domingo, 31 de enero de 2016

Currently | In France!

shamelessly stole got this idea from Kim, who blogs at Sophisticated Dorkiness. She reviews the most amazing books, so go read her blog!

The month of silence has been due to just one thing: I've temporarily relocated to France! I'll be living here this semester for my PhD. At first it was overwhelming, since I didn't know anyone here, and I acutely missed my family and friends. Fortunately, I'm in a great place and have already met a bunch of lovely persons.

Time: 11:30

Place: Desk in my temporal apartment

Eating & Drinking: Mint tea with honey for a sore throat

During the first two weeks of January I didn't read that much with the planning and preparation, but I've compensated it (prepare for a batch of mini-reviews!). I've recently finished Nellie Bly's Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and loved it, and I'm about a quarter through's annual short story collection... of 2014! It has been languishing in my TBR pile for almost a year. I want to finish it before they publish the new one.

Listening: Lots of radio. Will I get used to French?

WatchingDownton Abbey. I abandoned it midway through but I got the Downton bug last week and watched three episodes in a row. It's as soapy as I remember it, but at the same time so good! 

Loving: Tourism! I always like getting to know new places.

Promoting: I'm going to be participating in two events during February:
  1. Little Women Read-Along hosted by Jenni Elyse, Kami and Suey. I'm very excited about this, since it's been a really long time since I last read Little Women. It will also be my monthly classic for the Women's Classic Literature Event organized by The Classics Club.
  2. The Reluctant Romantic Challenge hosted by Katie, which is about getting acquainted with a genre that you've always meant to read but never seem to get around to, or even with a genre you're scared of! I'll be doing romance. I read my first real romance novel last year, but I'm still very new to the genre.

lunes, 11 de enero de 2016

Life According to Literature: 2015

I saw this at Marelden's and thought it was a fun way of recording what I've read this year. The survey is originally Catherine Pope's.

Describe yourself: The Hedge Knight (George R.R. Martin)
      [Since I've been traveling so much this year.]
How do you feel: Too Much Happiness (Alice Munro)
Describe where you currently live: Paper Towns (John Green)
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Virgin River (Robyn Carr)
Your favourite form of transportation: Daddy-Long-Legs (Jean Webster) 
      [I struggled with this question, so I chose this book because of the legs. Lame, I know.]
Your best friend is: The Human Engineer (Jessica Brody)
You and your friends are: Amicae Aeternum (Ellen Klages)
What's the weather like: The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
      [I'm traveling again in three days to spend a semester abroad, and it's scary.]
What is the best advice you have to give: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
Thought for the day: Blue is the Warmest Color (Julie Maroh)
How I would like to die: O Último Cais (Helena Marques)
      [O Último Cais means The Last Harbor, that is, of old age.]
My soul's present condition: The Map of Chaos (Félix J. Palma)