#DiverseBookbloggersDiscuss: How ADHD affects my reading

 

Ceillie.pngHello guys !

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 12, but the diagnosis didn’t really surprise me, or my parents. I’ve always been impulsive, overeager, and regularly either hyperfocused or unfocused. I would often tell people “oh yeah, I know how to do this thing,” whether that thing was playing the guitar, swimming, or reading aloud. It often got me into trouble, and embarrassed when it was proven I couldn’t actually do the thing I said I could. Not being able to swim as well as I said I could as a kid meant that I had several very unsafe experiences in the deep end of pools.

Those traits follow me into every part of my life, and affect how I read more than you might think.

Hyperfocus makes me a dedicated reader, when I can focus on anything at all. I read at a comparatively high speed, and often tune everything else out when I get really into a book. I love it when I can hyperfocus on a book, because I absorb everything I can from that novel. That book would almost always be a book that I fall in love with. Being able to hyperfocus on it is often the sign of a book that would get a five star rating, back when I used to rate with stars on my blog. Now that it’s foxes, they still tend to be the books I love more than others.

However, I can’t always control what books I can hyperfocus, or even just plain focus, on. If there’s a lot of sound nearby, or the texture of my clothes are wrong, or I’m not in the right reading position, it often leaves me as unfocused as a bored toddler. It also means that if I’m not enjoying a book, I can rarely bring myself to pick it back up.

One thing that I do to help myself focus on a book is read whatever it is as an audiobook. Audiobooks don’t help me focus on them if I’m not doing something else, but if I’m driving or knitting, things that don’t require a ton of brainpower, it’s just enough to make my brain kick into gear and be able to do both things with relative ease. Audiobooks are also helpful because of my day job schedule, but that’s a discussion for another post.

My impulsivity also helps, and hurts, my reading. It leads me to pick up books that are probably not the best choices for me, or to not fully read the synopsis (or the publisher name) before I request them as a reviewer. This means that I read books by publishers that I know I won’t enjoy – or I would have known, had I, you know, read the name before requesting. (I’m looking at you Jessica Kingsley Publishers. I’m looking directly at you.) However, on occasion, it also leads me to books that I wouldn’t have thought I’d love, but I actually do. It’s both great and terrible. I also pick up books based on their cover art on occasion, thanks to my graphic design background in college, and love of good art. Give me a good cover, and I’m at least fifty percent more likely to pick up a book. It’s just how my brain works.

Overeagerness is my favorite trait when it comes to reading. Overeagerness is what leads me to overbook myself on my blog schedule and do as much as I do, and I love it. Even when it gets to be too much, I love to be busy, and to multitask on whatever I’m working on. This does tend to lead me to overwork myself, but I love what I do – if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to do as much as I do.

Multitasking also leads me to be a regular presence on Twitter, even when I shouldn’t be. However, I use an app called Forest to help keep me off of Twitter when I absolutely need to be working on something else – like, say a blog post, or an article for work. I also have to keep myself organized with a couple of different apps that you can find in this post.

I’ve seen a lot of people say they’d look for a cure for their learning disabilities, or their mental health issues, and I can’t say that I blame them. I just know I wouldn’t, because this is part of who I am and always will be. And I love that.


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Book blogger @ Candid Ceillie

Ceillie is a county reporter by day, and blogger whenever she gets the chance. She is the parent of two furballs – a cat named Luke and a dog named Moose, and the soon-to-be-wife of a great guy. She’s queer, neurodivergent and cisgender, and she loves to meet and support new people, and can most often be found on Twitter at @CandidCeillie.

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Diverse Book Bloggers Discuss is a way to boost diverse bloggers who are brilliant and have a lot to say but have smaller platforms and don’t really get as much reach as they deserve. What this is, is basically a guest post feature where twice a month diverse book bloggers will discuss things they are passionate about on my blog. 

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How Do I do it all ? Studying, blogging, life, etc…

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Hello guys!

The title sounds like the most self-absorbed thing ever but hear me out, it’s just what literally everyone asks me when they learn what my schedule looks like and… yeah, it’s a pretty wild thing. So, I thought I’d talk about it for a bit especially since I’m on an organisational posts kick and I seem to have worked out a system to balance most aspects of my life. It took me four years haha, but better late than never.

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and dive straight into it. I’ll tackle every aspect separately and get into the “routine” I’ve figured out for each one of them. Continue reading

#TheReadingQuest Wrap-up post

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Hello guys!

#TheReadingQuest is a kickass video game inspired reading challenge created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight than run from August 13th to September 10th and today marks the official end of this amazing kick-ass reading challenge since yesterday was the last day. And I’m kinda proud of myself for posting this on time haha, it’s prescheduled since today is my first day back to classes and rotations *shudders*. Continue reading

Word wonders turns ONE: I answer all your questions

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Hello Guys !

I seriously cannot believe I’ve been around for a year and I never would have thought I’d make it to see the day where this little baby of mine would turn one. Because commitment issues and boredom. Yeah, yikes. But by some kind of miracle that didn’t happen with this blog and I don’t see a day where it will be happening because I’m loving it more and more each day. It boggles my mind how quickly time passes by, it genuinely doesn’t feel like a year has gone by. I’ve grown for sure, but I still feel like I just started (which in a way I just did, compared to the people who have been around for years).

Not gonna lie, blogging was harder some times more than others, because of how long writing posts takes and how much work goes into it, but for the most part it has been a wonderful journey that I’d never regret making the decision of starting. To be honest, I’m very tempted to make all this introduction a text of me screaming I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT. But I won’t. Because I want to show all of you how grateful I am that you have made this adventure an amazing one for me.

Thank you to each one of my followers for baring with my lame humor and rambly posts, especially those who always leave comments, you can’t imagine how much your kind words mean to me, they make my days a whole lot better and they put a huge smile on this face of mine.

And a special huge thanks to the friends I’ve made and without whom blogging and being on the internet everyday would never be same. They always have my back no matter what and that’s something I can never forget. Some of my best friends I met through blogging and you know who you are, you’re the ones I talk to everyday and to whom I go to with my every news I have, every new obsession, every rant and rave. Thousands of miles might separate us, but I’m determined to cross them one day and meet you. I LOVE YOU ❤

Okay, now that I’m done with the cheese and emotions, let’s start the Q&A, shall we?

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What would your biggest dream be? What’s your actual dream job? Dream place you’d love to visit?Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

My biggest dream is with no doubt to travel all around the world. There are so many beautiful places that I want to visit and I hope I’ll be lucky  one day to go and discover some of them. At the top of that list is either Greece or the Netherlands so yeah that’s my answer for dream place to visit haha. Dream job is the one I’m fortunate enough to be working towards right now which is being a Doctor, I’d also love to go on missions with organizations like Doctors without Borders, that’s my ultimate job goal.

How did you break your laptop screen with a scarf? -Meghan @ Whimsically Meghan.

This was such a ridiculous thing hahaha. So, to keep it short, I always wear one of those huge scarfs at home because it is freezing. A couple of weeks ago, I put my laptop on my desk and didn’t pay attention to the tip of that scarf which got stuck under the laptop (like seriously THE TIP, not even a big chunk), so when I turned around the scarf turned with me and it brought the laptop down with it. That’s how my laptop screen was shattered. Because of a scarf. Yep.

What is your favorite song at the moment? -Chloe @ The Chloe Douglas Blog & Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

I’M IN LOVE WITH THE SHAPE OF YOU. Okay, if you didn’t guess it’s Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. It always gets me jamming and dancing, and it instantly puts me in a good mood.

What show would you star in if you could and would your role be like? *cough* I am assuming it will be something in The Royals *cough* -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

You already guessed half the answer, didn’t you? hahaha. And I’m pretty sure who I’d want to be won’t come as a surprise either. I want to be Eleanor’s best friend. I love that girl so much and she’s had her fair share of betrayal and heartbreak for a life time so yeah I want to be her loyal royal bestie.

What’s your favorite Tv-show? -Angel @ Bookhearts Forever.

Read the question above hahaha. I’m completely obsessed with the Royals right now. It took over my life while I was binge watching the available seasons and now waiting for a new episode every week is painful and I have Kat to thank for that. She did it to me. And for those of you who don’t know, the Royals is about a fictious English royal family with a LOT of scandals and drama.

If money weren’t a problem, what are the top 3 places you’d want to visit? -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

  • Greece
  • The Netherlands
  • Italy

Someone fund my travellings. Please and thank you.

What’s your favorite food? -Reg @ She Latitude.

SUSHIIIIIS. I’ve literally eaten it every one of my birthdays for the past 3 years.

If you could live anywhere in the world other than where you are currently, where would it be? -Reg @ She Latitude.

It would be somewhere with easy access to English books and out of all the places that have that, London sounds the most appealing to me right now.

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How long did it take until you personally felt like your blog was somewhat successful, in your opinion? -Mikaela @ The Well-thumber Reader.

Umm.. This is such an interesting question because I don’t see myself as a successful blogger in the literal sense of the term? But what I can say that I started feeling somewhat like that when I got more confident with my content as well as when I started having real friends that I don’t imagine myself without. That’s pretty much what success is to me. No big number or stats. Although those are really nice too haha.

What is one big lesson you’ve learnt from one year of blogging? -Anushka @ Going Through Books.

It’s not as easy as it seems. When I was thinking about starting, I thought “How hard can it be?”, and though it isn’t hard, it takes a lot of time, effort and commitment. From thinking up post ideas, writing them, graphics, promoting, visiting other blogs, etc… it takes a lot. But I love it so it doesn’t feel like a burden and it makes it all worth it.

Are you reading more of some genres since you started blogging? -Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books & Melissa @ Booknerd Momo.

Fantasy and Historical Fiction. Which is funny because they’re now favorites of mine. I used to side-eye HF so much before even though I’ve always been a History Nerd si I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t like them. As for Fantasy, I grew up subconciously thinking that they were for boys so I never even tried one before last year.

What kinds of posts are your favorites to write? – Gail @ Gail the Fabulaphile & Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

Discussions for sure. I get to ramble at my heart’s desire, I get to make my lame jokes -or be serious, depending on the topic- and I’m generally just more excited when the post I’m writing is a discussions versus everything else. I still love the other types of posts but these have my heart.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with their blog? -Tiana @ The Book Raven

Be yourself. I know that this is the generic advice that every blogger gives but it’s the most essential one. Don’t worry about what everyone else is writing about or how people would react to this or that kind of posts. We can’t all be saying the same things, what fun is that?From experience, the posts that have the most interaction are the genuine ones where I get personal and talk about things that really matter to me. Or the ones where my personality really shows.

What’s the first review you ever posted on your blog? And what differences do you see between that and the last one you posted? -Marta @ The Book Mermaid.

Ehehe, the first review I ever wrote was also the first post in general. It was my review for the Martian by Andy Weir and everything about it is different? haha. It didn’t have any structure (not saying it’s a bad thing, I just have the memory of a gold fish so I need structure to remember everything I want to say) while my reviews now are roughly sectioned and I also noticed that I’m way more critical now and I tend to notice things that I used to think back then “How does this blogger notice all those things?”

In an average week, how many hours do you spend reading and blogging? -Reg @ She Latitude.

Oh boy. Can a lot be the answer? No? Okay. I read on average 2hours a night on week days and around 4 on week ends so I read around 18 hours a week, could be more, could be less. As for blogging, I never paid attention but one post takes on average 2 hours + blog hopping, comments, etc… I’d say 10 hours is the minimum.

Is there anything you ever felt scared to post about on your blog?  Any issue you wish you could cover but are unconfident to do so in case of haters? -Hannah @ A Mortal Reader.

Yeah of course, I was really scared to get backlash from people who would twist my words when I posted “To some, access to books is a Luxury” and I also felt REALLY nervous when writing my post about “Reading Books at the wrong time” because I got very personal in that one.

Umm, I don’t think haters will ever stop me from speaking my mind, because at the end of the day this is my blog and I say whatever I want in it as long as I’m respectful and I don’t hurt anyone in the process. Yes I’m scared of being hated on at times, but I still talk about the things that matter to me.

Do you like when book bloggers talk about issues they’re passionate about? Such as feminism, climat change etc… -Hannah @ A Mortal Reader.

100% YES. Those are some of my favorites because they blog about things that are important to them and it can be very educational especially when I’m not very aware when it comes to the topics that are discussed.

What’s the most difficult thing about blogging for you ? -Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

Definitely keeping up with other blogs. With the amount of blogs that I follow, posts add up very quickly and with real like things + taking care of my own blog, it gets hard sometimes to find the time to read other bloggers’ posts.

When you started blogging a year ago, did you expect to be where you are now? -Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

Honestly? No. Not in the number of followers, not in the stats, not in the design, not in my place in the community, not in the relationships I gained. I NEVER would have thought that I’d get to 500 followers in a year, never would have thought that I’d meet people who’d become my best friends, that I’d get to interact with authors, and so on and so forth. I have so many things now that I never expected my blog to give me.

What’s been the proudest blogging moment of your first year?Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros.

Umm… This is a really hard one, because I’ve had a lot o small proud moments, like reaching every milestone, changing my bog design and seeing how everyone responded to it, etc… My proudest one recently is when an author I love and admire reached out to me to help her work on something, that was really something very special to me, and something I would’ve never thought would happen.

How do you think blogging changed your personal life and your life as a reader?Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros.

Well, first of all, I spend a lot of my free time working on my blog haha. No but more seriously, blogging changed me a lot as a person. I’m more confident in holding important discussions, I’m way more open-minded and critical in reading as well as in real life. As for my reading, last year I read more than three times what I used to read before starting my blog, I read more regularly and with a critical eye more often than not.

What’s one thing about blogging that you really struggled with when you first started your blog?Melissa @ Booknerd Momo.

Coming up with discussion topics was a real struggle for me at first. It’s not that I didn’t know what to talk about, it’s that I worried what people would think and if they would care about those things I want to talk about. But once I got over that, discussing different topics on here became a lot easier.

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What Books have you read for your blog that changed your life or your perspective on the world in some way? -Diana @ Diana Prince Reviews.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. They are both books I read last year and I can’t even begin to explain the kind of impact they had on me. That’s not even an exaggeration, I CAN’T FORM WORDS. But I have reviews for them which you can find here and here that try to explain why everyone should read both of those books. I’ll never shut up about them.

What made you want to start reading in English, since it’s not your native language? -Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

I’ve never thought about it before but it just felt like the natural course of things, I started being fluent in English so translating that into my reading seemed like the right move to do. To be fair, I never like reading in my native language haha, I used to read in French before that and some translations can be pretty bad, if they are even available that is.

Would you rather have a bedroom with bookshelves all around the walls or an actual room dedicated to books? -Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

MARIE I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS! Why you do this to me. I’m very tempted to steal Kat’s answer for this one because it sounds awesome but no. I think I will take a room dedicated to books.

What fairytales/stories do you wish there were more retellings of? -Tiana @ The Book Raven.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favorite stories growing up and I only manages to find one retelling for it (which I haven’t read yet) so I definitely want more of it. Hansel and Gretel is one that would definitely be interesting with a modern twist.

What Books did you love reading while Growing up? -Tiana @ The Book Raven.

The Grimm brothers Fairytales, the kid friendly ones obviously not the creepy ones. I also devoured all the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton, I lived for that group of friends’ adventures.

If you could read only one genre for the rest of your life which would it be? -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

Why are my friends evil? And why do you hate me? Uuuuh… I’m torn between Fantasy and Contemporary, I love all the the different worlds Fantasy has to offer but contemporary was my first love so that’s probably what I’d choose. Contemporary.

Imagine you had the power to read a character out of a book and get them to live in ours, who would it be? -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

Again. Evil. I would probably choose Nina Zenik from Six of Crows because her love for food made my life and I feel like we would be great friends, and she’s relatively harmless… even though those powers of hers are frightening.

If you could take the place of one main character and live their journey who would you pick and why?Beth @ Reading Every Night.

Probably Jordan from Noteworthy by Riley Redgate. The MC is such a funny, relatable girl. She also joins an A capella group and goes on a little cross-dressing experiment that would definitely be interesting. Keep a look out for it once it comes out in May, you don’t want to miss out.

What Book  world do you wish was real? -Beth @ Reading Every Night.

The Wizarding World is a pretty standard answer isn’t it? haha. Well, it’s either that or Red London, though I’m very nervous about this one because of how A Gathering of Shadows ended, I don’t think it’s safe anymore, so it being real is probably a bad idea.

Is there a book you’ve read that was bad that you wish you could go back and stop yourself from picking up? -Beth @ Reading Every Night.

No? Don’t get me wrong, I read my fair share of bad books but I don’t regret any of them because at least I can warn other people, especially in the case of problematic books.

Who is your favorite bookish character and why? -Angel @ Bookhearts Forever.

LILA BARD from the Shades of Magic trilogy. If you read those books, you already know why she is my favorite because how can you not love her? She’s so sassy, witty and cunning. A very flawed but very lovable character.

If you could trade places with any villain in any book, which one would it be and why?Melissa @ Booknerd Momo

I don’t think trading places with a villain would be very smart hahaha. They all end up dead or stripped of power or something. I’d much rather be on the other side of that scenario. So, no trading places with a villain for me.

What’s your favorite bookish quote? Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros.

It’s a quote from none other than the glorious book that has ruined all fantasy for me, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

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Well, that’s it for this Q&A, I LOVED answering al these questions, some were really fun, others made me think. They’re all around awesome, so thank you for taking time to ask me ❤


That’s it until next time.

Do you have any other questions? I’ll be happy to answer in the comments.

I’d also love to get to know all of you, so answer some of these questions in the comments if you’d like.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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TAG #29: This time Next Year

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Hello guys!

I’m not one to usually make new year’s resolutions or anything, because I never stick to them and that just puts additional pressure on yours truely. And I DON’T LIKE THAT. It has been years since I last done that (seriously, I was like 14 or something). But this tag seemed like the perfect way to write down what are some things I wish to achieve by the end of next year without the added pressure because… well because at the end of the day this is a tag. And also the goals I’m setting are very achievable and things I’m actually very excited about. Anyway, Kendra @ Reads and Treats tagged all December babies so it was calling out my name. So, thank you!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Write your goals for next year.
  • Write how you’re going to achieve your goals.
  • Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to share their goals.
  • Then if you wish in 365 days write a post for everyone to see if you have been successful or not!

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The way I calculated this number is that I generally read 6 books a month and I want to make at least half of that diverse, which makes it 3 and if I remember anything in maths 3x 12 months = 36. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ll surpass that number because I reach naturally for these books more now than ever and I have a MASSIVE diverse TBR. So besides some series I really want to get to (which I don’t really know if they are diverse or not) most of my reads will hopefully be diverse.

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What I’m talking about here is maybe feminism in books, Muslim representation in books, maybe the correlation between the two, share some of my experiences, etc… And it’s not that I don’t know anything about these things now, I can write these posts, but I just feel like I have a lot to learn, to avoid making certain mistakes, to write more elaborate and more detailed discussions. Don’t worry I’ll still be silly me most of the time, it’s just that some things are important to me and I want to share them with you.

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I’ve been naughty. I worked out non-stop for the last 3 years, I was disciplined and passionate about it but since this uni year started, I slacked A LOT until I just stopped going and canceled my gym membership altogether. Now, 80% of that is because I was trying to figure out a way to fit in everything I want and have to do and this including studying, my intership, reading, blogging, drawing, AND working out… and I had to give up something just until I figure it my schedule. The other 20% is because I didn’t like what I was doing anymore. So next year, I plan on going back to doing martial arts and yoga and if the first proves difficult I’ll take up running.

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The way I’ll do this is simply by not missing a week or if I do, make up for it by posting twice some other week. And I think that if I start having too many reviews on hold, I’ll start posting them more than once a week. Now, I already have a month worth of reviews, all from my November reads so if that keeps accumulating and it gets worse ahah, I’ll do that.

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This is something I am dying to start doing but I’m waiting for the actual journal to get here. I’ve always wanted to write down my thoughts but never knew how to format them. A few week back I stumbled upon some journaling videos on YouTube and I realized that THAT would work for me and that I could do it however I wanted and I don’t have to do it everyday. So yep, as soon as it gets here, I shall start and I’ll make it all artsy and pretty (I hope).

Well, I think those are more than enough haha. I will most definitely write a post in a year to see how everything goes (hopefully, I’ll remember!), how I grow and how some things might change in that time period. Anyway, wish me luck!


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That’s it until next time.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are some you have for 2017? Do we have any in common?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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My Habits as a Reader – From cute to ridiculous

Hello guys !

So I’ve been saving up this post for quite some while because… Because I frankly don’t know! Procrastination probably. But here I am, finally talking to you all about the habits I have as a reader. The Good, the bad and the Ugly. Or confess I should say because it can get ridiculous sometimes -most of the time. What actually gave me the last push I needed to finally write this post up is reading Puput‘s -@ Sparkling Letters– post about this a while ago, so I decided that it was time and that I couldn’t keep pushing it away forever so I scheduled it right away.

Note: I changed the post’s title because reading it back, the “pathologic” made me feel uncomfortable and didn’t sit well with me. That being said, it’s still the same in the graphic because I don’t have those templates anymore and I’m too lazy to make it from scratch again, sorry. ❤ 

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1- I’m a Night reader

I almost exclusively read at night. Like, you can count the number of times I picked a book in the middle of the day this year on the fingers of one hand. Literally. In the morning I’m at the hospital. In the afternoon, I study at the Library (I normally have classes but I don’t go to those. Oops. I just prefer to study on my own). Between the two I have lunch and hangout with my friends a bit. And THEN I get home at around 6p.m and just lay in bed for about 2 hours because your girl is exhausted. THEN comes the reading. And I usually do so for 2hours at least every night. So that makes up for it, right?

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2- I switch genres a LOT

What I mean is that I read a bit of everything every month. I get bored VERY easily so I can’t read just one genre a month and that’s why I rarely marathon series. If I do that I’ll get fed up and enjoy it less than I might if I read it sporadically. AND that is why I like a wide variety of genre and why I also like to get out of my comfort zone more often than not and try books I wouldn’t reach out for normally.

3- I’m an ebook kind of girl

Not out of want to be honest. It is out of necessity because shipping here is hella expansive, it always costs more than the book itself and the selection of actual English physical copies is very limited. Although I do buy book from bookshops, my ebook collection is significantly larger (by hundreds of books, mind you). I even developed a particular taste for ebooks haha. Also, this makes getting bookmail extra special.

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4- I get distracted VERY easily

Haha. Hahahaha. Since I read on my phone, I always have Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram whispering in my ear, wanting to be opened. And I answer the call 90% of the time, making me lose precious reading minutes. WHY OH WHY? It is seriously a disease, I’ll call it Socialmediatis. Hell! I even get distracted by my own over-imaginative brain. I would be reading one minute and riding on a unicorn’s back upside down the next, eating delicious foods and speaking gutural languages that don’t even exist. I would realize it after I’ve read a whole page not grasping a thing that’s happening, scolding myself and rereading the thing. Then it will happen a few pages afterwards. Oh, the struggle!

5- I read with the lights off

I don’t like reading with the lights on. Weird yep! But I just like to turn everything off and turn on the night mode on my phone. Really don’t know how to explain this, I just seem to concentrate better when it’s all dark, the world seems quieter.

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6- I always take notes while reading

I can’t review books from the top of my head if my life depended on it. I tried, believe me! just can’t remember everything I mean to say and get really frustrated with the process which leads to me hating that review altogether. So, prevent all that ordeal, I just take a little off my reading time and using it in profit of writing any significant thought that comes to me right when it comes, not risking to forget all about it and just use “UGHHH” and “AAAAH” in my reviews.

7- I always, always, always read the book before watching the movie

I don’t care how much time it might take me to get to the book. A week. A month. A year. I don’t care. If I do it the other way around, I might never read the book because I feel like my imagination gets restricted, it can’t run wild and get things the way it wants. Characters become actors. Places become movie sceneries. Dialogues become voices. You get it, Frank -that’s my imagination’s name, see how creative I can be?- likes to run free.

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8- I ALWAYS check the page count

It’s an obsession. Seriously. I do it way too often for it to be normal. For one I need to know how many pages exactly a book has, and then how many pages every chapter has induvidually. And ALSO how many pages I still have to read to finish the chapter -multiple times- and the book. God! That’s A LOT.

9- I need to take pauses

BOOKS ARE INTENSE, PEOPLE! If shit gets too real, if a character dies, if the damn dog dies (ESPECIALLY THEN), if anything that requires emotions happens, I need to take a break. I am an emotionally limited person, so as soon as I see some kinds of feelings coming my way I throw the book as far as I kind and run the other way to hide -and cuddle up- under my dragon’s wing who will prepare tea for me and protect me until that nonesense goes away.

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10- I am your basic bookbitch

I don’t like lending books. Don’t like dog-earing pages. Don’t like to be interrupted while reading. I’m cover trash. Don’t like when they don’t match. I get murderous thoughts when confronted to spoilers. I like to look at pretty shelves (even though I don’t have any). And so on and so forth. The classic symptoms of BDS. That means Book Dragon Symdrom if you didn’t catch on it.


That’s it until next time.

Do you think any of these are weird? What are YOUR habits?

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Reading/Blogging while drowning under School Work: A guide.

Hello guys !

By now, all of us have gotten back to school/college and things are starting to get serious. If you’re managing to do everything you want to do, keep-up with school AND not be stressed about it, GOOD FOR YOU (and also, I’m sure you don’t exist). I’m admirative and I’ll forever strive to be like you. I know last year was rough for me, I had a LOT of classes, I wasn’t organized and didn’t keep up with my lessons either because I was exhausted or because I procrastinated and let reading, blogging and everything else come first. So when I had to prepare for my exams it was one of the most traumatizing things I’ve ever experienced, I’m not even kidding, and despite the fact that I passed all my classes with no hick-ups, I promised myself never to do that again.

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What do I do and how do I do it? I spent quite sometime thinking up ways to balance everything and minimize the stress (because let’s face it, I will never get rid of it) and even though I still haven’t tested all these things for long, I still decided to share them. They may be of help to some of you. It will be a mix between studying/blogging/reading.

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I have no idea what I would do if I didn’t have a daily to-do list to work with. I would probably do nothing and freak-out, which is an art I mastered last year. This not only keeps you organized but it also gives you a goal to work toward, which is quite motivational. To me anyway. Being able to tick off each task as I do it has proven to give me quite a kick when I need it. So I’d suggest doing that. Having a planner, to-do lists and the like.

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I know that EVERYONE says that scheduling is the key but it’s like a myth to most of us. It used to be one to me up until recently when I realized that I can’t keep up with having my internship the morning, classes until 6 p.m., reading, working-out, socializing AND blogging everyday. I just can’t. And yes, I like to do a lot of things and I’m not giving up on anything anytime soon, so I found that this works best for me. I have an overview of my month’s posts and I write them up whenever I have sometimes which is generally on the weekends. Luckily this September, I have a week’s worth of holiday in which I wrote all of the month’s posts (this one included). Crazy, I know. I reached a level of organization I didn’t think myself capable of.

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This can be pretty helpful too. If you get a post idea when you can’t reach your laptop, put it on your phone right away, pour out everything that comes to mind on the topic right there and then so it’ll be easier to flush out and edit before posting. God knows how many ideas I’ve forgotten just because I got them at the wrong time and also because I never thought of using my phone to draft posts.

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This is a BIG one. It takes me quite sometime to make graphics from scratch, valuable time that I could be using on my school work, reading or even scheduling another post. So, by having premade graphics, it only takes me 2 minutes to change the background and/or text before using in my new post. I have my templates set for every kind of post I have and that definitely has made my post writing and editing process go by smoother.

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I know some people say “I am not a night reader” but if you train yourself, of course you can do it! To be honest, I’ve always done all my reading at night so it comes naturally to me. But if you don’t read at night and are not willing to try, you won’t get much reading done (unless you spend a decent amount of time in common transportations) because between all the other things, to most of us, night time is the only free time. That is why I dedicate at least 30 minutes of my time every night (which turns into 2 hours but shhh!!) to read. Plus, it’s better than to spend the night staring at a screen, scrolling to endless pages in social media – Don’t deny it, we’ve all done it.

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The teacher/professor is late to class? Read. You’re waiting for your friend to join you? Read. You’re waiting for your lunch order? Read. You’re in your doctor’s waiting room? Read. Waiting for your train/bus/bicycle/helicopter/camel? Read. You’ve got it, any spare time is an excuse to pick up that book where you left it off. May it be 10min, 20min or an hour. Just do it. Think of it for a second, if you have little breaks of 10min 4 or 5 times a day (which is average) by the time you get home you would have read 40 to 50 min which depending on your reading speed can make for 50 to 100 pages. Doesn’t seem so short now, does it?

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What I mean by that is to pick up the books you most excited about first. Ain’t nobody got time for meeh books. This way, you’re less likely to waste precious time because you’re less likely to dislike the book. Simple logic.

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Seems obvious, right? But how many of us actually do this? Probably 0.1% (Clearly making that up). The thing is we usually do school work when we’re pressed by time or just when we feel like it, and we almost never feel like it. So, dedicating, let’s say… 2 hours everyday to read through your notes and search for things you didn’t understand, start working on that essay that’s due in a comfortable amount of time, should be mendatory because it will make sucha huge difference in time and stress management. You’ll thank me later.

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This one’s my favorite to be honest. I’m that girl who has fun taking notes and making them pretty and colorful. I don’t know any other way. When I tried to study straight from the books, I struggled A LOT because not all of the information registered into my brain and I ended up redoing the same chapters more times than necessary. Plus, it has been proven that writing things helps with memorizing them, which means it’ll take you less time once you want to go over the chapters. And I SAY that having pops of color helps even more. AND since they are YOUR notes, they will have your own writing and thinking style to them which will be more familiar to you thus making it easier to retain.

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I’m guilty. You’re guilty. The neighbor’s guilty. The neighbor’s dog’s guilty. You got it, we all to this more often than not. That essay is due in a month? “I’ll do it in the last week” and then the last day comes by and you have to scribble down some mediocre thing that isn’t worthy of you, dropping your grades and making you have to work harder. If you refer to 8, you should be set to write a great essay and even have some time to spare. Same thing goes for blogging, winging a post in a rush will make for an average or even a less than average post, so if you have enough time on the posting day then that’s fine but if you have 30 minutes to scramble something together, then believe me, you’re better off without.

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This applies to EVERYTHING. Focus on studying one or two chapters a day and getting the most out of them instead of just rushing through 6 chapters and getting next to nothing stamped into your brain. This goes for the number of posts you do per week as well as the books you read. I know we sometimes get caught up in the amount of books we read, when we see how many some people are able to go through in one month (Read: 15-20) that makes us want to do the same, even if that means we don’t enjoy the story the way we should and that kind of competition can also make us neglect some other priorities and responsibilities to others, but primarily to ourselves.

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I can hear you saying “WHAT?” from here, followed by “What’s that gotta do with studying and reading?” but hear me out for a second. I must say that I love working out and that I do so 3+ times a week for 1hour or so but that’s not what I’m asking you to do here, because I know some people don’t like it and I’m not here to make you do anything. What I mean is, you should try to go for walks, just for 30 minutes and you’ll see a difference in your focus and energy levels. Sometimes we tire our brains to fry and keep on going nonetheless, which is useless because once your brain shuts down there’s no use in trying to do anything. When that happens get out of the house, get on that bike that has been sitting around for years, do some yoga, try some dance classes or any other physical activity you think you’d enjoy. It also helps immensely with stress management, to me, that’s the only thing that works and it is also scientifically proven because the body releases hormones that reduce stress and make the brain more alert.

Well that was a lengthy post, but I hope you enjoyed it and could get some use out of it.


That’s it until next time.

Do you do any of these? If not, what are some tips and tricks you apply on a day to day basis?

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