Music is another huge part of my life. I listen to music all the time and I know that I would be lost without it. It keeps me going and calms me down when nothing else can. On my way home on the train I realized that I rarely share the songs I listen to with you or the playlists I make for myself, so here I am, changing that asap! As you all know, autumn is my favorite season ever. I mean is there anything better than watching the leaves fall, wearing sweaters, going on road trips and drinking pumpkin spice lattes? I think not. Thats why I thought: Why not create a playlist with songs that I love to listen to when I’m driving with the car or when I’m in the train and which give me comfort and huge autumn vibes. They make me feel at peace. I hope you enjoy this playlist and the 20 songs I put together. All the artists are amazing!
love Ophelia xX
Roadtripping (autumn) Playlist
Dusk till Dawn – Zayn (feat. Sia)
Yellow Light -Of Monsters and Men
I found -Amber Run
Lonesome Dreams -Lord Huron
Losing Sleep -John Newman
Queen of Peace and Long and Lost -Florence and the Machine
Blinding -Florence and the Machine
Rich Love -One Republic
Somebody that I used to know -Gotye
Fast Car -Tracy Chapman
Runnin’ (Lose it all) -Naughty Boy (feat. Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin)
I wasn’t sure if writing this blogpost is a good idea, but it has been on my mind for months now and even when people will hate on me, I need to get this out.
I have been in the bookstagram community for over 2 years and over the past year it changed a lot. More people joined (and are still joining!) the community which is great because we’re here to spread our love for books and the more people, the more fun! There are also many talented people whose pictures are beautiful and the effort people put into their photos is breathtaking and amazing to see.
Sadly it also changed not only in good but also in bad ways. People steal pictures (I know they did it before too but I just find that more and more accounts do that), there’s rarely a person who gives inspiration credit anymore, when a person has a different opinion on a book there are people who hate and this list could go on and on forever but my point is: Our community should not be one where people hate and stuff but it should be a place where we continue to spread love and not hate. Theres enough hate in this world we don’t need it in bookstagram as well. Please accept everyones opinion. Its fine when you have a different point of view on a topic, but please say it respectful.
I have spoken to some people (and I have experienced it myself) and they told me that they got hate because they didn’t like a book everyone else did. Not everyone has the same taste in books and that is OKAY. No one needs to hate on someone for not liking a book!
Stealing pictures and copying photos is absolutely a no-go. People put effort into taking them and they do it with love and no one is allowed to steal or copy them. You can repost them with credit or you can take one that almost(!!) looks like the original one but you have to give inspiration credit!!! I saw some accounts where some photos looked almost like mine but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get in trouble. People can be mean. I even saw that someone, who I thought was my friend, copied a photo of mine without giving inspo. credit which was also the reason I decided to don’t give a f*ck and write this blogpost. Please guys, don’t do that because you hurt people with doing that and you don’t respect the effort the person put into taking that photo.
We’re all here to spread our love for books and to get to know new books. Don’t be disrespectful or mean to other people because we’re all human and have feelings. When you have a different opinion on this topic: I would like to hear yours, but please be respectful when you say it.
“She swears lazy Sunday’s were made for her. Doing whatever it is she wants to do, even if it is, nothing at all.” -j. iron word
Sundays are for relaxing, drinking coffee and preparing your soul for the week ahead. I usually love to spend my Sundays in bed, with good breakfast, some reading and cuddles with my mom (yes my mom and I love to cuddle).
That’s not really exiting but today was a fun day with a dear friend of mine, whom you (I hope) know! Her name is Anna ( be sure to check out her Instagram page neverwordless and her blog undercoverbookish ) and she is one of the sweetest people on earth.
And because the Sunday morning I spend with her was so lovely, I thought I would tell you guys about it!!
I woke up at 7:30 am, checking my phone and dozing until 8am, until it was time to leave my comfy bed to get ready. It usually takes me 20 min to dress and do my make-up (it depends on my mood). Today I wore a basic white Shirt, gray trousers, a pair of beige shoes and my black coat.
I left my house at 8:30 am, waited 10 min for the train and arrived at 9am at the coffeeshop. Anna came 5 minutes later and I was so happy to see her again, because it had been a while since our last meeting. We looked at the breakfast card and at the end I decided to get a Cappuccino and a Mozzarella Bagel (which was so delicious by the way!) Anna went with a self-made Bagel and a Cappuccino too.
We talked about life, school, our holiday plans and (of coursee) books (and Tv shows)!! In between I took some pictures because a) Annas outfit was on point and b) everything looked so aesthetically pleasing.
After two hours of chatting we decided to go to the museum island in Berlin to shoot some pictures for the ‘gram 😉 It was really early, therefore only a few people were admiring the architecture, which was good for us because no one likes strangers in the background of their photos.
At first we had no ideas but after a while the inspiration hit us and we spend 2 hours taking pictures like crazy. Besides that we talked about our favorite Instagram accounts and how we could improve our shooting skills. All the pictures we took were perfect and we were freaking happy ( and proud as hell) about the outcome!! Here are some of the photos:
This are only a few pictures from the ones we took and I hope you like them! (keep an eye out on my Instagram, because I’ll post some more over there).
After we finished shooting we walked to the underground. It was already 1pm and Anna had to learn for her exams and I had to get some work done. Therefore we hugged each other tightly and said goodbye (for now).
Being with people that like the same things as you is the best thing in the world. It makes me always happy to meet Anna, because she is such an amazing person, inside and out!! All in one my Sunday was perfect. I spend it in good company and I was productive 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading this blogpost and when you’re interested in more posts like this: just let me know! I wish you an awesome rest of your day. Stay happy!
Sometimes there’s no inspiration and creativity in me left. I don’t want to do anything and my brain is just empty.
This happens to me when I’m stressed or life doesn’t go the way I want it to go. The biggest thing I hate, is the feeling of wanting to write but having no ideas and inspiration.
When that happens I usually scroll through tumblr or my favourite Instagram accounts to get some inspiration from there. Sometimes the sparks fly again but sometimes not.
And when the second thing happens, I give myself some free time. I grab my favourite books, some paper and a pen and go out to discover some new coffeeshops. When I find one which makes me feel comfortable and cozy, I sit down, drink my coffee, listen to music, watch the people around me and just write. I do that for hours until my heart is so full of happiness that I need to take a break.
I write everything down. It’s not important if the sentences make sense. The only thing that matters is that I am writing.
So whenever you lose your inspiration, don’t worry it will come back. Just take some time for yourself and relax. Go out for a walk. Drink coffee. Re-read your favourite parts of the books you love. Or, when it helps you, meet a friend and talk with them for hours.
Never be afraid of having no creativity because it’ll come back at the end. You just need to wait.
You need to be skinny. Oh my god, put on a real shirt where people can’t see your belly. Wear make-up but not too much. When you go out, dress yourself pretty but not bitchy. Don’t wear lipstick in your everyday life. Don’t say your opinion, you’re a woman. It’s not nice when you disagree with the opinion of a male. Be quiet and listen. Write good grades, get a job and when you marry take care of the kids. Do everything for your husband and don’t say no. You’re a woman, you dont have the right to do this. Males are braver and stronger than woman. You’re so ugly, no men will marry you. A fat woman is not a beautiful woman.
Sentences like this are normal for us woman. The keyword normal is what bothers me the most. Because words like that shouldn’t be normal for any woman. Through the years our society has become more modern, but our views of woman are still the same or worse. Woman still don’t get the same amount of money. They can’t dress up the way the want to and when they do it’s a scandal. Showing your skin as a woman or saying your opinion is still not okay.
But i want to tell you something. I am a woman and you should not be afraid of saying your opinion. Woman are brave and strong. They aren’t on this world just to give birth and clean up the house. Woman are people too and every human on this planet deserves the same amount of respect. Raise your voice and fight for your rights. Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean people can talk to you the way they want to.
A womans weight doesn’t tell anything about her character. She is beautiful in her own way. No one is too skinny or fat. Everyone is perfect. But as a woman the society has a imagine in his head how every woman should look like. Perfect legs, perfect belly, perfect hair and smile.
And I’m here to tell you that you are beautiful the way you are. No woman needs long legs and perfect teeth. What matters is your character and how you greet people. You are strong, intelligent and brave. Extraordinary. And for that you don’t need a perfect body. Belive in yourself and always have the strength to say your opinion. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do as a woman. You can do everything you want.
To be free is the greatest gift life can us offer. It means everything. What is the meaning to live when you’re not free and save? Freedom means happiness, safety and to be the master of yourself. Without that there is nothing which gives your life a meaning. What can you do when you grow up in a war where is no freedom and no happiness? You would go crazy.
Enjoy your freedom as much as you can. There are so many people in the world who are not free. Always have that thought in your mind and enjoy your freedom, happiness and safety all the more. Enjoy it a little bit for the people who doesn’t have that gift too.
Books can offer us a different kind of freedom. That applies to photography, reading, writing and music too. Our creativity is free. We can do whatever we want. We can create other worlds, let magic become true and let all the world hunger and wars disappear. That is a completly different kind of freedom and somehow it is not.
Some people have the freedom to make art and on the other side some have not. Everything has it good and bad sides. Everyone is free, but some have the luck to have more freedom than others. Not everyone is truly free. Though when your mind is free and you can do art you are one of the people with the luck.
Enjoy your freedom. There are people who die in wars, who have to flee from their country, who die because of their skin colour or sexuality. Enjoy to be free and to have a free mind. You have the freedom to say your opinion, so say it. Don’t be shy.
Be happy and greatful for the gift to be free, to be save and to be happy. Do the best of it and never let anyone take that freedom away from you. Never. Because it’s the greatest gift someone, life, can us offer.
In the world woman have lesser rights than man. I think that’s never going to change, because in every society we will always have people who think that woman are not worthy enough to have a voice like males and that they shouldn’t have the rights to command. People like that have the opinion, that a woman should be at home, take care of the kids, cook, clean the house, etc. This is not okay because woman are human too and just because of their gender they shouldn’t be in disadvantage. Many people think that woman have more rights now, because we’re in the 21st century. That’s only half right. Yess woman have definitely more rights now, than 200 years ago, but in the whole world the most amount of woman still has to fight for their rights. Not in every country, religion people share the same opinion about woman going to work. We are lucky that today there’re organisations which are fighting for woman rights and that they get more recognition everyday.
A good way to spread more self-confidence and strength to woman is literature. When I read books I’m always happy to see when the main character is a badass, independent woman. They give me self-confidence and make me feel happy. Sadly there aren’t many books with female leaders, but I have the feeling that every year we are getting more. There also not many female authors. Most of them are male. As example: George RR Martin, Charles Dickens, Franz Kafka, John Green, Mark Twain. Sure there are many female authors too but I have to say the males authors are definitely more. We don’t have this problem only in literature. Famous artists like da Vinci, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet are all male too. I’m not gonna say that they works are not good, no it’s the other way around: they ARE brilliant, but there are are also many female artists whose works are awesome and I find that they don’t get enough recognition. It’s harder for a woman to get a job, without being in disadvantage.
I’m happy to see more female authors in the YA (young adult), Fantasy literature. In my opinion fantasy/ya literature should get more appreciation like other genres, but sadly many people think it’s not that important. I know that books from other authors with a (deeper) meaning are more important in the literature world and I don’t doubt that, but fantasy literature shouldn’t be sealed as unimportant literature. Fantasy books have magical creatures and worlds which doesn’t exist and thats important. It’s important for people to dive into a world, completly different from our own, and to imagine magic to be true. The important part in books is for me the message the author wants to send us. Therefore it shouldn’t be necessary in which genre a book is, as long as you enjoy it.
My favourite genre is Fantasy and I think that in those genre are more female main characters and authors than in an other genres. Of course many famous fantasy books have male authors and book characters (Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien) but there are also many female authors (Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare).
I decided to make a short list with books from female authors which everyone should check out. (the main characters in their books are female too!)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Most of the authors are slightly getting famous and I’m sure some of you know them and have read their books- but if you don’t I really appreciate if you would check the books and authors out. The female main characters are all badass, curious, stubborn, brave, smart and self-confident. They show us that woman can be strong without a man and that they can take good care of themselves. That woman can be brave and beautiful at the same time. This books and the characters became a huge part of my life and the female characters gave me definitely more self-confidence. I’m sure the authors are all amazing woman too.
I’m glad that woman are getting more rights and that more people raise their voice to change something. Literature is one way and I’m sure someday there will be more female authors who get the same amount of appreciation like male authors.