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Eva Marie

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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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Les histoires sont des voyages

Vous est-il déjà arrivé de terminer un livre, et de rester sans voix ? De ne plus savoir trouver quels mots poser sur votre ressenti, à tel point qu'il vous faut quelques jours avant de pouvoir imaginer émettre un quelconque avis ? Les histoires ont le pouvoir de nous mettre dans cet état, ou bien de nous faire rire ou bien pleurer. Certaines histoires raisonnent parfois tellement en nous qu'il nous est impossible de ne pas être changé, rien qu'un peu.
 
Je parle souvent de La Consolante, d'Anna Gavalda. J'étais ado quand j'avais emprunté ce livre à la bibliothèque. Je me souviens de sa couverture rouge cartonnée et de l'épaisseur du livre. Et pourtant, je l'avais dévoré. J'étais retournée, impressionnée ... changée. Je n'avais jamais ressenti ça avec aucun livre, aucune histoire. Je n'ai d'ailleurs jamais voulu relire ce livre, de peur de casser la magie. Et puis ça a recommencé avec chacun de ses livres : Ensemble, c'est tout ou Je l'aimais. Et après elle, David Foenkinos ou Delphine de Vigan. Plus récemment avec A little life.
 
 


Je ne me souviens pas de toutes les histoires que j'ai pu lire, ni de toutes celles que j'ai aimé. Et pourtant, je sais qu'elles ont toutes forgées quelque chose en moi d'indélébile. Lire, imaginer des histoires, se représenter les personnages, voir des moments du quotidien dans ces mêmes histoires, se reconnaître, être inspirée... Toutes ces choses qui font parties de l'expérience de lecture. Une expérience qui forge des débutants aux plus initiés. Les histoires nous apportent toujours quelque chose, bonnes ou mauvaises.

Je me souviens de celles qui m'ont marqué en bien, parfois même des plus mauvais. Toutes m'ont apporté quelque chose : un sens critique, de la compassion ou bien tout simplement un bon moment de détente et de pause. Il s'agit bien de cela lorsqu'un lecteur lit dans une histoire : il met sa vie en pause pendant un instant pour se plonger dans celle d'un autre. Il y a quelque chose d'un peu magique, quelque chose d'assez incroyable quand on y réfléchit bien. Comme un voyage où on ne revient pas tout à fait indemne. Oui, c'est cela. Les histoires sont des voyages. Et ces voyages ont le pouvoir de nous changer, de nous toucher au plus profond de nous.

Le trophée Folio/ELLE : la sélection


Oui, cet article sera en français. Sorry fellow non-french speakers for this one.

En trainant sur Instagram, j'ai vu les éditions Folio publier un post sur la sélection de 100 personnes pour constituer leur jury afin de remettre un prix au livre favoris sur les 8 sélectionnés. Je me suis dite, pourquoi pas ? Après tout, je lis tellement que je pouvais tenter ma chance. Et quelle surprise de voir que ma candidature a été acceptée, et les 8 livres envoyés ! Aller, je vous montre les titres.


Les Impatients par Maria Pourchet

Le pays des autres par Leïla Slimani

Les sept mariages d'Edgar et Ludmilla par Jean-Christophe Rufin

L'œil du Paon par Lilia Hassaine

Le cœur de l'Angleterre par Jonathan Coe

Dans les geôles de Sibérie par Yoann Barbereau

La fille de l'espagnole par Karina Sainz Borgo

La vie que tu t'étais imaginée par Nelly Alard

 


Le but pour le jury est de lire les 8 livres et de choisir parmi eux leur préféré avant mi-octobre afin d'annoncer le lauréat le 3 décembre. C'est une opportunité en or pour découvrir de nouveaux auteurs qui méritent d'être lus. Je vous ferait un retour sur les 8 livres avant la fin de l'année. En attendant, dites-moi. Par lequel souhaiteriez-vous commencer parmi la sélection ?

What did I read this month? #13

Before a proper reintroduction to this blog after months of almost disappearance, I wanted to talk about the book I've read in June. I didn't have that much free time to read, but I still manage to read a few really good books, thanks to lots of audiobooks, and times to read in the public transports.

The Switch by B. O'Leary

I think I've read every book from this author even though her books are not fantastic, they are just nice to read. This one was lovely. It's the sort of feel-good stories you need to read from time to time and remember that the world can be simple and beautiful. You know, in between thrillers.

Anxious People by F. Backman

This was a clear no to me. It sorts of ended well, but the beginning and ... well, most of the book is just boring. The characters were all idiots, the plot was not interesting and the story took too much time to be introduced. I was bored most of the time, but still managed to finished it. I wanted to read this one because of the title, thinking I could relate to the characters. And no. Not at all.

The Woman in the window by A. J. Finn

Can someone explain to me why this book is so popular at the moment? Seriously, it's probably the most boring thriller I have ever read. If we can call that a thriller. To me, it was mostly a depressed and alcoholic woman wandering around her appartement. End of the story. Yes, the thriller bit could have been intriguing and interesting, but it really wasn't because of the way it was introduced to the story. Nobody could trust the main characters, not even the reader. I really didn't like this book. It was just bad.

1991 by F. Thilliez

The last book of Thilliez came out earlier this year and I had the chance to read it (thanks mum). I love his stories even though they are really dark and make you think that all people out there are possible killers. And this one didn't depicted Paris into a beautiful city (at least, not the one you see in Emily in Paris). It was a bit different than his other stories, but still about women being killed in terrible conditions. What is it about women being killed with Thilliez?!

Le loup des Cordeliers by H. Loevenbruck

Here is to my favourite books of the month. The reader follows a young journalist in Paris, in the middle of the French Revolution where a mysterious murderer and his wolf are killing bad men. This book was amazing. It made me feel like I could see the 1789's Paris. I could feel the tension rising in the city, people's liberty itching and the end of the monarchy coming. I'm not used to read this part of the history but you can be sure I'm going to read the second book to know more of this story.

What did I read this month? #12


I'm finally back at reading a lot more this month, the end of the thesis is coming (finally) and I have a bit more me time. I also wanted to finish the gigantic Thilliez's book. Done! Here are some of the books I read in May.


Les Possibles by Virginie Grimaldi
I've been waiting for this one since she announced it a few weeks/months ago. Grimaldi is one of my favorite French author. Everything she writes is beautiful. I've talked about it before but certain French author have this capability to write in such a delicate and beautiful way, while being able to make readers laugh or cry. Virginie Grimaldi is one of those who make you feel so many things in just one page. Her story was about aging and losing memories. It was sad, yet it made readers understand how much we should enjoy our memories and our loved ones. I definitely cried and laugh at the same time with this book, it was quite amazing.


 

Le syndrome [E], [GATACA] and Atom[ka] by Franck Thilliez
I'm going to talk about the three in just one review because they were really similar to me. They all have this sense of darkness, deep darkness. They were all sensibly the same in many ways. The reader tend to discover and learn many things with these books: sciences, the Evolution, you name it. Thilliez shows the worse of humankind and it can be interesting as much as it can make you inconfortable. At least, they were not as morbid from what I'm used from him, but I feel like the next ones are going to be even darker. 
 
Les Dieux voyagent toujours incognito by Laurent Gounelle
I don't know if this book can be classified as a self-help book disguised into a fiction. In general, I don't like self-help book, they make me feel like I need to change in a specific way, as if who I am not is not fine. This one wasn't about the reader but about the story, and I liked that. The first half was well done and interesting. As for the second half, I'm not sure I liked it very much. It became too much a fiction and just... well, too much in general. I listened to this one and I was a bit lost from time to time, it became hard to stay focus towards the end. 

21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari
I listen to this one because the size of that book didn't make me want to read it. It's been a on my TBR for a while and I still wanted to see what's the fuss was all about. It was interesting. The author has clearly A LOT of knowledge and curiosity towards our world and various civilisations. I've learn things, but I feel like it's a book to tell you what to think. Even if it's base on facts and examples most of the time, it's still a book written by someone who put his thoughts in it. I did laugh from time to time by the rawness of the writing, I thought it was brilliant to be that honest of one's thoughts. Not sure I will read the other ones, but it was nice to know what it was about.

TBR on my shelves


Today, I'm only talking about the physical books on my shelves. I don't even want to get started on my Kindle TBR, it's too much. I sort of have a difficulty to stop buying books even though I haven't read all of those which are on my shelves. I feel like I dishonor them and miss out. What if my next favorite books is just waiting there?

Another difficulty for me with physical books I own is the impossibility to not finish it. So I have to read them all, even if it's taking me ages (hello the Outlander series). That's why some of them like the second GoT book has been unread for years.

Here are some of the books I need to read ASAP.


Il faut qu'on parle de Kévin by Lionel Shiver

Oh boy. This one has been on my tbr for years. Since I've seen the films years ago actually. It was devastating, terrible, horrific but brilliant and I wanted to read the book so much after that. Might do that one day.


Emma by Jane Austen + Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I'm a bit ashamed that I haven't read this book yet, especially during my English degree. I mean, who has an English degree without having read one of these? I want to correct that, especially with this gorgeous edition.

 




The Goldfinch by Dona Tartt

The Secret History was brilliant, I'm expecting this one to be just the same. Yet, the size of it is quite intimidating even if you're used to read. I tend to wait a bit longer to read larger books. We'll see how it goes.


La Jouissance by Florian Zeller

This is the book that has been on my tbr the longest. I started reading it actually, but thought it was a bit weird. I try not to be disappointed and will try to pick it up later.


Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Frankly, I bought this book by mistake. I thought it was an entirely different story, and therefore it's been waiting since then. The cover is gorgeous and might be on of the first reason I'll read it. Who knows, maybe I'll love it still.


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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