Bookish Gift Guide 2018

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time again for my annual tradition. Here is the Bookish...

From Paper to Screen: Autumn 2018

From Paper To Screen is a seasonal post about upcoming movies and TV shows that are based on books. This post deals...

Fanmix Friday: Six of Crows

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect...
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Bookish Gift Guide 2018
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Bookish Gift Guide

Bookish Gift Guide 2018

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time again for my annual tradition. Here is the Bookish Gift Guide 2018! Are you looking for a suitable Christmas gift for a bibliophile, but don’t want to resort to a gift card or a book they might already own? Look no further! The gift guide below contains ideas for other bookish gifts. Gifts have been categorized according to possible budgets. Clicking on the name of the shop will give you a link where you can buy the item. Happy shopping!Continue reading


Review: How To Be Human

Title: How to Be Human
Author: Paula Cocozza
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Release Date: May 9th 2017
Pages: 288
Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

One summer’s night, Mary comes home from a midnight ramble to find a baby lying on her back door step. Has Mary stolen the baby from next door? Has the baby’s mother, Mary’s neighbor, left her there in her acute state of post-natal depression? Or was the baby brought to Mary as a gift by the fox who is increasingly coming to dominate her life?

So opens How to Be Human, a novel set in a London suburb beset by urban foxes. On leave from work, unsettled by the proximity of her ex, and struggling with her hostile neighbors, Mary has become increasingly captivated by a magnificent fox who is always in her garden. First she sees him wink at her, then he brings her presents, and finally she invites him into her house. As the boundaries between the domestic and the wild blur, and the neighbors set out to exterminate the fox, it is unclear if Mary will save the fox, or the fox save Mary.

After months of deliberation, I have finally written my thoughts for this book down. How To be Human is an odd story, a bizarre one even. At the same time, it’s also really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve thought of the story and characters quite often since I finished reading the book in July and I think that goes to show what an impact it has had on me.Continue reading


Review: The Wicked Deep

Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Pages: 310
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

I finally decided to pick up this book and picked it as a pre-Halloween read, which was a really good choice. It’s full of witches and curses and has a kind of spooky ambiance.Continue reading


Recommendations: Halloween

With the spooky season just round the corner, now is the perfect time to read a scary or spooky book. If you’re feeling that itch, look below for ten book recommendations that are perfect for Halloween, featuring witches, ghosts, haunted houses and more.Continue reading

Secret Santa

Dutch Secret Santa 2018

Hallo Nederlandse boekenliefhebbers! Vanwege het succes van vorig jaar heb ik besloten om dit jaar weer een Secret Santa te organiseren voor Nederlandse bookbloggers en bookstagrammers: de Dutch Secret Santa 2018. Dit is de kans om andere Nederlandse boekenliefhebbers (beter) te leren kennen en bovendien een cadeau op te sturen en te ontvangen rond de feestdagen!Continue reading