Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a booktastic blog hop hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. This week, it’s all about the Top 10 Books We’ve Read In 2015.

I’m woefully behind on my 60 Books Challenge. My studies have taken up all my time, although that didn’t stop me from downloading a massive haul of about 50 free Kindle books in my lunch hour yesterday (they were just so tempting, being free and all).

As for books I’ve already read in 2015, I offer the following Top Ten (not in order of preference):

 

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Weekly Goals Vol. 18

From today on, my weeks will be even busier than before. It’s summer and my holidays are approaching, and I’ve set myself the goal to complete all assignments of the two university courses I’m currently doing before I leave for London on August 1.

My university is specialized in distance learning and has continuous enrollment – that means we don’t adhere to the academic calendar. We start when we’re ready and have a certain time period to complete things in. In order to get through as much as possible in a short space, we do not have proper semester breaks. So yes, “School’s Out For Summer” for everyone but me.

You’ll notice that this week’s list is divided by days. That’s to ensure that I dedicate that time to the important assignments (marked red). All the rest are supplement courses. There are a few of those I also need to get done, because they’re essential to my studies. Those marked with asterisks can be postponed if need be as they do not have set deadlines.

I have also planned a College-themed series of blog posts for July. For many, it’s the summer before college/university/grad school or a year abroad, so there’ll be plenty of posts about dos, don’ts, study abroad and on campus.

My Midori Traveler’s Notebook is here, and now I really want to start using it, but first I need to design my templates to make my own inserts.

So yes, I’ll have my work cut out for me. Basically, I need to finish one assignment every two days to get everything done by the end of July. The CCC505 course deadline is September, but I want to go on holiday without all that stress hanging over my head so I can enjoy my time away and start fresh when I return – or, you know, September, because August is going to be one busy month with travels and friends coming to visit!

So yeah, until then, this is me:

Hermione Granger in Slughorn's Potions class. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Warner Brothers
Hermione Granger in Slughorn’s Potions class. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Warner Brothers

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If We Were Having Coffee… On June 27

Hello, my lovelies!

It’s early morning, and the sky is grey. There’s a bit of drizzle. But we had 23°C yesterday, and it’s going to be the same today. Yes, it’s getting warmer again, and summer is finally here. About time, too. I hear ya! Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share.

If we were having coffee today, I’d offer you a cuppa of freshly brewed Guatemalan coffee or apple tea, and I’d invite you to take a seat in the armchair. I was going to move this outdoors to the verandah, but the drizzle got in the way. I’d hoped that last night’s rain storm had cleared the way for blue skies and sun, but the bit of thunder we had early this morning was not enough. I don’t know about you, but I like soaking up all the sun I can get. I can’t wait to move my studies outside again!

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Friday 56: Vol. 1

For a few weeks months now, I’ve seen the hashtag #Friday56 floating around. I finally decided to investigate.

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

This seems pretty fool-proof, so here’s my first contribution.

“So when did you get electricity in White Cliffs?”
He thought for an instant. “Nineteen ninety-three.”

Down Under by Bill Bryson

 

Would You Rather… Book Tag

Erika over at Erika in Bookventureland recently posted about the Would You Rather… Book Tag. At the end, she tagged a bunch of people, but she also kindly tagged “YOU”, i.e. any reader who’d like a go.

So I figured, why not? Thank you for the indirect tag!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read stand-alones?

While I don’t mind trilogies and series, I’d have to go with stand-alones as that will add more variety in the long run.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

This is a stupid question in my honest opinion. I don’t care whether you’re female, male, trans or gender-neutral as long as you can write a compelling story. I pick books based on plot and whether it appeals to me. Though I have to say, a quick glance at my bookshelves shows most of my books were written by men.

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