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So... Yes. Hello there. I am, in fact, alive.

So my promise to blog more often went down real fast, didn't it? I'm sorry, I'm a lazy person. I won't promise to blog once a day, but I will promise to try. I hope.

This weekend has been a really busy weekend for me. You know how you never have any plans for several weeks and then you have a thousand things in one weekend? Yep, that's what happened...

I slept over at a friends house Friday to Saturday, spent most of my Saturday at the book fair, had my first work shift at the theatre Saturday evening and spent yet another day at the book fair on Sunday.

I found so many nice things on the book fair though, and I met up with a friend of mine whom I hadn't seen in ages. I met lovely authors who wanted to sign some books, met Clara Henry and found amazing books that I'm dying to read.

As I said, I also started my new job this Saturday evening. I was so nervous beforehand, wondering what it'd be like. It turned out that I'd worried for nothing though, since the job was actually just really fun! I work at a theatre in town (Lorensbergsteatern for those of you who live in Gothenburg) and I sell "programs" (??) for about an hour before the show!

I'm going to try to process everything that happened this weekend and read in some of the books that I bought. It's really frustrating, although this seems like a pretty easy task, since I wanna read them all at once. And I probably won't understand that I actually met, talked for a few seconds to and took a selfie with Clara-the-superhuman.

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Today's been a long day. Waking up at 8 o'clock is way too early for me, that's for sure. The school day went on okay, we didn't get our computers but we got our school books. I also ate lunch with Linnea which was very nice! I stayed in the city for a bit after school ended, hence the shopping, haha. I then went to the dentist for just a short bit, almost fell asleep when I got home, did Yoga at half past seven and then finished up my homework. I'm feeling really exhausted now and I am not really in the mood to wake up at 6.30 tomorrow... Anyhow, I was really happy with all the things I found today when I went shopping! The Adidas sweatpants are soooo comfortable, I'm probably wearing them to school tomorrow just because.

- Workout T-shirt (SOC), Adidas joggings & Adidas sweatpants. Babylips 'Cherry Me', Babylips 'Too Cool', Babylips 'Just Peachy' & Dry Shampoo. Bronzer, concealer & eyebrow kit from Make Up Store. (I also got a "pencil case" because I bought 3x Babylips)

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- got math homework today, ugh. The empty "Keep Calm and Drink Up" bottle was once filled with delicious homemade vanilla ice latte <3

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Hi there. I know I haven't blogged in a reaaally long time, like not at all during the summer, but that's because I wanted to have a little break. I wasn't really enjoying blogging as much as I'd like to and therefore decided to take a break and try a new start again after the summer holidays. And that's now... I've recently started my first year in High School (or Gymnasiet, in Swedish) and have been trying to adapt to that. It's a lot of new things going on in my life right now, much which has to do with school. New school, new subjects, new bus routes, new friends... But I'm actually very happy with my school and classmates so far, so I guess that's something!

So what have I been doing the whole summer? Not that much, to be honest. I've been abroad a bit; a weekend in Germany with mah bae Micka and a few days in Norway visiting a friend I made during my exchange year. Both amazing, amaaazing trips. I've been to my summer house a few times, though about what tattoo I want as well as I've been hanging out in town - mostly in coffee shops - with my friends. I've read a lot too, and if you didn't know, I've been posting like crazy on my not-so-new-anymore Instagram page "dedicated" to books, @ TheSilenceOfTheBooks. So I've not only read a lot of books this summer, I've also been photographing them, which has been so so so much fun.

Anything else? I've been trying to eat healthier as well as I've tried out Yoga, in an attempt to start doing more exercise, which has been both very fun and exciting, yet very exhausting. I've also tried to get my dad to let me buy a cat and gone to the worst concert in my life, though I've also booked plane tickets and a hotel for another concert, Fall Out Boy (!!!) in London in October.

My summer has been pretty chill overall, with lots of days doing absolutely nothing at all, and I'm quite sad that it's over. But that's life I guess, hopefully the time until the next holiday - only 9 weeks left! - will be bearable.

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I slept over at Micka's place yesterday so we slept for quite long before we finally went up to make breakfast; pancakes. We then took the train into the city, walked around for a bit, ate some chicken nuggets (I don't even like chicken nuggets???) and then went back home. I've been meeting quite a lot of people these past days so tomorrow I'm just gonna stay home and relax, maybe read a book or watch a tv series.

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So today was my 17th birthday, which feels kind of weird. You know how just as you're getting used to one age, it's your birthday? Yep. Anyhow, my parents got me breakfast in bed - scones and tea -, I opened some presents - money and driving lessons -, met my half sister Lena, went on some errands, ate a delicious shrimp salad and desert, read for a bit in the sun, watched a football game whilst eating dinner and dessert, read some more and now I'm watching a movie. It's been a really good day and tomorrow I'm meeting Micka in town for a coffee.

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Holes In The Plan - Kate Petty

Published: June 4th 2015, ISBN: 0692423761, Language: English, Pages: 286 (paperback), Rating: 4/5

Wonderful pictures by Kate Petty.

Synopsis

Taylor Bryant, a recent college graduate with bleak job prospects, moves back into her childhood home with her parents and older brother. Despite a tug to find a livelihood about something she feels passionate about, Taylor follows the job hunt her parents expect of her and takes the most sensible sounding job she can find, hoping to find contentment and a respectable career.

Taylor’s brother Daniel is a few years ahead of her in the corporate world. Frustrated with his salary, slightly in debt, and seemingly unable to climb the corporate ladder, Daniel is near the end of his rope when he comes up with a Plan B for himself and Taylor – a beach-themed doughnut shop in their Texas hometown.

The two bounce back and forth, entertaining the idea and casting it aside as they continue trying to make something of the comfortable jobs they already have. Daniel and Taylor grow increasingly apathetic until Daniel, in a desperate lunge to save his career, ends up losing his job and forces himself and Taylor to an ultimatum. The two can take the risk and try to create a life they find purposeful, or they can remain within the bounds of reasonable job and financial security.

Beneath the entertaining veil of a whimsical plot and dry humor, Kate Petty’s debut novel is an achingly passionate story of the bond between siblings, breaking societal conventions, discovering purpose, and finding life in the deepest and truest sense of the term. Taylor and Daniel Bryant are authentic characters whose struggles readers will recognize and rally with. Their story challenges the status quo and calls readers to dive in with them - take the risk, make the jump, create a life worth living.

(Source: goodreads.com)

Review

I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

First of, this book makes you wanna eat donuts. Like, a lot of them. Second, this book was really inspiring. I don’t think I have ever read a book like it, a book so different and real. It’s not about a romantic relationship, it’s about family. It’s not about bravery where you go and slay a dragon and save the town, it’s a book about bravery when it comes to choose either a safe and secure - but quite boring - path or a path that you’re passionate about but no one seems to believe is possible. This book did such a good job that now I want to start a Doughnut shop.

”Whatever it is that pulls at you and wakes you up. The things that make you feel like you’re actually living life, not just existing. That is a passion.”

Another thing I really liked about Kate’s book was her characters since I thought they were really realistic and honest. Kate did a really good job when it came to the writing of their inner monologues as well which made them even more interested to read about. The only thing that I didn’t like about the characters were how negative most of them were, mostly Daniel and the people at his workplace. It’s safe to say that Lola definitely was my favourite character, a character that brought life and energy into the book and always made me smile.

”’I need to hold down a real job, not throw away a bunch of money I don’t have. Starting a bakery is what people do when they’re, like, old and financially secure.’ She shook her head. ’That is not how it works.’ … ’I have a lot of friends with a lot of wonderful dreams,’ she continued. ’Many of them thought they would get to them later, after they saved some money. They found nice jobs and pretty apartments and sat down to wait for promotion or two so they could have enough money to quit. They got their promotions, and then they thought, This is very good money. I will wait for one more promotion. So they waited for another. And then they got married, traded their pretty apartments for pretty houses, and thought, I will save a little more money, and then I will follow my dreams. But then they had children and thought, I need to save money so my children can go to college one day. Do you understand?’”

The book was kind of slow paced, but I actually didn’t mind that at all, in fact, I liked it. I don’t think fast pace would suite this kind of book. This was another thing I was impressed with; how it could be so slow paced without getting boring. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t like I was all into the story all the time, unable to put it down, but it was absolutely not boring. If anything the slow pace made it even more realistic, if that makes any sense.

”You’ll spend more time at your job than you will anywhere else. You’ll be with your coworkers more than you will your friends, your family. Anyone. But we sign on for commitments like that so easily, don’t we?”

Basically, I liked this book. I didn’t really feel that it was missing something obvious, but it wasn’t the best book I have ever read either, hence the four stars. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re soon to finish University and are about to take a big leap out into the real world, or if you’re just a big fan of doughnuts.

The Author

Kate’s storytelling humbly began at the age of three with a mystical scroll of stories (i.e., a bamboo sushi mat) and an awe-stricken, captivated audience (i.e., two very amused parents). Eventually she traded the sushi mat for a notebook and then a computer, but she likes to think she’s maintained the same spirit for invention and creativity.

Kate studied filmmaking and screenwriting in college. Her background includes documentary production, corporate videography, photography, and editorial writing. The variety of her experiences opened the door to work as the director of marketing for a technology company in Dallas.

She worked with the company until she decided to craft a life better suited to her passions and talents. Kate now focuses on encouraging others to pursue their own passions while maintaining her commitment to live intentionally and with purpose.

(Source: goodreads.com)

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Today I went to one of my childhood dream places; Pompeii. I've wanted to visit this wonderfully tragic place since fifth grade - after having read a book that took place there - and it feels so surreal to have actually been there today. Tomorrow we're taking a jeep up to the volcano Vesuvius - which was the reason for Pompeii's destruction - and are then going to walk up to and around the volcanos crater. Wow.

I filmed a lot so I'll try to upload a video after I've gotten home!

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