Monthly wrap-up – August 2018

Hello September…

Wait, what? I did not sign up for this. I’m not ready for fall and winter to come around here – be right back, moving to Australia to have some more summer coming again.

in real life

I was eagerly waiting for August to come and, as always when you’re impatiently waiting for something… it all went by in a blur.

August was a month of traveling, work and traveling again. I finally got some days off work and went to Edinburgh for a couple days with my family. I had a brilliant time there and went back with all the memories and love for this absolutely gorgeous place.

I went back to work again and tried to settle into the work routine again, something that’s unfortunately quite hard to do. Thankfully, I took a couple days off work again this very end of the month to get back to the north of my French country for a couple days for a nice change again.

September’s the month of going back to school here in France, or at university, and for us grown-ups like me, of, well, work, as always. I feel like it’s going to be long and painful and boring, but well, that’s life? Let’s share some instagram pictures then instead, to make me feel better!

Everything is Edinburgh and holidays, except for that last one on the bottom right hand corner, of home.

on books

I don’t know what’s happening, but I am loving books even more than ever.

I’m still ahead on my goodreads challenge and have never been more… motivated somehow. As I’m writing this, I’m 11 books ahead??? My challenge isn’t that, challenging, but still, that feels ginormous okay. I did not read a book for one week as I went on holidays and that break reminded me how much I love reading, too. I just love it when that happens so, very much. So… I’ve been having a fantastic reading month despite the one week break, I read more than ever so….

Books I read

I am so sad to say that Spinning Silver disappointed me a bit. I guess we can’t all love hyped books. Read my full review here!

This book was such a fun surprise – I loved the narrator, the fun mystery and the talk about going to college in the US.Read my full review here!

I loved Sanctuary Bay by these authors SO much and was thrilled to read that one. It ended up being a fast-paced, fun read filled with mythology and interesting characters. Full review coming soon!

I finally read Starfish and I AM so happyΒ  about it. It was as good as everyone said, I loved the anxiety rep and it was so emotional at times, too. Full review soon!

 

This book was A LOT of fun to read. Entertaining, with a great, badass main characters and fun intrigue. Full review coming soon!

I am such a huge fan of The Wrath and the Dawn series and, despite mixed reviews, I really, really enjoyed this book. The writing captivates me, I loved the characters and overall, well, I HAD A GREAT TIME.

Apparently I squeezed in a 7th book this month AND WHO AM I???? Also… I read this so quickly and I loved it and my heart.

 

 

in-real-life

So… I said I started outlining again last month in my recap and now I’m proudly going to share that my outline has been done back early this month and since then, I haven’t done anything else. In between travelling, getting back to work, blogging and so on, I haven’t had nor took the time to get back to this story I love so dearly. I guess it’s back in the drawer for now and back to me feeling like a fraud. Writing’s fun.

 

on the blog

I managed to take a REAL blogging break this month and I’m really proud of it? The past months, whenever I told myself I would take a break, I always ended up checking in my notifications anyway, just, because I could. It’s always way too quick when you have the WordPress App on your phone, too.

Yet, this time, all the time I spent in Edinburgh, I did not even think about blogging, at all. I just let the notifications pile up and didn’t do a thing and for once, it felt good to disconnect from it all.

I’m thrilled, motivated and excited to be back in the community, as always, but that was just a reminder of taking time for yourself, too. That’s important.

Book reviews

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

Bookish discussions

 

Book blogging

 

 

 

Travel

 

 

 

Writing

I don’t have as many posts as always to share, because I’ve been slacking and I apologize. These are worth checking out though!!

Books & Reading

Book Blogging

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!

How was August for you? Are you always dreading the back to school/work season? Petition to have breaks all the time to read all the books, anyone?

What was your favorite book this month? What are you planning on reading next? Let’s chat in comments!

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111 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – August 2018

  1. I’m so happy to hear that you managed to take a real blogging break, had time to travel, and re-discovered your love of reading, Marie! 😍 The pictures you took all look so atmospheric and lovely, and really make me want to visit Edinburgh myself. πŸ’«

    And I’m so, so happy that Starfish was a win for you, I’m really looking forward to reading your review!

    Also, congrats on finishing outlining your book β€” I’m so excited to find out more about it β€” and on being ahead of your reading challenge. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ˜Š

    I hope your September is absolutely wonderful! πŸ’—

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Lily, you’re the sweetest and your comments always brighten up my day. Thank you ❀ ❀

      I can't wait to share my Starfish review as well and I am so glad that I enjoyed it so much! It was a heartbreaking and heartwarming read and I liked it A LOT.

      Thank you so much! Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in some writing. Someday πŸ™ˆ I hope you'll have an amazing September just as well and thank you again for your sweet words ❀

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  2. Your August sounded amazing! I absolutely adore your pictures- Edinburgh looks gorgeous! I’m also super proud that you read so many books!! I’ve been meaning to read Starfish for quite a while, since I’ve only heard good things about it! πŸ™‚
    Lovely post, as always! ❀

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀
      I hope you'll visit Edinburgh someday, it was such a lovely, very atmospheric kind of place. And Starfish, ahh, such a lovely book! I hope you'll get the chance to read it sometime – also, kind of glad I'm not the only one waiting ages before getting to a book, even if I am really motivated to do so? Haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! I hope you'll have a wonderful month! ❀

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    1. Oh don’t worry, it took me over a year to finally get to this… you’re not the only slow one πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ I hope you’ll read and will love it as much as I did πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, have a lovely September! πŸ˜€

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    1. OH I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way – it’s crazy that we are already in the last 4 months of the year? I can’t believe it πŸ˜‚
      I hope you’ll get to visit Europe someday – which countries would you be interested in? πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much! I hope you’ll have a wonderful September as well ❀

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    1. OH I get that feeling. I’m tired thinking about work every Sunday night hahaha. I hope that uni will go GREAT for you though, I’m sending you love and courage and energy, too, haha πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll give We Regret To Inform You a try someday, it was such a fun read πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I hope you’ll have a wonderful month ❀

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  3. So glad you managed to get some me time and enjoy traveling without worrying about blogging. Sometimes we take small breaks, but the total NO BLOGGING ones are important.

    August was so intense for me, but got to read a few books that kept me happy! I’m on the same boat as you writing-wise though. With so much going on, I didn’t do a lot of that. I’ve been thinking about the story, but not really doing anything with it. I’m also in the process of outlining and trying to write a sort of summary I can follow. I’m writing two, one for each of the POV characters, see if that helps me give both a clear arc and see where the arcs connect and do something really nice with it.

    My favorite book this month was hands-down Seafire. I adored Children of Blood and Bone, but it stressed me out a little how long it took me to finish it. Next, I’m finally tackling the Shades of Magic series. I’ve just gotten started with the first book and my writer brain can’t stop taking notice of how the author introduces several characters.

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    1. Exactly. I’m the worst at taking breaks, really, even for one day, so I was glad to manage to do that for five days straight without a worry in the world. I guess being away from the routine helped, too.

      YAY I’m glad you read some great books this August! I’m sorry to hear your writing has been complicated, too, though :/ I hope that writing these two outlines will help you with your story! Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo maybe this November? πŸ™‚

      Oh Seafire! I heard incredible things about this book, I’m excited to read it at some point. And yay for finally reading ADSOM – I can’t WAIT to hear what you think of the series. I think that Schwab is incredible when it comes to world and character-building πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much, Pam! ❀

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  4. I always dread the going back to school season, but this August I pretty much worked straight through, all my holidays were in June and July so August didn’t feel much like a summer to me. Still it seems like you had an incredible month, your photos from Edinburgh are amazing and I’m glad you managed to have a bit of a blogging break as well. Sometimes something like that is needed isn’t it?
    It’s amazing how many books you got through, and great you’re so motivated for reading too.
    Great post, and I hope you have an incredible September as well, even if there aren’t anymore holidays to look forwards to. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh that’s good then – sometimes it’s good that it doesn’t feel like summer, because that way you don’t really get the back-to-school-work kind of feeling, so… I guess that’s a good thing πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, Beth! ❀ I'll have to plan out some holidays or something soon, otherwise I'll go crazy hahaha.

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  5. August was okay for me! I spent the last week with my sister which was good in so many ways and read a fair bit. It was a bit frantic because I got another part time job and seem to always have lots of assignments…but the world did not end and I am still here, so that’s good. My favourite book this month was definitely America for Beginners. I’m going to be away (missing uni, ack!) for the first two weeks of September but I get to explore indonesia and breifly visit Sydney and get paid for it so that’s exciting, but it’ll be really full on when I get back.

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    1. Oh yay for a sister reunion, that’s so great!πŸ’– and wow, what an incredible opportunity to explore Indonesia AND Sydney? And get paid for it??? THAT IS SO COOL, you’re living the dream, wow. I hope we’ll get to hear about your adventures? πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful September! ❀

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    1. Oh I’m happy you had a good summer – don’t let school stress get to you too much, remember to take deep breaths and that you can do this! ❀ ❀ I hope you'll have a wonderful September just as well ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words ❀

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  6. Oh, I’m so glad that you got to take a real blogging break this month, and that it was so beneficial for you, Marie! πŸ’— I love all your photos; they’re so gorgeous. 😍

    I know I already said this (on your Twitter and Goodreads) but it makes my heart SO happy that you enjoyed Starfish and How to Make a Wish! They’re truly such great books (for different reasons). πŸ’ž

    I started school on August 9th, and because of that, I only read three books in August. 😩 (School honestly sucks all of your free time out of the day. 😭) I read I Was Born for This and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo at the beginning of the month, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before at the end of the month. I really enjoyed IWBFT (as you know) and Evelyn Hugo! But sadly, I didn’t really enjoy TATBILB. The movie was much better, though, it was so sweet and adorable. πŸ’•

    I’d totally sign a petition to have breaks all the time to read, haha! I always want to read so many books, but now I have no time, especially with school and all. But anyways! I hope you have a lovely September, Marie! ❀️ (And sorry for this super long comment, haha.)

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    1. Thank you so much! It felt good to take a real break, that hasn’t happened to me in… a long, long time and it’s much needed every now and then πŸ˜€

      Ohh well you still read some great books! I am so happy you loved I Was Born For This so much ❀ I can't WAIT to read Evelyn Hugo at some point, it sounds like a great book and I've only heard AMAZING things about it all around, I'm so impatient haha. Happy you loved it! πŸ˜€

      I hope that you'll still manage to read some great books, the quantity doesn't matter as much as the quality πŸ™‚
      Thank you SO much – please never apologize for long comments, they are my favorite and make me SO happy ❀ ❀ ❀ I hope you'll have a wonderful month as well! ❀

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  7. I had a verrrryyy long reading break during exam season. Once my exams were over, I read all the books! It’s amazing how a break from something can remind you how much you love it!

    I can’t believe August is over – it’s crazy! I’m on a gap year; it feels really weird not preparing for a new academic year. I’ve applied for several jobs, so hopefully I’ll get work sometime soon!

    I also want to start outlining my book. I’ve had an idea and already written some of it, but it does need a proper plan otherwise I’ll never finish writing it!

    I hope you have a wonderful September! ❀

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    1. Ahhh that’s amazing Kyra! YES, it is so great when you take a little break, only to find back your love for reading afterwards. I love that feeling so much!

      Oh I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you to get a job sometime soon – best of luck for the job hunting! πŸ™‚

      I hope you’ll have a lovely September as well, thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀ And best of luck for your writing! πŸ™‚

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  8. Great wrap up! You had a great reading month! I’m sorry you didn’t love Spinning Silver! I really enjoyed that book. I’m glad you loved Flame In the Mist! It was a great read but the second book was a bit disappointment for me. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

    Hope you have a wonderful September and Happy reading! πŸ™‚

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    1. I’ve heard that the second book in the Flame in The Mist series wasn’t that great – I am really nervous to get to it now hahaha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll have a lovely month as well πŸ˜€

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  9. I love your pictures Marie! I really want to go to Edinburgh one day πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked your blogging break as well; taking breaks is always a good thing. I liked reading your mini review of Spinning Silver. I’m think I’m gonna hold off on that book since I’ve heard how much slower the plot is compared to other fantasies. Good luck on your outlining as well! I’m trying to pick mine up again after a lot of stalling. Hopefully September is even better for you πŸ˜€

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    1. Aww thank you so much! ❀ I hope you'll get to visit someday, it's a beautiful city πŸ™‚
      Best of luck for your writing – it's so hard to get back to it hahaha, I wish it weren't that complicated, but we can do this ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀

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  10. Aaahh Marie!! I’m so happy you loved Starfish and How to Make a Wish — you know how much I love Starfish and How to Make a Wish is just a gorgeous book as well ❀ And I'm so happy that you were able to finish outlining your WIP as well! That's a great start, even if you didn't manage to do anything else in August ❀

    I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation!! (I saw your pictures from your travel diary post and your Instagram and it looks GORGEOUS) And sorry that you have to go back to work — but at least you… got to go to a cool place before?? (I'm trying πŸ˜…) Hope you have a great September, Marie! ❀

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    1. Both of these books were AMAZING, I really liked them a whole lot and I’m so glad I finally got to read them. I was SO impatient to πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much – making progress is hard and finding the time to do so, just as well. I guess I’ll finish this, someday in a thousand years or something πŸ˜… Thank you for your support, it means so much ❀

      Haha yes you're right, at least I can try and look back on these holidays happily… while I struggle at work now πŸ˜…
      Thank you so much! I hope you'll have a wonderful September as well ❀

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  11. Oh my gosh! I’m so glad you were able to relax and enjoy Edinberg (those pictures are GORGEOUS!). And wowow girl you’re ROCKING your reading challenge! I’m so happy for you!

    I just picked up WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU from the library this weekend, so hopefully that will be interesting! (The link to your review in the book cover isn’t working though :S)

    And thanks so much for linking my post! I’m really glad you enjoyed that discussion <333

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    1. Aww thank you! I’m so happy, I think I’ve been having the best reading year ever so far and I really hope it stays that way πŸ˜…

      Oh thank you so much for letting me know! I just corrected the link. I hope you’ll love We Regret To Inform You, it was a really interesting, fun and entertaining read πŸ˜€

      You’re so welcome, thank you for everything you do for the community, you’re incredible ❀ I hope you'll have a lovely September ❀

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  12. Sounds like you had an overall good month! I’m glad to hear that you are loving reading more than ever! Also, I love the way you formatted your books – like little stairs. I really like how it looks! I just finished reading Smoke in the Sun (the sequel to Flame in the Mist) and feel sort of iffy about it. I liked it better than the first one, but I live in Japan and majored in Japanese in College, so maybe I am just hyper critical? But I do love that the Japanese culture is getting featured by such a popular author! I hope September is good to you, Marie!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Kat, I’m really happy you enjoyed it πŸ™‚
      I’m really nervous to read Smoke in the Sun – I’ve been seeing many, many mixed reviews about this sequel and I’m so nervous now haha. And being critical is good, we need readers like you to point out some things we might miss πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much! I hope you’ll have a wonderful month just as well ❀

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  13. The travel pics are so pretty ❀ I'm planning to catch up on quite a few ARCs & books (i'm a bit behind πŸ˜…πŸ“šπŸ“š) I'm also planning to read Mirage next (b/c Somaiya will be on tour near me this coming week!) ^_^ & I want to try & get to Spinning Silver too (I started it, but didn't get to finish it yet!) I loved your wrap-up! πŸ˜πŸ’•βœ¨

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    1. Aww thank you so much! ❀ Best of luck for getting to all of your ARCs, you can do this! πŸ˜€
      And wow, it's so cool that you have an author coming on tour close to you, ahhh that's a dream for me πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❀ I hope you will have a great month! ❀

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  14. You had an amazing month, Marie! I loved your Edinburgh post πŸ™‚ And I read 7 books too πŸ˜€
    Oh wow, I am so happy that you finally read Starfish. I can’t wait for your review. I loved it so much and I want everyone to read it.
    Also, you read Accidental bad Girl! That was certainly an unique book too πŸ™‚

    I hope September is even better for you πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahhh yay, 7-books buddies πŸ˜… It’s so great that you got to read so much as well, yay! πŸ˜€
      I loved Starfish, it was a wonderful read and I can’t wait to share my review for it soon!
      Thank you so much, Sim! I hope that September will be amazing for you as well ❀

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  15. Oh yes come to Australia for the summer feels. πŸ˜‚ I swear we had ONE WEEK of spring and now it’s already up to summer temperatures and I hAVE QUESTIONS, WEATHER.πŸ˜‚But yayyy I’m also glad you had a good holiday! I took 2 weeks off blogging and absolutely didn’t answer comments or brainstorm posts and it was so nice. I missed chatting to people, but just taking time off was a good relief. Definite solid reminder that it’s okay to do this!

    Also SO happy you’re finding tons of excellent reads.😍

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    1. Wow, really? Spring doesn’t really exist in Australia, does it πŸ˜… I’ll happily come to Australia to enjoy that weather though haha.

      I’m so happy you had a lovely break just as well – it’s so good to take a REAL break sometimes. It’s hard to do so, but when you do, it feels good πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much Cait!! I hope you will have a wonderful month ❀

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  16. August was ALL WORK for me. I worked all Saturdays of August which was terrible because I had to wake up at 6 am (something my body isn’t used to anymore).

    I also loved We Regret To Inform You and those Edinburgh pics look amazing! I hope I can go there someday.

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    1. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! I hope you’ll be able to relax and work a little less this September? Fingers crossed ❀

      Thank you so much! I hope you'll be able to visit someday as well πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful month! πŸ˜€

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  17. August was you slacking?! Ahhh lol. Good luck with your writing! I’d like to hear more about what you plan to do post-outlining. That’s where I can struggle as well. It becomes such a daunting prospect, the actual writing of the thing…

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    1. I might be a bit of an overachiever, so… I was kind of slacking… I’m the worst haha πŸ˜…
      Exactly. It’s so scary and daunting and… I haven’t had time, nor took the time to get started on the re-writing of everything… so I don’t really have any advice right now, unfortunately πŸ™ˆ If I manage to do something, I’ll let you know for sure!! ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

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  18. Yay!! I’m so happy that you had an amazing time traveling and rediscovered your love for reading ❀ It's also really great that you took an actual blogging break because as much as we all love this community, we might get a little too obsessed sometimes πŸ˜…

    Big congrats on finishing the outline of your book! I loved hearing more about it in your WIP tag, and I'm so excited for all your progress and to see it eventually come to life ❀

    I hope you have the most amazing September even though you're back to work, but I'm sending all the good vibes for you, your WIP, and your blog!

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    1. YES exactly haha. And being obsessed is not good sometimes, I know it isn’t, but sometimes I can’t help it. Breaks are good every now and then haha πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much – I hope it will eventually come to life. … someday, maybe haha πŸ™ˆ

      Thank you! I hope you’ll have a wonderful September, thank you so, so much for all of your love and support, it means the world to me ❀

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  19. I have to admit that I’m kind of glad to have cooler weather again, because huddling up in blankets is basically my life πŸ˜€ But I think we might have a few more weeks with at least a bit of warm weather πŸ™‚ I’m so glad that your trip to Edinburgh was amazing and you managed to relax as well πŸ’• I’m one of the lucky ones not going back to university just yet, but at the end of October πŸ˜€

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    1. Ahah I get that. It has been way too hot where I live and I am happy that it’s a bit colder again, but… I’m still not ready for winter to come, winter is not my season at all haha.
      Oh wow that’s fantastic, this gives you plenty of time to relax more and read some amazing books, yay! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your comment and I hope you’ll have a lovely month! ❀

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  20. I’ve noticed you’ve been a bit absent on the blog, and I’m glad to hear you’re back. It sounded like you had such an amazing time traveling! As always, you’ve given me even more books to add to my wish list. You won’t believe it, but I bought about 8 (maybe more?) books last week because of all the amazing labor day sales! I spent next to nothing on all of those books. As always, great post πŸ™‚ xxx

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    1. I had such a great time, yes, thank you so much – and it makes me happy you noticed that, I’m always nervous that people don’t pay attention haha. Thank you! ❀

      Wow, 8 books?! that's such a great haul, it's amazing! I can't wait to hear all about the books you bought, hopefully soon? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much Melina! ❀ ❀

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  21. It is always hard to get back into the work routine. But those traveling breaks sound like a good remedy for it! πŸ˜‰ I loved your post about Scotland and am glad you got to head up north for a bit as well. It sounds like you read some good books too! I have Starfish but have yet to read it – I need to get onto that! I also really want to read Flame in the Mist and Bad Girl. So happy you loved them both ^.^ Yay for loving reading ^.^ Ooh, and for being able to take a proper good blog break. It can be so hard to do sometimes…

    My recent post: https://oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/09/august-wrap-up-2018/

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    1. Thank you so much Olivia! ❀ It felt good to take a little break, but it's really hard to get back into work haha. Hopefully with time it will be better πŸ™‚

      I can't wait for you to read Starfish, it was such a good book, I loved it so much! πŸ˜€
      And ugh, yes. Taking a real break is so hard at times, but also very necessary πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much! Have a wonderful month ❀

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  22. I’ve also been having trouble getting back into the work routine lately. I took a staycation for my birthday last month, then had a 3 day weekend for a holiday, and now my schedule is going to be all messed up because my coworker is taking a vacation for her birthday, so I feel very discombobulated as well as far as work is concerned. Here’s to hoping we both get back into a work groove soon!

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  23. Sorry that you were disappointed with Spinning Silver. I’ve been really excited about it, but it’s nice to know that someone didn’t like it as much as everyone else. Lowers my expectations a little bit since everyone seems to love it. Not a bad thing for me to lower my expectations, since I don’t usually love hyped books as much as everyone else. I can’t wait to read Starfish. Hopefully soon! Nice job reading 7 books! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh well I’m glad if that could help you! I know that some books are way too hyped sometimes, and getting in with less expectations is always better for the reading experience πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Ashley! πŸ˜€

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  24. I am actually ready to embrace the autumnal weather. Your travel pics have me screaming in envy and happiness for you haha. I’m convinced days off are myths nowadays. Getting back into the work routine is always the hardest, it makes you feel like you didn’t even go on holiday. I love seeing your enthusiasm for reading, it’s such a contagious feeling. It sounds like you’ve had a brilliant August and I hope September is even better for you. πŸ˜€

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    1. Ahh that’s good you’re already in an autumnal mood! I’m not fond of that time of the year at all, could use some of your ready and positive vibes haha πŸ™‚
      Yes exactly. I feel like I didn’t have any holidays at all now πŸ˜‚ I guess they weren’t that relaxing, but I’m still happy about it I guess. Just wishing for more, as always πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so, SO much for your sweet words Lois, I hope you’ll have a wonderful September ❀

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  25. Hello Marie ❀
    Your pictures of Edinburgh are amazing. Glad to hear that you had a good time there. Yes it is always the toughest part to go back to work!
    That's great that you are feeling inspired when it comes to reading. And that's amazing that you are ahead of your Goodreads goal!! I am happy to hear that you liked Starfish because this book is on my TBR as well.
    As for writing, that's all right that you had to take a break for a bit. Sometimes life happens despite our best intentions. Hope that you will feel inspired again this month πŸ™‚
    Wishing you a wonderful September ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Sophie, your comments and support always brighten up my day. Thank you ❀️
      I am happy that Starfish is on your TBR – it is a beautiful book, definitely worth reading. It’s not an easy read at times, but I enjoyed it a lot πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, I hope that you’ve been having a lovely September so far! ❀️

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      1. I definitely look forward to reading Starfish πŸ™‚
        September has been good for me. Work has been laidback so I have more time for wedding planning. Hope your September is off to a good start as well πŸ™‚

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  26. Welcome back to book blogging! I’m glad you got time to take off from blogging and disconnect, though I suppose the worst part is catching up on all those notifications. You’ll get there, I’m sure of it!

    Also please lend me your reading powers because I’m apparently caught up but not ahead, so I can’t freely procrastinate. πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophia!! ❀️ Taking a break feels really good and necessary at times, even if… well, catching up is complicated haha.
      I wish I could, I’ll try to send some of my reading powers your way hahaha, YOU CAN DO THIS! ❀️
      I hope you’ll have a lovely September! πŸ™‚

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  27. “I guess it’s back in the drawer for now and back to me feeling like a fraud. Writing’s fun.”

    Holy crap. 100% know what you’re talking about. Exact same thing happened to me recently. Work picked up, now I’m behind on blogging and ARCs for this month, and writing is always the thing that gets pushed to the back burner, even though it’s the thing I want to do most!

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    1. Oh I’m glad I’m not the only one, but also sorry this is happening to you too! It’s no fun at all 😦
      I feel like I tend to push writing back as well, because it’s easier to throw myself into reading and blogging than writing, especially since I have no idea where to go and what to do and it’s a bit stressful haha. Hopefully we will both get back to it sometime soon!! ❀️
      I hope you’ll have a wonderful September!

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  28. I love your pictures!

    I really liked Flame in the Mist. I didn’t like Smoke in the Sun quite as much, but it was still good, and I liked the ending to the duology.

    I’m sorry that Spinning Silver was disappointing. I would like to eventually read that and Starfish (but probably Starfish first since I bought a copy the other day on sale).

    Hope your writing picks up for you. There have been days where I tried to write and all I managed to do was highlight a few words.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, happy you enjoyed them! 😍
      I’ve heard mixed reviews about Smoke in the Sun, so I’m very, very nervous to get to it. I think I might wait a little bit πŸ˜‚
      I hope you will love Starfish, it was such a wonderful rad, I loved it ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words! I hope you're having a lovely September so far ❀

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  29. Wow you managed to read so many books despite travelling and I’m so happy that you had a good month! πŸ’™ I’m 8 books ahead of my not-so-challenging Goodreads challenge and the feeling of not being pressured to get to a number this year is best because I struggled a lot last year with this. Now I’m off to check out all the amazing books and blog posts you mentioned. πŸ˜… I hope September is just as good to you! ❀
    P. S. Your intro was very funny. πŸ˜‚

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    1. YAY that’s fantastic! I also didn’t put a too-big-of a challenge, either, because I didn’t want to stress out about it too much. That way, it feels so good to see we are ahead hahaha πŸ™‚
      Thank you!!! ❀ I hope you've been having a great month so far! ❀

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  30. I feel you so much, Marie. How is September already here? Who gave it permission to come this fast? Definitely not me. πŸ˜‰

    This is such a great wrap up! I was so happy to see Starfish, and that you loved it. I really need to reread, it’s been quite a while now, and I remember loving it. Also…I know I have said this before, but the Friends gif in your posts are always just so perfect, haha. I hope your month is amazing!

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    1. Ugh, I really hate these last months of the year, I wish we could be back in June πŸ˜‚
      I can’t wait to share my review of Starfish, I loved this book so, very, very much ❀
      And aww, thank you! I love friends too much not to put GIFs every now and then πŸ˜‚ I hope you've been having a wonderful month so far! ❀

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  31. Beautiful pictures! I’ve only been to Edinburgh once, and the weather was miserable, so i need to take another trip at some point and actually enjoy some of the sights without the wind blowing my eyes out πŸ˜€

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    1. Aww thank you so much! ❀ Oh I get that, we weren't too lucky with the weather either, with all that rain πŸ˜‚ It has to be gorgeous with the sunshine out. Here's to hoping we will get to go back πŸ˜€

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  32. Oh! I started I DO NOT TRUST YOU this weekend. I’m not that far in yet and I went in blind – I just know it sounded like a fun read and I requested it because of that – but I’m pleasantly surprised so far. Especially with all the mythology mentioned. Looking forward to seeing where it’s going to go, hah. Also going to keep an eye out for your review. πŸ™‚ [If I manage to stay on top of the blogs I follow, that is.. I’m on a huge catching up-spree. :’)]

    Good thing you succeeded at taking a blogging break! And a reading break at that! It’s wonderful how those things can make us realize why we love our hobbies. πŸ™‚

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    1. Best of luck for your catching spree haha I know how complicated that is, but YOU CAN DO THIS! (and thank you for showing so much love to my posts, you’re the best!! <3)
      I hope you'll love I Do Not Trust You, it was a fun and entertaining read for sure πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much Kathy! I hope you're having a wonderful September so far ❀

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  33. Hahahaha I am definitely Nick Miller in that #nope gif right now when it comes to writing. Ack, Edinburgh is like #1 on my to see list and seeing your pictures on Instagram have had me with heart-eyes! I am so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time, and that you’re doing all the reading (seriously, how good was Starfish?) β™₯

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    1. Nick is way too relatable when it comes to writing haha. Here’s to hoping we can manage to do a little more soon ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, that means a lot! ❀ I LOVED Starfish and I am so happy I finally read it, it was such a good book!! πŸ˜€

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  34. Woohoo! Fantastic reading month! Happy to see you are really on top of your reading game.

    I also enjoyed A Flame in the Mist! I really appreciated the feminist themes throughout, especially since it is a YA book. I did have a lot of questions at the end, and felt a little confused with some aspects of the story. Will you be continuing on with the duology?

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so happy to have read so many incredible books and I just hope this continues haha πŸ™‚

      I think I will be continuing with the duology, I am curious to see how this all ends, even if some moments felt a little slow for me. Are you going to read the second book? πŸ™‚

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      1. I read it last month. While I liked how all my questions were answered & liked how everything panned out, the book felt rushed & underdeveloped in some aspects. I just didn’t feel satisfied. The book either needed to be longer, or she should have made it a trilogy. I gave it a 3.5 star rating.

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      2. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that it didn’t satisfy you, that’s so frustrating when it happens :/ at least 3,5 stars isn’t too bad, so there were still enjoyable things about the book πŸ™‚

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