Top 5 Tuesday: books with a holiday

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This month we kick Top 5 Tuesday off with some books that feature holidays. Because I am not very creative and this was all I could think of, I ended up doing a theme within the theme and chose only Christmas-related books!

#1 Let it Snow

This was the first novel I thought of. You might have seen the Netflix movie which was decently charming – as did I. So I figured, I’m sure the book is nice too, right? Oh boy, I ended up hating this, I am so sorry. I’d love to know how some of you guys feel about the book if you have read it – maybe I’m alone with my dislike. 😅

#2 NOS4A2

Next up with have a novel that I loved. In NOS4A2, the creepy, somewhat vampire-inspired antagonist has a thing for Christmas. So much so, that he created “Christmasland” a place where he brings children he kidnaps.

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Christmas Movie Mania: The Nutcracker Prince

Hey Guys!
Only 2 more weeks left before it’s finally Christmas. So it’s definitely time to check out some movies for the holidays. Today’s film, The Nutcracker Prince, is one of my childhood favourite. I’ve seen it so often, it’s a wonder the video cassette is still intact 😀

 

The Plot:
It’s Christmas time in Germany and the Clara and her brother receive the most wonderful gifts. Their slightly weird uncle Drosselmeier built a fully automated castle that is simply magical. However, for Clara he has one more thing in store: a nutcracker. Drosselmeier tells her a story about her gift: The Nutcracker is actually his nephew. The mouse queen cast a spell on him for saving the Princess Pirlipat from the mice.
However, it soon turns out that Drosselmeier wasn’t joking. The mouse king returns to kill the Nutcracker. In order to defeat him, Clara has to join forces with the Nutcracker in the land of dolls… Continue reading

Christmas Movie Mania: Krampus (2015)

Hey Guys!
It’s December 1st so I decided to start a series of Christmas Movie Mania posts. You can prepare for tons of holiday films this month 😉
However, with the this movie I wasn’t really sure whether to include it here or in my Halloween series. Let’s explore Krampus, an interesting merge of horror and holiday!

 

The Plot:
It’s Christmas! The family is preparing to celebrate the holidays, relatives are already arriving. Well, Max loses his festive attitude as everyone is quarreling. Enraged he rips his letter for Santa to shreds. Soon after mysterious and frightening things begin to happen. Max’s Austrian grandmother seems to be the one to offer an explanation… Continue reading

Summer Tag!

Autumn is approaching on fast feet, but as I’m currently sitting in the warm sun I decided to throw Summer a farewell party with this post!

 

What is the best part of summertime?
Finally being done with my exams.
They usually take place at the end of June/beginning of July and although June is already really hot in Vienna I never find the time to enjoy it. So for me Summer only really begins after I head home for some time with friends and lots of nature!

 

Do you tan or burn?
Tan. I definitely need to put on sun cream but once that is on I get a tan very fast and easily.

 

Favorite summer nail polish?
To be honest, I hardly ever wear nail polish in Summer. First of all I don’t have any time for the whole wait ’til it’s dry thing. Furthermore, most of my Summer activities would ruin any nail polish within 10 minutes so it’s definitely not even worth the effort.

 

Favorite summer drink? 
I’m not too picky, I usually stick with water throughout the entire year. But while I am on holiday I discovered my love for that Lemon Tonic thing so I vote for that!

 

Favorite summer clothing item?
I actually have for too many summer clothes. So, I won’t choose a dress or a skirt, I’ll just go with my favorite bikini. The best thing about it? It’s colorful, looks super fancy, is comfortable and was only half-price!

 

Favorite summer phone app during this summer?

Call me old fashioned but I don’t use any apps on my phone. Especially during summer I hardly ever take it out of my pocket as my fingers are usually covered in ice cream, sun cream or sand 😛

 

Favorite summer movie?

For this one I’ll go with a very unlikely choice: Evil Dead! I know it’s not a summer movie but last year there was a movie festival in my home town and the entire Evil Dead series was shown. We had a blast and now the films always remind me of a nice summer night!

 

Favorite summer beauty product?

 Well, I don’t use any make up so can I just say my sun cream?

 

Favorite summer activities?
There’s tons! Back at home I love to go hiking and climbing. While I am on holiday I go surfing and longboarding. And of course no matter where I am: yoga and reading!

 

So that’s it for this tag. I hope all of you had a great summer! Let me know in the comments!
And I tag everyone, so if you feel like doing the tag, I’d love to read your post 😀

One Week of Christmas: The 7 Best Movies for the Holidays Part 7

This is my last post for the one ween of christmas series. Today’s movie is simply the most wonderful Christmas films (maybe even the most wonderful films in general) that have ever been made. I’m talking about the classic It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946.

The Plot:

The story tells the life of a man named George Bailey. On Christmas Eve he is in deep trouble and thus suicidal. While he is standing on a bridge contemplating to jump prayers for him reach heaven. A second class angel is sent to help George. Clarence the angel shows him how important he is by pointing out how it would have affected everybody in his hometown if George had never been born. The huge impact reached from saving his brother’s life and preventing an old druggist he was working for from going to jail to the entire town being owned by a mean old man as George never saved the bank from going bankrupt. Continue reading

One Week of Christmas: The 7 Best Movies for the Holidays Part 5

Todays movie for the Christmas time is one at didn’t really like that much at first. But over the years I became quite fond of it and by now it’s a firm part of my holiday movie routine. “Scrooged” stars Bill Murray and is loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

The Plot:

Frank is a television executive and basically this guy is an asshole. He is mean to his co-workers and even fires a guy right before Christmas just because he criticized a tv-spot Frank created.

His former boss who is already dead shows up at his office to inform him about the visits of three ghosts he will encounter in the next time. The three ghosts show up in form of  a taxi driver, a fairy and a huge thing which has a monitor as face and is kind of an allusion to death. They represent the past, present and future of Frank. In the past Frank liked Christmas but never got to enjoy it because of his father. Furthermore, he gave up the love of his life, Claire, for his current job. Continue reading