First Sunday Post of the year – been looking forward all week to this Sunday morning moment when I sit down with a mug of hot cocoa and write about my week. I hope you had a lovely 2018 so far and that it will continue to be even more awesome!

IMG_20180107_100706_513Life Update! My work week was crazy (it always is at the ending/beginning of the month), but other than that I had a lot of fun blogging and reading a lot.

  • My kindle has finally arrived! It is a gift from Santa, but the shipping took a while. I am loving it!
  • I am doing a yoga challenge – Yoga with Adriene TRUE -, really enjoying it.
  • My D&D character (Alya, elf, rogue) is level 3 now and she chose to be an arcane trickster – I was really considering thief for her, but a couple of session ago, the entire team was unconscious except for me and we were against some magical creature and guess what? The only character with no magic was my character – somehow I ended up saving everyone by remembering some arcane stuff and doing magic for the first time – so I guess this is how Alya got interested in being an Arcane Trickster now.
  • I discovered a beer that tastes just like Bounty! Last night I went out with some friends in a lovely pub with all sorts of interesting beers.

This Week on the Blog:

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Otaku Sunday #5: First Impressions – Winter Season – as always, coming later today
  • 2017 in Books
  • WWW // 10.01.2018
  • Yves Rocher Advent Calendar (Beauty Review) – yes, I finally photographed the products!
  • The Sunday Post #4

I think my blog-a-lot energy is finally running out, and I am settling into posting two posts on Sunday (because they are too much fun to write and I do not want to move either on Saturday – stubborn blogger here) and three posts during the week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday for now). This is not set in stone, but for now I am really happy with how things are going.


Around the Blogsphere:

โ—‹ When Should I Start Requesting ARCs? by Avalinah’s Books – I think I waited all week (if not more) for her to post this article, par of the #NewBloggers 101 series. What she is doing to help new bloggers is awesome and the article is really helpful, so even if you are not a new book blogger, give it a read! I am super excited to read the next posts in this series!

โ—‹ 2017 Bookish Wrap-up by Dragon Waffles – Ioana’s post was so much fun to read and I really loved her way of doing the yearly post – she borrowed it from Cait @Paperfury, and she siad I could borrow it as well (so stay tuned for next week)!

Stacking the Shelves:

free_amazon_booksFree books from Amazon – I will add the link to each book, just make sure it is still free. I got Fulfilled! Critical Choices: Work, Home, Life by William Schiemann because this week I seem to be into self-help kind of books (more below), and it was free. Vodka & Chocolate Drops by Jean Oram – impulse buy because it was free, plus it had chocolate and vodka in the title. The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club by Ann Warner – this I am actually excited for, it is a cosy mystery and this year I want to read more of them! You Can Do It by Jasinda Wilder, a fitness book, also purchased because free and the cover is cute, but maybe it will be helpful too, right?

Writing Stacking the Shelves every week really makes me realize I should stop getting all the free books I find!

netgalley_selfhelp_booksSpeaking of self-help, I requested some self-help e-books on Netgalley and got them: Becoming Whole: A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love by Bruce Alan Kehr, M.D. because the cover looks lovely and I think I need to learn more about self-love. I think it is going to be hard because I am not really the biggest fan of self-help books, but this year I want to get out of my comfort zone.

I also got Your Creative Career: Turn Your Passion into a Fulfilling and Financially Rewardingย Lifestyle by Anna Sabino, because maybe it will motivate me to open my Etsy shop again and work more on it. Or at least give me some tips and tricks!

The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World by Tara Cousineau is the one book I got and already started reading, I am only a few chapters in, but i feel like some things the author talks about is more like mindfulness, she just changed the word to kindfulness, and I am not sure how I feel about that…


One thing I really like to read is children’s books and picture books, but I always felt weird asking for them since I do not have a kid – but one of my big life goals is to write and illustrate a children’s fiction book. This year I decided to stop caring and get all the picture books I want!

I got and already read Time to Get Ready, Bunny! – a really easy and lovely bilingual book about a bunny having a hard time to get ready in the morning – don’t we all? I reviewed it on Goodreads too, but decided that each time I add to my read books a picture book I will increase by Goodreads reading goal as well.

Another interesting book is Brain Safari: 5-Minute Experiments to Explore the Space Between Your Ears by Eric Haseltine – I am really excited by this one and I want to read it before I go home to my little cousins, because if there are fun experiments then I want to try them with them!

The last children’s fiction got is Hopeless Heroes: Here Comes Hercules! by Stella Tarakson – I started reading it already and it is entertaining and intriguing, especially since last night I stopped at a cliffhanger kind of point in the story and I want to know what happens. Once I publish this post, I am back to reading!

I also just got approved for an adult’s fiction book this time, but it doesn’t have a cover yet! The book is A Scandal in Scandinavia (A Capital Kisses Novella) by Kelly Maher and it sounds like a lot of fun, the kind of chick-lit book that I really enjoy (and yes, I do have mixed opinions about the term “chick-lit”, but I think we should give it some power).

So… I really started 2018 with a lot of books! Hopefully, I will get to read most of them this month or by the end of February, and I sure the next week will not be like this one – I might end up regretting this sentence, right?

As always, this blog post is linked up with the lovely humans at Caffeinated Reviewer and Tynga’s Reviews!

What are your first purchased or received books in 2018?