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Eva Marie

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

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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 24, 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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Little women, my review

Little Women seems to be the classic to read at the moment, especially after the last movie came out. Don't get me wrong, it's good that classics become fashionable in a world where they tend to be seen as boring or too long to even bother. So I was glad about the enjoyment, but feared that it might raise the hype and make something bigger than what it really is.

In the end, I read the book in a matter of days and ended up enjoying it, not more, not less than what I imagine. It was a really nice book to read with four lovely sisters, each with their own and well-defined personality. The character of the mother is quite incredible: she is a mother as well as the embodiment of wisdom, kindness and love. She is fair, intelligent and inspiring. I guess many young people reading this book could benefit from her advice while growing up and struggling to find themselves and be kind.

I also loved that the story took place on many years. I was scared the book might be too long or too detailed, but it gives exactly what we need to understand everything and get a good sense of each character in the book. I personally loved Jo and Amy. They were the two I related the most: they are strong, passionate, love deeply and care very much to become better people. Meg was lovely, but a bit old school - even though the book was written in the 19th century. She gave too much of herself to others that I didn't see any real personality or ambition in this character. She could have been more. As for Beth, well (SPOILER) the writer killed her way before her actual death. What I mean by that is that we see so little of her throughout the book since she starts being sick that her death doesn't surprise anybody, or change anything for us reader. She seemed like such a kind and selfless child, taking very little space and being very quiet. She could have turned into a really interesting character if she wasn't so left behind, sick or not.


 

This book reminded me I need to read more classics in general, and might get into that this year, especially when you read these books on such beautiful editions as this one. It gets me motivated. As for this one, it was part of the Polly Florence's book club for December and I was just so glad that it gave me the opportunity to finally read it.

So now, your turn. Have you read Little Women yet or are you planning to? I'm really curious to have your opinion on this one.

2021: my TBR on my shelves


Since September, I only buy two physical books a month to furnish my shelves (and have more books to read - obviously). Now, I have accumulated a certain amount of books I really want to read and that are sitting on my shelves, waiting to be chosen. I only wanted to read Christmassy and light books for the end of the year, so it's now the time to tackle this TBR. 2021, I'm coming for you!

A little life by H. Yanagihara : I've seen this book everywhere with the most amazing reviews. I started it on my kindle without having the faith to keep going. I found the book in French (my native language) and decided to give it a go. This year will be the year I finally read this book!

The Binding by B. Collins : I want to read more fantasy books this year. They are not always my favorite, but I know there are amazing ones out there. I hope this one will be great, can't wait to start it!


Outlander by D. Gabaldon (t. 4 and 5) : People, those books. They are so big. SO big. But I bloody love them, so I hope to read at least those two, while I wait for the next season on Netflix ...

The Starless Sea by E. Morgenstern : Just like the Binding, I want to read this one for the same reasons and because I've read so many positive reviews for this book. It seems incredible, especially when it's the same author as The Night Circus

 

Commonwealth by A. Patchett : The book is gorgeous, the story sounds promising and I always wanted to read something from Ann Patchett. Now is the time!

The Goldfinch by D. Tartt : After The Secret History, I expect something as good. I never read anything from this author before, but I never experienced something like this, and loving the story that much. Can't wait for this one.

We need to talk about Kevin by L. Shriver : I've seen the film years and years ago, thinking it was terrifying and fantastic. I wanted to read the book for ages, but never had to opportunity to. Now it's sitting on my shelves, I plan to read it and enjoy it as much as I did for the movie.

Game of throne (t. 2) by G. R. R. Marting : I mean, it's been almost three years now. I really need to read this book. It's just ... It's time.

I'm curious to know which books are on your TBR as well or which book you're starting the year with? 

Dear 2020

Dear 2020,

Yes, I know. I was the one laughing at all the "2020 reflection" post, but I feel the need to say goodbye. Not that I particularly liked you. Well, to be honest, I despised you. Yeah, I know: not very original at the moment, but you were a bitch. Not all the time, but most days. You were tough, really tough.

On the 31th at 11.59 pm, we will all say goodbye without any regret. Not even for those goals we never achieved, mostly because we couldn’t, not that we didn’t want to. It was your fault anyway. We will look up with sparkling eyes – and wine – and pray for a better year. If we are lucky, we will be with our loved ones. We don’t even need to dress up (dressing up is so 2019 anyway), or doing anything, really. Just acknowledging that you do not exist anymore will be a blessing.

Ahh, yes. I know what you’re going to say. 2021 will probably be a bitch too, at least for the first few months. I guess we all know that, but being hopeful is such a lovely way to be that it becomes impossible to look away. We want to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, we do actually see it. Now, we want to grasp it, touch it, feel it. You are put behind us and we will never look back.

Actually, we might want to look back. I guess we all learned something, whatever it is. I personally learned that my cat can’t coexist with me during the morning, that I don’t need all those things I want to buy, especially if all I wear are comfy clothes and work 5 meters away from my bed and sofa. And that my cat still eats my hair in the morning, even if I cut them.

In a more serious and positive note, I did learn some things. First, how to step back. We all put ourselves first at least once because our mental health needed it. I did, and I still do it because I am more important than negativity, especially when people are sending negative and toxic feelings toward me. It is not possible today to live with people with such an impact. I felt breathless so many times this year that I hate having letting those toxic people so close. I learn that I can’t do that again, and it’s called self-preservation. Have you tried it?

I also learned the value of living in a safe space. I know that it’s not the case for so many people and it makes my heart aches. This is why I value what I have, what I had for the whole year: my boyfriend and my cat with me, and my family and friends farther away. Everyone being healthy and mostly happy is the only thing I need right know, especially when I know that the family is growing in many ways.

I almost forgot the most important one: bread making. I did one once, it was rock-hard the next day, did not do it again. I also didn’t buy any puzzle, which makes me very sad. I won’t go very deep on this subject, I’m sure you’ll understand.

Well, 2021. I hope you’ll make us socialized again, let us go to the cinema to see the last James Bond I crave to see, and lessen anxious minds like mine. I might try to be less sarcastic, but I don’t guarantee anything. It feels easier this way than saying how 2020 was shit and how my anxiety has come and go every other day and how some days were really, really hard. I want to keep my goodbye easy and light, even if you were the exact opposite. Bye now.

 

The Secret History by D. Tartt, my review


I've seen so many people telling that the book was amazing, slow yet very interesting and the sort of book you like to read on cosy autumnal days. I started it, yet fearing to be bored by it if nothing really big was happening in this story. I run from books that takes ages to start and are just too slow. Well, this book has a really slow pacing, it takes its time. And somehow, it’s amazing this way. I could not tell you why, it’s just good. Very good. I understand now what the other were saying about this book. 

The Secret History is set in Vermont, starting during fall. The setting is beyond what I was expecting. There is a certain atmosphere to it, right from the beginning. We follow 6 students taking only Greek classes. They seem like the elite, yet, despite being privileged, they felt more like outsiders. And then one day, something happens. Something that changes everything, yet very little. 
 

 
 
The protagonist, Richard, tells us the story from his older point of view. We are taking back into the past during his student years. He automatically feels like an outsider himself to the group, being the last one entering this little clan, yet he also belongs. He is quiet, trustworthy, loyal. He doesn’t take much place to be honest, he is just there. He is accepted by the other, but they don’t take him in in everything. It is quite disturbing, with a sort of moral superiority. Richard feels like he is younger, less experimented and not as rich as the other. And by this, it feels like he could never belong. 

In this book, the line between right or wrong is sometimes blurred. Some actions and speech could revolt you, but the way everything is described, you just keep reading until you can’t stop reading the bloody thing. It is outrageous, but you love it. They treat each other like best friends, brothers or like garbage. Everything is disturbing, yet somehow very quiet. 

This book is hard to describe, but it is one of the best I’ve read this year in terms of writing and plot. It’s now a classic, and I really understand why this book received so many praises.

Lockdown 2.0 - What I'm watching and reading


As I wrote this, France is already on its 13th day since the President announced the second lockdown. It is really strange to go there again, yet doesn't feel that foreign. Maybe it's because it's not the first one, that everyone was waiting for it, or simply that it doesn't change much work/uni-wise, but it's easier to deal with. I mean, look at these pictures : I am allowed to walk along the canal once a day with these beautiful colors in Paris! I miss walking around the city and exploring new spots, especially during autumn, so I guess we all have to get used to not being allowed to do the things we like doing for a while. And that's okay.

I've been baking and cooking a lot during the weekends. It's just great to have good homemade meals when it's so cold out there. Being able to do nothing but read, cuddle the cat and watch movies and series. We recently watched The Hobbit, the three of them and The Witches. This one was really not so great ; strange and not as good as expecting when you see all the good names around this movie. We are also currently watching The Queen's Gambit. It's not the best, but I'm enjoying it so far. I didn't think that you could have that much suspense when watching people playing chess.

 


As for books, I'm trying to finish Ten thousand doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. This book feels like it never ends if I'm honest. I thought it was going to be really fantastical and magical, but I don't see a lot of these in the end. It's really slow in a way with too much describing (I don't enjoy endless description). I also read a lot of horror/scary books lately such as Home before dark by R. Sager - it's really good and quite different from the traditional haunted house story, The Haunting of Ashburn House by D. Coates which was also very good and really intriguing. And finally, I'm trying to read a bit more of poetry. It's not my ideal kind of books but I try to find some I like. Amanda Lovelace's latest poem collection is one of them, Break your glass slippers. It's a bit different from her previous ones, it's more peaceful and a lot about self-esteem and how to be good with yourself. If you have any good poetry recommendation, please let me know.

I'll try to do one of those monthly wrap up for the books I've read this month. But before that, I hope you're all doing okay and managing as best as you can. Let's all get hopeful that 2020 is not a lost cause (thanks the US for that!), and be even more hopeful for the following weeks before the end of the year.

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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