Posts Categorized: psa

Bye Bye, England

September 15, 2017 miscellaneous, psa 7

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What’s New?

I’m back in Germany! I can’t believe my year in England is already over. It went by so fast it literally feels like it was a dream. But I’ve experienced a lot, and I’m sure I’m a different person than I was a year ago. Now I’m in a weird transitionary period I’m not quite sure what to do with. But so far I haven’t felt bored, both for good and bad reasons. It’s great to spend some time with my family and friends who I haven’t seen in a while. I was home a few times the last year, but I also missed things, and it’s different to be back for good now, even though I still can’t quite believe it.

In less important news, my email subscriptions stopped working, and I lost my subscribers when I fixed it in case you didn’t see my psa last time, so if you were subscribed, you’ll have to resubsribe, sorry for the inconvenience. <3 (Or, you know, just subsribe anyway, since emails only go out for post notifications I can definitely promise there won’t be too many haha)
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Shattering Stigmas: Call for Guest Posts

July 28, 2017 psa 2

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I’m very happy to announce that I’m participating in Shattering Stigmas as a host this year! Shattering Stigmas is a mental health awareness event focused on mental health generally and mental health in literature in particular.

Shattering Stigmas was created by the lovely Shannon. This is the third edition, and it’s even bigger than the last few years. You’ll find posts on It Starts at Midnight, Of Wonderland, The Fox’s Hideaway, Stay on the Page and, last but not least, Flipping Through Pages. I know all of us have planned some exciting posts, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

If you would like to join in as a guest poster, I would love to have you on my blog! All the info is below. I guest posted about Humor and Mental Health on Shannon’s blog last year, and it was a great way to have discussions and meet new people.

In Short:

What: Shattering Stigmas!
When: 2nd-15th October 2017
Deadline for Posts: 25th September 2017
Who Can Participate: Anyone! Blogger, Author, Reader – as long as you want to write a post (create a video, etc.), you’re welcome

Posts can be about anything related to mental health – personal experiences, book/movie reviews, discussions, interviews, you name it! If you need some inspiration, you can find a lot of previous posts right here and also here.

If you would like to write a guest post for Reviews and Cake, just comment below this post, send me a DM on Twitter, or let me know via email at reviewsandcake@gmail.com – I would love to feature your post on the blog! Videos and other formats are also very welcome.

Comment below if you’d like to write a guest post! Or, you know, if you just want to wish me a good day or something, that’s also fine.

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Conventions and an Avalanche of Books

January 14, 2017 books, miscellaneous, psa 18

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What’s New?

Aloha blogglings,

I’m in a summery mood, because I can actually see the sun today. From inside my room, I mean, let’s not get crazy. I went to visit my family over Christmas and New Year, but now I’m back in England. So far I’ve spent all of my time holed up in my room writing essays, but I can see the light on the horizon. Sort of. In a few weeks. In more exciting news, I have decided that I’ll go to YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) in London this year! It’s at the end of July, and I don’t know anyone, so if you’re a fellow blogger who’s thinking about going, and you’d like to meet up, let me know! I’ve never been before, so if you’re an experienced YALCer, any information is welcome. :D I’m always jealous about all the US folks, who get to meet up at conventions, so I figured I have to make use of my time in an English-speaking country!



The answer is I shouldn’t. Trust me. I keep struggling with random words that are different in British English and American English. Like the time I ordered a flapjack expecting a pancake and got a muesli bar thing instead. Or last week, when I asked someone where I could find the zucchini, and he looked at me all confused and asked whether I meant aubergine, which I didn’t because I call aubergines aubergines (turns out zucchini=American English and courgette=British English, but aubergine=British English and eggplant=American English). It’s a constant surprise, living here. :D
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A 2016 Review (Not the Dumpster Fire-y Parts) & Goals for 2017

December 25, 2016 miscellaneous, psa 8

Hello-ho-ho-ho and Merry Christmas, blogglings!

If you come back after weeks of absence, come back with a bad pun, I say. I haven’t been around much due to both my laptop and my netbook breaking and being swamped with essays I should be writing (but why am I even mentioning that? Procrastinating an essay is a permanent state of being for me at this point). Nevertheless, now that my laptop is repaired, and I can use it again (fingers crossed it’ll stay that way), I’m continuing the great tradition of setting goals for the new year. I did this last year as well (and the year before that), so let’s see how I did first. I also noticed some of you wrote down your goals in the comments of last year’s post, so if that’s you feel free to go ahead and see how you did along with me. :D

My goals for 2016 were

I want to get good grades and finish my Bachelor’s

Hey, I actually did that! What a good start. I got my BA this summer, and I was pretty satisfied with the grade as well, so I’ll count this one as a win.

…so I can apply to university in Glasgow (I might not get in and if I do it’s going to be one hell of an organisational and financial challenge to move to Scotland for a year, but I think this is an excellent idea, so wish me luck!)

HA! Another one I accomplished. I have a good feeling for this year. So I’m not studying in Glasgow, but that was kind of random, because someone told me there are no student fees in Scotland (or at least that they’ll be payed back by the government), but it turned out that that’s not true for postgraduate degrees, so instead I applied to universities all over the UK and ended up in Newcastle, where I’m currently living and studying. (And you were right, Vlora of the past, it was one hell of an organisational and financial challenge, but it was worth it so far!)
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Hiatus

September 17, 2016 psa 7

Hello bloggy friends,

as you may or may not have noticed I haven’t been posting much at all the last few months. I didn’t want to extravagantly proclaim I’m on hiatus, because my posting schedule was always irregular, and I doubt anyone’s frantically refreshing my website, but posting has never been quite this sparse, so I’ll just make it official now:

Reviews and Cake is currently on hiatus

I’m sure I’ll be back eventually, but I can’t say when at this point. All’s fine, but the last few months have been very busy – not in a bad way, but it left me with very little energy for blogging – and the months to come very likely will be quite packed as well. I’m doing some exciting stuff though, so I’ll be sure to share it all eventually (at the latest in my end of the year recap :D).

Hope you all are fine, and I’ll try to stop by some of your blogs every once in a while, because I do miss it. :) I’m also on twitter quite a bit, so find me @vloralia if you feel like it.

Later, gators. I will never stop using this ironically but actually very seriously

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See you in February!

January 13, 2016 psa 12

Yo blogglings,

As I have to pretend to be an adult for the next 2,3 weeks, I will take a brief hiatus until the end of January, so I can finish my university assignments. I’ll be around on twitter, goodreads, and probably in your comment sections. Check you later, gator.

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FIRST BLOGOVERSARY

August 18, 2015 miscellaneous, psa 26

IT’S MY FIRST BLOGOVERSARY YAY.




I didn’t even search for cake, I swear. It was destiny. Exactly one year ago today, I posted on this blog for the first time. I finally stuck to something for once in my life, yay! I mean it’s only been a year, but I’m probably not going to disappear anytime soon. Mainly because I already paid hosting for the next two years.

I know everyone and their mum is hosting a give away for their blogoversary, but I’m poor, and I need my money to buy books and chocolate. Instead, have a survey! YAY SURVEY. Okay, I realize not everyone is as excited about surveys as I am, but I’d still appreciate it if you helped me out and answered a couple of questions about this blog to help me improve my site.



A huge shout out to everyone who’s reading my blog. I love your faces, and I truly appreciate your time. I loved getting to know you a little the past year, and I look forward to talking to you in the year to come!

How long have YOU been blogging? Anything you’d like to ask me? Now’s your chance! Did I forget anything in the survey? Let me know below!

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The End is Near: 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Goals!

December 31, 2014 discussion, miscellaneous, psa 9

It’s five pm and some idiots are attempting to start a firework outside, so you know it’s New Year’s Eve. I already did my End of the Year Book Survey, but – inspired by this video – I’d like to take the opportunity and reflect back on 2014 and set some goals for 2015.

THIS YEAR I…

…moved out of the student dorms and into a new apartment, where I feel more comfortable.

…went backpacking in Colombia for four weeks.

…attented an improv theater seminar and performed in front of people.

…went to Amsterdam.

…started this blog.

…learned more about myself and to accept who I am.

…went to the Frankfurt Book Fair.

…read a lot more than last year.

…made some new friends.

These are just the things I can actually remember, and overall I’m fine with how the year went. But enough reflecting! I have this weird thing about setting goals. Basically I never really do it because I worry about not meeting them. But SO WHAT – if I don’t set them I’ll never meet them, right?

NEXT YEAR I…

…want to do well in university.

…want to work or intern during the lecture-free times.

…want to do something that’s out of my comfort zone.

…want to keep blogging consistenly.

…want to meet new people, make new friends and stay in touch with the old ones.

…want to continue to grow personally.

…want to participate in NaNoWriMo and win.

…want to make youtube videos.

Alright, I think that’s it. The last one is probably the scariest, and I need a decent camera first, but it’s been at the back of my mind for a while now. NaNoWriMo is also pretty intimidating because I’ve always wanted to write a book and I’ve never come close to finishing one, but I feel like I can do it under the right circumstances (I’m starting early with the pep talks to myself).

What are your accomplishments? And goals? Let me know below. :)

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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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Book Review: Dear Comrade + Childhood Favorites Feature(?)

October 15, 2014 books, psa, reviews 0

I didn’t actually finish this book just now, but I was reminded of it recently and after looking it up on Goodreads, I saw it didn’t even have a review there (now it does). Since this is one of my childhood favorites and it saddens me that not a lot of people seem to know it, I decided it deserves some space on my blog. I’m also toying with starting a Childhood Favorites feature of some sort on my blog so people have a chance to highlight those little almost-forgotten gems that impacted their childhood. If you’d be interested in showcasing a favorite book from you’re childhood/youth, definitely drop me an e-mail at reviewsandcake@gmail.com!

If there’s enough interest, it’ll definitely happen! If not, I’ll delete this part of the post and we’ll never talk about it again.

Okay, so now for the actual review:

Dear Comrade cover

After a party Kate and Paul start to write each other. The letters reveal their very different political convictions, but even so they can’t stop themselves from falling in love with each other.

(Goodreads keeping it short and snappy there.)

The main reason I like this (very short) book is that the two main characters manage to respect each other and establish a relationship despite the fact that they have vastly different world views. Even though their ideological perspectives couldn’t be more different, they don’t just SAY they’ll try to understand each other, they actually DO. Try, that is, not understand each other. There’s still a lot of fighting and casting stones (metaphorically) going on. Couple that with all the confusion and insecurity of first love and you have Dear Comrade.

That’s another thing I like about this book – Paul and Kate’s relationship is sweet without being annoying and develops naturally. Whereas the premise of the book can feel a little constructed at times, their relationship progresses organically as they begin to care more and more about each other. They often struggle to even stay friends, which of course makes it even harder once romantic feelings are involved. But when things get serious, they can rely on each other, which makes this story more romantic than a lot of things I’ve read recently. This book is basically the opposite of instant love. Plus, it’s an epistolary story, so what more can you wish for?

4 out of 5 cupcakes to this novella!

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Welcome!

August 18, 2014 psa 3

I’m glad you found your way here. This is my blog, where I will mostly post book reviews and related things. I’m still new to WordPress and all the freedom that comes with it, so I’m excited about my new website and what I can do with it.  I can’t wait to start blogging!

 

I look even more excited than this owl.

I look even more excited than this owl.

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