A Week in Normandy

Last week (the first full week of May) I went on a little vacation to Normandy, France with my parents and one of my best friends, Yvonne. When I was still in high school we used to go there, to a tiny village called Anneville (nice, eh?), pretty much every year, but I hadn’t been back there since the year before my graduation because of university obligations and all that jazz. This time, I did have time to go (more or less — I took my laptop with me), and it was so good to be back!

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

P1020231Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling instalment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She is trying to break out of prison — even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but she is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

First published: 2013


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Monthly Recap – April

monthly recap aprilWelp, there’s another month gone! This month was a bit of a slow one when it comes to reading and blogging. I was dealing with a bit of stress and anxiety due to my thesis deadline coming closer, and I couldn’t really find a lot of time to read or blog. I was feeling a bit blocked when it came to writing blogposts, but that seems to be gone now! This is the second of three blogposts I am writing today, since next week I’ll be in Normandy, France, in a little cottage without WiFi! In fact, at the time you’re reading this I’m already there. Except if you’re reading this like a week after it’s posted. Then I’ll already be back.

Anyway. Onto the recap!

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Forest Fruit Mini-Tarts

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might remember that I bought these adorable little pastry tins a few weeks ago. I’ve been wanting to use them ever since, and last night while I was lying in bed I came up with the idea for a perfect recipe to use them for. Tiny tarts with all sorts of yummy berries! Oh, and pastry cream, because who doesn’t love pastry cream?

I’m pretty darn proud of myself for making these, to be honest. They look absolutely adorable, and they taste even better (if that’s possible). These tartlets are great as a dessert when you’re having friends over for dinner you want to impress. If you don’t want to share them with your friends or family — not to worry! They’re also great with a nice cup of tea. Or as a late lunch, which I may or may not have used one of them for.

The recipe has quite a lot of steps (in comparison to most of my other recipes), but don’t let that scare you away! These are actually quite easy to make, they just take a little bit of time. You can use both fresh or frozen fruit. I still had a bunch of frozen fruit in my freezer, so I just used that. Still delicious! I just can’t stop staring at these pictures, to be honest, which is pretty stupid, because I’ve got the real thing here to be looking at as well. They just look so good!

There’ll be quite a bit of dough leftover probably, but I didn’t want to mess around with “half an egg yolk” kind of measurements, because that’s just annoying. You could use the leftover dough for another little tart, but keep in mind that you most likely won’t have any pastry cream leftover.

I hope these tiny tarts will make you as happy as they made me if you decide to make them!

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

P1010830Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions that Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

First published: 2012


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Fresh Orange Muffins (with Raisins)

Okay, guys, I’ve got a new favourite! I made these orange muffins last week, and was so pleased with how they turned out. They have this delicious citrus-y taste, and the raisins really add to that. You can leave out the raisins as well if you don’t like them — these are just as good without them!

There’s nothing more to say about these, really. If you decide to make them, I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did. I am definitely going to make these again very soon, since they’re the absolute perfect little treat for a nice Spring day.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

P1020027Anna had everything figured out — she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decided to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Étienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken — and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

First published: 2010


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My Top Ten Favourite Quotes From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I love this week’s topic! Bookish quotes are best and I’m so glad Goodreads has that awesome “quotes” function. Makes looking for them quite a lot easier! Compiling an actual “top ten” was pretty much impossible for me, though, because I think an amazing book is often just a compilation of some very good quotes. So, I just browsed through my shelves on Goodreads, looking for quotable books that I thought deserved a spot in this top ten. And here it is! As always, these are in no particular order.

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Bookish Would You Rather

We all know the “would you rather”-game, with questions like: would you rather have the hiccups for the rest of your life or always feel like you have to sneeze but not be able to. Most of these questions are impossible to answer, which makes them so much fun.

Recently I came across a Bookish Would You Rather video on YouTube, by my favourite booktuber, Sanne from booksandquills, and I thought it’d be fun to try to answer these questions myself as well. Apparently it’s quite an old tag already, but I hadn’t seen it before. So if anyone’s thinking “oh, not that old thing again!” — sorry!

Anyway, here we go…!

Would you rather…

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The Week of the Baking Fails

So, here’s what the plan was for what was supposed to be yesterday’s blogpost: a recipe for some delicious homemade marshmallows. I was going to make them yesterday, they were going to turn out great and I was going to delight you all with the pictures and the not-too-difficult way of making them.

That didn’t turn out quite as I expected.

Add to that the fact that I tried (and failed miserably) to bake a peanut butter and chocolate two-minute-microwave cake-in-a-mug earlier this week, and this post was born!

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