Hi dear friends!
Here we are Sunday again! Time for a look in the rearview mirror and little chitchat about my week in real life and on the blog! This meme is hosted by Kimberley @caffeinatedreviewer
In Real Life
First of all I want to thank all of you for your comments, friendship and support when you read about my father’s cancer last week.
It reaffirmed that the blogging community is one of the bests. It’s when you blog and chat with people from all around the world, with different cultures and religions that you realize that by the end of the day we are all the same: human.
You also realize that the big majority of people are kind and generous.
Whatever you see on the news these are the minority among the human race. Unfortunately they bark loud while the others only yip. That’s why you see them on television or read about them in Twitter.
This week has been weird.
Nothing really big happened but I am tired, so tired. I think what’s happening with my dad and son is taking its toll. Well I’ll just have to stay strong and try to enjoy the small things in life. Because there is light in the darkness. Because no matter what I am privileged compared with many other people. So I will try to focus in the bright side!
One of the bright side being my son who’s made huge progress in Dutch! Finally we are getting somewhere! Now I am confident he’ll pass his exam with flying colors. Because he worked hard and because I’ve been on his back all the past weeks!
Second bright side: my daughter proves being a responsible young lady. She attended a music festical yesterday with friends, asked to go back with them and have a sleepover *I agreed* and she did not drink a single drop of alcohol! You have to know that in my country young people can drink “light” alcohol from the age of 16… and a mother’s fear is the binge drinking, being called by the hospital because your kid is in a drunk coma.
She is growing up and proves trust worthy!
Another bright side: both my kids now officially read in English for their own pleasure!
My daughter began The Throne of Glass series years ago but the French editing house decided to stop the publishing. Now that we came back from YALC London she decided to try the fourth book in English and she read it all in three days! She is now busy with the fifth book and began War of the Fae by Elle Casey too.
I am a proud mom as I made readers of both my kids and multilingual readers!
On the blog this week (click on the graphics to read the review or post)
I only reviewed two books but I have read Crew by Tijan (review due tomorrow) and finished Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff a few hours ago. Expect the review in the coming days too and it was GENIUS but EVIL!!!! What do I do now???
I also decided to rant here when faced with a new practice (or new to me) among indie authors and PR agencies: the invite only ARCs. What infuriated me was not the “invite only” *even if I find it demeaning and ostracizing* but that it was never clearly stated before we signed for the promo!
As we made it to 1000 members on the FB Group Beware, Book Boyfriends Alert we decided to celebrate with a giveaway. To make it fun we gave our top 10 books read in 2018. I decided to share my list on the blog as I love reading similar posts on other blogs! Just know it was very difficult to limit myslef to 10!
I also loved Bring Down the Stars so much that I wanted to share with you all my reasons why I loved Weston, Autumn and Connor so much!
I had so much fun writing the weekly memes!
Shanah asked us about our top 5 LGBTQ books and I confess that I took this opportunity to rave about these books and how they opened my eyes on the LGBTQ love. Read it I promise it is fun 😉
I Heart Character was about the one who would go through a fire to …. and as I had more than one fitting the bill I featured several contestants and one winner.
What I was, am and will be busy reading…
And my First Impression Friday was about Crew by Tijan.
In the blogosphere
Lindsey tells us how to go out of a reading slump http://www.lindseyh.be/2018/08/21/ten-tips-and-tricks-to-beat-that-terrible-reading-slump-top-ten-tuesday/#comment-10109
Naty really nailed it with her “if you were underwhelmed by … then read” as many of her alternate choices are favorites of mine! https://natysbookshelf.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/forgettable-books-and-what-to-read-instead/
And Sam has a really interesting post about the difference between influencer and enthusiastic (I fall into this last category clearly!) https://weliveandbreathebooks.blogspot.com/2018/08/discussion-influencer-or-enthusiast.html?showComment=1535141560724#c1992894018454906466
Now I will go reply to all your comments and go visit your posts to knwo what’s happened in your life this week!
Thanks for reading.