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9 July 2017

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier - Book Review

Before I read it, Burning Bright had been on my reading list for a long time, since I love Tracy Chevalier's books and aim at reading all of them. This one was beautiful, as usual, her style being so unique in describing times in history. This time, the book was set in 1792 London, which was described so vividly I felt like I was there!

30 June 2017

Monthly Favourites: June 2017

After some long months of intense study, June felt like a much deserved break. On 2nd June I finished my exams and could finally relax and fly back home a week after. The best thing was coming to a warm weather as I had missed it in Bristol. My housemates' visit to Florence was also good, and actually helped me transition from the UK to Italy, a step that always requires some patience and open-mindedness on my behalf - living in two different places can be culturally challenging! The funny thing is that they found it very strange to see me in an Italian context as opposed to a British one, and I often felt like a tourist (sometimes I even wonder whether I even look Italian anymore?). After they left I got back into reading, which I'd been longing to do for months, and revising and learning some Arabic which has been on my to-do list for ages.

22 June 2017

Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way by Dan Buettner - Book Review

Although Thrive is presented as a self-help book, I felt that it was rather a research project or a survey, which is why I was slightly surprised at its style when I started reading it. The book itself and the insights it offers are very interesting. Personally, I didn't find it anything special, but that was because I was in a massive reading slump and I could only start to appreciate it once I went back home and set my mind to finishing it.

3 June 2017

Monthly Favourites - May 2017

As I write this post, I'm chilling after my last exam of my final year at university and can't quite believe it. May has been a long month, with lots of exams, deadlines and long waits in between. I can't say I've enjoyed it massively, but I can definitely say that I feel very lucky to have been able to afford a university education. Since classes ended around mid-May, I had a lot of time between exams to watch series, read (although I'm going through a massive reading slump) and do sudokus (which is my new favourite hobby) with my housemates. 

20 May 2017

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and the Law of Attraction - Book Review

In the last few months, I've been reading a very unusual self-help book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Like The Power of Now, this book offers some radical, completely new way of seeing things. While I still need to fully absorb its ideas and disagree with some of its concepts, I found it very interesting and helpful to stay motivated.

18 May 2017

4 Reasons Why Meditation Will Improve Your Life

As I mentioned on my Instagram, I have recently been to a meditation class which brought me back to the significance of meditation and how much it has improved my life. Before trying it, no one told me how many benefits it offered and how much better you could feel. So today I'd like to share some of the reasons why it is worth trying this amazing spiritual practice and hopefully some of you will try it out.

8 May 2017

My Morning Routine at University

love Sundays. I like to be able to sit down at my desk with a hot cup of tea and a snack and blog after some long sessions of studying. On this cloudy Sunday afternoon, I'd like to share my morning routine, which is a crucial part of my day if not the most important one. This is because I think mornings are a key moment to set good intentions and get ready for a fresh new day, both physically and mentally.