Sunshine Blogger Award Bookish Edition

Hey pixels!! A new nomination to start the week. My blogger friend, who writes the awesome blog My bookish life has nominated everyone who writes her blog post about her own award.

This was great, because yesterday was our National Book Day (Sant Jordi), and all the questions of this award are about books. That’s the reason I’ve decided to answer the questions, and because I love reading. 🙂

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The Rules

  • Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you
  • Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • List the rules and display the award.

 

Questions

If you could be any book character, who would you be?

A powerful but nice female charachter. I don’t know, maybe Hermione Granger or Lisbeth Salander.

E-Books, Audiobooks, or physical books and why?

Physical, always. I love how books smell, and reading an e-book is not the same experience. I love having a book in my hands, I always have one in my bag.

A Book you would recommend to me?

Alice in Wonderland, I loved the film as a child, and now I’m in love with the book. I think has everything a book has to have. I love the story and the main charachter. Oh, maybe her name would fit for the first question, too.

Your favourite book title.

I love lots of books. Choosing one is almost impossible for me. I don’t know, maybe The name of the rose. Or Tokyo blues.

Your favourite SERIES.

I fell in love with Harry Potter. I started reading the first book and I found it so exciting; at the end of the book I was to a huge fan.

A favourite book blogger 

Well, I love My Bookish Life blog, really. If I have to mention another blogger, I would say Ann’s blog. I love it, too! 🙂

The worst book character ever

I don’t know if you mean worst because he/she is so bad, or because it’s a bad written charachter. For the first one, someone who is really evil, like Voldemort or even Sauron. For the second one, I don’t know. I didn’t liked so much Emma Bovary. I know the book is well written, but I didn’t enjoyed while reading.

A Book that everyone loved but you didn’t

50 shades of grey. I tried to read the first one, but I could not finish the first chapter. I did not liked how it’s written, the subject… I really don’t understand why it’s so famous.

An author you would die to meet

 I think if I meet the author, my love story with his/hers books it wouldn’t be the same after he/she had explained me everything about the story. Maybe I imagine some things different than they were planned by the author. But we’ve had some authors at my reading club and it has been awesome, so I don’t know, really.

Blogger Bookworms you’d like to meet in real life

Any of them. It’s always wonderful to meet nice people with the same love for books than I have.

Favourite author pen name

To name just one: Eric Blair (George Orwell)

My questions:

  1. How fast of a reader are you?
  2. Which book character would you totally want to meet, but fear might kill you?
  3. What books have you cried over/what was the last book that you cried about?
  4. What do you do besides reading?
  5. How would you react if all the books suddenly disappeared from the world?
  6. What book have you been dying to read, but haven’t gotten the chance to?
  7. A book that everyone loved but you didn’t
  8. Your favourite book
  9. Favourite author
  10. Recommend a book, please
  11. A book that you don’t like so much

My nominees

I nominate everyone who is reading my post. If you want, my happy pixels, feel free to accept this nomination.

Please, let me know if you accept the award. I really want to read your answers, my happy pixels!!

Lots of love,

Silvia.

Photo source: Unsplash.

 

The happiest reading challenge

Hey pixels!! Today is Spanish National Book Day (aka Sant Jordi o dia d’es llibre)!! As you may already know, I love reading. Reading has been one of my favourite activities since I learned how to read. It has been my passion since my childhood. Nowadays I simply can’t think about living without reading.

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I know 2017 has already started (four months)… But for the next months, I’ve planned a reading challenge. Not just for myself, I tag anyone who want to do it. I think it’s a nice challenge. I read more than a book every month, but the first one I’m going to read each month will be this one. I hope you enjoy this challenge, my happy pixels!!

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the happiest pixel reading challenge

May: a book by an author you already love

June: a book somenone has recommend to you

July: a book published in 2017

August: a book set in a country that you’ve never been

September: a non fiction book

October: a book you chose for the cover

November: a graphic novel

December: a book set around Christmas

At the end of 2017, I’ll tell you how my challenge has been. Which books I’ve read, and my opinion about them! Maybe even I’ll have a new challenge for 2018!!

Are you going to make this challenge, my happy pixels? Do you challenge yourself while reading? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Photos source: Unsplash

My Spring Nail Polish Picks

Hey pixels!! Today I want to talk about my nail polish picks for Spring.  I love Spring colours, and now we are not wearing gloves anymore, so it’s the moment to start wearing nail polish always.

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I always have a look at the trends, but it’s just looking. I think it’s ok to have a look at what’s fashionable, but we decide what we want to wear. I mean, I don’t wear a trend if I don’t like it.
My favourite colours this Spring 2017 are: pale pink and yellow. I love them, and they are just easy to match with my Spring clothes. I love how they look on my fingers or toes. I don’t know how is the weather like when do you live, but here I’ll be able to wear sandals soon. That means more nail polish!!

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The only thing I don’t like about nail polish is that, if you wash your hands often, it tends to disappear so fast. The best ways to prevent this happening is to clean your nails before applying the nail polish. Having them hydrated helps too; brushing them with avocado oil and cleaning them after.
Apply always two coats of nail polish. This is helpful specially if your colour is bit pale and you want it to be a little brighter. That happens sometimes with my pale pink. But I love it anyway!!
A tip that’s always useful is to be aware of expiration dates. All beauty products have one. It’s that small picture of an open lid with a number. This number is the number of months that this product will be fine after being opened. For example, as you may see in this picture, this nail polish can be used after 24 months. I don’t recommend to use expired products, of course, but you can use them until the last month.

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Do you have favourite colours for your nails this Spring, my happy pixels? Any tip about how to use it better? Please, let us know in the comments below.

Books I read in…

Hey pixels!! Just a quick post to told you a nice story. Once, a long time ago, someone told me that it could be great if I made a list with all the books I read every year. Since this moment, I write lists with the titles I read. I must admit that I’ve stopped doing it a few times, but now I’ve been doing it for a while: 8 years!

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Making this list is not just satisfying because of my love for lists. I love to remember which books I’ve read in the past. Sometimes, if you’re reading one of your lists, you remember a nice book you read. And you want to read it again.

And it’s also useful to challenge yourself: if last year I read ?? books, this year I want to read ??+? books. You know, quality is more important than quantity, but I think this is funny. At least to read more or less always the same amount of books.

For example, my average numbers are between 30-35 books every year. I would like to read more, but I have no time… Sad, I know….

Books read in

I don’t know if you’re interested in trying to make a list of your readings. Just in case, to help you, I’ve made this free printable: Books read in.

It’s a kind of list where you can write the titles and authors of the books you’re reading. The best is that you don’t have to wait until December to start this: actually I started my list the 29June. So, my reading year start and finish on June.

What do you think about this idea, my happy pixels? Do you make something similar? Are you going to write a list with the books you’re reading? Please, let me know in the comments below.

 

The Alfabet Book Tag

Hey pixels!! This Sunday, the 23 of April is National Book Day here in Spain. So, as a book lover, I’ve decided to dedicate this week posts to books and reading. I’ve collected some ideas, including some tags, and I’ll be writing about them during the next days.

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To start, the alfabet book tag. I found it at Ann’s blog. It’s a wonderful blog, please, visit her. She has lots of funny tags, book reviews and more!! Thanks, Ann, for the inspiration.

Rules:

  1. Pick a book that is on your shelf or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet. The idea is to use books that you have either read or that are on your TBR list.
  2. If I haven’t read any book which starts with a certain letter, I’ve written instead a book which title contains that letter. I’m sorry for that, but I read in Spanish and Catalan, and we have not so many titles with x or z, for example. 😉

My books

A: Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

B: Balla, balla, balla (Haruki Murakami)

C: Corsarios de levante (Reverte)

D: Doble silencio (Mari Jungstedt)

E: El guardián entre el centeno (Salinger)

F: Fun Home (Alison Bechdel)

G: Gegants de gel (Joan Benesiu)

H: Harry Potter, all the book series (Rowling)

I: El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Cervantes)

J: Jo confesso (Jaume Cabré)

K: El diario de Anna Frank

L: La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (Rosa Montero)

M: Momo (Michael Ende)

N: Nadie lo conoce (Mari Jungstedt)

O: Rebelión en la granja (George Orwell)

P: Puta guerra (Tardi & Verney)

Q: 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)

R: Riña de gatos (Eduardo Mendoza)

S: Sushi para principiantes (Marian Keyes)

T: Tirant lo Blanch (Joanot Martorell)

U: El perfume (Patrick Süskind)

V: Viatge d’hivern (Jaume Cabré)

W: Walden II (Skinner)

Y: Yo, Claudio (Robert Graves)

I tag anyone who wants to do it because I think it’s a nice tag. You’ll have fun doing it!! Have you read any of these books? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Sílvia

My DECASO bucket list

Hey pixels!! Today I’m collaborating with my friends at Chairish to talk to you about DECASO, a web where you can purchase lots of beautiful stuff for your home: rugs, art, furniture…. It’s a wonderful web!

I’ve been asked to make my own bucket list: to choose my favourite items, the ones that I would buy ASAP. I must say it has been a dificult task: everything is so pretty…

But I did it! I managed to choose my favourite ones. I would decorate my home using them right one. Please, visit their web, you’ll love it!!

My DECASO bucket list

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Vintage Fornasetti Appetizer Bowls. Perfect when you have guests or during your Easter brunch.

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Pair of Italian wingback lounge chairs. I wish I had a cozy reading nook, just to seat and read. This couple of lounge chairs would be comfy and beautiful. I imagine myself sitting near my living room window, while reading a good book and having a cup of tea.

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Industrial aluminium floor lamp. To illuminate me when reading. If situated between my pair of Italian lounge chairs,  another person and me can read at the same time. A light is necessary to read at night or during a dark Winter evening.

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Antique Shahsavan Kilim. I would take this beauty to my bedroom, to keep my feet warm and cozy when I get up. Classic and beautiful, its pattern is amazing. Actually it was difficult to choose a rug, because there are lots of nice options.

A couple of art works, to decorate my living walls: Vladimir Lebedev Cubist Abstract Workk on Paper, Constructivism and Lil Tokyo Down by DJ. Again it’s difficult to choose between so many good options. I love rugs and wall art, so I actually would bring everything to my house!!

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Philips 12 inch desk globe, circa 1900. As a globe lover, I had to get one for my list. I love globes, I have one as a nighstand light…

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Stig Lindberg terma tea pot. To make my tea and start reading!! I love its simplicity and flawless beauty.

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Rag Rug Pillows. A house gets cozier when sofas and chairs are covered by pillows. Any kind of pillows. I love this one in particular, the pattern is lovely. And this pretty colours.

Now it’s your turn, my happy pixels!! What about visiting DECASO’s web and start looking for your favourite items?

What do you think about my list, my happy pixels? Do you like my choices? Please, let me know in the comments below.

One Lovely Blog Award 3

Hey pixels!! Today I was wandering through my favourite blogs, and I discovered that my friend Bea, from BeaFree has been nominated to this award. And she has nominated everyone who reads her amazing answers! That’s  great, because I was reading them! Wow!! So, I’ve accepted the nomination. Thank you so much, Bea. You’re great. Please, have a look at her blog, is awesome!!

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RULES:

  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  • Must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

SEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME:

I want to do more exercise, but I’m lazy…

I’m planning my first crowdfunding!!!

I love French cinema.

I always read books from the library.

I went to Lisbon, and I fell in love with the city.

I don’t like oats.

I would like to be more organized.

MY NOMINEES:

ALL OF YOU!!!  I’m doing like Bea and I nominate everyone who is reading this post. Let me know if you’re doing it; I would like to read your answers!! 😉

Thanks for reading, my happy pixels!! Lots of love,

Sílvia.