Book review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

5/5 stars. I just finished this book yesterday and want to review it while it’s still fresh and I’m still basking in the warm feel-good glow, even though that means it’s skipping the queue. I was a little sceptical at first, as the language is very – well – teenager. For the first few chapters…

Book review: The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

4/5 stars. Lucinda Riley strikes again. I’m continuously impressed by this author – by the meticulous research that goes into each and every book, her productivity, and her ability to write incredibly absorbing and engaging stories. This was another book I lost myself in for a few days, and I felt sad when it was…

Book review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

3/5 stars. I’ve been eyeing this sample on my Kindle for quite a while. It looked/sounded really promising, so I’ve been saving it for the right occasion, and during my holidays I caved and downloaded the full book at last. I’ve been looking for a new fantasy series to fall in love with and suspected…

Book review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

My lovely fiancé gave me this set of Hogwarts Classics, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, because he knows that I have a slight (OK, major..) Harry Potter obsession and he thought this would be a nice addition. I admit I was slightly sceptical, because as much as  I love…

New Year

I’ve never been a huge fan of New Year’s Eve. When I was young (teens and early twenties) there was always this build-up that New Year’s was going to be legen… wait for it.. dary, and it never was, so because there was so much build-up it inevitably ended up being disappointing. There was always…

Fresh (home-made) teas

I’ve recently gotten into making my own tea, or maybe I should call them hot beverages as I’m not strictly speaking sure what makes it qualify as tea. Fresh mint tea has long been a classic both in local cafés here in the Netherlands as well as in my house, as we conveniently have mint…

Book review: The Girl who saved Christmas by Matt Haig

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Carey Mulligan. I got this as part of Audible’s 12 days of Christmas sale, where they advertised one bestseller for 99p a day. I got some really good books out of that sale that I’m looking forward to getting into. I got this one not knowing much about Matt…

Book review: Turtles all the way down by John Green

4/5 stars. I’ve come to understand that the type of characters this book is populated with are typical for John Green. That is, very precocious teenagers who are all amateur existential philosophers. Yes, they are unrealistic – I’ve never met a teenager (or any person for that matter) who speaks like Green’s characters. But, this…

Book review: The Christmas letter by Kathi Daley

3/5 stars. This is a cosy mystery. That basically means that a crime happens and someone solves it, but that there’s little to no violence or sex in the story, and they are typically set in small communities. Yes, I looked this up. This is my second cosy mystery, so I’m hardly an expert on…

Book review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Rating: 4/5 stars To start out, I want to say that if you’re not a huge fan of Gilmore Girls, this book is probably not for you. Unless you’re a huge fan on Lauren Graham and her writing style and humour appeal so much to you that you don’t really care about the content. I…

Beery Christmas – day 6: Spectaculoos sweet stout by WhiteFrontier

It’s actually been two whole days since I had this beer by now; December is a busy month.. There’s generally several social engagements per week, there’s getting everything ready for Christmas (I spent a good chunk of last weekend gift-shopping, wrapping and writing cards, today we’re going to get a tree, and I still need…