Hi dear friends!
Time for a little weekly chit chat about how my week went and what happened on the blog. As usual I will link it up with @CaffeinatedReviewer.
Today I will combine this with my September wrap-up because ….September is already over!!!!
Tomorrow begins the pumpkin, trick or treat season known as Halloween preparation. The time is really flying by!
Personal life first
This week has seen the come back of a seasonal threat for some years now in my country: the electricity shortage!
I kid you not our government is so bad that for several years now our nuclear plants have to shut down for maintenance or repair as our previous and current government were too short sighted to launch a long term energy plan.
Crazy and frightening right?
Each year now I dread winter and this year is even more bad as only one nuclear plant on seven will run in November. Consequence: not enough power for everyone and black out foreseen. Black out as in no electrecity for several hours a day!!!
How do you heat your house as our central heating system needs some electricity to work?
How do you cook or have a hot drink in winter?
How do you light your house?
How do you power your electrical appliances, computer included?
How do you blog? That’s at the bottom of priorities compared with having warmth and eating, yet …
And I am not living in a remote exotic country I am living dang in the middle of Europe in Belgium! Crazy right?
Well that’s the news we got this week and that gives me the chills.
I envision little old me trapped in the train when there is an electricty shortage, forced to sleep with thousands of people on the rails.
Dramatic much? Maybe but what I’m even more mad about is that our government tries to find a culprit! No it’s not the gouvernment it’s the power company. You know what? I don’t care who’s guilty. Act now and put in place a long term plan! Something that will take years to do but that is vital for future generations!
OK that’s all for the rant as the rest of the week was pretty eventless crazy hours on the job aside.
On the blog in September (click on the graphic to read the post)
Book haul: look at the picture below but others are on my Kindle too!
I’ve read 8 books and one sampler in September and reviewed all but one review is scheduled for January. Sadly a very awaited book was a DNF…
What I got is another contemporary magic series with intense character alias The Bargainer and badass yet fragile heroine alias Callie or Callypso. What can I tell about Des The Bargainer if not that he reminded me so much of Rhysand. Yes Rhysand girls and guys! Scream now and get ready to drop your panties or briefs because Des is oozing male pheromones!
He is the bad boy you love in your stories. Handsome, powerful, playful with Callie and first on the “Wanted” supernatural list of criminals!
Sawkill Girls was unfortunately only a sample but was so good that it convinced me to read the whole book!
Sadie is the kind of story that you will remember years after because it is uncompromising, bleak, harsh yet feels so true. It was a very strong 4,5 stars.
This review is about both books read in September and me waiting for the third now! I think the best review is this quote from Amelia Hutchins about her stories: ” I don’t write love stories: I write fast paced, knock you on your ass, make you sit on the edge of your seat wondering what happens next books. If you’re looking for cookie cutter romance, this isn’t for you. If you can’t handle the ride, un-buckle your seatbelt and get out of the roller-coaster car now. If not, you’ve been warned. If nothing outlined above bothers you, carry on and enjoy the ride! “ 4,5 stars
This book was complex and dark yet sweet. It broaches many sensitive topics like addiction and mental illness. It’s not for everyone yet it was a 5 stars for me. Love has no expiration date and sometimes you can’t stop loving someone even if you know he will break your heart again and again…
.It was again a 5 stars for Fredrik Backman! Fredrik Backman’s penmanship is indomitable. He writes short chapters from different point of view. With an economy of word he conveys all the feelings and doubts his character carry with them.
The array of characters ensures that you will either recognize yourself, either your neighbor, your friend or your local politician in one of them. The plot is not what’s important in the book. It’s the people. Their feelings. Their reactions. Their joy and their pain. Their secrets. Their love. Their hate. And above all else their resilience.
I finally read it!!!! 4,5 stars for Tower of Dawn. Sarah J Maas once again enthralled me with her writing, perfect blend of action, depiction, plot twists, epic moves, fantastic beasts and fascinating new characters!
Typical Sarah she changed the love interest ….once more! I can’t tell how many times she did it in her series and I believe her every single time! WOW!
Unfortunately, Timid by Devney Perry was a DNF. I loved her books so far but this one seemed “flat” with characters I never connected with. Things were too convenient and Jackson seemed like a jackass. Maybe I outgrew this series or this author? She has published 8 books in 18 months a writing machine!
And my September winner is
You won’t find the review yet as the publisher asked to review closer to the publishing date (January 2019) but already know that this is another extraordinary book written by Brigid Kemmerer. I can’t recommend this one enough! Just buy it.
September has been a really productive and fun month where my inspiration was running at full speed!
Not only did I write two discussion posts that I hope you will find funny (see below)
This was my presonal list of most wanted books till the end of 2018!
But I also really laughed when writing some prompts for the weekly memes Top 5 Tuesday and I Heart Characters. Find below my favorites of the month. PLEASE READ THEM! I promise a lot of fun 😀
This was the “101 guide to pop your fantasy cherry and enjoy your first time…Top 5 or more fantasy reads”
This was the ” Are you a Pumpkin Spice Latte or Warm Wine or …drinker? Because I can totally predict the best book for you this autumn based on your drink preferences! Top 5 cozy fall reads..“
If you love coffee you like things straight. You go straight to the point, don’t like to make a big drama and are a no-nonsense kind of girl or boy. You are strong and can shoulder many responsibilities. What you hate most is hypocrisy. No bullsh@tting you here! You go straigth to the jugular!
You would love The Black Dagger Brotherhood ” by JR Ward or many good MC series like “Nine Minutes” by Beth Flynn.
If you love tea you are a balanced person. You keep your cool in every circumstances and irony is your favorite weapon when things go south. You bend but don’t break. You love yoga for its flexibility and balance yet also love team sports like hockey or volleyball or … You work really well in a team as you have a strong team spirit.
You would love “The Wall of Winnipeg and Me” by Mariana Zapatta or “The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski.
The week after, it was about Stephen King and I chose to delve into the reader’s psyche and write why we do like to read or watch horror ….or not! Link here: https://bewareofthereader.com/do-you-prefer-atticus-crazy-dog-or-cujo-in-other-words-why-do-you-read-horror-stories-or-not-i-heart-characters-september-27th/
Now that Calendar Girl is back I chose my favorite story set in school!
After all the fun I had a rant. Yes I was furious when I discovered that people rated 1 stars for books they had never read and had the audacity to tweet about it, destroying an author’s work!
September is also the month where I got back to my pencils and began drawing again, something I hadn’t done in 30 years!!! I used to draw all the time, fantasy girls, animals etc. Then Life got in the way and … Well it all began with bookstagram as the cover of Sadie was really compelling and I wanted to illustrate my picture with Sadie’s drawing.
Then with Kingdom of Ash coming next month I went all fanart and tried to draw Aelin. I had to do it twice as the first time did not work properly but the second time made me happy. Judge by yourself here below! You have my original drawing with grey pencil then I made a copy and colored the second one.
On the blogosphere this week…
Shruti is giving us other precious advices on how to “sell” our blog. Read her post!
I’d like to conclude by a big THANK YOU because this month was fantastic comments wise and I had so much fun reading your comments and replying! I try to reply within 2 days depending on how late I am coming back from work. Please, keep going you are the fuel to my drive!
Now do tell me all about your week.
Thanks for reading!