Happy Birthday to Me – 1 Year oscarreads.com

I can not believe it! My first blog birthday! Wahoo!!!

One year ago I started my journey with oscarreads.com. Why? Well to be honest, I felt a bit bored by the effects of the pandemic. Not being able to meet friends, do sports or what so ever. I read about 100 books at that stage and wanted to share my thoughts on them. Maybe, I could get other kids into reading as well?!
To celebrate my special day I would like to give away 3 of my favorite books to my blog follower. You will find more information at the end of this post. But first things first.

Here are some insights on my blog you might be interested in:

Number of published posts: 50

Your favorite post (most views):

Going Crazy in a Book Shop Reloaded – Please Vote for your Favorite!

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Your least favorite post (least views):

Mr. Stink by David Walliams (What is wrong with you people? This book is awesome!)

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Post with most comments:

Corona go home (own work)!

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My personal favorite post:

Survival Camp in Dallas – my take on the winter storm

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I am so happy to have some loyal followers and likers. Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to me!

Now. To say thank you I would like to give away a copy of some of my favorite books. Two of them are in English and one in German.

The Matchstick Castke by Keir Graff
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Amy und die geheime Bibliothek von Alan Gratz

To participate in the raffle you need to be a follower of my blog (either mail subscriber or a fellow blogger follower) and leave a comment under this post with the book you would like the most. But don’t wait for too long. This little competition will end by July 25 next week. I will draw the lucky winner and publish their names on my blog afterwards.

Good luck to everyone!

Drama, Drama, Drama and no queen but a pilot!

Finally! After months and months of not being allowed to travel back to Germany we were set to visit our family and friends again. Can you imagine how excited I was? As we arrived at the airport and went through the security we were waiting at the gate for boarding.

The plane came in late from Amsterdam and so the crew did not check the checklist as clearly as they should have. After we boarded and were almost ready to leave the gate and taxi towards the runway, our crew discovered a slightly broken seal at a door. So we had to leave the plane again – together with all our hand luggage – that the mechanics were able to pressurize the cabin to test the seal. OMG! For a moment I was angry and disappointed. Why haven’t the mechanics checked the plane properly before boarding to proceed? We were not sure if we were able to leave at all.

When I spotted the pilot, my mood changed. In fact I prepared for an interview at home in case I get a chance to ask a pilot a few questions. And here he was. He also had to leave his cockpit for the test. I took my chance and simply asked him if he would be available for a brief interview and he agreed promptly. It actually went very well and he even invited me to have a look at his cockpit at the end. This was great! 2 decades later – ehm I mean 2 hours actually we were allowed back into the cabin (home sweet home) and enjoyed the rest of the flight. So here is what the pilot had to say:

Interview with pilot Greg.

What’s your Name?

When did you start to be a commercial pilot?
1980 – well before you were born.

Do you fly long-haul or short-haul flights more often and which one do you like better?
I usually fly long-haul. Long-haul works best for me: as pilot you are only paid for the time you actually fly, waiting or transit times do not count as work. When flying long distance you accumulate hours faster.

Do you enjoy your job and why if so?
I love my job. I have been flying long haul internationally for the past years. Whilst I have been away for some days in a row, it has been allowing me to spend a few days at home between the flights. This enabled me to see my children grow up, visit their sports games and so on. In addition I was able to visit many beautiful cities throughout the world.

Did you ever work for another airline?
Yes, I worked for other airlines, especially when I was flying cargo machines in my early years of the carrier.

What is your favorite plane?
The Boeing 787 we fly today is wonderful, the most beautiful one was in my view the Boeing 757.

Do you also fly cargo planes?
Not anymore, but I used to fly a McDonnell Douglas DC10 cargo plane many years ago.

What is your favorite Airport?
Chicago O’Hare. I believe they have the best air control in the world.

Do you prefer flying in the night or in the day?
I like to fly in the day – you often have a great view from the cockpit.

Do you have a tip on how to become a pilot? It’s my dream job!
Start early right after college and look for a registered flight school. Pilots are required to proof many hours experience before they are allowed to fly commercial planes. By attending the right school, this requirement may be reduced so it is faster to become a ‘real’ pilot.

Sunrise above the clouds!

Of course I accepted the invitation and visited the cockpit. I was even allowed to sit in the pilot’s seat and ask more questions to the co-pilot. The co-pilot however did not know, the total number of switches and buttons there are in the cockpit (how can you not know this???), but he knew the function of each one I asked.

Germany here we come – approaching Frankfurt.

After a bumpy but still great flight we finally touched down in Frankfurt. Let the holidays begin!

Own story: New Beginnings by Oscar

Once upon a time there was a little boy who had to move all across the big blue ocean to start a new chapter of his exciting life. He didn’t ask for it. He was very happy at the place he lived before but the boy was still little and he had to live where his parents wanted him to.

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Birthday Mom by Oscar

A little boy wanted to do something special big for his mum’s birthday. Why did the boy want to get a big and special present for his mum? Well here are some of the reasons:
She’s lovely and super nice. She drives her son to school almost every day (and picks him up as well). Always makes him yummy snacks and arranges great trips all around the world.

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Survival Camp in Dallas – my take on the winter storm

What do you think Weather is like in Texas? Warm, sunny, palm trees. You think so? I thought so, too. Can you imagine icy roads with 2 inches of snow? Well that is exactly what happened a few weeks ago.

There were accidents all over the city! That’s because in Texans they don’t have winter tires on their cars and also the city doesn’t clear most of the roads with snow ploughs or salt. One day there were 120 accidents in Dallas!!! Even our school had to switch to online learning as it was too dangerous for our parents to drive us. And it was sooooo cold. One day, the temperatures dropped to 3.2°F (-16C) which was the coldest temperature in Dallas in over 100 years.

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Own story: Der Absturz

Zweimal die Woche habe ich hier in USA zusätzlich neben der Schule Deutschunterricht damit ich die Sprache nicht verlerne. In ein paar Jahren wollen wir ja zurück nach Deutschland und da will ich noch mitkommen mit den anderen 😊. Diese Woche habe ich eine Geschichte erfunden und da dachte ich mir ich könnte sie euch auch zeigen. Ich hoffe sie gefällt euch!

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Science research: Why do leaves change color?

Apart from plenty of great new books I got, I did spend a lot of time this Thanksgiving break reading non-fiction articles for a school assignment I had to do. Interested in the results?

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History research: World War II and the persecution of jews

In light of Veterans Day we talked about World War II and how the Nazis killed so many jewish people at school.  This made me very sad and I thought it would be a good idea to do some additional research on that topic.

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Own story: The earthquake that changed my life by Oscar

This story is for my favorite teacher. Friday was my last day at my old school and so I wrote a story to thank her for being the worlds best teacher ever. And here it goes:

One morning I woke up and ate my breakfast. We always had our radio on when we ate.

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Own story: Another World written by Oscar

This story I also wrote during my creative writing course last school year. After the feedback from my teacher I revised the story twice and tried to add more details to the characters. Hope you like it.
And here we go…

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Own story: Anton the blue whale written by Oscar

Anton the blue whale was playing around with his friends at a cliff far out from the coast of South Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Anton was a teenage whale, born on the 21st July in 2011 close to the Equator in the southern hemisphere. Unlike other blue whales, Anton doesn’t like to keep by himself . He loves to be with friends

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Own story: Leo, Barnaby and the Aliens written by Oscar

200 years from now…

„10 minutes to landing!“ The Aliens were excited! It has been a long trip. They came from a far away galaxy and travelled 1 month with super hyper speed, which is far faster than light speed.

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