My Fall TBR List!

Fall is just few hours away from us and I couldn't be more excited, friends! I just love everything about this season and since my classes won't sturt until mid-October, I want to make sure to read a bunch of books, because my Summer was crazy and I hadn't so much time to dedicate to my books.

I only picked up four titles among the ones I already have on my Kindle, because I don't want to be too optimistic. :)

1. Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
I've read Rubin's previous book, The Happiness Project, during the Summer and I LOVED it, so I decided to immediately start the following one and I'm currently read it. I can't wait to start my own Happiness Project :)

2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Since my mom is going to buy the book, I'd try to give it a go, even if I'm not very pleased by all the negative reviews I've read on the internet. Plus, I still thinks we didn't need an eight book.

3. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
JK Rowling disappointed me so much with The Casual Vacancy, I couldn't even finish it! Fortunately she did an amazing job with this new series of crime books and I can't wait to read the third story.

4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This is still a maybe in my list, because I'd like to read some stories from the Sherlock Holmes collection, which is a perpetual work in progress for me. However, I'm very excited to start this series sooner or later.

As I said, not a huge list, but it's my first time planning what I'm going to read next and I think I will also include something not mentioned here along my way. :)

What are your Fall reading plans if you have any? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

What I've been Reading Lately

I recently discovered that I'm not good at writing long official reviews, I actually prefer rambling about the books I like and share my opinions, along with writing short blurbs about my current or past readings. So I decided that the Modern Mrs Darcy's linkup was the best way to share my progress with you.

Here are some of the books I've read lately.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

I really enjoyed this short novel by Rainbow Rowell, even if I've read it after Fangirl, her writing style doesn't disappoint, it's just amazing. The story is pretty simple and there are a couple of cliches, nerd guy - popular girl - fear of being a fake fangirl - possible love story. But despite all, I liked it so much that I was disappointed to arrive at the end after few pages, I would definitely read an entire book about it, because the characters and the plot are adorable!
As always, Rowell demonstrated her fangirl's nature and I love it, since she can describe the right way how geek girls feel themselves in certain occasions. I completely pictured myself as the main character, even if I'm not such a Star Wars fanatic. 4 stars only because it was too short! :)

I love journaling, so I was very excited to read this book after listening to a podcast with the author, I was sure it would really helped me through my journaling process. Unfortunately it was jam packed with writing "tools", as the author calls them, a bit too much out of my comfort zone. I still gave it four stars, because I think it's a great book and it could be useful to other people, plus I really enjoyed reading it.

It took me too many years to finally read this book, but I'm so happy I finally did it since it was amazing to me. I loved the movie from 2005 and this was one of the rare cases in which reading the book after the movie didn't bother me at all, I actually enjoyed it.

I don't remember how I discovered this book, but I absolutely adored it! Gretchen decided to start a 12 month-project to see if her already happy life could be even happier and wrote this book documenting her journey. This is such an inspiring reading, it really made me reflect and think about my own life. I'm tempted to start MY Happiness Project now!

What have you been reading lately? :)

Pokemon Go Book Tag

I love book tags, because I can fangirl about my favorites (and least favorites) without having to share long a difficult reviews, so when I read Kay's post I immediately bookmarked it, because I knew I had to do this tag as well sooner or later!

Nobody actually tagged me, but I think that Aentee of Read at Midnight  did a great job creating it, so I couldn't resist!

This is a bit hard since I never liked classics (I know!), but I think that we can consider Tolkien's work a classic, so I'd say The Lord of the Rings.

Oh gosh so many great memories! I'm italian, so you won't probably know this book, but the Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton was THE book that started everything (I own the very first edition from the '90s), I hated reading before discovering this series and my mom was very worried about that. Now she's worried that I read too much, haha.

Please don't hate me, but I don't have any interest to read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas right now. It looked like something I would enjoy reading, but bookstagram went so crazy for this series that now I'm tired of seeing the covers everywhere!

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert just didn't reach my expectations. It looked like a mix of extremely common sentences and concepts, like she picked up from all the most famous self-help books and put them together with her own personal life adventures.

The History of Middle-earth, I actually read the first two books since I already own them, but I still have to read the others. One of my biggest disappointments is that they didn't make a digital version of them and purchasing the whole series is going to be a bit expensive for me.

Honestly I can't reply, since I avoid like plague scary books!

I would go with the boring and standard reply: Ron and Hermione. I never liked the idea of Harry and Hermione together, as many people on the internet seems to appreciate, they are just perfect as friends, in my opinion.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown is such an incredible book with an amazing story and it's basically a whole race against time. I couldn't put the book down!

That's a hard question to answer, since I am a big believer that when a series is good, it has to end. Despite my ginormous love for Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, I wouldn't enjoy more books about them nor spin-offs!

I'm not actually excited for any debut novels at the time, but I can't wait to read the last book by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), Career of Evil, which was published only in June here in Italy.

If JRR Tolkien was alive, I would totally say him. But I can't, so my choice goes to Dan Brown!

The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab is basically everywhere on social media, but I'm still excited to start it. I actually bought the first book during a sale on Amazon Kindle and I'm just waiting for the arrival of autumn to start reading it.

I'd say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but it would be a lie since I don't even know if I'm going to read this book or not. I have this huge stack of books to read right now, that I'm not waiting anything, I'm more excited for some upcoming movies!

Not a recent one, but I loved the books from the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. I was afraid of reading them, since I've been super disappointed by Rowling's other book, The Casual Vacancy, I didn't even finish it! Fortunately this series turned out even better than I expected.

I'd love to own a couple of editions of The Hobbit, the one illustrated by Jemima Catlin and the one with the replica of the original cover made for the 75th anniversary!

That's a wrap! I am not going to tag anyone in particular, but feel free to join the party and do the tag on your own blogs/channels, be sure to link to the original post and let me know if you'll do it, I'd love to read your answers! :)

Why I'm Switching from Bloglovin' to Feedly After Five Years

I started blogging back in 2010 and shortly after I discovered Google Reader (I guess that was the name?), a nice way to keep track of new posts from the blogs I was following, because I never used my browser favorites to store my blog readings. Unfortunately, since Google is prone to kill its best inventions, that magic tool was shot down and I had to find something else. In 2011, I subscribed to Bloglovin'.

While I still totally recommend it for bloggers, I decided to switch to another tool called Feedly. Here is why.

1. Pocket integration
I use this nice app called Pocket to save all the articles and links I stumble upon the internet during the day and I don't have time to instantly process, it's basically a "read later" private space that you can access from everywhere, thanks to the various mobile apps. I also use it to keep track of the blogs where I left comments and don't have a notification system, so I can easily remember to check them later and see if I received a reply. My friend Molly wrote a great post about this kind of hacks. Feedly has this little button that lets you save an article on Pocket directly from the app/site, without having to use the browser extension or having to email Pocket the url of the article. Boom.

2. Privacy
On Bloglovin', you have a personal profile and a blog page, they are public and people can follow your profile and see your activities, like if you save a post or like something, add it to a collection, who are you following and so on. While you can still keep something private, it isn't a default option and you basically have everything under the sun. Now, I don't have nothing to hide and I follow only the blogs I'm really interested in, but it's nice having some privacy sometimes. I don't need another social network and Bloglovin' looks like that to me right now. Feedly is private by default and you can choose if creating public collections or not.

3. The overall look
Bloglovin' used to be the place for following lifestyle/food/fashion blogs back in the days (it's probably how I found one of my favorite blogs of all time, A Beautiful Mess), now you can easily find every kind of niche there, but the look of the site still reminds me of a magazine. Which is nice, nothing wrong with it, but I'm currently liking more the minimalist layout of Feedly.

I found a super useful Chrome Extension, Feedly Subscribe Button, just click it and you'll be able to easily subscribe to a blog/site! You can even subscribe your favorite YouTube channels in Feedly using this extension.

Do you use a feed reader to keep track of the blogs you follow? What's your favorite one?

P.s. Feel free to follow my blog either on Bloglovin' or Feedly, the choice is yours. :)

My Reading Journal (Bullet Journal Style)

It's no secret, at this point of my blogging life, that I love books and I love stationery (and also trying to be productive). I recently combined these two passions together to create something completely new to me, a reading journal. One of my biggest regrets is to have never tracked nor annotated my readings until 2015. I discovered Goodreads years ago and I even used it for a while, but it was just another blogger's social media to me, so I didn't actually care about it, I even deleted my first account, because I didn't get the point...I was also frustrated by the fact that, at that time, it was very hard to find italian books there and I didn't read in english yet.

Then, my love for books sparked again last year, I started reading again like when I was in highschool and I started wanting to record my progress. One of the things that I finally realized is that I don't like writing reviews of all the books I read, I like writing my thoughts about certain books, and Goodreads wasn't actually the right place to do that to me. So, I decided to start a reading journal using the method of the bullet journal: creating collections, numbering the pages and tracking them in an index.

I had this super cool Hobbit limited edition Moleskine that I didn't know how to use it, since the cover is made of fabric instead of faux leather and I was always afraid of ruin it, but what a better way to use it than a bookish journal? Here are all the different elements I added so far.

1. Index
I decided to create the index at the end of the journal and continue it backwards, since I don't like leaving blank pages in advance when I don't actually know the exact amount I'll need.

2. Books Read in 2015-6
Since I started using Goodreads again last year, I've been able to find my list of books read in 2015 and I added it as my first collection in the journal, then I added the 2016 one too (obviously, still in progress).

3. Book Log
I also decided to add a sort of log, because I like to see how many books I finish each month and have a quick view of my ratings. It's basically the copy of the list above, but, somehow, I prefer having them separated.

4. Books to Read
I have this habit of purchasing ebooks when they are on sale on Amazon and then forgetting about them, ending up purchasing something new to start when I finish my current reading. So I created this page to add all the ebooks once I purchase them and to have something choose for my next readings.

5. Book Reviews/Thoughts
I like to journal about my feelings concerning the books I read and writing them on paper first really helps me to understand my opinions and decide what to talk about here on the blog.

6. Book Challenges
One of the reasons why I decided to start a bookish journal was the need I had to keep track of my readings for the Summer Book Bingo, since I didn't want to clutter my actual bullet journal. I'm so happy I finally did that because it will be nice to look back at it in the future.

That's it! My super simple but dear to me reading journal. I'm planning to add also my Tolkien studies there, I take tons of notes even during my rereadings of books like The Silmarillion and I usually put them in random notebooks that I regularly lose and forget, but now I'll be able to keep all in one place and find stuff easily with the help of the index.

Do you keep track of the books you read?