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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taken by me for thebookwormofnotredame (Instagram)

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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taken by me for thebookwormofnotredame (Instagram)

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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picture of me me for thebookwormofnotredame (Instagram)

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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taken by me for thebookwormofnotredame (Instagram)

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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taken by me, les Champs Elysées, Paris (2017)

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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