Bookish Goals for 2018 – sorta half through the year update.

Another book post, eh? Well it’s either that, or an essay about menstrual pads. Count your blessings.

We’ve only got about 4 months left of 2018, so it’s about time I checked in with my reading goals etc., etc. Where am I with my reading challenge? Have I checked off any points in my tentative goal list mentioned in the (waaayy) earlier post? Did I decide to add any other guidelines to that list? Am I building enough anticipation to compel you to click on the ‘more’ tag and read the post?

Probably not, but here we go.

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What I’ve Read – January-March 2018

How’s your bookish year going? Mine isn’t half bad. I’ve read a variety of genres, and a decent mix of ebooks and paper books. Shall we dig in?

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I started the year by finishing Galbraith’s Career of Evil. Good mystery, more backstory, awesome thriller points – the third in the Strike series comes highly recommended from me. Cuckoo’s Calling was rather twee, Silkworm was full of grotesque. Both enjoyable (especially Silkworm – I continue to be amazed by J.K. Rowling, it takes balls and talent to write that shit), but Career of Evil is the best one so far.

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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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