Corinne’s latest reads

Corinne’s latest reads

With my decision to switch off all devices at least one hour before bed, I got back into reading! However, I needed something to do during this hour of not being in front of a screen. Thus, I have ordered a fair amount of books and I have literally spent the bank holiday weekend reading. And also writing this post. Now, whether you’re looking at spending time appart from your laptop or just looking at new books to read, here are my latest reads.

1. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas
I started this series last Friday and I have devoured the first two books! To be honest, I was not convinced at first. The author made a reference to the heroin’s virginity which added nothing to the storyline. As a matter of fact, it looked like it was there to prove a point. I was just wondering why are American authors so obsessed with their female characters’ sexual life? Reading further, I realized I was wrong and although the reference had been made in the most awkward moment of the book, there was a legit explanation in the second tome. Which I am absolutely loving! Although the usual stereotype female conflict was bothering me at first, the story works on it and makes the characters evolve. Old ennemies becomes allies. It is all about evolution and it is actually great to see how female characters fight against stereotypes they were at first spreading and reinforcing. Something else I love is that nothing is set in stone and your love of today might not be the same tomorrow. So overall, a great read that I would recommend to anyone!

2. Tara Duncan – Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
I started the Tara Duncan series when I was in high school. Back then, I had read until the seventh tome. Moving abroad, I didn’t keep up with my readings and forgot about it. Now that I am back into reading, I decided to start the series all over again! The genre is fantasy: magic, beautiful creatures, all kinds of species, etc. The main characters all comes from a different race – literally speaking: humain, dwarf, elf, dragon, beast, etc. It makes a difference from the usual “all white” crew if you know what I mean. The story happens on Earth and on OtherWorld. However, what I love most about the series is the sense of humour! If you can find an English translation of the book, I really recommend it!

3. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – J.K. Rowling
I must be honest with you. The only reason why I bought the book is because the cover is pretty and Instagrammable. Not the best reason I know. I absolutely loved the movie so I assumed the book would be as amazing! Unfortunately, not so much. Indeed, the book is just the script of the movie. Frankly, it is not super interesting to read. It is super basic, there is no descriptions, no suspense. As a matter of fact, nothing hooked me up to the book. Although the book makes a great prop for pictures, I don’t recommend it. In my opinion, it is not worth the price nor the time. It might be the first time in my life where I say that the movie is better than the book! This being said, I remain a big fan of J.K Rowling’s work!

4. The Art of Social Media – G. Kawasaki & P. Fitzpatrick
I have been reading few books on blogging and social media lately. As I was looking for a job in digital marketing and social media, I really wanted to make sure my skills where on point and I knew what I was talking about. I came across this book on Charlotte’s blog and decided to give it a go. This book has been quite helpful on a personal and professional level. I always come back to it as a reference. Indeed, the book is fairly easy to read and there is not too much information to digest. It is very organized and gives a lot of insight: how people search for information, how you can catch their interest, how to get your blog out there. If you are looking at taking our blog and social media to the next level, this is the book for you!

5. How to be a Parisian – C. De Maigret, A. Berest, S. Maas & A. Diwan
I read this book back in February. I am reading it again now. Although it is a summary of all the biggest French and Parisian clichés you could ever think of, the book is quite funny! The authors make fun of these clichés while reinforcing them at the same time. It is like saying they are awful stupid clichés on Parisian but they are kinda true and Parisian are proud of it. It might not seem clear. How to be a Parisian is a nice, relaxing and funny read. That’s all you need to remember. The book also makes quite a good prop for pictures! Double use indeed, so worth the investment!

What are your latest reads? Did you know any of these books? If so, have you read any? What did you think? Are there any books from this list you might add to your reading list? Tell me everything in comment!

I hope you liked this post. Thanks for reading.

See you soon,
Love,
Corinne.

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81 Comments

  1. May 31, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I’ve been reading the ‘court of thorns and roses’ series by Sarah J. Maas and have been wondering about her ‘crown of midnight’ series! I’ve heard mixed things but I might have to pick it up now 🙂

  2. May 31, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    The Sarah J. Mass books keep popping up whenever I look for new books to read, I may have to invest!

    Abigail | chasingmydesire.com

  3. Terri
    May 31, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I’ve been meaning to pick up ‘How to be a Parisian’ for a while now! Tbh I really need to start reading more haha

    Terri / http://www.territalks.co.uk

  4. May 31, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Thanks for the ideas. I recently read Everything, Everything ahead of the film release. It seems to be aimed for a bit of a younger audience but the storyline is good. Easy read too. I’m currently starting to read Eat Pray Love. A travelling classic.

  5. May 31, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    I really want to read How To Be Parisian – it would be great for Instagramming too! I love the Sarah J Maas books, very easy to read and an engaging storyline! Great reads!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

  6. Robyn
    May 31, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I’ve just finished uni and have been looking for a new book to read! I will definitely be checking some of these out!
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

  7. May 31, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    I so want to read Fantastical Beasts and would love to read How To Be A Parisian. God Corinne has manages to read a lot. I am jealous! X
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

  8. May 31, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I loved watching the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film and I agree with you, the cover of the book is so beautiful!

    Jeff. | NAMELESSJEFF

  9. May 31, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Ooo what a good selection! I was disappointed by the book of Fantastic Beasts too, though same as you, I really enjoyed the film! I’ve got Crown of Midnight on my Kindle, I need to start them!
    Hels xx
    http://thehelsproject.com/

  10. May 31, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I really need to start reading again! I work in Marketing and social media so I’m definitely going to give the art of social media a read!! Great post ☺️❤️Xx

  11. May 31, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    You read some really amazing books. Unfortunately I haven’t read any of them but I heard so many great things about them all. xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  12. May 31, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Love this, I’ve been looking for some new books recently!x

  13. May 31, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve read Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass Series (I’m glad your opinion changed about it :)). Her A Court of Thorns & Roses series is next for me.
    I’ve seen the Fantastic Beast movie but haven’t read it, that stinks it’s not interesting. I thought her script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was interesting.
    I haven’t heard of the other 3 books you posted.

  14. May 31, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I always say I want to get into reading more so will keep this list in mind! Love this xx

  15. Caitlin Steele
    May 31, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Always in need of new books to read, thank you for the suggestions, some of them are ones hat I wouldn’t typically pick up but they look interesting.

    Caityloux.blogspot.co.uk

  16. May 31, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I’m always in need of new books to read because I am such a bookworm!! I will check these out!! Fantastic beasts is one of my favourites!! xx

  17. May 31, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I really miss getting lost in a good book, I will definitely be using this as a reference!

  18. May 31, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Looks like a wonderful variety! Will definitely be checking them out. 🙂

  19. May 31, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Oh I love this, I’m always looking for different things to read. Thanks for the reviews 😊 Will deffo check some out x

  20. May 31, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    i love reading books and this post is perfect for me! 🙂

  21. May 31, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    I will have to check this out. Haven’t had a good read in a while.

  22. June 1, 2017 / 12:36 am

    I love the idea of shutting down an hour before bed. My pediatrician said that for my kiddos. I looked it up so many studies showing many benefits. Plus if more people did this we can keep the printed book industry going.

  23. robin rue
    June 1, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I saw Fantastic Beasts, but didn’t realize it was a book, too. I will check that out.

  24. June 1, 2017 / 11:31 am

    My wife has actually read a few of the books on the list you have here and has said some similar things about them. I haven’t read any of them yet. I am a J.K. Rowling fan, but, have never been overly excited about this idea of reading Fantastic Beasts. I did enjoy the movie though.

  25. June 1, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    This looks like a great reading list for June! I’ll have to head over to the library and check them out!

  26. Jenn jG
    June 1, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I am not much of a reader, I know I should. I am going to browse your list and pick one for summer reading while my kids read their own books. Thanks for the suggestions

  27. June 1, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    These all sound like great reads! I’ve recently just finished “The Girl on The Train”, another great one!

  28. June 1, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    What a fantastic list! It’s a great balance of fiction and nonfiction, too. I’m bookmarking that blogging book to check out later! And I’m not sure why Americans in general are so obsessed with each other’s sex lives, but there are a lot of things we do that just don’t make sense 🤗

    xx
    Emily
    Emilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • Profile photo of corinneandkirsty June 1, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      French people are also obsessed with sex. In the book, the question of her virginity came as inappropriate and not useful to the plot but just here to make a point… which was awkward. but a great book!

  29. June 1, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I loved How To Be A Parisian when I read it last time; as you said, it was funny, but also reinforced the cliches made fun of. I would love to have the style of the women who wrote the book; so glam!

  30. June 1, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I cannot tell you how much I have missed reading. I don’t think I have read a new book or series in three years, I have just gone back to my old favourites. Uni really hasn’t allowed me to read for pleasure but I am excited to read in the evenings before bed like you do. It is lovely in the summer to do this as well.
    I felt the same as you with Fantastic Beasts. I got it purely for the series and I didn’t get into it as much as I had hoped.
    Great read,
    Lois x
    http://www.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

  31. June 1, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    These books sound amazing! Also your photography is always so amazing and super adorable 💖

  32. June 1, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    There’s something about summer, maybe summer reading lists of yore 😉 maybe “beach reads” that makes me itch to read more! The Art of Social Media, I’m intrigued! I’d love to learn more and you recommendation is just the motivation I need to pick this one up!

  33. June 1, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Hi, I need to try reading again before sleeping. I think I may have to buy the social media book now, Chloe.

  34. June 1, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Oh this is super disappointing, ive been wanting to read fantastic beasts after thinking the movie was amazing!! Will give it a miss!! Hope youre enjoying your reading, I wish I could put my phone down an hour before bed!!x

  35. June 1, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Ah, you remind me to read Crown of Midnight. It’s been at the bottom of my TBR pile for a while now. Honestly though, I’ve been doing more of buying than reading lately, oops! But so many books to read, so little time *sighs*. I haven’t read Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them but I have it here and I’m absolutely agree with you, the cover is so pretty and it is instagrammable indeed! And since it’s the script from the screenplay and I’ve watched the movie as well, so it’s safe to say I won’t expect a lot from it. x Ain

  36. June 1, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I keep seeing the Throne of Glass books everywhere, I need to read them! I’ve been reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series recently and it’s very heavy, so I’d love to slow things down a bit with a bit of YA. Lovely selection of books!
    Juliet | notcapulet.co.uk

  37. June 1, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I am gutted that the Fantastic Beasts book is just meh! I didn’t realize it was a script and bought it for 2 people for Christmas last year lol!! OOPS! 😉 I’d really like to check out that social media book. I am interested in psychology (I studied it in uni for years) and I loved learning about social psych, specifically how businesses use our behavior to sell to us or get our attention. Kind of reminds me of that.

  38. June 1, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Wish I got chance to read as much as I used to – may have to try one of these instead of fantastic beasts which I was going to try!

  39. June 1, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I’ve been on an ongoing hunt to find new books to read since I’m on summer break from university so I’m glad that I stumbled across this post here! I like the idea of directing your attention somewhere else aside from your phone when winding down for bed, I may have to give that a go.

    xx
    Leah
    (@TheRightDB)

  40. June 1, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Reading is the best! I love to read–I make sure I set time aside each day so I’m able to crack open a book. Right now I’m reading The Choice We Make by Karma Brown and I’m enjoying it.

  41. Needa
    June 1, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Very interesting reviews !! i m not a big fan of these topic but i love the reviews

  42. Deanna
    June 1, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I have been trying to read at night too. I sleep so much better when I do. I will have to check these out.

  43. June 1, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    I’m so disappointed in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them! I was really hoping it would be better then what it was. I love the book Gone Girl, it is a little slow at the start but then it gets really exciting

  44. June 1, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I like the sound of the ‘art of social media’ especially as that is part of my job and there is always new things that you can learn and improve on. Will check the others as well x

  45. Kaylee
    June 1, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of these books before. The Crown of Midnight series sounds like a great read!

  46. Claudia Krusch
    June 2, 2017 / 2:59 am

    I just bought The Art of Social Media. I have been looking to try to improve my Social Media presence.

  47. Ayushi Arora
    June 2, 2017 / 11:13 am

    It is always fun reading something new and that surely delights us. I really like all the books and as soon as I finish what I am reading, I will one of these.

  48. June 2, 2017 / 11:38 am

    I love a good book recommendation, always looking for something new to read. I’m currently reading I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes it is amazing!! x

    Joanne // Fashion Polaroids

  49. June 2, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I’m hoping to go in to some sort of digital marketing when I graduate so the art of social media sounds like a great one to pick up! Thanks for the tip 🙂 xo

  50. June 2, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I just read again my favorite book by Paolo Coelho’s by the River Piedra, I sat down and wept. I just love reading it again and again once in a while.

  51. Elizabeth O.
    June 2, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Those all sound so amazing. It’s nice to keep reading and expanding your knowledge. There are plenty of things to learn in books.

  52. June 2, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I understand the disappointment. It’s not a true book of Fantastic Beasts. As it’s only a screenplay it’s very different. I do believe there is a book out there. But in truth it’s just an instruction manual about all of the magical creatures in the world. So it really wouldn’t be an interesting read.

  53. June 2, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    These sound all so interesting – never read any of them. I actually just recently saw the movie version of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, I enjoyed it alot! The Art of Social Media also sounds very interesting – thanks for sharing these!

  54. June 2, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I love the cover of the fantastic beasts book but I didn’t think it would be that interesting to read with it just being the script which is a shame! Love knowing what others have been reading, such an interesting post 🙂

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  55. June 2, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, but I do agree that Fantastic Beasts looks so pretty! Definitely scored in the design. I’m in the middle of reading The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. I’m trying to catch up on reading. It’s been a while.

  56. June 2, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I’d been considering reading Fantastic Beasts. I’m a bit disappointed to know its just the movie script. But I’d be even more disappointed if I didn’t find that out until after I started it, so thanks for sharing this. I haven’t heard of the others on your list. Tara Duncan and Crown of Midnight sound interesting; I’ll have to check them out when I have the chance.

  57. June 2, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    First of all I LOVE LOVE LOVE your teacup!!! and second of all Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is one of my all times favourites!!

  58. June 2, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Not read any but the art of social media sounds interesting!

  59. June 2, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    They sound fantastic! I really wanna read fantastic beasts, not had the time to read anything since my little one came along but I have a “to read” list as long as my arm for when I can again. The art of social media sounds an Intresting one!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  60. June 2, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I love a good book review post! The Art of Social Media is already on my wishlist so I can’t wait to buy!

    Lisa | http://www.abadvegan.co.uk

  61. June 2, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I’ve been into reading more lately! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  62. June 2, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I definitely think I’ll have to pick up The Art of Social Media sometime soon! Also surprised to hear about Fantastic Beasts; I’m a huge HP fan but was skeptical about it’s coming out. Glad to see an honest review!

    Amber || mylifeinlimbo.com

  63. June 2, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I’m always interested in book recommendations and these sound great. I’m happy to find a book blog to follow 🙂

  64. June 2, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Always looking for new reads, especially with a holiday coming up. some great recommendations

  65. June 2, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I usually read on a daily basis but I don’t have the latest read since school has been out. The kids are wearing me out, on their summer break, lol. I’m going to check out your reads when I get a free sec.

  66. June 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll certainly look into it during my next read.

  67. June 4, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I haven’t read any of these books but they sound like something I would be totally interested in! Thanks for sharing

  68. Megan
    June 5, 2017 / 12:50 am

    I keep hearing about the Crown of Midnight series! I might have to check it out soon! I’m currently half way through reading The Outlander series and I love it!

  69. June 5, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Oooo so many great books on this list!!! We are going on a mini road trip next weekend so I needed a new book recommendation for the ride.

  70. June 5, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Oh, the Parisian one looks very intriguing 🙂 Will add it to my kindle bucket list !

  71. June 5, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Sad I don’t have time to read nowadays. I’m into romance. Love Nicholas Sparks.

  72. June 7, 2017 / 9:04 am

    I read ‘How To Be Parisian’ and I found it…Funny, foul, and completely ridiculous at the same time. I honestly didn’t know if I loved it or if I hated it! I’ve been trying to ‘keep up’ with social media and to expand my blog, so I’ll be hunting down ‘The Art of Social Media’. I’m also trying to stay relevant in the PR scene by reading a lot of books, so I’m hunting down those as well!

  73. June 19, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I’am always looking for new reads, especially when a holiday coming up. some great recommendations. Thanks for sharing

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