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Books in 2017, and ‘Goals’ for 2018


2017 was a good year for me in books. I read 21, which is 4 more than my original challenge of 17. I discovered some new (to me) authors, but most importantly I think I finally brought back my reading mojo.

Aside from that, I also bought much less than I usually do (which is a good thing), and I found myself reading what I already have. It wasn’t quite the three out one in I was hoping for, but it was still better than other years.

Fingers crossed for 2018. God willing, these trends will continue.

In 2017 I also started a separate Instagram account for all my book-related posts.

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Come join me there if you haven’t yet!

At first I thought that Goodreads yearly review would be enough for me, but no. I want to write an actual post, even if it’s just a line or two about each book I’ve read last year.

Even if my notes are short, the post itself is still kinda long – after all, I am talking about twenty-one books here. So it’s all blissfully hidden under the cut. If you’re not keen on book notes, scroll down to the very end for my tentative 2018 reading goals.


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Links for the weekend, three.


The Art of Yao Xiao

A Russian Navy… cat. =^.^=

The Ultimate Skincare Ingredients Guide.

The NARS Orgasm Collection. I still haven’t tried the original blusher. It’s been on my wish list for ages.

American Malls Are Closing: How Retail Changed (And I Did Too). Referenced articles are a good read as well.

Nipples Are the Secret to the Perfect Lipstick Shade?

It has however been reported that using such method is less complimentary, if your complexion happens to be extremely pale or deep; as I said it isn’t exactly a highly researched topic; most likely homeboy wanted his name in the press and happened to be a boob man.

How to Generate Ideas for Your Blog. Actually a post with unique techniques for once.

6 Tricks That Will Speed Up Your Metabolism is one of those ‘yeah, I knew all that…’ posts but is a great refresher.

This Is How to Find Out If You Are Sleep Deprived. Back in drama school days I’ve actually been introduced to a similar technique – but with the purpose of staying awake just a bit longer. You’d sit on a chair or lie on a sofa with your hand over the floor, holding an object that would make a significant amount of noise when falling down from your hand – like a bunch of keys or a metal mug. You’d allow yourself to fall asleep, which would mean that you’d let go of the object, and the sound of it falling will wake you up. There, some more time won against the Oneiroi.

How to Describe Fragrance.

My Family’s Slave – a story of slavery in modern America.

Classical art with FaceApp smiles. I never knew I needed this in my life.

Five Foolproof Bronzers for Fair Skin.

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Links for the weekend, two

kate moss rimmel

Hello, hello! The most boring day on the internet strikes again.

Instagram Shadowbanning 411

Actually, just Sharmtoaster blog in full. It’s a recent addition to my feed, and I really like it.

How to wear yellow eyeshadow.

One skirt, three ways.

My decision to ban (or, let’s face it: dramatically cut) beauty purchases led to my exploring the panning community a bit deeper. So far, the channel that stood out for me the most was PrettyPistol86.

The High Street Spring Lipstick Collection.

Some new additions to my Instagram feed: emiremarque (love the books paired with the girly aesthetic); te_bessum (knitting and books); ekinik (also take a look at the site); addymanbooks (books and breakfasts of a bookseller that is far, far away from me); photographycuba (my long standing dream is to travel there). Last but not least: after much persuasion, my friend finally started a bookstagram. Follow her here!