Sexy Books: Let It Snow. Three Holiday Romances

Just read: Let It Snow. Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson.
I think it‘s fair to say that almost everyone who has once read a John Green novel will read another because he is that amazing a writer!
I finished An Abundance of Katherines last year, and had therefore run out of John Greens – except of course for Let It Snow. But if I‘m very honest, a book called Let It Snow is hardly something I could read in a country like Honduras, where I lived at that time, – it‘s thirty-five degrees warm, I just can‘t bring myself to read a book about snow under these circumstances!
I read it just before Christmas when the weather got cold and grey which is the perfect condition to read Let It Snow!

Snowy conditions! :)
Snowy conditions! 🙂

The book consists of three independent parts that can be read as individual stories. In the end, however, they all come together and you‘ll find out what a girl named Jubilee, a girl named The Duke, four teenage boys called Tobin, Stuart and Jeb, a teacup pig and a bunch of cheerleaders have in common!

I hope you love this book as much as I do!

Lots of love!
xxx

Servus Salzburg!

As I already mentioned in my former posts, I spent New Year‘s in Austria. I had a lovely time there with my friend Inga and even though I got a terrible cold on New Year‘s Eve, I started well into the new year. If you start the new year feeling off it means that it can only get better!
So, I thought today I‘d share with you some of my favourite memories! I hope you enjoy this read, and if you go to Salzburg let me know how you liked it!

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Salzburg is the place where they filmed The Sound of Music in the seventies, and even people like me, who haven‘t seen the movie, can‘t help but notice as every souvenir shop sells merchandise and every other bus is painted with the face of Julie Andrews.

Salzburg is also famous for its puppet theatre, another fact I knew nothing about.
And, guys – it‘s really fun! We went to see The Sound of Music which caused us both to sing in annoyingly high pitched voices for the rest of our stay!

Another great excursion was the trip to the salt mines in Hallein. I only feared for my life twice, the rest of the time I felt like one of the seven dwarves (I looked like one, too!). If I were a miner, I don‘t think I‘d survive for too long. I‘d probably keep singing „Hey Ho, Hey Ho, It‘s on to work we go…!“ until somebody pushed me into some hole. There‘s a mummy that was found of a miner from the seventeenth century. I‘m fairly certain that‘s what happened to him!
On the bright side, we got to drink champaign upon leaving and alcohol does put everything into perspective, doesn‘t it? (it doesn‘t? what!?)

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The one thing we didn‘t do and that I really regret now was visit Salzburg‘s Christmas museum! It‘s an exhibition about Christmas! It‘s like they knew I was coming!
I should probably mention the fortress, too. Yeah, we didn‘t go there. I went a few years ago with my mum, and this time we were just so cold most of the time that we hung out in cafés and book shops instead.

If you plan on visiting Salzburg anytime soon, here‘s a couple of tips for you:

  • Eat a Brezen. They are delicious. Don‘t, however, try the Doughnut one, it‘s dry and boring. Try the Mozart Brezen!
  • We‘ve been to almost every café the city has to offer. The three best ones were

.Stadt Café
Have a Nutella waffle when you go there! They are AMAZING!!
Museumsplatz 5
5020 Salzburg
www.stadtcafe-salzburg.at

Café Habakuk
The BESTEST place to go and warm up! Delicious cake, too!
Linzergasse 26
5020 Salzburg
www.cafe-habakuk.at

Café Pamina
They do one amazing hot chocolate! If you order tea and milk, try not to steal the tiny jug of milk because of its cuteness! (if I can resist, then you can too!)
Judengasse 17
5020 Salzburg
www.cafepamina.at

  • To get from café to café we had to get back on the street and checked out book shops. My favourite one was…

    Rupertus Buchhandlung
    Big surprise, I bought a book there. What can I say, the flesh is weak!
    Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 12
    5020 Salzburg
    www.rupertusbuch.at

  • Salzburg has very poor wifi. Most of the time it doesn‘t work, even if you have perfect reception.
  • Just in case you were wondering where we stayed – the place was called Hotel Junior and it was really good. The staff is very friendly, the room was clean and there was SO MUCH breakfast (I LOVE breakfast!). It’s a thirty minute walk from the city center (though probably shorter when there’s no snow) or a ten minute bus ride from the train station.

Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 49
5020 Salzburg
www.hoteljunior.at

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I hope the new year has been treating you well so far and I‘m looking forward to talking to you soon!

Lots of love!
xxx

Sexy Books: Zoella’s “Girl Online” (Thoughts on Ghost Writing)

Hello everybodyyyy! Yes, it‘s me again! I have a cold and I have a twisted ankle, so I‘m not really up for leaving this bed anytime soon. So I decided to tell you about the book I just finished reading, namely Zoella‘s Girl Online.
It was a birthday present from my parents, and just going by the blurb on the back of the book I know exactly what made them choose this:

Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny‘s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

Blogging and anxiety seem to be two things that describe me pretty well. Add a love story to that, et voilá – perfect birthday gift! It‘s a sweet story, very full of clichés, but heart warming, and I cried at the end. So, if you need anything to read over the holidays, this is something to spend cold and grey afternoons with!

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But there‘s a catch. Apparently Girl Online was written by a ghost writer, partly at the very least. A Penguin spokesperson is quoted in The Guardian, saying,

“To be factually accurate, you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own”.

From what I‘ve seen, Zoella appears to be a very lovely and talented lady and I think she has definitely earned her success so far. But I feel very strongly about her publishing a book and not having written it herself. Writing, to me, is one thing that you can‘t fake. If you‘re not good at it, if you don‘t have the time, if you don‘t have a pen – you don‘t do it. There are actors and singers who haven‘t got a clue what they‘re doing, but they have a sixpack or look like Zac Efron, and they get away with it. But you can‘t pretend you‘re a good writer if you‘re not!

Writing is exposing your heart and your soul, telling the world your deepest secrets. It‘s like walking down a street naked. And if a person publishes a book without doing that – then why do I have to do it? And let‘s say, for argument‘s sake, that I didn‘t put everything that I am into what I write – I could still be successful! But I‘d be yet another person handing out empty words, and what becomes of literature then? What happens to us if we just keep on telling stories that we claim as our own but that literally don‘t mean a thing?

And then I‘m just hugely bothered by the unfairness of it all. Of course if Zoella publishes a book, it will become a bestseller! She‘s a popular youtuber, her name will sell well. But that‘s not an excuse for anyone to get praise for something that isn‘t theirs. If her statement, „My dream has been to write a book, and I can‘t believe it‘s come true“, is true, then I don‘t understand why she would have wanted all that help in the first place. My dream is to be a writer one day, and I will work my butt off to get there. My dream isn‘t to hold a book in my hands that has my name all over it, my dream is to write that book and earn my name on the cover.

Nevertheless, Zoe Sugg does of course not deserve all the hate that has been spread over the internet in the past couple of days. Give that to cat molesters and homophobics! (of which I hope Zoella is neither!)

I hope all of you have started well into the new year!
Lots of love!
xxx

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year Everyone!!!
I hope you have all had a blast last night! I’m just on my way home from lovely Salzburg where I stayed the last couple of days and I’m soon going to give you an update of my favourite cafés and bookshops!

We spent New Year’s Eve all cuddled up on our bed in the hotel room, watching an Elton John concert and eating chocolate (LOTS of chocolate), then we made our way to the Residenz Square and danced to Udo Jürgens and drank Prosecco and watched the fireworks, then I couldn’t feel my toes any more AT ALL, so we finally made our way back to the hotel and watched reruns of The Big Bang Theory until we fell asleep. It’s been nice to have a quiet and easy start into the new year, especially considering all the past years. All those nights that consisted of drinking and staying up and being young and free — to just for once be able to lie underneath a blanket with my dress still on at 1pm felt liberating!

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Without my noticing an entire year has slipped past and already I can say that one year ago I posted my first blog post on here! I think I’m just now getting the hang of it all. Blogging is an amazing experience and I’m really grateful to all the people who have been commenting or liking my posts, not to mention all the bloggerswho have sent me messages or agreed to be my ”new best friend”!

So, as I did last year, I think I should start the year off with my new year’s resolutions. There’s a few that pop into my mind straight away like, ‘have one meal a day that doesn’t consist almost entirely of sugar’ (yeah, right) or ‘don’t kiss boys that already have a girlfriend’ (although they usually don’t mention that — in that case, ‘stay away from boys who don’t mention their girlfriends’!) or ‘get homework done before it is due’ (rather than after)! Another resolution might be to stop putting things on the internet that will stop my neighbours from letting me babysit their children!
Anyway, I managed to come up with a few resolutions that might actually help me make a change in my future!

  • Get a job! (And then, who knows, maybe move out, maybe go back to Honduras, maybe employ Benedict Cumberbatch as pool boy…!)
  • Think less. Seriously, I think and think and over think and I come to absurd conclusions and then I end up making the sort of decisions only a lunatic would approve of! It’s like my brain is so wired that when it comes to actual, serious thinking it just stops. Maybe if I could stop worrying about every little thing and just be confident about the outcome of things, my brain might be able to focus again!
  • Be meaner. I am the world’s nicest person, and maybe that doesn’t need to stay like that. Maybe I can just get upset about people for once, maybe if they are too lazy to get something done I don’t have to do it for them, maybe every once in a while I can be selfish and happy and no one will hate me for it. Maybe.

 We’ll see how it all works out! What are your New Year’s resolutions? Do you even have any?
I hope everybody’s year has been as full of bliss as mine, and I wish you all the stardust and faery glitter and unicorn poop you can possibly get for this year to come!

Lots of love!
xxx

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An Austrian Adventure

So Blogmas sort of went down the hill, didn’t it? The past few days before Christmas I was just so incredibly busy with work and showing my Honduran host brother around Switzerland that I hardly got any time to do anything else. And now I’m sitting on a full train to Salzburg, Austria, Christmas lies well behind and I’m trying desperately not to feel self conscious about the fact that I’m just sitting here taking selfies.

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It being Christmas I read a few Christmas novels (I may not have time to keep up with my duties, but I’ll always find a way to steal some time for a good book!) such as ”Let It Snow”, ”My True Love Gave To Me” and ”Christmas With Billy And Me.” If we’re not to get real snow it’s nice to at least read about it. I like how all the stories are about Christmas Miracles and how we always tell ourselves that believing in those miracles is pointless because they are not real, but that sometimes they are. Like the fact that today I missed the bus by a mere second and I thought that maybe god had had it with my sillyness (like, why didn’t I just pack yesterday? Why?) and decided to let me miss my bus, thus letting me miss my train, thus having to figure out how to get to Salzburg all ove again. But I got to the station and I ran, and there was a woman standing on the platform and I shouted, so she held the train’s door open for me and I got on the train and now I’m on my way. And maybe it was just good luck and not a miracle, maybe it was just an old lady and not a heavensent angel, but maybe sometimes we have to acknowledge the fact that the universe does care about us.

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I tend to get overly anxious about things. What if I didn’t bring my passport? What if I didn’t bring it and I need to show it somewhere? What if I get into trouble bcause I can’t prove my identity? Whatifwhatifwhatif! And then there’s my thinking that if I check I will most certainly not have it, because that’s how it works. That’s how life works. Except that it’s not. It’s not because the universe or god or Zeus or Tolkien or whoever it is that you pray to at night does not want to hurt you or watch you fail. You don’t have to be religious and it doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to trust that things will turn out fine in the end. I have my passport. I checked and it’s there, and the only bad thing that has happened today was my anxiety weigh me down. And sometimes bad things happen and I don’t have an explanation for them but I take comfort in the fact that without her cancer, Hazel Grace would never have met Augustus, and without his, he would have had to live a long life without her.

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I hope that some day I can just let go of all the things that worry me and then maybe feel a little bit lighter.

I hope all of you got their own Christmas Miracles and I will talk to you very soon!
Cheers!
xxx