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Lately..

Hello my friends,

how have you all been? If you don’t know who I am, that’s purely because I went away from the online world for a bit and then forgot I had a blog.

I actually remembered I had a blog this week.

Terrible, I know. I started creating a website for my coaching business and there was this nagging feeling telling me: ‘wait a second, don’t you already have a website?’ An honest story, I swear. 😉

Anyhow, how have my last months been?

I read a lot of coaching and psychology related books. Also, a lot of marketing / strategy related material. It is a lot to take in but then to show up in the real world and to apply it is another level. I am loving every minute of it. 🙂 If you ever fancy hearing about any of these books, please give me a shout and I will tell you more. 🙂

From the world of fiction I read:

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – such a treat to read. It’s a coming of age story / murder mystery / tribute to nature. Owens is a zoologist and her love of nature is apparent from every page.
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – another emotional novel set during the World War II in France. I started reading it during the 75th anniversary of D-Day and despite not generally loving historic fiction that much, this was one of those exceptions I would gladly read over and over again.

I absolutely adored those books and will review both of them. They made me both cry and laugh and I highly recommend them. 🙂

  • Cassandra Clare‘s first book in the Infernal Devices series – Clockwork Angel was also something I quite enjoyed. I love London and being transported back to it during Victorian era was fun to experience. I am currently reading the second book in the series. 🙂

TV-wise, I am enjoying watching second season of Killing Eve, had fun with Netflix’ Dead to Me and was seriously addicted to Chernobyl. I wasn’t massively in love with the last season of the Game of Thrones but I appreciated how theatrical some of those episodes were and I thought overall acting was ace. Especially Emilia Clarke‘s. 🙂 I recently discovered Nashville and already have a feeling this will be my thing – drama, drama and some country music – I’m in.

My main focus, outside of my my full time day job, is on my coaching business.

It has been such a privilege to start working with many amazing clients and to witness what they are capable of. I always knew they could do amazing things but seeing them realise that too – that’s my WHY my friends. When things get busy beyond what I want them to be, I keep on reminding myself that particular reason, grit my teeth and keep on going.

I am likely to be writing very sporadically over the next months, but if you would like to stay in touch, you can find me on these social media platforms Instagram & Facebook. Focus there is on coaching but as I talk about anything that relates to our minds, reading and books are part of it. 🙂 I would love to see you there. ❤️

Before I go, I want to give a massive shout out to Norrie @ ReadingUnderTheBlankie, who I have managed to meet in person a few times this year. Thanks Norrie for the awesome Dead to Me recommendation. 🙂 It shows how wonderful this bookish community is – it’s equally amazing meeting bloggers in person as well as reading their blogs. I am so grateful for this lovely blogosphere. ❤️ Thank you.

Have a wonderful summer and if I don’t see you on social media, I’ll see you here sometime soon.

With love,

Vera ❤️

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Thankful and Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US friends.

Regardless where you are from, I am grateful for this amazing and supportive bookish community. Thanks for being here and thank you for sharing your love of books with me. ❤️

I am also grateful for all those wonderful authors that entertain us and write all those magical stories for us. Thank you for creating, regardless how hard it gets sometimes. ❤️

Happy reading my friends. 📚

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Currently Reading

Dare To Lead by Brené Brown

I am loving this book, my favourite story teller / researcher is talking again about courage, vulnerability and leading with our hearts.

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

My boyfriend and I have been on an epic road trip through Canada 🇨🇦 and saw quite a few bears so the title relates to the theme quite nicely (hopefully! 😊).

As my travels are coming to an end, I will be posting / reviewing books again shortly.

Thanks for being here. ❤️

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Sunshine Blogger

I’ll start with a quick shout out to Inge from The Belgian Reviewer, that had me over at her super cool blog the other day. Inge writes stellar reviews that cover thrillers, crime fiction and much more. If you don’t know her blog yet, please go over to check it out. I wholeheartedly recommend it. 🙂

Inge, it was an honour to answer your questions, thanks so much for having me at your blog.  If you would like read my answers to Inge’s questions, you can do so over here.


Now let’s dive into today’s topic.

Lovely Azu @ BookOrbit tagged me a while ago for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Azu likes YA fiction, has an extremely pretty blog and is a very sweet person, with whom I enjoy connecting. Thanks Azu for thinking of me. 

The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions

Without further ado, here are my answers to Azu’s questions. 🙂


  1. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

Just one? That’s impossible!

I love Tolkien’s Hobbit from fantasy, King’s The Shining from horror, Coelho’s The Alchemist from fiction, Brown’s Daring Greatly from non-fiction, Exupery’s The Little Prince from children’s fiction despite it being really meant for adults…

  1. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?

I like to look at books as not meant for me, rather than them being bad.

With that said, any insta-love romance type of book usually gets me bored. Add a moody / arrogant / ‘misunderstood’ object of affection to it and I am struggling to finish it… Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series being one of them. Sorry, just not my thing…

  1. If you could be any fictional character for real. Whom would you be?

Jo Little Women

I would quite like to be Jo from Little Women.

  1. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Insta-love because it usually gives an author a pass to skip a relationship building phase, which I personally find so interesting.

  1. What’s your hobby?

Rock-climbing, yoga, hiking, staring into nothingness… and people. I honestly love people watching and it does get me into trouble sometimes… 😉

  1. What’s your dream job?

I don’t think there is a dream job per se. I think any job has a dream job potential if we start perceiving it that way and start finding aspects in it that are aligned with our values. 😊 To me, as long as I am helping others and contributing to this world, I am happy and content. 🙂

  1. Who is your favourite author?

Again, just one??? If I stick to only one, I’ll go with Brene Brown. I adore her story telling ability and well as her courage to explore some difficult topics such as shame, vulnerability and belonging.

Honorary mentions go to J.R.R Tolkien, Katherine Arden, Tamora Pierce and Leigh Bardugo.

  1. What’s your favourite genre?

The problem with me is that you can not ‘box’ me. I am so whimsical and my taste changes on a regular basis. I suppose having a consistent genre would probably help with my blog’s theme… but hey, it is what it is.

I love all sorts of genres. Non-fiction, especially psychology, philosophy, memoirs and mythologies; from fiction, it would be fantasy, psychological thrillers and psychological / character driven stories in general. Sprinkled with some horror, sci-fi and crime as well from time to time. 😊

  1. How was your day today on the scale of 10?

I did wake up, so 10 it is. 😊

  1. What got you into reading?

I think it was my family upbringing. My parents are both keen readers and our family ‘quality time together’ sometimes meant all of us reading at the same time… our own books… together…. 😊

As a child, my dad would take me for walks and let me run around a forest whilst he was reading his books. I would always enquire what he was reading, and he would start telling me stories about old Greeks, religion and science (side note: I share with him my love for non-fiction as you can tell!).

I always wanted to know more. He helped me to learn how to read before I started school and we would read together Greek myths or old Slavic folk stories.

I have always been a reader. I cannot remember not reading to be honest. Reading takes me to different worlds, honours my love of creativity as I can imagine creatures that no one has seen before. It also makes me think and helps me with my staring into nothingness hobby as well… 😉

11. What is your all time favourite TV Show?

I guess it would have to be Friends for their humour, friendship and struggles of early adulthood. But it’s on par with Gilmore Girls as I just love that mother / daughter aspect of it. Both of these shows are something I could re-watch over and over again because of that humour, human connection and feel good factor.

Honorary mentions go to Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Black Mirror and then Lost, Homeland and Game of Cards when they were at their best..


Alrighty, because I had fun answering these questions and I am quite lazy, I’ll re-use Azu‘s question for those of you, who would like to take part. 😀

If you are reading it, consider yourself tagged!

If you don’t feel answering the entire list, would you mind sharing with me:

what got you into reading?

I’d love to know! 🙂

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Unique Blogger

unique-blogger-award

My effort to catch up on ‘let’s meet the person behind the blog‘ continues. 🙂 As mentioned many times before, I do appreciate all of those lovely fellow bloggers for their shout outs. I do get distracted quite easily, but my inner organiser took over the other day, created a spreadsheet (colour coded of course) and thinks it’s on the top of it. Let’s see what happens, eh? 😉

Today’s questions are from Kiersten from Unce Upon a Spine. Kiersten has two beautiful pets – a super cute white dog fluffball and a lovely tabby cat. She is also a fellow Neil Gaiman’s fan and writes thoughtful reviews. Her doggie Beaker was a bit poorly recently but is better. Please stop by and show them both some love.  ❤️


Kiersten asked me following questions:

  • What’s the strangest book you’ve ever read? (Be specific. What made it strange?)

Alices Adventures in Wonderland

Ha ha, it entirely depends what we deem as strange. To me, strange = unique, unusual, interesting, something different and surprising. So I’ll go with that definition and choose Alice in Wonderland as it is one of my favourite books.

“I’m afraid I can’t explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see?” 

I absolutely adore Lewis Carroll‘s non-sensical world and his playfulness with language. I also applaud him for his riddles:

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” 

That non-sensical aspect of this book is something that is both magical and unique. There is a lot of humour in it as well the ability to laugh at ourselves, which is something I always appreciate.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” 

Which ties-in nicely with the second question:

  • Which character from Alice in Wonderland best describes you?

alice

I think Alice is probably the one I relate with the most. Mind you all those strange and wonderfully weird characters describe me pretty accurately at times as well. 😉

Why Alice? ‘Curiouser and curiouser‘ is my nickname. I am relentlessly curious and it does get me into trouble a lot. Alice is also someone who goes against norms. She doesn’t do things because she is supposed to. And that is something I strongly agree with. 😉 I love her quote of “the only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible“. As a life-coach in training, I believe our thoughts are creating our reality. I also share with her love for imagination, creativity and all those crazy and wild adventures. 🙂

  • If you could resurrect any dead book character, who would it be?

GoT book

Ok, I don’t want to accidentally give away any spoilers. If you haven’t read George R.R Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire and / or have not seen Game of Thrones, please stop reading here.

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I still haven’t forgiven Martin for killing off one of my favourite characters. He has quite a gift of ruthlessly dispatching characters I seem to enjoy reading about but this one was just NO!

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If I could bring this character back, it would be Eddard (Ned) Stark. Because he is good, he has strong morals and he cares for his children and his wife very deeply. He is also, one of my favourite father figures and I talked about him a bit more here.

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That was fun! Thanks again Kiersten for thinking of me. ❤️

Now I am to ask three questions in return and tag / nominate some of you.

I always love getting to know fellow bloggers a bit more but at the same time, I don’t want to become annoying by tagging people too often. So please, no pressure, disregard if that’s something you don’t fancy or don’t have time for.

I nominate:

Nicole | Cam |Amalia | Kaleena | Catherine

And everyone else who fancy giving it a go! 🙂

My questions are:

  1. What character’s flaw irritates you? (Be specific. What irritates you about it?) 🙂
  2. If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first? And of course, why? 🙂
  3. What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave? Seriously, I want to know! 😀

Over to you!

Fancy letting me know what would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave? 😉

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How I Choose My Books Tag

The wonderful and kind Kelly from Another Book in The Wall tagged for the how I choose my books tag! Kelly has an amazing blog – not only does she write thoughtful reviews, but she also creates many thought provoking discussion posts as well as features inspiring book quotes. If you don’t know her blog, please go over to say Hi. I sincerely hope you will enjoy is as much as I do. Thanks Kelly for thinking of me. 

My attempt to catch up on all those lovely tags and awards continues. Let’s have a look how I choose my books, shall we? 🙂


  1. Find a Book on Your Shelves or E-Reader With a Blue Cover | What Made You Want to Pick Up This Book?

the witch of portobello

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

I love Coelho’s The Alchemist and because of that, I read a few of his other books as well. This one spoke to me via its blurb “How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?” I thought to myself: ‘that’s an interesting question, I wonder how it will get answered’ and gave this book a chance. 😊

  1. Think of a Book You Didn’t Expect To Enjoy, But Did | Why Did You Read It in the First Place?

heartless

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (my review)

I am a big Alice in Wonderland fan. That was the reason behind choosing this book. I started reading it thinking ‘I sincerely hope that Lewis Carroll’s non-sensical world will not get ruined’… I had many arrogant and cynical assumptions at the back of my mind and they were proven completely wrong. I absolutely adored this book.

  1. Stand In Front Of Your Bookshelf With Your Eyes Closed And Pick a Book At Random | How Did You Discover This Book

Underland

Underland by Chanda Hahn

I read everything Chanda Hahn has written… I enjoy her re-tellings and especially loved her An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series.

When I found out Chanda wrote a book featuring Greek myths, well, it was a no-brainer for me to pick it up… and it did not disappoint by the way, I recommend this book.

  1. Pick a Book That Someone Personally Recommended To You | What Did You Think Of It?

what alice forgot

Norrie recommended me a while back What Alice Forgot from Liane Moriarty (my review). I loved this book because of its characters as well as the concept of ‘time travel thanks to amnesia’… and because of Norrie’s recommendation, I discovered another great author. 😊 With Big Little Lies (my review) being one of my favourite books of 2018 so far.

  1. Pick A Book You Discovered Through Booktube/Book Blogs

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Educated by Tara Westover (my review)

I picked this book up after I read this Umut’s review. It is still my book of 2018… despite being massively impressed with Circe

  1. Find A Book On Your Shelves With A One Word Title | What Drew You To This Book?

Outliers

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Oh, Gladwell and his impressive writing. No unnecessary words, everything well-thought-out and to the point. I adore his thought provoking books.

I was drawn to this book both because of its author as well as its description: “Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  1. What Book Did You Discover Through a Film/TV Adaptation?

The Lighting Thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I read Percy Jackson’s adventures a while back, shortly after I watched Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie. I really wish I read those as a child, I enjoyed them as an adult but I know I would have loved them even more as a kid. 😊

  1. Think of Your All Time Favourite Book(s) | When Did You Read Them and Why Did You Pick Them Up In The First Place?

My All Time Favourite book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

little princeI was given this book by my dad and we read it together for the first time when I was a child. Dad would always pause and let me think about what we just read. We would analyse it together and he would ask for my opinions page after page. 🙂 I read it again a few times as a teenager after that. My sister and I share the same love for this book. We used to talk about its quotes for hours in our local tea room, which is built in our Gothic’s town’s old town walls.

tearoomPhoto of that lovely tearoom

I still remember those discussions and cherish them very dearly.

I read it again many times as an adult and every time I read this bittersweet book, I discover something new in it.  It’s full of possibilities, dreams and love. 😊

Some of my favourite quotes from this book are:

  • “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
  • “What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” 
  • “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” 
  • “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” 

 


If you haven’t done this tag and are reading this post, I am tagging you. 🙂 

Tag, you are It! 🙂

Now over to you:

  • Have you read some of the books I mentioned? 
  • What Book Did You Discover Through a Film/TV Adaptation?
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Mystery Blogger Award

mystery blogger award

Before I start talking about this award, I would like to thank every one of you who have tagged / nominated me in your posts. ❤️

Whenever I see that someone has thought of me, I feel so mushy inside – full of gratefulness for all those sweet bloggers and this supportive community. I honestly appreciate you thinking of me! ❤️ I have a table of these and will write these tags… but the reality is me, right after the dramatic teary-eye moment, getting distracted and completely forgetting about those tags. So note to myself: ‘try not to get distracted too often‘… 🙂

The lovely Justine @ Milkz’ Bookshelf nominated me in the Mystery Blogger Award.

Justine has an amazing blog that I enjoy reading. She also crochets incredible amigurumi. Her creations are so cute and I am sincerely hoping to see more of those on your blog Justine! 🙂 Thanks for the nomination. ❤️


RULES:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well. (Maggie @okoto enigmas blog)
  4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  5. Nominate 10-20 people.
  6. Notify your nominees.
  7. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question.
  8. Share a link to your best post(s)

Let’s do this, here are three things about me:

I get scared very easily. Fear is something I am learning to embrace. I’m a climber who is scared of heights, a beginner horse rider who is scared of horses. I am also scared whenever I think I may not be able to control a certain situation. As a ‘recovering perfectionist’, I am learning how to let go. And it’s hard sometimes but I’m trying nevertheless. 🙂

Daydreaming is my favourite activity, especially when combined with staring into nothingness. Our ‘productivity’ obsessed era likes to tell us to maximise our time, plan our days to be more productive and all that jazz. Well, my idea of productivity is to stare into my midnight blue wall whilst creating lost worlds, hearing animals talking and thinking about equations I want to solve (I’m a mathematician for living).

I’m an introvert that really enjoys being alone. There, I said it. 🙂 I love my boyfriend, family, friends, colleagues and people in general. But… I get fully recharged when I’m lost in nature on a long walk whilst listening to bird songs or silence.


Here are my answers to Justine’s 5 questions:

1. How did you get into book blogging?
I enjoy writing. And I love talking about books. After getting over my fear of letting other people see me and my work, I have decided to start blogging to meet some alike-minded peeps and to honour those two hobbies of mine.

2. What genre of music do you listen to the most?
I enjoy indie rock, blues rock, folk, rock, occasional country and, as long as it doesn’t give me a headache, anything else really…. 🙂 Some of my favourite artists are Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra (loving his new album to bits at the moment), AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Eddie Vedder (his Into the Wild album is something I could listen to for days), Paolo Nutini, Hozier… and it the list goes on and on and on… 🙂

3. If you could never read a book genre again what would it be?
Romance. Sorry but not sorry.

4. What’s your favourite scent?
I love smells nature gives us – that vibrant smell of freshly cut grass, electric smell of earth just after it rained, that sulphury smell of wild sea that crushes underneath me whilst climbing sea cliffs, or that pine smell I get whenever I get lost in a forest. I also love anything lavender scented. It calms me down. I am still gutted I killed those ‘impossible to kill’ lavenders of mine… 😦

5.  What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Ha! I guess as a scientist, I do agree with Darwinian principle that claims that  species evolve over time. In other words that chickens’ ancestors were not chickens. 🐓 🥚 😉


I nominate all of those wonderful bloggers below:

Cynic On Wings | Norrie @ Reading Under The Blankie | Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall | Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer | Holly @ Nut Free Nerd | Book Beach Bunny | Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky | Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books  | Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams | Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl | Melanie @ Mel To The Any | Allie @ Girl With A Good Book And Her Dog | The orang-utan librarian | Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books| Leslie @ Books Are The New Black

And everyone else, who would like to take a part. Please consider yourself nominated as well!

If you decide to take part, can you please link back your answers to this post so I can see them? Thank you! :)❤️

My questions to my nominees:

  1. What would your ideal day look like?
  2. What’s on your bucket list this year?
  3. If you could master one new skill, what would it be?
  4. Who’s your biggest hero?
  5. If you were an animal instead, which one would it be?

Alrighy.

If I am to follow all those rules (something I am rather notoriously bad at), I should also include links to my best posts. It is a tough one, as ‘best’ is quite a subjective word, so I’ll stick with those posts below that have received the most traffic so far. 🙂


Over to you guys:

  • What’s your favourite smell?
  • If you could never read a book genre again what would it be?

Fancy sharing those with me? 🙂 Thanks. 🙂