Other bookish posts

M&M’s pick my tbr for October // mysteries and spooky books

So, if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I rarely do tbrs, just for occasional read-a-thons. I used to set myself a monthly tbr back when I had my old Hungarian blog, but I realised that it wasn’t for me. However, when I stumbled upon THIS video, I was instantly hooked by the idea. Dani @ Current Chapter booktube page created this absolutely amazing tbr challenge a few years ago, and she does it basically every month. I mean, combining sweets and books is my dream, so I was like heck yeah, let’s try this. So, even though I’m not much of a tbr person, I’ve decided to just go for it, and see if I like it. I will choose four books because that sounds reasonable to me. Since it’s going to be October, I wanted to pick spookier reads because I won’t participate in any Halloween-themed read-a-thons this year.

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Challenges

31-day digital declutter: a new challenge in October

I’m currently reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, which I’m enjoying greatly. There is a section that talks about a 30-day digital declutter, which took place a few years ago during January. (As most life-changing monthly challenges do. Not for me though. 😂) I haven’t finished it yet (though by the time this post comes out, I might already have), but I instantly knew I wanted to try this experiment. You know I love a good challenge, especially if it has to do something with device usage, so I’m not gonna pass up this opportunity.

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Nonbookish

Autumn bucket list

Spring and autumn have always been my favourite seasons because I prefer weather that’s neither too hot nor cold. I do love summer and winter as well, especially summer because of vacation. 😅 However, recently, my favourite seasons lost their essence as the weather is getting less transitional and more like ‘let’s be summer after being winter just the previous day’ and vice versa. We all know why that is (thanks, climate change and people), which makes it even sadder. Moreover, the past two autumns have been extremely difficult, first due to having COVID, and then another health and mental health issue. That’s why this year I’m going to try even harder to appreciate every little thing and keep my hopeful mentality (which is getting harder with being less outside in nature). So, in this post, I’ve collected quite a lot of things I’d love to do this autumn.

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Challenges

Building a relaxing morning & evening routine

After watching Unjaded Jade’s latest morning routine video, I felt inspired to try and make my own. I kind of have my own habits already, and I usually stick to them, but lately, I’ve been feeling I could make more mindful and relaxing routines. Recently, I find myself picking up my phone for a quick check after I wake up, which I haven’t done in a really long while. I also have been watching way too many TV shows and movies, some of them in the evening, when I should be winding down, without a blue light screen. It’s not that these things are inherently bad, I just want to do this experiment, if I can call it that, to see if I can build other habits in a month. So, if you are interested if I succeeded, let’s read on.

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Wrap-ups

August wrap-up // The last month of summer is always the most bittersweet

Dammit, I had a brilliant way to start this wrap-up, it involved a Taylor Swift august reference, and I totally forgot it. I knew I should’ve written it down when my Muse stroke me. Never mind, it’ll probably come to my mind in the middle of winter. August was great, I had the chance to travel inside my country, been to two places I’d never visited before, and also returned to my favourite, the cottage. I wish I could’ve stayed there longer, but work waits for no one. I read five books, I finished a series I started in that month, which is so rare.

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Some of my favourite first lines from classics

Recently, out of the blue, I started thinking about first lines in classics. I could easily quote a few, and I noticed how beautiful, interesting or strong most of them were. So today I’m going to share some of my favourites, as all of them would make a never-ending blog post. I haven’t read all of the mentioned books, some I don’t have any intention to, however, I still wanted to feature them here. Also, just a quick disclaimer that I’m not an English student, so my reasonings will not be academic or analytic, haha.

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Nonbookish

The Me and Music Tag

It’s been a while since I did any kind of tag post, let alone music-themed, so I was super excited to read Abby’s post featuring this super fun tag! It was originally created by Sophie @ Me and Ink, where you can find really cute graphics which I decided not to use because WordPress storage is not a lot. There are seventeen prompts, and I’ll do thirteen of them. It also says you can use up to five songs at each prompt, so that’s exciting! It lets me rave about my favourite music, which is honestly the best kind of activity. So grab a beverage of your choice, because this one is going to be long!

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Other bookish posts

2021 statistics

No, you are reading the title correctly. This post is going to be all about bookish stats related to my 2021 reads. So, you may be wondering, why on Earth do I care about this, after all, last year has ended eight months ago. That’s a good question though. And the answer is: I have no clue. I just suddenly felt like making a post about it, as when it was time for this in January, I was just not in the mental space to give a rat’s ass about statistics. But now, I was thinking about how much I enjoyed putting together my 2020 statistics, and I was sad how I missed last year’s. Then I realised, who said I couldn’t do it this late? Stats won’t expire after all… So, if you like pie charts, accompany me while I analyse my reading.

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Discussions

Why I no longer like audiobooks

Before I get into my reasons, I’d just like to say that I do appreciate audiobooks. They are definitely helping so many people who can’t read physical or e-books. As someone with only one functioning eye, I would be the happiest if I still enjoyed listening to them. However, I kind of fell out of love with them over the last year. There are a number of reasons for that, which I’ll discuss in this post.

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Wrap-ups

July wrap-up // Visiting Agatha Christie’s summer house & surviving the London heatwave

This is going to be a super long post, as so many exciting things happened to me this month, so grab a cup of iced tea or something! With my best friend I flew to England for six days, and it was an experience. I never sat on a plane before, and I was super anxious. I didn’t enjoy flying per se, but I managed it. I’m actually proud of myself, because this was the first time I went abroad without my family, and we navigated quite well. I read five books, the majority at the beginning of the month when I was at the lake cottage for a few days.

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