Life Lately / I Finished a Book and I Liked It

As much as I would like to brag about my long list of completed web series and movies or the tons of dishes I made during this lockdown, none of those can compare to the pride and joy that finishing a book brings, at least for me.

You see, I’m a book hoarder. I’ve been to numerous book bazaars since I started earning my own money. I even went out at 3:30 in the morning once to get to the Big Bad Wolf bazaar here in Cebu. Sadly, I also have a habit of reading only a couple of chapters before moving on to the next book that pique my interest, mostly mood-dependent. It is either that or I have the attention span of a toddler. This is why I couldn’t help but dance to the first of many victories (fingers crossed) in my 2020 book challenge.

Being a fan of Mark Manson‘s writing, I’ve also come to learn one or two of his reading habits, which motivated me to finally pick up my phone (yes, I am also an e-book hoarder) and finish at least one book that I started.

He shared a tip on how to remember stuff you read. The secret is not everyone can do so, not even him which is understandable as he reads A LOOOOOOT of books, but he makes sure that he remembers what the book is all about; and when he wants to refresh his memory, he simply goes back to re-read the specific chapters.

I also read somewhere that it is okay to read a couple of books alternately, especially when you want to take a break from the first one. This tip might have been from Mark too, but I’m not completely sure (see?). All I know is that I couldn’t agree more, because it’s what I do with TV series sometimes. And personally, it works for me!

Upon reaching the very last word of this first ever pandemic book, first thing I did was to immediately log it on my Goodreads “READ” list. Book is Bo Sanchez “How To Find Your One True Love”, which I found to be helpful in love and life alike. His tips registered to me as life hacks too as most of them can be very useful in making general life decisions and not only in matters of the heart.

I am also proud to say that I actually bought this e-book along with other FEAST BOOKS (mostly about career and finance) during their website sale a few weeks back. These are probably the only electronic books I bought apart from the ones I got from this e-book seller on Instagram, @thepinkreaderph about 5-6 years ago.

While I am on the topic, I’s also want to thank Amielle for sharing her hack on how to find free e-books online. Thanks to you, my reader is overflowing with books that I can’t help but gush over and hope to read this year!

So along with my goal to increase my daily fluid intake, to work out at least 3x a week, write more blog entries and commit to my night time regimen, I am also committing to read at least 10 more books before the year ends! I’ll still be reading a lot of short form writing such as my forever favorite, MEDIUM articles and Mark Manson MFM newsletters, but I am motivated than ever to finish more books this year! Hope you do too!

The Sunday Currently, Volume 11

It has been 3 months since I last posted a TSC entry! 3 months?!?!! Anyway, I missed doing so, so

 

C U R R E N T L Y . . .

 

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current fave half frame photos taken with my new fave cam, PEN EES!

R E A D I N G  Been reading a lot of new newsletters I’ve subscribed to like Austin Kleon‘s (author of Steal Like an Artist) and the Farnam Street Blog‘s (which apparently is what people say has the best newsletters out there!) Been reading their recommended articles on DECISION MAKING and taking note of Austin’s books read in 2015; and boy they’re all so good, I had to avail of ThePinkReaderPH‘s unlimited download promo for 15 days, in the hopes of finding some of those books in her list! I’m also reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell soon if not today, thanks to a recommendation by another blogger I follow!

 

I also took on a challenge I made myself on Goodreads to read 10 books this year and I know it’s pretty easy for others out there, but not for me! So yeah, If I could find Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout (not available in all branches of NBS, Fullybooked and Powerbooks, B and I checked last Friday) and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation, I’m definitely putting those on my list of books to read this year!

 

W R I T I N G  lovely stuff on my Daykeeper and 365 Wonders planner (yep, I got the latter as well!). Also wrote a very cheesy birthday tribute to Brianne!

 

L I S T E N I N G  to Cheats! and they’re incredible! I’ve tons of indie songs “favorited” on my 8tracks and Spotify accounts that I listen to all the time, but sadly none of those are by local bands. So it brings me joy to finally have a local indie band to listen to. I know there must be heaps of them out there and I just haven’t been patiently looking for them, but since this band is pretty good, I’ll delay the search for now!

 

T H I N K I N G  of how to make this year, if not my year, then a better year!

 

S M E L L I N G  Nothing. No one’s cooking breakfast yet.

 

W I S H I N G  I could do everything on my list of things to do including watering my plants once I publish this post!

 

W E A R I N G  these shiny purple pair of shorts I wore last time I made a TSC (lol) and my MEMC shirt!

 

L O V I N G  my wonderful life and I’m not even sarcastic! I’m pretty okay now, I think! Btw, I did not feel this way last year. I was more anxious back then. Also loving the access to thousands of ebooks and emags on the PinkReaderPH’s database!
Loving Cheats’ Newspaper Girl and Summer. Also loving this newly discovered song, Obsession by Frankie Animal

 

W A N T I N G  to read all of those ebooks and emags I’ve been downloading since yesterday and to go on more dates with Brianne! Now that he’s got his own film camera, we can go on more photowalks together! (we just started the past week!) ❤

 

N E E D I N G  money for when I… (more on this soon!)

 

F E E L I N G  more than okay. I’m glad I survived another year and I’m looking forward to fighting depression and pessimism and all things that made me sad and mad and bad last year. I’m also feeling so inspired. See my previous post to know why! 🙂

 

Off to water my plants now and see the sun rise!