Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Books on my Fall TBR List | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and The Bookish, this week’s prompt being about our Fall TBRs. I recently decided I didn’t want to do monthly TBR anymore, because I pressure myself a lot with what I need to read before the month is over and that’s why I do want to make seasonal TBR. Fall is definitely my favourite season and it’s also the time I’m craving historical fiction and fantasy, so I’m all excited about that!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Yes, I know, I’m finally reading this! I finished binge-watching the second season two weeks ago, and I’m still a mess. Right after finishing (and sobbing), I knew I just had to order the books, so I bought the first three, so I could catch up before the third season. I’m totally obsessed with Outlander now and I haven’t even read the books yet, but it’s happening people, and I couldn’t be more excited! Update: I actually couldn't resist and as you're reading this... I'm currently reading the book (!!!!!!!!).

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon - While I'm at it, I should read the second book, because I need to read at least the first three before the third season, right? Because of that, I won't be reading a lot of books, because these are huge, but I do not regret it!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – No one should really be surprised about that, as Six of Crows was one of my favourite books of last year, and it will remind me of that glorious night I met Leigh Bardugo in Rotterdam (I still can’t believe it!!). Anyway, I can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson – I feel in love with Walk on Earth A Stranger at the beginning of the year and I’ve been craving to read the second book ever since. I’m fascinated by the Gold Rush era and I’m so excited for this second book, because they will actually be looking for gold! Also, I’m totally partial to the cover, which is one of my favourites of ever: just look at this bluuuue!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Illuminae is glorious and I need the sequel more than I need to breathe (but I guess it’s not that easy in space, right?). Even though these books are huge, you can get through them pretty quickly, thanks to the unique format. Moreover, as Marie Lu is doing the art, I just need this even more!!!

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman - When I saw the book had just been released in French, I was a little ashamed, as I received this one for my birthday, in February and ever since then, I’ve been excited for it (because I have the Infernal Devices vibes and I can’t handle them) but still haven’t read it. I was saving it for the perfect time, and it’s NOW. However, I think they changed the cover design or something for the second book (but I can’t seem to find it on Goodreads yet, only on Twitter and Instagram), and I’m so mad, because I loved the first design (they also did that for Legacy of Kings and now it won’t match, uuuugh).

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith - It’s another situation where it’s just time to read the damn book. I just borrowed this from the library, so it’s happening soon. I used to put J.K. Rowling on a pedestal and because of that, I didn’t want to read her other books. But I have to admit that I’m pissed off she’s adding new content to Harry Potter every second. I want to have the right to imagine and she’s stealing me that. I’m sorry but these books have been out for years and now it’s our turn to have our interpretations. While I loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when I read it, because the characters were back and that’s all I wanted, I saw the hundred different ways this book was problematic. And now, J.K. Rowling isn’t this all-powerful author in my heart anymore, which means I’m ready for the Cormoran Strike novels. Moreover, the Fall is the perfect time for thrillers!

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu - This trilogy is coming to a close, which makes me so sad because I remember the wreck I was after I finished Champion. I don’t have the same emotional involvement than in the Legend trilogy, but I love these books so much and I cannot wait to see how it will all conclude for the characters, because it was tense where we left them off!

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters - I have to confess I still haven't read any of this author's books and I'm ashamed. But it came to my understand that it was historical fantasy, which is perfect around Halloween time. This book involves a hypnotist and seems a little dark, so I'm definitely excited.

Phobos² by Victor Dixen - Like I said in my last post, I'm trying to read in French again. I read a book by this author three years ago - a Goldilocks retelling - and loved it. Because of that, I started his trilogy about a speed-dating reality show where the candidates... are going to Mars. I enjoyed the first book a lot and am eager to know what will happen next.

What are you planning to read this Fall? Is there a genre you’re more attracted to during that season than the rest of the year?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Update + I'm kinda back!

I feel like I’ve tried to write this post a thousand times, but it never fitted. I’m trying again, one last time, because finally, I want to write it. Like you might have noticed, I haven’t posted… In a very long time (at least for me, it’s the first time it happened). I’ve been in this huge slump and to be honest… I didn’t miss blogging that much. But now I do.

For the past four months, my life has been crazy. For many parts, like getting my internship and going on holidays with my boyfriend, it’s been clearly amazing. But there are some other not-so-funny parts I can’t talk about in public that crushed me. On top of that, while this new school year is very exciting (I’ll be back at the internship again and I’m so pumped!), it’s also SO stressful, because of this huge dissertation I’ll have to turn in at the end of the year (it could be the equivalent of the senior thesis for American students, but we’re doing five years, soooo?). Anyway, my life is crazy, overwhelming and I have no idea how I’m even gonna survive the year. I just wanted to update you a bit on my life, for you to understand why I had been away.

On top of that… I wasn’t very happy with my blog anymore, for two reasons.

Like you know, I’m French, and since I started blogging here, I stopped reading in French, altogether. I’ve been having so much fun thinking in English 50% of the day for the last year and a half, but sometimes, it feels like I’m betraying my own country, and that I don’t fit anywhere, because I’m in the middle. I started to think a lot about this topic while seeing Australian bloggers talking about Aussie YA lit… Because I couldn’t do that for my own country. So yeah, I've started to read in French again and I won't be able to talk about it here.

Moreover, while I love books and it’s one of the most important part of my life – especially since they helped me build myself back last year – it’s not the only thing I love in life. For example, I love history. Now that I’m studying Cultural Heritage (but even before), I’m going to so much more exhibitions, and I can’t talk about them on Tea, Books and Fun, because they are in France and you guys… Aren’t. For a year, I made Tea Books and Fun a book blog and I’m glad it’s this way… But I needed another place, where I could share everything I love, without restrictions. And that’s why, at the end of August… I started a new blog, this time in French. If you understand the language, you can come say "Hi!" on Wishes and Pages (hence my new Twitter & Instagram handles, that I’m totally digging), I would love it!

Nevertheless, I’m not giving up on Tea, Books and Fun, because I’ve realized I can’t. At some points, in this past week, I’ve been feeling worthless, because of the stress of this first week at uni. I needed to remind myself I was great and I thought of my book blog. Sure, I’m not a huge blog but I’m proud of what I created here and I love you guys so much. So because of that, I’m coming back, but I won’t be there as much as I used to, because I need to take care of two blogs now and it’s gonna be very time-consuming, considering I’ll also have an internship two days a week and my dissertation/thesis to write.

Anyway, that’s all for today guys. I also wanted to thank you, because I saw that my page views didn’t stop during my “hiatus”. Y’all rock and I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things! <3

P.S. Sorry for the sappy post, my heart got the best of my brains.