What I love about autumn

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To me, autumn is by far the most wonderful season of the year and here’s why:

Perfect temperatures. I know, most people will disagree with me on this, but after at least three months of sweating and nearly dying in the summer heat, I couldn’t be more happy that it’s cooled down now. In autumn, it’s not hot anymore, but you don’t have to be scared of freezing to death either, which is a great relief, isn’t it? Besides, the clothes you wear are a lot prettier as well, which leads me to my next point.

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Sweater Weather. It’s finally cold enough to wear your favourite jumpers again! Apart from that, this time of the year is perfect for anyone passionate about fashion cause you get to layer up and put together the cutest outfits ever. So bring back your scarves, fuzzy socks and knitted cardigans and enjoy how snugly they are!

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Colours. People always talk about how beautiful nature is in spring, but aren’t falling leaves just as stunning? I’m not an outdoors-person at all, but having a stroll through a park or forest to admire all the different colours in the trees, inhale the crisp air and walk through the autumn foliage is something even I enjoy.

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Candles. Surely, there’s never a wrong time to light some candles, but I feel like their effect is even greater once it gets colder and the evenings get longer. Add some fairy lights, lots of pillows and blankets and your cosy autumn atmosphere is complete!

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Staying inside. Yesss! The weather is now so chilly and rainy all the time that it’s absolutely acceptable for you to not leave your house all day. On top of this, there are usually lots of films, tv shows and albums being released in autumn, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored either. Thus, grab a cup of tea, make yourself comfortable on the sofa and binge watch Netflix for as long as you like, no one will judge you and you’ll have the best of times.

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Halloween. Despite not celebrating Halloween very much, I’ve been infected with a thrill of anticipation for it nevertheless. There’s something so magical about all the pumpkins and spooky stuff that I can’t help but be obsessed with it. And you know what’s the best part? You don’t even have to be sad when it’s over because you can just start getting excited for Christmas instead!

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Meeting Fall Out Boy

When I went to my local record store and first picked up a copy of Fall Out Boy’s “Infinity On High”, only because the artwork looked nice, it was on sale and I had heard someone say their music was good, I would never have expected to love it so much. Two years later, I do not only consider them my favourite band, but also my religion and lifestyle.

From the day that I found out Fall Out Boy were gonna play a show in a city nearby, I was completely pumped up and impatiently  waiting for the 15th October to come, but when the band announced they were gonna sell VIP tickets, I went bonkers. Obviously, I had to get them as soon as they were released, leaving me with very angry parents and only about 15 Euros left for my trip to London – whoops!

When the day finally arrived, I was so excited that I couldn’t even eat pizza anymore, which is honestly miraculous. After having queued for about three hours, making friends with some lovely girls from Switzerland and England and getting our VIP passes and instructions from a guy called Tarzan (yep, that’s his real name, believe it or not), it was eventually my turn to meet the band.

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At this point, I was shaking so much that even walking was a challenge, but as soon as I saw them, all the anxiety seemed to vanish. I hugged Pete, Patrick and Andrew and gave Joe an awkward high five as we had been told not to “hug him or jump at him” for he was still recovering from back surgery. Unfortunately, I was still so nervous that my brain deleted most of the conversation, but I remember Patrick saying “I love your flowers!” as soon as I walked in which was the cutest thing ever. I then got to give them my letter, chat a little more and finally take a group photo.

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After the meet and greet, we had a few minutes to fangirl, cry and eventually try to calm down (which didn’t work out all too well), before we were escorted into the venue and could save our space in the front row.

The concert itself was just as wonderful as meeting the band: After the support act, Charley Marley, had already played a few songs and successfully created an amazing atmosphere, it was time for Fall Out Boy to come on stage. From the first song on, the crowd was singing along, jumping around and having the best time ever. Things got a bit emotional when they played acoustic versions of “Young Volcanoes” and “Irresistible” and when the show came to an end, I could hardly believe it was real because it had been so amazing.

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Book Review: “Another Day” by David Levithan

“Another Day” is the sequel to David Levithan’s previously published novel “Every Day” and this time, tells Rhiannon’s side of the story. Rhiannon is a 16-year-old girl from Maryland who leads quite an ordinary life and has been in a relationship with her boyfriend Justin for over a year. She has convinced herself he is right for her, even though she knows deep down that he neither truly acknowledges her efforts, nor appreciates her the way a partner should.

Nevertheless, one afternoon the couple spend a perfect day at the ocean together and Rhiannon is hopeful for improvement and yearns that their relationship would finally get to the point where she always wished for it to be. The following days though, everything is back to usual and it seems as if the day that meant so much to Rhiannon had never happened at all. Not understanding what is going on, she carries on with her dreary everyday life, still hoping to experience yet another magical day with Justin. That is, until she crosses paths with a stranger who claims it was not her boyfriend, but himself in Justin’s body that day at the beach and thereby turns her life upside down.


Even though I’ve been a big fan of David Levithan’s work for a while now, I have to admit I was a bit sceptical when I heard about “Another Day” being published. To me, “Every Day” was such an unmitigated book that, at first, I found the idea of telling the story from another perspective foolish, but having read the novel now, I have to say that I couldn’t have been more wrong with that assumption. Notwithstanding that both books tell the same tale, I felt equal excitement and suspense when reading “Another Day” as I did with “Every Day”.

Both books deal with the topics of love, trust and making the right decisions in such a fascinating way that you are unable to put them down. Levithan manages to put his thoughts into words so brilliantly that you feel like you’re part of Rhiannon’s world yourself, but also start to question the choices you have or are about to make in your own life. In addition to that, the occasional e-mail exchanges add even more variety to the author’s already outstandingly good writing style.

I guess there are countless ways to interpret “Another Day” and everyone will put the stress on something different, depending on where they are currently standing in life or which difficulties they are facing. All the same, the book beautifully depicts the complexity of love and shows that it is, if it is true and deep enough, not confined by superficial things like gender or physical appearance, which I think is forgotten by way too many people.

“Another Day” is one of those novels that’ll make you put down quotes on a piece of paper and pin them onto your bedroom wall because you will never get tired of reading them over and over again, understanding them a bit differently each time. Therefore, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA literature as much as I do and is looking for another fictional world to get lost in.