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End of the Year Book Tag (2018)

End of the Year Book Tag (2018)

I’m always on the lookout for new interesting booktubers and -bloggers. Today I stumbled upon Byron from Reading in the Dark. He answered the questions to this TAG and I thought I’d answer them too (and in the meantime link back to his channel, give him a watch! He’s great and doesn’t have a lot of subscribers soooooo…..) Okay! Here we go! 1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? I have actually DNF’ed…

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5 books I read when I was younger that no one else knows.

5 books I read when I was younger that no one else knows.

I’m Belgian… I grew up speaking Dutch… that means I didn’t grow up reading the books the English-speaking part of the book community was reading (although I’m sure that differs based on country and age). Harry Potter was the start of my adventure into international writers. (That and the books I had to read for my French and English classes) I started reading Harry Potter when I was twelve. Before (and after), I read a massive amount of books in…

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June 2018: Wrap up + Currently Reading

June 2018: Wrap up + Currently Reading

I picked up a couple of books in June, I also put a lot of them down. I’ve gotten to a point where, if the book doesn’t appeal to me in the opening chapters, I put it back down to revisit at a later time. I don’t give up on them, I’ve just realised that if I want to get through a big portion of my TBR, I’ll have to choose what I read more wisely. Books I picked up…

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February 2018: Wrap-up

February 2018: Wrap-up

I know.. it’s the middle of March and I’m only just starting to write this post. I’ve been dragging my feet and I know I should stop but the cold and the rain are getting to me. Can it be spring already? I’m desperate for some warmer, sunnier days. Books I read in February The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton I LOVED this book. It was so full of details and intense, really intense. Yes, I’ll say…

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Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O'Farrell *****

Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O'Farrell *****

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell. In this book, Maggie O’Farrell tells you about her life in seventeen chapters, seventeen times she almost died, could have died, almost lost a loved one… “seventeen brushes with death”…

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Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O'Neill ***

Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O'Neill ***

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during…

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Books and Places

Books and Places

Some books are forever linked to the place where I read them. I didn’t necessarily read the entire book in that same spot but somehow certain moments and places stand out for me. There’s Life After Life by Kate Atkinson which I read lying in the grass in our garden. It was summer. There were bees buzzing around our patch of lavender and the sun was giving me everything she had. I read Pearl Harbor in our old car when…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I'm Thankful For

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I'm Thankful For

Honestly, I’m thankful for all the books I’ve read so far. Simply for the opportunity, for being able to read them at all. I’m giving you five groups instead of books, because in this case choosing really is losing. YA In General Seriously, there are so many great YA books out in the world. I only had Harry Potter and Twilight when I hit that age. So I’m thankful for all the amazing YA writers, creating books that close the…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I'm Thankful For

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I'm Thankful For

Honestly, I’m thankful for all the books I’ve read so far. Simply for the opportunity, for being able to read them at all. I’m giving you five groups instead of books, because in this case choosing really is losing. YA In General Seriously, there are so many great YA books out in the world. I only had Harry Potter and Twilight when I hit that age. So I’m thankful for all the amazing YA writers, creating books that close the…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Problematic Faves

Top 5 Wednesday: Problematic Faves

Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking. This is going to turn into a round of who’s your favorite morally gray character… because you know, hero’s are boring. They just want to do the right thing. It’s the inbetweeners I want to read about. They always end up being the compelling ones. Let’s go! Draco Malfoy He’s a bully, I know, but I can’t help but like him. I always wanted to know more, always wanted…

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