The Pressure of Not Reading Enough

When I started writing more about books on this blog, I tried to get some inspiration around the internet and I noticed that all the other book bloggers and/or booktubers were reading much more than me. Like 10/15 books per month, when I usually have some issues finishing one book these days, not because I don’t like reading, but because I find it very hard when I have to spend my days at university or at home studying for exams.

This completely discouraged me and for some time I felt like I couldn’t talk about books on my blog because I wasn’t doing what a standar book blogger or booktuber does: monthly TBR, monthly wrap-ups, book hauls, book reviews, reading challenges. How can I talk about books ignoring those blogging topics? This was the question I ofted asked myself, this is what kept me away from my blog more than once. I felt like I had to follow some rules in order to call myself and my blog book-related.

I finally realized I was wrong and who cares if I do things differently, I still love books, and that’s what matters. Speaking of which, I recently stumbled upon a great video by a girl who made me feel understood (and then I binge-watched her whole channel, totally recommended). I don’t usually include other media than photos in my posts, but I think ones requires Ariel’s video(s).


Similar to the topic above, I’d like to share an update on my Goodreads challenge. One of the main reasons why I joined it again this year was that I loved seeing the stats of all the books read during 2016 last December, having them all together brought me a good amount of satisfaction to be honest. But I have to admit I never stopped feeling the pressure of the number set at the beginning of the year. I felt myself so conditioned by that that I wasn’t even enjoying my rereading of The Lord of the Rings earlier this month, because I felt like I would never reach my year goal going on so slowly and not reading a new book…you know, all those stupid things a crowded mind can think of.

So the other day, while I was waiting for my professor at my little university desk I had an idea: why not lowering down my reading goal to a symbolic number? I would still get my stats at the end of the year and wouldn’t feel the preassure of reaching that number in time! That’s how I lowered down my Goodreads challenge to only 1 book. I’ve seen other people doing this before, but it didn’t feel right to me until I spent some time thinking about it.

Tracking books is great, I even set up a whole bullet journal with that in mind, but, in the end, what I really enjoy to see is a simple list of the books read during the year, I don’t actually care about pages, editions, stars and so on. Also, I read books about some topics I studied at University more often now, for personal pleasure, and it was driving me crazy I couldn’t track them on Goodreads (you can add books on your own to the website archive, but it’s time consuming and most of those readings are often “weird” academic publications), fortunately I could add them to my little list on paper, but it was frustrating no matter what.

Then Ariel helped me once again to not feel like a lonely weirdo with another inspiring video I’d like to share with you all.


I hope this post helped you to not feel alone anymore, also, I’d like to hear your thoughts on this! Feel free to leave a comment down below 🙂

2017 Love-A-Thon | X Meets Y Challenge

The Love-A-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love, it’s hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Mel of The Daily Prophecy, and Kristin of Super Space Chick. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community.

For this challenge we have to combine the books and movies/tv shows that we love in some way, in order for other people to find new recommendations for things to check out.


1. Fangirl + Gilmore Girls
This is an easy pair, because of the the relaxing and cozy atmosphere both in the book and the TV show. Also, I discovered both a bit late but it was love and the first sight, they are big favorites of mine.

2. Red’s Untold Tale + Once Upon A Time
I kinda cheated for this one, because they are the same thing basically, but I realized that many people don’t know that these spin-off books exist! This one is about Ruby/Red and if you’re a fan of the show, you’ll definitely appreciate it.

3. Harry Potter + Good Witch
Speaking of good magic… I discovered this TV series last month on Netflix and I binge-watched the first two seasons. It’s one of those shows you can easily watch at the end of a tiring day to relax, there is no suspance nor mysteries, it’s a quiet one, but I definitely recommend it.

4. Treasure Island + Lost
Who doesn’t like an exotic scenery and a complicated but engaging adventure? These two have a special place in my heart, I used to be obsessed with both when I was younger and I’m currently rewatching Lost, so I think I should reread the book soon!


5. The Cuckoo’s Calling + Pretty Little Liars
Secrets, murders, lies. The main characters of these two stories are very different, but I think that they are a good match if you like mysteries and thrillers.

6. Nihal of the Land of the Wind + The Shannara Chronicles
This is the first book of a YA fantasy series I loved when I was in high school and I think it’s a good fit for The Shannara Chronicles, the first season was released last year and it was so good! They are currently filming the second one and I can’t wait!

Hope you enjoyed my mix and match, feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you think about it and if you have any recommendation for me!

2017 Love-A-Thon | Mix + Match

The Love-A-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love, it’s hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Mel of The Daily Prophecy, and Kristin of Super Space Chick. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community.


“We all love books, but there are other things we’re passionate about too!”

This mini challenge is all about things we love aside from books, we had to mash-up a non-bookish hobby/passion/talent/fandom with our bookish life, so I decided to create a collage of photos.

I love reading and I love books, but I also enjoy taking picture of them (that’s also why I started bookstagramming last year) and mix them up with pictures of the sunset I’m lucky enough to catch from my balcony very often. Nothing fancy, but I also realized this collage could be a sort of mood board for this blog. Hope you’ll like it!

You can find more photos on Instagram at @alicegreenleaf.

2017 Love-A-Thon | Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

The Love-A-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love, it’s hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Mel of The Daily Prophecy, and Kristin of Super Space Chick. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community.

For the first mini challenge we had to fill the blank spaces of this lovely fairy tale with the prompts they gave us, so much fun! Sit back, grab your beverage of choice and enjoy the story.

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Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a smart Rune-keeper. He lived alone in a library, where he had grown up with the deceased owner. He had beautiful pointed hears, and it was known for its shiny red satchel, the only thing he had left of its parents.

Alas, the chieftain of the country became jealous and wanted to own this satchel. So, he became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After running around for hours, hungry and tired, he stumbled upon a weird looking cottage. An old lady appeared, offering him shelter from the bitter cold. She looked at him with surprise and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my clarinet back. Here is a magical staff, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have 9 days to return before the stalk withers.”

He followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, he saw a huge manor. He walked to the door and knocked. A croaky voice said: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” He was not afraid and said: “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”

The door made a crackling sound when it opened and revealed a large hall filled with golden pillars. He stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face.”
The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, he moved and stood in front of him. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore a worn purple robe.

“What happened to you?” He reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left to wait so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”

“If you give me the clarinet, I will help you.”

In keeping its promise, the beast and him worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as tavern keeper in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at it.

“We have to tell you something,” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

2017 Love-A-Thon Questionnaire

The Love-A-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love, it’s hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Mel of The Daily Prophecy, and Kristin of Super Space Chick. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community.

Love-A-Thon is here! I’m so excited to participate again to this amazing internet event for book lovers and bloggers/instagrammers/youtubers. It has a special place in my heart, since it’s what finally made me deciding to start talking more about books last year. It’s a 2-day event and you can find all the info at Alexa’s blog, don’t be afraid to join it, even if it’s already started. Last year, I discovered it on Saturday evening and I jumped right in publishing posts on the go, without scheduling anything.

This event is supposed to be a way to make new bookish friends, so, assuming many new people will visit my blog during the next 48 hours, I’ll start with the introductory questionnaire.

An Introduction to You and Your Blog

1. What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from? My name is Alice, also known as Alice Greenleaf on the internet, and I’m blogging from northern Italy, my little corner of the Shire.

2. Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? I started reading in elementary school, after my mom bought me a cute book narrated by a funny mouse, Geronimo Stilton, because she was so desperate I wasn’t enjoying reading at that time. It basically started everything, my love for books and reading. My most productive period of time has been high school, I can’t even tell you how many books I’ve read during those years! (And I can’t actually, since I never tracked them, ugh.) Then, when I started University, I fell into a horrible slump, due to the amount of stuff I had to study, and I’m slowly recovering now.

3. Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader? I already reply to this one, but I should say that Harry Potter had a huge impact in my life when I was 11.

4. How did you get involved in the online book community? I always had a personal blog since 2010, but I discovered the bookish community only in 2015, when I participated to my first monthly photo challenge.

5. How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name? I used to think about my blog as my primary platform, but I’m more active on Instagram at these days. I chose @alicegreenleaf because it was the nickname I was using as a Reporter on Middle-earth News and I already had a Twitter profile with that handle. The Geeky Burrow was born after a very long research, trying to pair words that could represent what I wanted to blog about (it was book and movie reviews at that time) and find available domains.

6. What’s your favorite thing about the online book community? Being able to geek out about my favorite books with other people without sounding silly to them.

7. What sort of posts can readers expect from you? I don’t usually write long informative reviews, I tried it in the past, but it’s not for me. I like to blog about my reading experience, my life surrounded by books, but also about productivity. I love task management apps.

8. What book genres do you talk about most? It depends on what I’m currently reading. I’d say Harry Potter and Tolkien, because they are genres, right? 😀

Favorites

1. Favorite food? Beverage? I’m italian and my mom is an excellent cook/baker, so I love all the food! Tea, hands down.

2. Favorite color? Blue.

3. Favorite things to do apart from reading? Watching TV series and playing LOTRO.

4. Favorite tv shows? My all time favorites are Friends, Lost and Desperate Housewives. I’m currently loving Once Upon A Time, Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls (I missed this one when I was younger).

5. Favorite movies? This is so difficult! My answer would be Harry Potter and LOTR, but I’ll go fancy today: Pirates of the Caribbean, Home Alone, Hook, Bridget Jones’s Diary.

6. Favorite musical artists? I’m not a musical person.

7. Favorite places to shop? It used to be my local bookstores, but now I’d say Amazon AND my local bookstores!

Book Talk

1. Favorite childhood books? The Geronimo Stilton series (7-10 yo) and then Harry Potter (11 yo), followed by The Baby-Sitters Club and The Lord of the Rings (12 yo).

2. Favorite books read in the last five years? This is not very easy to tell, since I started tracking my books only from 2015. If I have to pick five, I’d say: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Getting Things Done by David Allen, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The Martian by Andy Weir.

3. Favorite genres? Fantasy, Mystery, Crime.

4. Underrated book, series or author you love? My guilty pleasure is the Murder, She Wrote series, nobody talks about it, but my mom and I are addicted (we’re also huge fans of the TV show, of course).

5. A book you want to see made into a film or tv show? I’d love to see a Once Upon A Time spin-off based on Red’s Untold Tale, which is a book about Ruby/Red (Red Riding Hood).

6. Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family? When I was in highschool, I fell in love with Bran from Son of the Shadows, the second book of the Sevenwaters series! While the Weasleys are definitely my book family.

7. Books you want to read in 2017? Oh, I have a whole blog post about it!

Hope you enjoyed reading more about me, feel free to introduce yourself in the comment section down below, I’d love to meet new bookworms! 🙂