November wrap-up, favourites and other

Wanderlust GIFT IDEAS

Dear readers,

November came and left so quickly. I still cannot believe that we are now at the last month of 2017 and it both amazes and scares me. The year went by way too fast and even though I know I did a million of things I still can’t quite believe that 2017 is coming to an end.

This month has been weird for me; it was both good and not good. Things happened, my mental health and health have been not so kind on me and I had to say goodbye to many people to be able to breathe again. I am proud, however, to see that I actually fought everyday to get better and dared cut off toxic people of my life.


READING WRAP-UP

As I was disappointed with myself in October, it was really important for me to read more this month. I am really happy to see that I actually did read more! After only one week in November, I had already read 5 books. A little slump came by at the end because I was sick but I still managed to read 20 books.

Here’s what I read during November:

  • Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 4/5 stars
  • Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 4/5 stars
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 3/5 stars
  • Le bonheur n’a pas de rides by Anne-Gaëlle Huon, 2/5 stars
  • Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 4/5 stars
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, 5/5 stars
  • Bring Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia, 3/5 stars
  • This Monstrous Thing by Makenzie Lee, 5/5 stars
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, 4/5 stars
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover, 1/5 stars
  • One by Sarah Crossan, 5/5 stars
  • Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armetrout and others, 4.5/5 stars (ARC)
  • The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, 5/5 stars
  • En équilibre by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf, 3/5 stars
  • The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean, 3/5 stars
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell, 4/5 stars
  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic, 2/5 stars
  • The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 4/5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (re-read)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 5/5 stars

Because I read that much, I have two favourite reads for November. The first one is This Monstrous Thing. This book has been given to me by one of my best friends for my birthday and she really knows me well: I fell in love with the story as soon as I started it. If I was a bit disappointed by The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by the same author, this one completely took my breath away.

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taken by me for thebookwormofnotredame (Instagram)

My second favourite is The Return of the Native, even though I shouldn’t be surprised; Thomas Hardy definitely is one of my favourite authors. I’m always scared he will disappoints me and even though Two on a Tower wasn’t his best novel, he never really let me down and The Return of the Native prooves it once more. It was simply incredible and I cannot recommend it enough.

FAVOURITES
  • Brooklyn 99

Another month, another TV show. It seems to be how I function.

I started Brooklyn 99 two years ago. My best friend has been talking about it a lot and since it was on Netflix, I decided to start watching it. For some reasons, I only watched one season. It wasn’t because I wasn’t liking it, as I already was obsesseed, but I wasn’t in the mood for TV shows at this time and starting another one was a bad idea. However, I needed one this month and I watched the last four seasons in four weeks… Oops?

I cannot properly express how Brooklyn 99 is a comedy masterpiece. Not only is it funny and brilliant (and it keeps getting better), but the cast is also very diverse and it feels real. The Captain of the police team is a black gay man, and this should be enough to explain how this TV show is killing it. Also, it portrays very healthy relationships which taught me a lot. Seeing a man saying to his girlfriend that she shouldn’t be afraid to be successful and that he always knew she would be his boss someday made me feel good. This is how life and love is supposed to be. Finally, I wanted to talk about women: there are three important women in this show and they are all different but also all strong in their own way. The three of them quickly became an all-day inspiration and they made do better during November.

  • Spider-Man Homecoming DVD

my friends reading this article: *pretends to be chocked*

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When it first came out in French theaters, I saw it six times. Yes, six times. I apologise to my best friend who had to come with me every single time. Anyway, it was obvious that I was going to buy it as soon as it came out in DVD. To this day, I already watched it three more times and I am still not bored. This movie, and especially Tom, have some weird powers on me and make me feel good, so I’ll keep watching it again and again.

  • Staying at home

This may sounds weird, but it really is one of my favourites for November.

I am a very busy person and me staying at home during the weekend doesn’t happen a lot, and if it does it’s only for a day. However, this month I actually stayed home an entire weekend and didn’t have to go out. It made me feel so good and I will definitely take the time to do so every once in a month, since it really helped my anxiety and stress level.

  • My book

Another weird one, I guess.

November means Nanowrimo, which means that I had the perfect motivation to work more than ever on my novel. Even though I didn’t complete Nanowrimo, I still wrote 25.000 words in a month which is incredible for me, as I haven’t wrote that much in years. The story is finally coming together and I had so much fun writing this month. Some characters surprised me, I even surprised myself but I actually am really working on it and I am so proud.

  • The Greatest Show

I never listen to soundtracks before seeing the movie but you can’t sell me one with Zendaya, Zac Effron and Hugh Jackman without expecting me to listen to it. To this day, only three songs are out but I already listened to it on repeat for several days. Now I really need the movie.

  • Avengers: Infinity war trailer

It happened. It is here. We FINALLY have it and it is epic.

I am so excited to watch it. As a huge fan of Marvel for years, I have been waiting for this for so long. Plus, seeing Tom Holland on screen again got me very excited. I am both ready and scared for this movie, as we all know not everyone will come it out alive.

  • Love, Simon trailer

As I discovered Becky Albertalli’s books this year, I have been waiting for this trailer as soon as the movie was announced and I can say that it didn’t disappointed me. I was confident, since everything they shared on their official Twitter and Instagram seemed already amazing, but the trailer was so much more. As someone said on Twitter, this movie seems to have the same cheesy music and all as straight love stories and it feels good. I am not part of the LGBTQIA+ community but seeing a gay love story on screen being treated completly normally gives me hope for our future.

  • Le Salon du Livre et Presse Jeunesse de Montreuil
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me with four copies of the French edition of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

This weekend, I went to the bookfair we have all been waiting for in France. It basically is a bookfair about young adult and middle grade literature, and basically every books that are meant for children and teenagers. I met so many authors, so many people as well (again, thank you to everyone who recognised me, hugged me, asked for a picture, and more) and enjoyed every seconds with my friends. Our next big book fair in France will be in four months and I just can’t wait.

MY GOALS FOR DECEMBER
  • Keep working on my novel

Well, that seems to be a goal for every month but I am happy to see that I kept achieving it so it must work. I first wanted to finish this draft completly but realised that it was unrealistic. I don’t wan to pressure myself on this, so I’ll take all the time I need but keep working on it as much as I can.

  • Make everything Christmassy

As I already said a billion time, I didn’t have the chance to enjoy Christmas properly last year so that is why it is one of my main goals. I want to make my bedroom looks Christmassy, do Christmas things, give presents to my friends and more. December will be full of Christmas songs and hot cocoa.

  • Go to Disneyland with my best friends

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It isn’t really a goal since we alreayd agreed on buying our tickets this week but it still is something I am looking forward. I always loved Disneyland during Christmas but going with my friends there will be a first. I can’t wait to finally go with all of them and enjoy the magic of this place.


I apologise for the lenght of this article but somehow, November has been a crazy month filled with new adventures, books and more. I am proud of everything I achieved during it and can’t wait to properly enjoy the end of the year now.

I wish you all to have a beautiful month and to keep being your amazing selves.

Love always,

Clara

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