Resolutions for 2018


No, really, I think this might be fun. It can work to keep you accountable. You can use it as a reminder of what you want and check at the end of the year what you have achieved

I never do resolutions, but this year I decided to try something different. I have been thinking hard for 11 days about what would be my main resolutions for this year. I mean, there is so much I want to do an accomplish and putting everything down on a list will surely end up in disappointment at the end of the year. So, I thought it would be wiser to keep them limited and achievable. Of course I’m aiming to overpass them (and probably add more things), but I don’t want to add too much and end up up with “stress and overwhelm” as my first emotions of 2018.


Participate in a bookish challenge-

√ Beat the backlist by NovelKnight

Read at least 4 books in another language (non-english) –

Make book art/crafts after reading a book –

– Read 50 books –

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Alicia has
read 1 book toward
her goal of
50 books.


– Drink at least 1 glass of water everyday –

– Draw daily –

That’s it! Did you make a resolutions list? Why yes or why not?


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

What can I say that haven’t been said already?. I love this world full of adventures, interesting characters and a great story that will keep you turning pages until you finish it. Left me wondering about a lot of details that, I assume, will be revealed later on in the next book, or the next, or the next?


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneΒ 
by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
Keywords: fiction, magic, fantasy, children, classics, supernatural

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 26th 1997 by Scholastic Inc

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Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

I read this one day because of Riveted’s 25 books of December (it was free to read for a day). I couldn’t stop, and I didn’t want to stop, because it was good and I wanted to know what would happen in the end. I tried The Last Magician when it was available for free as well, but that one didn’t catch my attention and after 10 pages I let it be, I wasn’t willing to devour it in one go.

Love & Gelato is a refreshing and easy to read coming of age story that follows Lina, a teenage girl from Seattle. It all begins when her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Okay, it doesn’t sound like an uplifting read, I know, but believe me, it is all about how things are approached and this book is all about a journey of discovering her mother’s secrets, exploring Italy and falling in love.


Love & Gelato
by Jenna Evans Welch
Keywords: ya, contemporary, romance, Italy, Tuscany, Florence, family, biracial,mystery, photography, travel, food, father-daughter.

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Simon Pulse

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The Art of Brush Lettering – Kelly Klapstein

It’s not too late to get in the brush lettering hype and if you rather learn at home, chillaxed, at your own pace and surrounded by -no people- (#yay introverts), I have a great book recommendation for you:


The Art of Brush Lettering: A Stroke-by-Stroke Guide to the Practice and Techniques of Creative Lettering and Calligraphy
by Kelly Klapstein
Keywords: non-ficiton, art, brush lettering, relaxing, hobby, visual, step-by-step

Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Quarry Books

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Cress – Marissa Meyer

Can’t believe I finished the third book of The Lunar Chronicles already. I am starting to fear that I wont know what to do with my life once i finish them all. I need more Iko in my life and – oh wait, there’s still Wires and Nerve series that focuses on Iko so, yay!. Our couple this time is Cress (inspired by Rapunzel) and Captain Thorne (his personality makes me think of a young Han Solo).


by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Keywords: Rapunzel, romance, fantasy, fairy tale retelling, SF,Β  YA, dystopia, cyborg, sci-fi.
Paperback, 550 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Puffin Books


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Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 21 – Yuki Midorikawa

Graphic monday tagHello friend, Happy New Year! I know it is not Monday anymore, but I wanted to start this year with a review from the latest English released volume of my beloved Natsume’s Book of Friends. It’s latest installment (volume 21) is out today and if you were craving for soothing chapters, you wishes have been granted. This volume contains 4 stories, one of them is an special. I will share a picture with some of my Natsume treasures at the end of the post.


Natsume Book of Friends
by Yuki Midorikawa
Volume: 21
Keywords: manga, fiction, fantasy, episodic, slow-peaced, supernatural, ya, yosei, monsters, cat companion, male MC, high school, rural japan
Paperback, 192 pages*
Publication: January 2nd 2018 by VIZ Media LLC

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Written by Hand: An Introduction to the Art of Beautiful Handwriting – Erica Tighe

Hello my friend! it has been a while~ Enjoying winter and the holiday season?. This time of the year I usually retreat. While most people are partying, traveling, shopping or filling their yearly dose of socialization with friends and family, I feel like crawling into a cave with my blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, ready to hibernate until next spring. Well, probably I would also bring Continue reading

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer


by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Keywords: Little red riding hood, romance, fantasy, retelling, SF,Β  YA, dystopia, cyborg, strong female character
Paperback, 452 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Puffin Books


I devoured this book. Once more, I liked how well this retelling was made. Just the right amount of symbolism and likeness with the fairy tale, properly blended within the modern scenarios and characters. This book is narrated as two parallel stories that eventually meet. On one side we have Cinder, picking up from where we left in the previous book, and on the other side we have Scarlet’s story. Same timeline, different cities. At first, I felt that the switch between stories happened too early: just when I was getting in the mood with one of them, it changed to the other one, but as the story progresses the pace gets better and better. Continue reading