Am I a Bad Person?

Well, how’s that for a dramatic post title?! Granted I don’t think it’s THAT bad with me (yet?) but the more I read, hear and watch about minimalism, ethical fashion and zero-waste movements the more I feel like maybe I’m not doing enough. I know (and it’s important to always keep in mind) that minimalism isn’t a competition and that it’s not perfect. But my inner perfectionist? It wants to be perfect. So badly. So whenever I take a step forward I feel like the goal I’m striving towards is also moving further, and I’ll never get there.

One of the first measures I’ve taken when becoming a minimalist was to consume less especially given clothes and other fashion items. I was feeling more free, I was spending less and was helping the environment through it too. But then I came across articles and documentaries (e.g. The True Cost) and I realized that maybe alone consuming less wasn’t enough, I also needed to consume in a right way, in an ethical way. So my euphoria over consuming less was quickly dimmed by the realization that I nevertheless wasn’t consuming ethically. And that is something I still struggle with. I want to be good to this planet and its people, but I’m also a student trying to become financially independent from their parents. And let’s be real, ethcial brands ARE more expensive than fast fashion brands. OBVIOUSLY. They use better materials, they pay better wages, the list goes on. And in theory that is what I want. I’m an idealist. I regulary have some kind of breakdown because of how unfair the world seems to be sometimes and how much greed is destroying. But I’ve also grown up this way. I’ve grown up always looking for the cheapest price and that is hard (way way harder than I ever expected) to get away from.

So yes, I want good conditions and fair wages. Yes, I want eco-friendly methods used. I want all of that and more. Yes, $40 for a shirt makes sense given all those circumstances. But to a person growing up spending $5 or $10 on shirts and not earning much it’s sometimes still really hard to spend those $40 on a plain shirt, even though I understand all the reasoning behind it and even support it.
Writing it down like this it sounds even more horrible than when I just whisper it in my head. But it is the ugly truth. While minimalism comes fairly easy to me, ethical consumption (and the price of it) doesn’t. It is a hard battle, that as of now I still often (mostly, okay) lose, but it’s better than not fighting at all. Some day I’ll get there.

January Favourites 2017

Welcome to my first favourites post! This is kinda late because I wasn’t originally planning on doing this, but since I’ve tried to be more concious about life in general lately I ended up thinking about what I liked about January, so I thought I might as well make a post out of it. Especially because I really enjoy reading these kind of posts on other blogs, giving you more of an idea who the person behind the blog is and what type of things they like besides what the theme on their blog is. And it’s a great way to write about things that usually wouldn’t make it into a post. So, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy reading your favourites.


Fashion Faves

Headband
My very favourite piece this month was this headband for the winter that I got some two or three years ago (before I got more concious about my buying habits). Now, you have to know that I’m not the kind of person that wears hats or anything on their head, and we do have proper minus temperatures in the winter. But as so often in the past I thought “It’s kinda cute. I will TOTALLY wear this, even though I never wear these kinda things.” My mom was also skeptical. In those two/three years I’ve worn it exactly twice well, before this month that is. We had family from Poland visiting us for a week so we went a lot of sightseeing and taking long walks in freezing temperatures (coldest January in 20 years WHAT) and since this headband is literally the only Thing I own to protect my head/ears from the cold I had no other choice but to take it, and I LOVED IT. I wore it like 10 times this month. And what makes me even happier about it is that it didn’t go to waste. I love re-discovering older pieces.

Dress
 
This dress I was first very reluctant to try but I found that a lot of times those pieces that you’re not completely convinced by on the hanger can become absolute favourites when you put it on. I’m also usually not for that much print but I simply fell in love when I tried it on. It has a nice length (I don’t like them too short) and the cut out at the back is done so perfectly that you can wear a bra and it isn’t visible. Anyhow, while it already was on sale I waited some more because I knew that eventually it would be marked down even more and a lot of them were left. However, when aforementioned family visited they ended up buying it for me. Not complaining, although I do love a good hunt. 😉


TV Faves

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
My most most most favourite reality TV show is always on in January and I legit look forward to it the entire year. It’s the German version of I’m A Celebrity. Originally a British show (theirs is on every December), where twelve “celebrities” (most of them aren’t that known, but you not really knowing them is part of it, really) spend two weeks in the Australian bush. They get different trials (really gross stuff, such as eating cockroaches, worms, different animal parts and really all you can imagine, but also action challenges) and whoever is left at the end of the two weeks (audience calls) is King or Queen of the Jungle. Okay, listen I know it doesn’t really sound like fun but it is the most. A lot really depends on the hosts and the jokes being made, and also the German Twitter section is amazing. It’s a real fest. The British and German versions are the longest running ones, there have been I think two seasons in the US but it has been discontinued as in a lot of other countries, too. Australia has just picked it up again for a second season that I believe is currently airing.

Australian Open – Fedal
An absolute favourite has been the epic Federer vs. Nadal final at the Australian Opens. I was so wishing for it to happen and then it did! I love them both and was kinda hoping they could somehow both win, HA. It was such an intense match and I loved both of their speeches at the end. I can’t believe how humble and nice they both are. It was simply amazing. Roger definitely deserved it after his long break due to an injury (Fun Fact: Roger lives right on the other side of the lake from where I live), and I have such a soft spot for Rafa, when he said that maybe Feds deserved it more than him I cried. Oh dear.


Random Faves

The Kindness of Strangers
I had the whole month of January off from Uni but I still had to go there a couple times to get a few things done. One time I went on an early friday morning. At the first station the tram driver greeted everyone, when People got out at the second station he wished everyone a good last day of the week and then a nice weekend and finally at the third station where I had to get out he said: “And to everyone who has to work on the weekend, don’t worry about it. I have to, too. But at least it means we’ll have off next week instead.” And it made everyone laugh and smile on a cold and early morning. My whole day was made and I still think about it sometimes. It’s amazing how just a few simple words from a person you don’t even know can bring so much joy. Thank you, stranger.

Family Visit
As I’ve already mentioned my mom’s uncle and his wife came to visit us for the first time. I’ve only met them last summer when their son got married and my mom being his godmother got invited and took me with her. Therefore, I was quiet nervous since I’m generally very anxious about visits and even more so when I don’t know the people very well. But it turned out to be absolutely wonderful. Other then when my grandparents or someone visits, I felt like they were actually treating me like an adult. We had great conversations and we went on a lot of different small trips, and I just felt comfortable and at ease with them in the house.

Snow
As always we didn’t get any snow on Christmas, but then in January it snowed and it snowed and it snowed and it was absolutely gorgeous and beautiful. I marvel at how every single time snow is still so magical to me.


What did you enjoy most in January? I’d love to hear about some of your faves!

I’m a Bad Blogger – and I Like It

The last time I’ve written to you was right before I left for my summer vacation. I had a few posts scheduled, but not nearly as many as i would have needed to keep my schedule up. I suppose that’s why I’ve never really been and never will be a good blogger. Maybe I’m more of an in-the-moment person. I want to write when I’ve got something to say and something to share, and feelings don’t really have schedules so maybe this whole blogging thing never really made sense to me. I love writing and I will continue using this blog from now on but on my own terms. It shouldn’t be a chore to me, and that is one of the many things I realized in 2016.

I know we’re all supposed to hate THAT year, but honestly? For me personally, it’s been a really good year. I don’t really care about the Kardashian-Jenners, but maybe I do have one thing in common with Kylie – 2016 has been the year of realizing things, HA. I think I now know more about what I want to achieve in the next few years and how to do it and I think I know more about who I am and what’s really important to me and how to stand by my principles. And I also know that THAT is something that matters in life. Well, to me it does. I’ve changed a lot this year and for all I know, that’s a good thing.

There’s more to come and it might not all have to do with books and reading, because well a person is made up of more than just one passion. While some people like to just update on one topic (which is absolutely fine and actually what blogs are probably supposed to be) but I just don’t feel it’s right for me. I want this to be authentic and I want it to be me. That being said, 2016 was the year of thinking, hopefully 2017 will be the year of doing. And I don’t think it’s ever too late to wish you all a fulfilled and joyful new year!

See you soon,

Diana

I’m Leaving – But I’ll Be Back: Short Holiday Update

Hey everyone! By the time you’re reading this I’ll just have left for my holiday. I’m someone who really enjoys to be not available once in a while so I’m not taking my laptop with me, my phone I’ll have but I don’t know how often I’ll check up on you guys.

I really wanted to keep my usual posting schedule but somehow these last few days and weeks have been busier and more exhausting than I thought, with exams, finishing up papers, driving lessons and whatnot. I’ve been reading a lot lately, too, but just didn’t feel like preparing posts, yikes. Anyhow, I had to remind myself that this shouldn’t be something that I have to force myself doing, so I won’t. I do enjoy blogging, no worries, I just didn’t have the energy to prepare posts for two and a half weeks in advance, I rather like taking it week by week. So, there will be a review on each sunday still but no other posts. There will also be no June wrap-up , as I can’t really prepare and schedule that one beforehand.
As I said, if I have wifi and feel like it I might check in in the evenings but otherwise it might take me a bit longer to reply to your comments and look through your posts, but I’ll get there eventually.

I hope everyone who’s on vacation too enjoys their time and everyone else is hopefully having a good time, too!

Blogger Recognition Award

blogger recognition

First of all a big thank you to the lovely Stevie @ Stevie’s Bookshelf , Inside My Minds and Going Through Books for nominating me for this nice award, do check out their respective posts (and their whole blogs!).

Here the rules:
Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to


HOW MY BLOG STARTED

Sorry to disappoint but there isn’t much of an exciting story here. I’ve been having Twitter for years now but I never used it for book related stuff, I’d occasionally tweet about me reading something etc., but it’s more of a general account where I want to be able to tweet about everything. So when I felt like being able to talk about books more I knew I didn’t want to use Twitter primarly because I personally use it for something else. Then I tried Instagram because I saw that there was a quiet big book community on there. But who was I kidding? Instagram and me? It doesn’t really fit. I don’t really like taking pictures and am also not very creative in that perspective, since I just don’t enjoy it. And I always found it so weird to post a picture and then having a caption that totally didn’t fit with it, and I find long captions on Instagram weird. So that wasn’t for me either. But I saw a few people on Insatgram linking to their WordPress blogs and I found that I really enjoyed reading them. I was first hesitant to start one myself, but then thought that if I want to talk about book (which I do), then a blog is the best way for me personally. And now here I am.

LET ME GIVE YOU SOME ADVICE...

As for advice, I’m sure you all have heard it a hundred times before but liking and especially commenting and just generally engaging with other bloggers is the most important thing. Get to know people, be interested and they’ll be interested, too. And really, isn’t that the point of blogging anyway, to talk with other people and share?

And as second point, don’t try to imitate other blogs and bloggers. Sometimes you’ll see a blog that you absolutely adore and you might be tempted to try and make yours look like theirs, but don’t. You might love when someone uses a lot of gifs but personally don’t like using them yourself, so that’s okay, don’t do it. Find your own style in writing, the look of your blog and your posts. Sure, some inspiration for posts is fine and even needed sometimes but still try to always give it a personal twist. People come to your blog to see you and read your writing, not that of others.


I feel like most people I know on here have done this one already, so I’m not tagging anyone for now.

Epic Reads Tag

epic

Hello! I saw this tag a few weeks ago on Going Through Books (loved her answers, click to get to her post) and thought I’d give it a go. It should be a fun one. Hope you enjoy.


If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to lunch, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Oooh so many, I think Markus Zusak would be fun, since I practically know nothing about him personally and I feel like he’s got some great stories to tell. And I would ask him to bring Rudi from The Book Thief with him (SPOILER: it would be great to see him alive again) and I would like to think that he grew up (I know, I know). It sure would be a funny evening with him. We’d get a nice steak since I don’t think Rudi’s seen much meat during the war and after it (I know, living in denial here).

What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?
I think prequels make most sense with dystopias and sci-fi since with contemporaries and such there wasn’t really “happening” much before, to be harsh. And I feel like most of the books were prequels are really exciting already have one (The Maze Runner, Throne of Glass…). So, I’d go with Divergent. Maybe about how they started the whole “project” from the perspective of Tris’ mom.

Which two characters (not from the same book) would make a good couple?
Kenji from the Shatter Me series and Nehemia from Throne of Glass. Just because Kenji is an absolute amazing and loveable guy, although he doesn’t always seem like it. He likes to cover up his feelings with humour and I feel like Nehemia could totally deal with him and get him to talk about personal stuff. And I feel like they’re quiet opposites so they have what the other needs but also have enough in common.
This is the first time I ever thought about this, but I actually do think they fit! Where’s the fanfiction?

If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
I would never just talk someone up in public, even if they were my favourite celebrity ever. I wouldn’t know what to say at all, especially not in one sentence only.

What book made you a reader and why?
I’ve been a reader since I can remember, so it wasn’t any book in particular. Already in kindergarden I’d spend a lot of time looking at (and trying to read) books. I’d always go to the library a lot and pretty much read everything that was for my age. But of course, as for so many 0f my generation Harry Potter was very important.

Your bookshelf just caught fire. Show the book you’d save.
What a nightmare. I’d try to grab as many books as possible tbh. But one of the favourite ones I own is definitely my copy of Clockwork Princess which is signed and is generally just beautiful and shiny and that I’ve actually held so often, hah. And to cheat a little, also the boxset of the first four Harry Potter books that I’ve had since I was a kid (by the time I could read well enough the first four books were out already I suppose).

Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?
Dystopia? Honestly? None. They’re all horrible to actually live in. I’m not nearly badass enough to survive in any of them for even a day. There are some pretty nice fantasy worlds, but dystopia definitely not.

What is your most epic read of all time?
Hmm, well some of my favourite books I definitely wouldn’t describe as “epic”, they’re rather quiet but in the best way possible. As for epic, I think it must be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which everyone who’s read it knows that this doesn’t need an explanation. It’s pure magic.


Aaaaand that was it. Either this tag is older already and that‘s why I haven’t seen this tag around much or not many people have done it. Anyhow I’ll nominate a few, feel free to do it or not:
Kayla @ kdrewkthebookworm
Calliope @ Calliope The Book Goddess
Louise @ geniereads
Ashleigh @ A frolic through fiction

The Liebster Award

liebster award

Hello my dearest bookbloggers (fun fact: “liebster” means dearest in German)! First of all a big thank you to Paperbacks for Life for nominating me for this awesome award, whose aim it is to discover new blogs.

There weren’t any rules in the post but I take it that they are as followed:

  • As always, thank the person who nominated you
  • State 11 facst about you
  • Answer the 11 questions you got
  • Nominate, I suppose, 11 people
  • And give them 11 new questions

So, 11 random facts about me:
1.  I have three different passports and in one of them I have a completely different first name.
2. I was a very late bloomer when it came to swimming, I never learned it in swimming class (or before) and ended up teaching it to myself one summer when I was at my aunt’s house who has a swimming pool.
3. I won several maths contests in primary school, in secondary school I was still good at it because I had a teacher who pushed me. In high school I had a teacher who didn’t really care what we did and I ended up having the worst grade in the whole year probably (teachers matter!).
4. Because of a “traumatic” incident in my childhood my biggest fear is of wasps.
5. I really hate trampolins.
6. I’m not much of a cooker at home but I love watching cooking shows so much.
7. I was a hardcore swiftie up until probably like a year ago (been one for about 5 years) and I still love Taylor a whole lot I’m just not into music fandoms that much anymore.
8. I had a phase where I woke up between 4.30 and 5 am every day so I could read a bit before going to school. Honestly, who was I.
9. I’ve been probably like 7 times or so to Italy but I’ve still never been to Rome. It’s definitely up there on the list though.
10. I love rollercoasters.
11. I don’t like taking Pictures at all, not of myself, not of other People, not when I’m on Holiday, just generally not. And I hate when people push me to take pictures or keep nagging me about it. I just like absorbing moments in themselves, but I’m not preaching, you do you, you know.


On to the 11 questions I got

1. Who are you? (in one sentence only)
Someone who’s still trying to find who they are. (look at me being deep)

2. If you could start over, what would you change?
Oh, a lot of things. I wish I could be more outgoing. Say “yes” more often. I wish I had kept in touch with some of my old friends. But at the end, it is how it is and I’m okay with that.

3. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
How much I can talk and talk and not stop talking when I’m with my mom, since I usually talk very little and won’t initiate conversation with other people. But with my mom it’s non-stop talking sometimes.

4. If given the chance to be invisible, what would you do?
If you are a quiet person then a lot of times you already are kind of invisible, which can be great, I could listen in on so many great conversations because of it. So, I don’t really know what I’d do, there’s no one I’d want to spy on or something. Sorry, for being lame.

5. What is happiness for you?
I don’t think people every really are completely happy. There’s always something more that we’d want. But I think for me being happy means acknowledging that you still have dreams and things you’d want but to be conent with what you have. Being at ease and not having to worry.

6. Your inspiration and why so?
Well, I do love Audrey Hepburn and I think she was a wonderful person who helped and did so much. But generally it’s just the little things, like a quote I’ll see somewhere that stays with me. Or when I’m out and see a person that just has something about them, the way they hold themselves, or when I see someone helping someone or talking to a stranger, all those small things.

7. Your favourite song?
That’s the hardest question ever. I could list like 30 songs right now. I suppose it has a lot to do with what mood and situation you’re in at the moment, so currently for me it is

8. If given a chance to go on a date with a celebrity, who would that be?
I’m really not the dating kind. And if I ever would meet a celebrity, let alone date one, I don’t think I could get a single word out so that wouldn’t really work.

9. Are you happy with your life?
As I said in #5 I don’t know whether complete happiness exists. But my life has been worse, it has been better, too. But generally I’m okay with how it is, sure there are things I’d like to be different, but we’re getting there.

10. What is the biggest achievment of your life till now?
There were a few competitions in gymnastics that I’m really proud of. But generally, every day that I manage to drag myself out is an achievment. Every time I don’t bail on someone and do go out and see a friend. Everytime I make myself go to a concert or a book signing or whatever to see someone I adore. Every day is an achievment.

11. Who came first, the egg or the chicken? Explain why.
Okay, listen guys, it’s the chicken. Obviously. I don’t know why, it just is. There must be some super scientific answer to this because life is scientific and such, you know. Like we’re all made up of molecules and atoms and God knows what and it just makes sense that they’d make the chicken first, otherwise there wouldn’t be anyone to keep the egg warm and make it hatch. Makes total sense, see.
I need to google this.


Listen y’all not to absolutely lazy and such but while creeping on all of your blogs I found that pretty much all of you have done this one already. So, that’s it. No questions and nominees from me. See you next time around!

NY-Times By the Book Tag

NY times

Hello, I’m back with another Tag Tuesday. For once I was actually tagged and that by the gorgeous Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews so have a look at her post with some really great answers!
The tag was created by the booktuber Marie Berg so have a look at her original video.
This one has a lot of questions and long answers so grab some drinks and food, lean back and hopefully enjoy!



What book is on your nightstand now?

Well, for once since pretty much 3 months Film Art – an Introduction by Bordwell and Thompson is on there since I have to read this 500 pages monster for a course at Uni and the exam is on friday (only a few pages left now,phew). If any of you guys are interested in how movies are made, what decisions directors face, why we understand that a flashback is a flashback etc etc etc, this is a really good introduction!
As for more light reads I just got The Jewel by Amy Ewing from the library (I haven’t gotten books from the library in such a long time, feels weird but somehow comforting).

What was the last truly great book you’ve read?
I had to look through my read books on Goodreads since I don’t think there’s been one very recently.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson I adored, it was brave, maddening and heart-breaking and had everything in it that I want in a book.

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?
Aaaah, this is a tough question. And I feel if I actually met any of them I wouldn’t get a single word out.
I’d probably go for someone who’s been dead for a long time since we don’t really know much about them on a personal level. Maybe, Jane Austen? And I’d just want to have a very personal chat, not ask her anything about her books but rather trying to get to know her.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?
I haven’t been blogging for very long yet so you guys might be surprised by a lot, I don’t know. I have a lot of history books, non-fiction as well as historical fiction, mostly about Marie Stuart (whom I love).

How do you organize your personal library?
I don’t really. Since I have one of those IKEA bookshelves that has like compartments I’m just trying to fit as many books into one as possible. I do put all the books of one series next to each other but otherwise, other books by the same author can be at a different place. I once tried to do the rainbow thing and I liked it a lot at the beginning but then it started to bother me. I like it the most when it looks random, so I just stack it randomly, too. Although, lately I tried to put all the books that I have read and those that I haven’t yet seperately so I have a better overview.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?
There definitely are a lot of classics, I’ve caught up on a few but there still are some that I’ve been wanting to read for years. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, for sure. As for more modern books, I saw The Archived by Victoria Schwab at a bookstore probably some two years ago and really wanted to pick it up but somehow ended up picking up other books. But the synopsis sounded so interesting and the cover was beautiful.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?
I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, and (as a lot of people I believe) I unfortunately didn’t enjoy Go Set A Watchman at all, it was very disappointing. Also, Eat, Pray, Love after having seen the movie for a few times I really expected the book to be great but I kinda have to say that I hated it.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
Oh, I do read pretty much everything. I especially love Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but I’ll also read historical fiction and biographies, crimes and mysteries. I’d say I probably enjoy contemporaries the least, once in a while I like to read some but for me they’re often too “ordinary” and make me cringe, welp.

If you could require the President to read one book, what would it be?
The answer should probably be something with morals and whatelse. But honestly, I’d just tell him, “mate you read whatever you want. Tell me what genres you like and I’ll hit you up with some recommendations.”

What do you plan to read next?
I’m bad at planning I usually just pick up whatever I feel like reading right now. But I think I’ll either pick up Anna and the French Kiss or The Song of Achilles next. But who knows…


*Wipes sweat off forehead* congrats you made it to the end!

And I nominate:
Hannah @ Mortal Reader
Lisa @ The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl
Nina @ By Page or By Plane

And as always, no pressure.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

the sunshine blogger award

It’s not very sunny out today so this tag is perfect for today. Thanks a lot to the lovely Lisa from The Not So Secret Life of a Fan Girl for nominating me. So, let’s get to it!

1. Which Hogwarts house are you a part of?
First time I’ve done the test on Pottermore I got Hufflepuff and was so disappointed about it, but after a while realized how great Hufflepuff actually is and developped some real pride. A few years later however I did the test again and got Ravenclaw and my whole life had been a life. Anyhow, I think I’m most of a Ravenclaw. I’d love to be a real Hufflepuff though I don’t think I am a full one. I also have a little bit of Slytherin in me. The only house that I don’t belong in at all is Gryffindor.
I think everyone is a combination of several houses, nobody is just black or white , maybe we’re all a bit cunning when we see our chance, but can also be compassionate and loyal to the right person. Then again, in certain situations we try to be rational and think about all the consequences, but at other times we can be reckless, too.

2. A book everyone loves that you hate?
Well, there’s Looking for Alaska that I absolutely hate with a passion, but then again a lot of people didn’t like it either (as it is with John Green, you love it or you hate it). So, another one that all my friends and all the people online I know loved is Cloud Atlas which I DNFed.

3. Your most anticipated release this year?
Listen, is another answer than The Cursed Child even legal?

4. Most loved and hated characters?
Again, all the characters in Looking for Alaska I hated, especially Alaska (I know, I know, people LOVE talking about things they hate, and I’m not an exception, sorry!). But also (this might be an unpopular opinion, might also not) I really really do not like Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore, these men give me so much rage. I discussed this with my mom (who likes them both) so many times and I always end up in tears like “why can’t you see it?? They are the WORST!!”.
Anyhow, now to the most loved ones, this is sooo hard. To stick with the HP theme, I have so much love for Ron (he might be my all time favourite character in all the books). Lyra from the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman is also a fave.

5. A book pairing you hate?
This is so 2000 and late but Bella and Edward, no. Okay, just no. Team Jacob all the way. Listen, I know no one cares about Twilight anymore but I never hated endgame as much as that one.

6. Your pet peeve?
People who take stuff and don’t put it back the same way and place as it was before.

7. A bad habit you have?
When something’s really important to me I can be very stubborn and get upset easily.

8. Your favourite season?
Autumn. Perfect weather (well, not really but in an ideal world it would be perfect weather in autumn) and nature looks the prettiest at that time, one last burst of colour before it all goes away.

9. A simple thing that makes you smile (like being inside on a cold, wet day)?
I watch a lot of TV shows (like cooking or fashion shows) where you also get to go inside people’s homes and I love when I spot a book on bookshelves that I know and love (Harry Potter definitely happens a lot, and you can spot those so easily). This is the only thing I can think of right now, oops.

10. Favourite thing to blog about (tags, reviews, hauls…)?
I haven’t done too much yet. But I think I enjoy the posts the most which aren’t really classified. The ones, where I can choose a new topic each week. Maybe some Top 10 list, or my favourite quotes, or talking about an author I love and why I love him or her. That gives me the most freedom and I can always choose something that I enjoy writing about and am in the mood for.

11. Your favourite super hero and villain?
I’m honestly not much of a super hero kind of girl. I haven’t read any comics are such. I’ve seen the old and new Spiderman movies and some of the Marvel movies, which was okay to watch but they were never any of my favourites. Anyhow, I remember a year ago when I was in Poland visiting my grandparents, we watched Iron Man and we were all laughing so much. So, I do love Iron Man (also I haven’t seen Civil War but #TeamIronMan), he might actually be the only super hero I love. Maybe because he isn’t much of a typical super hero.
So, villain. Again, I don’t know too many, so I might have to go with the most basic answer ever, Loki. As for villains in general. they are great and stories need them.


So, here are my questions:
1. Which is your favourite fairytale?
2. You can choose any character to go to a concert with (as a friend, as a sibling, as a date, whatever). Who would you choose and what concert would you go to?
3. Do you have any quirks (movements you do a lot, or something you do when you’re nervous…)?
4. Is there a movie that you enjoyed more than the book it was based on?
5.  When it comes to books, do you prefer an open ending or one where everything is resolved?
6. Favourite ice-cream flavour?
7. If you could bring back one TV Show from your childhood which would it be?
8. A book a lot of people didn’t like but you did?
9. Rainy or sunny days?
10. What did you want to become (job-wise) when you were a kid?
11. Favourite book friendship (two or more people)?

And, I tag:
Jaed @ The Bibliophile Blogs
Clémence @ Clemi’s Bookish World
Demi @ Bookstraveller
Ashleigh @ A frolic through fiction
Kathie @ Fabled Haven
Rine @ Rine Reads
Chocolatenwaffles
Orang-utan Librarian
Esther @ Chapter Adventures

As always feel free to sit this one out if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like doing it!

This or That Tag

THIS OR THAT

Okay, as your next person, I love this or that games. So, when  Louise from geniereads said she tags everyone (this might have been a while ago, so many tags, you guys) I was straight on board. Also, check out her blog it’s gorgeous.

So, here are the simple rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag and spread the love!


1. Reading on the couch or the bed?
The bed, since there’s only a couch in the living room, there’s usually someone cooking or watching TV or talking, so I prefer reading in my room on the bed.

2. Male main character or female main character?
This one I really don’t mind. I’ve read great and bad books with both. And since there’s quite good representation in both genders, I like both.

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I do love both but I probably have more of a sweet tooth. Although, I generally don’t eat much while reading.

4. Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies, definitely, yes. I like it when there’s a middle, so either 3 or 5 books are great. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter much, if the series is good, I’ll read any number of books.

5. First-person point of view or third-person point of view?
I’ve enjoyed both so far. But generally I’d probably prefer first-person, since you seem closer to it all. Third-person can be amazing when it’s done well, which is difficult though.

6. Reading at night or in the morning?
I LOVE reading in the morning. As a kid I used to wake up at 5am every day so I could read a few hours before leaving for school (I’m serious, I did that). And there’s a certain something about the early morning hours, when the day is so fresh and not even the birds are up yet, it’s so beautifully quiet (well, when you live in the country side, that is). But, now most of the times I can’t get myself to wake up earlier than I have to, so I read mostly at night or in the evening. But, I definitely prefer morning.

7. Libraries or bookstores?
I used to love libraries as a kid, and I still go to one with my mom, but since I started actually buying books, I don’t like checking books out at the library much anymore since I’ll have to give them back again.

8. Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Oh, crying, definitely crying. The joy, of crying. No seriously, I strangely do like crying. Books definitely don’t make me laugh as much as they make me cry, and both is great, but I love myself a good cry.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?
This is a hard one. My first thought was “white covers, obviously”. I love a simple and clean look. But looking through my books on my shelves, I found that white can also very fast look not so nice, whereas black ones usually do look stunning, especially if they have some gold or silver in it. So, I want to say white but it’s probably black.

10. Character-driven or plot-driven stories?
Character-driven, definitely character. I found, I can enjoy a book that doesn’t even have much of a plot, when the characters are great and believable. I also love books that simply are about a character discovering themselves etc., and doesn’t have much of another plot.

So, that was a lot of fun and harder than I thought! Do you totally disagree with me on some point? Let me know in the comments.

It’s always so difficult with tags and so many people already having done a lot of them. Since I don’t really have the overview, I’ll let you decide whether you want to do this tag. You do? Then you’re tagged.
You don’t? No worries, hope you enjoyed reading anyway.
You’ve done it already? Link your post below, if you want to, I’d love to read your answers.