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6 Gifts for an 18th Birthday (List Made by a 16 year old)

It's the time of the year when my birthday is coming. I've rarely been able to say what I want for my birthday, so I decided to start real early for this list as my 18th birhday is quite important. So, today I am 16 and starting my list for my birthday. I'm going to schedule the date of post and will probably forget all about it. SO, yeah...

But this can be a quide of what to give to your 18th buddy to! Imagine he/she is talking to you about what they want!

Here we go (remember to click on the photos to follow the links, bae):

1. My Life, kikki.K - $39.95

 My Life

I thought that something to organise myself for my adult self would be quite good, and what better than a kikki.K. This is great to organise everything, but one of their time planners in addition would be marvelous.

2. A DIY scrapbook

Best Friends

A scrapbook of my 18 years on this earth, or of my years of friendships with you - it would heartwarming and beautiful 'cause I love you!

2. 18th Birthday Wish Jar - DIY or £14.95

Wish Jar

This one you can DIY or buy it! Either way it's adorable and so pinterest!

3. Made in 1999 - 20€

Made in 1999

Remember 1999! Love it! It's simple yet effective! And it isn't a tee-shirt saying something like I'm 18 'cause I'm not going to be 18 forever...

4. 18th Necklace - 18.95€

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Simple and cute with the name date of birth and the little colour. This is a definite cutie!

5. Music compilation/plyalist

A compilation with songs with my name in every song, or the songs you know I love, or the songs we share, or even the songs for wherever I'm heading to - if it's universaty, travelling or working! It will be perfect!

6. Generally Etsy

Etsy

I don't know about you but I love Etsy! You can look at my wishlist or favourites for inspiration! 

 

So, that was my list of 6 things I think an 18 year old me would like for her birthday.

I hope it inspired you for any situation you are in!

Xoxo

- 16 year old M

How To Be A Woman, Caitlin Moran

This book is before anything honest and down right sexy, and my first feminist novel read.

A feminist book has never been more relaxed, funny and shocking in a paragraph. Reading it you have the feeling that you are listening to a human. Obviously she is also an author - you can see it in the fluidity of her writing - but she isn't an essayist.

She is simply analysing her life with a feminist perspective.

She exclaims that we need more pornography (for more choice), that it is important for a woman (and men) to say out loud : "I'm a feminist!". Go on, I'll wait for ya! Say it!

This book, I had found it a couple of years ago in our library. I had started it, but after a page and a half I already had enough. It's really bizarre to think of it now that this book has basically become my witty Bible, like The Female Eunuch is for Caitlin Moran and many other women. I imagine I was not ready, as I am not ready today for Germaine Greer's book.

Taking this into account I understand that not every woman has read How to be a woman, but hey! The title says it all! I'm convinced every woman should read it even if it is just for the humour! Following this, I'm guessing that every girl should read How To Build A Girl which is why it is on my to be read (tbr) list!

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Animal Farm

A review of Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm

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This is one of those must reads that you hear about constantly at school. People will present it to you at least once a year. I'm not attacking this at all, look up, I put a five stars onto it! The fact that people talk and talk about it somehow forces you upon reading it, if school hasn't already - and I think it's a great thing. It gives such a good insight in how people can be driven into blindness in totalitarian entities, all with such a simplistic flow of words that create the perfect context, characters and plots that are Animal Farm.
I knew the story from all the presentations I mentioned previously. I had seen the cartoon/movie plenty of times, I even recall demanding to see it again, and again as a little kid, even though it made me cry and is a pretty frightening movie - it left such a vivid images of it that I kept having as I read Orwell's words. But even with all the knowledge I had on Animal Farm, the book was a great treat. And it might just be me but it was much more lighter than the movie. Easier, but don't get me wrong the movie is amazing!
So, hum, in conclusion I'm recommending both the movie and the book to everyone! :)

Xoxo,

M

 

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom: #31

Reading is dreaming with open eyes

As it's the holidays I'm trying to focus on doing things I can't do as much during the school year. Weirdly enough even though school tells us to read - they ironically don't really give us much time for it - so I'm reading now.

I've already finished 2 books during these holidays:

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I would have easily not have put it down if it weren't for eating, and school.
I found that this book was very simple and yet was able to make me feel the reeducation, the love, the anxe, and it often made me feel uneasy (especially at the ease that these boys have of stripping their clothes off) without being rude or in your face.
This is an extremely fine book that I recommend to EVERYONE (especially people learning mandarin like me).

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Winter Holiday Reading

Today is the first day of the Winter Holidays! And as usual I have heaps of books, some of which school have imposed on me, and others which were imposed by my own self (yes I'm weird).

So I wanted to share these books:

Currently Reading

I was also wondering if you would want a book report on some of them (or even a second Book Week). If so please comment below it's title!

 

Heaps of Dino Love,

M

Dino love

A room, a wall and a finished project

You know the feeling you get when you complete a project? Well that's what I'm feeling right now. Pride, excitement with a pinch of relief.

Now your probably wondering what this project was and why the über-long title who is ambiguous. Well for the title go talk to Jonas Jonasson to ask him why his titles are always so long and great (unlike mine)!

Now to drag the thing on I'm going to say that projects come into many formats so after a minor injury (at this point I have all your attention) and lots of discussions.

Now I proudly present to you *drum roll please* ...

My wall!

What?!

The wall

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Game of Thrones for the rest of us

Game Of Thrones

I actually had idea for this article during the Great Frenzy of Game of Thrones, but never got to actually write it.

The concept here, is that I don't watch Game Of Thrones, so this is from the point of view of someone who knows elements. For example, things I've over heard at the cafeteria etc. I thought this could be interesting for everyone: for a nice summary for the rest of us; for the people who live under a rock and have never heard of it, and for the fans who could laugh at my percepective (No hatred).

So here it is, Game of Thrones for the rest of us:

So basically there are seven leaders fighting for one uncomfortable looking chair/throne to have even more power and to rule them all (that sounds like Lord of the Rings, don't you think?).

So during this power chase, there are deaths, there are incestuous moments, even more deaths, more sex (but this time with prostitutes), and even more characters (George R. R. Martin, from what I've heard everyone including huge fans get lost in it all!)

But that shall not stop him! Making characters galore with elfic names or names such as Mountain ('cause he is big?) etc.

The reason it is such a great success? I belive it is because there are heaps of episodes (unlike Lord of the Rings - pfff only 3 oscar winning movies!), heaps of action. But most importantly, I have the feeling that everyone wants to know who wins this cruel 'game'! Around the world people are rooting for their favourite characters (if they are not dead yet, because apparently George R. R. Martin has this mani of killing everyone's favourite characters at the climax of their love for them...).

The suspense is intense...

But, will he ever finish it? Will there be a winner? Will all the heirs die? Leaving the kingdoms to even more chaos? Leaving the people to steal the swords of the bloody thrown to combat, and attempt to  save their own lives?

WOW! That went dark pretty quickly... But as we say: When in Rome...

However on this dark note, I'm going to leave you with a quick  'outsider' summary:

If you like fantasy, filled with death and sex, and you are not afraid to cry or to be confused: Games Of Thrones is for you!

I truly hope you appreciated this episode!

If you want more posts like this comment below the series/books/movies that are huge, and that I do not binge watch (good-luck).

Xoxo,

Melodie

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom: #13

WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS

Today's WWW "Whatever Happens, Happens" doesn't have a quoter, but what made me put it here is the book "The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson (i'll post a review of the book when i'll have finished the book). 

Follow up: Newies!

I posted a list called Newies! of all the things I have been Lovin' during these winter holidays, and a reader suggested to me that I should say more imformation etc. So here it is the Follow up!

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DIY: Corner Bookmark

Happy 1st of February to everyone! Including you Hugo (this post made me think of you a lot)!

This DIY is related to the present theme of this week "Book Week", but it isn't really on purpose....

A corner bookmark is a really original and creative way to keep your page! I had promised to do a video to how to make a corner bookmark, but I have decided to make a blog post for it....

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Book Week: Day #5

Awareness Books

Rose Blanche and The Fault in our Stars

"Moving. Life Changing."

Rose Blanche, by Roberto Innocenti

The Fault in our Stars, by John Green

This is the story of a young german girl during WW2. One day she finds a consentration camp for Jews...

This story is a very sad story. The drawings make everyone look like sad zombies.

This is the story of Hazel who is in terminal of tumor-shrinking since a couple of years. Then she meets in her Support Group: Augustus Waters that will rewrtite Hazel's story. 

I still haven't finished the book. But I'm lovin' it!

Rose Blanche dans la forêt

Book Week: Day #4

The Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer

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2 books out. 2 Up coming.

The Lunar Chronicles Series is basically fairy tales revisited (put into the futur).

Except that it is so much more. Plots intertiwne etc. It is so beautifully written!

Cinder is a cyborg who is a gifted mechanical in New Beijing. And like Cinderella she has an evil stepmother, and two stepsisters... Her life gets expentently entwined with the Prince, except that it is a bit more complicated than that... I will let you discover why, and how...

In Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), we continue to have the Cinder story-line, whilst having the all remarkable Scarlet story. 

In both of the books the romantic stories are complicated, but magically beautiful. You just don't want it to end!

Thankfully Cress is coming out this year! (pre-ordered of course!

And then Winter in 2015! (also pre-ordered)

It's a love story between me and those books!

Cress Winter

Book Week: Day #3

The Nightshade Vs. Reckless

Trilogies

Nightshade Reckless

These two books are beautiful.

The Nightshades' , I have to admit is a little like Twilight, with the fictional caracters, wolves, and a love story that stays. But it has much more interesting events: more fascinating (and intelligent) evil caracters, like a "flying" city in book 3 - not a spoiler at all.

Reckless is from my Cornelia Funke (see Day #1) the author that made me actually love to read! The book is about Jacob Reckless a boy that has a mirror like Alices', except that the world it brings him to is filled with many more ennemies. I've only read the first one, and now I see that the trilogy is now all out!

I loved both of the books/trilogies but they hold different places in my heart: Nightshade kept my mind focused on it during the whole time I was reading it, where as Reckless got me transfixed with the beauty of the continuity of someones skills (Cornelia Funke).

Book Week: Day #2

The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn, by Henry Chancellor

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The second trilogy. The second love.

This trilogy (that I own only the 2 and 3, because I borrowed it from my old english teacher) is an amazing trilogy following 12 year old Tom Scatterhorn on his remarkable adventures across the world thanks to holes in the time wich makes it possible for him and his different companions to time-travel. The story is beautifully written. The descriptions make you feel in the story.

P.S. In english class we had to write a letter to our favorite writter. I wrote to Henry Chancellor. Guess what? I had an amazing hand-written responce!

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Book Week: Day #1

Ink Heart, by Cornelia Funke

The Beginning of it all...

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I say the beginning of it all, because it is the book/series that made me love and start to read.

This trilogy is a fantastic story about a girl, Meggie, and her father, Mo, that have a power: the caracters come to life when they read aloud. Even saying this is saying too much... All I can tell you more is that (as always) an evil caracter gets the "lead" in a confrontation, which leads to a wonderful story filled with ups and downs, and magical fiction.

This trilogy has a such big place in my heart. I love it so much.

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P.S. The movie is not to be wathed from the readers! It only tells the story of book 1 in a weird fashion...

Book Week Plan

I have read many many books that I have adored. Some of them took away my life, it was all about the book, what was going to happen etc. All of them in the fantasy world.

So, I had the idea to have a Book Week where I present books or series that I liked at 10h00 each day of the week (27/01/14 - 02/02/14). And of course, you are invited to comment if you've read the book(s) in question, if yes what you thought about it, and also book suggestions for me! So that the next Book Week I'll have a day or more where I will talk about the books you suggested to me!