Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 favourites, accomplishments, all the good things

Wow. I can't believe today is the last day of 2017. I feel as thought this year has simultaneously gone so fast, yet been so long and eventful at the same time. It’s been a strange and wonderful and tumultuous year for me, but I’m leaving 2017 as Rosario the unbreakable. I’ve grown a lot, met so many new people, gained so much confidence, and worked so so hard to actively better myself. I’ve made so many changes that January 2017 Rosario seems almost unrecognisable to December 31st Rosario. One of the things I wanted to do in 2017 was to find the balance between accepting myself and challenging myself to do more, feel more, just be more of everything I want to be.

In true Rosario fashion, some things took some strange and unexpected turns but I am a much happier, stronger and more resilient human than I was at the beginning of the year. I’ve rounded up some of my favourite things of 2017, my accomplishments, and simply some things I’ve absolutely loved this year.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

end of year tbr list

So, it’s confession time.

I haven't picked up a book in a month, and haven't finished one in so long, months maybe? I adore books and words and ideas so I’m compiling a very ambitious TBR list in the hopes of falling back in love with reading. And also falling back into the habit of reading, maybe on my commute (as long as I can keep my eyes open) or maybe before bed? Maybe just ten minutes a day, as long I’m getting some more reading done, I’ll be a little more content.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

My plan was to read all the Harry Potter books this year but I fell off track midway through the year. I could still get it done if I try super hard. So I’m hoping to get this one read and finished by the end of the year. A happy compromise, as Harry Potter is always a good shout around Christmas time.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I mean it's about time really. I haven't watched the film because I haven't read the book yet. Makes sense to just read it, so many people love and recommend it so I feel like I'm missing out on something here. Gotta rectify this.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Some might call this style of young adult books ‘fluff’ but fluffy can be good for your soul. Young adult books are usually easy reads and a surefire way of falling back in love with reading. Eleanor and Park and Holding up the Universe have been on my radar for a while not. I’ve read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and absolutely adored everything about it, the writing style and characterisation was so amazing, so hopefully I will enjoy E&P just as much! I had mixed feelings about Jennifer Niven’s previous book ‘All the Bright Places’ but have decided to give her books another try (defo inspired by Aycan’s love for them!)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As I mostly read fiction books, I want to read at least one nonfiction book by the end of the year. When Breath Becomes Air comes highly recommended, and classic me, unable to resist a good book went out and bought it straight away. It’s written by a surgeon with terminal cancer before his death so it’s quite heavy but definitely seems like a necessary read.

And those are the books I'm planning on reading! It's a little ambitious but hopefully I will finish the year in literary style!

What books are on your end of year TBR list?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

autumn loot: books, gym, games and more!

It's loot time once again, which means I'm sharing some of the loot I've picked up recently. With a full time job comes a constant income and a newfound desire to try out (and spend money on) some new things, so naturally I've acquired a bit of loot.