August wrap-up, favourites and other

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Dear reader,

I know that once again, I disappeared from my blog. For once, I do have an explanation for it: I finished my thesis! At the beggining of the summer I really thought that I could do it all: read, blog and write my thesis. Well, I was wrong and I had to take two weeks of vacations to work on it properly. It was hard, there were moments I thought I couldn’t do it but as it was my main goal for the month I pushed myself and did it. As I am writing this I only have to add some corrections and I’ll be able to hand it back in a week.

But since we are not here to only talk about my thesis,Β let’s go back to August and see what I read and loved!


β₯ WHAT I READ

Here is what I didn’t do in August: read. I was so busy writing my thesis, moving housesΒ  (we are officially moving in our new appartment with my family in four days!) and enjoying my time in Corsica with my family that I didn’t have the time to read a lot, which hasn’t happened to me for years now. I still managed to read a 900 pages long book, but other than that I had no time to dedicate to my reading life.

Here’s what I read:

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot, 4/5 stars
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, 4/5 stars

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  • Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich, 4/5 stars (ARC)
  • Amazing Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect, 3/5 stars

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For the end of the year I decided to go back to make myself monthly TBRs and I will try to read all the unread books that I have left on my shelves, as I bought a lot while I was in London. I also want to be able to reach my secret goal of 150 books before 2019, so making those lists should really help. I’ll talk about it more in a blog post once I’ll be done with it!

β₯ WHAT I LOVED

  • Full House

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I started watching this tv show a little after my grandma died two months ago. It talked about grieving and growing, and I needed it. I stopped but then introduced my best friend to it. We both fell in love with it and have been watching it together during August. We are both in love with Jess and I cry at almost every episode, but it’s making me feel so much better and is teaching me a lot. As someone who adores old tv shows, this one is amazing.

  • Movie nights

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Before joining my parents to Corsica I had an entire week to myself and spent it with my friend Morgane at home. Every night we watched a different movie before deciding to rewatch all theΒ Harry Potter ones. We still have the last three ones to watch but it was amazing and exactly what I needed. Last summer was filled with parties but for this year I really needed to relax and just spend my nights with my friends on the couch.

  • Disneyland

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As I have an annual pass I went back to Disneyland Paris in August, but this time with my best friend, her sister and two other friends. It was so much fun and I had such a great day! It always makes me feel so happy to be back there and we should be going back soon at the end of September. I can’t wait!

  • Corsica

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If you don’t know half of my family is from Corsica, a French island, and ever since I was born I went there every summer. As I grew up I started to dislike the sun and going there pained me as I had to go to the beach and I couldn’t except my body. This year I went back because I wanted to and had an amazing time. It felt so good to be reunited with my family after loosing my grandma and to relax a bit. I didn’t have anything to do and just walking in the moutains, dancing in the streets of our village or swimming for hours made me really happy. I needed to go back home this year and I’m glad I did.

  • Being on vacations

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I am the kind of person who barely ever takes a break, yet I really needed one this time. Being at home, not going out every night, taking time for myself, making plans for my future, not having to wake up early every morning… Being on vacations really made me feel better and taught me that I really need to allow myself to breathe more in the future. I should be my first priority and always listen to my body and mind.

β₯ HOW WELL I DID FOR MY AUGUST GOALS AND WHAT I WANT TO DO IN SEPTEMBER

During August I met most of the goals I set myself at the end of July. I finished my thesis, kept getting better (my doctor was so proud she even hugged me), enjoyed my vacations in Corisca and almost got a job (hopefully I’ll be able to scream it soon). Unfortunately I couldn’t blog nor read because of all the things above, and also because my family and I are moving in a new house, and I didn’t have the opportunity to sleep alone at my house, but it still has been a very good month.

As for September, here are my new goals:

  • Read all the books on my TBR list,
  • Keep blogging,
  • Take new bookstagram pictures in Paris,
  • Finish my studies and start new ones (surprise! I decided to change of career but I’ll talk about it more soon).

And here we are! August has been a busy month but I grew up a lot from it and I really am feeling myself changing for once. The future seems brighter now.

What about you? What did you read and do in August? Any plans for September?

Love always,
Clara

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9 thoughts on “August wrap-up, favourites and other”

  1. I’m happy to hear you had a lovely month and enjoyed your holidays, Clara, that’s fantastic! ❀ Best of luck for the end of your thesis and I am looking forward to hearing about your new career path – I'm very curious, please forgive me haha πŸ™‚
    I hope you'll have a lovely September πŸ™‚

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  2. Sounds like you had a lovely month! I’m glad you enjoyed the Darkest Minds and Dead Evan Hansen books! I’ve been wanting to read the later so badly, since I adore the musical!

    Have a wonderful September, beautiful! ❀️

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  3. Oh my goodness – excited to hear about your career change!! Glad you had a good break & I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma passing. Full House was my favourite programme growing up so I’m glad it’s helping you in some way. It’s so beautiful ❀

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  4. Your layouts are so gorgeous ❀ Sounds like you read a good few books! I've been intrigued about Middlemarch myself, though think I'll leave it for when I've got more time on my hands ahaha. Hope all goes well in September for you!

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