December wrap-up, favourites and other

December

Dear readers,

I know, I am late. Life has been crazy and I didn’t really have the time to sit down and write. Today, as I have less things to do, I can finally do it and think about this last month of 2017 which has been quick, full of adventures and new experiences. So… Let’s do this.


Reading wrap-up

As I had already completed my Goodreads challenge for months, I decided to take it easy and to stop counting everything I was reading. I took my time, read only when I wanted too, didn’t pressure myself… And still ended up reading 10 books, which has been my pace for the past year. I was then really proud of myself for once and didn’t feel as if I read nothing in December.

Here is what I read:

  • Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell, 5/5 stars
  • Girlhood by Cat Clarke, 4/5 stars
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, 4/5 stars
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, 4/5 stars
  • My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Winter Romances by several authors (edited by Stephanie Perkins), 3/5 stars
  • A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens, 4/5 stars
  • Only Dull People Are Brilliant At Breakfast by Oscar Wilde, 4/5 stars
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, 5/5 stars (re-read)
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio, 4/5 stars
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoï, 5/5 stars

My favourite one, if you don’t count my re-read of Lord of Shadows, definitely was Anna Karenina. I was very scared to read it, first because of its lenght, second because of how much two of my friends loved it. I fell in love with this book from the first lines and couldn’t stop reading it. It made me feel happy and I’m really looking into reading more by Tolstoï in the future.

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taken by me for thebookwormofnotredame (Instagram)

Favourites
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

Here is something you may not know about me: I am a huge Star Wars nerd. My parents never made me watch it because they don’t like the movies, especially my dad, so I couldn’t grow up with it. However, three or four years ago, I watched the entire saga for the first time and fell in love with it, hard. From there, I couldn’t go back.

Of course, I was very excited for this new episode to come out. I was scared, I didn’t know what to expect from it, but I was mostly happy. Wel… To this day, I have seen it 6th times. That’s how much I loved it.

Even though there are some things that I didn’t understand, I still think that it was an amazing Star Wars movie. I especially adored Kylo’s character, in all its complexity and darkness. It made me become a bit obsessed with Adam Driver and even though I rarely become really obsessed with celebrities, he still is someone I admire a lot. I have been watching some of his movies during December and inted on continuing doing so.

  • Disneyland Paris
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my friends and I at Disneyland Paris

As planned, I went to Disneyland Paris with two of my friends and it had been my favourite day of December. It was freezing but we had so much fun. Honestly, we only laughed through the whole day and we had stars in our eyes. We probably looked like 4 years old, each one of us with our Disney ears (mine were Star Wars ones, of course), and it definitely made us go back to that age. Everything was magical and I can’t think of a better day than this one.

  • Lord of Shadows

Okay, I know: I should stop with this book. But as I re-read it for the third time, I really realised that it was my favourite book. I can’t express exactly why, so this will be very short, but ending the year with it, no matter how much it broke me, was the best idea. This story is so important to me and very close to my heart.

  • My Spider-man sweater
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me in my Spider-Man sweater

My friend Lucie is the best at making gifts, I swear. And for Christmas, along other amazing things, she got me the one thing I wanted more than anything: the sweater that Peter Parker wears at the end of the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. I may have been wearing it all the time since I got it and I can’t explain how happy it makes me to have it.

  • Booktube

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In December, I started filming again and came back on booktube for good. It made me feel so good and happy to actually do it. I have been watching booktube videos ever since I was 14 and it has always been something that calms me down. Being now a part of this community feels surreal but also incredible.

  • Ben Franklin’s Song

Thanks to the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda, we got a new Hamilton song last month and I have been mostly listening to it. I can’t really expressed properly how important Hamilton is to me, but having a new song made me feel extremely good: It reminded me of the time the original cast was still at Broadway and we had news everyday.

  • Panic! at the Disco

In December, I also started listening to a very famous band that people have been recommended me for ages. I quickly became obsessed, well not for every songs but some really got me. I am currently listening to The Death of a Bachelor non-stop and I have no regrets.

  • Myself
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me on Christmas

Finally, I started to learn to love myself this past month. 2017 has been a very hard year for me but I came to the conclusion that I actually am strong and that I actually love myself, despite everything. As in every relationship, I sometimes get mad at myself but I also believe that I am beautiful and have great tastes and I wouldn’t change who I am.


As I will talk about my goals for the new year and for January in a next post, I guess this is the end of my wrap-up. December has been a very important month for me and I am glad that I got to grow up so much in such a short time.

2018, I am so ready for you.

Love always,

Clara

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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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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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October wrap-up, favourites and other

Wanderlust GIFT IDEAS

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Dear readers,

October came and went by quickly and slowly at the same time. As it is my favourite month of the year, I was waiting for many things during it. It was my birthday, my best friend’s birthday, Halloween and I had a concert. I felt as if I was constantly waiting for something but at the same time everything happened too fast. However, for once, I made out the best of every day. My birthday was the best one I had so far, even though it had been disappointing for a part, and I had a lot of fun for Halloween.

October was still a hard month for me. My mental health has been at its worse and I kept feeling bad. I didn’t know what to do and let the sadness consumed me without realising it. I also went to the doctor and the whole thing made me feel both good and bad. I am not gonna lie – it was hard. But I made it and I can say that today I am working on getting better.


READING WRAP-UP

Because I felt so bad this month, I feel as if I read nothing. It’s a really strange feeling but I can’t see myself reading during October. I know I did since I remember all the books that I read but I can’t remember exactly when nor where, which is very unusual for me who has a way too big memory. In the end, I read 10 books but do not feel proud of this reading month.

Here’s what I read during October:

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, 4/5 stars
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 5/5 stars
  • Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy, 5/5 stars
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 4/5 stars
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi, 3.5/ stars
  • Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 4/5 stars
  • Sleepy Hollows and other short stories by Washington Irving, 3/5 stars
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My favourite book of the month, if we forget about all the ones I re-read, is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. He is one of my favourite authors and he do not seems to let me down – every time I read something new by him, I fall in love a little more.

FAVOURITES
  • Stranger Things 2
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me in front of the STRANGER THINGS 2 posters, Saint-Lazare, Paris (2017)

We waited more than a year for this second season, and boy oh boy did they not disappointed us.

I watched the first season when it first came out and fell in love with it – all those retro vibes got me and I watched the whole thing in two days, which does not happen a lot for me. It has been my favourite tv show every since (along with That ’70s Show) but since it had only been one season I was afraid that we will be left out afterwards. Well, I was wrong.

The second season was just as good, maybe even better, and blew my mind. It got me hooked from the very first seconds and though I couldn’t binge watching it this time I still watched every episodes quite quickly. Noah Schnapp completly stole the screen in this season and his performance was incredible and breathtaking. Well, every actor casted was, as usual, incredible. They got me crying at every episode, which is something.

This tv show really is the best and it truly deserves all the hype.

  • Legion

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Another tv show that I watched really quickly and that I started thanks to my very good friend Lucie who has been raving about it for months now! This Marvel tv show is mindblowing and extremely intelligent. I am so sad to see that not so many people are talking about it but it will still get a second season which is exciting!

  • My friends

That may sounds cheesy but I have the best friends in the entire world and they made this month, once again, magical. I do no have much to say but thought it was important for me to include them in my favourites since they are bringing me so much every day, and especially during October when I felt so bad.

I am happy to say that today I am only surrounded by safe, nice, tolerant and understanding people who make me feel love every single day.

  • Autumn

This may seems stupid, but Autumn made me feel extremely good once again. It is my favourite season and it may not be over yet but it is really cold in Paris right now and it feels more like Winter.

So, thank you Autumn for all those leaves on the ground, for those beautiful grey afternoons and all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. You have been the best – as always.

MY GOALS FOR NOVEMBER
  • Write every day
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That was my goal last month and it still is for this one. With #NaNoWriMo, I have already started writing every day and am very proud of myself. I finished the first part of my novel and writing finally became exciting again. I cannot wait to see how much I will be able to write and if I will succeed in writing 50k words.

  • Start walking every Saturday

I used to do it when I was a little younger but I really need to get back at it. With the cold air, walking around will be a pleasure and will make me feel, hopefully, better about myself.

  • Get healthier

During October, we discovered that I was suffering from an eating disorder which makes me eat a lot without realising it. For this month, I am trying to eat less, at least not between lunches, and to eat better. I am also trying to take stairs instead of elevators. Since I don’t have the time to properly workout, I thought that doing small changes in my life may be easier for me and do the trick.

  • Prepare myself for Christmas

Last year, I totally forgot about Christmas and let it happened way too fast without enjoying it. This year, I intend on making everyday special and Christmass-y. It has always been an important holiday for me and I won’t let it go so quickly again. It is time to listen to Christmas songs all day long again!

  • Get better
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The most important one. It is something that I already started and that is already working. I am trying to be more positive, confident, nice – and I do feel better today. Hopefully this will continue until I’m fully happy again.


I will now try to enjoy as much as I can those last two months of the year. This year went too fast but I did so much, grew up a lot and became someone better. I am proud of all I achieved in such a short amount time and will do my best to do even better this November.

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

Love always,

Clara

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September wrap-up, favourites and other

Wanderlust GIFT IDEAS

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” 

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Dear readers,

I feel as if September lasted way too long― my anxiety was at its worst, I had several financial problems, something happened at my job which made me feel extremly bad and going back to university reminded me that it was my last year and that I was basically about to play my whole future. In a few words, let’s say that September didn’t go so well.


Reading wrap-up

Despite the fact that I went back to university and started working again, I still managed to read 11 books. This seems good but somehow I am disappointed with myself― I know I could have done better and read way more. Now that I go to a university next to my house, I am lacking of time to read in the subway and even though I only go there on Thursdays and Fridays, that means that I don’t read at all during those two days. Plus, I’m usually really busy during the weekends and I can’t read more than 50 pages in four days. Four days. This is why I could have done so much better.

Nevermind, here is the list of all the books I read during September:

  • Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green, 3/5 stars (this e-arc was sent to me by the publisher, my review will be up on Goodreads on its release day)
  • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 4.5/5 stars
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 4/5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • Nos Âmes Tourmentées by Morgane Moncomble, 5/5 stars (Wattpad fiction)
  • Viens, on s’aime by Morgane Moncomble, 5/5 stars
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, 5/5 stars
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt, 5/5 stars
  • Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 5/5 stars
  • Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab, 4.5/5 stars
  • Emma by Jane Austen, 5/5 stars

I am still happy because most of those books were quite big, such as Dragonfly in Amber and The Secret History, which made me think that we maybe shouldn’t count how many books we read during the month but the number of pages we read.

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Anyhow, my favourite book of the month definitely was The Secret History for which I wrote a review (you can find it both on Goodreads and my blog). I highly recommend you to start this book without knowing what it’s all about, which makes the experience even more amazing. All I can say is that this book was simply incredible and brilliant.

Favourites
  • That ’70s show

I started watching this tv show on Netflix when I was on vacations because I needed a new tv show to watch before going to bed. Little did I know that it was going to take over my life― I now care about every one of the characters who I love dearly and more than anything. I am so sad to see that I only have two seasons left before being done with it― I will miss them all so much but I know that I will rewatch it times and times again.

  • Les Misérables

At the end of September, my friend Lucie came to my house and made me watch Les Misérables, the movie adaptation of one of my favourite musicals and books. Well, let’s just say that I can’t stop listening to it now and that it made me want to reread the book a lot. I first read it when I was a child and I’m excited to see how I will understand it this time, now that I am 21 years old.

  • Writing

It’s in September that I started writing again like I used to do when I was younger. More than anything, it made me feel good― as I said, this month was hard but being able to forget everything for a few hours and being in my own world helped me a lot. This is also why I started this blog all over again, because I want to write everyday and keep practicing no matter what. I now promise that I will never stop writing ever again.

  • @booksandpeonies

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During September, Franziska has been my biggest inspiration. Her cosy and clean feed made me feel good and helped me when I was lacking of motivation to take pictures. I also started to talk to her and met an adorable and talented young person who is extremly brave and intelligent. I highly recommend her bookstagram account and blog to anyone.

My goals for October
  • Write more

Of course, this is my main goal. As I said, writing made me feel so good during September and since I am hoping on finally doing NaNoWriMo right this year, October will be my training month― to do so, I’ll write everyday and will keep working on my novel by putting myself different goals every week. Hopefully this will all work out.

  • Catch up on my tv shows

If you don’t know this about me, I can’t really watch tv, a movie or a tv show without getting bored pretty easily. I can’t stand still very long and even though I love all the tv shows that I am currently watching, I somehow took the habit to not watch them every week. That is why I now have tons of episodes to catch up, so I can start the new seasons with everyone else. If everything goes well, I should succeed this goal.

  • Exercice

Ah, working out. Something that I have never done in my life. Well, it is time to change that. Since I keep complaining about my weight and the way I look, I decided to start exercicing by doing some work outs at home and maybe by running every Saturday― I’m saying maybe because I can’t seem to find time. Anyhow, I am working out with a friend and it makes it easier. I hope that I will follow the schedule and won’t give up.

  • Read more classics

During September, I realised that I was growing out of YA and actually needed more and more classics in my life. For this month, I decided to let my love for classic literature shines― it also is #Victober this month so it’s a perfect excuse to read more Victorian literature.

  • Take care of my diabetes

This is totally personal but it feels right for me to put it here.

I am diabetic but never really cared about it and always did nothing about it, which is pretty bad. This month, I want to prove myself that I can take care of it and myself and act like an adult about it.

  • Enjoy the autumn
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This may seem pretty stupid but it may be one of my biggest goals for October. Last year, I let my anxiety eat me up and didn’t enjoy at all Autumn, Halloween, Winter and Christmas, which made me very sad. This year, I intend on doing something related to Autumn every day until the end of the season and will do something Christmassy every day until January after that. There’s no way I will let them go so fast once again.


It is now time to enjoy my favourite month of the year, October. My birthday is coming, along with Halloween, and Autumn is finally here. I can wear sweaters and turtle necks  again, drink PSL at Starbucks every morning, watch the leaves fall during class and read in the train while it’s raining outside. I promise to fight everyday against my cyclothymia and anxiety to let myself be fully happy and truly enjoy this month.

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

Love always,

Clara

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