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The Book Thief | Nazi Germany & Beautiful Poetry

This time last week I was thoroughly enjoying The Book Thief. It is one of the best books I have read in a while, purely for the poetry. Every single sentence held lots of meaning so I would love to study this book at a later date.

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Markus Zusak was very clever when he chose to have the book narrated by Death. Not many people could pull this off, but it was perfect. I have not done many English Language studies in a while but this book feeded that hunger!

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“It kills me sometimes, how people die”

I’ve not written poetry in a while. Though this book didn’t inspire me to, it certainly made me appreciate the art of it.

The characters were very lovable and Max’s story was heart-breaking. I would love to watch the film because the visualisation (as I can see from the trailer) is very accurate. With most book-film conversions, I imagine the characters completely differently to how I pictured them in the book.

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This is a book I would love to read again, though I do not have copy of it. I borrowed from a friend (saving my bank account and the environment). I would recommend you do the same, it’s very convenient!

After reading this book, I hit a slump. I went into Pride and Prejudice with very high expectations and didn’t get what I was hoping from the novel. I then moved on to The Secret Barrister. It’s very informative but I can’t read it in large chunks! Now I am slightly recovered, because I am reading a dystopian fiction called Six of Crows (you may have heard of it).


Please recommend me some more of this author, I loved this book ever so much!

What are you reading at the moment?

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August Bullet-Journal Set-Up 2019

This is my all-time favourite post to write for this blog. Bullet-journalling was something I was introduced to at the start of the year and I am completely obsessed! I’ve managed to be more productive and my days have been so much more full. It’s crazy the amount you can do in 24 hours!

This monthly spread is a little more artsy than my previous set-ups. As you can see, my main inspiration was lemons. It’s a very summery fruit, and yellow is a beautiful summery colour! 810a750b-fb7f-4374-bfa5-4b1f442ff5a0

As per usual, I like to keep it simple. This month needed even less planning than usual because I have no school and a lot of time away from home. I even thought of moving back to only posting twice a week. I will really have to push myself! I’m up for the challenge, but I don’t want to be hard on myself when I don’t get a post up in time.

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These pens are cheap children’s ones and have lasted me a while. They are, as expected, not the best quality but they do well just to journal with! This lemon is left over from my lemonade making the other day 🙂

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The sun came out for this photo!

Those long lines represent the time I will be out of the house and, in some cases, the country. The habit trackers have not showed up too well, but I will explain how they work. First of all, I write a goal that I want to achieve. This month’s goals are:

  • practise cello every day
  • improve my piano skills
  • read more than I did last month
  • spend less time on my phone (I’m getting really good at this one, less than 45 minutes every day!)
  • spend less time on my iPad (where I work from or watch videos)

For example, if I practise my cello, I would colour in the day’s corresponding square. By the end of the month, I will aim to have coloured every square in!

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In the bottom right-hand corner, I have an expense tracker and a to-do list. I do not spend much money on things that aren’t necessary (books, sweets) so this is only small but august is my birthday month and many of my friend’s. It can be quite expensive, but that just means I will have to spend less on myself (aka lots of sugar) and more on other people.

My to-do list also looks tiny but I always have enough space! My weekly spreads are where I write the day-to-day tasks.


Do you keep a bullet journal? What advantages does it give you (opposed to a regular journal)?

I hope you have a great month, whatever you are up to!

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Rambling About Harry Potter | Q&A

For the past two weeks I have re-read the whole Potter series with great enjoyment. No-matter how many times I have read them, the magic just keeps coming back. Though it took me a long while to get through them, I am finally finished! I thought I’d do a bit of a Q&A about which death made me the saddest, my house and other nerdy things.

Whose death were you the most sad about?

A tear comes to my every time I reread Fred’s death scene. I love the twins’ cheeky behaviour and it feels like a half of George has been taken when Fred passes away… 😭

Which house do you belong to?

I recently took a test and was surprised to be a Slytherin. My first house is/was Hufflepuff! The drastic change is a shock 😂

Do you like butterbeer?

About 4 years ago, I went to the Harry Potter studios in London and I did try some of the signature beer. It was not nice at all. Maybe I’d like it these days, but it was just too creamy for me back then!

Favourite characters? (no particular order)

  • Molly Weasley
  • Neville Longbottom
  • Albus Dumbledore

This one was really hard to answer, and they keep changing all the time. I just love Molly Weasley though. Always in my top three!

What is your favourite book?

Order of the Phoenix because it’s one of the darker books and it’s also really long!

Least favourite character?

Rita Skeeter is like the impersonation of newspaper The Sun 😂

Do you consider yourself a Potterhead?

I’ll only remember trivia for up to 3 weeks of finishing The Deathly Hallows! So no, I don’t, though I do still love Harry Potter a lot (I’m currently wearing a HP t-shirt).

Favourite magical creature?

I love Crookshanks though she isn’t unique to the wizarding world (we have cats in the Muggle realm too). Nifflers are incredibly cute though they are not much talked about! Thestrals are also beautiful creatures…

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I bought this cutie from the Harry Potter studios 4 years ago! (it feels like yesterday)

How fast did you read the longest book?

The Order of the Phoenix has the most pages out of all seven books. In 3 days, I read 800 pages. For me, that’s not fast at all!

Have you watched the films?

Yes, many times. They are no way as good as the books but I still enjoy them!


Have read the series? What are your opinions on the films?

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you have a nice day!

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Refreshing Summer Drinks | How To Make Fruity Smoothies (Vegan)

Most of you, my readers, are fortunate enough to have warm weather this summer. On the occasion that the UK don’t get rain, we need refreshing drinks too. I would like to share with you some of my favourites, including some smoothie recipes!

1) Cucumber Water

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I discovered cucumber water only a couple of years ago. I was travelling and ate dinner in a restaurant which offered free water! At first I was speculating the idea, but I really love it. When I started taking cucumber in my water bottles out and about, I had a few weird looks. Though it is one of the most refreshing and tasty flavours out there.

2) Lemon Infused Water

Simply lemon and water, left for a few minutes to diffuse. There is no sourness to it and, to my advantage, it boosts your metabolism!

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3) Mixed Berry Smoothie

Before you begin, please freeze the fruits beforehand! (other than banana, which is better blended at room temperature) I will have to go through a quick recipe with you and it is very easy. Smoothie bowls are quite trendy at the moment, but it’s for a reason! I really enjoy a smoothie with oats for my breakfast.

Side note: my blender is very powerful so I can manage to get it smooth within 30-45 seconds. If your blender is not so good, split the ingredients and blend in smaller amounts!

Ingredients:

  • Frozen strawberries (sliced in half, preferably)
  • Frozen raspberries
  • Frozen blueberries
  • One banana (in chunks)
  • Almond milk
  • Honey

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Method:

  • For measurements, use a large mug. Firstly, fill a mug with equal amounts of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Add this into the blender.
  • After that, use the same mug to measure out almond milk. Less would make it thicker (preferable for a smoothie bowl) though a mug full would make a perfect smooth consistency.
  • A spoonful of honey sweetens up the raspberries (which can be quite sour) so you could use this, though it is totally optional.
  • Finally, add in chunks of banana.

Make sure you lid is on tight before you blend!

4) Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Mug full of sliced, frozen strawberries
  • One banana
  • Almond milk
  • Honey (optional)

With the same method as last time, using ‘mug-full’ as a measurement 😂

This is actually the mixed berry smoothie but you can pretend it’s a strawberry and banana…


Will you try any of these smoothies? What are your favourite refreshing drinks?

Thank you very much for reading my post today. I hope that you have a very nice summer!

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