2017 Reader Survey Results!

Hey, friends! I finally decided to publish the results of my mini reader survey. Not sure if you care about it, but it’s usually nice to see what others voted on a poll for me.

So here we go.

I’ve been a little bit surprised to see that you’re mostly new readers at first, but then I realized it must be because of moving from Blogger to WordPress this Summer. However, I’m happy to know there are new readers willing to contribute with their opinions. Thanks, guys!

The answers to this questions weren’t surprising since I know the WordPress subscription feature works very well (one of the reasons I moved since I can’t have a newsletter). I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who received notification of new posts through Facebook but I closed my page. The only reason why I created it was to link to it on my profile and let people know about my blog (since I joined many groups), but Facebook allows you to add a short bio now, so I added the link to my blog there. To be honest, I was hoping to get more Instagram answers rather than Twitter since I completely automated the last one, but it’s okay 🙂

This result was a bit surprising to me since I basically stopped book blogging because I don’t read as much, but I still like to talk about books in general so I may write more posts about that in the future, but I can’t promise it. The other answers made me smile because it looks like you enjoy a little bit of everything here. It’s nice to see you’re interested in my productivity posts too because I really like to write them.

Well, that’s it! I’m so grateful for each one of you who took a couple of minutes to answer to my little survey. Thank you! ❤

Summer Photo Diary

My Summer hasn’t been a memorable one. Three unbelievable heat waves, exams until the end of July, my cat having health issues (along with myself) and other personal stuff, made me wish to see Autumn very soon. But I don’t want to only complain, I have to be grateful for what I have and for the things I managed to do, so I decided to put together a photo diary of my Summer. Mostly for myself since many photos have already been shared on Instagram during the last few months.

My mother and I managed to see the Titanic Artifact Exhibition in my hometown! I’ve been such a huge fan of the movie since it came out when I was only 7 years old and being able to see the exhibition was a dream came true, another thing crossed off my bucket list. That day, there was also a car exhibition. I’m not into that, to be honest, but some designs were incredible and we ended up having lunch in the park nearby.

June ended pretty quickly because of the exams and my days spent studying.

The highlight of July was definitely a night spent at the Palace of Venaria with my friends. We got tickets for the special evening openings and attended water and light games in the park of the palace. We really enjoyed it and the place is so beautiful, it feels like to be inside a mini Versailles.

After finishing my exams, I wanted to enjoy my free week, but we experienced the worst heat wave ever and so I ended up spending all the time at home with the AC. Such a boring way to spend my few days of vacation!

Finally, the second half of August I went back to work at the library where I volunteer. The photos above were taken just outside the National Library (not where I work), they always show amazing flower arrangements and I love to sit there reading my book before going to work.

I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year and I really hope things are going to be better before the end of the year. In the meantime, I journal journal journal to calm my nerves. It’s such a helpful practice that doesn’t require any special knowledge nor money. Just open the notebook and write down all the words in your head.

How was your Summer, friends? I’d love to catch up with you! I feel like I’ve been a bit too much absent lately.

2017 Reader Survey

Happy September!

One of my goals for the rest of the year is to dedicate more time to my blog and less to social media. In order to do that, I’d like to get you know better since I noticed many of you are new here and not everybody followed me here after moving to WordPress. I don’t care about numbers, but I’d like to get a couple of information to make our experience smoother and, most importantly, simplify.

The survey is only 3 questions long so it would take you too much time. I’d really appreciate your help! ❤

And, whether you're going to take the survey or not, thank you once again for your incredible support, it means a lot to me!

If We Were Having Tea | August 2017

This series is inspired by the Weekend Coffee Share posts, with the difference that I don’t drink coffee anymore, so I just switched to tea!

If we were having tea I would tell you that I have so much to say that I don’t even know where to start. The last few months have been tough for me, I didn’t have a properly relaxed Summer and I’m so ready for Autumn, more than ever, since we’re going to experience another heat wave next week. Ugh.

I would tell you how much I’ve been worried for my cat lately. After taking her to the vet for her annual vaccine, she experienced some episodes of glycemic imbalance making her acting (and feeling) as she was diabetic. We learned it can happen when cats stress out or get a shock. We’re currently trying to cure her avoiding insulin injection but it isn’t easy. I really hope it won’t turn out in actual diabetes. I didn’t share this with many people because I was feeling too sad to talk, to be honest, it’s also one of the things that kept me away from the blog lately.

On a positive note, I would tell you that I finally decided to be more intentional with the TV shows I watch. My plan is to tackle one season at a time, watching no more than 3 TV shows at the same time. Currently, I have to finish season 2 of Lost, season 1 of The Good Wife and finish Downton Abbey. Next on my queue I have:

  • Star Trek: I never watched it, so I’m a complete newbie!
  • The Musketeers: my friend Lily recommended it to me and I can’t wait to start this series! When I was a child, I used to be obsessed with the 1993 movie with Charlie Sheen and I also enjoyed the most recent one (2011) with Orlando Bloom.
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Netflix recommended it to me and it looks like such a cozy nice mystery with Agatha Christie’s vibes that I can’t pass it.

I would officially announce that I opened a bookstagram account as @alicethelibrarian! I toyed with the idea to switch full-time to bookstagram on my main account, but, after a couple of months, I realized I really missed sharing non-book related photos, so I switched back to random topics. But, at the same time, I missed my bookish days, so I decided to open a secondary account! I’m planning to use it to keep track of my readings and share my latest acquisition, nothing too demanding (just to avoid burnout!).

I would tell you how happy I am to work with Megan of Page Flutter as a regular contributor on her blog! It’s nice to see your own work truly appreciated and she’s such an inspiration to me. In case you missed it, here is the list of posts I wrote so far:

I would totally recommend you a new podcast I stumbled upon, Tea and Tattle. Miranda and Sophie chat about “culture, style, happiness boosters and more” every Tuesday. I always look forward to a new episode, because I know it won’t disappoint me.

Finally, I would admit that I’m still looking for the perfect planner for 2018. This year I changed my mind too many times and I just want to purchase a good diary and stick to it for the whole year this time. I would also ask if you’ve already thought about your own planner for 2018 and what’s your choice.

 

Your turn! If we were having tea (or coffee, if you prefer), what would you tell me? 🙂

Journal Update | August 2017

I usually share my journal updates on Instagram (mostly on Stories), but they aren’t archived well and it’s hard for me to scroll back and see what was going on at the beginning of the year, for example. Also, I’m trying to step away from social media as much as I can (more on that in another post) and I want to start utilizing my blog more to record my life and my experiments. After all, that’s why I created it in the first place.

This is my current journals pile. It’s too much, I know. In fact, one of my goals for 2018 is to reduce the number of journals I use at the same time.

  • Traveler’s Notebook (not the original brand)
  • Moleskine soft cover grid
  • another Traveler’s Notebook (not the original brand)
  • Moleskine The Hobbit Limited Edition
  • Filofax Notebook
  • Beautiful journal from NZ
  • Moleskine Harry Potter Limited Edition (not pictured because I forgot to add it, silly me!)

I received this beautiful Traveler’s Notebook last Fall as a birthday present from my friend Maria and I changed many times the way I use it, right now it contains a weekly insert and my book journal insert from OrganiseWithKatie on Etsy (I shared it on Stories the other day). The black Moleskine used to be my university bullet journal but, after finishing classes and seminars, I keep the useful info on Trello now, so I only use the notebook to take notes about the books I’m studying for September.

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’d probably remember this Hobbit Limited Edition Moleskine as my reading journal. It was pretty and full of lists, but I ended up not using it at all after a couple of months, so I decided to switch things up and use it for my stream of consciousness journal. I tried several times to practice Morning Pages, but I didn’t find myself comfortable journaling in the morning (I prefer at the end of the day) and having a precise number of pages to fill. So, it’s just messy writing now. I plan to finish it by the end of August and move my rambles inside a new insert of one of my Traveler’s Notebooks.

This Traveler’s Notebook is just a thin piece of plastic, to be honest, but I’m particularly attached to it because it’s been the first journal of that kind and I purchased it on Amazon.it for less than 8€. It’s the same size of a Large Moleskine, so I’ll be able to use the Moleskine Cahiers once the current inserts will be filled up. This is where I do some art journaling and collaging. Basically the things I’ll be happy to reread in a couple of years, while my ramblings on the Moleskine are pure therapy for me and I’m not going to reread those pages.

This is a Filofax Notebook and I love it because the pages are detachable, similar to the ARC system. The color, Pear, is a bit unusual and outside of my color palette, but it looks better in person and, when I purchased it in a local store 2/3 years ago, I wasn’t aware of all the other beautiful pastel colors available. I use it to record my allergies and other health issues, nothing fancy.

My friend Maria went to New Zealand at the end of last year and sent me this gorgeous notebook. I wasn’t sure how to use it because I wanted to make it last for several years, but then I decided it was the perfect notebook to record my readings.

It’s just a simple reading log, year by year (I started recording my readings in 2015). No fancy headers, trackers, stats, challenges and things like that, just a simple list of books. I still use Goodreads and Trello, they are very useful to keep track of the books I own and have to read and the ones I’d like to read in the future. But I also read many books that aren’t trackable online because they are italian editions or they are museum publications, historical or academic books and so on, so this notebook is very helpful.

Finally, this is my “bullet journal”, meaning that it stores my notes, lists, and plans. This is something that helps me to stay organized and it isn’t pretty enough to be shared and this is probably why I managed to stick with it for so long. The pressure of having an Instagram-worthy bullet journal was too much for me.

There you have it! These are all the journals I’m currently using. I hope to reduce my pile by the end of the year, just to simplify a little bit.

What journals are you currently using? 🙂