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7 Things That Make Me Happy

Routine has brutally evaded our lives and has made most of our days seem dull and so painfully similar to one another. Sometimes we get too caught up with our jobs or studies and this endless list of chores and things we need to do, that we end up paying no attention to the little things that can very easily brighten up our days and put a smile on our face. I was tagged by the lovely Fotini of Metaphrasi to do this very interesting and really inspiring post, in which I list 7 things (not necessarily material, but things in a broader sense) that make me feel happy.

1.The first sip of my coffee in the morning.

Whether it is coffee I make at home or coffee I buy from my favourite coffee shop (which, let’s not kid ourselves, tastes much better), the very first sip I take is always the most delicious one and it can make me ridiculously happy.

2. Strolling around and exploring the city.

I live in Athens for almost 5 years now and I still cannot confidently say that I can easily navigate myself through its entirety. I get lost pretty easily, actually, and sometimes I just love it when I have the time to just take a stroll around and explore every nook and crevice of the city and come across new places I never knew existed before.

3. Reading beautifully written literature.

I’m not at all a literature snob, I enjoy reading (almost) all kinds of literature, even if it’s just to have an idea of what each genre and type of literary work has to offer. However much I love my fantasy and crime fiction, though, nothing gives me this satisfaction and inner bliss that beautifully written literary fiction does. (That is not to say, of course, that fantasy or crime fiction cannot be written beautifully.)

4. Finally watching a film or TV show I’ve been anticipating for a long time.

There are some films and TV shows that grab your attention from the very first trailer or poster picture you see of them and you get immediately drawn to them. Sometimes the anticipation lasts long, and when that is the case the satisfaction of finally getting the chance to see this film or TV show is even bigger.

5. Winter time.

I’m a winter girl. I love the cold, rainy or snowy weather. I love wearing my oversized sweaters and fuzzy socks and cuddling up with my kitty and my books while sipping hot chocolate. I love staying at home during winter. I love going out during winter. I love the smell of rain on the ground and the cosy feeling most shops have during winter.

6. Eating delicious food.

Cooking is not my strongest asset, so whenever I get to eat deliciously made food (and I don’t mean fast food) I get ecstatic. It’s like happiness exploding in your palate.

7. Alone time.

As an introvert, I seek and am in need for some time to spend by and for myself. It’s usually time spent contemplating about various things, writing or reading, having a relaxing bath and generally taking care of myself and replenishing my strength so I can face the rest of my day.

Feel free to do this tag if you feel like it. I would love to read your posts and see what makes you happy 🙂

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The ‘(Literary) People I Would Like to Meet’ Tag

It’s time to make a post after such a long time being absent from the blog. I really thank my lovely bookish friend Eleni at Over The Place for creating this tag and tagging me to do it, too 🙂 So, without further ado, here are some of the (literary) people I would like to meet:

1. Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

Two of my favourite people in the world. I love Neil Gaiman’s stories and immense talent and Amanda is such a sweet person and a musician that can truly articulate your deepest feelings and thoughts. They are both such fascinating individuals that it’s only natural for them to occupy a high place in my list of people I’d like to meet.

2. Margaret Atwood

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Now, I have technically seen Margaret Atwood up close when I attended a lecture she gave as a guest in the University of Athens in Greece (I had made a post about it which you can find here if you’re interested), but I didn’t have the opportunity to actually talk to her. Having both studied her work at Uni and read it out of personal interest, I can very positively say that she’s one of my favourite contemporary writers. Her writing is witty, as sharp as it should be and definitely engaging. She may look like one’s grandma, but she’s so much more than that.

3. David Crystal

David Crystal is one of my favourite linguists. I had read his book A Little Book of Language when I first entered uni and had started picking an interest on linguistics and issues surrounding language. The way he writes about language oozes with his passion for it, and therefore, he successfully manages to transfer some of this passion to his readers. He had actually come to Greece for a lecture, but I found out about it too late and couldn’t attend. He’s a person I really admire and I’d love to have the opportunity to meet him some time.

4. Enid Blyton

She’s my most cherished childhood author. I devoured her books as soon as I got my hands on them and I always craved for more. She kicked off my childish imagination like no other author had done before and her books were the beginning of my fascination with mystery novels. I know that meeting her now is impossible, but she will always have a special place in my heart.

5. Ogawa Yoko

Everyone who knows me even a little bit is well aware of my adoration for Japanese literature. Ogawa Yoko is one of the most interesting Japanese writers I have encountered so far. I haven’t read all of her books yet, but I admire how versatile she can be.

6. Kirsty Logan

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I usually have no opinion on authors I haven’t read myself, but after watching an interview of Kirsty Logan’s by the wonderful Choncey and after reading tons of loving comments and reviews about her latest book, The Gracekeepers, I’m definitely intrigued by her personality and creative spirit. She seems such a lovely lady and I would definitely love to sit with her for a cup of tea and talk about books and magic worlds.

There were many other people I considered adding to this list, and many others I haven’t really thought of yet. I tried to limit myself to currently living people for quite obvious reasons, but I couldn’t prevent myself from adding Enid Blyton – I hope you understand.

I now tag dublinbookworm, Cathy @ 746books, Aman and whoever else wants to do it of course! You can also leave a comment and tell me about the people you would like to meet there 🙂 I’d love to see your responses!