Hi, friends! As promised in my yesterday’s post – March 2020 Wrap Up, where I talked about the reading slump that has been haunting me since the end of February, here is a list of things I’ve been doing to try and fight my way out of this horrible feeling!
This is still work in progress, but considering that I’m planning to finish my 11th and 12th books of this month, I think it’s actually going well and I hope that before OWLs begin I will be fully excited to emerge myself in numerous magical worlds!
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. I don’t usually make weekly wrap ups, although I love reading yours so so much! [talking about you, guys! – Emer @A Little Haze Book Blog, Dini @Dini Panda Reads, and Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile – three of the most consistent bloggers who post their weekly wrap ups on Sundays!]
Considering the latest development with Covid-19 in Europe and all over the world, I hope you’re staying safe and healthy! I won’t dwell much on this subject as I feel like it’s all people are talking about nowadays, so let’s dive into a less sad subject: Organization!
As the book blogger, of course, I love talking about books and reading, but I also love seeing how everyone else organizes their reading and blogging routines. What tools do you use? How do you manage to work/study/read books AND blog about it on the Internet? These are the subjects I love reading about.
Today, I’ll be sharing with you my blogging routine (basically my whole life organization routine). This is the system I used for a couple of years now. At the beginning of 2020, I made a couple of tweaks to it, which greatly improved my productivity (let’s hope that it stays this way for the rest of the year!).
It’s been too long since my last Top Ten Tuesdaypost! Hi, everyone, and hope you’re loving this week’s TTT theme. As I was preparing my post, I found a lot of books with single word titles. And apparently, Sci-Fi books are all about the single-word titles! I was even planning to make a list of Sci-Fi books with a one-word title that I really want to read, but some of them I don’t own and I wanted this list to be more realistic.
Every time I see someone re-reading their favorite books, I get transported to my teens when all I did was re-read books over and over again. To the point that I knew them all by heart. The most notable re-reads back then were (1) the Harry Potter series, (2) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, (3) children’s detective novels and (4) some witty and funny adult crime fiction.
I wanted to justify my re-reading phase with the fact that I didn’t have that many unread books on my shelves, but that’s not entirely true. My grandfather spent most of his life collecting books, which was very difficult to do in the URSS. Most of the available books were propaganda, and foreign authors were forbidden for many years. There even was an “underground” book trade business.
When I just started this blog, I didn’t even know that it was possible to read books from so many different authors. My reading mentality back then only allowed me to buy and read books from my favorite authors, or re-read all the books I already owned.
I remember how much I loved going to book shops when I was a teenager, browsing through all the new releases, reading the blurb on the back, and then putting the books down just to go and choose something from the author I was already familiar with.
This Top Ten Tuesday topic should have been one of the first ones in December, so I could sneakily show my boyfriend this list and would maybe get some of these books for Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve and now all is left to do is try to post this as early as possible to give him time to run to the bookstore that should still be open in the morning.
Alright, guys! This week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topic is very similar to the Holiday Reads Recommendations, and I also posted my December Goals earlier this month where I mentioned all of the books I need (and want) to finish before the end of the year. So, of course, I will be focusing on those during my Christmas Break!
Since I didn’t want to repeat myself, and mention re-reading Harry Potter for the 10th time in one week, but I’d still love to participate in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I decided to share with you top 8 of my organizational task I’m planning to do during the holiday break! (I know! Super exciting!)
How many Goodreads Choice Award nominees have you read?
This year I read only a couple of books from some of the categories, and decided not to vote (except on «The Fountains of Silence» by Ruta Sepetys). The winners were somewhat predictable, as everyone knows Goodreads Award is more of a popularity contest than anything else.
I’m starting this Holiday series with Top Ten Tuesday meme and some book recommendations for the most wonderful time of the year. This post contains a bunch of my all time favorite books. I tried to include different categories for different readers so that no-one would feel left out during the magical Christmas time!
December will be the busiest month of the year for most of the bloggers, YouTubers, and people in general. For us, it means the beginning of the Christmas season, but also the final stretch of the year to try and reach all of those reading goals we set up for ourselves almost 12 months ago. There will be a lot of new holiday content, best and worst of the year wrap-ups, and not much time left for reading.
I reached my GoodReads goal in July this year, which was the first time ever that I managed to read 50 books in 6 months! The second half of the year wasn’t as productive in terms of reading, and as much as I’d love to reach 100 books, I don’t think it will be possible.
I’ve been meaning to share this with you for the longest time, but always shied at the thought of how long it would take me to create the infographic that I’d love, and which would translate well my reading journey.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about Changes in our reading life, from genres to habits, this meme was perfect for me to finally sit down and prepare the one blog post that has been on my To-Do list forever.
Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I love every shade, from almost browns to pale pastel yellows. And that is the main color I associate with Autumn season. The yellow is everywhere – in the leaves, the pumpkins, and even the clothes (in my favorite mustard yellow ❤ )!
I’m joining the Top 5 Tuesday meme today, created by Shanah from BionicBookwormBlog. It’s been a while since I posted any TTT posts, mainly because the topics of the past weeks (months) weren’t my cup of tea. I’ve been seeing many To 5 Tuesday posts out there and thought it would be fun to finally join this meme as well!
This week we are supposed to give you our top 5 audiobooks. But since I’ve only listened to SEVEN audiobooks this year, I might as well talk about all of them!
I love TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topics that I can put my own twist to. This week we are supposed to talk about Books with numbers in the titles, and I had a hard time deciding WHAT books exactly I wanted to talk about. There are just too many possibilities!
After starting to compile my lists for Books I read that had numbers in the titlesand All Agatha Christie books with numbers in the titles. I decided to settle on a list of Dystopian and Sci-Fi books, creating another fall TBR! (this Autumn will be known as TBR Autumn).
Just a few days ago I started reading a dystopian novel «Cell»* by Stephen King that reminded me why I used to love science fiction and apocalyptic books so much!
*This book is GREAT, btw! I’m more than half way through and have a trouble putting it down.