Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

P1020027Anna had everything figured out — she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decided to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Étienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken — and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

First published: 2010


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My Top Ten Favourite Quotes From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I love this week’s topic! Bookish quotes are best and I’m so glad Goodreads has that awesome “quotes” function. Makes looking for them quite a lot easier! Compiling an actual “top ten” was pretty much impossible for me, though, because I think an amazing book is often just a compilation of some very good quotes. So, I just browsed through my shelves on Goodreads, looking for quotable books that I thought deserved a spot in this top ten. And here it is! As always, these are in no particular order.

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Bookish Would You Rather

We all know the “would you rather”-game, with questions like: would you rather have the hiccups for the rest of your life or always feel like you have to sneeze but not be able to. Most of these questions are impossible to answer, which makes them so much fun.

Recently I came across a Bookish Would You Rather video on YouTube, by my favourite booktuber, Sanne from booksandquills, and I thought it’d be fun to try to answer these questions myself as well. Apparently it’s quite an old tag already, but I hadn’t seen it before. So if anyone’s thinking “oh, not that old thing again!” — sorry!

Anyway, here we go…!

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The Week of the Baking Fails

So, here’s what the plan was for what was supposed to be yesterday’s blogpost: a recipe for some delicious homemade marshmallows. I was going to make them yesterday, they were going to turn out great and I was going to delight you all with the pictures and the not-too-difficult way of making them.

That didn’t turn out quite as I expected.

Add to that the fact that I tried (and failed miserably) to bake a peanut butter and chocolate two-minute-microwave cake-in-a-mug earlier this week, and this post was born!

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

P1020026Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament  — fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

First published: 2012


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Top Ten Books from My Childhood/Teen Years I’d Like to Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is books from my childhood or teen years I’d like to revisit. I’m a big fan of nostalgia and reminiscing about those good ol’ days, so I’m definitely game for this week’s top ten! I had tons of fun thinking about the books I used to love and reread all the time when I was young. The last four books on the list are from when I was a teenager, and I’m not completely sure when I read Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek (Crusade in Jeans), and if it is considered a book for children or for young teenagers — it’s been a while.

Anyway, let’s get on to this fun list! Anyone who’s been following my blog for a while can probably guess what book is on the top of my list… (although, technically, these are in no particular order).

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Lemon and Blueberry Blondies

Spring officially started yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier about it! We had a couple of sunny days last week here in the Netherlands, and they were glorious. Biking around town without a coat on (and without getting cold, obviously) is the best feeling around this time of year. Or maybe it’s having lunch in the sun on a roof top terrace… Yep. That was definitely better than the biking.

And what better way to celebrate Spring than with a delicious, fresh and fruity baked goodie? Lemon and blueberry are perfect flavours for a sunny day, and these blondies are packed with both of them. I also added some white chocolate chips for an extra sweet little bite, but you could leave those out as well if you prefer. With or without the chocolate or the sunshine, these blondies have such a rich taste they can clear up any cloudy day.

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If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

if i fall if i dieWill has never been to the outside, at least not since he can remember.

And he has certainly never got to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their little world comprises only the rooms in their home, each named for various exotic locales and filled with Will’s art projects. But soon the confines of his world close in on him.

Despite his mother’s protests, Will ventures outside clad in a protective helmet and braces himself for danger. He eventually meets and befriends Jonah, a quiet boy who introduces him to skateboarding.

Will welcomes his new world with enthusiasm, his fears fading and his body hardening with each new bump, scrape and fall. But life quickly gets complicated. When a local boy goes missing, Will and Jonah want to uncover what happened. They embark on an extraordinary adventure that pulls Will far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers. 

Publisher: Random House UK

Publication date: 12 February, 2015

Source: eGalley approved by the publisher in exchange for honest review


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Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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This week’s topic is the top ten books on my Spring to be read list. I probably won’t get to all of these in Spring, but I’m going to try my best! Most of these have been waiting on my shelves for quite a while, so it’s about time I read them. As always, these are in no particular order.

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