Creative AND Lucky streak! I made my first custom funko (Nikolai Lantsov) and got my second physical book from a big publisher! The Sunday Post 02/09/2020

Hi friends,

It’s Sunday! Time to chat about what happened in my life this week and catch up with your posts and comments!!! As usual I am linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer


In my private life first

Sorry if I am posting late but I do so many things these days!!! I take pictures for my bookstagrams (takes about 4 hours a week), read many many ARCs (because of course some were delayed, some published sooner than expected and some were …totally unexpected!). Result: my TBR is looking like a huge bottleneck right now! But these are luxe problems right?


So work has been kicking my butt with long, very long days filled to the brim with five to seven meetings a day! I come back home exhausted and try to catch up on sleep so, again, blog hopping is difficult. But the work is very interesting so there is that! Just bad for blogging LOL

One of the big news this week: last week I told you that I got my first physical ARC ever in three years right? Well this week I got an “unrequested” finish copy from a big publishing house! Harper Random House sent me A Long Petal of Sea by Isabel Allende and I had asked for nothing! Granted for three years now I told them that I accepted spontaneous book mail but…they never followed! AND I have learned from another traditionally published author that I should get a physical ARC from her enxt book due to be published in May! 

I guess my lucky streak won’t go on indefinitely but I am enjoying it right now 😀 

Second big news, and also one of the reasons why I was so scarce blog hopping and replying: I made my first custom funko pop! I built King Nikolai Lantsov from the Grishaverse universe (King of Scars) from two “mainstream” funkos. One was Spiderman and the other was Captain Salazar (see the pictures below).

I will write a post one day on how I did it but let’s say that I had some surprises along the way, among others Spiderman’s skin tone being way too dark for blond Nikolai and I had to paint the whole skin in a skin tone (seven extra thin layers of paint to make sur no brush mark would be visible!!!). The result can be seen below and if it took me about 12 hours I am very happy with the result (gotta congratulate myself sometimes, that’s good for my ego 😆  ). See his “coat of arms” on his back? That’s about the size of a chickpea…

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

I read five books but reviewed two. Hopefully some reviews will be published next week (I am so behind!).

The Queen’s Assasin by Melissa de La Cruz  was part of a blog tour (3 stars)

The Life that Mattered by Jewel E Ann was a 4,5 stars and a “I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW” kind of book!  I even wrote in my review that Jewel is evil LOL.

In the Top 5 Tuesday I got to talk about hyped books that disappointed me.

See I am posting less as I had said at the beginning of the year, four times a week with The Sunday Post included but it suits me better with my hectic work life! I hope to post more this month as I have ideas for a discussion post, I want to explain how I made my funko AND we have our Next Book Boyfriend event coming when I am hosting one post from Emma Scott and add two posts of my own!


On the blogosphere and in the literary world

A quiz!  Epic Reads asks “Could You Get Away With Murder?” Click on the graphic below to take the test!

I told you that I had no time to really blog hop a lot this week (except here and there at the coffee machine or at lunch) so no links  but some news that made me sad and angry!

C.V. Wyk, author of Blood and Sand just informed us that the publishing house had decided not to publish the sequel! And I am so so so sad! Because I loved that book! It was kind of an underdog book but honestly I could not wait to read about what would happen to Attria and to know if Xhantus was really dead! Now I’ll never know … 😥 

If you are interested in reading my review for that book, click on the graphic below (who knows, if many people buy it maybe they’ll reconsider?).

That’s it!!!!

Now time to let me know how your week was and to finally blog hop and prepare one more post (hopefully).


Thanks for reading!


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45 Replies to “Creative AND Lucky streak! I made my first custom funko (Nikolai Lantsov) and got my second physical book from a big publisher! The Sunday Post 02/09/2020”

  1. Olivia-Savannah says: Reply

    I think you are busier than me even! I am glad that even though you have long work days, you at least enjoy your work a lot! That is an important thing. And so cool that you made your own custom funko pop!

  2. You are so creative! That funkopop looks amazing! And yay for surprise books. I have too many too, but I’ll just manage the stress of so much reading, right? 😉 Have a great week!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so muck Becki! Have a great week too!

  3. Congrats on getting more physical ARCS. That’s great! I love your custom Funko Pop. It looks just like I’ve always pictured him in my head.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Really? It looks like him? I am so happy Suzanne!!!

  4. Congrats on more ARCs, Sophie – and love your Funko!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Teri!

  5. I hope you’re able to catch up on sleep. Congrats on the surprise book! I get surprise ARCs in the mail sometimes, but I’ve never gotten a finished copy. I hope you have a great week!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you AJ and yes I got some sleep!

  6. I’m glad you are enjoying your work when it is so busy. I don’t know how you make those Funcos! Yay for book mail; there is something so thrilling when you get those packages!

    Have a great week and happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Exactly Anne!!!

  7. The Funkos are amazing!! Hehe I only own a Jimin one but I’m hoping to expand my collection. Congrats on the other physical ARC!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Kaya! I hope you’ll indeed expand your collection!

  8. I got an ME flare just *reading* how busy you are!! Love the custom Funko!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahahah thank you Aislynn!

  9. Rachel @Waves of Fiction says: Reply

    Yay for more physical ARCs! Hope things calm down at work for you. Happy reading, Sophie! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Rachel!!

  10. 5-7 meetings in one day!?!? I wouldn’t survive! You did such a great job with that funko! And congrats again on another book mail win. Everything is coming up Sophie this week!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know these meetings are crazy intense Samantha! And thank you <3 <3 <3

  11. Your funko pop looks so cute, Sophie! Who’s next on the list? And Congratulations on getting another Physical ARC! That’s really great! Hope you enjoy the book!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I want to make a Jude Raven!!

  12. You made your own Funkos???? Get out- how cool! They look amazing too. And congrats on the ARC! That’s awesome.

    Okay that quiz sounds fun, I definitely have to take that one! Sorry to hear that the White book was disappointing- I’ve been thinking of trying those.

    1. Thank you so much Greg!

  13. Your Funko’s are amazing. Yay for suprise pkgs in the mail from pubs!! I am dancing for you!!

    1. Oooh thank you so much Kimberly!

  14. Love those funkos! And congrats on those physical ARCs! I don’t think I ever remembered to actually post my comment last week

    1. Bwahaha don’t worry about the comments Hanna

  15. That Funko pop is so groovy, Sophie! And I just love getting physical ARCs, I’ve only gotten one but it’s so fun when that happens. I hope your lucky streak lasts forever, LOL! Have a wonderful week, my friend!

    1. Thank you so much Trisy!!!


    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Jen!!

  17. I had never heard of Funkos until you mentioned them, but they’re cute! Are they made from wax? I love his hair!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      They are made of rubber and plastic Jacquie 😉 And it’s all the rage among geeks LOL

  18. Hooray for another physical arc. That’s exciting. And I, like Sam, thought you were having the Funko made… not that you were piecing it together yourself. Nice job! I’m convinced there’s nothing you can’t do! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha I love your faith in me Tanya!!! Thank you <3 <3 <3

  19. That is some very impressive work you did with that Funko! I thought you were just designing it and having it made. I didn’t know you were crafting and painting it. Very nice! Congrats on all the book love, too.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Sam! That’s an unexpected side effect of blogging! It awoke my dormant artistic ctreak ;-)))

  20. Congratulations on the physical ARC!!! That has to be sooooo satisfying! And what an impressive custom funko!!!! 😮

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Lashaan!!!! Yes it was very satsifying!

  21. I don’t know how you do so much! I struggle sometimes but the blogging world is my escape and I plan to continue to be a part of it for as long as I can! I love your Funko. Amazing job! And way to go with another physical ARC. I love spontaneous book mail too:)

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Laura honestly, I don’t know either LOL I guess I am kind of hyperactive or something like that!

  22. Hey, congrats on getting another physical book. And hope that starts a trend. And got to admire your skill making the funky guy! That’s so creative of you, Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Alexandra!!!

  23. Your funky pop is pretty terrific!
    Congrats on the additional ARCs, I hope you enjoy them.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Shelleyrae!!

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