On holidays, a kind of more real hiatus, #SFATW and ALL THE BOOKS

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, friends! Third post this week, does this mean I am back for good? Well, erm… no. This means I’m playing catch-up before my real hiatus. I hope you all had a wonderful week… and if you’re asking, here are how my couple of weeks went. This is kind of a big post…you’ve been warned. THANK YOU for reading.

The Sunday Post(1)

In case you didn’t know, this is aΒ special feature created by KimbaΒ @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m going to take part again this week because I have tons of things to tell you guys, so…let’s get to it!

TryingΒ to get some books off my endless TBR…πŸ“š

Since the beginning of July, or the last time you’ve heard of me updating here more regularly, I have read two books : A Gathering of Shadows, with the incredible twinnie Fadwa @ Word Wonders, which I LOVED. The beginning was a bit slow but the ending got me SCREAMING it was so good (and unfair). You’ll have my review next week!.

I also read the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Scarlet. I found myself a bit less drawn into it than I was for Cinder, which is a shame, but once I really got through it -and got time to really get into it, I really LOVED it.

lola and the boyAs I am writing this, I am reading Lola and The Boy Next Door. Not doing things in order since…I’ve already read Isla. I know, am I weird? I’m going to finish this book by today (hopefully) because once I’m going on holidays…well, I will come back with another suitcase full of books probably so…

Keeping the blogging-frenzy alive ! ✏️

That title is SO misleading because I haven’t been too regular on here, and on your blogs the past week. I did my best to change that this week. Anyway, here’s what I talked about this week!

Souvenirs from across the world(3)

πŸ”Ή I am still asking for your feedback on my special feature, Souvenirs From Across The World ! I would love to make this a regular feature, where we bloggers share about our countries and books, and exchange books and gifts…so let me know what you think. If you do, there might be a little giveaway there.!

🎁 While we’re on the gifts subject… Sush @ Fervently Curious got her gifts from Kat @ Life & Other Disasters thanks to the #SFATW project, as well as The Orangutan Librairian, from Mystery With A Book! You can check them out below. FANTASTIC GIFTS.

πŸ”Ή Jesalin @ JBelkBooks shared her experience with the project on her blog, go check it out!!

πŸ”΄πŸŽ To everyone SENDING SOUVENIRS to other book bloggers, don’t forget to let me know – thanks to twitter (#SFATW), and even a blog post if you want – when you get it and what you get and share the excitment!!

In other news

πŸ”Ή Last Saturday, I participated to InterBlogCon, an online convention for all book bloggers! And I taught a class about book blogging, with all my nervousness and French accent. If you missed it, you can watch it here! (And sorry again for all the technical issues at the beginning.)

πŸ”Ή I reviewed The Winner’s Curse, another hyped book that didn’t made me fall head over heels, but was still interesting.

Sharing the love around the book blogging communityΒ πŸ’–

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πŸ”Ή Poulami @ Daydreaming Books shared her thoughts about how she rates her books.

πŸ”Ή Jillian @ Rant & Rave About Books told us that you don’t have to be a romantic to read romance, with her usual hilarious stories and awesome recommendations.

πŸ”Ή Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff talked about her favorite bookstore in Amsterdam, and basically made us want to go there NOW.

πŸ”Ή Shanti @ Virtually ReadΒ asks us if there’s such a thing as READING TOO MUCH. Oh, I don’t know. #bookwormstruggles.

Throwback on the two past weeks βŒ›οΈ


So I’ve kind of been MIA on your blogs and on mine-well… kind of, because you all saw I couldn’t help myself and not check out your lovely blogs… ANYWAY I can’t control myself haha.

In other news, I moved out in early July, and had two wonderful weeks with my loved ones. Some things have been hard and I know I will have to adapt myself to some changes, some happy, other clearly breaking my heart. But right now I can only hope everything will go on for the best. Anyway, in more happy news, I’ve done a bunch of cute things, seeing storks, going to Germany, to Strasbourg and everything… Check out my Instagram for more pictures!

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I already talked about it before, but now it’s getting real because… I am kind of leaving tomorrow haha. I’m going with my lovely twinnie sister to England for a couple weeks, and we have a sort of road trip planned, it’s going to be a LOT OF fun, I can’t wait!

However, this means I won’t be able to be there -and for real, this time, I am going on HIATUS. (this is scaring me, haha). I only have reviews scheduled, one per week. BUT… I will still be there to chat and hopefully, MAKE YOU TRAVEL WITH ME a bit thanks to the wonders of technology

twitterOn twitter : @dh_books, where I will be updating you on my travels, my endless bookstores quest and the usual craziness.

snapchatOn snapchat : marie.dhb, where I will try to get the hang of this and share pictures of my trip to make you travel with me!

instagram iconOn instagram : @slowlyallatonce, where I will update pictures as well.

What to expect nextΒ πŸ’­

I will be back for real in mid-August, I am not so sure of the date yet though because I’ll be travelling again around the 10th. BUT… I already have a couple of exciting things planned. Travelling posts should be back, as well as more bookish discussions and content. But for now… hello, holidays!

Happy Sunday guys! Since I’ve been a bit MIA, I’d love to know…how is your summer -or winter- going so far?

What are you currently reading, what is your favorite blog post of the week? Share it in comments!Β πŸ’¬

Thank you for the support, and for staying with me through these semi, and more real hiatus now. I will miss you guys tons! 😘😘😘

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81 thoughts on “On holidays, a kind of more real hiatus, #SFATW and ALL THE BOOKS

  1. DON’T LEAAAAAVE 😦 On the other hand go to England and have fun for the both of us until we can go together hihiii.
    So yeah, that AGOS was suuuuch a rollercoaster, but you already know that, as well as my thoughts on all the other books hhahaha ! I started reading Isla this morning and already loving it, I think she’ll be my favorite, but I’m just around 10% so I can’t be sure yet !
    I’ll be stalking your social media because I NEED ALL THE PICTURES ❀❀ and also I can’t wait for the upcoming travel posts one you come back as well as the bookish ones because I already know I’ll love them 😊

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    1. OH YES I can already picture both of us travelling the world together that would be incredible πŸ˜›
      Ohh I can’t wait to read your review about Isla, it was definitely my favorite of all the books, and the one character I could relate to the most.
      Aww thank you so, so much for everything, you are the sweetest!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. Yaaay the dream 😍😍
        I LOVE HER AND JOSH SO MUCH (I’ve read a lot more now πŸ˜‚) and she’s definitely the most relatable of them all !
        Come on, we’re way past thanks now :p I’m here anytime you need me 😊

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  2. I can’t wait to read A Gathering of Shadows and The Winner’s Curse! I am currently listening to your video of InterBlogCon and I’m loving it! And thanks for the shout out!

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  3. Have fun on your travels! I hope your time off gets your creative juices flowing once you’re back. 3 weeks may seem like a long time for you to be gone from your blog, but don’t worry about it too much. People won’t forget about you during this time!
    I’ll see you around social media. πŸ˜€

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  4. DONT LEAVE MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *se jette a tes pieds… non impossible! Aux pieds du blog… euh toujours pas. Au pieds de la freebox. En pleurs evidemment*
    I want you to have a wonderful time and take plenty of pictures and clear your head of the first half of the year and come back happy and tanned!
    How come I was not already following you on Instagram!? Adding you right now!! Oh and I only use snapchat to check on other accounts, haha so I’m adding you there too!
    I’m gonna miss you! ❀

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    1. Hahahaha, you got me laughing SO hard Donna. I will miss you so, SO much as well! ❀ Thank you, I'm not so sure about the tan part haha but I will try my best πŸ˜› I just got snapchat so…we'll see how that goes ahah πŸ™‚ ❀


  5. Wouuuhh! Big fieldtrip right there. I hope you have an absolute blast out there and discover as many things as you possibly can (maybe new booooooks?! Who knows!). I can’t stop seeing V.E. Schwab’s books here and there. I definitely need to check out the books that made her so famous! I’ve only had the chance to read her first young adult book, This Savage Song. Amazing stuff! πŸ˜‰ Once again, hope you’re having the fun of your life! Enjoy the summer time!!

    – Lashaan

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      1. Will be looking forward to your adventure’s wrap-up! πŸ˜€ And if you’re in the neighborhood, you better make a stop at Baker Street! Pour l’amour de Sherlock! πŸ˜›

        – Lashaan

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  6. So lovely to read your posts again! Loved catching up with you. Hope you have a great time in the UK – will be looking out for your pictures πŸ™‚ I took a long break from blogging (no scheduled posts at all) and I’m finding it very hard to start again. I hope this doesn’t happen to you! I’ll be waiting for your return πŸ™‚ keep in touch! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much Fatima, so glad to see you back a bit! ❀ I will make sure to post lots of pictures for you then πŸ™‚ I understand, and this is what I'm mostly scared of. I hope I still get inspirations and ideas to start again once I'm back πŸ™‚ Thank you! ❀ ❀

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  7. Aww, thank you for mentioning me and my post. πŸ€— I’m hoping to have read ADSOM by the time you get back from England so we can chat about it. You’re so lucky! I would love to go to England. Someday I will. Have an amazing time! I need to follow you on Intagram so I can see all of your lovely pictures. I’ll go do that now. πŸ™‚ I’m sure I’ll still see you on Twitter. Have a safe trip! 😊

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    1. You’re welcome, your post was fantastic, I had to share it! πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll be able to read that book, I found it great, and I think you might enjoy it as well. Thank you for everything! I’ll make sure to share pictures everywhere I can, to make you travel with me a bit, before you can go there yourself πŸ˜€ Thank you ❀

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  8. Wow it sounds like you’ve had a busy month in spite of not blogging, and it also sounds like you’ve got through some great books as well. I am so so excited to see your review for AGOS, and Scarlet as well actually. I really hope you are loving both series and I know you’re now really excited for the last book in the Shades of Magic series (why does it have to be so far away!) πŸ˜€
    I’ve nearly finished my SFATW box (well, I say nearly finished, I know what I have left to buy, including the book) so everything should be ready to be sent on the 1st Aug. I’d love to see it be made into a regular feature! I’ve had so much fun with this one I’d love to re-experience it all again another month!
    Happy travels for Monday ❀ you must be so so excited, I'm sure your holiday will be great and I will be checking your Instagram for pictures as well! πŸ˜€

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    1. I did, ahah, thank you for reading all of my ramblings! πŸ™‚ I have the reviews scheduled for this week, and the next one I think for both of these books! πŸ™‚
      Ohhh this is exciting, I can’t wait to see hwat you’re going to send, and get! I’m so happy you like this feature and are enthusiastic about making it happen again. Thank you! ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much Beth, I am! πŸ˜€

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      1. That’s all right! ❀ Ohh I can't wait to see your reviews, and I know I've probably said that time and time before but I am really excited to see more in depth what you thought of both books! πŸ™‚
        I can't wait to see what I get either, and I really hope my SFATW match likes what I've gotten them as well! It's an amazing feature, and I really hope to see more of it in the future! πŸ˜€

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  9. Okay, I am not a creep but I had a dream last night about visiting England and France. Your post is making me want to repack my bags and just leave all over again! I can’t wait for your travel posts. You will miss out on my posts about Dubai though 😦

    Oh and I still haven’t watched your InterBlogCon but I am going to watch it right now! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  10. I just followed you on Instagram!! My handle is lryh93 πŸ™‚ you’re supposed to read Lola and then Isla because the characters from previous books make reappearances!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  11. I hope you have an absolutely amazing time in England! It’s where I live, so I don’t find it very exciting, but I’m sure you will, because it’s so beautiful and we have so much history here. I’ll add you on Instagram too because I absolutely adore seeing holiday photos! If you ever need any advice on places to go (in the North West of England), you know my Twitter handle πŸ˜‰

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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  12. I can’t wait for you to get back, but obviously I also hope you’ll have an AMAZING time (which I’m sure you will :P) I think I added you on Snapchat (I’m always so scared that I somehow end up adding someone else even if I check the spelling multiple times lol). Can’t wait to read/see about all your adventures πŸ˜€ Also thank you so much for sharing my post ❀️

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  13. Like always, I’m currently reading a ton of books according to my Goodreads, but I’m actively been reading Six of Crows. I’m not far in since I’ve had to work so much lately, but from what I’ve read it’s been really intriguing. I like it already. And yay for Souvenirs From Across the World’s success. πŸ˜€ Also, hope you enjoy your holiday, Marie! Travel safe!

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  14. Have a great trip! I followed you on Twitter and Instagram so I’d love to (digitally) travel along πŸ™‚
    Will also be checking out your course on book blogging – any tips are always welcome!
    Also, I’ll soon be trying my very first V.E. Schwab book and I have super high expectations but I’m sure I’ll love it πŸ™‚

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  15. I’m so jealous of your travels, they look incredible!!! Honestly, even when you’re on hiatus you still manage to blow me away with your thoughtful posts and reviews. I hope that you have fun and make sure to posts a lot of pictures πŸ˜€

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    1. Ohhh you are WAY too sweet, thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this just made my day ❀ ❀ I am posting pictures on Instagram during my trip, and will make sure to do blog posts about it once I am back to blogging full time! πŸ™‚ Thank you again you are too sweet ❀ ❀ ❀


  16. I loved The Lunar Chronicles, A Darker Shade of Magic, Anna and the French Kiss, and Lola and the Boy Next Door! I haven’t read AGOS or Isla yet (haha) but I really want to, as I really liked the first books.
    Good luck with your hiatus! Don’t worry, everyone will still be here when you get back.

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  17. I loved reading this post, and I just realized that I had a lot of things to catch up. I also watched your video, and despite the technical difficulties it was really good! So congratulations on doing a great job, and I also loved your accent. Hope you’re having great time with your travel! πŸ˜„πŸ’ž

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  18. I think your Souvenirs from around the world feature sounds great! I love how international the book blogging community is and it would be so interesting to read more about where everyone is from. It also means I can live vicariously through those who are travelling while I deal with my anxiety. πŸ˜€

    I’m glad you enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic! I really liked that one. Scarlet didn’t really do it for me, I absolutely loved Cress and Winter. You’re in for a treat!

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