My Bookish Rules

Living far away from libraries (and basically everything useful) means I always had to buy books if I wanted to read something, even if I didn’t know if I would like the book or not. So it’s not surprising that I have accumulated a good amount of them during the last few years, until the end of 2012 when I got my beloved Kindle and I started buying ebooks. Owning Amazon’s e-reader isn’t amazing just because you can buy books from the comfort of your home and immediately read them, it’s amazing also because you can read a lot saving money and also without filling your shelves.

But no matter what, books were still cluttering my little IKEA Billy (I have a thinner version that they no longer produce), bending my shelves. Fortunately, this Summer my village got a little free library and I’ve been able to donate many books I didn’t care to keep, like those random chick-lit novels or those I didn’t enjoy.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love paper and I’m often tempted to buy new physical books when I visit bookstores. But since my living space is small, I decided to set some boundaries and I came up with some self-imposed rules to manage my impulse buys in 2018.

  • I’ll buy physical books only by my favourite authors (Tolkien, JK Rowling, Agatha Christie, etc.). I know this is a very difficult rule to follow for a bookworm, but believe me, you would try to stick with it if you’d live in a tiny space like mine.
  • I’ll buy only pretty editions. After donating tons of old books, I realized how ugly were the editions I used to pick up, obviously because I was always trying to save money, so I mostly bought the cheapest pockets/paperbacks around. Now, because of my strict rules, if I’ll buy a book, I’ll choose pretty editions, possibly hardcovers (my favourites).
  • The rest of my reading time will happen on my Kindle. Ebooks have many perks because I can highlight passages (this is why I love reading non-fiction in a digital format), read them everywhere, they don’t take any physical space, and so on.
  • Finally, before purchasing a Kindle book, I’ll always send an extract to my device first. This is such a useful service offered by Amazon, but somehow I always neglected it and directly bought the book, maybe to discover later that I didn’t enjoy the way it was written/formatted/whatever.

That’s it! This is how I plan to handle my bookish life next year. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to own a bigger bookcase and I’ll be able to reduce the number of rules for my book-buying habits.

Why Discovering Your Personality Type Matters

Just after finishing high school, my life completely changed because of University. It was a completely new world without a solid routine and much more free time (actually I didn’t have as much free time as I thought and I learned the lesson during the second year). This new life allowed me to explore more the internet, the blogging world, and dust off some old passions of mine. I wasn’t following what my classmates were doing/thinking/believing anymore. Not that I didn’t have a personality in high school, but we know how it works at that age: you always want to be part of the group.

I discovered so many things about myself. First and foremost that I am an introvert. Despite being an only child, I’ve always been surrounded by people because my mom has always been on a mission to not let me become a spoiled kid, so she was the cool stay at home mom who always organized play dates and, later on, study dates. I was a very quiet and shy girl and I loved playing on my own when I was at home but, enjoying so much my time with friends, I never thought of myself as an introvert. I used to classify myself as a people person rather than a lone wolf.

However, I always felt a little bit different from my friends. I never enjoyed drinking alcohol nor going to the disco (despite my love for dancing), I always preferred movie nights at home rather than crowded restaurants, I always had an incredibly sensitive skin, I always hated loud noises, and I’ve always been very emotional in circumstances involving animals. The impatient reactions of my friends to my “issues” made me thought that I was just a whiner. Which led me to a complete unacceptance of myself as a person. Why can’t I just be normal?

Thankfully, the internet taught me that we’re not made the same way and that different personality types exist. I’ve taken many personality tests and read a lot about it during the last few years and I was so pleased to discover that one of my favorite bloggers, Anne Bogel, was about to publish a book all about personality types. The book is titled Reading People and I’ve just finished it. I’m not very good at reviewing books, but this one was so good that I really wanted to share some love.

Anne analyzes different personality frameworks and guides the reader through the whole book telling also personal stories (my favorite parts).

I jokingly say I need two cups of tea and a hundred pages of a good novel to recover from a boisterous night out, but I’m really not kidding.

Oh, Anne, I couldn’t relate more!

According to several different free tests (I never took the official one because it’s a bit expensive), my Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is ISTJ, The Logistician. And I loved reading more about it in Anne’s book, she helped me to confirm that I belong to this type and to discover that Highly Sensitive People actually exist. I’m a normal person, after all.

The ISTJ is a quiet pillar of society with a deep regard for duty, tradition, and stability.

Reading this passage in the book, I couldn’t help but inner screaming “OMG it’s me!!”. I also learned that my leading cognitive function is Introverted Sensing and the description fits me so well, it’s impressive!

Those who lead with Introverted Sensing respect tradition, uphold the status quo, and do things by the book. They are organized and structured. They prefer routines and predictability and have a tendency toward nostalgia. More than any other type, they believe the past repeats itself.

Pay attention that it’s important to not fall into the trap of making decisions based on our personality type once we discovered it. As Anne says in the book:

Learning more about personality has helped me make peace with the way I was made (even though some days I’d rather trade myself in for a different model). […] My personality isn’t a limiting label; instead, understanding my personality has blown my possibilities wide open.

Visiting the official website of the book, you’ll be able to take a funny reading personality quiz! Mine is the Escapist and I totally agree with it. 🙂

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
Author: Anne Bogel
Genre: Personal Growth
Official website:

We are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), Reading People explains the life-changing insights that can be gained from the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. Understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray.

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.