{ Wrap-up } Wrapping-up my Summer 2020

Happy September lovelies,

For the second year in a row, I’m doing a two-month wrap-up. Summer is often the time of the year when I’m the most efficient in term of reading, especially because, as a teacher, schools are closed for the months of July and August. Therefore, it’s the only time when I’m able to read enough books to publish an actual article about them. So without further due, let’s see how I did this month!

1. BOOKS

I published a Summer 2020 TBR article a few weeks back, and honestly, I did a pretty good job of sticking up with it. However, I didn’t anticipate that two of those books would be that long and I couldn’t finish it what I planned. I’m thrilled that the average pages/books is around 50 pages more than it was last year and my greatest pride is that I’m one book away from finishing my yearly challenge, I will potentially read 52 books in 2020 and it’s been years that I last could reach that. I rated three of the books I read 5 stars and once again I’m sure it’s some kind of record to have 3 books out of 7 that are worth the top rating.

Review wise I’m a mess, I haven’t written anything since last May, and I’m now 13 books behind on reviews. Therefore, you’ll see that none of my summer books has reviews available yet, but I’m going to do my best to post them as soon as possible.

 📖 Progress

Book read: 7
Pages read: 3,221
Average: 460 pages/book

To-review shelf: 13 books
Goodreads 2019 Challenge: 39/40 books
🤘 12 books ahead of schedule 🤘

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On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🏷️ Graphic novel, Science-fiction, LGBT, Young Adult

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As I’ve already said in my Summer TBR, I’m new to the Graphic Novel game, but I’ve loved Orange and Heartstopper so much that I wanted to give On a Sunbeam this summer. And I can tell you it didn’t disappoint! It was easy to read, the graphics were mesmerizing and the story was excessively cute, I’m always seeking sapphic romances and the main characters made me happy. I have read it online because it was free so don’t hesitate to go check this beautiful story here.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ⭐⭐⭐
🏷️ Classic, Romance

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I can’t begin to describe the utter disappointment I felt while reading this book. I know it was a classic and I usually love books written during that era, and some of my bookish friends hyped me describing Jane Eyre as a sassy character. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that; this book bored me to death, it took me WEEKS to go through it, and I couldn’t connect with the main character, the love story felt dull and close to insta-love and I didn’t felt any of the banter I was promised.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🏷️ Romance, Contemporary, Adult, Fiction, Chick-Lit

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OMG THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING. After the boredom of Jane Eyre, I needed to read about a love story that gave me butterflies, a lot of banter, and The Hating Game made it straight to my favourite. I read it in one sitting (and let me tell you it’s been a while since I’ve managed to do so), and ever since, I can’t get it out of my head. I already want to reread it, that’s how much I loved it.

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🏷️ Nonfiction, Feminism, Essays

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Other than being extra short and easy to read, We Should All Be Feminists is enlighting. Adichie expresses herself with ease and uses words that are easily understandable and she just makes so much sense. I’m a fervent advocate of feminism and I’ve already recommended this to 3 different people. The good part is that you can either read those 50 pages or watch the TED TALK since this book is basically a transcript of it.

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The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drew ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🏷️ Contemporary, Young Adult, Fiction

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The characters in this book were so pure! I was right, this book has strong List of Cages vibe, with beautiful characters, dealing with personal traumas and difficulties, and trying to overcome them. The way they slowly understand that their situation is not what teenage should be living was both heart-wrecking and heart-warming. In my opinion, the underlying romance around one of the MC was a bit unnecessary but overall this book was so beautiful. I’ll definitely give C.G. Drew’s books another shot sometime soon!

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ⭐⭐⭐
🏷️ Adult, High Fantasy, LGBT 

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This summer has been a rollercoaster of emotions, books I loved and books that disappointed me. Unfortunately, the Priory of the Orange Tree was one of the latter. I was intimidated by the length of the book, and in the end, it wasn’t the problem per se. The first half was actually interesting and made me want to know more about this book, however, the second half was slow and I grew bored. I pushed myself to continue, waiting for a spectacular ending, and even that fell flat and underwhelming. So yeah, overall not happy with this one.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🏷️ Historical Fiction, Romance, Adult, LGBT

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I’m still in shock with how much I adored a Historical Fiction. It’s definitely not a genre I love and therefore I seldom read them. But The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was the exception to the rule. And what a beautiful exception. Everything about this book was perfect, the characters, the story, the message, I loved it all! One of the things I loved the most about it was that I got to read the whole story since it’s about Evelyn telling her life, we got to see it all and it was satisfying to not have to guess what happens next. I don’t want to spoil it too much for you guys, so honestly, just read it!

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Currently Reading: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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2. TRAVELLING 🌍

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a lot this summer, and the main reason is that I went hiking in Brittany and Normandy for most of July, it was my first time there and I enjoyed myself a lot. However, I didn’t help my reading/blogging & reviewing, by the time I went to the Airbnb in the evening, I was so tired I just went straight bed. But you as you can see, I have pretty pictures, so there’s that.

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What about you, how was your summer?

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French Book Blogger and avid reader 📚 - YA, Adult, NA, Fantasy, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance -, LGBT & disability rep 🏳️‍🌈, Ravenclaw Potterhead △⃒⃘, English teacher 👩🏼‍🏫 living to travel 🌍, proud mom of Padfoot 🐕 and Juniper 🐈

8 thoughts on “{ Wrap-up } Wrapping-up my Summer 2020

  1. Looks like you’ve had a wonderful summer! The books sound so interesting, especially Evelyn Hugo. I’ve heard great things about it for years and cannot believe I haven’t read it yet. Now I definitely have to change that! Your blog is adorable and so is this post! 🙂

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