My Favorite Place In London and Favorite Book (+ the REAL highlight of London)

Well hello there, friend. I am still not used to the fact that I went to freaking Europe, so I'm going to continue to yell about it to the Internet (because everyone else has gotten tired of me after four months)

In England (in Europe!!!), on our last day in London, we went to Notting Hill, which was beautiful. I felt like I was on a movie set (which makes sense because so many movies have been filmed there). I was expecting the Portobello Road Market to be a small antique market or something, but then we turned the corner NOPE. 

The street overflowed with tents, people, shouting, and the sun boiling everything beneath it. We pushed our way through blocks and blocks of hot, crowded madness, expecting to find the end. Eventually we trekked our way to the very end where a giant square of food trucks and stands steamed up the narrow streets. 

We wove our way back up stream, passing around fries and ketchup packets with the utmost care. When we escaped the market and found the sidewalk again, the pace slowed so we could take in the colorful apartments (and duck into whatever ice cream shop we stumbled upon).  

I could have spent the day wandering the crowds, but we had to meet some friends at Hyde Park (which is a sentence that I never thought I would say)

I loved the market and would gladly go back, as long as fries are still included. 

My Favorite Book (from the trip)
As some of you may know, I brought 17 books with me to Europe (and after a month of carrying them around, I returned to the USA with the arms of The Rock). Despite all the jokes, I did end up reading all of them. There was one in particular that captured my heart. 
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares: I promised myself that I would make it through a whole post without doing a list, but clearly this book calls for one. 
Why I Loved It
  • The main character was relatable and sweet. 
  • Death made a few appearances (which I can't expand because this is a spoiler-free zone). 
  • I lowkey want to be friends with Death. He sounds super chill. 
  • The story starts off light and fun, but then...
  • oh boy
  • by the end I was crying and a little traumatized, but in a good way. 
  • I only love books that I emotionally connect with, and WOWIE, what an emotional roller coaster. 
  • Metaphors galore.
  • The romance was minimal (#hallelujah).
  • All the characters were broken and tragic. 
  • Character development was A+.
Overall: It was a heartbreaking book because despite telling the story from a roundabout, quirky way, the story itself was very real. 

(Disclaimer: This book is not for everyone as it does dive into sensitive and tricky subjects. Read at your own discretion.)

Now for the REAL highlight of London: 

She let me pet her (and I would have sat there for a week petting her, but my parents weren't too keen on that)

What is your favorite place you've ever been? (if it's a chocolate shop, we can be friends). What's something you never thought you'd be able to do? Are there any heartbreaking books that you adore?


  1. *I* like hearing about your European adventures! It's just so cool that you got to do that. :D

    That book probably wouldn't be good for me, but it does look cool. <3

    (Something I never thought I'd be able to do? Hmm, well . . . Getting to participate in blogging friend meet-ups early on was something I definitely didn't think would happen. But God, fam. :') Any heartbreaking books that I adore??? Pssh, AS IF YOU HAD TO ASK.)

    1. Haha, thanks! I am still thrilled about it.

      Yeah, it is definitely only meant for a certain type of reader.

      AWWW, that sounds like so much fun!!! One day I too will be able to join one of those.

  2. Favourite place I've been? Probably Essex? They have a bunch of things available like hair product shops for afro hair and bookshops near my cousin's house. There aren't really many bookshops here, mainly this stationary shop that sells books at quite a high price. The main problem? Brexit. So I don't wanna move there, I guess.

    1. Ooo, I would love to visit Essex. Bookshops are an added bonus.

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  4. THE CAT IS SO CUTE! It looks like you had a great time. I am totally going to check that book out btw because your description was intriguingly vague and mysterious and I love tragic books. #SorryNotSorry :)

    1. Right? Not to be dramatic, but I would die for that cat. lol good luck with the book. You might hate it, who knows.

  5. Great to hear more about your Europe trip! The Portobello Road Market looks so colourful, if a little chaotic. (but remember: they are chips, not fries) Did you ever get around to visiting the British Library?
    One of my favourite places to be -- aside from home, that is -- might have to be a certain little bookshop/cafe just over the river. But I also love my uncle's island cabin... I have many favourite places, actually.
    And as for beautiful heartbreaking books, I recommend Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place and Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Branch of Silver, Branch of Gold.

    1. It was amazing! haha, you're right. I guess I'm just a hopeless American. XD

      Aw, those places sound lovely. Especially a bookshop. ;)

      The Hiding Place is one of my favorite books! Though I haven't read those other two. I'll have to check them out.

    2. A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold is one book actually.
      I recently finished re-reading The Hiding Place. Definitely a favourite for me as well!


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