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The Sunday Post 13/09/15

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Hello! I’m having a hard time believing another week went by. This week was dominated by a take-home exam about European Values – can you believe they’re making us take an exam in the third week of school? I’ve barely even learnt anything!

I have very little personal news to share, except for the fact that sleeping has become my new hobby. While I usually saw sleep as kind of a given, right now it’s become something I have to actively make time for. It’s an interesting development brought on by my severe lack of free time right now, though I have to admit I really do appreciate my bed time now.

Did you know that I keep a dream diary? I usually remember everything I dream upon waking, and I decided it would be fun to keep track of the most interesting and weird dreams I have in a notebook. I might share a few of them soon, because they are quite funny.

Picture of the week

I’m having a lazy morning in bed today. Blankets, tea and a book are the perfect recipe for relaxation

Een foto die is geplaatst door Celine (@celinelien) op

This week on Nyx Book Reviews

I put on my bad-girl shoes and wrote a rather opinionated piece on why I think it’s unhealthy to buy uncontrollable amounts of books. If you don’t agree, however, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! I also reviewed the first book in the Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series. I was expecting it to be pretty smutty and sex-centered from the reviews and the cover, but the story was surprisingly good, and I thought it was more sensual rather than sexual.

Read this week

I’m honestly glad I even have this one book to list here, because I have had very little time to read for fun. Scientific articles on modernity and academic books on Europe, sure, but sadly no vampires or science-fiction or unicorns for me.

The Owl Killers is a book that I’ve had on my shelves for a very long time, and I decided to pick it up on a whim. While the characters of the book were a bit bland, the medieval world is fantastic, and I noticed I kept thinking about the book after I put it down. It touches on large concepts like religion, rape, trauma and self-determination. I’m looking forward to reading the other books by Maitland that I have on my shelves.

I’m reconsidering this part of my Sunday Post, because I might not have a lot of books that I read to show you guys every week. I’ll have to think some more about how I’m going to keep it relevant.

How was your week?

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  • Bea @ Bea’s Book Nook

    Yes, make time for sleep! You need it to be healthy and to be smart. Plus, ya know, it’s just a good thing to do. Make friends with you bed, pat it and call it special names. πŸ˜›

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I hug my bed every day! Though I haven’t named it yet…

  • http://debbish.com Deborah

    Ha! Sleeping is my new hobby as well except I tend to do it at the wrong time. I can’t sleep at night and lie there until 3am and then struggle to get up before 9am. I try not to then need a daytime nap but don’t always succeed which means my sleep patterns are even more screwed up!

    I never remember much of my dreams – just bits and pieces – but I do have some recurring ones!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I’m very similar in my sleeping habits, usually. I’m not a morning person at all, and I struggle falling asleep before 2AM. But since I’ve been so tired lately, I’m getting better at falling asleep early.

  • http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ kimbacaffeinate

    Sleeping is wonderful, but the first activity to go when life gets hectic. Naps have become my friend. Good luck with your hobby and busy schedule!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Naps sound lovely as well. Thanks!

  • http://www.lunar-rainbows.com/ Micheline

    It’s funny how our relationship with sleep evolves as we age and/or face more ‘adult’ responsibilities. In my teen years and well into my university studies, I was a total night-owl and ran on very little sleep. I felt like I came alive after dark so I wanted to stay up as long as I could. Anyway, as soon as I got closer to my 30’s, sleep became my new best friend πŸ™‚ I didn’t know you kept a dream diary! I used to but fell out of the habit. I often remember my dreams afterwards too so I really should pick up the habit again!

    Love that pic by the way^^ I must’ve missed it live on IG, I’ll have to hunt it down hehe! Oh and I’m super excited by your comments/impression of Psy Changeling! The first book is on my tbr and you’ve just made me bump it up in the ranks XD Have a wonderful week Celine β™₯

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I used to not care about sleep at all! Especially during high school. I would often read until very deep into the night, or secretly text my boyfriend or – if I dared – on my laptop. Good times. Now I’m just glad to crawl under the blankets and actually sleep, haha.

      Ooo, fun! I hope you like Slave to Sensation. I’m hoping to pick up the second book in the series in the coming months.

      Hope you have a great week too, Micheline <3

  • Maraia

    Sleep is important, so I’m glad you’re making time for it. (Even if it means sacrificing reading time.) I’m looking forward to hearing about your dreams. I’m impressed that you can even write them down in even a semi-coherent way. Every time I try to describe my dreams I just sound crazy. πŸ˜›

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      It’s kind of a natural process, I think, because I simply don’t understand words on the page any more at night.

      Oh, I call my dreams book-dreams, because it’s almost as if they’re the plot of a novel. They don’t always make much sense, and they’re definitely super random, but they do always unfold like a story.

      I think everyone feels crazy describing their dreams, haha

  • http://eviloverlordthoughts.com/ Elizabeth the Evil Overlord

    I think I’ve picked up your lack of hours sleeping, seems like it’s all I’ve done for 2 weeks! I think over buying books or anything is nuts. Over-doing anything is nuts. I actually don’t buy books, I only read ARCs or use the library. If I can’t get a certain book I’ll buy it, but that hasn’t happened in over a year. I did over-do on NetGalley plus got too many from the library last week, so I’m actually taking some back unread tomorrow. I guess that’s similar to over-buying without the financial repercussions and piles of books around the house.

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I never feel really guilty taking too many books from the library. Sometimes it looks good, but then you read a page and feel a bit bored, and I think that’s what library books are for too. No shame in returning them unread, IMO πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading, Elizabeth!

  • http://www.spajonas.com/ S. J. Pajonas

    I love sleep. Sleep is the best thing ever created. I wish I could get more of it.

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I love sleep too. It’s my favourite thing right now

  • Greg Hill

    I used to hate sleeping and if I counted up all the hours of sleep deprivation it would probably be scared. I appreciate sleep much more now tho!

    Great post on book buy, I’m guilty sometimes of buying books I don’t need, but THINK I do. And the “Iceland of blogging”- too funny. πŸ™‚

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Sleep always seemed such a waste of time to me. I went through a pretty bad bout of insomnia in my teens (only 3 hours of sleep a day), but I’m definitely beyond that now.

      Thanks, Greg! πŸ™‚

  • http://iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot.com Katherine P

    Thankfully I don’t need much sleep but that might change if I was having to schedule it! I need to check out your book buying post. I can see good things – it’s fun and I like having tons of options – and bad things – I have too many options and I could easily spend far too much money – but I look forward to reading your thoughts on it. Have a great week!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I’m one of those people that really needs 8 hours of sleep a day. Otherwise I get terribly grumpy and uncoordinated.

      Thanks Katherine, I hope you have a great week too!

  • http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/ steph from FW&FD

    Sleep is important for clearing brain toxins or something. I have read that people who do not get enough sleep have more weight issues. European values as a test subject sounds so ambiguous.

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Oh yeah, sleep is super important for physical health. If you don’t get any sleep at all for a long time (like a month or so), your body just shuts down.

      European values is mainly about how the “idea” of Europe was developed throughout history, and how to avoid Eurocentrism when looking at modern history. It’s an interesting course, but I’m not entirely sure I completely *get* it, haha