At the start of 2018, I asked myself if there was anything I wanted to do differently this year. Now, I’m not usually the kind of person to do resolutions, as I am of opinion that they aren’t really effective. However, I decided to make an exception for this year in order to step outside of my bookish comfort zone. Somewhere in August, during my travels through Scotland, I read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi. This book, this beautiful emotional book, proved to be one of my favorite and most memorable reads of 2017. And it got me thinking: ‘When was the last time I read a non-fiction book?’ Truthfully, I couldn’t come up with an answer because it was THAT long ago. Frankly,…

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Affiliate links, and my thoughts on them When I started out blogging, I made myself a promise not to advertise anything on my blog. I decided this mainly because I wanted to avoid clutter, as well as possibly annoying my readers with ads, but most of all I wanted my blog focussed on content. My blog is a hobby and somehow the thought of making money from it just felt weird to me. However, as the title already states, I changed my mind on the use of affiliate links. Deciding to become an affiliate only took (almost) three years, but my perspective on it changed a before that already. When looking at other blogs I often encountered affiliate links to the Book Depository, Book Outlet, or…

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A few months ago I had NEVER read a graphic novel or a comic. I had been curious for a while, wanted to try my hand at them, but was incredibly intimidated with the vast amount of titles out there. So I asked around in the blogging community for recommendations, googled things like ‘where to start if you want to read graphic novels’ and here we are, a few months later. I think I might’ve developed a slight addiction, because right now I’ve already gone through Saga volume 1 to 5, The Wicked + The Divine volume 1 and 2, Ms. Marvel volume 1, I’m halfway through Nimona and I have the first volume of Lumberjanes lined up for when I’ve finished that. Whoever thought it…

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About two weeks ago I finished reading Air Awakens by Elise Kova, and at a certain point in the book there was this scene where the two main characters discussed ‘reading about something’ vs ‘actually experiencing it’. And this scene stayed with me (keep in mind that I read an ARC and some things could be different in the finished copy). “Your problem is that you rely entirely on books.” “What’s wrong with books?” She was forced to ask. He stopped, turning on his heel to stare down at her. “What is wrong with books is that you cannot learn how to really do things from books.” He ignored her open mouth, continuing, “They are starting points for principle, theory, and concept. Your mind understands, but your…

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