On where I went, what I read and…yes, I’m back!

Goooood morning, good afternoon, good night, hello friends! First things first: HOW ARE YOU? This is the first post I write since I am back from my hiatus and holidays, and it feels GOOD. I have missed you guys tons. I’m going to be a bit selfish for my first post back and talk about travelling, books and future projects, but but but…I am hoping to catch up on all of your lovely blogs!

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To do that, I’m going to take part once again in the lovely special feature created by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Alright, let’s get to it!

Where I went…

If you missed my previous post about me going on hiatus and my getaway projects, well, I was gone for almost three whole weeks (on, and off). Hard to believe, right? I spent two wonderful weeks with my sister exploring cities in England, strolling through bookshops and wanting to buy all the books, taking way too many pictures and sighing everytime I met someone speaking French, or recognizing my French accent. I could write many, many lines about everything we saw and did, but I’m going to take my travelling posts back and talk about it way more, so… instead, for those of you who missed these / aren’t following me on Instagram, here are a couple of pictures!

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Beginning of the week, I left again with my family on a little road trip to Switzerland and Italy. This is one of the things I love about Europe, everything is close-by (I left only for four days!) and within short (traffic jams excluded) driving distance, especially from home. I discovered Zurich, which was lovely despite the rain, and fell kind of in love with the Lake Como and Lake Lugano in Italy. Again, leaving the details for another post, and leaving you with pictures!

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What I Read…📚

Despite my time travelling, I managed to read two books, and I am almost done with a third. Time spent travelling between cities in England, on the plane and car well spent, if you ask me. Reviews coming soon!

the black jewelI first read The Black Jewel, a fantasy story that was quite entertaining, even though it felt kind of predictable and was missing some kind of spark to make it completely memorable.

highly illogical behaviourI devoured the fantastic Highly Illogical Behaviour in almost one-sitting. A lovely contemporary story with endearing characters you just want to HUG.

holding up the universe

I am lucky enough to have gotten an Holding Up The Universe ARC. I LOVED Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places, and so far, I am loving this one just as well.

What You Can Expect Next On The Blog 💭

Even away on holidays, you guys and the blogging community has always been on my mind, and some of you can even remember me tweeting my guilt away and everything, ahah. To be honest, this was my first hiatus, and if I had a wonderful time, I still felt somehow at the back of my mind a little guilty / thoughtful about my blog and everything that will, was and would become of it while I was gone.  ANYWAY!

This little time away from the blog got me thinking about my blogging rhythm, and… I’m glad and a bit nervous to prepare myself for the next step of Drizzle & Hurricane Books. As you may, or may not know, I graduated early July, and a lot of pretty non-exciting, nerve-wrecking and, well, adulting is on the way. To leave some place for that, I have come to make some decisions about blogging.

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📈 I am slowly going to give up on doing Top Ten Tuesdays. Since the beginning of this blogging adventure, TTT has been a regular feature on the blog, and it brought me so many new followers, views, friends. I am not going to lie, TTT brought me some of my best blogging days in terms of stats. Why am I giving it up, then? Because. It takes me a LOT of time, and those are not my favorite blog posts. And I don’t WANT to blog for stats.

📚 So, from now on…what are you going to find on the blog? I am still the same, and I will keep on doing things, and bringing some new features and fun to the blog: bookish tags, bookish AND BLOGGING discussions, travelling blog posts, book reviews obviously, and on a less regular basis, writingSouvenirs From Across The World is going to become a REGULAR feature (!!!). Nyx’s Corner is still going to be a monthly feature written by my sister and she has some great surprises and ideas.

I hope you will enjoy this new content, and new step towards Drizzle & Hurricane Books becoming a 100% original blog. And once again, thank you for sticking with me during my little hiatus!

Happy Sunday guys! ☀️ Okay, now it’s time to catch up. HOW are you, how have your weeks been? What is your latest favorite read?

What do you think of the little changes coming up on the blog? Do you have any favorite posts you’d love to see more of? Let me know! 💬

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91 thoughts on “On where I went, what I read and…yes, I’m back!

  1. First, I’m so glad you’re back! ❤
    I've been thinking about doing away with TTTs on my own blog, but I haven't made a final decision yet. I like responding to all of the comments those posts generally receive and communicating more with the blogging community, but you're right: they take forever to make and the content can get pretty stale after a while.
    Can't wait to see what's in store for your blog!

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    1. Thank you so, so much Holly! ❤
      I understand, I really enjoy answering to all the comments and just having so many feedback on my post, but ultimately it gets repetitive and it takes up SO much of my time. Since I want to cut back a bit, I want to focus on other kinds of posts 🙂 Thank you so, so much for the support, it means so much to me ❤

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  2. WELCOME BACK, MARIE! Has it really been three weeks??? It feels like you’ve been gone for only a while (like I can’t believe three weeks have passed, time is flying!) and yet SO LONG (because obviously we miss you!). Your photos look lovely, and I can’t wait to hear more about the trip. What was the highlight of it all? 🙂

    On reading: Super glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying Holding Up the Universe! I finished it semi-recently and liked it quite a lot, though there were some things that gave me pause. Can’t wait to see your review on that one.

    On blogging changes: TTT does take a LOT of time! I’ve thought about slowly phasing it off as well but I actually really enjoy doing them… I’m thinking I might just skip on the repetitive ones, but I suppose we’ll see. I’m excited to see what becomes of your blog, though! Wonderful things, I’m sure. ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much Reg!! I can’t believe it either, ahah, time really does fly. I am happy you didn’t forget me though ❤ Oh I couldn't even choose one thing, it's too hard. I really want to say everything, but I'd say that I fell in love with Cambridge, it was such a lovely city. And the highlight of it all is that every time, I feel more at home in London, so it's such a great feeling ❤
      Ohh, what did bother you in Holding Up The Universe? I can't wait to read your review! I finished the book today, and I really enjoyed it 🙂
      I understand, it takes so many time to write them down and find books and everything. Thank you so, so much, I hope so! ❤ ❤

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      1. Of course not! I wouldn’t forget you that easily – I’ve even low-key stalked your blog every once in a while just to see if there’s an update from you that I’ve missed. 😛

        I loved Cambridge too, by the way! I’ve only been once and I only stayed one night but it was so lovely… and we stayed at this one house that was the absolute prettiest, haha. London is great too but it’s so crowded! Though I come from a city with roughly the same population, I’m used to Melbourne’s low-key crowdedness and London was a bit too hectic for me. I did love the atmosphere, though.

        You’ve finished the book, so I’m guessing this won’t be a spoiler, but I wasn’t too sure about Jack being able to ‘see’ Libby despite his disorder – it veered too close to “love is the exception/solution/fix” territory for me, and it made me think a bit less of the book. What did you think of that?

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      2. Awww, you are way too sweet ❤ ❤
        Oh I can understand, and I'm not a huge fan of crowded cities usually, but for some reason I feel right at home in London, I guess there's something about this city that gets me, despite this crowd. And…right now you're completely selling Melbourne to me, haha. I want to go there right now. WHY does it have to be so far away ❤
        Ohhh that, yes. I understand, and I kind of felt confused about that as well. If it was really cute and made me smile and think "that book and that story and that love is so beautiful", it did made me feel like love cured everything and…well. That's not life now is it ahah.

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      3. COME TO MELBOURNE! But I live here and I feel the same way – it’s SO far from anywhere else, haha. I wish teleportation exists, is safe, and is cheap so I can go anywhere I want just like that and LDRs aren’t a thing anymore. 😛

        I’m glad you feel the same way! I thought I might have been too nitpicky, but yeah, that part of the book didn’t sit well with me. :/

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      4. Oh I wish! Going to Australia is one of my biggest dreams, but it is so far away, sadly. Oh yes… don’t get me started on LDRs. I wish this wasn’t a thing at all, ahah.
        I definitely understand. It was really sweet and everythiing, but felt a bit, too much, when I come to think about it now :/

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  3. Welcome back from your trip ,really love your blog and will gladly welcome any changes you make “variety is the spice of life” although I shall miss your top 10 features😢😄

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  4. Welcome back! We missed you too 🙂
    Is that the Stonehenge I see?!! And Big Ben?!!
    It still blows my mind how interconnected the whole of Europe is. I live on an island with poor infrastructure, so the closest city is 9 hours away by car. There’s a whole bunch of towns in between though.
    Looking forward to your new content!

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  5. Welcome back, Marie!! I’ve definitely missed seeing your posts ♥ I’m so glad you had an amazing holiday!! It was so great seeing all your Snapchats and Instagram posts (even if I was slightly jealous 😂).

    I’m glad you enjoyed Highly Illogical Behaviour too. I’ve been wanting to read that for a while.

    All your blogging plans sound wonderful too! I’m so excited for regular SFATW! Making more original content is something I really want to work on too. I’m so excited to see what you come up with because I know it’ll be wonderful 😊

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    1. Thank you so, so much Lauren!! ❤ I am happy you liked the photos and everything, and …you can send me pictures of Australia ANY TIME and I will be jealous as well 😂
      I hope you will read Highly Illogical Behaviour,it was really a great read! 🙂 Thank you so, so much for all the support, I really hope you will enjoy it ❤

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  6. Is that Highclere Castle is see? So jelly! When I was in London, we only made it to Bath and Stonehenge (which were AMAZING) but we didn’t have the time to go to the castle…oh well, next time 😉

    Glad you had some fantastic trips!

    And I totally get what you mean with TTT. I always told myself I wasn’t going to do it weekly because it is so much work. But I haven’t done one in a long time and while I miss it, it has been nice to do my own posts instead.

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    1. Oh no, it’s not, you’re talking about the 1st picture, second row? It’s Bristol’s cathedral 🙂 We went to Stonehenge (agreed: INCREDIBLE place) and Bath as well, but didn’t get to Highclere Castle either. Too many things to do, and so little time ahha 🙂
      Thank you so, so much! It really is work, and I guess it feels nice to do more of your own blog posts as well 🙂

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  7. Your pictures look soooo pretty, Marie! I really enjoy reading your travel posts and I hope you share more about Switzerland as well.
    And, honestly, I think it’s okay to stop posting something if you don’t feel comfortable about it anymore. I’ve never participated on Top Ten Tuesday because I feel like I haven’t read that much books that I could add without sounding repetitive, so I understand you a bit.
    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Ohh thank you so, so much Lais, so happy you enjoyed it! I will talk about Switzerland for sure 🙂
      Thank you for your support. I understand, and when I started I never imagined it would take SO many different books to do this feature. I probably quoted 100 times the same books, and it is getting kind of time-consuming even so. Thank you once again Lais, hope you have a wonderful week! ❤

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  8. Welcome back Marie, it hasn’t been the same on WordPress without you and I’m looking forwards to seeing your posts again.
    I followed all your pictures on Instagram and they all looked amazing, the ones you took in Switzerland and Italy made me so jealous while I was stuck at work! 😀 I’m definitely looking forwards to seeing your travel posts as well.
    I’m glad you enjoyed Highly Illogical Behaviour as well, I really loved that book, I completely agree with you about the characters as well I wanted to give them all a massive hug too! 😀
    The future of your blog sounds really exciting as well, obviously I’m sad you’re not going to be taking part in TTT anymore but what you have planned instead sounds really exciting, and I’m so glad you’re making SFATW a regular feature as well! 😀

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  9. Marie, I’m so happy that you are back!!! All those pictures of food (especially the french fries) made me extremely hungry xD YOU ARE SO LUCKY to have an ARC of HUTU!! I’ve preordered the finished copy, but it doesn’t release until October so I’m getting a little antsy seeing everyone’s comments about HUTU, lol. I really hope you enjoy the rest of it though! 😀

    SFATW is becoming a regular feature — YAY!! I’m super excited to be partnered up with someone else across the world and to see what you have in store for the feature 🙂

    Again, WELCOME BACK & I hope you had an amazing holiday with your family ❤

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

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    1. Thank you so, so much Jess, so happy to be back!! I feel too lucky, I don’t know how that happened, I found out and I screamed for real, ahah. I can’t wait for you to read it, I feel like you’re going to LOVE it ❤
      Thank you so, so much for the support on SFATW, I hope you will enjoy what's coming next with it ❤ ❤

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  10. Welcome back! Your pictures are gorgeous, and all of the books look quite interesting!
    I’m sure you’ll do just fine with your new plan! I used to do Top Ten Tuesday every week as well, but there came a time when I just couldn’t keep up with it. You’re right, it’s a great way to meet new people and gain stats, but it’s just not my favorite thing ever to do. Anyway, I just participate occasionally when I really like the topic; there’s nothing wrong with that! 😉
    -Amy

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    1. Thank you so, so much! I understand, it is hard to keep up with all the Top Ten, and it takes time to schedule as well! You’re right to do it whenever it inspires you, that’s what everyone should do, or at least, not feeling forced to do it every week 🙂 Thank you so, so much for the sweet words Amy, it means a lot! ❤

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  11. It’s so good to hear that you’re back! I missed you! It sounds like you had a fantastic time and you managed to read a fair amount of books too. That’s awesome. I am honestly so excited to see where your blog goes from here, I can just see how amazing it will grow to become. 🙂 xx

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  12. I’m glad you had such a lovely time on holiday! England has some beautiful bookshops, we’re quite blessed really. I’ve only recently started doing TTT but I only ever do them when a prompt hits me with inspiration or I get to choose my own. I’m looking forward to reading your posts again! 😄

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  13. YOU ARE BACK!!!! 🎉🎉 We missed you!!!!
    I loved travelling with you from your Instagram pictures, I feel I visited England, too! I had fish and chips yesterday and thought of you, haha.
    Highly Illogical Behavior is on my TBR shelf, I can’t wait to read it!
    I never took part in TTT because, contrary to This Week In Books/WWW, it felt a little repetitive, but I’m glad you got plenty of deserved followers and blog friendships thanks to it and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Drizzle and Hurricane Books!

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  14. Yayayayayay you’re back! *throws confetti* and it looks like you had an AMAZING time. That does sound like a benefit to living in Europe. When I visited it was so easy just to cross the border from france to spain or whatever. And I never did TTT. I think it’s cool but also not really the best use of the little time I have to blog ❤ ❤

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  15. WELCOME BACK ❤ Don't ever pressure yourself to blog frequently! We completely understand! I'm happy to hear that you had a great time out from this community. The pictures are so gorgeous, and I love Europe too! It's amazing how a lot of European countries are so close together, yes. It's like all you have to do is drive if you want to leave for another country 😛 I'm from Asia so basically I always have to ride an airplane.

    With regards to TTT, I think that that is a great choice! I've given up doing memes for a long time now, and it was the best choice I've made. I hope it does so much better for you now that you decided to stop! 🙂 Happy blogging!

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    1. THANK YOU so, so much Jillian that’s so sweet of you ❤ It' sometimes hard not to pressure ourselves with blogging, but you're right, we all should do it at our own ryhthm. 🙂 Thank you, I hope you will enjoy the travel posts as well! 🙂 And Asia is so big, you still have SO many places to explore as well! 🙂
      I'm so glad to hear giving up on memes was a good choice for you. I hope I'll feel the same way! Thank you ❤

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  16. That sounds like an amazing vacation! As a new blogger I’ve constantly heard that link ups are great for when you’re starting out, but not so much once you’ve established yourself. I’m taking a middle ground and will probably do a Top Ten Tuesday post irregularly – maybe once every two weeks, maybe longer if I don’t like the topic. I don’t want to spend so much time investing in content that isn’t really uniquely mine but I love finding more of the community.

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    1. It really was 🙂 Link ups are fantastic when you’re a starting to blog, because they introduce you to the whole community, help you find other bloggers, ideas and content to your blog as well. It’s a great way to get launched, but yes, once you’re established this is definitely not something you -well, for me- want to focus on anymore 🙂 I think doing it irregularly might be a great choice 🙂 Thank you so, so much! 🙂

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  17. Oh I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful pictures! And TTT is a tough one for me as well. You’re so right-it is a really time consuming post. I only participate occasionally-when I have nothing else scheduled and I really like that week’s topic. Otherwise, its just too much work! Good luck to you!

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  18. These pictures are breathtaking! I hope I travel to Europe one day soon especially France. My cousin recently had a backpacking trip and told me all about it which makes me want to go more than ever.
    I always thought of doing Top Ten Tuesday Posts but I hardly get the time but I get not doing posts for stats.
    I look forward to your travel posts!

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  19. Welcome back! The photos of your travels are looking really beautiful and make me want to travel again myself 😉 Also, Yay for that ARC of Holding up the Universe! I LOVED All The Bright Places, so I hope you’ll enjoy this new book by her as well!
    And I’m looking forward to reading your new posts! Whether they are top ten tuesday or some new original content 🙂 Especially looking forward to some travel posts!

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  20. YOU ARE BACK! I actually first read the post when you first published it, but I didn’t have time to comment back then. I am so happy to have you back more regularly on the blogosphere, even though I have to say I really enjoyed all the photos from your travel locations ❤
    As always, I cannot wait for all you have in store for Drizzle and Hurricane! I am sure it's going to be exciting and fun 😀

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  21. You’re back! Yay! I’m so behind on reading blogs this week. I can’t believe I’m just now seeing this post. Your pictures look amazing. I will have to live vicariously through you. 🙂 I was thinking maybe next year I’ll come visit Europe. I promised Donna I would visit. 🙂 That’s awesome that you’re making Souvenirs From Around The World a regular feature. I’d still like to write one for Philadelphia if that’s okay. 🙂

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    1. I am, yay! 🙂 Thank you so, so much, glad you like it, and hopefully you will enjoy the travelling posts just as much 🙂
      OH yes that would be awesome, you should! I actually have yet to visit where Donna lives, so we’ll make this a crazy bloggers meet-up ahah. That would be incredible. 🙂
      Thank you for all your support about SFATW! I would love to read about Philadelphia. I’m currently working on themes and some sort of schedule for the feature, and it’s going to start in September 🙂

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      1. That would be an awesome trip for me. I’m already planning to meet Donna, and I’m not sure if you know my friend Drew, but I’ve decided I will drag him along when I stop in England on our bloggers tour. 🙂 That’s awesome! I’ll look out for it, and this time I’ll sign up the proper way and write a nice post about the City of Brotherly Love. That’s the nickname for Philly. 🙂

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      2. Ohhh well that would be an incredible blogger tour, I would love to be part of it ahah. It’s such a great idea, and it’s always good to meet up friends while discovering the world like that 🙂
        Ohhh I didn’t know that! I’m sure I will learn tons of things about Philly, and…you’ll make me want to come back there 🙂

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  22. Sounds like you had quite a trip; it even got you to bring some meaningful changes for your blog! I’m glad you’re going to brings changes to enjoy putting content and not feel forced to/exhausted by it. Welcome back and we’re definitely all looking forward to your new contents to come! 😉

    – Lashaan

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