Top 10 all time favorite books

I told you I had more videos in the works! Today I’m bringing you a chatty video where I talk about my top 10 all time favorite books. This will nicely put my most recent, and quite massive, book haul into a good perspective. I purchased many YA and Fantasy books, because I felt I…

Book review (March 2016)

A new month has started, which means that I need to give you an overview of my reading challenge and some reviews of the books I read last month. At of the end of March I am still on track to reach my goal of 50 read books by the end of 2016. Currently, I…

Book review (February 2016)

I know I know, we’re already passed midway March, but I have yet to post my February book review! In the month of February I read 4 books. I read book centered around Victorian London, a book with a protagonist with some form of autism and I got started on reading the massive amount of…

Collective book haul (March 2016)

For 2016, I am aiming to read 50 books in one year. It is the first time I am joining the Goodreads reading challenge and right now I am still on track. One tactic to try and stay on track, is to have books I enjoy on my shelves ready for the taking. And since…

Combined book review (January 2016)

As I’ve decided to reach a goal of 50 books read by the end of the year, I also decided to change up how often I do these book review posts. Instead of doing them every 5 books, I’ve decided to do them every month. So this month I will be showing you and reviewing…

Combined book review #9

For the longest time I meant to do a round up of the books I read in 2015. So this combined book review will do just that. At the end of 2015 I entered a tad of a reading slump. I read these 5 books in the course of three months: not that many. But…

2016 reading challenge

“I want to read more.” If there is one new year’s resolution of any kind that I have been making to myself the past years it must have been this one. For 2016, I’ve decided to just go for it: I am setting myself the challenge to read 50 books before the end of the…

Combined book review #8

The time of year I read the most books? Fall. Hands down. As the days become darker and the temperatures start to fall, I love snuggling up on the couch (or the train, because that’s where I do most of my reading to be honest) with a book. That is why it’s only been 2…

How I lost my joy for reading and how I found it again

One of my favorite hobbies is reading. But that wasn’t always the case. For years I refused to pick up a book unless I had to and it took a long time before I started believing reading is one of my hobbies. I thought it would be time to explain how I went from reader…

Combined book review #7

As summer just finished I made my way through some books again. Not added to this pile are all 7 books in the Harry Potter series which I also read, and I am already almost 2 books ahead of the list I am showing you today, but some of these books are too good not…

Summer reading list

The time of the year where I tend to read the most would be summer. Well and fall. I tend to have a little bit more time on my hands during those times of the year and thus I find myself snuggled up with a book a lot more quickly. This summer, I thought it…

The Infernal Devices book review

Last year I read the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. This book series entails the adventures of Clary and Jace in the world of shadowhunters, set in contemporary New York. But before I knew this series existed, I had already purchased The Infernal Devices series. Set in Victorian London, this is the prequel to…

Reading habits tag

I thought that it would be fun to do a tag again. These past few weeks I’ve been back onto the reading bandwagon again. I think it’s due to the fact that there is so much more light out now that spring has arrived. I am currently reading the Infernal Devices books by Cassandra Clare…

Combined book review #6

I’ve been doing some reading again and thought it about time to review those books again. I read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, a detective novel, a modern classic and a book that wasn’t worth my time. Curious to see what I read and what I thought of these books? Then stay tuned as…

Combined book review #5

Remember that reading kick that I have been on these past few weeks? Well, it’s still going strong. So strong that this post won’t even include all that I read. What is astonishing to me though, is the fact that I read a grand total of 30 books in 2014. Half of these I read…

Combined book review #4

I’ve been on a massive reading kick these past few weeks. I finished listening to the Harry Potter audio books at the end of fall break and found I needed a substitute. And I figured, if I can’t be read to, I’ll just do it myself. So now I’m reading on the train to and…

Combined book review #3

Time for a round up of some books that I’ve been reading this year up to this point. It may not seem like much, but in between I did read the full 6 book Mortal Instruments series, and I left out a few books that I didn’t really have much to say about. So in…

Book Review: The Mortal Instruments series

I’m perhaps a little late to hop on this bandwagon, but the final book in this series was published roughly two months ago, so I think a full series review seems apt at this point. I say I’m late, because I only started reading this in March when I first picked up City of Bones….

Book Tag

My lovely friend Alison did this tag on her blog a while ago and I thought it was a fun little tag to dig my teeth into. I love me some books, even though I always feel I should read more. Perhaps it’s because my first ever job was at my local library, or the…

Combined book review #2: Food books

Time for another book review. Over summer I placed a ‘food book’ order on Amazon, containing books solely on diet and nutrition. Now, since these type of books are always hit or miss, I thought it might be useful to share my thoughts on 4 of them. Plus it’s a way for you to stay…

Combined book review

I’ve said it a few times before: I’ve been reading quite a bit again. Again not as much as I’d like, but there’s a start. Here’s 4 books I finished recently that moved me, were just plain out fun or an interesting read. 1.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Starting off with the most…

Book Review: J.D. Salinger – Catcher in the Rye

Spring break is over and that means that I’ve started reading again. After finally finishing Pride & Prejudice (which I took too long to read, so I can’t review it), I decided to pick up another classic book: Catcher in the Rye. First published in the early 1950s, this tale of adolescent madness is a…

Book review: Matthew Plampin – The Devil’s Acre

It’s getting colder by the day here in The Netherlands and lately all I have been wanting to do is to curl up with a cuppa and a good book. The book I just finished reading is Matthew Plampin’s The Devil’s Acre. Set in Victorian London and based on historical fact but with plenty of…

Book Review: The Hunger Games trilogy

I have a thing for trilogies lately. As you may remember, the last book I reviewed was the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. That was over a month ago and by now I’ve moved on to the Hunger Games. I finished reading it this weekend and enjoyed it a lot. It is a young adult…

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Oh boy how to start this review… I honestly don’t know. Because this book is anything but good. The writing style is horrid, the storyline is shallow at best and yet I devoured all three books in record time. How can something so bad, still be so good? Ironically that’s also the crux of the…

Book review: Jack Kerouac – On the Road

Vacations are the best time for reading books and since I have plenty of interesting titles sitting on my shelves, I picked one up and threw it in my bag to be read during my trip. I chose On the Road, the 1950s novel by Jack Kerouac. Since a movie was released just this year…

Cosmopolis book & movie review

On Thursday, Cosmopolis the movie was released here in Holland. The movie, which was short-listed for the Palme D’Or at Cannes this year, is an adaptation of the book by the same name by Don Delilo from 2003. It was directed by David Cronenberg (who is apparently known for making weird, yet interesting movies) and…

Paper books vs ebooks

The other day I read an article (in Dutch) where someone contested the idea of the continuous existence of actual books made out of paper and a cover. He argued that eBooks will soon take over. Many newspapers and magazines are already disappearing and he claimed that it was just a matter of time until…

Tour of my Book Case

As you may know I like to read the occasional book or two. Instead of showing you what I’m currently reading I though it would be nice to show you the books I have. I have quite the collection. I think I’ve got over 600 books now. Most books I bought when I was a…

What I’m currently reading

As you all know, I don’t have much time to read, which is why I love books that I can read in small installments. Hence, why I’m sharing this book with you. This is QI’s The second book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson. Subtitled: Everything you think you know is still…

Books I do like

A week ago I posted a blog on the books I don’t like. Since there are more books that I like than those I don’t like, I think it would only be fair to also tell you about books I’ve read and which I loved. I will not list my favorite book, as I wrote…

Books I don’t like

Books. If there is one thing I love it’s books. However, books are very similar to music: there’s loads out there and it’s a challenge to find the gems between the overkill that is on offer. So unfortunately, you sometimes find yourself reading a book that just doesn’t work for you. It can be anything…

My Favorite Genre of Reading

I love to read. I do have a very particular taste when it comes to books though. First of all, I absolutely despise romance novels. Anything Mills & Boon like will not enter this house! Or chicklit. I shudder at the thought of having to attempt another try at reading the remaining Shopaholic novels. That’s…

Book review: Cormac McCarthy – The Road

If you don’t like depressive books, then this is not the book for you. If you like impressive books however, then I can highly recommend this one. The book won the Pulitzer Price in 2007 and is recommended by the one and only Oprah through her book club. The story is about an agonizing journey…

Book Review: Stephen Fry – The Fry Chronicles

I promised you yesterday that I would be blogging about music today, but unfortunately I haven’t finished updating and reorganizing my music just yet. I will make sure to do a post on that when I’m finished, which is hopefully tomorrow. Instead this post will feature a book review of the latest book by Stephen…

Book Review: Colum McCann – Let the Great World Spin

Just yesterday night I finally finished reading Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin. It took me quite some time to read as I had been so busy. It also took some time since it takes some time to figure out what the book is about and what direction it will go in. All in…