August Wrap-up!

Summer is gone. And with it, the lazy days spent trying to not melt, the cruel heatwaves that won’t let you sleep correctly, the mosquitoes (a girl can hope!), and the little amount of free time you can get when you don’t have to work. Let’s go back to business!


What’s new?

Hair. My hair is new. No, I did not buy a wig, although it would be fun. Instead, I fulfilled one of the goals I had set for 2016: take the jump and find a good hairdresser that would accept my radical color change.

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I had forgotten how good and happy finally having the hair you want makes you feel. Netflix knows how difficult it was to find a hairdresser, I feel I’ve been on a terrible quest for a year. Wait, it’s not a feeling, it’s reality. You would not believe the number of hairdressers who don’t want to take risks. When risks means do more than a few highlights.

Other than this, nothing really happened. It is not necessarily a bad thing, I like my routine. I haven’t been able to find a psychologist. Apparently, everyone in France needs one. I should not be surprised with everything going on… But I’m not losing hope, and until I get better, I study, read and have TV shows marathons to keep busy.

I’m always eagerly waiting for September, as it means classes are going to begin and I’ll be buried in work.

Now off to the interesting stuff!

Books I read in August

(Clicking on the title will take you to the review if it available)

Blog Tour: Good Girl, Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry 3* and a half

What Happens When The Lawyers Are The Bad Guys? Vincent Scarsella 2*

Are you happy? I mean, Furiously Happy? Jenny Lawson 1000*

If You Were Here, Alafair Burke, 4*

Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard (review to come)

Can You Feel The Magic? Harry Potter and The Cursed Child 3*

The Last Day of Captain Lincoln 4*

1984, George Orwell (audio book reread) 5*

Miller’s Valley, Anna Quindlen (audio book)

Books read previously but reviewed in August

Portmanteau, Paul T. Beardow 4*

Happy Families: Give me Mrs King, The Unlucky Stepmother 3*

Books I purchased

There’s a slight improvement here, I only bought 9 books in August! Well, September might be wilder as I won a giveaway over @ Sci-fi and Scary (thank you Lilyn!) and it’s my birthday month, so I’m hoping for a nice book haul!

Books I received for review

Remember when I said I was cutting back on ARCs? Yeah, me neither! But look at those covers!

Book I won / received as gifts

I was lucky enough to win two giveaways in August, one from the lovely Holly @ Bookaholic Confessions and an Amazon gift card from Lilyn that I intend to spend mostly on books she recommends. I also received 13 Minutes as a gift from Beth @ Reading Every Night for our Souvenirs From Across The World package.

Book of The Month Award

Okay, this one is easy. If you were lucky enough to avoid my waves of love for Furiously Happy before, you’re stuck now! Give this book a chance and adopt a Rory!

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Blogging Life

I am pretty happy with my blogging activity this month. I postponed a few posts because I was too lazy of the holidays and the disappearance of many fellow bloggers, so I have some new things coming soon!

This Week In Books



And that’s a wrap! What did you do in August? Let me know!

52 thoughts on “August Wrap-up!”

  1. Summer in Texas isn’t over until October! lol, It stay pretty warm all the way through November, actually.
    I love your hair 🙂 and I’m glad to see you excited to start classes again. That was never me. hah

    Oh, I love 1984 so much!! I’ve read it like 3 times and it’s been excellent every time. btw, you wrote “1983” 😉

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    1. I can’t stand the heat, I hate it when the warm weather stays for too long so I would not last long in Texas, haha!
      I’ve always been excited about school, studying makes me feel productive and less stupid! 🙂
      Haha, I’m rewriting a classic! I changed it, thanks for letting me know!


  2. The hair looks awesome! I was blonde for a week and then I had to change again because it was turning a horrible yellow… so now I have my boring brown again 😦

    How is Miller’s Valley audiobook? I’ve NEVER listened to one!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I thought my hair would not like the sudden interest and make me pay for being tortured, but they’re behaving and looking quite healthy. Blond is so hard to maintain, it goes yellow so fast! Well, red is not the easiest either, I need to use special products to keep the color from fading super quickly. But it’s fun 🙂 Brown does not have to be boring, it all depends on how you wear it 😀 and you’re so not boring that your hair can’t be. Logic of the universe.
      The audiobook is quite interesting, the narrator’s voice is nice 🙂 I only had Janet Evanovich audio books and I wanted to try something new, I like to be able to do the chores while listening to a book!


      1. Haha Love your logic of the universe! When I was young I was blond but it got darker and darker 😦 I’ve had it red, too! I just need to change my style every now and then XD

        I should try that! I’ve always wanted to listen to one but I’ve never done it, this year will be the one haha

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        1. Blonds always go darker, I find it so weird, haha! My mom was almost white when she was a kid, and now she has to dye her hair or she ends up chestnut brown!
          You can do it 😀 The key is to listen to an extract first to see if you enjoy the voice!

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  3. Love the hair! I kind of wanted that color before as well, but it took me so long to get it back to my natural color after having it dark for so many years during high school that I didn’t do it. 😉 Also, I can totally agree with you on Furiously Happy. It already makes me chuckle when I just think of that book, and it’s so inspiring as well!

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        1. You’re so sweet! ❤ The change was so big that at first I was so shocked I was sure it would not suit me,haha! But in the end, contrary to what a hundred hairdressers had told me, I think it looks good!

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  4. The cruel heatwaves that won’t let you sleep correctly are over? IF ONLY! 😀 I still have to turn on the AC several times a night being drenched in sweat and then waking up sounding like Rod Stewart later on…Can’t wait til it’s October and have an official end to this misery!

    Your hair looks absolutely fanfuckingtastic! ❤ I had mine roughly the same colour as well until 10 years ago, but I dyed it myself with henna powder. Looks fabulous, doesn't damage your hair, is cheap etc. etc., BUT they never tell you that once you decide you don't want to have red hair anymore, you can't simply dye over it. I had to let it grow for 2 years or so before I finally was able to cut it all out. And walk around looking like Davy Crockett with a weird red ponytail. So yes, a good hairdresser is EVERYTHING! xD. I'm glad you found one :). Too bad she doesn't do therapy sessions as well. That's so lame that you can't find a psychologist! I don't know if they have this in France but they offer online therapy sessions here as well. Or there are English online anti-anxiety programs. Never worked for me, but it's always worth taking a look at them :).

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    1. Poor you! Here, the heat is only back during the day, it’s getting way cooler at night, I’m almost cold when I walk the dogs at 11pm.
      Thank you! ❤ Yeah, I heard about the henna! I actually might use it later when the hair has gotten used to the color to allow longer intervals between hairdresser appointments, but the fact you can't get rid of it makes me hesitate! Haha, you must have been a cute Davy!!
      I had never heard of online therapy sessions! I think I'd feel more comfy talking to someone in person 🙂 I spend way too much time in front of a screen!

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      1. Yeah, it’s been colder at night here as well for the past 3 nights or so. But it’s still 25 degrees in the house :'(.
        If you aren’t afraid to go full out Sinead O’Connor or Britney Spears once you’re tired of it, henna’s a safe choice ;).
        You have programs where it’s basically self-help with an online schedule, but also where you can speak to a therapist through Skype or something. I agree with the latter one being a bit meh. I wouldn’t feel comfortable during a Skype convo at all either! Plus yes, it’s healthier to NOT do everything in front of the screen :D.


        1. Remember when I said the heat was gone? IT WAS TEMPORARY. The bitch is back!
          It’s an interesting concept, but I think it would not suit my issues too well 😦 I’ve been rejected by three new doctors and Bordeaux’s hospital. Where are the damn psychologists??

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          1. *Sad like*. The HORROR! I saw they’re predicting 28 degrees again for most of next week as well here, so I’m guessing it’s the heat of Bordeaux flying upwards. Can’t you put all of your fans facing south or something? xD. They can actually reject you? What the heck?! Maybe you should tell them you’re seeing pink elephants in your room. Though then there’s a risk of being institutionalized xD. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Plus, we’d have to miss out on your blogging again! But seriously, that sucks :(.

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            1. I’ll do my best, but summer days listen to no one! 😦 Just go awaaaaaay!
              Yep, they can reject you if they think they don’t have room for more patients, so unless you’re about to die, you can wait a lifetime before seeing a doctor… Haha, if it would not cost my blogging, I’d try! It’s so crazy, but my family physician is looking for different options. Fingers crossed!

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              1. Meh. I want to wear some knitwear alright. Pfff, that’s incredibly lame. No wonder there are so many crazy people out there if they can’t offer proper help. If it helps, you can always vent to me in an email. I’ve been acquainted with all kinds of crazy for 30 years now, so there’s nothing that shocks me anymore, really. Sometimes it helps to just vent to someone. After all, that’s what happens at most of the therapists’ offices anyways as well ;). Fingers crossed for sure though!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I was surprised by the number of books I read, I rewarded myself with another night of reading, haha! Here’s to a brilliant (and cold) autumn filled with awesome reads 🙂


  5. Great recap for this month Donna! Also I really love your hair, it looks amazing, and you’ve definitely reminded me that I need to book an appointment to get mine done!
    You got through so many books this month as well; how do you do it? Please share your secret with me!
    I’ve seen a lot of Furiously Happy around (I think the fact that the cover literally jumps off the page for me means I’m noticing it more than any other book) but the fact that you’ve rating it your book of the month is really impressive as well. I may have to check this book out!
    Also I’m glad to see The Cursed Child on your recap this month as well! It seems to be on everyone’s but, like I said to someone else about this book as well, I’d be surprised not to see it on someone’s recap/hail post for August! 😀

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I’m so relieved to be able to have the exact color I wanted that I had to put a picture, haha!
      I have no idea how I did it! It’s the first month I read this much since I started blogging. I guess being stuck at home has its perks xD
      You definitely need some Furiously Happy in your life 🙂 It reminds us to be happy and crazy and that it’s okay to adopt kangaroos!

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      1. It’s a great colour! From what I can tell it suits you as well!
        I imagine if I was at home more than I was at work I’d get a lot more reading done, as it is I still read more this month than last so that’s a positive!
        Then it’s definitely going on my to-read list then! 😀

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  6. OMG, I do feel your pain on finding a good hairdresser. I am not actually a risk taker, but I have visions for my hair sometimes and suddenly I end up with the hair of a 50 year old housewife. Like HOW is that any better than the trendy bob I just showed you with frosted tips? Ugh .. I am going to the hairdresser tomorrow though … and I am nervous. I don’t even want something that special, but I hope they can do it the way I want to.

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      1. My favourite hairdresser (who talks me through every step before cutting a large portion or doing something that can’t be undone) was there and everything is perfect. She recently had a baby and then went on vacation for a while, so I had no idea if she would be there.


  7. I am in love with your hair color! I’ve been wanting to dye my hair for ages but my mother won’t let me. So there’s that. Anyway, great wrap-up post! I hope you have a better reading month this September!


  8. Your hair looks good!! I feel your pain, I had the same struggle when I tried to find someone who’d dye my hair. There are only two hairdressers within walking distance, and they both said no :/ So, since they didn’t want my money, I dyed it myself! It’s more green then turquoise and not permanent, but I’m still quite pleased with it. Might have to search farther afield to get it done professionally, but it’s hard when you don’t have money.

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    1. Thank you! I’m a bit worried every time I make the appointment because the second one did not go as well as the first and my hair were red, but it’s a relief to know I found someone who is willing to come back the next day to figure things out! I’m too afraid to try and work on my hair on my own 🙂 I’m glad you got a nice result! Oh gosh, hairdressers are so expensive now, except for small salons with which I haven’t had the best of experiences…


  9. Your new hair looks lovely! Good luck with your psychologist search, I hope you find a good one who will work with you constructively. I can imagine that with all that’s going on at the moment psychologists would be in high demand.
    All the best and stay safe 🙂

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