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Monday, January 08, 2018

Self-Care in 2018

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New Year, New Me, right? 2017 was a rough year for me, personally and just on a larger political scale. I am really hoping 2017 will at least bring good things on a personal scale or at least won’t try to take me on an intense emotional coaster; however, I am not holding any high hopes for not experiencing high amounts of stress because the world is falling the fuck apart. I am not trying to be pessimistic though, I just know that even if good things happen, I ~will~ be stressed out and so since the year has only barely begun and I haven’t experienced any high amounts of stress yet, I thought I’d do a post centering around what ~I~ plan to do for self-care this year. Having a plan for self-care is important, in my opinion, because it offers at least some measure of control when things get rough? THAT’S JUST ME THOUGH. You do you if you handle stress and anxiety in different ways!

1. De-stress by taking care of my skin

I did this a lot last year. I loved putting a face mask, doing some pore-cleansing strips and just washing my face after all of that. A clean face always makes me feel better and I know I am going to do that a lot more this year. Also 2018 is the year I want to focus more on my skin! HAPPY SKIN = HAPPY ME

2. Get Fresh Air

This is something I am really bad at doing. Like really really bad and I need to work on it. Walking outside has always helped me re-evaluate and calm down a little but because I am such a home-body sometimes, it’s hard for me to actually get the courage to leave

3. Adult Coloring Books

I’ve never really spend a lot of time with them but I own one and I think I should at least try it as a self-care technique. Like put on a tv show and unwind. Using pens stresses me out though so I’ll stick to color pencils and crayons like back in elementary school. Going back to the roots, amirite?

4. Journaling a little bit

Not like a bullet journal but like a diary/planner, maybe? I’ve also just need to be consistent with my planner usage because planning makes me happy. I like having everything written down and planned out and I need to be better about actually doing that because it makes me feel better. There have been a # of times when I am feeling overwhelmed by things and just writing stuff out and claiming some sort of control over my environment has always been helpful.

5. Choosing not to read sometimes

This may be the most surprising thing on here but I tend to stress myself out by forcing books on myself when I don’t want to read? There are definitely moments when reading is the answer and reading helps me unwind but I have to be in a reading mood and I need to stop forcing books on myself when I cannot handle it.

What are some of your self-care techniques? Do you have any plans in place for 2018? Let me know!

Sequel Smashers: The One Where Rashika Takes On Sequels

Sequel Smashers: The One Where Rashika Takes On Sequels

Posted by on 01/05/2018 • 6 Comments

I have a problem. It’s called me picking up shiny new series and never reading sequels. It doesn’t matter if the sequel was the most anticipated thing or the least, I DON’T READ THEM. A quick browse through my Goodreads showed I have ~at least~ 100 sequels I have NOT read. This is not even including series where more books come out after the sequel I didn’t read. This year, I have decided enough is enough and decided to fix this problem; especially because I even BOUGHT a lot of my anticipated sequels and never read them. Basically, I seem to have a problem where I buy books I am looking forward to and then never read them? Last year, I focused on reading more backlist books and this year,…



Posted by on 12/31/2017 • 16 Comments

2017 has been a YEAR, amirite? I’ve been struggling to figure out what I want to do for my last post of the year because I don’t know if I just wanted to talk about the best books I’ve read this year (although I will do some of that!) Instead, I am doing a round up of my year personally and in books!

-Watched Twilight 5 times (I am really trying to make it 6 before the year ends) Update: ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN

-Graduated 2 terms early from college with latin honors

-Adulted this summer (lived away from home and college, fed myself, paid bills, etc)

-Baked a FUCK TON. It was basically a coping mechanism but hey, I baked a tart for the very first time and am…

Bookish Gifts for the Bookworm in Your Life

Bookish Gifts for the Bookworm in Your Life

Posted by on 12/12/2017 • 2 Comments

Holidays are officially in season! I mean they’ve technically been in season for a while but… its all official now. Happy first day of Hannukah to those who celebrate! It’s last minute but today I am bringing you a list of bookish goodies to buy the bookworm in your life. I promise it’ll be more helpful than last year (but, okay, if anyone got me any of those things, I’d be a happy person.) A little last minute shopping never hurt anyone!

1. Puffin Classics

They are fairly inexpensive and come with jaw-dropping covers. Know a bookworm in your life who appreciates classics and gorgeous covers? Cannot go wrong with one of these:

2. Notebooks

There are lots of them out there and a bookworm will always cherish a bookish…

Bookish Confessions

Bookish Confessions

Posted by on 12/10/2017 • 6 Comments

The new year is just around the corner and it’s gonna be a new year, new me (probably for like 5 seconds.) To aid my journey of reinventing myself for 2018, I thought I’d get some deep, dark, confessions off my chest. I hope you’ll still want to hang with me after learning about some of the horrifying things I’ve done but if not, I understand.


1. Like a regular person, I like to eat while I read but one time, while I was reading Breaking Dawn which I had borrowed from my review, I accidentally dropped the slice of pizza I was eating inside the book and never told my friend. She never said anything and didn’t disown me so I guess she never found out.


Book Girls Don’t Cry… They Angst About How to Arrange Their Bookshelves

Book Girls Don’t Cry… They Angst About How to Arrange Their Bookshelves

Posted by on 12/07/2017 • 14 Comments

If you identify as a bookworm, it is likely that you at least own a couple books. If you own a couple books, you’ve probably spend at least a little time wondering how you should arrange them. Author’s last name? Rainbows? Sizes? So many options. What it comes down to is

aesthetic vs convenience

Some people are fine arranging their books in color because they are really familiar with the color on the spines of the books they own. I am not that person. It takes me 5 mins to find a book when my shelves are in color vs the handful of seconds it takes me when they are arranged by authors last name. But, both ways have their pros and cons and I think it just comes down…

The Five Stages of a Book Slump

The Five Stages of a Book Slump

Posted by on 12/05/2017 • 12 Comments

I have a shameful secret. I’ve sorta of been in a book slump these past couple weeks. I am still reading but nothing really calls out to me and I’d honestly rather just watch TV than read a book. I wonder if its because I have a craving for a certain kind of book and cannot find something that fits the bill or if its just because I am extremely exhausted (emotionally & mentally) and don’t want to do anything anymore.

1. No book looks good.

You’ve tried starting five but have DNFed 10. Will a book ever look good again?

2. So you start watching TV.

You are now 6 seasons deep into a show you started 3 days ago, with no end in sight. Will this be over?…

K-Drama Rec Based On Jellicoe Road

K-Drama Rec Based On Jellicoe Road

Posted by on 07/13/2017 • 1 Comment

I don’t watch a lot of K-drama’s but when I do, I get sucked in and binge watch like my life depends on it. This particular k-drama was recommended to me by a close friend and just happened to be the one to introduce me to the wonderful world of k-dramas. 

But, before I talk about it, lets talk about Jellicoe Road, or as it is known in Australia, On the Jellicoe Road (a title I much prefer.) Well for one, Melina Marchetta is my queen and secondly, I don’t compare things to Jellicoe unless I mean it. If you haven’t read this life-changing book already, I highly suggest you get on it because making good life decisions is a good thing. You will sob, laugh, probably die for a hot second and…