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My Favorite Books

I really envy those people who always seem to have an answer to questions like “what’s your favorite food?”, “what’s your favorite book?” “what’s your favorite anything?”.. I’ve never been good at picking “absolute” favorites, I just like so many different things! I was thinking really hard about what could be my favorite book, I wanted to find one that was really meaningful to me, or maybe that influenced me somehow, but as soon as I came up with a title, another one would pop up and I’d find myself unable to pick between the two; so after a long consideration, I came up with 4 books that I love, for a reason or another, that I’m pretty sure I can say are among my favorites. 
Something funny I noticed, is that most of them I love because the plot and writing style themselves, but some others, I also love for the memory I have of them or the period when I read them, is that okay? I hope so!

Old favorites

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (mystery/thriller). Read it if: you love thrillers and don’t mind the gory details. Like all other’s book by Gillian Flynn the characters’ personality are very intricate, not always likable but always interesting. Don’t read it if: you’re squeamish or if you’re triggered by self harm. [Story time: I bought this book in 2008 on a day when I decided to ditch school and go the bookstore on my own, instead - because I was rebellious like that. I read the first few chapters sitting on the floor until I got told off, then I bought it and went to the park when I finished it. That’s how good it is, and I’ve read it a few more times since then, I really love the main character.] 

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (contemporary fiction). I don’t know if it’s a controversial reason to define a book a favorite because when I read I thought “I never want to be this person, I want to do the exact opposite with my life”, but that’s why I like it, I guess. Murakami is one of my favorite authors, but I don’t think this is his best book at all. All the female characters are the stereotypical “needy damsel in distress” with an hint of sexy bomb thrown in there, versus the main male character who’s the aloof sexy man everybody wants, which is enough for some people to throw this book out of the window; However, if you’re able to get over it, it’s an enjoyable read. It also deals with depression and, in my opinion, Murakami’s writing is really beautiful.

New favorites

The Martian by Andy Weir (scifi with a hint of humor). This is the book that got me into scifi earlier this year. I never really read much scifi before 2015, and I'm so glad I ventured into this genre, because I'm so in love with it right now. Anyway, this book had been discussed everywhere (plus the movie is out now, and I've seen it the other day.. it's so good!) but basically follows the survival of an astronaut stranded on Mars. It's really witty and nerdy, and a very compelling read.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (scifi/religion?). If you remember this post, I bought this book this summer at the airport because I liked the cover, and I ended up loving it so much I rated it 5 stars, which I almost never do. The plot is very weird: there’s a Christian pastor that gets chosen to be part of a colony on a new planet that is being studied in order to prepare it for proper human civilization. His job there is going to have teach the Gospel to the native species: strange creatures with faces that resembles fetuses. What?! But I promise is so much more than that. It really opened my eyes on issues that you’d never consider possible to be discusses in a book like this. 

Like I said, these are just a few of the books I love most that I could think on the top of my head. If you'd like to keep up with my bookish adventures, let's be friends on Goodreads

Have you read anything that really stood out to you, lately?

ƒ. x


This was a post for my #DoMoreInOctober project! If you joined too, you can link your post below:

Get to Know Me!

After many years of blogging, I never really properly introduced myself to all the lovely people that reads my blog.
I don’t really post pictures of myself online, I don’t like to use my full name, and I don’t even have a Facebook profile, all because I like to keep a good level of privacy. However, sometimes I feel like I “know” a few blogger friends that share more personal aspects of their life, and I definitely feel more engaged when I read one of their posts or see an update on a social media. I’m not sure if anyone could say the same about me, though, and it sort of makes me feel awkward in a way. 
That’s why I decided to let myself go a little bit more for once, and share a few things about me so you can get to know me better! (I promise this is a less self-centered post than it sounds!) So here goes nothing.

Hello, my name is Fabrizia, but most people calls me Fab. I’m 24 years old, born in 1991, and I live in a big coastal city in the south of Italy. I’m a month away to finally graduate University *cue angels singing* in psychology and ergonomics, and in the meantime I work as a freelance illustrator. Why did I choose to study psychology instead of an art related bachelor? Well, that’s a story for another time. I sadly never actually studied art in school, all I know is self thought with the help of the internet. 

Now onto some random facts: I’m the oldest of 5 siblings, but I’m the shortest in height. 
I have a very lovely and supportive boyfriend, and a few months ago we celebrated our 6th anniversary (◡‿◡✿). 
I love tattoos, I have three and definitely want more. I would have loved a sleeve if it wasn’t for my stupid skin type.
If I could have an unlimited source of money for something, that would be for traveling.
I’m very messy, but not in a dirty-messy kind of way. I actually spend a lot of time cleaning and organizing my room, it’s just that I can’t seem able to keep it neat for 24h straight.
I love languages! J'ai étudié le français pendant trois ans à l'école, mais Je m'en rappelle plus.
Entiendo español bastante bien, pero lo hablo menos. Todo lo que sé lo he aprendido durante un crucero cuando tenía 16 años y todos los niños eran españoles. (Perhaps none of this makes sense). I also know basic Japanese alphabets and grammar.
Despite being Italian, I don’t actually like pasta that much; I’m more of a rice person. My favorite food is salads, and veggies in general. I’m lactose intolerant and I really miss mozzarella in my life.
I don’t like dancing, or going to clubs, yet I seldom attend a zumba class at the gym. 
I don’t like talking on the phone, both with people I know and strangers. Not to mention talking in public.. I feel anxious only thinking about it.
When I was younger I’ve had a pet snail, a turtle, a duckling, and a rabbit. Now I have a cat, a dog and guinea pig; bottom line, I love animals.
I think my biggest flaw is that I tend to overthink everything too much. That, and being messy, of course.

I’m also not particularly good at coming up with interesting things to say about myself, so on this note, I will wrap up this post.


I hope this wasn't to boring to read, and that you got the chance to learn something more about me.. maybe we have more in common than you though! ☺ Either way, this was my first post for my #DoMoreInOctober project! If you joined too, you can link your post below:

Thank you so much for tuning in!

ƒ. xx

Let's Do More in October!

A while back I read on Eli’s blog that she was joining the BlogTember Challenge, a challenge created by Brave Love Blog to motivate yourself to write more and to give you the chance to tell more about yourself while also getting to know other fellow bloggers.
Unfortunately I found out about it when it was too late; although there aren’t rules and you could join whenever, I didn’t really had time to plan anything ahead and I was sure I wouldn’t have been able to stick to the schedule.

This leads us to this post, and to my decision of doing something similar in October: I will be posting something every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and today I’m posting my schedule so that if any of you is interested, you can come along!

#DoMoreInOctober

Oct 1st - Meet the blogger (A few or a lot of things about you)
Oct 3rd - Your inspiration (fave blogs + IG accounts.. etc)
Oct 5th - Something you love at the moment
Oct 8th - Favourite books
Oct 10th - Your playlist of the month
Oct 12th - One of your favourite quotes (illustrate, make a poster.. etc)
Oct 15th - Your winter bucket list
Oct 17th - Your wishlist
Oct 19th - Teach us something! (A tutorial, a DIY, a recipe.. etc)
Oct 22nd - A day in the life (Share a day in your life through pictures, drawings.. etc)
Oct 24th - Desk tour (A bit of workspace porn never hurt nobody!)
Oct 26th - Something you collect
Oct 29th - Your pets
Oct 31st - Free day, write/share about anything you want!

There are no rules, you can use all the prompts or just some, or you can even transform this into an Instagram photo challenge! Moreover, you can just take the chance to pledge to do more of something this upcoming month, and it doesn't necessarily have to be blog related. For the occasion, here's an handy dandy printable to make your pledge feel more concrete!

If you think you might give this a try, let me know so I'll make sure to keep an eye on your blog ☺ I'll also have a link up system under every post so you can link your blog posts there as well. On Instagram I'll be using the hashtag #DoMoreInOctober, so if you want to share something there, feel free to use it too!

ƒ. xx

Let's Talk About Books #4: Beautiful Covers

They always say not to judge a book by its cover, but when you're at the airport and your flight has been delayed by 3 hours, there not much else you can do but let yourself be tempted by the 3 for 2 offers on beautiful edition books that you can't get hold of in your country. Or that's what happened to me anyway.

I had a few £ left from my weekend in London, and of course I threw them at the Gatwick's WHSmith book section, because since I started reading eBooks, I've been really missing *proper* books.

I'm really particular when it comes to books, I like to research, read reviews and get really in depth before I commit to buying and reading one, because I'm one of those people who can't be bothered to read things they don't like - mostly due to the fact that I don't have enough time to afford this luxury. BUT, I did something very unlike me, and picked up 3 books I never heard anything about, purely because I liked the cover; you need to get out of your comfort zone every now and again, right?

The first book I picked up is "The Book of Strange New Things" by Michel Faber - and it was a very tough choice to decide between the cover I ended up picking up, or the other one available with a silhouette of a man facing the other way, and with silver accents instead of gold.

Next, I picked up two books with the same color palette because I get excited for the stupidest things. I got "the Circle" by Dave Eggers (I actually cheated a little bit on this one and read the blurb on the back because I was afraid it was about politics) and "Messenger of Fear" by Michael Grant, because look at that cover!!

Something even more exciting about them is that they both have black accents! The Circle front cover has a cutout in it that reveals a black under cover (? what's the technical term here?), and "Messenger of Fear" has black edges.. I literally gasped when I saw them, okay.

Something that is not very exciting, instead, is that they all have quite bad reviews on Goodreads, but I'll be reading them with an open mind nonetheless. I already read the first 100 pages of "the Book of Strange New Things" at the airport and I'm really liking it so far.

Have you ever bought a book purely because of its cover? How did it go?! I'm really hoping I'll love mine, and I'll make sure to report back ☺

ƒ. x

Let's talk about books #3: a little haul

I will be on a spending ban this month (because I really need to be more cautious with my savings), but before I decided on it, I might have gone a little bit overboard with ebook purchases, oops.

As I've said in my previous post, at this moment in time I'm really digging ebooks, and I've bought a few that I wanted to share with you all!

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The one I'm most excited to read is 'the Martian' by Andy Weir: it is a scifi book about an astronaut that finds himself stranded on Mars, and for what I've gathered, it is in the form of a diary where he narrates how he fights for survival on the red planet. Moreover, it will soon be made into a movie, so I definitely want to read it before it comes out!

The next in line is 'the Bone Clock' by David Mitchell: what drew me to it was the description on Goodreads that says:

One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...

I really don't know what to expect from it, but considering it's coming from the author of Cloud Atlas, I have good hopes!

For the category "everyone has read those book except me, probably", I picked up: 'the Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath and 'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman. I remember really wanting to read both of these when I was maybe fifteen or sixteen, but I never got around to do it.

Moving on to the category "too hyped not to read them", I got: 'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel, 'Landline' by Rainbow Rowell, and 'the Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins. I swear that every booktuber or book blogger I follow has reviewed at least two of those, and although I'm not one who's particularly interested in keeping up with the trends - mostly because I'm very particular when it comes to books - I thought I'd give these a shot instead of being the closeted hipster I actually am.

And lastly, for the category "girl power", I picked up another book that has been everywhere recently, that is '#GIRLBOSS' by Sophia Amoruso, and probably the one book that is most out of my reading comfort zone as I don't really read much non fiction, BUT hey, this haul was all about broadening my horizons, so yup.

They're all very different in genre, as you can tell, but I'm equally excited to read all of them and experience something new. In the past few years I've never really strayed off contemporary fiction, so it's good to spice things up a little bit.

Do you usually vary with your books, or do you tend to read more of a genre in particular? And have you read/want to read any of these? If so let me know what you think of them ☺

ƒ. xx

One year ago, today

One year ago today, my boyfriend and I were in Brighton, and I left a piece of my heart there.

I've been really lucky to travel quite a lot around Europe with my family when I was younger, but never in my life a city had made me feel the way I felt when I visited Brighton for the first time. Not Paris, not even London or Prague, as much as I love all of them.

I don't know what was it, that made me fell hard for it. Maybe the pebble beach, the promenade, maybe the Lanes, the seagulls squawking, or maybe the smell of doughnuts on the pier. Maybe it was the fog and the wind, the fudge, the arcade or the Pavilion. It was love at first sight, as soon as the train stopped and I stepped foot in the busy station. Maybe it was the salty air, or maybe it was all of it.

Anyway, here's a few shots from our trip that I felt like sharing today. I hope you won't mind the slight drift from my usual content.

Oh, and one year ago today, I was turning 23. And yes, yes: this is a pseudo-cryptic way of telling you that today it's my birthday. Twenty-four feels weird already.

ƒ. ♥

February WrapUp

..or, nice things that happened in February!

  • A juice place opened in my neighborhood, and I'm stupidly excited about it. All the flavors are so good and I've been there far too many times already in less than a month!
  • I got assigned my thesis, kind of a weird subject, but hey - anything to get out of Uni as soon as possible.
  • I bought a KikkiK planner as an early birthday present to myself, and I'm slightly obsessed with it!
  • On Valentine's day, my boyfriend and I took advantage of one of those seasonal promotions to get our bellies full of delicious sushi, and it was an overall sweet day.
  • It was my Grandpa's 84th birthday ♥
  • I was finally able to host the third edition of the SPSH, yay!

What did you love about Feb?

ƒ. xo

the Self-Care tag

A while back my friend Katzi tagged me to answer a few questions on the topic of "self-care", and although it is something quite different from what I normally write on this blog, I thought it was a really interesting tag and accepted the challenge!

1.  What piece of advice would you give a child about to grow up with the pressures of today’s media and its crushing expectations?

I'm not the best at giving advice, just like I'm not the best at following them. As much as I don't like admitting it, I'm sort of vulnerable to media's pressure and whatever I could say to answer this question, would probably make me feel a little hypocritical :/

2. What song puts you in a good mood every time?

3.  What is the best advice someone gave you or you realized about life?

The first thing that came to mind reading this question, is more of a quote rather than an advice, and it also happen to be one of my tattoos. 

We die every day.

It is a quote by Latin author Seneca, from a letter to a friend, in which he tells him not be afraid of death because if you think about it, the more we live the more we get closer to our last day; so why spend that time worrying about something inevitable? Out of context it sounds incredibly morbid and sad - you can even imagine how many unsolicited comments I got on my tattoo because of that - but a further interpretation I give to it, is that although it happens to feel sad or even a little bit dead inside during our life, it is normal, we shouldn't obsess over the negativity we face but instead, we should accept it as part of it, and learn from it.

I'm aware it may sound like a quite far-fetched interpretation, but I still love this quote so much and it definitely helped me get through some rough patches before.

4.  Who makes you giggle like a giggle monster?

My boyfriend, definitely. We have the same sense of humor so it really doesn't take much to crack each other up whenever we're together. But also my pets, they're just so silly and fun to be around.

5.  What is something about society that bugs you that you wish didn’t?

The way the "perfect woman" is perceived. I don't believe in *pardon my french* such bullshit, but I must admit that - probably like most girls - I've found myself looking in the mirror and only being able to pick out my worst features and obsessing over it. 

That's totally normal to have an ideal of beauty, but as the word imply, it is not supposed to be actual.

6.  What is one of your favorite things to do on the weekends?

Is nothing a thing? I like lazy weekend, yeah, I'm guilty of that. If I can spend the weekend with my boyfriend, yummy food, and a couple movies, I'd take that!

7.  What is something you’re really proud of that you’ve done?

Mmh, that's a tough one! I never won a medal or a ribbon, I don't really excel in my studies, so.. I'd say I'm proud of the fact despite everything, I still got quite a good head on my shoulders, and that I've been able to stay more positive for a while now.

8.  What is one of your favorite memories with a friend?

I don't know why this popped in my mind right now, but when I was like 6 or 7, I was at my best friend house and we had the brilliant idea of cramming dozens of tennis balls in a corridor of his house, and then launch ourselves on it with one of those kid's surf boards made of polystyrene - thinking we would have rolled like pros. Needless to say we ended up face first on the tennis balls and it wasn't pleasant, but it still make me laugh to this day.

9.  What advice would you give to someone who needs a boost in confidence?

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Is a bit cliché, isn't it? But still I do believe it's true. If you push yourself sometimes, "fake it until you make it" if you need to, eventually you'll get better at it.

10.  Lastly, how do you plan on investing in self-love?

The picture I made, the one at the beginning of this post, sums it up quite well!

&, that's it! I tag everyone who feels like doing it, but also Elisse, Jess, Zie & Michelle

Thanks for reading, and feel free to share your thoughts on the topic if you'd like!

ƒ. xx