Continuing the life update with another weather report: it’s freezing hell out there!
- this week we had our belated Valentine’s Day date and went to an awesome pub called Nomad that serves foods from all over the world – so I had some Austrian pierogi (although aren’t pierogi Polish?) and a very delicious Italian risotto con pancetta i fungi. They had more interesting foods than risotto and I know Italian dishes are popular all over town, but I love risotto and wanted to try this one (it was delicious). Will definitely go back there and try some more exotic and exciting dishes.
- we celebrated 1st of March – it is a tradition in my country to give “martisoare” on 1st of March, they symbolize friendship and Spring. I got tulips from my coworkers and Raffaello pralines and lots of cute martisoare – picture with them below, also martisoare-bracelets are popular this year and I love mine!
- other than that, I had a very productive week, the house is almost spotless, I wrote blogs in advanced, I replied to all comments and commented a lot on other blogs, I am even back to working out… the only thing I need to work on is cooking and not ruining pots – I burned a pot and the only way to salvage it was to throw it away (PS: I was only boiling vegetables).
This Week on the Blog:
- Otaku Sunday #10: A Short One
- One Lovely Book Award [Tag]
- WWW // 28.02 Preparing for March
- Letter to March
Next Week on the Blog:
- Otaku Sunday #11
- February Books Wrap Up
- WWW // 07.03
- Madame Bovary (Book Review)
- The Weekend Post #11
Also, I really want to thank Evelina for the Blogging Calendar! I already scheduled two posts that will be published next week and I am also working on posts for the future weeks. Achievement unlocked!
Stacking the Shelves:
Remember how last week I did not go on NetGalley but had a huge haul from Amazon? Well this week we have the opposite, although I also purchased two books from Amazon:
I got The Girl in the Blue Shoes by Shaun Hume because Evelina reviewed it on her blog and I really want to read it. And also got Bubblegum by Sari Taurez because it’s the March pick for one of the Discord book clubs I am in – I can’t participate in all the book club groups every month, but Bubblegum sounds really good!
And now let’s start with all the NetGalley books (also, I got auto-approved by a publisher and I did not even know that was a thing, but it’s awesome):
I got a lot of art books in an attempt to get my creative motivation back: The Art of Creative Watercolor: Inspiration and Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting by Danielle Donaldson, which is pretty self-explanatory, Folk Art Fusion: Americana – Learn to Draw and Paint Charming American Folk Art with a Colorful, Modern Twist by Joy Laforme – although I do not know much about American folk art I am willing to try this, and The Creature Garden: An Illustrator’s Guide to Beautiful Beasts and Fictional Fauna by Zanna and Harry Goldhawk, this looks really whimsical.
And a few art books, two of which are more on graphic design: Design School: Layout by Richard Poulin and The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design by Cari Ferraro and John Stevens – this takes me back to Uni and I want to exercise these skills more. And I also got Badass Babe Workbook: Creative Exercises, Drawing Activities, Empowering Stories, and Fuel for Your Personal Revolution, Inspired by Over 100 Trailblazing Women by Julie Van Grol – because I am very curious about it.
Some more artsy books, but not necessarily about art are: Gustav Klimt at Home by Patrick Bade, not an art book, but a book about an artist I admire; I also got Humanity by Ai Weiwei, another artist I admire; The Telling Image by Lois Farfel Stark, that I do not know how to describe but maybe I will after I read it, and She Used to Be on a Milk Carton by Kailey Tedesco and illustrated by Whitney Proper, a poetry collection.
And here are some other books that don’t necessarily fit into a category:
The Wellspring Trilogy: The Crystal Key by Robert Groneworld, cause it looks really nice. Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, I watched the show a couple of times and it is a lot of fun, which is why I picked this book because I admit I am curious about it. Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens by Christopher Woods because I love Botanical Gardens.
I got SHOCK Anthology because of Neil Gaiman, there’s really nothing else to say. I couldn’t leave NetGalley without a kids book so I got Pip’s Big Hide-and-Seek-Book by Thais Vanderheyden – it seems really colorful and like a lot of fun; and last but not least I got A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by Alison Walsh, I mean with that subtitle how could I not get it, right?
This is my haul for now and I promise this month I will not go on NetGalley again until I review at least 10 books! Sounds doable, right? Although my main goal is to get my feedback ratio over 50%.
What books did you get this week? Any fun discoveries on NetGalley?