January 18, 2018

Favorite Reads Of 2017.

Heeeello, everyone!

I know I'm a bit late with this post, but with all the Minimalist Game updates and the other posts I wanted to write, I never got around to sharing my favorite books of 2017. Now, just to make it clear, these books were not published in 2017, I just read them last year. I think last year I read a total of 54 books, so it was a bit hard to narrow it down to just a few. I didn't set myself a specific number, I just picked the ones that stood out to me and that I wanted to share with you guys. 

I have no idea what I want to do this year for my reading challenge. I don't know if I should just set a amount of books I want to read like I did last year or if I should have a TBR oe something. A bunch of websites to little challenges, like Popsugar, but I honestly have no idea what I want to do. Maybe I'll do nothing and just read when I feel like it! I've never done that before, that's for sure. Let me know what you guys are doing this year. So, I'm gonna stop blabbering  and let's get to it!
Words On Bathroom Walls - Julia Walton // This book is on the list because it was different. I've never read (or even heard of) a book from the perspective of a person with schizophrenia. I thought this was very difficult topic for a book, specially a YA book, but I loved it. I don't know anyone who suffers from schizophrenia, so I don't know if it did a good job portraying it, but this book was amazing. I loved the writing and I loved pretty much all the characters, which is not something that happens often. I could not recommend this book enough, seriously.  

In A Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware // So so so so gooood! This year I got really into thrillers and murder mysteries and I think that happened because of this book. I talked more in depth about the plot here, but it was basically about this woman that gets invited to an old friend's bachelorette party - they haven't talked in year and it seems quite odd that she was invited. Nevertheless, she decides to attend. She goes to this house in the middle of the woods and, as you might expect, someone dies. I loved the way the suspense was built. I loved how the author incorporate the woods in the story. I did not see the plot twist coming (which is rare) and I really liked the ending. If you're looking for thrillers, you should definitely check out this book or anything else written by Ruth Ware. 

It's Kind Of A Funny Story - Ned Vizzini // This book will always have a special place in my heart. Just like the first time I read Harry Potter, it felt like the universe send this book to me in the perfect time of my life. I was feeling stressed, anxious, lost and a bit depressed. I had all these emotions going on in my mind that I had no idea how to deal with and then I found this book. It's about teenager who is feeling anxious, lost and depressed. One night he starts to have suicidal thoughts and ends up calling a hotline. The person who talks to him is not much help, but he ends up checking himself up in a hospital. There he meets a bunch of different people dealing with different mental illnesses and things go on from there. This books talks about very serious topics in a very fun, light hearted way. I loved it. It felt like it was written to me and I cannot recommend this enough. 

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher // I think this is by far the best book I read in 2017. I decided to read it because of the TV show coming out and I'm really glad I read the book before watching it. It was actually quite different and I liked having something to compare the Netflix show to. In the book, everything happens in just one day so it's a very paced story. I read the whole thing in two days because I simply could not put the book down. I actually wrote an entire post about this book and the life lessons I got from it - you can check it out here. If you read any book from this post, start with this one. 

That it for today, guys! Let me know on the comments if you've ever read any of these books or if you have any recommendations for me. I'm still figuring out the books I want to read this year, so I'm more open to suggestions. Also, I want to know what was your favorite book of 2017! My end goal this year is to read at least 55 books, but I have no idea how I'm gonna do that with starting a new job and everything. We'll see how things go! If you want to keep up with my Reading Challenge and things like that, you have follow me on GoodReads as well!

What were your favorite reads of 2017?

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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

January 16, 2018

The Minimalist Game // DAY 10!

Heeeello, everyone!

Guys, I made it to day 10! Today I went through one of my desk drawers and let me tell you something.. there was A LOT of junk there - and that wasn't even my proper "junk drawer", God only knows what I'll find there. I'm going through different areas of my room each day so I don't get overwhelmed and want to quit. 

Letting go of your belongings is harder than it seems, guys! It's also very eye-opening to see how many backups of a certain item you have. Like, just today I'm getting rid of 5 pencils - I will NEVER use up five pencils in the near future. It will probably take me 20 years to use 5 pencils, so I basically through my money my away when I got these. It's little things like this that I'm starting to realize with this challenge. I cannot recommend trying it out for yourself enough!
So many pencils, guys. So many. Nobody needs this amount of pencils, unless you're a teacher or a general store owner. I'm pretty sure you will see me decluttering more pencils in the future, that's how many I have. I think got a big pack at the dollar store and even though they were only a dollar it was a completely unnecessary purchase and a waste of money. Next, we have this sticky note things from a company, I have no idea how it ended up in my possession, but now I'm decluttering it - I have cute colorful post-its so I don't really need it. 

I'm also getting rid of this little red bag, which I think I got with a gift or something - I'm pretty sure a friend of mine gave me bracelets in it and I kept it thinking I might use it in the future. And last and certainly least, I'm letting go of two paper clips and a little plastic box I used to keep paper clips in. I highly recommend going through stationary if you're doing this challenge because we accumulate these things without even noticing - the amount of pencils and paper clips I own is insane!

That's it for today, guys! I've decluttered 55 items so far and I'm really proud of myself. It does get easier as the days go by, but letting goof things is always hard and a bit uncomfortable. I'm always having this internal battle because I know that letting go of things that no longer serve is the right thing to do (for me), but it's hard because I've spend money on them and I hate waste. I just need to keep reminding myself that these things are not going to the trash, they're going to people that will appreciate them and that need them. It's still hard sometimes, but feeling like I'm making progress and that I'm making my life better is what's pushing me!

Are you also doing some decluttering?
Which area of my house should I tackle next?

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Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


January 12, 2018

The Minimalism Game // DAY 9.

Heeeeello, everyone!

Day 9, guys! I'm decluttering 9 items. Today I tackled my wardrobe and that was not fun. I mean, it was easy to find things to donate, but going through clothes is hard and it's very time consuming. The thing is, I'm a justifier - I can justify buying/keeping pretty much everything, so it was hard to look at my clothes objectively. For example, if something didn't anymore I would think: I'm loosing weight, maybe it will fit in a couple of weeks. Or if something was completely ridiculous (like the crop top you'll see soon), I could easily justify keeping it to wear as pjs or as loungewear. But I didn't. It was hard but I managed to let go of 9 pieces of clothing!
So, there are a lot of clothes today. Let's start with the grey t-shirt, it actually says BORED in it and I'm 25 years-old, a bit old to be wearing stuff like this without looking like a bitch. Like honestly, where is it acceptable for an adult to wear a shirt that says BORED in it? The next one is a workout jacket thing that I have no use for. I live in Rio de Janeiro and it's always hot here, seriously.. even on winter. The pink one is actually a crop top that says CHIC WILD and has a tiger on it.. what was I thinking? Again, I'm too old for tops like that - I thought about using it as pjs, but I already have enough old clothes I use as pjs and I thought someone else might get more use out of it since it's still in great condition.

Next we have the pants, one is a grey pair of leggings (I only wear black leggings) and the other is a hippie print loose pair, which unfortunately doesn't fit anymore - I actually love them and it's kinda sad to see them go, but oh well. As for the fuzzy socks, I have a ridiculous amount of fuzzy socks for someone who lives in a place where there's practically no winter. A friend of mine gave a pair of really cute ones for Christmas, so I took as a sign and decided to donate these.

And that's it, nine items out of my life. I find letting go of clothes easier than anything else, unless I bought them on a trip or something like. However, it does take time and sometimes I get so overwhelmed that I just want to declutter everything, but that's not the best way to do things in my opinion. Getting rid of a bunch of stuff just so you can go back and buy everything again is not what being a minimalist is all about.

Are you also doing some decluttering?
Which area of my house should I tackle next?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!