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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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5 Reflections + Quotes on Travel

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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.

 

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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!

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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

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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”

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

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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 READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

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Book Discussion: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

It’s out, and I read it—twice—and I loved it, and want to talk about it and there’s no way I can find a negative point about it because it’s HARRY POTTER and it has a golden cover and it shines and it’s perfect and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

(Breathing.)

Okay. Continue reading “Book Discussion: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

What a Year Without a Cell Phone Taught Me

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A year ago, right before I left for a four-month trip in Europe, I cancelled my cell phone contract and haven’t bought a new one once back home. At first because I was totally broke, and then, I kind of forgot. It’s been a year and six days now, and I can count on one hand the moments I felt the need to own a cell phone.

A year without a cell phone taught me a lot:

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Book Club – August

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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. (For more info on how it works, click here.)

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

Biking/Camping Trip Checklist

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Lately, I’m deep into the preparation of several trips, including two biking tours during which I’ll camp on the road with no electricity or technology whatsoever. Needless to say, it requires a lot of preparation. Good thing is: I LOVE CHECKLISTS. So I thought I’d let you know what I think is essential to bring, in case some are thinking about doing a similar trip.

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Book Discussion: All the Bright Places

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Hello fellow readers!

First of all, THIS BOOK

I mean, I could never write a neutral review of this novel; I’m way too in love with Theodore Finch. I don’t even know what to say, honestly, other than quote some of my favorite parts (and let me tell you I put the double amount of Post-its through this novel than those figuring on the cover).

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Now on Twitter

Hello, everyone!

Just a small announcement to let you all know I’m now officially on Twitter @AudreyFrancisP, where I’ll be posting bookish stuff and a few travel pictures. I finally did it! I’m on Twitter!

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If any of you has a Twitter account as well, let me know via comments so we can follow each other and continue to share, or simply follow me on Twitter and I’ll follow you back! Wouldn’t that be great?

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That’s it.

That’s all I had to say today.

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The Liebster Award

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What?

That is so nice! I want to thank Lara so much for the nomination! Everybody go check out her awesome blog, The Blackberry Season, about lifestyle and travelling; it is so well written and her talent for photography will make you jealous (in a good way, really).

If the bloggers I nominate choose to accept, go through the official rules and find out more about the award.

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Book Club – July

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Hello fellow readers of young adult novels!

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. (For more info on how it works, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of July!

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Book Discussion: The Secret Garden

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Hello fellow readers!

Ready to talk about the book of the month of June? Here we go!

One of the strange things about living in this world is that it is only now and then that one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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My Summer TBR

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It took a while for summer to finally settle here in Quebec, but now that it’s officially here–or at least let’s hope so–I can finally make a list of my To Be Read books for the summer! Some of those titles are also on my 2016 Reading Challenge, (it’s not going so well; I need focus) some are brand new books I can’t wait to begin, and some are just perfect for the summer season. Anyhow, here is the list:

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Book Monsters Tag

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I’m super thrilled that the wonderful Kayla @ kdrewkthebookworm tagged me to participate in the Book Monsters Tag, which was created by Beth @ betwixt-the-pages. Everybody check out their blogs! Now! (Okay, after you’ve read this post.)

Of course, the first thing that come to my mind when I read monsters, is the world of Harry Potter, so all of my monsters below are from this—dare we say it?—perfect series.

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My Travel Plans

It’s been a while since I travelled—I mostly post about past trips and books lately—but it doesn’t mean I’ve stopped dreaming about potential travel adventures. That’s pretty much all I dream about, really. Travelling.

(Through space, and also time, FYI.)

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