My favourite TV shows of 2018

Hello There
 
I’m a bit late with all ‘my favourites of 2018’ posts, but better late than never I guess? Anyway, 2018 was such an amazing year when it came to TV shows and I found so many new favourites. Those who made my list didn’t necessarily aired in 2018, but I watched them during that year. I also managed to rank them and I’m so proud of myself, as I’m unable to do that with books and movies for 2018. So without further ado, here are my favourite TV shows of 2018!
 
10. Peaky Blinders

I finally started watching Peaky Blinders last year* and I fell in love with it, I even watched the first season in less than a day. I’m a huge period drama fan, as you probably know, but I had been reluctant to watch this one, for I was scared it would be a bit too violent for me (I was wrong). The universe kept sending me signs for two days, between seeing articles about the show everywhere or Sam Claflin announcing he would play in series 5 (!!), so that’s how I ended up starting it, and I couldn’t be happier to have watched it. It is full of morally grey characters, which I adore, and I admire the female characters’ of the show so much (okay I fell in love with two of them, but shhhh): Peaky Blinders was one of the reasons I cut my hair shorter in November, I wanted to live the 1920s aesthetic, so yeah. #noregrets

*Fun fact: I finished catching up with it today!

9. The Good Place

Another show I watched after everyone else was The Good Place. I didn’t even know what it was about when I started it, just that people were obsessed with it and I feel that it’s the best way to watch it. I had no idea what was going on at first, but I was so curious and needed to have answers: that’s the magic of the show and that’s how you end up binge-watching it in three days or something. The characters are absolutely hilarious, there are so many iconic lines it’s very addictive and I adore the photography of it!

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine in 2017, but completely caught up with it last year. I’m usually not a use fan of cop shows, because I often find them repetitive, but that’s absolutely not the case for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. All the characters are amazing and picking a favourite is next to impossible for me: they’ve all helped and inspired me in different ways and I’m so grateful they exist. This TV show is perfect to watch when I’m feeling a bit down, it always makes me laugh a little. I am so excited about the newest season, thank god it wasn’t cancelled in the end! *cries*
 
 

7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is such a breath of fresh air: I started watching it because I wanted a ‘lighter’ period drama to watch… and it ended up in a binge-watch and my boyfriend joining in and falling in love with the show as well. This American period drama, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (who also created Gilmore Girls!!), is set in 1958 and follows Myriam “Midge” Maisel, an upper-class Jewish housewife. After her husband leaves her for his secretary, she delivers an impromptu comic performance in a bar where her husband used to act for fun, and after some time, she is inspired to become a comedian. I adore Midge so much and Rachel Brosnahan, who portrays her, delivers such amazing performances (she won two Golden Globes in the past two years?).

 

6. Jane the Virgin
 
I’ve been watching Jane the Virgin since 2016 and I’ve always considered it to be one of my favourite TV shows (even though season 2 disappointed me a bit), so truly, it’s no surprise that it’s making the list. And then, season 4 happened and changed my life. That’s not even me being overdramatic, it’s true. 2018 was the year I accepted myself like never before and the show helped me immensely: if it weren’t for that scene with Petra, I would still be doubting myself… Her dream scene was exactly what happened to me, so when I saw that for a fictional character I loved, it truly meant the world to me. I cannot wait for the last season, I just want to see these characters happy. That’s all I need.
 
 

5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars

It’s no secret that I’m so obsessed with The Last Jedi that I watched it eleven times on the big screen. While I was on a Star Wars roll, I decided I would finally get started on the new Expanded Universe, whether it was TV shows, books or comics. I wasn’t too excited about watching The Clone Wars at first, as I’m not a huge fan of Episode II or Anakin, but as the first two seasons were on Netflix, I gave it a go. Little did I know that it would make me love the Fall of the Republic era so much, that I would meet one of my favourite Star Wars characters in the person of Ahsoka Tano, that I would get super obsessed with the show. It’s so worth it and a great place to start if you want to go beyond the Star Wars movies!
 
 
4. Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks! means the world to me, because it’s the show that finally gave me the strength to come out. I’ll always remember how much I cried and how I wrote all the words I had always been too scared to say. Truly, I will always be heartbroken they decided to cancel it. I dedicated a blog post to it if you want to know more about it, but this is the show I had always needed in my life. It’s set in 1996 (the year I was born!) and it follows high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs who brave the ups and downs of teenage life in the VHS era. It is full of pop culture references, it has amazing characters and a great coming out story. I have to admit that it’s hard to watch at first, because there is bullying and homophobic slur, it truly shows how life can be awful in high school, but it gets better and better with every episode. I miss this show so much, I need to rewatch it.

 
3. One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time already was in my previous favourite TV shows list and of course, it kept its spot.  It is one of the greatest and most important TV shows that was ever made and if you still haven’t watched it, please do. I made all my friends watch it and they all got obsessed, because clearly I have good taste (I’m joking of course). It tackles down such important and contemporary topics, has a diverse cast of characters and it’s hilarious. Most of all, it has Elena, one of my favourite fictional characters ever, she’s so inspiring, she makes me want to fight to get what I want and to be myself, without hiding. No, but really, can you believe that we have a Latina, gay, feminist, vegetarian and super clever main character as awesome as she is? I cannot wait to rewatch the first two seasons to be ready for the third!
 
 

2. The Bold Type

When I started watching The Bold Type, it truly felt like the one and it’s definitely one of the TV shows that has inspired me the most. It is a feminist, empowering, diverse and topical show, tackling down so many contemporary issues and doing it in such a clever way. It follows the lives of Jane, Kat and Sutton, who works for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. There three girls mean so much to me, because not only the portraying of their friendship is one of the healthiest I have seen on TV, but I see myself in all of them, and they all are my role models in a way. They still are at the beginning of their professional lives – they’ve worked for four years or something? – and it’s so encouraging for me, as I’m almost done with my studies. If you asked me who was my favourite, I wouldn’t be able to answer, because it changes with every episode and I love them in different ways. I dedicated a blog post to this one as well because I love it too much. 
 
 
I think that it is my favourite currently airing TV show and it could almost have been number 1 on this list as well, if it weren’t for…
 
 

1. Parks and Recreation

*everyone pretends to be shocked* I don’t think that my words could ever do justice at how much I adore this show, but just know this: I watched all seven seasons in a month and a half. Parks and Rec is set in Pawnee, Indiana, and follows the team from the Parks and Recreation department (duh) on their adventures. It’s funny, always makes me feel good, has relatable characters and I would almost move to Pawnee to work in the department by day and be a Mouse Rat groupie by night. *starts singing The Pit* My favourite character was of course my wife April Ludgate, she’s the best and I adore Aubrey Plaza, so that’s no surprise! I miss the show so much, I need to rewatch it, I need to buy the DVDs, how have I been holding on without it for the past seven months and six days?? H O W??
 


What were your favourite TV shows of 2018?
 
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Reading wrap-up + Favourites | December 2018

I have so many blog posts planned for the beginning of the year, from lists of everything I’ve loved in 2018 to what I am planning to do in 2019, that I would almost have forgotten to post my December reading wrap-up. *shocked gasps* So before we’re too far ahead in the month, it’s time to wrap up December 2018!
December was quite an eventful month: it was made of my last few weeks at uni, being accepted into the internship I wanted the most, getting in the Christmas spirit and so much more. It was also a difficult month, as my anxiety was a mess because of university, but at least that part is over and I’ve been on vacations since December 19th, so it’s alright. Anyhow, let’s jump into what I read during the last month of 2018.
  • Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare, 5/5 stars (re-read)
  • Queen of Air and Darkness, by Cassandra Clare, 4/5 stars
  • Mr. Dickens and His Carol, by Samantha Silva, 4/5 stars
  • Assassin’s Quest, by Robin Hobb, 4.5/5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (re-read)
  • The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, 3.5/5 stars
  • Hickory Dickory Dock, by Agatha Christie, 4/5 stars
  • Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor, 4.5/5 stars
  • A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, 5/5 stars

      + three French graphic novels

At the beginning of December, I set myself a very ambitious TBR, because there were many huge books I wanted to read and I nailed it (I was very scared I wouldn’t finish A Game of Thrones in time, but I did it!). Reading and loving fantasy again is such a wonderful feeling, so it won’t be too surprising if I tell you that I got a book hangover after finishing The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and that it would have been the same for A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, had I not started my reread of Les Misérables at the beginning of January. My favourite book of the month, then, was A Game of Thrones, I’m so proud of myself for starting the A Song of Ice and Fire series at long last! Now I need to binge-read every book set in this world.

EVENT // Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda

On December 10th, a premiere of Mary Poppins Returns took place in Paris, in the presence of some of the members of the cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda. It was just a premiere for press (um, I still haven’t watched the movie, which is really sad) and no one was talking about it, but somehow we heard it would take place and I got there with some of my friends. We were just waiting, hoping to get a glimpse of the cast and… We met Lin-Manuel Miranda. I mean, we actually talked to him?? This entire moment was surreal, he truly was the nicest, he signed something for everyone, did group selfies… I still cannot believe it happened, it was a perfect way to end the year. I’m beyond happy for my friends Clara and Lydia, as he means the world to them and they had been wanting to meet him for forever, I can’t believe they finally did so!!

TV SHOW // The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)

In December, I finally started watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and this TV show has been making me so happy. I had been hearing my friend Fatima talking about it for so long and my friend Clara had also started it some time before, and as I wanted to watch a period drama that would make me happy, I gave in. This American period drama, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino*, is set in 1958 and follows Myriam “Midge” Maisel, an upper-class Jewish housewife. After her husband leaves her for his secretary, she delivers an impromptu comic performance in a bar where her husband used to act for fun, and after some time, she is inspired to become a comedian. This TV show is such a fresh breath of air and binge-watching it has been amazing! My boyfriend got addicted as well when he hadn’t watched the first four episodes, so yeah… Just watch it!
*she created Gilmore Girls!

MOVIE // Christmas movies

At the end of November, I made a list of Christmas movies I wanted to watch and slowly made my way through it during the time that led to Christmas. I discovered that I loved cheesy Christmas movies and binge-watched all the Netflix Original ones, my favourite being The Holiday Calendar. I also finally got to older Christmas movies I had wanted to watch for so long, such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I also watched The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is about how Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol and it was my favourite of them all! I had wanted to watch it for so long (of course I did, Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens), they never released it in France, and it was as amazing as I thought it would be! I’m hoping that watching it for Christmas will become a new tradition!


WRITING

At the beginning of my holidays, I got an idea for a new novel… and I haven’t been able to get away from it since then, because my characters keep talking to me. Oh, well. I haven’t written consistently in four years, but got some ideas for historical novels that I’ve always been terrified to write. However, this one might be the one, because it’s not set too far away in the past, and the entirety of it is so me. A lot of it is coming from my personal experience, which makes it hard to write, but this project has made me so happy. I’ve started doing research for it, which is a lot of fun, and getting to know my characters is amazing, I love them so much. Writing this book will be one of my biggest challenges of 2019, but in any case, December was our honeymoon phase with my WIP, so it was all good.

MOVIE // Aquaman (2018)

I didn’t really expect that to happen, but at the end of December, I watched the Aquaman movie and I absolutely fell in love with it. Now, you probably know that I adore Marvel’s movies, but the ones from DC Comics… Well, not so much. I always go watch them (except for Suicide Squad that I never watched and don’t want to), but I always have mixed feelings about them. Needless to say, I didn’t have a lot of expectations when I went to watch Aquaman, I just knew I had to watch it because I’ve always been obsessed with the sea, and I fell for it. Yes, I do have a crush on both Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, but I also adore the world-building, the story, the aesthetic, the inspirations for it and the soundtrack of the movie. I’ve already watched it twice in December and by the time I’ve published this, I’ll probably have watched it a third time, because I can’t get enough out of it. It also (re)taught me something that I had forgotten and needed to remember, so I’m grateful it did. I’m so happy it was my last movie of the year and I cannot wait to read Aquaman’s comics now (even though he’s blonde in them *cries*).
As you’re reading this, I’m currently in Algeria for a project with my university, which is exciting and a bit scary, as it’s my very first time out of Europe! Still, I am so happy to start the year by traveling to a place I’ve never been before and I’m sure it’ll be really interesting. Moreover, I’ll be starting my internship on January 10th and I’m so excited about it, I’m sure that it’ll be an enlightening experience! So basically, that’s what my month will look like and I’m so there for it!
There are also so many releases I’m excited about for books, movies and TV shows. I’ve already talked about my most anticipated book releases for this winter recently and I’m not quite sure I’ll be able to read January releases, but I have an e-ARC of The Gilded Wolves, so that’s exciting. For movies, I am so looking forward to watching On the Basis of Sex (Felicity Jones <3), Colette, and The Hate U Give, which is finally coming out in France! I also need to catch up on some movies I didn’t watch during the holidays, so I’ll probably spend my whole free time in theaters. Oops. I also have several TV shows that will start airing again, the third season of A Series of Unfortunate Events is already there, but I’m also impatiently waiting for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Victoria, I have been waiting for so long!
 
How did December 2018 treat you? Any new favourites?

My favourite books of 2018

Now that 2018 is behind us, it’s time to share with you my favourite reads of the year! I didn’t want to write this post while we were still in 2018, just in case my very last read of the year became a new favourite, and in the end, that was a very wise decision! For this post, I ordered my favourites through chronological order, because I couldn’t choose between some of them, but also because chronological order reflects my reading year more. That being said, let’s jump right into it!

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier might be my favourite author, but I waited for as long as I could before diving into Rebecca. It’s her most famous work – with reason -, but she wanted to be known for more than *just* that one, and I wanted to respect her in that. I had also watched 1997 mini-series years ago, so I already knew everything that happened. Yet, nothing can ever prepare you for the beauty of du Maurier’s words. Rebecca is intoxicating, with an amazing gothic atmosphere and a fascinating plot. Like all of du Maurier’s works, it made me want to visit Cornwall so much and I’m aching for the day I’ll finally be able to go there. While I already knew the story, it still took me by surprise and upon finishing it, I had to go back to reread the first chapters of the story. Daphne du Maurier, I love you so much.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

At the time I read Renegades, I hadn’t fallen in love with a young adult novel in six months. However, from the moment I picked that one up, I knew that my problem was fixed, because Renegades was everything I could have asked for. As I adore slow-paced plots and super abilities, this one was perfect for me and I couldn’t get enough! This novel is about people you’d call superheroes, villains, but also secret identities and humanity, while giving you the points of view of characters who belong to two different sides. It has a very rich world, full of politics, and you’re left wondering who the villains of the story are, which is something I adore. I have yet to pick up the sequel, but I’m so excited to see where this story is going!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Ah, Children of Blood and Bone. One of the two books that put me in a fantasy slump for most of the year, because I loved it too much. I am often scared of the hype, but Children of Blood and Bone amazed me. The world-building was spectacular, it flew perfectly and introduced everything you need to know about Orïsha, where the series takes place. This book focused on racism, fear and hatred of people who are different from you and how those feelings can lead to prejudice, violence and even slaughter; it echoes our society, especially the stories about unarmed black men, women, and children shot by the police and it makes the story even more important. I also fell for all our main characters, without being able to pick a favourite and I’ve been missing them for months. 

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass is the second book that contributed to my fantasy slump. After these two, I couldn’t read fantasy anymore without being disappointed, because they were too good. This novel is a Middle-East inspired fantasy novel (it’s set in 18th century Cairo at first!) with a very dense plot and so many layers weren’t revealed until the very end, which made me love it even more. I couldn’t catch my breath because I always wanted to know what would happen next. As I have a soft spot for morally grey characters and The City of Brass had several, I couldn’t help but love them. Moreover, I loved how it didn’t make it easy for its characters mastering new abilities, because it can be the case in fantasy, but The City of Brass didn’t suffer from it at all! It was such an amazing fantasy novel.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Sometimes, you are lucky enough to find a book that feels so much like you and you can’t get enough of it. You know that this book and you will stand the test of time. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of mine. To be honest, it never is a good idea to make me talk about it, because that’s it: I want to reread it again, as it feels so much like home. This book introduced me to one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read, as well as to one of my favourite fictional characters, Juliet Ashton. She inspires me so much and we share many similarities! Besides, I loved how much this novel was about reading and loving books, how books can bring us together during tough times. It also had so many different book references and I loved it all the more because of that: from the fact that Juliet was a writer who published a biography about Anne Brontë to the fact that it was set on Guernsey, where Victor Hugo was exiled (and wrote Les Misérables aka my favourite book), I couldn’t have been happier. 



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo at the right time in my life and from the very beginning, I already knew it would end up being one of my favourite books ever and I already wanted to reread it. This book is about Evelyn Hugo, a very famous Hollywood actress, her life from the 1950s to today, her career and her seven husbands. I can’t say too much, but I am thankful I’ve read this, I am thankful for what it brought me and I will reread it for the rest of my life. Evelyn Hugo was such an interesting character, she was ruthless, ambitious and so inspiring, she will stay with me for a very long time. I’m not saying anymore, but anyone who has read this will know what I’m talking about, but just thank you for it all Taylor Jenkins Reid. I reread it just recently, and I want to do so again.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman’s books were so special to me this year, I binge-read them all back to back in a week (I rarely ever do that for a series or an author) and Alice Oseman became my newest favourite author. I read this one in June, when I was terrified of what my future would hold and it helped me so much. Frances Janvier became one of the characters I relate to the most and I am beyond grateful she exists in this amazing novel. Everyone has read this one years ago, so I’m very late to the party, but I am so thankful for this book, how nerdy it is, for Frances and Aled and for what it brought me. I adore Alice Oseman’s words so much and I would read her grocery shopping list. It’s been months now and I still can’t put into proper words how much this means to me. That’s just about it.

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

What. A. Surprise. I have two of Daphne du Maurier’s novels in my favourite books of 2018 list. I just couldn’t help myself. I have often written that Daphne du Maurier was probably my soulmate and have always meant it: no one gets me as much as she does and I will forever be heartbroken not to have lived at the same time as she had. But anyway. In this novel, I fell in love with the descriptions of Cornwall, with the atmosphere, with the way the pirate’s life was described. I adored Dona St Columb, because I could relate to her so much, she felt so modern, was so smart, witty, independent and fierce, she also needed more from her life, and I get that. Frenchman’s Creek is a story about finding who you are after having to hide it for so long, about sexual awakening, about duty, about family, about passion. It’s very far from the “silly” love story some people want to make of it. It means the world to me, feels like home, and I’m so glad that Daphne du Maurier wrote it.

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Remember when I mentioned my fantasy slump? Well, I eventually got out of it and it’s all thanks to the Farseer Trilogy. Special thanks to my parents and my boyfriend for making me read it, even though I got a book hangover from it. This time, I’m not talking about one book, I’m talking about the trilogy, because I think about it as a whole and it’s spectacular throughout. If I had to choose, Royal Assassin would be my favourite, but I just love the trilogy more, if that makes sense? This series is a medieval fantasy following FitzChivalry, the illegitimate son of a prince, who comes to co
urt and secretly learns to be an assassin for his king. The Farseer Trilogy is full of court politics, has such a spectacular world-building, fleshed-out characters (I feel like I know them all by heart!) and while its slow pace isn’t for everyone, I didn’t really mind. I haven’t been able to get this story out of my mind ever since I started it in November, even though I’ve tried. Even today, weeks later, all I want to do is dive into the next trilogy, The Liveship Traders. I’m so happy that Robin Hobb’s world is made of so many series, I wish they could last forever.

A Game of Thrones by by George R.R. Martin

Last, but certainly not least, A Game of Thrones was the last book I read in 2018 and it became one of my favourites. I’ve been watching Game of Thrones (the show) for years, sometimes I adore it, sometimes I’m feeling a bit meh about it, so I was always unsure whether I wanted to read the books or not. However, everyone kept saying that the books were way better, so I gave in… And while I only read the first one, I’m already in agreement (it might also be because I like fantasy more in books than in movies/TV shows). I already knew most of the story, but it’s a complete different experience through George R.R. Martin’s words: the world is richer, the characters more fleshed out and I just appreciate it more? I’m not quite sure I can explain, but I was so excited to go back to it every time (even though I read it slowly) and I need to buy A Clash of Kings tomorrow so I can take it to Algeria with me the day after. Oh, and while we’re at it, I need all things Westeros, thank you very much.
So that’s it for my favourite books of the year! I’m so happy I got to discover all the books I mentioned in this post in 2018 and I already miss them, I cannot wait to reread them over and over again. If I had to pick just one favourite, I could almost do it… I’d just have to pick two instead, aka The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but I’m sure most of you knew that already. 2018 was such an amazing year for me and I’m sad to see it go, but having all those books to look back on is everything I need.
What were your favourite books of 2018?

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | September 2018


Hello, beautiful people! 

September was such a long and busy month. I moved back to Paris, started my new master’s degree and have been loving my classes, started talking to new people, fangirled too much, watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on the big screen for the first time in my life (!!), visited museums, enjoyed the beginning of Fall and saw my friends again. Of course it was exhausting at times and I need to remember to keep time for myself, but it was so worth it, I feel like my life is going in the right direction and it couldn’t make me happier.


W H A T   I  R E A D

September has been a great reading month, I overall enjoyed every single book I read and also developed a thing for Greek mythology retellings: I so need them all! Well, I’ve been reading less and less because of uni (I read a book per week these days), but I don’t really mind, it makes me happier when I finally have time to read! 

Here are the books that I read:
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke, 4.5/5 stars
  • Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales: a Selection, 3/5 stars
  • The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker, 4/5 stars
  • The Children of Jocasta, by Natalie Haynes, 3.5/5 stars
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, 4/5 stars (reread)
  • If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, 4/5 stars 
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, 3.5/5 stars
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, 5/5 stars (reread)

If we don’t count rereads, my favourite book of the month was Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I had been looking forward to reading it for so long and it didn’t let me down, it was such a complex novel, with amazing historical details and fleshed-out characters. I cannot wait to watch the adaptation at some point! I was also full in my autumnal reading in September, it was perfect!
F A V O U R I T E S


DRINK // Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’m not a very original person on that one, for everyone raves about Pumpkin Spice Lattes every year, but I adore it so much and it’s the perfect Fall drink. Unfortunately, I couldn’t drink too much of it because the weather was very warm for most of September, but now that it’s colder, that’s the only Starbucks drink I’ll get until they stop making it. I still need to try to make my own, that shall be the plan for October.

MOVIE // Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Until this month, there was this one thing that had bothered me for almost my entire life: I had never watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in theaters. I was five when it came out and while I did read the book, my parents didn’t want me to see the movie on the big screen, because I would have been too scared (now that I think about it, most Disney movies scared me BUT ANYWAY). However, I did watch the rest of them in theaters and it always made me so sad to have missed out on the first one. Then, this month, they aired the movies on the big screen again (thank you, France) and I was able to finally, after seventeen years, watch it there. I cried most of the time, because I was so overwhelmed and the wheel had finally come full circle. Like so many people, Harry Potter is what I grew up with and it means the world to me, so that was the best feeling in the world.


MISC. // French press coffee maker

For some time now, I really wanted to get a French press, not only for the aesthetic (#shallow), but because I really needed a coffee maker of some sort for when I moved back to Paris. My mom first got me a big one so we could use it at home and I adore the whole process and the taste, it’s my favourite thing for sure. She then got me a smaller one (for one person) and I’ve been using it everyday, now that I’ve moved back to Paris. I obviously named the big one Lorelai Gilmore and the small one Rory Gilmore, I HAD TO.

TV SHOW // Gilmore Girls

Speaking of which, my best friend and I started our Gilmore Girls rewatch at the end of August and have continued in earnest throughout September. We even watch it at distance now, as we’re living in different cities. Gilmore Girls truly is one of my favourite TV shows, it makes me feel good, motivates me to study as hard as I can and makes me want to drink coffee all the time. I had so missed my favourite character, Paris Geller. I also have a Gilmore Girls moodboard on my desk and that’s the perfect study motivation.

(I love her so much and now 
I’m reaaaaally emotional)


FASHION // Scratch sneakers


I had to throw away my good old sneakers in August and it made me so sad, I had them for more than a year and a half and they were so comfortable, I travelled everywhere with them! With that came the need to get new sneakers and… I gave in to a cheaper brand that made cute scratch sneakers. I even put a golden star on one of my shoes and it made me love them even more, they’re all t
he more unique. I used to not like scratch sneakers very much, but they’re so handy, comfortable and I like the concept of them! It seems like they’re trendy again because I keep seeing people wearing them and I so approve.

FASHION // Grey plaid dress

As I’m typing these lines, I’m actually wearing said dress. If I could wear it everyday, I would? Grey is one of my favourite colors (with purple and yellow), I adore dressing in it so much. While I was looking at clothes online and in stores, I saw that there were lots of grey plaid dresses in the autumnal collections, so I gave it and got myself one. Mine is super comfortable and has both blue and green lines as details on the sleeves, which is perfect for the Slytherclaw that I am! It also looks very cute with the scratch sneakers, so it helps its case!

L O O K I N G  A H E A D

October seems to be shaping itself like quite a challenging month, but I’m ready for it. Now that uni truly has started, I have lots of projects due, which is stressful, but also exciting, I am eager to study, study and study again. When it comes to reading, October means Victober and I am beyond happy to get back to Victorian literature as much as possible! I also have so many movies I want to see on the big screen (… five?!) and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will get released as a DVD in France! I cannot wait to get my hands on it and to rewatch it over and over again. Oh and of course, October is the best Fall month, it’s time to do everything on my Fall bucket list now, right?

How was September? What did you read? Any new favourite things?

Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | August 2018

Hello, beautiful people!


I am so happy that August is coming to a close, it was such a busy and long month for me, as I spent most of my time at my summer job (but as you’re reading this, I’m freeeeeee). It was quite a tough month as well, and I won’t go too much in details about that, but can I please stop worrying all the time? UGH. Despite that, there were so many highlights in August, such as my best friend’s birthday, watching many, many movies, surprising my boyfriend for his birthday, watching football games, drinking a lot of coffee, starting the great Gilmore Girls rewatch of 2018 and so on. 


W H A T  I  R E A D

Following the great “31 books in 31 days challenge” that I did back in July, I didn’t want to read as much, but I still managed to read a lot, and as I participated in a 24h readathon again, it certainly helped. Here are the books that I read:

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • Wait for Me by Caroline Leech, 3.75/5 stars
  • Guermantes’ Way (Le Côté de Guermantes) by Marcel Proust, 3/5 stars
  • Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, 3.5/5 stars
  • Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton, 4/5 stars
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, 4/5 stars
  • Pauline by Alexandre Dumas, 3.5/5 stars (reread)
  • Peril at End House by Agatha Christie, 4/5 stars
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, 4/5 stars
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson, 3/5 stars

In August happened the #classicsathon hosted by Lucy @ Lucy The Reader, which I was really excited about, as it motivated me to read some classics I had been meaning to read forever (mainly French ones), so I read four classics! Other than that, I mostly read historical fiction, as it’s all I’ve been in the mood for lately. I don’t really want to say it’s back to being my favourite genre, but… When I look at my favourite books, 90% of them are either historical fiction or classics. Ahem. I’ve been in a huge fantasy slump since the beginning of the year, I really need to get out of it soon. Anyhow, August also was the month where I destroyed my TBR once and for all, I’m so happy about that. I’ll talk more about why I don’t want a TBR anymore in an upcoming blog post, so stay tuned for that!

F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S


Fatima @ Screen Queens reviewed the movie adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and she also talked about the Q&A with the cast that she attended. Special thanks to her for making me read a first draft of it, she’s the best and I adore this post!
Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch talked about #bookishwish and how it came to be.
Holly @ Nut Free Nerd explained how she came to study English at college (and why she kept it that way).
Jemima @ Be Aware of Books talked about the “right” to be a Shakespeare fan.
Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary shared her views on many book lovers’ nightmare: damaging a book.
Lauren @ Bookish Byron talked about her dissertation on the Brontës – more specifically on the relationship between marriage and class in Charlotte’s Shirley, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – which was so interesting, I had been curious about her dissertation for months!
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books discussed how to support international book bloggers.


F A V O U R I T E S


BEAUTY | (almost) no makeup & dyeing my hair

I’m part of those people who hate their skin. Like, why do I still have to have acne at 22? My skin isn’t the worst, I know that, but I’ve felt self-conscious about it for my entire life and started wearing BB cream, then foundation a year and a half ago. However, with that came the fact that I hated going out without makeup, then for some reason (probably laziness and the heat)… I just stopped everything at the beginning of July. At first, I was just trying to get used to not wearing make up, then decided to drop it for the rest of the summer, and it actually feels great, I’m getting less and less self-conscious every day. There are days where I wear nothing, or lipstick and nothing else (not even mascara), which I used to do all the time three years ago and I’ve been loving it.

In July, I also dyed my hair for the first time, then did it again in August and got the results I wanted! It’s nothing big really: my hair has different shades of blonde, but it’s gotten darker in recent years, especially during winter, and I just want to be completely blonde (aka I just wanted the color my top hairlocks have, so it would look more even). So I did that and I feel so much better and it gave me a bit more confidence, so yay!

MISC. | Tottenham Hotspur (Football)

Hear me out: when France won the World Cup… I couldn’t let it go. I couldn’t, not when watching games made me forget all of my problems and that I realised how much I had missed it. I’ve been wearing my French bracelet since then and if I have to go outside without it, I actually freak out. As I was saying last month, I used to watch football games when I was younger, then gradually stopped, except for the games with our national team. After the World Cup, I really wanted to start to support a team, and that’s how I came to root for Tottenham and to follow what was happening in the Premier League  (lmao, of course, if I had to watch a football league, it’d have to be the English one, what a surprise). 

I’ll confess that yes, I did start watching Tottenham’s games because of Hugo Lloris, but I’ve been having so much fun that it’s more than that now! It’s also very stressful when I have to find livestreams or when it takes us* a long time to score (we’ve won all out August games, though). Still, I adore it and you can tell that I’ve turned into a proper supporter when I’m screaming “he does score in August” in front of my laptop like everyone else and it has meaning to me (He did score in August! And twice at thaaaat >> excuse me, my excitement couldn’t be contained).

*”us”, “we”, oh my, I have really turned into a proper supporter who checks everything about her team all. the. time. oops.


MUSIC | Mamma Mia!, Born to Be Yours & Dying in LA

Apart from the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack that I’m listening to daily (Andante, Andante is my current favourite), here are the two songs that I’ve been listening to all the time:

(it’s been going on since… mid-July)
(At some point, I realised that I was getting The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo vibes
 from this one, then I was completely lost and couldn’t stop listening to it anymore)


Now, moving on to TV shows and movies…

TV SHOW | Land Girls 

I hadn’t realised how much I had missed period dramas, until I finished Mr. Selfridge in July and needed to start a new one. On my mom’s recommendation, I started Land Girls and flew through it (I was basically watching one season per day, they’re quite short, but still). I don’t watch a lot of period drama/read a lot of books set during World War II, but I figured out that it was okay for me when it was about what happened to people left behind during the war. Land Girls was so entertaining, full of drama and interesting characters (as the Land Girls didn’t always stay from one season to another). I’m a bit sad they didn’t renew it for a fourth season, because there are some loose-ends, and that they changed the actor for Henry, but still, it was great!

TV SHOW | The Bold Type

I had already dedicated an entire blog post to it earlier this month, but I adore The Bold Type so much and I devoured the second season of it in a few days in August. I won’t dwell on it too much, as I already discussed it at length, but it is such a topical, diverse and needed TV show, which focuses on women and makes me feel so good about myself and my dreams. Kat, Jane and Sutton, I miss you so.

MOVIE | BlacKkKlansman (2018)

I watched quite a few movies this month, but the one that truly stood out was BlacKkKlansman, which isn’t very surprising, considering how excited I was about it. If you haven’t heard of it, this movie is based on a true story. In 1979, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is hired as the first black cop in his town; he pauses on the phone as a white man to join and infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, one of his white colleagues, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), pretending to be him during meetings. I attended a premiere of it with my best friend, the room was packed and people even clapped at the end, which rarely ever happens in France*. It is such an important movie, so hard
to watch at times because of all the racist remarks/acts, but it was amazingly done. I am so happy it won the
Grand Prix during the Cannes Film Festival, it truly deserves it and I hope it’ll get many awards during award season! If you can, please go watch it.
*it did happen at the premiere of Love, Simon, but it wasn’t the same type of audience at all, that’s why it surprised me so much after BlacKkKlansman!

L O O K I N G  A H E A D

I am excited about the month of September, I am terrified of the month of September. I’m about to start my last year at university, doing a master in cultural mediation, heritage and digital technologies, which I’m beyond excited about, as I won’t be doing something by default anymore and I’m breathing again. It’s going to be quite challenging though, because it’s a new field to explore and I’ll have to talk to new people, but it will be okay. I’m also really looking forward to living on my own again when I move back to Paris (it’s been four months…), it’ll take me time to adjust to everything, but it’ll be so worth it in the end. Plus, classes only start at the end of the month, so I still have some time to get ready!

I also have some releases to look forward to, not as much as for the last months of the year, but still! In September will finally be released Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton, Wildcard by Marie Lu and Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (I really dislike JKR now, though, so I’ll get it from the library, because I need to know what happens after the evil cliffhanger of Career of Evil anyway). I don’t think I’m looking forward to any movie releases in September, but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is going to play in theaters in France again! Can you imagine how excited I am? For TV shows, The Good Place is also coming back for a third season and I am so ready.

How did August treat you? Any new favourite things?

Lots of love,
Lucie

31 books in 31 days challenge | Tips, tricks and conclusion



Hello, beautiful people!


As you might have seen in my wrap-up of last month, in July, I decided to challenge myself to read 31 books in 31 days. Why would you do that to yourself? you will ask. Well, because I was on holidays, wanted to read as many books as possible to lower my daunting Goodreads TBR (I’m not talking about unread books I own, though), and wanted to enjoy the free time I had to read, before working full time and then starting university again in September. 

And… I did it!

I didn’t put the list with my entire wrap-up in this blog post, as it was already pretty long, but if you’re curious about what I read, I talked about it in my July wrap-up.

I had previously done such a challenge in June 2015 (which was the time I started this blog, oh my, how does time fly), but I wasn’t that much connected to the book community, then, so I decided to do it again, now that I was, and it was so much fun. I’m so surprised by the amount of people who cheered me up, congratulated me, or even said that I had motivated them to do such a challenge in turn. So to anyone who messaged me about it or have been following this adventure, thank YOU. Anyhow, I thought that today, I would talk a little more about how I won this challenge and my tips, for those interested.

Before I start this blog post, Resh did a 30 books in 30 days challenge earlier this year and talked about her experience in this amazing blog post.


HOW TO SURVIVE THIS CHALLENGE

On which books to pick up…

Reading 31 books in 31 days is about focusing on quantity (but don’t lose quality over this), which means that reading shorter books is the best course of action. Obviously, you won’t want to pick a book that is a thousand page long (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, I promise that I’ll read you soon!), it wouldn’t be productive in regards to this challenge. When the month started, I made a list of the smallest novels I had on my Goodreads TBR, of novellas and comics I had been wanting to read for so long, so I could make them a priority. I didn’t get to them all, but I had a large choice of options and it always helped me to have ideas when I didn’t know what to pick up. However, it doesn’t mean I only read short books during the month, but I’ll talk more about that later on.

Side note: I only mentioned novellas and comics, because there were some I wanted to read, but graphic novels, mangas, plays, collections of short stories and so on are equally as great for such a challenge.

Besides, trying to read a large quantity of books means that it’s better to pick books you’re confident you’re going to adore, it might not be the time to get out of your comfort zone and experiment, for if it doesn’t work out for you… You might end up in a reading slump. I’m not saying that reading outside of your comfort won’t work, just be careful with that… On the other hand, it’s true that you might also be disappointed by books in your comfort zone. But we’re just trying not to fall into a reading slump here! 

On a similar note, do not hesitate abandoning books you don’t feel like reading – in the end – early on, you don’t want to drag a book behind you for weeks now, don’t you? I DNF-ed one book during my challenge, because I read 20% of it, then put it aside for days, before realising I didn’t want to read it anymore. Of course, you might end up reading books you won’t like that much during the challenge and finishing them, I did that too (well, we’re still trying to read loads of books), but if you’re not feeling it in the first few pages, don’t force yourself. 


While I’m at it, try to pick books that you can read quickly, I’m not talking about their length here, but how difficult they can be to read, depending on the writing style. I didn’t pick that many classics during the month, while I adore them, because I know that classics will take me longer to read. 

On managing your reading time…

Before I get into this portion of the post, I
‘ll actually confess that… I didn’t read every single day of July nor did I finish one book every day. Still, I managed to read 31 books, because I managed my reading time well enough.

The first tip is always the same one every single reader will give you to read more: have a book with you everywhere. You’ll never know when you’ll have five minutes to read, or even more. What about if you have to wait for someone who is late? For an appointment? Anything else? In the meantime, you can always manage to read a bit. At the end of one week, you’ll see how many pages you’ll have gotten through.
What helped me the most during this challenge was balancing shorter books with longer ones; that’s why I didn’t necessarily finish a book per day nor read every day in July. When you’re reading shorter books, such as comics, short stories, novellas, mangas or anything else, it can take you less than an hour to two hours, depending on their length. There are days where I only read comics or novellas, increasing my book count for the challenge. 



However, I didn’t want to stop myself from reading longer books… So I read them anyway! It could take me three days to finish one, but it didn’t really matter, because I was always ahead or knew I would catch up, when I would read shorter books. Balancing books of different length is perfect for this type of challenge, because you don’t always have time to read one book in one day, or don’t have a lot of time you can dedicate to reading, period. I barely read when I’m with my family, but I caught up while I was on holidays with my best friend (as we’re both readers, reading by the beach was amazing) or on my own.  

If you have the opportunity to do so, participating in a 24 hour readathon might be a great idea. My friend Morgane hosted/is hosting one every month this summer (the next one is on August 25th), so it was perfect for my challenge in July. It might be even better to participate in such a thing with a friend (I’ve done three of them with my best friend), so you can motivate each other to keep on reading (coffee also helps, though). I managed to read four novels in one day, which is also why I didn’t have to read every day.


Final tip, don’t forget to breathe. It’s okay to do other things on top of reading. Easy for me to say, when I was on holidays in July, but we all have our lives and many things we enjoy on top of reading. It’s true that this hobby can become a priority during such a challenge, but as I said, I didn’t spend every single day reading: I went out with friends, did family activities, went to the movies, walked outside. Other activities also helped me not to get “tired” of reading, not to fall into a reading slump because I had read so much. With a little bit of organization, you can do this!

Of course, there are other tips and I don’t pretend to be right with everything, but those really helped me in July!


CONCLUSION FROM MY CHALLENGE

I started writing this conclusion part several times, but didn’t really know how. The main thing I realised while doing this challenge was that I am not the same person at all than the Lucie who made the same challenge in 2015. While doing that challenge, I wanted to remember that and it wasn’t just about books, it was about moving forward. 

This reading challenge was for the most part positive, because it made me clean my TBR (both my Goodreads shelves and my physical one, as I only have two books in it at the moment) and realise how much my reading tastes had changed, yet again, this year. Last year, I said as a joke that my favourite genres might become historical fiction, classics and mystery, as they were my favourites when I was younger, and I wasn’t far from the truth! The genre – for novels – that I read the most, during this challenge, was historical fiction. Well, it was followed by fantasy, which has been my favourite genre for so long, but looking at my ratings, I saw that I mainly had been disappointed, considering I didn’t even rate one fantasy novel four stars or more. I’ve started to take a step back from it lately and while I can still enjoy it immensely, I’m so picky these days that I’m scared to reach for any. I’m also quite proud of the fact that I’m finally reading more 20th century classics and non-fiction, which I has been so much fun. In a way, this challenge confirmed the type of books I enjoy. Let’s hope I’ll continue on that path!

On the other hand, I know that I probably won’t do such a challenge again, which might be a weird conclusion, no matter how true it is. I know I can read tons of books, you just have to look at my Goodreads challenges from previous years to know that, so reading 31 books in 31 days was just confirmation that I could still do it. I haven’t set up a real Goodreads goal this year (it’s at one book, just to be able to track everyth
ing), I hardly ever look at it, to be completely honest, because it doesn’t really interest me (there, I’ve said it, please don’t hate me). While I think that, I still did this challenge, no one ever said I was the most logical person, anyway.

In my reading life, I am way more interested in challenging myself to read from certain genres more, to get out of my comfort zone at times, which is why I’d rather participate in challenges such as the #classicsathon this month, #Victober in October, or even #NonFictionNovember in (you’ve guessed it) November. Don’t get me wrong, reading books in my comfort zone is great, but I don’t want to become tired of said comfort zone; that’s why I like mixing everything up. I still did that with that challenge, but not that much, because it wasn’t the goals. Besides, reading 31 books in 31 days could almost have become a chore and now that I did it, I realise how much not reading for days can be freeing, in a way. Still, reading IS amazing! I’m just not into that type of challenges anymore. 


Have you ever participated in such a challenge? 
Do you like to challenge yourself when it comes to reading?


Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | July 2018

Hello, beautiful people!


I don’t know about you, but July flew by for me. It was my month of holidays, as I was done with uni for the year and am only working in August. At the beginning of the month, I decided to challenge myself to read 31 books in 31 days, as I had time because I was on holidays, but also because I don’t know how much time I’ll have to read when uni starts again (I always say that, though). On top of that, I went to the beach many times, binge-watched The Clone Wars and spent time with my loved ones. Overall, July was a very happy month.

W H A T  I  R E A D

As I was saying, I challenged myself to read 31 books in 31 days in July (aka one per day) and I did it! Now, while I’m a fast reader, I don’t normally read that much, I had done something similar three years ago and I wanted to know if I could still do it. As my reading wrap-up is pretty long, I broke it down between novels, novellas, comics/graphic novels and non-fiction books and put pictures of the books I recommend the most at the end of this section, to try keep it a bit more interesting (I’m really sorry considering the length, but there are pictures in the second part of the post *hides)!
Here are all the books that I read:


Novels:

  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, 2.5/5 stars
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, 3.75/5 stars
  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier 5/5 stars
  • L’Œuvre by Emile Zola, 3.5/5 stars
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, 3.5/5 stars
  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, 4/5 stars
  • Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson, 4/5 stars
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton, 4/5 stars
  • Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier, 3.5/5 stars
  • Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie, 2.5/5 stars
  • The Visit of the Royal Physician by Per Olov Enquist, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill, 3/5 stars
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 4/5 stars
  • Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, 4/5 stars
  • La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, 2/5 stars


Novellas:

  • Son of the Dawn by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, 3/5 stars
  • Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, 4.5/5 stars 
  • Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson, 5/5 stars
  • Learn about Loss by Cassandra Clare and Kelly Link, 3.5/5 stars


Comics/Graphic Novels:

  • The Unstoppable Wasp, vol. 1: Unstoppable!, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Unstoppable Wasp, vol. 2: Agent of G.I.R.L., 4.5/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen, vol. 0: Most Wanted?, 3/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen, vol. 1: Greater Power, 3.5/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen, vol. 2: Weapon of Choice, 3.5/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen, vol. 3: Long-Distance, 3/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen, vol. 4: Predators, 4/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen, vol. 5: Gwenom, 4/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen, vol. 6, 3/5 stars


Non-fiction:

  • Saint-Exupéry: l’archange et l’écrivain by Nathalie des Vallières (for work)
  • The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking, 4/5 stars

Phew, it was quite a long list to make this time around. I will *try* to write a blog post all about this challenge, so I could explain the whole experience to you. Anyhow, out of all of them, here are the books I think are absolutely amazing and that you should read (I didn’t include the novellas but they were fantastic):
As you can see, I’m really into historical fiction these days 
and I’m quite obsessed with Denmark, so.

F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S

Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary (you might also know her as lucythereader on YouTube) introduced her debut novel, The Paper & Hearts Society, which will be published in June 2019 (I am beyond happy for her and excited to read it).
Cait @ Paper Fury wonders if there has been a rise in 4.5 stars ratings.
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talked about how to gain followers and interactions on your blog.
Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction picked her holiday TBR by reading the first chapter of each books, I’m quite interested in the books she picked up and it’s such a good idea!
Aimee @ Aimee, Always talked about her blogging schedule.

F A V O U R I T E S

EVENT // Football World Cup

From mid-June to mid-July was held the 2018 FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years, which took place in Russia. Not many people know this about me, but watching football was actually a big part of my childhood, because I watched it with my dad from time to time, my brother used to play football, my dad took us to many games, my brother and I. I remember eating too much French fries, being all caught up in the excitement when our team scored. Of course, I also follow our national team games, so this one was no exception. I watched many games with my family, my boyfriend and my best friend, and it was so much fun! Moreover, France won, the atmosphere was so unique everywhere and it made me so proud to be French and to see how united we could be. I also developed a crush on Hugo Lloris, our team captain, but we’ll not mention that. AHEM.

PLACE // Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, a town set near the sea in the north of France, is my second childhood home. My grandparents and most of my mom’s family live there, we also are lucky enough to have a small flat there, which means that we always go on holidays over there, as it’s only about an hour from where we normally live. It is such a lovely town, that really comes alive during the summer, I have so many memories there. I’m definitely a sea kind of girl and I’m never happier than when I’m there. I love smelling the sea in the air, to have the wind messing with my hair, to walk near the sea for hours on end. I went there for an entire week with my best friend, also a few days with my boyfriend, and I couldn’t have asked for better holidays. I usually forget about all life problems and responsibilities when I’m there, I truly needed it.

DRINK // Tourtel Twist

Because of the heat, my parents started buying a fruit-flavoured non-alcoholic beer and we’ve been obsessed with it, we tried out every taste. I also converted my best friend to it and we couldn’t do without our Tourtel Twist when we were at the beach. It was the perfect drink for when we were watching football games and it so makes me feel on holidays. 

FOOD // Reese’s

I also got quite obsessed with Reese’s during my week of holidays with Caroline, as she made me try them, it became one of our main reasons to go to the supermarket (let’s not mention reason #1, which is the fact that they had pictures of the French football team), as we don’t have them everywhere in France. If you don’t know it, it’s a chocolate sweet with peanut better and I could eat those all day (I shouldn’t though).


TV SHOW // The Clone Wars

In July, I decided to binge-watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars that I had started in March, so I could move on to Star Wars: Rebels in August, to be ready for Star Wars: Resistance in the Fall (being a Star Wars fan is great, between the movies, the animated series and the books, there is always something to get through). Like with the previous seasons I watched, I adored this animated series so much, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi are still my favourite characters in it. I also had a soft spot for Asajj Ventress, though. Moreover, the show was celebrating its ten years and it was quite a big thing at Comic-Con, then they announced… That it would be coming back for more episodes! I was the happiest about that, because it had been cancelled and they never really had the closure they wanted. Oh, and it makes me want to rewatch the prequel trilogy, even though it’s not really my favourite?!

MOVIE // Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Before Ant-Man and the Wasp was released, I got around to rewatching the first Ant-Man movie and I had forgotten how much I loved it and how fun it was! It actually made me want to read more of the comics, especially those around the Wasp, which is why I read The Unstoppable Wasp (it was so adorable) this month. Then came out Ant-Man and the Wasp, which definitely lived up to the first one and I adored how Hope had a more important role in this one! The storyline was so interesting and I loved the antagonist they introduced in it, because said antagonist was so human. I also have a soft spot for the father/daughter dynamic between Scott and Cassie. 

MOVIE // Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Last, but certainly not least, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again came out in July. As I’ve been typing this article, I was listening to the soundtrack for the millionth time. I definitely fell in love with this movie, I cannot wait to rewatch it again and again. I loved learning about Donna’s story, I laughed really hard (especially when it was about Harry), cried as well, and was overwhelmed the entire time. The cast did such an amazing job and it was so nice to see them all together again (I’m also talking about the press tour, because mY HEART). It’s no secret that I love Lily James and she was amazing in this movie, I started crying when she sang the first time, and fangirled a lot… You know how I am. I also need all of Donna’s wardrobe. That is all.


L O O K I N G  A H E A D

The month of August is going to be so interesting: I’ll be at my summer job full time, working on a private archival fonds and I’m quite looking forward to that. August is also a month filled with birthdays and anniversaries, as it has my best friend’s and my boyfriend’s birthdays, as well as our anniversary with my boyfriend. I’m also quite excited to go to the movies in August, because Christopher Robin, BlacKkKlansman, Mary Shelley and The Darkest Minds will be released in France! There are also several books coming out, such as The Rebel Waves, Dance of Thieves, City of Ghosts and the Toil & Trouble anthology! August, I am ready for you.

How did July treat you? Any new favourite things?

Lots of love,
Lucie

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hello, beautiful people!


June is over, which means that we’re officially halfway through the year.


To celebrate that and reflect on the books I’ve already read since the beginning of the year, I decided to be very original and to do the mid-year freak out book tag, because I love this one so much! Did I really wait until July to post it? Why, yes.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2018

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Oh, how happy I am to have read this book in June, because even when I wasn’t quite done with it yet, I knew it would be my answer. If you want to know how obsessed I am with this one, I wanted to reread it when I was a hundred pages in. It was such a thrilling and emotional novel, it broke my heart many times, introduced me to one of the most memorable characters ever with Evelyn Hugo and it made my little bisexual heart so happy. 

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

I haven’t had the best of luck with series since the beginning of the year. I did read first books in several series (the sequels aren’t out yet anyway), but picking up sequels has been hard, it might be because I’m in the mood for standalones, or sequels can often be disappointing (it depends, of course, but lately, I’ve been more disappointed than pleased). However, there are some exceptions to this rule, one of them being Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones. This duology is so close to my heart, as so many elements of it are my absolute favourites (can you believe poppies are on the cover when they’re my favourite flowers?) and it was such an excellent and satisfying conclusion. I’ve been missing Liesl since January and I will never stop. I already want to reread these books so much.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.


There aren’t so many, actually, because I either got to my most anticipated releases already or they aren’t out yet. The three I can think of at the moment are A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, Circe by Madeline Miller, Sightwitch by Susan Dennard and To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
While I haven’t read many sequels since the beginning of the year, I’m excited for quite a few sequels for the second half of the year, as my most anticipated releases are Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. There are so many others of course, but those are the ones I’m the most excited for!
(Me on the day I’ll get my hands on those books)

Biggest disappointment.
Unfortunately, Villette by Charlotte Brontë. I have many reasons for not liking it and I know other readers or critiques have the same reasons for liking it, I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had really enjoyed the beginning, so I didn’t expect to dislike it so much, but it happens sometimes. However, I read Shirley by Charlotte Brontë and loved it, so I’ll just erase Villette from my memory.

Biggest surprise

I know this one was really hyped, but, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I still can’t get over how much I adored this novel, need the sequel RIGHT NOW or how many things happened in just one book. I still can’t believe it’s a debut novel either. It’s one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in the past few years. If you still haven’t read it, don’t think too much on it and go for it!

Favourite new author

Without any hesitation, Alice Oseman. I’ve read all of her books within a week, when I never do that. I can’t even binge-read book series anymore and yet, I needed more of her writing. I adore every single character she writes, her pop culture references (when I read that Frances from Radio Silence watched Parks and Recreation, I so screamed), seeing her characters making cameos in her other works (for Radio Silence). I’m so impressed by her, as she’s only two years older than me (!!) and she’s so talented. Moreover, I adore her YouTube channel where she talks about writing.


Newest fictional crush

PETER QUIIIIILL. I am pretty sure that everyone will give me a side-eye for that, thinking I’m only talking about MCU!Peter Quill. But I am so not. I love both comics!Peter Quill and MCU!Peter Quill and they have different backstories and storylines for some things! So as I’ve been reading the Guardians of the Galaxy comics for the past few months, I can legitimately say that he can technically be my newest book boyfriend. I’m pretty insufferable when I read them, though, because I scream a lot because of Peter. Oops. 


Newest favourite character

Juliet Ashton from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, without any hesitation. When I reread my review of this book, I realised how obvious my answer would be, I seem so passionate about her:

      “Juliet was such a great main character, especially when you consider that this book is set right after WW2, she speaks her own mind, is smart, sunny (if you’ve read the book you’ll appreciate that reference), independent, had great taste in books. I would have read another book about her and I’m even more excited to see her come to life on the big screen.”

I adore her so much and I knew I would from the second I read that she had written a biography about Anne Brontë, who is, incidentally, my favourite Brontë. Now that I’ve watched the movie, I love Juliet even more and it isn’t only due to the fact that she is portrayed by Lily James. I still have tears in my eyes from when they talked about Anne Brontë, I can’t.

Book that made you cry

Y’all, I cry in front of almost every movie I watch, I usually feel things too loudly, so I have probably cried while reading most of the books I’ve read so far this year. If I had to pick one, I’d say All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor. I adored this book so much and a part of it made me sob really hard, because it echoed my personal life perfectly. I cried for an hour after finishing it, that’s how it affected me. I’m so glad I read it, I so needed it.

Book that made you happy
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. This book made me the happiest because it meant travelling back into the Grishaverse, which I’m always missing a little. Moreover, collection of short stories can sometimes be uneven, but it wasn’t the case with this one, I adored all of the stories. It was also made of fairy tales/folk tales and it gave me such a warm feeling while reading it, like I was a little child again, listening to a bedtime story.
Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I’ve seen several book adaptations, now that I’m thinking about it, but my favourite was Love, Simon. I had loved the book and was so excited to finally see the characters on the big screen and I wasn’t disappointed in that. It is such an amazing and adorable story and it’s been meaning more and more to me lately, on a personal level. I also adored The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but I’d say that Love Simon follows its novel more closely!

Favourite review/post you’ve written this year

I found two versions of this question, so I’ll answer to both. My favourite review I wrote was for All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor, it was such a thought-provoking book and I had so much to say about it. My favourite post I wrote would be the one about The Greatest Showman, where I explained why I couldn’t like this movie like so many people did. It was such a great post to write, because I had to do some historical research (can you tell I used to be a history major?) and I stood by everything I said, every single time (I had an argument about it at uni once, and I so won both the argument and a friend at the end of it).
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

It was a bit hard to pick, but while I tend to prefer paperbacks for reading, I have a weakness for what’s under hardbacks’ jackets. So, without hesitation, the most beautiful book I got since the beginning of the year is The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Honestly, look at how stunning it is:

It was really hard to pick just one and I’ve rarely cheated to those questions since the beginning of the tag, so I’ll show you my second favourite, because I can’t get over the naked hardback. Ladies and gentlemen, please feast your eyes upon The Cruel Prince by Holly Black:

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


There are so many of them, but here are the ones I want to read the most: Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Mathurin, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, Thomas Hardy: The Time
Torn Man
by Claire Tomalin, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I was supposed to start reading them before the last season, but it’s almost been a year, oops) and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
What are your three favourite books of the year so far? 
(I’m trying to be nice by not saying your favourite haha)

Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | June 2018



Hello, beautiful people!

I am beyond happy that June has come to a close, because it felt as long as January was. It’s not really surprising, considering how busy I’ve been this month. I finished my second master’s thesis, visited family in the south of France, had two interviews for master’s degrees and got accepted into the one I wanted the most (yeah, I’m really going to do two masters lmao), had my presentation for my thesis and did well, which means that I’m officially on holidays and graduating from my current uni. Overall, it’s been a really stressful month, but it was all for the better so I’m really happy! Now, I need to sleep.


W H A T  I  R E A D

When I was really good at picking up books in very different genres for the past year or so, in June, I mainly focused on YA literature, more specifically on books with LGBTQIA+ characters. As June was Pride month, I just needed to focus on those, which is why I pretty much “forgot” about classics and basically only read books with LGBTQIA+ characters. Yes Please and The Big Four* are the only ones without any, because I read them during a readathon and one was a buddy read, but that’s it. Anyhow, here are the books that I read:

  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, 4/5 stars
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, 5/5 stars
  • The Big Four by Agatha Christie, 3/5 stars
  • I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler, 4/5 stars
  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman, 3.5/5 stars
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars
  • Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman, 4/5 stars
  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell, 3.88/5 stars
  • The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan, 3.5/5 stars
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, 4/5 stars
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars

My favourite read of the month was, of course, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it, but I wasn’t a hundred pages into it that I knew I would need to reread it. It was such an amazing novel and my favourite read of 2018, and I still can’t get over it. I also finally read Alice Oseman’s works and found new favourites, namely Radio SilenceI Was Born For This and Heartstopper, her on-going webcomic series. This month was full of the representation I needed in terms of books and it made me the happiest.

*I am convinced there is something going on between Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings, though.

F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S

Iris @ Tea With Darcy went to Dublin and posted amazing pictures of her trip (it includes bookstores, OF COURSE).
Cait @ Paper Fury enlightened us on her publishing journey, how she got an agent and a book deal!
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shared her tips to avoid reading slumps.
Resh @ The Book Satchel talked about what she learnt from challenging herself to read 30 books in 30 days.
Holly @ Nut Free Nerd made a comparison between The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, because that classic inspired the contemporary novel and it was so interesting!


F A V O U R I T E S


TV SHOW // Parks and Recreation (NBC)

You might think: “Oh no, not again”. But I can’t help it, y’all. In June, I finished Parks and Recreation. I haven’t watched any episode since June 14th and I miss it so much that it hurts. It truly is one of my favourite TV shows ever and in total, it only took me a month and two days to watch its seven seasons. I miss these characters, but I am so happy with the ending they got, it truly was what they deserved. My favourite character out of them all definitely was April Ludgate, I saw myself in her for so many things and her relationship with Andy Dwyer was the best thing ever. I still listen to the Mouse Rat songs every day, there is always one to fine my mood the best and they always make me smile. I’m mentioning this first in my favourites because I haven’t watched a lot of TV shows this month (*cue intense crying*), as I couldn’t really get over this one.


(Helpless from Hamilton playing in the background)

Chris Pratt

Okay, it feels very embarrassing in a way, but this was a long time coming… Between my rewatch of the MCU movies and my binge-watch of Parks and Recreation, I think that everyone had figured out I had a (celebrity) crush on Chris Pratt. Except for me, apparently, because I denied it so many times. Then… I apparently exploded. I watched Jurassic World, even though I criticised the movie many times and I still do, I even watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters twice (but it’s quite good in my opinion). I watched too many YouTube videos, too many Instagram stories, I even watched a western (but he was really good in it so it was worth it). I don’t know, I like him a lot, he makes me laugh a lot and I can’t believe I tried to deny it when there are receipts on my very blog (look at the date, it really is hilarious). AHEM, anyway, fangirling over Chris Pratt really helped me get through this month and I nail everything when I listen to him singing the Mouse Rat’s songs, so what can I say… *hides in a corner*

Alice Oseman’s novels and YouTube channel

As you’ve noticed, I got really obsessed with Alice Oseman’s writing in June. I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels, but I fell in love with hers. The themes she talks about resonates with me, I relate to her characters a lot because they feel so real (Frances must be my favourite) and I always get too addicted and can’t put her books down. I got physical copies of her novels once I was done, then started binge-watching her YouTube channel, where she talks about writing. I also love that she’s drawing, because I get to picture her characters even more and her online webcomic, Heartstopper, is the cutest thing ever; it follows Charlie and Nick, characters introduced in Solitaire (they also have their own novella). Alice Oseman is such a talented person, I look up to her a lot, because she has already accomplished so much and she’s only two years older than me!

MUSIC // Guardians of the Galaxy 70s Mixtape

You know me, I usually listen to the same songs over and over again, this month it was mostly Mouse Rat’s songs from Parks and Recreation as well as the 70s mixtape from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. I love listening to the mixtape so much, it makes me in such a good mood and makes me want to dance. On the downside, I can’t listen to Come and Get Your Love without stopping everything I’m doing to dance like Star-Lord in the movie, but there are worse things I guess, haha.

MUSIC // Pray for the Wicked – Panic! at the Disco

Look, I actually listened to something else! The newest Panic! at the Disco album was released at the end of this month and I’ve been listening to it over and over again. I was so excited about it, as I’ve been listening to (Fuck a) Silver Lining and Say Amen (Saturday Night) ever since they were released as singled in March! Anyway, it’s absolutely amazing and I love it a lot. I also introduced my boyfriend to this album and he really liked it as well.


Now, let’s move on to the movies part!



MOVIE // Love, Simon

Love, Simon only came out on June 27th in France (yes, this is the worst), but I managed to go to an early screening of it at the beginning of the month. There are no words to explain how much I loved it, how much it meant to me considering where I’m at in my life. In a way, I’m not even mad anymore that I watched it for the first time in June, when the entire world had already watched it. I watched it for the first time during Pride month and it made the entire experience even better. I’m so looking forward to watching it yet again and again (spoiler alert: I already did on July 1st).

MOVIE // The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

While this movie came out in the UK in April, we had to wait until June to have it in France. I was so eager to finally watch it, because I adored the novel so much (I made my best friend and my mom read it, haha). I was curious to see how they would adapt it, considering it is an epistolary novel. They did change quite a few elements of the original story, but they kept the spirit of the book and that’s what mattered the most to me. My favourite quote was still in there and it made me the happiest. The cast was fantastic, it made me so happy to have a mini Downton Abbey reunion with Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode and Penelope Wilton. Overall, it was a very good movie and I think they did a good job, but I know some readers have been a bit disappointed because of some changes (which I totally understand). Now I have another reason to visit Guernsey as soon as possible (after all, Victor Hugo lived there at some point and wrote Les Misérables there, it’s meant to be) and I need to reread the novel!

MOVIE // Incredibles 2

Last but certainly not least, Incredibles 2 has started being released all around the world. I got lucky enough to go to an early screening with my best friend and my boyfriend and it was absolutely amazing, the wait was all worth it. We also got superheroes masks and took pictures with people who attended, there were fans with T-shirts, oh that was so much fun. I adored the movie so much, I had missed those characters, I really liked the plot and I laughed so hard. I want Jack-Jack to be my little brother, he was so precious and my favourite character for sure! I won’t say a lot more considering it’s technically not out everywhere yet, but go watch it, it’ll make you so nostalgic and happy.

Beware when watching Incredibles 2 though, 
there is an epilepsy warning due to some of the scenes.



L O O K I N G  A H E A D

I am so excited for July, because it’s the month of my holidays (I’ll be working full time in August). I am planning on reading and blogging a lot, seeing my best friend and my boyfriend a lot, to rest and to have fun overall. So far, I’m also planning on going to the beach with my best friend
for about a week, I miss my second hometown so much and it’s truly not that far from where we live anyway. 
There are also so many movies I’m looking forward to watching, such as Adrift, Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! For TV shows, the second season of Harlots will start airing, I’ll probably start watching it when there are several episodes out, but I had missed it so much! I also can’t believe Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and Sea Witch by Sarah Henning are coming out. July, you better be amazing. 

How was your month? Any new favourites in books, TV shows, movies?


Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + favourites // May 2018



Hello, beautiful people!

As I’m typing this, I finished revising my master’s thesis and I believe it is the best way to conclude the month of May (I can’t believe I finished writing it on Tuesday, at long last!). May was a tough month, to say the least, because I was so stressed out about uni, as well as for other personal things. May still had good moments though, because I came back home to my parents’ and will stay there for the entire summer, saw my best friend all the time, went to the beach, saw my grandmother getting better and saying she hadn’t walked like this in twenty years, watched the royal wedding and cooked English food, watched too many movies and TV shows, fangirled too much and cuddled our pets. I feel like May lasted forever, so now I cannot wait to see what June will have in store for me.
W H A T  I  R E A D


I didn’t read as much than usual in May, but I still have a pretty good wrap-up. I wouldn’t say I was in a reading slump, I just didn’t have time and when I did, I was in the mood to watch TV shows and that’s okay. Here are the books that I read:

  • The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie, 3.5/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer, 2/5 stars
  • How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, 3.75/5 stars
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2013), issues #1-27, by Brian Michael Bendis, 3.75/5 stars
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot, 4 stars

My favourite read of the month was, by far, Star Wars: Bloodline. By now, you know that a) I’m a Star Wars fan, b) can’t write a wrap-up without mentioning it or Kylo Ren (yes, I did  it on purpose, it’s a running gag at this point), so: there. Anyhow, Bloodline was my first Star Wars novel outside of the novelizations and it was brilliant! I loved reading about events that led to The Force Awakens, to see Leia again and to fall for Ransolm Casterfo (the author imagined him as Tom Hiddleston, I’ll say no more). I also really enjoyed Middlemarch, it was my first George Eliot and I really want to read the rest of her works now. I’m planning on getting second-hand Victorian classics for the summer, so I can go back to them, I had missed them so.


F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S



Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction went to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare’s birth place is!
Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales wrote an ultimate guide to YA books with mental health representation.
Morgane @ The Beauty and the Bookstore discussed why new romance shouldn’t be treated as illegitimate and how it differs from erotic literature.
Cait @ Paper Fury announced her second published novel (!!) and interviewed herself.
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talked about how to find new ideas and inspiration to blog (the first gif is Andy Dwyer from Parks and Rec aND I SCREAMED).
Resh Susan @ The Book Satchel interviewed five readers who shared their reading habits and tips.
Marie @ The Bibliologist interviewed herself (I love those kind of posts because it’s hilarious, okay?!) for her first bookstagram anniversary.
Robin LaFevers announced on her blog that the His Fair Assassin trilogy was getting new paperback covers, because the fourth book is coming out next year. She started revealing them, this month with the one for Grave Mercy and I adore it, I can’t wait to buy them in October, then reread the series! 



F A V O U R I T E S


MISC. // Marvel

I started May rewatching Avengers: Infinity War, then almost every single Marvel movie with my best friend, who was catching up on them. I just wanted to rewatch the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor franchises, but Marvel marathons are fun, so. Nevertheless, I wasn’t quite done with Marvel yet. I needed more. I wanted to rewatch Guardians of the Galaxy again, but Caroline said we had just rewatched it. *sigh* It had been a week, so I really don’t know why she said that. AHEM. So, to have more Marvel content, I started reading comics again and I couldn’t be happier about that. It was perfect, considering how little reading time I had in May. I read Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) and it broke my heart, but it was really good (except for the crossovers where you don’t have all the information, ugh)! So now that I’m back to comics, I shall catch up with Miss Marvel, I miss Kamala Khan.

MUSIC // Cinderella OST (2015)

I love listening to movie soundtracks while I’m studying, last year I wrote master’s thesis #1 to The Theory of Everything, but master’s thesis #2 was born from Cinderella. Fun fact: Cinderella was my favourite princess as a child and I love the live-action movie, even though it’s cheesy, the cast is amazing (I mean, Hayley Atwell plays Lily James’ mother and they’re my faves) and I’ve been in the mood to rewatch it forever. Listening to this soundtrack always makes me in a good mood, despite studying and it makes me feel magical or something. Anyhow, I love it.

Now let’s move on to the TV shows!



TV SHOW // Legion (FOX)

I hope everyone is pretending to be surprised that it’s on the list this month. I was only half-including it last month because I had only watched two episodes, but I watched seven of them this month and I can’t believe we only have two left. *cries* Do I have to tell you again how brilliant I find this show? Because it is. I had missed feeling confused 80% of the time, the soundtrack, Dan Stevens, the aesthetically pleasing visuals. Aubrey Plaza is really killing it this season (like in the first one), I’m still on the floor since I caught up with the show. I’ve been watching something else with her, so I couldn’t help but compare a bit, I can tell you that she really is amazing in Legion, wow. The second season really is confirming the show as one of my all time favourites and I’m so grateful for one thing that happened in this week’s episode. I knew I was right to love it all along. Thank you, Noah Hawley.

TV SHOW // The Bold Type (Freeform)

I binge-watched the first season of The Bold Type in two days at the beginning of the month and quickly became obsessed with it. It follows Jane, Kat and Sutton, three best friends who work for Scarlet, a women’s global magazine in New York. Sometimes, you find the right TV show, the one that’s perfect for you at that exact moment in your life, that’s what The Bold Type was for me. It tackles topics such as immigration, sexuality, women in politics, the BRCA gene test, online harassment and so many others.  It hit very close to home so many times, to the point that it made me cry (granted, I cry a lot during TV shows/movies, but still) and I felt so grateful. The three main characters all now feel like role models to me, they were so empowering and I aspire to be more like them. I cannot wait for season 2 to start airing this June. I’d definitely say that The Bold Type is my favourite currently airing show so far this year!

TV SHOW // Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Last, but not least, I started watching Parks and Recreation not even three weeks ago, even though I had said I wouldn’t start anything until I was done with my master’s thesis. Oops. As you’re reading this, I’m on the fifth season and I hadn’t binge watched any TV shows that fast since Gilmore Girls. Anyway, Parks and Rec is set in Pawnee, Indinana, and follows the team from the Parks and Recreation department (duh) on their adventures. I will confess that I did start watching it because Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt were in it, but I accidentally fell in love with the show and there is no coming back. I’d rather watch it than read apparently?! It’s funny, always makes me feel good, has relatable characters and I would almost move to Pawnee to work in the department by day and be a Mouse Rat groupie by night. *starts singing The Pit like there is no tomorrow* I’ll buy the DVDs to rewatch at some point, because I won’t be ready to say goodbye when I’m done… 


L O O K I N G  A H E A D


I am so ready for June. In a week, I’ll have turned in my master’s thesis for real, then will go on a little vacation with my family in the south of France, my boyfriend is also coming back from Sweden. It’s gonna be a good month.

Here are some things I’m excited about:
> TV shows: The Bold Type season 2 and Poldark season 4 will start airing in June, I couldn’t be happier!!
> Movies releases I’m interested in: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Love, Simon (those two are finally coming out in France!), Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World: Falling Kingdom (yeah, it’s just for Chris Pratt, his daily Jurassic World Lego stories won me ever and I shall miss them).
> Books releases: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh, and So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta.



What was the best book you read in May? 
What are your new favourite things in general?


I hope you had an amazing month in May and that June will treat you well.

Lots of love,
Lucie