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I'mEva Marie

French student and blogger

Welcome to Free the freckles, 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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What did I read this month?



The reading slump during quarantine hit me pretty hard. I thought I would use this time to read way more than before, but I didn’t. I almost read anything at all until “Grown ups” for the Zoella’s book club. It was not the sort of amazing book you could imagine getting out of a reading slump, but it was good enough to put me back into reading again. And actually, may was a good month in terms of great discovery. Let’s talk about it.

Grown Ups by M. Keyes and The Nightingale by K. Hannah

You can find my review here and here

 

Nine perfect strangers by L. Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is a great author, and with this book she proves how great her writing can be. Well, this book was not my favourite, but I still enjoyed reading it a lot. The first half was great. You can feel that something strange is going to happen. I thought it would remind me of one of Agatha Christie’s novel, but it did not in the end. That’s what was missing to me, a bit more mystery. The second half was just too long and probably pointless. Yes, you get to know a bit more the different characters, their background. But they are simply not interesting enough to make that useful. It was just too long. The actions that took place were taken ages and apparently, nobody saw the point of it. I thought it wasn’t getting anywhere and something else could have happened instead, something way more intriguing.

I actually hated all the characters. Masha with her little pet, Yao, is ridiculous. Frances is the most annoying and quite stupid, Ben and Jessica are embodied stereotypes and that made me angry. The other, except the family, are just pointless. But still, I enjoyed the book. I know it’s strange given the thoughts I shared by the whole book was nice enough to read in just a few days. It’s quick, easy and light.


Men without women by Haruki Murakami

I had this one waiting to be read for months, and I finally took the time to do so. And it was a waste of time, sadly. I enjoyed the fact that it was little stories but they were just boring. That’s it, the book was boring. I know the author is quite famous, but I don’t understand why through this book. Men without women is just a book about men, about them understanding how self-centered they are even if they think their love is stronger than anything. It’s just a book about men talking about themselves.

I hope you managed to read everything you wanted in May. What's been your favorite?


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Some books tend to be amazing; they stick in your mind for a long time because they moved you in a way you’ve never felt before. The Nightingale was one of them and it has become one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. You know now that I’m passionate about history and I love to read a good book on the WW2 topic. But be careful with those, they are heavy and heart-breaking as they tend to be based on real events, even if it’s a fiction. This one was a fiction, but it was still based on the reality of France during WW2. As a French who lived in the countryside and now in Paris, it was hard to see my country depicted like this. It’s not like in the movies, at all…

The Nightingale is the story of two sisters. Lianne lives in the countryside with her husband and daughter, she cares for her family and she is loving towards those she loves. Isabelle lives in Paris, she is brave and fearless, young but has strong conviction and wants to change the world. She does not settle into anything, she needs more. And one day, the war starts. Lianne’s husband must go and fight while she has to stay at home and take care of everything alone and survive as best as she can. She has to handle a lot of issues throughout the years and she becomes unrecognizable. Her sister is turning into someone else as well, but who doesn’t during the war? They both had to do hard choices in order to survive, do good and help people.


  

This book was so interesting because of all the details and precision. It shows the horrors of the war, but also how it was a war of women. Both women in this book are changing because they saw and lived things that made them stronger. They both decide to help those who need it because they can. That’s who they choose to be, and I think it’s amazing. It was not just war for a few months and a country cut into halves with French living side by side with Germans. No, it was a war were women needed to survive, to eat, to live through winter, to co-exist with Nazis. Women whose husbands did not return, women whose friends were Jews and were sent away for ever. It was the resistance, the camps, the bombing and the “nice” Nazis. It was all of that and this book shows it all. And for that, you must read it if you can.

I would advise this book for people who are interested in the war, who are capable reading a heavy book with difficult moments that could make you cry. But you must read this book if you have the opportunity because it’s important to always remember this war.

Have you read it yet? Tell me what you thought of it or if history books are your jam?


Life lately

More chilled out content is actually good sometimes, especially during this really strange period. Today, France is going to start ending the quarantine. I don’t really know how to feel about this. I really want to go out and enjoy Paris while it’s sunny and beautiful, and yet I’m bloody scared to go out and breathe. How crazy is that? But I know we all feel the same in a way, all scared of something we do not know. And yet, it’s been weeks since we had to get used to this new life. The whole world had to get used to that. It’s even crazier and yet, a bit comforting.

How are you all doing? I hope I found you safe and well. At the moment, I’m drowned between all the exams (at home) I have to do, my internship and all of my applications for a master degree. It’s crazy how I get stress by that every year, even if I’m prepared for it. I just hate it, it scares me and stresses me out like anything else. And when I’m too stressed, I play Sims 4, so that’s that. But I actually found out that I’ve got a positive response for one of my application and I’m so happy about it because it was in my first choices.

Anyway, what will you do when you’ll first get out of the house? Mine will probably go to the nearest park and just walk around nature (if it opens one day…). I miss walking in the city so much (my body misses it as well!), and I can’t wait to do it again. Oh, and go and see my parents in the countryside. It’s probably the first time I missed the country side (Don’t get me wrong, I love nature, but where I grew up is a really boring city where you can’t do anything). Basically, I just want to get out of the house and see something else than my balcony and white walls. But I’m curious to know what you miss the most during quarantine? How is it where you live? Can you go out again or not yet?


Grown ups by Marian Keyes


This is the only book I managed to enjoy during quarantine, so I guess it must be quite special. As part of the Zoella's book club, Grown ups was April pick. Except for the description, I knew nothing about it. However, once I read the first chapter, I was already all in. Let me tell you why.

At first, I was a bit lost with all the name and links between the characters. It's a big family with plenty of things happening to everyone. Lots of drama, sort of happy ending and some blow up from time to time. I thought it was good but a bit cliché. Jessie is amazing and a wonderful businesswoman. Yet, like every successful woman, she has to be described as very organized, control freak, etc. Because, apparently, women can't be successful while being chilled out and easy-going, right? It was really annoying because she is a really interesting character with many issues and strengths. Yet, the only thing that comes first is how she likes to control thing.
Another really annoying thing was Liam. His character is flat, boring and he is just a dick. It would have been interesting to make him that way little by little to see how manipulative he can be, but the author choose to do that in just one moment. I struggled to understand why he changed so quickly, why he was that way and acting like crazy.
Don't get me started on Ed and Cara because their end was just stupid. How can someone leave their love of their life because they are not okay, and come back once their fixed? This is simply stupid, coward and not understandable. You don't come back to your wife only if she's better. The description, when he sees Cara, made us understand that she was getting better without him and she might not need him in her life now. Yet, he chose to come back because she looks great.
And finally, why putting a man in Nell's life when she is definitely smart and strong enough to see how bad her relationship with Liam is? Again, another woman who needs to be saved by another man? No. The women in this book are amazing and strong, they don't need any man to thrive and live a happy life.



Well, I said I loved this book, but I choose to start with the negative points. I'm moving on on what was great.

Again, the women. They are all different and so human. They are kind and passionate about their work, dedicate to their family. Without judgment, they live their life without getting too much into each other life for privacy. I liked that even if Jessie's need to make everyone happy is getting beyond the line sometimes. On the other hand, the men are not that interesting. I'm not getting back on Liam, but the other two were not great. Ed is just passing in the story, hiding behind his wife and closing his eyes on her problems. Johnny is a bit more interesting and devoted to his wife, despite being described as the complete opposite. Still, they are just all passing in this book. And it was such a shame because it was a story about the whole family, not just some characters.

And the drama, the different period of time, the whole family gathering, etc. All of that make the book so great and entertaining. You never get bored. I read this book in a matter of days and it was exactly what I needed to put me back on track with my readings. 

How to find positivism?


In times like this, it can’t be hard, really hard. We can be lucky, healthy and strong but still having some down days. The cure is not to say “some are in worst situation than me” because we can’t find happiness in other’s sadness. We are all dealing with what happening right now in our own way and we can’t be judge on that. Yes, I saw people judging one another as we can’t all process things the same way, and it’s not a competition of who’s got it worse. It’s really not. And I really hate this way of thinking. Sooo, in order to bring positivism back in our daily lives a bit more, I’m doing my own list of happy things at the moment to make me happy when I need it the most. I’ve had my down moments those past couple of weeks – again, like everyone on this planet! – and I found some tricks to make me feel a bit better and calm down my anxiety. 

  • Be closer to my loved ones: I live quite far from my family and best friends, therefore I don’t normally see them often anymore but I have to admit that those strange times are making me taking more time to call them and to keep in touch. 
  • Slowing down: no tube, trains, cars, nothing. I don’t have to rush to go to uni or going out. My days are slower and it’s a good thing to breathe a bit more and relax more.
  • Zero spending: we only go out once a week to do grocery shopping, I try not to order anything online (I was weak once, I swear!) therefore my bank account has never been so happy. 

   

 
  • Spending more time with my bf and cat: our little family of three (if you don’t count your cat in your family, you’re not my favourite person right now!) is well and safe and I could not be more happy to spend more time with them. Nobody is killing each other right now (even if I expect the cat to be bored of us) and there is no one else I’d rather be with right now. 
  • Spending more time for my health care: even if it means playing The Sims 4 and watching Sherlock for the 23rd times, I take care of me. I don’t want to feel scared or anxious, and I need to find some really happy activities to think of nothing else for just a moment. I could have been books, but I’m really not the best at it at the moment. 
  • Working out: who am I? Yes, we work out almost daily now. It's quick and easy, but it feels good I'm always motivated which is quite strange, I have to admit.

I hope you too are finding positivism in your own life because it’s really important to not see everything in black, even if it feels impossible. This crap is going to be over at some point, and we’re all going to be able to enjoy this sun we see through our windows every single day for the past weeks! Oh and yes, I put funny pictures of my cat because looking at that brings a LOT of positivism. Keep safe people x

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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