Reading wrap-up + Favourites // April 2018



Hello, beautiful people!


I have to say… I am so sad that April is over, because it was one of the best months of the year for me and I was my best self most of the time, I think. April was made of lots of studying, writing my last assignments for uni, attending my last classes, writing so much of my master’s thesis (I still have quite a way to go, but still), participating in a 24 hour readathon, figuring out a big piece of myself that had been missing and talking about it, watching Avengers: Infinity War, visiting my boyfriend in Sweden after almost four months of not seeing each other and wandering in Copenhagen and Stockholm together. Oh April, why do you have to go?


W H A T  I  R E A D
I had a great reading month, but if we’re being honest, it’s mostly due to the 24 hour readathon I participated in, I managed to either read entirely/finish/start four books. Once again, I read from so many different genres and enjoyed all the books that I read, so yay! In total, I also did four buddy reads this month (I’m including my buddy read of Middlemarch in that, even though we’re not done yet) and I’ve been enjoying it more and more.

  • Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, 3/5 stars
  • Portrait of a Murderer (e-ARC) by Anne Meredith, 3/5 stars
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, 5/5 stars
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (e-ARC), 3/5 stars
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo, 4.5/5 stars
  • To Be Read at Dusk by Charles Dickens, 3.5/5 stars
  • Odd & True by Cat Winters, 4/5 stars
  • Warcross by Marie Lu, 4/5 stars
  • Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie 4/5 stars
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, 4/5 stars
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 4/5 stars

My favourite book of the month was, of course, The City of Brass, which is such an amazing start to a fantasy trilogy. I also adored Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns, it felt so good to be back in the Grishaverse after all this time and her tales were so amazing. For the rest, special mention to Leah on the Offbeat for being the book I needed to read this month and to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for being such a “me” book: I can’t wait to watch the adaptation, even though it’ll only come out in June here!

F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S

Cait @ Paper Fury talked about autism rep and recommended books with good representation.
Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall explained why she believed sequels are typically rated higher than their predecessors.
Elise @ The Bookish Actress talked about why she always likes the middle books more.
Sayantani Dasgupta, author of The Serpent’s Secret, guest posted @ Chasing Faerytales about folktales and myths.
Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books asked how the hell do you review a book and it was so relatable. She also wrote an amazing review about To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and I so want to read this book!!

Resh Susan @ The Book Satchel reviewed both The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller, it was hands down my favourite review I read this month and I’m so motivated to binge-read the both of them as soon as I get my hands on them!


Me in Nyhavn, Copenhagen



F A V O U R I T E S

TRAVEL // Copenhagen, Denmark

Ten days ago, I was in Copenhagen and completely fell in love with this city. I was with my boyfriend and we walked everywhere, visited the city, castles, museums, ate a lot, it wa
s so amazing. From the very first moments we were there, I started feeling that it was the type of city I could live in. Even though it’s a capital, it’s not as overwhelming than capitals like Paris or London (I love those cities too, though), it’s so peaceful, maybe it’s due to the way of living in Denmark, I’m not sure. But it’s a city near the sea, when I’ve always been a sea kind of girl, it’s a city where you can actually breathe as there are enough parks and let’s be real, it’s quite stunning. *sigh* I already miss it so much.

MUSIC // The Phantom of the Opera

The first book I read in April was Gaston Leroux’s novel, which inspired the musical and while I definitely wasn’t impressed by the novel (the narration wasn’t great, but the story amazing), I knew I would fall in love with the musical adaptation… and that’s definitely what happened. I know some people don’t like it, but I watched the 2004 movie and adored it, and am planning to try to watch the musical on stage next time I’ll go to London (it might be a long shot, but still). Depending on the time of the day, I have a different song stuck inside my mind*, even though The Music of the Night is my favourite (it is such a Kylo Ren song, by the way). Falling in love with musicals inspired by French novels is quite a trend with me, I don’t mind it for one bit.

*if you caught the reference, here are phantom cookies for you!

Camp NaNoWriMo

I’m in the second year of my master’s degree, which means I have to write… A master’s thesis! To be more precise, it’s my second one because we already had to write one last year. *cue intense crying* I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty hard, especially considering how much we’re supposed to write, so I decided that to motivate myself to write a huge part of it in April, I would do Camp NaNoWriMo. It was such an amazing experience, as you set your own writing goals and while I couldn’t write every day because of my last assignments… or life in general, it was a huge success for me, because I love stats and competing with myself. While I’m not anywhere near done, I wrote so much of it that I know I’m on the right path. I got this. If you’re in the middle of exams/big assignments/a master’s thesis/anything stressful, you got this too.

PS: I won’t talk numbers, because I know that seeing people talking about a number of pages stresses me out and it’s probably the case for other persons haha.


Now, let’s move on to TV shows, I put them all together, 
because once again, I watched a lot of TV shows!



A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)

Finally, after more of a year of waiting, A Series of Unfortunate Events, adapted from Lemony Snicket’s series, which was my favourite as a child (I named one of my family’s cats after Violet Baudelaire, after all), returned with its second season. I have to confess that I watch it in French (gasp!), because I watch it with my family and it makes the experience all the better, especially when my 10 y.o. brother starts screaming that Sunny wasn’t supposed to walk that early (he’s so precious). In any case, once again, Netflix did a stellar job at adapting the novels, I was still as scared as I used to be during The Hostile Hospital, they so captured the aesthetic of the series, it makes me feel so nostalgic. I am eagerly waiting for season 3 next year, because The Carnivorous Carnival ends on such a cliffhanger (I knew it, but still) and I need more.

Everything Sucks! (Netflix)

I screamed a lot about it two weeks ago on social media, because I’m still not okay with the fact that Netlix decided to not renew it for a second season when it’s been out for… TWO MONTHS. Everything Sucks! is set in 1996 in the town of Boring, it follows high school life, with all its ups and mostly its downs, it has lots of pop culture references, one of the most diverse cast of characters and the representation is amazing. I wrote an entire blog post about it that will describe it so much better, but I watched the entire thing in one evening because I couldn’t stop.

Black Lightning (CW and it’s on Netflix)

A few months ago, one of my friends recommended me Black Lightning and I finally got around to watch it (I think I finished it before she did in the end, haha). This show airs on the CW and is based on a DC comics character, but hear me out, for once you don’t have to be all caught up with four different shows because there is no crossover (so far), FINALLY (I’m so done with their stupid technique to make me watch their superhero shows, I dropped out of half of them at this point lmao). Anyway, Black Lightning follows Jefferson Pierce, who stopped being the vigilante Black Lightning nine years ago, after seeing the effects it had on his family. However, he is forced to become a vigilante once again when a local gang leads to increased crime and corruption in his community of Freeland. 

In many ways, Black Lightning reminds me of Netflix’s Daredevil that I adore too. BUT, one of the things that make Black Lightning particularly amazing is the diversity. Not only are all the main characters black, but it’s set in a black community (only two significant characters are white, but they’re secondary) and has an openly lesbian character*, Anissa Pierce, which is the best character of the show. It also has amazing family dynamics, the plot is brilliant and we binge-watched the entire thing in three days with my boyfriend, when we’ve barely watched any TV shows for the past year. It’s so good.

*I’m highlighting this even more considering Everything Sucks! had a lesbian character too, but got cancelled and there is so little representation that I needed to point this out even more, okay I’m done ranting.


Last but not least,




The second season of Legion (FOX) is currently airing and if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I adore this show (and here is why), which was my favourite of 2017. Sadly, I only had time to watch the first two episodes (which means I’m two episodes behind already, I hate life), but I adore it so far and I can’t wait to catch up and continue as it airs for the next few weeks! I’m only half-including it in this because I literally watched two episodes, that’s so little, but I LOVE IT ANYWAY. Bye.


L O O K I N G  A H E A D
A new category, to focus on what I’m looking forward to for the next month. Not much in my life, because I’ll just be writing my master’s thesis, but I will need distractions (and reasons to procrastinate it) at times. 

> There are two movies I’m particularly excited about for May, the first one being The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, because Adam Driver is in it and it will be released in France the day it premieres at the Cannes festival (aka May 19th). Solo: a Star Wars story is also coming out this May and I have a complicated relationship with it, because I am terrified I will be disappointed by it, but I’m starting to form hopes… As it’s the only Star Wars content I’ll get for a while. Oh Episode IX, come faster, you’re already driving me crazy.

> For TV shows, I’m just excited about the second season of Dear White People, which will be released on Netflix this Friday! The first season was so amazing, I hope it’ll also be the case for the second one. I am in the mood to start so many TV shows though, it’s not great for productivity.

> For books, there aren’t a lot I’m specifically looking forward to, but We Are Young by Cat Clarke is coming out this week, I adored Girlhood that I read last year by her, so I want more. As I also need to feed my Star Wars addiction, Most Wanted by Rae Carson, a Solo novel by a YA author, is quite an anticipated release for me. It follows Han and Qi’ra and that’s all I know. See, that’s what I was talking about, I’m starting to have hopes for Solo, it’s not good. *cries*


How did April treat you? What were your favourite books of the month? 
Any new favourite things in general?


Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites // March 2018

Hello, beautiful people!

I can’t believe March is finally over, it was an eventful and tiring month, sometimes amazing, sometimes awful, but that’s life, I guess. What I want to remember out of it are moments such as Disneyland Paris, Livre Paris, where I met Victoria Schwab, Marissa Meyer and Diana Gabaldon (!!!), seeing my best friend every week, despite not living in the same city, watching amazing TV shows and helplessly falling in love with books. There were so many positive things happening in March that I hope it will outweight the way I felt most of the time in my future memories.


W H A T  I  R E A D
In March, I decided not to have a monthy TBR anymore and it was such a nice feeling: while I read tons of books during the first ten days of the month, I “only” read four books during the last three weeks of it and I felt so great about it. Reading isn’t a competition after all, even though it feels like it at times (I’m mainly the one competing with myself, but still), it was so nice to just take my time with books, for once.

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 5/5 stars
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, 4/5 stars
  • First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and Dolley Maddison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role by Jeanne E. Abrams (e-ARC), 3.5/5 stars
  • The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley, 3/5 stars
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, 4/5 stars
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer, 5/5 stars
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, 3.5/5 stars
  • Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 2/5 stars
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, 5/5 stars
  • Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie, 4/5 stars

I completely fell in love with three books this month, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, I wouldn’t be able to pick a favourite out of these three! I also had my first big disappointment with Villette by Charlotte Brontë, but it was a buddy read and ranting about it to my friend was hilarious and made the experience enjoyable somehow.


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 Haworth to visit the Brontë Parsonage and she made me want to visit it even more, someday.

Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books talked about book smugglers in Lithuania at the end of the 19th century.
Elise @ The Bookish Actress talked about the “not-like-other-girls” trope, and why we need more ‘unlikable’ heroines (her posts are amazing in general though, I can’t believe I just discovered her blog!).

My lockscreen, aka one of my favourite Star Wars fanart. 
I found it there, but I’m not sure who the artist is, sadly.

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TV SHOW // Jane the Virgin

I watched a lot of TV shows that I adored this month, but Jane the Virgin won everything. If you don’t know, this one has been on my favourite shows list for a few years now, but I forbid myself to watch it if the season hasn’t finished airing yet. Why, you will ask? Because whenever I watch it, I enter the ultimate stage of binge-watching, aka I won’t do anything but watch it and it always ends in cliffhangers, so I can’t bear to wait each week. I wasn’t supposed to watch season 4 just now because of that, but I obviously did. Oops. 

Season 4 is absolutely amazing so far, it’s been delivering so many important messages that matter even more to me on a personal level and that’s why the binge-watching was even worse than usual. This show always makes me feel better, makes me smile no matter what, it was no different for season 4. I cannot wait to continue watching it week after week, even though it will mean I’ll scream every time it ends on a cliffhanger, but oh well. There is no point in forbidding myself to do things that will make me happy. I also love Petra even mo
re than usual, this season. She’s the type of character I can’t help but love, I have to say that the Petra we’ve been seeing lately is the best.



TEA // Empress Grey from Marks & Spencer

I was carburating to Jasmine Tea in February, but considering how winter-y the weather still was in March, I needed to drink a more winter-y tea again. As M&S is a loyal friend of mine, I tried this one out from them and adore it, I’ve been drinking it during breakfast every morning for the past few weeks (it goes very well with porridge, I have to say!). It makes me feel so warm, more comfortable in my own skin on a daily basis and that’s what I need from a good tea.

TV SHOW // The Good Place

I finally watched The Good Place and it was one of the best things ever. The Good Place follows Eleanor Shellstrop, who lands in an idyllic afterlife only to discover that she has been mistaken for a very good person. Certain that she lived a bad life and is destined to be sent to hell if she’s discovered, Eleanor tries to keep her presence a secret even though it causes disruption to everyone around her. The Good Place is one of those shows that’s weird, in a very good way (like Legion*). It’s the kind of show that you binge-watch because you want to understand what’s going on. I usually need to have a show where an episode is about 20 minutes long on the go, it’s perfect for breakfasts or study breaks, I am so glad I had this one in March. It was absolutely hilarious, had such a diverse cast of characters and I cannot wait to watch season 3!

*can you tell that I was rewatching Legion while I was typing this? 

BEAUTY // Green clay masks
Doing face masks has become a weekly tradition for me lately and after trying out several of them, I have settled on green clay masks this month and I adore them. They always make me feel like my skin is all new and clear whenever I’m done with them. They’re perfect in my Sunday self-care routing while I’m watching a TV show now. I’ve started to use more beauty products lately, so stay tuned, maybe I’ll have things to say in the future, even though I have no idea about what I’m doing lmao.

MUSIC // Found/Tonight

I don’t listen to a lot of new music each month, but this one song was more than enough. Found/Tonight was the March Hamildrop and oh my, nothing can tops this. N O T H I N G. Found/Tonight is a mash-up between You Will Be Found (Dear Evan Hansen) and The Story of Tonight (Hamilton), performed by Ben Platt (the original Evan Hansen) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (the original Alexander Hamilton). A portion of proceeds from the song are going to the #MarchForOurLives initiative. It’s simply everything and to quote Evan Hansen, words fail to tell you how much I adore it and how much I listened to it on repeat this month.

TV SHOW // Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Star Wars: Forces of Destinies

I managed to have daily Star Wars content in March and that’s everything I ever needed. I started watching The Clone Wars and adore it. Like many people, I’m not the biggest fan of the prequel trilogy (it has its good parts and its… less good parts, shall we say), so I wasn’t intending to watch The Clone Wars any time soon, considering it’s set between Episodes II & III, but I had to watch it if I wanted to watch Star Wars Rebels, so. Anyhoo, I actually adore it, it’s another 20 minutes long show perfect for short breaks and I even came to like Anakin Skywalker at times, which is an improvement. Let’s be real, though, Ahsoka Tano is the best character and I love her to pieces. Thanks to my little brother for telling me the first two seasons were on Netflix France, even though my responsabilities weren’t as happy about it.

My fierce baby

On the other hand, I watched Star Wars: Forces of Destinies and it’s so cute, it’s on Disney’s YouTube channel, each episode lasts three minutes and mainly follows the female characters of Star Wars (in season 2 there is an episode only focusing on Luke, which I liked, but why??). I watched the episode of Rey and the Porgs five times because I’m ridiculous and would watch anything Star Wars, even if it’s supposed to be for kids or something. I can’t wait for May, because we’ll get the rest of season 2 (more content from The Last Jedi, YES) and Kylo Ren* will appear at some point!

*Did you really think we would get through a monthly wrap-up without mentionning Kylo? Think again. *evil laughter*

What did you read this month? Any new favourite books?

Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + favourites // February 2018

Hello, beautiful people!


I realised I haven’t posted in a while, but February was such a busy and amazing month, so sadly, I didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to my blog. February was the month I turned 22, saw The Last Jedi in theaters for the last time, saw Imagine Dragons live once again and went to England on my own. It was the month I truly let the past die, because I had to*. Some of my painful past came to haunt me a lot in February, yet I finally turned back to face it and I’m feeling so much better because of that (it only took me two and a half years, after all). February was such a great month for me, I did my best to make the most of it and I hope March will be equally as good.


*Me vs mentioning Kylo Ren or Adam Driver in almost every post. 

W H A T  I  R E A D

February was quite a good reading month. While I still read as much as usual – or almost – I feel like I took my time with books; sometimes it took me a week to finish one, sometimes I finished two in the same day (the perks of traveling). My reading month was equally made of young adult novels and classics, I’m quite happy about that, it’s all I need. I haven’t read any non-fiction, though, I’ll have to fix it next month!

  • The Radical Element, anthology edited by Jessica Spotswood (e-ARC), 3.83/5 stars
  • All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor (ARC), 4/5 stars
  • The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 3/5 stars
  • Crooked House by Agatha Christie, 5/5 stars
  • Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes, 3/5 stars
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, 5/5 stars
  • Shirley by Charlotte Brontë, 4/5 stars
  • The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton, 3/5 stars

As you can see, I finally did rate books 5 stars, that’s it! The Mayor of Casterbridge was my favourite book of the month for sure, but Crooked House came quite close. I knew Thomas Hardy wouldn’t disappoint me and fix my 5 stars ratings.


F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S


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MOVIE // Black Panther (2018)

Just like with every single Marvel movie, I was so excited for Black Panther and had to watch it in theaters the week it was released. What I hadn’t expected was to love it as much as I did, to the point that it is one of my favourite Marvel movies for sure, it will probably make my list of favourite movies of the year and I need to rewatch it as soon as possible. I tried long and hard to find any flaws, but I couldn’t. I simply adored everything about Black Panther: the characters, the world, the plot, the soundtrack, the photography. From what I’ve heard everywhere, the representation is amazing as well (but check the Internet and #ownvoices reviewers for that 😉 ). I understood and liked the villain a little too much because while what he was doing was wrong, there were quite a few of his ideas I was agreeing with. I particularly loved the female characters, they were so strong and saved the day so many times. Shuri was my favourite, like most people, but I loved so many characters in the end. If you haven’t watched Black Panther, I would definitely recommend you to watch it, even if you’re not up-to-date with Marvel movies or not a Marvel fan.

TV SHOW // Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine a few months ago, a night I wasn’t feeling great, and from the start, it made me laugh. It is set in the 99th precinct of the New York Police Department and follows a team of detectives, led by the newly appointed Captain Raymond Holt. I don’t watch a lot of sitcoms and that’s even worse for shows involving investigations (most of the time, I find them so repetitive and end up being bored), but this one more than won me over, as it’s so much more than that. It has such a diverse cast of characters, tac
kles down so many important and topical issues, while staying hilarious, providing me with characters I can consider as role models. I’ve been watching it since December I think, but I binge-watched seasons 4 and 5 in February and I couldn’t stop. I’m so glad we’ll get new episodes in March, because I need more.

MUSIC // Imagine Dragons

One of the highlights of February was seeing Imagine Dragons live for the second time. They are my best friend’s favourite band, so when tickets went on sale last September, we jumped on the chance to get ours and the concert was absolutely amazing. I had already seen them in 2014, which feels like ages ago, so I don’t remember everything about that one, but they did such an amazing job on their tour. I cried several times, even if I didn’t show it, because of what they talked about, and even more when they did Demons (this song will always get me). Needless to say, I mostly listened to their albums for the past month or so, especially Evolve, as they were touring for that album. I had missed going to concerts so much.

My friends

It sounds very cheesy, but February was a month full of my friends and I’m so grateful for that. Whether it was about having many outings in Paris, going to the movies all the time, my best friend surprising me on my birthday by coming for the evening, not being alone at uni anymore or reconnecting with the first friend I made when I moved to Paris, my heart was full (of love*). I’m not overly fond of celebrating my birthday, to be completely honest, but this year, it was amazing, because I felt surrounded by the people who matter the most to me. Moreover, I’m terrified to let people in, I didn’t do it for two years until January 2017, but I’m really doing better on that front and I felt it, in February.

*that was a Les Misérables reference, you’re welcome.

MOVIE // Coco (2017)

Another movie I (finally!) watched in theaters was the latest Disney animated movie, Coco. For some reason, I didn’t have time to watch it before, but I was seriously missing out, because it deserves all the hype it is getting. It was such a beautiful and heart-wrenching movie, visually stunning, with a great soundtrack on top of it all. It’s one of those animated movies I know I will show to my little brothers when I get my hands on the DVD, and if I ever have children, they will have no choice but to watch it as well.

Going to England on my own

Last but not least, and that’s why this post didn’t go up before, I went to Leeds on my own last week. I do live on my own, but going to another country for a few days, when English isn’t my first language, with no one to rely on but myself was such an enlightening experience. It gave me time to think about where I was going with my life, it pushed me to ask for people’s help there (I don’t even do that in my own country), to speak English and not actually making a fool of myself. As a matter of fact, I had plenty of problems with travelling (thanks to the cold and the snow), yet, I stayed calm the entire time and wasn’t stressed out. I was pretty much the best part of myself in the UK, I dealt with everything. I am so proud of myself and I’m quite motivated for March now.

I hope you had an amazing month,


Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites // January 2018


Hello, beautiful people!


Like many people, I felt like January was quite a long month, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The first three weeks of it were very stressful for sure, because it was the end of the first semester at uni and I had a big group project to work on, but in the end, I am quite proud of what I achieved. January was also the month I grew even more as a reader and went to the movies way too many times. It was the month where I was glad to be able to count on my friends, but also the month I was happy to be on my own. I’m actually ending the month on a new friendship blooming, and even though I don’t want to get too excited, I’m very happy about that. I’m so ready for February, because there are so many amazing things I’m looking forward to, but in the meantime, let’s recap January.


  
W H A T  I  R E A D 

  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, 4/5 stars 
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (reread), 5/5 stars
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, 3/5 stars
  • The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley, 4/5 stars
  • Star Wars, The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Forster, 4/5 stars
  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones, 4.5/5 stars
  • Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, 3/5 stars
  • The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon, 3.75/5 stars
  • The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore, 4/5 stars

My reading year started very wellbecause I did it, I finally read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and I am very proud of myself for that. I didn’t really read classics this month except for this one, but I’ll definitely fix that in February, for January was a month of historical fiction, books set in Russia, Star Wars and not rating any book 5 stars apparently (rereads don’t count in such situations). However, the best book I read this month was Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones, it was absolutely amazing and you can read my review here (it comes out next Tuesday!).


F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S


I decided to add a new category to my wrap-ups, to share what I loved reading on the blogosphere each month. January was definitely the month I went back to reading a lot of blogs, and I intend to pursue that in February. I don’t have a lot of posts to share for January, because I decided to start this category recently, but I’ll share more next month!



(One of those times I rewatched The Last Jedi, ft my best friend’s fingers)


F A V O U R I T E S 

MOVIES // The unlimited movie card 

I’m not someone who watches a lot of movies, but considering the number of times I went to the movie theatre in December, I wondered whether getting an unlimited movie card, that I would pay for each month, would be worth it. At some point, I realised that the card cost less than going to the movies twice a month on a week-end, so I got one and oh, how happy I am about that! I got one with my friend Clara and we’re planning on seeing so many movies in the next couple of months, this is so exciting. It gave me the possibility to rewatch The Last Jedi countless times (just kidding, I’m still counting, but I can’t confess the number at this point), to watch Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman and Darkest Hour without thinking twice about it. I’m allowing myself to watch so many movies now, I am sure 2018 will be rich in movies and that investment was worth it.
  
DRINK // Ricola Herbal Infusion ‘Goodnight 

I am prone to insomnia and always struggles to fall asleep, because my brain rarely ever wants to shut up. I’ve been trying to find a solution and it’s not easy, but my best friend made me discover an infusion from Ricola, a Swiss brand, called ‘goodnight’and it’s been helping me to fall asleep a bit faster on some nights. It is made of orange blossom, rose, lavender and honey, quite a few ingredients that I love. I can’t count the number of nights where I made myself a cup of it and drank it while reading, it definitely helps me, even though I’m trying not to do that every night, or it wouldn’t work as well anymore.
  
TV SHOW // One Day at a Time (Netflix)
I started watching One Day at a Time last year, when the first season was released, and it quickly became one of my favourite TV shows ever. The second season was released a week ago and you can bet that I watched it in three days (but then, it only has thirteen episodes). I will write a blog post about it soon, but it’s a diverse, topical and important TV show. It follows the Alvarez family, with Penelope, a single mother and veteran army who works as a nurse, who raises her two children Elena and Alex, with the help of her Cuban mother, Lydia. In two seasons (twenty-six episodes totals!), it covered coming out, racism, gender identity, mental health, homophobia, immigration and so much more. I can’t praise it enough and I made it my goal to convince as many people as possible to watch it (I convinced a fifth person yesterday!!), so please, do yourself a favour and watch it.

FOOD // Grilled cheese sandwich 

It’s going to seem very random that I discovered I loved grilled cheese sandwiches in January, but I have to confess that I’m not a cheese person. *hides in a corner, because is a French girl* Anyway, I actually somehow like melted cheese, because I’m full of contradictions. As the main thing I eat at dinner when I’m on my own is… soup (Clara, I see you rolling your eyes from here), I always need to eat something on the side and alas, I can’t eat avocado toasts all the time. I tried grilled cheese at some point and now I’m a fan, I need all of it, please and thank you. It was a very random paragraph, but I needed to share my love for grilled cheese, that is all.


BOOKS // My e-reader Lisbeth*

E-readers and I go way back, because I’ve been using them since 2014. When I joined bookstagram at the beginning of last year, my second e-reader didn’t work anymore and I started buying physical copies of way more books than I used to (my bank account wasn’t that happy, but I’d rather eat pasta and buy books actually). However, I finally got a new e-reader a few months ago and the passion of our relationship was reignited in January. I know there are a lot of people who can’t read on e-readers, but I adore them. I can read and eat at the same time, I can read with all the lights out at night and put it on the side when I fall asleep and it’s easier in public transportation. I’ve also gotten several e-ARCs recently, so of course I’m reading them there and it’s been wonderful. I’ve had a lot of thoughts on book buying lately and what I wanted my future bookshelves to look like, and that’s why I know I’ll slowly be going back to my e-reader more andmore (also, I don’t really like having a large physical TBR, but that’s a topic for another day).

*yes, I give names to my e-readers/laptops/phones


  
hope you had an amazing month in January, tell me all your favourite things! 
  
Lots of love, 
Lucie 

Reading wrap-up + Favourites // December 2017


Hello, beautiful people!


I can’t believe that this is it… I am writing my last wrap-up of 2017. December was an amazing month, for the most part: I went to a book fair, to Disneyland Paris, saw my friends a lot, had a great Christmas and New Year’s Eve and saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi way too many times. While the end of the year always makes me feel a bit down, I was happy for most of the month and I really took care of myself. I hope it’ll make me start the year in a very positive state of mind.


W H A T  I  R E A D

  • Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows 4/5 stars
  • Howards End by E.M. Forster 3.5/5 stars
  • Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (e-ARC) 2/5 stars
  • A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens 4/5 stars
  • The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory 3.5/5 stars
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie 4/5 stars
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (reread) 5/5 stars
  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand 4.5/5 stars
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien 3/5 stars
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (reread) 5/5 stars

I am very happy to have read many Christmas-themed books in December, because it truly put me in the mood for the holidays. Once again, I read books from different genres, reread some of my favourite books, it was overall a very good reading month and I feel like I have found the right balance for the books I want to read. I didn’t have any new favourite books, but The Afterlife of Holly Chase almost made the list, for it was exactly what I needed when I read it.

F A V O U R I T E S


MOVIE // Star Wars: The Last Jedi (but also Star Wars in general)


As you’re reading this, I will have seen The Last Jedi in theaters five times (needless to say, I haven’t bought any books in December). I’m still trying to process what happens to me every time I watch it, but it was like a punch in the gut and I completely fell in love with it. Without a doubt, it is my favourite movie of 2017. Without a doubt, I love Kylo Ren more every time I watch it (and I’m not sorry). So many themes that were developed are mirroring what’s happening to me lately and the whole movie felt right. I know that many people didn’t like it at all (or the sequel movies in general), but I absolutely love where they are going and I can’t wait to be in December 2019 to watch Episode IX (except that I’m 90% sure it’ll break my heart). I could talk about it for hours, but know that I simply adore(d) it.

After that, I decided to make a Star Wars marathon over the holidays and it was the best decision ever. I grew up with Star Wars because my father is a huge fan and saw them countless times, but I hadn’t watched them in forever and it was so much fun. I really need to do that more often.

DISNEYLAND PARIS

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I went to Disneyland Paris with two of my friends in the middle of December, it truly was one of the highlights of December. I’m a very lucky girl, because when I was younger, my parents took us there a lot and it has always been one of my happy places. I hadn’t been there in three years and a half, but doing the attractions again, watching the new parade, wearing my Star Wars Mickey ears, and looking around with a big smile on my face was something I had missed so much. It was such a perfect day.

MUSIC // The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman still hasn’t come out in France yet, which is very sad, we still have to wait until January 24th. *cries until then* Nevertheless, I started listening to the soundtrack the moment it was released on Spotify and I absolutely fell in love with it (which isn’t surprising, considering I love musicals). I can’t tell you which songs are my favourites because I would answer with five of them (but I do listen to Rewrite the Stars and From Now On on repeat a lot). I’m so looking forward to finally watch the movie this month!



TV SHOW // The Crown

The second season of The Crown was released on December 8th and of course, I binge-watched it in a few days. The Crown was one of my favourite TV shows of 2016 and made the list again in 2017. I absolutely love learning bits and pieces about Queen Elizabeth and the Royal family, even though some parts are fictionalized. The actors were amazing once again and while I’m a bit sad to see them go as we’ll have older actors for seasons 3 and 4, I am so glad the creators of the show decided to do this, it’ll be way more accurate. Watching The Crown made me realise how much I had missed period dramas for the past few months (as I was only watching Gilmore Girls) and I can’t wait to watch more of them in 2018.

MUSIC // Reputation – Taylor Swift

I only listened to Reputation in December when my best friend lent me the album (I’m the worst, I had been waiting for so long) and I’ve been loving Taylor Swift’s new album. She has been one of my favourite artists since I was twelve and I feel like I grew up with her. From the moment I heard Look What You Made Me Do when she released it as a single, I knew it would be perfect for me and I was right. I’m also super obsessed with New Year’s Day, Gorgeous and This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. She changed, I changed right along with her and that’s how I know I’ll still love her music for a long time.

ADAM DRIVER

Yes, I know. You’re probably telling yourself: ‘ugh, she has another celebrity crush and she’s been bothering us with it on Twitter’. Well, I do have another celebrity crush, but I’ve come to realise that I get them because said celebrity is exactly what I need at the moment and that’s more than the case for Adam Driver (aka Kylo Ren from Star Wars). He has an anxiety disorder, is awkward (but that’s super adorable), doesn’t talk a lot during group interviews, is quiet and yet, he’s an amazing actor and pursue the career he wants. In those ways (and many more but trust me you don’t want the list haha), we’re very similar and I need someone to look up to when I feel lost/bad like I do these days. I keep telling myself that if he can do this, maybe I can find what I want to do and fight to get it, despite everything else. So yup, I watched a lot of his movies in December (I still am), am watching Undercover Boss Kylo Ren and the SNL Aladdin video every single day because they make me feel better, and I find him very attractive. He helped me to get through so much already, so that’s a little more than a celebrity crush. Anyway, I’ll stop bothering you with this for the time being, haha.


I hope December was an amazing month for you! What was your favourite book of the month? What’s the best thing that happened?


Lots of love,
Lucie

Happy New Year + Goals for 2018


HAPPY NEW YEAR !


I wish you to have an amazing year, to accomplish your dreams, to find new ones, to stay healthy, to laugh, to be happy, to discover amazing fictional worlds and so much more!



Hello, beautiful people!

This is my first blog post of the year and because of that, I wanted to write about what I wanted to accomplish in 2018, whether it was about what I wanted to change in my life, my reading or my blogging lives. I did something a bit similar last year – but shorter – and I thought it would be the perfect way to motivate me to make 2018 a great year.


L I F E   G O A L S

I’m not going to lie, I’m at a difficult time in my life and I am completely lost. I have no idea what will happen to me in 2018 and because of that, I can’t really plan ahead. 2017 was a hard year for sure, but the good outweights the bad and I am proud of myself. I really put myself out there, met amazing people, crossed things off my bucket list and most importantly, gained more confidence. Trying to figure out what I wanted my goals for 2018 to be was very hard, until I heard that sentence in a movie (you’ll know which one if you’ve seen it):

“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.”


It sounds very extreme and I don’t take the second sentence literally at all, but these sentences keep coming back to me (I can’t explain the whole thing, though). Like I said, 2017 was a challenging year for me and it hurt me, broke me. However, it might be exactly what I need to figure out who I am and what I want to do with my life. I met amazing people for sure, but I also trusted the wrong ones and like one of my closest friends told me, I need to be my own role model in life. I need to let go of what happened in the past, to try to move past what I consider to be my personal failures, to move past who I used to be and accept who I am now, to become a better person, to be in control. I’ve already changed so much in the past two weeks and I want to keep it that way. This year will be the year I work on myself, more than a year where I want so many things to happen, because I don’t know what I want to happen yet, and that’s okay.


In 2018, I want to find motivation, to start dreaming again. I want to learn to be kinder to myself, to fight my anxiety every day. I want to stop wanting to cry/crying every time someone asks me about my future and to stand up for myself. I want to eat healthier, to feel better in my own body – because I haven’t been lately and even though it’s just my brain messing up with me, I have to do something about that. I want to figure myself out and to find what I really want to do with my life. I want to be even more me than in 2017.


R E A D I N G  G O A L S

In 2017, I decided to broaden my literary tastes, as I was getting back into classics and it was a huge success. I have changed a lot as a reader and I’m still trying to figure out which types of books I love (hint: I love a lot of different books). First things first, I am not setting up a real Goodreads challenge. I put one book in it to be able to track down my reading, I’m curious to see how much I’ll read without having a challenge.

Then, I want to read bigger books– by that I mean 700+ pages books –, because there are so many of them I want to discover in different genres, such as the A Song of Ice and Fireseries, War and Peaceby Leo Tolstoy, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrellby Susanna Clarke and so on. Lengthy books don’t scare me anymore and I keep adding so many of them to my list! I actually started reading War and Peace last night and I’m so excited for it to be my first book of the year: I am sure it will shape 2018, in a way.

I am still planning on reading a lot of classics: I mainly focused on Vict
orian literature last year and of course I want to keep going because it’s absolutely amazing, but I also want to challenge myself more. I am planning to push myself to read more 20thcentury literature, as I’ve always been reluctant to read most books set in that century, but Daphne du Maurier started to change my mind. As always, I have a list and I hope I’ll find new books I love. Beyond that, I want to read more French classics: I got around reading Balzac for the first time last year and to finally read Les Misérables (come on, this isn’t a post about books if I don’t mention this book), which motivated me even more to read in French again. I need to read more of Zola, Hugo and Balzac’s novels, to get back to Proust, to discover new authors. I also want to read more foreign classics, I might pick up French translations for that, as it doesn’t really matter if I read them in French or in English. I found a classics challenge perfect for all my goals, I will talk about it in an upcoming post!

There are some authors I want to focus on, such as George Eliot, Daphne du Maurier, Charlotte Brontë (as I only read Jane Eyreby her), Margaret Atwood and most importantly, Agatha Christie. Crime used to be one of my favourite genres when I was younger, I started to fall back in love with it again and read about four of Christie’s novels in 2017. I want to pursue that this year, reading one of her books each month.

Finally, I really want to read more non-fiction. I discovered it in 2017 as well and I’ve been craving it more and more lately. Many memoirs are eyeing me, such as Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist (because I’m so obsessed with Star Wars haha) or Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply. I also want to read a lot of biographies, books about history and literature. I’m particularly looking forward to read biographies about my favourite Victorian authors, such as Thomas Hardy, Anne Brontë or Charles Dickens. I keep adding a lot of non-fiction books on Goodreads and I hope I can get to as many of them as possible in 2018.



B L O G G I N G  G O A L S

This blog will turn three years old in June, but because I took a very long break from blogging, I have been rethinking everything about it, which is actually great for creativity. I want to go back to being consistent here – I’ve already started, so that’s something! – to post at least once a week or the equivalent of it (meaning at least four-five posts each month). I need to find a new blogging schedule to get back into blog hopping and commenting, because I’ve done it less and less lately.

You might have noticed I don’t post a lot of reviews anymore, because that’s not exactly how I want to talk to you all about books anymore. I will still post reviews for e-ARCs and write blog posts about a book in particular when I feel like it, but I want to diversify my content. I have so many features I want to develop, such as ‘From page to screen’ for classics adaptations – I only did it with My Cousin Rachel, but I aim to do it once a month in 2018 –, finally start an author spotlight feature for classics authors, write more recommendations on specific topics and so on.


While I’m very scared in 2018, I’m curious to see what this year will have in store for me and I will do my best to make the most of it.


Do you have any goals for 2018? For your life, reading or blogging?


Lots of love,
Lucie