Hey there people! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Today I’m here to ramble on with you, nothing bookish.
Probably no one cares, but I haven’t posted anything since my birthday, and that was a scheduled post. To be honest, I got a bit tired of posting two times a week, and it got to a point when I had no idea what to post. I didn’t feel like writing reviews, and I was, overall, burned out.
I’ve always enjoyed talking about books and films, and it’s something that brings me joy. That is why I created this blog: to express myself and find people who love books as much as I do.
At the end of 2020, I decided to create a regular posting schedule again, and it was fine. (Mind you that I’ve had this blog since 2016, which is a long time.) In the beginning, this new attempt at organized content was amazing. It was so good that I had the idea to monetize the blog. I was excited by the interactions and visitors I had for my review of Death at Intervals and took it as a good sign. It was a stupid idea! I now felt forced to post even if I had nothing to say, and I felt like people weren’t interacting with me as much as they once did, which lead to me feeling like I was talking into the vacuum. (And by the way, I made no money so far, it was a stupid idea.)
Now, I feel like I’m now back on track, but I’ll probably only post once a week (two if I feel like it). I want to write a sort of essay on “The Shawshank Redemption” and “A Pocket History of Human Evolution”, and I also really want to write my reviews for “All The Light We Cannot See”, “If on a winter’s night a traveller” and “Notes from Underground”. As well as other things that I don’t want to reveal because I think they are better as a surprise. (I’ll post my March Wrap Up as soon as I can.)
Once again, I hope you are all doing well and living a Covid-19 free life. It was nice to talk to you all. Bye, keep on reading.
Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox
This one is a poetry collection and I gave it 1 out of 5 stars. It was really bad and I finish it because I hate to DNF books.
Hidden Figuresby Margot Lee Shetterly
Another nonfiction book, for some reason. This one I really enjoyed, it was super interesting and up my alley. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan
I believe this is a graphic novel, but I’m not sure. What I know is that it is a cute little approach to feminism. I gave this on 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Renée Stone: Murder in Abyssinia by Birmant Julie
This one I know for sure is a graphic novel. This book was ok, but that it. I had some issues with it but nothing terrible. This got 2 out of 5 stars from me.
The 2 books I started:
Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse by K.J. Kruk
Got this Middle Grade from NetGalley. I haven’t finished it yet and to be honest so far the story hasn’t really grabbed me.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
You probably know this Russian classic has one of the greatest novels of all time. Well so did I and I decided it was finally time to pick it up. So far I’m really liking, hope it continues that way.
I had an overall pretty decent reading month, I believe.
I guess that is it. Feel free to share what you’ve been up to and comment your opinions on any of these books.
I was recently going through the reader tab on WordPress and came across a blog post by Tomes with Tea named How I Pick My TBR 2019 and thought the way she organized her TBR was just amazing. For someone like me, that’s a complete mood reader it’s perfect because I’m still able to pick which book you’d like to read, within a topic, rather than having one already picked out. Amy-Louise said she originally saw this on Codie’s Booktube Channel, be sure to check out both Tomes with Tea as well as Codies’s Book Corner.
I’ve taken most of the genres that Amy-Louise used but not all of them, as well as adding others, here they are:
Author love – A book by an author that I love but haven’t read yet. (probably Zimler or Saramago, let’s be honest for a minute)
Highest rated – The highest rated book that I own. (from my Goodreads)
Lowest rated – The lowest rated book that I own. (from my Goodreads)
Classic – I own loads of unread classics and I love classics, so I have to read them.
Recent purchase – I will pick from the list of books that I have bought in the last 2 months.
Sci-fi – Need I say more?
Treat yo shelf – Buy a new book!!! (it’s happening more than once, let’s be real here)
Short book – A book with less than 200 pages.
Historical fiction – I love it and have tons of Historical fiction books unread waiting to be loved.
5-star prediction – A book I believe I’ll love.
Poetry – Love it, but haven’t read any in a while.
Non-fiction – I have to catch up on those.
Big book – A book over 500 pages.
TBR vet – A book that has been on my TBR for longer than two years.
Portuguese author– I have got to support the authors from my own country.
eBook – I’m really behind on those.
I’ll write every topic twice on a piece of paper and every month I’ll be picking between 3 and 4 of the cards and then choosing books on my shelves that match with the corresponding categories.
If you liked this idea thank Amy-Louise, thanks to her I found this different way of doing TBR lists. If there is any book within a certain category that you want to recommend go ahead.
Probably nobody cares but I feel like I have to explain the reason why I went so many months without posting.
First of all, last semester I attended a seminar on Superconductivity, which led to me being able to get an internship at an amazing investigation center in Barcelona. It was all fun and games until I realized I wasn’t going to be able to attend the exam season my uni has for anyone who fails any class during the semester or decides to improve his/her grades. This had I huge impact on my overall stability during this semester since I had never had a semester when I didn’t attend said exam season.
I had to achieve reasonable grades in all subjects in order to do this internship. I was under a crazy amount of pressure and stress, I mean I don’t consider myself dumb but I’m not the most intelligent person you’ll ever meet, in addition to my horrible study habits. It got to a point when I hardly got out of the house except for classes and tests, I hardly spoke to anyone, I decided to clean my phone of all type of social media I had and I only really used my computer to uni-related stuff.
Everything is okay now, I’m currently doing my internship, sightseeing on the weekends and I even went to a karaoke bar for the first time in my life. I can honestly say that IT’S ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD.
I really just wanted to say sorry for not posting for so long and to all the authors who were kind enough to send me a copy of their books, if I haven’t reviewed them yet, I’m extremely sorry, I’m doing my best to catch up on my reading.