A new (very exciting) chapter !

Hello, lovelies!

It’s time to share something very exciting with you today!

I think all of you know that I love writing. I have had ideas to write short stories and novels and accumulated them for two years straight, not having written any of them. I wanted to change that, but it didn’t feel right to use this blog for that. And that’s why I created a new WordPress blog where I am planning to post all of my stories:

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I posted my first short story today! It’s called The green-eyed girl.

I really want to know what you think of it, I’m super curious! And if you enjoyed it, definitely share it with your loved ones 😉 😉

Here is a little sneak peek!

At the museum, Neville was finally at rest. It had been a long time since he was able to hear his own thoughts without any car honks or construction sounds in the background. Right there, in the art museum, it was quiet. As quiet as London could be, anyway.

He walked through the first exposition, eying the nineteenth-century paintings. The finest paintings were created in that century if you would ask him. An exalted painting hanging right in front of him caught his attention. Hypnotised by its grandeur, he moved towards the artwork.  His eyes moved across every detail, noticing every brush stroke the painter had made. Much to Neville’s surprise, he didn’t recognise its creator. The little plaque under the painting told him the girl on the canvas was Princess Tarakanova, painted by Konstantin Flavitsky. The woman had been an impostor to the Russian throne. At 32 years old she was captured and killed. Legend says she had faked her death, only to die of drowning two years later.

‘I don’t believe she lived after she was captured. I think she died right there, unable to escape the iron fists that had caught her.’ The woman next to him noted. He didn’t remove his eyes from the painting. He didn’t need to, he recognised her voice straight away. ‘It’s up to us to decide whether we want to believe we can escape our superiors. Anyway, we tend to choose to believe what makes us feel least guilty.’ He answered.

Continue reading: Read it here.

Thank you so much for your support over the years!

I’ll talk to you soon! Liesje (1)

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My high school experience (and my 100th post!)

Hello, sweeties!

In a few days, I will be a student at the University of Ghent, starting my bachelor in English and Spanish! My time at high school is officially over. For a moment, I didn’t even realise it would ever end. My time being underage will soon be over as well. It makes me feel weird. 

I can’t wait to start school, but I’m walking away from a life that I was very comfortable in. It’s a good thing that changes, though. Challenges are good. But stepping out of my comfort zone will never feel easy.

In the past couple of months, people have been telling me that life is only beginning. That’s not hard to believe because I have been living in a small village since I was little. For the first time, I’ll be spending most of my time in a big city. I’m trying not to expect too much, but this is going to be such a big change in my life, I can’t help but expect something. We’ll see how it goes!

The past six years I attended school in a village in Belgium. There, I learned a lot about myself. I’ve grown into the person I am today, and I am proud to say that I like her. High school and puberty are challenging times for any teenager, and they sure challenged me.

selflove 1I learned to stand up for myself, to be proud of my differences and to be kind to everyone, even though they aren’t nice to me.

I learned a lot from being kind. You discover beauties of life you would never notice otherwise.

I don’t think people realise how much effect a nice deed can have. It’s true a lot of horrible things make the news fast, and it’s easy to feel bad about it. But, when you see someone being nice, doesn’t that make you automatically motivated to do something friendly as well? 

In high school, I discovered my love for the human mind. I’m fascinated by human behaviour and the link between personality and a person’s life experiences. Maybe that’s why I love crime so much, to learn about making killers, and how psychopaths are created. I’ll admit, this interest might seem a little odd. I can’t help it, haha. I even considered studying psychology, but I followed my gut instinct and went for English and Spanish. I like literature and history a little bit better. And often art is linked to the artist’s personality, so I’m not loosing anything really. I’m still thinking about studying psychology after I get my masters, though.

Selflove 2Yet, I haven’t done anything major that would secure my future. Hell, I’m only seventeen, but still, I feel an urge to start doing things that matter. It’s my dream to go to Africa to volunteer and help children there.

I’ve dealt with some struggles trying to discover who I am.  I tried several hobbies which I have also quit. I don’t feel good about quitting, but I know now that they didn’t really fit me. But I’m also someone who loves staying at home too much. The university in Ghent offers a lot of extracurricular activities, and I’m sure I’ll take part in at least one of them.

I was terribly shy when I started high school. I had a death fear of speaking in front of the class. And I would’ve never believed it then, but I got over that fear. Maybe not entirely, but my heart is not pounding in my throat anymore, and I’m able to sleep the night before my presentation. I just needed to realise that I’m not the only one having to go in front of the class, and definitely not the only one disliking it. Everything seems so much easier when you know you’re not alone.

Selflove 3I’ve met people who turned up to become terrific friends of mine and some other that were not so kind. I can’t say that I’ve suffered a lot from it because I realised soon enough that we wouldn’t be friends. So, I stepped away from them. I’m glad I learned to do that from an early age. There is nothing more toxic than surrounding yourself with the wrong kinds of people. It wasn’t easy at first, though.

I didn’t find romance in high school. And, I don’t feel bad it. When I do get in a relationship, I want it to mean something from the start.

And while it might feel weird sometimes to never having had a boyfriend, it has made me stronger. I’m not afraid to tell people about it, I am not ashamed. I have always been able to just focus on myself and only that. I know what my values are. Being dependant on someone is not something I want to be. Definitely as a female, I want that message to be loud and clear. I love to be able to live on my own.

I hope that whoever might read this gets that everyone follows its own path. There are no instructions on how to lead a ‘perfect’ life. Whatever that might even be. Listen to yourself, don’t pressure yourself into something so that you can appear normal to others. What’s the most important is that you can respect and accept yourself by the choices you made that are 100% true to yourself.

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These are the most important things I learned from my years in high school. I hope that people who are young and growing up – just like me – can take away some of the things I said in this post. I wanted to make this to let you know you are not alone and worth as much as anyone else on this earth. And if you are every struggling with something and you want someone to talk to, you can always come to me. Even if it’s just to talk, send me an email, or message me on social media. The links are in my About Me page.

And on that note, I say goodnight! I’ve been studying Spanish for the past three weeks, and I have been going out as well so some good night rest will work wonders.

For everyone who is reading this at night; sweet dreams! (and if not, have a nice day!)

Thank you so much for reading! Liesje (1)

Thoughts on A Monster Calls

Hello, lovely people!

Today, I wanted to do something different. Writing a standard review didn’t feel right for this book. So, instead of a review, I am trying out something different, and not just an ‘I liked this and I didn’t like that’ kind of post. More like an ‘I am writing in my diary’ post. This book brought forward a great message, and I wanted to talk about it in a more personal way.

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I read this book in one or two days. When it ended, I had the feeling like I had woken up from a dream. It’s one of those rare cases where the book quite literally takes over your life. Even today, I’m still convinced this is one of my best reads.

So, as you all of you who have read this story probably know that Patrick Ness tells the story of Conor O’Malley, a thirteen-year-old boy who lives together with his mum in a small town. 

One night, at seven minutes past midnight, after having had a terrible nightmare, a monster calls Conor to his window. Much to my surprise, Conor wasn’t afraid one bit. Only startled, and confused. At that moment, I realised that Conor must be coping with something so horrible that even a horrible creature can’t scare him. It’s scarier than the creature that is holding him up in the air, squeezing him tight.

I wondered why the author chose a monster to come to Connor. Why and how would it help Connor?

Answer: nothing is able to beat Connor’s horrors than another one.

Of course, this one was not an evil creature who escaped the underworld. It was good, and Connor’s only chance of making everything make sense, and to help Connor face his own monsters.

What was it then that Conor was so afraid of? What truth didn’t he want to reveal?

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Let’s start with this; Conor’s mother is gravely ill. He catches sad, compassionate eyes everywhere he goes, and people let him get away with almost every wrong thing he does, out of compassion of course. But it does more wrong than good. It certainly does not make Conor feel better.

He doesn’t like to be looked at as ‘the poor guy with the sick mother’. He wants to be punished for the bad things he does. He wants to be like any other thirteen-year-old boy. 

Conor also has bullies. Three guys regularly come up to him to beat him up, throw away his stuff or tease him about his mother. Most victims would ask them to stop, but Conor doesn’t. He is quiet and does nothing. It took me a while to understand why he acted like that. At first, I was frustrated he let them walk over him like that, but it’s actually very simple.

They noticed Conor, and they didn’t feel sympathy for him. And he didn’t feel completely alone because they saw him, saw him in a way nobody else did.

His home situation is a whole other case. His mother is too sick to do ‘the usual fun stuff’ with her son and his father lives overseas with a new wife and daughter. The grandmother is very present in Conor’s life. Unfortunately, they don’t quite get along. Conor thinks his grandmother is weird and annoying. The other way around it doesn’t seem to go well either. The grandmother always picks on the boy, and it seems like she sees him as a burden to her and his mother.

These factors make Conor increasingly frustrated. But he can’t admit to what he is feeling deep inside.

And that’s the reason why the monster came.

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To me, these stories didn’t seem to make much sense at first. A prince who is both a murderer and a saviour. An apothecary who is evil-tempered but right-thinking. Invisible men making themselves more lonely by being seen. All these stories carried the message that not everything has to make sense. The human mind contradicts itself more than it speaks to reason.

That’s what Conor desperately needed to realise. His mother had been getting sicker by day, and none of the treatments ended up working. Slowly, but surely Conor understood that his mother wouldn’t live for very much longer. It killed him to think about it, so he shoved it away, pretended like that moment would never happen.

But it did.

Conor’s mother was going to die, and there was nothing that he could do about it. His mother had been suffering for so long, and it needed to stop. Conor realised this. His mother needed to die for her to stop hurting. And that was Connor’s real monster, the one that haunted him everywhere he went, even in his sleep.

Conor didn’t want his mother to suffer any longer. He loved his mother very much, and he wanted to finally let her rest in peace. It pained him so much that he had this thought inside him. He was the monster. Only that was proven a lie by the creature, the one Conor wasn’t impressed by in the beginning. He showed the boy that he wasn’t evil wanting his mother to stop hurting.

You can love someone by letting them go. The mind is a strange thing, but in the end, it’s our actions that matter. What’s most important, is to speak the truth. Only that way Conor was going to be strong and able to deal with the loss of his mother. Only that way he could love his mother fully, and therefore himself.


Thank you so much for reading!

What did you think of this post? I know it’s a bit different than usual, but it felt really good writing like this.

Liesje (1)

The things that make me happy

Hello, lovelies!

How are you doing?

I’ve been feeling very happy. One night right before I went to sleep, I wondered what exactly made feel so content and comfortable. After a couple of minutes, I realised that I created a whole list of people/activities/books/movies/etc that inspired me.

That’s exactly what I’m going to talk about today. I hope you’ll enjoy it!


Being creative

A lot of people in this community are very creative. They inspire me to push myself to pursue my creative urges as well. Sometimes I don’t seem to be able to make time to be writing or painting. I forget that it makes me very happy. Being creative makes me feel very fulfilled and motivated to do other things (such as cleaning my room, can you believe it?).

I am not someone who shares much of my creative feelings. People know I love doing it, but I rarely show it to them. Lately, I’ve been busy redecorating my room. I have never been so excited to be at my desk and search pictures on Pinterest on how to shape my room to my personality. Every day, I have a new idea. A new drawing to put in frames, pictures that I could put on my wall, how I’ll hang my fairy lights, quotes that I could turn into art, etc.

(If you want me to show you some of the things I’ve come up with, I could write a post about it, or share it on my Instagram.)

Of course, I love writing. I haven’t been writing a lot, though. Even though, I think about it every day. I have an idea for a book I’m writing. For months, I’ve been collecting research and notes about my story. I am just not able to settle on one plot line. Every time, I think I’m finally ready to start writing, I get a new idea and change the entire course of my story. I’m currently having a small revolution in my mind about the whole book. I’m curious to see how long it’ll take for me to change it again.

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Lilylikecom is a youtube channel that I’ve discovered a couple of months back. Lilia is one of the most inspirational people I ‘know’. She has a blog (about fashion, philosophy, her personal life, and other), a stationery line, she studies law and philosophy, and recently announced she will be writing for an online magazine called MissIndependentMag. Lilia is my alter ego at the moment. She shares so much inspiring moments in her life a seventeen-year-old university-student like me can learn a lot from. She has a mindset to go after the things she wants. To me, she is one of the most fierce Girlbosses I know.

Here is the link to her YouTube channel.

In general, it’s being independent that makes me happy. I don’t want to depend on many people, in the way that if I lose them, I would realise that I can’t do anything myself. Searching a rich husband is not on my bucket list. 😉 The reward of hard work is worth so much more to me.


When Calls the Heart

This Netflix show is so wonderful and cute. I was searching for something lighthearted to match my mood, and this show fits it perfectly. It could come off a little cheesy sometimes, but that just makes it all the more fun. I also get a small Christmassy vibe from it. It’s not too early to talk about Christmas, is it?


Crime and detective series

I’ve mentioned before that I’m really into crime. I get really happy when I’m able to explore that interest. Sometimes I feel bad for enjoying Netflix so much, but it’s not as superficial as other people might think. You can learn a great deal from watching movies and series. They explore human interaction and their place in different worlds and situations. I am fascinated with the diversity in film. It does not solely exist to entertain ‘brain-dead’ people.

I also love documentaries. At the moment, I’ve been watching crime and psychological docu’s, but also historical ones. Ones where they talk about the ancient castles and its secrets. I’ll list a few of my favourites, right here:

  • The Bletchley Circle
  • How to get away with Murder
  • Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries
  • My Friend Rockefeller (docu)
  • Real Detective (docu)
  • Nurses who kill (docu)
  • Secrets of Underground London (docu)
  • Secrets of Great British Castle (docu)
  • Secrets of Scotland Yard (docu)
  • Secrets of the Tower of London (docu)
  • Secrets of Westminster (docu)

The Library 

This is probably the most obvious item on the list. It’s still worth mentioning. It does not matter how small the library is, when I’m surrounded by books, I’m happy. Being surrounded by thousands of stories, written by thousands of people, it feels almost surreal. These were all people who share my interest in writing (and probably reading as well). I love to spy on people I spot looking at books. That brings me to my next point.

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Cities

I’m going to a university in Ghent in a few days, one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium. I’m attending a Spanish course in Ghent to have some knowledge of the language before I study it for real. People have told me that the university moves very fast on teaching the language. It might be difficult for a lot of people to follow. And since they offered a summer course, I decided to take it. That way I’m already familiar with the language. Although, I do have to wake up at 06.30…

The days I’ve been in Ghent, my eyes have been opened. I have visited this city numerous times, but I never really noticed its ‘personality’. I come from a small village, so it is quite new to me. The traffic, the people, the culture, etc. And since this made the list of things that make me happy, you might guess that I really like it so far. I’ve met a lot of great people. It’s refreshing. I feel like I’ve grown already in the two weeks I’ve been going to this course. I can’t call myself a simple village girl anymore. The city is really beginning to grow on me.


Music

Music has always been an important part of my life. When I’m happy, I play music. When I’m sad or angry, I play music. When I’m not sure about how I’m feeling, I play music. It’s always been the best way of dealing with my thoughts and feelings. That, and my journal. It calms me, it empowers me, and it makes me happy.

Do you recognize that mini-heart attack you get when you realise you’ve forgotten your earphones when you go out?

Here is a list of some of my all time favourite songs:

  • Bad at Love – Halsey
  • Dusk till Dawn – Zayn ft. Sia
  • Justify – The Rasmus
  • Brother – NeedtoBreathe
  • 7 Devils – Florence and the Machine
  • La Valse d’Amélie – Yann Tiersen
  • Habibi – Tamino
  • Where’s my Love – Syml
  • Soundtrack Schindler’s List – John Williams

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Kindness and solidarity

I’ve always been an optimist. I don’t think people aren’t able to change, that the world is dark and evil, that humanity isn’t within everyone. I’m not religious, but I believe in people. Kindness is contagious. I’ve seen it many times. I try to do at least one kind thing to someone else every day. Little tip: smiling to a stranger you pass on the street has more effect than you might think.

Those are the main things that are my source of happiness at the moment. I’m sure I’ll be able to make another one of these. These are the things that I can think of at the moment. Of course, there are more than 7 things that make me happy.

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To be truly happy, you have to be happy with yourself first. I’ve been inspired by a lot of fabulous women, my family, and myself.

Being true to yourself is essential. Don’t surround yourself with bad thoughts, or people who don’t mean well. After a while, it’ll be so easy. I would never choose people with whom I couldn’t be myself over being alone. And I can assure you, if you are yourself, you won’t be along for very long. You’ll be able to grow and find yourself along the way.

Don’t forget self-criticism is very important. You are your unfinished project that can always improve. But give yourself some slack, everyone is allowed to make mistakes. They never make you worth less than someone else.

Happiness isn’t in the material things, it is within yourself.

And with that, I say goodnight!

Thank you so much for reading! This is by far the most heartfelt post I’ve ever written. I know it’s quite long, but I hope it brought you some joy.

Liesje

Jackaby | Spoiler Free Review

Hello, lovelies!

Jackaby is a book I read during my holiday in France. I love reading when I’m not at home. Most of the time I like the books even more because they remind me of the fun I had during that trip.


Details

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Jackaby by William Ritter

Publisher Algonquin Young Readers

Published date September 16, 2014

ISBN 1616203536

Page Count 299

Genre YA, Fantasy, Mystery


Synopsis

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.


Rating

★★★★✩


Review

I really liked Jackaby. It didn’t go as I expected it to go, though. Somehow, I had no clue that there were going to be fantastical elements in this story. I must’ve not paid much attention when I read the synopsis. At first, it threw me off, but when I got used to it, I really started to enjoy the story.

Jackaby himself was a character really similar to Sherlock Holmes. They were both peculiar, disliked by the police and shared incredible deductive skills. I love Sherlock Holmes, so I didn’t have that much difficulty with this. Although, it just felt like Sherlock Holmes was thrown into a fantasy novel.

Abigail was a decent character. She was the person that almost every girl can relate to. Recently, I’ve been loving reading about characters with unique (good or bad) personality traits. Abigail didn’t really stand out. She had the stereotypical YA personality: pretty, naive, stubborn, you know what I mean. I understood that she couldn’t be as ‘special’ as Jackaby. He was the extraordinary character of this book. I didn’t hold any grudges against her.

I picked this book up, mainly because I was in a mood for some crime and murder. I have been obsessing over mysteries for a couple of months. I’ve binge-watched Netflix documentaries and other series, I finished Pretty Little Liars, am currently watching episodes of Buzzfeed Unsolved and read some crime novels. I can’t get enough of it, haha.

The mystery of this story was enjoyable. I wouldn’t place it with my favourites, but it definitely didn’t bore me. As I said before, it took me some time to get used to the magical elements, but the author did a great job developing the story. There wasn’t too much fantasy to make it easy for the author to make up a murder mystery. I didn’t see the ending coming, but I wasn’t shocked either.

Although I loved the crime-solving parts of the story, I would’ve liked to see some scenes not involved with the murder. That way I could’ve gotten to know the characters better. There are two other books in this series, so there is a big chance that we’ll discover more about their personalities. At least, I hope so.

There wasn’t much romance in this book, and I really enjoyed that. Cheesy romance has become a serious turn-off for me.


Conclusion

This book is an excellent choice if you are looking for a lightweight story but with a strong plot at the same time. It did not give this book five stars because it didn’t ‘wow’ me as much as I expected it to do. But, I’m sure I’ll pick up the other books in this series soon.


If you read this book, definitely let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

Thank you so much for reading! Liesje

The ‘Who Am I’ Tag

Hello, lovelies!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a personal tag, and I changed a lot since the last time I did one. So, to keep you up to date about who is behind this blog, I decided to give this a go. I couldn’t find the creator of this tag, but I read Chicnerdreads post. I would recommend you to check out her blog, it’s a real gem.


What is the meaning of my name?

Liesje is a typical Dutch name and means ‘devoted to God’, although my family and I are not religious.


What is my Myers-Brigs personality type? test

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Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine.

Famous INFPs:

  • Albert Camus
  • George Orwell
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • William Shakespeare
  • Johnny Depp
  • Andy Warhol
  • Andrew Garfield
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Audrey Hepburn

Character INFPs:

  • Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings)
  • Anne (Anne of Green Gables)
  • Amélie Poulin (Amélie)
  • Arwen (Lord of the Rings)
  • Sybil Branson (Downton Abbey)
  • Konstantin Levin (Anna Karenina)

What is your zodiac sign?

zodiac (1)Other people with this birthday:

  • Scarlet Johansson
  • Katherine McNamara
  • Jamie Campbell Bower
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Jamie Lee Curtis

What is my Hogwarts House? test

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What are my learning styles? test

  • Visual 8
  • Aural 10
  • Read/Write 11
  • Kinesthetic 10

Am I right or left brain dominant? test

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What career am I meant to have? test

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What Divergent faction do I belong in? test

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What does my birth order say about me?

Firstborn:

  • Reliable
  • Conscientious
  • Structured
  • Cautious
  • Controlling
  • Achievers

Firstborns bask in their parents’ presence, which may explain why they sometimes act like mini-adults. Firstborns are diligent and want to be the best at everything they do. They excel at winning the hearts of their elders.

I am not sure everything this report says is true. It’s quite stereotypical.


This was really fun to do! I learned a lot about myself. What do you say? Are we somewhat alike?

Thank you so much for reading!Liesje

This will change your online-shopping life!

Hello, lovelies!

Do you live outside the United States of America, and frequently love to shop online? Then you can probably relate to this:

You are surfing the web and stumble across a fantastic online shop. You are throwing stuff in your basket, living the good life. Only when you want to check out, you see this dreadful notification: this website does not ship to your country.

Boom. An abrupt stop to your pleasant trip online.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

MyMallBox is an organisation in America that is going to solve all of our international problems. This is how it works:

  1. Sign up and get a free U.S. address with a personal suite number
  2. Buy the products you want and ship them to that address //or// list the products you want on the MyMallBox website and they buy it for you
  3. The products arrive at the warehouse (stored for max 90 days)
  4. You can choose to consolidate everything you purchased in a single box
  5. Select your shipping carrier (such as USPS and DHL), shipping is calculated by the size and weight of your package (you can try it beforehand on their website, duties and taxes may apply, based on your country)
  6. Pay, and you can expect your package at your house soon!

I had a pleasant experience with MyMallBox. The service is excellent. They responded very quickly to my emails and helped me out when I had a question.

The shipping of the products went very smoothly as well. My products were intact, and I didn’t have to wait long for them to arrive at my house.

I would definitely advise you to check them out as well! If you want to try out MyMallBox, you can click here to get $5 for free.

However, I don’t think I will be using this service a lot in the future. Letting products travel from one side of the globe to another is quite damaging to the planet, and I don’t want to buy something from America unless it is something desperately need.

For more information, click here to check out their website.


Thank you so much for reading! Liesje

 

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