As some of you might know, the end of last September I started a work placement at a Dutch publishing house. That’s right, I’ve officially joined the working class: this girl now works a nine to five job! Ever since I started my PR & Marketing internship at Overamstel Publishers I have been wanting to share some of the perks of working at a publishing house (aside from spending all my time surrounded by books). So here they come: Books in Dutch have rejoined my TBR Most books I read are written in English by native speakers. When I became fluent enough to read in English instead of Dutch I never really looked back. Slowly, so slowly I didn’t even realize it happened, I stopped…

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If you know me at all, you know that I’m all for fairytale retellings, and The Shadow Queen was all that a fairytale should be! A fantasy story with magic and dragons. You can sign me up for that anytime. I think what I loved most about The Shadow Queen was that while it was gory and hard at times it also had that classic fairytale feeling to it. Like most fairytales, the story was brutal and choices were made that had to be made. There were plenty of plot twists and turns that I didn’t see coming (and frankly… I’m quite good at figuring out plot twists before they happen). The protagonist, Lorelei, is calculated and kickass. I like how she’s a planner and has carefully…

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It has been more than a year since I walked the Camino. More than a year since I walked 775k for one whole month through hellish summer weather. Most friends call me insane for walking 775 kilometers in 30 days in full summer. I call it chasing your dreams and checking something, one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, off my bucket list. Last week I realized that I never really wrote a post about my experience and I desperately want to remedy this, because if there’s one thing worth sharing it’s this. I think my Camino experience had it all, there was an abundance of good moments but, as expected with a hike that long, there were some really bad moments as…

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.As some of you, who follow me on Instagram, might know, I have been rereading the entire Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, I feel the need to point out that these books are HUGE. Eragon, the first installment, is a whopping 502 pages, and from there on the number steadily keeps climbing. Eldest counting 704 pages, Brisingr 748 pages, and last but not least Inheritance with 849 pages. That’s a total of 2803 pages! Now, when I started my reread I was going quite slow. I read about 150 pages a week, mainly because I now work full-time and when I just started working (around the time my reread started) I was too tired to cook when I got home, let alone read.…

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