What It Is // Was Es Ist

A certain scene in last night’s episode of Sherlock, “The Lying Detective,” reminded me a lot of one of my favourite poems by Erich Fried. The line is “It is what it is.”

What it is  – by Erich Fried

It is madness says reason.
It is what it is says love.

It is unhappiness says calculation.
It is nothing but pain says fear.
It has no future says insight.
It is what it is says love.

It is ridiculous says pride.
It is foolish says caution.
It is impossible says experience.

It is what it is says love.

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Was es ist – von Erich Fried

Es ist Unsinn sagt die Vernunft.
Es ist was es ist sagt die Liebe.

Es ist Unglück sagt die Berechnung.
Es ist nichts als Schmerz sagt die Angst.
Es ist aussichtslos sagt die Einsicht.
Es ist was es ist sagt die Liebe.

Es ist lächerlich sagt der Stolz.
Es ist leichtsinnig sagt die Vorsicht.
Es ist unmöglich sagt die Erfahrung.

Es ist was es ist sagt die Liebe.


Now, I am not saying that the scene in Sherlock is about romantic love, but at the very least it is about offering comfort and a deep appreciation of friendship.

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If We Were Having Coffee… On New Year’s 2017

Hello my lovely booklovers,


Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, I’d invite you to have a nice hot cuppa with me, testing out my new Senseo which my family gave me for Christmas. They also got me about 9 different types of coffee, so we’d have lots to choose from, including hot cocoa. I can also make you tea (again, loads of flavours). It’s a crisp, clear day here in Germany, blue skies but about -3°C – if you’re up for it, I’d suggest wrapping up warm, grabbing our coffees and spending some time in the garden to enjoy the fresh air and clear our heads for the year ahead.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I have a lot planned for 2017, chief amongst those plans is to finally establish a proper posting schedule for reviews on this blog. Others include getting fit, writing more, changing jobs, possibly continuing my studies, and doing more for my mental health by making time to be creative.

And I am done apologising for being me. So from now on, I will be completely unapologetic and unashamed of my geekiness. I’m proud to be a geek girl, a reader, a writer, a lover of magical realism, fantasy, sci-fi, who gets obsessed with TV shows and characters and actors and likes to talk about all the things that interest me. 

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I am challenging myself to read 70 books this year. I’m not going to go by themes this time, though. I currently own 733 books and I still have to read a few of them. And I actually already started. I decided to stay up after getting home from the New Year’s Eve celebrations and I started and finished reading Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan, the prequel to Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Let’s see how many books I can get through this year.

If we were having coffee today, we’d talk about the return of Sherlock tonight. I can’t wait, it’s been 3 years since the last full season. As a major fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and having a literary crush on John Watson (which only intensified when they cast one of my favourite actors Martin Freeman to play him) I am so excited to see what the Baker Street Boys will get up to next.

Thank you for starting your year by having coffee with me! Check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers as well, though!

Same time, next week?

The Actor Book Tag

I found this book tag over on BookComa and thought it was fun! I wasn’t really tagged by anyone, so I won’t be tagging anyone either, but if you’d like to do this fun little tag feel free!

While doing this I realised that all my actor choices are from TV shows rather than movies and some are even from the same shows.


  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Chose your own 8 actors (or you can use the ones I gave you) and create descriptions and compare them to book characters like I did
  • Put in photos of them from the movie roll
  • Answer what book character fits the same description as the movie character
  • List 8 people to tag

Actor / Role: 
David Tennant / The 10th Doctor in Doctor Who
Book: Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Two characters I definitely fangirl about are the 10th Doctor and Bilbo Baggins. I love the quirkiness of the Doctor, how cheeky he can be. Bilbo is an amazing character because he is ultimately selfless – not only did he take in Frodo and raised him as his own, he helped the Dwarves because he wanted them to have a home. Both characters are are clever and think on their feet.

Actor / Role: 
Simon Baker / Patrick Jane in The Mentalist
Book: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Both Patrick and Sherlock seem to have a problem keeping their tongues in check sometimes. Elaborate schemes are also their thing. Let’s not forget that Sherlock Holmes once spent two hours on an elaborate costume to disguise himself as an old flower lady just for Lestrade to roll up and immediately go “Do I look like I want flowers, Holmes?” There’s also a lot of crime-solving while lying on a couch and a LOT of tea involved in both cases.

Actor / Role: 
Catherine Tate / Donna Noble in Doctor Who
Jed Kelly in The Ghost by the Billabong by Jackie French

I seriously love Donna Noble. I think she was the best companion. She was smart, sassy, stood up for herself and others. But she’d been put down so many times and learned to survive. Jed has had some bad luck. She’s homeless and surviving on her luck and thinking on her feet.

Actor / Role: 
Gillian Anderson / Dana Scully in The X-Files    
Hermione Granger in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

If I grew up with one badass female character on TV it has to be Special Agent Dana Scully. Loved her no-nonsense approach to everything and keeping up with Mulder’s antics. As she’d say “Sure. Fine. Whatever.” Hermione is so much more badass than many give her credit for. She’s brave and smart, and let’s face it, Harry, Ron and half the school would have been dead by the end of the first book without her. Though she really came into her own when they were forced to leave Hogwarts behind.

Actor / Role: 
Alex Kingston / River Song in Doctor Who
Nobody Owens in The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I guess you learn to avoid Spoilers when you’re River Song. How hard must it have been for her to keep quiet about who she really is and how she fits into everybody else’s timelines. And I’ve just got a little bit a lot of hair envy! Nobody Owens had to hide his entire life and couldn’t tell anyone the truth about who he was, where he lived and who raised him.

Actor / Role: 
David Duchovny / Fox Mulder in The X-Files
Book: Henry DeTamble in The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Let’s face it: the one thing we know about Fox Mulder with absolute certainty is that he wants to believe. And that something happened to his sister when he was a child. Henry DeTamble is all-round mysterious. How can he time-travel? I mean, how can his wife have grown up with him if he has never met her before?

Actor / Role: 
Rupert Graves / DI Greg Lestrade in Sherlock
Aristotle Mendoza in Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

DI Greg Lestrade is one of my favourite characters. He looks after those he considers friends and family, making sure they are alright. He puts up with Sherlock because he knows he’ll get results. There’s a reason fans call him Papa Lestrade. Ari stands behind Dante, even if he’s not sure about his own feelings. But that friendship is more important than his own discomfort.

Actor / Role: 
Martin Freeman / Dr John Watson in Sherlock
Dr John Watson in Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If there is such a thing as perfect casting, then this is pretty much it! Martin “I-can-say-that-with-one-look” Freeman as Dr John Watson has just the right amount of sass and snark needed to counter Sherlock Holmes. The sass is definitely strong with this one!


If you like to join in on the fun, then TAG, YOU’RE IT!! Let me know down in the comments if you do it, so I can check out all of your answers!😀