Dear Reader,

FROM: B
TO: MY LOVELY READERS
SUBJECT: YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT I DID!!

Dear Reader,

You are never going to believe what I did this week! surprise, surprise… I’ve read a book. Since my social life is non-existent with my school schedule and all the after school preps for the day after, my little free time goes to reading these day (as you may noticed since this is the third book review in a row, if it’s boring just let me know and I’ll stop). I read in every sort of spare time I have. 10 min before class? Read. waiting in the elevator? Read. Breakfast? Read. I hide in the ‘tower’ at school so I can have some quiet time to read. I HAVE NO LIFE ANYMORE! But hey, reading is the best thing ever!

why am I writing in email form, you ask? well, that is because it is the way my latest book and today’s subject is written. This week I’ve read the book “Love, Rosie” by Cecelia Ahern. The movie adaptation has been one of my favorite movies for years! and since lately my book genre preference is noticeably changing I gave the book a go, and I absolutely LOVED it.

The whole book is writing in letter/email/postcard/chat/call form, which is a bit weird in the beginning (especially when you saw the movie), because you only know what’s been told in the letter nothing more and nothing less. But once you are adjusted to the writing style you are so absorbed in the story that you just want to keep reading and reading! The story is in big lines the same in the movie, some other chronology. But it is far more ‘real’, as far as I can relate, you know I’m not a mother at the age of 19. But it is way more realistic than the movie (logical of course). (It also a great book if you, like me, read for 5 minutes a time, because after every letter you can stop without having the problem of stopping in the middle of a paragraph)

Rosie’s life, the ups and down get revealed through the letters, which makes it more personal, in my opinion. Everybody’s life gets into the story. Not just Alex’s and Rosie’s. I think reading the book made me appreciate the movie more. The movie is of course awfully americanized, it really romanticized the ‘being a  teen mom without a diploma’ a lot. The actual story doesn’t completely revolves around the love life of Alex and Rosie. There is so much more to it. Meeting people, making friends when you have a kid while having no job nor education. The story covers the ‘whole’ life of Rosie, also with some time jumps.

I think it is an inspirational, yet funny story about a woman trying to achieve her dreams, no matter how life turns her world upside down. Always wanting the best for everybody around her, without trying to forget her own happiness. Nobody’s life is a fairy tale, everybody has obstacles. But that doesn’t mean you are defeated even though it might feel that way. Just push through and never forget your dream, even if life gets in the way. And yes, I did cry on multiple occasions.

Love,
B ❤

 

I’m broke but I had fun

Hello eveybody!

It’s been a while again 😦 March was pretty busy. Lots of classes, projects and stuff. But it was also a very fun month… I had a lot to look forward to and that is what I want to share with you guys!

As I mentioned a couple of times before, I am not a person to go to clubs and parties. The thing I do like very much is going to concerts. Which you might have noticed as well. This month I’ve been to 3, yes 3 concerts and they were AMAZING!

first one up is the performance of Nicolas. Nicolas is a magician who became famous on Belgium’s Got Talent. Later on he got his own tv-show. And this year he did live performances in ‘small town’ theatre. (because magic is more fun up close). He was amazing! Mostly it were basics tricks with a twist which gives it actually a pretty big ‘wow’-effect. The only thing I didn’t like as much was the audience participation. I was scared to dead that he was going to pull my up on stage. 1/3 of the show I felt panic. But still really really great!! (sorry no pics of this one)

A week later came the concert I never knew I needed or even come to Belgium. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone IN CONCERT”. I am a massive Harry Potter fan (which I will prove again later this post). I was looking forward to this moment from the minute I bought the tickets. My sister and her friend and my best friend ans me got on the train to Antwerp.

And that was quite a story. A probably drunk man started yelling at us (in Italian we guesses) because we were talking to each other. For a whole hour he did so. When we got of the train he followed us through the station. And because of the terror alarm here, there were army guys. We told them and they immediately when to check on him. Thank you, army guys!!

The concert itself was just unbelievable! our conductor was such a funny guy. He told us to feel free to cheer for our favorite house or favorite character as much as we wanted. The first immense cheer was for Mister Olivander, but the biggest introduction cheer was for non other than Professor Severus Snape. We all cheered when first years were put in our houses, we cheered at the quidditch match. It was so much fun, and because of that it really felt as if you were actually IN the movie! Just MAGICAL!

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And then there was the moment I’ve been waiting for almost 3 years! Lindsey Stirling finally returned to belgium with the Brave Enough Tour! I’ve been stalking her social media for so long and this month she came back. And I only cried 3 times. I was accompanied by my ‘equally obsessed with Lindsey Stirling’ – friend. It was so so so perfect, even better than I had imagined. If you don’t know her look her up!

Lindsey Striling is a dancing violist. her music is a mix of dubstep and pop (I think, I don’t know that much about music). But she danced almost all the time along with her back up dancers. Throughout the show she shared stories, personal stories, the meanings of her songs. She is such a strong person and a fighter. it was funny too, the whole band played some song on toy instruments, how cool is that! She is amazing and I don’t think any concert will ever top this one. AND she actually stood 3 meters away from my, I could’ve touched her if I wanted, but she was playing so I couldn’t.
crying moments: when it started – one of the stories she told – the encore song

And then last but definitely not least. Because surprisingly enough within a month I made friends, like actual friend I don’t have to put effort in to like. How come, you ask? They love Harry Potter as much as I do! We all went to FACTS together, cosplaying as HP character (rather poorly, only had a month to prep, because we’ve been friends for only a month). FACTS is the Belgian Comic Con, and it was my first time. I felt like a toddler in a theme park. I was so happy!

If any Belgian people are reading this, and went to Facts on saturday, we were the people handing out compliments to every one :p Such a Hufflepuff thing to do

Well this was a very long post, sorry about that. Anyway hope you liked it. I have a feeling this post isn’t organised at all… oops, I will revise it soon

read y’all later

Lovies

Anna Dressed in Blood

Hello there!

Another book review for you! Again a book I read a while ago, but I recently read the sequel,
so why not make a post about it!

Cas Lowood has an unusual calling: He kills the death. Just like his father did before him, until he got
brutally killed by a ghost. Now, along with his mother and armed with his fathers ghost-killing knife, they
travel around the world. He is looking for a local ghost named Anna Dressed in Blood, and finds a ghost
like he has never seen before. She still wears the dress in which she got killed in 1958: Then innocent
white, now dripping blood. Since her death Anna killed everybody who steps inside her
abandoned victorian house. But then… She saves Cas’ life

I though Anna Dressed in blood was a great book. Thrilling, romantic and easy to read. It’s was a cliché
love story with a twist. I loved how the story builds up to the truth about Anna’s death and her life

in the inbetween, the house and the killing machine.

It’s not only the legend of Anna that is told in the book, also the story of Cas’ father. He has been looking for
information about the strong ghost who killed his father his whole ghost-killing carrier. And as always:
the truth is hard.

Another aspect of the book that I absolutely loved was friendship.
Cas wasn’t used to make or have friends, because he didn’t had time for that. He moves; kills the ghost and
moves again to another place. He though friends were a waste of time and energy. But this time he doesn’t
have a choice, people got involved and insisted to help.

That was the first time he had friends. Lucky for him! Without his new friends he would not have succeeded!

Anyway, I loved the book and I was so excited when I found out there is a sequel “Girl of Nightmares”. Also I
hope the upcoming movie of this book is going to be even amazing!

Waiting for the movie!!!

anna dressed in blood poster afgewerkt

The Maze Runner

Hello there!

 

I’d like to present my current favorite!! “The Maze Runner“!! by James Dashner

One of the things I absolutely love is reading, I can read for hours and hours (accept for food, I’d drop anything for food :3)

but yeah I love it. I love getting sucked in into the story and carried away so much you don’t even know what time it is. Until you’re stomach makes that awful sound, like “Hey, Helooooow! I’m still here. FEED ME!” It’s like a cat, it doesn’t bother you, unless it’s hungry or bored. Annoying I know 😦

When I can’t put a book away before finishing it, I assure you it’s a good one. 😀

So… The Maze Runner, I’ve been reading until 2 am, fell asleep and picked it back up at 7, I swapped reading for sleep… yep it was that good.

 

If you’re into action, adventure and a little mystery, I definitely recommend it.

 

Here’s a little summary to get y’all excited!

 

So there’s this kid who wakes up in an elevator with no memory of his past other than the fact that his name is Thomas. When it the elevator doors open, he is pulled into a huge glade by a bunch of teenage boys who also have no memories besides what they should be called. They all share a strange vocabulary, a fondness for capitalizing words to make them special, and the same mysterious fate.

Thomas gradually discovers that the Glade (see what they did there? Capitalize it and BOOM, you got yourself a name) is run by two boys, Alby and Newt, who maintain order by enforcing strict rules and keeping all of the boys busy harvesting food and whatnot. This is important because outside the Glade is the Maze, a terrifying labyrinth of high walls covered in ivy that houses strange, lethal creatures known as Grievers. So the boys are stuck trying to stay alive as well as “solving” the Maze by running through it as fast as they can while tracking movements of the walls and trying to find an exit.

Then, a day after Thomas’s arrival, a girl is delivered through the elevator into the Glade. The boys are stunned, perplexed, worried, and perhaps a little excited to have someone who doesn’t smell like day-old socks and Axe body spray (just kidding, geez). However, unlike each of the boys, she shows up mumbling strange prophetic words and then lapses into a coma.

( summary from http://www.shmoop.com/the-maze-runner/summary.html , if you haven’t read the book, don’t read the entire artikel it has spoilers )

 

This is the first book of a trilogy, and don’t worry all books are already out in the shops, there is also a prequel. 😀

And if that isn’t already enough good news, there is more… they’re making a film of it, with as main character DYLAN O’BRIEN. If you don’t know who he is, please go educate yourself! (sorry, fangirl genes took over)

So yeah, if you do know who he is, you’ll probably be 267 572 893 times more excited to read and/or watch it. 🙂

little tip: If you’re halfway through and you think this book is awesome, order the second and maybe the third already. You’ll just want to keep reading 🙂

The maze runner-book cover