What I've been up to during Summer

What I've been up to during Summer 2016 - series, movies, books and more

Hello there! 

Jeez, did you notice it's already autumn? When did that happen? But I'm so happy because Autumn means wearing nice layered clothes, the make up is not melting off our faces anymore, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, pumpkins in general, crunchy leaves and beautiful colours everywhere! YAY. 
But before diving right into Autumn I want to recap my summer. It wasn't that exciting, I mostly did what I always do: watching series, reading, being lazy. I've also been to London, where I had an amazing time, but I will write about this in another post. 

Netflix Watchlist

I watched a lot of series this summer. I finished season two of Modern Family and a few days ago I started watching the third. It's SO hilarious, I absolutely love it. My favourite characters are probably Phil and Luke, because they're so silly. But I love the others just as well. I also finally watched season two of Broadchurch after it was finally added to Netflix. I think season one was slightly better, but S2 was just as thrilling. It was no light, funny summer watch, though. Broadchurch makes you feel very uncomfortable and you start hating every single character and yourself haha. But it's definitely worth watching and once you start you have to watch all of the episodes. Another series I watched, one that everyone has been talking about lately, was Stranger Things. It started kinda slowly but after episode three I was completely hooked. I loved the 80s vibes and the focus on the kids. They were amazing. And so was Winona Ryder; she fit perfectly in there. I also liked the ending (and that doesn't happen very often haha) because the storyline of season one was completed but it still gave hints about a second season. I like cliffhangers but I'm glad that Stranger Things didn't end on one. Thank you Netflix! And now hurry up producing season two! I want Eleven back! Last but not least I started watching Gilmore Girls. So many people were re-watching it and thus reliving their childhood/teen years, but I've never watched it before so I was curious what the hype was all about. And now I love it so much and I kinda regret not having it watched before because it's so perfect! (But to be fair, when the first season started I was only five, so it was kinda before my time). I love the characters, the dialogues and all the popculture/literature/etc. references! It feels like they made this series just for me haha.


As you might have noticed I spent a lot of time watching Netflix, so there was not THAT much time left to do other stuff, like reading. But I still managed to finally read An Abundance of Katherines. It was a nice read and it made me think a lot about myself and I realised that I'm a lot like Colin. It's definitely the book I can relate most to of John Green. The wish to matter in this world is such an important and interesting theme for young people. It was nice to know that I'm not the only one who thinks that dying without having achieved anything remarkable is horrible. 
My reading goal for September is finishing A Feast For Crows but I kinda doubt that I'll finish this book anytime soon /sighs. But there's still hope I'll finish it before The Winds of Winter is released haha! (But still: come on GRRM, hurry up please!!!)


There were actually a lot of movies in cinema this summer that I wanted to see (very badly). For example Star Trek: Beyond and Suicide Squad. But no one wanted to watch Star Trek with me and I didn't really find time to go see Suicide Squad. But at least I was able to watch Captain Fantastic in cinema in London. This movie was as brilliant as I expected it to be. (I cried a lot haha)

What else? 

Well, I wrote a research paper about one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories and women in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Writing it was kinda exhausting but I loved the topic. I hope I'll get a good grade in it hehe. 
Also there was a new game in the Ace Attorney series released: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. This is my absolute favourite game series and so far I'm enjoying the game a lot. Finally they brought Maya back! I cried tears of joy! 

That was basically my summer... I also went to some parties and met friends, so I had a good time! What have you done during summer? Did you travel? Watch series like me? Let me know! 



5 Reasons why I love Star Trek

5 Reasons why I love Star Trek

"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." 

Apparently, 50 years ago, this sentence was said on TV for the first time. And even though I wasn't born until about 38 years later, I grew up with this sentence (well, at least the German version of it). When I was little, my father always watched Star Trek (he still watches it like daily) and I often watched it with him. Mostly The Original Series, The Next Generation and Voyager, less often Deep Space Nine and Enterprise. (Unfortunately, that's one of the reasons I didn't like them as much as the others when I was younger. Now, I've seen quite a lot of episodes of Enterprise and learned to like it, and I guess I've seen enough episodes of DS9 to say, that it's alright, too haha. It still is the series I know least about, though.) I wouldn't have called myself a Trekkie until some time ago but I guess there's no denying in that now. There are actually a few reasons why I like Star Trek so much!


Well, I guess I've already discussed this point. I grew up with TOS, TNG and Voyager and those were some nice childhood memories. I especially love the trashy special effects and fighting scenes of TOS. When I was a kid I thought that was pretty awesome but watching it today is just hilarious! I mean, Kirk's fight with the Gorn??? HAHAHA! Other than that I can proudly say that my first OTP was Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres. Seriously, I've had some of my first fangirling moments as a child while watching Star Trek without even knowing what a fangirl is haha. 


This one is probably pretty obvious, too. The one thing that's always connected to Star Trek is the first interracial kiss on TV between Kirk and Uhura. And besides a black woman being communications officer, there were also Sulu, of Asian descent and Chekov, a Russian! During the cold war! I mean, that probably was a big scandal (not as big as the kiss, though..). In Voyager the captain is female and in DS9 he is black. And in all of the series, there were always actors of different ethnicities involved in the main cast! You have to admit that this is pretty awesome, especially for a show that was created 50 years ago. 


I wasn't quite sure what to call this point but I'll try to explain what I mean. In all of the Star Trek series, there has always been at least one character who was either non-human or just part human who didn't fully understand humans and their behaviour. For example Spock, Data or Seven of Nine; they all have difficulties interacting with others in the beginning. With time, they learn more and more about humans, they kind of explore human behaviour and human feelings and thus also learn more about themselves. I especially love those characters; Data and Seven of Nine are some of my favourites in the whole Star Trek universe. Their develpment is very fascinating indeed!


Star Trek is definitely very positive about the future. Earth does still exist, it's very peaceful there and life is easy because of all those amazing new inventions. I'm not sure, if our future will ever turn out like this, but it would be pretty nice if it did, wouldn't it?

Scientificity + Technology

I can't really prove the scientificity of Star Trek, because I suck in physics, maths, etc. but half a year ago I was at a presentation that explained the science behind Star Wars and the lecturer said, that Star Trek is very logical and scientific (Star Wars on the other hand not so much haha). I think this is very interesting and pretty cool, because it COULD happen one day (not in my life time though I guess /cries). And not only that, but a lot of things that Star Trek predicted years ago actually became real! The flip phone, video calls, tablets, etc etc. Star Trek inspired a lot of these things and I think it will keep inspiring technology.

These are five reasons why I love Star Trek! And there are definitely even more. (for example me being a total nerd haha)
I hope that Star Trek will live on for many more years! Live Long and Prosper, everyone and keep boldly going where no one has gone before! 

Do you love Star Trek, too? What's your favourite series, captain, character,...? I would love to know!