Short reviews : 4 January quick reads

It’s already the end of January, and even if I didn’t post much, I haven’t been idle this whole month. I read a couple of books on my way to university in the morning and on my way home (the metro is a surprisingly good place to read one you’ve got your schedule figured out and know when your stop arrives), so here are 4 short reviews of those metro books.

Lagom, by Linnea Dunne

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It was interesting to learn about the philosophical aspects of Lagom, the swedish word that roughly translates to “not too little, not too much”, and the illustrations in this book were pleasing to look at. I didn’t feel extremely engaged into the rest of the content itself, though, as some parts seemed to completely miss their target – a recipe for cinnamon buns can be found in a cooking book, and I’m not sure I’d ever use any of the food recipes / advice mentioned in there. 

Still, it’s a pleasant read, and it looks very nice as a coffee table book, or as a Christmas / Birthday gift for someone you’re not extremely close to.

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How to become a straight-A student, by Cal Newport

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a book for students who’d like to change their study habits from cramming everything the night before the exam to being able to relax and do other things than pull all-nighters whenever a big paper is due.The author goes over success studying strategies of various straight-A students, and explains a bit more about why they work, and how to improve your own study habits. It’s instructive, practical, solid advice. I knew most of these techniques already, but still learned some things about organisation and university readings, and didn’t see any methods that I’d tried that had failed to yield any good results. 

Bonus : the Cheat Sheets at the end of each part of the book are useful if you want to read it quickly, or just get to the point of the different methods.

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Dot journaling : a practical guide, by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you’re completely new to bullet journals, this is the book for you. If you’re not, you won’t learn much more than what you already gathered by looking at bujo hashtags on Instagram. It goes over the basics, then shows you a few different ways to make the main types of bullet journal page layouts – monthlies, weeklies, etc. It might be a nice gift for someone who’d be interested in the crafts aspect of bullet journaling but doesn’t have social media accounts – but not for anyone with access to Instagram or Pinterest.

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Healthy as F*ck, by Oonagh Duncan

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I had absolutely no idea who Oonagh Duncan was when I picked up this book, and honestly, even though some of the advice she gave was pretty good, it just wasn’t memorable enough for me to actually go and check out what else she had to say on the subject. It’s full of logical advice on how to eat healthy, exercise, be more active… but most of that is common sense and can be found in any non-diet book about nutrition, or “how to go to the gym for the first time”. 

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This has been part of my January so far – I’ve been trying to read backlist books (books published before 2019) for the Pondathon organized by CW @ the quiet pond ! Since my character is in team Gen, three out of four of these books fit in the description, but only two were read during the Pondathon so far – I’m looking forward to some more backlist books reading soon !

I even successfully completed the first side quest, which gave me a really cute badge to add to my character card – CW’s art for this readathon is really beautiful !

Pondathon announcement !

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

I’m so happy to announce that I will be participating in the Pondathon !

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete ‘side quests’ during the readathon to collect extra points. The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character

Here is my little pond character ! This design was made using Pixlr, which I’d never used before today and honestly I don’t know why because it’s amazing and I can’t believe I didn’t even know it existed, and the character card and art pieces made by @artfromafriend ! All the art there is amazing and you should definitely check out the Character cards of all the other participants !

My Pond Character is called Alexia, and she’s the Cocoa hoarder! Alexia is a soft beige cat who wears a flower crown and likes to make hot cocoa drinks for her friends. She is part of team Gen, and will do everything she can to help protect her friends, and the pond.


My Pondathon TBR

I haven’t planned a Pondathon TBR yet, but I’m planning on making one in the next week, before the beginning of the readathon. I’m hoping this will keep me motivated to read different books and not stay in my comfort zone too much !

Are you participating in the Pondathon ? Do you have a set TBR already ? Feel free to link it in the comments so I can check out the books you’re planning to read !
N.B.: This post was made using the template provided by CW @ the quiet pond !