Monthly wrap-up – February 2020

Hi friends!  ☀️ Happy March!

in real life

It’s finally March and, to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. I’m thriving when spring time comes in my side of the world (I think I mentioned it already, I’m like a flower, really, I bloom in spring and summertime and the rest of the year is seasonal depression mess). ANYWAY.

February was a month made of dreams coming true and tiredness and anxiety and depression all packed together in 29 days.

The month started a little bit messy, with the weather being terrible and work being annoying on top of it all. On February 21st, my sister and I went to Paris for the weekend, giving this month a whole other dimension. We spent the weekend in the city being basic tourists while still trying to avoid the awful crowds and terrible subway, buying books and we saw our favorite band of all times live after 10 and a half years of not seeing them live, or thinking we would ever again.

I’m not going to lie, at one point during the show I just cried.

Someday I’ll write about it all. It’ll be a I Was Born For This x Queens of Geek kind of story about what it’s like. You know, be a fan. When I finally finish writing my current stories ah. ah. ah.

So…. February has been quite a month. I’m actually looking forward to March and spring and days getting longer and me getting better, too.

on books

I have read a little less this month than usual, but given that February is a short month and I’ve had this weekend away where I barely opened a book, I guess I’m doing okay.

I often feel like I should be reading all the time, but taking breaks every now and then just makes coming back to reading better.

📖 Books I read

ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED ☂️ This was a really, really good contemporary. I loved that it was funny, heartwarming and emotional just as well and I adored the main character so much. Definitely recommending it! » read my full review.

THE STARS WE STEAL ☂️  This was a really fun discovery! I enjoyed the characters and the childhood friends complicated romance, but I wished a little more from the world-building. » read my full review.

ALMOST ADULTS ☂️ This is EXACTLY the kind of book I need to read more of. It’s about girls in their twenties struggling with life, work, relationships and it’s so relatable and funny and emphasis on girls friendships. I loved this.

 

IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD ☂️ THIS BOOK is my first five stars read of the year, I think. I loved it so much more than I thought I would. The main character was so relatable, raw, real and I loved the slow building relationship and friendships SO much.

MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT ☂️ I’m always here for a good hate-to-love summery romance and Meet Me At Midnight delivered on that front. I expected a little more of it, at times, but overall it was a fun read!

  • Goodreads Challenge: 11/60 books 🔥I’m a little ahead, so… YAY!
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 0/10 books, for now.

📖 Currently reading

in-real-life

I don’t feel like it’s been a good writing month. I know, any kind of progress is progress. I also know that I’m tired and sometimes mental health and work and everything else just makes me NOT able or want to open my document and continue editing this WIP.

I also know that I can’t help but feel disappointed by my eternal slowness when it comes to this.

I’m just going to say that I’m really hoping to finish this draft by the summer. I still love my project and still want it to be good.

  • Words written: 5 893

on the blog

It’s been…. an okay month, blogging wise, I think. I have skipped some posting days, because I just couldn’t do it all and obviously my stats haven’t been as good as when I don’t actually miss some posting times, but… I guess it is what it is.

I’m still trying not to feel too guilty about my blogging ways changing and about me taking more time to get back to people and to blog hopping. It’s a journey and some days I still feel like I clearly suck, but I’m doing my best because I just can’t do it all anymore.

I’m, once again, hoping to relax and just enjoy it all.

📖 Book reviews

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

📚 Book discussions & tags

 

Here’s my little selection of blog posts of the month!

📚 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 February? Anything exciting happening or anything you’re looking forward to?

What were your favorite books this month? Tell me everything in comments!

 

 

 

 

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76 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – February 2020

    1. Ahh thank you, you’re so sweet! ❤ It's an experience to live once, for sure, some concerts are just too incredible. The atmosphere, the thousands of fans singing the same lyrics, it's wonderful. ❤
      Thank you!! 🙂

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  1. Almost Adults looks like my kind of book. I have been desperately waiting for a book that deals with the struggles of adulting in your 20’s.

    I was gutted to miss the Jonas brothers tour. The dates closest to home clashed with prearranged events. It’s amazing to think 10 years ago was the first time I saw them live. Never did I imagine we’d get the opportunity again. I am so glad you got to have that Jonas experience and that you got to enjoy Paris as well.

    Hope you have a lovely month! 😁

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    1. OH YES It would be your kind of book, I think! It was such a great read about adulting (trying to, really), between struggling with your job or finding one, relationships and everything, it was such a timely read for me. I hope you’ll give it a try! 🙂

      Oh no! I’m so sorry you missed them 😦 I never thought I would again, but as soon as they announced that date I jumped right on it ahah, I couldn’t not. ❤

      Thank you so much, Lois, I hope you'll have a lovely March as well 🙂

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  2. Aw, Marie, don’t feel bad about blogging or writing!!! Honestly, you wrote more words than I did this month and I’m sure that your project is going to come along perfectly. And you’re such a GREAT blogger, I love to read all your posts! ❤ ❤

    I'm so happy you got to see one of your favorite bands live, that sounds like a beautiful experience! And I'll definitely have to read all the books you loved this month. Wishing you an amazing March! 😀

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  3. I’m sorry February wasn’t fabulous, I’m hoping March brings spring weather and better times for you. Don’t worry about feeling like you’ve had a low word count in February. You’ll find that when your mind is in a better place it will pick up again soon enough!

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  4. It’s another monthly wrap-up, i legit wait for your monthly wrap up because you have such wonderful book recommendations that my wallet weeps 🤣🤣🤣, anyways hang in there on your novel you’ll finish it sooner hopefully than later 😉
    Happy New Month and welcome to Spring dear Marie ❤

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    1. Ahhh really, I’m so sorry hahah, I do hope you’ll find some books you love there 😀
      Thank you so, so much, this means so much ❤ I hope you'll have a lovely month! ❤

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  5. ooh a weekend in paris I could use that right about now… glad you had fun! It was also a slower reading month for me probably bc the month is so short! Glad you had a good month and good luck with reading and writing 🙂

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  6. I’m looking forward to spring too. I’m SOOOO happy that it’s supposed to be nice on Thursday because me and my boy are taking the day to go to Denver, get cupcakes, go to the Lego store, and then go to a book signing in the evening.

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    1. Ahh this is SO exciting! I hope you’ll have the best time and I’ll keep my fingers crossed it will be a sunny wonderful day for you all 😀

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  7. i’m so happy to hear you had a good time in paris!! you deserve a nice break for yourself ❤ and yay for spring coming! i love fall and winter but sometimes i really do need the sun to shine, and i'm glad it means no seasonal depression for you

    i'm actually really glad to hear you skipped some posting days — not because i hate what you post (the opposite, of course), but because i'm a full supporter of you giving yourself the breaks you need and lessening the pressure on yourself! i hope you have an amazing march 💖

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    1. Thank you so, so much may you’re the best ❤ ❤ this means so much, I have such a hard time cutting myself some slack ahah, but I know I need to more ❤ thank you so much ❤ ❤

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  8. I’m happy February is finally over and Spring is just a bit closer! 🌼 You’ve read some great books this month, I think I added them all too because of you 😅
    Great wrap-up and have a lovely March!

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  9. Seems like you had a lovely month, Marie 🙂 OH how I wish I could visit Paris someday! And on 21st Feb, it was my 5th anniversary 😀 I am glad you guys enjoyed your time. And it’s okay to miss a few blogging days. I haven’t been properly in my blogging shoes for a long time 😦

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    1. AHHH HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY! ❤ Thank you so, so much Sim, I hope you'll get a chance to come to France someday (and visit me!! My hometown is the best. I'm biaised but whatever ahah 😀 )

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  10. Sounds like you and your sister had a great time in Paris! That’s great that you guys were able to see your favorite band. 🙂 Great photos! I need to head over to Goodreads and look up all the books that you read because they all look like something I would love. 🙂 I hope you have a great March, Marie. ❤

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  11. I’m totally the same with summer vs. winter so I’m really glad we’re almost in Spring! I think it’s just the darkness and that everyone’s always ill which just spikes up my anxiety.
    Only Mostly Devastated sounds so good and I’m excited to read it! I loved Grease so this sounds right up my alley. Almost Adults also sounds fab!
    Hope March is a great month for you 🙂 x

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    1. Ahh I’m glad I’m not the only one. It’s an anxiety and depression party all winter long my my mind and body all winter. I can’t wait for it to be over!
      I can’t wait for you to read Only Mostly Devastated and Almost Adults, I really hope you’ll enjoy them 😀
      Thank you so much, have a wonderful March!! 🙂

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  12. i relate to that sloth gif on a personal level. also i was born for this x queens of geek mix sounds like a book i could relate to so definitely keep that one on your to-be-written-list! i definitely feel you on the “February was a month made of dreams coming true and tiredness and anxiety and depression all packed together in 29 days” front because on one hand i was in ICELAND which was my biggest travel dream but on the other hand there was personal problems, academic struggles, angst and panic for the coming months and i just don’t know how to feel about it, at all. it’s so messy. i hope you have a better next month and march will be good for you! good luck!! c:

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    1. ahh thank you, definitely keeping that idea somewhere in mind, I’d love to write that kind of story someday 🙂
      AH ICELAND! Ah this is FANTASTIC, I hope you had the best time there? I’d love to visit someday, it sounds so lovely.
      I’m so sorry that February was a difficult month otherwise. I’m always here if you need to rant about anything and I’m keeping my fingers crossed and sending all the positive vibes for you. you’ll be okay ❤ ❤
      I hope March will be a wonderful month to you!! ❤

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      1. iceland was very nice! the landscapes are beautiful and the people i’ve met were all kind. thank you so much. that’s very lovely of you and i appreciate all the positive vibes. i will try to keep them in mind this month! i hope march will be good for you, too and i’ll be okay in the long run. ❤ ❤

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  13. Yay it is great that the Jonas Brothers concert was so good (I just read I was Born for This and any story like that I will devour) and that you got to do some travelling around Paris. And yay to the better weather.
    Almost adults sounds like such a fun book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I really want to check out It Sounded Better in My Head so I’m so, so happy to hear you loved it!!
    I definitely relate to your feelings on both writing and blogging. With writing my progress does seem so slow and I keep wanting to reach a point where I feel like I’ve done enough for writing but it never comes so I feel low which makes me not want to write and it is like a cycle I’m stuck in. But I’m trying to focus on small goals. I wish you all the best.
    With blogging I have been posting less and blog hopping less and it is strange as I feel like my progress is going backwards so it can be hard to feel good about this change even if I know it is a good change for my life. Sending you lots of positive thoughts and I think you are doing incredible!!
    Thank you for sharing my post, that means a lot ❤ and I hope you have a wonderful March!! 💕

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    1. Ahh thank you, Sophie, you’re so sweet ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll get a chance to read It Sounded Better in my Head, I just fell in love with this book, really, it was so wonderful ❤
      I get that so much. I'm the same, but I'm trying to focus on progress, no matter how little, it's still progress too. As long as we don't give up ❤ ❤
      I can understand that. I feel the same way, blog hopping has been really slow for me in the past few months and if it's hard not to feel guilty about it, I also know it's better for my well-being. you're doing incredible, Sophie ❤ ❤
      I hope March will be kind to you ❤

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      1. Yay I can’t wait!!!
        I agree it is definitely better to focus on the way that we are making progress. Small steps are still important!! Definitely, we got this!! ❤
        Yeah it is difficult but we just need to focus on the good things this change has brought!! 🙂 Thank you so much Marie!! ❤ ❤

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  14. Hii Marie!! I’ve missed your blog so much! I took an unexpected hiatus for…five months. Oops! So I haven’t read much blog posts since October. It’s so good to be back and catching up on all my favourite blogs. 🙂

    I’m also SUPER happy that spring is around the corner! The weather in the UK is still terrible…but hopefully it will be improving soon. XD

    I hope you have an amazing March!! ❤

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    1. KYRA! Oh it’s so lovely to hear from you, I hope you’ve been doing okay!! ❤ ❤
      I get that, the weather has been terrible here too ahah, let's hope spring comes around soon 🙂
      I hope you'll have a wonderful March as well ❤

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  15. I can’t believe that it’s March as well and I’m so happy too! (And I can totally relate to you about winter)
    What I would give to be in Paris for the weekend. It sounded like a great and special weekend just for you and your sister.

    I’m slowly starting to read more than a book a month lol. So don’t feel bad that it was a slow month for you. Don’t worry you’re ahead of the game with 11 books read already! 🙂

    Spring is almost here before you know it you will be opening your document and continue editing your WIP.

    It is what it is! I’m not into blogging as I was before but still love it. Sometimes it takes us time to get back to normal. I hope you get to relax like you want to.

    I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Remember Spring is around the corner 🙂

    Muah 💋 Helena

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    1. Ahh I’m glad your reading is picking up again! I get that and I really hope you’ll find the love of blogging and reading again, I’m sending you all the positive vibes ❤
      Thank you so, so much for your love and support, Helena, it means so much!

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  16. Ahhh a Jonas Brothers concert?? Girl that’s amazing!! I’m so glad they’re back together again 😍😍

    I’m so excited for spring weather! It’s been gorgeous here so I laid out a tarp and blanket and worked outside in the sunshine. It’s cold again (*hooray* 😒) but it should warm up soon! I hope you have an amazing March, Marie!

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    1. AH you like them as well ahh 😍 I never expected to be able to see them again live so I’m just so happy about getting this opportunity again 😍

      YAY! Ah that’s so great! Let’s hope spring settles in soon, I need it ahah. I hope you’ll have a wonderful March as well and thank you!! ❤

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  17. Paris looks amazing! I’m so glad that you had such a wonderful time! And I’m definitely going to join you in celebrating spring’s arrival! Every time a day is warm in even the mildest of ways I get so excited! There’s something about sunshine that makes me so happy!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! It means so much to me that you enjoyed it enough to share it, especially because that post meant so much to me! 💕

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    1. Thank you so much ❤ ❤ oh same here, I just need sunshine now more than ever ahah 🙂
      Of course! It's such a wonderful, important post and I loved it so much. Thank you for writing it! ❤

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  18. Marie, it’s so great to read how excited you are for this month after the last wrap-up haha 😄!! I really hope the changing of the seasons will ease all the funk you’ve been dealing with 🙂. Also, that’s so awesome that you were able to see your favorite band with your sister—and in Paris!! (I know you’re from France, but Paris seems like such a far and cool destination to me haha 😅.) A lot times we don’t know if certain experiences are going to happen for the last time, so it’s nice that you got to see the band again after so long!
    Almost Adults sounds like the new adult type book I’ve been looking for as a girl struggling in her twenties 😩😅.
    Have a happy March, Marie 😄!

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    1. Well my happiness is really gone for now 😂😂 but thank you so much, I hope that March just gets better and spring finally comes around!
      Thank you!! Ahah I get that, it’s just a couple hours’ away for us so it doesn’t feel that extraordinary for us compared to people living elsewhere, I guess. I hope you’ll get a chance to visit someday! 😀

      AH YES! Almost Adults is such a great read, I hope you’ll get a chance to read it. We need more of these books ahah 🙂
      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll have a wonderful March ❤

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  19. I’m sorry to hear February didn’t reach its full potential, I guess it’s a general thing actually! But I’m glad you still had fun! I hope Paris was nice ❤ What is that cake in the first picture? It looks good!!
    Hopefully, March will be better for everyone, I also feel that I do better in spring and summer ^^

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  20. yayyy, i’m glad march has been a better month of you so far. i don’t know how your city is handling the whole corona thing, but hopefully it hasn’t tackled your good mood now that spring is here.
    i’m so glad you had an amazing time in paris and got to watch THE BEST BAND EVER! i’m so happy for you! i can’t wait to read about experience.
    i finished reading only mostly devastated this march and i loved it as well. i found the narrator to be so hilarious and i liked how realistic the relationships felt. it was a YA that actually *felt* like i was reading about teenagers, so i’m happy.
    i’m glad you enjoyed it sounded better in my head so much! february also served me with my first 5 stars read of the year and it was so good. i hadn’t read a book that made me feel as much in a while; it was a really amazing experience.
    tysm for the shoutout!!! hope you’re having a lovely march!

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    1. Uhhh let’s not mention my mood and skyrocketting anxiety 😂
      I’m so happy you enjoyed Only Mostly Devastated as well! It was such a good read, heartwarming and emotional and I loved Ollie so damn much! ❤
      Ohh I'm curious to hear about your 5-stars read now 😀
      I hope you'll have a good month, take care of yourself ❤

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