Sunday, 19 November 2017

A love letter to Fantastic Beasts


Dear Fantastic Beasts movie,

A year ago today, I went to the movie theater to watch you. I didn't have any expectations. Not exactly. I had never been a fan of the additions to the Harry Potter franchise, and yet, I was curious of what they had done with the wizarding world.

I didn't see time pass. I was speechless. I fell in love with you (and yes, I know I'm in love with about a hundred things, but you know what I mean). You brought me so much and you became the movie of my soul.

When you think about it for two seconds, you have everything I need to fall in love with a movie. You have magic, a historical setting, Eddie Redmayne, gorgeous cinematography and a soundtrack I still listen to, after a year. I'm not even sure I need more in a movie.

You made me discover all those amazing creatures the wizarding world has to offer, and I'm already looking forward to see more of them in the next movies. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Pickett, but it's no surprise... Newt Scamander is partial to this small cinnamon roll of a bowtruckle as well. You made me see the wizarding world in a new way: exploring beyond England, beyond Hogwarts, discovering new characters and a new society (I love the Roaring Twenties and their doubts about magic), and I left craving for more. I'm mad at you for having Johnny Depp, because it makes no sense to me, so I guess I'll do my best to ignore him, because while I wouldn't want to support him... There are other actors I want to support and they are in this movie (try to pretend you don't know who I'm actually talking about)(I'm losing my train of thoughts here)(wait now I remember)

Most of all, you made me discover Newt Scamander. I had always been curious about him, because he saw the whole wide world and so many amazing creatures, because he must have been so interesting, because his grandson married Luna Lovegood aka my favourite character in the Harry Potter series. Then, I saw him for real, and I fell in love (yes, again, I told you I was in love with a hundred things, duh). He's such a caring, selfless, generous wizard, he likes animals better than he likes humans, he's adorably awkward, he's a Hufflepuff, he's not the guy you'd expect to be the hero, and yet, he saves the day. He's one of these everyday heroes we can all aspire to be. Oh, and he's portrayed by my favourite actor, which helps as well. I loved all of the characters, but Newt Scamander won my heart.

I wish I could find all the right words to express my love for you, but I'm not sure I can do it the right way. You brought me so much into my life and you probably have no idea.

I need to thank you. I remember going through one of the worst days of my life, then deciding to go rewatch you... And it calmed me down. It pulled me away from reality and I felt at home, walking alongside the characters in the streets of New York. You saved me. I know you're a movie I can turn to when I feel like everything around me is crashing dow, when I'm sad, I know that you will always bring me happiness.

I'm already looking forward to rewatch you over and over again, just like I did in the past year (you're one of the movies I saw the most in my entire life and it's only been a year). More than that, I'm already looking forward to your sequels, even though I still have another year to wait. I'll try to be patient, because I know it will be worth it.



Lots of love,
Lucie

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

TOP 5 // 20th century classics I want to read the most


Hello beautiful people!

For the last few months, I've read a lot of classics and I couldn't be happier, because I had put them on the side since high school, when I used to adore them. I have noticed that I'm naturally going towards 19th century literature, because that's the one I've always loved, but I would really like to discover more classics by exploring the 20th century. Actually, it will be one of my reading goals for 2018, but we'll talk about that in a few weeks. Long story short, this is why I made a list of the five 20th century classics I really want to read in the upcoming months, because I know it will motivate me to read them as soon as possible (it worked so much when I last did this in August). If you have any recommendations for 20th century literature that I should read, please let me know!

Howards End by E.M. Forster (1910)

I studied E.M. Forster a little in one of my English classes a few years ago, but have yet to read a book by him. All I know about this one is that it's about three middle-class families in the Edwardian era and I'm very curious to read more Edwardian authors (as I'm obsessed with Victorian literature, I need to move forward). Besides, there is an on-going TV series about this novel starring Hayley Atwell (it started last Sunday) and as I love her so much, I'm very motivated to finally read some E.M. Forster.

The Guermantes Way* by Marcel Proust (1920)

I read the first two books in the In Search of Lost Time series by Marcel Proust two years ago and absolutely adored them. Now, those books can be hard to read, because they're made of very long sentences and most of the time, you don't have any chapter to stop to (I hate stopping after a sentence and not having chapters, oops), which is why I've had that one on hold for more than a year. I have no idea where I stopped, so I'll have to start all over again. I'm so excited to read Marcel Proust again and that one in particular, because it will follow the narrator in aristocratic and literary salons in 19th century Paris (!!).

*Le Côté de Guermantes for me, as I'm reading it in French

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)

Virginia Woolf is one of those well-known authors I still haven't read anything by. I've been meaning to read her books forever, but she intimidates me a lot, for she's such an important literary figure! Mrs. Dalloway is probably her most popular one, but To the Lighthouse intrigues me a lot more. All I know is that it's about a family and that it's set on the isle of Skye. I don't need anything more and I'm looking forward to finally discover this author.

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1933)

I am fascinated by the jazz age and yet, I haven't read many books set during that time period. I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald years ago and really enjoyed it, but never got around to read any of his other books. A few weeks ago, I met up with a bookstagram friend at Shakespeare and Co. and we talked about the Roaring Twenties, the Diviners and Francis Scott Fitzgerald; she ended up buying one of his books and it has stayed on my mind ever since. I really want to read Tender is the Night because it's his second most popular work and it's a tragic romance set in the late 1920s on the French Riviera. 

The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier (1969)

I couldn't write a post about 20th century literature without mentioning Daphne du Maurier, could I? I'm so obsessed with her books, I want to read them all. While, as we speak, I still haven't read Rebecca (because I saw the adaptation and still remember everything about it...), I read three of her books this year and absolutely loved them. The next one on my list is The House on the Strand, du Maurier's take on time travel and I couldn't be more excited because it is set in Cornwall (as always), involves a manor and the fourteenth century.



Lots of love,
Lucie

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman // Book review

Hello, beautiful people!

It's been quite a while since I wrote any review on my blog, because let's be honest, reviews are the types of posts which get the less views (I'm guilty of not reading that many blog reviews as well, oops). However, I read an ARC of Retribution Rails a few months ago and as I absolutely adored it and it comes out today, I really wanted to talk to you all about it! Besides, I wrote a review for Vengeance Road, the first book in this companion duology, two years ago (!!), so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start writing reviews again.


Retribution Rails (Vengeance Road #2) by Erin Bowman

Publication date: November 7th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, historical fiction, adventure
Number of pages: 384

Goodreads summary: REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE

When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

MY THOUGHTS

“So you can either be scared yer whole life or you can try to enjoy it. I suggest the latter. Otherwise yer gonna blink and find yerself old and weary, talking yer last breath and regretting that you passed yer years tense and worrisome.”


I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All the quotes used in this review might have changed in the final copy.

Before I actually start this review, here is the quote that might be enough to convince you to read it:
“Reece Murphy was a boy who became a man while riding with the devil.” 

From the first few pages, I fell in love with Retribution Rails. Truth be told, I hadn't read any summary of it, but as I loved Vengeance Road, I was confident I would enjoy it. What I hadn't expected was to fall in love with the story, to the point that I loved this companion novel even more. Once again, Erin Bowman did a lot of research to recreate the setting of that time, and I was transported all the way there, alongside the characters. 

It's been a long time since I read a book with two points of view, but I thought it was so well-done here. Sometimes, the characters take a long time to meet and you don't understand how they'll come together, but in this case, Charlotte and Reece's paths were intertwined from the first few pages and I loved how Erin Bowman did it. Reece was that boy who had been given no choice, who seemed to be a villain from the outside, when the truth was so much more complicated than that and the lines between right and wrong were blurred. On the other side, Charlotte was this badass girl through her words, who wanted to be a journalist and to be independent. Their backgrounds were so interesting and I liked that we still got subplots involving Charlotte's family, as the main plot drifted away from it. Their dynamics were so well-developed, because it started with prejudice, mistrust and fear, and it was so interesting to see them change their minds. Besides, old characters from Vengeance Road played an important role in Retribution Rails, I loved to see what they had become.

Now, when it comes to the plot, I loved how it was linked to the events taking place in Vengeance Road. The novel started as Reece and Charlotte's story, before the reader discover that the stakes are so much higher than that. Would I recommend you to read Vengeance Road before Retribution Rails? I do, because it's awesome and it makes a lot more sense when you have that background, but you can understand without having read it. In short: it's up to you. 

Anyhow, the plot was so gripping, I read this book in a few sittings and there weren't any dull moments. Retributions Rails is a page-turner with amazing action scenes and such an interesting historical background. Moreover, my feelings got all over the place. “Why would you do that to me?” Is all I ask. I'm sorry, but I need to recover from everything that happened in the end. I just need more from these characters and I'm totally up for another companion book (but sadly it won't happen)(please do it though), for I want to see everyone again.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing and I loved it even more than Vengeance Road. I thought that the two points of view balanced the book perfectly, I was so attached to the characters that I don't really want to let them go (I'm still in denial) and the plot was so gripping. If you think you don't like historical fiction, please reconsider. Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails might change your mind.




That's all for me today, folks. Please let me know if you've read Vengeance Road or anything else by Erin Bowman, or even if you're planning on doing so!

Lots of love,
Lucie

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

October 2017 wrap-up + favourites


Hello, beautiful people!


And just like that, October is over and we only have two months left of 2017. *gasps* October was a stressful month because uni started again for me at the end of September, but I'm satisfied with what I did, when it comes to studying, reading... and watching Gilmore Girls. For Gilmore Girls, I actually had to take a week long break from it because I had been watching the show way too fast, but now that we're in November, I shall binge-watch it once again.

WHAT I READ

  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (reread) 4/5 stars
  • Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon 4/5 stars
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 5/5 stars
  • The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur 3/5 stars
  • A Different Blue by Amy Harmon 4/5 stars
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (reread) 5/5 stars
  • Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy 4/5 stars
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (reread) 5/5 stars
  • Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell 3.5/5 stars
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao 4/5 stars
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 4/5 stars
  • Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell 5/5 stars
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker 4/5 stars



I had an amazing reading month, both in quality and quantity and it's all thanks to Victober. If you don't know, it's a readathon that takes place in October where you read Victorian literature. I loved it so much and I'm already excited to participate next year!



FAVOURITES


To be honest, I could talk about Les Misérables and Gilmore Girls again, but they both were in my favourites of last month already, so it wouldn't be really interesting. I also rewatched and loved the first season of Legion this month, but I already wrote an entire blog post about that, I'd rather read that if I were you! Now that I've said that, let's move on to my other favourites of the month.


TV SHOW // Victoria (season 2)


Victoria was my favourite TV show of 2016 and I was beyond happy when the second season aired recently. I (mostly) binge-watched it in October and I fell in love with this period drama all over again. I've always been obsessed with Victoria and Albert, and I absolutely loved how they are portrayed in the show (Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes are both very attractive and have tons of chemistry, it helps as well) and to learn a bit more about them - even though many aspects are romanticized. I am very emotionally invested in the show and I was pleasantly surprised by some things that happened (even though my heart was broken not so long after... you know what I mean). Besides, as it was Victober, so it was the perfect month to watch it! If you love period dramas, I would highly recommend you this one!

MUSIC // Anastasia (the musical)



I really needed a change from Les Misérables (my obsession would become unhealthy otherwise), so this month, I discovered Anastasia, the new Broadway musical. It's inspired by the animated movie, with beloved songs such as Once Upon a December or Journey to the Past and I've been loving it. I've always found Russian history intriguing and I really want to read The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore now. I'm so looking forward to find a way to watch this musical, but in the meantime, the score is amazing!

TV SHOW // Stranger Things (season 2)



Well, you probably heard that the second season of Stranger Things aired on October 27th because it's all the Internet has been talking about, so it won't be a surprise if I talk about it. I watched the first season a while ago and absolutely fell in love with the show: the plot is addictive, the characters so relatable and I love that it's set in the 1980s. I was afraid I would be disappointed by the second season, but on the contrary: I grew even more attached to the characters and like everyone else, I loved Steve so much (as well as the rest of the gang, but it was so surprising for Steve!). I'm already looking forward to rewatch the second season (do we really have to wait until 2019 for season 3?) in the next year or so.

FOOD // Breakfast in America (Paris)

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I posted food pictures for several Sunday mornings and it's all because of this place that I discovered in May. Breakfast in America is an American dinner in Paris (there are three of them) that serves breakfasts and brunches obviously, as well as burgers, chili con carne and so on. I've only ever been there for enormous breakfasts (veggie omelet with cheese or pancakes I can't even finish) and I really love this place. I would totally recommend it if you're in Paris to visit the city and need to eat a lot of food at once!

I hope you had a great month and read amazing books!


Lots of love,
Lucie

Friday, 20 October 2017

Historical fantasy novels you should read for Halloween



Hello, beautiful people!

We are now more than halfway through October, which means that Halloween is right around the corner. I know that a lot of readers like to read specific books for that time of the year and well, that's also my case. Personally, I absolutely love to read historical fantasy novels in the Fall (but it's my favourite genre, so it actually happens all year) and that's why I wanted to recommend you some in this post. Basically, if you love The Infernal Devices trilogy... All of these books are right up your alley!


I had no choice but to start this book recommendations post with my second favourite YA trilogy (that I really need to reread and to get physical copies of), Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. I have to admit I was put off by this book for a very long time, because I knew it involved zombies and they freak me out. Now that I've said this, let me go back. This book is actually more about necromancy, which means someone is raising the Dead and it's causing all sorts of mayhem.

Something Strange and Deadly is set in 1876 Philadelphia and follows Eleanor Fitt, who has to associate with the Spirit-Hunters to try to find her brother, who might have been taken by the person raising the Dead. Something Strange and Deadly is a trilogy and every single book is set in a different place, has amazing historical details and characters, as well as steampunk elements. It talks to my very soul. I'm completely in love with it and I need more people to read this trilogy! Susan Dennard is best-known for her best-selling fantasy her Witchlands series and while I adore that one, Something Strange and Deadly has a very special spot in my heart.

To know more about these books:


This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

A lot of readers have already read The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by the same author that came out earlier this year, and it makes me very happy that Mackenzi Lee is getting the recognition she deserves, but did you know that I LOVED her debut novel that came out in 2015? It's a steampunk novel set in 1818 Geneva and wait for it... It's a reimagining of Frankenstein (just writing this, I'm sold and I've already read it)!

This Monstrous Thing follows Alasdair, a young man who lost everything two years prior the beginning of the novel, his brother and his sweetheart. In a city where men built with clockwork parts are a reality and illegal, he brings his brother back from the dead, who returns more monster than man. Then, Frankenstein comes out and the city is doing its best to find the real doctor and its monster.

To know more about this book:


The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Cat Winters is quite an amazing author, because out of the three books I've read by her... I have never been disappointed. She writes historical fiction set at the beginning of the 20th century with supernatural elements. I could recommend you In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Steep and Thorny Way as well, but The Cure for Dreaming was the very first of her books that I read and it absolutely made me fall in love with her books.

The Cure for Dreaming is set in 1900 Oregon and follows Olivia, a headstrong girl that her father wishes to be docile. He hires a mysterious young man named Henri Reverie to hypnotize the rebellion out of her, but he gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also being unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. It only makes Olivia willing to speak up for women's rights even more, all the while starting to be attracted to Henri.

To know more about this book:


The Diviners by Libba Bray

I reread The Diviners recently and I remembered what a perfect Halloween read this one was. It's set in 1920s New York and follows Evie O'Neill, who has been expelled from her boring hometown to go live in New York with her uncle Will, who is obsessed with the occult. Evie has a secret of her own: she has trouble with a supernatural power and that's why her parents shipped her off to the city (they don't believe her, though). Soon, New York is trembling because of murders that might involve the occult. The Diviners follows several other characters who seem to either have powers or secrets of their own, and all the while... something dark and evil has awakened.

I adore this series so much, even though it takes ages for a book to be published (but the third one just came out, we're almost there!). However, it means that I can reread the books every time one is coming out. I find the 1920s and the occult absolutely fascinating, and Libba Bray is amazing at creating complex characters and gripping storylines. These books might seem a bit dense, but you won't be able to put them down, because you'll have to know what's happening.


Last but not least, let's talk about the book that actually inspired me to write this post, The Witches of New York by Ami McKay. This one is set in 1880 and follows three witches who practice their craft and work at their own tea shop. I had strong The Diviners vibes from this one, probably because it was set in New York in a society obsessed with the occult. 

This novel is a very atmospheric and engrossing read. I didn't want to get away from the book when I was reading it, because I wanted to know what would be next. I adored all the historical aspects that Ami McKay put into this book, because I'm a history nerd and loved remembering some cultural details through this book (I'll just say: tell the bees when I'm gone). It was one of those books that was perfect for me and it screams Halloween read. I'm so happy I got around that one.

To know more about this book:




So there you have it, here are the five historical fantasy novels (well, more than that because there are two book series in the list) that you could read near Halloween, if you're in the mood for that genre. If you have more recommendations of historical fantasy novels/books to read for Halloween, please let me know.


Lots of love,
Lucie

Sunday, 15 October 2017

WATCH LEGION, or where I finally tell you why I'm obsessed with this show.



Hello, beautiful people!

If you follow me on social media, you might already know that I'm completely obsessed with a TV show called Legion, for which the first season aired earlier this year. This past week, I rewatched the whole thing and it made me the happiest girl in the world (this is already a twisted Legion reference, I'm lost to the world). If I only had one show to remember for this year, it would be this one. I've been fangirling a lot about Legion, but as I want the whole world to discover it... I needed to write a blog post on the subject, so I could try to convince you to watch it (please).  However, before I really start this post, I would like to warn you that I would put a trigger warning for suicide attempts for the first season of the show. Now that I've told you this, let's get right into it.

What is Legion about?

David Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After he has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness.

My thoughts on the show


Every time I watch an episode of Legion, I'm absolutely wonder-struck and my eyes are glued to the screen. For me, it means a lot, because I have trouble watching TV shows/movies and always end up doing something else on the side. When I watch Legion, I can't do anything else... Up to the next thirty minutes after finishing an episode. This is a show that stays with you while you're discovering it and even afterwards, because you can't stop thinking about it, nor can't stop trying to figure out what exactly is going on. 

The most important sentence of the whole show is “is this real?” and it makes so much sense, as during the eight episodes, you will always have doubts, just like the characters. I know that when Stranger Things came out, many viewers developed an addiction of sorts to it, by not being able to stop watching it. That's what happened to me when I started watching Legion. The show's creator, Noah Hawley (Fargo), managed to find the right pacing in order for the show not to be too obscure to the viewer, who has no clue what is going on, all the while intending to lead him astray.

Dan Stevens as David Haller and Rachel Keller as Sydney Barrett.

The cinematography of the show is magnificent, with futuristic and retro vibes at the same time. The scenery is stunning and I was gaping at quite a few scenes, because they were so unexpected and yet felt right. I love Marvel and DC Comics and watch a lot of their TV shows, but for me, Legion is stealing the show and I would trade them all for it (yet, I adore them).

Legion is set in the X-Men universe and follows a secondary character you probably never heard of, which gave so many possibilities to the show and is one of the reasons it is such an original and different TV show from others. The characters are far from being the superheroes we know, which makes them so relatable. They are flawed, they have complicated pasts, they mess up and nothing comes easy for them. Some scenes of the show can seem quite... Weird, but the plotlines definitely allow them and it makes the show all the more complex and interesting.

David Haller is an unreliable narrator, so the viewer will never know what's true and what isn't until the very end, which is why he will always want to watch more of the show. Legion talks a lot about superpowers and mental illnesses and while it's a complicated thing to do, the showrunners managed to do that splendidly. Now, some aspects of the show can be very triggering (I'm thinking in particular of suicide attempts scenes, take for example the beginning of the first episode), which is why I can't say that Legion is for everyone. Nevertheless, I think the team did an amazing job on those topics.


The plot is always moving forward and never has a dull moment, which means you won't see time passing by, until the end of the episode you're watching. It might be a shame that the first season is only eight episodes long considering how thrilling it all is (can you believe I have finished my rewatch, but still have to wait until February 2018 for eason 2?), but I might be saying that because I'm obsessed with this show and I really don't want to wait for so long. In the end, while I'm complaining, it can also be seen as a token of the show's qualityBesides, the last scene of the season, delivered after the end credits (it's Marvel, y'all!), is absolutely cruel and a huge cliffhanger.

The actors' performances are astonishing and I really wish they will get awards for them (they weren't nominated for the Emmys, I'm still upset). I adore Dan Stevens, you probably know that by now, and still, his work in Legion left me speechless. The role of David Haller probably is one of his best performances yet, because David never really knows what is true, because the show always go in unexpected directions. The show made him do everything and he did all of them brilliantly. The other shining star of the show is Aubrey Plaza, who has a mysterious and oh so interesting role. When she's on the screen, you can't keep her eyes off her, trying to understand what will be next and how she'll surprise you. She's so excellent, I really need to watch her in something else than Legion. The other characters are also very good in their roles and I absolutely loved the dynamics between their characters. 

Overall, I love Legion with all my heart and it definitely is my favourite on-going show. It is the best show I saw in 2017 and it means so much to me, which is why I have already rewatched it, when I almost never rewatch anything. It is such an addictive and breathtaking TV show, with very talented actors. I can't wait to see what's next for the show!

I really hope I managed to show you what an amazing show Legion is, and if you're planning to watch it or have already watched it, please let me know, I would love to know your thoughts.

Lots of love,
Lucie

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Reading wrap-up + Favourites // September 2017


Hello beautiful people!

September 2017 was probably the longest month of my entire life, or it certainly felt that way. Like my dear Charles Dickens said, "it was the best of times, it was the worse of the times." and it sums up my entire month. I had some of the best days in my life when I went to London for a three day long week-end (the day of 19 years later and then I saw Les Misérables on West End)(I still can't realise that I crossed two things off my bucket list in two days), then had a very important oral presentation for uni and I didn't know if I could register for uni... Until five days before classes started. I am in a very weird mood. Because of that, I've watched way more TV shows than I have read, even though I still read nine books.


WHAT I READ


  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ☆☆☆.5
  • The Witches of New York by Ami McKay ☆☆☆☆.5
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ☆☆☆☆☆ (reread)
  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell ☆☆☆☆
  • The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters ☆☆☆☆.5
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Viens, on s'aime by Morgane Moncomble ☆☆☆☆
  • Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman ☆☆☆☆☆
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson ☆☆☆☆

I finally reread And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and let me tell you: if you ever want to listen to an audiobook, do yourself a favor and listen to Dan Stevens' interpretation of this novel. I know that I'm always singing his praise, but I'm still mind-blown. Now that I've read and loved Agnes Grey, I can say that Anne Brontë might be my favourite Brontë sister, but I don't know for sure. I still need to read her poetry/her juvenilia writings and a biography about her, but I really feel close to Anne, for some reason. Last but not least, I got an e-ARC of Retribution Rails and I loved it even more than Vengeance Road (!!!). You definitely need to read it when it'll release in November.



FAVOURITES

MUSICAL // Les Misérables


Les Misérables is very important to me and I'll talk about it more in an upcoming post (but I first need to reread the beast book entirely), but I finally saw the musical on West End. I've always wanted to do it and I cried the entire time. I was so overwhelmed, how do you feel that many emotions at the same time? Anyhow, I've since then rewatched the movie and Eddie Redmayne will always be my Marius (he is my favourite actor, after all) and have been listening to the soundtrack (and nothing else!) for the last week. I just love Les Misérables so much, sometimes it hurts, haha.

TV SHOW // Gilmore Girls

Like I said, I watched a lot of TV shows in September and a lot of them could have made this list, but then I discovered Gilmore Girls and that's the entire reason why I haven't been reading. I've watched twenty-eight episodes in a week and a half and I already know that it'll be one of my favourite TV shows ever. I'm drinking a lot of coffee once again and I'm going to blame it on Lorelai and Rory. I'm curious to see more of Paris Geller, because I already adore her, oops. 

APPLICATION // Pedometer

During the second half of August, I downloaded a pedometer app and it changed my life. Now that we're in October, I've been using it for a while and guess what? I walked 204 km in September! As someone who never exercises, it really encourages me to walk more, since I wouldn't have walked as much otherwise. I know that it'll slow down as the cold is coming, but that's a huge victory over myself!

I hope you had a great month and read amazing books!

Lots of love,
Lucie