December Wrap-Up + Favourites đŸ“šâ¤ď¸

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Hello There

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best for 2020, I hope that this year will give you what you need and be full of amazing things! 🎉

Before I jump right into making lists of my favourite books/TV shows/movies like every year, I thought I’d get my December wrap-up out of the way, so that’s what I’ll do today.

December has been… a ride, shall we say? Lately, most of my wrap-ups have started that way, but the second half of 2019 was quite tough for me… Here’s to hoping 2020 will treat me better! To sum up December: I tried, I really tried. I studied for my driving theory, I babysat a lot to have some money and despite the strikes, I spent a weekend in London with my boyfriend (both our trains, then plane was cancelled last minute), which definitely was the highlight of the month. I adore London so much, we mainly went to see Dear Evan Hansen, one of my favourite musicals, and it was everything.

The first half of the month was good… Then I watched The Rise of Skywalker. You might know how much I love Star Wars and how important The Last Jedi is to me. I was so excited for The Rise of Skywalker and to see these characters one last time. I know I probably wouldn’t have been able to love it as much as the previous one, but I surely didn’t expect the movie I got. The truth is, I can’t like this movie. I can’t like a movie that messed up with my mental health that much, to the point that still impacts me two weeks later. I wish it wasn’t such a big deal for me, but alas, it is what it is. Let’s say that I could have done without everything I’ve felt since then, but it’ll get better at some point, so I’m holding on to that. ❤️

what i read

I really wanted to prioritize reading in December and I quite succeeded in that. Most of the books I read were somehow rereads or Star Wars related, but at least I was consistent in that and I wasn’t disappointed in anything! Here is what I read in December:

  • Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham (reread), 4/5 stars
  • The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (reread), 4/5 stars
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (reread), 5/5 stars
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (reread), 4/5 stars
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 by Charles Soule, Will Sliney and Clayton Crain, 4/5 stars
  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, 4/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse, 4/5 stars
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (reread), 5/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Force Collector by Kevin Shinick, 3/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Heroes by Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas and Guru-eFX, 4/5 stars

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My favourite book of the month was The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, which I’m so happy about! Robin Hobb is becoming one of my favourite fantasy authors and this second book in the Liveship Traders trilogy was amazing: I cannot wait to read the last book in it in January, then to go back to Fitz’ story soon enough.

Other than that, the new Rise of Kylo Ren run is excellent so far, waiting for the issues to be released every month is going to be tough, but it’ll be worth it!

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Watching Dear Evan Hansen live

I’ve been listening to Dear Evan Hansen for about three years now and it’s my second favourite musical, so when they announced they’d bring the production to West End, I was over the moon and got tickets to watch it. It was more than I could have asked for: the production and the cast were amazing (I follow them all on Instagram and they’re the best) of course, but I also did stage door and met our Evan Hansen, Marcus Harman, who was so adorable and it made the whole experience even better.

I don’t know if it’s possible, but I love the musical even more than I did before and I will cherish this memory forever. Needless to say, all I’ve been listening to in December is Dear Evan Hansen.

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Star Wars

While I feel a certain way about the latest Star Wars movie, December was very much a Star Wars month for me and that was amazing. I did a Star Wars marathon to rewatch the movies, I read several comics and novels, I binge-watched and fell in love with The Mandalorian (I even started making a crocheted Baby Yoda) and watched a bit of Star Wars Rebels again, it all brought me so much comfort. I’m so glad I have Star Wars in my life and that it was everywhere again last month.

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MOVIES // Knives Out and Marriage Story

After The Rise of Skywalker came out, I watched quite a few of movies with Adam Driver, which isn’t really surprising because I adore him and he’s such a talented actor. Out of them all, my favourite was Marriage Story: the actors’ performances are amazing, whether I’m talking about Adam Driver’s, Scarlet Johansson’s or Laura Dern’s, and I love it so much for that (it also gets bonus points because Adam sings Being Alive in it). It’s getting a lot of hype thanks to awards season and it makes me really happy.

The last movie I watched in theaters in 2019 was Knives Out, which I was beyond excited about, as it was written and directed by Rian Johnson (he wrote and directed The Last Jedi, so). I’m glad I saved it for last, because it was a really positive way to end the year for me. If I were to explain why I loved it THAT much, we’d probably be here all day, but let’s just say that the cast was amazing and I love that Rian Johnson makes me think like that while watching a movie. After leaving the theater, we discussed tiny details and our interpretations during the whole ride home, then while making diner and even before falling asleep, and that’s how I wish it’d always be. Thank you, Rian Johnson. ❤️

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TV SHOW // The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Last but not least, the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel came out in December and it was excellent, as always! As I’ve said before, this period drama is such a breathe of fresh air, but also discusses serious topics and they have amazing actors! I was super excited for both Sterling K. Brown and Liza Weil to be guest-starring in a few episodes and it made the season even better for me, I love them so much.

Looking Ahead

I really don’t want to give in to January pressure, as it’s a new year and all of that, but I hope that with every day, I will feel like I’m breathing a bit easier again. I want to catch up with movies that have been nominated for award season (I’m planning on watching both the Golden Globes and the Oscars live, so), to pass my driving theory exam, to continue job-hunting, to blog more consistently again and to continue reading books I love, that’s about it.

What about you: how was December? Did you discover any new favourite books?

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October and November Wrap-Up + Favourites

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Hello There

Just like that, we have said goodbye to autumn and have welcomed winter, here in the northern hemisphere. I still can’t believe it’s actually December. I quite forgot to write my October wrap-up, so I thought I’d wrap up both October and November at the same time in this post.

October and November have been quite eventful for me and I feel like they happened forever ago. In those two months, I have continued job-hunting (I will find something… someday), have finally registered for my driver’s license and am studying for the driving theory exam, have started learning the guitar, have been babysitting a lot, have prepared and had our Harry Potter party,  have met three authors I adore and have traveled to Paris a few times.

Though all of these are very positive and amazing things that happened, most days I’m still trying to breathe, to figure myself out and not to be too hard on myself: we all move at different paces and that’s okay. Being done with my studies and be unemployed is really a tough period to get through, but I’ll get there!

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Thanks to the Gilmoreathon, which happened in the first two weeks of October, I managed to read a lot in October and to get through most of the books I wanted to read in autumn. During that month, I read:

  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, 3/5 stars
  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab, 4/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, 2/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, Volume 5: The Death of the Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Walter Simonson, 3.5/5 stars
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, 4/5 stars
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, 4/5 stars
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, 4.5/5 stars
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, 2/5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (reread)

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My favourite book of the month was by far Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, which made me the happiest as it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I loved the world it was set in as well as the dark academia aspect so much and I cannot wait for the sequel to come out at some point (please consider checking the trigger warnings if you want to read it, though).

In November, I mainly finished books I had started the month before and I didn’t read as much as usual, some months are like that I guess. I ended up reading:

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, 1/5 stars
  • Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier, 4/5 stars
  • Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston, 3/5 stars

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My favourite book of the month was Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, I adored it so much (it’s not that surprising, but still)! It’s the first book in her second series set in the Realms of the Elderlings and it’s pretty much the pirates and ships series I’ve always wanted. I’m currently reading the second book in the series and I can’t stop thinking about it, I almost missed my subway stop because of it the other day.

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TV SHOW // This Is Us

This Is Us is back in my favourites… Yet again. The fourth season of the show started airing at the end of September and the fall season finale aired at the end of November, so of course it’s been with me through the past two months. My best friend and I watched the new episode every Wednesday and there are so many weeks when it was the one thing that got me through life. This show has been my safe space for the past few months, to the point that I have to listen to Jack’s Theme to fall asleep every night, so yes, it’s just going to stay in my favourites for a while.

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MISC. // Our Harry Potter Party

On November 2nd, we hosted a Harry Potter party with my family and it was amazing! We started preparing it early September, my brother and I even invented a game and I drew all the cards, it was a lot of work, but it was so great to see the house transformed and to imagine to be in Hogwarts, just for one night. I also started playing Hogwarts Mystery during those months, reread the sixth book and have been rewatching the movies, so I’ve been in a huge Harry Potter mood recently and it feels amazing.

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TV SHOW // The Crown

In November, the third season of The Crown was released and I binge-watched it as fast as I could! I’m a huge period drama fan, so I was beyond excited for this new season and for the new cast! I thought they all did a splendid job, from Olivia Colman to Josh O’Connor and as I didn’t know much about this time period in the UK, it was quite interesting in that aspect as well. I’m so excited for season 4.

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BOOKISH // Meeting Samantha Shannon, Leigh Bardugo and Alice Oseman

In November, I was lucky enough to meet all three of these authors and it still feels unreal, because they’ve all written some of my favourite books. In the few minutes we talked, Samantha Shannon managed to impress me with her knowledge of history (she knew what my hometown was known for in the Middle Ages? WHAT?) and I could tell her how much I love Priory. Leigh Bardugo was every inch a queen and seeing her for the second time was amazing, we talked black lipstick and it was a lot of fun. Alice Oseman was so adorable as well and she painted Nick and Charlie on a bookstore window, it was so cool! I can’t believe it all happened within a few weeks.

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MOVIE & MUSIC // Frozen

Like many people, I adore Frozen with all my heart. By mid-October, I couldn’t stop myself any longer and I started listening to the original soundtrack as well as the Broadway musical all the time again, so I was more than ready for Frozen 2 to come out. This movie was everything and is definitely my favourite movie of the year so far, I’ve already watched it twice and am planning to watch it so many more times. I adore the characters so much, even more than before, the new songs are amazing (my favourite is Some Things Never Change), we’ll not mention how happy I was when I heard Sterling K. Brown voicing a character and overall, I’m so happy that the Frozen hype is back.

Looking Ahead

I’m actually quite excited about December. I’m not sure whether or not I’m in a Christmas mood yet, as there are so many things happening right now, but it’ll come soon. This month, I’m going to London for a weekend and will see Dear Evan Hansen on West End (I still can’t believe it, I’ve listened to this musical for so long!!), I’m so excited to go back to London and while it’s all decorated for Christmas on top of that!

Other than that, all my excitement is going towards the release of The Rise of Skywalker. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Star Wars fan: I grew up with it and have seen every Star Wars movie in theaters since Revenge of the Sith (I was nine then, before that I was too younger… or not even born haha), so it feels really weird to say goodbye to the Skywalker saga. I’ll probably rewatch the movie a lot while it’s in theaters like for The Last Jedi, but still.

What about you? What’s your latest favourite book? Anything you’re looking forward to this December?

lots of love

September reading wrap-up and favourites â˜•đŸ‚

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Hello There

September has been a weird month for me, so I’m glad to leave it behind to welcome October. As I finished my studies back in June (but only got all my grades back last week), this September was the first time I didn’t go back to school and it made me feel off-balance, so I tried to take it one day at a time. I’m just exhausted by people asking me if I have found a job, because believe me, if I had found one, I’d be screaming it from the rooftops.

Still, September had amazing moments. I went to Disneyland with my best friend, I went to Paris to visit my boyfriend and some of my friends, as well as to see an exhibition that holds a special place in my heart, I stayed up all night to watch the Emmys, This Is Us came back on TV, the Downton Abbey movie came out, so many things still made me really happy.

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I didn’t have a great reading month in September, in the sense that I wasn’t really in the mood to read anything, only one book I read stood out, plus I abandoned two books. Some months are like this I guess. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I still managed to finish five novels and three comics though, so that’s something. Here are the books that I read:

  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer, not rated (reread)
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray, 4/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, vol. 2: Lords of Midgard by Jason Aaron, 3/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, vol. 3: The Asgard/Shi’Ar War by Jason Aaron, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, vol. 4: The War Thor by Jason Aaron, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Confession by Jessie Burton, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Wickerlight by Mary Watson, 3/5 stars
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, 3.5/5 stars (reread)

My favourite was by far Leia, Princess of Alderaan, it has managed to make me love Leia Organa even more than I already did, plus it featured Amilyn Holdo! Ah, I do love my Star Wars books, they make me so happy.

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MISC. // Friendship anniversary and Disneyland

On September 4th, my best friend and I celebrated our ten year friendship anniversary and we decided to go to Disneyland for that! It was such a perfect day, we rewatched a few Disney movies in preparation, I’m pretty sure I had never done that many rides in one day, we got matching Disney pins in celebration, I finally saw the new version of Phantom Manor, we stayed until the fireworks and I cried during that show, it definitely was the best day of the month. I can’t believe we’ve been friends for ten years, here’s to so many more and to going to Disney World in 2029. 💖

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DRINK // Pumpkin Spice Latte

With autumn, the Pumpkin Spice Latte came back and it made me so happy to start drinking it again! I also finally tried to make some myself and it tastes amazing, I can’t get enough of it. Everyone in my family tried it and they loved it, so I have to make it in huge batches now… Not that I mind. 😅

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TV SHOWS // Anne with an E and This Is Us

I finally started watching Anne with an E in September and I fell in love with it. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s so refreshing, I am so attached to the characters and the setting is stunning! I’m about halfway through season 2 right now and I can’t wait to catch up. I also decided I’d finally read Anne of Green Gables this month, as I never did growing up, and I’m so excited!

On top of that, This Is Us came back for its fourth season last week and it makes me the happiest. I’ve only watched the season premiere so far, but it was perfect, I can’t wait to see where they go this season and I haven’t listened to anything but Memorized for the past week. I’m watching episode 2 tonight and I just can’t wait. Honestly, my mental health has been all over the place recently, but as long as I have This Is Us, I feel like I can through everything, because this show means the world to me. 💖

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MUSIC // When I Wasn’t Watching, Mandy Moore 

I can’t put into words how much I love and admire Mandy Moore. I rediscovered her through This Is Us back in May (you thought you had seen the last of This Is Us for this post, didn’t you?), so of course I started following her on Instagram and was instantly impressed by her, as she was hiking through Mount Everest with some of her friends at that time. I’ve been following her for months and I find her so inspiring, plus she’s been impressing me more and more as Rebecca in This Is Us for months. On top of that, after ten years, she decided to record new music and released When I Wasn’t Watching. I adore this song so much, it speaks to me on so many levels and I can’t wait for her to release more new music.

I don’t think I had quite realized that until September, as she released new music and as she was nominated for an Emmy, but Mandy Moore has inspired me so much over the past few months. She’s the type of person to persist no matter what, who goes back to her passions even if it’s been ten years and it must be terrifying, and she seems like such a strong and gentle soul. Watching her IG stories every day makes me so happy and honestly? I want to be just like her as I go on in life.

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MOVIE // Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is one of my all-time favourite TV shows, so I was beyond excited when they decided to make a movie of it. I watched it on release day and it was all I could have asked for and more. Sure, it was a bit cheesy at times, but seeing the characters all together on the big screen one last time was everything and the perfect closure. I can’t wait to watch the movie again and again.

Looking Ahead

I am so ready for October to be here! It means autumn is settling itself more and that it’s time to indulge in all things spooky, as Halloween is pretty much here. Here are some things I want to do this month:

  • continue job-hunting,
  • participate in the Gilmoreathon,
  • continue learning Spanish,
  • participate in Inktober (it’s my first time participating so I’m a bit scared),
  • register for my driver’s license,
  • learn Hedwig’s theme on the piano

How was September for you? Any new favourite things?

lots of love

Wrapping up the #NEWTsReadathon2019 ✨ | August wrap-up

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Hello There

HAPPY BACK TO HOGWARTS DAY!

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Everyone is on board the Hogwarts Express, getting excited for a new school year in the most magical school and I’m not among them… Because I have graduated from Hogwarts and am now a Magizoologist! 😱

In August, I participated in the Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast, a month-long readathon based around the exams students take at Hogwarts. I was studying to become a Magizoologist and managed to pass all my exams! I thought that I’d wrap it up today and of course, share my passing grades. 😉

To become a Magizoologist, I needed to get an Outstanding in Care of Magical Creatures and an Exceeded Expectations in both Charms and Herbology. I *really* wanted to get an Outstanding in everything though, and that’s what I did, so here are the books I read to pass these exams!

♡ Care of Magical Creatures

  • Archenemies by Marissa Meyer, 3/5 stars
  • Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron, 4/5 stars
  • Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, 2/5 stars

♡ Charms

  • The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, 5/5 stars
  • Thor, Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer? by Jason Aaron, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Door by Magda SzabĂł, 3/5 stars

♡ Herbology

  • King Lear by William Shakespeare, 4/5 stars
  • A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood, 2.5/5 stars
  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, 4/5 stars

I am so happy to have passed all these exams, I was quite the reading machine in August and that’s how… I finished my required reading on August 15th. After that, I studied a bit harder to get an Outstanding in everything (see above), but also decided to pass additional exams (can you tell I’m a Ravenclaw, studying for exams I don’t even need to pass?!).

hermione-library.gifSo anyway, I also got an Outstanding in both Astronomy and Divination, plus an Exceeded Expectations in Ancient Runes.

♡ Astronomy

  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 3, by Naoko Takeuchi
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Mighty Thor, Volume 1: Thunder in Her Veins by Jason Aaron

♡ Divination

  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 4, by Naoko Takeuchi, 4/5 stars
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, 4/5 stars
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, vol. 5, by Naoko Takeuchi, 4/5 stars

♡ Ancient Runes

  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Deathless Girls by Karen Millwood Hargrave, 3.5/5 stars

August was probably my best reading month so far this year in quantity, but my ratings went from 2 stars to 5 stars, so it was quite a mixed bag. My highlights of the month in terms of reading were The Kingdom of Copper, my first five-star read since March, but also Nevernight, which I had been putting off for the longest time but adored! ❤️

All in all, this readathon was a lot of fun once again. In the end, I passed everything I needed to, I graduated from Hogwarts and am now free to be a Magizoologist and wanders the world with magical creatures! I sure will participate in the Magical Readathon next year!

What did you read in August? What was your favourite book of the month?

lots of love

July 2019 Reading Wrap-Up + Favourites

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Hello There

Ah, July. July was the first month of my holidays/after I finished everything and it’s been a tough one. My mental health was all over the place for most of the month and while it improved a bit, I still struggle a lot with it. It’s been a really weird month, but I’ve tried. I’ve been more creative like I wanted, I went to the sea many times, which made me feel better and I created myself a new routine, which helped a bit as well. Here’s to hope that August will be better!

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July wasn’t off to a very good start when it came to reading, but I started using a reading tracker a week into the month and it helped a lot. I love tracking how much I read each day; it motivates me to read every day and to read a lot again. I haven’t read as much as usual this year, so I haven’t turned to reading as much as I used to, which made me a bit sad. Last month, I went with the flow of what I wanted to read the most because I needed to be all excited about reading again, I’m starting to feel that way again, which is amazing. Here are the books that I read in July:

  • Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier, 4.5/5 stars
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, 3.5/5 stars
  • Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier, 4/5 stars
  • The Loving Spirit by Daphne du Maurier, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon, 4/5 stars
  • Sailor Moon, vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi, 3/5 stars
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • Sailor Moon, vol. 2 by Naoko Takeuchi, 3/5 stars

I’m glad I reread some of my favourite books, because it’s what I needed, plus reading more of Juliet Marillier’s works was everything, she’s becoming one of my favourite authors for sure!

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TV SHOW // This Is Us (NBC)

For the third month in a row, my absolute favourite of the month was This Is Us. After two months and a half of binge-watching the show, my best friend and I are finally caught up with This Is Us, which breaks my heart a little bit, as it means I have to wait until September 24th for the next season (thank God I follow the cast on Instagram and they’re currently filming). At this point, I have embraced the fact that I cry during every episode of the show and that it means the world to me. Considering how tough the past few months I’ve been, I don’t know what I would have done without this show, it teaches me so much and always gives me hope. Truly one of my all-time favourite shows. 💛

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BOOKS // Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series

I absolutely adored Daughter of the Forest when I read it back in May and I was so excited to get to the rest of the first trilogy. I read Son of the Shadows and Child of the Prophecy in July and fell in love with them as well: Juliet Marillier’s writing is magical, I adore how she weaves folklore into her novels and her main characters are so memorable. I barely ever binge-read book series (the last time I did it was for Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy), but I really didn’t want to leave Sevenwaters behind and I’m happy I read these books almost back to back. I am longing to go back to Juliet Marillier’s medieval Ireland, so I’ll probably get the Blackthorn & Grim series or the rest of the Sevenwaters books soon.

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MISC. // Lemons 🍋

I’ve been all over lemons for the past few months or so, and it’s all because of… This Is Us (yeah, sorry for mentioning it again). There is a quote in the show about how there is no lemon so sour that you can’t make something resembling lemonade and I’ve been trying to live by it every day (truly, I live by so many things I hear in this show). Because of that and because I’m obsessed with yellow anyway, I’ve been putting lemons in everything in my life, whether I’m actually making lemonade, wearing clothes with lemon patterns, baking lemon cake (my favourite, it was meant to be!) or sewing a lemon tote bag (see above, I can’t wait to finish this project!). Lemons remind me that everything is going to be okay and I’ve really needed it lately.

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TV SHOW // Las Chicas del Cable (Netflix)

I started watching Las Chicas del Cable in June to help improve my Spanish and I ended up binge-watching it quite quickly, I love it so much. This Spanish show, set in the 1920s-1930s, follows four women working as cable girls in a phone company and it’s so addicting! They always get caught up in big dramas and it talks about so many important issues. One of my favourite things about this show is the friendship linking the main characters, they have each other’s backs through every situation and it makes me so happy. It even has queer characters, which I feel is still rare in period dramas and makes me love it even more. I totally recommend it, the fourth season is coming out on August 9th and it’s going to be everything!

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MUSIC // Six the Musical

If you know me, you probably know that I mainly listen to musicals or music I hear in movies, so of course, I had to fall in love with a new musical in the past few months. This one is about Henry VIII’s six wives, so as I’m a history nerd and am really interested by this era, of course I adore it! It was recently announced that it was coming to Broadway and Australia and it makes me so happy, it deserves it so much. I’d love to see it live someday. 💜

Looking Ahead

I am hoping that August will be a better month than July for me, I am looking forward to many small things, so fingers crossed that will be the case. Here are my goals for August:

  • participate in the N.E.W.T.s readathon
  • finish to rearrange everything in my room
  • continue to be more creative
  • practice Spanish every day
  • start learning Danish again
  • it would be great if I registered for my driving license, but we’ll see about that…

What about you? How was July? Any new favourite books?

lots of love

June reading wrap-up + favourites

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Hello There

From the moment June started, I told myself that it would be the best month of the year so far for me and in so many ways, it certainly was. June was quite a busy month: I finished my master’s thesis and defended it, which means that I’m done with my studies, I moved out of my apartment, I did some job hunting, I read a lot, I spent time with my loved ones, I visited museums and I finally had time to breathe. June made me so happy and I really hope the rest of this summer will be as amazing.

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As June is Pride Month, I dedicated all my reading to LGBTQIA+ books, just like last year and it felt amazing! Here are the books that I read:

  • The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, 3/5 stars
  • Going Off Script by Jen Wilde, 3.5/5 stars
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, 4/5 stars
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee, 4/5 stars
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, 4/5 stars
  • I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver, 4/5 stars
  • The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie, 3/5 stars
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, 4/5 stars

It was a pretty solid reading month, I read so many different genres, but somehow I ended up missing fantasy a lot, as I didn’t read many books in that genre. My favourite book of the month actually was Girls of Paper and Fire, so it makes sense, in a way. I loved the characters in this book so much (Lei and Wren, my babies), as well as the world-building and I so need to get my hands on the next book after that cliffhanger!

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This Is Us

I already mentioned falling in love with This Is Us in my May wrap-up, but of course I had to mention it again and I’ll probably talk some more of it in my July wrap-up, as I’ll be done with season 3 and all caught up by then. The very minute June started, my best friend and I were watching it, which clearly was a sign that this month would shape to be an amazing one. After I turned it my master’s thesis, my reward was finishing season 2 (and what a reward it was, considering how much I cried) and that’s all I needed. After a three week long break, we started watching season 3 on Saturday and oh my, how we had missed it. While it makes me cry every other episode, it is a show that feels like home and one of the few that capture my attention for hours. It definitely is one of my favourite shows of all time.

Learning Spanish again

It might seem a little bit weird, but the moment I was alone after turning up my master’s thesis… I got really bored, because I didn’t have a goal nor was I learning anything new anymore. People laughed it off when I had said I would miss it somehow, but it’s true. Because of that, I decided to dedicate some of the time I had on my hands to learn Spanish again, I actually used to be better at it than in learning English (how the tables have turned, in six years) and I was missing it. I’m using Duolingo a little bit every day to revise, which is fun and I have started watching TV shows in Spanish. At the moment, I’m watching Las Chicas del Cable, which is amazing, and I’m looking forward to watching Alta Mar (I watched the trailer three times because it sounds so good!!).

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The exhibition about Berthe Morisot in the musĂŠe d’Orsay

I was super excited about this exhibition, because it is all about Berthe Morisot, who was among the founding members of the impressionists… and the only woman in the group (there were other women who became impressionist painters, of course, but she was the first). A few months ago, I visited the Marmottan-Monet museum and saw so many of her paintings in one room, which was amazing, but an entire exhibition about her? It was all I wanted. I loved seeing so many of her works there, learning about her life and her art process and I walked out of there with a biography about her. I adore her art and admire her so much, I cannot wait to go back there over and over until the end of the exhibition.

Looking Ahead

For now, I am on holidays and will be until I find a job, and I’m so looking forward to enjoy that time to do everything I usually put off (I cannot wait to have a job, though!). My main goal for July is to be more creative, which can mean everything and nothing. I want to draw, to work more on my bullet journal, to continue learning oil painting with my mom (that’s something we started doing a few days ago), to sew the tote bag I saw in a magazine. I’d like to dedicate more time to research and plan my WIP (I wanted to jump head first in Camp NaNo, but realized that my novel wasn’t ready for that just yet thanks to Susan Dennard’s latest newsletter), as I’ve been putting it on hold for months now. I want to read fantasy novels because I have missed it, I want to catch up on my TV shows and to go to the movies all the time, I want to enjoy my time with my loved ones. In short, I want to make the most out of these holidays.

How was June for you? What was your favourite book of the month? Did you discover any new favourite things?

lots of love

May 2019 Reading Wrap-Up + Favourites

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Hello There

Oh May, how happy I am that you are over. May was a tough month for me: I finished my internship, we turned in the big uni group project (at last!) and I spent most of my time writing my master’s thesis. I’ve been sad, I’ve been stressed out, but I made it and I’m finally starting to feel better. You know what? I even started applying for jobs despite being so sad about having left my internship and I couldn’t be prouder of myself for that. May was a month of never giving up, no matter how it made me feel, I’m just happy I got through it. what i readI am so happy with my reading month! I ended up reading five books, which I’m quite proud of, considering how little time I had to dedicate to reading, and I adored them all! This month was all about fantasy, with some hints of folklore, as I’ve been participating in #MythTakeReads and it’s what I needed! Here are the books that I read:

  • The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson, 4/5 stars
  • A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin, 4/5 stars
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, 4.5/5 stars
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, 4/5 stars
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare, 3.5/5 stars

My favourite book of the month was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, a retelling of The Six Swans inspired by Irish folklore! I’m planning on getting to the next few books in the Sevenwaters series once I’m done with my master’s thesis and I cannot wait to read them, I really want to read more by this author!favouritesbaby-peter

Our kitten, Peter

Mid-May, my family adopted a kitten (we now have six pets, everything is fine), whom we named Peter, and spending time with him is making me so happy. He was very small when we got him, so we had to feed him, make him learn where to pee and things like that. It’s probably because he is very small, but he’s always following us around everywhere, wanting to be cuddled and to fall asleep on us, which is so adorable! In my humble opinion, Peter is the cutest kitten and I’m so happy we have him with us now.

poppies-monet.jpgVisiting museums

May was full of bank holidays and while I spent most of them studying, they really helped to organize myself better to visit museums and it made me so happy, as it is one of my favourite things to do! I befriended another girl at my internship in the last month or so and we’ve been going to museums together, which has been so much fun. We went to the Maillol Museum, to the Centre Pompidou (I had an invitation for the premiere of a documentary, which was great) and to the MusĂŠe d’Orsay for their exhibition about Black Models and always had an amazing time. I’m so looking forward to going back to Paris at the end of June so I can visit more museums again.

My loved ones

As I said, May definitely was a tough month for me, but for some reason, it made me realize that I wasn’t alone and that I had people who were there for me. No matter what direction my life will take, I know that I have people rooting for me and willing to help me and it means the world. Spending time with my friends and family made me feel so much better and helped the sadness and stress go away for a little while. It might be a really cheesy thing to write, but it felt so good to feel that way.
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Watching Killing Eve, laughing thanks to Booksmart and falling in love with This Is Us

I started Killing Eve in April and quickly became obsessed with it, which continued in May. After finishing the first season, I binge-watched the second one, and oh my, how it didn’t disappoint! It is such a surprising TV show with killer characters (see what I did there) and I cannot praise it enough. I’m so excited for season 3 and to read Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings at some point!

Everyone was talking about it, so I got around to watching Booksmart (which was released on Netflix in France, so go watch it) and I adored it so much! It’s a movie I would have loved to see when I was a teenager, I related so much to the main characters and it made me so emotional to see myself in them that much. It also had a f/f romance and it was everything, this was the teen movie I had needed for so long. Truly, I cannot wait to rewatch it again.

Last, but certainly not least, in May, I started watching This Is Us with my best friend, and it made everything better. I can’t explain how happy (and very, very, very sad) this TV show makes me, I adore these characters so much and I would give them everything I have if I could. It’s a very human TV show and it’s probably why I love it so much: the characters all have their own flaws, but they try to face what life throws at them no matter what. Please, watch it if you still haven’t. It’s my favourite TV show of the year so far and I’ve only started season 2 yesterday. Also, it has Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson so it wins, okay bye.

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Looking Ahead.pngAs I’m typing this, I’m currently revising my master’s thesis and will continue to do so until Wednesday, which is the day I’m turning it in! I am beyond excited to be done with it, because it means that after that, I’ll have to defend it, then I will be on holidays. I’ll have to go back to Paris to defend my master’s thesis, then I’ll have to pack to move out of my current apartment and other than, I’ll be able to rest. Books, TV shows, movies, museums, here I come!

How was May for you? What was your favourite book of the month?

lots of love