Internship: Day 1

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Here’s a short post to give you a little life update! This week, I moved near Strasbourg. The whole finding a place thing was a great nightmare, but I am finally settled. And today was the first day of my internship which is in a small publishing house in the middle of nowhere, and will last for six months. I was super excited about it, and the good thing is, after spending the afternoon carrying boxes of books and putting stamps on packages, I still am! I’ve also done some translating, and in between tasks, I even managed to read a comic book – one of our latest releases.

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It takes place in Manhattan and follows soldiers strruggling in a city dominated by King Kong. I have to say, it was quite a fun read!

Anyway, I am now super exhausted – and eating homemade curry that I yet again made way too spicy. But I am also really happy and excited about this new part of my life that is starting now, and that’s pretty much what I wanted to share!

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Why I Read YA

Today I am here with an article maybe a little different from what I usually post, but I thought it might be interesting as well, and I just wanted to share my love for the YA genre in general. I am 22, going 23 and about to start an internship in a publishing house, as I have graduated back in June. And yet I find myself still reading – and loving – YA. And there is nothing wrong with that, obviously. I just found myself wondering why and I wanted to share it on here.

When I was a kid, I used to read a lot. I went to the library every week and borrowed as many books as I could. When I reached high school, I tuned down my love for books as I became completely obsessed with Korean Dramas and spend most of my free time watching them. Around the end of senior year, I got back into reading, but as college started I basically stopped reading for leisure, as all the books I read were for my classes, and recommended by my professors. However, at the turn between Year 2 and Year 3, I got back into reading with books like Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Around that time, I made my bookstagram account, and a bit later, my blog. The rest is history.

But I guess what I’m trying to say is that when I needed YA the most, I wasn’t an avid reader anymore. So now I’m just, in a way, catching up with lost time. But that’s obviously not the only reason I still read and love YA!

Here are some reasons I enjoy it so much:

  • It’s such a broad genre and is providing readers with more and more diverse books which I live for
  • There is something for every mood from contemporary to high fantasy or sci-fi or really anything
  • They are usually fast paced and quick to read, something I always enjoy
  • I can usually relate to at least a few characters, and I’m not going to lie, I love that feeling

Some of my latest YA reads include Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles (review), New World Inferno by Jennifer Wilson, Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (review), and To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han, which I all really recommend.

I also wanted to mention some YA books that I consider important, such as Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard and Turtles all the way down by John Green, among others obviously. And I couldn’t write this blog post without mentioning how relatable Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl was. It was honestly one of my favourite reading experiences ever.

I love how the YA genre keeps renewing itself, and getting more and more diverse, including wonderful LGBTQIAP+ books (by Becky Albertalli, Patrick Ness, Adam Silvera and many others, I just realised I haven’t mentioned them yet in this post so, you know, I had to), including diversity of origins and skin colour, mental illness (something that really matters to me in case you didn’t know) and so much more. So I guess my point is, I will never grow too old to read YA, as long as it keeps being that satisfying.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Blogversary & Life Update

I feel like I haven’t posted a life update in forever and now seems to be the right time to do it! But first of all — and I know I miss it every year — a few days ago was my blog anniversary. I have now been blogging here for three whole years and I can’t believe I got that far. Thank you all so much for being here with me on that journey!

As for the life update, I graduated from university at the end of June and am now the proud owner of a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature. I quit my job as a waitress at the beginning of August, and I’ve been traveling in Austria and Slovakia since then. And I will be starting an internship in a publishing company at the end of the month, something I still can’t believe. For that I’ll be moving to Strasbourg and I’m really excited about it!

That’s it for the news, if you want to read more about my trip to Vienna check out my last post. I will be back in France on Wednesday. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day 📖❤️

Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

For the past two years, I have tried and failed at NaNoWriMo, though I love writing and I know it. Both times, I wrote about 13K of a story I never touched again. Things got too complicated, there were some plot holes, and I lost the courage and the inspiration to finish the story and fill in the blanks. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my love for books and writing, partly through this blog which proved me that I did love books more than anything in the world, and also that I could write things even if it was not books. At least for the time being. Writing on this blog is also writing, and I love it, though I haven’t been very active lately. I still keep coming back with new ideas, and I’m not leaving any time soon.

I figured that maybe, it was just not the time yet for me to write a novel. I’m not giving up entirely. But I still have so much time ahead of me. And so many ideas. It’s just that maybe, the time hasn’t come yet, and I need to mature a little bit more. Maybe I have issues to solve first, and it would be better to take care of my mental health first. When I am better, I can start this big giant step, this huge project. The day will come. It’s just not now. And maybe it will be through NaNoWriMo, maybe it won’t. I don’t even have a novel idea this year, and I don’t have time to write.

However, there is something I want to do this November when it comes to writing. Through the past year (and more actually) I have been writing a lot of short poems so express mostly what it feels like to have depression and anxiety. Most of them are gathered together in a notebook, some are left in my phone or my diary. My plan for this month is to type and arrange all of them, because I want to publish them. So this month, I won’t be writing a novel, but I still wanted to do something that on the one hand, has to do with writing, and on the other hand, means a lot to me. I’ve had this idea on the back of my mind for a while, and I think the time finally has come. Fingers crossed!

That being said, cheers to all of you who are taking part in NaNoWriMo this month, you have no idea how much I admire you! And I wish you all the best, whether you’re taking part or not!

Don’t go on Erasmus… It will change your life!

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Going on Erasmus and living abroad has always been a great dream of mine, and now that I am back in my hometown, I can tell you it exceeded all my expectations, and honestly changed me for the best. I have spent all my life hearing people ask me what I wanted to do with my life without really knowing what to say, but now I can finally say I have found my answer to this question: I am completing my degree (hopefully I will get it in June) and trying out some part-time jobs to save as much money as I can, and I am moving back to Berlin with two amazing girls I met there. And there, I will find a job in a bookstore or a café or something similar. And even if it will obviously not going to be easy – what is, really? – I can finally say that I have a plan.

I found a place where I belong.

Living abroad for a year has changed me in so many ways, and yes it sucks to be back in France, but I wouldn’t change any thing that happened this past year, because it has made me who I am now. I learnt how to care less. I learnt how to keep the people who matter in my life, and just forget about those who don’t. I learnt how to live in a foreign country. I definitely got better at administrative stuff. I realised that I didn’t miss France one bit. I came back at the end of July and have already been back in Berlin once. I grew addicted to coffein and I don’t regret it one bit. I became a vegetarian in the most vegan-friendly place I know. I met the best people in the world, and I can’t wait to see them again. I got a tattoo. But more importantly, I got so many amazing memories to cherish. And that’s forever.

I found a place where I belong, in the last possible place I expected to belong, to be honest. And I can’t wait to be back there. In this place that feels like home.

I used to hear people say that going on Erasmus was an amazing experience and everything, and I would gently chuckle, thinking they were exaggerating. Well let me tell you. They were right. Sometimes, I even think that I have become an adult.  It’s a study in people, in places, and in life in general. It is the best experience you could possibly dream of. At least it was for me.

And I can only recommend and encourage you to do the same. It’s an opportunity you might only get once in a  life time but I promise, if you catch it, you won’t regret it. And it will help you and change you in every possible way.

Warning: don’t go on Erasmus if you don’t want your life to change, because I can guarantee you it will! 😉

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Feel free to share some Erasmus or abroad experiences in the comments!

2 Years Blogging Anniversary!

For some reason, I always think I started my blog on the 11th of August, but as it turns out, it was actually on the 9th so this post is actually one days late, but at this point it doesn’t really matter. Anyway, I have come a long way in this two years. I have written more than 400 blog posts and have reached more than 400 followers which is something I never expected, and I am eternally grateful to you guys for being there.

At the moment I have to complete my Master’s thesis which keeps me busy, and I don’t have any coffein to keep going to be honest. I have also become addicted to the game Love Nikki Dress Up Queen on my phone which keeps me busy the rest of the time. I guess I’m in a bit of a reading slump. And I’m also on holildays. I guess that just as usual, my reading journey has its ups and downs,

I just wanted to write a quick post to say hello, I’m still here, even after two years, and thank you so much for being there.

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I have changed a lot in those two years, I built project after project, I probably lost hope thaousands of times, but hey, I’m still here, stronger than ever, and little by little, I’m starting to understand myself more and more. Thank you for being there on this journey.

Here’s to the next years of blogging!

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A Little Life Update

I’m writing this article as an explanation on why I’m so inactive this month, and why there is so little bookish content on my blog recently (although my last article is a book review). The main reason is, I’ve been super busy, obviously. And since I haven’t done a proper life update post in a while, I decided I might as well do one now, since lots of things have been happening!

As some of you may know, I have been living in Berlin since the end of September. Moving here was a crazy adventure, I had to move dorms in the middle of the year, I had to struggle with German, I met so many amazing people, I got to travel… But more importantly, and something I absolutely did not expect, I found a place where I belong. Sadly, this amazing year is coming to an end, and I am going back to France of Tuesday. I still cannot believe it.

I have been super busy since the beginning of July, because first, two of my friends visited me, and it was amazing.

Then, I had to move out of my dorm in the middle of exams. I am now staying in a friend’s room in my previous dorm, because my contract ended one week before the end of the exams. I am not going to discuss this matter further, but if you want to read my live-tweet of this adventure (yes I do that) you can read it here. I can’t believe it’s been a week already. On top of that, I had exams, so not much time to read or blog.

Another reason why there is less bookish content on here sometimes is that I want to speak up more about things that matter to me, like feminism and mental illness, and this is something that is reflecting on my blog as well as my twitter account (which was always a mess of things anyway). I am also trying to inform myself as much as I can on all sorts of issues, both on the internet and by reading diverse reads. (And I’m loving it.)

I have also been struggling a lot with mental illness recently. There are ups and downs, obviously. But I have been feeling better this past few weeks. I have met some amazing people throughout this year. I am finally making projects for the future, and by that I mean projects that are getting me super excited, projects where I can actually see myself. Things are starting to make sense. And it’s getting me super excited. Of course, there are still tons of things unanswered. But I have things to look forward too.

And after wondering about it forever, I decided to get a tattoo, which is also something that I am super excited about. I’ve had it for about a month now, but I don’t think I have mentioned it here, so here we go!

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And one more thing I wanted to mention because it also got me really excited. On Saturday I attended Christopher Street Day, also known as the Berlin Pride Parade. It was my first time attending Pride, and it was an amazing experience. Unfortunately we got caught in a massive storm – I honestly have never been so soaked in my entire life – but it didn’t matter. It was so heartwarming. A beautiful, amazing experience.

Bonus: my friend nudging me and telling me “that’s your people!!” when a group of people walked by with a bisexual pride flag. And I have to admit, it was so comforting and beautiful and welcoming. Hard to describe. But it felt good and I’m so glad I went. It didn’t even matter that there was a huge crowd, and I will definitely do it again.

I guess that’s it for today. Bits and pieces of what has been up with me recently. I hope you are all having a fantastic day. And thank you so much for still being there! I recently reached 400 followers, and it is so unbelievable! Stay awesome!