#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: Authors from U to Z

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. For the month of March, each week will represent five letters of the alphabet, and for today, we have what remains: from U to Z (which makes six prompts, but basically the hardest ones). I will try to share a favourite author for each one of them, so without further ado, here comes the list!


 

The letter U:

I cannot, for the life of me, think of anyone here. We are off to a great start.

The letter V: Suzanne Van Rooyen with Scardust

As I couldn’t think of anything else, we shall go with this one for the letter V. Scardust is a new adult sci-fi set in 2037 (which is actually not that far away now that I think of it, the book was published in 2016 and oh wow, has it already been four years?) around a project that is supposed to send people into space. Two boys meet and it feels like that will change their fate forever…

The letter W: Kasie West with P.S. I Like You

This is the book I discovered Kasie West with. It seemed like nothing much at first, but it had great romance tropes and I couldn’t resist. I have also read Love, Life and the List and really enjoyed it, and plan on reading more of her books. Maybe not all of them because she has written A LOT. But definitely some of them, because they’re great! Did I pick Kasie West because I met her last year and she complemented my hair? Maybe so. She was super sweet ❤

Also beloved: Jesmyn Ward with Sing, Unburied, Sing and Alice Walker with The Color Purple, obviously. I did not expect W to have so many good books.

The letter X:

I am sure there are a lot of authors whose last name starts with an X. I’m just not sure I have read any of them.

The letter Y: David Yoon with Frankly in Love

For this one I have chosen one of my latest reads! By now I’m pretty sure I won’t make a full review of it but it’s still nice to talk about it, because I enjoy it very much. The book follows the life of Frank, who is a senior in high school, as he falls in love, and has to decide what his future will hold. His parents are Korean immigrants who of course, have their expectations for him. The book was both beautiful and moving, and also extremely realistic, and I would definitely recommend it!

Also beloved: Nicola Yoon with The Sun is Also a Star and Jane Yolen with Finding Baba Yaga.

The letter Z: Markus Zusak with The Book Thief

How could I not pick this book. Like many other people, it’s one of my favourites. It’s absolutely beautiful, and heartbreaking, and all of the pain is worth it. It’s a historical fiction set in Germany during WWII. We follow a couple who adopted the daughter of a communist, and are hiding a Jewish man in their basement. Already with that premise, you have to know that you’re going to cry. And it will be worth it. And of course, I really want to check out Bridge of Clay.


That’s it for today! I had a lot of fun with the prompts this month, and I can’t wait to see what we will do in April!

#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 🥰

Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Habits

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. I’m definitely not as active as I wanted to be this month, so I’m really glad that I found about it because it gives me the inspiration I am so desperately lacking. And without further ado, here comes a ramble about some of my messy bookish habits! ♥

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Reading in public transports

Definitely number one on this list, reading in public transports is, for some reason, my favourit things to do. So much so that I’d rather spend one hour in public transports to go to work, rather than drive for twenty minutes. In a way, it allows me to take a break and I just love it.

Reading with a hot drink

Whether at a coffee place, or with a blanket at home, I love having a latte or a cup of tea with my book. And yes, that is basically the ultimate bookworm cliché, but isn’t it just perfectly nice and cosy?

Sharing pictures of my books

I’ve been doing this pretty much since 2015 and it has become a whole part of my reading process. First of all, it’s nice to scream into the void how much I love my current read. And second of all, it helps me keep track of everything I have read which is nice. I now have organised threads on Twitter of all the books I have read for the past two or three years, and I feel so put together when I look at them. And in addition to that, of course there’s Goodreads.

Using ANYTHING BUT a bookmark… as a bookmark

I’m going to be very honest with you. I own HUNDREDS of bookmarks. Some fancier than others, some of them from bookdepository, etc. But what are you most likely to find in between the pages of my books? Well as of lately, the answers to that is coasters I have taken from my favourite beer bar. So much for the fancy bookmarks.

And of course, reading before bed ♥

This was my favourite thing to do as a kid. Read during the hours of the night. Forget about bedtime. Read Twilight twice in a row and go to bed at 3am. Quickly switch of the light when I heard my mom’s footsteps in the corridor. There was a bit of excitement to it, and for some reason, it made me feel like a grown up. More often than not I find myself scrolling through my phone before going to bed nowadays. But on the rare occasion that I pick up a book before going to bed, I feel super nostalgic.


And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading my ramble, and feel free to share your favourite reading habits in the comments!

July Wrap Up

With my job at the bookstore, I am bound to read more and more books in French, so these monthly wrap up posts might change a little bit. However, I still love YA, and reading in English, so don’t give up on me just yet!

Books I’ve been reading:

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A sweet summer romance/best friends to lovers romance. Love, Life and the List is a story about growing up and facing your fears. It’s my second Kasie West novel, and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it! (Full review)

See All the Stars by Kit Frick ⭐⭐⭐
This book was way more complex than I thought it would be. It revolves around a before/after concept and the reader knows that something terrible has happened but it takes us to the very end to grasp exactly the extent of the problem. It’s nothing fantastically new, but overall it was a great novel about growing up, and toxic friendships. Hopefully I get to write a full review of that one soon.

Miss Marvel vol.1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A superhero comic about a hijabi teenage girl living in America? I am here for it! I can’t wait to pick up the sequel for that one.

Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A wonderful modern retelling of the as-old-as-time tale of Tristan and Iseult. This one really took me by surprise in the best possible ways, and although it kept breaking my heart time after time, I would definitely recommend it. (Full review)

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The amazing sequel to Passenger! It’s a historical fiction and time travel story using the concept of secret passages through time and space that only selected families can use, and the story of a quest to find the unique astrolabe that can control them, and could mean the change of the world as we know it. I absolutely loved this duology. (Full review)

French books:

Except for the first one on this list, these are all 2019 releases, or books that are about to be released, so (correct me if I am wrong !) they have not been translated yet.

Un amour de mille ans d’Akira Mizubayashi ⭐⭐⭐
A beautiful story about love, growing old together, and music.

La vie rêvée des chaussettes orphelines de Marie Vareille ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A very moving story about sisterhood and grief (full review in French).

Pourquoi tu danses quand tu marches? d’Abdourahman Waberi ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The coming of age story of a boy who didn’t fit in. It’s told by a father to his daughter. It’s extremely beautiful and moving, and well written. Hopefully I’ll write a full review of that one (in French). To be released in August.

A la demande d’un tiers de Mathilde Forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A heartbreaking tale about sisters and family, trauma and mental illness. To be released in August.

La plus belle des marchandises de Jean-Claude Grumberg ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The heartbreakingly beautiful story of a poor woman who adopts a child during WWII. It’s extremely witty and well written, making the reader think about the horrors that mankind is capable of producing. This one, for sure, is a book I won’t be able to forget.

Currently reading:
Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgormery
La hija del comunista (The daughter of the communist) by Aroa Moreno Duran

Kdrama I’ve Been Watching:
Suspicious Partner ✨ Descendants Of the Sun ✨ School 2017

TV Shows:
Druck ✨ The 100 ✨ Stranger Things

Movies:
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again ✨ The Parent Trap


Goodreads Challenge: 55/70 (I read 10 books this month)
Audiobook Challenge: 6 books (currently reading 1)
YARC: 10 books (check out my last post for a full update)

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!

The Versatile Blogger Award | 2018 Edition!

I was tagged by Bri’s Book Nook to do the Versatile Blogger Award, thank you so much dear! Since the last time I actually did it was in 2016, I decided to do it again, because a lot has changed since then.

It is possible that other people also tagged me for this Award, if so thank you, and I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner… Here is my answer! I also realised I haven’t done a Blogger Award post in quite some time, so I decided I might as well give it a go this time. And before I really get into it, I also wanted to make a small life update post at some point soon-ish, so this will do the trick!

Here are the rules:

• If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award!
• Thank the person who gave you the award.
• Include a link to their blog.
• Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself!

Here are my answers:

#1. If you don’t know that already, I am a French book lover, and I will soon turn 23. I’ve had this blog since 2015, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

#2. I graduated from college in July and I have a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature. I never thought I would say that, but I actually really miss uni!

#3. I am currently doing an internship in a publishing house, and shipping (sketch)books all around the world

#4. I tried to do NaNoWriMo in 2015 and 2016 and didn’t go through until the end, which is why I didn’t even attempt it last year. However, this time I’m really planning on doing it, and not giving up!

#5. I’m not quite sure what I want to do with my life, and I’m not quite sure where I want to live, but what I know is that it has to be a big city where there are things to see and do. And by that, I mean book events. I just moved to the countryside for my internship, and every time I see a new book event happening in Paris it break my heart, because I wish I could be there. In addition, I weirdly miss public transports and wish I didn’t have to take my car every time I want to do something, including my laundry.

#6. For the past few years, I have been struggling with depression (on top of my anxiety). However, I am feeling better and I have now officially stopped taking my medication. It feels so good to see the end of the tunnel. Honestly when I started taking them, I thought it would be for the rest of my life. And yet here I am!

I have also recently written an article about my mental health on Marie’s blog @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books if you’d like to read more about it!

#7. I love traveling. So far this year I have been to Germany (Berlin and Baden Baden), Belgium (Brussels), Austria (Vienna and Salzburg) as well as Slovakia (Bratislava). It’s something I have always loved doing, and never grow tired of. I also love traveling alone because it makes me feel so free, it’s amazing! I’m not sure what my next destination will be, maybe Heidelberg or Amsterdam, or somewhere else, who knows… I can’t wait!

Enough about me, for the last part of this post I’m tagging some blogs (not 15 because I don’t want to bother that many people) I discovered recently, feel free to do the tag or not, and have a wonderful day!

Clara @ The Bookworm of Notre-Dame

Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Kat @ Novels and Waffles

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Thanks for reading!

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!

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!

Life Update: Some Videos!

Hi bookworms! I realised I haven’t posted in quite some time however I did manage to post two videos on my Booktube channel, so if you’d like, here they are!

I have a Nerdy Post Box unboxing, featuring the Fantasy theme:

And a rant about the new premiere of The 100! Season 5 is finally here, after all this time, and I have some thoughts: