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Read Shakespeare in a Year: February

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I was pretty sure I will not finish the plays for this month - and I am still behind on Richard III, but continues in February - so hopefully I will catch up in the first weekend of March. The reading plan for this challenge is that on Saturdays I have some parts to read from Venus and Adonis and on Sundays only three sonnets - and I usually read the parts and sonnets for the entire month in one sitting. Which is great, cause it leaves the weekends open to catch up on the play. Just like I did this weekend!

Henry VI, Part 2 ★★★☆☆

The second part of Henry VI was really good! Completely different from the first one (and third one). Unlike its predecessor, this tones down the silliness and instead it deals with the more political aspect of the play.

Henry gets married to Margaret - for no particular reason, but, hey, in the play she is more strong-willed than he is (well, in the third part). Now that I read all parts, it is quite hard to talk about them individually. But even in this play…

Friday Reads || 24th February

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I don't have a lot of plans for this weekend so far. And I am also in not such a good mood for anything in particular - maybe I will post about this period, but right now it's all about books.

I will try to catch up on my Shakespeare plays and listen to Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf - at first I almost stopped this audio-book, it was not interesting at all but now it may have caught my eye or ear or attention. So I will listen to a few more chapters and see if this is a book for me or not.

Other than that, I hope to start The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and read quite a bit from it. I am ready for some dystopian literature and this book was on my to-read list for way too long - also, the cover is amazing and it comes with a plastic thing that you place over the cover and THINGS MOVE! Ah, fun science, right?

This is probably the first Friday Reads that I am actually not prepared for. I apologize for that and I wish you happy reading!

Book Haul || Okian #1

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I got more books, mostly for my February TBR. Unlike last time, these were ordered from Okian, an online book shop with a lot of affordable books in English. They take their time to reply to you, but it's all worth it when the books arrive on a crappy day and at least make you a little bit happy. And here's what I got:

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, one of the books on this month's TBR - that I will hopefully read until the end of the month. I love the cover and I cannot wait to read it - especially now with the discovery of  the seven Earth-like exoplanets. How fitting to read about life on Mars or life on one of those planets. Plus I love Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket, the second volume in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Remember when I said I will add all the series to my collection? Instead of buying them all at once, I will get them in order and make sure I read it before adding them to my bookcase! I am somewhat excited abou…

Week in Review || 9 - 18 February

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I know this month I stopped talking about media that I enjoyed during the week, but I mostly watched the films from Academy Awards (and I will probably make a blog just about that) and The Blacklist, so not much to talk about.

Last week I enjoyed one of the Valentine's Day doughnuts from Donuterie. They had three special doughnuts, but this one was my favourite (although I only tried two of the three).

The weekend was spent at Napoca Dog Show where I met a lot of lovely dog owners - and even lovelier dogs, of course. I played with a lot of them and took so many pictures. I also saw a lot of different breeds and made me want to have a dog of each, although we all know that I will probably adopt a dog because so many dogs are abandoned. The exhibition also had some food stands outside so I enjoyed a delicious cappuccino and cotton candy!

On Tuesday we had a charity event at work, raising money for kids with cancer, we bought and wore bandanas and took lots of selfies. Gotta admit th…

Friday Reads || 17th February

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It seems that this month, reading is taking a step down priority wise because I am trying to watch as many films nominated for Academy Awards as I can (as I do every year, anyway). Well, at least I have some time at work for reading! So here's what's on my list this weekend:

This Friday is my day off, but I have plans to tidy up around and watch at least three films for Academy Awards (if you care to know, Moonlight is my favourite in this Awards race so far). So not a lot of reading happening today - maybe I will listen to an audio-book while I clean the house.

Same as last weekend, I will have morning shifts both Saturday and Sunday so lots of audio-books to listen to! I plan to finish I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsby Maya Angelou - which I love so far, the writing is extraordinary and the story is heart-breaking (at least the part I'm at right now). After I finish it, I will most probably start Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (I know the title says End of Watch in t…

Week in Review || 1 - 8 February

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This might be the millionth time I say this... but, alas, will say it one more time: I am and will only blog when I feel like it. Hence why I am so late with my weeks in review - and they are not really weekly, are they? So this "week" here's what I got up to in my few days off from work.
Before traveling to see my family I got a gel manicure - a coworker does nails and she got really really good at it! I went for a simple, pink and white to impress my family. And then I flew home - my first flight during the day and look at those beautiful mountains!

I spent a lot of time with my family. We had a lot of fun, especially with my cousins - the reason I went home, actually. My two teenager cousins have their birthdays around this time and my little cousins have a week holiday between terms - therefore, perfect time to go home and spend some quality time with them because they are growing SO FAST!

I also met with my best friend, Alecs, for coffee and then I convinced her to …

The Blue Nightgown by Diana Stevan // Review

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Disclaimer: The e-book version of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
It follows the story of a nightgown in the 1950s, when sex is not really a thing one casually talks about. However, this nightgown manages to wake up sexual feelings, thoughts or desires to anyone who comes in contact with it.
The setting is perfect for a coming-of-age and let's break the taboo story, and while I am all for that, I did enjoy how the story kept the honesty of the characters and did not push them in directions too far from their normal ways.
The writing style is simple, but manages to bring you into the world. It easily embraces the vulgar with the conservative and can jump from one scene to the other without making a rupture in the story's flow.
And the cover is probably my favourite part. The cover made me think of a different story so I was quite surprised in the end. That being said, I did want something else - maybe liberation? a climax or something of sorts? And whi…

Friday Reads || 10th February

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Well, it's been a week since my last blog post - and that one was written in a hurry - but that's because I had limited computer time and phone-blogging is not my thing. But now I am home and just in time for a Friday Reads!

This weekend I am working and that means a lot of audio-books! I plan to finish The Princess Diaristby Carrie Fisher. I started it at the end of January the news of her death really hit me quite hard so it's time to know more about this woman!

Other audio-books on my list are I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, another memoir that I am really looking forward too. And because I usually get into people after reading their memoirs, I also picked up Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody. I am not sure I will get to all of them this weekend, but we'll see. If not, you will hear me talking about audio-books next Friday as well.

Also, I'm trying to catch up on my Shakespeare! Can you believe I am behind with almost two plays? But tha…

Friday Reads || 3rd February

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Typing this blog post from my phone is... really weird!! But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do... so I borrowed my mum's laptop.

This weekend I am visiting my family, chances are I will not be doing a lot of reading.  I mentioned in my monthly TBR that I want to reread Lady Chatterley's Lover and since I have the book here already, that's what I'm going to do.

Today I went book shopping with my little cousin and I got her a lovely book about a ghost-dog, so I have a reading buddy these days. Also, on Saturday night we're going to sleep at my grandma's house, in the countryside, and there's another reading buddy-cousin waiting for me.

If I finish this novel this weekend, then I will be really happy but the chances are pretty slim as I might sneak a newspaper page here and there because things are really chaotic in the country at the moment.

Happy Reading!

TBR: February 2017

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Last month's TBR was made from books I wanted to read and then I ended up buying some of them and that made me really happy - as some of them I really wanted to add to my collection. This month I decided to do the same, but first buy the books so I would have one of those huge TBR pile! Alas, I purchased the books but they did not arrive yet and the shop is not answering my emails (malparidos!!), so here's a small pile:

This is going to be a huge TBR as well, maybe even longer, and we have physical copies, ebooks (mostly free from Project Gutenberg) and a lot of audio-books. But let's start with the book-books, whether they are in my possession or not:

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood- a book that I wanted to read for way too long and it's finally time to offer it the attention it deserves!The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas - just the first volume, the second is for March.Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence - it's time to reread this book. I …

Wrap-Up: January 2017

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The time has come to see exactly how much of my January TBR I managed to actually read!! To be honest, I was surprised by how much I read, although, obviously, I did not finish all the book from my TBR. I read 7 books from my 12 books TBR and 2 book that were not on my list. In total, 9 books - but if I break them down, then I read: 3 plays, 2 audio-books, 1 novel, 1 (quite long) essay, 1 collection of short stories and 1 children's book.

So maybe I did not read as much, but it is a good start, plus I purchased some books that I always wanted to have in my collection and read about half of another book, but did not finish in January. That being said, let's chat more about my January books!
Taking them in the order I mentioned them in my TBR, I read both books picked from my bookcase: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro ★★★★☆  Also known as the book that I carried in my bag all month almost, but I don't plan to talk too much about it because there's already a review…