10 Interesting Things About Life in Germany

So, I live in Germany. It's a really great place to be, and a lot of life here is quite similar to life in the US. However, there are some interesting differences. I will be expounding ten of them because clearly I love lists.
1. Mineral Water is Super Common If you order water at a restaurant in the US, you'll get, well, water. Here, you'll get water with minerals but most noticeably, bubbles. It's like soda without any sugar. If you're wondering, that doesn't taste good... unless you're used to it. It only took me four years to like it! I believe this is because Europe didn't have reliable, clean water sources for a long time, but I'm not sure on that.
2. Fountain Pens = School Supplies People still use fountain pens here! I love this.  To clarify: it's usually not fountain pens like  It's more like
Which is still awesome.
3. Playgrounds are Better German playgrounds are sooo much more fun than American ones. This is generally because it&…

Learning to Live Part 2

Here's the next installment of a short story I wrote. Enjoy!
Part 1

Anna left Amanda on the porch. Ms. Gracechurch led her down to her house, a cheerful building fronted by an untamable garden. She called over her shoulder, “Will your parents mind if I take you on a little trip? To Adamsville and thereabouts?” “No,” Anna replied truthfully, because her parents were probably asleep, and because they trusted Ms. Gracechurch with their lives. Or, more pertinently, her life. Besides, she had her phone. “Will you mind?” “No,” Anna said again. She was interested in what Ms. Gracechurch had to show her. “Then let’s go!” They got in a car that smelled strongly of pine and Ms. Gracechurch drove. “This is where it started,” Ms. Gracechurch said, checking her mirror. “What, Ms. Gracechurch?” “Call me Meg,” Meg said. “And learning to live.” They were silent. Anna wasn’t sure how to follow up something like that. She pressed her forehead against the window, watching the trees go by. I’d like to be a tree, …

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes

Hello, folks! In this post, I will be a total rebel and do a Top Ten Tuesday... early.


Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging link-up that shockingly occurs every Tuesday. It is run by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Check it out!

This week's topic-- or rather, next week's-- is Favorite Book Quotes. I am delighted!

1. "'Fate,' Blue replied, glowering at her mother, 'is a very weighty word to throw around before breakfast.'" -The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

P.S. Read the Raven Cycle right now.

2. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Note the ordinary font.
This might not seem like the best quote to choose from Harry Potter. Like, we have “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light," and "It is our choices, Harry, …

Learning to Live Part 1

Hey y'all! I wanted to share the first part of a short story I wrote called Learning to Live. Enjoy!

What a beautiful thing is a blank sheet of paper. What a possible thing. This is what Anna thought, the morning of the day she learned to live. It was a Sunday. Other people, Anna reflected, would be going to church. Anna was a disinterested agnostic. God seemed like something that happened to other people. Although today, He felt more possible than usual. If He was real, Anna wondered if this was how creation felt, a yellow pencil above a blank white sheet. The pencil tip, soft graphite, fell to the page. In sweeping lines, it wrote, “To Do”. “1. Algebra “2. Laundry “3. Book Club book” Anna sighed. Possibilities, lost. A blank sheet of paper is so disappointing once it’s marked. She often felt stuck in the frustrated rigmaroles of life. There were many things she wanted to do, but they never seemed to actually happen. Anna longed for a life that was not an equation. That was the beautiful …

The Faults of Mr. Rochester

Hey, guys! I thought I posted last week but apparently, I didn't click the little

It is Valentine's week, so I thought I'd talk about one of literature's most famous couples. That is, everything I dislike about Mr. Rochester.
To be clear, I like Mr. Rochester! I really do! But he has all the problems. And honestly not just keeping his crazy wife in the attic. As you can tell, there will be Jane Eyre spoilers so if you haven't read it, a) don't read this, and b) what is wrong with your life, oh wait, I can tell you, you haven't read Jane Eyre. So go read it.
First, HE IS HORRIBLE TO JANE. What, you say? When was that? Oh, I don't know, trying to win her over by making her jealous and breaking her heart of freaking gold.
And Jane doesn't get mad at him. Of course. But that doesn't mean that it wasn't a totally jerky move! (BTW, it is so very convenient that "well Blanche just wanted my money and she was about to end it anyway…

Books That Would Make Fabulous Movies

Ugh. Movie adaptations of books. You know-- like The Giver. Or Where the Red Fern Grows. Or *shudders* Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

Before people get mad at me, I did not hate any of those! They were mostly pretty good, just not my favorite. (Also I'm realizing that I saw WTRFG four years ago, so...) And while I COULD rant about all the problems of the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief movie (which was somehow better the second time I watched it, when it was in German with English subtitles), I am developing a positive mindset and so shall instead talk about movies that would make great movies. If done right.

Which they probably wouldn't be.

But come on! We have the 6-hour Pride and Prejudice! The 1995 Sense and Sensibility! Clueless!
And hopefully, a few that aren't Jane Austen, but who knows.

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This movie would be SO. FREAKING. GOOD. I cannot tell you enough why this would be great. One, it's full of interesting settings. Two…

8 Reasons to Be Excited for Ocean's 8

Dear Imaginers. Dear, dear Imaginers. I have revealed many things about myself to you. You know I like churros (that is if you were there for Post #1 which I actually hope no one was because man my original posts = awfulness). You know I got to see Les Mis. You know I have a dog.

What you may not know about is my deep and abiding love for the Ocean's 11 trilogy.

I know, I know, I am fully aware of its many faults. But can I help it?

Possibly. But I won't, and so I am DYING OF EXCITEDNESS for an all-female spinoff coming out this June! Ack! Yes!

(Grammarly has just informed me that "excitedness" is not a word. Whatever, Grammarly. Your emails all go straight to Spam anyway.)

Ocean's 8 promises to be marvelous. Don't believe me? Here's the trailer:

I just watched it for the fourth time. So. Excited.
Need more? Here's eight reasons to be excited.
1. The Cast!
Sandra Bullock. Anne Hathaway. Helena Bonham Carter. James Corden. Need I say more?
2. It's …