Monthly wrap-up – August 2019

Hi friends!  ☀️ I kind of can’t believe it’s SEPTEMBER already. I know summer’s not technically quite over yet in the Northern Hemisphere, but… I miss it already.

in real life

August went by in a blur and now it’s back to September, fall time and getting back into that sour, stupid mood that fall and winter always bring onto me. It’s getting darker in the mornings and my mood is plummeting down and down but what can you do, that’s life.

This last month has been a whirlwind of emotions and dreams coming true. I ended July and started August 6 000 km away from home in Montréal, Canada and continued the first days of the month in Toronto with my travel buddy and incredible sister. We fell in love with the country, bought books (could I really not buy books, you ask, and the answer is obviously NO), walked a lot and overall just had the time of our lives.

You can read more about my trip to Canada in my first travel post, on Montréal!

The rest of the month has been back to work and its tiring routine and my travel, lively mood going a tiny bit down, too. September, please be kind and sunshiny to me, is all I ask. x

on books

I kind of don’t know what happened in August, but I’ve been getting through books and books and books and I’ve read, A LOT, for me. I kind of can’t believe how much I’ve read and, if I’m happy about it, I also feel like I need to calm down and slow down because what’s the rush? Oh. Right. All the books I want and have left to read.

📖 Books I read

COLOR ME IN ☂️ This was a very strong debut. Loved the family dynamics, the complex relationships and the main character’s growth. Definitely recommending it  📖 read my full review
PERMANENT RECORD ☂️  I read my most anticipated read of the year and I’m sobbing okay. This wasn’t as great as Emergency Contact, unfortunately, but I still loved it so much and will scream about it soon in a review, I promise.
SHE’S THE WORST ☂️ A little disappointed by this one… Sisters vibes and road trips around L.A, this had so much potential, but it kind of fell short. Still entertaining, but I’m sad. 📖 read my full review


MADE YOU UP ☂️ Well, I like Francesca Zappia’s books A LOT. I loved Eliza and Her Monsters, this one is a little below it, but still a great read for me. 👯‍♀️ buddy read with the lovely Lily!

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY ☂️ Wow what a nice surprise this one was. I liked the unique voice of the main character, the originality of the story (bees!) and the strong friendships, too. Such a great read.

ALEX, APPROXIMATELY☂️ YES TO MORE JENN BENNETT in my life!!!! It’s official, I really love her books okay. 👯‍♀️ buddy read with the lovely Taasia!

  • Goodreads Challenge: 51/60 books 🔥 11 books ahead of my reaching challenge ahhh.
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 6/10 books !

📖 Currently reading


In a strange turn of events… I’ve been writing almost every single day since the middle of the month, approximately. I never pegged myself as an every-day kind of writer, but I figured that if I need to get this draft done, I need to put in the work and get some words out.

Is it messy as hell? Do I know what I need to edit and work on way better in edits already? Yes and oh, yes. But I’m writing and getting this skeleton of a story on a document and, for now, that’s good.

Also this story is getting way more relatable to me than I ever wanted it to be. #why

My writing goal is to finish this draft before NaNoWriMo, which gives me two entire months. Ideally, I’d love to finish it a bit before that, so I can actually prepare for NaNoWriMo, which should be edit-wrimo for me (I know. Not a thing, but… well.), but we’ll see. I have no idea if I’ll ever manage to finish it before the end of the year anyway, but… all I can do is try, right?

Here are some aesthetics, because I’ve been doing a lot of them, too…. it’s RESEARCH OKAY.

  • Words written: 11 782 (!!!!!!)

on the blog

Since I’ve tried to prioritize writing lately, I kind of slowed down on my blog hopping lately. You might not have noticed it at all, but I have and I’m trying not to beat myself up too much about it, either and when I don’t. I actually feel better than I ever did. I feel more in touch with my writing and creative side and… a little less overwhelmed.

Self care, right. Who knew.

The earlier part of the month has been slower, since I went on holidays, but the later part has been fantastic. I’ve been inspired and happy to get back to it and back to the community. I also kind of can’t believe how many posts I wrote this month even despite the holidays and break. Maybe I need to calm down? I hope you’re not sick of me yet.

Apparently people have been enjoying my content, too… since I found out that I’ve won not one, but two awards at the Book Bloggers Awards 2019? I’m still speechless and still so, so very thankful and underserving and impostor syndrom and all that. I’m just, thank you for thinking of me, thank you for voting for me, thank you for enjoying my content, I’m unworthy and you’re the best.
Also small reminder that May did an INCREDIBLE job with these awards, that whether or not you’re in them doesn’t mean a single thing because you’re all freaking FABULOUS.

📖 Book reviews

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

💻 Book blogging

📚 Book discussions & tags

💬 Author Interviews

🌍 Travelling

I.. don’t know? I’m just kidding, I have LOTS of blog post ideas and lots of reviews to get through, so…here’s to hoping you’ll enjoy it all.


I don’t have as many blog posts as usual since I’ve been a little slower at blog hopping, but.. here is my small selection.

📚 Books & Reading

💻 Book Blogging

📝 Writing, Lifestyle & Other Posts I Loved

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

How was your August? Did you have a great month? Anything exciting happening or anything you’re looking forward to?

What were your favorite books this month? Did you discover new favorites? Any recommendations for me? Tell me everything in comments!





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109 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – August 2019

  1. Thank you for this article!! I love the “around the blogosphere” part, I discovered so many articles and interesting blogs 😀
    Also Made you up is awesoooome ❤

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  2. Don’t beat yourself up over not blog hopping as much as you used to! Some of us can’t even manage a fraction of what you do on a consistent basis ^_^ I’m going to try and do it primarily on weekends, but like you I hope to blog and write this month. There are only so many hours in a day!

    Also congrats on your awards! I was keeping up with the awards on social media (how could I avoid it) and I know your awards are well deserved. ❤

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    1. We do need way more hours every day, I never ever have enough time to do everything I want to do, it’s frustrating ahah. Thank you, this means a lot, thank you so much ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll have a beautiful September! ❤


  3. WOW! First of all, it sounds like August was an excellent month for you. I think your vacation definitely boosted your creativity and I’m glad to hear that you’re making good progress with your writing. You also shared so many great reviews and interviews this month. I always look forward to reading your posts — WHICH IS WHY I’M STOKED that you shared my book list! Thank you!

    Excited to see all you write about in September!

    Afoma |

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    1. Oh thank you so, so so much for your sweet words and comment, this means so much! ❤ and OF course I loved your list so much, such an incredible resource, thank you for taking the time to put it all together!! ❤ ❤

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  4. Congratulations on winning Book Bloggers Award, you truly deserve it!!! 💙💙💙 You seem to have an amazing month and you shouldn’t worry too much about taking a step back from blog hopping. Sometimes we just have to take a step back to recharge and let us do other things we enjoyed 🙂

    I hope you’ll have a lovely September! 💙

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    1. Another excellent month Marie!

      How are you liking Daisy Jones so far!? I am interested in hearing your thoughts!

      Congrats on all the writing progress! Loving the aesthetic! Is the story about sisters that travel?!

      I am not surprised that you’ve won two blogger awards! I assure you they are well deserved 🙂

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      1. OH Amanda I LOVED DAISY JONES so much. I really did. I’m fascinated by how the author always manages to craft believable, flawed, real characters like that just through interviews. that’s, impressive. Did you read it? 🙂

        You might be onto something here with your guess 😉
        And ahh thank you so, so much, you’re too sweet, this means so, so much ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤


  5. I love that you guys travel together, that is the CUTEST?! And um, anyone who even suggests going on holidays without buying books from every cute bookstore you walk into doesn’t know what they’re missing! CONGRATS on all your writing progress AND on winning 2 awards – you deserve it so much!!! AND THOSE AESTHETICS OMG THEY ARE GORGEOUSSSS!!! So excited to hopefully maybe one day read your book?! 😍

    Hope you have a fantastic September, Marie!

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. My sister is always my best travel buddy haha 🙂
      Thank you so, so much, you’re too sweet! and. well don’t hold your breath, for now it’s all just a very distant dream, but maybe someday you’ll get to read it, I’m hoping haha. Thank you! ❤ ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll have a lovely month ❤

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  6. Um, first, you are 100% worthy!

    Haha, I love what you said about your writing becoming way more relatable to you than you planned. I think writing about yourself is kind of inescapable, even when you think that’s not what you’re doing.

    Your trip sounds amazing! I’m sorry that settling back down into regular life again has been tough ❤

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    1. Lydia thank you 😭
      Agree, well I knew when I started drafting that this would be, in some ways, personal, but still, it feels weird at times haha.
      Thank you, just dreaming of a next trip haha ❤ I hope you've been well and are having a lovely September ❤ ❤


  7. MARIEEEE Your aesthetics for your WIP are EVERYTHING!! It’s just so pretty and cute and fkalsfjlaskfjlksd I’m already so excited for your progress. 😍💖 Congratulations again on winning TWO blogger awards in the Book Blogging Awards. I’m so proud of you, and it’s genuinely so well-deserved. You’re such an amazing person with SUCH quality content. ✨

    Your travels in Canda also looked so fun, and I’m so glad that you had a blast. I’m going to wishing that you have all the sunshine in September. ☀️

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  8. I hope I’ll get to go to Canada one day too Marie as it seems you had indeed the time of your life! And I get it about fall and the mood. My worst month in the year is November. I usually end up taking three weeks off at that time just staying home but that way I can enjoy some light during the day!

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    1. Ahh I really hope you will, it’s such a beautiful country, I loved it so much ❤
      I'm so glad I'm not alone. September is just the beginning, so I get that. I hope that this year will be okay to you, and I'm here if you ever need. sending you all the light ❤


  9. I’m so glad you and Nyx had such a fab time in Canada 🙂
    I’ll be sending you all the sunshine from Bordeaux! I’m really happy to enter fall soon!
    Yay for writing!!! Blog hopping is great, but I’ve noticed that I’ve reached a point where there are so many blogs I NEED to read that it takes me three hours each day. I’m going to find a new routine and use less social media and sharing too. This time should be devoted to more reading, and other things in life 🙂
    Have a lovely September, lovely Sweechie ❤ xxx

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    1. Thank you so, so much my Sweechie!! ❤ ❤
      I get that, I think it's about time I try to find a new routine as well, because it has been taking a real toll on my mental health. I hope you'll find a new routine! ❤ ❤
      I'm sending you all the love ❤ ❤


  10. First, you deserve so much to have won several Book Bloggers Awards, you’re a huge inspiration and I’m SO happy for you, honey.❤️

    OMG, I hope you’re enjoy Daisy Jones, I listen to the audio book last month and blow me away, it’s amazing.😊

    You’re SO close to completing your Goodreads Challenge, that’s great!!!. I hope you have a magnificent September, beautiful 🌻🌟

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    1. Ahhh Sofi you’re too sweet, this means so, so much, thank you ❤ ❤
      I finished Daisy Jones yesterday and loved it SO MUCH, it's such a fantastic read!! 😀
      I hope your September will be beautiful, too ❤

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  11. Aw thank you for sharing my post on that round up!! And YAY for great travel times (although I hope Sept is super kind and fulfilling for you too 💛) I finally pulled a squish ahead in my reading for August, but I still feel hopelessly behind on my TBR oops. There probably is no such thing as catching up haha.


  12. Ahhh Canada sounds like it must have been an amazing experience 🥰 I’m so happy you’re reading Daisy Jones!! I really hope you love it!!! Loooving your aesthetics! I’m not much of a writer, but I have SO MUCH FUN making aesthetics for story ideas that I have.

    I hope you have a great September, Marie 💖


  13. Such a great reading month! I’m also at 6/10 for my asian reading challenge and so surprised at myself tbh – I’ve also heard so much about Jenn Bennett but yet to pick one of her books so hopefully I get to Alex, Approximately soon. Happy reading 🙂


  14. Congratulations on everything and I’m sending you so much love for September!!
    I’m so happy to see that you loved Permanent Record – it’s one of my most anticipated releases and I should receive it this week!
    I personally had a great August but can’t wait for September.
    Lots of love to you!! x

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  15. Omg I’m so happy you’re back on track with your writing! I’ve picked up my own WIP again too. I want to work on it more consistently because I miss it so much!

    And while I haven’ been reading much YA lately, I have a newfound love for contemporary romances. They’re just too much fun!

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  16. Omg congratulations on the awards that’s amazing (although also so well deserved)!!!

    I’d love to try and so NaNoWriMo one year although I honestly have no idea where to start 😅 I hope it goes well for you though. And I look forward to finding out what this month’s posts are (:

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    1. Ahhh Charlotte thank you, your support means everything, thank you 😭
      I hope you’ll give it a try! Honestly I had no idea what I was doing when I first started, either and I’m so glad I did. Let me know if you need any help or anything else, I’ll root for you if you decide to participate 😀
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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      1. Aww that’s so sweet. It’s all true though, you do deserve the awards.

        Aww thank you so much ❤️ I’ll let you know if I do end up doing it. If I don’t this year then I definitely hope to next year. I just want to plan things better first as atm my story ideas are rather vague and scattered. Maybe inspiration will strike before then though. And thanks again (:

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  17. I am so happy you enjoyed your trip to Canada so much! It seems to have been an incredible experience 🙂 And a huge congratulations on the awards, they were absolutely deserved ♥ You’re an incredibly lovely person and wonderful presence in the book community. I mean it. So, CONGRATS!
    I’m so happy your WIP has been going so well, it’s truly a joy to see how much you’ve enjoyed writing (this aesthetic is also gorgeous!).
    I hope you have a wonderful month of September Marie ♥

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  18. Fall is my favorite, and I love Halloween. After that though, I often have issues with my mental health, so I get it. That’s great you’ve been writing so much. I probably need to start blogging/blog hopping a bit less so I can back into my own writing too.


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    1. I’m glad you enjoy Halloween, it seems to be a favorite season for a lot of people 🙂
      Thank you, Lauren! ❤ It's been really good to write more. Blog hopping has slowed down a little bit, but I feel so much better about it, too. It's good to focus on my writing, I hope you can do that more too ❤


  19. Ahhh you had such a wonderfulness month. I hope all your months are just as productive and exciting ❤ I hope you’re enjoying daisy Jones , o really liked it. Also THANK YOU SO MUCH for featuring my blog post, it made me soooo happy ❤

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  20. Your adventures make me want to go back to Canada. I definitely left a part of my heart there. It’s such a beautiful country and I’m glad you and your sister had an incredible time.

    Congrats on the writing progress. The aesthetics you’ve featured are absolutely gorgeous.

    You deserve those awards and many more!!

    I hope September is kind to you and you have a lovely month of sunshine and good moments. 😀

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    1. Oh I can understand that. I loved it so, so much, part of my heart is still there, too 🙂
      Thank you so much, Lois, you’re too sweet!! ❤ I hope that September will be good to you ❤


  21. I loved hearing about your August you’ve read a lot of books this month. I’m glad you enjoyed Permanent Record but it is a shame it didn’t live up to Emergency Contact (I read that last month and enjoyed it)!! I need to read some Jenn Bennett books because they all sound so adorable!!
    I’m so excited to hear about your writing and wow writing every day is incredible, well done!! I love that feeling it gives– you feel so productive and motivated. Best of luck with writing and I love your aesthetic!!
    It’s nice that you have been able to focus on writing and feeling motivated. You shouldn’t feel bad for not blog hopping as much because you should do what makes you happy with your time and feel no pressure to do it. You put so much into blogging and I hope that you are able to make time for other things that are important to you as well because you deserve it.
    Yay congratulations on winning the blogger awards!! I’m so happy that you won and you deserve it so much. You have a wonderful blog and are so kind, we are lucky to have you in this community!!
    I hope you have a great September and happy reading!! ❤

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    1. Oh Sophie, I hope you will get to read Permanent Record, it was still a very, very awesome book and I loved it so much! AND YES please read some of Jenn Bennett’s books, they are all SO GREAT ❤
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, this means so, so much ❤ I've been trying to do that even if sometimes it's a little hard not to feel guilty haha thank you ❤
      I hope you will have a beautiful month as well and thank you for all of your support ❤ ❤

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  22. I’m so so glad that you enjoyed Permanent Record!! Its premise is so interesting, and oh gosh, can I just say that it’s always a pleasure to read your wrap-ups? 😍

    Congrats on getting to travel!! I love traveling too, of course, budgets and school haha. Congratulations on your writing progress too!! Your wip looks amazing from how you talk about it and the moodboards you made—they’re gorgeous 😍

    And congrats again for winning both awards!! They were so well deserved ahhh—imposter syndrome be gone!!

    Ahh, this comment is so all over the place! I apologize, but thank you so much for featuring not one but two of my posts here 😭😭💗

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    1. OH Caitlin thank you so much, you’re too sweet, I’m so happy you enjoy them ahh 😭
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, maybe someday I’ll share more than aesthetics, hopefully haha ❤
      And of course, you've been on fire and writing incredible posts always, it's my pleasure to share them ❤

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  23. Looks like you had such a great reading month, Marie! 😊 I am dying to get my hands on Permanent Record. Hopefully my copy gets here ASAP. It was delayed, ahhh. I am happy that you were able to read Made You Up and Alex, Approximately. They were such great stories. Alex, Approximately is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read more from Jenn Bennett.

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  24. CONGRATS ON YOUR TWO BLOGGER AWARDS!💛 You totally deserve it, love. I definitely hope your entire September is beautiful and sunshine-y galore. I really love summer so I’m sort of sad to see fall coming in. But, I try hard to focus on everything I DO love about the fall — like warm sweaters, cuddling up in bed, reading by the fire, Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the cozy vibes. Also, way to go writing every day! You’ve totally got this, girl. I find once I start writing every day, it’s a lot easier to keep up the momentum rather than having to stop and start every few days. Happy September!

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    1. AHH Madeline thank you so, so, so much, you’re too sweet ❤
      I think it's a great strategy and I might have to steal it from you, haha. It's hard to focus on the good when you're just so down, but doing my best 🙂
      I have to thank YOU for inspiring me, really, to take my writing seriously day by day and it has worked wonders so far, let's hope this continues 🙂
      i hope you'll have a lovely month ❤

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  25. Okay, okay, first thing I need to address. Marie, you deserve those awards so much!! Your blog is one of my favorites, and you deserve every bit of recognition that you get!! ❤❤

    😍 That aesthetic board is *gorgeous* (also that top right picture was taken like 30 min from my house, and I feel like a Real New Yorker for recognizing the area 😂) I’m so happy that you’ve been taking more time for yourself! It’s great that you’ve been feeling less overwhelmed and are having more time to focus on your creative projects. Hope you have a great September!!

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    1. Chana 😭😭😭 thank you so much, this means so, so much, you’re too sweet ahh 😭 I’m going to cry 😭

      OH MY GOD REALLY? So you live 30 minutes away from this view, I might be a little bit jealous right now haha, this is SO GREAT. ❤
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, Chana, I hope that September will be good to you ❤


  26. I hope that the post-summer depression blues don’t get to you too seriously and you’re able to still experience the sunshine and enjoy life and whatever it throws at you. Also, BE SO PROUD of how much you’re accomplishing writing, holy shit, you’re incredible!! And aesthetics totally count, so don’t even try and not count them, because they definitely do (and it looks *gorgeous*).

    Wishing you the absolute and most best fall. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Nicole, your sweet words and support always, always mean the world ❤ ❤
      I'm glad they count, too, I'm having a lot of fun doing them, even if it feels like procrastination.. it's inspiring haha.
      THANK YOU for everything, I hope that September will be beautiful to you ❤ ❤

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  27. awww, im sorry to hear that fall time puts you in a sad mood but i hope you feel better 💖 i SO GLAD to hear that you’ve had such a great reading month. you got to read so many amazing books and im so glad you enjoyed alex, approximately and made you up!! some of my favourite contemporaries

    book asethetics are BEAUTIFUL as always and omg can you teach me how you write so much, im truly in awe of you abilities

    CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING TWO AWARDS MARIE!! you totally deserve it with all the hardwork and genuine effort you put into your blog, im so happy for you 💞😭

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    1. Thank you so much May you’re the best ❤ ❤
      I've been neglecting blog hopping a little bit for that haha but I'm glad, I feel really inspired getting back to it every day, since I created a bit of a routine, it gets easier every day. YOU CAN DO IT TOO!! ❤
      ahhh I don't deserve you, thank you thank you thank you 😭😭😭

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    1. Alex, Approximately is my favorite Bennett book so far as well, I loved it! I can’t wait to read Starry Eyes now 🙂
      Thank you, Raven! I hope you’ll have a beautiful month ❤


  28. Hey Marie!!!
    I really hoped you enjoyed Canada!!! I will have to read your post about Montreal 🙂
    I read Permanent Record this month as well and feel similarly as you. I ended up really liking the book however not as much as Emergency Contact. Looking forward to reading your review!!
    That’s so awesome that you got a lot of writing done this month! I loved your aesthetic so much!! I am guess that this is a new WIP?! When you say edit-wrimo in November… did you mean you will be editing Three Seconds??
    Congrats for winning two book blogger awards!! You deserve it for all the hard work you put into this blog 🙂
    Thank you for linking my post! Wishing you a wonderful September!

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    1. Oh Sophie I fell in love with Canada. I can’t wait to go back, I hope I can someday and maybe even to your side of the country this time. I loved everything ahhh ❤
      Thank you so much, Sophie!! I'm not certain, I would really like to get back to that other WIP, yes…. but I'm a little nervous, too, haha.
      Thank you ahh, this means so, so much, thank you ❤ ❤

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      1. That’s so great that you loved Canada Marie!! I am so happy that you were able to see this corner of the world!! Do let me know if you ever come to the West Coast 🙂
        Definitely looking forward to hearing updates about Three Seconds, whenever you feel ready to go back to it!
        Have a wonderful September!!

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  29. You had an amazing month, Marie. I am so jealous but so happy for you that you enjoyed your trip 🙂 And you read a lot too considering you were travelling. I can never do that 😦 And I want to see your book haul.
    I can’t believe I haven’t read Daisy Jones and Seven Husbands yet, though you have read them considering how you read mostly YA. I am really disappointed with myself because I have both books. But I wish I could find some more time 😦
    And what can I say about your aesthetics? They are always so good. And this is amazing that you writing again.
    I can’t wait to read By Any Means Necessary, I am waiting for my copy to arrive. Also, American Royals is high on my list. I have to read She’s the Worst too but I don’t have high hopes now.
    Haha, I finally increased my GR challenge to 50 😛 I kept it at 30 at the year beginning but I have already read 47 books so it was time to increase it 😛
    I hope you have a lovely September as well Marie 🙂

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Sim! ❤ I kind of can't believe I read that much haha.
      I hope you'll get to read both Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo soon and will love them just as much as I did, they're SO GREAT. I can't wait to read more from the author 🙂
      YAY for increasing your challenge, Sim, you're doing AMAZING I'm so proud!! ❤
      I hope you'll have a fantastic month ❤


  30. Looks like you had a great month! 🙂 I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been writing a lot again, I wish you all the best luck with your project – that aesthetic moodboard looks great 🥰 Thank you so much for featuring my post!! 💕💗 I hope you have a great September!! 🌷

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  31. Aww, thanks for sharing my post, love! I’m so happy that you had some incredible trips! ❤ I can't wait to see your book haul! I'm really glad that you loved Alex Approximately! It's literally one of my favorite books in the entire universe. The characters in are so spectacular. Jenn Bennet is my absolute queen. Haha! I'm glad that you've taken some time to focus on self care, and a huge congrats for the wins in the book blogging awards! You absolutely deserve it, Marie! ❤

    Wishing you the happiest of Septembers! ❤


    1. Of course, it was such a great post 🙂 I love Jenn Bennett’s books SO much, I have Starry Eyes left to read and I can’t wait to do so.
      Thank you so, so much Kelly, you’re too sweet ❤ ❤ ❤

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  32. i am so glad you enjoyed canada so much! it does look like a stunning country indeed. even though it is sad sometimes to return from a trip we liked so much, i feel like i always come back refreshed and inspired again.
    permanent record and color me in have such stunning covers! i am more excited for the second one, though, probably because as much as i like reading about music, i’m not the biggest fan of reading about pop-stars for some reason? i feel like it’s too fanfiction-like for me, but i know the writing for this one will be much better than the fanfic i’m used to, lol.
    AESTHETIC IS RESEARCH. i completely agree. and the fact that so much of your aesthetic is about friends & london!!@(!#(!)!!!!!!! this is basically my aesthetic tbh.
    and congratulations on your awards at the book blogger awards! you obviously deserve them so much. i truly and firmly believe you’re the kindest & most welcoming person in our community 💛
    hope september treats you well, marie! and that the last bits of sunshine can be inspiring to you!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Lais! It feels inspiring, really, but it also makes me feel a little down haha. I miss it so much ❤
      haha I get that,personally I'm such a huge fan of these celebrities kind of reads haha. I hope you'll love color me in 🙂

      ahhhhh thank you! i'm so happy you enjoy it so much, hopefully if you get to read it one day you'll love it 🙂
      thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this means so much ❤ ❤

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  33. Ugh, I’m sorry the dark mornings are bringing you down. The lack of sunlight in the colder months do the same to me.

    You really read such a good amount of books in Aug. I loved Made You Up but the ending messed with me, lol. I can’t decide if I liked it more or less than Eliza though…

    Congratulations on winning two awards!! You DID deserve them!! ♡

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    1. Oh I’m glad I’m not alone in this. Here’s to hoping we can get through this ❤
      I'm happy you liked Made You Up, too!! It's such a great read, I think I personally prefer Eliza because it hit home a little more, but… I love this author 😀
      Ahh thank you, you're too sweet ❤ thank you so much!!! ❤

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      1. There are such things as “happy lamps” that give you the Vitamin D you may be missing during the winter months. ❤ & I agree, Francesa Zappia is definitely an author I will be keeping my eye on!

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  34. Canada sounded amazing and I am so glad you really loved your trip and it was the stuff dreams are made of 🙂 Hopefully getting back into a routine goes well for you. I really want to read Colour Me In! And I read Made You Up back when it came out, but I remember really loving it. I cannot wait to read Alex Approximately as well, so I am glad Jenn Bennett has made it on to your favourite author list ^.^

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  35. Marie…*noisily cries* thanks for sharing my post. Incredibly sweet of you! I’m still in awe that one of my favorite bloggers shared something I wrote! Your aesthetic for your WIP is exciting me and I SO want to read it now. Best of luck with finishing it by NaNoWriMo, you can do it!! I have complete faith in you!

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  36. Omg, i totally get what you mean. I hate that summer’s ending, and while there are certain things I like about the fall, like apple picking, halloween, and all things halloween related, I hate that it gets darker quicker. Like you, it really affects my mood. So far September has been a shit storm for so many people around me. It has been surprisingly okay for me, thank god. I hope your summer went well! And I hope that the rest of your september is also amazing xxx

    Melina |

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    1. I’m really glad I’m not alone. The darkness and everything just plays a whole damn lot on my mood, too. I’m here for you, we’ll wait for next summer together haha ❤
      I'm glad that your september has been okay to you so far, hoping it will continue to be! ❤ ❤

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  37. I am happy to read that you are dedicating a bit more time to your creative side! I’ve been beating myself up over the last six months for not hopping like I used to, but honestly when I don’t feel guilty about it I have a way healthier relationship with my blog. It’s hard, and hopping is important to me, but I can’t right now. And that’s okay!

    I hope you are having an amazing September and thank you for sharing my post! xox

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    1. Same here, blog hopping is important and I like keeping track with what my friends are writing about and spreading the love, but…. it’s been hard lately and really tough on my mental health, too. I’m trying to focus on it a little less and trying not to feel too guilty about it all, even if it’s hard. You’re doing amazing, Kal, I’m happy you’re taking care of yourself more, that’s so important ❤ ❤
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤


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