July 2019 Reading Wrap-Up + Favourites

july-2019

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!

what i read

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!

favourites

this-is-us

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. 💛

daughter-of-the-forest.jpg

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.

lemons.jpg

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.

las-chicas-del-cable

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!

six-the-musical

MUSIC // Six the Musical

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

Looking Ahead

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

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

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

lots of love

June reading wrap-up + favourites

june-wrap-up

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.

what i read

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!

favourites

this-is-us.jpg

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!!).

berthe-morisot.jpg

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

February and March reading wrap-up + favourites

march-wrap-up.jpg
Hello There

It’s probably been two months since I published anything on here, so hello again! I have been really busy trying to balance working full time at my internship, still having uni work to do and everything else in the past two months, but I now have so many ideas of what I want to talk about on here and I am beyond excited! That being said, I have some big (to me) blogging news, because my blog now is… *drum rolls* self-hosted! I was on Blogger for the past three and a half years, but have always dreamed of being self-hosted. With Google+ closing and my comments being a little bit messy because of it, I decided to finally take the big jump, so here am I!

I’m a bit late on everything and really need to catch up, so without further ado, here is my wrap-up for both February and March!
 
 
I haven’t read as much as I usually do since the beginning of the year, but I have found that I don’t mind that much. February was a nice reading month overall and I was so happy with what I read, which included:
 
  • Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham, 4/5 stars
  • The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, 3.5/5 stars
  • Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls, 4/5 stars
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 4/5 stars
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, 5/5 stars

In February, I was so happy to fall in love with The Thirteenth Tale, which was such an amazing gothic novel and an ode to one’s love for books. This story really stuck with me and I am beyond excited to watch the adaptation now (it stars Olivia Colman, Sophie Turner and Vanessa Redgrave)!

In March, as part of Women’s History Month, I decided that just like last year, I would only read books written by women and I ended up reading:

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, 5/5 stars
  • Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies): Amazing Women on What the F-Word Mean to Them curated by Scarlett Curtis, 3/5 stars
  • DC Comics: Bombshells, vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, 3.5/5 stars
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, 4.5/5 stars
  • DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennett, 4.5/5 stars
  • Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, 3/5 stars

My reading month started on such a high with The Priory of the Orange Tree, which is now my favourite book of the year and one of my favourite books of all time! I adore this world so much, the characters mean a lot to me and I already wanted to reread it after a few pages into it. *sigh* I miss it.

I’m also still currently reading Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon, which I’m adoring and I cannot wait to finish it.

TV SHOW // One Day at a Time (season 3)

A few days before my birthday, the third season of One Day at a Time was released and it was the best early birthday present I could have asked for. This third season was absolutely amazing, as the previous ones: it talked about so many important subjects and did it so well (I’m so happy they talked about anxiety attacks, even though it was really hard to watch that episode) and I will always love the Alvarez family with all my heart. Since then, Netflix has announced that they had cancelled the show and I still can’t accept it: the show deserves more and us, the audience, deserve more. It feels like Netflix never gave the show its fair chance by promoting it and we, the viewers, had to do it all. the. time. I’m still trying to hope, but I’m so heartbroken they decided to cancel one of my favourite shows…

MISC. // Watching the Oscars live

Watching the Oscars live is quite a trial when you live in Europe, because it means that you have to stay up all night long. I had done it two years ago, as I was really invested in some of the movies nominated and wanted to do so again this year, which is why I took my Monday off, so I’d be able to sleep afterwards (I know, priorities). I watched the ceremony with my boyfriend and it was amazing, I was able to hear Adam Driver’s name among the nominees and to see him there, as well as see Olivia Colman getting the recognition she deserves for The Favourite! I wasn’t happy with all the results, but I had a great time watching, which is what matters in the end!

DRINK // Chai Lattes

In February, I tasted chai latte for the first time and I’m now obsessed with it! My friend Aseel kept talking about it on her Instagram and I was curious, so I gave in… I find this drink so calming and comforting, it is now my to-go drink when I’m not feeling too well and that I shouldn’t drink anymore coffee than I already have.

captain marvel

MOVIE // Captain Marvel (2019)

I was so excited for Captain Marvel, because finally, a Marvel superheroine was getting her own solo movie (it only took them… 21 movies…)! I didn’t know Carol Danvers’ storyline very well, as I had only encountered her in Ms. Marvel (with Kamala Khan!) and Guardians of the Galaxy, but I adore her so much! I was so happy that it was set in the 90s, as I’m currently quite obsessed with this era and it was such an amazing movie, truly! There was a cafe with temporary activities for Captain Marvel in Paris, where I went with my best friend when she came to visit me in Paris and we played 90s video games, which was a lot of fun. I cannot wait to read more about Carol Danvers and to see more of her in the MCU now!

FOOD // Granola

I tried granola for the first time while out brunching a few weeks ago and I adored it! I was always a bit skeptical when I saw people eating that (to be fair, I think I was mixing it up with muesli and I don’t like that?), but I was sold after eating a bit of it. Since then, I’ve been eating granola for breakfast every time I stayed at my boyfriend’s and I adore it. I can go through the whole morning without being too hungry, which is a huge improvement to me. I’d love to try to make some myself at some point, we shall see how that experiment goes.

 
April is going to be such a busy and challenging month, but I’m quite looking forward to it. It’ll be my last full month working at my internship – which makes me really sad, but well, that’s life -, but I’m also planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo to write as much as possible of my master’s thesis, as well as to participate into the Magical Readathon 2019: O.W.L.s! I’m also really looking forward to watching Shazam and Avengers: Endgame on the big screen so yup, that’s my upcoming month!
 
What about you all, how are you? What is your favourite book of 2019 so far?

lots of love

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | January 2019

… and we’re already done with the first month of 2019! January was such a busy month for me, so I barely feel like I got anything done outside of university and working, but it was still a good month, so I don’t mind that much.
I started the year by spending New Year Eve with my family, my best friend and my boyfriend, which was perfect, then enjoyed the last of my holidays. On January 6th, I went on my first trip outside of Europe… I travelled to Algeria for a uni project and it was quite interesting. We got a lot of material for our project and had such a nice weather, it was a bit hard to go back to France in that aspect. The morning after I got back from Algiers, I started my four month long internship in a cultural institution and I’ve been working full time since then. I’ve been there for the past three weeks and I’m loving it, I’m working on interesting projects and everything I learnt in my new master is really helpful, it definitely is the right fit.

I feel like I didn’t have time for much outside of all of that, as I always was really exhausted when I got home, but I realize now that I’ve been out a lot in January, so that explains it as well. It was different from usual and I got out of my comfort zone a few times, but it was all for the best.
Truth be told, I didn’t read as much as I usually do in January, but I didn’t mind at all, for I was super relaxed about my reading and whether I was reading or not. I was doing my best, I was happy whenever I found time to pick up a book, and I think that’s pretty great.
Here are the books that I read:
    • Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo, 5/5 stars (reread)
    • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, 3/5 stars
    • Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, 3.5/5 stars
    • Mera: Queen of Atlantis, by Dan Abnett and Lan Medina, 3.5/5 stars
    • A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin, 4.5/5 stars
I decided to start the year by rereading my favourite book, Les Misérables, and it made me the happiest as it had been so long! If we don’t count that one, though, my favourite was A Clash of Kings: it took me almost three weeks to finish it, but I am so obsessed with this world and didn’t mind at all!

MOVIE // On the Basis of Sex (2018)

I went to the movies five times in January (we love having an unlimited movie card) and the best movie I watched was On the Basis of Sex. This movie is based on the life and early cases* of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Felicity Jones portraying her. I had really high expectations for this movie, as I had been waiting for it for so long and Felicity Jones is one of my favourite actresses. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed: it was such an empowering movie, it had amazing family dynamics (especially between Ruth and her daughter Jane, who was so inspiring as well) and Felicity Jones delivered a stellar performance. Please watch it if you can!

*those cases were about discrimination on the basis of sex.

BOOKS // A Song of Ice and Fire

In December, I finally got started on A Song of Ice and Fire and adored the first book – it actually was my last book of the year – to the point that I only wanted to pick up the second book after that (I don’t usually like to binge-read series?). That’s exactly what I did: I started reading A Clash of Kings when I left for Algeria and finished it at the end of January, so I spent almost all of my month in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. I have a weird relationship with the show, I either couldn’t be invested less or can’t stop thinking about it depending on the seasons, so I can already say that I adore the books a lot more. I’m constantly thinking about ASOIAF, researching little details about it and apparently I follow a lot of people who love the books and show on Twitter too? So basically, I can’t get out of this world and it makes me so happy, I had missed fantasy so much.

TV SHOW // The Good Place
I already watched and loved the first two seasons of The Good Place (it made it into my favourite TV shows of 2018) and I’ve started catching up on the third one now that it’s over. This TV show is just perfect to binge-watch, so I wait before getting into it because I always want to know everything straight away and not wait in agony every week (how dramatic). I’m now watching it with my boyfriend as I got him addicted as well and it’s so much fun. I’ve been loving this third season so much, it is so clever and I adore these characters more than ever!


MISC. // Knitting

During my holidays, I picked up knitting again and I’ve been loving it again. I can’t sit still while watching movies and TV shows, I always end up checking my phone, so knitting is the best alternative, because I’m still occupied while watching something. It’s also quite a calming activity and helps me a lot when I’m stressed. This time, my mom taught me how to knit socks (so very useful when we’re getting snowy days) and I’m knitting my second one at the moment. Once I’m done with my pair of socks, I am planning on knitting a sleeve for my new e-reader, it would be perfect.

MISC. // Aquaman

Yes, yes. How predictable, it already was in my favourite last month. I always follow the same patterns when I fall for a movie from a franchise: I’ll rewatch it ten thousand times and get started on extra content… Which is exactly what I’m doing because I loved the 2018 Aquaman movie. I can’t explain how much I needed this movie when it arrived in my life and that’s one of the reasons I’m so obsessed, the others including the actors and the fact that it deals with the sea and I’m a sea person. So anyway, on top of rewatching the movie, I have started reading comics set in the Aqua-world through Mera’s comic and I’m loving that! I need to read the entire Aquaman (2016) series to continue and it makes me so excited to read comics and have found a new  fictional world to love. Mera and Arthur, I love you so.

 

I’m always really excited to get into February, because it is my birthday month and I intend to make the most of it! I don’t have anything planned, as I’ll still be working full time at my internship, but I’m hoping to finally get started on master thesis #3, continue outlining my work in progress, be more creative with my bullet journal and continue reading as much as possible.
I am beyond happy because both The Favourite and Mary, Queen of Scots are being released in France this month and I’m always there for period dramas. I’m also already late with January book releases, but I intend on reading February releases as they come out: I’ve been waiting for The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (my most anticipated fantasy book, already pre-ordered) and Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (I can’t believe we’re getting more His Fair Assassin books!) and I have an ARC of The Familiars by Stacey Halls to read, so that will pretty much be my TBR, haha.

 

What about you? How was the first month of 2019?
What did you read? Any new favourite TV shows/movies?
 
 

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | December 2018

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

      + three French graphic novels

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

EVENT // Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

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

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

MOVIE // Christmas movies

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


WRITING

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

MOVIE // Aquaman (2018)

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

My favourite books of 2018

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

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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

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

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



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

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

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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

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

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

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | October 2018


Hello, beautiful people!


We’re already eight days into November and I’m only publishing my October wrap-up now. Oops. October felt like a really long month, mainly spent studying and waiting for/taking the subway, but I’m still really enjoying what I’m studying, so it’s all good! Most importantly, Fall settled in Paris and it made me so happy, I even went to Montmartre to see it in its autumnal colours, I adored it so much. While I barely can’t remember what I did, I know I enjoyed every moment I had when I was outside of uni and I even got some days off at the end of the month!

W H A T  I  R E A D

I quickly realised in October that because of uni, I was getting less and less time to read… To the point that I stopped reading altogether during weekdays, until I started listening to audiobooks again! I spend so much time in the subway or walking outside to either go to uni, meet up with people or going grocery shopping, that I can easily listen to three hours of an audiobook per day, when I’m motivated. On October 30th, I also did a 24 hour Halloween readathon with my best friend, which was amazing, and that’s why I managed to read the same amount of books as usual (I read five books in one day, everything is fine)! Otherwise, we’d have been lucky if I had read more than five books, oops. 


Anyhow, here are the books that I read:

  • Before the Devil Breaks You, by Libba Bray, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays, by Oscar Wilde, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Woodlanders, by Thomas Hardy, 4/5 stars
  • The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman, 3/5 stars
  • The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot, 3.5/5 stars
  • Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray, 4/5 stars
  • The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson, 3.5/5 stars
  • City of Ghosts, by Victoria Schwab, 4/5 stars
  • Toil and Trouble: 15 Stories about Women and Witchcraft, edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe (anthology), 3/5 stars
  • Melmoth, by Sarah Perry, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, 3.5/5 stars

My favourite read of the month was Before the Devil Breaks You, it was a great Halloween read and I adore the Diviners series so much, they get better and better with every instalment. I cannot wait for the fourth book to be published! I also participated in Victober this month, which is why I read so much Victorian literature. It made me so happy, for I had missed it so much! My favourite Victorian book was Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, it surprised me and Becky Sharp was so much fun to read about. The last five books I read all were perfect for Halloween and I’m glad I kept them for that time of the year!

F A V O U R I T E S

HALLOWEEN

I was on holidays for the last few days of October and I spent them with my best friend. On October 30th, we did a Halloween-themed 24h readathon, which was a lot of fun and I managed to read even more than I wanted in the first place. For Halloween, we went to the pumpkin patch and later carved our pumpkin Erik, we dressed up (me as the Phantom of the Opera, her as Luke from Gilmore Girls), we baked a lot of Halloween-themed food and I also watched some of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It was such a great day and October couldn’t end on a more positive note.

TV SHOW // How I Met Your Mother

I think I deserve a round of applause, because… I finally started watching How I Met Your Mother! I had been putting it off forever because a) I know part of the ending… b) it’s so loooooong. However, I like having a comedy show to watch, without really binge-watching it (so be warned: it might take me an entire year to watch the whole show). I just watch episodes here and there, when I feel a bit down, or while I’m eating breakfast, 20 minute-long episodes are perfect for that. I’m in the middle of season 2 at the moment and it’s been so much fun to watch! My boyfriend is thrilled I’m watching it, as he tried to make me watch it for so long, and now I watch it in part with him.

READING // Scribd and audiobooks

After seeing Romie @ Romie We Deserve Love talk about Scribd, I was curious to give it a go and had my free trial in October. If you don’t know Scribd, it’s a digital library, e-book and audiobook subscription service and I adore it. As I was mentioning at the beginning of this post, I mainly read audiobooks when I’m at uni and it’s all thanks to it, because I can listen to many of them each month (I listened to four audiobooks in October). I can also easily find ebooks and have everything in the same place, as I don’t have an e-reader at the moment. As I’ve been exploring it, I’ve also read several articles they host, I really like this subscription service! I might write an entire blog post about it in the future, if some of you are interested.

TV SHOW // Peaky Blinders

In October, I also started yet another period drama, because everyone is always talking about it and there were signs everywhere for a week that I had to start it. So… I did and I became obsessed with it. Peaky Blinders is set in 1920s, Birmingham and follows the Peaky Blinders gang, led by the ambitious Thomas Shelby. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it, but once I start watching an episode, I can’t stop, because it’s so gripping, I’m fascinated by the characters and I have to know what will happen. The episodes are an hour long, but you don’t see that hour pass and as there are only six episodes per s
eries, it’s quick to watch. I’m in the middle of season 3 at the moment, I can’t wait to catch up, before waiting for series 5 in anguish like everyone else.



APP // Memrise and learning Danish

In April, I travelled to Copenhagen and fell in love with the city and Denmark. Since then, I’ve been so curious about Denmark and its culture in general, I want to discover everything. I also really wanted to start learning Danish, because why not? In October, I finally did so with the app Memrise, which I used a few years ago for English classes (it’s perfect for learning vocabulary, you can enter the words you want and it’ll help you learn!). As you can of course find online courses, learning one word at a time, I tried it out and can’t praise it enough. It makes you learn one word after another, then entire sentences, so you understand how the language works. It’s quite good for a free online service (there is also a premium option, but I don’t have that)!

FOOD // Porridge with soy milk

As I was saying in my fall bucket list, I wanted to find the perfect autumnal breakfast and… I did! For various reasons, I don’t use cow milk often now and have switched to soy milk for so many things in the past two months (yoghurts, Starbucks drinks, and so on). I was curious to cook porridge with soy milk and it’s the best thing ever. It gives me such a cozy feeling, it makes me feel so good, so I’ve been eating porridge with soy milk almost every morning in October (typing this, I just did too) and my days always start better off with it. I also always put honey in my porridge and often added bananas and walnuts for the past month.

L O O K I N G  A H E A D


It feels a bit weird to look ahead to November considering we’re November 8th, but well, let’s go. November usually is my least favourite month of the year, because I’m always drowning in uni work and it’s quite gloomy, but I’ll try to make the most of it. Like in October, I have a ton of studying to do, because I have many assignments due, but I got this! I do have some good things to look forward to, Alison Sudol just released new music, some books are coming out and most importantly… It’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald time. As you’re reading this, I’ll be at the Parisian premiere of it, waiting to discover what will happen next to the characters and it feels surreal. I was only sure to go last minute, but I did it! I am both excited and terrified for this movie, because the first one and its cast (minus one person……) mean so much to me, but also because of all the problematic aspects of it. Still, I’m hoping for the best and I cannot wait to see my favourite characters on the big screen again, I have missed them so much!

How did October go for you? Any exciting plans for November?


Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | September 2018


Hello, beautiful people! 

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


W H A T   I  R E A D

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

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

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


DRINK // Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

MOVIE // Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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


MISC. // French press coffee maker

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

TV SHOW // Gilmore Girls

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

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


FASHION // Scratch sneakers


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

FASHION // Grey plaid dress

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

L O O K I N G  A H E A D

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

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

Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | August 2018

Hello, beautiful people!


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


W H A T  I  R E A D

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

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

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

F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S


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


F A V O U R I T E S


BEAUTY | (almost) no makeup & dyeing my hair

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

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

MISC. | Tottenham Hotspur (Football)

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

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

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


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

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

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


Now, moving on to TV shows and movies…

TV SHOW | Land Girls 

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

TV SHOW | The Bold Type

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

MOVIE | BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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

L O O K I N G  A H E A D

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

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

How did August treat you? Any new favourite things?

Lots of love,
Lucie

Reading wrap-up + Favourites | July 2018

Hello, beautiful people!


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

W H A T  I  R E A D

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


Novels:

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


Novellas:

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


Comics/Graphic Novels:

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


Non-fiction:

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

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

F A V O U R I T E  B L O G  P O S T S

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

F A V O U R I T E S

EVENT // Football World Cup

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

PLACE // Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

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

DRINK // Tourtel Twist

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

FOOD // Reese’s

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


TV SHOW // The Clone Wars

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

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

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

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

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


L O O K I N G  A H E A D

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

How did July treat you? Any new favourite things?

Lots of love,
Lucie