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 musée 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 Musée 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