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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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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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…and about fantasy, because it’s time for the…
…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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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.
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 essaytalked 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!
How was your week? Did you read any good books?
Let me start by saying I don’t hate trains. Traveling by train is slow, but for shorter distances, I much prefer it to flying. I do, however, take an issue with the people on trains. So, without further ado, my list of pet peeves and people who incorporate them. Beware of clichés and stereotyping.
I’M BACK ONLINE. You guys probably didn’t notice, but I didn’t have wifi for weeks. WEEKS. That’s decades in non-internet times. I might as well have been frozen in solid ice only to wake up in another millennium. What do you mean I watch too many movies? I dare you to say that again. Anyways, I have wifi again, which means I’m finally able to respond to comments and
stalk your blogs write posts again. I only use this gif for special occasions, but I’m pretty sure this qualifies.
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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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2015 is shaping up to be a great year when it comes to movies! Here are some of the movies I am most looking forward to this year:
Avengers: Age of Ultron
I’ve been waiting for this movie to finally come out for so long that I’m almost over it. Except I CAN’T WAIT OMG. Avengers is like one of my main obsessions and I got on the nerves of everyone I knew for AGES after I saw it. In fact, I probably still do. If you forgot to turn off your bluetooth and you find a “StarkPhone” or a “StarkBook” nearby, I’m probably close. Or someone stole my phone and my laptop, in which case please contact me.
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I haven’t talked about myself in at least a day, so I thought a list was in order. Inspired by Cait at Paperfury, who I hope won’t mind me kidnapping her idea. I am also doing 21 things because I am also 21.
- I have a terrible singing voice, but I sing ALL THE TIME. Sorry, not sorry.
- I also love to master the rap parts of songs. My current favorite is Airplanes.
- I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I never had the discipline to actually do it. If you recall, “participate in NaNoWriMo and win” is on my list of goals this year, and I’m already terrified.
- I have no idea what to do with my life (and the answer won’t change no matter how many times you ask, grandpa). I’d kind of just like to hang out, watch tv shows, read a couple of good books and blog. Can someone pay me for that please?
- I’m doing my bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary American Studies, but all jokes related to important events in history go right over my head. I also have a history exam that’ll make up 20% of my grade coming up soon. Oh, well.
- I have no siblings, and I’m not sure I can imagine how it would be like to have them. My mum raised me by herself, and I’m very close with my grandma and my cousin, even though both are very different from me.
- I once didn’t clean my room for two years because, dare I quote myself, “I’m going to move out soon anyway”. I’m better at it now, I promise.
- Declarations of love or affection make me panic. I prefer to coat everything in a heavy layer of sarcasm and wrap it up with a neat little bow of eye-roll. I also tend not to believe people when they’re being genuine (or are they?). This is probably why people think I’m being sarcastic when I am being serious.
- I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but my all time favorite album is Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory.
- I feel simultaneously too young and too old for my age.
- I used to have really bad self-esteem, but I thought this was normal. I’m working on it.
- I’m not a beach person. It’s sandy and salty, and I always get sunburn. I love watching the sunset at a beach, and jetski is like the most fun thing I’ve ever done, but I’ve never been able to just lie and get a tan for hours and hours and hours. It’s so boring I can’t even. No, not even with a good book.
- My friends are really important to me. I’ve always liked the saying “friends are the family you choose”. Everything in life is easier and more fun if you have someone in your corner rooting for you. Due to being a bit on the introverted side of the spectrum, it takes me ages to make good friends, but once you’re in the circle of trust you’ll probably stay there (Meet the Parents reference intended).
- I hate clubbing. I do like having a couple of drinks and dancing from time to time, but after a while it gets boring, and I just want to go home and do something more interesting instead. Like this:
- My favorite childhood tv shows are: Gilmore Girls, King of Queens and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Honorary mentions go to Charmed and Xena: Warrior Princess. Other great 90s/early 2000s shows that I didn’t watch much as a child, but love: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends.
- I get distracted easily. For example, I went looking for the Airplanes video earlier and saw a Neil Patrick Harris video recommended in the sidebar. It was a music video of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, so I watched the trailer for that and a performance of a song from the movie, in which he kissed his husband. That led to a search for interviews with Neil Patrick Harris and his husband. I watched them do a newlywed quiz and then went on to watch a couple more videos before I returned to this list. My grandma came in and asked me to change the setting for the TV downstairs. Since I was already downstairs, I figured I might as well get a piece of cake for all that hard work. Then I Googled for 90s TV Shows to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything. The list I found linked to a video, so I was back on YouTube. Maybe it’s just YouTube’s fault. (Edit:It is now about five hours after I wrote this last part. I’m not even going to attempt to list all the things that distracted me in the meantime, but I rest my case.)
- I’m a night person. School and me never got along because it was just TOO DAMN EARLY. I am now at university and don’t attend classes that start before noon out of principle. If I’m longing for sleep all day long, I’ll still be wide awake at night. I can focus best at night as well.
- My middle name is Sylvia. I have had to check my own ID card at multiple points throughout my life because I can never remember where the y goes.
- When the sun is shining and the birds are chirping …you will most likely find me inside. I despise it when people pity you when you stay inside on a warm summer day (hey mom). It’s not that I can’t appreciate a day at the lake, but most of the time I just don’t care that much about the weather. In fact, I think summer is too hot. I much prefer spring and sunny fall and winter days.
- My first language is German, and I am fluent in English. I have also had lessons in French and Spanish, but I can’t really hold a conversation in either because I never practiced much. When I last went to France, the waitress asked me how the food was, and I replied “muy bien, gracias”. Needless to say, she gave me a weird look and walked away before I could correct my mistake.
- One of these points was going to be that I am fearless when it comes to placing mugs of tea in close vicinity to my laptop, but right after I came up with that I knocked over a cup of tea, so I didn’t want to tempt fate. I also drop my phone so much that I’m honestly surprised it still works. I might or might not have accidentally dropped it onto my face when I was lying on my back and typing. Several times.
Aaaalright, that’s it! Tell me something random about yourself in the comments. :)
Okay, let me paint a picture here: After several nightmares in which my tongue is stuck to my gums, I wake up to find out my tongue is actually stuck my gums because my mouth is so dry it might as well be the fucking sahara. I have a massive headache and my floor is a sea of snotty tissues (as in they were actually full of snot, not as in they were stuck-up).
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I love YouTube. I just adore the concept of a creative space where everyone with access to the internet and a camera can upload their videos for everyone to enjoy. I’m sure it has a positive impact on my life to watch people to whom I can relate. I’m honestly so grateful I was born in the age of the internet! I thought you might enjoy some of these too, so I collected some of the videos I find most inspiring and/or fun:
This video is called popularity, but it’s also about self-confidence and getting out of your comfort zone. I like Christine for her positive vibes, and I love this video for reminding me to be more self-confident and to trust in myself.
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You know those weekly wrap ups and update posts? Well, I’ve been wanting to do something like that for a while, so here it is!
I feel like I’m introducing a new feature every other day, but hey, I’m still in the learning process; cut me some slack. Cake Conversations gives me a chance to show off my new books STS style and tell you about exciting things happening in my life. Basically, it’s just rambling in disguise.
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I know there are some book bloggers, who are also nerdfighters, so I’m just going to put this out there.
EXCITEMENT. I haven’t decided whether or not to go, but I’m definitely considering it. I’ve never been to a convention, and it always seems like all the fun ones are in the US, so I’m THRILLED there’s something like this happening.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a vlogbrothers fan, and I’ve read all of John Green’s books, so I suppose I’d consider myself a nerdfighter. Even though I start running in the other direction when I see the Okay? Okay. combination because ARGH HYPE. Just kidding. I don’t run.
I can’t find much information yet, so I’m going to wait before I spent all my money (oh, right… I should probably get some of that first), but I’M KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THIS. There will be an indiegogo campaign soon, so make sure to check that out if you want this to happen. Even if the convention for some reason sucked, I’d still like to go to Brussels because I’ve never been before. I have no clue what the organizers are planning for this event, but I suggested they better invite some book bloggers in their survey. :D
Sooooo… Anyone thinking about going?
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)
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):
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.
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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Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair anymore – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she’s ever thought possible…
I seem to have hit a lucky streak when it comes to books because THIS BOOK WAS SO AWESOME OMG. You know when you hesitate to write a review because you’re not sure how to do the book justice? This is one of those times. Click the clickity link to let me tell you about the awesomeness of this book. No major spoilers of any kind. I hope you appreciate it because it’s REALLY HARD not to talk about the book in more detail. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate that “Rainbow” seems to be the actual name of this author, according to my two minute Google research? Okay, good, you may read on now.
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I just wrote a post about the five movies I’m most looking forward to in 2015 and found this trailer in the process. If you know me, you know I LOVE Avengers more than my firstborn child. Granted, I don’t have a child, but I’m positive I’d love Avengers more. I have no clue how I haven’t seen it earlier (I SWEAR I’M A FAN). I guess I’ve just been waiting for this movie for so long that it’s impossible to maintain a constant level of excitement, but I’M BACK with this trailer. I watched the first trailer of course, but somehow I missed this one – it’s EVEN BETTER. Anyways, I CAN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT SO I HAVE TO USE A LOT OF CAPSLOCK, and I’m also dedicating an entire post to this.
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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. :)