Hello book lovers and/or baking enthusiasts, and welcome to my blog!
I’m Anne, I’m 29 years old and I live in Groningen (a city in the northern part of the Netherlands) where I’ve been born and raised and am now working in a lovely bookshop. I love books, baking and writing, so in 2013 I decided to start this blog – it’s all pretty straightforward over here on Books Baking and Blogging.
My all-time favourite books are Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers. I also have a very special place in my heart for Matilda by Roald Dahl and Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, which was a cover buy but ended up touching my very soul. Other favourites include Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Oh, and I’m also deeply in love with Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle and N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy.
I could go on like this for a while, but let’s skip to the baking part.
I can’t remember when I started to bake (more regularly than baking cookies with my mother once a year, that is). I vaguely remember buying my first baking book but was I already baking by then? Is that when I started baking? Did I leave it on my shelf for ages before using it? That sounds like me, but who can tell? In any case, baking has become sort of therapeutic for me. If I’m stressed it calms me down to make something from scratch and just focus on that instead of my problems. The eating part helps too.
On this blog, you’ll find recipes for all kinds of baked goodies as well as book reviews and other bookish posts (including videos) and occasionally some random ramblings about my life.
Also find me here…
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51 thoughts on “About Me”
I remember reading to you when I visited your mum. You were thrilled by the adventures of Harry P. and even though I didn’t it was such fun seeing you enjoying another adult you had lured into reading to you.
Wonderful to read yor blog now!
I have very fond memories of those visits! I’m glad you enjoyed those times too, albeit in another way than I did. 😉 Thank you for reading!
Hey there, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! You can check out my nomination here: http://littlegrowingpains.com/2013/11/21/id-like-to-thank-the-academy/. Thank you for your awesome writing!
Wow, thank you so much! I really appreciate it, Gwen! 🙂
It’s award time!!! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
Wow, another award? Thank you so much! I might wait a while before I’ll answer the questions and stuff (because I just posted a huge post with that) but I really do appreciate it! 🙂
Those are all such great books! I grew up on Roald Dahl and Harry Potter myself :). I love the combination of literature and baking on your blog!
They certainly are!
Thank you, I’m glad you like it! 🙂
I just stopped by your blog for the first time,and I love it! I’m a reader/baker/cooker too! Anyway, just wanted to say helloooo! Happy reading and Happy New Year!
Thank you very much, I’m glad you enjoy reading my blog! 🙂 And hello to you too! I hope you have a Happy New Year as well! I’ll take a look at your blog as well in the new year, I love to read blogs from fellow readers/bakers 🙂
I’m so glad I’ve found your blog! I’m an English Literature student so like you, I love reading just about anything and I absoulutely baking, having been blogging about it for just over a year now. I’m so excited to read your future posts, your blog is perfect for me! 🙂 x
Thank you so much! This comment really made me smile 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy my future posts!
I’ve nominated you for a Liebster awad. Feel free not to participate if it’s not your thing, I just enjoy your blog!
Thank you so much! 🙂 I did an award post a while back, but maybe I’ll do another one soon! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog so much!
It looks like I nominated 2 people who already had the award – d’oh! Should have checked first really! Please don’t feel obliged…
That’s ok! Lots of bloggers get nominated multiple times for the same award! I was just thinking the other day about answering some more questions for awards I’ve gotten but didn’t make a post about, so I might now do that soon! 🙂
Hi Anne! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying reading your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check it out: http://thewordybaker.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/the-liebster-award/
Wow, thanks so much, Hallie! 🙂 I really appreciate it! I don’t know when I’ll answer the questions, but it does really warm my heart to get nominated! 🙂
I love your blog. But all those baking post made me hungry. :))
Thank you so much! And I’m sorry about that, haha! I know the problem. 😉
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Thank you very much! 🙂
Hi Anne! I came across your blog through Goodreads.
Finally after a long long time I’ve come across someone who bakes also and review books also (like me!)
It’s great to have come across you and your precious blog 🙂
Do visit mine (both the blogs-one is for book-reviews and the other one is for baking)
1) The Reading Bud – http://thereadingbud.wordpress.com/
2) The Baking Bud – http://thebakingbud.wordpress.com/
Hello! I’m glad you like my blog! I’ll be sure to take a good look at yours when I find the time. Books and baking is the best combination, I’d say. 😉
Yea… I completely agree! 😉
Hi Anne! Just wanted to let you know that your blog never fails to make me smile, so I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Enjoy! http://onlybooksandhorses.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/the-sunshine-award/
Aww, thank you so much! That’s so sweet of you, I really appreciate it 🙂
Looks like you have a great blog. Fab you’re into baking. Are you able to watch the Great British Bake Off? What stuff do you bake?
Thank you very much! I’ve watched a few episodes of the Great British Bake Off on the internet and really liked it. I bake all kinds of stuff, really. You could take a look at my Recipe Index (towards the top of the page) if you want to check it all out. 🙂
Your writing reminds me of my own love for books! We seem to have the same taste, too. I am looking forward to read more 🙂
I am glad to hear you like it! Thank you very much for following the blog and commenting here, I really appreciate it 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy the future posts!
Hi! Hope you don’t mind but I’ve nominated you for the Jolly Blogger Award.
Details here: http://bit.ly/1sVSJO2
There is no obligation to take part – it’s just a bit of holiday fun!
Of course I don’t mind, thank you very much! 🙂 It’s a pity Christmas is already over, but perhaps I can do it next year!
Hi, love reading your blog 🙂
Btw, wanted to ask… what social buttons do you use? and I love the categories bar, how did you do that?
Hi Galit! Thanks, I’m glad you like it! I saw your email with the same questions, and I actually answered it that same day. Didn’t you get it? Anyway, I’ll just copy paste what I wrote here. 🙂
I found my social media buttons over here: http://www.carrieloves.com/2012/12/free-social-media-icons-updated/
They’re available in all kinds of colours, and you can get them in 3 different sizes, which is really cool.
About the category buttons; I can’t seem to find the tutorial I used for that one, I’m sorry! You have to change something in the CSS of your blog, so you do have to have custom design (the upgrade). I’m pretty sure there was a post on Nose Graze (http://www.nosegraze.com/) about it, but I can’t find it…
I’m sorry I couldn’t really help out with the category bars!
Thank you so much 🙂 I have the free WordPress blog, so I don’t think I can do that, but thank you so much for the fast reply 🙂
Thank you so much for the social buttons, it is the only one I’ve seen with goodreads in it 😀
Hi there, I’ve tagged you for the #TakeBackWhatYours more details you’ll find in my post 🙂 https://coffeennotes.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/takebackwhatsyours-campaign/
Hi there! As a fellow Dutchie I really appreciate your blog posts about The Netherlands! Also, love the book reviews you give! That’s why I’ve nominated you for The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! http://basilandoil.com/2015/01/22/nominated-for-the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
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Hello! I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thanks for making your blog so great :]
Thank you so much, Jordan! I appreciate it 🙂
Welcome and no problem :]
Hi Anne! Even if I’m 12 years old, I love Books!!
I am new to this app so I don’t know exactly how to use it I mean I don’t know how to upload my profile picture, but anyways i have installed this app for Books Baking and Blogging only!
I love Harry Potter and The Hunger Games!!
I’ve read many books but now I can’t decide what to read…I like fantasy very much!!
so I just wanted your advise!!!!
Hi Sidra! Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m so happy to hear that you like my blog, and even more happy that you like books so much! The Harry Potter books are among my favourites, and I loved The Hunger Games too. 🙂
I asked one of my blogging friends for advice for a recommendation for you, because I didn’t read a lot of fantasy when I was your age, and especially not in English. She came up with loads of cool books, so I’ll just tell you what she told me! (her blog is http://www.paperfury.com). She said this: “I definitely think she might like Ranger’s Apprentice and she could possibly like City of Bones too, since HP/The Hunger Games are famous. Percy Jackson? Skulduggyer Pleasant is hilarious and magical with a bit of HP vibe. Inkheart. The Shamer’s Daughter. The False Prince. OMG THE FALSE PRINCE IS HILARIOUS. And the narrator is 12 or 14 I think. So /that/ is definitely a must. And she /might/ like Divergent if she likes The Hunger Games?”
I hope you find some cool books among these and that you’ll keep reading! 🙂 Thanks again for your comment, you’re very sweet!
Thanks Anne!! Say my thanks to your friend too for recommendations!! I’ve read Divergent before and totally liked.. I checked the other books on Goodreads and I liked them!!(Very muchh!!!) 🙂 well I’m thinking to buy city of bone, the shamer’s daughter and the false prince… for now!!! And once again thank you very much!! 🙂
I’m soo sorry the previous reply has gone anonymous!!
I don’t know i just forgot too fill the details sorry!!!
(Maybe i was too excited too order the books online)
Haha, no worries, I figured it was you! I’m glad you like the suggestions, and I’ve passed on your thanks! Enjoy your reading 🙂
Hi, happy Monday 🙂 I’ve nominated you for The Instagram Tag here: https://coffeennotes.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/the-instagram-tag/
I’m a terrible ccook but what you are making makes me want to start baking immediately! Cool blog 🙂 I’d love to talk more about books and baking, I might learn something!if you could check out my blog, too I’d appreciate it 🙂 See ya 🙂
That’s so sweet, thank you very much! I hope you’ll enjoy my blog – I’ll definitely make sure to check out yours!