September wrap-up, favourites and other

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Dear reader,

September has been a tough month: I felt extremely low, got into a reading slump, moved out from our house to a new appartment, am currently a bit sick but have no time to rest and my suicidal thoughts came back, so I have now new meds and tons of appoitments to the hospital to get better. I’m still proud of me because I didn’t stop trying to get better no matter what and here I am today, ready to welcome my favourite month of the year: October. 🎃🍂🌧

October means my birthday, my best friend’s birthday, Halloween 👻 and the official return of the autumnal weather, but this year it also means going back to Disneyland Paris, flying to London for a very bookish reason which I can’t wait to tell you all about (it’s very important and is actually the proof that my work is now aknowledged worldwide speaking), band rehearsals, going to le Parc Astérix and the Paris Comic Con, participating in Victober, going to a pumpkin patch and to the French premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody. I also happen to have extremely important exams on my birthday, but I should be able to survive and do it all.

Before even starting to plan October, let’s recap all the things that happened to me during September.


WHAT I READ

As if September hasn’t been hard enough I also had to face a reading slump, which I’m not completely out yet. I still managed to read some books, 8 in total with some comics, but I never once felt the need to read, which is very sad.

Here is what I read this month:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (re-read)
  • Le Colonel Chabert by Balzac, 4/5 stars

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  • One Day in December by Josie Silver, 4/5 stars (ARC)
  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier, 5/5 stars

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  • L’Elixir de longue vie by Balzac, 4/5 stars
  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 5/5 stars

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  • La guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu by Jean Giraudoux, 3/5 stars
  • Antigone / Electre by several authors, 4/5 stars

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  • And many the Amazing Spider-Man volumes, overall 4/5 stars

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WHAT I LOVED

  • Getting back to Hogwarts

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Every year, on September 1st, I wear a Harry Potter related outfit, tweet about being in the Hogwarts Express, re-read the first book and re-watch A Very Potter Musical, a fun musical based on the books starring Darren Criss. It has been like that for as long as I could remember and this year wasn’t an exception. It felt so good to be back, to re-read the first book in French and to finally rewatch AVPM. I missed the songs so much and have been listening to them again on repeat ever since. I even went to the theatre to rewatch the first Harry Potter movie as they are putting them back here in France. I was 5 when it first came out and we did all went to the movies with my parents to see it, but it felt good to rewatch it and live it again. I obviously cried at the beggining.

  • Gilmore Girls

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I have quite a funny story with Gilmore Girls. I started it three or four years ago, and got quite obsessed with it. Because of it I decided to share it with my best friend and we have been spending days watching it together. But then, something terrible happened… Jess happened. Jess is a character in the show and unlike the rest of the world my best friend and I have been hating him since day 1. Because of that it became almost impossible for us to watch the show. It made us angry and soon we decided to stop. Next summer we decided to try again – we got angry again and stopped. Again, the next summer we tried once more, only to fail. It has been like that for quite a few summers. But this year we realised how much we were missing the show and decided to force ourselves to watch it. We did, and now we are obsessed again. I’m so thankful to have it back into my life as Lorelai truly inspires me everyday and seeing Luke on screen makes me the happiest.

  • Pumpkin Spide Latte/Coffee

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As I am the least original person in the world I asked my barrista over and over again when the PSL would be back, and as soon as it was I have been drinking tons of it. It always makes me feel good and as if I was back in my old room while it was raining outside and my mom would burn cinnamon incense sticks in the entire house.

  • Halsey

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I have been loving Halsey and her music for a while now, and even went to Glasgow at the very beggining of 2016 to see her live for the first time. Well in September I got to see her again in Paris this time with my friends and it was amazing. We had an amazing time, we danced and laughed, we even cried (well I did, mostly because one of her songs means a lot to me and I always cry listening to it). It was incredible to share this moment with my friends and I was so happy afterwards.

  • Studying and starting new studies

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So, here is my big secret. After studying literature for three years and then publishing and communications for two years I decided to stay at university to become a literature professor. In France we have to pass the CAPES competition and it’ll happen in May 2019. I’m already very scared of it all but I know that it’s what I want to do, so I will do all I can to make it happen. At least studying has been quite fun for now, and I had many study dates with my friend Lucie, which made it all easier.

  • Being myself again

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Despite feeling low and everything September has also been the month I decided to take some risks and be myself again. I started to go out in Paris again with my friends and even bought some clothes, which barely happen. For once I stopped being scared of dressing like I always wanted, stopped telling myself that it won’t look good on me, and I have been so happy ever since I decided to start wearing what I always wanted. Feeling pretty feels quite nice.

❥ CHECKING MY SEPTEMBER GOALS

At the end of August I set myself some goals, which have been hard to focus on. For example I haven’t been able to read all the books on my TBR list and couldn’t blog as much as I wanted (part of that being that I don’t have a computer anymore and have to wait to be able to buy a new one). However I did took new bookstagram pictures in Paris and I’m very proud of how my feed is turning for this season, and I did succeed in changing my career and starting new studies. It hasn’t been a fun month but at least I did what mattered the most.

WHAT I WANT TO DO IN OCTOBER

Obviously I have to set myself some new goals for October. I don’t know how everything will turn out and I hope I will have some time for myself, but here is what I want to do:

  • Have great grades to my exams,
  • Enjoying every moment of the month even though it’ll be busy,
  • Get back to reading,
  • Keep blogging,
  • And take new bookstagram pictures.

And here we are! September has been a very challenging month but I’m glad I got it out alive and I’m even more determined to fight harder everyday. 🖤

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

Love always,

Clara

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2 thoughts on “September wrap-up, favourites and other”

  1. I’m sorry to hear that September was tough, but I ‘m so proud of everything you’ve been doing, taking steps towards your career goals, getting to go to London for a very mysterious event I am VERY curious about haha and everything else. You should be proud and keep on holding your head high, you’re such an inspiration and you’re amazing, never ever forget that. I hope you’ll have a brilliant October! xxx

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