My favourite books of 2018 so far!

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through 2018? Because I certainly can’t. Six months of reading have passed and six months of more reading lie ahead. I’d like to share with you the best books I read since January today. I’ve read a total of 25 books up until now and I decided to give you a top 5 (in order of the date I read them).

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The truth about reviewing books for publishers/authors

Hi book lovers. I wanted to talk about something else today. If you’re active on Bookstagram, you will have noticed that I (and a lot of Bookstagrammers with me) receive books for free from publishers and/or authors. In all fairness, I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to receive books for free and I’m ridiculously grateful for it. But we (including myself) tend to forget that there are some downsides to this and I would like to talk to you about them.

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WINACTIE: Niet één, maar TWEE zomerse boeken!

Lieve Nederlandse volgers! Het werd naar mijn idee weer eens hoog tijd om een winactie voor jullie te organiseren. Het weer wordt langzamerhand toch écht beter en ik krijg in ieder geval steeds meer zin om zomerse boeken te lezen. Nu kan ik me alleen maar voorstellen dat voor jullie hetzelfde geldt, dus ik organiseer een zomerse winactie! Lees snel verder om te lezen hoe en wat. 

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A subjective (but obviously definitive) ranking of the Twilight movies

Before we go into this post, you need to understand that I kind of have a weird relationship with Twilight. It’s not love-hate because I don’t hate it. It’s more like… I love it, unconditionally, but I would never defend it because I know (just like Robert Pattinson) that it’s so bad. Every time I watch the movies, I watch them as comedies and literally roast the shit out of them – buuuuut I love them nonetheless. So after recently finishing ANOTHER rewatch of them all, I decided it would be fun to present you with my personal ranking of these films. We’ll be going from best to worst, so strap on your seatbelts and enjoy this vampy ride. Beware: lots of spoilers.

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Gedichtenbundels: YAY OR NAY? – Empty Hearts & Sleepless Nights door Yasmine Berkani

Je ziet ze steeds vaker en meer: gedichtenbundels. Ze zijn er natuurlijk altijd al geweest, maar er is een heuse herontdekking aan de gang. Met moderne dichters als Rupi Kaur en Lang Leav worden gedichten weer helemaal in. Zelf lees ik eigenlijk nooit gedichtenbundels, simpelweg omdat ik gewend ben snel door te lezen en je voor gedichten juist je tijd moet nemen. Toch kon ik geen nee zeggen toen ik een tijdje geleden een mailtje ontving van 17-jarige Yasmine die mij vroeg of ik haar gedichtenbundel wilde lezen. Na wat research dacht ik: “Why not?”, want wat ik er over las, klonk al erg mooi. Dus toen Yasmine’s boek Empty Hearts & Sleepless Nights op de deurmat viel wilde ik meteen er in beginnen.

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UNBOXING: September ‘Outlaws’ Bookboxclub box

Hello lovelies! If you’ve read my other unboxing posts, you will have noticed that this box will be my last as a rep for Bookboxclub. Something that makes me sad – but also happy to have been part of this for three months. So I sincerely hope you liked all my unboxings so far and I’m excited to show you the contest of September’s special one-year anniversary box. Yes, you read it right: Bookboxclub celebrated its birthday last month! 🎉 As a big fan, I hope there’s many more bookish years to come. They also made a special announcement, which I’ll talk about the end of the post. Read on, read on. 

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September Wrapup and Haul & October TBR

Hi friends! I seriously cannot believe it’s October already. OCTOBER! This year has gone so fast and I need it to chill for a second. But another month also means another opportunity to try and read more books than you did the month before. So first answer me this: how many books did you manage to devour in September? Read on to see how I did and what I plan to read this month!

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Three books you should definitely read this fall

Hey friends! The world’s favourite time of the year has come again. It’s time for big, cosy sweaters, a million mugs of tea, blankets, rain and the colours changing from green to brown. Ah yes, you guessed it: it’s fall. Sometimes I get why people are obsessed with it– the cosy vibes are REAL. But sometimes I can’t help but wonder if fall is better where you all seem to live, since (literally!) all we get here in the Netherlands is rain. Loads and LOADS of rain.

So if you, like me, live in a country where fall is questionable, I’ll come to your aid today. Recommending you three books I recently read to get you all warmed up for the colder months to come.

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UNBOXING: August ‘Fearless Females’ booxboxclub Box

Another month, another bookboxclub Box, another post showing the full unboxing! Yay! As you might have read in my previous unboxing, what makes Book Box Club so special is that they host a secret members meeting at the end of every month. In this meeting, it’s not just you members– there’s also the author of the month’s featured book! In about an hour, you can ask all your burning questions about the book and get answers FROM THE FRIGGIN’ AUTHOR. If that’s not amazing I don’t know what is. Last month’s meeting was about July’s book The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (review will be up soon). Let’s take a closer look at what their August box had in store for us, shall we?

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What To Do (this summer): 5 movie recommendations

As promised, I would come back to you with my famous, much talked about, hilarious, enchanting and amazing WTD(ts)-series. Remember my 5 TV Show recommendations? In all truth, very few probably care. But I am here for you few that are excited to learn from a huge film nerd like me what movies they should totally watch this summer. I’ve tried combining some intense and some fun movies to give you the most varied taste one can give in only five recs. Let’s jump into it!

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