Weekly Wrap Up | April 9th, 2017

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Emma by Jane Austen // ★★★.5 // I enjoyed this more than I thought I would! I’ll probably do a full review soon, but I thought it had some pretty funny moments even though the second volume was far too long. 

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle #4) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★★ // I’ve finished my re-read of the series! It had been about 6 years since I last read this, and I remembered absolutely nothing save for the ending. It was almost like reading it for the first time again.

Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking // Read in translation: Hygge: de Deense Kunst van het Leven, translated by Barbara Lampe // ★★★★★ // This book encapsulates everything I love in life. Just everything. 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi // Read in translation: Als Adem Lucht Wordt, translated by Anneke Bok // ★★★★★ // I can’t tell you how emotional this auto-biography made me. If you don’t know, this is Paul’s story: a neurosurgeon diagnosed with lung cancer.

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13 reasons why

I started watching 13 Reasons Why in the past week! I still have about 4 episodes left, and I haven’t read the book, so no spoilers please. This show has definitely made me think about how every action has consequences, but also about how the way we view events and actions is really clouded and subjective. 


That was my week! How was yours? Did you read, watch or do anything fun? I’d love to hear about it! 

Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

It’s #T5W time! Today, we’re talking about the books we think will become true classics in the future. Let’s get into it. 

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’m Dying to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking authors! Here are 10 authors I really, really want to meet.

Becky Albertalli // Read: The Upside of Unrequited, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda // I have read and adored both of her books. Her most recent one however, The Upside of Unrequited, really struck a chord with me. I need to thank her for writing about Molly. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // Read: We Should All Be Feminists // I’ve only read her one non-fiction book, which is basically a speech she’s given. But she’s such an inspirational person, I’d love to actually meet her and listen to her talk.

Alice Oseman // Read: Radio Silence // This book… I adored Radio Silence. I really want to read her earlier book, Solitaire. And The Ark, which will be released this year. I’d love to meet her, and get my copy of Radio Silence signed. 

Michael J. Sullivan // Read: Riyria Revelations, Riyria Chronicles // I absolutely adore both of his Riyria series. I ADORE THEM. So I need to meet the creator, okay?

J.K. Rowling // Read: Harry Potter (and Cormoran Strike) // I CAN’T LEAVE HER OFF THIS LIST.

Leigh Bardugo // Read: Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows // Who is surprised? Not me. Probably not you either. 

Anne Bishop // Read: The Others // I adore her Others series. It’s some of the best urban fantasy I’ve ever read. So obviously, I need to meet her.

Scott Lynch // Read: Gentleman Bastard // I need to know how he comes up with these crazy schemes. And when we’re getting Thorn of Emberlain.

Rachel Aaron // Read: Legend of Eli Monpress, Nice Dragons Finish Last, One Good Dragon Deserves Another // LOVE LOVE LOVE HER WORK! I admire her so much. Not only because she has written some amazing books, but also because she successfully self-published some of them.

V.E. Schwab // Read: Shades of Magic // Not only has she created one of my favorite series, she genuinely seems like such a nice person. 


Someone make this happen, please.

Weekly Wrap Up | March n° 4

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Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★.5 // I’ve been wanting to re-read this series for ages, and finally decided to do it. I adore this series so much. The reason I gave this book 0.5 stars less than the others, is because it was his debut novel and he was only 17 years old or so. The writing in this book isn’t as amazing as it is in the next ones. 

Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini // Read in translation (Dutch): Oudste, translated by Erica Feberwee // ★★★★★ // I wanted to continue the read, but my copy of the book is in Dutch and the library didn’t have the English one at the moment. Keeping my 2017 goals in mind, I decided to re-read the second book in Dutch. Absolutely loved it, I will definitely take a look at other books Erica Feberwee has written or translated. 

Brisingr (Inheritance Cycle #3) by Christopher Paolini // ★★★★★ // I can’t believe how much his writing has improved by the third book. How epic this series really is. I finished this one on Friday, and am planning on starting the fourth book this weekend.

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NOTHING BUT YOUTUBE VIDEOS. With all that heavy re-reading, I didn’t have time to watch anything else!

But I’ve been getting back into beauty and lifestyle videos, which I’d been neglecting for a long time now. Some of my current favorite channels are Rachel Talbott, The Michalaks, Samantha Maria, Gothamista, Beauty With Emily Fox, Caroline Hirons, Joan Kim, Tashina Combs, The Anna Edit, Hot For Food, and Cheap Lazy Vegan.

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What have I been doing this week? 

Not much. I’ve been reading.

I’ve been preparing for my first move. If everything goes well, I’ll be moving out (for the first time) in May. So I’m slowly packing things up. I know it’s early still. But I work full-time, and I don’t want to have to rapidly pack everything in the evening the week before I’m moving.


That was my week! How was yours? Did you read, watch or do anything?

Top 5 Wednesday: Good Angsty Romances?

It’s #T5W time! Today, we’re talking about our favorite angsty romances. Which I didn’t think I’d ever say because I usually can’t take angst. Deal with your problems, people. But not all angst is bad, I guess. Here are some romances I still loved -despite or because of the angst they portrayed.

  1. Vin & Elend // Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  2. Eragon & Arya // The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  3. Lochan & Maya // Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  4. Simon & Meg // The Others by Anne Bishop
  5. Tessa & Jem // The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read In One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking about books you (can) read in one sitting. These can either be short books, or books I got so invested in I just had to continue.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // I know this book is only released in April. But I’m going to keep mentioning it, so I’m sure you won’t forget to pick it up. It is so incredible, and a book you won’t want to put down.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers // This isn’t a happy book. But I found myself clustered to it, because I didn’t want to put it down. I needed to know what would happen next in Romy’s story. It stirred up so many emotions in me, that I was incapable of putting it down.

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff Vandermeer // This book is SO SHORT. It’s not even 200 pages. So yeah, it’s definitely one you can read in one sitting. And you’ll find yourself glued to the page, because it’s all just so weird.

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking // This book is a little over 300 pages. But it’s one of those YA fantasies that you just can’t put down. It’s so fast-paced, and quick to read! I read the entire trilogy in like 2 days?

The Spirit Thief (Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron // Another fantasy that’s impossible to put down. The story and characters are so addictive, and I couldn’t stop reading. This is one of the only series I’ve ever successfully binged. I read all 5 books in a week’s time.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp // This is a book to read in one sitting, because you won’t be able to put it down. It takes place in the span of 54 minutes during a school shooting. 

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova // I find Elise Kova’s writing allows you to read her books rather quickly. It feels fast-paced, and you’ll get so attached to the characters that you just have to keep reading. I can’t wait for the second book in the series. 

The Paper Magician (Paper Magician #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg // It’s been a while since I talked about this trilogy. It’s one of the first books I ever requested for review, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a historical fiction fantasy read, in which the main character learns to become a paper magician, even though she thinks paper magic is stupid. It’s not. I WANT TO DO IT. 

Sunbolt (Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani // WARNING: have the second book ready when you read this one. I think Intisar was originally planning on making these short stories, because it’s only 150 pages. The second book is much longer than that though. I loved this book, and I found Hitomi’s character really interesting. 

Dark Legion (Blood of Blood #1) by Paul Kleynhans // Why has no one read this? This is quite a dark fantasy series (trilogy??) about a prince whose kingdom was conquered. He was made a slave, and trained to be the new emperor’s assassin. Some things in these book (there are 2 now) are a bit convenient, but I think they are so good overall. 


So those are 10 books I’ve enjoyed, that are either short or so fast-paced and captivating that you can’t put them down. Have you read any of these? Which one-sitting books would you recommend?

Review: Etched in Bone | Spoiler Free

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Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop

Published: 07.03.2017 by Roc

Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars – a new favorite
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I won’t provide a synopsis for this book, as it’s the fifth book in the series.

My review is spoiler-free, even for those who haven’t read the previous books.

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Etched in Bone was probably my most anticipated book of 2017. I have been a massive fan of this series for about 4 years now, and the fact that it was coming to an end was both exciting and terrifying. I mean, she is writing a spin)-off in the same world, but that will feature different characters. So this is the end of stories with Meg and Simon and Tess and Vlad as main characters.

I can’t believe it’s over. I honestly can’t believe it.

I don’t want to say anything about what actually happens in this book, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you all -even if you haven’t read the previous books. This book was not as action-packed as the previous ones were. It didn’t feature as much conflict. It was more the community at Lakeside Courtyard trying to adjust to life after the events in the previous book. At least, for the first while. To some, that may not sound interesting at all. But I’ve always wondered: what happens after the big battle? How does a community just rebuild and adapt after so much has happened? And I think this book gives a great look into that aspect of conflicts and war.

A “villain” does pop up in the story. And I think he was the most despicable person we’ve seen so far. I actually want to kill him myself. He’s the most disgusting villain because he’s so realistic. I know that people like this actually exist, and it makes me want to throw up.

I’m so glad I got to spend another book with all these characters. Although I do feel like I got less of Tess and Henry in this book? And maybe less of Vlad too? I don’t know. I loved seeing the human pack grow and adjust, seeing them integrated in the Courtyard.  By the fifth book, the human pack has grown so much, and I was afraid at first I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone. But each person was so distinctly realistic, with their own character traits and beliefs, that it was easy to tell them apart. I grew so attached to Twylla, because she’s the most bad-ass grandmother ever.

I can’t leave you all without talking about Meg and Simon. Every time they were on the page together, I wanted to squeal in delight. They are just so cute. I wanted a romance to truly happen, but I wanted the characters to stay true to themselves too. Meg is afraid of romance and sex, after everything that happened to her in the Compound. And Simon doesn’t know how to be with a human, much less a blood prophet, without losing too much Wolf. I feel like Anne Bishop never lost sight of who these people really are, and made their journey actually realistic.



I’m really happy with the way this series ended. I do not think this book let me down in any way, whatsoever. It was such a great conclusion. I’ll be recommending this series to people, forever. And now that this is done, I’ll be starting Anne Bishop’s backlist of books.
I want to experience more of her writing. Because I’m going to miss it so much.

Weekly Wrap Up | March n° 2

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The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima // Read in translation: Koningin in Ballingschap // ★★★★★ // I really wanted to continue this series, but I only had a copy of the first book. I’m trying not to buy so much, so instead I took a look in my local library. Turns out they have the series, translated in to Dutch. I was curious whether I’d still enjoy them, and I really did. I loved it! I’ll definitely be getting the next books from the library too. Maybe one day I’ll buy English copies to match the first one I have, but for now I’m quite happy reading the translations.

Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop // ★★★★★ // My most anticipated book of the year. I read it in one day because I just couldn’t stop reading. I barely did anything else that day (outside of my work day obviously). I adored it. I can’t believe Meg’s story is finished now…

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // ★★★★★ // Another one of my most anticipated books of the year! And another one that didn’t disappoint. Another one I read in one day. I nearly cried because of how much I loved Molly. 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows by Ava Lavender // ★★★★ // I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages. I did enjoy it, but man, it’s so SAD!

The Girls by Emma Cline // ★★.5 // What a disappointment. I’m glad I got this from the library instead of buying it. It’s a story about a 14-year-old girl who gets involved with The Girls, and a cult. It’s boring. It’s so weirdly focused on sex that it made me uncomfortable. It’s literally on almost every page, and this girl is barely 14?

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I bought myself a new monitor, big enough to make blogging very easy -and to watch movies on.

I’m full of hope. I saw a beautiful apartment, and I’m hoping to be able to rent it. Fingers crossed, I guess we’ll find out this week.

The weather this week has been kind of beautiful? Especially this weekend. It’s sunny, but still chilly. The perfect first days of spring.


That was my week! I didn’t talk about watching anything, because I didn’t. I was too busy reading. How was your week?

Library Haul | March 2017

One of my goals for this year was to use the library more. I now have two library cards (one in the town I live, one in the city I work) so I think a monthly library haul is going to be a thing this year. Here’s what I currently have out from the library! I did film this last week, so I’ve read some of the books since then.