May & June Book Haul

Hello, everyone!

It’s almost midnight, and my two sisters and I are having a sleepover in my room. Soon we are leaving for Sicily! I’m pretty excited, to say the least. I will tell you all about it when I get back!

I’m a little late for this book haul, I even forgot to do the one for May. I bought some pretty amazing books in the months May and June. Let’s have a look!

Here’s what I got in May…

bronzehorsemanshThe Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons

tenantwildfellhallshThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

zenwritingshZen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

beautifuldamnedshThe Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And these are the books I got in June…

studycharlotteshA Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

studyscarletshA Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(I can’t read A Study in Charlotte before reading this one first)

UpsideUnrequitedshThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

codenameverityshCode Name Verity by Elizabeth E Wein

worldaboveshWorld After by Susan Ee

jackabyshJackaby by William Ritter

feel me fallshFeel me Fall by James Morris

Have you found a book you want to read as well or have read already, tell me about it in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll talk to you soon!Liesje

Anna and the French Kiss | Review

Hello, everyone!

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Honestly, it’s a shame that I hadn’t picked up Anna and the French Kiss earlier. It had been sitting on my shelf for more than a year. I’m so glad I’ve finally read this book.

I have to admit that I didn’t have high expectations for this book. It had been hyped up from the day it came out, and I’m not a big fan of cheesy romance stories. But I was wrong. This book isn’t a cheesy romance at all.

I have studied abroad in France (not in Paris) as well. It felt like I was there again. Stephanie’s Perkins’ France was very accurate to the ‘real France’. The cafeteria, the behaviour of students in class (not raising their finger and such) and the going out (drinking and smoking). Stephanie Perkins did an excellent job on the world building.

Anna is a lovely girl, who many teenagers can relate to in one aspect or another. She cares about people, and she is sarcastic, stubborn and sometimes awkward. Anna could easily be one of the girls at your school or one of your friends. She has an authentic personality, and therefore she could reach a significant part of our teenage generation. 

What was really pleasing is that Anna definitely made some mistakes in this story. She got into situations all of us could be in. She was a really likeable character.

And of course, we have to discuss Anna’s French/British/American heartthrob, Etienne. I don’t know what his situation is, all I really understood is that he has a French name, has an English accent. More I could not say without risking to be wrong. But despite this, he had me as hooked as he had Anna from the start. Although she wouldn’t admit it, in the beginning, she was attracted to him since the moment they met. Now, how’s that for romance!

Etienne was the cool, handsome, ready-to-live-his-life guy who every girl could have a crush on. But he wasn’t perfect, and I loved that the most about him. He had issues of his own, and he surely made some pretty big mistakes.

All the characters of Anna and the French Kiss differ from each other. I didn’t get bored by any of the characters Stephanie wrote about. All of them had their own thoughts, interests, looks and personality traits. That’s one of the reasons that this book deserved five stars.

Together they brought a really great message about, which I won’t share with you right now in case you haven’t read this book yet. Although the people in this book had quite some issues either with family, friends or themselves, this book was mainly a cute and adorable read.

This book got me in the summer spirits, so if you are looking for a book to do that, I would recommend considering Anna and the French Kiss. People who are usually not fond of romance novels should give this book a chance as well. It’s about a lot more that Etienne’s hot body or his perfect hair. To be honest, I always pictured him as Harry Styles. But I guess that’s understandable, right?

I am definitely going to check out her other books.


Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll talk to you soon!Liesje

Everything is changing

Hello, everyone

I wanted to talk to you about where I’ve been these past weeks. I’ve been struggling with my blog for some time, and with the school working piling up, I decided to take a full break from blogging.

A lot has changed this past couple of weeks. I’ve graduated high school! The last weeks at school were really tough, but I survived! I received my diploma past Tuesday, and I have applied to the university I want to go to. The only thing I have left to do is go to the school itself, prove that I am a living person and I am in! How exciting? Well, it’s not that simple, but almost. 😉

But before all of that happens, I get three months of holiday, which means lots and lots of reading and blogging. Finally!

But what I wanted to talk to you about is this: I didn’t feel satisfied with the stuff I was posting on my blog. It felt like I was writing things other people had already written before. What I was blogging about didn’t seem to matter. I’ve had some time to think, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to change. 

I’ll be nothing too drastic. I’ll still write about books and the trips I make. I’ll just slightly change the way I do it. For example, I’ll quiet down on making the weekly features. I felt true to what I said in those posts, but it got difficult doing it every single week. It felt more like homework than my hobby. And blogging has to feel like my hobby because it is. This is what I do in my free time since I love doing it. I love having a platform where I can talk about the great books I’ve read or the new discoveries I’ve made.

I want this blog to become mine again. I want this blog to resemble me, and make it my passion again.

I can’t tell you what might change just yet. What I know now is that my schedule is going to change, I’ll  work on the layout once again since I love doing that so much, and there will also not be as many weekly features as before. Maybe I’ll even create something of my own, who knows?

I hope you’ll love what is to come! You can always tell me your opinion in the comments. It always helps me a great deal.

Thank you so much for understanding! I’ll talk to you soon.Liesje

Traveling through Italy | Napoli & Pompei

Hello, everybody!

Sorry I haven’t been active for a couple of days. Apparently, the teachers feel really ambitious these last months of school, haha.

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Today I will be talking about the next destination I went to while I was on a school trip to Italy! Despite the weather not being so great, I had a really great time in Naples. Let me know if you’ve been there too. I would love to hear what you thought of this city!

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We drove to Naples after our visit to Siena. It was pretty late when we arrived at the hotel, so we didn’t visit the city that day. We did have a gathering in the hotel, and we all danced disco swing. We had learned it in our PE class, so it didn’t look that awful.

We stayed at the Hotel Futura ★★★★. It was very nice! I really liked its façade. The art-deco reminded me of the roaring twenties. You wouldn’t say it at first because it is situated in a rather poor neighborhood. But, the rooms were clean, it was cozy, and the food was delicious!

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In the morning, we went to visit Pompei. I was very excited for this trip. I have studied Latin for four years and had heard a lot about it. Walking through the ruins seemed something extraordinary to me. We were free the whole time we were there, so my friends and I started walking through the city. I find it so fascinating to think that those ‘buildings’ were the same ones that were standing 2000 years ago.

So my friends were walking, all of us being very impressed by it all. We didn’t really know what direction we were going, we just went with the flow. There were quite some visitors at that time. The teachers recommended us to visit a big villa (at the other side of Pompei) because it had original frescos and preserved bodies. So, I was very excited to see that! Only, when we walked for about half an hour, we suddenly realized there were very few visitors left where we were walking.

It turns out that we weren’t watching where we were going and had simply walked out the domain! We weren’t able to turn back. We hadn’t even seen the most important parts about Pompei!

That was not so fun, but we were able to look at it from afar. We talked to some friends we saw walking by, and they described what it was like. We considered sneaking back in, but there was a lot of security, so we chickened out, haha. Don’t mess with the Italian police, y’all.

This is what we did get to see in Pompei:

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View of the Vesuvius! (and some lovely tourists)

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This is the moment right before we walked through the exit

In the afternoon, we went to the Solfatara volcano. But first, we stopped at a tiny beach. As I said before, the weather wasn’t really that fantastic, so I didn’t end up swimming. Some brave guys, though, did end up in the water.

It wasn’t more than ten minutes on the bus when we reached to the volcano. If you have ever been to a volcano, you’ll probably remember one particular thing about the experience: the smell. It was so terrible! The odor of sulfur was so strong there, my scarf didn’t even succeed in concealing some of it. They say that it’s good for the skin, though!

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Despite that, the view was wonderful. There wasn’t any lava, it is not a volcano like that. The crater is covered up, and we were able to walk on it. It did have mud pots. Our guide suddenly got the greatest idea to smear some students with mud (because it is good for the skin). He didn’t reach me, luckily. I had casually wondered to the back of the crowd.

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After that pleasant experience (*cough*), we got back to the hotel. We just stayed in each other’s rooms and talked. It was really nice to get to rest and be able to shower. Needed to get that wonderful smell of sulfur out of my hair.


Next stop: Rome. (Stay tuned for some drama this time!)


Thank you so much for reading! Much love, liesje

Waiting on Wednesday #6

Hello, everyone!

Have you noticed how many great books are coming out this year? It’s incredible! I can’t handle all the excitement and emotion. I don’t know what to do with myself, haha.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. You spotlight an upcoming release that you’re eagerly anticipating.

This book is a special one. I’ve seen it around everywhere, and you probably have too. There is so much fuss about this book. I checked it out a couple of weeks ago, and I have been anxiously waiting for may 30th since then.

The book I’m talking about is When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

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Synopsis

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


Are you excited for this book?

Much love, liesje

My Summer TBR of 2017

Hello, everyone!

Today was a long day! With my school, I went on an excursion to observe the landscape of Belgium. It doesn’t sound very exciting, and I must admit that it was not really my cup of tea. It wasn’t all bad though because the weather was really nice and I had great company. I had almost tripped once when we were climbing on a large hill. Did not really have fun there.

The weather of today really got me in the mood for summer. That’s why I decided to gather all the books that I want to read this summertime. I’m so excited for them. They are not all cute, fluffy reads, just books that I have been on my tbr for a long time. And in the summertime I have much more time on my hands. Especially this year! After graduating high school, I get an extra month of vacation.

Here are the books I am planning to read the next couple of months!

everythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

the hate u giveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

wintersongWintersong by S. Jae. Jones

anna kareninaAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The DivinersThe Diviners by Libba Bray

doon-shadowDoon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

everlandEverland by Wendy Spinale

4Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes

6Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

1Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

finding-paris-shadowFinding Paris by Joy Preble

tmwThe Magician’s Workshop by Hansen & Fehr

ill-give-you-the-sunI’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson

28000518At fire’s end (Champions #1) by Charlotte Jain

27973757The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

29939266To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough


What do you think of the books? Do you have a summer tbr? Tell me in the comments.

I’ll talk to you soon! Thanks for reading! liesje

The Monday Musts #8

Good day, everybody!

Ohh, I have some very fun things to share with you this Monday Musts! I can 100% assure you that these are some of my favorites of all time, the series, the song and the book!

Let’s not waste more time. If you know any of these things I show you, please, please, please, let me know. I would love to gush about them with you!


MUST READ

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I adored this book. OMG. It broke my heart. Such a remarkable, beautiful story. It flew by, it even felt like the story lasted for only 10 minutes. This is both a good and a bad thing, though. I could stay reading this story over and over again. But making it longer probably would make it lose some of its meaning. I will talk more about the book in my review that is coming soon. So, stay tuned!


MUST WATCH

The Bletchley Circle

Have you ever heard about this series? I’m discovering all of these phenomenal tv shows thanks to Netflix’s suggestions lately. It’s incredible. This show is so original, and the mysteries are very well developed. It’s so well done and highly underrated, for sure!

I couldn’t find a trailer that fitted the real premise of it. All of these trailers are far more dramatized and sexier than how it actually is. This one is pretty alright, though. The show is about four women who worked as code deciphers during the war, and years later, use their impressive skills to track down serial killers and other criminals.


MUST LISTEN

In Dreams by Ben Howard

Some cool vibes to end this post. 😉


Thank you so much for reading!liesje

Monthly Character Casting | Angelfall

Hi, everyone!

It’s time for another book casting today!

Monthly Character Casting LOGO (2)If you didn’t know, MCC is a monthly feature I created a few months back. You can share a dream cast for a book of your choosing. We post every 7th of the month. You can join anytime you want!

If you want to participate, you can either use the logo (the one on the left) or make your own and link back to my blog. Make sure to tell me in the comments if you’re interested!

Today, I am going to cast the characters of Angelfall, one of my favorite books of all time. I hope you’ll like it!


Laura Marano as Paige

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 Crystal Reed as Penryn

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Marlon Teixeira as Raffe

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*swoon*

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What do you think of my cast? I’m so happy! Who would you cast for the cast of Angelfall?

If you have any suggestions for other books, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments!


Thank you so much for reading! liesje

200 follows! Thank you!!!!

Hello, everybody!

I quickly wanted to thank you because I reached 200 follows this week. I’m so, so grateful!!

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Every single one of you means a lot to me and have made me a very happy!

Keep on doing what you’re doing, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Much love, liesje

The Versatile Blogger Award #2

Hello, everybody!

Thanks so much to Grace from quirkyandpeculiar for nomination me. I’ve done this award once before, and it was so much fun to do. I’m so glad I get to do it again!

THE RULES

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.

7 FACTS ABOUT ME

1. This year, I’ll graduate from high school. In October I’ll attend university to study English and Spanish. I am nervous, but I can’t wait to start either!

2. It’s my goal to write my own book one day. I’ve been brainstorming on an idea for two years, and I think I have figured it out about now. Just adding some plot twists and drama

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3. I’m a professional procrastinator. I’m a pro at postponing studying for tests. Homework, I’ll do it the night before the deadline. I bet no one can do it better than me, you know.

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4. I’m obsessed with crime stories and documentaries. My favorite shows on Netflix are Killer Couples, The Mind of a Murderer and Murder Files. Maybe it is because I have an interest in psychology and how the mind of a killer/ psychopath works, or maybe I’m just crazy myself.giphy (20)

5. I’m addicted to lip balm. Every two hours I have to apply some more. I don’t think if it’s harmful, but if it were, it’d probably be too late, haha.

6. I want to read a lot of classics, but I’m very intimidated by them. I think I’m going to read Wuthering Heights soon. What do you think about this book? I’ve heard many great reviews.

7. When I am over 18 years old, and I saved enough money, I want to travel to Canada and Australia, but also tour around Europe. My last trip to Italy has reminded me that I really love history and culture. In Europe, I would really want to visit Germany, Spain, Scotland, and Austria.


I NOMINATE

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Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll talk to you soon! liesje