October & November wrap-up

October & November wrap-up

Monthly wrap-upLife 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

  1. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  2. De gevleugelde by Arthur Japin
  3. さわらないで by Kiyomi Niitsu
  4. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  6. 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

  1. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  2. 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… 😉

Book haul
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 🙂

One thought on “October & November wrap-up

  1. I have no recommendations for particular books to look out for, but I think it might be nice to visit the Persephone book shop, see here: http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/ They publish forgotten classics and have a list of almost exclusively women authors. The people behind the counter can often recommend the perfect book to start with based on what you have read and enjoyed before. It is small but nice to visit.
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