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5 Books to help you cope with your problems

It is not uncommon for us to face difficulties in our lives and sometimes even in everyday tasks. In life, there are always ups and downs but what we need to do is to never give up and always look for solutions. That’s why I’m going to enlist some of the books that can help you cope with problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and so on.

  1. Ikigai – Hector Garcia (Kirai) & Francesc Miralles                                                                  This one book I have read myself and it actually helped me a lot so I really recommend it. It learns you how to live in harmony and to feel good about yourself. It also teaches you how to eat, exercise, work and be happy while also exploring the japanese culture. You get to know the stories of people that are way over 100 and still being able to work and enjoy life at it’s best.

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2. The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu

The Book of Joy is a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu about finding joy and happiness in the face of suffering and grief. The two old friends met in India for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, and they had long discussions over several days.

Writer Douglas Abrams helped facilitate the dialogue, asking questions and taking detailed notes. The reader gets the benefit of both the wisdom of the spiritual leaders and an outside perspective on how the two friends interacted and behaved.

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3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

Another book that I honestly recommend because it REALLY helped me a lot. I was going through a rough time and I was so worried about everything that it started to hurt me. This book helped me relax and be myself again with all my flaws. It learned me to let myself be and to accept myself and everything that was going on in my life because I knew I couldn’t control any of those things.

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4. The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler

This one little book will help you be at peace with yourself and learn to appreciate little things. Book quote: “Happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events… Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation…”

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5. Hygge:The Danish Art of Happiness – Britta Olsson

This beautiful book will provide you with recipes, case studies, photos, interviews, instructions for home decorations and opinions. You will also find while reading the book some beautiful (and helpful) photographs. The book cover itself it’s even more gorgeous. Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado Marie Tourell Søderberg has traveled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining and being inspired the hygge way.

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Love,

Catherine xoxo.

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Books and Music

Hey, guys!  I’m Catherine and from now on I’ll start posting on this blog as well. I decided that the best way to start is by creating a post about the two things that I enjoy doing the most. Reading books and listening to music. It often happens to me to associate some certain songs with some particularly books and this just makes the things better. When THAT song randomly pops in your playlist and you go back to that badass chapter from the book that sends shivers down your spine.

Isn’t it cool, right?!

Here are some of the cool associations that I made while listening to music and reading at the same time:

1). Daughter of smoke and bone (Laini Taylor) – Play with fire (Sam Tinnesz)

(Where you can also add “White dove” – Koda)

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2) Queen’s rising (Rebecca Ross) –  B (Jaden Smith)

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3) To all the boys I love before (Jenny Han) – Sixteen going on seventeen (The sound of music)

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4) The fifth wave (Rick Yancey) – Everybody wants to rule the world (Lorde)

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Have you read any of these books? What other songs you’ve associated with these books? Let me know in the comments down below what you think.

Love,

Catherine xoxo.

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Christmas cozy books

Who doesn’t love Christmas? Everyone does! Sitting by the fire, drinking a nice cup of hot cocoa and reading a good book. But what books are perfect for this season? For me, a good Christmas book is one that has to have a happy ending and some snow. If I find a hot cowboy too, hallelujah!  I always liked to read romance books around Christmas time because of the happy ending and the fact that they make you warm inside. Am I right or not? But in this post, you’ll find recommendations for any taste.

I made two sets of pictures with books – one for my Romanian friends with books in Romanian, and one for my foreigner friends with English books.

This time of year, I personally read a lot of romance books, the majority with cowboys. I hope you like them too. If you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment here.

So these are my Christmas recommendation for a warm and cozy winter read. Enjoy!

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5 reguli de aur pentru o recenzie de calitate

We are Women of Letters

În această eră a tehnologiei și-a internetului, când toată lumea este online și-și spune părerile ca să le vadă toată lumea, modul prin care și le exprimă a devenit din ce în ce mai neglijat, deși ar trebui să fie cel mai important aspect de luat în considerare înainte de a se apuca să scrie. Articolul meu va oferi câteva sfaturi, imposibil de neglijat, pentru scrierea unei recenzii, calitative. Ideea mi-a venit cu câteva seri în urmă, când am văzut pe instagram o postare care se referea la scrierea recenziilor. În ultimul timp au apărut zeci de bloguri care scriu despre cărți, toate postările reunite sub denumirea de recenzie. Însă nu toate o fac calitativ.

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Recenzie Colivia Regelui de Victoria Aveyard /Editura Nemira

Colivia Regelui

De Victoria Aveyard

“Colivia regelui” a fost cea mai puternică, adâncă și contradictorie carte din seria “Regina rosie” de până acum. Prima jumătate aproape m-a facut sa ii dau trei stele , a fost insuportabil de lentă și mi-a pus la îndoială decizia mea de a continua seria de mai multe ori. M-am simțit ca și cum m-aș îneca într-o mlaștină, încercând să mă mișc, încă blocată în același loc de atâta timp. Dar în cele din urmă se părea că nenumăratele pagini în care nu s-a întâmplat nimic au fost necesare pentru a înțelege personajele și pentru a pune bazele celei de-a doua jumătăți, care a fost fără îndoială mind-blowing, plină de secvențe și momente de luptă epice, care sa te tina in suspans.

Mare petrece șase luni închisa, torturata, trăind la mila unui rege rău care o ține într-o cușcă, asta fiind singura metoda de a o avea langa el, care o folosește pentru a-și sluji propriile scopuri și în fiecare zi fură o parte din ea și o înlocuiește cu speranțe și mânie, în timp ce Garda Stacojie face noi aliați și se străduiește să pună capăt domniei sale de minciuni. Cu amenințări de război civil, răzvrătirea unor case care pretind puterea și sângele nou-născut,care schimbă echilibrul dintre rosii și argintii, regatul Norta va fi fie reformat, fie înghițit de flăcări. Căci există un singur tron și doi fii Calore, împărțiți prin trădare, ambisiune și o fată cu fulgere.

Cine este Mare Barrow? O ipocrita centrata pe sine. O ucigasa. O tradatoare. Așa v-aș fi spus la începutul cartii. Nu este nici un secret că nu o indragesc foarte mult pe Mare. De fapt, o parte sadica și destul de crudă din mine a apreciat torturile și disperarea ei, toate momentele în care a simțit, în cele din urmă, greutatea greșelilor ei și a deciziilor de urgență. Mare a avut greselile ei, care pe mine m-au inmanat sa ii port o oarecare pica. Seria asta oricum m-a facut sa o urasc si sa o plac pe Mare in acelasi timp, si chiar daca nu aveam de gand sa termin “Regina rosie” vreodata,acest volum m-a convins ca trebuie sa o fac. Recunosc ca intr-o oarecare masura aceste carti sunt placerea mea vinovata, pentru ca daca trebuie sa fiu sincera cu voi, seria aceasta nu este ceva wow, dar are ceva care ma convinge sa o citesc in continuare.

Va las pe voi sa descoperiti adevarata lume din spatele Coliviei  regelui.

Multumesc mult celor de la Nemira pentru ca mi-au trimis aceasta carte.

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Cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix

Hello, lovelies. How are you? A few more weeks and Christmas will be here. And how else should we get the atmosphere than with some cheesy Christmas movies? Recently Netflix added some romantic Christmas movies and if you’re into that, here are my recommendations.

Christmas wedding planner

-Wedding Planner, Kelsey Wilson, is about to have her big break: planning her beloved cousin’s lavish and exclusive wedding. Everything is going smoothly until Connor McClane, a devilishly handsome private investigator shows up and turns Kelsey’s world upside-down. Hired by a secret source, Connor quickly disrupts the upcoming nuptials but wins Kelsey’s heart in the process.

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Stacy, a type-a planner with a penchant for schedules takes a spontaneous trip to the charming land of Belgravia at the encouragement of her sous chef and best friend, Kevin. While preparing for the Royal Christmas Baking Contest Stacy finds herself faced with an identical stranger and a strange request. Free-spirited but royally obligated, Duchess Margaret Delacourt wants nothing so much as one last chance to experience life as a “normal person” before she dutifully marries the Crown Prince of Belgravia. Stacy can give her that wish. From questionable equestrian skills and the true meaning of charity to slipping accents and snowball fights, this is an adventure that no holiday romantic should miss.

The holiday calendar

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A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

A Christmas prince

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When a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, she gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love – but will she be able to keep up her lie?

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Rose McIver and Ben Lamb in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)


A year after helping Richard get to the throne, Amber is about to become his wife. But is she really made to be queen?

Christmas Inheritance (2017)



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Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father’s gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad’s former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she’s forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas.

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A Wish For Christmas (2016)


Sara Thomas is the type of woman who prefers to sit on the sidelines at work, but when her big idea for a Christmas initiative is stolen, she makes a wish to Santa that she’ll finally have the courage to stand up for herself. Santa grants her wish, but only gives her 48 hours. As the clock ticks, Sara will discover how to channel the Christmas magic and speak her mind all on her own.

I hope you like my cheesy Christmas movies recommendations. Make a cup of hot cocoa and watch some of them. Or all.

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Negustorul de manuscrise/ Camino Island John Grisham

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Negustorul de manuscrise este publicata la Editura Rao . Acum in librarii.

O bandă de hoți pune la cale un furt spectaculos dintr-o cameră de valori aflată la subsolul Bibliotecii Firestone de la Universitatea Princeton.

Prada este neprețuită, însă universitatea a asigurat-o pentru 25 de milioane de dolari. Bruce Cable este proprietarul unui magazin de carte, însă câștigă bani buni ca negustor de cărţi rare şi ediţii princeps, cochetând uneori cu piața neagră a cărților și a manuscriselor furate. Mercer Mann este o tânără romancieră care suferă din pricina lipsei de inspirație. Ea este abordată de o femeie elegantă și misterioasă care încearcă să o implice într-o poveste periculoasă, dar captivantă. O sumă considerabilă de bani o convinge pe Mercer să accepte o misiune sub acoperire, astfel că se infiltrează în cercul de prieteni al lui Bruce Cable

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A gang of thieves stages a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.

But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it