7 Books I want to read in 2018

I have always loved reading ever since my tenth birthday when I received ‘Love Lessons’ by Jacqueline Wilson and fell in love with it. For the next 6 years I have been constantly reading, all the time, everywhere. But then things changed – I still love reading but it’s hard for me to find time for it. Don’t get me wrong, I probably have the time – but whenever I pick up a book I feel as though I should be doing something else.

For the last 5 years of my life I have been trying hard to read more, to get back into the whole ‘book obsession’ – sometimes I was successful, sometimes not so much. One of my 2018 New Year’s resolutions was to read more: and that’s what I’ve been trying really hard to do. So far I’ve finished 3 books (not including any compulsory reading for my uni course) – but I still want to read so much more. That’s why I decided to write about it here, on the blog – maybe it will motivate me, right?

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Winter Favourites 2018 | January-March

Even though it is still quite cold outside, winter has now officially ended. (Finally, am I right?) I couldn’t be happier about this (I’ve been constantly cold for more than 4 months now) – spring is my favourite season. However, before I get all excited about the future, I’d like to talk about the past couple of months – and the things that made them bearable. Here are some of the things I’ve loved and enjoyed during the last three months.

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Darryl Whitefeather Is The Bisexual Character We All Deserve

For the last couple of days I’ve been doing a massive binge-watching session of the series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I’ve heard about the show before but I didn’t know much about it. But then on one lazy afternoon, after finishing Everything Sucks! and wanting to watch some more relatable LGBT content, I decided to google. And I googled and googled and finally settled on watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend because of two things the show promised: super weird songs and a bi character.

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Happy.

Today is the International Day of Happiness.

I just wanted to let you know that because now you have the perfect excuse to ditch all your worries and just smile. Dance like a crazy person. Talk to your friends and family. And just be happy.

Happy Happiness Day!

Veronika x

Netflix Recommendations III: 5 Things to Watch

Like every anti-social millennial ever, I spend a lot of time on Netflix. Like, a lot a lot. So much so that if I type the letter ‘n’ in my browser, Netflix is the first thing that comes up, beating my own blog and also my online banking. Oops.

As I watch so much Netflix, I feel like it is my duty to pass on my knowledge and write these posts about the things I watch. You know, so other people don’t have to face the cruel reality of social life and have some ideas for the sweet escape that Netflix so kindly provides. I’ve already done two of these (one on Once Upon a Time and one on The Crown) and I decided to spice things up a little with part 3: that is, I will recommend 5 series, not just one! How crazy is that?!

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Watch the Classics with me #1: The Breakfast Club (1985)

As my first ever episode of Watch the Classics with me (read more about the ‘Classics series’ here, where I explain the concept and talk about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), I decided to write about this great film I’ve only seen fairly recently. Yes, you guessed it from the title: it’s The Breakfast Club.

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Learning German on the go: Top 10 German songs to listen to

Learning a foreign language is a challenging and lifelong process. It requires a lot of energy and dedication. To truly master a language, it is not nearly enough to just go to lectures and learn all the grammar and set vocab lists. You need to immerse yourself in it, to experience it not only as a learning material but as something that is a part of your everyday life (which is what a language is – it’s not something you memorize, it’s something you live). With some languages it is easier than with others – for example, surrounding yourself with English is not difficult at all, as English already is everywhere (think of most of the songs you hear on the radio, most of the films and TV shows you watch etc.). But what if you want to learn another language? Well, that’s what I’m here for!

In this post I decided to share with you my 10 favourite German songs that I, a student of the German language, listen to all the time. Listening to music is something you can do on the go and if the songs you listen to are in your target language, you’re having fun & you’re learning at the same time. I understand how hard it can be to find some good songs in your target language that you enjoy listening to. Hopefully this list will give you some inspiration and motivation to improve your German. (And even if you don’t learn German, you can still listen to these. They are great songs, no matter the language.)

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Read the Classics with me #1: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

There are so many books & films that are considered to be classics. One might even say that to count them all would be impossible. I like to believe that I am a huge geek and nerd by nature: which is the reason I’ve always had this strong desire to be this well-read, cultured person. If you’ve read my last life-update post, you know that I decided to act on this wish of mine and read and watch as many ‘classics’ as I can. And why not take you on this exciting journey with me?

Raise your glass! This is the first ever episode of Read the Classics with me. This one is all about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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How to stay focused: tips for better studying

If you are anything like me, you often experience the can’t-stay-focused procrastination. The will is there but your brain keeps running away and instead of thinking about German grammar, you end up imagining your future career as a popstar. This can be a huge problem when you really really need to study for that super important exam you have in two days. And as I know and understand this struggle oh too well myself, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite things to do when I need to get in the study mindset.

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Back on track: Germany, veganism and classics

Well. It has now been more than a month since the last time I wrote a post. (That is well shameful!~ says my Catherine Tate inner fangirl) I think it’s time to fix that, don’t you?

To explain what has been happening in my life would probably take too long and it wouldn’t be too interesting anyway. Instead of talking about the past, I wanted to focus on the future: that is, to share with you some of my plans for the next couple of months and what they mean for you, my dear readers.

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