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

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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Reading: Dutch vs English

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’re probably aware that I’m from the Netherlands. I grew up on Dutch children’s literature, which is awesome (Annie M.G. Schmidt, anyone? Thea Beckman?) although I also read a lot of translated English novels (Roald Dahl!). Either way, I read these books in Dutch, which is the main point here.

When I was about ten I started to learn English at school and became more and more interested in this fascinating language, eventually studying it at university. That is also when I stopped reading Dutch books altogether. I’m pretty sure that up until May last year I hadn’t read a Dutch novel for over two and a half years (apart from the one I was writing myself at the time).

But then I started to read and review books for a Dutch literary website (www.tzum.info), which meant reading Dutch books again. Dutch translations of novels written in other languages, to be more accurate. It took some getting used to to read novels in my native language again. It’s not as if I hadn’t read anything in Dutch for all that time (that would be kind of impossible), but a whole novel? That’d been a while.

Turns out, I definitely prefer English books.

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Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

P1010204Since its publication in 1847 Jane Eyre has never ceased to be one of the most widely read of English novels. Transmuted by the rare Brontë imagination, the romance of Jane and Rochester takes on a strange and unforgettable atmosphere that lifts it above the level of mere melodrama. But Charlotte Brontë intended more. She portrayed the refusal of a spirited and intelligent woman to accept her appointed place in society with unusual frankness and with a passionate sense of the dignity and needs of her sex. 

First published: 1847


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Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins

I don’t know about you, but I love peanut butter. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t eat a peanut butter sandwich. Sometimes I also add a few slices of banana to the mix, and it was while eating this particular sandwich that I thought of making peanut butter and banana muffins.

Since peanut butter is kind of a weird substance, it was quite a bit of challenge to figure out the right measurements for these muffins, but they turned out pretty good, I think. They’re very easy to make, and quite delicious as a breakfast muffin! Of course, they also taste good throughout the rest of the day, but they do have a breakfast-y taste to them (is that a thing? I’m making it a thing). I, at least, devoured them with great pleasure for breakfast a few mornings last week.

Although I’m probably going back to my beloved peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast next week (let’s face it, I’m much too lazy to make breakfast muffins all the time), I definitely recommend you to give these a go!

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Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

invisiblemonstersShe’s a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway “accident” leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge that she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you’ll ever want to look.

First published: 1999


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Top Ten Favourite Books From The Past 3 Years

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Wow, look at me doing two top ten Tuesdays in a row! This week’s topic is your top ten favourite books from the past 3 years. That’s definitely a topic I can work with, although you will have seen most (if not all) of the books on this list in some of my previous top tens. I only started really keeping track of what I read at the end of 2013, so there weren’t all that many books to choose from.

Also, just to clarify: these aren’t necessarily books that were published in the last 3 years, but books I read (for the first time) in the last 3 years.

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Monthly Recap – February 2015

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Another month gone! A short one this time, though. Looking back, it appears that I have read very little in February. Oops! I guess that’s what you get for reading two books at the same time — neither one gets finished quickly. Oh well, better luck in March, I guess.

I did read quite a lot of literary criticism, since I have started the course for my bachelor thesis. I’ll be writing about Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, and I’m quite excited about it, actually! I’m also quite nervous and stressed out about all of it, though, but I’m sure everything will be all right. I just hope I’ll have enough time to catch up on my TBR! Participating in this Read-a-Thon at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer might be a good idea…

Anyway, let’s get on with the recap!

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