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Merry Christmas! & My Answers to YOUR Questions (350 followers celebration)

Hey there, my lovelies! 🙂

I want to use this blog post to wish you all a Merry Christmas! ❤ I know 2020 has been a tough and crazy year and Christmas is definitely going to be way different than all the Christmases we had before! I still want to wish you a lovely time though! We might not be able to celebrate with all our family members but they are in our hearts and with us, no matter if we have to celebrate without them. For us it’s the first year in forever that we can’t visit my in-laws (they live in Germany and the borders are closed) so we’ll at least try to spend some time via Skype or WhatsApp. It’s not the same as being with them, but at least my kid will be able to see her grandparents. 🙂 

This said: However you spend your Christmas Holidays and no matter in which kind of form you’ll be able to see your loved ones: I still wish you all a Merry Christmas! XD May you all be healthy and happy on this special day! ❤

And because I promised it a long time ago and didn’t get to it earlier: Here are my answers to your questions when I hit the 350 followers mark! I hope you enjoy them! 😉 

1.) What’s your favorite color? 😉 from Caitlyn

It used to be violet when I was a kid but now it’s green! 😉 Especially emerald green. (must be the hidden Slytherin in me. *lol*)
 

2.) Bookstore or Library? Where would you rather spend your time if you had to choose? from Latanya

That’s an interesting question! I like bookstores but if I have to choose I’ll always go for the library. All those bookshelves filled with treasures and cozy corners you can hide in to skim through or read books. I just love the atmosphere. XD For me every library is some sort of sanctuary and I could get lost for hours. 
 

3.) Go on then tell me the best Christmas cookie recipe so I can drool! from Fran

Haha! You can not only drool you can also try baking them! 😜
Vanillekipferl recipe: (they are something typical Austrian)
250g flour
210g butter
100g grated almonds
70g powdered sugar
 
Now you take all the ingredients and knead them into a dough. (Tough on the hands and takes some time) The dough needs to rest about 30 minutes in the fridge before you take it out. Well and then you form little croissants out of it. (The best way is to take little dough portions and to roll them between your palms until you have some sort of little dough string you can form into a croissant. 😉) And once you’re done with all of them you put them into the oven (180°C) for about 10 minutes. Make sure to bestrew them with a mixture of powdered sugar and vanilla sugar as long as they are still hot. They taste best when they had a few days in a cookie jar because with time they get soft and melt on your tongue. XD

And because I promised Fran a picture, here it is! 😊

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4.) Where is your favorite place to read and with what beverage? from Phillip

Since I don’t have all too much space it’s my sofa! *lol* As for the beverage: Always coffee! There’s nothing better than to sit on my comfy sofa, wrapped into a blanket while reading a book and drinking coffee. (Some days when I read at night I might exchange that coffee for a good whiskey though. 😜) 
 

5.) What’s your favorite movie? from BG

Oh that’s a tough one. Just one? *lol*
It’s always a close tie between „Moulin Rouge“ or „Love, Actually“. I must have watched them both about a thousand times, guess that’s the hopeless romantic in me. Still, the beginning of Moulin Rouge is so strange. XD
 

6.) Since you brought food up, what’s your LEAST favourite foods? Gurl gotta know what no to feed you on a dinner party 😉 from Maja

Haha! Love the thought behind your question! XD 
And to my mum’s chagrin it’s „Erdäpfelgulasch“ (potato goulash). My whole family loves it but I don’t, probably because they didn’t eat it as often as me. There’s a story behind it and I promised to write it in this blog post so here I go:
 
When I was 13 years old my mum went back to work (I know! Best mum ever for staying with her kids for so long) and of course she didn’t have all too much time to cook for us. So being the sweet and caring mum that she is, she still wanted to cook me something for lunch. My dad ate at work, my sister at school and I was the only one who still ate at home. So she went for something easy that could be heated up in no time: Erdäpfelgulasch and basically every other sort of goulash you can think of. She just made the potato goulash more often than the others. *lol* So yeah, I ate a lot of goulash that first year of her being back at work and I kind of overate on it. I can’t even smell it anymore. >_<  So yep, that’s my least favourite food because I ate it too often. XD I know that’s a luxury problem but it is how it is. 
 

7.) What are some of your favorite songs? from David

Ohh that’s a dangerous question. As a musician I live and breathe music so I have many favourite songs. I’ll go with a few of my faves, okay!? *lol* 😜
Rainmaker – Iron Maiden
Hallelujah – Damien Rice
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
Unconditionally – Katy Perry
My Heroine- Silverstein
Sky Full of Song – Florence + the Machine
White Doves – Cider Sky
Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons
Hurt – Johnny Cash
BTS – Dynamite
The Rules For Lovers – Richard Walters

And about a gazillion more, but it’s already a long ist so I’ll leave it at that. 😅😂

 

8.) Favorite animals? from Sabrina

3 of my faves are definitely foxes, owls and axolotls. ❤
 
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Thank you so much for all those amazing questions! It was a lot of fun to answer them and I’m so glad you guys seem to enjoy my blog! 😀 I’ll try my best to keep it interesting! And I’ll think about something nice when I hit 400 followers. *lol* (Whenever I get there. xD)

This said: I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ❤ Enjoy it with your family and loved ones and please try to stay healthy and safe! =)

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Your Questions – My Answers ;-P (Part II)

Hey there, my lovelies! ❤

In one of my last blog posts I celebrated 200 followers and invited you to ask me some personal questions. As it seems you guys are pretty shy. *lol* Well, at least there weren’t any scandalous questions coming my way so I had no trouble answering them properly. 😛 (For once I didn’t have to use my silver-tongued faerie skills to blur the truth. Haha!)

Anyway! I really liked your questions and it was a lot of fun to answer them so thank you for making this interesting! XD I hope my answers will satisfy your curiosity and if not, just ask me an additional question in the comments. 😉

This said, let’s head directly to your interesting questions! =)

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Hamad @ The Book Prescription

What is your reading routine?

Trying to get as many pages into my day as possible? *lol* Just kidding! Or not. XD Well, mostly I read about 4 – 5 different books and I vary between them. Like I’ll read a book when I drive to work (I’m a commuter and it takes 1 1/2 hours to get to my job), another one when I head back from work and a third one when I finally collapse on my sofa at night. And yes, everyone who knows their maths must have figured that this were only three books, so here comes the explanation: Different days, different books! 😉 Ever since I became a part of goodreads I also began to use those little post-its in order to mark all those awesome quotes. And yes, sometimes my physical copies look like a little hedgehog! *lol*

Geanie @ The Library Lady Travels

How did you come up with such a great name for your blog?

Ohh I absolutely love that one! ❤ There actually went a lot of thought into it. XD I always loved libraries and they are some sort of sanctuary for me. Whenever I felt sad or lonely, I’d escape into the nearest library and would get lost in those endless rows of books. Even now I feel at home there. So once when I was there with my bestie she said she’d go into another section while I skimmed the English bookshelves. She was like: „You know where to find me?“ And I answered: „Of course! I practically live here and kinda have a registration form.“ *lol* So I knew that there had to be „library“ in my name. 😛 As for the sassy and fox part. Well, everyone who knows me in real life knows that I’m sassy as hell. So that was kind of a no-brainer. Haha! *shrugs* Regarding the „fox“ there went quite some thought into it as well. It’s not only my spirit animal but I also share quite some character traits with it. *lol* Plus according to Chinese and Japanese mythology foxes are some sort of shape shifters that can change into any form. Which fits my nature more than just well. And if I’d try to explain this statement my answer would turn into an essay so I better leave it at that. 😛 (I’m being deliberately cryptic here. XD)

Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm

What is the number one thing you’d recommend doing (or not doing!) for a new blogger?

Just do your thing! And I mean it! When I started with my blog I had that idea of a fox themed site and I stuck by it. It was difficult to get my blog running because I had no idea what to expect or where to start. The important thing is that I WANTED it to work out though. So I started to draw my fox and my paws, made some pictures etc. As long as you have an idea and are willing to make it real everything is possible. Plus try to connect with other bloggers! It helped me so much to get tips from them! (I’ll always be thankful for the mention of Canva!!!) I think once you have something unique and manage to turn your idea into a blog, your baby is going to take off no matter what. 😉 As for the „not doing“ part: Don’t be a hermit. *lol* The blogger community is awesome and it’s fun to make new friends!

 

Alexandra Elend Wolf

What’s the biggest difference between reviewing books on GR and your blog?
I think the main difference is that I post more reviews on Goodreads. There’s a review for every book I read on there, even if it’s a very short one. On my blog I don’t post as many reviews and not as often, mostly because I write about other things on here too. For instance I do tags and write either personal posts or poetry. Goodreads is all about reviews, my blog is about my personal life and character too. 😉 So basically you could say not every review I write on goodreads makes its way on my blog. Only the good and the exceptionally long ones! *lol* Because lets face it: I actually DO write super long reviews and the word limit on goodreads makes it impossible to write down all of my feelings and thoughts. So I’d write a short version on goodreads and post the „extended version“ on here. 😉

 

Are you studying or working? If you are studying, you are a college or a university student? If you are working, what is your job?

I’m working and I’ve been working for the last 11 years or so. *lol* (Exception were the 2 1/2 years parental leave) I wish I’d still be a university student! Haha! Life was way easier back then. XD So to answer your question: I went to uni but only for about two terms. After I graduated I began to study psychology, history and international affairs, but unfortunately I realized that I just didn’t want to study any more and therefore started to look for a job. I guess I could have become a chef because I have a diploma but I decided to become an assistant instead. So that’s exactly what I’m doing right now: I work as an assistant at an NGO. 😉

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This was a lot of fun! Thank you for asking me those questions! =) I hope my answers were insightful and interesting to read!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Your Questions – My Answers ;-P

Hey my lovelies!

In my last blog post I celebrated a hundred followers and invited you to ask me questions you always wanted to know but never dared to ask. Okay, okay, that last part I just assumed. *lol* Considering how many interesting questions I received this actually doesn’t seem to be too far-fetched, though. XD

Either way it was fun to answer all your questions and I hope you’ll have at least as much fun reading my answers as I had writing them. 😀 I’m sorry if some of them got really long, but oh well, you know me, I’m not exactly known for my short reviews. 😛

So without further ado, here are my answers to your very creative questions!

Ashley @Bubbly Booknerd:

What instruments do you play?

I play a kick-ass e-bass, a mean guitar and a horrible keyboard. *lol* No, honestly, I can play a pretty good and decent e-bass but I think I suck at playing the rest. I was in two bands when I was younger and with one we even managed to go to the studio and made a CD with four songs. It was a lot of fun and we even played some of the bigger halls in Austria… well until our band broke up, but that’s another story for another day. ;-P

Which music do you enjoy the most?

I basically listen to everything. Really, my musical bandwidth goes from rock to emo, to pop and indie and all the way to metal and screamo just to go right back to hit songs and classical music. As long as the overall composition of the song is good, I’ll listen to it. I love lyrics and when they match the music and underline its effect I’m a happy camper indeed. 😀

Are you a vocalist?

Haha! Funny I get that asked a lot but my answer is always no. I used to sing in the background in a few of my bands songs but I’ve a very deep and slightly husky voice and my singing voice sounds completely different. At least that’s what I’ve been told. It’s kind of funny, because I can’t carry a tune in a bucket but apparently have a “sexy voice”? *lol* Well, at least that’s what online people tell me when they hear me for the very first time. It’s really strange…

Does each book you read have a song that you associate with it?

Some do. Not all of them but there are a lot of books that give me certain song vibes I can’t seem to be able to get rid of when I read them. For instance I had a horrible earworm of “One To Make Her Happy” from Marque while I read “Siege and Storm” and whenever I think about “ACOMAF” I think of “Dark In My Imagination” from “of Verona”. XD

Hamad @ The book prescription

How do you write such huge reviews and weren’t you afraid that people won’t read them because of the length?

I love to write? *lol* Mhmm how to answer this question? As easy as it sounds it’s actually pretty difficult to answer. I guess I’ll just go with the flow and try to explain it as best as I can. To write my reviews always takes me quite a while because it’s some sort of process. I already mark quotes I like while I read the book and before I start to write my reviews I always sort through those quotes first. Well, and then I basically write my review around those quotes and the characters of the book. I think some of my reviews easily took me 3 – 10 hours to write. I usually write them over days though, because with a little kid I don’t have all too much free time to focus on writing. There’s a lot of effort going in those long reviews but it’s always worth it! 😀 As to being afraid that people might not read them because of their length: Umm… no?! *lol* I never really thought about it. When I started to write my long reviews I mostly did it for myself. I just wanted to get all those feels off my chest and to write them down sounded like a good idea, so I just did it. XD Truth be told, I’m still surprised that people actually read my super long reviews and even enjoy them! ❤

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Who are your top favorite characters EVER, and why?

Ohhh that’s a really tough one! *lol* I promise I’ll try my best to answer it properly. xD There are so many characters I love but I think I’ll go with my favourite seven because otherwise this answer would get way too long. 😛

– Ronan Lynch from “The Raven Cycle”: I think I love him so much because he reminds me of myself a lot. *lol* I mean he can swear like a sailor but despite his rather harsh exterior he actually has a soft heart! He’s brutally honest and once he loves someone he’ll do everything possible in order to protect that person. Plus he is fascinated by Adam and his hands and we definitely share that one too. Haha!!!

– Adam Parrish from “The Raven Cycle”: I adore Adam to bits and pieces! <333 He’s one of the guys who always had to fight for everything and his life definitely wasn’t easy, yet he still managed to get by somehow. He’s a precious bean and it took him a long time to open up to people and to accept the help of his friends, but that’s just because he’s been hurt so much and he had to learn to love and to accept himself first. Plus he has a great character arc and I always love those!

– William Herondale from “The Infernal Devices”:  I love, love, love and love William Herondale, because he’s such a broken boy, because he’s honourable, because he loves books and can quote them, because he’s brave, because he loves his parabatai, because he’d sacrifice his own well-being for the people he loves and cares about, because he literally burned himself to safe Jem’s life!!! Oh man, there are so many reasons why I love Will Herondale! I can’t even! >_< I need this reread badly!

– Nikolai Lantsov from “The Grisha Trilogy”: Haha! Who wouldn’t love Nikolai!? I mean that man is epic! I love everything he says because no matter what escapes his lips it’s awesome. *lol* The world needs more charming charismatic princes like him! Really! XD

– Alex Fierro from “Magnus Chase”:  I adore Alex Fierro! Finally a gender fluid character and a really relatable one as well! Uncle Rick made me very happy when he decided to write Alex into his series and I’ll be forever grateful for fierce and direct Alex! <333

– Kvothe from “The Name of the Wind”: The SASS!!! Another character I love because I can relate to him. That man is so sassy and defiant I can’t even. *lol* Deep down he’s a soft hearted snowflake though so “The Name of the Wind” gave me all the feels when I read it for the very first time.

– Aaron Warner from “Shatter Me”: Aaron Warner and Will Herondale are both my book husbands and I’ll love them forever! I wish there would be more men that are as perfect as Warner but unfortunately they only seem to exist in books. *lol* He’s swoon worthy, intelligent, honest, cunning and one of those broken boys I love so much. XD

And why are all those characters male?! Seriously, authors need to write more awesome women into their books! I mean I can relate to all those 7 characters and they are all male! *lol* (Well except of Alex, who is gender fluid.)

Leona @ InkGirlWords

What are some of your favorite poets?

I’m a huge fan of William Shakespeare and William Blake. (Funny coincidence they both have the same first name. XD) But I absolutely love and adore Friedrich Schiller’s poetry. “The Pledge” and “The Diver” are two of my favourite poems and I must have read them about a thousand times by now. ❤

Miri @ The Book Dragoness

What’s one of the most interesting/strange/crazy things you’ve ever done?

I kind of tramped through Mexico with my bestie. We met in Cancun and then made our way through the country until we ended up in Acapulco. It was fun and we went by bus so we saw a lot of the country and ordinary life. Also we got into a little village where white girls like us were some sort of a rarity and some of the villagers actually asked us if we’d take pictures with them. That definitely was crazy. *lol* It was fun though. XD

Destiny @ Words with Destiny

Have you ever danced/sung in the rain before?

What a cool question! And the answer would be “yes” I did both! *lol* At my sisters 18th birthday party it rained all afternoon but it was summer and it was warm rain so we basically danced Cha Cha Cha and Jive in the rain. Plus I loved to dance and sing when I’m in a good mood so it still happens every once in a while. 😉

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*hugs’n’kisses*

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