Hi dear friends,
This is already the end of my first week of holiday! The time is really flying by when you have fun 😀
Let’s give some news about my private life first
Well as I’ve said I am on holiday but I did went to our capital city for one day to have a meeting with international experts in my field.
I love these meetings as I get to meet people from all over Europe and chat boutique with them, exchanging our favorite “recipe” also known in our jargon “best practices”. Our common language is English but I get to speak other languages as well as it’s a real Babel Tower. All that I love!
Interrupting my holiday for such event was not a chore.
That said my present days are just fantastic as I get to read as much as I want, go for long walks with the dog, blog hop when I can basically I am free to do as I please till the kids come back home from college or school.
I also followed a “Body Balance” class at my fitness club. This is a mix of yoga, tai-chi and pilates. I may be slowly nearing fifty (more than two years) I am still really flexible so I went with gusto. Stretching that limb, holding the “Warrior” pose for long minutes then going to the “Groundhog” and then the Snake, the Crocodile to end with the Raven or Crow pose (basically you are in a crouching position then you put your knees on your elbows and lift your feet, being balanced on your arms and hands. Your hands are the only “point of contact” with the ground).
All went well until the morning after where I woke up to new muscles that I had no idea existed but where painfully determined to be acknowledged!
Let me tell you folks your body past fourty five does not react the same as when you were twenty! 😀
I am also thinking about taking online art course as I would love to improve my character drawing and painting skills with digital and classic tools. I just don’t know if I should pay for them or follow free courses as I probably will follow these “when I can” meaning: sometimes dayly when on holiday but most of the time weekly on the weekend.
If you have tips and advices to share here, they are most welcome!
Having books with drawings on the cover is really inspiring me in my bookstagrams (see below Girl Made of Stars).
You can see that this week has been pretty easy, just what I wanted and needed!
On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)
I managed to read four books! I reviewed three of them already and just have to fine tune the last review.
Sadly I also had a spectacular DNF of one of my “much wanted” books on my TBR.
Books read and reviewed
Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M Orgeron and Kate Stewart: 5 stars! I never expected to love this book so much as it contains two of my biggest pet peeves: love triangle and cheating (you are warned).
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout. The Luxens are back! This story is about Luc, an Origin whom we met in the last installment. 4,5 stars.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Stunning, heartwrenching,unique. It’s a resounding 5 stars and it is a Goodreads Awards semi-finalist! For those not reading romance this is one of the few “non romance” books that I’ve reviewed.
Read but not reviewed yet: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. You only get my bookstagram here below and the reason why, after Sadie and Kingdom of Ash I am thinking about following art classes online.
Now the DNF…. I really, really, really wanted to love Captive Prince by CS Pacat yet I stopped 120 pages in the book just plain disgusted. I thougth really hard about not publishing anything because if you don’t have positive things to say then better say silent right? But then I remembered my oath. The oath I pledged to myself of always being honest in my reviews. So even if it is not a review per se as I did not finish the book I still wanted to explain in details what did not work for me with this very hyped book!
And as I said, if you loved it and are a fan, I respect your opinion and still think you hang the moon 😀 Reading is just a personal experience and we are all shaped by our upbringing, experiences etc as readers.
As it is that time of the month I also posted about my November TBR
This week was Calendar Girls week! The theme was a book in the middle of a series that is the best! It was a tie for me as I could not choose between two series of Sarah J Maas!
In Top 5 Tuesday I had to think hard once again as Shanah asked us of books we nearly DNF yet ended just fantastic! This is my “I expected a frog but got a prince in its stead” post 😀
Last weekly meme on Thursday: If you were running because it’s end of day zombie/apocalypse who would you want to have your back? Well rather that’s my interpretation of Dani’s topic: a character to have your back LOL Once again I wanted to put the spotlight on other less “obvious” badass characters because, where would be the fun if I spoke all the time of the same fantastic characters right? Let’s broaden our horizon!
That’s it for this week!
Next week I plan on writing something about how blogging toughened me up when faced with rejection.
Do tell me all about your week now!
As usual I am linking back to The Sunday Post from Kimberly @caffeinatedreviews
Thanks for reading!