Bookish Gift Guide 2017

The holiday season is almost here and that means that it’s time again for my annual gift guide: the...

Dutch Secret Santa 2017

Hallo Nederlandse boekenliefhebbers! Ik organiseer dit jaar voor het eerst een Secret Santa en wel voor Nederlandse bookbloggers en...

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...

From Paper to Screen: Autumn 2017

From Paper To Screen is a seasonal post about upcoming movies and TV shows that are based on books. This post deals...
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Bookish Gift Guide 2017
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Bookish Gift Guide

Bookish Gift Guide 2017

The holiday season is almost here and that means that it’s time again for my annual gift guide: the Bookish Gift Guide 2017! The list below contains gift ideas that are perfect for a bibliophile. Gifts have been categorized according to possible budgets. Hovering on the image will give you a link where you can buy the item. Happy browsing!Continue reading

Review

Review: Uncommon Type: Some Stories

Title: Uncommon Type: Some Stories
Author
: Tom Hanks
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Release Date: October 17th 2017
Pages: 405
Genre(s): Short Stories
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. At this point I’m convinced that there isn’t anything that Tom Hanks cannot do. Uncommon Type is a really decent début and just as funny as it is charming.Continue reading

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Review: Murder at Broadcast Park

Title: Murder at Broadcast Park
Author
: Bill Evans
Publisher: Koehler Books
Release Date: October 15th 2017
Pages: 202
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Before this current age of broadcasting acquisitions and mergers, local TV stations were owned by the broadcasters, not investment firms. They lived to tell the stories of their communities. In Murder at Broadcast Park, the CBS station located in the rich resort town of Santa Barbara becomes it’s own story. “We never want to be our own news,” was the mandate from Barry Burke, the station’s news director. Except in this case, people are dying. With three murders, more affairs, but no suspects, investigators peer behind the scenes of the local news. Pull the veil off to find twists, turns, and secrets behind the scenes of this resort TV station and its cast of TV professionals. Nothing is off limits.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Even though Murder at Broadcast Park has the potential to be a great book, in large because of the setting and plot, it fails to live up to that potential and isn’t really my cup of tea.Continue reading

Fanmix Friday

Fanmix Friday: The Secret History

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, for The Secret History by Donna Tartt.Continue reading

Book vs. Adaptation

Book vs. Adaptation: Strike

Title: Strike/Cormoran Strike Series
Author: Robert Galbraith
Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
Purchase: The Cuckoo’s Calling | The Silkworm

Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street, uses his unique insight and his background as a Special Investigation Branch Investigator to solve three complex cases that have eluded the police.

The TV adaptation of the Cormoran Strike books premiered on BBC on the 27th of August. So far, episodes have premiered on both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. Despite the fact that only wrote about The Cuckoo’s Calling on my blog, I love the entire book series and was really excited when I heard that it was being adapted for television. The TV series has largerly lived up to my expectations, in part because of the superb casting and acting.

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