Beery Christmas – day 5: Bockbier by Oppigårds and Gänstaller

Technically this one was had last night after I came home from dancing 5 rhythms and still had to prepare a dish for Christmas lunch at work today. But I crashed pretty hard after dancing around the kitchen drinking beer and making roasted chickpea and feta salad, so I was too tired to blog. It…

Book review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

About the troubles of rating books: I’ve always had a bit of trouble with expressing judgement. I think it boils down to self-confidence issues. I am not sure that my opinion is worthy of being expressed, and who am I to judge others? And what if they get upset? What if everyone else disagrees with…

Beery Christmas day 4 and the Haarlem Winter beer festival

Today I visited the Haarlem winter beer festival here in the Netherlands, and while they definitely had some good beers it was pretty much an HSP nightmare. I had kind of envisioned a Christmas market type of atmosphere with different stalls out in the open air, between which you could wander and sample various beers….

Book review: Small Things Considered by Joel Schwartzberg

3/5 stars This collection was very uneven. It’s advertised as an essay collection, and though technically correct I feel most of the texts lack the depth and analysis I would generally expect from an essay. I’d rather call it a collection of anecdotes. It’s also very personal which isn’t a problem per se, but if…

Beery Christmas – day 3: Bourbon cask dark ale by Innis & Gunn

I finally had time and conscience (well, I can’t be drinking beer every day now, can I?!) to try the next beer in the calendar, a dark ale which seemed very promising and that I’ve been looking forward to. It did not disappoint – my favourite so far. Rating: 4.25/5 stars Colour: dark brown, actually…

Beery Christmas – day 2: HOLS by Camden Town Brewery

It’s December 3rd and I’m already a day behind on my beers! And I expect to be even further behind soon. The good thing about that is that I’ll have plenty of interesting beers waiting for me to taste. Today’s – technically yesterday’s – beer is HOLS by Camden Town Brewery. Styling itself as s…

Book review: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

4/5 stars This is a little bit of a tricky one for me to review as I don’t generally read non-fiction. The same “rules” don’t necessarily apply. Though ultimately I’m still going by how it made me feel and think. The book deals with problems of mortality and illness, as seen from the perspective of…

Beery Christmas: Day 1 – Smoky Oak Ale by Ninkasi

I love beer, I love Christmas and I love advent calendars. There’s just something fun and exciting about getting a surprise present (or chocolate) every morning even at age 35. And it helps me get through the darkest time of the year before Christmas arrives to bring festive cheer. So when a friend of mine…

Book review: Island Love by Eva Birrane

4/5 stars. I felt like I needed a palate cleanser after the third instalment of The Seven Sisters saga. I was still too full of Star and Flora’s stories to dive right into CeCe’s world. And I’m also conscious that after finishing book 4 I’ll have to wait for about a year for the next…

Book review: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

5/5 stars For background on the series see my review of the first book. This is my favourite of the series so far, even though it arguably has the most plot holes/annoyances (I’ll get back to that in clearly marked spoilerish sections later on). There are several reasons I’m willing to forgive its flaws. I…

Book review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

3/5 stars Audible version narrated by Rachel Atkins. 4 stars for the first half, 2 for the last. I keep trying. With crime thrillers. I keep trying. Because I know that there is something really good out there, I just know it. Something where you have psychological, nail-biting, edge-of-seat-sitting suspense coupled with believable characters who…

Book review: The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

4/5 stars For background on the series see my review of the first book. In The Storm Sister we get to follow the second oldest sister, Ally, or Alcyone. She has two passions in life: sailing and music. At some point she discarded her musical education in favour of sailing, and as our story begins…