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Eva Marie.

Blogger and cat lover In love with books, pizzas and DiCaprio Writing is my passion

About me

Hi

I'mEva Marie

French student and blogger

Welcome to my blog, where I love to write about anything that comes to my mind, with no taboo. I’m 23, I’ve got freckles (you get it now) and I’m a grumpy French, sometimes, who writes in English. I love books, cats, le barbu, pizzas and Dicaprio. Besides that, there is not much that you need to know about me. Except that his blog has seen is first day back in 2017, and I'm proud that I manage to keep it that long.

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The Testaments by Magaret Atwood: my review


If you know about The Handmaid’s Tale, you may have heard that its author, Margaret Atwood wrote a new book about Gilead which was released a few weeks back. If you are not familiar with it or with the tv show (guys, I’m finally watching it with le barbu and we love it!), the story depicts a whole new system happening in what’s today the US, approximately, and where women are divided into different categories: the aunt, the wives, the marthas and the handmaids. In the first book, we follow the journey of a handmaid, whose life is only useful to make children. I can’t describe how this dystopia has scared me while opening my eyes at the same time (even though I did not enjoy it). It is scary because we are all a little bit scared that this sort of world can happen in real life.

The Testaments 

Now, in The Testaments, we follow three different person: an aunt (whom we’ve read about in the first book), a future wife in Gilead and a girl in Canada. Their stories give a little bit more information about their world, fifteen years later. It is still scary, but really interesting as we are given new point of views, not just those of handmaids. I really enjoyed this book, I could not put it down for days. We have courageous and strong women who have an extraordinary journey and act for freedom, for a greater world. 


A feeling of rebellion 

I don’t know if it’s because of the world we live in today or because freedom is such an important aspect in everyone’s life in general, but I could not help but notice a certain sense of rebellion in this book. We feel the fight coming, we feel that people can’t live like that for very long. Women are not just object that you can “protect” by restricting them. Women are courageous, bold, talented, intelligent and are not made to be put to silence, to be servants, to be nothing else but a body to make children. And for all of that, this story is inspiring. 

I encourage everyone to read it (even if reading The Handmaid’s tale first might be good for understanding the whole thing), to be furious about it, to think about our world, our position, especially as women. I encourage you to think, to dream, to be bold and courageous like those women in this book. Books like these are important. 

Have you read it? What about The Handmaid’s Tale?

My autumnal reading list


I know it is a bit strange that I’m sharing that list now when we are mid-November and it's more like winter outside, but I still wanted to share my autumnal TBR list (and now, some of them have been read these past few months). Maybe it can be useful for next year, without having to dig too much to find books to read in autumn.
A lot of them are horror story, thriller or historical. They seem to have the perfect atmosphere for autumn and it’s always the best to read books that match what you want to read seasonally speaking, if that makes sense.

  • Harry Potter saga by J. K. Rowling (READ)
  • The night gardener by J. Auxier
  • We have always lived in the castle by S. Jackson
  • Death of a neighborhood witch by L. Levine
  • The price guide to occult by L. Walton (READ)
  • The accident season by M. Fowley-Doyle
  • And the trees crept in by D. Kurtagich (READ)









  • Follow you home by M. Edwards
  • The family plot by C. Priest (READ)
  • Crooked House by A. Christie (READ)
  • Arrowood by L. McHugh
  • Small spaces by K. Arden (READ)
  • The witch of Willow Hall by M. Fox (READ)

Now I’m going to do a list for my December/Christmas TBR because this year, I want to do more than just watch (plenty of) Christmas movies. Anyway, have you read some of this list? Are you planning to next year?

New name, new blog!

Free the freckles becomes Eva Marie. It was time to change thinks up a bit!

I’ve owned this blog for more than two years now, and I have spent so many hours on it, writing, coding, taking photos, thinking of better ways of blogging, that it was time to step up my game a little. This is how the looooong freethefreckles.blogspot.com becomes evamarie.fr.  It’s quick, it’s simpler and it’s more me (even if I’ve got more freckles on my face than anything else), more accurate. Eva Marie comes from my surname and my middle name. It’s really classic and simple, which I like obviously.

And more ...

Other than a new name, I thought about new ways to be more active while being really busy with uni and my internship. It has been quite hard to manage it all since mid-September, therefore I needed to think about other ways to be present online still. I’m going to try to be more active and not that passive when it comes to actually write things. I need to be stricter with myself schedule-wise and stick with it!
 


What will change?

If everything goes well, I’m going to be more present on this blog, but also on instagram and facebook. It’s always hard to keep up with everything and I’m not pressuring myself with being active on everything all the time, but I’m sure going to give my best try. I have so many ideas in mind, so many people who inspire me and whom I want to talk about more. And this little corner of the internet, my own space, is the best place to get creative and share what I love, what I have in mind (and what I read, of course!). So welcome if you are new here and thanks for the others who keep following me!

What did I read this month ? #4

Okay, let me tell you: October was not a good reading month for me. I think it was the first time I stopped reading so many books halfway through them because they were boring and did not have a point. I also noticed that I struggle a lot with YA books and it’s really not my thing. I’m definitely too old for teens characters that can be so frustrating and boring. But I still wanted to talk about the few books I did achieve. Spoiler alert: I did not fall in love with any of those books, sadly.

Because it was October, you’ll find some spooky books

And the trees crept in by Dawn Kurtagich
This was probably one of the strangest book I've read in my life. It follows two sisters who run away from their parents' and have a refuge in their aunt's old house. The atmosphere is really strange and dark and yet you feel that something is off, something is different and not normal. The way it is written is quite amazing as you know the whole time that there is something going on and yet you can't really put your finger on it. The strangeness of the books is written in a way that it's seen as normal, and it makes you question the sanity of the characters, but your own definition of normality and weirdness.
It was an interesting book to read and the start and ending were quite good, however I thought that it was too long for what it was. Of course, the long time they wait is supposed to make us impatient and wait as well but it becomes boring. That's one of the biggest problem I found with this book.

 
 


Crooked House by Agatha Christie
I have a mom that owns around forty book of this brilliant author, and it’s only my second book by her.  And this one was probably not the best of all. I saw it as an opportunity to read more of her work, but I was not crazy about this book in the end. The title gave me the spooky vibes I needed, but it stopped there. Nothing scary, nothing horror like, just a detective view on an old man death that has been murdered by someone inside his family. Of course, you wait ‘til the end to finally have the moment of truth and it was not a deception at all, but the story itself was not much fun to read. As for her writing, it’s simply so good. She seems so modern while given us the vibe of her time (which I love). And it has been quite interesting in that way, but that’s all.

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
Probably the best book I’ve read in October even if I was not crazy about it. It was a mix between “Pride and Prejudice” and some horror (not so scary) book. I actually like that it was not scary, despite the fact of having ghosts and witchy bits in it. This book has depth in it, you have a true story with different relationships that are all quite interesting, frustrating, annoying and more. Any time there is a book with a bit of romance/historical stories/mystery: I love it. And I would recommend the book – which is perfect for a cozy day – to anyone wanting to read something interesting, but that won’t change their lives.

 


That’s all for October. If you want to know more about what I read, you can follow me on Goodreads. Anyway, what have you read in October that had spooky vibes? I’m hoping to have a bit more books to share with you next month.

Slowing down

Living in Paris or any big city, you can often find yourself running around everywhere with little time to catch your breath before the next day. Work, uni, job, relationships: it can often give zero time for the “me time” that we all want more of. This is how the “slowing down” becomes difficult to achieve.

Since living here, I try to really have time to slow down and take more control on what I love doing so that it doesn’t go buried under other routine activity.

The other day, I had the afternoon off and I was torn between the prospects of doing nothing and stay inside or going outside and explore a bit more. Because it was grey and the leaves were starting to change colours, I chose to go outside and spend some time in the very heart of Paris. The weather was perfect to me, perfect for an autumnal exploration. Discovering a city with someone is always amazing and can lead you to have great moments, but doing it by yourself has always meant for me to pouch my boundaries. In this sense, I tell myself to go outside alone, to not plan too much and see what happens. I love walking with no purpose and just looking up, taking pictures and smile because I see beautiful things. That’s the thing isn’t it? When you actually take the time to look out for beautiful things, you find so many of them. And Paris is beautiful everywhere, it would be a shame to not absorb more of it.

I just walked around a bit before returning home to my cutty cat. With a nice cup of tea, I baked a butternut cake which smelled amazing in the flat. With some nice music and the cold outside, I thought it was perfect because of its simplicity. No rushing, no grumpiness, no running to catch the metro. Nothing but slowing down and enjoying it. And let me tell you, it felt great!

 


I know that slowing down in our busy life is complicated and we may not have the time to do so on a daily basis, but sometimes it can be way easier than what you think.

Just look up a bit more, admire the simple things of your daily life

A cat purring, a kiss from your love one, a smile, your favorite jumper, a good book. Anything is good to catch and cherish. I truly believe that, and it makes my life so easy to be full. Happiness don’t have to be found in great and amazing unordinary moments because you will always wait for it. But when you try to open your eyes a bit more and enjoy little details of daily life, trust me, life will be far more beautiful than it looks.

What has been your pretty little thing that made you smile lately?

Quotes

Don't feel stupid if you don't like what everyone else pretend to love.

Emma Watson

Actress and Feminist

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Rebecca West

Author and Feminist

I used to think that freedom was being not attached to anything. I've been working on redefining that, that freedom is not about being not attached to people. You can still be free when people love you.

Jemima Kirke

Actress

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