July wrap-up, favourites and other

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Dear reader,

Surprisingly, July has been a great month. It had its down times, I am still grieving but I also did a lot of things and had so much fun. I started reading again, I finally worked a lot on my thesis and am actually proud of what I’m doing and started going out again, well not partying but seeing my friends, going to the movies and to Disneyland. I also went back to London during July and went to YALC, and it was all a dream. I am very proud of all the progress I made because I was still sad and anxious but I can feel myself changing and improving nonetheless.

Without further ado, let’s go back to July and see what I read and loved!


WHAT I READ

I finally read a lot, as I used to do! I’m so glad to see that I’m getting back on track with my reading life and found back my love for literature. During July I read 21 books and even though some really disappointed me I still had a great time. (I also need to mention that there was a 24h readathon planned during July, so that’s also why I read so much.)

Here’s what I read:

  • Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff, 3/5 stars
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, 4/5 stars

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  • Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, 2/5 stars

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  • Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson, 4.5/5 stars
  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, 4/5 stars

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  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, 3/5 stars
  • Learn about Loss by Cassandra Clare and  Kelly Link, 3.5/5 stars

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  • Angels Can’t Swim by Alexandra McCann, 2.5/5 stars
  • I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars

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  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman, 3.5/5 stars
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars

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  • Nick & Charlie by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars
  • This Winter by Alice Oseman, 4/5 stars

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  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • Sonnets by William Shakespeare, 5/5 stars

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  • Heartsopper: Vol 1 by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars
  • It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne, 4/5 stars

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  • Free Comic Book Day 2018: Amazing Spider-Man/Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley and Cliff Rathburn, 4/5 stars

  • Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1: The Parker Luck by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramo, 4/5 stars
  • Amazing Spider-Man, Single Issues #2 by Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Alex Ros, 3.5/5 stars

WHAT I LOVED

  • FIFA World Cup

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I don’t tend to watch a lot of football but I’m always here for the World Cup and the Euro. I just love how close we feel to everyone and cheering for our boys. Well, this year we won for the first time ever since 1998. I was already born but was only 2 and didn’t enjoy it. In France everyone knows about 1998, where they were and with who. I’m so glad I got to live this and I can’t wait to tell my kids that in 2018 I was in Paris with my friends when we won and we went in the streets and walked to les Champs-Elysées to celebrate. It was magical.

  • 24h readathon

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My friend Morgane organised every three months or so a 24 hours readathon and it’s now a tradition to spend it together. For this one we went to tons of cafés and read so much (I read 1700 pages!) and it was so much fun. I can’t wait for the next one already!

  • Disneyland

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This year I got myself an annual pass for the Disneyland Paris park and I’m so glad I did. It really is the most magical place on earth. It also is dedicated to Marvel for the summer and I got to see Spider-Man, which resulted in me falling and Morgane having to carry me to him. It’s amazing.

  • Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here we go again

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Don’t ask me why I never saw this movie sooner as I’m a huge fan of musicals, I have no idea either. As the second movie was coming out soon my sister and I watched the first one and got addicted. Now we sing ABBA songs all day long and it feels so good. I then saw Mamma Mia! Here we go again at London and it was the best. I am so obsessed with those movies and those songs and those actors and…. well, everything. (Also, Lily James as Donna made me realise how I want to be like her: positive, carefree, confident. This movie really did something to me.)

  • YALC

Copie de Publication Twitter – Sans titre-1.pngThis year, I realised one of my dreams and went to London with my friend Roxanne to go to YALC, a book fair taking place in the London Comic Con. It was… amazing. I have no other words. It was everything I ever wanted and more and as I am writing this I just got home from it and I miss it terribly.

HOW WELL I DID FOR MY JULY GOALS AND WHAT I WANT TO DO IN AUGUST

July went quite well and I’m so glad that I followed most of my goals. I did get better even though it’s only just a little, I got back to reading and blogging (and did a lot of those two!), started writing again (at least for my thesis and blog, but soon I’ll work on my novel again), talked more about mental health and eating disorders online and enjoyed a lot of time with my friends and family. I just haven’t been able to finish writing my thesis and didn’t use IGTV as much as I could have, but it’s all a start!

Here are my goals for August:

  • Finish writing my thesis,
  • Survive a night alone at my house (which I never did),
  • Keep blogging and reading,
  • Keep getting better,
  • Enjoy my vacations in Corsica with my family,
  • Get a job.

And that’s all! This blog post was really long to write as I did a lot and read a lot, but I’m so happy to see how July went so well for me.

Let me know in the comments what you read this month, how many books, which one was your favourite and what made you happy during July!

Love always,

Clara

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12 thoughts on “July wrap-up, favourites and other”

  1. I felt the same about Every Last Word! The romance was completely rushed, and the ending was very strange. It just wasn’t my favorite and I’m glad to see you agree.

    Have you read any books by Adam Silvera, like History is All You Left Me?

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    1. I’m so glad we agree on this one!! The romance was so weird. At one point the guy was like “yeah you used to bully me, let’s not say we’re friends yet” and then they hang out, he helps her and they kiss on the same day? Ugh 😦

      I did! I adored HIAYLM and really liked TBDATE (even though this one let me down a bit). But HIAYLM is amazing and heart-breaking!

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      1. Yeah you’re so right! That romance didn’t feel right and it wasn’t realistic at all. And I’m glad you also enjoy Adam Silvera. HIAYLM is my favorite and he’s just such an excellent author!

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  2. Hi Clara,
    I am so happy that you had a lovely July and that you found your reading rhythm back just as well, you have read some fabulous books, that’s so great! I’m especially happy to see all of the Alice Oseman’s books, I love everything she writes so much and I Was Born For This was my favorite just as well, I loved it so, so much ❤
    I'm so happy you had such a great time this month, with Disneyland and YALC, what a dream. I hope you'll succeed in all of your goals this August 🙂 ❤

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    1. Hi Marie!!
      I’m so relieved I at least lived a nice month haha! I WAS BORN FOR THIS IS SO SO SO GOOD. When I met Alice Oseman last week we just fangirled about Jimmy and IT WAS THE BEST 😍
      Thank you for everything, you are such an angel! I hope you had a great month!! 💛

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  3. omg you read so much! I only read four books last month but two of them were favorites for the year (Legendary and Furyborn) so I’m happy with it. I haven’t read any of these because I don’t read contemporary that often but I am planning on picking up Fangirl at some point.

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