Q: What is an animal?

What changed me? It wasn’t a movie, something on Youtube or a book in particular that changed my entire view on the world – it was one single thought that led to many others. The thought just hit me, I don’t remember when exactly, probably while talking to my father. So, what was this life changing thought then?

I am just human; an animal.

That’s right, animal. What is the definition of ‘animal’ really? What I’m about to say is my view on this topic, it’s what I think and how I react to this. It’s not the ‘only right opinion’, it’s just a daydreamers thought.

Animal = living creature that isn’t a plant.

So, I know many people think humans are more valuable than (other) animals. I know that, I’ve been there, done that. But then I started questioning it, why are they animals and I’m not? What’s the difference between us? Is it because humans have a more complex language, that we can combine things (like rock with stick + wire = weapon) or because we’re so many? Well, there are more ants than humans so probably not that. But, still, why aren’t we animals?

How did this change our value so much? I get it, we can do things other species can’t but aren’t all humans worth the same even if everyone can’t do everything that others can? We’d never say that, so why do we think so about other animals?

Why is my life worth more than a pigs? Than hundreds of pigs?

Animals can be very different, some are large, others are small, some eat other animals, other eat plants. Why don’t we fit in in any of these categories?

While walking yesterday I found a stone on the ground, I picked it up and started playing with it. Several times it fell down on the ground again. That’s when I thought about this topic again. We like to think that we’re gods or something, but we’re not and I’m happy that isn’t the case. Being supposed to rule the entire world? Seeing everything as yours? I’m glad I’m not a god. I’m glad because I can’t throw that stone up and down without sometimes failing.

We’re not the only ones on this planet. We have to see and remember that.

I left many questions unanswered here for you to think on your own, what your thoughts and opinions on this are.

Plant-based? But how?

After watching vegan documentaries, visiting websites that write about climate change and when you’re starting to see the other side of it, it’s natural to panic a little. Believe me, I’ve been there. I don’t remember exactly when I started to feel guilty after eating meat and questioning my choices, I don’t remember what made me do that either. But I do know after that feeling started growing inside me, there was no going back.

I think that’s what frightens people; being trapped. You want to do something because your heart tells you what’s happening is wrong, but what? What can I, as only one person, do to change? Here are some advice for changing the diet:

  • Try plant-based a couple of times a week, cook your own food and try different kinds of plant-based.
  • Try plant-based with someone, like a parent, sibling or a friend. It can be really helpful.
  • Don’t rush! Let your decisions take time and think them through. I’m not saying you should try to find reasons to keep up the meat eating, I’m saying that if being vegan/vegetarian/pescetarian is going to work then you need to make a plan. There are many websites that can help you plan your diet (just google ‘plant-based diet meal plan’).
  • Information! Google nutrients that are in meat (or whatever you want to replace) and find new sources in plant-based food. Google recipes to cook, find something that sounds delicious and try it out.
  • Take it easy on yourself! Going vegan/vegetarian overnight is hard, let it take time and don’t hate yourself for accidentaly eating animal products. It happens to everyone sometimes, for some more than others.
  • Find a motivation! Going plant-based is getting easier but it’s still a process. Let animal rights, the environment or your health be your light when it gets hard. What will keep you going? Find it!
  • Explore the community! There are so many vegans and vegetarians in the world who shares their stories and how they live their lives on social media. It’s a great source of inspiration!

If being vegan or vegetarian isn’t possible for you at the moment or the step simply feels too big, then my tip for is to try Meatless Monday, take a plant-based burger instead or use plant milk when cooking. It’s a good start and when you go slow the steps won’t feel too big.

Everyone can do something.

Eat animals?

Why do vegetarians and vegans think it’s wrong to eat animals? To hurt animals? Doesn’t sound very good when you say it, does it? “Killing living beings for food because they taste good.” No, is it really an acceptable excuse for human behavior? We can no longer say we eat cows, birds, pigs etc. because we need to in order to survive, it was the truth – years ago. Today we have new options: we have alternatives that ensures our survival without having to kill other living beings. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

But. There is one problem here, isn’t it? Maybe you think it’s the vegetarian/vegan food but no, it’s not. The problem isn’t that meat is sold on the supermarket or that “we’re simply not built to eat that kind of diet”.

The problem is our thinking.

It’s how very fast we reject an idea, it’s that we don’t want to change. To change means change; our point of view and ourselves. It frightens us because the way the humans species need to change is our whole living – how we live.

Eating animals was the only way years ago, we needed the protein and the energy, but is this still our situation? Today we have plant based food with protein, we say “I love animals!” buuuut really? Eating meat today is nothing but an excuse to not have to change. Eating meat means eating dead animals, animals! How can someone say they love something and the next second hurt it? That was a life I lived before too, my parents – just like most people – eat meat, we went to the zoo and I loved animals. Then I saw something. I saw the most horrible thing someone can see, something that has scared humans from the very beginning. I saw the truth.

Are you ready to see it? To open your eyes to the real world? Are you ready to change? Would you do what it takes if your heart tells you it’s right?

Check out these sites:

Or find them on Instagram – PETA, Greenpeace and WWF.

The Harry Potter series

Yesterday I finished this series. And firstly I’ll tell you a little fact: I started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone years ago, yes, but I gave up because reading in English was yet too hard. But now, in April, I finally gave it a second try, but I never intended to read the whole book. My goal was just to test if I could read in English, there was this other book I wanted in either English or Swedish. But once I had started reading, I was forever lost. No way I’d stop once started, there isn’t a dull page in any of those seven books! Never have I read something on this level!

Doesn’t everyone wish to go to Hogwarts after meeting Dumbledore, Harry, Hermione and Ron?

Imagine looking into the Mirror of Erised, seeing… What? Imagine feeling the wind through your hair when you’re flying on a broomstick. Imagine waving the wand you bought at Ollivander’s and say a spell. Imagine putting on the Sorting Hat at your first day at Hogwarts, hearing it talk inside your head and discuss all your talents with itself before calling out a House. Just take a moment and feel it. Do you feel it; the little spark? That’s the thing about opening your heart: once something has gotten in there and found it’s place, you’re forever bound to it. I let these books in and they’re never going to leave me. And whenever I feel lonely or lost I’ll search in my heart and find a smiling Dumbledore telling me to remember what has kept me going, I’ll find Harry and his scar will remind me of how he fought – and won – against all odds, I’ll find Hermione telling me to go to the library because if the answer can’t be found there then she’ll look it up herself, and I’ll find Ron saying, with a grin, I have to turn on the light.

I don’t know what you think but I’m glad I read these books. Blimey, there are so many things to learn from them. Bravery. Hope. Wisedom. See the light. Be the light. If you can’t, then let Dumbledore’s Army light the world up for you and remember their courage at the darkest of times.

Remember Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin; where it all started.

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Hi! It has been a while since I last wrote here, at least a book review. However, here’s my review of this amazing book!

Goodreads synopsis: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you? 

So basically, I loved it. It was beautiful and heart warming, funny, and sad sometimes. Just the book you want a rainy day. Alex really had this teenage spirit, while Henry was more deep minded. Henry thought about things and their meaning, I guess their isn’t very much else to do when you live in a big castle mostly left having to be your own company.

While reading I never really got an answer to what Ellen achieved as the president. Why should people vote for her? I liked that it was an AU and really was in our time.

The book references! Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I had a good laugh at it all. SO much fun.

Favorite character: I must say the Prince, Henry. He was so sweet and funny.

My rating: 4, it’s a great book (it’s a debut too!) but she could have made more things happen, problems and solutions.

Goodreads rating: 4.25


Sometimes you just jump and hope it’s not a cliff.

This is so true. Find a reason and go for it, worrying isn’t going to help you.

“You are”, he says, “the absolute worst idea I’ve ever had.”

But he must admit, it was a pretty good one too.

Take anything you want and know you deserve to have it.

This is something that could lead you through a lot of things but also guide you into a lot of shit.

History, huh?

History.

I don’t care what Joanne has to say, Remus John Lupin is gay as the day is long, and I won’t hear a word against it.

Agreed, and wow, that’s our Henry!

I’ve waited for this book for months wondering if it’s all worth it. Now, when I finished it less that two days after I got it, I know the answer. Yes, it was worth it. Worth waiting. Worth reading.

Klimatkrisen

Klimatkrisen är just det – en kris. Det fanns de som nekade faktumet (bevisad fakta) att vi människor påverkar planeten på ett sätt som inte kommer att hålla i längden. Vi släpper ut mer koldioxid än naturen kan ta upp, skövlar fler träd än vad som är hållbart, slänger skräp efter oss när soptunnan står några meter bort, dumpar skräp i havet; låter det sjunka för att sedan inte längre synas. Nu när sopsäcken inte längre är inom synhåll är problemet inte längre mitt, bördan kan jag nu enkelt plocka från mina axlar och låta kastas över bord tillsammans med skräpet.

Vi kan inte fortsätta såhär; naturen protesterar, alla arter protesterar och ändå finns det de som vänder huvudet bort för att istället se mot fabrikerna som massproducerar kläder som ska bäras vid några få tillfällen och skyskraporna som blir högre och högre. Detta fungerar inte.

Att neka klimatkrisen kanske kändes som en lösning förut, men det var det inte. Ett problem löser sig inte själv, då vore det inget problem. En kris liknar ett problem; det löser sig inte själv. Skillnaden är att krisen inte kan skjutas upp till morgondagen. Den måste behandlas omedelbart.

Det räcker inte längre att göra allt vi kan. Vi måste nu göra det omöjliga.

Ur Greta Thunbergs tal i Sommarpratarna

Kanske låter det deppigt, det kan kännas så. Men nu måste man väga för- och nackdelar. Vad är värt att göra det omöjliga för? Om inte din egen framtid känns som en anledning gör det då för alla andras framtid, för barnet som ännu inte är fött, för skolbarnen som gungar i lekparken och fnissar om vad de vill jobba med som vuxna. Hur de vill gifta sig, hur de vill bo och leva. Gör det för alla andra, för naturen och de arter som inte kan stå upp för sig själva.

Jag är vegetarian sedan ett år tillbaka. Att äta mindre kött, cykla eller åka kollektivt dit man ska, tvätta i lägre temperatur och köpa mer second-hand är en utmärkt start. Någonstans måste man börja på vägen mot en lösning. Tveka aldrig med att prova, vara annorlunda eller ge saker en chans.

Att se problem, att förstå det, är det första steget mot ett sätt att bekämpa det. Än finns det många som vet att klimatkrisen är ett faktum men inte vågar se det i ögonen och visa att man kan göra skillnad. Fler och fler vaknar upp ur dvalan och vill göra något. Var en av dem, känn inspirationen till att plocka skräp eller klimatstrejka. Kanske vill man inte göra något stort som att strejka utan börjar mindre. Jag är själv en av de som börjar mindre. Mitt mål är att vara med och strejka eller övertyga andra att ta krisen i egna händer. Sätt upp ett mål och jobba mot det.

Våga vara modig.

Update and names!

It’s a while ago since I last wrote here. Why? Tbh, I’ve just not felt like writing something. I write reviews in a book (did long before I started this blog actually) and I’ve just stuck with that recently. Right now I’m waiting to get Winter (by Marissa Meyer) and reading the last Harry Potter book. When it’s finished I’ll probably write a post about the whole series, just some thoughts and questions, maybe?

Summer break has been kinda boring here, I mean, what do people do with this much free time? Since I’ve no idea, helping my parents with some stuff at home has my best option.

Since I love to write, I tend to have problems finding names to name my characters. Am I the only one with an actual list of names (from books, movies etc.) that I like? Sadly I lost that list some days ago… Buuuut, here’s some of my favorites:

  • Lexa/Alexa/Lexi. When I heard ‘Lexa’ in The 100 I totally fell in love with it! These names are just beautiful!
  • Zacharias. Heard of someone at school with this name and I was like ‘oh! I need to remember that one for my list!’.
  • Florian. Feels like the perfect summer name to me! This one’s defenitely going to be the name of a character sometime.
  • Andromeda. I’m an astronomy nerd, therefore I also like Bellatrix, Orion and Sirius. Bellatrix was a really beautiful name, then I heard of Bellatrix in the Harry Potter series and now I like it even more! When I first heard of her I was like ‘oh no, please don’t ruin this amazing name for me…’. Believe me, to me it just got even more amazing after meeting Bellatrix Lestrange. She’s such a bad ass!
  • Marisol. It’s a Spanish name, it can mean ‘mar y sol’ which is Spanish for ‘sea and sun’. I also like Sol as a name, it’s short and really lovely.
  • Midnight. It’s such a mysterious name. She was wandering the streets when the darkness had fallen, always in the shadows, hidden and safe in the dark. Her/his name was Midnight.

I don’t know what kind of post this is, I just felt like writing it. My name-list is still very short (I need to find the old one…) so if anyone’s got any names, you’re very welcome to comment them here.

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Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

Goodreads synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

In this book, which is a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood, was it very many feelings. Hate, anger, desperation, evil. To me it got enforced and sometimes too much. I really appreciate the way Meyer describes the feeling of wanting to give but have to keep fighting, I understand Scarlet in that way. But beyond that? I had a hard time understanding her choices. I didn’t trust either her or Wolf.

I’m so happy I got to follow Cinder in this book too. She’s still my favorite character in the series. The plot in Scarlet was not my favorite (in this series, so far), a lot of unexpected things happened very fastlo. In Cinder I thought it was kinda obvious that it was a modern version (or whatever I should call it) of Cinderella, but it wasn’t as obvious in this book. BUT, I liked how the complicated past (and future) of Cinder and Scarlets life was linked.

I struggled a lot trying to understand who Wolf actually was. Where was his heart? Who was he under of all his problems and decisions? I never understood. I wanted to know more of his past, his choices, his life.

“If you were a gentleman, you would offer to buy me one as well.”

“If you were a lady, you would have waited for me to make the offer.”

Meyer, Scarlet

Favorite character: Cinder

Original title: Scarlet

Rating: 3

Goodreads rating: 4,28


I denna bok som är en modern version/tolkning av Rödluvan fanns många starka känslor. Hat, vrede, kärlek, förtvivlan, ondska. Till max. För mig kändes mycket påtvingat och blev för mycket. Jag uppskattar verkligen hur Meyer beskriver känslan att slitas mellan viljan att ge upp eller att fortsätta kämpa. Det är vackert och ack så sant, man förstår Scarlet. Men utöver detta förstår jag henne inte alls, varför gör hon de val hon gör? Jag litade inte på varken Scarlet eller Wolf.

Jag är väldigt glad att man fick följa Cinder även i denna bok. Hon är fortfarande min favoritkaraktär i serien. Händelseutvecklingen var intressant, det hände flera oväntade saker.

I boken hade jag svårt att komma i underfund med vem Wolf egentligen var, var fanns hans hjärta? Det förstod jag aldrig. Jag ville veta mer om hans val, hans förflutna, hans liv.

I första boken i serien tyckte jag att det var uppenbart att det var en modern version/tolkning (vad man än vill kalla det) av Askungen, men i denna bok var det inte lika tydligt. Dock kopplades Cinders komplicerade förflutna (och framtid…) ihop med Scarlets på ett mycket bra sätt. Det uppskattade jag verkligen!

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Goodreads synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for. 

This book! I was so impressed by it and it caught my interest very quick. Never have I read a modern version of a classic like Cinderella, but Meyer wrote the book in a way that I really enjoyed. The protagonist Cinder is, just like Cinderella, kind of alone in her life. Her stepmother and (one of the) stepsister are mean and don’t appreciate her, just like Cinderella. Cinderella really likes animales, they’re her friends. For Cinder it’s androids and being a mechanic that helps her through life. This, how Meyer created a book that’s similar to Cinderella but still it’s own wonderful story, made Cinder a great book.

Not just that the theme was great and how easy it was to see the similarities made me very fascinated, but how Meyer writes. Everything was so well written and there weren’t too many details everywhere. Cinder was also the first book I’ve ever read by Marissa Meyer (wanted to read something by her for some time now) and I’m very happy I decided to give her a chance. I’ll definitely look out for more books written by her!

“I would never lie—” The words faded. She had lied. 

Meyer ch. 36

Review with spoilers

About the similarities between Cinderella and Cinder: I’m so impressed! How lonely both of them felt. even though they had some kind of company (Cinder: Iko. Cinderella: the animales). That Cinder was going to fall for the prince felt predictable but it didn’t make the story boring to read. Having that kind of guess only made me keep reading to see if I was right. Another theory I had during the book was whether Cinder could be the “dead” princess Selene. When I first heard of her and that people conspired about her being alive, I started thinking. Could Cinder, the mechanic, be Selene, the princess who died in a fire? I thought, since Cinderella marries the prince and becomes princess like that, Cinder might also be a princess in some way.


Favorite character: Cinder

Original title: Cinder

Release year: 2012

Rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,15


Denna bok alltså! Blev väldigt imponerad och fastnade väldigt snabbt i handlingen! Har aldrig tidigare läst en modern version av en klassisk saga men Meyer har verkligen skrivit något som fångat mitt intresse. Huvudpersonen Cinder är, precis som Askungen, utstött av sin styvmor och styvsyster. En annan sak som liknar klassikern är att Cinder har god hand med robotar eftersom hon är mekaniker. Askungen har andra djur som sina närmaste vänner. Just detta, att Meyer smidigt skapat en bok som liknar Askungen, gjorde Cinder till en underbar bok!

Förutom att temat var väldigt bra och man enkelt förstod likheterna, blev jag djupt fascinerad av hur Meyer skriver. Allt var så välskrivet och detaljerat utan att det blev för mycket. Cinder var den första boken av Marissa Meyer jag någonsin läst (har velat läsa av henne ganska länge) och jag är väldigt glad att jag tillslut läste denna bok. En fantastisk författare!


Recension med spoilers

Angående likheterna mellan Askungen och Cinder är jag väldigt imponerad! Hur ensam de båda karaktärerna kände sig, men de båda hade någon som sällskap (Cinder: Iko. Askungen: djuren). Man förstod att Cinder skulle falla för prinsen kändes förutsägbart men gjorde inte boken tråkig att läsa. Att ha en sådan gissning gjorde endast att jag ville fortsätta läsa och se om jag haft rätt. En annan teori jag hade genom boken var huruvida Cinder möjligen var den “döda” prinsessan Selene. Redan när jag först fick höra att hon försvunnit och att folk konspirerade angående om prinsessan verkligen var död, började jag fundera. Kunde Cinder, mekanikern, kunna vara Selene, prinsessan som dog i en brand? Jag tänkte att eftersom Askungen gifter sig med prinsen och därmed blir prinsessa, kan kanske Cinder vara född prinsessa.

May Wrap-up

Usually I don’t have a reading schedule, I read what I feel like. May was no different, I wanted to read more of the Harry Potter books and read something I’ve heard of before. Here’s what I read in May:

Warcross was the first book I read this month, I had heard many good things about so I decided to read it. It surely didn’t disappoint!

I’ve never been a fan of high tech worlds like the society in this book, but when I read Warcross the topic didn’t get boring at all.

Rating: 4,75

The plot in this book was caught my interest very quick. I liked it but it wasn’t really the best Harry Potter book so far, it was just too long and I whished to hear more about Ron. I loved reading about the Weasley twins in this book, though. They were amazing!

Rating: 4,25

I re-read this book this month and it was as good as the first time. I love it so much, I love Po and his questions, Katsa and her stubbornness and how fun this book was to read.

I remember thinking the first time I read this book that there were too many names to remember. In the beginning it got very hard to remember everyone.

Rating: 5

This must be one of the best books I’ve ever read, it never got boring to read or too much. I loved the characters and to follow Bitterblues life almost ten years after her father was killed.

Rating: 5

There were characters in this book that I’ll always love. The book was a great sequel, I got my answers but there were still things that she left. I liked it very much even though everything happened very fast, it was intense.

Rating: 4,25

Re-read this one too (May was a month of re-reading, I’d say) since I totally fell in love with it last year when I first read it. The whole world, the language, the plot and how things were described.

This book hasn’t been translated to English (yet?) but I really hope it’ll be very soon.

Rating: 5


As you can see, I read a lot of fantasy this month. I’m planning June (and the rest of the summer) to be filled with series and books from authors I’ve never read anything by.

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