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  • Birthday 07/04/1991

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    Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French
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    My greatest passion is the written word - but I also need these: running, spinning, coffee, music (metal, mainly Epica and Lacuna Coil), writing. My other interests include history, law, crime, well-written TV shows and films, photography, psychology and sociology.

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  1. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Crazy, right? I'm happy I've been able to read 16 books already this year, not easy with a full time job, working overtime and sports four times a week. I'm sure I'll have a great time, I can't wait! I will have to restrain myself and not go into any bookshops at all. I'm traveling with Ryanair so I have to keep my luggage very light, since it's going to be hand luggage only (if that's a word).
  2. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    After much contemplating, I've decided to leave Wolf Hall for later and start Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Next week (the week starting April 9th), I'll be traveling to Ireland and the UK to see Epica shows. I'll only have time to read in short amounts of time and I want to take my time for Wolf Hall and its sequel, because I get a feeling these are the kinds of books you need to be able to really concentrate on
  3. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Saturday Requiem + Sunday Morning Coming Down review I'm bundling these two because at this point in the series, it's too hard to say anything without revealing too much. I can only repeat what I've said in previous reviews of Frieda Klein novels and add it only gets better, more complex. We dive deeper and deeper. I've become severely attached to Frieda Klein. I totally have a huge crush on her even though she's a fictional character. I am suffering from a terrible book hangover at the moment. Next up should be Wolf Hall, but I worry it might be too heavy a read when I'm still so emotionally attached to the last seven books. Anyone read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel?
  4. Muggle Not - 2018 Books Read

    I read it and I absolutely loved it - my review's in my topic somewhere. I bought the first two books in paperback, so now I want this one in paperback as well. But I couldn't wait until the release to read it! Odd how paperback is always published so much later than the hardback. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I frankly (hehe) can't imagine putting it down almost halfway through. It's signficantly shorter than the previous two books, too. I'd start on another book. You never know how slow the reader before you is! Maybe take a light book, or a short one, so that you have enough time for Robichaeux. Is it in French? We can keep library books for four weeks and lengthen that twice (unless someone's made a reservation I believe), first for another two weeks and then for a few days.
  5. Frankie reads 2018

    It sounds like everything's changing for you, but I'm happy that it's for all the right reasons! Sounds like you're moving forward. Happy reading this year!
  6. Muggle Not - 2018 Books Read

    We can also suggest books to our library, but I really try to be selective about it as well. I try to think if many people would enjoy it, or if it's too much niche. Our library doesn't notify us, but then I don't usually request them officially A friend of mine works there - I went to London with her in December, talked about a bok there, she said she'd ask her colleague. Sure enough, that same week the book was on the website as being in the process of being ordered! The book I asked for was A Column of Fire And I went ahead and requested the other two books as well, so everyone can read them all
  7. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Friday on My Mind review In this instalment, the central crime hits very close to home for Frieda Klein. She quickly becomes the main suspect and has to go on the run. It's interesting to see a character so set in her ways, so attached to the order her world is in, be completely taken out of it. Suddenly, she has to go underground while trying to find the real killer. It's a very interesting and different read from the other books, but I loved the character growth. I also thought it was very realistic to see who stood by her and who didn't, and how people didn't simply take her side or the side against her, but were often caught somewhere in the middle.
  8. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Thursday's Children review In this book, we dive deeper into Frieda Klein's past. It was a very interesting journey, which brought a lot of insight into the main character of the series and why she is the way she is. The development of the other characters was very nicely built up as well. Of all the books in the series so far, this was the most personal/psychological one, but I truly loved it.
  9. What are you listening to?

    I'm seeing Kamelot at a festival this Summer and am seeing them in Tilburg in September for the concert where they will record their DVD. I don't know many songs by them, so I'm getting to know them a bit. I really like Citizen Zero, Ravenlight, Liar Liar, The Haunting - and this one, Sacrimony, is my favourite so far.
  10. Hayley's Reading in 2018

    Last year, I bought Rivers of London, Moon over Soho and Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch and I look forward to reading them. Is the book you read part of the same series? The cover looks very similar to that of Rivers of London.
  11. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Waiting for Wednesday review The next instalment in the Frieda Klein series. I feel the same about it as I did about Tuesday's Gone, only that it was even better. The characters really grow on you.
  12. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Thank you, @bobblybear! I wish you the same I haven't seen the movie yet, but I sure will - I look forward to Kathy Bates' portrayal of Annie. Tuesday's Gone review Unexpectedly even better than its predecessor. I read this book in maybe three days, having had to work the majority of the day. The same characters from Blue Monday return. Their experiences have changed them, but not altered their personalities completely. I like how the story is well-paced - not too slow, not to fast. How the plot keeps going on and how we gain insight into different people's points of view. At the same time, the personal lives of the main characters are more slowly built, making it very realistic. I expect to finish Waiting for Wednesday soon!
  13. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2018

    Thanks @Athena and @frankie! Blue Monday review I read this book in 2012 and gave it a very low rating then as I didn't enjoy it at all. I'm not entirely sure why I wanted to reread - I think it had to do with the protagonist being a psychologist and me wanting to read the other books in the series. Surprisingly, I'm glad I gave it another go. I almost didn't start, remembering my previous bad experience. Reading my review from six years ago, I can't relate with it at all. But to be honest, at that point in my life, it's what I would have felt about it. So much has changed since then, I have changed so much as a person, and it's life a different person read this book again. I found it much more agreeable. Atypical, maybe - but I enjoyed the main character, the pace, the oddness of it much more. I look forward to reading the rest of the Frieda Klein series and have started on Tuesday's Gone.
  14. Game of Thrones

    I've only done a GOT tour in Northern Ireland (never gone to the other counties) and it was simply great! We even got to dress up with cloaks and longswords.
  15. Live Music

    Sounds like a great experience overall! Was it your first time seeing them? I saw my favourite band Epica 7 times last year. They've been touring ever since the release of their last album in September 2016, put out two EPs in between, so while they usually make an album every two years, the next one will be for 2019. I expected I wouldn't see them live very much if at all in 2018. Then they announced a UK tour, and I immediately got a ticket to the Dublin show - with a meet & greet. Then they announced a special show for their 1000th concert that same week on Saturday, so I got a ticket for that. I met a couple from Manchester while queuing for Epica, and they invited me to the Manchester show that same week and told me I could stay at their place. So got a ticket, and also a meet & greet. Then these people said they're seeing Epica at a festival in Austria in August, invited me along, naturally I said yes. Then last week they announced they're playing a festival 15 minutes from my house the week before that, of course I'm going. So I get to see Epica 5 times in 2018 I'll see the band twice officially, and then at both festivals there'll probably be signing sessions. I'm really excited! I also saw Lacuna Coil in London in January, for their 20th anniversary show. They were amazing. A week later, I saw Arch Enemy in Antwerp for the first time. They were absolutely amazing, and I've won a ticket for their Lille concert in June!