#ThePositivityWave N°5

The Positivity Wave is a weekly Friday update that’s all about positivity, as you guessed it, and was created by Meggy @ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles. I’m not participating every week, but with all the things that happened to me this week (I can’t believe it!) I felt like it was highly worthy of it!

🌊 Now that the confinement is more or less over in France (some people are still working from home, but restaurants are slowly reopening), I finally got to spend some times with some of my friends and I MISSED IT SO MUCH, and it felt so good.

🌊 Also, my favourite bar has reopened, and I spend my Saturday night there (outside!) with some of my friends last week, and it was amazing. I missed this so much. And yes, we are beeing careful. But we’re also making plans for the summer, and it’s good to finally be doing something out there! (That being said, I shoot dirty looks at every single customer who enters the bookstore not wearing a face mask, but that’s a whole other story).

🌊 While I don’t really have the energy to read physical books these days, I have managed to listen to some amazing audiobooks, and I’m really enjoying this! Among them: Clap When You Land as well as With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, and King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender.

🌊 I moved out of my parents’ house, and moved in to a new flat on Monday! I have four flatmates, and I am so excited about this new chapter of my life that’s beginning. (Adulting much?)

🌊 Apparently, I got a pay raise? Still can’t wrap my mind around this one.

🌊 And tonight, I spent some time with my new flatmates. When I came back from work, two of them were in the kitchen, and instead of retreating to my room and lie down (which was tempting, I have to admit) I cooked and watched TV with them. And once again, it feels good to have people to hang out with!

That being said, I also miss my family, and I’m not just saying that because I know they sometimes miss my blog posts ❤ I’m still living not far from their house, and I can drop by pretty much whenever. And now it makes the time we spend together all the more valuable. So yes, it seems like a new chapter of my life is beginning, and I’m really excited about it!

#ThePositivityWave N°4

The positivity wave is a weekly Friday update created by Meggy @ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles. I haven’t done it in a while, but as I’m back to work this week I didn’t have the time to make a book review, or rant, or whatnot so I decided to participate in the positivity wave for a change! Here are some things that made me happy this week.

🌊 As I said, I’m back at work and even though the situation is not the best with social distancing, I’m still glad to do something else with my days. There’s been a lot of customers, so I keep busy, and I feel useful for a change.

🌊 Not to brag, but a lot of my regular customers have complimented my new haircut and it sure feels nice!

🌊 One of my most anticipated releases of the year aka The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar was released this week and I started reading it immediately!

🌊 I’ve been looking for a new place to live now that the confinement is technically over, and so far it’s going great.

🌊 This is more of a thing that happened over the last couple of weeks, but it still makes me really happy for some reason so I wanted to share anyway. I’ve become obsessed with Lore Olympus (the webcomic) and Hadestown (the musical). On top of that, I binge read Heroes of Olympus around the beginning of the month, and it reminded me of how much I loved all things Greek mythology, and it has somehow reenergised me 🥰 And now the PJO tv show has been announced on top of everything, I am on top of the world!

🌊 As I read YA book after YA book during the confinement, and peppered it with kdrama and a few shojo, I came to realise something: it’s like I leveled up who I was in high school. It’s like, I still enjoy and read the things I used to love, except I do it more openly now. I full on accept it, and I get to share both at work, and online, and I guess what I want to say is that it’s extremely satisfying.

🌊 And last but not least (I don’t want to jinx it!) I started writing again! I stumbled upon a great pep talk on Monday and picked up my 2018 NaNoWriMo project (which didn’t have a lot of words as I quickly gave up) again. I’m really excited because it’s a concept I really liked, and I’m hoping I one day get to finish the story!

And that’s it for today! Have a wonderful day, take care & stay safe!

Top 5 Tuesday: Sanity Savers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. This week, the theme is not necessarily bookish related, it is rather related to the current events, which are affecting all of us. “Things that I’m enjoying while in isolation”. Personally, it’s been several weeks since I last went to work, as my workplace is a bookstore which is closed until further notice. Aka until the end of this pandemia I guess? I hope it will be over by the end of April! And anyway, here’s what keeps me busy at home in the meantime!

Books, obviously.

I decided to take this time to catch up with my unread piles of books at home, which was off to a great start when I started Crier’s War but also ended with it because Scribd extended its free period to a month and I’ve been spending most of my reading time on it since then. And it made me really happy because I’m reading REALLY GOOD BOOKS y’all.

Still rather obviously: Netflix.

Of course, as the confinement began, I knew that I was bound to spend some time on Netflix. I watched the new season of Elite, and now the new season of La Casa de Papel is out. What I didn’t know was that I would once again turn back to my comfort shows way of life: kdramas. I used to watch them all the time when I was in high school, and I’m now delighted to see that more and more of them are available on Netflix! The next on my watchlist is Itaewon Class.

Cooking ~

Cooking is obviously something I have always enjoyed doing, my two strong points being curry and chocolate. I’m using this opportunity to try out new recipes, and as a perfectly good excuse to bake cakes: we are all stuck at home, and we might as well enjoy it!

I’m learning Spanish!

It’s been three weeks now and I’m still going strong, so I can proudly share this random  confinement fact: I picked up Spanish on Duolingo! I learnt English and German in middle school/high school, and never regretted that because that’s what allowed me to go a year abroad in Berlin, and I LOVED it. However, I also feel like Spanish is really useful because it’s used in a lot of countries, so I decided to give it a try, and at least stick some of the very basics to my brain. So far, it’s going great and helping me feel productive!

Phone calls with my friends ~

And finally, the very things that refills my energy: I face time with my friends and it really helps!

Thanks for reading & stay safe!

#ThePositivityWave N°3

The positivity wave is a weekly Friday update created by Meggy @ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles and it cheers me up every time I read it on her blog so I decided to give it a go as well, because now more than ever, everybody needs a bit of positivity!

So once again, here are some of the things that made me happy in the past week 😊

🌊 I’ve spent some quality time on the phone with both my grandmas.

🌊 I made a vegan chocolate cake and it was delicious (also more cooking and baking which I always find relaxing, all the while listening to The Raven Cycle: I’m finally onto the second book!)

🌊 The weather has been nice and I got to spend some lovely time in my garden. I know it’s not something everyone can do these days, and I’m really grateful for that.

🌊 Of course, I can’t not mention the fact that I’ve read a lot of books and I’m really happy about it.

🌊 I’ve also been binge watching some kdrama which always has been a safe space for me, and what better things to do during this confinement?

🌊 I Skyped with my best friends last night and we could just pretend that things were sort of normal for one hour, it has recharged my energy!

🌊 I started learning Spanish and it’s going great so far!

Thanks for reading, stay at home, and take care of yourself 🥰

#ThePositivityWave N°2

The positivity wave is a weekly Friday update created by Meggy @ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles and it cheers me up every time I read it on her blog so I decided to give it a go as well, because now more than ever, everybody needs a bit of positivity! 😊

I obviously inteded at first to do it every week, but oh well that didn’t happen. But Meggy is right, now would be a good time to share some positivity (because, you know, I’m stuck at home and my next trip is canceled). Let’s not think about the fact that I was hit by a wave of depression, and instead, think positive. Think about all the friends I’ve been chatting with in the past few days. We are keeping one another’s head out of the water.

Here’s a few things that made me happy in the past week or so!

🌊 I managed to see a lot of my friends before the confinement started, which greatly helped in recharging my batteries.

🌊 I’m getting a break from work which allows me to get more sleep, and obviously, to read more books! Yes, when I said I wanted to get a holiday, that’s obviously not what I meant. But it will do for now.

🌊 I baked a cake yesterday and it was absolutely delicious.

🌊 I started a new craft project yesterday, while listening to my audiobook for The Raven Boys, and I’m curious to see how that goes.

🌊 Yes I do not want to be all of my points book related but also I don’t care: I’m really glad because I think I will have time to pick up a bunch of books I wouldn’t have the time to read otherwise, and that is really SATISFYING.

🌊 Let’s face it, it’s not the most productive use of my time but: a few weeks ago I downloaded Tiktok because I was bored at work, and I’m really happy I made that decision because I’m having a lot of fun with this app, especially considering that I now have a lot of free time.

🌊 I have decided to take this time to pick up a new language! So no pressure, I’m learning Spanish with Duolingo. I don’t have very high ambitions, but if I could use some basic skills while traveling that would be very nice! (Did I reach that conclusion after binge watching season 3 of ELITE? Maybe so. But Spanish is a useful language anyway!)

🌊 I saw pictures of how clean the canals were in Venice, and it gave me a little bit of hope that we can actually DO SOMETHING for the planet. Like, if we make a collective effort, maybe we can clean it and not have the world turn into a dystopia? Anyway, it was a nice sight.


And to conclude, here’s a hug for you. Please take care of yourself, this is not going to last forever!

#ThePositivityWave N°1

The positivity wave is a weekly Friday update created by Meggy @ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles and it cheers me up every time I read it on her blog so I decided to give it a go as well, because everybody needs a bit of positivity! 😊

So here’s a list of things that made me happy in the past week or so!

🌊 I have tried a new pasta recipe last Saturday and it’s really delicious so it made me really happy. I froze some leftovers so I can bring it on my lunch breaks, and it gives me a very satisfying sense of adulting every time I do it!

🌊 I had brunch with my family on Sunday and it was super nice!

🌊 Frankly In Love by David Yoon was released in France this week and we received four copies which for some reason made me really happy. Now I just have to read the book! Coincidence? I had just gotten myself the e-copy. Now I just have to read it and I cannot wait.

🌊 I also had some great conversations with one of my favourite customers at work which always makes me really happy! She bought some of my recommendations without a second thought and it’s always satisfying to see that she trusts me.

🌊 I had a lot of fun writing my last blog post, which I think is worth mentioning.

🌊 We created a Goodreads account for my brother who has been reading more and more lately, and I love that we have this thing in common now.

🌊 And last but not least, I am planning my next trip and y’all, I cannot wait to have a full week with no work, it hasn’t happened since August, and I just really need it, I’m so excited.


Here’s a little bit of love if you read this far, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Life Update: I’m Selling Books Apparently

Let’s go back in time a little bit to the end of February, when I ended my internship in a publishing house near Strasbourg, and moved back to my parents with one goal in mind: find a job, get money, and become a functional adult. Okay so that’s three goals but I feel like if the first one happens the other two follow.

Wait, we’re going back in time some more actually. Ever since high school I did not really know what to do with my life, except for the fact that I liked books, but that’s not much of a plan. Which is how I ended up studying humanities, and eventually did a Master in Comparative Literature.

At the end of the day, most of my friends from college knew they wanted to become professors, while the only thing I knew was that I DID NOT WANT to become a teacher / professor. Which is how I ended up at my internship: it was pretty much a combination of books + the need to get out of here for a while. And here I am back a little more than 6 months later.

Throughout the first four months, I still didn’t really know what I was doing there. Then came January, and I attended a comic book festival with my coworkers, partly in order to promote our latest releases, and partly because it was a really popular event. Anyway. I am mentioning this because that’s basically when I had a big revelation of what I wanted to do with my life. Suddenly I had a plan!

I figured that I wanted to be a corrector — basically the person who proofreads novels, contracts and such. Which sounded to me like I could get paid to read and point out other people’s mistakes: how great would that be?

And thus I came up with a plan: finish my internship, possibly find a job in a bookshop, and from October to next June, follow the program that would allow me to become a reader / corrector / proofreader.

I quickly realised that I needed to get a job in order to stay busy and earn some money, so I applied to several positions in various publishing houses and bookstores, and eventually got contacted by one of the bookshops which turns out is quite close to where I live, and believe it or not, I got the job!

So I’ve been working there for a little over a week, and my legs are finally getting used to it… But more importantly, I’m happy that I got the job although it get get confusing and frustrating because I need time to adjust, I don’t know where anything is, and I unfortunately haven’t read all the books in the world.

What I hear every time a customer asks me a question that I cannot answer which is all the time.

And I know that I only just started, and that it’s normal that I don’t know where every single book is, and that I’m here to learn, yet it remains SO FRUSTRATING.

Hopefully I will get used to it, and I guess I will see what the future has in store for me!

End of the Year Life Update

[a picture of Strasbourg to show off the Christmas spirit that this post is supposed to bear]

Christmas break is finally upon us and with it the endless amounts of food that come with family reunions — I am already permanently full and dreaming of a light tea and a good night of sleep. (My parents came to visit me for a few days and we ate A LOT). The good news is, this year I finished my Christmas presents early!

Now I’m going to spend a few days in Paris with my family, and then I will fly to Berlin for New Year’s Eve, to meet up with my Erasmus friends. I’m so excited to see them, and be in Berlin again as I haven’t been there in almost a year!

As for my internship, with December coming to an end there is only two months left before it ends, and I move back into the unknown of I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life. I’ve been doing and shipping a lot of packages lately which makes me feel like a Christmas elf. I also feel like I’ve grown closer with my coworkers which is late but nice. One thing I am looking forward to for sure is the International Comic Books / Bande Dessinée Festival that will take place in January. And of course, all the things that the New Year can bring to my life in general.

As for books, I have read almost 90 books this year, which is quite decent, although I’m in a bit of a book slump these days. Hopefully I can finish the two books I’m reading right now by the end of the year. In 2018, I have met some of my favourite authors, discovered new ones, and fallen in love with new stories, and I am grateful for all of that. Cheers to a new year full of books, and I wish you all the best through the Holiday Season!

Tess of the d’Ubervilles: My Review + Life Update


I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks recently while I cook, fold my laundry, or drive to work. I’ve almost ran out of them actually, and I think I will have to get a new Audible subscription. Or maybe I could try Scribd? I still have one book and a half to listen to before I completely make up my mind, we shall see. Anyway, one of those audiobooks I listened to recently was Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy. I picked it up for two reasons: first, that it was a classic, and one I wanted to read at some point in my life, and the second time, because it was narrated by Davina Porter, and I think she is a fantastic narrator. Then when I started reading it, a few people told me how much they had loved this book, and I guess this got my expectations up: but in the end, I was mostly disappointed.

Title: Tess of the d’Ubervilles
Author: Thomas Hardy
Genre: Classics, Literary Fiction
Release: 1891
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐/5

I know I’m not very active on the blog these days, or even on instagram for that matter (partly due to the fact that the algorithm doesn’t make it as rewarding as it used to be), and it’s partly due to the fact that I haven’t been reading a lot lately, though that is no excuse. The fact that I haven’t been feeling well as well might be an excuse and I’m going to blame that on winter, and the fact that I’m not really happy with my life right now. I’m kind of spiralling down if you will. But hopefully this too shall pass. ANYWAY. Back to Tess. One of my latest reads was Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy, narrated by the brilliant Davina Porter and to be honest I didn’t really like this book. I really WANTED to like it but I winded up being disappointed. I tried, and many people told me how much they had loved this book, so I really wanted to enjoy it as well, but I simply did not see what others saw in this book.

In some ways, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Yet another 19th century classics that didn’t live up to the hype — if there is such a thing as hype when it comes to classics, you know, I just wished I would have enjoyed it more. For some reason, I also compared it to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë a lot, and it only disappointed me more, because I love Jane Eyre. Tess’s mother also reminded me of Pride and Prejudice‘s one and only Mrs Bennett, who desperately wanted to marry off her daughters, and so on. Except there wasn’t a good old Mr Bennett to balance that, instead we had a drunkard attached to the idea that his family used to be noble, but who didn’t do anything. These are some of the thoughts that crossed my mind while I was reading Tess of the d’Ubervilles, along with the fact that there was too much caring-about-what-society-and-other-people-think. But I guess that’s only human. I just felt that it was too much for me too handle.

I was frustrated way too many times during the story, by both Tess and Angel. And in addition to that, I found it all too predictable — even the ending. I still gave it 3 stars because I liked the writing style, and the narration by my queen Davina Porter. It also gave me a few laughs in between the religious sermons and the misogyny, and I didn’t feel like giving it a lower rating. But that’s all.

As for what other audiobooks I’ve been listening to lately, I might write a review for The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, which was a lovely and sweet story, itself full of love for books. I’m listening now to a french story called La Route des Coqueliquots, by Véronique Biefnot and Francis Dannemark. As for physical reads, I haven’t moved from Can We All Be Feminists by June Eric-Udorie and A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney. I think I’m kind of in a book slump. Actually, nothing really motivates me. I miss summer, I miss Paris, and I don’t really feel like doing anything these days. My life plans for the future change constantly, to come back to the fact that I want to work in a bookshop. Or is it because of The Readers of Broken Wheel? I always tend to be influenced by the books I read, and I don’t know what to think anymore.

I’m going to stop here, because I’m not here to depress you, I just wanted to share a little bit more than a book review today, so here we go. Wish you all a wonderful day, and a happy holiday season ♥