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!

Click here to read more

Your least favorite post (least views):

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

Click here to read more

Post with most comments:

Corona go home (own work)!

Click here to read more

My personal favorite post:

Survival Camp in Dallas – my take on the winter storm

Click here to read more

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?
Greg.

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!

Review: Restart by Gordon Korman

And the winner is: Restart got the most votes out of my book shop mega sale pile and as promissed – here is the review. Before I forget, thanks for participating and helping me pick a book. It always means so much to me if you guys like what I do and give me some feedback.

Now let’s get started:

The main character in this book is Chase Ambrose. He falls off his roof and suffers a memory loss. When he wakes up in hospital he can’t remember who he was anymore. Everyone has their side of Chase. When he goes back to school kids react very differently to his return. For some he is a bully. To others, like Kimberly who is secretly in love with Chase, he is a whole different person. Whom to believe? Who was he before the accident and who will he become once his memory comes back?

How did I like the book?
I loved the book because people stood up for Chase. Also the moral of the story is to give everyone a second chance even the people who are bystanders and disruptors. People can change. Even real bullys. Don’t give up on them!

Who is that book for?
kids 8 years and older

Rating: 9/10

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

I went to my favorite book shop last weekend just to find out out they were closing down soon. This makes me so sad!!! The good thing though was, that every single book in the shop was on sale. So my parents bought me like a thousand and gazillion new reads.

This came just in time for my 3 months summer break. Loads of time for reading, right?

Continue reading “Going Crazy in a Book Shop Reloaded – Please Vote for your Favorite!”

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.

Continue reading “Own story: New Beginnings by Oscar”

Review: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

One day Fern woke up and rushed downstairs. When she didn’t see her dad she asked her mother were he could be. Her mom explained that during the night some pigs had been born and that one of them was too small and weak so they decided to kill it. Fern was outraged. She ran outside just before it was too late and tried to convince her dad that she could take care of the little one and keep it alive. Fern’s Dad eventually agreed. Fern named the little pig Wilbur. Two month later Wilbur found a new home at her uncle’s farm.

Continue reading “Review: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White”

Review: Auggie & Me – Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio

Remember “Wonder”? Certainly one of my favorite books of all time. Well, the book got a sequel. “Auggie & Me – Three Wonder Stories” tells three different sites of this story from kids that are all close to Auggie in some way.

Continue reading “Review: Auggie & Me – Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio”

Review: 5,000 AWESOME FACTS (About Everything)2 by National Geographic

Did you know that there is a CRATER on the surface of Mercury that’s big enough to hold the state of Texas? Or how about this: if you stay at the Jule’s undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida you will SCUBA DIVE to your room! How cool is that? I have one more for you: male pandas do a HANDSTAND while peeing to mark trees.

Continue reading “Review: 5,000 AWESOME FACTS (About Everything)2 by National Geographic”

Review: Milo Moss Is Officially Un-Amazing by Lauren Allbright

Why would you have a paper towel tower in your livingroom? Dozens of paper planes trying desperate to get the longest throw? Or dress up as a cockroach in the middle of a stadium? Well, Milo and his parents did all of that because it was the family’s dream to get a Guinness World Record. Unfortunately every time they tried, they failed. Is there an award for the most failures? If so, Milo’s family would definitely win this one.

Continue reading “Review: Milo Moss Is Officially Un-Amazing by Lauren Allbright”

Review: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

It is poetry month in the US, so I thought I could make a review about a special poem from Amanda Gorman.
I got “THE HILL WE CLIMB” from the Easter bunny.
Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet ever. She performed her poem at the inauguration of Joe Bidden earlier this year. I really liked the poem so I definitely wanted to share this little book with you.

Continue reading “Review: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman”

Review: Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Did you know that a Norwegian gold treasure once got rescued by a bunch of kids from the Nazis during World War II? True story! We read “Snow Treasure” at school and I was very impressed how brave and smart Peter Lundstrom and his friends helped to make it happen.

Continue reading “Review: Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan”

Review: The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff

Boring, Illinois. Brian can definitely think of a better way to spend his holidays. He couldn’t stay at home as his scientist dad got stationed at the North Pole. So Brian had to go to uncle Gary’s house, because he was the only one who had the time to take care of him over the summer.

Continue reading “Review: The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff”

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.

Continue reading “Birthday Mom by Oscar”

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.

Continue reading “Survival Camp in Dallas – my take on the winter storm”