Review I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell + a note on the Wellcome Prize

A little while ago, I was contacted by the lovely people over at the Wellcome Prize. I had never heard of this particular prize before (a shame, to be honest), but after gathering some more information about it, I learned that the Wellcome Prize rewards literary works that “illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives”. Even though I’m not scientifically skilled, nor do I know much (or anything, for that matter) about medicine – I do love reading and learning about it. Death, whilst macabre, is a fascinating subject because our conception of it has drastically changed over the years. When I was browsing their website, I noticed that When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi was on their 2017 shortlist. If you haven’t seen me post about that particular book before, I’ll take this opportunity once more to tell you that it’s one of my favourite books and it’s a must-read for anyone, really.

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REVIEW: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe: 4/5
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Walker Books YA

“Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.” 

Hi friends! With all the contemporaries I’ve been reviewing (okay okay, I know that’s just me exaggerating… my last two reviews were contemporary), I thought it was time to talk to you about this Dystopian book I’ve read recently. Oh, you might have heard about it, since it’s been like… EVERYWHERE. I have yet to find someone on Bookstagram that didn’t enjoy Scythe. I’m amongst the many people that thought this book was really, really cool. Curious yet?

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REVIEW: Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber

Only Love Can Break Your Heart: 5/5
Author: Katherine Webber
Publisher: Walker Books

Hi guys! The weather is changing into Spring, and changing with it is my preference for books. The sun makes me want to read more lighthearted, contemporary YA so that’s exactly what I was aiming for when I picked up Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Boy, was I wrong about the “lighthearted” part… Whilst it definitely gave me some Spring/Summer feels by being set in the Californian desert, this book ripped out my heart, stomped on it and then revived it with an electric jolt. But I loved every second of it.

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REVIEW: Donkerblauwe Woorden/Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue: 4.5/5
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Young & Awesome (Dutch)

“We are the books we read and the things we love.”

A few days ago, I finished reading Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (the Dutch edition). Because I want everyone to be able to read this review, I’ve written it both in English and Dutch. Dutch is first, so scroll a bit down for the English review and don’t hesitate to let me know your toughts!

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