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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.

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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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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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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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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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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 33

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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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Eleanor and Park (Or the One With The Great Beginning)

March 13, 2015 books, reviews 12

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Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

It has now been several weeks since I’ve read Eleanor and Park and I STILL can’t decide how I feel about it. Some parts of the book were phenomenal and others were… not. Let’s break it down!
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In The Afterlight (Or The One With All My Favorite Characters)

March 6, 2015 books, reviews 8

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Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

If you’ve read my reviews for The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, you know I think very highly of this series. I love that it dares to be dark, but has some light moments as well. I’m always a sucker for books with a focus on friendship, and The Darkest Minds does it very well. So as you can see, I already had high expectations of In The Afterlight. But did it live up to them?
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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire (Or The One With Deja Vu)

February 25, 2015 books, reviews 4

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Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned. Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments.

This review might contain spoilers for the previous books in the series.

Guys! I FINALLY read this book. I read the first three books years and years ago. I loved them back then, and I knew there was going to be a spin off series, but then the series just randomly continued, which threw me a little. I didn’t love City of Fallen Angels to be honest, and I struggled a lot with the first half of City of Lost Souls (books 4 and 5 in the series, if all the City titles are confusing you too). It felt like the story was past the point where it should have naturally ended, and the writing bothered me a little as well. At one point I took three sample pages from City of Lost Souls and counted how many times the words “gold” and “silver” were used to describe random body parts of Jace or Sebastian. Trust me, it was a lot. HOWEVER, I did care about the characters and the story enough to want to finish the series. Little did I know there were going to be 18329 more books in the Shadowhunter world, but let’s not digress.
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Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Or the One That Surprised Me)

February 12, 2015 books, reviews 8

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins cover

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

I’m not sure how to describe this book. It’s like some bizarre mixture of Vampire Academy, St Trinian’s and Winx. To be honest, I almost gave up after the first couple of chapters. The writing felt immature, the story borrowed and the characters flat. Maybe I’m spoiled after reading The Darkest Minds, but I expect more from YA. But then something happened. I started to really enjoy it and time flew by as I read until I got to the ending – and boy, was that an ending. It exceeded my expectations by far. Some aspects were predictable, sure, but all in all the book went places I didn’t think it would go and I loved it.
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Talk to Me: Blogging Communities

February 9, 2015 books, discussion, movies 10

Talk To Me

is a no-nonsense discussion feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to pose a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it! Obviously feel free to write up your own post on the topic and link it in the comments.


Topic

Today’s post is about different blogging communities! Okay, so if you follow this blog or have stumbled upon it before, you might have noticed that, while I mostly post about books, I also post about movies and random stuff I like. If I’ve posted about something that is not book related several times in a row, I wonder whether I can still say I’m a book blogger. It doesn’t really make much of a difference, but since I feel most at home in the book blogging community, it’s worth consideration to me. I think I do consider myself a book blogger, but who says you only have to be one thing? Which brings me to my actual question: What kinds of blogging communities are there? And do most people just keep to one of them, or are they part of different communities?

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New Bookshelf!

February 7, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 18

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The Acquisition

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I moved into this place about a year ago, and ever since then, there has been a wide, sad expanse of wall above my couch. I always meant to hang up a big picture there, but I never quite found the right one. Then I visited a friend, and she had a shelf full of books up on her wall. You might be able to guess what my next Christmas wish was. After a trip to hell Ikea and some near misses with the wiring in my wall, the shelf was finally up. I expected to have a lot more space for my books now, but somehow my other shelf is still almost as full as before (bottom right).
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