My Dream Author Panel

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A while ago I was inspired by Eventbrite to create my own dream author panel. But where do you start when you plan a panel? I have so many authors I’d love to see at a panel, but obviously not all of them could come, even if it is a dream panel. So I decided to go for a theme: authors who deserve more recognition. I decided to keep it small and pick three authors, so that all three of them hopefully would get enough speaking time (after all they deserve more recognition, so it would suck if they still didn’t get that much recognition at the panel itself!).

So who have I chosen? I’m glad you asked! (ssh I know I was the one who asked no need to point it out)

THE AUTHORS

Calista Lynne

While I didn’t give this book a five-star rating, it’s been on my mind ever since I finished it. It was just so cute and the way it represented asexuality was really beautiful. I would love to hear more about how Calista wrote We Awaken and her future writing plans. Plus I’ve read some of her blogposts and she seems like such a fun person.

Julia Ember

Confession: I haven’t finished Unicorn Tracks but I’m already really enjoying it. I can’t tell you that much yet since I’m only 40 pages in, but when Julia emailed me whether I wanted to review it or not she had me at YA Fantasy novel with a lesbian romance. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know I want to know more about Julia and her writing process.

Tara Sim

Tara is probably the most famous one out of the three, as I’ve seen Timekeeper around quite a lot, but not as much as say Throne of Glass or other famous YA books, and boy does Timekeeper deserve all the attention and praise. I won’t go into any details since I’ve already reviewed it, but if you haven’t read it yet please do (I will never stop telling you guys to please read it okay I will shout my love for this book from the rooftops). I woud love to hear more about Timekeeper and Tara herself seems like a really nice and interesting person.

And that’s my panel! Thank you so much to Eventbrite for coming up with this fun idea. If you want to organise and register for conferences in your local area, check out their website.

Would you come to my panel? Who would you invite to a bookish panel? Let me know in the comments! (also please gush with me over these books)

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Review One: Why Don’t You Just Rip My Heart Out Won’t Ya

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Genre: YA | Contemporary |
Goodreads rating: 4.17
My rating:  ★★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives (Goodreads).

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This book you guys. This book. I should’ve reviewed this sooner, because my memory is getting fuzzy, but I really need to review this anyway because I loved it and it deserves more attention.

One is written in poems. Going in I had no idea what to expect, but damn was this a good move. It worked really well with the story, made me feel like I knew the characters better and made it so much more emotional (which it already was). The story itself was beautiful, but I don’t know if it would’ve made the same impact if it hadn’t been written in verse.

Now, since my memory is a bit fuzzy and because I love making them, I’ll be summing up why I loved this book in a list

  • It’s about sisters!!
  • The rest of the family plays a huge part as well, and so do their new friends, but initially it’s still about the relationship between Grace and Tippi
  • Though they’re still clearly individuals
  • But the bond between them is so beautiful
  • I didn’t know much about siamese twins before reading this book, but it really sounds like the author did a lot of research and I think a lot of people will understand (and treat) siamese twins better by reading this book
  • The cute friendships that are formed during the book
  • The way it was written made me feel more involved in the twins’ life
  • Slightly predictable, but it doesn’t matter because it’s just so beautifully written and it’s so easy to get into
  • You just can’t stop reading

It’s just very beautiful and you should read it okay

I’m very sorry for that not so very helpful review, but I tried. I tried to get you all to read this beautiful book if you haven’t yet. I hope I convinced you all.

Have you read this yet? What did you think? Or do you know another book that is written in verse that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!

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The School Book Tag

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Thank you Eve for tagging me! If you’re not familiar with Eve’s awesome blog go check it out now. I haven’t done a tag in ages, but since I’m trying to get back into scheduling posts, what better way to start than with tags? SO LET’S DO THIS.

MATHS

a book that has two characters who equal perfection

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Hmm what (bro)tp to go with today? You know, I haven’t gushed about Percabeth in a long time and they remain one of my favourite book couples. They have a healthy, cute relationship and the build-up was A+

BIOLOGY

a book I would like to dissect

I dunno Les Mis maybe? GUYS DID I MENTION I FINALLY, AFTER FOUR YEARS OR SO OF IT BEING ON MY SHELF, STARTED LES MIS? Cause I did. I’m only like ten pages in but liking it so far. Since I’m not that far in yet I don’t know if I would like to dissect it, but since it’s huge and has a lot of characters I think it would be a great choice to dissect *nods*

PHYSICS

a book with a lot of potential

I’m going with a book I haven’t read yet. There are SO many though, but I recently bought Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley and it sounds amazing. Definitely has a lot of potential so I hope it won’t let me down.

CHEMISTRY

a book I really bonded to

The Perks of Being a Wallflower hands down. I definitely bonded to Harry Potter as well, but I felt that was a bit of a cliché answer haha. I relate so much to Charlie and I love this book so much. Damn, I need a reread.

ENGLISH

a book that should be a modern classic

Aaaah okay I don’t like giving the same answer twice but… The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It is so well-written and such an important book. It definitely should be a modern classic.

P.E.

a book that I raced to the finish with

While I didn’t finish it within a day or anything (because school yay) the last book that I raced to finish was Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (which I really need to review).

MUSIC

a book that reminds me of a song

Hmm I’m not sure? I do have songs that reminds me of books, but not really the other way around. So I’m going to be boring and not choose an answer here

I’ll be tagging: Lia | Kwante | Hannah

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

What book reminds YOU of a song? And what’s your favourite subject and why? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogsterdam: KITTY EDITION 2.0

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Blogsterdam is supposed to be a monthly thing but alas, the blogger behind this blog is very forgetful. Anyway, Blogsterdam is a blogging series in which this forgetful blogger talks about her hometown Amsterdam, as the city is so much more than drugs, cheese and the Red Light District.

Yes it’s true, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. It’s truly time for another Blogsterdam! KITTY EDITION (if your wondering why it’s 2.0, check out my post on the Cat Boat!). I mentioned going to a cat cafe last month, and I finally got around to writing about it.

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The cat cafe is called ‘Kopjes’, which is both the Dutch word for ‘cups’ and a cat rubbing its head against you (I couldn’t find a translation for this word). When you walk in you get to the register where you need to wash your hands and can buy some cat merchandise.

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Behind the register you go through the door to the cafe area where the cats live. The cafe is very cozy and full with cat related stuff. Like the menu has a cat on it of course

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Of course I don’t remember everything that was on the menu, but I’d really recommend the red velvet cake.

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Basically, if you like foods and cats this is the place for you. Now, time for what I’m sure you’re all waiting for: CAT PICTURES

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Meet the cats (unfortunately you can’t really read their names in the picture sorry about that)

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Look at that cheeky leg

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Story time: I was petting the first cat, but all of a sudden it moved like it was going to bite me. So I took the hint and left it alone. I sat back down in my chair next to my friend and all of a sudden the cat charged me. I thought it was going to attack me (we both did), then it jumped on my lap, jumped to my friend’s lap and sat down. IT WAS SO RUDE. I WAS GIVING YOU LOVE AND ATTENTION EARLIER WHY DID YOU CHOOSE HER.

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Look at her face lmao

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LOOK AT THE TINY AMSTERDAM HOUSE THEY HAVE

I don’t wanna play favourites but… Tiny (the one in the house) is my favourite

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CAN YOU BLAME ME THOUGH I MEAN LOOK AT IT

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Seriously recommend this cafe if you’re a cat lover. I had never been to a cat cafe before this one, so I don’t have anything to compare it with, but I really loved it.

Important information:
Address: Marco Polostraat 211
Opening hours: Wednesday through sunday 10.00 – 19.00
It’s best to make a reservation! You get two hours at the cafe
Also you need to pay three euros entrance (do it for the kitties)
You can only pay with a debit or credit card

Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Or something similar? How was it? Let me know in the comments! Also if you have a cat please share some cat stories with me I love cats

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Character Coming To Life in A Character in Reality

Genre: not sure? contemporary but with some fantastical elements?
Goodreads rating: 3.0
My rating:  ★

 

 

 

 

 

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What would you do if a character in a novel you wrote actually came to life? What if the character learned his whole reality was just a construct created by you, the story’s narrator? In A Character in Reality, Detective Gladstone, a fictional character from the narrator’s Flaming Locket series, gains consciousness and steps out of a novel into reality. He adjusts to the real world with the narrator’s help, picking up insights along the way about what it means to be human. He eventually becomes too real to exist in the narrator’s fiction and is stranded in reality, taking up acting as a profession. He likes this work because he can be fully directed and have pre-written lines to say, just like in fiction. But when he becomes too famous, people catch on that he was originally a character from a novel, and an extremist anti-illegal immigrant group does not want him living in reality. The group believes that characters from a book belong in a book, not in the real world. Gladstone must face down the group’s leader and in so doing fully self-actualize, becoming a much loved American hero in the process (Goodreads).

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DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of the book by the author. This doesn’t affect my review

I really liked the concept of this one. I’m always a sucker for the idea of characters coming to live, so of course I really wanted to read this one. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me. To organise my thoughts, I’ll be making a list (cause YAY LISTS)

  • The writing isn’t that great. A lof of ‘he did this’ and ‘he did that’
  • Also a lot of telling instead of showing
  • The characters were very flat. I don’t know anything about them
  • There wasn’t really a plot until way too late, which made it really boring (Robert did this, Robert did that)

My biggest problem with this book though, is a bit of a spoiler, though you can guess that this will happen. While the narrator warns Robert that no one can know he is fictional, it is found out eventually. I found the way other people found out super unrealistic. Someone notices the similarity between Robert and the character he was in the book he’s from, and people immediately think that they are the same person, thus that Robert came to life. They don’t think the character might be based on him or anything like that, and the narrator admits that Robert and fictional Robert are one and the same, instead of using this easy excuse (he was offered money, but the whole ordeal felt really ridiculous to me). Then Robert is shunned and it’s clear that the author wanted to parallel the xenophobia in America (especially since at some point the elections come into play and it’s clear that the candidates are based on Hillary and Trump). But here’s the thing. Robert is a white, cis, straight abled man. I couldn’t find a description of him, but if he wasn’t white he should’ve been described that way and his main love interest is incredibly racist, so she wouldn’t have dated him if he weren’t white. The way Robert was used as a metaphor for what is going on in America right now (and in the rest of the world) and for racism and xenophobia really felt wrong to me. Especially when at the end of the book he is deemed a hero and an inspiration to all minorities, when the only reason he was ‘discriminated’ against was because he was fictional (there were protesters in the book who were like ‘fictional characters are taking our jobs!!’ clearly a metaphor for immigrants ‘taking’ jobs). It just didn’t sit well with me.

So in short, I really wouldn’t recommend this book. I didn’t like the metaphor at all and the writing wasn’t that great.

Have you read this book? What did you think? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Announcement About Tags

Okay, so I should’ve done this ages ago, but part of me just didn’t want to. See, I have a lot of tags to catch up on, and let’s be real here I’m never going to be able to catch up on all of them. So unfortunately I’ve decided that if I’ve already done a tag (especially more than twice) I likely won’t do it anymore. I didn’t really want to announce this, as I’ll kindly explain it when people tag me, but since I’ve already been tagged multiple times in tags I’ve already done, I wanted to explain it in a post anyway to all the people who tagged me in those tags. I’m really, really happy you guys tagged me and thought of me and I really wish I could do them (I really like doing them too!) but the ammount of tags I have to do is stressing me out. Plus, doing the same tags over and over again might not be that interesting to read? I don’t know, but I don’t want to bore you guys.

I really hope this doesn’t sound bitchy or ungrateful or anything. I love being tagged, I really do, but can’t keep up and I’d rather do tags I haven’t done yet. I hope you guys understand <3

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The Monthly Hufflepuff: January

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How is it February already what even. Also… HI I’M ALIVE. I wanted to post a lot more during January, even though I didn’t expect that I would be able to with all the assignments and my exam. The thing is, I actually could’ve blogged. All that time I spend binge-ing Jane the Virgin? I could’ve used it to blog. But I’m afraid I’ve hit a slump guys. I did want to blog, but I also didn’t? I was too tired, unmotivated and I decided that I’d rather read, watch tv shows and movies and play Pokemon instead of blog. But as you can see, I’m blogging now! Hurray. I hope that this term is going to be different. Not that it’s going to be less busy, definitely not. But I’m going to plan. I’m going to be on top of things. Things probably won’t go as planned, but I’ll definitely try.

I’m also super behind on replying to everyone’s comments – really sorry about that. And I haven’t read any blogposts in a while, so I definitely have some catching up to do. I haven’t forgotten about you guys!

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As you can see I read a lot of comics again. I wouldn’t say I’m in a reading slump per se, but I’ve just been in the mood to read lots of comics lately.

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Well, let’s see how I did? Spoiler: badly

The only reading goal I set myself this year is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Once again I’m aiming to read 100 books. So far 25 and am 17 books ahead of schedule. Bless comics.

Other than that I set myself some writing and blogging goals. Did I write? No. Did I blog? Barely. Did I accomplish any goals? Or at least work on them? Nope.

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I’m more excited about this term, since most of the classes seem more fun. I don’t really have anything to look forward to this February though. Maybe there are some exciting books coming out, but I wouldn’t know since I’m not keeping up with new releases at all. I’m much more excited for March, since I’ll be seeing Busted live! And Beauty and the Beast will finally come out!

So how has your January been? CATCH ME UP GUYS WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO

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