My summer wrap-up, favourites and others (July and August) ๐ŸŒป

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Dear reader,

I am officially back, and I missed you all so much!

I had a very busy summer and I’m so glad to be back in my real life, blogging and reading and more. I hope that you all had a great summer and that you are all excited for September, because I AM! This year I’ll be both a student and a teacher (a literature teacher) and it’s all so terrifying but also super exciting for me.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into my summer wrap-up!


โฅ WHAT I READ

In July I had to face a pretty awful reading slump but still ended up reading seven books, mostly because I organized a 24h readathon during which I read 3 books. (I couldn’t accept the slump and decided to do something against it, oops.) Here is what I read:

  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristof, 3.5/5 stars (my rating may change to 2.5 for this one, I still haven’t decided)

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  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, 4/5 stars

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  • Everblaze by Shannon Messenger, 4.5/5 stars

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  • The Flatshare by Beth Oโ€™Leary, 3.75/5 stars

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  • Malamander by Thomas Taylor, 4/5 stars (read the ARC, but the book is already out)

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  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, 4.5/5 stars

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  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, 4/5 stars

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August meant the NEWTs readathon 2019, and therefor I had a certain number of books to read. If you know me you probably know that I’m extremely competitive with myself and I can never enter a readathon and fail it – I’ll make myself sick sometimes, but I’ll do all I can to succeed in it (I know, it’s not my best personality trait). However this readathon helped me kill the slump and I read 12 books, alongside some comics. Here is what I read:

  • The Diviners by Libba Bray, 4/5 stars

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  • La Parure by Maupassant, 4/5 stars

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  • More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera, 3/5 stars

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  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, 5/5 stars ๐ŸŒŸ

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  • Neverseen by Shannon Messenger, 4/5 stars

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  • Wildcard by Marie Lu, 2.5/5 stars

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  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, 3.5/5 stars

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  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, 5/5 stars ๐ŸŒŸ

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  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, 5/5 stars ๐ŸŒŸ

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  • Several Amazing Spider-Man (2015) issues, overall 3/5 stars

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  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, 3/5 stars

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  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young, 3/5 stars (ARC)

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  • American Royals by Katharine McGee, 3.75/5 stars (ARC)

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I’m really glad I ended up reading 19-20 books this summer, as I had a pretty bad reading year. I’m not that mad about it because I had the most hectic year ever and I still managed to read 75 books so far, but as someone who has been reading around 150 books per year for the last few years it was a tad hard to come to the fact that I would read less now, as I will not have a super calm life in the years to come. This summer helped me with my reading goal at least and reminded me how much I love literature and reading in general. I’ll always make some time for it, and that’s why I decided to read during my breakfast every morning instead of watching YouTube videos. Gotta make the most of my days, right?

โฅ WHAT I LOVED

  • Seeing Spider-Man: Far From Home

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You may have heard about my undying love for Peter Parker, as well as for Tom Holland. Well, I have been waiting for the sequel of Spider-Man: Homecoming for years, and Spider-Man: Far From Home finally came out. I won’t lie to you, I was and still am a bit disappointed by it. I thought some parts were childish, that the whole plot was way too predictable (as a Spider-Man fan I knew who Mysterio was and therefor it almost ruined the whole storyline for me) etc. However I had a great time watching it, went to see it again and it still makes me happy. I still love it, though it’ll never top Spider-Man: Homecoming for me.

  • Stranger Things, Season 3

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Stranger Things has been my favourite tv show ever since the first season aired. I watched it out of curiosity when it first came out and completely fell in love with it. I waited a long time for the second season to come out and even longer for this third one to do so. Well, it totally lived up the hype for me and I love the show even more. I don’t think there’s nothing much else to say except that I highly recommend it and that I can’t wait to find the time to rewatch the three seasons as soon as possible.

  • Going to the movies to see three films in one day with my best friend

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Before we both left for vacations my best friend and I spent an entire day together locked at the movies. We went to see three different films, waiting five minutes between each ones. We saw Yesterday (which I didn’t like), Tolkien (which I adored) and Rocketman (which I adored too). It was so great to share this with her as we always said we wanted to spend a day like this one forever and ever. We laughed a lot and it was amazing. (I love my best friend more than anything else in the world, just so you know.)

  • The #notredamereadathon

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As I was in a reading slump in July I decided to fight against it and to organise my own 24 hours readathon, and it was simply amazing. I created templates for people to use during the day, filmed a reading vlog, went out with a friend and ended up reading three books. I had tons of fun, even more because so many people joined me. It was amazing to see what everyone was reading etc, and I can’t wait to organise another one (I’ll probably do so in December!).

  • Seeing Waitress at West End

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If you don’t know I’m a huge Broadway fan. Always had been, always will be. I think it all really started when I was 11 years old and joined the school’s choir, because before that I was mostly into French musicals. Anyway, one of my favourite musicals I discovered in the last few years was Waitress (I believe I discovered it around 2017, it was as the same time I started listening to Dear Evan Hansen) and I had tickets to see it in January 2019 in London (I waited a long time for it to come to West End). The thing is that I didn’t have enough money on the D-day to go there and I had to give up my tickets, which ended up with me crying for a few hours. But as I went to London for YALC 2019 my friend Roxanne and I went to buy any cheap musical tickets for the night (I wanted to see everything, so I was okay with everything) and we ended up with Waitress tickets. It was absolutely amazing, I sobbed a lot and I was super happy to share it with my friend. It definitely is one of my favourite memories of 2019.

  • Visiting Cambridge

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Again, you may not know it but my favourite youtuber is PaigeY, a Cambridge university student. I have been watching her videos ever since she started but rewatched all of her vids during my first exams last year. She then motivated me throughout the whole scholar year, and I like to believe that her channel is a bit responsible for my success. Going to Cambridge was then a very big deal for me, as it really followed me through the hardest year of my life. I went there a day before YALC with Roxanne and I fell in love. It was as if my soul was at home, not to be dramatic. I know now that I need to live there someday. I don’t know how nor why, but I will.

  • YALC 2019

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As I loved YALC way too much in 2018 I had to go back with my friend Roxanne this year again. Well, we had the time of our lives. I won’t do a wrap-up of it this year because I already filmed a video about it for YouTube, which will be live soon (meanwhile you can watch my vlog), but it was simply amazing. We also went to the YA Summer Party organized by Penguin Random House where we met many authors and where we had a fab time. I’m super nostalgic of my time at YALC and can’t wait to be back for YALC 2020!

  • Going back to Corsica

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For the first time in years I went back to Corsica for a whole month instead of a week (a part of my family comes from there and I’ve been going for a month every summer ever since I was born), and it felt really good. I’m not the kind of girls who do well away from the city, who loves the countryside etc, but it felt great to go back where I come from, to see my family and disconnect from reality a bit.

  • The NEWTs Readathon 2019

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I talked about it a bit before, but this readathon really made me fell in love with reading again. I already had an amazing time during the OWLs one and this one was just as good. I already cannot wait for 2020 and another edition of it. I want to pass all the exams again, I’m ready! My blog post wrapping up the NEWTs will be coming soon, but you can check out my TBR! (Spoiler alert: I read them all!)

  • Starting as a literature teacher

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If you have been reading me for a while, then you now that after an awful year of stressful studying I finally became a literature teacher (I’m qualified to teach in high schools and in what we call collรจges, which is where children between 11 and 14 years go to for four years before high school). I now have a proper job (I’m teaching two classes of 13 years old, which is called 4รจme in France) and already started, as teachers start before students do. I’ll be meeting my students this Thursday, so pray for me! (But overall I am awfully happy and excited, though a tad stressed out.)

  • Building new morning and night routines

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Finally, ever since I came back home from Corsica, I’ve been trying my best to live an healthier life style, and it started with building a new morning routine and a new night one as well. I hope I’ll be able to stick to both of them, I’ll maybe write something about it if you’re interested but for now it has only done me good.

โฅ CHECKING ON MY JULY GOALS

At the end of June I made a list of things I wanted to do in July, like I do every month. I wanted to read at least ten books, which I didn’t do in July but in August, to blog a lot (which I did! and I’m so happy to be a part of this community!), to catch up on my tv shows (didn’t manage to really do this one) and to see my friends and family (which I did).

โฅ WHAT I WANT TO DO IN SEPTEMBER

Now here are my goals for September, which are pretty ambitious but doable:

  • Do well in my studies,
  • Do well in front of my students,
  • Keep up reading, blogging and bookstagramming,
  • Overall have an healthier life style (keeping up my new routines, eating healthier, sleeping 8h per night, seeing my friends and family from time to time, seeing my doctors regularly, taking care of my diabetes etc),
  • And be a better version of myself.

And that’s it!

This was a pretty big wrap up to write because my summer has been filled with many adventures, but I’m so glad I finally took the time to sit down to write it all down.

How was your summer? What did you do? What was the best book you read?

Love always,

Clara

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14 thoughts on “My summer wrap-up, favourites and others (July and August) ๐ŸŒป”

  1. First of all, congrats on the job Clara !! This is amazing ๐Ÿ˜„ I really hope that the collรจge is not too harsh with you. Teaching to these ages can be unnerving… I love your summer reads, and I totally agree about Wildcard. I was let down by Marie Lu on this one. Sounds like you had an amazing summer ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. Thank you so, so much – it truly means a lot to me! Teenagers sure can be hard to deal with, but at least I’m happy with how it’s going for now. Fingers crossed it’ll stay that good!
      I think everyone was somehow let down by Wildcard? It’s so weird because the first book was SO GOOD and I really don’t understand why this one was so disappointing!
      Thank you again, I hope that you had a great summer and that September is treating you kindly x

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  2. itโ€™s really exciting youโ€™re going to be starting as a teacher! it is my biggest goal to become a teacher as well and work with education in general, so iโ€™m wishing you all the luck on your new job! and congrats on completing the newts!
    i am sad to hear you didnโ€™t enjoy aurora rising that much. itโ€™s a book iโ€™m hoping to read soon, because i loved the illuminae files so much and had high hopes for more books by this phenomenal duo.
    i also listened to daisy jones and the six this month and i thought it was really fun! even though the main characters annoyed me, i was truly transported back to the 70s with this one. i think itโ€™s impressive how well taylor jenkins-reid builds settings, even though she doesnโ€™t write a ton of descriptions; is just the way the characters interact, the clothes they wear and where they go? idk how she does it, but itโ€™s amazing!
    iโ€™ve already read the wicked deep and my rating was the same tbh. i think itโ€™s a really fast-paced read and i liked the setting & the writing style, but the characters didnโ€™t blow my mind. i also found the romance to be pretty insta-love-y.
    i am happy to hear you enjoyed your summer so much! and that movie marathon with your best friend sounds soooo much fun! i have yet to watch yesterday (hopefully, watching it tomorrow!) and tolkien, but i am so glad you enjoyed rocket man so much. it is one of my favorite movies ever and i actually bought tickets to rewatch it for the 3rd time this september, in an open cinema! i am suuuuper excited for it!
    i hope your fall is just as successful as your summer! wishing you an amazing september! ๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Thank you so much, Lais! I hope you’ll soon be able to be a teacher as well, so we can talk about it all day long! Wishing you the best on this, forever and always x
      I absolutely adored the Illuminae files so it’s really hard for me to recognize that I was so disappointed with Aurora Rising – but I do hope you’ll love it more than I did!! Please keep me updated!
      Hahaha I can totally see how the main characters are annoying – SUCH DIVAS! As a Slytherin I found it so easy to not be annoyed by everyone’s ego in this book and I loved it to death. But how good Taylor Jenkins-Reid is, right?! As you said, there are no descriptions, yet we were in the 70s with the band immediately and that’s IMPRESSIVE. I was also super mad at the characters for some of their actions but weirdly never at the author, as if she couldn’t do anything but write them this way, as if they were truly alive?
      I’m glad we share the same feelings about the Wicked Deep – it’s a great book but way too quick, and this romance… Ugh. Not my cup of tea haha!
      Ohhh have you loved Yesterday?
      Thank you so much for your comment and all your kind words, Lais! I’m sending you so much love, I hope that you had a great summer and that September has been kind on you so far. Lots of love! x

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      1. i thought yesterday was pretty mediocre, tbh. i didn’t super dislike it, but it didn’t blow my mind either. i felt like the romance fell pretty flat, which was impressive for me, because i think lily james has great chemistry with literally everyone, but i just couldn’t feel their romance at all!

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  3. Literature teacher! That must be so nerv-rackingly exciting! I know I’d be so nervous to give my first lessons ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you’ll love it and get some students excited about reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    Uh, Aurora Rising! I’ve LOVED the Illuminae Files by these authors, so I’m not sure what I’m waiting for and why I haven’t picked this book up yet… *facepalm*

    And you’re reading the Keeper of the Lost Cities Series! OMG, I’ve beeing watching PeruseProject devour these books for the past 5-6 months and she only has good things to say about them. I’d love to get the entire series (or at least all the books that are out atm) and just binge read them.

    Congratulations for passing your NEWTs! I was two books short from becoming a Auror, hopefully next year I’ll manage to pass my exams ๐Ÿ˜€

    Here’s to an even better September! โค

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    1. Phew, I was indeed super nervous haha! I’ve been teaching for more than a week now and I’m really loving it. There’s nothing quite like working with teenagers, though some can be hard to deal with!
      I hope that you’ll love Aurora Rising! I adored the Illuminae Files but was so disappointed with AR, so I hope you’ll love it way more than I did.
      OH PLEASE READ THE KEEPER SERIES!! I absolutely adore it and I can’t wait to pick up the next book. It’s so cute and engrossing and everything you may be looking for in a MG series!!
      Thank you for your comments and kind words! Lots of love, and may September be kind to you! x

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  4. What a lovely summer you had, Clara, and so many books read! I’m happy you liked Summer Bird Blue, I really want to read that one, but a little sad you only rated We Set The Dark On Fire 3 stars. I hope you still liked it overall! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congratulations again on everything, the job and wow, YALC and attending a Penguin Random House event, this sounds like the dream. this is incredible. I hope you’ll have a lovely September โค

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    1. Oh I’m convinced you’ll love Summer Bird Blue when you’ll read it – it seems to be the perfect book for you!
      I did quite like We Set the Dark on Fire and I’m so sorry for being disappointed with it!! I guess the hype made me waited for me as I was reading it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Thank you so much, Marie! It means a whole lot to me! I had an amazing summer and I do feel extremely lucky to have been leaving all those great adventures. I hope that you had a great summer and that September will be kind on you! All the love! x

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  5. It’s so wonderful to hear from you again, Clara! โค *squishes in hug* I think that 75 books is still a fantastic number, considering how busy you've been! I read Aurora Rising over the summer as well, and it was unfortunately a 2.5 star read for me too! I was so underwhelmed by it. I'm so happy to see that you loved Summer Bird Blue, since I'm hoping to pick up Akemi's novels this year! I adore the Waitress musical, but I've never seen it in person! I'm sure the music and singing was absolutely phenomenal!

    Wishing you the happiest of Septembers, doll! โค

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    1. Ahhh Kelly, I missed you! *hug*
      I’m so glad to see that you too have been let down by Aurora Rising – I mean, the beginning was great but… What was that after? I can’t remember a single thing that has happened!
      Ohhh you’d love Summer Bird Blue! It’s such a beautiful and powerful book, please let me know if you ever pick it up!
      Lots of love to you!! I hope you had a great summer and may September be even better to us both! x

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