New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

It’s New Year’s Eve (or Silvester, as we call it) and it’s time to sit down and write that list of New Year’s Resolutions.

What do I want to achieve in 2015? What do I want to learn or get better at? Well, lots of things, really.

Here are a few:

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2014 in Review

This past year has had its Ups and Downs but all in all it’s been a successful year.

But then again, I’m still hoping next year will be better!

So here’s what’s happened and what I’ve been up to in 2014.

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Dinner For One

There’s a little New Year’s Eve tradition that has become cult in Germany and I’d love to share it with you.

It’s a little, 10 minute TV sketch called “Dinner For One” or sometimes also “The 90th Birthday”.

Dinner For One was recorded in 1963 for Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and features Freddie Frinton as Butler James and May Warden as Miss Sophie.

On NYE, this sketch is repeated every few minutes on the telly. Basically, if you’re German, you’ll watch it at least once during the night’s festivities.

“The same procedure as every year, James!”

ENJOY and Happy New Year to you all!

My “To Read” Pile for 2015

I love buying books. I can spend hours in a bookstore or browsing a fleamarket for a bargain. Usually, I end up buying at least 1 book, which is why my To Read Pile is growing and growing. Even if I only wanted to get a voucher for a friend’s birthday… I’ll end up getting the voucher for her and a book for myself.

A home without books is like a body without a soul. – Cicero

I really believe that. People who don’t have books are highly suspicious in my eyes. Take my ex for example: he only owned two “proper” books. Animal Farm and Anne Frank’s Diary. The rest of his books were picture books with “pretty” cars in them.

I can’t help it. I like to show that I’m well-read. Seeing what others have on their bookshelves can be a great conversation starter! My “To Read Pile” is growing ever higher, though, as I haven’t had a chance to properly get lost in a good book in months.

Some of these books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. Others were gifts. A few of them are by authors I admire. One is by a very good friend of mine (Die Spiegelsinfonie). But some I chose because I love the cover (Tape & Mister Pip especially)

So here are some books I’ve already got at the ready for 2015:

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End of ROW80 Success!

Hello my dear fellow ROW80 participants!

The fourth Round of Words in 80 Days for 2014 ended officially on December 26, and while I didn’t stick to all my goals I originally posted, I still count this ROW80 a success!

My writing goals:

  • Write a short story each day. Poems also permitted. No matter what word count.
  • Alternate often between writing in English and German to build up more German stories (it IS my native language, after all)
  • Write in at least 4 genres other than fanfiction (but fanfic is also fine!)

My blogging goals:

  • Update Study. Read. Write. five times per week, even if it’s just a picture with writing prompts or inspiration
  • Update my travel blog Fernweh & Wanderlust at least 3 times a week, even if it’s just a travel-inspiring picture or recipe
  • Start German to English translation of Gap Year journal to include on Fernweh & Wanderlust

So how did I do?

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Season’s Greetings to all my followers

On this Christmas Eve, I want to wish all my followers a

Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Glædelig Jul, Hyvää Joulua, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Buon Natale, Meri Kirihimete, Счастливого рождества!, God Jul, Krismasi Njema and Nadolig Llawen.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah, Litha and Yule these past few days.

But even if you don’t celebrate those either, I do hope you have a relaxing few days to spend with your loved ones!

Thank you for all your support.

All the best from

Conny at Study. Read. Write.

Christmas tree

P.S.: In case you’re wondering, the languages above are English, German, French, Spanish, Danish/Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Maori, Russian, Swedish/Norwegian, Swahili and Welsh.

Required High School Reading – Book list from a German school

Lately I have been wondering about required reading in high school. Mainly because I re-organised my book shelves and grouped all the books I had to read in school together and realised that my list is pretty long.

There seem to be a few books and/or authors that are universal (Shakespeare, Orwell etc.), but many are down to a country’s preference.

In your native language, you’ll usually read and analyse books that originated in your country or were written in your language first (i.e. not a translated work). In foreign languages, you tend to start off easy and then get more complex reading lists as your language skills improve.

This makes me quite glad that I received my secondary education in Germany, as I feel I got a quite comprehensive reading list out of the deal. My Grammar School was bilingual and we were treated like native English speakers as well as native German speakers, so my reading list might be a bit out of the ordinary. Grammar School in Germany used to go from Year 5 to Year 13. It has since my graduation in 2006 been reduced to Years 5-12.

Which books were you required to read in school? Which ones did you keep? Which ones stayed with you?

Here’s my list!

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