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Happy Birthday Diaries!

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This very day in 2011, one of my dreams became real. I finally had a blog of my own and was able to share my stories and thoughts with the world. And even though there might have been months at a time without even writing a post, I’m still here.

This is what makes this day very special, that I’m still here to celebrate my blog’s birthday with all of you. So…

Happy birthday, blog! Happy birthday, Lady Nina’s Diaries!

P.S.: Hey, you out there, stay tuned cause many exciting things will happen in the following days (and weeks)!

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Το 2016 λογοτεχνικά

Το 2016 υπήρξε μια πλούσια λογοτεχνικά χρονιά, τόσο από την άποψη των βιβλίων που κατάφερα να διαβάσω, όσο και όλων των νέων που απέκτησα – να ‘ναι καλά τα διάφορα παζάρια, αλλά και τα δώρα και ξεσκαρταρίσματα φίλων!

Ιδού ο θησαυρός μου για τη χρονιά που μας πέρασε:

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Ιστορίες που κυλούσαν σα νεράκι,
ιστορίες τρομακτικές κι ιστορίες κουραστικές,
απ’ όλες είχε ο μπαχτσές.

Τώρα όλα τα βιβλία που διαβάστηκαν μέσα στο 2016 έχουν καταχωρηθεί στην αντίστοιχη σελίδα, ενώ ήδη ξεκίνηση και η καταγραφή της αναγνωστικής χρονιάς 2017.

Επίσης, πρέπει να πω πως ακόμα κι αν δεν κατάφερα να διαβάσω 50 βιβλία όπως είχε θέσει στόχο στο Books’ List 2016, είμαι πολύ ευχαριστημένη με την περσινή παραγωγή των 28 βιβλίων, καθώς είναι το προσωπικό μου high score (μαζί με την αναγνωστική χρονιά 2014) από το 2011 που ξεκίνησα την καταγραφή.

Με την ευκαιρία, θα ήθελα να ευχηθώ σε όλους μια αναζωογονητική και δημιουργική χρονιά, με υγεία, πολλές ευτυχισμένες στιγμές, επιτυχίες και επιτεύξεις στόχων!

Υ.Γ.: Για τους παραπάνω στόχους θα υπάρξει μέσα στις επόμενες ημέρες μεγαλύτερη ανάλυση.

There is something you didn’t know about St. Valentine’s!

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Photo by Lady Nina

Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day. Everybody knows that. However, there is something you don’t know. You don’t have to bring chocolates or flowers to your Valentine. Or rather you don’t need to, in some cases . Maybe what your partner needs in order to feel loved is some quality time, or to spend the whole Sunday hugging under the blanket, or to compliment him about his new hair style, or to keep your promise to her that you would fix that leaking faucet.

For there is not only one love language, but five. Yes, five. Five kinds of ways to show your loved ones that you love them. The problem is, not all of us speak the same language. At least, that is the conclusion Dr. Gary Chapman reached after years of study. And it is all summed up in his book, ‘The 5 love languages’. I was lucky to receive this book as a gift, as I would possibly not have known about it otherwise. And I read it straight away (you can find it listed in the Books of 2015, although I haven’t written a review – and you now know why).

As I said before, there are five love languages: the words of affirmation, the acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch. So, in order to understand which of these is your primary love language or the primary love language of the person you love, you can simply make the test provided in ‘The 5 Love Languages’ website.

St. Valentine’s Day, the official day of love, is only a day away. So, what are you waiting for? Do the test, give it to your partner too, and organize an event which combines both of your love languages! And if you need some help, remember that I am here to help you !

Five years of wishes!

Yesterday, Lady Nina’s Diaries became 5 years old. It has accompanied my life for a long time now and, even though I didn’t always have the time to write, I have always returned to it. So, today, I want to be the first to wish my blog ‘Happy Birthday’. And I will do it in as many languages as I can, so I am waiting for your contribution for the rest.

First, let me wish in Greek, my mother tongue. Χρόνια πολλά!

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Compilation: Lady Nina / Original photo: Digital Camera

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A gift for February 1st

It’s been a long time since I last reviewed a book. And, to be honest, I do not enjoy reviewing at all. After all, a review it’s only its writer’s personal view, distilled through their own experiences and taste. This is why we readers should not follow reviews blindly. We should rather learn to ‘feel’ if a certain book is what we want to read or not, if its writing and story appeals to us, if we find its content as well as its appearance of our taste.

So, this is rather a story, a personal story of someone who lived several lives through five books during January. My wish is that, in time, this will become a tradition and every new month will await you with my views about the books of the previous one. Now let’s follow Anin’s footsteps, the girl whose home is my library.

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Anin in the library (Source: Cotewrites website)

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Resolutions 2016

I was never good at setting my resolutions of the new year before the New Year’s Day. In fact, almost always, I set them after mid-January. That’s when all the feasts are in the past (family and friends’ birthdays and namedays) and it’s the perfect time to set new goals.

I will keep the list short for 2016, mainly because it will consist of some very broad categories. These are: work, health, skills, reading and writing. Five of them. They will be better defined along the course of the year, but here’s some more details about them.

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