I just wanna be a Rockstar.

2014-02-28, at 15:37:38
Guten Tag!
Despite being tired as fudge, I've had a great day so far, and it's about to get even better!
I'm going to my friend's boyfriend's place to party, haha!
This means you probably won't hear from me until tomorrow, 
so happy Friday to you all! :)

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That kind of day.

2014-02-25, at 22:26:49
Things I've done today:

* Spent an hour listening to Syria's National Anthem, trying to write down the pronunciation.
* Died a bit in school.
* Cuddled with the lovely creature in the picture below. <3

Things I haven't done today:

* Written my book review on Handling the Undead.
* Understood anything in Math class.
* Anything productive. Like, at all. Apart from trying to learn Arabic.


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Book tips.

2014-02-24, at 19:30:03
One of my readers asked me if I could give her any tips on great books to read,
and I thought I'd make a whole post about it instead of just answering her comment.
The three books above are all books I've read for the three different Swedish courses I'm taking at the moment,
and although I read the books in Swedish, I'm going to post links to where you can find them in English,
since reading novels is by far the best way to expand your vocabulary!
Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth: Jennifer Worth was a midwife in London in the 1950s, and this is her story, starting when she first arrived at a nunnery to become a proper midwife. Throughout the book you get to read about a lot of different, interesting and eccentric people she met through her work, and you also get to read about London in the 1950s. Especially the poor parts of London.
     I didn't think it'd be very interesting at all, as I have no interest whatsoever in babies, giving birth or midwives, but I was pleasantly surprised. Call the Midwife is highly entertaining and humorous, and you feel like you get a certain connection to the characters in the book. The book has also been made into a TV-series, but I assure you, reading the book will do you no harm! ;)
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde: Now, this is a story I feel like I've talked a lot about on my blog so far, but it's a story I'll never grow tired of talking about. Dorian Gray is a lovely young man living in London (most of the people I read about seem to live in London, how peculiar), he belongs to the aristocracy, has recently had a portrait painted of himself and is the most innocent and beautiful man, until he meets Lord Henry. He soon becomes corrupted, and the portrait starts aging instead of him. All of his sins also show up in the portrait, and there are a lot of them.
     The book is a perfect description of what vanity can do to a person, and a perfect portrait of all the wonderful sins in life. It's no wonder the book has made it to the list of classics, sin, vanity and corruption are things that will always stick around. 
If you want to get the book, you can get the glorious Barnes & Noble leatherbound edition portrayed in the picture above >here< for only 14.50€, that's 33% off the original price!
Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist: This is a book from the Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, best known for his bestseller Let the Right One In. In the book, an energy field over Stockholm causes the electronics to go haywire and a collective headache, and finally culminates in the dead awakening. The local authorities are faced with an unprecedented problem, as scientists worldwide try to work out what caused the awakening. The reawakened dead aren't exactly aggressive, all they want is to go home, but they have to be contained in hospitals and finally in a separate area of the city.
     The book deals with questions about ethics, since the reawakened dead don't have any legal rights and can be treated in any way people see fit. It's also a story about love, and about being able to let go of your loved one, when their time has come.

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Knee deep in books.

2014-02-23, at 14:39:00
This is what it might look like when I'm reading a book I'll have to analyse later on.
My book usually ends up looking like an indian chief, and I end up not knowing why I marked all of those pages.
Hello my lovelies!
If you're wondering why I'm not 100% committed to my blog at the moment,
it's because I have four books that I need to read and analyse within the next few weeks (on top of my regular homework), one of which is in Finnish, and in Finnish it takes me about a thousand times as long to read than it does in English or Swedish.
I don't know who thought it was a good idea to shove three Swedish courses into the same period,
but apparently this will be my life for the next couple of weeks.

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2014-02-22, at 13:43:19
Time: 12:41 AM
Place: Melody's bed
Event: Hyperventilation
I was just about to fall asleep last night when I decided to check my Instagram one last time,
and saw that Cyr had uploaded a new picture.
I decided to leave a slightly cheeky comment on the picture, and a minute later I was hyperventilating.
Cyr actually replied to my comment! I am over the moon!
If you want to check his videos out
(I guarantee you, he's an exceptionally great video maker)
you can find him on any of these three channels:
>Vincent Cyr< >IamCyr< >Cyr<
(And no, I have absolutely no idea why he has three youtube channels)

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I believe in the Doctor.

2014-02-20, at 21:57:21
Hello my fellow friends,
I'm currently on my Spring Break (and have been all week),
and I'm spending my break watching Doctor Who.
I've grown up with Doctor Who,
just watching random episodes with my mum here and there when it's been shown on TV, 
since my mum's a Whovian.
This is the first time that I watch the series chronologically,
and it's breaking my heart. It's such a sad show, but at the same time it's the most brilliant show ever made.
It also got me thinking...
I really, really like the thought of the Doctor (or someone similar to him) watching over for us.
Not like a god or anything, but just... someone, looking out for us and protecting us.
There's been signs of help from aliens in the past (e.g. Stonehenge), what if that was someone like the Doctor?
Yes :)

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Are you Mad enough?

2014-02-19, at 15:48:27
> 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 <
All of the pictures are borrowed from madlady.se.
I've always been a fan of Madlady's clothes,
I think they're really edgy but still comfy looking. I've yet to order anything from there, though,
since I'm not really a big fan of ordering clothes online.
I thought I'd show you a few of the pieces I love from their new arrivals, though.
I would love to own the red sweater!

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If you're gonna be the death of me...

2014-02-17, at 21:39:03

Joey Graceffa recently released a new music video,
this time it's a cover of Panic! at the Disco - Collar Full, and I am in love!
Joey's singing has improved a lot since his last music video (One Direction - Story of My Life).
It's also nice to see and hear him finally doing something all by himself (of course he hasn't filmed, edited and mixed everything, but you get the point), when in the past, he's usually been Luke's "sidekick".
And it suits him. Both the song, and finally having the lead role.
I also have to applaud the team who helped create the video, because it's utterly, heartbreakingly beautiful.
They don't mention who actually filmed the video, just that Andrew Vallentine directed and edited it,
but it wouldn't surprise me if this turned out to be Sawyer Hartman's work.
The song is also available on Spotify, if you'd rather listen to it there.

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New favourite app.

2014-02-17, at 12:39:00
I've found a new favourite app,
that is calming and has really beautiful graphics. So it's quite the opposite to Flappy Bird,
apart from one aspect: it's simplistic.
The goal of the game is to jump from planet to planet (the planets are spinning so you have to tap the screen at the right moment so that you don't miss the next planet and end up drifting away in space) and to
fulfill the achievements.
It actually reminds me a bit of the Mario Galaxy games! 
It's available for both Android and iOS, so try it!

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Dorian Gray.

2014-02-16, at 12:02:26
Today I felt like telling you about a film that I enjoy immensely,
and that I think would be perfect for a Sunday afternoon like this.
Dorian Gray is a story about a young man living in London, a man who is terribly beautiful and, after socialising
with Lord Henry Watton, he slowly becomes more and more vain, and more and more corrupt.
One of his closest friends, Basil Hallward, has painted a portrait of him, and by some curious incident
the portrait starts ageing instead of him.
I first came in contact with the story of Dorian Gray when I was about 12-13 years old,
he was one of the characters in the film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,
and I fell in love with his story. 
Therefore, I was very happy when I found out that they'd made a film about Dorian Gray 
with the stunning Ben Barnes in the leading role.
Also, if you'd rather read the book, you can find it for less than 4€ >here<.

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2014-02-15, at 14:57:38
If you didn't know,
I'm a huuuuge Troyler shipper, which means that I ship Tyler Oakley with Troye Sivan.
If you don't know what shipping is, you've clearly come to the wrong neighbourhood. :')
It made my Troyler-shipping fangirl heart very happy when they posted this video last night:

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Valentine's Gifts.

2014-02-15, at 10:55:00
When I came downstairs yesterday morning,
there was a little heart-shaped box of chocolates waiting for me that my mum had bought.
When I came home from school, I also got a gorgeous flower from my dad.
*feeling loved*

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I have returned.

2014-02-14, at 18:01:50
Oldies are goldies et.c.
Hi my lovelies!
If you're wondering where I've been, I've been computerless for the past week or so. Well, not exactly
computerless. More like chargerless, and without a charger you can't exactly use a laptop.
Emilia was a dear and let me borrow her charger though (thank you love! <3),
so I'm all good now!
Other than that,
apparently it's Valentine's Day again. Something I can't recall celebrating last year, even though I actually had
a boyfriend at the time. This year I don't even have a boyfriend, but I have the world's most amazing friends instead. Seriously.
Emilia keeps spamming me with positive and encouraging pictures and cute messages in French,
and Jasmin gave me the sweetest Valentine's Day card ever!
Patrick also agreed to join my lonely hearts club, aw yiss! If you feel like joining too, leave a comment. 
I think I'm going to work on a book review for school now, and then I'll probably curl up in bed and watch a chick flick, for the heck of it.

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I just realised...

2014-02-09, at 22:47:27
Follow me on instagram! @Shanna6969
And I actually kind of already am.
Not all the time, of course, I have my weak moments.
But I'm finally beginning to feel alive, much thanks to my dear friends.

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The Dating Game

2014-02-08, at 12:10:44
This is going to be a Sweet Saturday mixed with Fandom Friday,
because this is literally the sweetest Sherlock video I've ever seen on youtube.
I really wish this was a real movie!
I love how professional is is, it looks almost like a real trailer.

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Worlds I wouldn't want to live in

2014-02-07, at 20:14:00
I found an interesting blog post on >this blog< about worlds you wouldn't want to live in,
and I decided to borrow their idea for a post of my own.
1. The Hunger Games - I don't think you need much of an explanation here. Most of you have probably seen/read/heard about The Hunger Games, but if you haven't, basically it's a story that takes place in a dystopian world where 24 of the children and teenagers of Panem (former USA) are forced to compete in the annual Hunger Games. 24 tributes go into the arena, but only one comes out. This sounds very brutal and inhumane, and living in this world would mean risking to be reaped/having your children get reaped. It also makes me wonder, what happened to the rest of the world? Either the rest of the world is, for some unknown reason, gone - or they are oblivious to what's going on in Panem, or they simply don't care.
2. The End of Mr. Y - This is a very mind-boggling book, that involves a lot of thought experiments. In this book, the main character Ariel Manto stumbles upon a very rare book (it's also said to be cursed, and that everybody who reads it dies) and thus gains access to the Troposphere. The Troposphere is a place where all consciousness is connected, where you can enter other people's minds and read their thoughts. This gets Ariel into a lot of trouble. What happens when you enter the Troposphere could also be compared to what happens when you read a really good book: you get sucked into the world of the book, you feel like you can't put it down and you don't want to go back to the real world. As wonderful as it may be to get lost in a good book every now and then, it really isn't healthy, and living in Ariel Manto's world wouldn't be an option for me.
3. Under the Dome - This is a book I haven't actually read, but as I thought that I'd have to have something of Stephen King in here, I chose Under the Dome. In the book, a town gets sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. There's a shortage of water, food and electricity, people become corrupted and the bad side of humanity rears its ugly head. One thing's for sure, I would not like to be trapped under that dome.
4. World War Z - Another book I haven't read, but a book about zombies is a must in a list like this. Anything with zombies instantly makes me turn into a big ball of "NOPE". I'm not even going to mention anything else about this book because basically it seems just like any other zombie apocalypse book, and I feel uncomfortable with even reading the description.
5. Twilight - I feel like Twilight has deluded the younger generations of today. I would never want to live in a world full of vampires, because vampires don't really drink blood from animals (they prey on humans, and only turn to animals in extreme cases), but if I had to, I certainly wouldn't want to live in a world where vampires sparkle. And the whole war between vampires and werewolves doesn't sound too pleasant either.
6. Mortal Engines - Mortal Engines is also a dystopian book, that takes place in the future, after the 60 Minute War. The 60 Minute War was, as the name implies, a war that only lasted for an hour and left the planet almost uninhabitable. This forced the cities to become mobile, and the Municipal Darwinism arose, which means that in the book, larger cities prey on smaller cities. Large areas of the world are deserted wastelands, some of them radioactive. Not so nice, ey? But that's what could, ultimately, happen to our world. 

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The Sign of Four (or is it Three?)

2014-02-05, at 17:23:54
Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared in Sesame Street,
and it might just be the cutest thing ever.
I think Benedict will be a great father someday, if he ever has any children. :)

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Happy Fangirl.

2014-02-04, at 21:21:24
About a week or so ago,
I realised that series 3 of Sherlock was already out on DVD, so of course I had to order it.
I got it at amazon.co.uk because I have a feeling it's cheaper there than in BBC's shop.
I really love the extras on the DVD, they actually reveal which theory was the correct one. ;)
Have you seen series 3 of Sherlock yet? It's on Swedish television on... Saturdays, I think.

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So if I lose my head tonight.

2014-02-03, at 19:23:48
A few months ago a guy called Elyar Fox liked a picture of mine on Instagram.
I thought he was cute, so I started following him. At the time, I had no idea he makes music or that he's apparently semi-famous
It wasn't until a week or two ago that my friend showed me his song "Do It All Over Again" on Spotify,
and I realised that I recognised him.
Now, I can't stop listening to the song, it's so catchy! :)

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Antwerpen Haul.

2014-02-03, at 12:38:00
Vest, top, skirt, make-up bag, necklace, sweater and jacket from Forever 21, leggings and watch from New Yorker and necklace from Fossil.
Yes, I know, 
this haul is long overdue, but my computer finally decided to cooperate with me and let me edit the pictures.
This is everything I bought while we were in Belgium, although I actually bought the Fossil necklace at the Düsseldorf airport.
I am utterly in love with everything I bought, and with the discounts they had while we were there!
It was with great difficulties that I managed to fit everything into my suitcase when we were supposed to head home, haha!

I really love the Fossil necklace, that I just spotted as we were passing by one of the shops at the airport,
and decided to buy on a whim. I guess I felt like I need something to remind me that love still exists,
and that the next great love could be just around the corner.
Perhaps even a greater love than my previous one.

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Serious Sundays - DUI.

2014-02-02, at 20:56:57
"Driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunken driving, drink driving, drunk driving,operating under the influence, drinking and driving, or impaired driving is the crime of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess of a legal limit ("blood alcohol content", or "BAC"). Similar regulations cover driving or operating certain types of machinery while affected by drinking alcohol or taking other drugs, including, but not limited to prescription drugs. This is a criminal offense in most nations. Convictions do not necessarily involve actual driving of the vehicle."
I recently found a youtuber named Josh Sundquist thanks to a link from Jack Harries,
and I spent quite some time browsing through his videos.
This video especially caught my eye
I can't say that I care about Justin Bieber or what he does,
but driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug crosses the line for me,
because when he did that, he wasn't just risking his own life anymore.
He was risking the lives of innocent people.
Driving while drunk is, in my opinion, one of the most selfish things you can do.
And as Josh said, it wasn't like Bieber didn't have any other options.

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Flappy Bird.

2014-02-02, at 11:12:00
I have a small confession to make.
I'm addicted to Flappy Bird, and even though it's a love/hate relationship, i still can't stop playing it.
If you don't know what Flappy Bird is, it's an app available for both Android and iOS where you play as a bird that's kidnapped the tubes from Mario.
To fly, you tap the screen (repeatedly), and your goal is to pass through as many tubes as possible.
It sounds very simplistic - and it is. But it's devilishly difficult. Like, really.
You probably won't believe me until you try it, but it's sooo difficult.
Flappy Bird has taken over the world in just a few days,
everyone who's anyone plays it. Most of the youtubers I watch have already confessed that they're addicted to it.
And all of the players are equally frustrated.
Warning: This game might or might not cause you to throw your phone at the wall/out a window/under a car/
into the sea/down a balcony/into the toilet.
Do you play Flappy Bird, and if you do - what's your high score?

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2014-02-01, at 23:39:48
Hello guys!
I've been suffering from a really awful and persistent headache for the last few days now.
Yesterday was definitely worst, but I tried to keep a happy face on when I met Louise.
As soon as we parted ways, though, I could just feel my energy level dropping to zero.
And then I had to run around looking for shoes for a couple of hours.
Needless to say, I was not a happy camper.
I thought the headache would go away during the night,
but apparently the headache didn't like that idea, so it decided it was here to stay.
Mum and I had been planning on going shoe-shopping again today since we didn't find any shoes yesterday,
but we quickly scrapped that idea.
Instead I spent the first half of the day in bed, waiting for the paracetamol to kick in.
When I felt a bit better, though, I decided to spend my evening with my favourite two men -
Ben & Jerry!
I also watched the latest episode of The Carrie Diaries, and if you haven't seen it yet...
boy, you're in for a treat!
Part of what I like about the Carrie Diaries is that it shows that it's OK to mess up as a teenager.
It's OK to make mistakes, and to make all the wrong choices sometimes.
The latest episode left Carrie in quite a bad position, but I'm certain she'll be allright.
Just like I'm certain you and I will both be allright, no matter what we're going through right now.
Because everything will be OK in the end, and if it isn't, then it's not the end. :)

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