Hi dear friends,
Time for our weekly wrap up and chit chat. As usual I am linking this post with The Sunday Post meme created by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer
Let’s get into private life first …
This week was my second week of holiday (Why do I need to get back to work tomorrow again? Ha yes! That’s right. To pay my bills…). As I was all broken and stressed I went to the ostheopath (he really manipulated my body in ways that ar so unnatural!) then to recover I went to the beautician for a massage (and fell asleep on the table. Snoring may or may not have been involved). I ended that day to the notary for my dad’s inheritance. And before you ask: no I am not suddenly a “crazy rich Belgian”. I will still have to work to earn my keep.
The “changing theme saga”.
Well this week I have tried another theme. Then I visited countless blogs that I love.
I wanted a footer with my bookstagram pictures instead of having them on my right sidebar. I discovered that I could add some coding and plugin to achieve that result with my theme until…my daughter told me that as a teenager she would never scroll down to the bottom of the theme. Just read the header, title, quickly the post and that’s it! So I’d better keep it on the sidebar.
Then I thought that I wanted wider posts. I was convinced that mine were written in smaller space than those of my friends.
I took a sheet of paper, jotted down the measures of my sidebar and my post width. Then went to friends blogs and compared ….exactly the same! I could widen my posts with some easy CSS coding all right but then it would have been wider than my logo and would not have looked great.
Then I was all: OK I need boxes around my sidebar widget.
Once again I found the CSS coding to add but it did not look as great as I thought it would.
I also discovered that other themes don’t have “boxed” post summaries like I do (and that’s because I coded the borders months ago and changed the background color with coding). Or you must choose a box theme. To get something similar.
I also realized that I do prefer “blog” themes than “site”themes. I mean just the “one page” theme where you land directly on the what’s new. I also don’t like when you scroll and you have these large “banners” coming into view. I prefer tiles with posts.
It’s cleaner and easier to navigate. The less the better with me.
To make it short I realized that if other themes looked good at my friend’s blogs I would have lost my identity. And paid for something that I had done myself with coding.
My “style ” is minimalist, clean but not the “all white” with “black or grey social media icons”. It’s white and grey with splash or pop colors on my buttons and widgets. With my huge Red Sonja as logo. So be it!
The only thing I changed is the addition of a grey “borek” picture behind my logo to soften the contrast and I changed my fonts. I also lightened my widget side bar.
Now that’s it.
I am staying with my free, responsive theme that I customized with coding.
But if you think I should change some things just let me know. I can probably code it if your idea is great 😉
Pfew that’s all for private life knowing that I will be back to work tomorrow.
On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)
I have reviewed three books but I have read two more ginormous books yet to be reviewed. So that makes 5 books!!!! The holiday are doing wonder for my reading!
I reviewed A Place Without You by Jewel E Ann ( personally painful but beautiful read) 4,5 stars; The Wish Collector by Mia Sheridan (for fans of romance). Retelling of the Phantom of the Opera: 4 stars. Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard: out of my genre read. 3,5 to 4 stars.
I read but have still to review (the draft is ready don’t worry) Binding 13 and then Keeping 13 by Chloe Walsh. Totalling 1800 pages! The biggest NA contemporaries I have ever read (usually big is fantasy not contemporary). New to me author and I was addicted to the series!
This week I’ve done two memes! Both topics were about the books I wanted to read in 2019 and this put me between a rock and a hard place as I already had three posts published and scheduled on that topic! How could I be creative as not to bore you out?
Well I wrote about books that I wish were written, about dream collaboration between authors etc.
Then I also wrote about a much awaited “underdog” for 2019. You know that book that you wished more readers and bloggers would read?
Finally I published my second post on my most awaited reads of 2019 focusing on books being released in spring.
Oh I also forgot my WWW Wednesday ….
Now let’s get to the reason why I titled this post “I am morphing into a romance planner”!
Like last year to celebrate the month of love (February with Valentine’s Day and all) I am organizing an event where I lend my blog to other bloggers and authors. I will host whomever wants to play with me. The topic is to post something about romance and love.
You can find more details clicking on the graphic below.
Important to know: you are free to write whatever inspires you but just send me your post for January 24th max. As some have problems filling in the Google doc you can send your answer (as in”Yes Sophie I will participate and I plan to do this”) at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will then reply so that we can see what’s best for you and you can send your post once it’s ready. I would really be honored if you participated (no pressure here).
On the blogosphere and publishing world
This week I got the Penguin Random House Newsletter and they had a really interesting article about The Many Benefits or Reading.
I will summarize it here below but you can find the article here : https://bit.ly/2M67jDY
It has cognitive impacts as in:
-It improves your memory.
-It lenghthens life (yes yes we live longer than non readers…maybe because we want to know the end of that series even if it will only be finished in ten years?????)
-It makes you smarter (more vocabulary and creativity)
-Lower stress and blood pressure.
-Helps to sleep better (you know you fall asleep while reading even if you planned to finished that book tonight!)
-It makes you more empathetic. We learn about other people struggles and beliefs. It’s eye opening.
And there is one post that I’d like to share with you because it’s about books that will be made into movies this year and I discovered fantastic trailers!
So thank you Candid Cover! https://candidcover.net/2019/01/10/2019-ya-book-to-movie-adaptations/
That’s it! Now give me your news and I’ll comment back. Just give me a few days as I’ll be back at work.
Thanks for reading!