The Happiness Tag

Hi everyone! I don’t have a lot of time to read and blog these days. I had two friends visiting me in Berlin last week, and now exams are coming, I have to move out of my dorm in the midst of everything, and then I will be going back to France. So yeah, I’m a bit busy. But I still want to stay active on here. So here we go.

I was tagged by Not-so-modern Girl to do the Happiness Tag, and I decided that it was a lovely thing to do. Thank you so much for tagging me! The first thing you have to do is talk about five things that make you happy. And the second one is to list five songs that make you happy.

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This is not exactly a bookish thing, but it sounds fun and positive, and therefore deserves it place here.

5 Things That Make Me Happy

1. I’m going to start with the obvious and say reading. I just love it so much. It allows me to escape. It makes me so happy to just read, discover new books, new characters, new stories, and to dive into fiction.

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2. Spending time with my friends, whether my high school friends, my college friends, or my Erasmus friends. They are all so amazing and supportive. As much as I dislike large groups of people, or meeting new people and people in general, when it comes to my friends, I love them so much, I’ll fight for them, and spending time with them overall makes me super happy.

3. Cooking. I absolutely love making cakes, cookies, pancakes and such. Bonus if I’m cooking with my friends.

4. Traveling. I really love the thrill of arriving in a new place, and knowing that first, you are free and anonymous here, and that secondly, you have a whole new unkown mystery to discover and unveil. I absolutely love wandering places I don’t know, taking pictures of new places, just eating ice cream (or cake) in nice cafés… I just love traveling so much, it’s exciting, and very good for my mood I have to admit. (My next destination is Greece in August!)

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5. And of course, I couldn’t make this list without mentioning blogging. I have to admit, when I started this blog almost two years ago, I never thought blogging would become such a big part of my life, but now it is. It has become really important to me. It helps me sit down and think. It’s something I really like. And yes, it makes me happy.

5 Songs That Make Me Happy

1. Da Kokonut Nut by Smokey Mountain

Basically this is a really weird song that my friend found out while cooking some food with coconuts and now we’re listening to it all the time. It’s a bit ridiculous but it’s kind of hilarious (and it will get stuck in your head til the end of times…)

2. Runaway by All Time Low

For some reason this song makes me feel really energized and excited. It’s a good one to lift up my mood. Bonus: I’ve seen them live, and hearing their songs always brings back good memories!

3. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons

Another song that gives me energy and makes me feel like I can take on everything! ♥

4. Froot by Marina and the Diamonds

I absolutely love Marina. Her song are so catchy and really amazing. I could have pick a lot of others, but I feel like this one is particularly light and I don’t know, it just makes me really happy. To be honest, when I listen to her songs, I often end up dancing in my room! (And I have also seen her live a few years ago, it was fantastic!!)

5. No Other by Super Junior

This one is one of the first kpop songs I ever listened to and it is so cute and beautiful, it always makes me really happy. And also brings back some memories which is always something I enjoy!

And that’s it for this blog post! I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to do it as well if you want and consider yourself tagged. Feel free to share what makes you happy in the comments as well, and have a wonderful day!

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And here’s a cute gif to end this post ♥

The Feminist Booktag

I found this tag on a French blog called Allez Vous Faire Lire (which would be translated as “Go read yourself” or something of the sort!) and when I saw the title, I knew I had to do it as well. It was created by La Voix Du Livre, another blog in French (The voice of the book).

Basically, the idea of this tag is to talk about female characters, female authors and feminist ideas. And I love it. If you want to do it, you just have to answer the 10 different questions.

I haven’t done a tag in forever, and it felt like a good idea!

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1- Your favourite female author

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Victoria Schwab

I haven’t read all of Schwab’s book yet, but I’m definitely planning on achieving that. She is so talented, and creates diverse and unique characters. Her fantasy worlds are amazing. And she, herself, is an amazing person. I really admire her.

2- Your favourite heroine

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Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Based on both book and TV show, I really love Sansa and her character development. She has always been one of my favourite characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, and I think she is a badass underrated heroine.

3- A novel with a feminist message

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The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

For this prompt I decided to pick the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer because it has a set of diverse, badass ladies who are all different and take no shit from anyone, and basically save the world together.

4- A novel with a girl on the cover

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Many books would have matched this prompt, but I decided to pick one of my recent reads, with an important message and an incredibly brave heroine.

5- A novel featuring a group of girls

For this one, I first thought of the Lunar Chronicles series, but I eventually decided to choose it for another prompt. Then there is also the Summers of the Sisterhood series, which feature a group of friends through the years. And finally, I thought of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and its modern retelling Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (review). All of these match the prompt and have an amazing cast of amazing ladies!

6- A novel with a LGBTQIAP+ feminine character

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

This book centers on two amazing ladies who create cartoons together. It is taught through the point of view of Sharon, and her best friend, the other central character, is a lesbian. Honestly, this book changed my life. It was fantastic. (review)

7- A novel with different feminine POV

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This book features three major different feminine point of views and I love it for that (and many other reasons). First, there’s obviously Dimple’s point of view, she’s a young feminist, and wants to have a great career as a coder. Then there’s her mother, who is more conservative, and wants her daughter to find a good husband. And then there’s Dimple’s friend Celia, who is also a coder, and struggles to be accepted by others (while Dimple basically doesn’t care). All three amazing ladies ♥

8- A book where a girl saves the world

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I can’t help but think about the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. But I wanted to mention something more original. And then I remembered about The Awakened duology by Sara Santana and the New World triology by Jennifer Wilson. Though I haven’t finished that one, it is definitely amazing.

9- A book where you prefer the female sidekick to the male MC

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Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I will seriously never get tired of Hermione. She’s amazing. And I do love Harry Potter, but it’s in Hermione that I found myself while reading those books. She is such an inspiration.

10- A book written by a male author and featuring a female character

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All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

And of course I’m talking about Marie-Laure, who is one of the strongest characters I have ever read. Seperated from her father during WWII, uprooted from everything she knew, and still so strong. She is a character I will never forget.

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There are so many other great female characters that I love and admire, some of which are Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series, Delilah Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic, Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. The list never ends. Feel free to share your favourite in the comments!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed! I’m not tagging anyone because I wasn’t tagged myself, and I don’t want to bother any of you, but if you want to do this tag as well, feel free to do so and consider yourself tagged!

Books With a Purpose Tag

Hi everyone! I was tagged ages ago to do this tag and now I’m finally doing it… Thanks @Teenbooklit101 for tagging me, here is her article if you want to check it out!

Here are the rules:

  1. Mention the person who tagged you in your post and provide a link to their blog
  2. Fill out the 9 questions in the tag
  3. For each question, insert a gif of how you feel about the book(s) or author.
  4. Tag 5 people and/or everyone to do this tag!
  5. Before you post the tag, do a five-second party dance. Cause you dat awesome

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BEST STORY PREMISE

I’m going to go with Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, I just love the concept of mythology still existing today!

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BEST WORLD BUILDING

I think the best answer for this one is probably Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I love how this series has become so huge, and there are so many thing about it, and damn, it just feels so real, I wanna be a wizard.

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BEST CHARACTER

There are so many amazing characters out there, but I’m going to pick Cath from Fangirl because she is probably the most relatable character I have ever read. I just want to give her a big hug and be friends with her!

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BEST SERIES

I have a new favourite for this one, and trust me, you’re gonna hear about it a lot, and it’s The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! ♥

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BEST TEAR JERKER

Let me pick two books for this one, because I can’t seem to pick only one, and of course, my picks are The Fault in our Stars by John Green, and One Day by David Nicholls (come one, did you honestly think I wouldn’t include it in this post? Clearly if you did, you don’t know me well…)

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BEST AUTHOR

Without thinking, my answer is alsways John Green. And I’m really patient waiting for his next book, but come on, it’s been since like, 2012? Please, I want some new content!

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BEST WRITING STYLE

Honestly, I have to say that I often find the writing style really good. I think I’m going to pick Rainbow Rowell because I love her books so much. I read Landline and Attachments so quickly, the writing style is amazing. Yes, she makes contemporaries amazing.

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BEST COVER

The entire Selection series by Kiera Cass has absolutely amazing covers, I just love them so much…

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BEST ENDING

Another book I read recently and loved from beginning to end, and I have to say I found the ending particularly satisfying: P.S. I like you by Kasie West!

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This book made me so happy, and if you haven’t read it, then I definitely recommend it!

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And that’s it. It wasn’t that easy to find gifs, but I’m glad with the result!

I won’t be tagging anyone because I’m lazy, I feel like I’m always tagging the same people, and I don’t want to bother you, but if you want to do this tag, I had a lot of fun doing it, so feel free to do it as well! I’m tagging everyone! Have a great day!

The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so much @ M Reads Books for nominating me for this Award! You can check out her article here if you want to read it.

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Here are the rules:

  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to | 15 is a lot, but I’m going to nominate a few people, don’t worry!

The story behind the blog:

So, as I mentioned in my 1 year blogversary post, it all started with Instagram. I created an Instagram account the summer of 2014, and ended up following a lot of Bookstagrammers, which made me want to be part of this wonderful community. In April 2015 I decided on a whim to make my own Bookstagram account. I started reading a lot again. In August, I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and I loved it so much, and it left me with so many feels that I decided I had to start my own blog to make a review of it. And now, here I am, part of this wonderful community, and having the time of my life here. I even started an Etsy shop and a Youtube channel! (And yes, I’m sorry that this turned out as such a self-promo…)

Now if I had to give some advice, here is what I would say:

I know this may sound obvious, but be yourself! Talk about what you want, in whatever possible way you want. Say what you like, and try to comment on other people blog, it’s always great to talk with people who share the same interest you do!

And if you can, post your own pictures. It can be pictures you already shared on instagram, or brand you pictures you created for your blog. But I find that original pictures always make a blog more attractive!

My nominees:
Jen @ They call me Jen
Reg @ She Latitude
Norah @Bookishfever
Lauren @ Literary Wisdom

Feel free to ignore this if you have already been tagged, and feel free to do this anyway if I haven’t tagged you!

The Narnia Booktag [Original]

Hello everyone! A new Narnia movie was announced, which led to me rewatching the already existing ones (obviously) and now I want to reread all the books. So far so good. Narnia is probably one of my favourite things in the world, like really, if you haven’t read those books, you are definitely missing out!

That put aside, this also inspired me to create a booktag for the first time ever, and I am really excited. I don’t think something similar already existed, if it did, please correct me!

And without further ado, here are the questions I made up, and my answers! The rules are simple, you answer the questions, and you tag some people if you want.

1- NARNIA: A magical world you would like to visit

And for this, my answer is obviously Narnia itself. I also love the Wizarding world, but I don’t actually need special powers to go to Narnia. So yeah, Narnia it is.

2- THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: A book you find underrated

For this kind of question my answer is usually One Day by David Nicholls. My favourite book. Read it, it’s the best book ever.

3- THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: A classic that you love

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is definitely one of my favourite classics!

4- THE HORSE AND HIS BOY: A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

I bought Inheritance by Robin Hobb a while ago because 1/ I loved the cover and 2/ it was on sale. I didn’t really read the backcover at the time. I’m not even sure I’m ever going to read this book, it has just been sitting on my shelves forever…

5- PRINCE CASPIAN: A sequel you loved

Of course I could pick any Narnia or Harry Potter book, but I’m going to pick Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins because it’s my favourite book in The Hunger Games trilogy!

6- THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER: A quest you’d like to be a part of

Again, I would love to be a part of the voyage of a Dawn Treader because I want to be part of all things Narnia. However, if I had to pick something that is not in the fandom, I might choose the quest of the Wilted Rose from Inherited by Freedom Matthews! Or the quest that Anya and her friends follow in The Weaver’s Riddle! And of course, there is the Lord of the Rings. And the quest for the Horcruxes and the Deathly Hallows. So many quests. I want to do all things magical actually.

7- THE SILVER CHAIR: A book you didn’t expect to love

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I first started reading it a few years ago and it didn’t really impress me. I picked it up again a while ago and I absolutely loved it!

8- THE LAST BATTLE: The perfect ending to a series you loved

(Yeah I know this is not from the last battle, since it was not made into a film… yet)

If I were to choose an ending from another fandom then I would definitely choose the ending of The Hunger Games trilogy!

9- THE PEVENSIES: A siblinghood of friendship you would like to be a part of

Of course I would love to be a Pevensie children and go to Narnia, and I would also love to be a Weasley child and go to Hogwarts!

10- EUSTACE SCRUBB: A character who grew on you

And for this one I’m going to pick Draco Malfoy, because the more I drown into the Harry Potter fandom, the more I like him!

11- MR TUMNUS: Your favourite mythical creature

It’s hard to pick, I just wish I could live in a world full of mythical creatures… And my favourite is probably unicors. Unicorns are so cool. In any world. (Pegasus too. But I think I like unicorns better…)

12- CASPIAN: A character with regal qualities

And I’m picking Maxon Schreave from The Selection series!

13- REEPICHEEP: a loyal character

Of course I could pick Reepicheep himself. And if I had to pick a character from another fandom, then I would definitely pick Nevill from the Harry Potter series!

14- THE WARDROBE: your favourite hideout/place to read

And that would be my bedroom of course, cuddled with blankets and cushions!

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And that’s it for the questions! I could have come up with more, but I thought 14 was already enough. I hope you enjoyed, and I would love it if you could help me spread the word!

I’m tagging:

Jen from Jen’s Bookish Journey
Diana from Diana Prince Reviews
Lauren from Literary Wisdom
Norah from Bookish Fever
Reg from SheLatitude
Ailbhe from Faebulousbooks
Silanur from AloofBooks
Megan from Life is but a Dream

And anyone else who wants to give this tag a go! (Please credit me if you do! And you can also leave a link to your answers in the comments!)

Feel free to do it or not, as usual!

The Ruler of Books Tag

Hi guys! Today I’m here with a tag! I was tagged some time ago by Faebulousbooks to do the Ruler of Books Tag, here is her article if you’d like to check it out!

Since it was originally a Booktube tag, I decided to make a video out of it, but since I was tagged on my blog, of course I am sharing it here as well!

Here is my video:

I thought I would tag a few bloggers as well since it’s a really fun tag so here we go if you want to do it, I’m tagging Jen @ Jen’s Bookish Journey, Reg @ Shelatitude and Diana @ Diana Prince Reviews ! And you if you want to do it!

Have a nice day lovelies ♥

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by Diana from Diana Prince Reviews to do the Versatile Blogger Award! You can check out her article here and give her a follow!

This is my second time answering this award, you can read my original post here.

Here are the rules:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

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7 facts about me:

1- I’m moving to Berlin in October.
2- I recently started a Youtube channel if you want to watch me being awkward, here’s the link!
3- I finally started reading The Mortal Instruments, and I really enjoy it.
4- I collect bookmarks and perfume bottles.
5- I own 3 typewriters, they are my pride and the apple of my eyes.
6- I wanted to get a job for the summer, and sent tons of applications. The only answered I got was for a camp in August, and of course I’m going to do it, but I wanted to work at a bookshop more than anything…
7- I’m really bad at finding things about myself like that, and I also feel they can be uninteresting, or I have already said them or whatever, so I don’t know what to say now… Well, there’s one thing  I can say. I have been posting on this blog for almost a year now, and I never thought I would achieve what I have now, so thank you all so much for being there!

I will only nominate two people because I am a lazy person, and they are Reg @She Latitude and Ally @Reading In The Rain