Life was more hectic than ever in the past few months, and I thought things would calm down in November… but they didn’t, and I even skipped my October wrap-up. So here’s a double one!
In the past two months I started a new job, which I’m really loving and am ridiculously happy with. I also travelled; I went on a holiday to France for a week, spent a long weekend in Athens in Greece with high school friends, and went on a Christmas holiday shopping trip to Cologne in Germany. I visited a few concerts, went to a book presentation by my favourite Dutch author (hint: it’s Arthur Japin, and I read the book in October), watched a ton of movies at an international film festival… I had a lot of fun the past months but I am also looking forward to some quiet time!
Which isn’t happening until Christmas break. Hah.
I am leaving to London soon, on a trip with our book club. I hope to get a ton of book shopping done so if you have recommendations for books I should look out for, let me know!
The past two months I still managed to read a bunch of books:
Read in October
- After Dark by Haruki Murakami
- De gevleugelde by Arthur Japin
- さわらないで by Kiyomi Niitsu
- Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
- Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The Dark Forest blew me away. It was incredibly, incredibly good, and I cannot wait for the last part in the trilogy. Shadow and Bone on the other hand I was expecting a lot of but it didn’t deliver. It wasn’t bad, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue reading the next part (but probably not). さわらないで was awfully boring 🙁 But I loved all the other books I read!
Read in November
- Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
- De brief voor de koning (De brief voor de koning, #1) by Tonke Dragt
You can find my review for Welcome to Night Vale here. Twas alright, didn’t quite deliver. De brief voor de koning is a Dutch classic children’s book and, hurray, it’s been translated to English! The Letter for the King it’s titled, and I highly recommend it to everyone. I have vague plans for reviewing it… 😉
Some books were hauled, but photos were not taken.
Reading in December
I won’t have time for most of December, although I am about to finish my current read: The Passion by Jeanette Winterson. I also hope to get to David Mitchell’s Slade House. I will probably read ALL the books during Christmas though! For ultimate Christmas feels I plan to read the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 🙂