Lately I’ve been all about books. I think my publishing internship is rubbing on me because, while I’ve always read a lot, this fall I’ve doubled the amount of books I’ve read. This whole year actually. Naturally then, my Christmas wish list this year is mainly books. I’ve been reading a lot of YA and fantasy so most of these are continuations of series.
Sabaa Tahir’s Torch against the Night I’m really excited about because An Ember in the Ashes was BRILLIANT! I can’t say enough good things about it. The Invasion of the Tearling is also a sequel. It continues from the events of The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Holly Bourne’s …and a Happy New Year? is the latest Spinster Club book and after reading the original trilogy I’m OBSESSED. Holly Bourne writes in such a relatable and funny way. Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody has been something I’ve wanted to read for a while. Also, after watching the new episodes of Gilmore Girls (Did you watch them? Thoughts?), I really want to get my hands on Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I can.
I feel like everyone (including yours truly) is on a Harry Potter high this year. First we got the Cursed Child, now Fantastic Beasts movie AND book, and I’m also going to see the play in London in a month. So obviously, I included a little Hufflepuff-y goodness: the house scarf! I also love the Luna Lovegood mug, she’s definitely one of the most lovable cooky characters in the series. And how cute is the BB-8 mug?! I also really need a new watch and this kitty one speaks to my cat lady soul. Finally, the Doctor Who mug…because it combines Christmas and one of my favorite fandoms.
What’s on your wish list this Christmas? Anything you fancy on my list?
Here is my OOTD (from Friday actually, I just didn’t have time to post it then). I wore an ankle-length black gown that has a lace detailing on the top to the academic dinner party of the English student organization. It was the 44th anniversary of the organization and the dress code was black tie. I paired the dress with black hunky heels and a black cardigan with a pearl collar.
The party was really lovely: we had coconut soup for starters, salmon as main course, and chocolate cake as dessert. There was lots of singing and a fun speech from one of our professors (also, teacher of the year!). This is probably my last academic dinner party before I graduate with my MA so I was super happy to attend.
I also wanted to add a few links here since I haven’t done a link round-up in a while. This is a short one, I’ll make a proper one later during the spring :)
My job hunt journal made its way to our English students’ webzine Better Than Sliced Bread: A Humanist’s Search for a Job
We filmed finally an introduction video for Her Campus Helsinki!
This article on xoVain about the effects of accutane was really informative (especially since my acne is worse than it’s ever been – hence the slightly cakey and flakey makeup on the ootd photos – and I have a dermatologist appointment for next month to talk about the possibility of Roaccutane)
You can be productive on your couch? Well, that’s good to know (she types while laying in bed on a Monday afternoon).
This 5 Fandom Friday post is a bit late due to my unfortunate case of very Christmas-y bronchitis and the merry after-present of an allergic reaction to my antibiotics. However, as I haven’t done these 5 Fandom Friday posts in a long while, I’ll consider this a success! Hopefully now I’ll have more time to blog that I’m on Christmas break :)
So, this (last) week’s topic was “Christmas wish list”, which was a fun coincidence since I was going to post one already. My fandoms are all over the place in this list and there were so many items I wanted to include, that I ended up making a bit of a different kind of division between the things:
- reading (most of my wishes are books…or a poster about books)
- writing (writing guides are lovely)
- toys (one is never too old…)
- clothing (Hobbit-themed T-shirt is a must!)
- and organization (I desperately need a diary for 2016)
BONUS: A super awesome writing exercise journal on Fancy – 642 Things to Write About
Time for another link round-up: here are my November favorites. This time I gathered quite a few of the articles I’ve written during this fall for online magazines as well as a few pieces from last Spring.
Better Than Sliced Bread:
Article on fitness
Is Outlander as the feminist answer to Game of Thrones or just smut fluff?
Blogging as an Industry of Sharing
Talk about book trailers
Her Campus Helsinki:
Helsinki Book Fair 2015
Cat cafe trip
An interview with the founders of HC Helsinki (one of them being me!)
Additional Articles and Links
My article about budget travel in Tallinn on Pink Pangea
Cute outfits inspired by Man Up film on Sara’s blog
Real talk about STDs from a friend of mine
How to plan ahead
I haven’t done a link round-up in quite a long while so here you go: some of my favorite bits and things from around the internet. I think it’s a pretty nice selection of Game of Thrones and other fangirl-y things as well as cats. Because no post is complete without cats ;)
Game of Thrones stars doing normal things – strange!
“A Girl, Obsessed” lists great blog post ideas.
Pretty Little Liars reaction GIFs featuring Shay Mitchell.
J.K. Rowling being her usual Sass Queen on Twitter.
This would be perfect for us and Merlin the kitty.
An interesting love related experiment.
Super amazing Harry Potter travel destinations.
Brilliant interview with Olivia Wilde – edited by Olivia Wilde.
Beautiful English words on Buzzfeed.
This adorable Vine of a sleepy kitty.
I know I haven’t done a link round-up in a while so here it goes:
An article on the pressure of having it all on Her Campus Helsinki.
Listen to the sounds of Hogwarts – I know I do when I’m studying ;)
Here’s a brilliant 30-Day Yoga Challenge playlist!
Oh, and before you go, here – have a kitty!
It’s been a very long time since I’ve done a link round-up, so here you go:
Check out this list for things that no one tells you about being a Harry Potter fanatic (I hope you’re just as obsessed as I am!)
Some lesser known facts about Harry Potters
This little chart from 9GAG perfectly pictures my levels of being awake:
And this on the other hand, I feel depicts life with Instagram (here’s a good chance to check out mine) quite nicely:
My wonderful friend Vanessa is blogging about her exchange year in Hong Kong and EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK IT OUT!
And if you’re already familiar with Outlander, here’s a list of the reasons why Sam Heughan is the perfect Jamie
This round-up was a bit short but I guess it shows well what I obsess over :P
I’ve been into the blogging world this year but I haven’t yet had many chances to showcase the blogs I love to read, so I decided to do a little collection of the blogs I
am addicted to like :)
The College Prepster: Carly’s blog was probably the first one I really started following on a daily basis. I love the mixture of preppy and ambitious, school-related and fun-loving!
xoVain: One of the few strictly beauty-related blogs I follow; I love the quirkiness of the blog.
The Beauty Department: another beauty blog – their how-to’s are so easy to follow!
Into the Gloss: a lovely mix of urban, beauty, celebs, and life
Sweet Lemon Mag: preppy and fabulous!
Smilingrid: My girl Ingrid is amazing and she’s so geeky – I love it! We both like Harry Potter and Doctor Who. Instant blogger besties.
October June: Another Harry Potter fan with a great mix of all sorts of lifestyle posts.
Allisonleighann: krhm….another Harry Potter fan :D You can clearly see that I favor geeky girls :P
FeliciaDay.com: the hilarious actress Felicia Day has a blog that I follow a lot – it’s geeky, quirky and smart!
A Beautiful Mess: a brilliant source for DIYs and photography tips!
Nerdjoy!: everything geeky ever! Steph is a fan of Game of Thrones – another one of my favorite fandoms – so I had to include her in this list :)
Scathingly Brilliant: I just love this girl’s style – just look at all those pastels!!
Here is this month’s link round-up with some funny and some useful things I’m liking right now:
Loving the Cat versus Human comics!
I’m constantly struggling with my hair as I’m growing it out from a super short pixie and I love these ways of hiding the awkwardness with little braids!
I’ve been listening to tons of Beatles lately because I just started an intensive course on them :) It’s been so much fun!
The life of a fangirl is difficult…
Chronic bitch face…Enough Said.
I thought it would be a high time for another link round-up!
First a few Her Campus links that describe my Spring perfectly:
Go check out the Scandinavia and the world comics if you haven’t already! They’re brilliant and hilarious. I love the character of Finland: Scandinavia and the world comic
Here’s an awesome Disney princess parody video. These same guys made also a great Frozen themed Disney princess video!
I know a lot of people like Birchbox and other surprise box subscriptions and I want to try out one as well. I’m not so into make-up that I would pay for monthly delivery but my inner geek would love this geeky goodness: Nerd Block
Finally I really want to try this creamy coconut pumpkin soup, it sounds delicious!