Posts By: Vlora

Favorite Game of Thrones Characters

June 5, 2015 fun, recs, tv shows 14

As I spent some time catching up on Game of Thrones yesterday, I started drafting up a post on my favorite characters, because clearly you’re all dying to know. Fast forward to today and my return to this post, and I realized I have perfect timing as it is currently Thursday and you all know what THAT means.

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Welcome to TV Show Thursdays, where I discuss TV Shows, review episodes and give my commentary on anything TV Show related!

There will be some spoilers for the show, so be warned. Good? Good. Let us begin.
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This Book Will Make You Smile

May 29, 2015 books, reviews 14

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda cover by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Contemporary books are always a little hit or miss for me. There’s no magic, there are no ancient castles, fiery dragons, nor even some good old throne usurpation by an evil uncle who has to be defeated. It’s all quite dreadful really. EXCEPT. Except there are some books that hit home precisely because they’re set in our world. With contemporary books, it’s all about the characters for me. If I love the characters, I love the book. And Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda had some GREAT characters.
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Change of Plans, Audiobooks and Internships

May 16, 2015 books, miscellaneous 18

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What’s New?

Remember when I said I probably got a job? It all worked out and I’m going there 1-2 times a week now. It’s pretty monotonous at the moment, but that might still change, and I could use the extra money, so I’m not going to complain a lot. University is taking over my life right now, but I have a week off soon, so it’s all good. I also have a job interview for a radio internship coming up next week, so fingers crossed!

I spent the last three weeks running around, looking at apartments/rooms (not actually running though – don’t be ridiculous), but everything was either too expensive or not good enough or I didn’t get it, so I decided to eff it and stay here, because the search is taking away too much time from everything else. Probably. I’ll finish my bachelor’s, and then I might have to move for my Master’s anyway, so I’ll just deal with the roommate situation until then. If it annoys me too much, I can still start looking again.

The Shiny

I forbade myself to read any of my other books until I’ve read my university books, which is taking ages, because I don’t like them, so obviously this was the right time to get into audiobooks after all. Because that is totally different. And not cheating at all.

We All Looked Up Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
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We All Looked Up

May 15, 2015 books, reviews 12

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach on Reviews and Cake


We All Looked Up is overdramatic and beautiful and frustrating and poignant. It’s about growing up and finding yourself and your purpose in life. It’s also about the apocalypse, but let’s not get caught up in little things like that.

Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live

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Modern Family

May 14, 2015 recs, reviews, tv shows 6

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Welcome to TV Show Thursdays, where I discuss TV Shows, review episodes and give my commentary on anything TV Show related!


Yesterday was the worst day. Why am I whining about it on the internet? Because I can. But also because I want to tell you a little something about Modern Family. When I don’t feel good, a new episode of Modern Family will almost certainly cheer me up. On a sucky day, it’s one of my go-to comfort sources. And so it was yesterday.

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So why is it such a feel good show? Mostly, it’s because you know that (with maybe one exception) at the end of the episode everything’s going to be alright, and everyone’s going to love each other. That’s true for a lot of shows like this though. What makes Modern Family stand out is that it’s also clever. It’s not just flat humor and stupid jokes (even though you could probably make an argument for that too), it’s satire and social commentary and loveable characters. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s why it’s seriously fun.

Another thing that sets it apart is the style. It’s hard to explain the brilliance of it if you’ve never seen it, but it’s a “mockumentary”, which means it’s filmed in the style of a documentary, but completely fictional. This means you get the characters’ commentary on their own actions, but it’s so seamlessly a part of the show that it never throws me out. I probably didn’t even notice it was unusual the first time I watched the show.

Like with most shows, you probably need a couple of episodes to really get into it, but once you do the characters grow on you like no one’s business. You see the kids grow up, the family grow together and the characters growing into better versions of themselves. If you’re in the mood for something lighthearted and fun, then you should definitely give Modern Family a try – you won’t regret it!

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Do You Wanna Play a Game?

May 5, 2015 books, reviews 9

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Imagine the WORLD AT STAKE.

An EPIC STRUGGLE between good and evil.

The GREATEST QUEST in history.

The FATE OF HUMANITY resting in your hands.

ARE YOU READY?



Ready Player One REALLY wasn’t what I expected. I was under the impression it’s a scifi adventure kind of story, but to me it felt more like a bleak dystopia for 3/4 of the book. I loved all of the 80s references (even though I probably only got about 3% of them), and the premise is awesome, but it took some time before the book grew on me. One of my main problems was the long, LONG passages of nothing but exposition. The world did need some explaining, but I felt like 50% of the book were expository text. In the book, what we as the readers read is actually supposed to be written by Wade, the protagonist, so I didn’t understand why he felt the need to explain things that are completely common in his time and age, like how the OASIS (a mix of the internet and a massive multiplayer online game) works. I mean obviously we need the information, but the way it was delivered didn’t necessarily make sense to me.
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Why Bambi Is Actually A Horror Movie

May 4, 2015 discussion, fun, movies, reviews 15

Remember Bambi? Bunnies hopping, birds singing, deer frolicking,… or that’s what you think. I watched Bambi with my roommate last week, and we spent about 20 minutes curled up in little trauma balls afterwards. Since my way of processing things is to write about them, you get to find out EXACTLY why.



Rape, death, annoying little children… this movie has it all. Let’s make a list! Do I need to warn for spoilers for Bambi? Consider yourself warned. Where was I? Right, list.
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I got a job! (Probably…)

May 2, 2015 miscellaneous 26

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The Week

Heeello bloggy blogglings of Bloglington (what?),

this week has been eventful! I have two posts more or less ready, but every time I sit down to polish them, something happens to get me away from my laptop. Do expect more posts next week, and feel free to whack me over the head if they’re not up soon (except for the people who know me offline, because you’re close enough to actually hit me, and we wouldn’t want THAT).

I got a job this week! Well, I think… at least they told me to come back next week, so I’m assuming it’s a done deal. It’s mostly office work, but the people seemed nice, and it’s close to university, so I ain’t complainin’. I’m still looking for a new place to live too, but since my old one doesn’t actually suck, I’m pretty choosy. I looked at five rooms this week and only one or two (decisions are HARD) are maaaybe possibilities. I’m mainly looking at shared flats, so it’s kind of competitive and there are usually a lot of candidates.


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The 90s Assemble

April 25, 2015 books, miscellaneous, movies 22

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The Week

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been blogging less since the semester started, so I really like these weekly wrap-up posts to tell you what’s happening. I’ve been in a bit of a funk today for no particular reason, but tuning in to my favorite Indie station (which is running a Ramones mixtape right now – I approve), blogging and, oddly enough, cleaning seem to have done the trick, so now I’m feeling more like myself again. Moving on! This week I…

  1. went to the university cinema (namely a lecture hall) and watched Guardians of the Galaxy again. I didn’t love it the first time round, but I actually fell in love with it this time! I still think the villain sucks, but it’s hilarious and awesome and all the good things.
  2. went to a housewarming party and danced to 90s music, which is clearly the best music
  3. watched Disney’s Anastasia with my roommate, which is creepy and beautiful and another good 90s thing
  4. only ate out, like, twice, so clearly I have impeccable self-discipline
  5. decided that sentimental literature REALLY isn’t my thing. Unfortunately, I still have to take a seminar on it
  6. decided it’s time for my yearly move to another apartment, so I’m looking for places to live (I don’t actually plan to make this an annual event, but who knows – everyone has a thing. Ellen DeGeneres and her wife move around every six months, so… Actually that’s totally stupid; they can afford beautiful houses, why would they move? Moving is stressful. Someone tell them)
  7. FINALLY watched Avengers: Age of Ultron and I even got to watch it in English

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Hey, teacher!

April 18, 2015 books, miscellaneous 38

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The Week

University started again! Mostly I’m happy about all of my friends returning (almost everyone leaves for the semester holidays, and I hate it), but I got into some cool classes as well. I’m taking two Media Studies classes, which is great, because I’ve decided I want to do my Master’s in Media Studies if I get in. I’m also taking a lecture about classic Hollywood with my own department, which I’m loving so far. I have some peskier classes as well, but overall I’m happy with my schedule. Plus, no early mornings, so that’s a win. I’m also looking into getting a job again, so I’m hoping that works out soon!

Photo of the week:

Gettin’ cozy outside


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How to Lead a Life of Crime (One Shocking Plot Twist At a Time)

April 12, 2015 books, reviews 6

How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller book


A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.



This books is EXCELLENT. I can’t fathom why I never heard about it before I read Cait’s con artist post. I’m not usually a crime reader, but, despite its title, this isn’t exactly a traditional crime novel and I love a good con as much as the next person. I can only assume it didn’t have a high marketing budget, because once you’ve read it you’re going to talk about it. So let’s do that!
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Graphic Design and Superheroes

April 11, 2015 fun, miscellaneous, movies 25

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The Week

This week was busy! Tell me, how do people go to work, have a social life AND blog several times a week? I didn’t work per se, but I finished my last term paper on Monday, and then I had a seminar on graphic design all day from Tuesday to Friday. I am SO glad I’m done with my term papers. I have no idea how they turned out, but I’m hoping for the best. It’s very nice to have some guilt-free relaxation time, but of course the next semester starts in a couple of days. The graphic design seminar this week was voluntary, and I think I learned a lot! I’m pretty sure those skills will come in handy in the future, so I’m glad I went and that my university offers things like that for free.

Photo of the week:

This is my university town – pretty, no?

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Game Time!

April 5, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 23

I don’t have a lot of time to write a post today, so I figured I’d let YOU do all the work, little genius that I am. I love all the games I’ve been seeing on other blogs lately, so I figured I’d make one of my own. My game is mostly inspired by this Author Memory Test, but it’s more about the books than the authors and some of the questions require you to get creative. It seems I actually like taking tests when there’s a chance I’ll know the answers, so I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

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The right answer to any question.


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Spring Is Coming

March 28, 2015 books, miscellaneous 28

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The Week

I’ll keep it short this week, because I have essays to write, chocolate cakes to bake and places to be. My week was good, but I have a deadline on Monday and then Tuesday the week after, so most of my time when I’m not procrastinating is going into finishing my essays and going to family birthday parties. I hope you’re having a great week!

Photo of the week (because I just decided to do these): Spring is finally here!



Edit: I almost forgot – Reviews and Cake reached 50 followers on bloglovin’ this week! Thank you guys so much; I genuinely appreciate it, and basically YOU ROCK. Next Stop: 100!
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Agent Carter

March 26, 2015 reviews, tv shows 9

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Welcome to TV Show Thursdays, where I discuss TV Shows, recap episodes and give my commentary on anything TV Show related!


I’ve known about Agent Carter for a while now, but sometimes I prefer to watch shows when all the episodes have aired, so I can watch without having to wait a week (or months, in case of mid-season breaks). The show centers around the life and secret missions of Peggy Carter, who first appeared as Steve Rogers’s love interest in Captain America: The First Avenger, and is based on the Agent Carter one shot that was produced a while ago. It’s absolutely not necessary to have seen any of the Marvel movies to watch this show, but I think the connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe definitely helps to enjoy the show.

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All About That Bass

March 24, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 9

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Today’s post is all about music and books! I love music; I love books; what could go wrong? This is for the Fantasy Favorites Read-A-Thon prompt, and one of the books I chose is even fantasy. I hope you’re all proud of me.

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The Playlist


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Cake Conversations: Books, Bunnies and Failures of Astronomical Proportions

March 21, 2015 books, miscellaneous 32

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The Week

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Lots of stuff happened this week! I was basically driving around, visiting people and doing stuff all week long. I finally found some decent clothes when I went to Heilbronn, then I visited a uni friend, and had a movie night with another friend. This week registration for next semester’s uni seminars ended, and I didn’t get into any at first (our system kind of sucks), but I have all the classes I need now. Unfortunately, I didn’t get into all the courses that actually interest me (did I mention our system sucks?), so I’ll have to take some stuff I’m not all that crazy about, but all in all it’s an okay schedule. Plus, I’ll probably only have to be present 2-3 days a week, so you now… I’ll live. In astronomical news (when can you ever start a sentence that way?), there was an eclipse where I live yesterday, and I… slept in and missed it. Guess I’ll catch the next one. When’s that again? OH RIGHT IN 24 YEARS. It’s okay though, it was only a partial eclipse. I’ve seen a TOTAL eclipse as a child, so take THAT suckers. Hmph. Pictures above and below are from my visit to Heilbronn, a nearby city where I went on Monday.

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I Talk About Myself Again

March 18, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 17

…and about fantasy, because it’s time for the…

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…that’s right, the Fantasy Favorites Read-A-Thon! If you’re just now checking out this blog for the first time, because of the link up – welcome! Get comfortable while I tell you a little something about me.

1. Introduce yourself!

So this is where I get to talk about myself again, hence the title. I did a post with 21 Random Facts About Me two months ago (you will quickly notice I’m one of my favorite subjects), but here’s the short version: student, rebel (I always wear two different kinds of socks, so I kind of feel like I have a rightful claim to that title), tv show addict, Queen of procrastination (gotta be queen of something, right?), overuser of brackets. I still feel like this gif describes me best as a person:


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Cake Conversations: Wrong Address

March 14, 2015 books, miscellaneous 20

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Hello cake enthusiasts! Let’s see what happened this week, shall we?

The Week

I handed in my presentation paper that was due on Monday on… well, Monday, and then proceeded to catch up on all of my tv shows. I actually need to write two more term papers, but the pressure of approaching deadlines is something I have a lot of practice in ignoring. I discovered some good music, checked my social media sites about one million times and wrote one page. As you can see, it was a very eventful week so far.



Almost all legitimate comments people left on my blog all suddenly went to spam, and I didn’t notice until Shannon kindly pointed it out to me. I might or might not have fixed the issue by deactivating some plugins (the next couple of days will show), but it was VERY upsetting. On the positive side, I got a really nice surprise seeing all the comments at once. It also seems that a lot of my comments are disappearing from blogs that use Disqus for comments, because they keep getting marked as spam, which is almost more annoying because there’s little I can do about it.



If anyone has had similar problems and has ideas on how to fix them, please let me know in the comments! In non-bloggish news, I’m going to my cousin’s birthday today, and then I’m Doing Stuff next week, but as of right now I have nothing more interesting to tell you, so let’s watch this beautiful video together instead, savvy? Savvy.


The Shiny

I showed great restraint the past couple of weeks, but I have space on my shelf again, so I ordered a couple of books this week. Two of them already arrived, but in my post-The 100 finale emotional breakdown distraction, I had them sent home instead of to my grandma’s, where I am currently residing, because the disadvantage of living in a university town is that it turns into a ghost town during the lecture-free times.



Points if you can tell me what movie that bag is from. Anyways, these are the books that I technically now own, but won’t hold in my hands until next week:



Motocross me is a contemporary about a girl in Texas who’s working at her father’s racing track. The blurb sounds like there’s going to be a love triangle, but… racing track. I think that pretty much settles it. Night Broken is the eigth book in the Mercy Thompson series, which is an urban fantasy series that I really like. I haven’t reviewed the books on the blog, because I first read them a couple of years ago, and then I reread and caught up on the rest of the series last year, but I’m very much enjoying them, so check the series out if you’re into urban fantasy and you haven’t heard of it yet.

On the Blog

  • I finally finished reviewing the books I read during my wifi-free time! Read my opinions on In the Afterlight and Eleanor and Park, and tell me what you thought of the books or whether you’re planning on reading them!
  • I discovered The 100 two weeks ago, marathoned all the episodes and then reviewed the show and wrote an essay talked about the season 2 finale. It seems like a weirdly high percentage of book bloggers are watching the show (which is GREAT), so come and talk to me about it, so we can support each other emotionally
  • I reblogged a post from my old travel blog on the Seven Annoying People You Will Meet On Trains and people seem to think it’s funny, so check that out if you’ve ever been frustrated by public transportation (by which I mean if you’ve ever taken it)
  • I also did the Cake Book Tag, because how could I not? It features cake and books, and there’s no reason for you to deprive yourself of that, is there?

I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is a great way to see what everyone’s reading, and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which gives us all a chance to recap what happened during the week!

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How was your week? Did you read any good books? Do you happen to be an expert on transcendentalism and want to write my term paper for me?

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