RST: My True Thoughts on Book to Screen Adaptations

There have been countless books that have been adapted and made into movies, TV shows and what have you. I think it’s safe to say that a horrible adaptation is a bookworm’s worst nightmare come to life.

I started a Movie/TV Show vs. Book segment on my blog last year and while I enjoy it very much, I don’t always go into detail about how I feel about the situation as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this because who doesn’t want to see a book they enjoyed ‘come to life’ so to say?

The first movie I watched that was based off a book, that I can remember, was A Walk to Remember. I didn’t know there was a movie for it…hell, I didn’t even know that Nicholas Sparks was such a well known author. It wasn’t until I got more involved in the book world and the blogosphere that I really considered the few (or many) differences adaptations can bring forth.

I try not to be too harsh when watching a movie that is based off a book because I have to put in consideration the filmmaker’s thoughts and ideas as well. Of course, as readers we have our own expectations, what we pictured as we were reading and we get a bit ‘annoyed’ when there are unforeseen changes. Nothing wrong with change but if the plot itself is going to be changed why even decide to base the film/show off that book in the first place

My point is that I don’t have any issues with book to screen adaptations… My thing is the ‘how it’s executed’ that gets me. There are some books that I think would be great if they were made into movies or even better, TV shows. I honestly wish that there was a book for the movie Remember Me. I cry every time I watch it and I think the emotions would be just as raw and heart wrenching if it were in the form of a book, if not more.

Let’s have a few adaptations and my brief thoughts on them.

  • The Twilight Saga – love/hate relationship with this series and I’m constantly on the fence about it
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles – what even was that movie? LOVE the changes made in the TV show…gives it a new and original feel
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians – great on it’s own but compared to the books, just…no
  • The Harry Potter series – I mean, the movies could’ve been better but I do frequent marathons so I don’t actually dislike it at all

There’s always the fear that a book that you loved so much was made into a movie what you don’t care about. This was why I was so happy when I found out that Cassie Clare was asked her opinion about characters and the world and whatnot during the production of Shadowhunters.

I think it’s very important that they take the fans and readers into consideration when adapting a book because they are the ones that’ll be watching and the internet’s not always a nice place. These days people get so easily offended that it’s not hard to be ridiculed and made a joke out of.

I’m perfectly capable of separating a book from it’s screen adaptation. I don’t get angry while watching City of Bones anymore because my sister and I think of it as a comedy. All in all, I’m glad that we readers are even granted an opportunity to see these books made ‘visual’. I’d be out of a segment if they were to stop lol.

See my Movie/TV Show vs. Book posts here.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron

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RST: Music I Listen to While I Read

It’s no secret that I love reading. I think it’s pretty obvious since I run a blog that’s dedicated to books and everything related to it. Most of us have our specific things we do to get comfortable while reading. Some eat snacks, others have a drink nearby and many have music playing in the background.

I don’t always listen to music while I’m reading, it depends on the book and my mood. Oftentimes I forget my iPod at home or my phone’s battery is dead (because I’m one of those people who forgets that a phone needs to be charged in order to stay on). I don’t usually read in public because I don’t like distractions especially if it’s a book I’m really enjoying so I tend to read at home more often than not.

I used to have a reading playlist but I don’t have a specific one anymore. I found a few on 8tracks and I relied on those but I don’t always have internet so that became an unreliable option for me. The one playlist from 8tracks that I do remember was ‘He’s My Cup of Tea’ but I don’t know who made it. I made a note of the songs and I still listen to them when I’m in the mood for a chilled out vibe.

That playlist features songs like:

  • Cold Coffee by Ed Sheeran
  • Amsterdam by Imagine Dragons
  • Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  • Please Don’t Say You Love Me by Gabrielle Aplin

….just to name a few.

As I said, my choice of reading music changes depending on my mood, the book I’m reading and the phases of the sun. It’s very rare that I read without music or any kind of background noise. I can’t read in complete silence because I feel that it’s better when I’m tuning something out. I’m not even listening to the music as I read. At times I miss three songs before I notice that I’ve been lost in the book and I love that feeling. I love knowing that I’m being pulled in and even more so when I don’t realise that it’s happening.

For my current unofficial ‘playlist’ I have:

  • On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men
  • My All by Mariah Carey
  • I Swear by All 4 One
  • Long Distance by Brandy
  • What Makes A Man by Westlife
  • Back At One by Brian McKnight
  • Make You Feel My Love by Adele
  • Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross

…of what I can remember.

As you can see I mainly stick to those old school slow jams. I need something that doesn’t have a lot of bass and songs that are familiar so I don’t get pulled in by the song instead of the book.

Sometimes I listen to The Lord of the Rings soundtrack but then I end up focusing on the music and not the story which bugs me a bit. My main reason for needing the background noise (and not a movie because there’s talking) is because I have a short attention span and with music I lose track of time, allowing me to read for longer periods of time and before I know it, the sun is rising and the people in the house are getting up for the new day.

Well, there you have it. Just a quick post going through my connection with music while reading. Hope you guys enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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RST: Back from Hiatus

First things first, hi all! It’s good to be back. I take way too many breaks. I’ll work on that but who’s to say something won’t come up again.

I used this break to sort out some stuff and made a few changes in my life. I went ‘back to school’, moved back home, had my eyes opened to a few things and was of course separated from my books for months. This is where I wish that teleportation was a thing because I have almost 400 books and they couldn’t come with me. We’re in the same vicinity now but I still don’t have access to them. This is the kind of suffering I have to go through in order to go after my dreams.

While on break, I read, watched movies for my Movie/TV Show vs. Book segment and thought up a few posts for RST. I hope to be a lot more diligent with my schedule this year because as lax as I’ve been with my blog, I’m all about routine and things being done a certain way. I’m also a major procrastinator so that plays a part in this situation. Of course, I can’t help those unexpected circumstances that turn up which force me to step away. I’m trying to get things scheduled months in advance so that if I do need to take a break, my blog doesn’t suffer the consequences.

I’m not changing anything, the schedule remains the same. See my schedule here.

Thank you for not deserting me during this time and I appreciate all the well wishes. It meant a lot and it was great to know that you all would still be here when I came back. These past few months were not easy and I only got through it because God was on my side and I knew I had something to come back to. My blog is my happy place so obviously I made a huge sacrifice stepping away from it. It was what had to be done though.

I couldn’t resist writing because it’s part of who I am, so I wrote and saved it to my computer all set to be scheduled when the time came. There’s a lot I had to get used to and it took some time but now that that’s all done, I’m ready to get this ball rolling again. Here’s to an amazing blogging year ahead.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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RST: Fandom Related Dreams

This post is a little different…it’s still book related, kind of, but I was talking to my mom a while ago about this weird dream I’d had and I thought of the idea of posting about it since most of them involve characters that I’d either read about or seen through TV and/or movie adaptations.

For many of us sleep is a gift that should be eternally treasured, so when that wretched alarm blares at an ungodly hour, all we want to do is hit the snooze button two or ten times.

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I don’t know the exact mechanics behind dreaming but I’ve heard that it has a lot to do with our subconscious. For some, if they keep thinking about something or may have had a very important subject on their mind just before they fell asleep, it’s possible that they could end up dreaming about it. Some say that our dreams are our subconscious’ way of showing us what we really want.

I believe that dreams are very powerful and me being a very spiritual person, I believe that it often holds messages even if we don’t know it at the time. I dreamt of my granddad and uncle’s deaths just before they passed away and for years I felt guilty about the dream regarding my granddad’s death because why didn’t I say anything? I could’ve spoken to him more. But I’ve moved on from that and I’ve made my peace. Anyway, we’re not here about those kinds of dreams. We’re all about the books and my…weirder dreams.

I’ve never experienced a lucid dream before and I don’t think I’d actually want to. I don’t really like dreaming at all. Sleep is when my brain is supposed to rest -trust me, it needs resting since I’m always thinking overtime -and by entering that REM stage and having the possibility of dreaming means that my brain is still very active. Maybe this is not the way that it actually works (REM is supposed to be important and good for you?) but whenever I dream, I always feel so crappy when I wake up. I feel as if I hadn’t slept at all. By saying that, I definitely prefer not to dream. In any case, my dreams are always weird and I wake up thinking: ‘WTF?’.

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Since I’ve dragged you around the bush a few too many times, let’s get on with the actual point of this post shall we?

As yes, fandom related dreams. I haven’t had too many but I am keeping track of them because it’s like a little game I play…with myself, in my sleep. Hmm, that might be a little sad. I’ve had dreams about Hannibal, The Hobbit, one character in Harry Potter, The Doctor and Misha. I have to be honest with you and say that I was waiting for Misha’s dream ever since I realised that I’ve been having these kinds of dreams.

I can’t remember if it was the first or second season of Hannibal when I had the dream. I’m pretty sure it’s the first though. The Hannigram ship was just setting sail and Tumblr was going crazy and all the fans were reading into every little thing -yes, me too- so naturally I’d dream about this. I can’t remember exactly what happened but Hannibal was chasing Will all over town and Will just did not want to be captured and refused to be Hannibal’s play thing and knowing Hannibal’s tagline -‘Eat the rude’- that didn’t end up every well for him. Skip this if you get creeped out by slightly gory things. Hannibal got angry and ended up finding Will and cutting him up and Will’s bloody severed foot was left in the middle of the road and that’s when my dream ended.

My sister told me I should stop watching the show since it was causing me to have such disturbing nightmares but I ignored her and thank goodness I did. That’s a really good show and I love everything about it. #WaitingForSeason4

You know that scene in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when the Stone Giants are fighting? Yea, that’s the site of the next dream. Bilbo, Thorin and The Company were camping either at the foot of the mountain or somewhere nearby and somehow I ended up being smack dab in the middle of everything. Not the giants fighting, the company camping. Thorin tried to kill me! With Bilbo’s letter opener. The disrespect. I still don’t know why. All I know is, I entered the dream and The King Under the Mountain was after me and Bilbo was trying to protect me. I’m pretty sure Gandalf came and saved me but I can’t remember because I was so shocked that I was randomly attacked this way.

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I have this thing where I’ll become obsessed with a character, very rarely an actual person, and I’ll read up on them as much as I can. For the characters, if there’s fanfiction, I’ll read it. The person: watch most if not all of their filmography. One of these people ended up being Lucius Malfoy and the actor who portrayed him, Jason Isaacs. This was a crazy time in my life. I was a senior in high school and my obsession was starting to get a bit insane because I’d end up trying to say something about him and no sound would come out. Obviously, this all resulted in a dream. I was a student at some boarding school? University? I’m honestly not sure, but I figured it made sense since Hogwarts and all that. Lucius Malfoy ended up being my English professor and that in itself was weird, because…why was I dreaming about being in school? It’s not a place I’d choose to go to in my free time. Anyway, Lucius ended up hitting on me and I rejected him (yes, you read that right) because it was inappropriate. Caron has morals…even in her dreams.

My most recent dream was of The Doctor. You know, Doctor Who. In this one, The Doctor was my grandfather? No, my dad, and I think I graduated from school or something then he took me out to a clearing with my eyes covered and when I opened my eyes, there stood my very own TARDIS. I’m still ridiculously happy about this because imagine! My own TARDIS! It was amazing and the cloaking device worked perfectly, and one of the disguises was this huge fluffy white dog. It was so awesome.

And so…I’ve saved the best for last. Misha Collins, amazing man that he is. The dream that featured him happened a little while after Lucius’. A friend said that it was strange that I was dreaming of all these other characters/people but my role model hadn’t been one of them yet. I thought so too and I started to become worried. Cue me finally dreaming about Misha.

Somehow I made it to SDCC- San Diego Comic Con- and I’d been waiting to meet Misha all day and there was no sign of him. In the dream I was his biggest fan and word had gotten around that I was there and we had to meet. Misha heard about this from someone and agreed but was busy with signings and photo ops and the like. When he did end up being in my vicinity he totally brushed me off and walked away without acknowledging me or anything. I was so sad, I woke up immediately and was bummed for the rest of the day. I relayed the events of my dream to my friend and she said that it was unfortunate since all the videos we’d seen and stories we’d heard made Misha seem like such a great person. I know it was only a dream and I was over thinking as I usually did. That still didn’t make me feel any better though.

A few nights later, I ended up dreaming about Misha again and this one was so much better than the first. Misha came back and apologised for walking off without saying anything and bought me a cupcake as an apology. I was instantly happy. My friend said that only I would re-dream about someone so that my image of them wasn’t tainted.

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I know this post was slightly different but I figured why not write a post that’s actually related to its theme: Random Story Time.

I have such weird dreams when I do end up dreaming and even though I don’t enjoy the experience, I always have a story to tell. I can probably count on one hand the amount of relatively normal dreams I’ve had. This was just a little something against the norm. I rather enjoyed writing out this post and I’m a bit curious what other fandom related dreams I’ll have.

Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time,

Caron xx

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Why I Chose Librarian as My Future Career Choice

I love books and I love learning and oftentimes for me, those two go hand in hand. I sometimes wonder how it could’ve taken me so long to realize that Librarian was the obvious for me.

A bit of back story: When I was 7, I wanted to be a Policeman (man, not woman), then an Artist, a Writer (kind of achieved that in a sense), and a Nurse -for a hot second. I didn’t put much thought in career choices after that; I liked everything. In grade 5, when I was 11, I was told I’d make a good Psychologist because I was a good listener. I thought that building things would be fun so I decided that I was going to be an Architect and hope to get in on the actual building. That lasted till 8th grade when I had to decide what stream I wanted to go into: Commerce or Science. I found out that you need Physics for Architecture and I wasn’t about that life so I changed my career choice to Chartered Accountant. I kind of suck at Math and Accounting wasn’t as fun as it was in the beginning for me so I was now in 11th grade without a clue on what I was going to be.

I became an active reader a few months after I graduated high school (2013) and my love for books was ignited and now, 4 years later, it’s shining brighter than ever. It wasn’t until last summer when I was freaking out about my non-existent future when I came across an article about librarians online. I can’t remember what it was exactly but I did some researched and tried to gather as much about Information Science as I possibly could.

In an instant I discovered what I wanted to be. A librarian. And I’m extremely ecstatic about this plan.

This takes me to my favourite quote in one of my favourite TV Shows, Doctor Who:

 

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In 3rd grade I was at this school that had this motto: Knowledge is Power. I never knew what it meant at the time but I thought they were trying to tell me that school was important so I took it at face value and carried on with my day.

Of course now I know that knowledge is in fact power and what you do with that power is entirely up to you. Knowledge can be dangerous because I think it’s one of those things that you can’t fight. It just is.

I should’ve seen this coming to be honest but I’m glad that it took me a while to figure out. I was taken by complete surprise and it was an epiphany and a half. Books means so much to me and they’ve helped and carried me through the worst of times and I am so thankful that these things exist. That authors decided to pick up a pen and share their worlds with us. People think that books are dying out but I think not. I want to teach the younger generations the importance of books. Pass on the knowledge that they hold. Maybe they’ll fall in love with them the way I did.

I read this book a little while ago and I really suggest you check it out. This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy.

When people ask me what I plan on studying, I get so happy because I’ve never sounded surer about anything than when I answer: Library and Information Science. I’m ready for this journey and I may love learning but I’m not a fan of studying. I’m willing to put that dislike aside because this is a goal that needs to be achieved. I got this!

Just the thought that I started reading as a means to help me with my anxiety and now I’m doing so much better and books are still active and present in my life. Words can’t even express how I feel right now.

I’ve made my choice. I’m happy about it. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s go!

The picture below is the Cape Town Central Library. It’s located in town, opposite the parade, next to City Hall. It’s an amazing library but here’s the catch…I’ve never been inside.

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I’ve passed by it probably a hundred times but I never knew of its existence. I used to go to the parade a lot as a kid (they sell almost everything there. It’s like a sort of fair that’s pop up shops and basically the community coming together), but I didn’t know of this amazing library that was right across the street.

See, whenever I went to town I always marvelled at the castle- never been there either- but never noticed the library. I swear, it was under the Fidelius charm this entire time!

The moment I have a spare moment, I want to go there and just take a deep breath and bask in the beauty that is this library filled with all that knowledge.

P.S. I’m hoping to make the Central Library my ‘grand’ return to the library. 10 years is way too long.

I found this online and I had to laugh. It’s the rules and stuff of the library.

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I swear I got a bit emotional while writing out this post. It’s been almost a year since my epiphany and the excitement is still as real as the day I figured it out. I’m so so so excited. I have no idea what awaits me but I’m ready. Or as ready I can be anyway.

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RST: Book Worlds I Would and Wouldn’t Want to Live In

I’m pretty sure most of us have read a book and fallen in love with the world it took place in. The way the author/character describes this magical (or not so magical) place is very important especially to us readers because we want to travel with the characters; see what they see, feel what they feel.

I’ve come across quite a few book worlds over the years that I pretty much have a set opinion on. I either love it and want to pack my bags because when are we leaving? Or…I want to hide behind a brick wall and never see its likeness again.

I will start in the order of my favourite worlds I’d want to live in instead of which I discovered first.

World of the Shadowhunter Chronicles

 

 

I’ve been yelling out into the high heavens that The Mortal Instruments is my favourite series, and since my death wouldn’t be imminent upon my arrival, naturally I’d add this to book worlds I’d gladly live in.

I prefer The Infernal Devices over TMI because the way the Victorian Era was described makes me want to sit down for tea while we discuss how we’re going to handle the demons that are running wild in the city. Obviously I’d have no internet which might pose a problem for me…

Either way, I’d love to see what I’d end up being if I stepped into this world. Shadowhunter, vampire, werewolf, warlock, faerie? A Demon?? *takes break to go find out*

Buzzfeed tells me I’m a shadowhunter. I can deal with that. I would’ve had a problem if I came out being a regular human. Nothing wrong with that but it’s so…mundane. If I stepped into another world I wouldn’t want to be what I am already, you know?

I always have difficulty choosing between Middle Earth and the Wizarding World. The time is now.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

There are countless fans out there who’s dreamt of living in the wizarding world. I can’t even say how many stories I’ve read from people who waited for their Hogwarts letter to come when they turned eleven. I’d heard once that someone said J.K. Rowling created a cult which according to Merriam-Webster: “great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (such as a film or book) criticizing how the media promotes the cult of celebrity; especially :  such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad” is not entirely wrong.

I myself have imagined being a witch and attending Hogwarts and becoming a Potions Mistress or a Professor…maybe I’d have even become a Healer. Who knows. Watching the Harry Potter movies and reading the books, then placing myself in those situations really makes me feel like I’m living the story. God bless JKR. She’s helped so many people with this series and I find it amazing that there are people out there having Harry Potter themed baby showers and freaking out in general whenever new news about the fandom is released.

I’m just saying…if I’d attended Hogwarts, I don’t think I would’ve disliked school Not at all.

Middle Earth

Oh the beautiful Middle Earth. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with this world at first site. I’d watched the LoTR movies before I started the books but the love was there, and it was real. I have yet to read The Return of the King but soon I’ll devour it just like I did the others.

The world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is so beautiful and so amazing, I’d be honoured to live in it. Playbuzz tells me I’m a human. Hmm…apparently I’m proud of my people. Is there a downside to this? I don’t know yet. We’ll see how well I fare in battle.

I feel like going on an adventure right now. Where’s is my Gandalf?

 

There’s only one world I’m on the fence about. I can’t decided whether I’d actually want to live there or not.

Inkworld

I watched the movie adaptation years ago and I didn’t know that it was originally a book back then. It took me a while to actually read the book and when I did, I took my sweet old-time with it.

I liked the idea of the story. That for a gifted few, when they read out loud, they literally bring the story to life. That’s awesome me thinks.

The reason why I’m on the fence about this is because imagine if I had this talent, and I lived in this world…I’d never be able to read to my kids. What if a monster popped out. No thank you.

 

Last but not least, the worlds I would not want to live in.

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I love The Hunger Games trilogy. It’s very good and I’d read it a million times over if I could. I would never want to live in that world though. Here I am, going about my business, and suddenly I hear my name being called out. No sir, I’m not here for this.

Another thing…many of these districts suffer because they are disregarded by those who believe themselves to be better. I’d feel bad no matter where I ended up. If I were a part of the poorer districts, I’d resent those that seem to have everything. If I were from a well off district…I’d resent myself because how could I live in luxury when there are people suffering and I could’ve helped.

Basically, it’d be a bad idea for me to live in this world. Nope, I do not volunteer.

The World of Ice and Fire

No, nope, nein, nee, la. Definitely not. I do not even want to risk what kind of power I’ll have in this world, and if I have none, I’m doomed.

The lengths one has to go to in order to stay on top in this world is insane and I do not want any part of that.

I love the books and the show but that’s as far as it goes for me. I’m getting shivers just thinking about it.

Honourable mentions:

  • Doctor Who – Yeah!
  • Star Wars – Yes, please
  • MCU – That’d be cool
  • World of Hannibal Lecter – Oh hell to the no

That concludes this post. It took me a while to figure out what should go and what should stay. I’m sure there are many other worlds that I’d either want to live in or not, but these were what came to mind first.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Going to Picture-Perfect Places With No Books for Pictures

Ever gone somewhere and the scenery or view is so beautiful you wish you’d brought a book with because the moment is perfection?

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Yea, happens to me a lot. It’s usually my own fault because I don’t really like carrying things so when I do go out I’m always wearing a jeans with pockets so my phone can come with me. If I need money…pockets. It’s very rare that I’ll bring a book with me and even if I do end up reading on a long trip, it’s on my iPad.

These book-related pictures have to be planned to the smallest detail. Where are we going? When are we going? What’s the weather like? What’s the location like? I need to know all these things and only if I feel like it will I risk my books leaving the safety of my library.

There are the odd times when I’m in the mood to go wild and will take a book or two out with me. One that comes to mind is when my family went out for a desert photoshoot and I thought eh, why not, and just took some desert-themed books along for the ride.

I’m not really a photo junkie so I don’t take pics often, be it of me or things in general. Most of the time I forget because I get so lost in actually looking at the thing in real life. The other night on our way back home, there was this beautiful display of lightning and we wanted to take pics but we kept missing our opportunity so we just enjoyed it for what it was. <<<This is not me saying ‘put your phone away and live in the moment’. I think it has a lot to do with personal preference.

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There’s this mountain-ish hilltop in the area I live in and people go there often. I prefer being indoors so I don’t always take the opportunity to go up there but when I do…I don’t have a book with me. It’s so funny though because I could always just leave the book in the car so there’s no excuse really but still, it’s like I’m allergic or something.

My point is, all of these are missed opportunities for me because I forget that pictures are a thing and I’m usually so busy freaking out that the thought of sharing my excitement doesn’t even cross my mind. I’m lucky that my house is beautiful enough to allow me to still take pretty pictures. Most of my bookstagram pics were either taken on my balcony or in my dad’s garden.

A few pics I took on location:

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So that’s it for this post. Maybe I’ll be able to take more pics in the future. I currently don’t have a car so I can’t just leave when I want but a girl can dream.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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