Posts Categorized: fun

Date the Character! Who would YOU take out on a date?

January 9, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 11

I just played Guess the Book Character in all possible variations of the game with my roommate, and it got me thinking. The game is so much FUN, why not play an internet version so you guys can participate? So without further ado I bring you:

DATE THE CHARACTER!

(I really hope this is not a totally popular feature on someone else’s blog because that would be embarrassing haha)

datethecharacter Kopie

I just thought of this, so bear with me. My first idea was to do a quick monologue from the POV of each character, but I didn’t want to spoil any major plot lines. Then I thought I’d do a Q&A kind of thing, but I wasn’t sure about what questions to include. BUT THEN I thought how much fun would it be to do dating profiles instead?

I researched extensively (for five minutes) to isolate some of the most common questions dating websites ask their members to answer in their profiles and filled them out for each character.

If you think you know the character, just comment below.

Winner gets to win. Visit another blog if you want free books; I’m just a poor student who invested all her money in blog hosting and chocolate. I’ll reveal the answers on Saturday.

Okay, let’s start with some really easy ones! Here are the dating profiles of several well-known characters from the bookish world (as I imagine them):

The Breadwinner

Age: 16
Gender: female
Relationship Status: it’s complicated
Children: I’d never consider it, not under these circumstances. What if I lose them?
Fitness/Body Type: fit
Education: don’t have a lot of time for it
Income: We don’t have much, but I can provide for my family. Most of the time.
Occupation: huntress
Addicted to: that thrill when your arrow hits the mark
Looking for: I never really had a lot of time to think about it. Someone who gives me my freedom and understands that family comes first, I guess. I need someone who has my back and can hold their own.
Pet Peeves: Reality TV, Roses

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Link up! How do you read?

January 7, 2015 books, discussion, fun 10

I was going to do a post on reading habits, but since it would have only consisted of me going on and on and on, I decided to do this survey-style thing instead! I’ll answer the questions myself, and if anyone feels like doing the same, I included the questions and a link up at the end. Just link back to the post, or tag someone or whatever else floats your boat. I’m sure there are tons of memes and tags about the exact same thing, but I’m bored so humor me. ‘Kay? Kay.


1.) When do you usually read? Before bed? During long bus rides? Whenever possible?

These days, I usually read before I go to bed. After my reading slump, I got into the habit again because it’s a nice way to wind down and relax my eyes after looking at artificially lit screens for too long. The only problem is that I’ll keep reading “just until the end of the chapter” when a book is good and… well, you know how the story ends. I almost never read when I’m in a moving vehicle, partly because it can cause me nausea and partly because I like to get comfortable when I read and public transportation just doesn’t compare to my bed. If I’m in a café, a restaurant or even the university cafeteria all by myself (cue power ballad), I’ll also get out a book.

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Stacking the Shelves #6 (New Year, New Books)

January 3, 2015 books, fun 10

Let’s start the new year off with some new books!

bookhaul

I got The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken after I read and loved the first book in the series, and I’m excited to read the rest! I also FINALLY bought Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to buy it for ages now, and I’m already almost through and loving it.

Then there’s Rebel Belle: I was GOING to wait until the paperback comes out, but you know how it is. It’s about to fall over in this picture because Fangirl apparently wasn’t content with its allotted space and knocked it over. I also bought Angelfall because I’ve heard great things, and I love me some dystopian.

All in all, I’d say I put that Amazon gift card (and my own money) to good use!

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New Laptop and Windows 8(.1)

December 30, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous 4

I got a new laptop!

I party like Iron Man

I didn’t even plan on buying a laptop, but my old one has been sounding like a lawn mower on ecstasy for the past couple of… well, years. It was basically broken from the start, and I was too lazy and too broke to get it fixed, sooo. Yes, I’m one of those people. #sorrynotsorry What do you mean there are no hashtags on WordPress? WELL THERE SHOULD BE.

lawn mower on ecstasy

I thought you might want to know what a lawn mower on ecstasy looks like.



This laptop is so much quieter than my old one. Whenever the screen goes black because I haven’t done anything in too long, I freak out because I think it has shut itself down because I can’t hear it anymore. I realize that I’m still in the honeymoon phase, and this one will probably develop annoying issues at some point but OH BLISSFUL SILENCE. Now I’m thinking of the Silence in Doctor Who. No marks on my arm (I did actually just check), so we’re good.

doctor who silence

Unfortunately, buying a new laptop means buying a new laptop with Windows 8(.1 if it makes any difference) on it. I have been avoiding Windows 8 for years after trying it out for two minutes on a friend’s laptop a couple of years ago. Let’s just say the experience was frustrating. I was determined to make it work though (mostly because I was too lazy to attempt a downgrade – what, I did mention I was one of those people earlier, were you not paying attention?). There were a few times I grew frustrated (WHY Windows WHY), but now I’ve figured out (read: Googled) how to start it in desktop mode and basically ignore every new feature there is. What? I’m afraid of change okay.

Of course now I’ll have to show my grandma how to use my old one. It’s stripped of all of my data, so there’s nothing potentially embarrassing on there, but I quiver in fear of the day she decides to get facebook.

I got something else that’s new today: books! My Darkest Minds trilogy finally arrived and I’m expecting some more books tomorrow (my cousin and her boyfriend gave me an amazon gift card for Christmas, so obviously I had to cash that in right away). I haven’t started reading Never Fade yet, but so far I’ve been entirely content staring at the trilogy in its perfection. I kiiiind of resolved not to read Never Fade until my essay for uni is done, but… I haven’t even started researching it yet, so I probably won’t keep that resolve.

She needs to sort out her priorities


I know, Ron, I know. But first let me get back to marathoning old polandbanana videos on youtube.

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‘Bout This Blogger (Yes, this one right here)

December 29, 2014 discussion, fun, miscellaneous, psa 2

So, I don’t usually do a lot of tags, BUT this one is all about me, so… obviously I had to do it. Also, I meant to post about some of these questions eventually anyway – now it’s all handydandy (I never use this word in real life, I promise) in one place.


1. Why did you start blogging?

As proven by various whiny teenage blogs (no, they do not exist anymore …I hope.), I have a need to express myself, but I’m not disciplined enough to write a book, so… blogging yay. No seriously though, I just like talking about myself. Let’s be real, this is basically like a diary but better. With people reading it. And more organized. And with less embarrassing topics. All right, it’s not like a diary at all.

Okay okay the actual honest answer: it’s all for the ARCs. That I never get. Darn it, guess I’ll have to stop blogging now.
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End of the Year Book Survey 2014

December 28, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous, psa, recs 6



I love filling out surveys, so I figured this is as good a reason as any. If you want to do it yourself, you can follow the link to Jamie’s Blog or click on the picture above and link up your own post. And now, let’s see what I read this year!


Number Of Books You Read:

According to Goodreads, 39. I think it was a couple more, but 40 give or take should be correct.

Number of Re-Reads:

Four.

Genre You Read The Most From:

Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, but scifi and contemporary are strong contenders as well.
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Semicolons and Superpowers

December 19, 2014 discussion, fun, miscellaneous 2

Semicolons

I almost shared the grammar blog post on semicolons I had to write for university here because no one in my seminar is going to be interested in the other students’ grammar posts (who can blame them). Plus, my example sentences involved Avengers, Doctor Who and Orange is the New Black. I even made a semicolon graphic in Paint: prove below. What can I say – it was a slow Wednesday night. But then I thought naaaaaaaaaah. You deserve better than to read a post about semicolons from someone who acts like it is the most interesting subject in the world, but still doesn’t get regular comma rules.

supersemicolon

The Semicolon returns from a long day of saving the world from comma splices. All it really wants is some recognition for its work and a hot bath.
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Update and Stacking the Shelves (5)

October 31, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous 8

Hey there, it’s been a while! I hope I find you scared and laden with candy on this joyous day.



Okay, actually it’s just been a week or so, but my last few posts were scheduled, so I feel like I haven’t written one in ages. I can’t believe how busy I suddenly got! One week I was minding my own business, procrastinating and working every few days as usual and then BOOM university hit me over the head with a stupid amount of workload. Okay, to be fair some of it is voluntary, so maybe it wouldn’t be as much if I were only taking the seminars for my own program. But they’re so booooring and everything else is so SHINY. :D

So, what’s new?

This semester, I’m taking Hindi (because why not). I didn’t think I’d already have problems learning the alphabet. The frickin’ ALPHABET. But hey, failure is the road to success; I’m sure at some point I will actually be able to hear the difference between t and th and the other t with the little dot underneath (what the hell, Hindi). I can write my name in Hindi now though, so I feel disproportionally cool.

I’m also taking Digital Media Design because someone told me about it two weeks into the semester and it sounded good. I went for the first time last week and it’s EXACTLY what I want to learn. Our homework (of course people aren’t calling it that at university because it doesn’t sound cool enough, but that’s exactly what it is) this week is to design a button and write the HTML and CSS to go with it. How cool is that? Wow, I’m using the word cool a lot in this post. Anyways, I was able to sooort of keep up during the lecture because at least I’ve heard of HTML and I’ve taken a look at Photoshop before, but I expect this is going to get pretty hard pretty fast. I already asked my tutor a gazillion questions last time, but hey, what’s he there for, right?

I also quit my job. I only started in August, so that was kind of a douchy thing to do, but I’m sure they’re used to fast turnover as they only pay 5€ an hour and they already found someone new. The money sucks, but it’s not like it’s the hardest job ever. They have to pay minimum wage starting in January, which is why I considered staying. In the end, it really wasn’t worth neglecting university or my social life for a boring job with a bad salary though. Once the semester is over, I’ll probably start applying for jobs and internships again, but for now I’m happy with my decision.

Books!

I didn’t have a lot of time to read lately, but I finished one book for my seminar (Burnt Offerings by Laurell K Hamilton – it had EVERYTHING bad and cheesy that people who are prejudiced towards paranormal books would expect) and I’m reading two other books at the moment, which are thankfully better. I also got some new ones!



LOOP



I found this book on Goodreads First Reads. I didn’t win it, but I bought it anyway because TIME TRAVEL and… no, actually that’s it. It sounds like a light and fun read and I’m VERY tempted right now to throw my other books across the room and start this one already.

WASTED (A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia)



I’m reading this right now for a seminar called Writing Madness. I just received it yesterday, so I’m not too far in yet, but I think it’s very interesting, if a bit self-indulgent. I know that I read a book like it when I was much younger, but I read it in German and it was like ten years ago, so I have no idea if it was the same book or not.

GIRL, INTERRUPTED



This book I also bought for the Writing Madness seminar. I haven’t read it yet, but I remember watching the movie (or part of the movie) with Angelina Jolie when I was younger and liking it. I’m looking forward to reading it!

So, that’s it for the new books I got. I think I might as well link this post up with Stacking the Shelves since it’s tomorrow – everyone who is (shockingly) not interested in my personal life can just scroll by that part. :D

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Anything new with you guys? Tell me below! And if you’re feeling talkative anyway tell me your opinion about blogging and stress too. :)

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Loony Blurbs!

October 23, 2014 books, fun 3

It’s time for Loony Blurbs, where we write blurbs based solely on the titles of books! I missed the first few installments of this for time reasons, but I was determined to participate at least once because this is totally my kind of thing. Whacky? Creative? Both combined? Hell yeah.



Out of the ones I did, I’ve only read The Book Thief. I have no idea what the other books are actually about, but I think it’s even more fun this way. I didn’t look at the covers before I wrote the blurbs, so it’s all based on the title.

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

October 10, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous 2

I went to the Frankfurt book fair yesterday! It was a semi-spontaneous decision. As you may remember (or not if you’ve never been on my blog before, in which case: hey, there!), I took a weekend seminar on what an editor does two weeks ago. The editor who held it recommended to go the Frankfurt book fair to make connections and possibly talk about internships. We decided to go on a Thursday because the fair isn’t open to private visitors during the week and we thought we’d have more of a chance to talk to people. I even got in for free because I accidentally signed up for press accreditation and my blog qualified, which I thought was pretty damn awesome.

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Things More Likely to Happen Than Winning at Goodreads First Reads

September 21, 2014 fun 6

In no particular order:

  • Leonardio DiCaprio winning an Oscar (too soon?)
  • Joss Whedon tweeting me (I’m working on it, guys, I’m working on it.)
  • me starting a term paper at a reasonable date instead of the night before
  • a dance off between the Hulk and Captain America (just in case you’re looking for ideas, Joss…)
  • reading five random YA books in a row without ever coming across a love triangle
  • Tom Hiddleston being rude to a fan (I’m a Marvel fan, can you tell by this list?)
  • One of Willow’s spells actually going right (also a Joss Whedon fan in case that wasn’t clear)
  • anyone using Google+
  • scrolling down your twitter feed without a cat being mentioned in some form or another (what about BUNNIES)
  • finding a band called What About Bunnies (It sounded like a good band name – anyone wanna start a band together? I can’t sing. Or play an instrument.)
  • me catching the legendary pokémon in my gameboy silver edition (unfulfilled childhood dream)
  • someone not freaking out when JK Rowling tweets them

List inspired by this tweet.

Let me know if you can think of more in the comments. :D Or if you’ve ever actually won a book at Goodreads First Reads. Fair warning: I probably won’t believe you.

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Mini Series: Starting a WordPress Blog #2, Today: “Back it Up B****!”

September 17, 2014 fun 0

Follow my stream of consciousness as I try to figure out this website thing. Or don’t, it’s not like I can actually explain any of it.

How to NOT Start a WordPress Blog

Backing it Up
Still Not a How To

Okay so someone said on twitter they lost six days of posts because their blog just disappeared… IT CAN JUST DISAPPEAR WHAT. Okay, okay that won’t happen to you. Bad things always happen to other people, right? RIGHT? So, how do I back this thing up? Didn’t it say my blog was backed up at my cPanel? I guess I could check it, but… then I’d have to log in, which means I would have to get my password from where I saved it, which means WORK. Let’s see what Google says instead. Nah, not the WordPress site, they always go on and on – my attention span isn’t that- Oh, hang on, this looks ok. Soooo root directory, FTP something, something else I’ve heard before but don’t care to check out… This bores me already let’s check out twitter.

—two hours later—

What if my blog randomly disappears though?

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Tag: Seven Deadly Sins

September 9, 2014 books, fun 2

Greed

What is your most inexpensive book?

That would be Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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I heard a lot of booktubers rave about it, so I looked it up on Amazon. For some reason they offered the ebook for free. By “some reason” I mean even Amazon doesn’t have the audacity to demand money for something so unconditionally and irrevocably bad. I’m so glad I didn’t spend money on this.

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