Autumn tag !

I’ve been gone for a while – the end of the summer was pretty rough for me and I needed to focus on the most urgent things, at the detriment of the things I like to do in my free time, but I’m back for the semester and ready to tackle the coming months !

I’ve got a few book reviews planned in the next two weeks or so, and a more personal post about moving 18h away from home, but for today, I thought I’d do something a little lighter – I saw this autumn tag on Jenn’s blog, and it looked like a lot of fun, so let’s try it !

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I think it could be the last 3 Harry Potter books, but to be honest, it’s pretty much any book I read and liked when I was in middle school or high school. It was a difficult time, and books were the best escape I could find – they gave me a calm sort of comfort and peace I just couldn’t find anywhere else.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favorite creative outlet?

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I’ve tried a lot of creative hobbies through the years !

Right now, I do bullet journaling, which isn’t extremely creative for me since I have very little artistic talent, but it’s still very satisfying and I love looking through Instagram or Pinterest in search of new layouts and ideas to put in my notebook.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

Leaving. I just moved to a completely different city, and it was very stressful, but I also really loved the adventure and the unknown of moving like this on my own.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

Watching old reruns of Teen Wolf or NCIS Los Angeles. Seriously. I get teased so much about it it’s not even funny.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Getting mail. I so rarely get mail, that when I do, it’s really fun. Usually, it’s something I ordered on the internet, or a postcard from a friend or a family member – I don’t usually get bad news in the mail, so that helps !

6. Fright Night – favorite scary book or film

I truly don’t like anything that’s, like. Actually scary. I watched the first 10 minutes of a horror movie once, drunk, thinking alcohol would help me be less terrified, but I had to stop at the very beginning because of how scared I was. Harry Potter 2 is scary for me, seriously.

7. Halloween candy – favorite thing to eat

Chocolate. I love chocolate so much, it’s the one thing I just can’t ever give up. If I’m sad, chocolate will always cheer me up.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

Scarves and headphones ! I love scarves so much, it’s the one accessory I never go out without in autumn. You ever know when a cold wind is going to start and you’ll need that comfy scarf to hide into !

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

Ellana, la prophétie (“Ellana, the prophecy”), the 3rd novel of a YA series centered about the disappearance and assumed death of a young woman, Ellana, and her friend’s quest to find her and her child, and avenge her. (It’s got feelings and emotions and it always, always makes me cry.)

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

Twilight. I read those books when I was a teen, and they seemed fairly innocent and fun – re-reading them as an adult is eye-opening, and not in a very good way.

Top ten tuesday – books that I refuse to let anyone touch

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

What are the top ten books that I refuse to let anyone touch ? Oh. Um.

All of them.

I don’t really let other people touch my books – so, instead of the 10 books I don’t let anyone touch, here’s a list of 10 things that make me wary of ever letting anyone other than me touch my precious books :

  • That time I borrowed a book from the library from a friend, who ended up keeping it for months, getting library fees, and letting me bring it back on my own (and pay the fees!) without even reading it.
  • That time I gave a book I borrowed from the library to a friend, who read it, then instagrammed it with a comment about how nice it was to have a moment for herself, and how much she recommended this book… but never tagged me or even sent me the post. (Yeah, I know it’s petty and lame, but I’m extra petty and I felt genuinely hurt.)
  • What if I let someone borrow one of my books, and they don’t even read it ? (They’d break my heart, that’s what would happen)
  • What if someone touches one of my books, and damages the cover ?

There’s also the things that I did (and am ashamed of) :

  • That time I borrowed a book from someone, then moved to another school and never saw them again. I felt terribly guilty and got rid of the book after 10 years by donating it to a charity. What if I lend a book to someone and this happens ??
  • That time I was eating chocolate while reading a romance novel and it made stains on multiple pages. What if someone puts coffee stains on my Harry Potter books ? Grease stains between the pages of my favourite adventure novels ? The horror.
  • That time I didn’t have any bookmarks on hand, so I folded the corner of the page I was on. This book will never be the same again.

There’s also the fact that, sometimes, I write in my books. Which brings me to the following two problems :

  • What if someone writes in one of my books, with something other than pencil, so it can’t ever be erased and the book is defaced forever ?
  • What if someone reads what I wrote ?? (And even worse : tries to talk to me about it ??)

But more importantly, there’s the worst thing I ever did to a book, ever. I was 7 or 8, and it still haunts me. I had obtained a brand new book from A series of unfortunate events, and I was reading it outside our house when my parents called for dinner. I got distracted, and left the book outside.

When I came back, the morning after, the night rain had soaked through all the pages, and half of them had gone flying through our garden – I had to run around all day trying to catch all the missing pages, then dry them all and put them in my toy paper press to make them flat again, and try to bind them in the book again. It was a disaster (and I cried a lot. I mean I was 8, so, an event like that was a really good reason to cry.).

What if someone borrowed one of my books, and let it suffer the same fate by accident ?

That’s it for me ! Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it !

What are your reasons for not letting friends borrow your books ? And what’s the worst thing you ever did to a book ?

Top ten Tuesday – page to screen

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m back with a top Ten Tuesday ! This week, the theme is “page to screen books”, and boy do I have many of those in mind !

Some that I’ve read and watched :

  • The Chronicles of Narnia series – I love the books, and I remember that when the movies came out it was such a huge thing for me ! (It also made me want to actually try Turkish delight. And I hated it. Totally not worth betraying your family over. 0/10 would not recommend).
  • The martian : I watched the movie first, absolutely loved it, and then thought “the book is probably even better, let’s give it a chance !” and I was not disappointed.
  • Crazy Rich Asians – I actually started reading the books because all the hype about the movie made me discover this series. Then I cried reading the books. And then I cried again watching the movie.
  • A series of unfortunate events : read it. Listen to it. Watch it. Devour it. Get a tattoo of it. This is the book of my entire childhood and I will never stop loving it with all my heart – so when Netflix gave me a 3 seasons-long, perfectly adapted TV version of it ? Of course I watched it, multiple times, and learned the dialogues by heart. (And got a tattoo)

Books I really need to read :

  • A song of ice and fire – I can’t believe I’ve lived this long without ever trying to read this series. I’ve watched the TV show, of course, like every other person on earth at this point, but I keep hearing about so and so’s amazing character development in the books, and about how “this scene is so different !” or “but what about…” and I need to know.
  • American gods : I’ve been watching the TV show for this, and I know it’s good, I can feel it, it’s just that… I don’t get half of what’s going on in this, and I’m pretty sure it’s because I haven’t read the book first !
  • Good Omens : I have absolutely no excuse for this one. A friend let me borrow her copy of the book once. I had it in my room for three months. Never read it. I really need to do that before the show comes out though…
  • The Expanse – the show is SO GOOD, and when I started watching it I didn’t know it was based on a series of books first, but now that I’ve seen how good the story is, and how well written the characters are, I really need to get my hands on a library copy of those !

Books that someone, somewhere, with a lot of money, really needs to adapt :

  • Any of Terry Pratchett’s books about Sam Vimes. I’d like to see an entire movie about Sam Vimes, in HD, with good cinematography and amazing actors, and the incredible writing of the books, please and thank you very much. With some Angua and Carrot too, if possible. Carrot is played by Chris Evans and Angua by Brie Larson. (What ? You can see that I’ve thought about this way too much ?)
  • Ewilan’s Quest : now that we’ve got “realistic” CGI dragons, and special effects for cool magic in every other TV show, a movie (or series, I’m not picky) about a girl who can create things by drawing them in detail in her thoughts – and has to free her people from their monstrous oppressors – shouldn’t be too hard to do, right ? (I insist on monstrous. They’re supposed to look like a ten foot tall mix between a lizard and a mantis, standing upright. And they can talk.)
And you, what’s the worst book-to-screen adaptation you’ve ever seen ? The best ?

Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy day reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I don’t have a lot of ideas for this top ten, but I’ll do my best. (It’s actually been raining for a few days in my city now, so, technically, all the books I read since Wednesday are rainy day reads !)

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1 . The magician’s nephew, by C.S. Lewis

2 . The horse and his boy, by C.S. Lewis – Okay, I know that’s kind of cheating, two books of the same series, but hear me out : I’m not putting the entire chronicles of Narnia here, because some of those books bring me more comfort than others, and, for me, the definition of a “rainy day book” is a book that is guaranteed to lift your spirits on a rainy day, when you’re staying in bed to avoid the cold outside of your apartment (or house, for those of you who live in a house !) and hear the sound of the water falling on your window.

3, 4 and 5. Uglies, Pretties, Specials, by Scott Westerfield – I wrote a review of the series here, and I’m putting the first, second and third book on this list (yeah, I’m cheating twice, why not ?), because the books I read in my teenage years seem to give me some sort of nostalgia – the good kind, where you look fondly on your memories and are glad that this book was there, at this moment, and that you read it.

6 . Ellana, la prophétie, by Pierre Bottero – this one is in french, and it’s amazing. It’s definitely one of my favourite books of all time, and it has never failed to bring me joy whenever I read it. Rainy days in bed with this book are always transformed into good days.

(Also, the protagonist has claws like Wolverine. She’s SO COOL.)

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D’un monde à l’autre, by Pierre Bottero

7 . D’un monde à l’autre, by Pierre Bottero – Another one by the same french author, this is the first book in an amazing series of 13.

It tells the story of Camille, a young french girl, who discovers that she can jump from our world to a parallel universe by using an incredible power, called Imagination. The writing is splendid, the characters come alive before your very eyes, and the way Bottero describes his protagonist’s powers is incredibly poetic.

There’s been multiple editions of these books, and the latest one is the comic book pictured here. (I love it. The art represents perfectly what I pictured in my mind when I read the original text).

8 . The witch who came in from the cold : season one – this is a Serial Box Publishing book, and the first one like this that I ever read (my review is here, but it’s in french !). I got it a while ago, but the atmosphere of this story would be perfect for a rainy day without too much work to do.

9 . Breaking up is hard to do… but you could’ve done better, by Hilary Campbell – I wrote a review of this book here, and it’s on this list just because it’s funny, and I laughed a lot when I read it the first time. And, you know, sometimes on a rainy day, you just need to read something fun to remind you that there’s good things to come, even if you can’t always see them.

10 . I don’t really have a 10th book to add, so I’m leaving this spot empty, and I’ll look at everyone else’s posts for recommendations !