Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday Post. Lots of Reading and Winnings

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
Am I back to the busy schedule that I don't even have time to breathe? Yes, my life is once again chaotic. I miss the holidays (never thought I'd say this since I'm such a Grinch). However, this was a good week for me. I can't recall the last time I read so much in a week (Bout of Books 21 surely helped).

What happened in my life this week:

🌻 Busy bee!
🌻 I joined Bout of Books 21 and thanks to it I already read four books this year (A Darker Shade of Magic, This Savage Song, In Frankenstein's Shadow - for my dissertation - and Always and Forever, Lara Jean). I believe this is a new record for me.
🌻 I WON A GIVEAWAY! 😀 Last Wednesday, Funko Europe hosted some flash giveaways on twitter and I won one of them. You know how addicted I'm to funkos.
🌻 My first popular Young Adult book ARC request was accepted! *happy dance* Ps. It isn't the first ARC I receive. It's the first "mainstream" ARC that I receive. Mainstream as one of those books that is so popular that you never though you would have a chance to get your hands on before its release.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Bout of Books 21. Sign Up, Goals, Progress & Wrap Up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team"
I know, I know... I'm a lazy person. I wanted to write my sign up post before, but I just kept procrastinating it. But I'm finally doing it! So, I'm proud to announce that I'm joining Bout of Books 21. I'm always excited for a week of non-stopping reading.

My goals for Bout of Books 21 Read-a-Thon are:
  1. To read every day 50 pages;
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To update my progress every day.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunday Post. Happy New Year!!!

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
Since this is the first Sunday Post of the year, I'd like to take a moment to wish everyone (again) a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have a great bookish year! May all your wishes come true. May you reach all of your goals.

What happened in my life this week:

🌻Started reading A Shade Darker of Magic. Can we all agree that V.E. Schwab AKA Victoria Schwab is the queen? 💗
🌻I was able to read fifty pages per day as I promised myself I would.
🌻Reinvented my Instagram feed. Or, at least, I'm trying to...
🌻This hasn't happened yet because I'm lazy and I  haven't written my sign-up post yet, but I'm joining Bout of Books 21. If you're joining - or have already joined - let me know. LET'S DO IT!
🌻It was really an uneventful week...

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

My Bookish Life. Fighting Social Anxiety

Disclaim: Everyone deals with social anxiety differently. This blog post explores my experience as a blogger with social anxiety.
Being a blogger means sharing tiny little pieces of your life. In my case, I share my thoughts on books, from reviews to fangirling over my most anticipated releases and fictional crushes. Many times, I come across as enthusiastic and funny (at least, I try to be funny, but I think that I'm not very good at it), which maybe would never lead you to guess that I struggle with social anxiety

It's easy to hide who you on the internet. The perfect place to pretend to be someone you're not. Many of you don't realise that it takes me a lot of "courage" to, for example, comment someone's tweet or new post - especially if it's someone I admire. Anyway...

Blogging helps me to share my thoughts without having to voice them. For me, writing has always been far easier than speaking. The reason I worried all summer about my masters was that my grades would be based on oral presentations (I got over it because I got to met my classmates and I felt comfortable around them). Nevertheless, many times, writing ends up being also a source of stress and I must deal with the same worries and irrational thoughts that I do when dealing with strangers.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! Bookish Resolutions

As mentioned yesterday, I miserably failed at my 2017 goals. However, I accomplished so much more than I was expecting in 2017 that in the end it didn't matter. I was even able to become more involved in the bookish community, meeting wonderful bloggers and readers. 💖

This year, I'm keeping some of my failed 2017 goals, but I'm also introducing new resolutions. So, what do I want to achieve in 2018?
I want to read 70 books. I've been aiming at this number for three years now because I need to tackle down my TBR pile of physical books and e-books. I'm even joining Beat the Backlist 2018 to do it. Also, I'm hoping to read at least ten retellings (because I love retellings I've a huge number of unread ones on my TBR pile; it's a number that needs to decrease)

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Goodbye 2017 (I'll Miss you), Hello 2018!

Part One. My bookish resolutions will be shared tomorrow.
The new year is fast approaching. I know I keep saying this, but time flies! However, before jumping into 2018, I've two words for you, 2017,

For all those who dom't know, 2016 catastrophic the year was for me. I lost my fifteen-year old cat Mufasa to cancer, I didn't get the job I was waiting for (or even the job of my dreams with a publisher). It was year full of disappointments that I don't wish to talk much. Unfortunately, all these disappointments culminated in a nervous breakdown. Luckily, a few months after I started my master degree and my tired mind had something to focus on than loss and failure.

Then 2017 came. And, unexpectedly, there was joy.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

TTT. 2018 Releases I'm Dying to Get My Hands On

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
I haven't participated in this meme for a really long time (almost an year), but after reading this news, I decided that I didn't want to end the year without joining Top Ten Tuesday for a last time. Also, I couldn't lose the opportunity to effusively talk about releases that I can't wait to get my hands on.

As I found too arduous to only choose ten books [there are so many book releases I'm looking forward], I divided my choices in three categories: Leading Ladies, Retellings & Follow-Up.  
Sky in the Deep by Adrinne Young. A Viking-inspired world and a kick-butt heroine (and a hate-to-love relationship) are all the reasons I need to add this book to my wishlist. Also, Roshani Chokshi and Renee Ahdieh gave it some ravingg reviews, so it's a must read.

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