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March Wrap-up + #OrendaMonth Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Dear March, you have been magical and exhausting, a challenge and a blessing, with your ups and your downs. You stole my hours of sleep but gave me my best blogging time since I started Chocolate’n’Waffles. I am sad to see you leave, but I’m happy we worked well together, even if you tried to freeze me to death and make me choke with the heat. You really couldn’t decide on your own weather, could you?

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February 2017 Wrap-Up

Is it just me or did the shortest month of the year felt like the longest one? I am under the impression so much happened this month that there were really 90 days to February rather than the usual 28. Maybe it is just my brain trying to hold on to the winter by secretly making hours count double and days stretch more than my legs during a yoga session. Anyway, this is the end!

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September Wrap-up

I know it is a cliché 90% of us use at the beginning of a wrap-up post but HOW THE HELL IS IT THE END OF SEPTEMBER? I have recollections of the beginning of the month when I started the paperwork for university, then my birthday, and endless hours waiting for the mail guy to deliver my package, and suddenly October knocks on the door. Can I get those days back? I really need them. Plus, the weather cheated. It’s still summer here. Where is the cold??
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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!

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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

SunTags

Life

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

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July Wrap-up!

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What’s new?

The big news of the month was my sudden travel up to the North of France for some unplanned family time that forced me to put my blog on the back burner for a few days. The longest days of the year. That is when I realized I truly was addicted to blogging as much as reading. I can’t dissociate the two activities anymore. It is a good news. I think. At least for me. I can’t talk for my hubby, whose time with me has dwindled a bit because of my awfully busy schedule.

Anyway, I am glad July is over. It is my least favorite month of the year. With December. And January. July is useless because August has more fun. December is annoying because of Christmas songs / gifts / spirit. January is always too long and has the bittersweet taste of a morning after a night at the pub trying out all the shots on the menu, combined with a massive 30-days long headache and cold.

Books I read in July

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

The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel

Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas (won’t be reviewed)

Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor

Books I purchased

I stopped trying to grab the meaning of the concept of book buying bans. Every fiber of my being rejects the notion. What can I do?

Books I received for review

Good Girl Bad Girl is actually a paperback. I did another little waffle dance when I received it because it is my first physical ARC ever.

Book of The Month Award

This month’s award goes to The Summer That Melted Everything. What do you mean, I have already talked about it for a week and it’s time to move on?! It will be time to move on once every reader around has read and experienced this book! Let’s hear a round of applause for the story that made me cry, where hundred of others failed to do so.

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Blogging Life

Not a lot to report on this side, I was AWOL for two weeks and have been slowly returning to my usual schedule.

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Life

Author Interviews

This Week In Books

 

That’s a wrap! How did June treat you? Do leave your wrap-up link in a comment below and I’ll pop a visit!