealing? Sending happy vibes and prayers your way this week. This whole covid thing is insane and it just makes me appreciate the simple things in life much more. Hope it dies down soon like some experts say might be happening. (crossing fingers on that)

  9. Oh wow what a crappy week. Its just 1 thing after another. *SINGS* Thiiiiiings can only get better!

    Here we call the annual check on cars an MOT test (ministry of transport) and I think we get reminders…..I’d better check!!!

  10. You did have a “week”. I lease my car, since I don’t drive much, and I get a new one every 3 years. Because of that, I never have to remember to get my car inspected, but I know there was a big thing here with the agency being closed for so long. I think they gave out a lot of extensions. I am sorry you didn’t get chosen as a rep (and yes, you are allowed to feel disappointed). I hope this upcoming week is better for you. ((HUGS))

  11. Urg! What a week… When the washing machine goes down, it HURTS. And in the UK that yearly inspection for older cars is called an MOT and as they’ve gone paperless (there used to be a handy little licence that was displayed on the inside of the windscreen) it’s MUCH harder to keep track of when it’s due. That situation with your father’s car wouldn’t have been possible, for starters. I HATE the new system!

    Hoping the coming week is a HUGE improvement! And that your bank card comes through really fast…

  12. Holy cow Sophie! Talk about you having the week from hell! I’m the states it’s called a yearly inspection. Hang in there and I hope this week is better for you!

  13. Wow, Sophie, that sounds like the ultimate week from hell. I would have blown a gasket, so sorry about the washing machine and being fined over the car. That’s your finances taking a big hit just there. Thankfully, it wasn’t a triple whammy with your credit cards, that would have nailed it for me, And now, having to wait for new cards kind of puts a dent in it.

    Add to that everything else we’re all dealing with, I think you’re staying focused on the things you can control, like exercise and getting out, a positive. Hang in there, I know what you are going through.

  14. Jesus girl, that was one hell of a week. I’m sending all the positive vibes the Italian sun can gather to dispel all that rain.
    We a mandatory control in Italy too. Usually the car tell you, like the display says: hello, I need to get my annual check up.

  15. Oh wow, you had a week I hope this coming week is better. We don’t have a “control” for cars in the U.S. like you do, but we do have to get our older cars smog tested every two years in order to get our car registration renewed. Good luck this week!