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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RECENSIE: Juliette of het geluk van boeken door Christine Féret-Fleury

Juliette of het geluk van boeken: 3/5
Auteur: Christine Féret-Fleury
Uitgever: HarperCollins NL

“…Dat het vinden van een verwante ziel in een Afrikaanse roman of een Koreaans verhaal je hielp te begrijpen hoezeer alle mensen aan dezelfde kwalen leden, hoezeer ze op elkaar leken, en dat het misschien mogelijk was met elkaar te praten – naar elkaar te glimlachen, elkaar aan te raken, tekenen van herkenning uit te wisselen, maakt niet uit welke – om te proberen elkaar wat minder pijn te doen, langzaam maar gestaag?”

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RECENSIE: Björnstad door Frederik Backman

Björnstad: 3/5 
Auteur: Frederik Backman
Uitgever: Uitgeverij Q

“People say she’s gone mad, because that’s what people who know nothing about loneliness call it.” 

Hey allemaal! Ik weet dat het alweer een flink tijdje geleden is dat ik een recensie heb geplaatst. Ik heb het enorm druk de laatste tijd, op de universiteit, met lezen, Bookstagrammen, een sociaal leven hebben… Heel eerlijk gezegd zat ik er gewoon een beetje doorheen en heb ik het bloggen op een laag pitje gezet. Nu langzamerhand begin ik weer wat tijd te krijgen en ik ben ontzettend excited om weer aan de slag te gaan. Een leuke verandering is dat naast recensies van mij, ik nu ook de hulp heb ingeschakeld van mijn tante – die ook ontzettend graag leest. Op deze manier kan ik jullie meer recensies aanbieden, en heb ik zelf wat meer rust in mijn routine.
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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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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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