Twittering Tales: Finally Famous

Twittering Tales challenge is hosted by Kat Myrman. The goal is to write a twitter-length story, in 140 characters or less. You can see the challenge HERE.

Here’s my take on this week’s prompt image:

Finally Famous


With a new lead singer, our popularity peaked. Critics praised us, concerts were sold out.
But was fame worth leaving a part of us behind?

(137 characters)

Top 5 Wednesday: Books that Would Make Good Video Games


I wasn’t sure what to do with this topic… I like to play video games, but most of the books I read are not very action packed. And, yes, not all video games are action games, but it was still hard to find the books that would fit this topic. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding


This was the first series that came to mind. It would be a fun adventure, and yes, there would be lots of different action missions. It would be amazing to step into the role of an airship pirate!

2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Several Neil Gaiman books would be really fun as video games, but, in my humble opinion, this is the most game-like one. The world of London Below hides a lot of traps, and you also have to escape the creepy thugs Croup and Vandemar… A lot is going on in this book!

3. Vicious by V. E. Schwab


Victor and Eli have superpowers, and that is a great start for a game. I also think it would be interesting to be able to choose to play either as Victor or as Eli. The game could add a bit more of what they did in the meantime – especially with Eli hunting all the people with powers – before the final conflict between the two.

4. Alice by Christina Henry


This would be a great horror game, with a lot of puzzles and dialogue. Not for kids at all, though. πŸ˜„ This retelling of Alice in Wonderland is very creepy and violent, but I think it would look great as a game.

5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I know Harry Potter games already exist, but I would like a game where you create your own character, and go to Hogwarts. It would be so amazing, like a combination of Pottermore and The Sims, I don’t know… πŸ˜„ But if we can’t go to Hogwarts we can at least play a game where we do. πŸ˜‰


So, would you want to play these games?

Twittering Tales: The Ally

Twittering Tales challenge is hosted by Kat Myrman. The goal is to write a twitter-length story, in 140 characters or less. You can see the challenge HERE.

Here’s my tale:

The Ally


The pirate ship shrieked.
Governor’s men could taste their victory.
They were unaware that she, pirates’ secret ally, was waiting for her cue.

(140 characters)

I know, those don’t really look like pirate ships, but I recently finished watching Black Sails, the final season. This is my tribute to the best show ever!
Also, pirates are the best. I should write about them more often. πŸ˜„

Top 5 Wednesday: Top SFF Books on My TBR


Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Samatha at Thoughts on Tomes. The guidelines and topics can be found on theΒ Goodreads group.

This week’s topic are fantasy and science fiction books, but the ones you haven’t read yet, but want to read SOON! There are much more than five SFF books I really want to read, but here are the six books that first came to mind so I guess I want to read them most. Yes, I said six. Five is not enough this time. πŸ˜‰

1. Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan


I ordered this book recently and I can’t wait for it to arrive! I loved the first book in the series, A Natural History of Dragons, which you probably know since I’ve talked about it a lot. Lady Trent is a dragon naturalist, and that is basically my dream job. I have to read this, soon! Actually, I have to read all of these books. The last one comes out in a month or so. πŸ™‚

2. Royal Assasin by Robin Hobb


I’ve recently read the first book in the Farseer Trilogy, Assasin’s Apprentice and I can’t wait to continue with the series. I really like the main character, Fitz, the world, and I want to learn more about the Fool!

3.Β TheΒ Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetΒ by Becky Chambers


I’ve heard great things about this book. It’s supposed to be a very character driven science fiction/ space opera with aliens – which sounds amazing. My boyfriend actually bought a copy recently, so I’ll borrow it from him. Soon, of course. πŸ˜‰

4. Company of LiarsΒ by Karen Maitland


I don’t know much about this book, but it is set in the Middle Ages and has some magical elements, so it’s a combination of historical fiction and fantasy. I’m a bit obsessed with the Middle Ages, so this is a must-read for me.

5. The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell


This is the first book in Bernard Cornwell’s series about King Arthur, and as a huge fan of Arthurian legends I need to read it! Also, I kind of want these covers… They are so pretty. (Yes, you shouldn’t judge the book by the cover, but just look at them!)

6. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence


This is an epic fantasy book, also a first in the series which is often classified as dark fantasy. It’s supposed to be very, very violent and gritty, and that kind of draws me to it… I’m probably crazy. πŸ˜„ But I think dark and violent books can be great if done well. That’s why I can’t help being intrigued by this one.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them?

In First Person: Oat Cookies Recipe


In First Person is a monthly meme here on Books and Hot Tea. Every first of the month I talk about a certain lifestyle topic I’m passionate about. Feel free to leave comments and chat with me!

It’s the first of April, the month I was born. πŸ™‚ Birthdays usedΒ to be fun but they’re not that fun anymore. Guess I’m getting old. πŸ˜„ Another proof that I’m getting old is that I started to take care about what I eat. One of the biggest changes in my diet was to cut back on sugar.

I used to eat too much sugar, a day wouldn’t go by without at least a chocolate. To be honest, I don’t believe in any of the diets I see around, I think you should eat home cooked food whenever you can, and everything in ballance. That’s it. Sugar, however, is definitely bad for you if you eat as much as I did. This lead to the decision that I would try to make my own sweet bites. That way I’ll know exactly what goes in them, I’ll cut back on sugar, and I’ll still be able to eat sweets. Life is just meaningless without them, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

The first cookie recipe I developed was this one. Oat cookies are great to eat with your tea, so this is a nice continuation of my previous In First Person post. I love Grancereale oat cookies, so I looked at the ingredients list and started experimenting. My cookies taste quite similar, but are softer, which I actually prefer. Here’ how they look like:
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Here’s what you need (for about 15 cookies):

  • 100g almond flour
  • 80g oats
  • 2tbsp baking powder (or 1 tbsp baking soda)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds + 2 tbsp water (for chia egg)*
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey* (you can replace it with maple syrup if you’re a vegan)
  • 1 tbsp plant milk (I use oat milk or almond milk, you can use regular milk if you want to)
  • 1 tbsp (extra virgin) olive oil**

* Yes, this is hard to measure. I usually take one big, overflowing spoon of honey. πŸ˜„
** I’m from the Mediterranen, I must use olive oil. In everything. πŸ˜„ You can replace it with something else, but olive oil is good for you, so… πŸ˜‰

And here’s how you make them:

1. Preheat the oven to 140Β°C.
2. Put chia seeds and 2 tbsp water in a little bowl or plate to make chia egg. It will turn into a “paste” soon. Feel free to add a little bit more of water if that’s necessary for all the seeds to get wet.
3. Mix almond flour, oats and baking soda in a big bowl. I use hands for this recipe. They will get sticky, but it’s the best way.
4. Put wet ingredients in the bowl and mix. Do it slowly, little by little. They have to spread evenly. I usually put chia egg first, then milk, then honey and a drop of olive oil in the end. I try to spread it as I put the ingredients in, for example, this is how I put honey:
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5. Now you have a sticky dough!
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6. Put baking paper on a baking dish and form cookies. Make small balls in your hands and then press them. They won’t grow much so you don’t need to leave too much space between them.
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7. Bake the cookies on 140Β°C for about 20 minutes. Look at the lovely result! (I got 16 cookies this time.)
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8. Store them in your cupboard and enjoy!

I really hope you’ll like them! These cookies are vegetarian, but can easily be made vegan if you replace honey. They are dairy and egg free. Also, white sugar free, of course – the only sweetener used is honey. (Feel free to add more, if you want them even sweeter, it won’t change the outcome.)

You can play with the cookies, if you want to. I once made them with cacao powder, but you can use other tastes you like, for example vanilla extract or coconut flakes (in this case it might be nice to replace olive oil with coconut oil). You can do anything with them! If you decide to experiment, please, tell me how you made them! πŸ™‚

Twittering Tales: The Names They Call Her

Twittering Tales challenge is hosted by Kat Myrman. The goal is to write a twitter-length story, in 140 characters or less. You can see the challenge HERE.

I’m almost late for the challenge this time! It was kind of a hectic week… But here’s my tale:

The Names They Call Her


Every day she walks through their words.
Witch! Hag!
Misplaced hate. Her herbs healed, never caused pain. Witches are misunderstood healers.

(138 characters)

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Angsty Romances

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Samatha at Thoughts on Tomes. The guidelines and topics can be found on theΒ Goodreads group.

Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

I’m not a fan of romances, but it turns out there are some I can’t help but adore. Romanticism and the Victorians take the stage this time! (Tbh, most of these are not healthy at all.)

1. Catherine and Heatcliff (Wuthering Heights)

So much angst in this one! Both Cathy and Heathcliff have their issues, and they are not exactly likable (especially Heatcliff). However, they are well-rounded, complex characters and they have reasons for their actions, though that doesn’t necessarily justify them. This love story is more than a love story, and that’s what made it a classic.


2. Lestat and Louis (The Vampire Chronicles)

Don’t you dare tell me theirs is not a love story! And it’s angsty as hell. Louis is angsty in general, actually. πŸ˜„


3. Batsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak (Far From the Madding Crowd)

This is the only positive one on this list, I think. πŸ˜„ The relationship between these characters develops slowly, and unlike most Victorian male characters, Gabriel is actually a nice guy.


4. Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky (Anna Karenina)

There is so much pain, misfortune and angst in this love story… Most of you probably know what happens but I’m still not going to say much, because I don’t want to spoil anything to anyone. This book is wonderful, and it rings very true even today. I do have some problems with Tolstoy’s portrayal of an “ideal” love – Kitty and Levin – but I’ll leave that discussion for another time.

P.S. I actually really liked the 2012 film with Keira Knightley, though most people seem to disagree. The fact that it was filmed in a theatre is a nice way to express how people wear masks and play the roles they are supposed to (actually the roles the society expects of them). It was very artistic.


5. Werther and Lotte (TheΒ Sorrows of Young Werther)

Werther’s one-sided love for Lotte was the one that started (or at least made popular) a lot of literary tropes, so I had to include it. ReadersΒ identified with Werther so much that many young men comitted suicides just like he did – yes, a wave of suicides happened after the publication of this book. Sometimes the influence of books can be horrible. And even though Goethe strongly criticized the Romantic movement later on, he still said:

It must be bad, if not everybody was to have a time in his life, when he felt as though Werther had been written exclusively for him.

I’ll leave it to you to decide if you agree with this. πŸ˜‰

Honourable mention:Β Countess Ellen Olenska and Newland Archer (The Age of Innocence)

Apparently, I don’t like romance at all! I wouldn’t call this relationship romantic, but it is very angsty – and I really wanted to include it so I’m putting it as an honourable mention. Newland falls for Countess Olenska, or to be more precise he becomes obssesed with her. She knows their relationship is doomed, but cannot help falling for him, too. Tragedy ensues…

What did you think of these books? Do you find these angsty couples as influential as I do?