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 not much to say this week, just that I was enjoying my second week of staycation while Belgium is in lockdown.
My kids were both back home this weekend to that was great to see them again.
Honestly I was struggling mentally this week. I had many nightmares, all about COVID and I was really bummed at not being chosen as a rep for a company I really love. I know, I know, it’s silly as I am 50 and should know better!
But I think this very stressful year had me a little bit dramatic…
I bounced back quickly as we did something fun on Instagram!
I am a rep for Beacon Book Box and I had an idea for a reels that would have the help of other reps. They were on board and I morphed into a video director plus I had to learn how to edit a video! I made mistakes but practice makes it perfect and I am very happy with the end result.
I will leave you the link bellow if you are curious (plus all likes, comments and suggestions are welcome).
What I really liked here was:
1)I challenged myself and had to learn new skills;
2)The collaboration! It always amazes me how this community, an on bookstagram this is the same, is always ready to jump in and create a common project across oceans while we have never met in the flesh!
3) It was fun! We all laughed and had our “signature”. Lots of chat etc and in these times of isolation this was really like a breathe of fresh air!
4) My husband helped! He took my video with my phone so that was great to see him step into my world 😀
Here is the link to watch it: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CHnuLQ1APY_/
On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)
I reviewed three books!
My disappointment was a very hyped and beautiful book that just didn’t “click” with me: The Invisible Life of Addie larue by VE Schwab
One that was so much fun on the other hand was Roommate by Rosie Danan! 4,5 stars and I said it was “like a Hallmark movie with a porn star as the hero” 😉
And the one that made me fall in love with Kerri Maniscalco’s writing is Kingdom of the Wicked. 5 stars and I need more Wrath!
I also posted the Top 5 Tuesday with Top 5 Books I had not read yet.
And the Top 10 Tuesday with books whose title would make great song title too. I added the genre and the singer too 😉
That was my week! How was your week?
Thanks for reading!
I learnt to edit mainly through trial and error and switched software just because I was getting annoyed with the windows standard hahaha
Good for you for tackling new things and going with your video idea. It has been stressful and I am sorry for the nightmares. Hugs.
Thank you Kimberly!
I enjoyed Addie LaRue but it isn’t my favorite read. Never heard of The roomate, but it sounds fun. I really need to check it out. Yes, we need more Wrath!!!
I love how you never seem to hesitate to take on new challenges, Sophie! You seem so fearless and don’t let the unknown stop you from trying and learning. Go you! 🙂
Hhaha thanks Tanya! I think I’ve always had a very curious mind and I love learning so that’s why I dare. That and not being afraid of ridicule LOL
Your Instagram is brilliant! It’s always so colourful! I tried Reels but failed miserably, well done for your video skills! It is great fun playing with the bits and bobs!
Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling down, it’s only natural to feel upset or annoyed, we are only human. I’m waiting to hear back from a job interview and that is making me feel down.
Heather I hope in the meantime that you heard only positive news from that job interview!
I’ve always wanted to try video editing but it seems so intimidating haha 🙂 So cool that you learned new skills and had fun collaborating on this project with fellow book lovers!
Pinterest has been pushing me to make video pins, but I’ve been resisting because I don’t know how! I don’t even know what to film. I’m glad you were able to figure out video editing. Have a great week!
Thanks AJ you too!
Yay for both of your kids being home this last weekend! And hugs, this year has just been hard, hugs hugs hugs! I just started teaching my littles and husband piano and the last lessons was learning to improvise. I’ve played piano for 34 years and never done that before lol, so I loved learning something new. Enjoy your staycation ♥!
You’ve played piano for 34 years Jen? Wow
It is always great to learn new skills, especially when they also serve as a mood booster. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy your books and your week!
I saw the video on Instagram and it was so fun! I have no skills when it comes to that, so kudos to you for learning, Sophie.
Thank you so much Teri!
I am glad that you are enjoying your staycation! I would love it if we could go into a lockdown in Canada, tbh. It is fun to try some new things, for sure! Stay well! 🙂
Thank you Lori! Stay safe too!
Making videos requires an… interesting learning curve, but the satisfaction at the end of the road is priceless! And well done, I love both your vid and the accompanying song 🙂
Thank you so much Maddalena!
Bummer being on lockdown again! I think we’re all headed in that direction again. Not being chosen is a disappointment at any age! Sorry to hear about it. Loved your video! 🙂
Thank you Rachel!
I am glad you are finding some joy in learning new things during this difficult time! Hang in there!
Thank you Mogsy and you too!
I saw your video on Instagram and it was awesome! Hope you have a good week
Thank you so much!!
Glad you were able to have the kiddos home! that’s always nice! And hopefully you had a fantastic weekend!
Thank you Greg!
Sorry this week was stressful. I know all about COVID nightmares! We still can’t get people to wear a mask here in the US. I get super upset when I don’t get chosen for things as well. Denial hurts no matter your age!
I recall having read that you didn’t enter these because of that Samantha!
Sorry you didn’t get chosen as a rep, but the collaboration you did sounds awesome. Good for you! I hope you enjoy your staycation with the kids. At least you are together, right?
Yes indeed! I know I ca,’t complain when I know how much you miss your daughter Sam!
Well, you did really well with the video, Sophie. I love challenging myself to figure out new things, so know that this take time and skill, which you have in abundance.
Thank you Alex!
That’s great! I always enjoy when I can manage to learn new things. I have the Roommate and I’m a little behind on getting it read and reviewed. I use December as a catch up and try not to take new ARCs. Enjoy your break and stay well!
Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
Thank you Anne you too!