Good morning beautiful souls,
“I live in two worlds, one is a world of books”
I have a little different post for you this morning; for those bookworms of you like myself, you might enjoy this. I kept coming across this Rory Gilmore reading challenge and although I haven’t not really watched Gilmore Girls, I am a big lover of books and can resonate with living in a world of books and so I was really interested to see how many of Rory’s books where on my to read list / I had actually already managed to read.
Going through this ridiculously long list took forever haha, but I have split it into five sections (and I hope I haven’t missed any) to make it a bit easier to view:
1. Books I am currently reading 2. Books I have read (including some which were audiobooks – but always the unabridged version of course) 3. Books on my to read list 4. Books I have seen a movie/series adaptation of and 5. All the books left over.
I would love to know how many books you’ve read or are on your to read list, so if you fancy re-creating this post please do tag me so I can have a read! Also if you fancy connecting over books and seeing what else I’m currently reading then give me a follow on Goodreads which is a great site to keep track of all your books, join book groups, get inspired…
Well then without further ado, let’s get straight into it:

Currently Reading

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (and have been reading for about 3 years haha really need to get back into it!)


  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  6. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  12. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  13. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  14. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  15. Othello by Shakespeare
  16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  17. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  19. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  20. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  22. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

On My To Read List 

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  8. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  9. Emma by Jane Austen
  10. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  11. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  12. The Iliad by Homer
  13. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  14. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  16. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  17. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  18. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  19. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  20. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  21. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  22. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  23. The Shining by Stephen King
  24. Ulysses by James Joyce
  25. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Watched Movie/Series Adaptation

  1. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  5. Carrie by Stephen King
  6. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  7. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  9. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  10. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  11. Emma by Jane Austen
  12. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  13. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  14. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  18. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  19. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  20. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  21. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  22. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  23. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  24. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  25. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  26. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  27. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  28. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  29. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  30. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  31. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  32. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  33. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  34. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  35. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  36. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  37. The Shining by Stephen King
  38. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  39. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  40. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  41. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  42. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  43. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  44. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  45. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  46. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


The other books that are mentioned

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  2. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  3. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  4. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  5. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  6. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  8. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  9. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  10. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  11. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  15. The Bhagava Gita
  16. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  17. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  18. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  19. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  20. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  21. Candide by Voltaire
  22. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  23. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  24. Christine by Stephen King
  25. The Code of the Woostersby P.G. Wodehouse
  26. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  27. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  28. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  29. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  30. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  31. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  32. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  33. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  34. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  35. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  36. Cujo by Stephen King
  37. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  38. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  39. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  40. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  41. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  42. Deenie by Judy Blume
  43. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  44. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  45. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  46. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  47. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  48. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  49. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  50. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  51. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  52. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  53. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  54. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  55. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  56. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  57. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  58. Ethics by Spinoza
  59. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  60. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  61. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  62. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  63. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  64. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  65. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  66. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  67. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  68. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  69. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  70. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  71. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  72. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  73. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  74. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  75. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  76. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  77. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  78. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  79. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  80. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  81. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  82. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  83. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  84. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  85. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  86. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  87. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  88. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  89. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  90. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  91. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  92. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  93. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  94. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  95. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  96. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  97. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  98. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  99. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  100. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  101. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  102. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  103. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  104. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  105. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
  106. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  107. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
  108. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  109. Inferno by Dante
  110. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  111. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  112. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  113. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  114. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  115. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  116. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  117. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  118. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  119. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  120. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  121. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  122. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  123. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  124. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  125. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  126. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  127. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  128. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  129. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  130. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  131. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  132. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  133. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  134. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  135. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  136. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  137. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  138. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  139. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  140. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  141. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  142. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  143. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  144. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  145. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  146. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  147. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  148. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  149. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  150. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  151. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  152. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  153. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  154. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  155. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
  156. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  157. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  158. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  159. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  160. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  161. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  162. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  163. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  164. Night by Elie Wiesel
  165. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  166. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  167. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  168. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  169. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  170. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  171. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  172. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  173. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  174. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  175. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  176. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  177. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  178. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  179. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  180. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  181. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  182. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  183. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  184. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  185. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  186. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  187. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  188. Property by Valerie Martin
  189. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  190. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  191. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  192. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  193. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  194. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  195. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  196. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  197. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  198. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  199. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  200. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  201. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  202. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
  203. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  204. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  205. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  206. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
  207. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  208. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  209. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  210. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
  211. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  212. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  213. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  214. Selected Hotels of Europe
  215. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  216. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  217. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  218. Sexus by Henry Miller
  219. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  220. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  221. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  222. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  223. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  224. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  225. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  226. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  227. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  228. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  229. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  230. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  231. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  232. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  233. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  234. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  235. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  236. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  237. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  238. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  239. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  240. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  241. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  242. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  243. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  244. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  245. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  246. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  247. The Tragedy of RichardIII by William Shakespeare
  248. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  249. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  250. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  251. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  252. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  253. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  254. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  255. Unless by Carol Shields
  256. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  257. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  258. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico(Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  259. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  260. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  261. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  262. We Owe You No thing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviewsedited by Daniel Sinker
  263. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  264. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  265. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  266. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  267. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  268. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  269. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  270. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed having a browse – have a fabulous Monday peeps and remember to let me know your favourite books from this challenge or ones you’ve been meaning to read for ages! ❤



Good evening beautiful souls,

This week although amazing has also been very busy and exhausting. Anthony and Tom, two good friends of Jessica and myself were in Durham this week for their Masters Graduation. As Anthony is from Lebanon and Tom from down south, we won’t get to see much of them especially Anthony, so we made the most we of the short time we had with them. I worked long days Thursday through till Monday and then spent the evenings relaxing with them eating good food, playing games, watching Once Upon A Time and Black mirror and of course enjoying some drinks.


On Sunday Anthony and Tom cooked a feast for us which was scrumptious and included plenty of Vegan options for me including Ratatouille, a Lebanese aubergine salad, deep fried cauliflower, beetroot risotto and deep fried beetroot risotto balls – mmm… It was all soo tasty! It was nice to be able to relax with the guys and catch up with them fo a couple of days. We played lots of games including our favourite, Settlers of Catan (which I won to Anthony’s annoyance and my delight as even though he kept blocking my every move I still managed to best him hehe) and a new favourite Cluedo.

Last night after a lovely full last day together we settled down to our latest night yet playing another round of Cluedo before binge watching Black Mirror until 3am!


This morning it was time to say goodbye to Anthony. I hate it when good friends have to leave and who knows when I’ll see them next! I really hope they both receive PhD placements near Durham so that visiting each other won’t be so difficult! I’m really going to miss these too, but thank god for the Internet and Skype, at least keeping in contact won’t be too difficult!




So after a busy week with very late nights I am now settling down to a quiet evening and some self care time. A bath, an early night and some much needed sleep are in order I believe!

Love Carina xo


Good evening beautiful souls,

The other day I read a great Christmas tag post written by the beautiful Hollie from It oozed festive vibes and I immediately wanted to write this tag too and answer all these Christmasy questions for you; so without further ado, here is my Christmas Tag:

1. What’s your favourite Christmas Film?

Hmm, The Holiday is pretty high up there and Love Actually of course. Those are probably my favourite two.

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Yes many!!! But not in a long time and I miss it soo much! For me Christmas just doesn’t feel complete without snow.

3. Where do you usually spend the holidays?

At home in Durham with my parents and sister.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

This one is so difficult, I don’t have a favourite Christmas song! I love all festive music; from having classics like ‘All I want for Christmas’, and ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ on repeat to belting out carols like ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, I just love nothing more than a good Christmas singsong! There isn’t really any festive music that I do not like apart from perhaps ‘Fairytale of New York’, that song just annoys me for some reason.

5. Do you open any Christmas presents on Christmas eve?

Yes, I open all my presents on Christmas Eve bar my stocking and one present from Santa. I was born in Germany and the German tradition is to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, however as my mother is from Northern Ireland, we also have Santa and stockings on Christmas day, so we kinda get the best from both worlds.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeers?

Dasher, Dancer, Comet and Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Rudolf… and I’m stuck aha, so nope, I can not name all of Santa’s reindeers.

7. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Real. Our family tree is always real!!! I love our Christmas tree tradition. We decorate ours with mostly natural objects like red apples, straw stars, wooden ornaments and candle like fairy lights.

Saying that, in my own house the tree is fake this year. My housemate Jessica and I got given the tree from our landlady and although I don’t think there’s anything better than having a real tree and fresh pine smell in the house at Christmas, I’m just glad to have a a tree at all, even if it’s fake, it’s way better than nothing.

8. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

Hmm, I don’t have a specific favourite, but I love all the German treats like Lebkuchen and Stollen. Ooh and mince pies and mulled wine of course!

9. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Ooh over the years definitely gift giving. I love nothing more that treating people and finding cute gifts for friends and family! Gift giving brings me a lot of joy!

10. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

I’m not sure, about ever but I got a huge wok last year and that was pretty awesome! I use it for almost everything I cook!

11. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Somewhere in Germany or Austria, somewhere with amazing Christmas markets and lot’s of snow and staying in a cute chalet with a real fire to cosy up next too whilst working my way through mountains of books and drinking copious amounts of tea.

12. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

I can’t say that I am a pro, but I definitely don’t fail either!

13. When did you realise the truth about Santa?

The truth about Santa? What truth about Santa?!

14. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

Of course I do, I mean don’t most people?! Aha now that is a different matter. Erm I try to stick to them and I usually do for a couple of months before things just go down hill and I fail miserably. But there is always another year and another chance to try!

15. What makes the holidays special for you?

Spending time with my family, especially now that I don’t live at home anymore and my sister is away at university. There aren’t that many chances for us all to get together, but our Christmas’ are always intimate affairs with just the four of us celebrating together, which I love. My fathers side of the family all live in Germany and my mothers side in Northern Ireland, so we don’t have big family Christmas’. I like it that way though and wouldn’t change it for the world. There is no big hassle worrying about seeing all the family over the holidays and having to cook for hoards of people or being in a chaotic noisy environment, it is just nice quiet, cosy and peaceful family time.

16. List your three favourite festive wintery activities:

  1. Being crafty and decorating the house for Christmas, making wreaths, putting the tree up…
  2. Baking Christmas treats
  3. Ice skating

And that’s my Christmas Tag done. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you’d like to have a go at this tag then please do leave a comment below with a link to your post – I would love to read all of your answers!

Love Carina xo


Good morning guys,

Hope you’re all having a nice day so far! I may be stuck at work until 5pm today, but the sun is shining so it doesn’t seems so bad. At the moment the cafe is quiet so with the music softly playing in the background and nothing to do I thought I’d write a quick post sharing some of my favourite YouTuber’s with you.

I only really started getting hooked on YouTube about 2/3 years ago when one of my flatmates from uni told me about some of the YouTuber’s she followed and showed me some of their videos. It was then I realised I enjoyed watching vlogs, learning more about beauty and watching peoples latest fashion hauls. I became hookedand have since discovered the Youtuber’s who inspire me, make me laugh or who I can relate to. So for today’s post I just wanted to let you know who my all-time faves are (the YouTuber’s where I won’t miss a video) as well as some of the others I watch on a regular basis too.

Helen Anderson


I absolutely love watching Helen’s videos, especially her vlogs. I love her style and she is such a laugh. Her vlogs are very honest, really showing her everyday life with all its ups and downs including her squabbles with husband Matthew which just makes her even more relatable. She includes a whole mix of things from beauty, fashion, DIY, homeware, music… I just think she’s fab!

Zoe Sugg


Zoe I love best for her vlogs and favourites videos I think. She is just the cutest. Zoe has such a smiley personality and is always up for a laugh which is infectious. Also although she’s about ten sizes smaller than me aha I enjoy watching her fashion hauls as she always has fab outfits. She’s just an overall good bean!

The SacconeJoly’s


The SacconeJoly’s are a family of five, Jonathan and Anna, their kids Emilia, Eduardo and Alessia as well as their six Maltese dogs. They upload a vlog every day and I love watching them. The kids just put a smile on my face with their everyday shenanigans.

Kate Flowers


I am so glad I found Kates channel last year! She is such a natural beauty and sweetheart; I quickly became hooked to her vegan lifestyle videos; what I eat in a day’s and other vlogs sharing her passion for health, veganism, dancing and LGBT.

Kalyn Nicholson


I have been following Kalyn for a while, but have only recently started watching her vlogs more religiously. She has such a chatty friendly personality and her content is great; a real variety from books to makeup looks.

Other YouTube channels I like:

Tanya Burr, Raw Alignment, Mae FlowersJenny Mustard, Inthefrow, Ryan and Aiden, Zoe London, Carly Rowena

Well those are my favourite YouTuber’s. Who are yours? I’d love discovering new channels so please do let me know!

Love Carina xo