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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hello!

I have been nominated for this award since long time already but I have never come around to do it. It was in my bookmarks and I thought, now is the perfect time to do it.


The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs and ask them 11 questions
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

 

1. When did you start your blog?

  • I started blogging in 2015, but I started up my game last year in 2017.

2. Why did you start blogging?

  • I wanted to write about the books I’ve read and enjoy talking about the books. And I thought I can share my thoughts about it.

3. What’s the one thing you’ve done in your life so far, that you are most proud of?

  • I finished school in Germany and found a job where I’m happy.

4. If you could go back and change something you’ve done, what would it be?

  • Start the university that I knew I will give up in the end.

5. Spring or Autumn?

  • I prefer Spring more but I love both of them.

6. Summer or Winter?

  • Summer, I hate the cold winters.

7. Beach or Theme Park?

  • Beach all the way, oh my goddess.

8. Mountains or Countryside?

  • I prefer Countryside, yes.

9. Dogs or Cats?

  • Cats, I love cats so much. I hope to adopt one in the future.

10. Travel to the past or to the future?

  • Oh, I think I would prefer the future. I wouldn’t want to visit past.

11. In a perfect world, what life would you have and where would you be?

  • I would live somewhere near the coast, in a house where one room would be just filled with books and bookshelf. I would have cats, a partner and would be working from home. I would have a book written.

I tag everyone who wants to do this tag. Please enjoy it!

With love,

Ana

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90s Kids book tag

Hello everyone!

Happy Valentine’s day first of all! I hope you will have an amazing day, even if you don’t have special someone.

Today, I’ll be doing the 90s kids book tag today that I found over on Dora’s blog. It sounded so interesting and I’m 90s kid so why not do it?!

THE RULES

  1. Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around!  I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s.  Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!

POKEMON:

A GBA game and trading card game where you battled pocket monsters and strived to catch them all.  Back in the day, there were only 150 Pokemon.

The author you need every book from.

  • I would say that it is Jenny Colgan.

AIM

AOL Instant Messaging – how 90s kids communicated with their friends after school before everyone had a cell phone.

Book that connected you with your best friend.

  • Ugh, my best friend isn’t really a reader but my other one.. I would say it was Captive Prince. She read it cause I talked too much about it. But aside the best friend, the book that connected me more to Dora was Six of crows.

FURBY

Creepy needy robots you could teach to talk and were probably demon possessed.  Somehow these made a comeback?

Book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster.

  • I’m not really sure of it. The passage by Justin Cronin?

N’SYNC

90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?

A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.

  • Kings Rising by C.S.Pacat. I want more of the Captive Prince books

SLIMED!

Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out.  Also apparently still a thing at the Kid’s Choice Awards?

A book everyone loved but you hated.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I don’t know what was amazing about that book but it didn’t really amaze me personally :/

OREGON TRAIL

90s computer game you could usually play at school, which was great.  It taught us people used to die a lot of gruesome, messy deaths.

A book that made you wish you died of dysentery.

  • Antigona by Sofoklo. I had to read it in school and, gosh, I couldn’t even swallow it down. 

MIXTAPE/CD

Back before everyone had music on their phones (remember, we didn’t have cell phones!) folks would rip their CDs and make mixes for each other.

3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what.

  1. Captive Prince 
  2. The plot
  3. Discovery of witches

DIAL-UP INTERNET

You know how it’s annoying when you aren’t on LTE?  IMAGING WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR INTERNET TO START AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD!

A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.

  • Uhm, I think it would be “U registraturi” by Ante Kovačić (croatian writer). Had to read it for school and it was so long and so gosh..

KENAN THOMPSON

He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever.  Also Mighty Ducks.  Good Burger.  Keenan and Kel.  All That.  Everything.

That book that you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.

  • I would say Harry Potter but I love it. I’m a huge fan of HP and a Potterhead, proud Ravenclaw so I enjoy it.

THUMBS UP, SEVEN UP

A game where most the class closed their eyes and seven people tapped someone’s thumb and you had to guess who did it without peeking.

Book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don’t like guessing games.

  • I can’t remember the book where I’ve read that. I have been tempted to do that but I know that it will just ruin the whole book so I don’t do it. I like getting to know the ending myself

DUNKAROOS

These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.

Your ideal bookish snack.

  • Omg, I don’t eat while reading. I would probably just ruin my book by eating. I like to drink tea or just water, but eating is a big no.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid!  Plus, there were illustrations…

A book that kept you up all night.

  • I don’t read horrors so I don’t stay up for that. I only once stayed up reading.

BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY

Basically the coolest thing you got to do in science class was watch Bill Nye.  He has a Netflix show again!

A book that taught you something new.

  • Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen > sort of a biography of a woman who, as a teenager, fell into a pit of drugs and alcohol but found her way out through yoga. She is really inspiring person anyway and I’m following her on instagram. Maybe one day I will be able to travel to Aruba and do her yoga class.

This tag is open for everyone who wants to do it!

With love,

Ana

Review

Review: Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe

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Title: Body Positive Power
Author: Megan Jayne Crabbe aka bodypositivepanda
Genre: non-fiction, self-help
Pages: 288
Publisher: Vermilion

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but the truth is that our bodies are not the problem. How we’ve been taught to see them is the problem… it’s time for us all to stop believing the lies, and take our power back.

Megan’s body image issues began when she was five years old. She spent her childhood chasing thinness, and at fourteen found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. Then she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she’s determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are. If you’re tired of being at war with your body, then this book is for you.

With her inimitable flair, whip-smart wit and kickass attitude, Megan argues for a new way of seeing ourselves, and a world where every body is celebrated. Where there is no such thing as a ‘bikini body diet’ and 97% of women don’t hate the way they look. 

A powerful call to arms as much as it is inspirational and practical, this book is the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for.

Review:

This book is the first one I’ve read on body positivity and self love and I’m glad it is. It is a huge eye opener to the number 1 problem in the world. The one that mostly hits girls but the boys as well. The dieting problem! The I-Need-To-Lose-Weight problem!

Everything that you have believed about diets and everything that you thought you knew about dieting will probably fall in water. And by dieting, I mean the diets where you restrict yourself of the food(s). Did you know that the girls at the age of 8 start dieting and losing weight? Just because they are constantly bombarded with photos of the thin and photo-shopped bodies, bodies got only with working out and having an addiction to it, bodies that only 5% of people own.

Remember how often you have seen some ad where the person wasn’t thin and was perfect in any way possible. Not really that often, right?! It is not only weight but the hair, nails, eyes, skin.. Everything is attacking us and, yet, we asks ourselves why majority of people have body image issues. How often have you heard from your family members that you need to lose weight? As if your weight is the most important thing in the world and nothing else matters. I know that I’ve heard it more than enough to have body image issues with 25 years and that it is hard to get rid of them. Let’s also start from ourselves; how often have you acknowledged someone losing weight and how they look like before we acknowledged something else?

Do you really know what’s, or better said who’s, behind all those dieting programs? The multi billionaire companies ready to get your money from diet programs, pills, teas and so on.

Throughout the books, you will find the stats that support something that is written; which I find amazing. Also, all those Belly love tips! I loved those a lot because we are often attacking our belly as if it has done everything wrong in our life. Instead showing it love and care. Instead showing our whole body love and care that it deserves.

So, may 2018 be the year where you will fall in love with yourself. And read this book, find Megan on youtube and other social media (bodyposipanda on Instagram).

Rating: 5* out of 5

With love,

Ana

Unboxing

Geek Gear – World of Wizardry unboxing

Hello lovely people!

This time around, I’m bringing you unboxing of the Geek Gear’s World of Wizardry box for January. I have been subscribed to this box for couple of months already and I must say that I really love it. It is my only subscription box that I’m purchasing so I’m glad that I’m happy with it. What I also really like is that you can choose your house (or you don’t need to choose one, if you don’t want to). At any point, you can also change the size of the t-shirt (which I have done). Their customer service is also really nice and helpful. I’ve had a problem with my October box, I didn’t got it, and after short investigation they sent me a new one, free of charge.
So, shall we see what did we got this time around?

This is how the box looks like when you receive it (they revamped their design and I love it). And for all the parents that are muggles, there is a sticker right on the top.

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Even the tissue paper is in your house colors!IMG_1058

So, when you finally remove the tissue paper, right on top you will most likely see the t-shirt. This time we have Newt T-Shirt (RRP £11,99) and it glows in the dark. 😉IMG_1059IMG_1064

This is what has been hiding underneath: House Bath Bombs (RRP £5,99), Handmade House Candles (RRP £5,99), Handmade cushion cover (RRP £9,99), Competition pin (RRP £6,99), Poster (RRP £6,99), Expecto print (RRP £4,99) and two cookbook recipes (Butterscotch cheese cake and Weasley Family Breakfast by Felicia.IMG_1060IMG_1061IMG_1062

This is how the pin, candle and bathbomb look in close up. The pin is the common one. There was also a S.P.E.W pin (rare) and Luna Lovegood one (ultra rare). I’m so sad that I didn’t got the Luna one since she is my favorite character but it is a ultra rare one so I understand that it is not easy to get one. The candle smells absolutely divine and I’m not sure will I be burning it. The bathbomb smells good but it will take some time until I use it since I don’t have a bathbomb in the flat I live at. IMG_1065

The recipes! I hope that they will also include some vegan ones for all the vegan people out there. I’m on the way to become a vegan so having some vegan recipes would be also nice. 🙂 If I ever try any of these recipes, I will let you know. Oh, in the December box, we have gotten a cookbook ring binder where you can put those and have them all in the same place. IMG_1069

The cushion cover has a crest on it and also a word that describes your house. IMG_1070

This month you also get a poster that has all the crests of all four houses and the Hogwarts emblem in the middle. I tried to take a photo but the poster is really long so I wasn’t able to do so (>.<). This months prints are renditions of Expecto Patronum posters. There was also a limited edition (limited to 1000 pieces) which I didn’t got. I plan to frame all their prints one day but I’m too lazy to go and buy frames, specially since I don’t have that much space to put it anywhere. IMG_1071

Here is the info that you get with prices and small info about the products that you have gotten. IMG_1072IMG_1074

All in all; is this box worth it? You get £52,93 worth of stuff for £19,99 (if you choose month-to-month plan). I think it is really a good price for what you get. They also have few different boxes so make sure to go over to their page and check it out.

With love,
Ana

PS This post hasn’t been sponsored by Geek Gear. This box has been purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

Monthly wrap up

January Wrap up

Hello everyone!

This is my first wrap up of this year and I hope that I will be doing this at the end of every month. I might add a TBR for the next month but for now let’s leave it at just a Wrap up. This month I’ve read 7 books in total, 2 of those were comics.

So, here is the list:

  1. The muse by Jessie Burton (4*)
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Read this one in my mother language, Croatian, in 3 days. I liked it a lot! It was historical fiction and I have never read any before. It was nicely paced and kept my focus on it, that’s why 4 stars. It wasn’t perfect and it didn’t made me feel the things that my 5* books usually do.

2. The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur (4,5*)

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I loved this one!! I’ve read this book in the airplane, on my way from one home to another (Croatia –> Germany) and I’ve shed some tears throughout. I plan to do a review of ‘Milk and honey’ and ‘The sun and her flowers’ together so stay tuned for it.

3. Fence #1 & #2 by C.S.Pacat (4*)

 

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When I saw that C.S.Pacat is publishing a comics, LGBT ones, I knew I had to have them so I preordered those and I really liked them. I just wish that they were a bit longer but hey, maybe that changes one day 😀

4. Perfect Match by Zoe May (4*)

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I really liked this one and I won’t tell you much about it, since I reviewed it here. Please, check it out.

5. Ibuki by Kathryn Sommerlot (4*)

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This one I got off of Netgalley and it is LGBTQ+ book with fantasy elements. I liked it a lot, since I love the books sat in Japan or Asia in general. The reason that it didn’t got full 5 stars is that I wish the story was build up more.

6. Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe aka bodyposipanda (5*)

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This book!!! This book is amazing and the way Megan writes about all things diet and hot to love yourself is just awesome. I will be writing full on review on this one because it has blown my mind. I loved it!! Well deserved 5 stars.

That would be all from me!

With love,
Ana

Review

Book tour & Review: Perfect match by Zoe May

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Title: Perfect match
Author: Zoe May
Genre: Chick lit, Romance
Pages: 252
Format: ebook
Publisher: HQ Digital

Can you ever find true love online?
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!

Review:
I couldn’t really believe that this is a debut novel. It is surely very well written for a debut novel and all praise to Zoe for that. I could only hope that my debut novel can end up being great like this.

Although, I bet there are a lot of books written with a theme of online dating, this was my first one that I’ve ever read with this subject. Online dating is something almost completely normal in today’s world and society. People don’t have time to go out and meet other people. Others are just using it for sex. Others to just have fun and enjoy embarrassing people. That’s why, you have to be careful. As if you don’t need to be careful outside of online dating but you know what I mean.

Our main character, Sophia, has been doing online dating for a long time already (she has been to almost 80 dates!) but she has yet to meet her perfect guy. This is a very well written character and I really could’ve find myself in her. There were a lot of points where I was like “I feel you girl, I feel you”.

I enjoyed the way this book is written; it was funny, easy to read but yet it had depth. I’ve read somewhere that this is a perfect book for those who aren’t familiar with romance genre to read it. And I totally agree! The theme is modern and it has a nice strong message for all the women (and, of course, men) out there.

We often are looking for a perfect partner; height, weight, built, eye color, work place, money.. We are looking for that and while looking for that, we don’t realize that our perfect partner is actually standing in front of us or has been standing all this time. Someone who understands you and has been your friend maybe. Or someone you have just befriended? Ideal partner is there to be ideal but it is hard to find that ideal! And if we find one; if it sounds too good to be true, then it is.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in romance or maybe wants to try reading it for the first time. Amazingly written novel!

Rating: 4* out of 5

With love,
Ana

TBR

My TBR Wishlist for 2018

Hello!
Well, you might think “What in the hell is this title?” but let me explain it to you shortly. I wanted to set some reading goal for this year. Goal of the books that I want to read for sure this year. I hope that I will be able to read them all but let’s stay optimistic.

  1. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  2. How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran
  3. The power of now by Eckhart Tolle
  4. Lean in by Sheryl Sandburg
  5. Women who run with wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  6. Get Psychic!: Discover your hidden powers by Stacey Wolf
  7. Finish Throne of glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  8. Read more books by Jenny Colgan
  9. Read more LGBTQ+ books
As you may see, most of the books on this list are non fiction. I would love to read romance books, even more of those but I also want to read my non fiction books. I want to work on my spirituality and I feel like this year could be changing for my spiritual path. That’s why! Also, I want to read more on feminism.
Tell me about your reading goals or hopes for 2018.
With love,
Ana