Thoughts on Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

OH MY GOODNESS, YOU GUYS! I have finished it. I have finally, FINALLY finished it. If you read my monthly wrap ups and TBRs, you probably know I’ve been reading Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix for two whole months. Yes, TWO months. Insane, right?! I finally read that last page yesterday and words can’t describe how accomplished I feel. Anyway, today’s post won’t really be a review, but more like random babble about this brick of a book. Please be aware of (minor) spoilers if you haven’t read the books yet!

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It’s my One Year Blogiversary!

Holy moly! It’s my one year blogiversary! I know I haven’t been very active lately, but I was focusing on my internship and graduating. My exam deadlines are next week, but I scheduled some blogging time so could put up this post. A lot of amazing things have happend in the past year, so I’ll be sharing some of my favourite blog posts as well as looking forward to things to come. Finally, I’m hosting a giveaway to celebrate my one year anniversary! It’s super fun, so don’t forget to check it out. Read more

Book Babble: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After in YA, is it realistic? Are the lives of YA characters after the books end actually trouble free? Here's what I think!I was participating in a Twitter chat a few weeks ago, (I can’t remember which one, though!) and we ended up chatting about Happily Ever After in YA. It got me thinking about it a lot afterwards. Is it even realistic to give YA books an HEA? I mean, characters aren’t even twenty yet! This week’s Book Babble (my two-weekly bookish discussion, if you didn’t know) is all about Happily Ever After in YA! Read more

Book Babble: Why I Don’t DNF Books

DNF: Did Not Finish. Do you ever read a book that you dislike so much that you want to put it away? Do you actually put it away. or do you keep going?DNF: Did Not Finish. | Some people never DNF a book in their life, others DNF more than they complete. Some people review their DNFs, others think it’s unfair. Basically, lots of people have lots of different opinions about not finishing books! In my new Book Babble (aka bookish discussion) I share my thoughts and opinions on DNF’ing books. Read more

Book Babble: (Special) Editions

Books are often published as different editions. Some books even have special editions! I talk about it in my new Book Babble.Something that annoys me endlessly, is different editions of books. I mean, we all want a series of books with the same covers and spines, right? That can’t just be me. Anyway, something that annoys me even more, is special editions of books. They’re cool, really, but nearly impossible to get if you’re not in the US or UK. Today, I’d like to discuss (special) editions of books! Read more

Book Babble: Audiobooks

Book Babble: AudiobooksLast month was the first time I ever listened to an audiobook. I got myself a two week free trial to an audiobook subscription called Storytel and started listening to The Heir by Kiera Cass right away. It felt a little weird at first, but I enjoyed it so much! Just like physical books and ebooks, audiobooks have pros and cons. I love to discuss anything book related, so that’s why this week’s Book Babble (AKA bookish discussion!) is about audiobooks. Read more

Book Babble: Movie Adaptations

Movie adaptations; sometimes I love 'em, sometimes I hate 'em. Want to know what I really think? Let's discuss some books and movies!There was a time when the only books I read were those from the movies I watched.  Since last year, I’ve been reading books that haven’t been turned into movies and I love them so much more! Movie adaptations intrigue me. Sometimes they’re amazing, sometimes they’re not. But people’s opinions on those movies are what’s most interesting to me. Read more

Book Babble: eBooks vs. Physical Books

Some people love eBooks, others don't even want to think about them. I personally love physical books, but I like eBooks as well!I can almost hear the sighs and the “could you be any more original?!” questions now, but the eBook vs. Physical Book opinions/discussions are so interesting to me! I absolutely love physical books because they fill up my shelf so beautifully, but I like eBooks because I can read them on my phone or iPad and don’t have to carry any extra weight. Basically, I love both, but keep reading if you want to know why! Read more

Book Babble: The Definition of Good & Bad

Is there a real definition of good and bad when it comes to books? I don't think so! I talk all about it in my new Book Babble!I’m in a Dutch YA group on Facebook. A while back, instead of asking what book everyone thought was best, this person asked about the worst. Someone left a comment saying good and bad is different for each reader, and I agree. Since then, I actually started thinking about it a lot. What are the definitions of good and bad when it comes to reading? Short answer: there is no real definition! Read more

Book Babble: Why I Don’t Read Dutch

Book Babble: my words for what others might call a discussion! Today I want to talk about why I read in English instead of Dutch. Book Babble: my words for what others might call a discussion. In my first Behind The Books post, I talked about how I “stopped” reading Dutch books and switched to English. Being a Dutch book blogger in the Netherlands who only reads English can be quite complicated, but it’s all worth it! I do occasionally pick up a Dutch book, but it’s quite rare! Today I want to talk about why I don’t read Dutch.  Read more