I Heart Instagram [Tag]

Two years ago around this time, I published this Tag about Instagram and I thought it might be fun to do it again after all this time, since so many things changed! At that time, I was sharing only personal photos with the @alicegreenleaf handle, which is what I still do now, more or less, with the difference that my primary account is @thegeekyburrow and I publish bookish and geeky photos there.

Here is the Q&A with myself. :)

What’s your Instagram handle? @thegeekyburrow

How many people do you follow? 281

How many followers do you have? 1.012 (still have to thank them all for the amazing support!)

What are your favorite hashtags? #bookstagram, #TolkienCollection, #HarryPotter

What is your favorite genre of pictures? I used to share my boring everyday life, but now I mostly publish photos of my books and my cat, I like having a sort of theme.

How often do you post? I try to post at least once a day, but sometimes I'm so busy that I might skip a couple of days.

How often do you check Instagram? Several times a day. It's the app I check more frequently. (This answer didn't change in two years!)

What’s your favorite filter? I don't use filters anymore, so I can share with you my favorite editing app: Afterlight. Sometimes I also use the new AColorStory app by A Beautiful Mess.

iPhone only, purist or rebel? Every camera works for me, even if it's my tablet one!

Three favorite IG accounts currently? @ziba.reads because her photos are amazing and they have an overall feeling of coziness that makes me whant to read every moment! Speaking of coziness, my other favorite it @sincerelysara22, I love her photos and she's one of my blogger friends. The last one is @superspacechick, I love Kristin's mix of geek&books, it's just my jam and, again, she's another fellow blogger! I must say, that I follow only the accounts I really want to see everyday in my feed, so I have 200+ favorites, actually!

Since this is a sort of revival, I tag everyone who wants to participate!

Do you like Instagram too?

I'm a Seasonal Reader

The other day, one of my favorite Tolkien collectors on Instagram, @collecttolkien, asked his followers: "Are there seasons when you like to read certain books?". My reply to his question made me realize I'm a seasonal reader, meaning that my reading interests vary according to the seasons.

Not sure why, but I like to read The Hobbit during Spring or Fall, LOTR during Winter and The Silmarillion during Summer!

It probably has something to do with my beloved childhood memories and my deep love for Tolkien. For example, I like to read The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter during Winter, because those amazing movies were released around Christmas when I was younger (despite the last Harry Potter movies that came out during Summer, very unappropriate to me!), it makes me remember those magic days waiting for meeting my favorite characters again and looking for nice interviews or photos in all the magazines I spotted around. I've been able to live that atmosphere again with The Hobbit trilogy and I couldn't be more grateful for that! I'm still hoping to love Fantastic Beasts as much as I can to have something to look foward to every Fall/Winter for the next few years. Speaking of which, I'm happy that JK Rowling announced that there will be not 3, but 5 movies in the franchising!

I like to read The Hobbit during Spring, because the story starts during that season and I love following Bilbo's journey looking at the calendar, even if Tolkien added less dates than in The Lord of the Rings.

Summer is definitely for crime/mystery/thriller books, it's a tradition of mine since I discovered Agatha Christie when I was a child and I spent a week every year at my grandparents, my granny owned a big collection of those books and I think that's one of the reasons why I love this author so much. Those three months also remember me of my childhood vacations at the beach with my parents, it was my mom and I's tradition to buy a new book the first day of our vacation and I usually ended up buying a crime book. Not sure why, another book I like to read during Summer is The Silmarillion, Elves makes me think about those beautiful sunny days I was able to enjoy when I was younger and the weather was still normal (not the Mordor climate you'll find now).

Finally, I like to read non-fiction during Fall and Winter, because it's when I'm more focused and I actually want to improve myself and my productivity.

Follow me on Instagram (@thegeekyburrow) for more photos!

Are you seasonal readers too? What kind of books do you like to read during Fall? I'd love to chat with you!

Project Life | September Pages + A Little Catch Up!

Happy October, friends! I couldn't be more excited for this month and this season, because it's truly my favorite time of the year (just after Christmas). I'm happy that Summer is finally behind us, I ended September with two other weeks away from home to work at another university excavation (I'm an archaeologist FYI) and this time went way better than my last experience in August, but I had this constant feeling of missing out. I was so busy being social that my only moment of the day to check out my emails was at the restaurant when we were waiting for our dinner. Then I came back home and I had 1 million of things to do, like catching up with university and reorganizing the mess of luggages and laundry at home, it's been crazy! I don't even know how I managed to join a couple of bookstagram challenges...(thanks to the beloved Later app, honestly.)

I'm happy to be back to my regular routine now and I'm excited for my last year of classes at university, I really want to be more present here on the blog in the future. I'm not going to do any bookish update though, because during the month of September I only managed to read few pages from Happier at Home and nothing more, ugh! My actual goal was to finish that book and read something else, but life happens.

Clearly, travelling with this frequency is not for me. I'm a homebody and I like to have control over my days, plan my tasks and activities and, most importantly, be able to have some me-time on a daily basis. This super social Summer has been exhausting and now I can't wait to curl up with a cup of tea diving into my Fall TBR...ALONE.

Speaking of which, I was so close to buy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at a local book store the other day, when I realized that purchasing it on Amazon would make me save 3.50€, so I'm going to place my order very soon! I miss buying physical books at physical stores, but if it helps me save some money...

To wrap this up, here are some Project Life pages from September. I know, week 38 is missing, but it's made with a bunch of personal photos with my university mates, so, for privacy reasons, I'm just sharing my boring everyday life. :)

You can find all my 2016 Project Life pages on Pinterest.

Let's catch up! How was your September, friends?

All the Books I Own and Haven't Read Yet

Last week I shared with you my Fall TBR list, this week instead I'd like to share with you all the other books I already own and haven't read yet. Since I have a very small bedroom and many many books for university, I don't have access to a good library, plus I'm a broke student, I decided to invest in a Kindle four years ago. Since then, I've been able to read much more books than before and save money, since ebooks are way cheaper than paper books. I have a big Amazon Wishlist with all the titles I'm interested to read and I keep an eye on it almost everyday to see if there is anything on sale.

All the following books have been purchased for less than 3 Euros, I like hoarding good deals, haha. :)

1. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
4. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
5. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
6. Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by W.B. Yeats
7. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
8. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
9. Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper

I'm not sure how I dicovered every single book in this list, but I read several book blogs at the moment and I follow some BookTube channels now, so here is mostly how I discover new books. The books by Rainbow Rowell were an impulse-buy after reading Fangirl, since I loved that book! While Mary Poppins was added to my list after watching the movie Saving Mr. Banks, I had no idea that that story was born as a book first!

Are you books hoarder too? Are your TBR piles/lists huge? :)

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!