Hi dear friends,
Today is Sunday and it’s time to catch up with you! What happened in real life and what happened on the blog? I am linking up to The Sunday Post from Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer
In my private life first!
It’s been a really weird and exhausting week at work.
On Monday I gave a training in Dutch about my field specialty.
I was a little bit nervous as I speak Dutch but I am more fluent in English. All went very well and they were so happy that I traveled to the other side of the country (granted we live in a tiny country) to meet them. I think even if I make mistakes they appreciate that I make an effort and am ready to speak their language!
We asked them to evaluate the training and the speakers and I got good grades! Pfew!
It still made for a very long workday with five hours of traveling.
Then we learned a sad and shocking news as someone I had worked with was fired.
It was so sudden! We did not have the opportunity to say goodbie. We are all in shock and don’t understand why this happened ….
Needless to say the mood was rather gloomy for the end of the week!
I was so tired that I came back home nearly every day exhausted and with little energy to blog hop! As I have meetings the whole days, sometimes six meetings a day, I can’t even look at my FB or WP or IG notifications!
I am considering taking my phone on bathroom breaks as I know many do only ….I have to pee at lightning speed too because ….meetings! LOL
Now there is light in this week!
As my title suggest I discovered that I LOVE doing CHORES all of a sudden thanks to audiobooks!
You probably recall that barely two months ago I had never listened to any audiobook. Then I got the three months trial and listened to Becoming by Michelle Obama. I loved it!
I chose Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T Sullivan and was amazed!
Yesterday I worked in my garden for two hours (feeling it today!) while listening to Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Doing chores is now my perfect excuse to be alone and listen to a story!!!! 😀
I just have to listen to the samples before as I am very picky as far as voices are concerned. And I can’t listen to romance in audiobooks so far.
Other great news.
Last time I told you how I got an ARC of Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer after having contacted the publisher (it was not available for my country on Netgalley).
Well I did the same with the next KA Tucker’s book : Say you Still Love Me due to be released in August (again, not available for me on Netgalley) and ….the publisher accepted!!!
Yesterday when I opened my mailbox I nearly fell from my chair because ….Sourcebooks Fire granted my wish on Netgalley and sent me Kingsbane by Claire Legrand! Furyborn’s sequel and one of my most awaited books for 2019!!!!!
Oh I nearly forgot!
I ordred specially made candles some months ago. They were inspired by some of my favorite book characters: Lada (And I Darken), Juliette Ferrar (Shatter Me), Mark (Lady Midnight and Fern (Making faces). They arrived yesterday and they are perfect!!!
So you see, some bitter and a lot of sweet too this week 😀
On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)
I have read and reviewed four books and read a fifth (review coming tomorrow).
One was disappointing and I don’t know why I did not really love it! Fall Back Skyward was a gift from its author Autumn Grey (3 stars).
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn was an ARC and a cute YA story about two young singers. 4 stars
In Another Life by CC Hunter was a 4,5 stars read! A mystery/thriller. I loved it!
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan may “only” have 4 stars but I swear that the ending was worth more than 5 stars and I am very determined to read the sequel now!
In our top 5 Tuesday Shanah asked us to speak about our favorite fictional friendships. I went a little bit overboard 😀
On Wednesday I thought it would be a good idea to share with you my favorite reads of 2019 so far. They are not always 5 stars but they are the books that still linger in my memory weeks, months after.
Finally I posted another discussion post about “Authors: the good, the bad, the ugly”. Are you influenced by author’s behaviors? It gave for a very interesting discussion and some reactions gave me ideas for next week’s discussion post!
In the blogosphere this week
A quizz by Epic Reads again asking how you would do in a queenstrial!
And some very interesting posts from fellow bloggers this week
Alexandra writes about story plotting and how to do it!
Sophia gives advices on how to blog
That was my week!
Now do tell me how was your week?
Thanks for reading!