Book Club – August

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of August! Continue reading “Book Club – August”

I Need You to Choose my Next Destination

You got that right. I need YOU.

I want to go to Central or South America next fall but I just can’t decide where to exactly. And since I’m going to be posting about that trip here, I wonder what you’d be more interested in reading about! Continue reading “I Need You to Choose my Next Destination”

The Lying Lesson

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Written by: Audrey Francis-Plante

“I would like to apply for the job,” I said with a smile.

The girl popped the chewing gum balloon in her big mouth. “How old are you?”

“Fifty-two.”

She laughed. “How old are you really?”

“Seventy-nine,” I lied again.

My mother taught me some lies are polite, meant to keep people comfortable.

She leaned on the counter. “And what makes you want to work in a fast-food restaurant?”

“Well, I don’t have enough time left for slow food.”

She smiled, then said, “Sorry. We just hired someone.”

Apparently, her mother taught her the same lesson.

Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver

Last month, I spent a week in Vancouver and it definitely wasn’t enough. I know I’ll have to go back to BC one day to explore more cities and nature. (In a dream trip, I’m driving across Canada in a van.) But for now, here’s my top 5 to do in Vancouver! Continue reading “Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver”

Celebrating 600 followers – Book Giveaway

TIME TO CELEBRATE

Last month, my blog reached 600 followers. I mean, WOW. This means so much to me! Thank you so much everyone for your support, your likes, your awesome comments, and the precious time you spend on my blog! I’m always so happy to read every notification I get; it feels awesome to know I’m not just writing to myself all the time. So I decided to thank you all with two things. Continue reading “Celebrating 600 followers – Book Giveaway”

Book Club – July

(Happy Canada Day!)

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of July! Continue reading “Book Club – July”

Waking Up in a Tent with this View

Last night I arrived in Banff and camped on my own for the first time. It was a little bit scary, to be honest. (I’m such a wimp.) I was awaken in the middle of the night by the rustling of the bag in which I keep my shoes, right outside my tent. I opened my eyes wide, convinced someone was trying to rob me, only to see a squirrel staring at me. Continue reading “Waking Up in a Tent with this View”

Fears

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Fiction
Written by: Audrey Francis-Plante

I pulled the dusty typewriter—your most cherished possession—from under the bed. You had left a note on the sheet of yellowed paper: Write about your fears.

So I took a deep breath and wrote about you.

There was a lot to fear. Your crazy eyes. The crazier thoughts behind them. Every morning when I didn’t know what mood you’d be in.

After, I feared your ghost. The persistent spirit of your anger. Of your power.

I feared never being able to tell you this. Ironically, you helped me tell you through that typewriter and yellowed paper. Was it your way to apologize?

I like to think so.

Top 10 Villains in Fiction

I’ll be sharing a Top 10 on the 10th day of each month, featuring a different book theme every time, and I invite you to share your thoughts or top 10 in the comments below, or in a new post of your own! (Make sure to let me know so I can see your answers.)

This month’s theme is Villains, in all kinds of fiction. Here we go! Continue reading “Top 10 Villains in Fiction”

Book Club – June

If you want to join me, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (Sometimes the 21st because I’m a wild and untamed procrastinator.) (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of June! Continue reading “Book Club – June”

European Countries I’ve Visited

So this morning I was playing around with interactive maps where you can enter the places you’ve visited, like an online scratch map. I wanted to see how much of Europe I had actually covered, because I felt like I’d done a pretty good part of it, and MY OH MY WAS I WRONG. Continue reading “European Countries I’ve Visited”

Book Club – May

First of all, I’m sorry.

I was not doing very well in March so I just stopped blogging for a while and I skipped a monthly Book Discussion. To be honest, I didn’t think anyone would notice, but I got a few messages from you guys asking me about it, and it totally made my week. Thank you.

Really. Continue reading “Book Club – May”

Top 10 First Lines – YA Novels

I’m really excited to start this new series of posts! I’ll be sharing a Top 10 on the 10th day of each month, featuring a different book theme every time, and I invite you to share your thoughts or top 10 in the comments below, or in a new post of your own! (Make sure to let me know so I can see your answers.)

This month’s theme is First Lines, more specifically in YA books. Here we go! Continue reading “Top 10 First Lines – YA Novels”

Why it’s the Best Year to Visit Canada

As you probably know, 2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary, and I sure intend to travel through this beautiful country as much as I can. Here’s a few reasons why I think this year is probably the best year to do so. Continue reading “Why it’s the Best Year to Visit Canada”

Montréal, Québec

Problem: Last week, I went to Montréal with a list of things to do, and I came back with an even bigger list of things to do the next time I go.

This seems to happen everytime I travel somewhere, but in Montréal, there really is a lot to do. Anyway, here’s what I did in only a few days.

Continue reading “Montréal, Québec”

Beauty & the Beast Book Tag

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So I was about to create a Beauty and the Beast Tag just for fun before the movie comes out, but then I searched through a few blogs and guess what, there’s already tons of them out there! And they’re way better than the one I had in mind, so even though I wasn’t tagged, I picked my fave and did it. (The creator of this tag wasn’t mentioned in the posts I read so I’m sorry I can’t link it back to their blog!)

Now the fun! Continue reading “Beauty & the Beast Book Tag”

5 Places I Want to See Again

There are many places on my bucket list (the whole world) and I try to focus on new places to visit as much as I can, but today I want to take a pause and think about a few of my favorite places in the world. Places I would go back to without a second thought, given the chance. Here they are:

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It might look small on a map, but there’s tons of things to do in Croatia, and I only got to visit a few cities when I went. I did visit the Plitvice Lakes twice, and I would totally visit them again. Continue reading “5 Places I Want to See Again”

Book Club – March

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If you want to join me, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we start sharing our impressions of it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (Sometimes the 21st because I’m a wild and untamed procrastinator.) (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of March! Continue reading “Book Club – March”

My Travel Plans for Summer 2017

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I try to make as many trips as I can through a year, but sadly, it’s hard to save up enough money to achieve ALL of my dreams (I have quite a few). That’s why last year wasn’t that wild in the travel department. This year isn’t going to be a whole year around the globe either, but at least a summer through Canada.

And Canada is a big country, to say the least.

Here’s where I plan to go.

Continue reading “My Travel Plans for Summer 2017”

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends You’re Tired of

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Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

February 8th: Book Trends You’re Tired Of

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends You’re Tired of”

Book Club – February

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If you want to join me, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we start sharing our impressions of it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (Sometimes the 21st because I’m a wild and untamed procrastinator.) (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of February! Continue reading “Book Club – February”

My Travels of 2016

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You’ll have noticed, 2016 wasn’t a big travel year for me. I worked and studied a lot, and I sure crave and plan for 2017 to be ALL about travelling, but that’s not what this post is about. This is about the few trips I found the time to make last year, usually not too far from home, but nothing short of amazing. Continue reading “My Travels of 2016”

2017 Reading Challenge

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2016 did not go as well as I’d hoped. Most of the TBR on my list remain unread, and I only read about 40 books in total. Overall, it was a good year anyway, because I read some REALLY great books, which you can have a peek at over here.

But 2016 is behind. Let’s focus on the year ahead! I have three goals for 2017. Continue reading “2017 Reading Challenge”

Book Club – January

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I wish you all a wonderful year, full of travels and books. (At least, those are my plans for 2017.)

It’s a new year, but the Book Club continues.

If you want to join me, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we start sharing our impressions of it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. Continue reading “Book Club – January”

My Top 10 Books of 2016

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2016 flew by, and I unfortunately didn’t read as many books as I had hoped. On the bright side, I did read a LOT of great books, and let me tell you sitting down to pick only ten of them was no piece of cake.

Some of them I read during my online Book Club, some are sequels to series I started in 2015 (or 2016). Anyway, here they are:

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Book Discussion: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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I’m late, I’m late! I know I’m late; life is a little bit crazy lately, but I actually finished the The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the first days of December. It took me only two days to finish it; a great read!

Continue reading “Book Discussion: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”

Weekend in New York

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As some of you may know, my sister and I won a free trip to New York in November, and I made this very elaborate list of things to do in the Big Apple but there’s just SO MUCH things to do in this amazing city, one weekend wasn’t enough. Still, here’s what I managed to do. Continue reading “Weekend in New York”

Book Club – December

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How is it December already people? Seriously, HOW?

I hope you all had a great November month, I sure had fun in New York and I can’t wait to post about it! But for now let’s focus on the matter at hand: YA BOOKS!

If you want to join me, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we start sharing our impressions of it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (Sometimes the 21st because I’m a wild and untamed procrastinator.) (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.) Continue reading “Book Club – December”

Book Discussion: Illuminae

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My, oh my, I was NOT ready for this.

So there’s an interstellar war, a deadly virus outbreak, a stressful countdown, a control-freak computer messing up everything, and two in-love teenagers trying to find each other back through this whole mess. That’s Illuminae, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Continue reading “Book Discussion: Illuminae”

Book Discussion: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Hello fellow readers!

So…… I’m afraid my reading slump is swallowing me whole. I keep starting books that I don’t finish and I HATE MYSELF for it but my mind is everywhere lately with a couple of writing projects I’m really excited about and I felt like sharing this.

That being said.

I did finish the book of the month (of course I did, what did you think? That I was a coward? NO! I read it in like two days) and I’m really excited to talk about it with you! So let’s start this!

Continue reading “Book Discussion: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”

5 Reflections + Quotes on Travel

5 of my Reflections

When I don’t like the girl that I am, I catch a plane and leave her behind. Not once have I come back from a trip the same as when I left.

 

 

Travelling is discovering new things, but also reminiscing about old dreams, and realizing they still matter.

 

Continue reading “5 Reflections + Quotes on Travel”

Blog Birthday Tag

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A year. My blog is one year old.

How does a year go by so quickly? It still feels like this blogging thing is new to me, like I have no clue what I’m doing out here, and yet I’ve been running this website for a whole year. And I like to think it’s a big deal.

So first, I’m going to celebrate tonight. Yep, I’m going out and making a toast to the very first anniversary of Audrey Writes Abroad and I’ll think about all of you guys.

And second, I’m going to humbly say that I am proud as hell.

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Book Discussion: Everything, Everything

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Hello, fellow readers!

I hope it’s a better reading month for you than it is for me! I have so many new things going on in September with school, and a new job, and my sister getting married and me saying that I would of course make her wedding dress and now there’s only a few days left and I’m freaking ooooouuuuut!

But it was important for me to fulfil my blogging promises and to share my impressions of Nicola Yoon’s first novel, Everything, Everything, so here I am!

Continue reading “Book Discussion: Everything, Everything”

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

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Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. More info on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group.

This week’s topic:

BOOKS YOU WANT TO SEE AS TV SHOWS

Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to See as TV Shows”

Book Club – September

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Hello fellow readers!

Do you want to join me in my reading of the month? The rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we start sharing our impressions of it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (Sometimes the 21st because I’m a wild and untamed procrastinator.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of September! Continue reading “Book Club – September”