#Throwback Thursday

Candy Edition

Miranda Singhs trying German Candy/Sweets/Süßigkeiten.  love Knoppers and totally forgot about Katjes!

Americans trying German Candy is quite amusing. American candy, to me, is way too sweet so it’s interesting to see some Americans trying German candy.

Also, Sunny did a video of her tryibg German candy, too.

Most people seem to like Knoppers. I love Knoppers. Like, a lot. The thing I also really miss is Milchschnitte. However, Asda has been selling them so I get to eat them without having to travel to Germany lol.

Going international, I also found an Australian trying some German Sweets and Food.

I really like her channel, which I literally only discovered today.

Ah I am loving all the flashbacks to all the German sweets. It is so interesting watching others trying those sweets that I grew up with.
There are so many I want to watch and add, but I’m going to stop myself here haha.

I was going to add some other videos as well, but I don’t want to bore you by adding all the vlogs and stuff I’ve been watching and that I have loved in the past week.

See you soon ~

~ Ciarán

Book-Monday: Bookmarked Books

I have quite a few books I want to read, and apparently I am reading a few at the same time. Today I am going to talk about the books that I currently have bookmarks in that aren’t University related.

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I’ve been trying to get through the Narnia books and Plague for at least a year now. I always find something else to read. Harry Potter is a re-read and Nothing to Envy is the one I’m most actively reading at the moment.

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It’s the first book I’m reading on North Korea and it is incredibly interesting.

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I love the headings in this book and the short little sections about the places. I got this when I still lived in Germany and I can’t believe its taken me so long to pick it up and read it.

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I can’t even remember where or how I got my hands on this one. It’s a Harry Potter one, so naturally, I love it.

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I really love these bookmarks from Etsy, and I really want the Remus Lupin one. But my wallet says no, so ~

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I only took some photos of the prettier bookmarks and the pages I’m on. I hope to finish Nothing to Envy and The Visitors Companion to Tudor England before I have to go back to Uni, so I can focus on some of the other books I have to read.

Throw back Thursday

I finally found a reason how I can share my weekly findings with you guys apart from just being a really random person who likes to share things. I’ll only be “throwing back” to past week’s videos or other internetty things I’ve stumbled across in the past week. This week, there are only youtube videos.

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First of all, a favourite video of mine is Sharla’s video. She is my favourite youtuber still and I’m just quite happy for her that she’s getting married. It just made me smile, because she’s so happy and I had some flashbacks to happy memories when my friend got married nearly two weeks ago.

There are two videos by Venus Angelic, which made me smile.

Chocolate Frogs! I love the chocolate Frogs from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and I will definitely try out to recreate mini chocolate frogs.

Something book related. This video amused me a lot more than I expected and it is SO MUCH FUN.

Japan ~

I am so happy I found Kristina’s Youtube channel. Especially this video about her experience in Japan is really important to me. As much as I want to experience Japan for myself, this particular video has shown me more of what I can expect through two first hand experiences.

Back to Sharla, she talks about Spring in Akihabara. So it nicely relates to the spring tag and the spring book tag I did 🙂

 

That is it for this week 🙂

Ciaran ~

The Ultimate Book Tag

I got the questions from here, who got them from here, who ultimately, apparently got them from Megan. Books, books and more books!

1) Do you get sick while reading in the car?
– Yes, I do. I can’t even look at my phone some times, it really annoys me.

2)) Which Author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
– I would have to answer with J.R.R Tolkien. I find his writing style difficult to get through and not like any other author I have yet read.

3) Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 Points to defend your answer.
– I love the Harry Potter series. It is the series that got me into reading, it lifts me up when I am sad and it was a huge part of my life when I grew up.

4) Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it, besides books?
– As in backpacks? (Guys, I grew up in Germany. I’m googling this.) Yes, I carry a backpack to Uni, and have hence all the tools in there I need to survive. Food, stationary, some water, my wallet, that kind of stuff.

5) Do you smell your books?
– Sometimes I do, if they look really old or really shiny and new.

6) Books with or without little illustrations?
– I love little illustrations, so books with them!

7) What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
– I can’t really think of a book…

8) Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?
– I’m not sure if it’s funny, but people used to call me Hermione when I was younger, because I always walked around with a book in my hands. The other story related to books didn’t happen when I was a child. I sometimes yell (or whisper) FACEBOOK and tap people with the book I am holding…

9) What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
– The thinnest book on my shelf is Fliegender Stern by Ursula Woelfel I believe, with a cute 115 pages.

10) What is the thickest book on your shelf?
The thickest, I thought would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling with 766 pages. But I thought wrong. The thickest Book I have is Eldest by Paolo Nutini with 999 pages.

11) Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
– I try myself at poetry and I would like to write a book. I would love to be an author in the future.

12) When did you get into reading?
– My mum always tried to get me into reading, but I onnly really started reating when I was about  12 years old. That’s about the time I got into Harry Potter, which was the series which really got me into reading.

13) What is your favourite classic book?
– I haven’t read many classic books, but I have read The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I quite enjoyed it.

14) In school was your best subject Language Arts/ English?
– This seems to be quite a leading question. Growing up in Germany, I was quite good in English. It wasn’t until I moved to England that I really got interested in studying English language. Now, I study English Language and Linguistics.

15) If you were given a book as a present that you have read before and hated, what would you do?
– Depending on the friend, I would either lie or tell the truth and hope they still have the receipt so we can go and swap it or so they can at least get the money back for it.

16) What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
– I don’t know if it is lesser known, but I quite enjoyed it whilst I read it. Unfortunately I have forgotten the name and I can’t find it anywhere.

17) What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
I’m usually really unstructured, running around trying to get photos, losing my train of thought and then I end up talking a load of rubbish and not posting anything. I usually blame my ADD/ADHD, and the fact that I go to University and have little time to focus on blogging as well…

18) What is your favourite word?
– I have been dreading to answer this question since I started my English Language and Linguistics course. Today, my favourite word is “alas”. “Ridiculous” amuses me so much, I can’t say it or write it without ending up smiling, even in a really serious situation.

19) Are you a nerd, a dork or a dweeb?
– I guess I’m kind of a nerd.

20) Vampires or Fairies? Why?
– Fairies have always fascinated me more than Vampires. I’m not sure why, I’ve always liked Fairies. I blame the movie The magical Legend of Leprechauns, which I remember watching when I was really, really young and it’s kind of engrained in me now.

21) Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
– Again, shapeshifters would fascinate me more than angels. I can’t pin point my finger on why exactly…

22) Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
– Both seem interesting. I’m more inclined to choose Werewolves.

23) Zombies or Vampires?
– In this case I would choose Vampires. Zombies are weird. At least Vampires only want my blood, not my brains.

24) Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
– Forbidden Love, if I had to choose. Platonic friendships are thing though, too.

25) Romance books or Action packed books with a few love scenes mixed in?
– Anything BUT romance novels. Action packed books with a hint of love seems  like a good option.

 

I am going to add some suggestions to this post, just because it feels like a nice ending and it’s too short to make a whole post out of it.

I read the first book in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel: The Alchemyst, which took surprisingly forever. I am considering finishing it at some point. Also, while I’m here, I want to suggest Vampirates, with Demons of the Ocean being the first in the series. I need to reread it urgently. I loved the Vampirates when I first read it.

~ Ciaran ~

Spring books

Inspired by the video above, I thought I’d look at the I love spring book tag. Instead of doing a video, I’m just gonna answer the questions here 🙂

1) How is spring where you live?
So I live on the south coast of England, about 45 minutes away from Brighton. I live right by the sea, which is a 5 minute walk from my house. It gets quite windy, but spring is usually quite nice here. Not too warm, not too cold with the usual unpredictable English weather. We seem to get quite lucky down here, avoiding most of the bad weather. Spring is one of my favourite seasons, especially with taking photos. I love going to the forest and photographing buds on trees and stuff. I love the smell of spring flowers. I used to love the smell of freshly cut grass, but now I’m allergic to it so it makes me sneeze and tear up, which is super annoying.

2) Most anticipated book release this spring?
Considering I still have SO MANY other books to get through, I really can’t afford buying any other books. One of the books that has come out recently is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I’ve finally caved in and bought it already, but I haven’t started reading it yet. I’m really looking forward to The Crown by Kiera Cass, even though I’v still gotta read The Heir. I usually finish her books quite quickly (I’ve probably jinxed it now…), so hopefully I’ll get that done by the time this one is released. Otherwise I’m just going to focus on the books I have to read otherwise.

3) Show us a book cover that makes you think of spring
This book cover reminds me of spring, just because its green, and seems “fresh”.

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4) Where are you going to read this spring?
I’ll most likely be spending time reading in my room, or on the beach, depending on how warm it’ll be. Some of my time might be spent on the train whilst reading or at University. At University I will try and look for a spot in the sun to read, if it’s not all to busy.

5) Find a cover with the sun on it!
I found these two covers which have the sun on it. I was actually surprised to find them 🙂
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6) What are your favourite spring reads?
I read a lot of dystopian books or fantasy books, so I guess I’m kinda going to stick with that. I usually avoid books by Anne Rice, just because I like to read those in autumn and winter. I can see myself finishing the books by Kiera Cass, and possibly rereading one of the Harry Potter books. I might even retry reading Lord of the Rings. Spring, to me, always comes with this new sense of adventure.

7) Find a book with many different colours on it. 

These Harry Potter editions I find quite colourful. (You didn’t really expect me to not talk about Harry Potter?)

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I’m not going to tag anybody. If you haven’t done it yet, but would like to, do go ahead 😉

For a general update, the main book I’m currently reading is Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. I bought this book second hand from Amazon and still haven’t peeled that piece of left-over sticker off…2016-03-10 14.01.17

That is it for now. Have a lovely start to the week 🙂

~ Ciaran ~

The first day of Spring

It is finally spring. Today is the first day of spring. One of my favourite seasons. Oh, what adventures lie ahead of me on this hopefully lovely day.
I did think about going to the cinema, but alas, I have a cold and I don’t feel like sitting in a cinema surrounded by other people.

To start off this beautiful day, I looked up the I love Spring tag.

I found an I love Spring tag here, from 2013. Looking at the original questions, I’m going to change a few questions and keep some of the original ones.

1) Do you suffer from Hay Fever?
– No, luckily, but I react allergically to freshly cut grass.

2) Why do you love Spring?
– I love spring because it’s usually really colourful and indicates the end of mostly grey, cold days. Weather wise it’s not too warm, not too cold. Forests start getting green again, birds start singing again, I start feeling a little better.

3) What is spring like where you live?
– Living by the seaside, I would think spring is the time people start swimming in the seaside. Not when you live in England though. The water is SO COLD. I live in the south east of England, in a really cute little corner. The weather down here is quite nice in Spring.

4) Are you a spring cleaner?
– I am to a point. As soon as the weather gets better, I quite enjoy sorting through everything and disregarding everything I think can go. It’s a lovely feeling having cluttered out wardrobes, cupboards, shelves, desks and anything else.

5) Any plans for spring break?
– Unlike last year, where I flew to Germany for a week, I don’t actually have any plans for this years spring break. Just the usual really.

6) What do you like to do in Spring?
– In Germany, I loved riding my bike around the countryside and finally swimming outside again with my friends. I kinda miss those days. Luckily the Gym I go to has an outside pool, so I look forward to swimming out there. I also like taking photos. Every year I plan on doing some gardening as well, but we don’t actually have a garden this year. At the same time, I would love to take care of some pot plants, herbs and stuff.

7) What is your favourite spring Outfit?
– Part of this outfit was going to be my favourite jeans, but they ripped recently, so I have to rethink this answer. I do have favourite t-shirts, which are usually grey or blue, combined with jeans usually.

8) What is your favourite Spring accessory?
– I can’t remember having a favourite spring accessory in the past years, but this year it is a flower head band from Accessorize.

9) What is your favourite Spring flower?
– I do quite like daffodils and absolutely love cherry blossoms.

10) What are you looking forward to most in Spring?
– For the first time, I actually live in walking distance from the beach. It takes me, a really slow walker, only 5 minutes to walk to the beach. This year I look forward to sitting on the beach with a book and a small picnic. Hopefully I wont be attacked by Seagulls…

11) Have you got a certain smell that reminds you of Spring?
– I don’t know how to describe the smell that reminds me of spring. There is definitely a certain smell when spring flowers bloom, which I love. I guess the smell that reminds me of spring are the smells of spring flowers.

12) Is your Birthday in Spring?
– Yes it is! My birthday is at the beginning of May. This year, I’m turning 23. I don’t feel 23. I’m not sure how exactly it feels like to be a certain age, but I always envied those who were between 20 and 25, adulting, socialising, going on wild adventures and now being in that age range feels super weird. Mainly because I avoid adulting at all costs, I still don’t have a drivers licence, still live at home and my wildest adventures usually include something mundane, like skipping University lectures.

Those are all the questions answered.
Have a lovely sunday!

~ Ciaran~

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Harry Potter studios #3

So I’ve finally looked through the pictures I took from my third trip to the Harry Potter studio tour.

I didn’t really take many photos, but I still had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go again.

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They still had the sorting hat, which was awesome.

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They also had all the chocolaty things Hogwarts students would get for Easter, which I didn’t expect. So that was a nice surprise.

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This is still my favourite feature of all times.

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The Weasley’s burrow really feels cosy and like home.

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Obviously, I had Butterbeer. My friend didn’t like it so I got to finish hers off too.

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Seeing the castle at the end, I heard several people go “wow!”, including the friend I was with. I’ve seen it three times now, but it’s still so overwhelming.

~Ciaran~