Book review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

4/5 stars. This book is basically one big trigger warning (which I believe she even mentions herself at some point), but an important one for me: dead cats. Rest assured, there’s nothing about killing them or that sort of thing, and Jenny definitely seems to be an animal lover, but at the same time she…

Book review: The Break by Marian Keyes

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Aoife McMahon. It’s already been months since I finished this read – or rather, listen – I’m so behind on my reviewing! I’m going to try and keep some of them a little shorter so I don’t feel completely daunted by the mere idea of reviewing the backlog. So…

Fish, chips & Guinness

Good evening, good evening, good evening aaaand happy St Paddy’s! Though Saint Patrick is not really a big deal in the Netherlands (unless you count tourists in Amsterdam turning it into an excuse to get wasted – and I guess you can replace Amsterdam with a lot of major European cities and this would still…

Book review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

3/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by – a whole bunch of people. This is a difficult one to review, and it’s impossible to give my reasons for the rating without spoiling the ending, so I’ll add a warning before I get to that point. What I can say without spoiling anything: This is the story…

In defense of the Twilight saga (a confession)

When I first read the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, somewhere in my late 20s, I loved them. And I have been ashamed of it ever since. It seems that the books are unanimously hated by anyone with any taste and/or brains above the age of 15. The only thing worse than liking Twilight would…

The cookie experiment

Naturally, when you are at home for days on end but not physically incapacitated, it is necessary to bake a lot of cookies. So I looked for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, as I’ve been craving those for a while. And these ones from Thomas Keller seem to be one of the most highly…

Wanting more (the burnout pt 2)

As I am considering my life from this weird limbo status of being on burnout sick leave, it occurs to me that the main thing I want is more, out of life, out of myself. The longer I am away from my work, the more impossible it seems to go back.* But how do I…

Push it real good

  For all I have worked on and all I have learnt about myself over the past few years, there always seem to be more lessons. Which is good, I guess. Evolving is good. But it’s also frustrating. These lessons don’t usually take a very subtle form. Let me explain: I have been working for…

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…