Hi dear friends,
Today is Sunday, and I am back from my business trip! Yay! Time to have a chat with you about what happened in my life and on the blog last week, linking back to The Sunday Post @caffeinatedreviewer!
In my private life first
Well you probably know that my husband fell from his mountainbike (MTB) last week and ended up with broken clavicle and broken ribs.
This week has been really painful for him and exhausting for me as I have to take care of everything.
Cleaning my husband of course, cooking dishes he can eat with one hand and a fork or a spoon as he can’t cut his meat and he can’t wait the whole day without eating while I am working! Sleeping on the couch for me when I have to work and I take my turn when I have a day off as I don’t want to hurt him while sleeping if I pull the covers or … plus he is sleeping on his back and the snoring is deafening!
I also have to do the grocery shopping alone, drive the kids to the hospital (for my daughter’s allergies), to the rock climbing site, to the math private teacher, to … and do everything else that I usually do!
No wonder that I ended up with a killer migraine Tuesday (the second in seven days) and that I am commenting back and liking sporadically!
This year has been hard with my dad’s cancer and his passing away, my son unable to join the army this year, my husband’s accident ….
I already know that in life, when it rains it pours!
I also know that one day everything will get better and the only thing you can do is weather the storm, be patient and try to remain optimistic because at the end of the day, there is always someone who is suffering worse than me!
When bad things happen in life I do tend to use lots of humor and find release in reading or getting creative!
That’s why yesterday when Olivia (from Oliviacatastrophe on Instagram) encouraged me to try posting a picture of a “mini me” as a challenge, I thought: “Why not?”.
The same way I saw blogging as a challenge to tackle, I was intrigued by all the pictures you see on Instagram of people being into their picture like mini humans, part of an adventure. Sometimes you even have animated objects or animals. Olivia is gifted and does it from time to time.
I asked her how she did erase the background of her picture to only keep her silhouette and she explained her process.
As my moto is “Go big or go home” I did not only ask my daughter to take a picture of me while reading and reducing my size to put it into another picture.
I thought: “Why not reenact some scenes of my favorite reads? You know when the kickass girl or princess is slaying a dragon?” and why not make it part of another photochallenge that I currently began yesterday about series?
So, I dressed the part and wore my crown, handled my sword and striked a pose to slay an imaginary dragon! 😀
I followed Olivia’s instructions, used a mock up dragon and voilà!
Here below you have three versions of my picture, if you could vote for your favorite, it would help me select one to post on Tuesday!
Needless to say that my soon to be twenty of a son told me:” I don’t know you. I don’t have a mom!”
Ashamed of a mom involved in cosplay and theatrics? LOL
See all is not bad in my life, there are still pockets of brightness!
On the blog now (click on the graphic to read the post)
This week I read and reviewed two books: one adult with a mysterious alpha acting working in the mafia (Twisted by Aleatha Romig: 4,25 stars) and a fantasy audiobook that has been pushed on me by Alexandra (she can be bossy LOL): The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (Looooooved 5 stars. I am currently listening to The Kingdom of Copper).
I also finished a buddy read of The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon but the review will be posted closer to the release date! And I am currently reading The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (contrary to many readers, I love My!).
I posted the Top 5 Tuesday post on a Wednesday (see migraine above) and the topic was Unputdownable books. As I was posting one day late I wanted to make it up to Shanah and decided to put some humor (remember, my weapon of choice when life is gloomy) and give you tips and places to read/hide when you can’t put your book down!
On Wednesday I also posted about my much awaited book this week: The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood. I waited three years for her next book!!!
Then I posted a light discussion post on Thursday asking why I could never remember the names of the characters nor the specifics of some scenes while other bloggers seemed so gifted that they did extensive tags requesting to recall every details about the books (if you wondered, I am very bad at these tags!).
On the blogosphere and in the bookish world
This week’s quizz is about which faction in Divergent you do belong!
And if I did not always (ha! It’s a euphemism) comment back promptly I chose to blog hop as often as I could and I have three very different but interesting posts to share with you this week!
Beth explains some blogging myths
Kaleena did a fantastic job writing this review of Kingsbane! What I loved is that she had the same issues (mostly) that I had with the book but gave it a much better rating than I! It shows how reading a book is such a personal experience.
Then the Orang Outang Librarian wrote a satyr about how not to write a review (true 😀 )
Dani explains the differences between manga, comics …
Now do tell me all about your week!
Thanks for reading.