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Books Set in France

the french diaries: part one

  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
❝Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.❞
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
❝Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?❞
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  • My Life in France by Julia Child
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

find any of these books on Amazon | Book Depository | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble!

Books Set in the 1950s

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Strings Attached by Judy Blundell 
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys 
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

DAILY UPDATE ➳ a day spent out and about

August 15th, 2018

people have been working on my roof all day so i've been out with Romeo because he was terrified of the sounds. They started at 6am this morning so we got out pretty early. We went to breakfast at my favorite coffee shop Urban Bean, went for a walk in the park, the pet store to get him some bones, the bookstore and then Starbucks for his good 'ole pup cup! I posted a picture on my instagram story so if you want to see him devour a small cup of whip cream, feel free to look. I've been listening to Bossy Pants by Tina Fey all day on audiobook and enjoying it more as it goes on. Later in the day, I decided to get ice cream with some friends but that's about it. I'm exhausted from being out all morning and waking up at 6am. It was lovely to wake up so early and be able to take a walk near the water at the park. I might have to do it more often! Speaking of lovely things, I also received an email about an exciting review I'll have posted in September so stay tuned for that. All is good. I'll be on my way to go to sleep soon and listen to my audiobook for the rest of the night.

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DAILY UPDATE ➳ i thrifted a really Miss Peregrines copy!

August 14th, 2018

I've noticed that all of my daily update posts are written after 9pm and posted around 10pm at night. Oops. Anyway, good evening! I hope you all had a good day. Yesterday, I worked on a bunch of blog and instagram stuff so I hope you're enjoying it so far. If not, be sure to check out my instagram to see what I've been up to. 
I didn't do much work today because I was tired and didn't get a head start this morning. I ended up going to Goodwill and I thrifted a bunch of cute stuff for my closet. I also found an incredibly rare copy of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children which I'll be showing on my instagram later this week. It's the National Book Day copy that they made only ten copies of for an event. Somehow, it ended up in my local Goodwill and I immediately grabbed it. It was so cool to find but I feel like someone who loves the series deserves to have it more. I might end up giving it away, who knows. As for right now, I'm just chilling in my silk pajamas I got from my grandma and listening to french music. If you didn't know, I'm currently learning french because it's the second language to the country I call my second home. 🇨🇦
My reading has consisted of two books today: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I think listening to The Hating Game is kinda strange and I might drop the audiobook for the ebook or physical copy but who knows. I'll settle for what I've got for now. I plan to just hang out on Tumblr and Instagram for the rest of the night while listening to an Audiobook or french music. I hope whatever you're planning to do is just as relaxing.


YA Books with Disability

please please fix anything if i incorrectly wrote something or something shouldn’t belong on this list. it was kind of difficult finding disabled main character ya books but from the research i did, this is was i’ve found. i’m aware i might not be right about every one and there might be more out there so please share!
  • Love at First Sight by Josh Sundquist [blind mc]
  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern [cerebral palsy, also ocd rep]
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper [i dont quite exactly know but i read she’s in a wheelchair and was born not being able to properly speak, write, or walk on her own??]
  • Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom [blind mc]
  • the Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Greedle [aspergers, also mc adhd rep]
  • Run by Kody Keplinger [blind sc?]
  • After Ever After by Jordan Sonneblick [this was on a list i found but all i can tell is that a main character is in a wheel chair?? possibly from having cancer?? im not quite sure]
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner [Deaf mc]
  • A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern [disabled community focus]

Books Recommendations Based on Your Favorite Tea

  • Chai Tea
Whenever I thought of a book I could compare to chai tea, I immediately thought of A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. For what reasons? I’m not quite sure. But trust me, you’ll love it.
  • Green Tea
Green tea is so good for you. You know what’s also good for you? Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. You can’t go wrong with Green tea or Laini Taylor.
  • Chamomile Tea
Ah, the tea I drink to fall asleep. I’ll recommend you a great book to read before bed! We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s short and so impactful!
  • Black Tea
A staple full of energy! For this one, Warcross by Marie Lu is the perfect match! You’ll read it all in one sitting because it’s so fast-paced and so interesting.
  • Oolong Tea
A boost! Read Renegades by Marissa Meyer for the same feeling.
  • Pumpkin Spice Tea
Considering this is one of my favorite tea to drink, I’m going to recommend you something warm but important like this tea. You should read They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera.
  • White Tea
Not gonna lie, white tea is pretty basic. So, I’m going to give you a staple (and fav!) but basic read. Read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!

DAILY UPDATE ➳ no job but still working

August 13th, 2018

good evening! i spent a lot of my time today cleaning and working on my blog and instagram. i was photoshopping templates, planning out blog ideas, etc. as much as i love blogging and writing, it's still work. it may be work i genuinely love but it doesn't change the fact it's a lot of work. from being creative with ideas and then putting them all together until i love them, it's a lot. i'm quite tired already from the cleaning i did previously but it's okay. i got a smoothie today which was lovely!
 i posted a bunch of my templates to instagram already. while i'm not in the home office anymore, i'm still working on instagram posts and blog posts. it's never ending. it was nice to separate myself from my usual space and work today though. if you visit my instagram today (@uponthepages), you can see all my work from earlier on my story. i'm going to work on posts tomorrow but other than that, i'm not doing much tonight. 
As for my reading, I'm still listening to Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Hammer of Thor but I also started another audiobook. I find it easier to relax and focus whenever i'm listening to nonfiction so I picked up Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. I'm enjoying it so far. :-)

What are your plans for today? I'd love to know.  

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hello + welcome! i'm currently an online writer and blogger. i love talking about books, diversity in books, and the occasional romance. i consider myself an amateur photographer and professional reader. i'm currently starting college for my masters in English and a minor in Mass Communications to further my journey in the world of books. I spend a lot of my time working on my book reviews, blog and editing in my favorite coffee shop. To support me in my many endeavors, feel free to literally buy me a coffee. (✿◠‿◠) ☕

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Book Recommendations Based on Your Coffee Order

Caffè Mocha — Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland 

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Our Chemical Hearts is thought-provoking yet hilarious book. Who doesn’t love a book that makes you think while laughing out loud?

Chai Tea Latte — Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

I order Chai Tea Latte every single time I go out. I feel like it’s such an underrated order. Every Exquisite Thing is underrated but absolutely fantastic. I devoured this book in one sitting. I’d hand it out to anybody.

Iced Caramel Macchiato — The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind is one hell of a ride. I feel like the iced caramel macchiato is a staple for a lot of people. This book is definitely a staple fantasy read.

It’s a refreshing read. It covers a heavy topic but shares it in an uplifting way. It wraps up wonderfully making your heart feel all warm. It’s one of the best.

Pumpkin Spice Latte — Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

You’ll understand once you read it. Trust me.

Dark Roast — The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a book that’s hard to swallow so it made me think of black coffee. (This is coming from someone who orders tea at Starbucks.) It’s definitely a raw and difficult read but it’s worth it in the end.

Frappuccinos have many flavors and are preferred by everyone. This book has absolutely everything needed to make a perfect novel. Every ingredient is spread throughout it nicely and it has one of those endings - the kind of endings that leave you wishing you had more. It’s such a wonderful and important coming of age novel.

Cappuccino — Leave Me by Gayle Forman 

Leave Me is Gayle Forman’s new adult debut that shares a deep message within awe-inspiring aspects, making the story feel absolutely real.

Iced — Wonder by R.J. Palacio 

Iced Coffee is incredibly basic but also at high demand. Wonder is something everyone and anybody should read. It’s a book that’s always stuck with me. The message is shares is remarkable and a rule that everyone should follow. It’s about being kind.

Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice — Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen had me rolling after I read it. I needed that sequel terribly! It’s fast-paced and full of magic and action. It has elements of several different books that we know and love - making it absolutely to die for. 

To support me and my work, feel free to literally buy me a coffee. 

DAILY UPDATE ➳ i didn't get the job + i'm kind of sad

August 12th, 2018

today is my grandma’s birthday so i’ll be busy most of the day. right now, i’m going to goodwill & then the fresh market to get her a special dessert. 🍮 she's turning 93 this year! how insane is that? she is such a strong and interesting woman, i swear.               During the little birthday party, i got a call from Barnes & Noble as I recently applied there. It was a mess because 
1. I was not expecting it to happen at all.
2. I've never interviewed before and I'm pretty sure this was a short phone interview. 
3. I've never worked retail before and it was unexpected so I wasn't ready for the questions.
That being said, I really messed it up. The manager didn't initiate an interview but said some nice things. I wasn't sure on how to feel. Immediately after, I get an email saying I'm not qualified. I was more than let down considering I was at dinner so they all knew I was excited about getting the call (I've applied to 9 places now and no one has called). It was devastating and it made me thing about my anxiety all together but that's fine because it was my first ever getting a call from a company and I knew I wasn't exactly the best candidate in a working managers perspective. It still sucks, though. I kind of just want to spend a bunch of money on clothes from Madewell to make myself feel better but I don't have money. lol I love being a teenager in college. #fml

I also quickly wanted to add that you can support me in my work! Whether it's writing, my photography or this blog! All you have to do is buy me a coffee. Weird, right? I added the link to the right of my blog on the sidebar. But if you're interested (it would be very cool of you), here's a direct link. It would mean the most!

Currently reading: Magnus Chase + The Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

I am absolutely loving my library card because I'm switching out the audiobook for this and the physical copy. It's the best. Who knows how I made it this long without it. 

That's all for now but hopefully your day has been well.


DAILY UPDATE ➳ who else is excited about Muse Of Nightmares?

August 11th, 2018

running a bunch of stupid errands today so not much to say. i have to buy some school stuff because i start college soon 😅 i’m nervous! but also, Muse of Nightmares comes out very soon! How exciting 😍
qotd: how many of you are starting classes soon?