Today officially marks my first month in Paris and it wasn’t as glamourous as Emily in Paris, but it was still okay. I have been in my biggest reading slump of the year; first because school started and also due to the fact that I unexpectedly had to look for a new apartment. Everything was very stressful and I was constantly on the verge of crying. When not even books provided me comfort, I understood that I needed to take time off. So I did.
I owned the fact that I was in a reading slump and I took time to take care of myself.. Instead I just lied in bed and I watched Gilmore Girls. These girls were my temporary lifeline, until I found my way back to books. When I started feeling better, I picked up Vampire Academy which I had meant to read for a while and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m definitely picking up the next books in the series. I sincerely hope I will manage to read more books this month and pick up the various hobbies I abandoned.
There was also the stress of meeting new people, getting along with said people, navigating living in a new city (Paris at that) and… a circulating ruthless pandemic. I have never wished for escapism more in my life. I am happy to say that I have been sightseeing as safely and has often as I can, and that I am planning a bookstore/ library tour because Paris has so many to offer. At first I kept taking pictures of everything I saw and then I calmed down and reminded myself that I live here now; which is still surreal to me. I also got close with two incredible girls in my class and I’m so grateful I met them. I also had an apartment breakthrough which has allowed me to breathe for the first time in weeks and I have to say that I’m loving my new classes and my teachers. Things are looking up! So there are not a lot of bookish stats for September so I’m turning this into a Paris diary for you.
This is one of the universities I get to go to (This is the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas ) and it is breathtaking; I’m still in awe whenever I go there. The other is la Sorbonne.
Then this is me sightseeing; I live a few minutes away from the Louvre, and due to the coronavirus and the lack of tourists and it feels as though the place is privatized just for me.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
This is exactly the type of books about vampire that I love to read about! It was so fun to dive into this new world and its own dynamics. I have heard that the the series only gets better! I love Rose; she’s unapologetic and caring and it was so refreshing to read about a confident sixteen-year-old in YA. Stay tuned for a review.
My TBR for October
Most anticipated release of October:
The Invisible Life Of Addie Larue – V.E Schwab
Synopsis:A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Did I only watch this movie for Henry Cavill as Sherlock? Yes, yes I did.
HOWEVER I have to say that the whole cast and production were amazing. I had a really good time watching the movie and it was nice to have a young female protagonist for once. Millie Bobby Brown is phenomenal and she has a big acting career ahead of her. I also liked the diversity and the talk about intersectional feminism. Kudos Netflix!
That’s it! I hope you all had a wonderful September and I wish you all a happy October! Happy reading 🥰