Monthly wrap-up – April 2018

Hello friends, happy Wednesday and happy May! Is it just me, or is this year now going way too fast?!

in real life

April and spring finally came and went away. I was eagerly waiting for some sunshine and boy, we got it, with temperatures way higher than we are supposed to get in that month, but I can’t really complain.

I really wish I had more interesting things to say, but not much has happened in the month of April worth mentioning. I started the month 600 km away from home for the long weekend, but despite that little travelling getaway, I spent the month at work, trying to cope with everything happening all at once and everything suddenly falling onto me.

I really, really need a summer break.

OH NO WAIT. SOMETHING HAPPENED. It was my sister’s birthday on the 16th and you might have ran into her on this blog, since she posts once a month and is doing an amazing job. Also, just WISH HER A VERY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY okay, to be honest I would loooooooooose my mind blogging if she weren’t here, so, there’s that. Happy birthday again, twinnie, best sister ever.

I’m hopeful for May, though, since we got quite a couple bank holidays here in France during this month, one where I’ll hopefully rest a little bit more, one where I’ll spend another quick couple days away from home and another one where I have no idea what I will end up doing. I guess we will see how things go.

A little spring month over on instagram:

on books

Hello, I am 5 books ahead on my Goodreads challenge and I still feel like I’m not reading enough?? Book bloggers’ lives are hard. Still I feel pretty lucky to have read great books again this month.

Books I read

It was a fun read with great family vibes, even if it missed a bit of… something more for me to love it. You can already read my full review here.

I am a marshmallow and I LOVED THIS SO MUCH?? Buddy-read with the best Kat @ Life & Other Disasters. My full review’s up here!

A sweet and fun contemporary with GREAT father-daughter vibes, exactly my thing. Full review here!

This was way too addictive and amazing and twisted and I LOVED IT.  Full review coming soon.

 

 

 

NEW FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIMES ALERT. READ IT right now. Full, gushing review coming soon!

Twisted back-stabbing ballerinas – I had a lot of fun with that one. Full review coming soon!

 

 

 

in-real-life

Yeah, I should totally get rid of that category at some point. I still want to write and I still want to edit my WIP, but I haven’t found the light just yet, despite reading about editing, trying to stare at my WIP and I don’t know, trying. I’m still and forever disappointed in myself about that. Someday I’ll manage to actually do something, but for now it’s just a bit, well, nothing is happening.

on the blog

Book reviews

Click on the book covers to be redirected to my reviews.

Bookish discussions

Book blogging discussions

Writing

Hello, my name is Marie and I can’t stop reading book blogs all month long. I wanted to feature so many blog posts in this month’s wrap-up, but…. I tried to control myself.

On reading and other discussions about books

 

On book blogging

 

How was April for you? Did you have a great month? Anything positive happened to you?

What was your favorite book this month? Let’s chat in comments!

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92 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – April 2018

  1. I am glad that your month was so good 😊 Wee sometimes a quite month is good too 😜
    And wow, you read so many good books this month. I am so glad that you loved TKAK ❤️ I wish to read Emergency Contact soon.
    And where are you planning to go this month? Also, happy belated birthday to Nyx ❤️
    And thank you for sharing my post 🙈

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    1. Aw thank you so much, Sim! I hope you will be able to get to Emergency Contact soon, I loved this book WAY too much haha ❤
      Oh not far away, in the North of France, I make the trip every two months or something, it's not too, exotic haha. Looking forward to summer to finally book some holidays! 😀
      You're so welcome, thank you for writing such a great post!! ❤

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  2. I have the same problem with my Goodreads challenge! I’m two books ahead right now (which is absolutely UNHEARD OF for me but somehow I keep telling myself I need to read more because I’m so behind on books I want to read and books I’ve accepted for review. I keep telling myself that what I’m reading now is perfectly fine but it’s a hard feeling to shake! It’s sounds like you’ve had a really great reading month though and I hope May is just as lovely 🙂

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Oh I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way; Some people are reading so much and somehow I feel like what I read is never enough haha.
      Thank you so, so much Laura, I hope you’ll have a lovely May as well 🙂 x

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    1. Oh it’s just bank holidays and not, really holidays, unfortunately, just one day here and there haha. But well, I’ll take what I can get 😛
      Thank you so much Angela!! I hope you’ll have a wonderful May 🙂

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    1. YAY YOU LOVED IT TOO?? This makes me so happy, I just fell in love with it all and I can’t stop thinking about it haha. It was brilliant.
      I hope you’ll have a lovely May, Flavia!! ❤

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  3. Thank you so much for mentioning my post, it means a lot that you enjoyed it, Marie!
    I’m glad you enjoyed To Kill A Kingdom, I just read your review and the book sounds amazing!

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    1. You’re so welcome, I loved it, thank you for sharing it 😀
      I hope you’ll give To Kill a Kingdom a shot someday, it really was amaazing 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, hope you’ll have a wonderful month! 🙂 x

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    1. Aww, well I hope you’ll find new books to add to your list then 🙂 I’m glad you overall had a calm month as well. Hope that May will treat you well, Melina, thank you so much for your sweet words! ❤

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  4. Guees, it was an okay month a bit for everyone. And sorry for your WIP. For some reasons I managed to pick up mine a little bit and I was really happy about it. Plus it was the first time I was writing directly in English.

    The only intereresting thing is that I need to prepare for exams. I’m trying to keep it calm. Really calm,

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    1. I’m so, so happy to hear that, yay!! I hope you’ll be able to keep on going and that you’ll have tons of fun with your WIP 😀
      Best of luck for your exams, I’ll be cheering you on ❤ Have a lovely May, Camilla!! ❤

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  5. HAAAAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, NYX!!!!! ❤
    And Marie, I am glad you liked All of This is True! I am looking forward to that review and reading it myself one day. Lygia is such a cool author. I hope you get to enjoy the bank holidays and some days off. You deserve them!!
    And thanks so much for featuring my poooost ❤ You da best!

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    1. I’ll pass on the message, but I’m 200% sure she says thank you, for the birthday wishes and ALL the shows recommendations you pass on all the time 😛
      I expected to like this book, but it was sooooo addictive, I loved it so much. I can’t wait for you to read it 😀
      Thank you so much, Kat, you’re the sweetest ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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  6. I feel you on struggling with writing, Marie. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. My love of books really developed alongside my love for writing but I’m in a total rut there myself. I feel like I have all these great ideas, and then just sit there and judge myself for even trying to put a pen to paper or fingers to keys and actually write. It’s a horrible feeling. I hope it passes for both of us!

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    1. It really is the worst feeling, I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling as well :/ I hope you will be able to get past this and write, I’m sure you have amazing stories waiting to be put on paper – or well, on the computer! Did you ever try NaNoWriMo? It helped me in kick-starting my writing a couple years back for sure 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤

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  7. I just opened about 20 new tabs which crashed my coputer and I’m blaming you entirely! Although my coputer is utterly terrible and I need a new one. I’m 8 books ahead of schedule and completely feel like I’m not reading enough somehow – probably because of the huge list of May releases I want to read on top of a pile of NetGalley books that I need to catch up on. If I can somehow read one book a day in May I’ll be fine! *laughs, cries*

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

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    1. I’m so, so sorry about that… I need to stop with all these posts, I just, can’t 😂
      I get the feeling, there are just too many books to be read, and soooo little time. Hopefully we will conquer our TBRs this May!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! ❤ ❤

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  8. Everyone has been raving about EMERGENCY CONTACT and now I feel like I need to read it and be in the know! I’ve also been meaning to read TINY PRETTY THINGS since before it came out but haven’t worked up the motivation yet somehow? so I’m glad to hear you liked that one as well 🙂 And omg ALL OF THIS IS TRUE looks sooooo good. Maybe I should read that one next since it’s coming out soon…

    Also super jealous that you’re 5 books ahead on your Goodreads challenge!! I’m a book behind and I only set it to 50 this year since my reading pace is so slow now. Alas.

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    1. YES YOU NEED TO READ IT! Sorry. I’m excited about Emergency Contact, I loved it sooooooo much 😂 I hope you’ll read and love it!
      I hope you’ll get around to Tiny, Pretty Things as well, it was a quick and fun read for sure! All of this is true was amazing as well 😀
      Oh I get it, my reading pace is a bit slower, too. Trying not to let it bother me though, I mean, as long as we are reading books we enjoy, that’s what matters 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! 😀

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      1. That is true. I’d rather read fewer really great books than a lot of books that I forget or don’t really like.

        And haha, no worries, it seems like everyone is excited about Emergency Contact! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it 🙂

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  9. Hahaha thanks for all the links Marie! You work in a bank? i would never have guessed LOL and me too I need a break 😉 I hope next month will be less tiring for you!!

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    1. Not at all 😂 I was talking about bank holidays, public holidays, days that are off work for my entire country 🙈
      Thank you so much, Sophie! I hope you’ll have a lovely month as well ❤ ❤

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  10. Belated Happy Birthday to Nyx! You had a good reading month, Marie. I can’t wait to read To kill A kingdom! I’ve heard mixed reviews about Emergency Contact but I’m so glad you loved it. I’ll definitely give it a shot!
    Hope you have an amazing May and Happy reading! 🙂

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    1. OH I can’t wait for you to read To Kill a Kingdom, I have a feeling you will LOVE it 😀
      Thank you so much Raven, and thank you for my sister as well! I hope that May will treat you well ❤ ❤

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  11. It seems like you had a good month overall Marie (I can definitely relate to not having much to do in April and the fact that Spring has finally arrived bringing with it the warmer weather). You got through some great books, and oh I can’t wait to see your review for Emergency Contact, I feel like it’s going to be a book I have to add to my TBR list after reading your review. 😀
    Thanks so much for featuring my discussion in your recap, and oh happy belated birthday to your sister as well. I hope she had a brilliant day. ❤
    Good luck with your WIP, I'm sure you'll get there soon, and I hope you have a brilliant May as well. 😀 ❤

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    1. I HOPE SO, it’s my goal, I loved it way, way too much, I can’t wait for everyone to read it and I want to talk about it a whole lot, I might be obsessed hahahaah. 🙈
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words Beth, this means a lot ❤ I hope you'll have a fantastic May!

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  12. I’m planning to read To Kill A Kingdom this month, so I was so excited to see that you loved it! I also have American Panda and The Way You Make Me Feel on my TBR, and I am looking forward to those even more now 🙂

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  13. Ah at least you’re ahead on your goal I’m 10 books behind…ooops. A tiny bit of advice if you’re struggling to edit your WIP – what I tend to do with mine is leave them for a bit go write something else, maybe outline something or just work on another project of mine then go back to it. But I’ll copy the document into a new one and then edit the new document so I still have the original for reference.

    Editing is hard though 🙂

    Hope May is a good month for you x

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    1. Ohh damn 😂 I hope you’ll manage to catch up – and even if you don’t, as long as you read amazing books, that’s what matters 😀
      Thank you so much for the advice, that’s so sweet. I’m just in a slump overall, I guess, but I’ll manage to do something someday 😂 Thank you ❤
      I hope you'll have a wonderful month!

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  14. Aahh Marie, I’m so sorry you’re not able to edit your WIP!! I’m confident that one day you’ll open that doc and start editing, but for now, take your time and don’t stress. ❤ And oh nooo, I'm so sorry that you had such a busy month with work! I hope that there'll be a little less work for you in May, and I hope that these last weeks/months before summer break fly by fast for you ❤

    And omg I KNEW you would love Emergency Contact! It seemed like just your type of book, I'm excited to see your review on it!! And MARIE. STOP. 5 books ahead is fantastic. (I'm 2 books behind and I'm at the point where I pretend I don't care but deep down inside I can feel the anxiety building.)

    Hope you have an amazing May!!! ❤

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    1. Thank you for your support, that means a whole lot ❤ ❤ I'm trying not to stress out too much, but I WANT to do something and it's making me a bit, well, mad and crazy and everything 😂
      Let's hope so – I still have weeks, months to go before holidays unfortunately, but fingers crossed haha 😀

      I WANT TO SCREAM ABOUT EMERGENCY CONTACT MAY. It was WAY TOO AMAZING and did you read it YOU HAVE TO READ IT??? It was incredible. ❤

      I'm sorry you're a bit behind, but two books is noothing you can totally catch up!! ❤ ❤

      Thank you so much for your comment and sweetness, this means a whole lot ❤

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  15. Iknow. I can’t believe we are May already …

    Happy belated birthday Nyx !! xx
    mmh i’d say my favorite book I read last month was probably “The Corner Shop In Cockleberry bay” by Nicola May !

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    1. Time’s flying! I’m not complaining though, I can’t wait for summer to be here 😀
      Ohhh I don’t know that book, I’ll have to check it out sometime!
      I hope you’ll have a wonderful month, Kristina ❤ ❤

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    1. AHHHHHHHHH REALLY THAT IS SO VERY COOL. Sorry for screaming, I’m very excited 😂 I just loved Emergency Contact so, so much, I hope you will too 😀
      All of This is True was quite an unique read, I LOVED it. I hope you’ll pick it up as well 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment – I hope you’ll have an amazing May ❤

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  16. Going by my usual standards.. I had a really good reading month. Also, I have finally started blogging regularly and started this Word of the Day thingie in my ultimate attempt to steer clear of the dictionary while reading a book.. at some point in my life.. I know.. long way to go.. 😛

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    1. Oh yay I’m so glad you had a lovely reading and blogging month as well 😀 And word of the day, that’s great!! Best of luck for that resolution haha 😀
      Thank you so much for stopping by – Hope you’ll have a lovely month! 🙂

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    1. Aw thank you – and thank you from my sister as well! ❤
      You're so, so sweet, I'm so happy you're enjoying my discussion posts, they're my favorites to write ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll have a fantastic month 🙂

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  17. I feel like not much happened with a lot of people in April?? I guess it’s just one of those months. Happy belated birthday to your sister!! Ahh you read so many great books!!!

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    1. I guess so – but calm months are okay, too, I guess 😂
      Thank you so much!! I hope that May will be just as great, reading-wise! 😀 Hope you’ll have an amazing month! 🙂

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    1. Aw thank you – and thank you for my sister 🙂
      I hope you’ll read both of these books and will end up loving them – I’m still not over them, they were amazing!
      Hope you’ll have a lovely month! 🙂

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  18. Those pictures of the countryside and the flower is beyond beautiful! 🙂 That makes me happy that warmer weather is here. I can’t wait to read American Panda! I still just love how much you structure your blog and discussions. You’re awesome Marie 🙂

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  19. Looks like you had a great reading month!! I’m getting soo hyped up for To Kill a Kingdom and I might cave in and buy it if I really feel like reading it (hmm those gift cards I got will come in handy) 😀

    I’m sorry things with your WIP aren’t exactly going according to plan, but I would be happy to hear about it, if you have another update 💕

    My fave was CRESS obviously and my Review shall be up soon, so I can scream about it! I already gave in and checked out Winter from my local library even though it’s very long and I’m very busy, BUT I NEED TO KNOW HOW THINGS END!! 😮 💕

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    1. Ohhhh gift cards… well you should use them, just saying 😛
      Thank you, Caro, that means a lot ❤ I hope to have updates someday soon ahah 🙂

      YES! I can't wait for you to read Winter – I hope you'll love it. It was wonderful and even if it's a massive book, it's so quick to read 😀
      Thank you so much, Caro! I hope you'll have a wonderful month ❤

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      1. I will use them at one point … because I’ll surely be tempted to buy some books xD
        I would love to read some updates so I will patiently wait for them 💕

        I checked out the copy from my local library and it doesn’t look as massive, but it’s still heavy and full of lots of pages that I will get to as my very next read! 💕
        You too! 💕

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      2. You’re really sweet. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over that writing / editing slump or if I’ll just stop writing forever hahaha you might have to wait a while. You’re so sweet ❤ ❤ ❤

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  20. My april was okay, but weird because I had a week of holiday at either end and uni in the middle. I did lots of social things, though, and did some good assignments at uni. I’m so with you in the WIP thing…maybe we should make a resolution that we’ll both edit, say, 2k words in may and then check back with each other? I really want to read The Girl and the Grove and Emergency Contact (though I still haven’t read your reviews, because Busy. Sorry!)

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    1. Ohh well lots of holidays, that’s fantastic!
      I’d like that a lot, but… I don’t even know if I will manage to do anything, maybe that would motivate me though, having a deadline? We could give it a try!
      I hope you’ll get to read both of these books soon and that you will love them 😀
      Thank you so much, Shanti! I hope you will have a great May!

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  21. I’m glad you managed a weekend away. You need that relaxation time! I went away for a weekend with my family too. It’s always nice to get away from everything for a minute. We have the 2 bank holidays this month too. I still feel that luxury having a office-based job that means I actually get them off work!

    Try not to beat yourself up so much about your WIP. I truly believe that writing is as much about stepping away from your work for a minute as it is ploughing on. Even when you’re not staring at the computer, the characters are still active in your mind. Stepping away for a minute might help you solve the things you’re stuck on. You’re doing great, don’t worry so much xx

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    1. Agree, it’s great to be able to get away, even just for a day or two. I’m glad you got some days off as well, that makes us appreciate office-work for sure hahaha.

      Thank you so much for your sweet words and your support! ❤ I just have been stepping away for over six months and it's a bit frustrating as well, but I guess you're right, it's still alive in my mind, too so that's okay. I hope ahah 🙂
      Thank you so much! I hope you'll have a lovely month ❤

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  22. I am dying to read To Kill a Kingdom and All Of This Is True! I am going to try so hard to squeeze Emergency Contact into my reading TBR for this month, because I need to read it ASAP!

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  23. Hello Marie!!
    That’s great to hear that you enjoyed the books that you’ve read last month. Emergency Contact sounds SO like my kind of book so I added it to my TBR! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that one!
    Don’t stress too much about not writing. Sometimes the inspiration is there and sometimes it isn’t. I find that it’s really hard to force myself to be inspired to write or edit, though sometimes an idea hits me when I am least expecting it. If editing seems too daunting at the moment, how about writing something new?
    Wishing you a wonderful May 🙂 ❤

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    1. I can’t wait for you to read Emergency Contact, Sophie, I really hope you will fall in love with it just like I did ❤ It was incredible. ❤
      Thank you for your positive thoughts, I'm trying to take things slowly and not to beat myself up too much about it, but… it's really hard, especially since I'm doing nothing for so long, haha. Thank you ❤
      I hope you're having a wonderful month so far! ❤

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      1. No worries, sometimes having a break from writing is good. One day you’ll feel ready to get back into the swing of things 🙂 My month is going well, although already flying by! Hope you are doing well!

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    1. Aww thank you so much for her ❤ ❤
      I'll have to write that review haha, but I can already say it was a pretty entertaining read! I hope you'll pick it up 😀
      Thank you !! ❤

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing my post. I must admit it felt strange writing a discussion post after so long haha. And a happy belated birthday to my fellow April baby, Nyx. There’s a reason diamonds are our birthstone cause we’re just that precious haha. I hope she had a fab day. I wish I could have enjoyed the sun more, but I was working when we had that mini heatwave and on my days off it was just raining. I’m telling you it’s a conspiracy!!
    I always forget about May bank holiday, but I love that I can actually enjoy the sun today haha.

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    1. You’re so welcome – I loved it and you did so great 😀
      Awwww thank you you’re way too sweet, my sister will be SO happy to hear that haha ❤
      I really hope that you'll be able to enjoy the sun… in Canada so sooooon 😀

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  25. I’m so happy you had a great month, Marie 🌸
    Those Instagram pictures are beautiful as always! I’m so happy summer has arrived, it’s starting to get quite chilly over here. Totally get how you’re feeling, I need a break too!

    The Way You Make Me Feel & Tiny Pretty Things are on my TBR so I’m so happy to see that you’ve enjoyed them. I hope you have a great month of May and I hope I don’t miss out on any more of your posts ❤️

    P. S. Happy belated birthday to Nyx 🎉🎂🎈

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    1. Oh right, you’re on the opposite side of the world here, I’m sending you all the warmth and sunshine, Michelle ❤ ❤
      I hope that things are going well for you and that you're going to get a little break soon ❤ ❤

      I hope you will have a fantastic May, sending you tons of love! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  26. I always admire you for your bravery in sharing your author journey, especially on working on your WIP. The fact that you keep the “On Writing” section for these monthly wrap-up posts actually is (I think) a really amazing thing because it shows people that you don’t have to work on your WIP all the time to be a passionate writer. It’s so easy to get caught up in the craze of how much writing other people are doing because usually the people who aren’t currently writing don’t talk about how… well, how they’re not writing. 😊

    Anyways, I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate how honest you are with sharing your progress with your WIP, especially when I’ve literally had to put everything on hold these past two months (including writing 😢) due to insane testing at my school. 😋 Good luck with your writing, Marie!

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    1. Oh thank you, that really means a lot to me ❤ … especially when I was thinking on giving up on it for my next wrap-up, maybe I won't haha, thank you. That really means a lot ❤ It's really hard to keep up and be inspired when life gets in the way, too.
      I hope all of you tests went well and that you'll be able to write more soon ❤ ❤
      Thank you so much! ❤

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