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Wrap Up | of 2018 so far

I haven't done a wrap-up since my 2017 overview one, so I thought it would be fun to do one of this year. There aren't that many books on the list, but it gives you a nice overview of what I've been reading lately. 

This year I've read 20 books so far, most of them are children's book and Young Adult. Three of them are rereads (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Selection and Anne of Green Gables. Here's an overview of all the books I've read:

My favorite reads are (rereads not included) A Little Princess, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Gender Games and. Why I'm not Going to Buy a Computer. I dnf'ed one book: Black Beauty and I gave most of the books four stars. As you can see I've been reading loads of Roald Dahl: I now only have one book left (Danny and the Champion of the World). Let me know if you'd like to see an author review/mash-up, only of all his childrens' books though. 


One of my goals this is year is to cut down my physical tbr. I want to get under 40 books and now I'm at 46 so I'm almost there. This was one of the reasons I've been reading shorter books. The other reason was that I was busy with school so when I had some free time I wanted to read shorter and/or lighter books. For the rest of the year I want to read bigger books and more classics. 


What is your favorite and least favorite read so far? 

Update | I'm back! + internship designing book covers?!

I'm finally back, for real. Last year was a crazy year for me, with load of design deadlines. That's why I couldn't read, so I also wasn't that much in the book community. But, now I finally can!

I've been on a break for a month now, but I just had to recover from all the design deadlines, so I wanted a break from all the deadlines and just relax. I finally have the time to read (yay!) and buy books. Last year I also posted that I was back, but school took more over that I ever thought. It was a crazy, but super awesome year (where I also started my own design business @ViennartDesigns and at the moment designing my own website), but so happy to be finally back. I have been reading quite a lot over the last month, getting rid of all the books I know I'm never going to read and also been buying some exciting ones. 


I also know I'll be back for sure now, because after summer break is over I'm going to do an internship where I'm going to design book covers (fulltime) until February! I can't tell where or what books I'm going to design because of their privacy, but you guys I'm so excited! I can't wait. This means I'm going to be super into the book community (like all the time) and I also have quite a few (creative) blogpost ideas. I'm not going to post bookhauls, tbr's and regular wrap-ups and such over here (but I'm going to on my Instagram page); only the creative, tags and chatty ones. My plan is to post every other Sunday at 3pm, starting from now. 


What have you been reading lately? 

Thank you | The Classics Book tag journey

As the creater of The Classics Book tag I never thought the tag would be so welcome on Booktube so I couldn’t believe it when it did. So many of you have done the tag as well and that way I found so, so many Booktubers that I still watch today.

When I started reading classics I was looking on Booktube for recommendations and Booktubers that weren’t talking about the popular young adult books and at that time I couldn’t find that many, so I decided to create this tag. It has now been more than three years since I posted it and even today I still see new videos of readers doing this tag. It is also inspiring to see that quite a few reader started a Booktube channel because of this tag. (If you haven’t seen/read my version yet, which I’m sure you already have, you can read it here).


I also never thought I would see this tag in so many different languages. I don’t know that many languages, so unfortunately I couldn’t watch them all. If you would like to watch all the videos and see the evolution of the tag, I (finally) created a playlist so now you can watch them all at once. Here’s the link to the playlist: list=PLxTdj6OFcb2pO050P44iX3dkSnx6AZDPP

It will take you a few hours, because over two hundred readers have done it, so I just want to say thank you for getting excited to talk about all the classics!


Seeing my original post I think I might do an update, because I read so many classics ever since. If you have also done the tag as a blogpost, let me know because I haven’t been checking those out yet. 


I just want to say thank you to all of you who have done the tag and found out about the classic side of Booktube/blogger community. 


What is your favorite classic of all time and why?

TBR | #ContemporaryAThon

This upcoming week I have vacation and it’s one of the first time in a while that I have no design/school projects and contemporary is one of my favorite genre, so of course I have to participate. This ReadAThon is hosted by (and many more) and it will run from the 12th ‘till the 18th.

These are the challenges:

1. Newly acquired contemporary

2. Contemporary book with pink on the cover

3. Read a hyped contemporary

4. Read a diverse contemporary

5. Read a dark or taboo contemporary

6. Read a contemporary graphic novel

7. Read a contemporary that was recommended to you


I’m not going to read seven books, so I combined some of the challenges. This is my tbr with the challenges that they belong to:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell (#2)

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandya Menon (#3, #4 and #7)
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (#1, #5, #7)

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (#1, #3, #4, #7).

I’m not going to do challenge 6 because I don’t read/have graphic novels and I changed challenge 7 to a book that was recommended by Booktube, because none of these have been recommended to me personally.


Are you going to participate in this ReadAThon? Post your tbr (in a link or as a comment) down below.

Wrap up | 2017

So here are all the books I read this year, including some fun statistics. This year I really took the time to read the books I really want to read, but also to read some random ones. I didn't care for the number and I feel like I finally remember more about the stories because I took the time to read them. Here are all my reads of 2017:

- I read 24 books in total;

- I read 6717 pages in total;

- The shortest book I read was Legend and has 53 pages;

- The longest book I read was Our Dark Duet (510 pages);

- The average page number was 280;

- The most popular book I read was Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone;

- My least popular book was Popism by Andy Warhol;

- My average rating was 4.0/5.0 which isn't bad at all! Really pleased with that number;

- My top favorite books were probably Dreamland by Sarah Dessen, Boy by Roald Dahl, We have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell;

- My most disappointed reads of 2017 were Popism by Andy Warhol and Fortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman.

What is your favorite and your most disappointed book of the year?

Bookhaul | 2017

It's been a long time since I've shown you the books I bought this year, so I thought it would be fun to do an overview of all the books I bought this year. There aren't that many, because reading wasn't that much of a priority this year (I'll post a 2017 wrap-up soon). Here are all the books I bought with some fun statistics. 

- In total I've bought twenty books. 

- From which I've read only seven this year.

- One I bought but I already read that one before, but wanted to have this beautiful edition (Emma)

- One book I couldn't resist because of the cover (Fear of Flying).

- Two books I bought because I wanted to watch the tv show of it as well. Sadly one of those I didn't like as much so I stopped watching and the other one I did manage to read it (Thirteen Reasons Why), but still haven't watched the show (The Handmaid's Tale). 

-  I bought the book by Rudyard Kipling in Barcelona while I was on vacation for only one euro, which means that that is the cheapest book I bought.

- The most expensive book I bought was the illustrated Harry Potter edition.

- I bought all the books during the first half of the year, the other half I was on a ban (because of a bet, but I didn't mind it at all so I won haha). 

- I've been wanting to read all of them as soon as I got them, but sadly I didn't (as happens with every booklover haha). 


I've been wanting to post this haul earlier in the month, but then I forgot to bring a book that I had in my boyfriend's house while the rest were at my parent's house and there were times were I totally forgot I bought some books this year as well. So here it finally is! Tomorrow I'll show you all the books I read this year (also with some interesting facts).


How many books did you buy this year and how many of those did you manage to read?

Wishlist | 2018

Next post I'll be showing you how many and what books I bought in 2017, but I thought it would be fun to already show you my wishlist for 2018. Actually I want to buy all of these now, but I have had a ban from this summer 'till the end of 2017. 

I really want to read more novels that have become famous because of their musicals, such as Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. I also want to read more books about gender and you can never have to much young adult. I really want to complete my Rainbow Rowell (the ones I still want at least) and Sarah Dessen collection. There are also two movies coming out next year that I want to read the book beforehand (Wrinkle in Time and To All the Boys I've Loved before) and as soon my ban is over I know I'm going to get the two missing (in my collection) illustrated Harry Potter editions. So these are all the books I really want to get:

I've already The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Lady Chatterley's Lover, but I don't have a copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower because I read that one on my ereader (that I no longer own) and I want to reread it in 2018 and I want to get this edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover because the one I own is hideous and it's one of my favorites books I read this year (spoiler for my wrap-up).


What books do you have on you wishlist that you already had in your collection?

On Cover Design | Books I bought because of their cover

Even though we saw ‘’the cover doesn’t matter, it’s about the story’’ we are drawn to them. When their are more editions of one book, we go for the prettiest cover. When we’re browsing online and find a beautiful cover, we want to buy it immediately. Today I want to share the books I bought because of their beautiful cover. All of these covers have something so special about them, that I just had to buy them, but what made them so special for me?

I love this edition of Jane Eyre, because it matches the story. The black (and design) fits with her character and the red pages matches the ‘’red room’’ (it’s a big deal of the story). I didn’t find any other cover that matches the story perfectly (except for the Penguin Deluxe edition and yes I want that one too). Speaking of Penguin Deluxe: they have such awesome fitting covers (+ deckled edges and the quality of the paper etc. is just awesome). Fear of Flying by Erica Young is just designed so well (and is a funny one too). And let’s not talk about the Word Cloud classics (the quotes on their cover and their deluxe feeling to it is just amazing, and for the price too (can I have more please)).


Other classics edition I was immediately drawn to are the Puffin Chalks and the Vintage Children editions. The illustrations one those covers are just so well done and creative (and I love the art style as well). The covers also match to perfectly because of the fact that they are children’s classics so children are drawn to those editions as well (future children: read them too! haha).

There are not so many modern books I bought because of their cover. I think that has to do with the fact that I just buy them because there aren’t that many editions of them and because I just bought them because of the story and didn’t care as much for the cover. However, there are two in my collection that I did buy because of the cover: the dutch edition of Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I love the simplicity but yet so perfectly fitting of the Lord of the Rings ones, Every Leads to You is just so beautiful because of the font choice (and the pink and the back of the girl instead of the front (let’s just say there’s nothing bad to say about the cover) and the design of Illuminae is just so awesome. The dust jacket is just so cleverly designed (and the cover itself too).


What are some of the books you bought because of their cover?

On rereading | Books I want to reread

Lately I've been thinking about rereading and I also already have been rereading some books (Anna and the French Kiss). A few years ago I reread quite few (The Hunger Games, Divergent, Looking for Alaska and Jane Eyre just to name some) but I hadn't done that in a while...

I think that's because I haven't been reading that much at all, so when I want to read I (obviously) want to read the ones I still haven't read. But after rereading Anna and the French Kiss (and the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philospher Stone, but that doesn't count as much because of the added images) I realized how much I miss rereading. So I decided to make rereading a much higher priority. It's also nice to reread a book when you're so busy with many other things, because you don't have to be completely focused (since you already know the story) and still notice things you didn't notice before.


So these are the books I want to reread in the near future:


Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

I claim this trilogy as one of my favorite dystopian trilogies, but I haven't read it since about three years ago. This is also one of the dystopian trilogies that I haven't reread yet (I have reread The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogy multiple times and love those as well) so it's about time. 


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. 

For some reason I just have to urge to reread this one, but I don't own it yet (back in the days I read it on my ereader which I don't have anymore). 


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Last year when the movie came out I didn't watched it, but I do want to watch it now. Before I'm going to watch it I'd like to reread it and since it's so short I don't have any excuse not to. 


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This classic is the really first classic I ever read and I didn't like it back then. I would like to reread it, so I can see if my opinion will change now I've read many more classics, or that I still don't like it that much. 


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

So many things happen in this book, that it was a wilde ride to read it. That's the main reason I want to reread it. 


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

After I first read Jane Eyre I had the plan to reread it every year (because it's one of my all time favorites), but I haven't done that last year so I kinda want to reread it before the end of this year to make up for it. 


A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

This is also a favorite of mine that I haven't reread for so long and I just have the urge to reread it. I hope to get to it around Christmas time. 


Do you reread books or would you like to make it a priority? What books to do you like to reread?

Author review | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is one of the first (John Green is my first, but I read all of his books a while ago). authors which I've read every single book by, so I thought it would be a great idea to tell you how I wanted to read all of her books and my review of each one. 

At first I heard Booktubers talking about how great Americanah was and they also mentioned the Ted talk called ''We Should All be Feminists''. I watched that talk first and it got me excited to read all of her novels. You can watch the video here. There is also a written short novel, but because I think/heard it's the same text as in the video I decided not to buy and read that one.


I decided to look up her other novels and found out that she has three main novels and one short story collection, so I bought the entire novel collection first and so I read them with the essay/letter Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions and the short story collection (called The Thing Around Your Neck) in between. 


My opinion is that her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, is her best novel. It made me feel and blew my mind. It's about a fifteen year old girl in Nigeria and what made it so feel so much is because of how she (and most likely) girl were treated back in the days and even in 2017. I'm glad I read this novel first and not Americanah. 


Then I decided to read Americanah, but I was a bit disappointed. I think it's because she keeps repeating her themes and how she thinks about a certain topic over and over. I understand that she has those opinions and I agree with them, but sometimes it gets repeated too many times. I also found the novel a bit lengthy and it didn't make me feel as much. It's also about culture difference (Nigeria vs The United States) and I liked that part, but it could've been explored more (it was a bit flat to me). 


This year was also the release of Dear Ijeawele and even though it includes the same topics again, it was written differently and it also talked more on how to raise your children in a feminist way (like don't let gender hold both of them back) and I loved it! It was also short and fast paced and straight to the point.


I got excited again about the one I haven't read back then and decided to read Half of a Yellow Sun (I still haven't watched the movie adaption of it, is it good?). My personal opinion is that it's not as good as Purple Hibiscus, but way much better than Americanah. It made feel, but it was kinda lengthy and some parts (only a few) were a bit boring and there wasn't that much feminism talk in it. 


After I finished all of these books I finally read her short story collection. It's my least favorite of hers and that's because I'm not that much a fan of short stories. I liked some of them (the first two) but I disliked at least the half of them. When I liked a story I wanted to read more... There were also so many foreign names in it that it got a bit confusing as well (which makes sense, because they took place in Nigeria). 


So here's my conclusion and suggestion. I still loved all of her books and recommend to read them all (but Puplre Hibiscus will always be my favorite and not Americanah). If you haven't read any of her novels, I suggest to watch the Ted talk first. If you like what she's talking about, then read her novels in chronological order and read Dear Ijeawele after you've read Purple Hibiscus. Then you get the most out it, I think (or you can do it the other way and start with my least favorite and build it all the way up, but that's up to you).


What's your opinion about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Which one is your favorite and your least?

Tag | To be read book tag

When I first saw this tag I knew (at Kassidy Voinche's channel I had to do it too. You can read the original tag here. I have two different tbr's, but you'll see that in the answers as well.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use the Goodreads general tbr shelf, which are books I want to read but don’t own yet and I’ve made an extra shelf (you can add a shelf to the traditional shelves ‘’read, to read and currently reading’’ called ‘’Books I own tbr’’.


How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

My general tbr shelf: 86, my books I own tbr has 56 books.


Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Print! I don’t read ebooks.


How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Usually I complete a series before I start new one, so a sequel, or I just pick one I’m most excited for at the moment.


A Book That's Been On Your TBR List The Longest 

The book I own the longest and still haven’t read is Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens I own it since the beginning of 2014). On my general to read shelf I have What Happend to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen.


A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

Just added the memoir of Call the Midwife on my general tbr and added Fingersmith by Sarah Waters , When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella on my books I own tbr.


A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover

Definitely Fear of Flying by Erica Jong! When you look it up you can see the inside flaps and they make the cover just really awesome. 

A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo..


An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For

Turtles all the way Down by John Green definitely.


A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You 

When Dimple met Rishi for sure.


A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  Not recommend just to me but everyone has been recommending it in general.


A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

Ah so many! Basically almost all the books I own and haven’t read yet. I’m most excited for the ones I added last on my books I own tbr, but The Handmaid’s Tale and Our Dark Duet are right now the ones I’m most excited for (but that changes every day haha).


What book are you dying to read?

News | I'm back!, new categories + suggestions

At the end of last year I made a decision not to post anymore. Mainly because I didn't have much time to read. There were also other reasons why I didn't want to post anymore and one of those reasons was that I was that I didn't want to post regular monthly wrap-ups and hauls anymore. That's kind of obvious if you don't have to read that much. I didn't have inspiration left on what to post... until a few days ago, which means I'm back!

Suddenly I had all the inspiration: new topics I want to talk about and loads of design ideas (in case you have forgotten: I'm studying Media Design (which is graphic design, but then more things you can design) and suddenly I had loads of ideas on how to combine them. So that's what I'm going to do from now on.


This means I won't do monthly wrap-ups and hauls (you can still see the hauls on my Instagram and what I recently read and currently reading on my Goodreads), but loads of new categories and topics! These are the ones I'm thinking (going to) on posting:

- bookish thoughts, because I want to talk about loads of topics like making time for reading, ebooks vs. physical books, going to the library, living in a country where English isn't the mother language and what that means with buying books etc. etc. so if you have suggestions on this: please let me know!

- a series where I review the entire collection by an author;

- tags (also with this one, if you want me to do a specific tag: let me know!);

- talking about cover design like my favorite editions, what I like about some covers and what I don't (real design talk here!) and maybe also redesign some covers myself and show them to you;

- my thoughts on certain controversial books;

- infographics about my reading wrap-up at the end of the year and other interesting infographics. 


I also have some ideas that I'm not so sure about, so we'll see. The main thing I want to focus on is on being creative and mix books with design as much as possible. 


There will also be another thing I wanted to change: uploading on a specific time and day. At the beginning I'm going to post on Sundays at 3pm (Amsterdam time), so most people can read the post as soon as I've uploaded it. 


I'm curious to see if I can stick to it, but I'm going to try my best to do so. I also hope you're excited about it as I am!


What are you looking forward most on seeing on my blog?

No more posts on this blog + why

At the end of the year I've decided to stop posting on this blog. I wanted to explain why but Booklikes have been down since today so that's why I couldn't post this earlier. 


For the last few years reading has been my one and only priority. That was the only thing I did when I came home from school and what I did in the weekends. I was studying Translation, so that's why I also was more interested in reading than I am now. I quit that studies in April last year and that's when things began to change for me. I started dating and have been in a relation ever since (and we got a puppy too!) which is one of the reasons  why reading has been less of a priority. Which is also great, because life is also great and more excited than just to only read (haha).


This September I also started a new studies: media design. I don't only make stuff digitally, but also by hand. Since then I am drawing more but still not as much as I want to, so I really want to focus more on drawing (and digital designing) which means I don't have that much time read anymore. Since August I only read like 7 or 8 books. Usually I read 5 books a month so that says something.


So the time I have left in my schedule for reading and blogging is so limited now that I decided to focus more on reading and even way less on blogging. I also have so many unread books that I own and want to get to, that I also buy less. I'm still going to post on my Goodreads and Instagram (which means I'm going to post the reviews I used to do here fully on Goodreads now and my reasons behind by bookhauls now on Instagram too) so I'm not going to fully stop, but only stop posting on this platform. So you can follow my Goodreads here if you haven't already and by Instagram here


So this has nothing to do with Booklikes, because it's perfect platform for bookblogging, but just because of my priorities. 


What are you Goodreads and Instagram? If you post it I will follow you too if I don't already. 

Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless - Marissa Meyer

Goodreads summary:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


My opinion:

I didn't like the first half of this book and I just couldn't get into the story. However, the second half was much better and from then I wanted to know what was about to happen. But if I have to be honest, I like The Lunar Chronicles much more than this series so far. I loved the Alice in Wonderland aspects though. 


What is your opinion about Heartless?


Ps. I finished this book right before the year ended, but Booklikes have been down until today so that's why I'm posting this today. 

Bookhaul #35

This is the last bookhaul of the year! These are the last books I got: 

Heartless was one of the most anticipated books of the year (because I loved The Lunar Chronicles), but it took a while before I could order it. Now I finally have it! 


I already have the entire non-fiction by Orwell, but in a bindup. I decided to buy this one because the bindup is way too big to take it everywhere with you (and a friend of minde said she would like to buy 1984 when I read it). I also got The Bone Season from her, because she had a duplicate and asked if I'd like to has this one. 


The next books I want to collect/get are the books in A Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab (since the last book in that trilogy comes out at the end of February) and because I want them in hardcover, I'm only going to buy one book a month.


What are some  of your recent book purchases?

Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Goodreads summary:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod's family.


My opinion:

At first I found this story a bit weird and it took me a little while to get into, but I started liking it more after I read the first three chapters. I think the reason why I didn't like it at the beginning is because the story is very strange and it also has a quite creepy feeling. However, I really liked the rest of the book and the message. This story is a story about living and dying and that you should really, really try to make as much as possible out of your life (and about growing up). Neil Gaiman also said in the acknowledgements section that he read and reread The Jungle Books (by Rudyard Kipling) many times as a child and I could see some similarities (that I just noticed when I found out about it) like that being stranded as a baby etc. (thought that was a fun fact to share). This was my first book by him and I'm quite excited about his other books (especially Coraline). If you haven't read this one I recommend it to check it out.


What is your opinion about this book?

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2018 Reading Challenge

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