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  • Birthday 10/25/1985

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    Helmond, the Netherlands
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  1. Read-a-thon 2020

    I'm glad you had fun reading ! EDIT: The next read-a-thon is scheduled for 4, 5, 6 September. I will have just moved (moving is in just over a week now!) so will have to see how things are by then, if I have time and energy to participate.
  2. Quick book thoughts. Bianca Toeps - Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit (re-read) I re-read this after finishing Druks (see previous post). Dutch autism memoir published by the same publisher as Druks. Elise Cordaro - Anders gaat ook (re-read) I wanted to re-read this memoir as well (autism and ADHD memoir) Tomohito Oda - Komi Can't Communicate 3: Volume 3 Tomohito Oda - Komi Can't Communicate 4: Volume 4 I enjoyed reading books 3 and 4 in this manga series. Christophe Chabouté - Alone (Tout Seul) This was a nice graphic novel about a person alone in a lighthouse. Pam Smy - Thornhill This book is part textbook (prose) and part illustrations / graphic novel. I liked it. Brandon Mull - Fablehaven 1: Fablehaven Middle-grade fantasy, I read this together with a friend. It was quite good. Jeff Lemire - Roughneck Graphic novel about a former ice-hockey player and his sister. She is on the run from her abusive ex. This was a nice read. Craig Thompson - Blankets This is part graphic novel and part graphic memoir, I'm not sure how much of it is fiction. It's about Craig growing up, with his Christian family, the relationship with his brother and Craig as a teenager falling in love with a teenage girl. I liked the book for the most part. E. K. Weaver - The Less Than Epic Adventures of T. J. and Amal (1-3) This is an omnibus of the whole story. Two men (Amal and T. J.) meet and decide to go on a road trip together, and fall in love. I really liked it.
  3. Read-a-thon 2020

    I'm glad you enjoyed it ! Thank you! Thanks, my granddad is doing okay under the circumstances gladly . Haha! Yay! I'm glad you are liking it ! Yesterday (Sunday) I finished off Blankets by Craig Thompson (548 pages read on Sunday). I also read The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E. K. Weaver (527 pages). I had a lot of fun reading during this read-a-thon!
  4. What's the weather like?

    Agreed! Records were broken here in the Netherlands the past few days. I hope things cool down soon over there. They predict the heatwave here will last until Friday, we shall see (they said Thursday before..)..
  5. Read-a-thon 2020

    I hope it for you!! Yay for you finishing off the first manga and reading some of Hamnet! I'm glad the weather is okay over there, it was 22 degrees Celsius this morning early already (it's gone up to 34 C atm I think). Thanks, my grandfather is doing okay under the circumstances. Yesterday I finished off Fablehaven 1 (75 pages) and I read Roughneck by Jeff Lemire, a graphic novel (about 269 pages, but it doesn't have page numbers and I feel I might need to recount because when I was doing the counting I kept getting distracted). I started Blankets by Craig Thompson, which is a graphic novel / memoir (44 pages). I haven't done any reading of a book yet today, so I guess I'd better get to that soon..
  6. Read-a-thon 2020

    Happy reading to you too Marie! I hope you enjoy finishing off Misery, Karen! Awww, I'm so sorry about your refridgerator being broken . I'm really liking it so far! It's middle-grade fantasy, book 1 in the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. There are 5 books in total, I have the box set. I hope you enjoy(ed) finishing off The House Without Windows . Yesterday I read 3 chapters of Fablehaven (1) (62 pages). I also read Volume 3 and Volume 4 of Komi Can't Communicate by Tomohito Oda (two manga volumes). I then read Alone by Christophe Chabouté, a graphic novel. Lastly I read Thornhill by Pam Smy, which is part graphic novel and part prose ('text'book). Hopefully I can do a bit more reading today. We're having a heatwave here, it's 37 °C today and it's too hot for most things (including packing for the upcoming move less than 2 weeks away). I didn't sleep that well because of the heat, I woke up at 3 in the morning with a headache. I managed to get a bit more sleep after 4 (I took a painkiller), but I'm still having a headache unfortunately. Last night we heard some bad news, my grandfather fell off a 'rung ladder' and broke his heel bone . Happy reading everyone!
  7. I read this book a few years ago too and I really liked it as well. Happy (re)reading !
  8. Recipes From Around The World

    Hmm.. I'm not sure what kind of specific recipes you would be looking for. What kind of things do you like to eat or do you not eat (ie. do you eat meat, fish, eggs, carbs?)? Are you looking for something for dinner? Or ie. something not for a meal, such as cake? I'm also not sure what kind of things are available over there in the US vs the Netherlands. I often find with American recipes they name an ingredient I've not seen here. But anyway.. if you want something typically Dutch 'hutspot' comes to my mind. It's not really a summer food though, it is a winter food (it's mashed potatoes with sometimes mashed carrots, sometimes sauerkraut, a 'rookworst' (a type of Dutch sausage) and gravy; I know there are varients with 'boerenkool' as well instead of the carrots or sauerkraut but I don't like that. Not sure what boerenkool is in English, sorry). My partner and I make pasta a lot (usually with tomato sauce, sometimes with carbonara sauce, bell peppers and/or mushrooms, and a type of meat), we sometimes have chicken tandoori with rice and vegetables but it requires a pack that I don't know is sold in other countries. We sometimes make bami but again that requires herbs that I don't think you can find in the US, but I could be wrong (it's pork, noodles, specific vegetables and bami herbs). On occasion we make a 'vegetable tart' with 'puff pastry', eggs, creme fraice, certain vegetables (for example, leek), a type of proteine (such as bacon bits / lardons, or tuna), and on occasion grated cheese on top (note: Dutch cheese is very different from the standard American cheese.. just fyi). Well.. just throwing some random ideas out there.. I'd have to think about what meals we often have that could be interesting.
  9. Read-a-thon 2020

    I kind of forgot about the read-a-thon this month! I mean.. the move has been more in my mind than anything else. I'm currently reading Fablehaven (book 1 in the Fablehaven series) by Brandon Mull together with a friend from BookTube, we're reading 3 chapters a day and should have it finished in a few days. I started re-reading Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit by Bianca Toeps. Had I realised it was the read-a-thon this weekend, maybe I would've hold off until after. I would've liked to re-read Elise Cordaro's memoir after, Anders kan ook. But not sure now what I will do. I would like to read some graphic novels and manga for the read-a-thon. Happy reading Hayley!
  10. Whoops for not posting in my reading log for.. over a month . So.. here are really short bookish thoughts. Natalie C. Anderson - Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday This was an excellent YA thriller / contemporary fiction about a teenage boy named Abdi whose family is kidnapped. He is forced to become a child soldier for the jihadi group Al Shabaab and in order to save the lives of his family he has to figure out their plans and send information on them to the Americans. Abdi's brother is a soldier for Al Shabaab, he was taken from his family a few years prior to the story. I really liked this book. Mirjam Mous - Boy 7 This is a Dutch YA thriller, which takes place in the US. It's about a boy who wakes up in a field but can't remember much, including his name and how he got there. It was a really suspenseful read. Laura Kate Dale - Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman This is a memoir about, as the title says, Laura who is a gay autistic trans woman. I liked it. Isabel Greenberg - Early Earth 2: The One Hundred Nights of Hero A graphic novel that takes place in the same world as the author's graphic novel The Encyclopia of Early Earth. I liked it. Tillie Walden - The End of Summer The author's debut work. I've previously read her graphic memoir Spinning, which I really liked (which is about her growing up and her passion for figure skating and figuring out her sexuality). The End of Summer is a graphic novel about a boy who is ill and lives in this big house/castle. I found the story confusing tbh. Tillie Walden - I Love This Part This is a YA graphic novel about two teenage girls and it's about love. It was a nice read, quite short though. Tillie Walden - A City Inside Another short graphic novel, I liked it at the time but struggle to remember things of it several weeks later. Tillie Walden - On A Sunbeam This is my favourite work by this author. This is a science-fiction graphic novel about a restoration crew and two girls at a boarding school and it was excellent. If anyone is interested, it can be read for free at the On a Sunbeam Website: https://www.onasunbeam.com/ I read the paperback version but you can read it online as well, the author originally published this story as a webcomic first (Link to Tillie Walden's website: https://www.tilliewalden.com/). Tillie Walden - Are You Listening? This is the author's newest graphic novel. It's about Bea who runs away and meets Lou, then the two of them go on a sort of road trip together. I liked it a lot. E. J. Copperman - Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 5: The Thrill of the Haunt The next installment in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. I really liked it. It's a cozy mystery series with ghosts. Peter F. Hamilton - Chronicle of the Fallers 2: Night Without Stars This is adult science-fiction, book 2 in the Chronicle of the Fallers duology. I enjoyed this conclusion to the duology. Melinda Grace - Meet Me in Outer Space YA contemporary fiction about a teenage girl who's at college. She has a learning disability and loves fashion. She lives in the United States and wants to spend some time in Paris, so she has to take an extra French course at college. But the professor of the course isn't really willing to help her out regarding her learning disability. I really liked this book. Heide Boonen - Duivelshanden This is a Dutch contemporary fiction book about a younger teenage girl who in school suddenly gets angry and attacks a classmate. She locks herself in her room. Her father gives her a blank notepad/notebook and she starts writing down what has happened. I liked this book for the most part. It is just over 100 pages and was published in 2001. Shaylynn Hayes - Full of Sound and Fury A memoir written by someone who suffers with misophonia. She also interviews other people who have the same condition. I liked this memoir. Amy Reed - The Nowhere Girls YA contemporary about rape culture and feminism. It centres 3 teenage girls. A while earlier, a teenage girl at their school, was raped by several boys from the school, but was forced to leave because no one believed her. The 3 teenage girls decide to do something. I loved this book. Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl 4: Het bedrog van Opal (The Opal Deception) The 4th book in the Artemis Fowl series, it was really enjoyable. Disney, Jasmine Jones - Lizzie McGuire 5: Op de foto (Picture This) Disney, Terri Minsky - Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga 4: Volume 4: I Do, I Don't & Come Fly With Me Disney, Terri Minsky - Lizzie McGuire Cine-Manga 13: Volume 13: Obsession & Gordo's Video These were nostalgic reads for me. Would not suggest them if you're not familiar with the TV show they are based on. Juno Dawson - This Book Is Gay A YA information book about being LGBT. It was a nice read and I liked the illustration. I would've preferred more content on asexuality and the ace spectrum. Juno Dawson - The Gender Games The author's memoir about how she realised she's a (trans) woman rather than a gay man. I really liked it. Esther Verhoef - De Debutante A short story that came with a free magazine I got. I didn't like most of the magazine that much, but I liked finding this short story in it! It was nice . Francien Regelink - Druks A Dutch AD(H)D memoir that recently came out. I loved it and recognised quite a few things.
  11. What's the weather like?

    It's been really hot here, it was the hottest 31rst July ever measured in the Netherlands. Gladly today it's a bit cooler, so I've got the windows open so the house can cool down a bit. By the end of the week though it'll be warmer again unfortunately.