| BOOKSTAGRAM | SEPTEMBER 2018

 

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Hello lovelies ! How are you ? Today I’m gonna show you some photos I took in September for my bookstagram !

Let’s start, shall we ?

 

That’s it ! I still have a lot of fun taking these photos, but seriously the algorithm is slowly but surely killing my bookstagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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| BOOK HAUL | MY SEPTEMBER 2018

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Hello lovelies ! How is your week end so far ? Today I’m gonna talk about my September book haul. I’ve been reasonable since I only bought two books !

  • The Witcher #1 The Last Wish in French (Le Sorceleur #1, Le Dernier Voeu) by Andrzej Sapkowski.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

That’s it ! Have you read any of these ?

| BOOK REVIEW | THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

The Darkest Minds new coverThe Darkest Minds
Author : Alexandra Bracken
Series : The Darkest Minds
Genres : Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion

Synopsis : When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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I must admit, I started this book with somehow low expectations, even though I don’t know why. Well… Why have I waited that long to read this book ?!

The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.

Plot

The beginning gives us the pace. We’re in a dystopia where children who survived a deadly disease called IAAN are gifted (or cursed ?) with strange abilities. Think X-men. We don’t get to know how this disease emerged and I wished we knew more. Maybe in the next books.

In Thurmond, a children camp, kids become colors. Blue, Yellow, Green, Red, Orange. The color system is a code to identify their powers. I found it vry clever, really ! I must say, the universe Alexandra Bracken created is really amazing and so interesting !

Another thing I enjoyed is how the characters felt real and relatable.  At the beginning, Ruby is so fragile and afraid of herself, it’s very touching.

This book is fast paced and full of plot twists. I guessed one of them but that didn’t bother me.
And let’s not forget that ending !! It broke my heart.

I think maybe the most frustrating feeling in the world is to have something to say but not know how to put it into words. To have lived through something but not be able to get it out of you before it festers.

Characters

  • Ruby is such an amazing main character. From fragile to strong minded and a kick ass lead, she is incredible. Her story is really touching !
  • Liam is so brave and heart-warming ! He is such a sunshine ! He wants to protect his friends no matter what.
  • Chubs is such a difficult character to understand. I mean, it’s very difficult to pierce his shield.
  • Zu is such a cutie, impossible not to love her.

Together, they want to reach a sort of Eldorado for children. And it’s not exactly how they imagined it.

To put it in a nutshell, if you like dystopian books, X-men and fast paced books, you need to read it !

5 stars

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About the author

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books.

Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.

 

| WRAP UP & TBR | OCTOBER 2018 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! October is upon us ! Even though it’s still hot in my area, I can already smell the Fall scents ! I had my first Pumpkin Spicy Latte yesterday so yeah my favorite season is officially started !!

Back to business ! I plan to read 6 books this month but I’m still waiting for the last one to be delivered. Even though, let’s be honest, I’ll probably be able to read like 3 books at best !

  • Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody. One of my most anticipated releases for 2018. I can’t wait to find out what this book has to tell.
  • Champion by Marie Lu so I can finish this great trilogy.
  • Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken that I am currently reading. I had an exhausting week so I barely read these past few days.
  • In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken.
  • The Witcher #1 The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski that I bought in French. You may know it as a video game !
  • City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab that is not featured on this photo, unfortunately.

 

That’s it ! What are you planning on reading during October lovelies ???

| WRAP UP & TBR | SEPTEMBER 2018 WRAP UP

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Hello lovelies ! How was you week end ? Mine is more than okay since it’s the beginning of my holidays !! I can’t believe how fast September flew !

I only finished two books this month.

  • Keepers Of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger that I read in French. I LOVED it !!  I need to buy the next books as soon as possible ! 5 stars
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I really enjoyed it even though I had a hard time to stay focused on the story. I know the reason though. I was more into a Fantasy mood. But I’m stubborn and decided to keep reading it and I don’t regret it at all. 4 stars.

Blogging-wise, I only posted one review this month : Grace And Fury by Tracy Banghart. You can read it here if you haven’t already.

I also posted a discussion post about how difficult it is to find the right balance between blogging and the rest of one’s life. You can read it here.

That’s it ! I’ll try to post more reviews next month and hopefully I’ll be able to catch up at least a tiny bit on my reviews to write haha !

| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – TOP TEN BOOKS BYMY FAVORITE AUTHORS THAT I STILL HAVEN’T READ

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Hello lovelies ! It’s that time again ! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Today’s theme is : Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

SO, without further ado :

Books by V.E. Schwab :

  • Vengeful, Vicious sequel. I can’t wait to read it !
  • City Of Ghosts
  • The Near Witch

Books by Colleen Hoover :

  • Slammed
  • Too Late, which I’m kind of afraid to read to be honest since it’s said to be very different from the rest of her work.

Cassandra Clare :

  • The Iron Trial
  • Ghosts Of The Shadow Market

 

That’s it ! Again, it’s a top 7 but it was so much fun to do !! I hope you enjoyed it ! 

| LET’S TALK | HOW TO FIND BALANCE BETWEEN BLOGGING AND THE OTHER PARTS OF YOUR LIFE

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Hello lovelies !! It has been a long time since I posted a discussion post ! Today I’m gonna talk about how difficult it is to have a balanced life. And by that I mean balanced between your blogging life, work and your social life.

Let’s be honest, blogging is like having a second job. It takes time. Writing reviews, finding ideas for original posts, making memes and challenges, it’s time consuming. And let’s not forget the most important part of the book blogging  : the reading time !

For the last 3 years, I wrote posts mainly the evenings, with my TV on. And I had a LOT of time left for reading. That is, until I moved into my own flat, with all the duties that came with it. Less reading time, more chores. But I managed to find a good blogging pace nonetheless. I wrote my reviews during my lunchbreaks.

But for the last 3 months, I’ve struggling to keep a good blogging schedule. My social life is taking more time (and I’m really happy about it), and I also started practicing crossfit. And it also takes a lot of time. To be honest, I felt a lot of pressure because my blogging situation. Seeing how spare my posts became, how my stats dropped, really it stressed me out. And I realized something. It shouldn’t. Blogging isn’t my job, it’s my hobby. It shouldn’t stress me. So, I’m trying a new approach. I try to write posts and schedule them whenever I can. But if I can’t find time to write a post, it’s okay. Because I’m happy with how my life is right now.

What about you ? How do you manage to balance everything ?