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 ❤

 

Some Nerve and a little bit Charisma II

Hi bookwurms!

Here we are again with the next book review in line. Last time I wrote about Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. She has another book which is on the program today!

This story is also about a shy girl, Aislyn. Her shyness is actually so bad, she feels like she’s missing out on life too much. Her little brother has an illness which get threatened with gene therapy.

On one eventful day her brothers doctor takes her to her office and ask if she wanted an out of her shy self. She would become charming, popular, make her shine and yes, become charismatic. After a couple of weeks she started to notice other people having similar experiences as her. But the gene therapy they got was not as safe as they were promised.

Again I found this story very fun to read. Also not TOO much going on, you knew exactly what was happening when and why… yet there was some tension en suspense in it. It has a mystery component to it, but not in a murder mystery kind of way. It’s more an YA kind of way. They’re not going to look for murderers by themselves.

I prefered this book over Nerve, maybe because the story wasn’t that ‘far-fetched’, I know gene-therapy isn’t the nr. 1 topic,  but if that sort of therapy was available, it might just happen to you.

I think that’s why I like her books. I’ve outgrown the ‘every chapter needs something spectacular or it will get boring’- stage, like I think is quite a lot of YA fantasy books (in my own very personal opinion of course). These books were casual, no over the top unneccessary scenes. It is simple and beautiful.

I can’t really pin-point a reason why I like it so much. Maybe because I’m rather shy myself and could see myself getting extrovert, liked and popular. Who doesn’t want to be liked by others?

This short review was it for this time, more books coming soon! Hope you like them 😀

read y’all later

Lovies

Some Nerve and a little bit Charisma

Hi booklover!

This one is for you guys!! Since I made the switch from paper to digital I have more opportunities to read, which is very awesome! I’ve set myself a reasonable Reading Challenge on Goodreads in Januari and I’m back on track!

You may or may not have guessed which books I’m going to review today. But two of my recent readings were Nerve and Charisma by Jeanne Ryan. You may know Nerve from the movie adaptation with Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Well, there was indeed a novel first!

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NERVE
To survive this game, choosing DARE is your only option…

Let me start by saying that if you’ve watched the movie and (like me) do not like book after movie, but feel stupid because you didn’t know there was a book, GOOD NEWS. The book is NOTHING like the movie. honestly I don’t think the producers even read it.

The story is about a girl, Vee, who is a shy ‘behind – the – scenes’ kind of girl. And like any teenage gal she has a best friend and of course a hubba hubba crush. While they are performing there schoolplay, there are prelimination for this super exciting and mega popular game called NERVE.

Things get a little out of hand at the schoolplay, and in a rage Vee sign up for her first DARE. She get selected and chosen for the live rounds where she can win amazing prizes. And to top that all, she gets partnered with Ian…

But how far will you go to get what you want?

Althought it is COMPLETELY different than the movie (which is one of my faves) I really liked it! It was exciting to read without needing constant action prompts. There is like this ‘suggestion’ build up to every dare. You read the reaction of the characters and your mind immediatly goes to ‘what will they have to do now?’ ‘How will they do it?’.

It has this psychological part in it, which makes you think what you would do if you were Vee. It also has enough action and detail. Unlike the movie there is a lot of background in this story, which really puts the story in a different perspective. The fact that you discover new pieces of those background ’till the very last chapter makes the character more interesting.

Also I really like Jeanne Ryans writing style, it’s easy to read, yet diverse. I can’t really discribe it, I’m not an expert. You could just keep reading, no complicated sentences or chapters that take a century to get through.

I just really really liked it!

This was part one of the Jeanne Ryan reviews, next time I will review Charmisa.

Hope you like it! I’m not a pro in writing review, just sharing some of my books :p

read y’all later

Lovies

 

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

I left Papertown

Hello everybody!!

As I already said in one of my last post, I didn’t get to reading quite as much as I would’ve like these past years. So about a month ago I did something I told myself to never get into…. I bought an e-reader… *DUMDUMDUUUUM*

Why did I buy an e-reader? well for the simple reason that I am a student, I don’t have money to spare and sadly book are expensive 😥 and e-books are generally cheaper or even free. And with the whole ‘living on my own’-thing I spend quite some evenings alone in my little studio, not seeing my friends as much, I just crave books.So with that reasoning in mind I just went straight in and bought one.

Well… I didn’t just buy the first one I googled of course! I researched for a couple of weeks, intensively. Because even though my dad knows his shizzle about technology… yet he always tells me I have to research everything. Fun right? trying to figure out what an CPU is and if 1 GHz Freescale i.MX507 is good or not? Having a blast googling processors and resolution comparisons!

Anyhow, I already had 2 brands which I knew were ‘the best’ when it comes to e-readers. The all around famous Kindle from Amazon and Kobo. There are other brands but all the tech sites had these, so let’s go trust the internet. After comparing all the e-reader, in my budget of course, I chose the Kobo Aura second edition (my second in line was the Kindle paperwhite). This one isn’t the best best of the best, but a really good one for the prize. There was an Kindle alternative, but I’ve read Kindle doesn’t open epub-formate books, which I already have.

But why do I write this post?
Just to let you know that e-readers aren’t really that bad. I’ve come to love mine. he doesn’t have backlight or color, so no hard time on your eyes. It has stats, for example it tracks your progress, you’re ‘hours read’, ‘books finished’, it even gives you awards Looks like ‘real’ paper print. I do really like that you can change the font, the size, the line spacing and the margins And I LOVE how in most of the books I have on my Kobo have the font ‘open dyslexic’. My nurse told me last time that she hated it that she never got to read books because she has severe dyslexia and she has to concentrate so hard on reading the words right, that she doesn’t know what she is reading. So I set one of my books in that font, made it bigger and add more line spacing and she liked it!

okay, the anecdote was maybe a bit boring, but dyslexia is a part of my education, so I found that really cool. And I may be going a bit overboard with the love of my Kobo. But it comes in really handy in boring lectures, cuz no teacher sees it. And it’s small (6 inches) so you can take it anywhere (and I do), the battery goes one for weeks.

I’m gonna stop, cuz this is probably not interesting to read. But I’m over excited while writing it.

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I still have my old beautiful actually printed book and I even go old school and handwrite my blog post

Read y’all later

Lovies

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Hello everybody!!

This time I’m writing a book review, something I haven’t done in a REAAAAALY long time. I think this is the first book I’ve read in over a year that wasn’t an assignment and yes I am ashamed of it, because I absolutely LOVE reading. But before I start I want to thank everybody for the sweet comments and like on my previous post ‘Unnoticeable’. It means the world to me! 

Now lets started!

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Like I said, Caraval is the first book I’ve read in a really long time and I was absolutely delighted! It was so amazing it just peaked my love for reading agian! So thank you Stephanie! It’s a book full of magic, mystery and love and I adored it!

A little introduction to the book!

Scarlett and het sister Donatelle are the daughters of a very severe and dominant father. They are trapped on the island he reigns. Scarletts father arranged a marriage for her to a count from another isle. Not for her benefit but for his.

Scarlett has been dreaming of going to Caraval since she was only a little girl and every year she would write to Legend, the man behind the magic, asking if Caraval would ever come to their Island. But she never got a respons. Until one fortunate day! she recieved 3 tickets to go to Legend’s infamous Isle were reality fades away in illusion of magic. Telle immediately grabs the chance to  leave and figures out a way to get her sister to come along. But once they arrived Tella has vanished! Legend decided that Scarlett’s sister was this years mystery to solve. Not only for Scarlett but for ALL participants the search for Donatella is the main concern, but not for the same reason as Scarlett. But remember it’s only a game!

It was such a beautiful book , you get sucked in the story from the first sentence ’till the last. I read it in one go, I just couldn’t put it down. I could just feel the magic, I had to remind myself that it was only a game IN a book! But in a way you need to feel the magic to solve the mystery . that’s right, YOU along with scarlett discover what this mysterious Caraval has to offer. And when you think you’ve got it all figured out, magic happens and the carousel turns around.

I really really loved, and hope there might come a sequel or maybe a prequel! The Love, the Magic, the game and the mystery it is amazing! All I could think was ‘Come Back Yesterday‘ so I could reread it all over again!

I hope you liked this little review and read you all soon!

Lovies

FairyLoot unboxing

Hi everybody!

After a month of exam stress, it is finally over and I can go back to fun things! YAY! Before exams started I bought myself a christmas present, and a motivation to look forward to during exams! I ordered my first FairyLoot book box! 

Although it was a little expensive with shipping added, it was really worth buying it ! It had so many fun gadget it in, any booklover would love it! All the gadgets are related to the book or the theme of the book, so it all fits together when your finished reading the story 😀

What is in the box, you ask? Well…

The first gadget I saw was the Meraki Candle ‘COME BACK YESTERDAY’. It smells amazing! like cocoa, berries and musk, to be exact. It was named by the author herself, which make it even cooler, in my opinion.

Next there I found the Funko Mystery Mini box, I got a mini Hermione Granger!!! This was also my first Funko Pop! item I got :p

Then came jewelry!!! Oh Panda Eyes, made a beautiful rose necklace for FairyLoot. I think it’s very pretty and I really like the lock as well. It’s not a standard little one, but a big one in the same style as the rose! I love it!

To eveyone surprise… THERE WAS A SECOND BOOK!!! ‘HOW TO THINK LIKE SHERLOCK’ by Daniel Smith. In this book they explain the personaly and the mind of the great Sherlock Holmes, with actually excisiting karacter and personality theories and neuroscience. But don’t worry it’s not a schoolbook in disguise, after the scientific insights there are puzzles to help you to observe, not just to see.

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Final item before the book reveal… a beautiful pillowcase! It was placed in bed by the time I went to bed.

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BOOK BOOK BOOK!!!!

I was already hoping it would be this book. Because for some reason my whole instagram was filled with pictures of it! And I was not so secretly crossing my fingers when I opened the bag.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber! along with the drawing of this month’s book, Fairyscoop, the letter form the author and 2 super pretty bookmarks (which are already placed in several others books I’m reading (oops?). I’m so happy with the whole box! I’m definitely going to buy another one! Sadly it is too expensive for me to really subscribe to it every month 😦 but maybe someday I will!

I’m already writing 2 other post, and hopefully I will keep up writing regularly!

read you later!!

Lovies

 

 

 

This the season to be jolly…

Hello everybodyyy!! (sorry for the lay-out, I cant seem to fix it :/ )
Never in my life have I felt less christmassy than this year! It sucked cause I absolutely loooove Christmas spirit! I had all my stuff ready to make a christmas haul, because for some reason I had a lot of stuff. Didn’t impove the feeling though. Anyway I had all these blog ideas but literally no time.
Since this year Winterbreak turned into study season. I think I studied more in 2 weeks than I did all 7 years of high school combined. And still I’m going to fail hard. Even with my highly orginazed planning (yes, I’m one of those people, and yes I stick to it. Even worse, I’m a day ahead, you can imagine the hate of others when you tell them that :p ). So my planning AND watching Grey’s anatomy, I still don’t get it. And I have 3 subjects of anatomie, so please kill me now!
I do am proud of myself a little, because I do study as much as I can fysically handle (which is going to bed at 10pm, or I can’t function at all in the morning), and my breaks are not binge watching series, like I normally would. It was like an early new years resolution, being productive on breaks. So that means reading… the high quality literature of wattpad fanfiction, if you like Harry Potter fanfics look up kmbell92. Also I started knitting again, still nog any further than last year… just knitting patches, I can make a blanket with is, someday when I have 1000 patches. And writing as uch as I can with the limited creativity I have, during these boring times.
But studying during christmas and new year sucks really hard. Seeing my cousins get drunk, even my mum doing a shot, and you just sit there. Nah, I have to study tomorrow. And I’m saving my day for New Year (which was a good choice btw). But christmas was very fun, I got my uncle and I got each other for secret Santa and we got each other Harry Potter gifts. There was a lot of martini bellini, and it was fun seeing everybody again. But god, I can’t wait until all those children are a bit older, it’s a miracle I’m not deaf!
Then after a week of hard work, studying and liters coffee, IT WAS NEW YEAR! We all really looked forward to it. This was the second year we did this, and just like then we made food (this year was macaroni) had some drinks (waaaay less than last year, cuz studying). It was the best time of the holidays. Also did a secret santa And I got awsome gifts!Around 11pm, the boyz came (the boyfriends and their friends) wished happy newyear and left to the pub :p I was freezing my toes off!!

In my opinion studying during holiday season should be illegal, how can I znjoy my Harry Potter gifts when I have to learn. And now the holidays are almost over and I getting panicked about exams starting Monday, just hoping I won’t cry in the middle of my exam… at least wainting til I get home for that

Anyways read y’all later if my parents didn’t kill me because I failed everything! Lovies<3

Mini Dorm Tour

Hello everybody!!

It’s been a while again :/ but finally I made my Dorm Tour, very amateuristic with pictures taken with my phone… kinda temporarly unable to locate my camera at the present time. So sorry in advance for the aweful quality of my pictures, I will update my dorm tour someday when it is completly how I want it to be 😀

So here we go!

This is the place I like the most at the moment! little cactusses, that was the first thing I bought actually :p and then ofcourse, a planner! ‘cuz ESSENTIALS. My planner was personally custom made at personal-planner.com for 30 euros (might seem a lot but it’s like a cheaper somewhat less fancy version of a Lauren Condren planner which is $40 only delivery costs. SO…)

and because of my general obsession with notebooks I have several notebooks for different uses, the flamengo one on the pictures is my ‘what do I need from home’-checklist.

But my absoluut favorite is my Photowall, makes the whole room a bit more ‘home-like’. pictures of my family, my friends my vacations of this summer, and of course some of my favorite quotes and rolemodels.

The bedside is sort of empty, I need more pillows!!! but I have fairylights which are a must in a dormroom, makes every evening cozier! And what is better and a cozy night, favorite movie and some chips? all that PLUS ultra soft and fluffy panda socks from Primark!

The kitchen is a little small, but I manage :p looks super messy, litterally every space I have is taken my stuff like my oven and cooking plates, but it’s quite alright. I don’t have to share it with tons of people. So that’s handy also have my own bathroom with is seriously heaven!

And on top of the soon to be super cozy dorm room… Ghent is a very pretty city!!

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And for the people who don’t know this, Belgium isn’t a big country at all, so even to I live in a dorm in the week we all go home on the weekends. technically it isn’t so nessecary to have a dorm, but it sures makes it a hell of a lot easier! big difference between a 15 minute walk to campus than 30minute walk + 15 minute busride + 1 hour trainride and 20 minute walk to campus :p

Hope you all like this, see y’all soon

Lovies

 

So…college…

Hi everyone!

Still nailing the weeky updates (it’s a record I think!). So september is ending and normally there are some upcoming posts in the making! Get excited peeps!

My first week in college has ended and like my previous post said, I wasn’t ready for this. I wasn’t ready to meet new people, to make new friends, to have a student life. The social anxiety level of this week was too much for me to handle. The school stuff was no problem, classes went fine, teachers are great, campus almost figured out.

But the social side of all this, it’s difficult. In my class, in my dorm, in this city,  I have this feeling I don’t belong. I am relatively social person, if I click with someone at least. I don’t haven’t that with anyone (yet). And it’s hard, being alone in my room, nothing to do. My friends are in class or home. I don’t like being alone, or feeling alone (which is even worse). Luckily I still have some old friends, who already know the real me. So I can be myself at least a couple times.

Yesterday I went to a party organised by an organisation of 2 friends of mine. And I just broke. Seeing everybody, I missed them all so much. I stood there hugging and crying for 10 minutes with my friend. I practically cried all night. My best friend and I got thorugh our problems. It was emotionally too much. I am not ready. I don’t want new friends. And even if I make new friends they will never be like them!

I hope I will feel beter soon. cuz honestly this feeling sucks. But I’m gonna try the student life, you know partying and stuff. (which isn’t at all my interpretation of having fun, but I’ll try). There are a lot of events this week for students, so let’s see where that brings me!

See y’all later

Lovies