What’s On My Bookshelf Tag

I don’t remember the last time I spent this much time on my own laptop, but it’s been really tough to find my work-life-balance so far (probably because I love work but whatever). Still, I don’t want there to only be trailer posts on the blog, so I was really happy that Kelly @Just Another Book in the Wall tagged me for the What’s On My Bookshelf Tag (originally created by Emily @Wicked Good Reads)! It’s a little hard to do without my physical bookshelf, but I will try my best!

A Library Book

S.: S. Hardcover in slipcase : [S.]: By Doug Dorst: S. : J. J. Abrams (Ship of Theseus)I don’t have any library books, however, I DO have a book in library optic and that’s S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. That book is something else, which always makes it hard to explain why I still haven’t finished reading it.

A Book You Got As a Gift

Probably a couple throughout my days, but somehow the first one I thought of was Landline by Rainbow Rowell, which my very good friend Cristina sent me all the way from Portugal. I love her so much and not just because she up and decided to send me one of her books to keep.

A Childhood Book

Today, I am really just going with the first book that pops into my mind, which in this case is Momo by Michael Ende. I am pretty sure I did a book report on it and confused my entire class about what it’s about.

A Magical Book

Devils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves, #1)All books are magical in itself, because words are magic, but for the purpose of this tag I will go with Devils & Thieves. Despite the book having quite a few shortcomings, the magical system is really interesting!

A Romantic Book

Nicholas Sparks books are pretty much synonymous with romance, right? One of the ones I really, really liked was The Longest Ride. I guess I appreciate a good dual time line if done well.

A Steamy Book

I don’t really read all that many steamy books? But the first chapter of Save the Date by Morgan Matson was surprisingly steamy in comparison to the lack of romance (which I very much appreciated) during the rest of the book.

An Old Book

Persuasion? Persuasion! (Cause it’s my favourite Austen book.)

A Book That Makes You Happy and/or Laugh

I recently read Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett, which is basically just a compilation of mails Joe wrote or received. Some of those stories are truly hilarious. He is one of my favourite British comedians, so I definitely laughed, while I simultaneously very much doubt it’s for everyone.

A Book That Makes You Emotional

We all know I cannot stop mentioning this book, but The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was really great and made me feel so many different things.

A Book Whose Ending You Disliked

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)? I just always pretend that book doesn’t even exist in the series.

A Book You Wish Had Illustrations

I am not sure if maybe there were a couple tiny illustrations in The Night Circus, but I would want a proper graphic novel for the magic that is this book!

A Book or Genre You Like to Read on a Rainy Day

I think I am a pretty simple girl and can read whatever comes my way on a rainy day. Lately it has been more contemporary and adult fiction admittedly though.

I TAG THEE

Anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag! I am unfortunately really not able to be super active in the community right now, so I have no idea who has done the tag or who would enjoy it. Link me up if you decide to give it a try though, so I can see your answers!

Did you like this tag? Could you relate to my answers? Let’s talk a little bit in the comments and I’ll try not to need a week to respond to them!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sept 3-9)

I didn’t really get around to posting anything this week, because it was my first week at work. Everything was all new and came with a lot of information and faces and names to remember, but at the same time it was a lot of fun. I love to work and especially in this line of business. So much so that I went to a work related event on Saturday. All of that makes me think I really made the right call with coming to Berlin. Anyway, it’s Sunday and that means trailers and not wrap ups!

Movies

Instant Family

I so want to foster or adopt kids one day!! I am excited for this movie.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

It looks different in each trailer, but I really want to watch it.

Descendants 3: Under the Sea

How did I never realise that Kitty (TOATBILB) was in the previous Descendants movies!?!?

At Eternity’s Gate

My favourite depiction of Van Gogh will forever be the one episode of Doctor Who.

At First Light

I don’t know why exactly this is giving me Chronicle vibes, but I am intrigued.

Rosie

This is going to be brutal.

Wildlife

Again, critics are raving about it. This should get some attention during the award cycle.

The Favourite

It looks … crazy?

Kursk

I saw Colin and I clicked, but submarine movies aren’t really my thing.

The Beach Bum

But … what is it about?

22 July

I don’t think that this is a movie that I’d usually go for because of the topic, but I like that Netflix is telling stories from all kinds of countries.

Chef Flynn

I like cooking shows, so this is my documentary of the week.

TV Shows

BoJack Horseman (Season 5)

It never ceases to amaze me how great of a show this is, because I never expected it.

Elite

I have no idea what’s happening, but this looks really cool?

Van Helsing (Season 3)

I tweeted about this show and did not exactly praise it, but the creators still liked my tweets and that will forever confuse me.

Camping

I don’t exactly see this being a commercial success, but I can see people really enjoying it.

Narcos: Mexico

What are you watching? How are you doing? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 27 – Sept 2)

Can you believe it’s already September? I am starting my internship tomorrow and it doesn’t even feel real yet. But let’s talk about some trailers, because that’s why you are really here:

Movies

A Private War

Rosamund Pike is going to be amazing in this.

Where Hands Touch

This is not going to be an easy watch, but I am happy to see that Amandla is so busy in her career. Also, George MacKay is forever underrated.

Bad Times at the El Royale

Weird and a little creepy but I like it.

The Front Runner

I always feel weird when Hugh Jackman is in a dodgy role.

First Man

Wow, I can’t believe that the controversy around this movie is that they won’t show the planting of the American flag on the moon. How is that a reason to boycott a movie?

Postcards from London

I don’t know if that’s just me, but I feel like this is a very on brand movie for Harris.

I Think We’re Alone Now

There’s so much still unknown about what’s happening here.

Tea with the Dames

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

Sorry for Your Loss

I NEED THIS SHOW IN MY LIFE! I honestly think this is the one thing I am most excited about in this post.

The Romanoffs

You’re a Romanoff, you’re a Romanoff – EVERYONE is a Romanoff!

Dogs of Berlin

Look, I am all for more German Netflix productions. But … why does it always have to be crime related?

The First

I doubt it’s going to play on Mars much, but it could be very interesting.

Star (Season 3)

OMG!!!

This Is Us (Season 3)

This show never ceases to be emotional.

Riverdale (Season 3)

How is everyone just a member of the Serpents now? I am just living for Falice in bed together haha

The Good Place (Season 3)

IT’S COMING BACK SOON! I love and hate how we have no idea what is in store for us.

Single Parents

Would only watch because of Leighton Meester.

The Good Doctor (Season 2)

This at least shows more than the teaser from last week.

True Detective (Season 3)

I am hoping for everyone who watches that the third season is better than the second.

The Dragon Prince

Still like the look of it.

What are you watching? Have you seen anything you like? Let’s talk about that!

August 2018 Wrap-Up

So, this Wrap-Up is going to look a little different than the previous posts. For one, I think I haven’t read a single book, which means my usual monthly read section is empty. I actually started three or so different ones, but I just didn’t make it through any of them before leaving for Berlin, which brings me to my second point – I AM IN BERLIN!

As I mentioned in my July wrap-up, I got an internship here for six months and I cannot wait to start working on Monday. I have been abroad several times, mostly for a longer duration and it’s always an adventure, but don’t let that fool you. It’s not easy!

There is always so much to do beforehand and I figure it will be fine, because I have done all of it in some shape or form many times before. Well, that’s just not how this works. The bureaucratic stuff that needs doing is always different and sometimes it is not even clear what exactly it is. Once you’ve figured that out, there’s still various hurdles of when and where you are able to actually do the registration or application or whatever. It’s a very annoying process that will forever frustrate me.

Aside from that, there are still so many other factors. I always feel strange coming into a new place, especially when I know I will stay there for a while. You cannot just make any place your immediate home, or at least I can’t. In this case, I know the language (even if I don’t understand everything. Let’s be real, they might not understand everything I say either) but I still feel like a little alien. Every place has this distinct vibe about it. You see it in the clothing, the way people talk, walk and behave, it’s littler mannerisms that only the locals know how to interpret and react to. Sometimes you click immediately with a place, sometimes it’s a slow burn romance and in worst case scenarios the city and you don’t warm up to each other at all. I can’t say which one Berlin will be just yet, but there’s going to be ups and downs. My flat doesn’t really feel like mine yet, but I am going to make it just that. And I am going to find the people and community that can make any place worthwhile. It all just takes time.

That’s really all I can tell you about Berlin so far. I haven’t blogged as much in the past month and I have no idea how the next month will be, but I am looking forward to finding out. I also haven’t blog-hopped as much, so I am sorry for not having the usual categories where I highlight other people’s posts. I hope to catch up and be more engaged once I have really settled a bit.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

It was without a doubt – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! I have watched the movie several times by now and it is still so cute. There were quite a couple changes to the book and I am actually more than happy with most of them, to the point where I liked characters better in the movie than I did in the book. I hope the success of the movie (I think most of my bookish friends and everyone who is thirsty for Noah has watched it) will lead to sequels in the near future.

Now I cannot wait to hype Sierra Burgess is a Loser in a week!!!

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WRITING POSTS

MOVIE/TV RELATED

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

TRAILER POSTS

How was your month? I did a lot of things to distract me from my worries, like start learning Norwegian and start a new #witchyWIP (hope the ones of you who know how to access it keep enjoying it, more is to come!). Do you also start random things when you don’t want to focus on what’s making you anxious?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 20-26)

I AM IN BERLIN! Can you believe it’s actually happening? Today was mostly just me traveling and getting to my hotel for the first couple of nights before I get to move into my apartment, but still. I have officially left the country and won’t be back for a while now. It’s strange, because it both feels less real and more normal than previous adventures at the same time. Anyway, you are here for trailers, so let me give them to you!

Movies

Ben Is Back

I don’t understand what’s happening, but I sure would like to see more.

Age of Summer

It’s the kiddo from the Gifted.

Outlaw King

Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson – count me in!

The Land of Steady Habits

I like watching a good family drama.

Paper Year

I feel like this would work better on Netflix than in a movie theater.

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

I don’t know what to do with this.

All About Nina

“You keep being honest. What’s wrong with you!?”

Slice

This looks so bad it might just be good again.

King Lear

People apparently never get tired of modern Shakespeare.

Summer 03

I just have a feeling it could be as trashy as TKB …

My Dinner with Hervé

Uhm, okay?

Hold the Dark

Not my kind of dark, not even with the mention of wolves.

Science Fair

Documentary of the week. (Geeks are cool)

TV Shows

Atypical (Season 2)

YAS! YAS! YAS!

The End of the F***ing World (Season 2)

IT IS HAPPENING!

The Man in the High Castle (Season 3)

After going to the set for this show, I actually checked out some episodes and it’s really good. I am still nowhere near able to watch the third season.

Animal Kingdom (Season 4)

I honestly need this as soon as possible!

American Vandal (Season 2)

Is that show really that good? Cause it looks stupid?

The Good Doctor (Season 2)

This truly doesn’t tell you much of anything.

The Rookie

I am just not sure this is for me. I am really picky about my crime shows.

The Hills – New Beginnings

I can’t believe this show is coming back!?

What are you watching? What’s caught your eye? Let’s talk about it!

Writing Life: Switching Between Ideas

It has literally been over a year since I’ve last used this feature or the previous version that was Writing Insights on the blog. While I have created a couple of write tags, I’ve given very little insight into my writing process and struggles I am facing lately. So, I am here today to talk about how I cope with several story ideas swarming my head, even when I want to focus on one of them alone. I feel like this topic isn’t just applicable for writers though, but also for bloggers who have a gazillion post ideas.

SHOULD YOU SWITCH BETWEEN IDEAS?

I don’t think there is any one way to answer this question. Some people need structure and focus to work on a single project, others need the rush of multitasking to get things done. Everyone is different and that’s a good thing. However, I can’t help but feel a little guilty for choosing to work on newer and shinier projects once the going gets hard on old favourites. Is it my fault for being so easily distracted or is it healthy to get things out of the way that seem to cloud your judgment and motivation for what you’ve been working on thus far?

Let me give you an example! As many of you know, I have been working on my story Arcadia (details about it here) for several years now. I may not be the fastest writer, I may not even do the best job I could with this first draft, but I am being the most dedicated I could be. At least that’s what I thought. As of late, my thoughts have become increasingly occupied by what I skillfully dubbed the #witchyWIP for now. I didn’t have a plot idea, I barely even had names for the characters, but these random scenes just kept invading my mind over and over until I wrote them down.

Here’s the first chapter/prologue that came as a result from that:

And after that, I just couldn’t really stop? I didn’t have answers to the questions I was asking myself with this story, but I sure as heck wanted to find out where it was all going. While I am usually very much a pantser for all my projects, I found myself outlining what could be (even though I am sure it’s not nearly as detailed or coordinated as other people do their outlines) and making notes in all my notebooks and on my phone whenever inspiration struck. So, while I still love Arcadia, Kasia and Dyson and everyone in the story very much, I just can’t seem to focus on that particular story right now. Does that mean I am going to abandon it altogether? Of course not! It’s a story I very much intend to finish and since I was going at snail-speed anyway, it doesn’t seem like it would make too much of a difference if I jotted down a couple scenes for something new in the meantime. Still, the guilt remains

For now, I have decided to just go with the flow and continue to write for whatever story idea I feel most inspired to work on. With everything that is going on outside of blogging, we will see how much time and energy I will have in the weeks to come anyway. But I would like to hear from you fellow bloggers and writers:

Do you get distracted by newer and shinier ideas as well sometimes? How do you balance wanting to explore something fresh, while continuing to work on your old projects at the same time? Do you get things done or gradually forget about what you previously worked on once a new idea comes to mind? I would love to discuss this topic with you in the comments below! 

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 13-19)

Hello again, everyone! I am so happy to keep receiving messages that these posts help a lot of people to stay on top of their to-watch-list as well as introducing them to new things they might actually have missed. That is exactly why I keep doing them! However, in a week exactly, I am traveling to Berlin and I just want to give everyone a heads up that it might be (for the first time in 2+ years) that I miss a Sunday post. I just don’t know yet, but I will try to upload something as per usual. Here we go for this week:

Movies

Next Gen

It feels like a mix between Big Hero 6 and Wall-e?

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Sneak Peek)

After Everything

Hannah Marks (Amanda from Dirk Gently) directed this and it looks like such an amazing flick!

What Men Want

I am usually really tired of all the reboots and remakes, but dang, that looks like such a fun genderswapped version of What a Woman Wants.

Widows

I already loved the first trailer, but it just keeps on looking more badass. That cast is just to die for!

Green Book

Not two actors I would have expected to see working together so well, but I like the look of it.

ROMA

It looks beautiful, but I am not going to pretend to understand what’s happening.

The Oath

I saw a lot of comedians on my Twitter TL recommend this, but I am so confused about this movie.

The Happytime Murders

I am going to pass on this one.

The Last Sharknado

How on earth did this franchise get 6 movies!?

TV Shows

Tell Me a Story

A dark, twisted and modern take on fairy tales – count me in!!

Good Trouble (The Fosters spin-off)

I never finished The Fosters, so I have no idea what to expect from this.

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 2)

CANNOT WAIT!

The Gifted (Season 2)

Similarily cannot wait!

Iron Fist (Season 2)

To be fair, it does look worlds better than S1.

Empire (Season 5)

Star (Season 3)

Ugh, I hate when there is no new material in the promo at all.

The Resident (Season 2)

What are you watching? What has caught your eye? Let’s talk about it!