ARCs : privilege, pressure, or a little bit of both?

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, friends! I hope your week is going great so far. I’m thrilled – and a bit nervous – to be back today with another of my blogging discussion. As always, talking about subjects we bloggers, and book bloggers in particular, struggle with, and speaking with an open mind and sharing my thoughts. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and want to share yours too with me. Today’s subject is kind of a controversial one, but it’s been on my mind lately, so… let’s talk about these ARCs.

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I don’t know about you, after all, every blogger’s adventure and beginning is different, but when I started, I had no ideas ARCs existed, or were such a thing. For those of you unfamiliar with that term, ARC stands for Advance Reader Copy, and to sum it up in two words, it’s getting lucky enough to be able to read and review a book prior to its release date. Since I am French and currently living in France, I have no such privilege as to get that many ARCs, especially physical ones. There’s always, obviously, this pang of jealousy whenever I hear about people getting books I am DYING to read, and well, getting advance copies, screaming and fangirling about it, while I’m here, like, I’m waiting for my turn to join in the fun.


But getting an ARC really is a privilege, and if there’s this bit of jealousy which makes us all human, there’s also the part of me that feels happy such bloggers get this chance, this privilege, really, even if I, don’t. It really shows that, as bloggers, we get to read them before, root for them, stand for them and make incredible promotions for great titles. We have this power, not only because of ARCs but because of a little plateform on the internet where someday we decided it was okay to shout some nonsense about the books we love into the void. Except, not really. We don’t. Shout into the void, I mean, because with this, our voice are HEARD, and ACCOUNTED FOR. ARCs get attention to the book prior the release date, ARCs make an incredible deal of publicity for the book, for the author, and it’s something both bloggers and authors are grateful for, and should be grateful for.


Countless dramas started because of ARCs as well. Why did he/she get one, while I’m here waiting? Am I no better than this? This obviously raises a LOT of insecurities in the bloggers’ minds, and in mine as well. I’m not going to lie, when you ask and get refused for a book you have been dying to read, it’s disappointing. It’s crushing, even, and it makes us wonder if we get enough followers, enough attention, or if our blog is good enough. But publishers have limited ARCs so I guess that’s it. I try not to take it personally, even if it’s hard, at times. And blogging isn’t blogging for ARCs, it’s blogging for yourself after all, isn’t it ? To be honest, getting them is a privilege, but if you’re here ONLY because of this, and by that I mean your only goal is this, then… this community wasn’t made for this (well, I think it wasn’t). And I came here for something else, for some bookish love.


Then there’s the pressure. You’re getting something, why are you complaining, you ask ? Because ARCs ARE work. It’s not doing complicated math or trying to resolve an equation to save the world, thankfully, but it still takes time and energy to read and review the book, and no one found out yet how to make days grow longer. There’s also the pressure of enjoying it, because if I’m getting a privilege at all, I don’t want to be too disappointed. The thoughts of wanting to thank people for this with a good review. Not necessarily good because you loved the book, but good because it’s a review you put work in, showing you actually care about this privilege. It’s important. Or at least, I think it is.

So swallow back that jealousy, I tell myself. Ask, and sometimes you might get lucky. But also remember you’re blogging for BOOKS and the community, NOT ARCs. Read and love what you want, before anything else. Don’t let yourself slowly devoured by ARCs. Stop asking too much, and stop saying yes too much – or no. Give books a chance, but if you’re overwhelmed, just stop. From now on, this is my motto. Less stress from getting demands I can’t, or don’t want to answer – because there is no shame in not being interested by one book. More want, because I only ask for things I really want to read. Less jealousy because whatever if I didn’t get this ARC. My TBR is already waiting to swallow me whole. Be thankful, and try not to let the pressure get to you. Love blogging and everything it can bring. Advance Reader Copies, or not.

What do you think about ARCs? Do you often ask for them, and where? Do you ask publishers directly? (I haven’t. Ever. Because I live in France and well, no one will send me book I guess? Tips on this are most welcome)

Do you feel a bit pressured about reading ARCs on time? What are some struggles and thoughts you have about these? Let’s chat in comments! 💬

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

Hello friends, happy Wednesday! I hope your week’s off to a great start. I kind of wish I were on weekend already again, haha, but well. I’m coming back today with another bookish tag, and for once I tried to plan it well – at least, before the season ends….

It’s the Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag, and I am answering these little questions thanks to one of my closest blogging friends, Kat. Thank you so much! Though I’m not sure how much I should thank you, I had a bit of a hard time finding answers to that one haha, but it was a lot of fun, as always!

1. REUNION OF FAMILY: Name a Book with Family Goals

my life next doorsimonI kind of want to steal Kat’s answer here and go with The Garretts, from My Life Next Door, because they are such an incredible family, I love them so much. I could also think about Simon’s family -it’s been a while since I talked about that book, wow. I mean, they all watch reality shows together and it’s just … quite awesome.

2. FULL MOON: Name a Book with a Werewolf (this festival has nothing to do with werewolves; the only common things is the full moon).

How come the only book I can think about right now is Twilight ? I guess I haven’t read many books with werewolfs besides that one, and it was years ago.

3. MOONCAKES: Name a Kind of Food in a Book that you Wish was Real.

wrath and the dawnThe only book with food that I can think about right now is The Wrath and The Dawn, and that’s because all of the descriptions of food there made me me SO hungry. Also, it was a fantastic book. And I still can’t believe I didn’t get the sequel. What am I waiting for? I’m asking myself this very same question. My bank account isn’t, though, it’s just giving me a dark “don’t-you-dare” look. Erm.

4. RABBIT: Name your Favorite Creature from a Book.

Only because I recently read it in one of my twinnie’s posts, I am thinking about Dobby right now. But it is breaking my heart in a million pieces to think about him. WHY.


5. CHANGE: A Character that Makes a Significant Change to the Plot Since he/she did Something too Many Times.

witherI thought about this for like a good twenty minutes before actually coming up with the idea of the book I JUST finished reading. Good job, Marie. I think one of the characters in this really is evil, and did some bad stuff WAY too many times, but without him it wouldn’t be the same. I’ll shut up because spoilers.

6. LANTERNS: Name a Toy or Game in a Book that you Liked to Read About.

the forbidden gameThere was this book I read a while ago, it was called, The Forbidden Game, and even if I don’t remember a lot about it, I still remember loving it. That game they play, the whole fantasy side to it, I loved it to bits. Also, for some reason I feel the need to talk about Jumanji?! WHO ELSE loves it? I’m getttig kind of out of the subject here. Sorry.

7. AUTUMN: Name a Book which you Feel is the Best to Read in Autumn.

TruthAboutForever sarah dessenHm, how about ANY single cute contemporary book while you’re hiding behind a huge blanket on the couch with a warm cup of tea? I could go with Sarah Dessen’s book, or something by Jennifer E. Smith for that.

8. FESTIVAL: Name your Favorite Festival in a Book

I can’t actually remember reading about a festival in a book? Maybe I’m wrong, and my memory isn’t the best with all the books I read ahah.

If you haven’t done this tag yet… FEEL FREE TO, I’d love to read your answers!

Can you tell me about a book you love with a GREAT family in it? I’m always looking for more of these !

Also, which book would you like to read, hiding under a big warm blanket? Let me know in comments! 💬

A million thanks and… it’s someone’s birthday today

Good morning friends, happy… Saturday. How are you ? Except probably wondering why and what I am doing here on a Saturday ? I hope you all had a wonderful week. I couldn’t be happier that it’s over and the weekend is here, and with it…

Well, I’m not the kind of person to bring attention to myself, but I recently read a great and so inspiring blog post from my Sweechie Donna, and it made me want to do the same thing. Anyway, enough with all the mystery. As the title suggests it, this post will be divided in two parts, but everything will be full of selfish and selflessness.


Alright, first’s the time where I bring all attention to myself, because I guess I’m allowed to do that, once a year, am i ? Today is kind of my birthday, and I have decided to do something quite different, but I hope you’ll enjoy it anyways. As I said before, I was inspired by the wonderful Donna for this list. I guess once in a while we all need a little cheering up, and a little look back at what we’ve accomplished.  I wanted to try and find 23 accomplishments in my life, since I am 23 years old today. But I couldn’t, I guess I haven’t done too much haha – or maybe I am too tired to think of anything right now. (Working does that to you. Just blog all day, people.) So without further ado, here’s my list .

📝 The little accomplishments list

Lived on my own

Learned how to drive driving

Went to the USA with my sister at 19 years old

Graduated from a Master’s degree with the highest mention

Went to see my favorite band live in Paris and skipped three days of school for it


Studied 600 miles away from home for three years on my own

Wrote a book (or at least a messy NaNoWriMo 62K first draft)


Saw Jennifer Lawrence and the cast of the movie to the Catching Fire premiere

Survived high school

Read and bought WAY too many books

Probably watched all of Friends episodes a thousand times and YES this is a GREAT accomplishment

Made this blog


💖 The love, love and love

This blog is one of my best accomplishments, though I hope there will be others haha, but right now, I want to take the time to THANK YOU. All of you. I thought blogging was a solitary adventure, but it turns out it’s not. There are SO many of you guys out there, and I love every single one of you. Thank you for making this adventure worthwhile. This week, Thursday to be precise, I actually reached the kind of insane amount of 900 followers. I am still not believing the numbers, but most of it all, I am never believing everytime I get home and spend HOURS talking with all of you, and answering to your lovely comments on blog posts that are just me ranting about things and life.


I am platonically in love with all of you guys. Thank you.💖

Alright, now I am thinking that I want to wish every single one of you happy birthday, so, when is your birthday ? 🎁

And even if it’s not right now : what’s one accomplishment you are proud of ? It’s great to think about this, really, so let me know in comments ! 💬


Review: Radio Silence, Alice Oseman

A couple of years ago – I can’t actually remember when, that’s a shame, but I found out about Alice Oseman’s first book, Solitaire. And I read, and loved it, because it had one of these qualities I love about contemporary stories: it felt real. I found that feeling again in Radio Silence, and it was even better.



“This is real, this is me,’ I said.
She blinked. ‘Did you just quote Camp Rock at me? ”

Really, this is something I love about this young writer – well, not too young, but she’s younger than me anyway. Maybe it’s because of that, maybe it’s because I feel like a lot of the feelings put into her books are from her actual experience – I know she didn’t like her university experience, a lot of things in this book and the portrayal are probably from there. I don’t really know how she does it. Her writing style isn’t that one of a kind, weird or completely out of the blue prose that you’ll fall in love with. It’s simple, but not too simple. It’s filled with humor, pop culture references you’ll get and that aren’t just put there for the sake of it, they make the story whole, real, actual, and completely accurate. Most of it all, the writing just rings true, and perfectly creates a world, a universe, and a set of characters completely believable that you’ll end up rooting for.



“Everyone’s different inside their head.”

We are living with the internet, we are living with music, Youtube shows, online shopping, Facebook messaging and so on. In Radio Silence, just like in her first book, the author puts her character there. Exactly where we are living, and making them alive in this world we know so well, surrounded by passions, thoughts, desires, lives’ expectations and, deep inside, our own. I’m not in the main character’s place, because I’m not going to university, I am done with it. But Alice raises such interesting questions, such as what you’re supposed to do with your life, what’s expected of you when you’re actually good in class, what you really want. Frances is the main character in this book, and she’s supposed to be this nerd, know-it-all, future Cambridge student. But she wasn’t just that. She’s a passionate artist, a huge fan of a Youtube show. She felt real, and so did her inside struggles at finding who she is, and what he wants to be.

“He smiled and looked away. ‘Sometimes I think we’re the same person…but we just got accidentally split into two before we were born.”

On the other side of the equation, we have Aled, he’s a freshman and he’s having a hard time at university. He lives right across the street. He’s the creator of a Youtube show. And a friendship begin between the two of them, genuine, built by Facebook messages, impromptu midnight revision times and fangirling over a Youtube show. Just like real friendships do. Very quickly I found myself caring for their friendship, loving all of their scenes together, and rooting for them, not as a couple, or at a tiny eventual tension between them, or a little sparkle that could eventually become the beginning of more than a friendship. Because there is NO romance in this book, and nothing happens, nothing ever goes towards that path, and I loved this. It was such a great change from all of the contemporaries, and even if I do love my little marshmallow story, once in a while, it feels great to actually root for a friendship, and only a friendship. Nothing more to see here.



“You’re an idiot,’ said Mum, when I relayed to her the entire situation on Wednesday. ‘Not an unintelligent idiot, but a sort of naive idiot who manages to fall into a difficult situation and then can’t get out out of it because she’s too awkward.”

In addition to shaping her main characters pretty well – flawed, yet believable, kind of annoying at times, but completely worth rooting for, the author did a great job at making side characters great side kicks to the story, both in the good, and the bad way. Frances’ “friends” at school weren’t shaped, oddly enough, to help us understand the falseness of this friendship, however one of them, Raine, stood out, made a difference, and as the story went on, jumped out of the page with her quirks. Daniel, Aled’s best friend, slowly showed his flaws and became a character we grow to like, especially towards the end. And honorable mention for Frances’ mother. Unicorn onesies, great movie nights, and a real supportive parental figure in a contemporary. Yay!


Once again, Alice Oseman convinced me that she’s an author to look out for. Promising with her debut, Solitaire, she impressed me even more with Radio Silence, with themes and choices we have to make, characters we can relate to, a solid friendship, a kind of inspiring Youtube show and overall, incredible characters shaping this story into a great contemporary.

Final rating:  4 drops!

Did you read Radio Silence? Did you enjoy it? Do you want to read it? Share your thoughts in comments!

Alice Oseman, Radio Silence,  Published by Harper Collins’ Children Books, February 25th 2016.


What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

A rant on blogging and time

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends. How are you? I hope your week is going great so far. This is another Wednesday where I’m back to discuss about blogging, ups and downs and overall craziness, so without further ado, let’s get started with a subject I have particularily in mind these days.

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Almost all the bloggers I have come to know in these almost two years of blogging aren’t full-time bloggers. Strike that. ALL the bloggers I know aren’t full-time bloggers. Between school, homework, socializing -because yes, sometimes we do socialize with other things than our bookshelves, even if, if you ask me, it remains my favorite -, or work and life commitments, blogging is hard, at times. And it’s time-consuming.  But at the same time, we all want our little corner of the internet to LIVE. Like a little animal, we want to take care of it, to nurture him with positive content reflecting our personality, what we want our blog to be, and most of it all, to have some kind of blogging schedule, or simply a blogging goal. Every person is different, and every person wants to do something special. Made this place their own. Make money from this. Read and share books they love. Fangirl about books all day. Sure. But, in order to pursue that goal, we all need time. And a plan, for the most scheduling kind of people.


Whatever our goal is, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think we all want this : our blog to LIVE. This is why whenever we’re going on hiatus, we’re kind of crazy. This is why, whenever we lack time to blog, we feel a bit weird. I surely do. But when life, and not a “planned” hiatus, as we could call it, made of holidays, moving, or something we kind of could see coming and had time to warn and plan ahead, gets in the way, well… what do we do?


Because there’s the pressure of producting content. Content attracts people, and content makes the blog LIVE, we can’t deny that. But do we really need to produce content every single day, in order to make our blog live? Or is it okay to settle on one or two posts a week, and will our blog, will our lives still be okay if we slowly give up on some things, some major features? This question tortured me for a while, after I decided to give up on Top Ten Tuesdays. This feature brought a LOT of people to my blog, sure. I can’t deny my blog lived and felt most alive than any other day in the week thanks to that. But Top Ten Tuesdays were also SO time consuming. It took me hours to find books, and to prepare blog posts. And these days, where I can’t allow myself to spend hours writing blog posts every day like I could before, I had to say stop. I had to focus on new, and old things I didn’t want to give up. I had to make choices, and I had to decide myself what would make my blog live.

As bloggers, or at least if you’re a bit obsessed like I am, we think no-sleep-gifabout what we should do, ALL THE TIME. And we obviously think about how we lack the time to do it all. Comment and discover all the wonderful bloggers out there. Schedule and write all the blog posts. Despite having – or not having a schedule -, going crazy over how little time there is to do it all without losing sleep, or our minds.

So, today, I am mostly seeking YOUR advice, and YOUR thoughts on the subject.

How do you handle blogging and life? Did you already find the perfect amount of blog posts per week, or not?

Do you have days dedicated exclusively to blog hopping, and others to writing or scheduling blog posts?

Advice, and thoughts on the subject are always the most welcome, so let’s chat in comments! 💬