♡ My Summer Reading List ♡

This summer, I’ve (finally) had a lot of time to catch up on my reading. My list had been growing pretty long before that, so thank god summer came ’round. Here are the books I’ve been loving this summer, and hopefully, you will too.

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1. Ignite Me

The third book in the ‘Shatter Me‘ series by Tahereh Mafi, this book was jaw-dropping. From heart-warming romance to thrilling adventure, this book left me reeling for more. I can actually and truthfully say that it was un-put-down-able (that’s probably not a word). I read it from cover to cover in just 24 hours and let me just say, my feels have not yet recovered. Definitely the top on this list.

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2. Mad About The Boy

Another Bridget Jones book, finally! This is the third one in the series by Helen Fielding and was the perfect summer beach read (which is, incidentally, where I read it). Jones is back almost 2 decades later with two kids and several more misadventures. All in all, amazing.

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3. 12 Years A Slave

Until this years’ Academy Awards came about, I had no idea that a book like this was ever written, not to mention over a century ago by Solomon Northup! So of course, I ended up reading (and loving) it! Written by a free black man in America, this book will give you the shivers (of delight, of course).

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4. Landline

This book by Rainbow Rowell was surprisingly good. I was of the opinion that there are only this many tragic divorce books you could read before getting sick of them, but I was (not for the first time) mistaken. An amazing read about a woman who realizes that her love for her husband is not enough to save their marriage.

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5. The Book Thief

A mind blowing novel by Markus Zusak, this book had me totally caught. It is, in short, the story of a young girl who is sent off to a foster family in Germany as World War 2 breaks out. Being a great lover of books makes her ‘The Book Thief’. Truly a well-written masterpiece.

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6. Revenge Wears Prada

This long-awaited sequel to ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘ by Lauren Weisberger did not disappoint (unlike most sequels which are a diluted mush of their more famous prequels). The claws-out rivalry is back, and its wearing high-end designers.

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Stay lovely!

Deliya x 🙂

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Of Summer and Off-Days

Summer break is here and I’ve been having the time of my life.

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From going to the mall with friends, hanging out at the pool and the club to having gaming and movie nights as well as late night FIFA matches (GO GERMANY!!) with friends, it’s been one hell of a ride. Such a relief after the hectic year I’ve been having.

I’ve been attempting to be healthier – drinking more water, trying to cut down on the bleeding soda and chocolates (so hard!) and exercising an hour a day hasn’t been easy but I’ve been doing the best I can. It’s been worth it, though. Or at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself.

I have really GOT to start packing. This Friday (the 11th of July), I will be visiting Goa, India, and I probably won’t be able to write till early August as I will be touring India. I will be documenting it all in a post for you guys when I’m back, though, so don’t worry!

After visiting all of Europe (Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Vatican City and Croatia!) and Africa (Mauritius), I think it was only fair that Asia was next on my list. The only Asian country I’ve ever visited is Singapore and it totally blew me away, so India promises to be exotic and amazing. I can’t wait!

Stay beautiful!

Deliya x 🙂

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Things You Need To Do Before You Die : Part 1

Most people, I’m sure, already have a bucket list. Whether its weird, detailed, long, wacky or daring, everyone has basically compiled a list of things they want to do, people they want to see, or places they want to go before they kick that proverbial bucket.

As I sat making my own the other day, I thought, why not make the bucket list official? That way, I’ll be forced to accomplish at least half of the things on it (damn you peer pressure!) So, in case you need a little inspiration to kick off or expand yours, here are a few things on my bucket list.

1. Visit all the continents (well, maybe except maybe Antarctica)

It’s probably no secret at this point that I absolutely LOVE to travel. Seeing new places, doing new things and learning of new cultures and languages are just some things that provide me with that extra buzz to life. So of COURSE this had to the first thing on the list. So far, I’ve visited every continent except North and South America. *sigh*

2. Learn to Skateboard

I don’t know, it’s just a skill I’ve always admired in other people, and, I mean, how bad could I suck right? *trips on straight floor*

3. Be on TV

I mean, I’ve already been on the news before but being on TV is so much more real somehow, you know?

4. Buy my dad a car

I want to do this for Fathers’ Day or something (when I’m not broke, aka when I get a job). It’s just something I’ve always dreamed of doing.

5. Learn how to ride a horse

I mean I’ve ridden one at a carnival before but that was when the trainer was LITERALLY holding the reins and basically walked the horse around the field once. That doesn’t count. I want to learn to ride for real.

6. Plant 17 Trees

I don’t know why it’s 17 but it just is. If you know me at all, you know that I basically have a black thumb, meaning I can’t grow shit. Not even weeds. So this is something I need to accomplish.

7. Learn how to dance

I’m not even exaggerating, I actually suck at dancing. I just can’t dance. I mean I am the prestigious inventor of the chicken dance (thank you, thank you) but apart from that, niet.

8. Be the boss

Maybe it’s just me, but our whole lives as teenagers we’ve been forced and pushed around. Whether it’s by our teachers, parents or peers. Wanting to be the boss is only natural. You can see where I’m going with this.

9. Write a novel

I just, I want to, I never seem to have the time. But I will. One day.

10. Go clubbing every night for a week

Considering I’ve never even been to a club once, this promises to be interesting.

11. Learn to play the drums

OK, I’m just being ambitious here (because I already know how to play the guitar, piano and clarinet) but I want to learn how to play the drums. I just want to.

12. Teach someone something useful

I don’t know, it’s probably not a calling or anything, I just want to teach a person in need something they find useful. I dunno.

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That’s all for now y’all.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

How To Get Fit This Summer

“I wanna look fit this summer.”

We’ve heard it all before – from our friends, family and even ourselves, but somehow we never seem to get around to it. It’s hard to motivate yourself to get off the couch, switch off your laptop and start working out. Keeping fit and looking and feeling healthy and strong are not easy and it’s a long road. But you’ve got to get started. For your sake. Teenagers nowadays are unhealthier than ever with obesity rates sky-rocketing.

Studies say that you need to get at least an hour of exercise in your daily schedule. That may seem like a lot, but you don’t have to do mundane exercises. You could do sports or activities you enjoy (like dance!) for an hour to keep fit.

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1. Create a Work-out Playlist

Exercising can be stressful and even more so when you have nothing to distract yourself with. Fast-paced music (urban, dubstep, pop, etc) are great for work-outs because they distract you from what you’re doing. So don’t forget to create a playlist that makes you want to move!

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2. Do what you love

You don’t have to go to the gym if you don’t feel like it. Do an activity you enjoy. Whether that’s football, dancing, swimming, basketball or track, do what you love so that exercise won’t feel like a burden. Rather, you’ll have fun with it!

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3. Bring your friends along

Everything seems that much more fun when you have friends to keep you company. Get some like-minded friends to work out with. Not only will your competitive spirit make you want to do as good (if not better) as them but you’ll also have a great time while you’re at it!

P.S. Investing in cute (non-expensive!) work-out clothes are also a great motivation!

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4. Burn baby burn

Get 60 minutes of cardio most days of the week – something that increases your heart rate and breathing. Don’t be afraid to break a sweat (or a nail)! Eating healthy and clean (no junk food, no soda!) as well as exercising are the killer combo that will have you looking fabulous in no time. Drinking loads of water is also a must not only to digest all your food and fend off acne but also to avoid dehydration during an intense work-out.

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5. Strength Training

Building your bones is also super important. You don’t want to be fighting of osteoporosis when you’re older. For this, you’re going to have to pump some iron. At least two times a week, you need to lift weight that pushes you to your limits on the last couple of reps.

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6. Crunch Time!

It’s not unheard of to want a flat stomach. In fact, most of us watch Kaley Cuoco in jealousy wishing we looked as fit as her (is that just me? I dunno). Bicycle crunches, leg lifts, planks, crunches and side twists are great ways to work out your abdominal area. Aim for 10 to 20 reps for 4 to 5 sets.

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Most of all, you should just have fun with whatever you’re doing. Also, remember that loving yourself and your body and accepting it is very crucial. You aren’t exercising because you hate your body. You’re doing it to feel better.

Remember not to starve yourself in order to lose weight because the objective is not a thigh gap but to be fit. That is in no way the same thing as being skinny, and to be honest, girls with thigh gaps and skeleton-and-skin look sort of scary and ugly, if you ask me. Remember to stay healthy and ask for help and suggestions from your doctor and parents before you start!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

My Summer Bucket List

It’s summer time, and that can only mean one thing : summer break is round the corner! So much time, so little to do. You know this summer is going to be amazing – you don’t know how or when or why, but it’s gonna be great! Here’s a couple things I’m going to be doing this heat-down before my summer kicks its proverbial bucket and if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I hope this helps!

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1. Go to a concert

2. Read a book every week

3. Go to the beach

4. Go to a carnival

5. Have Movie Nights

6. Learn that sport you’ve always wanted to

7. Volunteer at the animal shelter

8. Have a bonfire night

9. Have gaming marathons

10. Hit the mall

11. Have water fights

12. Have a picnic with friends

13. Buy a Bubble Gun

14. Go camping

15. Learn how to bake cookies

16. Go hiking with my family

17. Have a fireworks show

18. Write a story

19. Finish reading all my wait-list manga

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That’s all for now!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂 

How I Became A Sherlockian

OK guys, it’s confession time. I can’t keep all these feels in me anymore. I’ve got to let it all out and I’m going to do it no matter how hard or long it is. This is the story of my absolute and complete, irrevocable and total obsession with Sherlock. (Oh and for those of you who don’t watch BBC’s Sherlock, I just, I have nothing to say to you…Go and get your arse off that chair and watch it…NOW!) Oh, and P.S. this is me going on full-on fangirl mode, so unless you’re ready for that, I strongly suggest you stop reading at this point. Like, now.

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Recently (and by recently I mean from September 2013) I started watching this modern rendition of A.C. Doyle’s Holmes (which I LOVED reading as a teenager) and absolutely fell in love. I cannot even begin to describe the number of hours I should’ve been studying for my exams or doing something infinitely more important but was watching/fangirling over Sherlock instead. And the worst (or best, if you take it my way) part is, I’m not even sorry. I regret nothing.

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 First of all, cheers to Moffat and Gatiss for making this series so mind-blowingly amazing and heart-stoppingly interesting. Oh, and kudos for hiring the sexiest guy on the planet (with a voice so deep and creamy and full-on Alan Rickman-y that it takes your breath away) as Sherlock – Benedict Cumberbatch. And of course, the always lovely Martin Freeman who plays Dr. John Watson.

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And of course, which fangirling session is truly complete without describing in loving detail, my OTP (excluding CumberChris or Denedict – which is me and Benedict Cumberbatch :3 ) which is Johnlock (John and Sherlock) and Sherlolly (Sherlock and Molly Hooper). Sometimes, I end up watching Sherlock curled up in an intense ball of feels shipping my OTP so hard that I start to tear up. No, I don’t need medical attention. It’s just another day in the life of a fangirl.

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For those of you who are still reading this, this means you’re a Cumberbitch (fans of Cumberbatch) or Sherlockian and thus, share my feels. This also means that you must be a pretty hardcore fan, because if you’re not, you must not have watched the Reichenbach Fall and the AGES of waiting before they explained how Sherlock survived the fall. And if you didn’t stop reading, because here come the spoilers.

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I have a love-hate relationship with Moffat and Gatiss for making us wait so long (till Jan 1, 2014) for Season 3. But, as usual, the explanation of the fall, Johnlock’s reunion and everything in between was just fantastic. And the way Gatiss incorporated every single OTP in our fandom in that one episode? Wow. It’s like he just ransacked the tumblr of every Sherlockian. Oh and of course, Sherlock’s best man speech at John and Mary’s wedding (that successfully forever shattered the Johnlock shippers) brought me to tears (with laughter and feels – oh, the bromance). I still have my Sherlolly ship left, though (though at this point, I think I’m going to sink with this ship as well, seeing as how Molly was recently engaged).

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Oh and you have plenty of reason to love Benedict even if you’re a trekky (Star Trek fan). He played the badass ‘Khan’ in Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, and boy was he good. Goes to show you how rightful I am in this love and admiration of him – he can play a badass just as well as a ‘on the side of the angels‘ character (if you know what I mean – and you will, if you’re a Sherlockian).

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OK, I think this is a logical stopping point because I’m bursting with feels just writing about this and I better leave before the hyperventilation starts. More later, guys!

Stay beautiful,

Deliya x 🙂