Hi dear friends!
It’s Sunday and I want to apologize because I’ve been a lazy bum this week and need to comment back …badly!
I don’t know if it’s because the weather was grey and humid smelling like the end of the summer or if it’s because of an extra holiday on August 15th but I’ve been in a lazy mood, rather enjoying reading and taking pictures for my bookstagram than blogging!
But hey I will catch up, beginning with this Sunday Post linked as usual to Kimberly’s Sunday Post, our host at @caffeinatedreviewer
In my private life
As I’ve stated above it’s been a lazy week where I’ve been more of a reader than a blogger!
I am back at work and had pains in the chest and arm for three days that ended up with me making an appointment for next week at my doctor. She asked me if she had to see me the day self (on Friday) but I joked that if I was having a heart attack for three days I would already be dead!
I suspect a lack of magnesium that can give me cramps and similar pains. I already had that years ago but let’s have the doctor confirm my own diagnosis.
The great news this week is that for my birthday, when I woke up and entered the kitchen, I found my gifts wrapped on the table with a “Happy Birthday mom” note. I recognized one of my kid’s writing who confessed later on to have woken up at 3 AM to wrap the gifts while I was asleep.
This was so adorable!
It reminded me of the Saint Nicolas feast on December 6th, which is the equivalent to your Christmas, when I went to bed very late, waiting for the kids to be asleep to wrap and display their gifts with sweets on the table!
I guess at one point our kids mimic what we did for them.
Yesterday was another birthday. 50 years for one of our friends and we were invited to celebrate with laser games, bubble football and a BBQ. We had someone organizing a musical quizz and it was really fun! My daughter, when she learnt about it this morning told me: “Oh. That’s how you old people entertain yourself now: with quizzes!” The cheeky little brat! 😀
Last info: I’ve been turned down for two ARCs this week. One for the latest Brigid Kemmerer (and that sucks as I really really really want to read that one but anyway I planned on ordering it) and one for Leigh Shen.
But you know what? The good news is that now I’ll have more time to have moody reads and less pressure so that’s not all bad!
On the blog
I read three books and reviewed two of them. One of them is just the best romcom EVER and I can’t urge you enough to read it! This is funny but also very clever and sensible.
The third book is …The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! Finally. Review coming up next week hopefully.
I loved Moti on the Water so much that I just HAD to interview Leylah Attar! I swear she is a really lovely and funny person. That’s the second time that I interview her on the blog so I focused my questions on “The Making Of” Moti!
No Top 5 Tuesday this week as it was a free week and I indulged in the free time as I said.
My discussion post was about things I hate that publishing houses do! So if you want to rant with me, be my guest!
On the blogosphere and land of quizzes
Some Quizzes first! This one is like a booktube as you have to guess the title of books in five words with two authors! I guessed 5 out of 7 so not brilliant but not busted either 😀 Can you do better?
Sam has been inspired by the readathon on Netgalley and extracted some very interesting facts and tips about how to write reviews!
That’s all for today folks!
Tell me all about your week . How was it? Anything great happening?
Thanks for reading!
Oh Sophie!! Sorry I missed this, I am so behind on blog hopping, but I hope you had an AMAZING BIRTHDAY!!
Happy birthday! I had leg cramps when I would try to go to sleep at night while moving. I started taking magnesium and none since. Magnesium is also good for headaches so we had it already for my daughter. I’m overwhelmed a bit with my ARCS and looking forward to catching up now I’m done moving. I hope you are feeling much better and enjoying your moody books. Have a lovely week!
Oh Anne I hope you’ll enjoy many of your ARCs truly and I have seen all the fun you’ve had at Book Bonanza!
I hope that you are going to be alright health-wise! That sounds scary! ]
Your kids are the best! I love that they wanted to surprise you like that. 🙂
I will know more tomorrow Olivia! And yes that was sweet of him!
Oh my goodness, that birthday thing is so darn sweet! I hope the whole day was wonderful!!
It was Nicole! Thank you!!!
Happy Birthday Sophie! I love what your kids did for you. That was so sweet!
Thank you Suzanne!!
Happy Birthday!!! (belated 😉 ) That is super sweet of your kid but also a little crazy?!?! Why not wrap them the night before and then put them out after you go to bed?!?! (Sorry I’m not a morning person, the only time I see 3 am is if I stay up that late haha I’m just a bit baffled 😉 )
Bwahaha Brittany because he does everything “last minute” what drives me nuts most of the time!
First of all, happy belated birthday, Sophie. I hope you had a wonderful lazy weekend and had a great birthday. And what a lovely surprise from your daughter.
Although, like you, I’m really concerned about your pains in the chest thing. Yikes, Sweetie, I do hope it”s just a lack of vitamins, and not the start of angina!
Thank you Alexandra and fingers crossed!!!! I am quite an athlete and eat healthy so I hope I am out of the woods!
Happy belated birthday! That is so adorable about your kids . I so grok lazy days… or weeks.. the cat gif was perfect! Hell yes, when you get old, quizzes become what’s fun. If I were more extraverted I’d apply for Jeopardy. But I’m not, and I’d freeze in front of people.
What, um, is bubble football?
Bubble Football is when you play what you would call soccer inside of a big plastic bubble going from your head to your waist. You see through the plastic and bounce on other players.
Ahhahhaa. That sounds hilarious to watch.
Happy Birthday, Sophie! What a wonderful surprise from your kids. And the comment about how old people entertain themselves sounds like something one of my sons would say, lol. Hope you enjoyed The Raven Boys – one of my favs.
Thank you Teri and yes I did enjoy it!!!
Happy Belated Birthday How sweet of your kids
I take magnesium supplements, among others, otherwise I get cramping pains under my shoulder blade.
My husband and I have amused ourselves and our kids with music quizzes on YouTube, we avoid anything post 1995 lol
Have a great reading week
Hahaha Shelly I am happy to know we are not the only ones having fun with music quizzes!
Sometimes you need to take a step back from blogging and read! That’s why we got into this in the first place, right? Good for you, Sophie! Love how our kids make fun of us “old people”. They’ll learn someday, lol. 🙂
Oh yes Rachel they will learn one day! LOL
Well, happy birthday, Sophie! It’s really sweet that your kids did that for you. Awwww. Sorry you were suffering from a little Mg shortage and were uncomfortable, but I am glad it wasn’t anything serious. ARC rejections stink, especially when it’s a book you really, really wanted. ((HUGS))
Thank you so much for your wishes and hugs Sam! xoxo
Sometimes it’s good to read and let the blogging slide! And happy birthday!!! Hope you had a great one.
I only got 6/14 on the quiz. 🙁
Thank you Greg! And sorry for the quizz…it was hard lol
The arm and chest pain is scary! I hope it turns out to be as simple as the low magnesium levels. Happy belated birthday, Sophie! And how sweet of the kids to be up so early to get everything ready for you. I love your attitude about the arc because I am the same. Oh well, more time to read other things! 🙂
Thank you Tanya! And yes let’s roll with it right? 😉
Happy belated birthday Sophie! I’m glad you had a lovely day, your kid and the present story was adorable. 🙂
Sucks about the arcs but enjoy the mood reading! Fingers crossed the weird pains pass, that’s not fun. :/
Thank you so much Nicci!!!
Happy birthday!!!!! I know lots of people were upset about the LJ Shen book. A Blogger friend of mine said she got an email that said she was selected, then 2 min later got another email saying she was denied. It sucked.
Hope everything turns out okay at the doctors!
Thank you for your wishes Samantha! And not getting the ARC is part of the game.
It was your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Defo see your doc, I was getting all these pains and it turned out that I had dangerously low vitamin D caused by celiac disease, i didnt even know i had it!!!
I read Broken Knight and you need to read it. Your really do, it was a masterpiece!
Thank you Caro! For the wishes and the recommendation!
I carry on some family traditions from when I was little too. It always makes me remember and smile. Happy Birthday, Sophie!
Thank you so much Laura!!
Oh a very happy belated birthday Sophie! You do have wonderful kids, getting up in the middle of the night to wrap your presents!! I hate it when publishing houses only do UK giveaways, or don’t even bother to say it’s UK only until after you won! As if sending one book internationally will kill them… on the other hand they send unsolicited books to bloggers (often even more than one copy) who haven’t even asked for it. Sorry but you asked for a rant :-).
Your remark is spot on Inge! If they added the local shipping costs to bloggers who did not request the book and won’t never read it they could send some requests abroad indeed!
Happy birthday, Sophie! Your kids are awesome for surprising you that way 🙂
Hope the doc has good news this week- take care of yourself!
Thank you Jacquie!!!