I have been thinking about changing my diet for a while now. I’m simply not happy anymore with the way I eat and what I eat. So why do I think being vegan for a while will change everything? Well, no. I have a few reasons but I am mostly just doing this out of curiosity. I want to know what it’s like to plan meals and to carefully read ingredients at the back of the packaging in supermarkets. To be honest, I let myself go a bit, indulged too much, enjoyed chocolate too many times. The result: horrible fatigue and even worse skin. Do I think I will be a vegan forever? Also no. I never ate much meat (actually, I never even ate meat that is imported from elsewhere) and I am lactose intolerant, so I guess that is sort of a bonus. I love fish though and maybe this will be a bit of a challenge. I set myself a goal: One month being a vegan. I see this “project” more like a short-term dieting plan, like a kickass-get-healthy-journal. And yes, I will keep writing and update you about progress and recipes and challenges. So, what do I think will change? Maybe (at least I hope so) I can drop a few kilograms of weight. This would be amazing, since I am trying to loose body fat ever since the start of this summer. I also keep my fingers crossed that my skin improves since I’m battling with hormonal acne since my pre-teen years. All in all, I wish to feel a bit healthier and also to understand the nutrients in our food better.
Being published on July 14th 2015, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is the debut Novel of the British author Natasha Pulley. The book won the Betty Trask Award in 2016. A second novel in this series is anticipated for 2019.
1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.
To be honest, I only picked this book up by mere coincidence since that day I decided to go to the bookstore at the train station after I had missed my train. I had two more hours to kill until the next train would arrive and so I decided to go and stroll through the little shop there. The book wasn’t on my reading list and I’ve never heard of it before, however, after I started reading the first few pages it immediately got my attention. I love novels with stories that are set during the Victorian times and I adore reading literature about gloomy and eerie places a.k.a. London.
Never had I though I would enjoy this book so much! It had a variety of mysterious elements such as tendencies to steampunk (or ‘tickpunk’ as some would refer to it), a wonderful way of describing the characters as well as quite some plot twists. A few times I had to stop reading and let the words sink in, slowly realising what just had happened. And that is, in my opinion, what makes a novel a really good book. Even though it is not the main plot, the novel includes a love story as well. While I was reading the book I was hoping that it will slowly start to show and when there were only about 150 pages left, I was fearing it won’t. However, in the end it actually did (which made me very happy). It is the kind of love story that sort of lingers somewhere in the background while the reader may or may not have already guessed it.
All in all, it was a really nice book even though I wish it had more than 318 pages but you can’t get everything I guess. I love Pulley’s writing style and I am so excited for the second book, which will probably be released in 2019.
“Science had to have some mystery otherwise everyone would find out how simple it was.”
“It is not summer, England doesn’t have summer, it has continuous autumn with a fortnight’s variation here and there.”
“Everybody, professors and students and Proctors the same, knew that if the sign said ‘do not walk on the grass’, one hopped. Anybody who didn’t had failed to understand what Oxford was.”
4 / 5
Every Day by David Levithan was first published in August 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. The New York Times Bestseller is mostly associated with the Genres Young Adult, Romance and Fantasy. Every Day is the first book of a triology. Furthermore a book, which tells the reader the stories that happened during the events of the first book, exists.
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone A wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Even though I very much enjoyed reading the book I actually felt like something was missing. I hoped for a grand finale or a great, great tragedy but sadly there was none. Other than that I think the book is well written and definitely interesting. It covers deeper topics like acceptance, difficulties in one’s teenage years, and learning to trust people. Although quite often the story tends to get pretty philosophical, it is still easy to read and a wonderful work of YA literature. I am excited for the movie and I have high hopes that it will be as beautifully done as the book has been written.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvellous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”
“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”
“It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored.”
“Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.”
3 / 5
The writer of this blog is a nineteen-year-old girl who lives and studies in Vienna, Austria. Ever since her early high school years she loved to write book reviews and make up stories herself. Besides her passion for reading, she also really enjoys playing the piano and singing. Being interested in History, specifically the Victorian Age and the Roaring 20s, almost all of her favourite novels take place in this frame of time. Or, in other words: Whenever she picks up a novel about or from that time, she’ll immediately fall in love with it.