Reading for Mental Health

Most of you will know reading as something you do for fun, or because you have no choice if you want to pass that exam. Maybe without reading, you wouldn't understand most of the movie you're watching (hello subtitles!) or the game you're playing. Reading helps us in so many ways to make sense of... Continue Reading →

How To Read More (Or At All)

So, you've finally gotten to the point where you're reading books, or maybe you've loved reading forever. However, finding the time to read is not always easy. So, how and when can you read? On your way to work/school/where ever you're going This one is especially easy when you're using public transport. Reading on a train... Continue Reading →

CoaBB: I am a sucker for happy endings.

Yes, I'm shortening this CoaBB or Confessions of a Book Blogger. It's easier this way to read what the post is actually about. This post is about Happy Endings - the bookish kind. For those thinking of anything else: get your mind out of the gutter! A lot of times, people seem to think that... Continue Reading →

Recommended: (Dutch) Books About War

Since writing my post about May the fourth, I've been thinking about the books I have read and loved that are about war. There are a few books I'd like to mention. Some of those are Dutch books, but those are definitely worth it if you can find a translation. First up, a non-fiction book: The... Continue Reading →

“If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it.”

I've heard this a lot. Or maybe, read this a lot would be more accurate. Whenever someone has something negative to say about a book they've read, this is the go-to response: "You didn't have to read it.", "No one forced you to read it." Or anything along those lines. It annoys me. A. Lot.... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a Book Blogger #10 – I like ‘snowflakes’

Firstly, I don't actually like the term 'snowflakes'. Everyone, whether real or a character in a story, has something about them that makes them different. That's exactly what makes them them. It's what makes characters seem like real people. Sure, stories often follow people who happen to be different. Whether they 'happen' to fall in... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a Book Blogger #9 – There’s one type of book I should get rid of, but can’t (yet).

It's been a while since my last confession, but I've finally thought of one again. After my post last week, I realized that I'm talking all about getting rid of books that you no longer need. Especially those you don't like. Well, there are some books still on my shelves, that I know I should... Continue Reading →

Declutter your shelves: 5 types of books to get rid off right now

We all know the problem: overflowing shelves, an overwhelming TBR and no idea how to deal with this. I've been decluttering my shelves, and have been trying my best not to add too many new titles to it permanently. It's not easy, but there are a couple of things you can do to make it... Continue Reading →

Book Upcycling – Photo book

Last year, before my Scotland trip, I mentioned that I was going to track this trip by using a Harry Potter book. Since its author comes from Scotland, this seemed entirely appropriate. Also, do I really need an excuse to buy another HP book? So, I bought the book and took it with me on... Continue Reading →

Tips for Starting to Read for Fun

Tips for beginner readers It's not easy to start reading, so what can you do to get started? Here are some of my tips. There's no science to this, just personal experience. Start with easy to read booksNo, these don't have to be children't books. However, starting off with Chaucer or Jane Austen would be... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a Book Blogger: I can DNF Books after all

A while back, I wrote a blog post where I explained that it is really hard for me to DNF (Did Not Finish) books. However, more recently I've changed a bit around in my life that has also affected my ability to DNF books. As you've seen, I've gotten rid of a lot of things... Continue Reading →

KonMarie Method – Step three: books

As promised a long time ago, here finally are some pictures of step 3 of the KonMari Method, the decluttering of my books. As you can see, that's a lot of books. Also, lots of chaos! I discarded almost half of all these books. My list stands at 235 that I got rid of. This... Continue Reading →

Favorite books of 2016

It was really hard to cut this list down to only ten books. I wanted it to be a mix of fiction, non-fiction, Dutch, English, German, children's, young adult and adult books. So it took me a while to get all those categories represented in the best way! So, without furrther ado, in no particular... Continue Reading →

Review: Goals 2 0 1 6

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I wanted to check up on the goals I set last year. What happened to them? Were they reached? I posted two different blog post at the beginning of last year describing my social media goals and my reading goals. original pictures on the blogI mostly managed to... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a bookblogger #7 – I don’t really like bookish goodies

Yep, I'm not the biggest fan of bookish goodies. Sure, there are things that I like, but mostly something related to books won't really make me happy. I'd rather just have a piece of chocolate, or a book of course. Somehow I've a bit of a thing against anything that I can't use. This means that... Continue Reading →

Best books of 2016 (so far)

After 6 months of reading in 2016, I worked my way through quite a few books. Some of them I enjoyed more than others. Here are the books that were my favorites (in the order I read them in). Shattered by Teri Terry I can't tell you much about this conclusion to this series, because... Continue Reading →

Bookish things I’d like to see in Scotland

With my Scotland trip right around the corner, I've made a list of bookish places I'd like to visit in Scotland. I'm not sure if I'll have to time and funds to visit/do all of these, but they're all on my bucket list. If not this time, perhaps some other time. The first place I... Continue Reading →

Rearranging my bookshelves

A little while ago, I rearranged my bookshelves. I forgot to write a blog post about it though, but here it is now! I hope you'll enjoy the before, after, and greatly chaotic in progress pictures. I made sure to get our dining table out of the way first, because it was in the way... Continue Reading →

Help me pick … a Stephen King book

So far, I've only read two huge books by Stephen King, and I'm not impressed. Perhaps I've been reading the wrong books, or perhaps they're just not for me. However, I would like to give him one last chance. This is why I need your help. Please help me pick the next (and possibly last) Stephen... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a book blogger #6 – I don’t like reading challenges

Throughout the year, as most of you will know, there are numerous reading challenges that one can compete in. Some are fairly simple, only prescribing the number of books as a goal. Others, will try to give specific prompts to use when picking out a book (e.g. a book with a number in the title,... Continue Reading →

Confession of a bookblogger #5 – I hardly ever buy new releases

That's the sad, sad truth; I don't have the money for it. Weirdly enough, I don't think I'll ever have the money to buy all the new releases right when they come out. Maybe it's my stingy Dutch upbringing (is that seriously still what foreigners believe btw?), but I just don't think it's worth it... Continue Reading →

Favorite German books of 2015

I've decided to do three favorite posts. One for each language. These are my favorite German books that I've read in 2015! 1. Rubinrot by Kerstin Gier (translations according to Goodreads: Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish) My first introduction to Kerstin Gier. YA, romance, contemporary... Continue Reading →

Favorite Dutch books of 2015

I've decided to do three favorite posts. One for each language. Have you seen my posts about my favorite English books? These are my favorite Dutch books that I've read in 2015! 1. Het Diner by Herman Koch (translations according to Goodreads: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian,... Continue Reading →

Favorite English books of 2015

I've decided to do three favorite posts. One for each language that I've read books in. The Dutch and German ones will be up next year (It's so weird to say that)! These are my favorite English books that I've read in 2015! 1. The Martian by Andy Weir This was such a realistic Mars adventure! It was... Continue Reading →

Spreadsheet Love

I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it on here, but since the summer of 2014 I've been keeping track of the books I've read in an Excel spreadsheet. Since I got a new computer, I've not got Microsoft anymore, but instead installed OpenOffice; my spreadsheets were transferred to there. Ever since reading a post... Continue Reading →

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