Top Ten Tuesday: “It was love at first line.”

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Dear reader,

As I am new in the bookish blogosphere, I only heard recently of the Top Ten Tuesday topics (I know, I’m living on another planet) and since I only live thanks to lists, I had to keep it somewhere to finally join someday – and now is the time.

If (like me) you don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, it was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. A list of topics is up on that blog and every Tuesday you can create your own list, following the topic announced for the day, or just go with your imagination.

For the 13th of February, the topic was “Love Freebie” and after doing many researches to get exactly what it meant, here is what I have guessed from it: you basically have to choose any topic linked to “love” (favourite romances, favourite book boyfriends/girlfriends, favourite kiss scenes etc) and work on it.

For mine, I decided to switch the subject a little bit: I do not read a lot of romance books anymore and while I was doing a list of all my favourite love speeches, I realised I only listed heterosexual couples and I didn’t want that. I also felt frustrated because for me, “love” means so much more than just a couple – it includes friends, family, hobbies etc. So after thinking for a very very very long time, I remembered this quote from the last book I read, which is Tash Hearts Tolstoy, and it was: “It was love at first line.”

This is why today I am presenting you the top ten books I fell in love with at first line.

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Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

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THE PLOT

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

via Goodreads

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How to start reading in another language

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Dear reader,

Through the year I spent on Instagram, many people have been curious to know how I started reading in English even though I was French. Today, I am going to tell you my story before giving you some tips so you can start reading in another language as well. The last part of this blog post will be in French: I will give some tips to all my French visitors on how to start reading in English specifically and some recommendations to start with.

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What I watched in January

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Dear reader,

You may not know but I do not watch a lot of movies or tv shows. I want to but I have this small problem: I can’t usually focus for more than 30/40 minutes. I tend to get easily distracted, can’t take what I’m watching seriously anymore and do something else next to it. (My friends hate me for this.) However, I decided to change all of this in 2018.

I realised that going to the movies, in this big dark room without any signal, allows me to actually watch the film without saying much. I don’t get as distracted as I use to and I somehow fell in love with the idea of going out to see something on the big screen. That is why I decided to get myself an unlimited movie card, which allows me to go see any movies I want for a small price (as long as I see at least two movies per month). And because I did that, I started to list down all the movies I saw, as I realised that I couldn’t remember anything I saw in 2017 at all.

So here is why I will start talking about movies (and tv shows, as I tend to watch some episodes every night to help me fall asleep) on this blog.

Let’s review what I watched in January.

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Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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THE PLOT

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer,comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities. 
Extraordinary Powers. 
She wants vengeance. He wants justice. 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies–humans with extraordinary abilities–who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice–and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

via Goodreads

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January wrap-up, favourites and other

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Dear reader,

How come January is already over?

So many things happened and I grew a lot. As I said in another blog post, 2017 has been a very challenging year for me and I have been feeling terrible most of the time. As we are now in February, I can say that starting a new year has done a lot for me: I am trying to feel better and it is working.

I did a lot, started some of my goals, which I will talk about in another blog post soon, and for now it seems to work. I also started reading a lot again and I’m very happy to see that reading at least 10 books per month became “normal” to me – it’s now my own pace and I love it.

So here is what I read in January and what has been important to me!

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2017 in pictures

Dear readers,

Today I present you my year in pictures.

2017 has been a rollercoaster and as I already talked about my mental health and state of mind, which were very sad, I decided to highlight all the good things that have happened during this year. This may be a useless blog post but it was important for me to focus on the good, so… here we go.

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