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April and May 2019 : A Very Sad Wrap-Up (and A TBR)

April was a terrible reading month, let me just say this. Between the end of the semester and finals, my reading goal was not met. AT ALL. I finished all my exams last week so it’s time to get back on my reading game !

What I Read In April 2019

I read a total of… one book in April. Yup. Talk about a failure. 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : everybody has been hyping this book forEVER so it was time I got to it. 

What I Read in May 2019

So to be honest, May wasn’t any better than April. Until the 15th of May, I was DROWNING in exams, stress and a huge craving for McDonalds. 

Othello by William Shakespeare (⭐️⭐️⭐️): far from being my favorite Shakespearean play, I still thought Othello was decent. I didn’t enjoy it all that much, BUT Iago made it okay for me. 

A Week To Be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2) by Tessa Dare (⭐️⭐️⭐️) : was this cute ? yes. Was this the best thing I’ve read ? No. I liked it better than A Night To Surrender. 

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : I will NEVER stop gushing about this book. EVER. It’s heart-warming, important, relevant, beautiful, hilarious and well-written. I had the time of my life reading it. 

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #2) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : Again, loved it. The main character, Katy, becomes much more of her “own” person in this book and seeing her character arc and her progression is amazing. 

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic (⭐️⭐️) : originally, i dnf-ed this book @ 29% but it apparently seems like i physically and emotionally am incapable of seriously dnf-ing a book when i think it might still have a potential, even a tiny tiny bit. 

Serpent And Dove by Shelby Mahurin (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : GOD DID I LOVE THIS BOOK !!! If there’s one book I recommend for you to absolutely read, it’s this one (and Unpregnant). This book is an absolute gem, the characters, the world-building, the writing style, the plot. EVERYTHING is iconic and beautifully written. RECOMMEND x100000. 

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio (⭐️⭐️) : I was really disappointed by this book, even though the original idea seemed great. My main issues were the constant drama and borderline cheating. 

Slayer by Kiersten White (Slayer #1) (⭐️⭐️) : despite the compelling writing style that absolutely matched the main character’s struggles, Slayer wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Was it that my expectations were too high or that I’m weirdly overprotective of anything Buffy-related ? Maybe. I just didn’t feel connected to either the plot or the characters. 

Vicious (All Saints High #1) by L.J Shen (⭐️⭐️⭐️): this one was definitely OUT of my comfort zone but I enjoyed it (if you get passed the whole alpha-male/”you’re mine” BS)

Currently Reading

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare  : FINALLY, we’re here. Look, I know Cassie is milking this series and people are annoyed but I’m not. She created a great world and imo, it’d be a waste not to dive deeper into it. Granted, it’s hard to get into TDA without having read the other books so the annoyance is 1000% valid.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven : the premise is interesting but please, let’s stop with this OVERUSE of brackets. It’s not necessary. 

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi : I’m sold by this concept of aliens giving a week notice to the Earth and humans until the infamous yet mysterious “Judgment Day”. 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata : is this the new me now ? I’m not used to reading contemporary romances but I, for some reason, still want to give it a try. 

TBR for June 2019

During June, I have an internship in a law firm but I’m still hoping to get some reading done. I’m really bad at doing TBRs because I mostly read based on how I’m feeling and honestly, one may never know what my next mood is going to be. 

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E Schwab

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater 

Thunderhead (Arc of A Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 

The Raven King (All For The Game #2) by Nora Sakavic

Marriage for One by Ella Maise 

Let’s all say a prayer for this small-ish TBR and hope I’ll get to actually touch one of these books next month. That being said, I’m getting my finals results within the next two weeks and it’s safe to say I’m ABSOLUTELY terrified. That’s it for today ! 

What’s on your TBR ? 
Have you read any of the books I mentioned and what did you think ? 
Leave a comment below ! 

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

“Wicked are the ways of women — and especially a witch”

Serpent & Dove is set in a 17th Century French-inspired landscape. It deals with a war between witches and the Church. The story focuses on a witch, Lou and a witch hunter, Reid, who are forced into marriage. Serpent & Dove was a surprising read and the evolution throughout the book was insane. This is not AT ALL where I thought the story was going but, DID I ENJOY IT ? YES MA’AM. Shelby Mahurin created a very compelling world with a great magic system (and I would love to learn more about it). I liked her writing style, clear and eloquent. I felt completely immersed in the story (you know that feeling when you read and it’s basically like a movie is playing in your head and you forget you’re reading ? Yeah, that’s how good it was.) I loved the use of French vocabulary (and insults. Lots of them.  French is my native language and I can attest that the insults were on point.)

The characters :

Lou : she’s provocative and sarcasm is her second language. Lou was An Absolute Icon during the entire book. She’s cunning and witty while having a heart of gold. Lou is also a survivor and most of her choices are rooted in her past trauma and childhood (which we get to learn about, I’m not spoiling but it’s gOOd). I really enjoyed seeing her arc and progression.

Reid : he was such an interesting character because even though he’s a religious “by-the-book” witch hunter, he also gave off a bit of a bad boyish vibe which I think was accentuated when he became more comfortable around Lou. I liked his moral compass and how he came to question his beliefs.

Coco : I enjoyed Coco’s storyline very much and the lengths she was willing to go to help Lou. Girls supporting girls. It’s all I need.

Ansel : you know what, I’m gonna say something I never say because it makes me internally cringe but I’ll make an exception. Ansel is A True Cinnamon Roll and I don’t take any form of criticism. His silent acceptance of Lou and his affection for her was so heartwarming and beautiful.

The Relationships :

The Hate-To-Love Trope aka Reid and Lou : I’m sold, what else can I say ? There’s just something about two characters from opposite sides, with different beliefs, developing feelings for each other and become willing to question the system they were raised in and become mentally independent from what was essentially drilled into their brains. I just love it. Lou and Reid are the dynamic duo I deserved.

The Themes :

“Your god hates women. We were an afterthought.” “That isn’t true.” I finally turned to face him. “Isn’t it ? I read your Bible. As your wife, am I not considered your property ? Do you not have the legal right to do whatever you please with me ?”

The place of the Church in defining women’s role in society : witches are rejected in this society but more than witches, women are looked at as the ultimate sinners and temptress. Most of the choices made by the witches are…. somewhat questionable. However, I was still rooting for them, which leads me to my second point and major theme.

“Maiden, Mother, and Crone,” I murmured. He nodded approvingly, and warm satisfaction spread through me. “An embodiment of femininity in the cycle of birth, life, and death… among other things. ’Tis blasphemous, of course.” He scoffed and shook his head. “As if God could be a woman.”

Claiming back the power : this war is mainly between the witches and the royal family but with that comes the power of the Church and its influences. The witches want revenge but they also want their land back, which were taken away from them. I liked the fact that there was history there and Lou wasn’t the cause of this war. She unfortunately was a catalyst, inadvertently. She was forced to play a part in a war that wasn’t hers. So in a way, I think it’s also about Lou claiming back her power and her identity.

These are my thoughts regarding Serpent and Dove . I really enjoyed it, more than I thought I would and it was a true pleasure to discover Shelby Mahurin’s writing. I strongly suggest you listen to God Is A Woman by Ariana Grande and Take Me To Church by Hozier while reading this book because I did and for some reason, it was PERFECTION.

Lucifer, A Story About Redemption

In honor of Season 3 coming out last Wednesday (and the fact I just finished my finals and am gonna binge the living hell out of it), I thought I’d make this post and gush about Lucifer !

“People don’t arrive broken. They start with passion and yearning till something comes along that disabuses them of those notions. ”

This TV show deals with the Devil, Lucifer Morningstar as he decides to take a  vacation from Hell along with a demon called Mazikeen and goes to Los Angeles to make it his new home. His path meets the one of Detective Chloe Decker (LAPD) and the rest is history, I guess.

So who would have thought I’d feel any kind of compassion for the Devil ? That’s a rhetorical question. Morally grey characters with layers and discussed trauma is what makes my heart beat

😈Taking responsibility

Lucifer is not at all what I expected. I adore the take the show has on taking responsibility for our own actions. The criticism of the Catholic Church (but also of basically every religion) is compelling because… it’s true. Too often, humanity has blamed their impulses and immoral decisions on some outer force, whispering in their ears and making them do the unthinkable. But actually putting this “idea” of the Devil into a (very hot) Tom Ellis in a suit (yes with a British accent and yes it’s besides the point), well it changes the way you think about it. You end up sympathizing with him and understand his point of view. 

😈Dealing with trauma (or not…)

Lucifer is deeply traumatized and hasn’t dealt with his trauma at all (way too close to home). He doesn’t communicate, closes himself off rather than dealing with shit and uses humor as a defense mechanism (ouch).

“Lately I’ve been thinking. Do you think I’m the Devil because I’m inherently evil, or just because dear ol’ dad decided I was?”

He lets himself believe for a second he deserves love but also deeply deeply believes his entire life is a cosmic joke where his future is constantly planned by his Father and out of his control. This idea of being “deserving” plays a huge role in the show as a part of Lucifer truly believes he doesn’t deserve to be happy

😈Family relationships and complications

What I really appreciate about Lucifer is its variety of topics dealt with. At the end of the day, Lucifer’s family is fucked-up. When you think about it, he got kicked out for being rebellious (yes, in Heaven, yes, must’ve been pretty serious). What I’m trying to say is that their problem is an INCREDIBLE lack of communication resulting in more and more problems (again, pretty relatable in my eyes)

😈Redemption and identity 

What I like the most about Lucifer is that it discusses self-determination. Is there redemption for all of us ? Do we all deserve it ? More than that, it’s about identity and being who you are. I feel like throughout the show we see Lucifer try to fit in the mold others have made for him. His self-hatred is so intense he starts to believe he is evil. After all, why shouldn’t he ? It’s what people have been saying since the dawn of times, right ? But what about trying to decide who you are going to be rather than listening to who people think you are ?

😈Conclusion 

The characters are pure gold and not ONE of them is as “simple” as you might think. They all have motives, ambitions and layers (cough Maze cough) which I feel is something you don’t always get to see. It’s so common to just see a character being thrown in a show, without them having any real depth or character arc. 

In complete honesty, I was nowhere near ready when I started watching this show. It swept me off my feet and I’m legitimately obsessed with it. 

Do you watch Lucifer ?
What’s a TV show that’s completely taken over your life ? 
Let me know ! 

Top 5 : Female Characters in Literature

My adolescence has been shaped my female characters. I was always looking for the next female-driven book to get me inspired. Women in literature have taught me valuable life lessons about womanhood, resilience and resistance.

Here are my top 5 favorite female characters !

💯Jude Duarte, The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

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What I really like about Jude Duarte and the way she’s written is that her character arc is phenomenal. Seeing a female MC, driven by a VERY GREY moral compass and taking charge of her destiny, claiming back power, and being hungry for it, it’s refreshing.

💯Inej Ghafa, Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Inej Ghafa is a survivor. Her resilience, her personality, everything about her implies strength. I have rarely read about a character as pure-hearted as Inej and yet, as utterly silently ferocious. Inej is strong and inspiring. She’s a force to be reckoned with.

💯Evelyn Hugo, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

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I wish I had the words to describe Evelyn Hugo but I don’t feel worthy. Evelyn Hugo is unique, driven and provocative. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She would make the same choices over and over again if she had to. What I liked the most about her is how fierce and brave she is.

💯Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Elizabeth Bennet is the OG “I-Don’t-Give-A-Single-Fuck” gal. While getting a husband is far from being one of her priorities and she’d rather be reading (same), I like that she’s not against the possibility of being in a relationship. I admire her for how unapologetic she is.

💯Amy Dunne, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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GONE GIRL SPOILERS AHEAD, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED 



Who said my favorite female character couldn’t be an absolute psychopath who faked her own death to frame her husband for cheating on her amongst other things ? Amy Dunne is not a character you like but she is one-of-a-kind, a character you don’t meet every two seconds (and one you’re glad you don’t). She is fucked-up and her motives are… debatable but the beauty of her character relies on her complex psychological logic and reasoning. Women really can be anything. Including psycho-murderous killers.

Which female characters have impacted you ? Let me know below ! 

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Hilarious, poignant and beautiful, Unpregnant tells the story of Veronica, a seemingly perfect high school student. She’s in the run to be valedictorian, has the “perfect” boyfriend, “perfect” friends and everything that goes with it… Until her “perfect” boyfriend pokes holes in his condom to get Veronica pregnant and stop her from moving away (I KNOW RIGHT ? WHO DOES THAT ?). With the help of Bailey Butler, her ex-best friend, Veronica goes on the road to get to an abortion… in a clinic 994 miles away in Albuquerque, NM. If I had to describe this book in three words, it would be be those three (give or take) : 

🌺 #1 Unique

Unpregnant is unique. It manages to tackle serious topics (teenage pregnancy, abortion, abandonment) while being absolutely hilarious and delightful. This book’s main theme is abortion. Although it’s far from being a light-hearted topic, Unpregnant does not shy away from that (I mean, look at ALL THE TROUBLE Veronica has to go through). The moral judgment, the misogyny and control over women’s bodies is very real and the authors made sure to portray that. This is a beautiful commentary on women’s rights and how far we have to go to claim what’s rightfully ours.

🌺 #2 Friendship

Bailey Butler gave off some serious Janis Ian vibes and I was here for it. Not only did I adore the two MCs, the story also centers around friendship and appearances. It’s about trying to have this “perfect” image and losing yourself in the process. Can you really call your “friends” friends if they only care about you when you’re happy and bubbly but MIA when you really need them ? If not, I would reconsider what I call “friends”. Bailey Butler is a fierce lioness and gave true meaning to what a real friend is. I think she’s probably made it to one of my favorite characters of all time.

🌺 #3 Relevant (and soooo damn important)

It’s with sadness and bitterness that I call this book relevant today. I don’t live in the United States but the fight over women’s control on their own bodies doesn’t know any borders in my eyes. Georgia Governor signed the “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Law, banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, when doctors can usually start detecting a fetal heartbeat (if you wanna know more, read this article) Most women aren’t even aware they’re pregnant until the sixth week and it’s disgusting that men like Brian Kemp still feel entitled to the opinion that THEY KNOW BETTER WHAT IS GOOD FOR A WOMAN THAN A WOMAN HERSELF. However, the debate over abortion is worldwide and again, incredibly relevant. I think this book is a perfect way to tackle these issues and I applaud Ted Kaplan and Jenni Hendriks for the way they handled it.

How To Read When You’re Broke 101 (#2)

You know how we all say we’re broke and we shouldn’t be buying books but we do anyways because well… BOOKS. That kind of says it all, doesn’t it ?

Until now, let’s just say that my bank account and I weren’t on the best of terms but we weren’t on the brink of divorce. Now ? Oh. Now, we’re fighting for who gets the kids (BOOKS) and how I am fully deserving of an allowance.

With new releases, a constant desire to self-destruct and that one gorgeous edition of Six of Crows, I’ve been struggling. In March, I told myself I was going on a book-buying ban… which lasted three days. I know, pathetic. From the 28th of March to the 28th of August, I had set my mind on not buying any more books. And it worked. I didn’t buy a single book. However, after a quick look at my bank account at the end of August, I decided to extend my book-buying ban.

(I’m actually thankful I had a slump during that same month because I would’ve suffered x1000 if I hadn’t)

However, my poor little reader heart is now GREATLY suffering from the lack of ability to buy new books and it made me reconsider my life choices. This is a little guide to help you, if you too are in a great battle with that amount in your bank account. As much as I love reading, I can’t be spending all my coins on books (I WISH).

TIP #1 : Read classics

So I know classics aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and I get it, trust me. However, most classics on Amazon are free if you have a Kindle. If you don’t, some of them are available on PDF so you can read them on your computer. This tip, I admit, is a bit tricky since you do have to have either a Kindle or a computer which means… more money you have to spend. It sucks, I know.

TIP #2 : Go to your nearest library

This might seem like a given. Back in my old town, we had a little library and guess what ? I had never set foot in it. 18 years of living there and I had never gotten a subscription to this freaking library. And guess what it had ? YA ! Books ! I ! Actually ! Wanted ! To ! Read ! Unfortunately, we moved the next year and I haven’t had the time to go on a scavenger hunt to discover the libraries around me (although I’m pretty sure they exist !!!) Libraries are a great way to read if you can’t be spending money on books. I personally don’t have trouble with not owning the books. All that matters to me is that I get to read them.

TIP #3 : Try to get ARCs

ARCs means Advanced Readers Copy and are basically a way for reviewers and readers to get copies of the books before they’re put on the market (so before they’re published. I don’t know why I’m using all this language). Websites like Edelweiss or Netgalley provide ARCs. I personally prefer Edelweiss because they tend to allow more ARCs to international readers (meaning not from the US). If you’re scared of ARCs and of Edelweiss (oh boy do I get it, I was the same), this article by Marija @ Inside My Library Mind helped me so freaking much.

TIP #4 : Invest in a Kindle

I was very suspicious of Kindles (can’t trust the technology and all that hehe). I couldn’t stand the idea of not having a physical copy in my hands (THE SMELL, THE SOUND OF THE PAGES????? ANYONE ????) but investing in a Kindle was a great choice. Although they are expensive, they’re also a great way to save up money in the future : books you buy on the Kindle are less expensive and like I said, most of the classics are for free !

TIP #5 : Go the thrift store

In France, we don’t really have thrift stores like the UK or the US have for example. I’ve only used this tip when I went to the UK last summer and I bought Twilight (I had a craving, don’t judge me) for less than a pound ! If you can, go to a thrift store, you might me able to uncover some hidden treasures. Even though I don’t have a lot of experience with thrift shopping, I do however with salvaging my mom’s old books from when she was a teenager. She kept a box of her old books in the basement of my grandparents’ house for years (a tragedy) and I had never heard about them ! Consider asking your family members if they have some secret stash of books.

TIP #6 : AsK a FriEnD iF yoU CaN BorRow ThEIR bOOks

UM….. OKAY so I don’t lend my books easily. And by that, I mean I mostly don’t (unless you’re my best friend, I know where you live and I can raid your place like the SWAT — IM MAKING THE RULES!). Okay, that was dramatic. That being said, ask a friend if you can borrow their books if they’re reading stuff you like ! If they’re close friends, they (probably) won’t (don’t hold me to it) say no.

Those are my tips to save money if you’re an avid reader. If you have any tips of your own, please comment them below!
xoxo, Noa

Readers Problems (Tag #3)

I don’t exactly know who created this tag but I found it on Anushka @ Going Through Books !

I didn’t know that having a reading slump came hand in hand with having a blogging slump. I’ve been really bad, I’ll admit it, I’m sorry. With exams coming up, it’s a bit harder for me to post regularly !

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I pick between 3 and 6 books and I start to read them. Strangely enough, I’m better at handling my TBR if I’m picking/reading several books at a time.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I have a really hard time DNF-ing books I don’t like, especially if it has good reviews because I’ve had the experience of wanting to put down the book, kept on reading it and it eventually got better. If I’m halfway, chances are I will finish it but who knows ? If I truly hate it, I won’t keep going.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Either I will read some graphic novels, since they’re easier to get through or I’ll fail 🙂 I don’t really care about failing my reading challenge. Sure it’s ugly on my Goodreads account but other than that, it doesn’t matter.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I hate it but I also… don’t care ? For example, I was reading Vampire Academy and the covers were matching until I bought Blood Promise with this ugly red cover and it got under my skin for a couple minutes. Then I got over it. The covers don’t really matter, I just wanna read.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

My best friend ! I feel like we have pretty similar reading tastes and even if she loves and I hate a book (humhum ACOTAR humhum), we can generally agree on some points we think are great/not-so-great.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I don’t start crying. I physically cannot start crying if I’m in public. Not happening. Hypothetically, if that book was life-changing, I’d either put it down and save it for later or just start crying, and get it over with. Who cares ?

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Probably not. I’ll either watch a review on Booktube of said book and if that doesn’t trigger anything, I might re-read it.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

“I’m sorry, I don’t like to let people borrow my books. It’s probably because of that girl in 7th grade who NEVER returned my Princess Diaries copies.”

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Oh, did you mean : me right now ? I have no idea. I’m probably gonna be picking up 5 books at the same time and see how it goes. Just dive in, you know ?

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

I wait. My wallet is pretty empty at the moment, which is why I’m on a book-buying ban (and actually succeeding !!!).

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

Well I bought QOAAD in December and… I still haven’t gotten to it. So probably between three and four months !

Rory Gilmore’s Reading List

So you don’t know this but I’m a huge (HUGE) Gilmore Girls fan.

I started watching it two years ago, at a moment in my life where everything was pretty much going to shit and I wasn’t happy. It was my way out of reality, a different world I could dive in where nothing else really mattered. My problems weren’t mine anymore.

Gilmore Girls will always have a special place in my heart. Back when I started watching it, I could identify with Rory a lot, as I was never really a popular girl, but more on the introverted side. I always cared about school and grades, and getting into a good college and I loved seeing Rory as she went through all this process.

Even though I wasn’t exactly like her, I found inspirations in her actions : participating in school debates, standing up for herself… Granted, this might not mean much to you but as someone who has always been plagued with major shyness, I aspired to be more like her. 

Anyhow, after my binging of Gilmore Girls (all the seasons + the revival) during the summer of 2017 (or was it 2016 ? I can’t remember) I was in major Gilmore Girls withdrawal (it’s very serious, look it up). I magically (not really) happened to stumble upon this beautiful article called All 339 Books Referenced In “Gilmore Girls”

I decided to make it my goal to go through that list and read as many books on there as possible. I re-arranged the list between what I had read, what I want to read and what I don’t intend to read simply because it’s not a priority or because I’ve never heard of it. I’m gonna share this list with you today ! (Strangely enough, the total of books on my list is 336 and I don’t know where the three others have gone ?) 

Rory's List Read
9.2%
Rory's List To Be Read
27.3%
Rory's List I Don't Intend To Read Right Now
63.3%

Read

Out of the 339 books (or 336 in my case?), I have only read 31 of them. Most of them are classics. 

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  7. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  11. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  12. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  17. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  18. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  19. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  22. Carrie by Stephen King
  23. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  24. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  25. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  26. The Iliad by Homer
  27. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  28. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  29. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  30. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  31. The Shining by Stephen King

To Be Read

  1. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  2. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  3. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  4. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  5. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  6. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  7. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  8. Othello by Shakespeare
  9. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  1. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  2. Candide by Voltaire
  3. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  7. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  9. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  10. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  11. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  12. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  13. Emma by Jane Austen
  14. Ethics by Spinoza
  15. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  16. Inferno by Dante
  17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  18. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  19. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  20. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  21. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  22. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  23. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  24. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  25. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  26. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  30. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  6. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  7. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  8. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  10. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  12. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  13. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  4. Christine by Stephen King
  5. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  6. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  7. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  8. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  9. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  10. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  11. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  12. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  13. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  14. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  16. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  17. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  18. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  19. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  20. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  21. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  22. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  23. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  24. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  25. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  26. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  27. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  28. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  29. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  30. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  1. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  6. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  7. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  8. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  9. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Others I Don't Intend To Read (at least not right now)

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  2. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  3. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  4. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  5. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  6. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  7. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  8. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  9. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  10. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  11. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  12. The Bhagava Gita
  13. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  14. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  15. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  16. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  17. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  18. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  19. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  20. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  21. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  22. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  23. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  24. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  1. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  2. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  3. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  4. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  5. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  6. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  8. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  9. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  10. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  11. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  12. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  13. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  14. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  15. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  16. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  17. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  18. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  19. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  20. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  21. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  22. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  23. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  1. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  3. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  4. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  5. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  7. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  8. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  9. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  10. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  11. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  12. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  13. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  14. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  15. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  16. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  17. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  18. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  19. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
  20. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
  21. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  22. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  23. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  24. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  25. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  26. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  27. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  28. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  1. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  2. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  3. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  4. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  5. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  6. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  7. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  8. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  10. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  11. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  12. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  13. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  14. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  15. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  1. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  2. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  3. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  4. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  5. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  6. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  7. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  8. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  10. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  11. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  12. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  13. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  14. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  15. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  16. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  17. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  18. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  19. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  20. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
  21. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  22. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  23. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  24. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  25. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  26. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  27. Night by Elie Wiesel
  28. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  29. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  30. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  31. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  32. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  33. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  34. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  35. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  36. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  37. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  1. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  2. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  3. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  4. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  5. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  6. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  7. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  8. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  9. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  10. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  11. Property by Valerie Martin
  12. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  13. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  14. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  15. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  16. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  17. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  18. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  19. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  20. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  21. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  22. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  23. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  24. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  25. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  26. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  27. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  28. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

161.Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

162.Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

163.Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

164.The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

165.Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

166.The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

167.Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

168.Selected Hotels of Europe

169.Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

170.A Separate Peace by John Knowles

171.Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

172.Sexus by Henry Miller

173.Shane by Jack Shaefer

174.Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

175.S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

176.Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

177.Small Island by Andrea Levy

178.Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

179.Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

180.The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

181.Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

182.The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

183.Songbook by Nick Hornby

184.Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

185. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

186.Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

187.Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

188.Stuart Little by E. B. White

189.Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

190.Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

191.Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

192.Time and Again by Jack Finney

193.To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

194.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

195.The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

196.Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

197.Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

198.Ulysses by James Joyce

199.Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

200.Unless by Carol Shields

 

201.Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

202.The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

203.Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

204.Walden by Henry David Thoreau

205.Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten

206.We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

207.What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

208.What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

209.When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

210.Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

211.Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

 

212.The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

213.The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

215.Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

216.Cujo by Stephen King

217.Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

218.Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

219.The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

Okay, so this was a REALLY LONG POST and I don’t blame you if you didn’t make it to the end. I can’t blame you, I probably wouldn’t have. If you’re still here, here’s a cookie 🍪 and a virtual hug ! 

Do you watch Gilmore Girls ? How many books in Rory’s list have you read ?

The Pressure of Not Knowing What To Do With Your Life (Uni Life #1)

(All this talk about degrees is my attempt at translating in English the way French Universities work. Xx)

I wish someone would have told me what I’m about to say back when I was in high school with a head full of dreams about changing the world and becoming the first female president of France (okay, that’s a bit much).

University is hard, my dudes.

I’m currently studying Law and History at University. This year is my third year (at the end of which I will get my Bachelor’s Degree). In June, I’ll have to choose which Master’s Degree I want to do.

As far as I know, I want to keep studying law. Uni is hard. Nay, it’s exhausting. Preparing a dual degree means having to work twice as hard and barely get through it. However, here’s the thing : I’m really good at being a student. I’m really good at going to class (okay that one is partly true) and turning in assignments. I love to learn new things. I love school, I love going there and seeing people, even people I don’t know nor do I intend to ever speak to them. It’s fun. I like it.

I only have two weeks of actual school left until finals (we have a two weeks left of school with actual classes, then about ten days to revise and finally about a week-long of finals).

It’s only getting harder.

The pressure, my dudes. First off, a little disclaimer : Don’t get me wrong : I am blessed, and forever grateful to get this education. I thank God every day for it.

So back to the “pressure” I was talking about. The truth is I don’t know what I want to do with the rest of my life. There’s an inherent pressure to being a high schooler and then a college student. It’s the pressure of everyone telling you to hurry up and find what you want to do. Be a lawyer, be a doctor or a dentist. Just be something. Hurry.

There’s something I want to address : hypocrisy. Like me, you’ve probably heard people say “Do what you love”, “Find your passion” etc. Well let me tell you something. You have to fight for what you want, what you love. Because life is not rainbows and long walks down the beach while the sun is setting. Following your passion is brave.

So Be Careful, I guess.

Be careful about what you choose but also know one thing : it’s okay NOT TO KNOW. I’m 20 years old and I don’t freaking know what I want to do. How do you expect a 17, 18, 19 or 20 year-old to instantly know what they want out of their life ? I don’t know and if you don’t either, let me repeat : it’s okay. What’s this pressure about knowing everything and having a carefully lied-out plan in front of you ? I haven’t experienced anything. What can a 20 year old want out of life ? Traveling, meeting people, changing the world and making a difference. If you love something with a passion, fight for it. Honestly, I cannot tell you it’s always gonna be okay and life’s gonna run smooth and be easy. That’s not true. It’s probably gonna hard and you’re gonna want to give up. The pressure can feel asphyxiating. Nonetheless, I have faith in you. I hope you’ll have faith in yourself.

New 2019 Releases I’m Excited to Read

🌻Slayer by Kiersten White : 

  • Release date : January 8th 2019
  • Buffy. That’s it. That’s the reason. It’s Buffy-related, I gotta read it. 

🌻King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo : 

  • Release date : January 29th 2019 
  • Leigh “My Lord and Savior” Bardugo has two spots on this list and I think it’s not just because I love her books. I really like her as a person (granted, I’ve never met her and only know her from her social media presence) and I shall stan her til I die.

🌻The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides : 

  • Release date : February 5th 2019
  • I keep hearing great things about this and one of the MC is a criminal psychotherapist.

🌻The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon : 

  • Release date : February 26th 2019
  • I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one to say “The Priority” because apparently, I can’t read. This is a high-fantasy that has received a lot of high praise and even been compared to Lord of the Rings ! 

🌻You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

  • Release date : March 5th 2019
  • One reason why I wanna pick this up is because it discusses academic pressure in high school. I think it’s important to remember that high school isn’t all rainbow and prom for most of us (at least, it sure as hell wasn’t for me). 

🌻Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Release date : March 5th 2019
  • Not only have I heard so much about this book, it seems really different. I’ve really enjoyed Reid’s writing in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I have faith in her ability to write powerful female MCs. 

🌻Squad by Mariah MacCarthy : 

  • Release date : March 12th 2019
  • On Goodreads, it says “This darkly comic debut novel by an award-winning playwright is like Mean Girls meets Heathers with a splash of Bring it On.”  DO YOU NEED MORE THAN THAT ? Just take my money. 

🌻Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan : 

  • Release date : April 30th 2019
  • I mean… The title and the cover. Come on. This calls to me on a spiritual level. 

🌻Again, but Better by Christine Riccio : 

  • Release date : May 7th 2019
  • Yes, I’ve been watching Christine’s videos for a long time and I really like her personality and content. However, this book discusses… COLLEGE ! Finally ! I don’t remember reading a YA contemporary with a MC in college since Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’m so excited. 

🌻Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo : 

  • Release date : October 1st 2019
  • Secret societies ? In Yale ? An ex-convict ? I’m in. This is an ADULT FICTION FOLKS not YA. 

What books are you excited to read ? Tell me below ! 

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