Monday, 26 December 2016

Reading goals for 2017

Much of the time, I have great ambitions to read loads on a myriad of topics that interest me (a few that come to mind are the Great Plague, North Korea and perfume - there's a jumble if ever I saw one), yet when it comes to selecting the next book to read, I am often stumped and end up reaching for the first thing that comes to mind. My Goodreads account and my many "TBR" shelves have helped me greatly in this respect, but I still wanted to create some goals for myself here in a more systematic manner - not unlike a list of New Year's resolutions - for what I'd like to read in the coming year. In turn, I'd love to hear about what you're hoping to read more of, be it different authors, genres, settings, topics, or simply whatever tickles your fancy.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Zimtsterne - German Christmas biscuits

Christmas is not Christmas without baking, and I love adopting recipes from other cultures into my culinary repertoire. Having started learning German this year, I thought it only fitting that I should try some of their traditional festive fare, and Zimtsterne (or "cinnamon stars") seemed like the perfect place to start. They are made traditionally for Christmas, as well as for the breaking of the fast for Yom Kippur where they are called Erstesternen, meaning "first stars".

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Some books I've read lately

Entirely inspired by my new Goodreads account (if you missed it, you can find me here), I've been on a bit of a reading kick of late. I'd considered myself to be somewhat well read, but having compared my "read" list to that of my friends and other Goodreads users, I realised I had some catching up to do. Of course, it's not just about numbers and statistics - I've also been motivated to branch out, and discover genres and authors I might not otherwise have.

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Monday, 12 December 2016

November Favourites

Since I was in late high school until now, November is always a crazy month as I've always had my end of year exams, this month being no exception. There are always dozens of markets and street festivals taking place each weekend, everyone starts talking about Christmas, and I dream of being able to get started on festive baking and crafting - yet I've always been in a study-induced, stressed-out daze. That being said, I've just sat my last lot of university exams ever, and I'm ecstatic (albeit somewhat sad) about finishing my studies. So I thought I'd roundup a few things that have been getting me through the exam/final essay period that have become firm favourites.

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