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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Spotlight: Five Movies I’m Looking Forward to in 2015

February 4, 2015 miscellaneous, movies 8



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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Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (Or the One With Nonstop Action)

January 27, 2015 books, reviews 4

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken cover

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

No spoilers in the review, can’t make promises for the comment section.

Remember how much I loved The Darkest Minds? After I read the first chapter of Never Fade (it was included at the end of my copy of The Darkest Minds), I was a little worried that it would focus more on EPIC LOVE OMG and less on all the awesome people and the interesting plot from the first book. Well. That was SO not the case.

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21 Random Facts About Me

January 25, 2015 fun, miscellaneous 12

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.

  1. I have a terrible singing voice, but I sing ALL THE TIME. Sorry, not sorry.
  2. I also love to master the rap parts of songs. My current favorite is Airplanes.
  3. 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.

  4. 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?
  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but my all time favorite album is Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory.
  10. I feel simultaneously too young and too old for my age.
  11. I used to have really bad self-esteem, but I thought this was normal. I’m working on it.

  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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:

  15. 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.
  16. 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.)

  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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. :)

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Couch Potato Edition

January 25, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous, movies 10

Heeeello internet.

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I’ve been dreadfully sick all week, but I decided to crawl out from under my blanket for long enough to let you participate in my misery. Sound like fun? Yes, I thought it did.

Story time!

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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This box of tissues is not amused.


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Spotlight: My Favorite YouTube Videos

January 23, 2015 discussion, fun, miscellaneous, recs 3



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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Talk to Me: Commenting Back

January 20, 2015 discussion 12

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

A community is only a community when people interact with each other. In the blogging world, this mostly happens through commenting, link ups, and interaction on social media. Most of the time, the people who comment on posts have a blog of their own. If you’re a blogger yourself, you’re probably aware that some bloggers make it their mission to not only reply to every comment they get, but to also check out their commenters’ blogs (if they have one) to comment on THEIR posts. Other bloggers may never reply, or only reply when they feel they have something insightful to say, and they don’t often – or never – take a look at their commenters’ blog posts. Since bloggers can have vastly different priorities, I thought it would be interesting to see what you guys have to say about commenting back!
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Featuring: Actual Cake

January 15, 2015 books, discussion, fun, miscellaneous 15

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!

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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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European Nerdfighter Convention!

January 14, 2015 fun, miscellaneous 5

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?

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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)

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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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Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Or the One With Fanfiction and Social Anxiety)

January 5, 2015 miscellaneous 6

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell cover

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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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!

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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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Avengers 2 Trailer Talk!

January 2, 2015 miscellaneous 4

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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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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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.

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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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