Friday 56: Vol. 5

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

“In daylight, it now seems ridiculous, but the rules of this house are written in water.”

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Look inside my (travel) handbag


As I prepare for my weekend in the UK (and then, later, my 9 days in the UK), I thought I’d show you what I take with me when I travel.

So here’s my #handbagconfession.

From the top: my Samsung Galaxy 7″ tablet, spare scrunchies.

Middle from left: my Midori Traveler’s Notebook, pocket mirror, Fossil wallet, pencil case, small tube of Rituals “Touch of Happiness” Orange & Cedar Wood Body Cream, business cards, mobile phone (picture shows my phone cover as I took the pic with my phone).

Bottom: glasses case with shades (or empty simply to store my normal glasses, depending on season), Bodyshop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues, Essence Roadtrip Deo Wipes, spare bobby pins, and one or two lipsticks (just in case).

Normally, I don’t take my tablet with me, but I need it as an eReader this time. For my London Trip, I’ll also take my Canon 3000V camera, a zoom lens and rolls of film with me.

Bear in mind, this is for city trips. My proper overland travel bag looks different.  Plus I wouldn’t take lipstick camping, for example. But when I know we’re going out, I keep it in the side pocket, should I need it.

What do you take with you?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity / Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about the Top 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity / Diverse Characters, whether they are culturally diverse, LGBGTQ+, disabled, or of colour.

The definition of “diverse” for the purpose of this post is that of the WNDB: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

How to: set up your Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Hello my lovelies!

After my blog post about the Midori Traveler’s Notebook on Thursday, I have been asked by one of my lovely followers how the notebooks are actually connected inside the Midori.

I admit that it confused me at first as well.  It took me a while to figure it out, but once you get it, it will seem so logical. However, it is easier to just show you, rather than explain it in a long and complicated blog post, and I figured this how to guide would be of interest to a few of you. So I made a little video that shows how to add inserts to your MTN.

The video below shows you how to add three or more notebooks to your Midori. If your notebooks are really thin, you might even squeeze six or eight in there, by simply repeating the same steps. When adding an odd number of inserts,  add the last one like book 3 in the video. Midori brand elastics are rather thick, so the thinner the elastic you use, the less bulky your stack of inserts will be!

I also just realised that this is the first time you lot (except the two followers who know me in real life) will hear me speak. While I do absolutely everything from reading to writing and thinking in English, I currently live in Germany and I haven’t really had a chance to speak English for more than two sentences in quite a while, so to my own ears, I sound cringe-worthy. “Voice for print media” as some of my fellow journalism students would say, just like some people have a “face for radio.” It’s also the middle of the night here, so if my voice sounds a bit rough, that’s why.

But I hope the video is easy enough to follow.

If We Were Having Coffee… On July 17

Hello my lovelies!

It’s great to see you for the Weekend Coffee Share!

First of all I want to thank everyone who came by last week and celebrated my birthday with me! My British-themed party was a success!

If we were having coffee today you’d notice right away I’m late to the party and we’d meet in town, grabbing a coffee to go. I’d apologise profusely, but I simply do not have time this weekend. I’m trying to catch up on uni stuff and it’s not going as well as I’d hoped and I need all the time I can get.

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