Magical Readathon 2020 — O.W.L.s TBR 📚✨

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Hello There

April is around the corner, so it’s time for the Magical Readathon once again! 🎉

If you don’t know this readathon, it was created by Book Roast on YouTube and it is a month-long readathon based around the exams students take at Hogwarts, which happens twice a year, once in April for the O.W.L.s and once in August for the N.E.W.T.s. You can even pick a wizarding career and choose your O.W.L.s/N.E.W.T.s depending on it, which is so much fun. This is the third round of the readathon and my second time participating, so I’m super excited about it. Last year, I successfully participated in both the O.W.L.s and the N.E.W.T.s, which means I became a Magizoologist! Here is G’s video, if you want to know more about the readathon:

This year, I’m pursuing a new career & decided I’d be studying to become… *drum rolls*

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A SPELL MAKER!

To become a spell maker, I have to pass seven O.W.L.s, which are Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Charms, Divination, History of Magic and Transfiguration. If I succeed, I’m also hoping to participate in two courses if I can (which are optional, but I’ll be living all for the Magical Readathon in April), Dragon Tamer Training and Merpeople Linguistics (can you tell I became a Magizoologist last year? 😂).

Here is what I’m planning to read for the O.W.L.s:

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❤️ Ancient Runes – Heart rune: heart on the cover or in the title

For this prompt, I’m planning on reading DC Comics Bombshells, vol. 5: The Death of Illusion. This comics series is about DC Comics’ female characters fighting in different countries during World War II, it’s so empowering and it makes me so happy to see them team up together. It’s one of my long-time favourites, it’s about time I finish it (it’s taking me forever because well, comics understandably cost a lot of money) and as there are little hearts all around Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy on the cover, it’s the perfect excuse to read it during April!

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2️⃣ Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: read something outside of your favourite genre

For this prompt, I thought I’d go with a non-fiction book, as I don’t read that many of them. My favourite genre being fantasy, I guess non-fiction is *quite* far enough. My pick is a biography of Berthe Morisot by Dominique Bona, which is about a French painter, who was part of the first Impressionists and is considered to be a founder of the movement. I fell in love with her paintings a few years ago, then saw an exhibition about her in the Musée d’Orsay last year and picked up this biography about her then. I’m so excited to rediscover her life through this biography, even if it might take me longer to read than the rest of the books on my TBR (it’s in French though, so it might be alright).

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🌙 Astronomy – Night classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

I made a list of the books I wanted to read the most at the moment for the Divination prompt (see below!) and decided I’d pick one of the remaining books for Astronomy, as I mainly read at night anyway, so I decided I’d read Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. It’s the first book in an adult fantasy series about a young woman who is part of a convent training young women to become assassins and that’s all I need in my life. I adored the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers which had a similar prompt and I’ve wanted to try Mark Lawrence’s books for a while now, so now is the time! I’ll probably read most of it during the Magical All-Nighter, a 24 hour readathon organized during the month.

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✨ Charms – Lumos maxima: white cover

For Charms, I’m hoping to read House of Names by Colm Tóibín. This is a Greek mythology retelling focusing on Agamemnon, who sacrificed his daughter to the gods so they’d grant him a favoured wind for his fleet of ships to sail to Troy, and his family. After the Trojan War, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, plots revenge against him. While I know the story in passing, I’m really curious to see Tóibín’s take on the story, and I’m always there for a good Greek mythology retelling, so.

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🔮 Divination – Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

For this one, I made a list of the books I was most excited to read at the moment and my choices were Red SisterEmpire of Sand, Children of Virtue and Vengeance and The Shadows Between Us (which I ended up picking for Astronomy!).

My third eye decided Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri would be the one I’d read (it’s actually the one I most wanted to read, so well-done, third eye!). This Mughal India-inspired fantasy novel is about Mehr, the illegimiate daughter of an imperial governor, who inherited the magic of her exiled mother, who is part of the Amrithi, nomads descended from desert spirits. When her power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s mystics, she will have to resist their cruel agenda, or the gods may awaken. I also know it has my favourite romance tropes in it, so I’m super excited to get to it!

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🧙‍♀️ History of Magic – Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards

I’ve been eyeing out Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer for a while, as it came out recently, so this prompt is the perfect opportunity to get to it! This novel is about Dayna, a young witch who was recently outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town and has to deal with the aftermath of that. She is about to ascend and join a coven when another coven arrives in town with premonitions of death and it all goes down from there. It is said to be a blend of modern witchcraft and ancient Celtic mythology, so I’m super excited to read it!

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🐺 Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

For this one, I’m going with Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier, second book in the Blackthorn and Grim trilogy. This trilogy follows a healer who was wrongly imprisoned and one of her fellow prisoners. To escape prison, she makes a deal with the Fair Folk to assist anyone who asks for her help for the next seven years, which means she can’t get revenge on the one who imprisoned her. Juliet Marillier’s books are filled with folklore and feel like fairy tales: the first one in this trilogy featured a transformation and considering there is a howling creature in Tower of Thorns, I’m thinking there will be some sort of transformation. 👀

and for my two optional courses…

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🐉 Dragon Tamer Training – Read an extra book with dragons

Ever since I saw an exhibition about Tolkien back in December, I’ve been dying to finally read The Hobbit by him, so now is the time! It’s about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, who reluctantly gets involved in a company of dwarves’ quest in search of dragon-guarded gold. I know bits and pieces of the story (plus my 12 y.o. brother read it last month for school), but I cannot wait to finally experiment the story for myself at last!

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🧜🏻‍♀️ Merpeople lingustics – Herbology, Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an M

Last but not least, I’m planning on reading Monstress, vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Lu. I’ve had my eye set on this comics series for a while now, as it got a lot of praise a few years ago. It’s set in an alternate 1900s Asia, in a world of art deco-inflected steam punk, and follows a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power. I’ll probably read this one during the Magical All-Nighter and I can’t wait!

There you have it: I am beyond excited to read all of these books and to participate in this readathon, I’m sure it’ll be amazing, as always!

Do you like taking part in readathons? Are you participating in this one? Do you have any reading plans for April?

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February wrap-up + favourites 📚❤️

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Hello There

February is one of my favourite months of the year. While it’s still winter in the northern hemisphere, I love it so much more than January, which always seems to drag forever for me. I’m quite biased when it comes to February, as it’s my birthday month, but having a shorter month always motivates me to be even more productive, and it certainly was the case last month.

In February, I turned 24 and celebrated with my loved ones. I started driving lessons and  working on a project for a castle. It snowed for the first time of the season two days before the end of February and it made me really happy. For most of last month, I tried my hardest and I think that I did a lot better than in December in January. I’m still looking for a job and some days are better than others, but I feel like I started breathing a bit more easily and I’m grateful for so many things. All in all, it was a very busy month and I can’t wait to see what March will bring me.

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I had such a great reading month in February: I mainly read fantasy novels, finished both the Winternight trilogy and The Diviners series and rated a book 5 stars for the first time in eleven months (I had even predicted it, so yay me!)! Here are the books I read in February:

  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, 4.5/5 stars (reread)
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, 4/5 stars (reread)
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, 4/5 stars
  • The Rise of Kylo Ren #3 by Charles Soule, Clayton Crain and Will Sliney, 4/5 stars
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, 4/5 stars
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, 2/5 stars
  • Aquaman (2011) #1-40 by Geoff Johns and alii, 3/5 stars
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, 5/5 stars
  • The King of Crows by Libba Bray, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos, 4/5 stars

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Without any surprise, my favourite book of the month was The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: it’s a very dark fantasy novel inspired by Chinese history and folklore; I thought it was such a powerful story, it has basically everything I love in fantasy novels (that being said, there are many trigger warnings for this book, so be careful if you want to read it!) and I can’t wait to read its sequel. It’s a very hyped book, but to me, it deserves all of it. ❤️

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MOVIE // Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

February wasn’t much of a movie month for me, probably because award season was ending, but I watched Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn on release week and I loved the movie SO MUCH. I knew most of the characters already, but didn’t know what to expect, so I had a lot of fun watching it. So many details made me love the movie even more, like a woman passing a rubber band to the other mid-battle so she could tie her hair back. I loved that it was all about female gaze, that it was diverse, that it was directed by a woman of color. Just… Women. ❤️

MISC. // Driving lessons

As I lived in Paris for six years, I put off passing my driver’s license for years, because I didn’t need it and to be honest, I was (and still am in a way!) scared of driving. In the past few months, I pushed myself to pass the driving theory exam and in February, I finally started driving lessons… and I realized that I actually love it (who would have thought?). Am I the greatest at driving? No. Am I very stressed and did my instructor tell me today I needed to relax because that’s how I’d gain confidence? … Yes.

Still, I’m always looking forward to the lessons and I’m so happy to learn about a topic that’s so outside of my comfort zone. Last week, I even drove in the snow, learnt to park in this weather and while it was terrifying… it was one of the best parts of my week and I’m so proud of myself for it all because I didn’t picture myself doing it (maybe it’s weird, but I’m rolling with it). I still have a very long way to go, but I love it and I’m making progress each time.

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TV SHOWS // The Bold Type, Sex Education & Anne with an E

As for TV shows, I’m still watching The Bold Type every week and it really is one of my all-time favourite shows. Jane, Kat and Sutton always inspire me so much, I love how it tackles a variety of topical issues and time sure flies when I watch it. If you want to know more about it, I dedicated a blog post to this show two years ago!

I binge-watched Sex Education in February and I had a lot of fun! It’s been a while since a TV show set in high school really hooked me, but I couldn’t get enough out of it. It’s about a socially awkward teenager who sets up a sex advice business with a classmate and it follows these teenagers’ lives as they’re figuring themselves out. I think it does a fantastic job discussing topical issues, plus the characters are so endearing. I’m so excited for season 3!

Last, but not least, I finally watched the last season of Anne with an E and I’m so sad the show is over, though I liked how it ended… I just wanted more. 😭 This show is such a breathe of fresh air and an amazing period drama, I can’t recommend it enough. I really didn’t want to say goodbye to it, so I’m planning on continuing to read the books this year, though it’s not the same.

Looking Ahead

In February, I completed almost all of my goals: I attended driving lessons, continued job-hunting, binge-read the Winternight trilogy, listened to myself a bit more and started breathing easier. I posted *some* stories on Instagram and watched two episodes of Las Chicas del Cable in Spanish, but I could have done better with these two, so I’ll try again this month.

In March, I’m planning on:

  • have as many driving lessons as possible (I‘m hoping to pass my driver’s license in April, fingers crossed I can do this)
  • work on the castle project I’m doing
  • continue job-hunting
  • post weekly on the blog and start blog-hopping again
  • go to Disneyland with my best friend
  • catch up on Las Chicas del Cable and be more active in learning Spanish
  • breathe ❤️

How was February for you? What did you read and did you discover any new favourite books?

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My 5 star predictions for 2020 📚❤️

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Over the years, like many people, I’ve tried to figure out what my rating system was and it has changed a few times. As time passed, I’ve become *quite* peculiar with my 5 star ratings: recently, I’ve only given 5 star ratings to books I consider to be my all-time favourites, which is why… I haven’t rated a book 5 star since March 2019 (I know, it’s been almost a year… 🙊). It isn’t to say that I haven’t discovered amazing books and series since then, as I’ve discovered some I really love, yet when the time comes, I just end up rating them 4.5 stars.

Let’s face it: I’m just being weird about my 5 stars, it looks like I’m overthinking it a lot and have some sort of commitment issues when it comes to those. 🤷‍♀️

That being said, I’m really hoping that it will change this year and I feel like I might discover more new favourite books in 2020. Because of that, I thought it would be fun if I tried to guess some of my potential new favourite books and do a 5 star predictions post! I feel like I’ll have read all of these books by the end of the year, so I might even reflect on this post when the time comes.

Side note: I haven’t included any new/upcoming releases in this post, as they’re not out yet and I’m more anticipating them right now than thinking about whether I’ll give them 5 stars, if that makes sense?

Anyhow, without further ado, here are the books I’m hoping I’ll give five stars to this year:

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Honestly, I can’t believe The Poppy War was released two years ago and I still haven’t read it, considering I’ve been excited about it since its early reviews? 😱 I was waiting for the paperbacks to be released, but I can’t wait anymore (I’ll probably regret it when I have to wait for the paperback of The Dragon Republic, but it’s a problem for another day)! This book is a Chinese-inspired fantasy blending historical elements and mythology following a war orphan who has been accepted in an elite military school. I also know it’s pretty dark, considering it’s very military-oriented and I’ve read somewhere that it’s a villain story (sign. me. up.). I’m actually going to start reading it this week and I’m so excited!

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

This year, I really want to start reading Edith Wharton’s works: I don’t know too much about post-World War I American literature (except for Fitzgerald, I guess) and I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Wharton’s works recently, so I’m quite curious about her. This one is set in New York society where the return of the beautiful Countess Olenska sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society, especially for Newland Archer, who was about to announce his engagement to the Countess’ cousin, May Welland. This one is so many people’s favourite, so I can’t wait to know what all the fuss is about!

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The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

This book is one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, it’s about warrior bards and I need it so much in my life. I started reading Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series last year and she quickly became one of my favourite authors thanks to it, so I want to read anything she writes. The Harp of Kings is a Celtic-inspired fantasy which is about two siblings who have unique magic skills and want to join an elite warrior band, which they’ll have to compete for. While they’re there, they join on a mission to retrieve a mythical harp, which will need to be displayed at an upcoming coronation. This book is right up my alley and I can’t wait to get to it soon!

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Last but not least, I really want to read more sci-fi novels this year and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is at the top of the list! I’ve seen so many people rave about it for years and it got me super excited to read it. I don’t know much about it,  just that it’s a character-driven space adventure, has a diverse cast of characters and has the found family trope… it’s pretty much all I need! 

Are there any books you’re hoping to read this year that you feel like might become a new favourite?

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My favourite books of 2019 📚❤️

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Hello There

Now that 2019 has come and gone, it is time to wrap up the past year and I’m quite excited about it, because it means I’ll get to talk about my favourite books of the year!

According to Goodreads, in 2019, I read 39,604 pages across 102 books, which I’m quite happy about, as I didn’t always have a lot of time to dedicate to reading. I haven’t really done stats or anything, but I mainly read fantasy novels, which isn’t surprising considering it’s my favourite genre and you can definitely tell from my list of favourite books.

In 2019, I read so many amazing books, yet only gave five star ratings to two books, as I’m being quite picky with my five stars now. I also found new favourite series, which makes me so happy. Anyhow, without further ado, here are my favourite books of 2019:

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The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Genre: fantasy

The City of Brass was one of my favourite books of 2018 AND put me in a big fantasy slump, so I’m quite happy I loved its sequel that much. This Middle-East inspired fantasy series is about Nahri, a con woman who lives in 18th century Cairo, and accidentally summons a djinn warrior. He tells her about the legendary city of Daevabad, a city to which she is irrevocably bound and it all goes from there. The Kingdom of Copper was an ambitious and brilliant sequel, it made me love these characters even more and it developed its world-building splendidly. The last hundred pages were so intense I actually had to take breaks between chapters to breathe and process what was happening. This series is surely becoming one of my favourites and I can’t wait for the last book to come out in 2020!

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Genre: fantasy

What I love about Nevernight is that it reminded me why fantasy is my favourite genre: it has a fascinating and complex world-building, unforgettable characters, a great plot and months later, I still think about it. I adore books about female assassins and this one sure didn’t disappoint: it’s about Mia Corvere, who witnessed her parents being murdered as a child and promised she’d avenge herself on those that shattered her world. To do that, she has been training to join the Red Church of Itreya, where she’ll have to prove herself to them to become an assassin. I also love that while this book is quite dark, considering it is about assassins, it has a great narrator that shows a lot of humor, so it makes it even better and sometimes easier to read. I still have one book left to read in the trilogy, so I can’t wait to see how Mia’s story will end!

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Ship of Magic and The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

Genre: fantasy

After falling in love with Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy in 2018, I moved on to her Liveship Traders trilogy in 2019 and became obsessed with that one as well (I *might* have mentioned it quite a lot in recent months 😇). This fantasy trilogy is all about pirates, talking ships, magic, sea serpents, slave revolts and bloody battles, and I’m pretty sure it is the best series with pirates I have ever read. I’m in such awe of Robin Hobb for the world she has created and I love the characters from this trilogy so much: every time I read one of these books, it’s all I can think about and I’m always so sad to say goodbye to them (I felt the same way towards the Farseer trilogy, I’m glad it happened again). I didn’t have time to read the last book in the trilogy in 2019, but it’s happening in the next few weeks and I’m so excited about it!

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The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier

Genres: fantasy, historical fiction

After years of hearing readers rave about Juliet Marillier, I finally started reading her Sevenwaters series and I fell deeply in love with it. This medieval fantasy series is mainly set in ancient Ireland and follows four generations in the family of Sevenwaters, which has a special relationship with the people of the Otherworld. These books are very character-driven, have an immersive setting and feel like fairy tales (the first one being a retelling of The Six Swans), which I adored so much. I can’t get enough of these books and they made me want to read every book Juliet Marillier has ever written, so I’m looking forward to slowly make my way through them in 2020.

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Genres: gothic, historical fiction

When I think about The Thirteenth Tale, I remember how late I stayed up to read it, how fully immersed I was in its gothic atmosphere and how I kept being speechless, both because of plot twists and how beautifully written this story was. This novel is about Vida Winter, a renowned author, who has been creating various outlandish life histories for herself for the past six decades, and decides to trust the story of her life to biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. It is such a dark and captivating tale and I can’t praise it highly enough. It was my very first five star read of 2019 and I still think about it all the time.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Genre: fantasy

The Priory of the Orange Tree and I were very much love at first sight: from the very first few pages, I knew it would become a favourite and I already wanted to reread it. Truth be told, it is the fantasy novel I had always wanted and I’m so happy it exists. It is quite an intricate fantasy novel, and it has it all: it is mainly set in a queendom, has dragons and dragon riders, queer characters, amazing world-building, political plotlines and so much more. It can be intimidating considering its length, but it is worth every word of it. It’s my favourite book of 2019, I can’t get enough out of it and I can’t wait to reread it this year, I miss it so much. 

So there you have it, here are my favourite books of 2019!

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December Wrap-Up + Favourites 📚❤️

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Hello There

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

Before I post my favourite books the year, I thought I’d get my December wrap-up out of the way, so that’s what I’ll do today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watching Dear Evan Hansen live

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

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

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Star Wars

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

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MOVIES // Knives Out and Marriage Story

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

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

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TV SHOW // The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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

Looking Ahead

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

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

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My most anticipated book releases of this winter 📚❄️

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Hello There

We’re nearing the end of December, and it feels like everyone is making plans and resolutions for the new year, but I’m not *quite* there yet… I can’t believe a new year is coming? That being said, I have been thinking about 2020 book releases, so I thought I’d talk about this more exciting topic (at least for me it’s more exciting)!

As always, I’ll be talking about the books I’m anticipating the most for the next three months (so from January to March), I find it easier to track new releases on a shorter period of time, otherwise I’m scared I’d forget some of them. But anyway, here are the seven books I’m anticipating for this winter:

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The King of Crows by Libba Bray

Published: February 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genres: historical fantasy

Why do I want it? The Diviners is one of my favourite YA series: it’s set in 1920s New York, follows an amazing and diverse cast of characters, some of them with supernatural abilities, it has a deliciously creepy atmosphere and it doesn’t shy away from important topics some people would like to ignore in history (such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, eugenics, and so much more). It is such an important book series and I can’t recommend it enough. This one is the last book in the series and I have waited for it for so long, I can’t believe it’s finally coming out! 😱

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

Published: February 6th 2020 by Bantam Press

Genres: fantasy

Why do I want it? This novel sounds like a dark fairy tale and I’m all for it! It follows four girls who were born to different mothers on the same day. At nearly eighteen, they have to find each other again, before meeting their father in Everwhere, then discover who they are and what they can do. From the summary, it says that by the end of the book, three will live and one will die, which got me really intrigued?! I already need answers.

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Published: February 6th 2020 by Pan Macmillan

Genre: historical fiction

Why do I want it? This book is set in 17th Norway and was inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, which is enough to get me intrigued, to be honest. I adore historical fiction, especially novels focusing on witches, even though they’re usually heartbreaking, so of course I’m anticipating this one. I also know there is a f/f romance in it, so basically I need it NOW.

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The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Published: February 6th 2020 by Manilla Press

Genres: historical fiction

Why do I want it? I loved The Familiars by Stacey Halls (another witchy novel 🙈) this year, so I can’t wait to read more by her. Set in 1754 London, this novel is about a mother who comes to reclaim her illegitimate daughter at a Foundling hospital, but found out that she’s already been reclaimed… by her. She then tries to figure out who took her and why. The story also follows a young widow who hasn’t left her house in a decade and hires a nursemaid from the Foundling hospital for her daughter. I’m quite curious about this one!

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Published: March 3rd 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genres: historical fantasy

Why do I want it? Well, I’ve been waiting for this book since March 2013, so I think that’s explanation enough, right? 😂 Chain of Gold is the first book in The Last Hours trilogy, which follows the children of the characters from The Infernal Devices trilogy. I am so excited to go back to the Shadowhunter world, to read about these new characters (we met some of them in novellas, but still), to meet my namesake Lucie Herondale (!!) and to time travel to Edwardian London. March can’t come soon enough.

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Published: March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres: historical fantasy

Why do I want it? You might not know this about me, but I was obsessed with the Mozart family when I was a teenager, and this book is about Nannerl, sister to Wolfgang Amadeus. All she wants in life is to be an acclaimed composer, but her father wants her to marry and settle down… Until a stranger appears and makes her an offer: her wish can come true, but it may cost her everything. Honestly, I need anything that comes close to being Nannerl’s story (like Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ❤️), so I’m beyond happy this book is finally coming out.

The Rise of Skywalker by Rae Carson

Published: March 3rd 2020 by Del Rey

Genres: science-fiction

It will come to no surprise that I can’t wait for the novelization of The Rise of Skywalker. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and have read all the novelizations of the sequel trilogy movies, so of course I want this one as well! I’m living for all the new details we get through those and I trust Rae Carson (I loved her Gold Seer trilogy so much!), I’m sure she’ll give me everything I want and that I’ll sob some more, because I can’t believe the sequel trilogy is over. 😭

Are you excited for any of these books? Which new releases are you anticipating the most for this winter?

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October and November Wrap-Up + Favourites

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Hello There

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TV SHOW // This Is Us

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

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MISC. // Our Harry Potter Party

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

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TV SHOW // The Crown

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

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

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

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MOVIE & MUSIC // Frozen

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

Looking Ahead

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

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

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

lots of love

July 2019 Reading Wrap-Up + Favourites

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Hello There

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

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

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

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

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TV SHOW // This Is Us (NBC)

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

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BOOKS // Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series

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

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MISC. // Lemons 🍋

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

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TV SHOW // Las Chicas del Cable (Netflix)

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

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MUSIC // Six the Musical

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

Looking Ahead

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

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

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

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The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

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Hello There

Just like that, it’s already July and we’re halfway through the year! I thought that to reflect on what I’ve read this year so far, I’d do the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag just like last year, because it is such a fun tag to do! This tag was originally created by Chami and Ely. So without further ado, let’s jump right into it!

♡ Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

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Without hesitation, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which also made it to my favourite books of all time! My words can’t do it justice, but from the very beginning I fell in love with it and it has everything I love. It’s a diverse fantasy novel with a queendom and dragons, does one need more? I also adore these characters so much, it has one of my favourite couples ever (and probably my favourite f/f romance) and I miss them so much, there is a 99% chance that I’ll reread it before the end of the year.

♡ Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

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I haven’t read a lot of sequels to be completely honest, but I adored The Wicked King by Holly Black so much! It was such a strong follow-up to The Cruel Prince, it made me discover more of the world, it had such compelling politics, I adore Jude and I finally made up my mind: I do love Cardan as well. I am so excited for The Queen of Nothing to be released in November, I can’t get enough of this series.

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

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Honestly, I can’t believe I still haven’t read The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, what have I been doing? The City of Brass was one of my favourite books of last year and I’d really love to reread it before moving on to its sequel, hopefully it’ll happen this summer!

♡ Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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I already mentioned it in a recent blog post, but I have been anticipating The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier for so long now! This one is the first in a trilogy about warrior bards, which is the coolest thing ever, I am so hyped for it! I love how Juliet Marillier weaves folklore into her stories, I’m sure it’ll be beautifully done here once again.

♡ Biggest disappointment

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Unfortunately, I didn’t really like The House at Riverton by Kate Morton and I’m still so mad to have been disappointed that much. It was blurbed as perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and as I had loved The Lake House by the same author, I was confident I’d love this one too. Well… That wasn’t the case at all, I was so underwhelmed and rolled my eyes too many times.

♡ Biggest surprise

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which is my second favourite book of the year! While I was reading this book, I couldn’t put it down and read way past my bedtime. It is a gothic novel about stories and uncovering the truth, no matter how bad it can be. Diane Setterfield’s writing was spectacular and it had such a gloomy atmosphere I adored. I have yet to watch the movie adaptation, which stars Olivia Colman, Vanessa Redgrave and Sophie Turner (what a cast!), I am so excited.

♡ Favourite new author

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I wouldn’t say I have a new favourite author just yet, but I might feel differently about it in a few months. However, I feel like Juliet Marillier could make it to this list in the near future. I adored Daughter of the Forest so much, it was splendidly written and it’s one of those books that I feel will stay with me for a very long time. I started reading the follow-up to Daughter of the ForestSon of the Shadows, a few days ago and while I’m not far into it, I adore her writing and it makes me feel at home. Her upcoming book is also my most anticipated release for the second half of the year, so yes, I do believe she could become one of my favourite authors!

♡ Newest fictional crush

As a matter of fact, I don’t really have any new ones? That’s a bit weird for me, but okay. 🤷🏼‍♀️

♡ Newest favourite character

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I don’t have any new fictional crushes, but wow do I have a new favourite character! I adore Eadaz uq-Nāra from The Priory of the Orange Tree with all my heart. She’s such a clever, loyal and strong character and I can’t help but admire her. I even named one of my cacti after her, that’s how much I love her (okay, now I want to reread Priory even more).

♡ Book that made you cry

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Definitely Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Once again, I was a little bit too invested into this story and characters, so I cried during the book, but also for quite some time after finishing it, because I couldn’t believe that it was over and that Daisy Jones & The Six weren’t actually real people. Taylor Jenkins Reid is such an amazing writer.

♡ Book that made you happy

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Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite TV shows ever, so I was so happy to read Lauren Graham’s memoir Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between). Reading her book felt like catching up with a friend and I adored reading about so many of her experiences. My favourite parts were of course the chapters dedicated to Gilmore Girls, what was it like to film it through the years and what was it like to go back to it years after it ended. It was also full of pictures and seeing Lauren through the years and the cast together was everything.

♡ Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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These two beauties, The Priory of the Orange Tree and Spinning Silver (and I loved them both, so that’s a win), I could stare at them all day long.

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

There are so many books I want to get to before the year ends, but my priorities are to read more of Juliet Marillier’s works, to finally get to The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and to continue reading Robin Hobb’s series, The Liveship Traders being the next one I’ll get around to reading.

So that’s it, so far I’ve had an amazing reading year and I’m so happy I’ve discovered so many *books, especially The Priory of the Orange Tree and The Thirteenth Tale, which are my newest favourite books.

What are your favourite book(s) of the year so far?

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June reading wrap-up + favourites

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Hello There

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

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

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

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

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This Is Us

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

Learning Spanish again

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

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The exhibition about Berthe Morisot in the musée d’Orsay

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

Looking Ahead

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

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

lots of love