Blogging insecurities, inspirations and other random facts you didn’t ask about me

Hi friends! I hope you’re having a lovely October so far. I’m back today to… well, for once, talk about me, myself and I. I guess I’m allowing myself to do that a little more this month, since it’s my birthday month or something…. or I don’t know.

Today I’m here to answer some wonderful questions thanks to Caitlin! She nominated me for the Liebster Award and asked some interesting, complicated questions as well and…. not going to lie, it took me a while to get through these, but hopefully you’ll have fun reading about them all. Also, please don’t forget to check Caitlin’s blog, because she is one of the best book bloggers there is.

πŸ“The Rules

1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

1. Explain your rating system.

I’m kind of already explaining it on my rating system page. Since I’ve been mostly very lucky to read books I enjoy, I don’t think I have shared a review below 3 stars on my blog in the past few years. My rating system works with little drops of rain, since I’m always trying to be on brand. This goes a little bit like this, I’d say:

  1. This was terrible,
  2. This was kind of terrible,
  3. This was entertaining, mostly okay,
  4. This was really good and I’d definitely recommend it,
  5. I’m going to bother you with this book for all of your lives whether you want me to or not.

2. Which books do you need to reread?

Ugh, so many, I don’t even know where to start? I would love to re-read so many books I loved, but I’m always getting distracted by new books, AND I am terrified that my re-read won’t live up to my own hype, as well. If I weren’t so terrified, I would love to re-read some of my favorite books.

β˜‚οΈRelated blog post: Why I don’t re-read books.

3. Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Oh god, this could take a while…. there are so many places I fell in love with while traveling, I thought it would be hard to pick one, honestly. And it kind of is. I adored New York, I fell in love with MontrΓ©al and Toronto, I loved Dublin.

Yet, forever and always, my heart will remain in London.

4. Who are some of your blogging inspirations?

Oh god, there are so many bloggers that inspire me and, not only in the book blogging community. Obviously, the bulk of them all are in the book blogging community, since it’s sort of “my squad” and where I belong, but I admire so many other bloggers, too. Honestly, I admire everyone, because everyone is so hard working, friendly and is doing such an incredible work, I’m in awe and feeling so inadequate, at times.

There are so many bloggers I admire, I honestly couldn’t mention them all without writing a 10k blog post, I swear.

β˜‚οΈ Related blog post: My nominations for the Book Bloggers Awards.

5. What’s your favorite character name?

There will always be something about the name Lyra that stands out to me. I guess His Dark Materials was one of my first favorite books and Lyra being such a beautiful name…. it just stays, I guess.

6. What’s your biggest blogging insecurity?

Not doing enough. Feeling inadequate. Feeling forgettable. Not having a beautiful-enough blog. Not writing well enough. Not being social media active and sharing enough.

Not being enough.

I don’t know. I could write 10k about insecurities and all, but I think I need to spare you that anxiety fest, aerm.

β˜‚οΈ Related blog post: Book blogging with anxiety.

7. What genre do you want to read more of?

I’m not sure…. I always want to read more contemporaries, but that’s already my favorite genre, so I’m kind of cheating here, aren’t I. I’d say that I want to read more magical realism, maybe. It’s a genre I really like whenever I wander into it, I just need to do it more. Here are some magical realism stories I’d love to give a try:

8. Biggest regret in life?

I’m drawing a blank here. I regret everything and nothing all at once, from that thing I said back in I don’t know, middle school to the things I didn’t say in high school, to the not being bold enough and myself enough and too shy and just fading into the background always. I don’t know. I’ve grown and changed and I’m trying not to let my anxious mind think about all of these things even if it’s hard, so let’s not.

9. Why do you cry because of a book?

Oh boy, this could take a while. I don’t know. I honestly don’t know how I can rationally explain my emotions while reading a book. It’s a mix of a lot of things, really: the fact that I can relate to the characters and care for them so deeply I want to cry with them, the emotional stories about families, the heartbreaking relationships…. I cry because of a lot of things, but in the end it all goes down to this: I cry because I cared too much about the book okay. These books made me sob like a baby:

10. What’s your dream job?

Honestly? This. Book blogging. You said dream, right?

11. Give your opinion on each generic blog post (reviews, tags/awards, discussions, recommendations, lists, TBRs and wrap-ups).

  • Book reviews: I really enjoy reading and writing them, despite their lack of popularity. I’ve gotten so many incredible recommendations thanks to book reviews and I just love that they spread the love for books that way.
  • Tags and awards: They’re really fun and probably the most “relaxing” blog posts to read and comment on, really. As for writing them…. well, they take me AGES haha.
  • Recommendations: My TBR is crying at all times, but I love recommendation posts, they just allow us to get tons of reading recs in one single post and quickly and I’m all here for that.
  • TBRs: The noisy-me is happy to see what everyone else is reading, but… to be completely honest, TBR-only kind of posts are a little bit of the least interesting to me.
  • Wrap-ups: Some of my favorite posts to read! I love catching up with bloggers and seeing what they’re up to, AND I love that wrap-ups are so diverse, talking about books and life and writing and more.

πŸ” 11 random facts about me

  1. I despise fall and winter and the cold and everything that goes with it. I’m dealing with seasonal depression and I hate it all okay.
  2. I cry while reading books and watching movies, even if they’re just being super sappy and not even cry-worthy. I’m emotional okay.
  3. I love tea, I need tea to survive okay.
  4. I procrastinate sending emails. ALL. THE. TIME.
  5. I’m French and my favorite part of living in France is that WE HAVE THE BEST FOOD.
  6. I’d rather redirect a conversation than talk about why I’m not okay, even if I know it’s terrible.
  7. Talking about food, some of my favorite food are… anything CHOCOLATE.
  8. I’m overthinking. Every. Little. Thing. Like writing this list right now.
  9. My sister is my best friend in the entire world.
  10. It’s my birthday in two days (on the 15th!) and I don’t like birthdays. I do like books and I have a wishlist though. #shameless.
  11. I’ve got this pleasing-people-thing inside of me and I can’t get rid of it. I guess that makes me a nice person. Maybe. I try.

🎈 I’m nominating…

  1. May @ Forever and Everly,
  2. Anna @ My Bookish Dream,
  3. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer,
  4. Kal @ Reader Voracious
  5. Sophie @ Beware of the Reader,
  6. Marta @ The Book Mermaid
  7. Nish and Ngoc @ Nish and Ngoc’s Book Nook,
  8. Alex @ The Paperback Piano,
  9. Belle @ Belle Can Read,
  10. Caro @ Bookcheshire Cat,
  11. Rain @ The Withering Blog
Click here to see my questions for you!
  1. If you had to recommend one book to someone who doesn’t like reading, what would it be?
  2. If you had to keep only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What is your biggest blogging fear?
  4. What is your biggest blogging dream or goal?
  5. What is one of your favorite blog posts you’ve ever written?
  6. What are some of your favorite bloggers/bloggers you admire?
  7. Share with us one quote from a book that you adore.
  8. E-books, physical books, audiobooks: which one would you marry, kiss and kill?
  9. What’s one writer you’d dream of meeting, someday?
  10. Book blogs, book twitter, bookstagram: what are your thoughts on these?
  11. What’s one thing you’re really, really proud of?

What are some things about book blogging you didn’t expect? What are some great surprises about your blogging adventure so far? Some… less great surprises?

What’s one thing you wish you knew before you started this adventure? I’d love to hear your thoughts in comments!

 

 

 

 

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82 thoughts on “Blogging insecurities, inspirations and other random facts you didn’t ask about me

  1. I’m the exact same way. I always feel like whatever I’m doing isn’t enough and then the anxiety train comes into the station. But I’m trying to learn to accept myself and that I can only do as much as I can do. You too Marie!! You do SO much and you are so active and when you commented on my blog it brought a smile to my face!! You’re such a great blogger, never doubt yourself ❀ ❀
    Chocolate is also my favorite food and YES I hear the food in France is AMAZING and I've always wanted to go!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh thank you, this means so, so much thank you for your sweet words 😭❀️ I’m glad I’m not the only one dealing with these kind of feelings. you’re doing amazing ❀️
      AHH I hope you’ll get to come to France someday, I will recommend you ALL the best food πŸ˜€

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    1. YES TO ALL THE CHOCOLATE ahah πŸ˜€
      I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one feeling this way, but you’re AMAZING! and the fact that you went on for over three years is wonderful, too, it has to mean something. I know it’s so hard to let go of that doubt, and here to rant if you need to ❀️ but I really love your blog ❀️

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  2. London is such an amazing place! I have only been there once, but I fell in love with the city. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit it again in the future! πŸ˜€ I’m happy to see that it’s your favourite place that you visited as well.
    Not being enough is one of my general life insecurities, so it extends to blogging as well. So I completely get what you mean!
    I want to read more magical realism as well! I have enjoyed the few books that I have read from that genre, but for some reason I never delved deeper into it. Summer of Salt and When The Moon Was Ours are books that I want to read as well! πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for nominating me Marie!! ❀

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    1. Ahhh it really is, I hope you’ll get to go back someday! I adore this city with all my heart ❀
      Ohhh do you have any recommendations of magical realism stories you read and enjoyed? πŸ˜€
      You're so welcome, can't wait to read your answers πŸ™‚

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      1. Magical realism books that I really enjoyed are A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (at least I think both are magical realism?). Also, two classics, that I would consider magical realism, that I adore are The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. πŸ˜€ I seriously need to get into the YA magical realism books!

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      2. Ahhh A monster calls! That one has been on my TBR since.. forever, but I’m terrified to read it because of all the emotions πŸ™ˆ thank you for the recommendations!! πŸ˜€

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  3. This was such a fun post to read, Marie! These questions are seriously top notch and so, so interesting to think about, and your answers were brilliant! I relate so much to not feeling enough about blogging. It sucks that so many people feel this way especially since their blogs (and them as people) are so wonderful, but unfortunately it seems pretty common 😦 AHHH there are so many books here that I love so much and want to scream about, but i’ll save you the scream fest, haha! Caitlin tagged me in this a while back and I really need to get myself together and do this. Happiest of reading and blogging, and I hope you’re having the most amazing of days πŸ’“

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    1. Ahh thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post so much ❀ I'm sorry you can relate to my insecurities though, you're doing so wonderful and I adore all of your posts so, so much ❀ ❀
      I hope you're having a wonderful day and have been having a lovely month, too! ❀ ❀

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  4. Sweetie!! LOVE this post so much, and don’t worry I think that not doing enough is number 1 insecurity among all bloggers and sometimes I think we’re very hard on ourselves, right? You reminded me that I should read Always Never Yours soon, it sounds SO good and I definitely need to read more contemporary so I should prioritize that one. You have a wonderful blog in which you put a lot of work so remember not to be so hard on you, I think you’re a great example for many book bloggers (me included) so you should be proud, honey ❀️. I hope you’re having the most incredible month 😊

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    1. Ahh thank you Sofi, you’re too sweet ❀ ❀ I feel like a lot of bloggers are a little too hard on themselves while I admire them all so damn much. You're so, so sweet, thank you for your sweet words, they mean everything ❀️❀️❀️
      I hope you'll read Always Never Yours, it's one of my favorite reads, I adore it so much!
      I hope you're having a beautiful month as well ❀

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  5. Congratulations on the award (: I think my rating systems pretty similar to yours – I have to mostly dislike a book to give it one or two stars. I love rereading books but I can totally relate to worrying that they won’t live up to your memories of them. And you have nothing to worry about blogging wise – your blog is seriously amazing (: also Happy Birthday for tomorrow. I hope you have a lovely day β™‘

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    1. Thank you so much, Charlotte! ❀ So glad you agree with my rating. I rarely ever give a book one or two stars and I hope I won't soon ahha πŸ™‚
      ahh thank you so, so much, you're so sweet ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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  6. Congratulations on your award and I loved reading your answers!!
    I absolutely loved that you put your 5 star/raindrop (I love that you use raindrops) meaning as “I’m going to bother you with this book for all of your lives whether you want me to or not.” because if that isn’t one of the best things about book blogging I don’t know what is haha!!
    It is hard to make time to reread as there are so many others books you want to read but I’m currently rereading an old favourite and I’m enjoying it so much– it is so comforting to be back with familiar characters and I think I’m appreciating the story even more!! I really want to read I Was Born For This– after reading one Alice Oseman book, I need to read them all!!
    I totally get your blogging insecurity as with blogging I find there is always something more you could be doing so it had to get to the point where you feel accomplished so it tricky to handle but I want you to know ‘you are more than enough’!!! ❀
    I'm so glad that writing tags and awards take you ages because SAME!! And of course, wrap ups are a great post!! One of my favourites too!!
    I love finding out more about you (yes chocolate is the absolute best) and happy birthday for tomorrow!! ❀

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Sophie! Agree, it’s one of the best things about blogging for sure, screaming about all the books to everyone haha.
      I’m so happy your re-reading is going well! ❀️ there are so many books I want to re-read, I’m just too nervous to do so. I’ll have to eventually though! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so, so much, Sophie, for your sweet words and wishes 😭❀️❀️

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  7. Thank you SO much for nominating us, Marie, we can’t wait to answer your questions! 😍 Um, relate HEAVILY to overthinking – especially when it comes to other people’s opinions about us! The two of us were actually reading a Buzzfeed article today about people who’re always scared that other people are mad about us & it was us to a T πŸ˜‚ We actually LOVE reading book reviews – not sure why they’re not so popular anymore but aside from tags, they’re our fave posts to read!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU IN ADVANCE & HOPE YOU GET SPOILED & SHOWERED WITH LOVE, TEA & (OF COURSE,) BOOKS!

    πŸ’œ Nish and Ngoc

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    1. Ahh you’re so welcome, I can’t wait to read your answers ❀
      I'm so glad you can relate to this and damn… that article has to be about me??? I'm always scared people are mad at me for some unknown reason?? πŸ˜‚
      THANK YOU so much for your sweet words ahhh, thank you😭❀️❀️

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  8. Ooh these are such interesting questions, and I really enjoyed reading all of your answers! I’m also a massive book crier – if I care about a book, it WILL make me cry, even if it’s not technically sad. Also, London is one of my favorite places that I’ve traveled as well!

    I completely relate to your insecurities about not being enough when it comes to blogging, and I think that’s something so many of us understand. It’s funny to me since I feel like you’re always doing so much and getting so involved! It’s hard to see ourselves in that way sometimes, but if it helps at all, you’re one of my blogging inspirations ❀

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  9. Such a great post! I think I follow every book blogger you mentioned, and they’re REALLY such inspirations! Honestly … goals (p.s. so it this blog, which I hope you know πŸ™‚ ).

    I want to visit France so badly! It’s one of my MUST visit places. But i want to explore all of it, not just Paris. I’ve heard a number of the southern cities and towns are lovely. I also cry at …. anything emotional. Good, sad, frustrating … I’m just a little emotional ball lol! CHOCOLATE! MY REASON FOR LIVING! I have to have one small piece of chocolate every day πŸ˜‰

    Oh man … I’m an overthinker. I’ve gotten better over the years but I’m still terrible with that ha-ha. I love how your sister is your best friend. That’s so lovely. My mom is my best friend πŸ™‚

    Oh ya … I’m a people pleaser … again, I’ve gotten better at not going overboard, but it took me YEARS to finally get a SLIGHT backbone (when necessary). I think a lot of it is I don’t like confrontation, so I just do what I can to prevent that ha-a!

    Lovely post and lovely getting to know you more! ❀

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    1. Ahh Jenna thank you so much! ❀ ❀ you're too sweet, this means so much ❀
      OH YOU HAVE TO COME to the east of France, too…. like, Alsace has the prettiest villages in the entire country (not biaised. at all. I swear…… haha!). I hope you'll get to visit someday ❀
      I'm so happy I'm not the only emotional ball here, we can cry together haha. ❀

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, Jenna ❀ ❀

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      1. I truly want to! Going to France has been my dream since I was a child. Hopefully I can go in 2021. My friend and I might go together, which would be lovely! AND YES! We can TOTALLY cry together ha-ha! I’m such an emotional person ha-ha!!

        And of course! Wonderful post again, darlin’!

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  10. Awww Marie this is so sweet, thank you for listing us as one of your inspirations (because you inspire us)! I loved reading this Q&A about you and yes, I know what you mean when book blogging is the dream job! Too bad it doesn’t pay the bills. I cried in Astonishing Colour of after and Darius the Great as well!

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    1. OF COURSE Jeann, you are one of my favorite bloggers ever ❀ ❀
      I'm so happy you enjoyed both Darius and The Astonishing Color, they're such great reads!
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  11. I loved learning more about you!! Before I inevitably forget, happy early birthday, I hope it’s a lovely one ❀ I totally feel you on being "forgettable" when it comes to blogging, just like I totally relate to not doing enough back when I was in high school. Being a book/lifestyle blogger full time, and as a career, is totally my dream too. You never know! I'm sure that's actually more attainable for you than you might think πŸ™‚ You're very talented & very much loved by the blogging & bookish community xxx

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  12. ahhhh, all the london pictures *heart eyes*. these days, i’ve been even more in love with the UK, as i started doing this map on google maps where i pin all the places i want to visit. there are literally SO MANY pins it’s kinda crazy and i probably will never be able to go to all those places on my lifetime, but it’s still inspiring. i know you’ve already answered a fair share of questions, but i’d like to know: do you do something like this as well about the places you hope to visit in the future?
    your answer to the β€œbiggest regret in life” question was so relatable. i really do not like looking back at the things i could’ve done. i think the only regret i can truly let myself think back to without getting too anxious is the fact i deleted my old blog instead of printing it. i wish i could go back and read my old posts now, but sadly, it’s all gone. i don’t think it’s my biggest regret in life, but i don’t like to think about any other, hahah.
    TBRs are probably my least favorite posts to read, but my favorite ones to write, lol. i do love recommendations too, especially when they’re really specific or fun. vicky, from vicky who reads, has some of the best recommendation posts i’ve ever read and i wish i was as creative to come up with topics as she is!
    also, i’m writing this on the 15th, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARIE!!!!$(!#(!) i hope you’ve had an amazing day! i admire you sososoooo much and i really hope you get all the books you want for your birthday! πŸ’›

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    1. AHH Lais, I really hope you’ll get to go to the UK someday, there are just so many places there that I fell in love with, aside from London. Pinning everything on a map is such a great idea πŸ˜€ I don’t really do that (but I should? I just love the idea!), but I have some “priority” countries and cities in my mind I’d love to go to, next. Whether I get to it or not depends on my savings and days off I can get though hahaha.

      MOOD. I just feel so anxious looking back and always thinking of things I could have done or said, it’s frustrating but… nothing we can do, now, I guess, haha.
      AH yes, Vicky writes fantastic recommendation posts, I agree πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this means so much, thank you!! ❀

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  13. Thanks for nominating me Marie! Some intriguing questions here. My soul city is definitely London! I visited and didn’t want to leave. Many people told me when I came home that they worried they wouldn’t see me again. I will certainly check out those 2 bloggers I’ve never heard of!! I love meeting new people. πŸ˜‰

    I wish that I realized that all the things I thought was important… weren’t. And that things I thought I could just do when I can… were the really important things. It’s taken me several years to realize and if I’d known I’d have made so many different choices. ❀️❀️❀️

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    1. You’re so welcome, Dani! ❀
      I'm so happy you loved London as well, it's such a beautiful city, I love it so, so much I could stay there forever as well haha πŸ™‚
      I guess it takes time to figure out what really matters. I'm really glad you did now though, that's the most important ❀

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  14. Marie, I love your answers to these questions ❀️—they’re so relatable!! Feeling forgettable is easy in the blogging community, but just you know, you’re one of the first bloggers I think of when I think of great book blogs πŸ™‚. And I feel you about the regret thing. It’s hard to think of just one regret, but being bolder is definitely something I wish I could’ve been. There’s this quote I like though that goes something like β€œtrust in the timing of life,” and I find it comforting whenever I start thinking of things I should’ve done. Even though I always wish I could’ve been β€œbetter”, there’s so many amazing things that have happened because I wasn’t as outgoing or unafraid as other people hahaha.

    Also, your fun facts are fantastic! I’ve never been to France (or Europe, for that matter), but I need to go for ~ authentic ~ French food! (For now, I’ll eat my french fries in shame πŸ˜…). And I love how your sister is your best friend! My sisters are my best friends too, and honestly, probably the reason why I was so shy growing up. I didn’t need to make friendsβ€”I already had friends at home haha! Alsooo, it’s so good to hear about other people-pleasers πŸ˜…. I think people-pleasing comes with all the overthinking and shyness and anxiety, but it’s better than being a cruel person, I guess? It certainly gets exhausting though.

    Oh, and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you had an amazing day and you got all the books you wanted and that this year treats you easy πŸ₯³πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’•!

    Thank you so much for the nomination, Marie! I really appreciate that you thought of me ❀️.

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    1. Oh Belle thank you 😭 I’m feeling a tiny bit emotional here, thank you so much for your sweet words 😭
      This is such a great quote and one I actually needed today, thank you for sharing it. I think I’ll have to remember that one in the future! πŸ™‚

      AH YES! You should come and visit France someday, it’s such a beautiful country and we have the best food and…. yes I’m biased but well πŸ˜›
      I’m so glad you can relate to this, I feel like we’re the same person? this makes me so happy. It is better than being mean, obviously haha, but it gets exhausting trying to please everyone.

      THANK YOU so much for your sweet words and wishes, this means so much ❀ ❀ and of course! Looking forward to reading your answers ❀

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      1. Oh my gosh, I was actually thinking that we’re almost the same person, but I didn’t want to say it hahaha. I’m so glad that the quote meant something to you ❀️.

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  15. Aahh Marie, thank you so much for nominating me! I’ve been running low on blog post ideas lately, and all your questions are amazing, so I definitely will be doing this ❀ A reminder that you are enough — in fact, you are MORE than enough, and we all appreciate you more than you think. Insecurities are inevitable but you're remarkable, truly ❀ And I agree with you on your thoughts on different blog posts! Usually I find TBRs more interesting if it's themed or special (like for a readathon), and wrap-ups are honestly some of my favorite posts to read because they just talk about so many cool things!

    I hope you're having amazing month so far, Marie!! I loved this post ❀

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    1. Ahh of course, I’m so happy you like my questions and I can’t wait to read your answers ❀
      Thank you so, so, so much for your support always, it means so much 😭❀️

      I'm so glad you agree! Wrap-ups are so much fun to read because there's just so much to talk about in one post and I love it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much ❀ ❀ I hope you've been having a lovely October so far ❀

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  16. HaPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *bursts through the door with confetti and cake* And also omg your are the most lovely ever πŸ˜­πŸ’›You’re one of MY blogging inspirations! Also chocolate is thoroughly the best. And I love reading reviews too 😍 Especially of books I’ve read so I can compare thoughts. eeeep. (Also the blogging insecurities are ARE REAL. I’ve been having a tough time thinking up posts and start to feel so so bad for being a slack blogger now gah!!! I guess we have to remember we are our biggest critics and our readers adore what we do. πŸ™ˆ)

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    1. Ahhh Cait thank you so, so much!! ❀ You've been one of my blogging inspirations since day one ahh. You're too sweet πŸ˜­πŸ’›
      Exactly, we are our toughest critics for sure and… well, it'd be nice if that voice in our heads would shut it for a moment and we could just appreciate what we do a tiny bit? hahaha.πŸ™ˆ you're doing AMAZING. ❀

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  17. It was lovely reading your answers! Thank you so much for tagging me, I can’t wait to answer the ones you chose (and I know it’ll take me ages haha). I think my biggest blogging fear is also not being good enough, active enough, interesting enough, … I’m involved in so many academic activities that I have very little time left for studying, let alone for reading or blogging. I’m always upset it takes me forever to answer back comments, to miss a posting day, to not post on Instagram because I’m too picky about the pictures, not being able to read everyone else’s blog posts … so I definitely understand you. More of the same, actually, but I believe you’re doing your best. And your blog is one of the prettiest I follow, so nothing to worry on that!! ❀

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    1. Ahh thank you Marta and don’t worry too much about it! I’ll look forward to your answers, no matter when πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you can relate to this, it’s so hard to stay on top of all things, but we can only do our very best depending on our obligations after all ❀
      Thank you so much ahh, you're too sweet ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

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  18. Thank you so much for nominating me! πŸ₯° I loved reading your answers πŸ’• I definitely would love to reread I Was Born for This as well, it has only been a year since I read it but I loved it so much – a perfect comfort read for me πŸ™‚ I also struggle with not being bold enough, it’s just so hard to leave my comfort zone, it makes for a constant struggle 😦 On a happier note, being an employed book blogger would be the dream πŸ₯° (and a published author)

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  19. I AM SOOO SOOOOO SORRYYYY FOR SUCH A LATE FUCKING REPLY, Marie! I had been meaning to but everything else just kept getting in the fucking way!! 😭😭😭😭😭

    AND THANK YOU THANK YOUUUUUUUUU SOOOOOOO MUCH FOR THE TAG!! 😍😍😍😍😭😭 MEANS SOO MUCH TO ME THAT YOU THOUGHT OF ME!! πŸ˜β€οΈπŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

    AND I LOVED ALLL YOUR ANSWERSSS!! And its soo heart warming to know about your relationship with your sister! I actually saw that she has posted a couple of times here on your blog and I have been meaning to catch up… WILL DO SOON! Soo excited!! πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

    SERIOUSLY THOUGH, I LOVED THIS POST! And I love this tag! 😍😍😍😍😍

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  20. Ahhhh Marie, first off, I am so sorry I missed your birthday! HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY. I’ve been sick with a cold for a few days and was offline because of it, but I’m bummed I missed your special day I loved reading this post, however, and learning more about some of your blogging habits and your lovely self! I hope the seasonal depression isn’t too bad, I TOTALLY understand what you mean about overthinking is just a constant, natural state and wrap-up posts are also my absolute favorite to read (and write!). I’m also such a people-pleaser (though not as bad as I was going up, thank goodness) and my gosh, we’re kindred souls in so many ways. ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Ahhh nothing to be sorry about! I hope you’re all better now! ❀ ❀
      I'm so happy you enjoyed this post ahh thank you so much. I'm glad that you're getting a little better at the people-pleasing thing, teach me please? haha.

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  21. Thank you so much for the tag, sweetie! I loved your answers.

    You definitely need to read When the Moon Was Ours and Summer of Salt, I adored both of them! Also, if you ever want to do that buddy read we talked about, I have a copy of The Secret of a Heart Note πŸ˜‰

    Finally,, I just want to say. You are ABSOLUTELY enough ❀

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    1. You’re so welcome, I can’t wait to read your answers, Alex! πŸ™‚
      AH NO!!! That’s too bad, I started reading The Secret of a Heart Note last weekend and am already almost done with it 😦 ugh this was bad timing! I’m kind of mad about it. I need to take a look at my upcoming TBR to see if we have books that match!
      Alex, thank you ❀ this means so so much ❀

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  22. Ahh Marie, thank you so much for the tag!!! I can’t wait to answer your questions at some point, they look really fun. And I know I wished you happy belated already but I’m going to do it again and you can’t stop me!!!

    I am also so fricking touched that you listed me as an inspiration??? Like, WHAT!? I look up to you so much so I am just over in the corner all soft.

    I feel you so much on the blogging insecurities, especially being forgotten. Anxiety is honestly the absolute worst for me now that I am so aware of how it freaking rules my life, and it is hard to silence the poison in my own brain. I know it doesn’t mean much, but you are enough.

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    1. You’re so, so welcome, no rush to get to it, I’m already so happy you like the questions! πŸ˜€ and thank you for the love, this really really means so, so much ❀

      OF COURSE. Honestly, you're one of my biggest blogging inspirations, with everything you do, your stunning blog and work in the community and I appreciate and admire you so much ❀ ❀

      I'm happy that I'm not alone stuck in these feelings, it's hard to get rid of them when we're dealing with that anxiety. Thank you, thought, that really means a lot, thank you Kal. You're the best ❀

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  23. Ahh, Marie, I’m so happy that you did the award, and getting to know more about you was so fun! I was honestly nervous about nominating you because I know you get tagged/nominated in things a lot :”)
    We have the same blogging inspirations! Most notably, CW, because CW’s blog is such a safe place to me, where I get the best book recommendations. Kal is also such an amazing book blogger, and I appreciate what she does for intl book bloggers so much! And of course, you’re my blogging inspiration because you do so much for the blogging community in terms of posts and comments. Please don’t worry about your design because it’s gorgeous! I’m in love with how much you’re able to stay on brand with it!
    Ah, I’m so sad that I haven’t been to any of the places you mentioned! They are at the top of my bucket list though! London will always and forever be my dream place to travel to.

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    1. I’m so, so happy you enjoyed my answers! I loved your questions so much, had to answer to them! πŸ™‚
      These book bloggers are brilliant and I am certain I forgot tons of them, there are just so many incredibly talented bloggers I look up to, for so many different things. Like you, honestly, and your brilliant discussion posts! ❀
      You're so, so, so sweet, thank you so much ahhh. ❀ ❀ ❀

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  24. Happy belated birthday, Marie! I always love learning more about you through these tags. This one had so many fun & unique questions.

    I never heard of the name Lyra, that is super pretty & I agree about Magical Realism– I need to read more of it. I love how you broke down your opinions for different types of posts. We have the same thoughts on all of them, really.

    Living in France sounds magical. I wanna try all your foods! I hope the weather warms up & the sun shines again for you soon. πŸ’—

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Hunida!! ❀ I'm so, so happy you enjoyed this post.
      I really really hope you'll get to visit France someday and experience all the food haha πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, it means so much ❀

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  25. shoutout to october bdays!!! best month to be born in and i am definitely not biased at all. hope you had a wonderful day!!

    also…hell yes to emergency contact and always never yours and nothing left to burn?? all of those are so underrated and so. good.

    second chance summer = all the tears. morgan why do you have to do me like that.

    finally i love that you read so many and write so much about contemporaries?? i love the genre and i feel they’re kinda underdiscussed in book blogging.

    hurray!! great post!! ❀

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    1. AHH HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU THEN AHH ❀ yes us october birthdays are the best, aren't we πŸ˜€

      I'm just so happy you love the same books I do ahhh this makes me so, so happy. Contemporaries are wonderful and WAY TOO UNDERRATED I adore them all so so much we should talk about them more and moreeeeeee always. ❀
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  26. Ahh I agree about Lyra- such a beautiful character name!! hehe I totally relate to crying at movies and my sister’s my bestie too πŸ˜€ ❀ And I'm the worst when it comes to procrastinating sending emails. Really enjoyed reading this! πŸ˜€ ❀

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