Saturday, February 28, 2015 01:00

Monthly recap. February.

This post recaps my month, from personal life to books I’ve read & bought, movies and TV shows I’ve seen and links to posts that interest me.

A lot happened, but here are the most memorable moments:
We went out to dinner (SUSHI) with a large group of 12 people. I love sushi and I loved the company, so we had a great time. They added baked banana’s to their menu and I couldn’t stop eating those; so tasty!

Valentine’s day was nice. We normally don’t celebrate it. I surprised my boyfriend however, by taking him out for a special Valentine’s dinner. The restaurant used to be an inn, so the inside looks fantastic and they had helium balloons bound to the candle holders and rose petals spread on the table. There was live music and the food was delicious with a lot of variety. We finished the date with a walk along the old city and watching TV shows on bed until late in the night.

I also ate pannenkoeken at the beach with my father, mother, boyfriend, sister and her boyfriend. I had a pizza night with my boyfriend and sister after my thesis defense. She asked if they could draw something inside the box, so I got a guy with a hat saying 'CONGRATS' and another one filled with balloons. Funny! My sister and her boyfriend came over to my boyfriend's apartment for dinner and we had, of course, one of those 'nailed it' moments. We tried to make a meal from a delicious looking recipe, but it looked like shit, haha. Luckily, it was quite tasty and we had a nice evening.

And I ended this month with another great book club meeting where I ate Korean food for the first time.

Friday, February 27, 2015 06:00

Alethea Kontis - Dearest book tour.

Tressa from Wishful endings contacted me on Twitter to see if I could help her out with her blog tour. I don't participate in many blog tours, but I'm always willing to help another blogger and I like this series. Enchanted was a great read. Hero let me down a little, but I'm curious about Dearest and Tressa was kind enough to send me a link through Netgalley, so keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming review.

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.

(Woodcutter Sisters, #3)
by Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 11:52

Review 216. Mira Grant – Feed.

7094569Title: Feed.
Author: Mira Grant.
Pages: 599.
Published: May 1st 2010 by Orbit.
Sort: Feed #1.
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Nobody warned me about all the feelings in this book. I highly recommend that you DON’T read the blurb for the second book. I was warned by Wendy in time, because it contains a big spoiler for a twist that happens in this book. I must admit that it took me some time to get along with this story and characters. The beginning is awfully slow and I had to adjust to Mira’s writing-style. It’s a bit dense, but halfway I was completely sucked into the book and I couldn’t put it down. It’s admirable how she crafted the story.

This review is spoiler-free.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 22:10

Love-a-thon 2015. High Five.

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I thought this was the best opportunity to spread some love to show my appreciation for you guys. I gave my own twist on the 'High Five' challenge and I'm only going to talk about the 'blogger' question. If I don’t mention your name, that doesn’t mean I’m not happy to have you around. You all contribute something unique to the community and it’s amazing that you are part of it. The last time we had our fair share of drama, but I hope we can put this behind us to focus on more important things: we are here to talk about our shared passion for reading and books. We might not always agree and there might be bumps in the road, but it’s an amazing thing we have here. Let’s not spoil that with negativity and fights.

First, I need to address some things people seem to discuss about all the time. So many articles shame people for the books they read, how they read and why they read. To those judgmental people I have one thing to say:

You are entitled to have your opinion, but not if it’s that kind of bullshit where you ridicule others for the books they pick up. It’s not up to you to decide what someone can/can’t read.


Love-a-thon 2015. Snapshots.

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This mini-challenge is about bookish pictures! I use my Instagram to post pictures of the books I'm currently reading or the ones I recently bought. Scattered throughout my account you might find snippets of my life and past. You can find my IG over here: Mel_1704.

I am going to show you a different range of photo's, starting with a Books(h)elfie and proof I've been a reader for a very long time. Instead of walking with dolls I used my doll carriage as book trolley. I was also fond of comfortable reading spots, like sitting in our laundry basket.

Love-a-thon 2015. One can only quote.

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This mini-challenge is all about picking your favorite quotes about 'love' and 'friendship'. I went with friendship quotes, because friendship are a powerful thing. I'm a big fan of Disney, so I went with a quote from Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne.

Sketched by me, based on a picture from A.A Milne's work.

And I forced myself to pick only three quotes. There you go;

This is something I recognize myself in:
“You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.” - Nicholas Sparks, The notebook.

Because there is almost no better friendship than these three:
"You said it once before," said Hermione quickly, "that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we? We're with you whatever happens.” - Hermione, J.K Rowling, Harry Potter & the half-blood prince.

And the last one, because I think it's powerful to see this happen between two guys.
“He looked at his friend, perhaps for the last time, and said what he had always known, from the moment they’d met, when he’d understood that the prince was his brother in soul. “I love you.” - Sarah J. Maas, Heir of fire.

What are some of your favorite quotes?
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