December 31, 2015

Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

Every end of the year I try to sum up the things that happened that year, and the best books I've read. This year I will combine it a little.

I will start with the most important, and the best thing I ever did. I graduated from Edinburgh Uni, and I got my Master degree in Psychology of Individual Differences. I've spent most of the first part of the year doing my experiment, and writing my Master dissertation. It was hard work.

I also lived in Denmark for 4 months in the Fall, where I did a Folk high school. I had a blast, and I learned German, and finally started learning French. I also learn many other things, like current affairs, music,  some society, and politics. 

I travelled a lot - I visited Paris in June (super awesome, I loved it!), Hamburg in September, Brussels and Amsterdam in October, Flensburg and Copenhagen in November, and a road trip (I always wanted to go for a road trip!) from Denmark to Slovenia on which I visited Hamburg, Hannover, Nürnberg, München, and Salzburg. It was a great year for traveling! 

Back to books! This year was also a great year for reading. In the past two years, I did not have much time to read, because of work and Uni. But this year I made an attempt to fix this. Reading makes me happy and lowers my levels of stress. And I am not gonna lie to you, it was quite stressful. But nonetheless, I finished my reading challenge! What I also managed to finish are some of my favourite series that have been with me for years now, like the Lux series, the Covenant series, the Darkest Minds series, and the Article 5 series. I'm gonna miss some of my favourite characters ever!

And here are my Top 10 books I've read in 2015:

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In no particular order;
Wild by Sophie Jordan
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Legend by Marie Lu
Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Overall, it has been a great year! I accomplished one of my major life goals, I traveled a lot, and I have read so many great books! I am excited, and looking forward to 2016! 

With all the best wishes,

December 19, 2015

Højskolen Cronicles #4

These are the nights that never die.

And our adventure is coming to an end. 

It's a bit bittersweet. 

If I look back at it, I must say we had a great time. Sure, there were some things that annoyed me to no end (which you can read here, and here), but overall we had a blast! Especially at the and after the Study trip!

At the beginning, it was a bit hard to get used to living with another 41 people. Feels like an extended school trip when we were 12 - only it lasts 4 months, and you are not 12. I am not gonna lie here, these were 4 long months. 

Living in a school filled with people from all over Europe is a challenge. You know, all the different cultures and people being used to do certain things in a certain way. Although I will say, the biggest group, the majority, was the harder to get used to. Danish people are quite loud, most of them stick with each other, and constantly speak only Danish. 

But after the trip, I got the feeling that we really connected with each other. We started to hang out a lot more, and we kind of let go of people who did not make an effort to hang out with us. I was less stressed after that. Everything was finally in its place.

I really feel that this was a great experience. I've never attended a boarding school, but this was fun. I only wish it wouldn't have taken us so long to become friends with each other. Cause now we are having the time of our lives. These, really, are the nights that never die.

And, I have learnt some. My German has improved from barely there to omg I am actually good at it. I have finally started learning French, which has been a dream of mine for a while now. I have learnt some interesting things about art, about Nazi time, about current affairs happening in Europe. I also sang a lot - all about Danish culture. I was writing for the school newspaper. Singing for breakfast is not as bad as it sounds. It's fun. Philosophy, body, and mind, creative kitchen all have thought me some things. Things I will remember cause I am gonna need them in life.

At the end of the day, I do feel a little sad, because I am really gonna miss this school. I am gonna miss living here with all these people, eating together with 50 people every day, having a roomie, going at the bar 20 meters from your room, having classes all day long, the best Friday nights. I am gonna miss the friends that I've made here. These are good people. And exceptionally good at partying. Those were the nights. In Tækkers bar every Thursday. In Makke bar every Friday. And everything in between. 

Life is so good, you know?

So I would like to say to everyone that was with me on this 4-months-højskolen-adventure, thank you, and for most of you, I am happy that I've met you. 

As for you, my lovely reader, if you have a spare 4 months in the very near future (end of January begins) or just want some change, or some time out, or simply a pure desire to go to folk school - I would highly advise you to go on this course. I pretty much summarized in this last entry how the life at højskolen looks like. And please, age is only a number. :P 

It was the best money that I've ever spent for 4 months 'vacation', and that's because it wasn't really a vacation. You actually have to attend classes and learn things. The fact that there are no exams does not exclude the fact that you have to attend classes. But it's a lot of fun, great atmosphere, lots of new things to learn, and a great life experience.

Either way, I am really glad I made the decision to attend Højskolen østersøen - it is a valuable experience in life to have.

For more information about Højskolen: Facebook - Hojoster website

December 17, 2015

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
by Kody Keplinger
Published on September 7th 2010
Little Brown/Poppy, 280 pages

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

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“I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone 
who didn't feel like the Duff must not have friends. 
Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it 
taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been 
stressing over that dumb word for so long when it 
was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. 
Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, 
were my Duffs.” 

This is a YA book, and I've been meaning to read it for a while now, like years. And even though I've been having some troubles with YA these days (man, I am getting old!), I am happy to say that this was not the case. 

The DUFF was an excellent read, with real life struggles, a believable main character, and with realistic dramatic events. I loved this book so much!

December 12, 2015

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid Review

Let's Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid
Published on July 29th 2014
Harlequin Teen, 338 pages

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

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“Well, everyone needs at least one long road trip in their lives.” 

Wow. This book was definitely different. I mean, five characters altogether? And made up to be meaningful? Quite awesome.

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