Posts Categorized: miscellaneous

Weird Review Requests – A Review

November 9, 2017 fun, miscellaneous 9

This post has been a long time coming, guys. I wasn’t sure whether to write it at first, because I didn’t want to scare off any legitimate partners interested in my blog, but these promo requests were too good to not share with you. I’m thrilled to have my buddy Shannon from It Starts at Midnight on board for this post, because she has some delicious stories to share with you.



If you’ve had a blog for a while, it’s likely that you have been contacted by someone to advertize their product, whatever that may be. It can be a great opportunity for both parties to work together on projects when everything fits, but when it doesn’t… hilarity ensues. Shannon and I compiled a list of random promo requests we got, because sometimes what happens behind the scenes doesn’t need to stay behind the scenes.
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November Is for Writing Novels

November 4, 2017 books, miscellaneous 20

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What’s New?

Halloween is over, and my grandma is already panicking about baking Christmas cookies, so November is officially here. And you know what November means – it’s NaNoWriMo time! I had this whole plan of carefully plotting a new novel, so I’d be all ready by November 1st, but then Things™ happened, the 1st of November arrived, and I had nothing. I figured I’ll skip it this year, but like every year I just couldn’t resist the momentum of NaNoWriMo, so on the evening of November 1st I decided I’ll join in anyway. Who needs plots, right? Me. The answer is me.

There was a creative writing group at uni when I was doing my postgrad in Newcastle last year, but now I live in the countryside, so I had to get creative. The feeling of community and getting to know other writers is what I love most about NaNo, so I breached out and found some small writing groups in the area. By in the area I mean I have to drive 30-60 minutes to get there, but hopefully next year I’ll be a little better situated again. I went to my first meeting yesterday and got some writing done, so yay for that! I think one of the major reasons I haven’t finished NaNo so far besides being frickin busy is my perfectionism. This time, I’m trying to just get down 50k without constantly worrying that it’s not good, so wish me luck!

The Shiny

genuine fraud by e.lockhart cover any way you slice it by kristin carlsson aselin cover


I got these on netgalley, so thanks to Hot Key Books and Whicked Whale Publishing! Reviews coming up soon.
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Riverdale Recaps – A Kiss Before Dying (Season 2: Episode 1)

October 18, 2017 fun, miscellaneous, reviews, tv shows 0

Riverdale is back for a new season! It isn’t the best or most logical show around, but it’s certainly one of the more entertaining ones. Season 2 just started airing and guys, I am hooked. I love the characters, which is a huge factor for me when watching a show, and the storyline keeps you guessing. It’s basically Twin Peaks: High School Edition and since the actual Twin Peaks bored me (the book was great though), an edition with more easy drama and likeable characters is just perfect for me. It’s super cheesy and stylized, but it’s so aware of it that it becomes art.

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Since I enjoy Riverdale so much, I decided you’ll get weekly recaps on the blog! I’ve enlisted the help of my friend Bianca, who you already know from Monday’s post. We’re both avid Riverdale watchers and love discussing the newest episode when it airs, so I figured why not take it to the blog. One of the most entertaining things about this show is coming up with theories about what’s happening and judging the characters for their actions, so maybe some of you would like to join in the comment section! Also, this is partially inspired by Shannon‘s The 100 recaps.

Since this is a recap, there will obviously be SPOILERS. Don’t read unless you’ve watched it, or you don’t mind spoilers.
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Shattering Stigmas Wrap-Up 2017

October 15, 2017 miscellaneous 4

Today is the last day of Shattering Stigmas 2017! What a great two weeks it has been. There’s been an unbelievable number of guest posts, discussions and reviews about mental health these past weeks, and I’m amazed by your general response and openness. Talking about mental illness isn’t always easy and sharing your own story can be incredibly hard – thank you all for being so truly awesome and supportive of each other.

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Shattering Stigmas is a two-week blogging event focused on mental health in literature and mental health generally – check the tag for guest posts, reviews and discussions around mental health.


If you haven’t been able to follow along, here’s a handy list of all the Shattering Stigmas posts on my blog:

Thank you so much to my guest posters for contributing such relevant, informative, and important posts to the discussion!
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[Guest Post]: Coping While Fighting The Stigma (Shattering Stigmas)

October 11, 2017 books, miscellaneous 6



Another guest post today: it’s my absolute pleasure to introduce Jessica Sankiewicz to the blog! She is the author of several YA/NA books and will be addressing the difficulty of coping while fighting the stigma surrounding mental health. Thanks very much to Jess for sharing – make sure to show her some support in the comments!



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Jessica’s Post

As someone with anxiety and depression, I want nothing more than to be able to talk freely about mental illness. However, in a society that views any sort of MI as either a weakness or a figment of the imagination, that makes openly discussing it difficult. In turn, those of us with a mental illness tend to hide them, suppressing our feelings and making things worse.

I like to believe that someday we’ll have a more open society, willing to talk about these things. But I know it will take some time for that to happen. In the meantime, there are other ways for us to cope with the stigma we face daily.
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[Guest Post]: Shattering Sensitivity – High Sensitivity and Overstimulation (Shattering Stigmas)

October 9, 2017 miscellaneous 5



I’m very pleased to welcome Taylor from Frayed Books to the blog today. Taylor has a strong interest in mental health and is currently pursuing her degree to become a clinical mental health counselor. She is going to tell us about the high sensitivity trait and how to better deal with overstimulation in her post. Thank you for sharing, Taylor!



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Taylor’s Post

Sensitivity.

You may think you know what this means, or what society defines being sensitive as. One definition defines it as “easily hurt or damaged; especially easily hurt emotionally”. And, while being sensitive does mean this, being highly sensitive means something completely different.
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Self-Esteem and Mental Health (Shattering Stigmas)

October 6, 2017 discussion, miscellaneous 15



Today’s Shattering Stigmas post is going to be a bit personal, but I guess I can’t ask people to share their stories without doing so myself! I’ll talk about how self-esteem and mental health are related, and I also tried to come up with some book recs and tips to boost your self-esteem. Hope you enjoy!



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I had low self-esteem as a teenager, but I didn’t realise it. I thought all teenagers are unhappy and feel like they don’t belong, because that’s the stereotype, right? Being stigmatised as lazy, undisciplined and undesirable due to being obese didn’t help. It took an event that made me feel particularly horrible to do some googling, and then I stumbled upon this post: I’m Not Good Enough – The World Through a Low Self-Esteem Lens. Reading it, I had a real lightbulb moment. The description fit me to a tee, and I suddenly felt so much better, because I realised what the issue was, and so I was able to work on it. Of course it wasn’t done in a day – in fact it’s still a work in progress – but I was able to improve my self-esteem a lot over the last few years.
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Bye Bye, England

September 15, 2017 miscellaneous, psa 9

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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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Book Titles That Describe My Life

August 18, 2017 books, fun, miscellaneous 4

A month without uploading
she comes back with a tag
that no one even tagged her in
she’s not a challenge to drag

Sorry if you’re not familiar with this masterpiece of music, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when I started writing this post. I saw this tag on Shannon’s blog, and decided to steal it, because I’m in the last stages of writing my dissertation and it’s either a tag or nothing. Hope you enjoy!

Title That’s the Story of Your Life

Nervous Conditions


I literally picked this book up because of the title, so I feel like that’s pretty accurate.

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A Whole Lot of Randomness

July 29, 2017 miscellaneous 24

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***IMPORTANT PSA*** My e-mail subscriptions haven’t been working for a while – I fixed the problem, but I lost all of my old subscribers, so if you were subscribed to get post notifications (or you want to subscribe now – hi!), you’ll have to sign up again. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks!

What’s New?

I just realised the last Cake Conversations I wrote was all the way back in January, so… HELLO BLOGGLINGS I’M STILL ALIVE. I don’t think I’ll remember everything that went on since then, so let me just tell y’all where I’m at right now. I’m finishing up my postgrad in England, and then I’m moving back to Germany at the end of August. When I say “move back” I mean my family is saving me from being homeless, because I don’t have a place there right now. I’m currently looking for a job (wish me luck! or better, employ me), so I have yet to sort out the living situation. EXCITING TIMES.

Right now, I’m mostly at home writing my dissertation, but I also have some friends visiting before I leave, so I hope I’ll get to enjoy England a little more before I leave. It’s insane how fast the year went, but there’s some time left!

In other exciting news, I’m joining Shattering Stigmas as a host this year! Shattering Stigmas is a mental health event focused on mental health in literature, but there are also discussions about more general aspects of mental health. If you would like to write a guest post for Reviews and Cake, you can find all the information in my call for guest posts. I’d love to feature you!
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Experiences In England

July 10, 2017 miscellaneous, travel 12

I may have mentioned this before, but I used to write about travelling. Like most people, I abandoned my travel blog once I got back home, but I still love travelling, so I figured I would just turn it into a category on my blog. So from now on, every once in a while, I’ll write about the places I’ve been and the things I experienced there.



As many of you know, I moved to England for my postgrad degree last September. I’ve now lived here for ten months, so I decided it was about time to write a post about all the little things I noticed since moving here. I always love reading about how someone experiences a different country, and all the small things that give a place its character, so I hope you’ll feel the same!

Speaking English and Dialects

I would consider myself a fairly competent English speaker. Out of all the things I worried about when I moved to England, the language was probably the least of my concerns. You can imagine my surprise when I arrived and realised I couldn’t even understand everything the taxi driver said, or comprehend when a cashier asked me if I needed a bag at the supermarket. Oh, the lectures at university and communicating with my fellow international students were no issues – it was the locals I had trouble understanding. After talking to a guy from the U.S. who said he showed the people at Subway a picture of a tomato to illustrate what he wanted to order, I felt slightly less bad about my struggle to understand the Geordie accent!
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The Hottest Blog Post You’ll Ever Read

May 12, 2017 fun, miscellaneous 18

As I was contemplating what kind of blog post to write, I found myself drafting and redrafting several ideas. I haven’t blogged in a while, so obviously the pressure is on. Not someone too proud to accept help, I Googled “blog post ideas” and stumbled upon a lot of sites telling you how to write posts that will instantly turn your blog viral. This post promising 101 blog post ideas that will make your blog “HOT” specifically inspired me. I mean how could I turn that down?

But why stop at only one of these ideas? If my blog will be “HOT” if I post about these subjects, won’t it be literally on fire if I just combine them all into one post, I logically questioned. Since writing about all 101 of them in one post would contradict the necessity to cater to readers’ short attention spans online, I decided to take the first 5 for now. So without further ado: the HOTTEST post around!

#1 Run a contest

Oh fun, I’ve always wanted to run a contest! I considered giving away a book or something, but I mean I’m sure you wouldn’t want that. Everyone’s doing that, you must be so bored of it. Hmmm how about this: If you’re amongst the first three people to comment, I will EXCLUSIVELY come up with a motivational saying for you. That’s right, a BRAND NEW motivational quote tailored specially to YOUR needs! I mean, who could resist?

#2 Review books/products/films

Well, that doesn’t seem very useful, but they do say try everything at least once… Alright, let’s go with this hallway I’m sitting in. I have to say it’s one of the better hallways I’ve seen. There are two reasonably comfortable sofas for people to sit on while they wait for their seminars to start. There are even a few places to charge your electronic device of choice. However, some people are left standing, so you have to be there quite early to enjoy the benefits of this particular hallway.

In terms of architectural qualities, I’m a little torn. The hallway is situated in a historically relevant building used by a university, which is quite nice. However, a part of the hardwood floor has been replaced with an unattractive gray substance, the likes of which you could probably find in any institution across the country. Additionally it is interesting to note that this hallway fulfills some of the qualities of a waiting room or perhaps a small lounge.

Overall, I would give this hallway 3/5 stars. I enjoyed the open space and the fact that I was able to watch an episode of a good TV show while charging my netbook and waiting for my seminar, but I have also left the hallway to wait somewhere else in previous weeks when I arrived later and there was no more room to sit down. With some improvements, this could be a great hallway.

#3 Make comprehensive guide/tutorial

The writer of the blog post I am basing this on said to focus on something you are good at for this point. After careful consideration, I have identified one of my key strengths: procrastination. Below is a short but comprehensive guide on how to best achieve the same level of pofessionality in this particular area that I am already capable of. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it.

1. Identify the thing you are procrastinating. You can easily do this by doing something that seems fun to you. After a few moments, you will start to feel guilty. Use this guilt. Consider which aspect(s) of your life you are neglecting by doing the thing that seems fun to you. This is the thing you’re aiming to procrastinate.

2. Make a to do list. To do lists are great for procrastination purposes, because you feel like you are being productive even though you are most likely going to ignore your new list entirely.

3. Consider starting to work on your project. Start up your computer and open up your internet browser of choice to look up something vital. Now be careful – don’t actually look up whatever it was you came for. Instead tour all your favorite social media sites and watch some youtube videos.

4. Complain. Complain to your friends, complain to your family In fact, while you’re at it contact some old acquaintances and complain to them as well. Tell all of them how busy you are with your project and that you don’t possibly have time for anything else. Then get back to watching youtube videos.

5. Tell yourself you will definitely start tomorrow.

6. Go to bed and stress about how little time you have left to accomplish your goals and finish your assignments.

7. Repeat endlessly.

I hope that was helpful! :)

#4 Interview someone

Here, the article advises to get an interview with someone who rarely speaks in public. I thought about people who are usually hard to get a hold of and finally had the perfect idea – a telephone company employee! I called the o2 customer service, but I was on hold for so long that I finally had to go to the bathroom. When I got back someone had hung up on me. I tried again, but after an hour or so I had to run out.

#5 Post a cool infographic

An infographic is used to visualize complex relationships. So I thought what’s more complex than global warming? I hope this sheds some light on the issue; it certainly took me long enough to make.

Alright, that’s it! The first five out of a list of 101 ways to make my blog relevant. I hope you were able to handle the HOTNESS (unlike the earth haha – no? too soon? not soon enough?). Here’s some ice cubes. Let me know if you liked it, and I might make a series out of it.

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Essay Writing: Online Resources for University Research

March 7, 2017 miscellaneous, recs, reviews 2

This post is probably completely irrelevant to anyone who reads my blog on any sort of regular basis, but maybe someone will be redirected here by a random Google search. As you may know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (which you probably haven’t for the aforementioned reason), I’m a student. Having to Write an Essay is a constant state of anxiety for me. I’m not saying my essays are perfect (I feel like they would be much more entertaining if I could use my authentic writing style, but apparently informal writing and mediocre jokes are frowned upon in the academic world), but I did manage to get my B.A. last summer, so I must be doing something right. Obviously this qualifies me to share my wise knowledge with you.

Disclaimer: I am not actually any sort of expert or authority on this, so if you mess up your essay don’t point to me.


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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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2016 in Books I Read

December 30, 2016 books, miscellaneous 15

One more day of 2016! I usually do the End of the Year book survey everyone does, but I need something short and sweet this year, so I’m making up my own questions that totally aren’t fitted to the books I read this year at all. Feel free to steal and link back if you haven’t done yours. My goodreads challenge says I finished 58 books this year, which I’m quite happy with. Some of those I skimmed and DNF’d and there were a lot of audiobooks, but with everything else going on this year, I think that’s a good number. Let’s take a look at the selection!

Favorite Books I read in 2016

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I loved all of these books for various reasons, and I’m really excited to read the next book in the Shades of Magic series!
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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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Failsafe Method to Convince Yourself You Should Buy More Books (Also, I Moved)

October 20, 2016 books, miscellaneous 20

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What’s New?

Heeeello blogglings,

I’m back! Sort of… I’ll be posting again, just not very often. But once a month is better than never, right? Right, so let’s move on. I’m writing this from my new home in England, where I have recently moved to do my postgrad. One of the reasons for my hiatus was that I was a little burned out from writing my bachelor thesis, working part time, applying to universities and organizing a move to another country, so it’s good to be finally here! I’ve semi-recovered now, and I was missing the blogosphere, so here I am.

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Afternoon tea is one touristy thing I won’t get tired of…



I arrived in England with a nasty case of tonsillitis, so thank god (the queen??) there’s good healthcare here. I had to spend the first few days in bed, poppin’ pills like I was part of a very bad, miserable rap video. Thanks to modern drugs, hot water (my house didn’t have a kettle when I moved in, leading me to question whether I accidentally got on a plane to the wrong country) and Netflix, it got better fairly quickly. After some initial hiccups (like missing my bus stop because individual stops aren’t announced here, or desperately trying to understand the local accent), I’ve settled in quite nicely.
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I Am a Certified Intelligent Person, Yay

August 20, 2016 miscellaneous 22

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What’s New?

New? Oh, not that much. Just, you know, GOT MY FRICKING DEGREE, but other than that… Yes, as of two weeks ago, I am the proud owner of a certificate that I can hang on my wall (I mean I probably won’t do that, because it feels douchey, but I gave a copy to family members so THEY can hang it on their walls and brag about how cool I am. I don’t think they have yet, but I’m sure they will do it soon. Any day now). It looks very fancy. Definitely worth the last three and a half years I’ve spent attaining it. Also, I now have an unconditional offer for my MA and will be starting that next month. I’m moving out of my current flat next week, my last day at work is on Tuesday, and basically IT’S THE END OF AN ERA. I’ve been kind of silent here lately, because I was attempting to recover from doing literally all the things (I think my battery recharge is now at about 60%, but apparently you do not get a complimentary holiday with your degree – shocking, I know) and also because I’m trying to spend time with my friends before I move.
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My Reaction to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 18 Gifs (And I Haven’t Even Read It Yet)

July 27, 2016 books, miscellaneous 12

To celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31st, Aentee @ Read at Midnight came up with the idea of Potterhead July, a month-long Harry Potter blog festival. I grew up with Harry Potter, so obviously I had to participate.



I thought about writing a long, heartfelt post for this, I really did. Instead, I give you my reaction to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 18 gifs, because that’s just where I’m at.
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FREEDOM

July 16, 2016 miscellaneous 14

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What’s New?

I handed in my Bachelor thesis this week! I cannot believe it’s finally done. I was more or less satisfied with it by the end – now I only hope I’ll pass and everything will be okay, but it’s out of my hands now. I’m having a weekend right now. An actual weekend, guys! It is the best thing in the history of best things. Personally, I feel like I deserve a fucking holiday, or possibly a small island, but apparently I still have to go to work. BUT DID I MENTION I GET TO HAVE FREE TIME AGAIN.

Also, pokémon go came out literally the day I handed in my thesis, so that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the past few days. I’m currently at my grandma’s place in the countryside because it was her birthday this weekend and there’s literally nothing here, but I’ve taken walks just to hatch eggs (this app is what would have gotten me to do sports as a kid, not traumatic PE in school). I’ve even started watching pokemon episodes again, because why not I HAVE FREE TIME. I’m technically also doing the fantasy favorites read-a-thon, but I didn’t really have enough energy to read yet. Right now I’m just recharging my batteries and enjoying my free time!

The Shiny

I got two books from netgalley, and they both feature baked goods. I’m sensing a theme with this lately.



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I hope you’re all having a great week and that you’re enjoying your summer! Oh, and if you have any good adult book recs, leave them below. :) I read a lot of YA, but recently I’ve been feeling the need to switch it up a bit. I usually read classics or contemporary(?) adult books when I feel like that, but I’m in the mood to try something new.

As always, I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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