The Social Media Tag

I hope you all know the different social media platforms I use for my blog and some of them also privately, but I am far from being an expert on those things. At times, I even find the whole thing extremely tiring, but when the lovely Beth @Reading Every Night tagged me to do the Social Media Tag, I was immediately intrigued. It’s such a great way to shine a light on some special bloggers out there. So, here we go!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Choose a blog or blogger per category and explain why you chose them.
  • Tag others to do this (up to you how many)

Instagram: A blog with a design you love

Aurora @Aurora Libralis has one of the softest and most beautiful designs for a blog I know. I always adore the aesthetics she chooses for her posts and that just makes them so pleasing to read! Not just that, but Aurora is also a lovely person and has really creative ideas, like character libraries and such.

Facebook: A blog with a friendly blogger

I kind of doubt that anyone would not pick Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books for this particular category!? She is one of the most dedicated people I know. She isn’t just active, responsive and engaging on her own blog, but she is EVERYWHERE on the blogosphere as a whole. I adore her not just as a blogger, but as a friend and confidant. I couldn’t even imagine life without her anymore and am so happy we were able to schedule some buddy reads this year.

Twitter: A blogger who could just write 140 characters and you would still love them

There’s a lot of people this description actually fits, because I love so many of the blogs that I read (even though I should probably be more engaged on some of them to show that love). However, my dear friend Marta @The Cursed Books has lately been on a semi-hiatus because of busy life and school work, so I am just happy to read whatever she is able to put out into the world.

YouTube: A blog that keeps you entertained

This is without a doubt Trang and Lashaan @BOOKIDOTE! I don’t know if there was ever a better blogging duo out there, but somehow they manage to keep creating amazing posts on different topics and because of that always have me coming back for more. They just really compliment each other in what they write about and a visit to their blog never gets dull!

Snapchat: A blogger who’s updates you can’t wait for

I always love checking out whatever review, tag or life update Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff has in store for me. She has such an engaging way of being and writing that I just cannot wait to hear what she’s been up to. No matter what the topic is, I keep finding new things we have in common or at least feel inspired to check out afterwards. (Also, I kind of appreciate that she endures my constant Hogwarts Mystery updates/questions! haha)

Tumblr: A blog which is very diverse and has variety

Avery @Red Rocket Panda fits this category perfectly! He’s a diverse book blogger who doesn’t just post reviews, but writes posts on diversity and inclusion as well as about topics outside of the bookish world. I have to say I felt extremely honored to have played a tiny role in getting the idea for the “What’s on the Box” feature started and I hope there are more shows and the likes talked about soon.

Pinterest: A blog which is full of creativity and inspiration

The Orang-utan Librarian has been a blogging inspiration, and quite frankly idol, of mine for a while and I don’t think I need to explain for anyone who has been on their blog. They are not afraid to talk about controversial topics and keep going in depth with their reviews on books and shows, while also providing amazing insight in differences in style and such. I can never get enough of their posts and I feel emboldened to try different things as well.

I TAG THEE

I am going to follow into Beth’s footsteps and hereby tag all the people I’ve mentioned in the post. But if you feel like this is the right tag for you, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!

Did you agree with my choice of bloggers? Do you know them? (If not, what are you waiting for!? They are awesome!!!) Let’s chat in the comments below!

300 Followers aka YOU ARE AMAZING!

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I think the header says it all, but I can only repeat myself! We have gotten to 300 Followers and I still can’t believe it! Everything has been going so fast and I am often still surprised that you crazy people like to read my ramblings. Know that I appreciate every single view, like and/or comment! You guys and the whole blogger community have all been so supportive and kind. I’ve put more work into this blog since I finished university in July and I can see that you value my effort, which I am eternally grateful for. You brighten my day and for that I can only say a BIG THANK YOU!

I don’t think we have to go into the old antics of how the blog started (mix of boredom, curiosity and seeking like-minded people). I originally wanted to do a giveaway for this milestone, but my resources are a little drained at the moment (Sorry!). So instead I thought I’d use this opportunity to give you the chance to ask me anything you like. Basically, it’s QUESTION TIME! Maybe you always wanted to know something about me or the blog? Please, go ahead and ask!

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200 Followers!

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Wow! I knew that the milestone was close but I am still amazed that we have actually reached 200 Followers here on Life and Other Disasters! I’ve been really busy on the blog lately and tried to post as much as possible. That is not always that easy but apparently you guys really appreciated my effort. I love blogging and I never thought that so many people would actually read my ramblings, so THANK YOU!

I want to use this opportunity to update you on some other follower numbers and to encourage you to connect with me on other platforms as well:

  • Facebook: 135 likes
  • Twitter: 120 followers
  • Goodreads: 38 friends (I’ve been trying to add a lot of you guys lately, so if we aren’t friends yet, just send me a request!)
  • Bloglovin‘: 5 followers (I guess I should take more care of that …)

Keep up the great work! I am always so happy about every single like or comment on here. I’ll read you soon!

A Thousand Pieces of You Book Review

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first installment in the Firebird Trilogy. Even though I’ve already read it at the beginning of this year, I haven’t written a review yet, so here we go! Please beware of Spoilers!

A Thousand Pieces of You is about a girl called Margeruite (or just Meg), whose parents have invented something extraordinary that’s called a Firebird. The device allows you to travel to parallel worlds, but before the final test of the device, Meg’s father gets murdered by his assistant Paul and she is hell-bent on revenging his death. To do so, she and Theo have to follow Paul into the unknown parallel universes that are out there.

I really enjoyed reading A Thousand Pieces of You, but it was a bit different from what I expected. I thought it would be an action-packed read with several jumps from one universe to the next, but that wasn’t really the case. Meg is pretty quick to doubt Paul’s hand in her father’s murder and in fact we only visit 4 parallel worlds. That doesn’t mean it’s really a bad thing, just that it was an unexpected change in pace. However, there were some exciting twists and surprises and maybe it was necessary to spend so much time in one world in order to really show the Paul-Meg-connection. I have to give it to Claudia Gray though for striking a great balance with creating the different worlds.  There’s a futuristic, a very imperial-like and more familiar worlds and she managed to make them believable, reasonable yet still with that element that only comes with experiencing something new.

The love triangle worked quite well for me too, although I felt a little frustrated with Paul’s hesitation after the happenings in Russia. Nonetheless, I love his connection with Meg and how it resonated in every universe they went to. I mean that’s the real kind of love – the one that survives through time and space! No matter how charming he is, Theo never stood a chance against that.

Last but not least, I fell in love with the cover right away! I’m such a sucker for pretty covers and A Thousand Pieces of You has definitely one of the most stunning ones out there! Luckily, they continued with this style and the sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above, looks just as beautiful. I cannot wait for its release this fall (I believe it to be around November 3)!

Fazit: very romantic read that portrays a real connection/not a revenge-story

So, would you be interested in reading this book as well?

P.S.: I found this song (Your Soul by RHODES) and thought it fitted the story perfectly. Therefore, I suggested it to Claudia Gray on Twitter and she replied that she loved it and added it to her book soundtrack! No idea if she really did that, but wouldn’t that be cool?

 

Eye Candy Season Finale

Seriously, people who are following me on Twitter know how obsessed I was with this show, live tweeting every week (and luckily getting retweeted by cast and crew) and generally getting way too emotional about it. Now the first Season is over and I want to recap/review the Season Finale of Eye CandySpoilers ahead!

I always get mad at shows with only ten episodes, because they last for such a short time, but on the other hand they are often more precise in their story arc than longer shows. Eye Candy (or rather MTV) really surprised me with barely having any bad episodes and mostly being on point and topic-related. Just as a little summary/reminder: Lindy, a hacker, starts working with the NYC Cyber Crimes Unit after it turns out one of her online dates is a serial killer. (That’s really the short, short version – click here to read my take on the Series Premiere!)

Now let’s talk about the finale:

  • The obvious elephant in the room first: Who would have thought that Jake is the flirtual killer? Just when I was about to semi-accept Jindy as a thing … Well, better him than Tommy. After getting a glimpse of Jake as a kid (adorable but disturbing), we find out more about his motivation behind killing and his obsession with Lindy. I think the voice-over of the killer (which I actually loved) just really threw me off his tracks. So, very well done, especially kudos to Ryan Cooper for the creepy acting in the last episode!
  • I just need a second to express my appreciation for Harvey Guillen as George. That guy is hilarious!
  • Connor probably wasn’t my favourite character this season, but I do feel sorry for him. His friends just keep dying – first his date, then Tessa and then Sophia has a close call. Let’s hope for a bit of a less eventful time for both of them to recover.
  • Now, last but not least, Lindy. She finally found a clue about her sister that might actually lead somewhere. I get why she left immediately, but I hate that Tindy is apart for now (just like Bellarke on the 100 – not cool!!). That last cyber farewell with Tommy was heartbreaking, because I truly love all their scenes together and I would have liked for them to have an actual conversation face-to-face. I am glad she forgave him, but I think he would have helped her in her search for Sara. He clearly stated that he would never stop looking for her and he even “stole” equipment from the Cyber Crimes Unit in order to help her, so her leaving is a bit pointless.

With the Sara-cliffhanger (Who was she afraid of? Who did she want to protect Lindy from?) I definitely want or rather I NEED another Season. I am desperately hoping ratings were good enough. I definitely loved it either way!

What were your thoughts on Eye Candy?

UPDATE 4/18/2015:

The show has been cancelled and I am devastated!!!

The Newsroom Series Finale

I am profoundly sad that the Newsroom is over. It’s like an era that has come to an end … the show will always have a special place in my heart. Beware of Spoilers for the Series Finale right ahead!

The video above pretty much sumarises all my thoughts about the finale. “What Kind of Day Has It Been” has been used for many a series finale by Aaron Sorkin and it fit this episode as much as any other. We reminisce about how it all started and how we got to the place we are today. I love the idealism of quality journalism, the need to inform the people and the heart and wit of every single character … just everything that the Newsroom stands for. I am going to miss it so very much!

But let’s look at it one last time:

  • This last episode was really an ode to Charlie’s character. We start at his funeral and begin to see that he was the one bringing the entire team together, keeping them together and fighting for them until the end. I love that we got to see that he wasn’t just a great co-worker and boss, but also a real family man.
  • Don and Sloan – I’ve grown to love them even more during the course of this series. They thought they were partially responsible for Charlie’s death, which was really heartbreaking to watch, when Charlie was in reality still counting on them to fight him. In the end, Don gets offered the position of Executive Producer of Newsnight, but refuses in order to stay EP for 10 o’clock with Sloan – they are on to something (good) there!
  • Neal comes back! Finally, he can set foot on American soil again without having to fear getting arrested and the first thing he does is scold the new guys from digital for ruining his effort of building a website with integrity. I was just so happy to see Dev Patel again. His storyline was really interesting and it’s a shame he wasn’t actually more part of it.
  • Maggie and Jim are finally (!!!) dating. After three years of ups and downs they are together now, but in that very moment they are about to become a couple, Maggie gets a job offer as Field Producer in Washington DC. Since Jim recommended her for the job, she fears that this means the end of their relationship, but he just truly thinks that she’s most suitable for the job. After he becomes Executive Producer of Newsnight, he offers her the job of Senior Producer, but she refuses. Instead she wants to try her luck in DC. For the first time in his life, Jim is willing to go the distance, because he loves Maggie and says that so very casually after three days of dating, that she can’t feel anything other than surprise. You have to love them!
  • Will was supposed to give a eulogy at Charlie’s funeral, but he couldn’t actually do it until much later. He also promises Charlie’s grandsons to be there for them. Additionally, he finds out that MacKenzie is pregnant, which spreads like wildfire after he accidentally spills the news to some co-workers. Also, after Lucas Pruit has some serious PR issues, he makes Mac (with some little help of Leona) the new Director of the News Division and therefore Charlie’s successor. I’m glad everything’s working out for the two of them.
  • As cheesy as it was, I loved the little musical performance of the guys, when they played “How I Got to Memphis” in the garage.

What were your favourite parts of the Series finale as well as the show as a whole? Did you enjoy it or was the Newsroom something that just wasn’t your thing?

The Newsroom – Season 3 Premiere

I am so happy to have this show back on screen! If you have no idea what The Newsroom is, I’m sorry, but you must have lived under a rock the past years. Click here to read my post from back in the days, which should give you enough reasons to start watching it soon! But this isn’t just a post about the show in general, instead it’s about the third and final Season PremiereSpoilers ahead!

It is so exhilarating to be back in the Newsroom. Seen as the show is one of the smartest and most perfectly written dramas on TV right now, I am sad to see it go. But let’s face it, the show always had an expiration date stamped on, because you cannot continue to tell stories like this forever, without losing credibility. Yet, Aaron Sorkin, creator and writer of the show, made sure that they’d go out with a bang!

The first episode throws us back to 2013 and the bombing during the Boston Marathon. After the Genoa debacle, they want to do everything right and won’t air anything without double confirmation of respectable sources. The events of season 2 have definitely left their traces and our Newsroom heroes are all on different pages now. Let’s break it down a little:

  • The whole team seems a bit cautious when it comes to reporting the news now. In fact, they are about the last channel that actually talks about the bombing. Also, they only want to use credible sources, which of course is nothing bad, but Twitter and other social media sites spread information like wildfire and the Newsroom doesn’t acknowledge this new development at all. Of course you’d still need proper confirmation before airing, but sometimes it’s good not to discredit all social media sources.
  • Will and Mac are planning their wedding (about time!) when they find out about the bombing. They don’t seem as confident as they used to be to me, at least not when it comes to their job. But they still have their team’s back and would go the extra mile for them. Will wants to quit after hearing that ACN ratings went down, but I think he reconsidered by the end of the episode.
  • Neal seems to have landed a big fish, when someone tries to give him confidential documents. After receiving the classified information though, Neal wants something more concrete from the whistleblower. By asking for that, he commits a federal crime himself by inspiring someone to espionage. At least he needs a lawyer now and that means the re-entry of Rebecca Halliday into the show.
  • Sloan and Don are the best together! I just love them – individually and as a couple. Throughout the episode Sloan discovers that there is a hostile takeover in store for ACN and warns Reese about it.
  • Reese Lancing isn’t a character many people like – why would they? But I just can’t stop picturing Danny Castellano from the Mindy Project, so I’m glad the Newsroom staff has his back.
  • At the beginning it seems like everyone doubts that Maggie is still cut out for the job. But she gets to go to Boston with Elliot and does quite well there, until she accidentally gives Elliot a chicken salad with nuts, although he’s allergic to them. You’d think that he’d get really angry, but he tells her to go on air instead of him and she is brilliant. You go Maggie! And at least we also know that Jim never doubted her!

I still love the show to bits and can’t wait for next week. Let’s just hope it ends as well as the first episode did – “We’re not in the middle of a third act; we just got to the end of the first!” That seems highly promising to me. What do you think?