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Wrap up: May, June, July and August 2021

As these past 4 months were really busy months for me (due to exams and work), I kind of neglected my blog. But as exams and work are over, I am fully back to the lovely blogging life! As I have missed quite a lot of your posts, I would love it if you tell me the favorite blog post you read (or wrote) in the comments. I’ll be sure to check all of them out!

Now on to my wrap ups for May, June, July and August!

May

In May, I finished a total of 2 books. This is the least books I have read in a month this year, but that’s okay! Not all months should be filled with having read 10+ books.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Graham delivers her stories in a poignant, humourous and emotional way. The balance between these aspects is really taken into account. The stories are told in a respectful, but still funny way sometimes. You can really see that Graham is passionate about her job and that she has a lot of respect for all the people she encounters.

A Thousand Goodbyes is a fascinating, light-hearted and entertaining book. It’s quick and easy to read, so if you’re interested in getting to know some more about the life of a funeral celebrant (which is really interesting!) I would definitely recommend reading this one.

You can read my full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Het is lang geleden dat een verhaal me zo heeft aangegrepen. Sy slaagt erin om de lezer enorm te laten meeleven met het verhaal. Als lezer volg je op de voet hoe mensen zichzelf ontwikkelen en hoe vriendschappen ontstaan in de wrede oorlog. De personages zijn allemaal enorm goed uitgewerkt, waardoor je dubbel zo hard meevoelt met iedereen.

Dit is een boek dat lang blijft nazinderen. Zelfs als ik het boek niet aan het lezen was, dacht ik vaak aan de personages en wat ze meemaakten. Ik kreeg het verhaal niet uit m’n hoofd en werd er echt door gegrepen. Als je je realiseert dat al deze dingen echt gebeurd zijn, is het zelfs huiveringwekkend.

Lees mijn volledige recensie hier.

June

In June, I read a total of 4 books. After my exams, I found a little time to read and relax some more!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I don’t think Alice Oseman could ever disappoint me with the Heartstopper series anymore. I think volume 4 was even better than the previous volumes. In my opinion, it took a deeper dive into the emotions of each character, which was beautiful to read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this book was so good. It includes very important life lessons and I really appreciate that in books.

The book also included ‘lists’ in a journal, which is a nice change from ‘normal’ chapters!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an interesting and important essay collection. Men Explain Things to Me is a fairly small book, but it captures some very important topics in its few pages.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I mean… the moment a Vance Joy song was mentioned in this book I liked this one already…

All jokes aside, this book really got to me. The Phone Box at the Edge of the World is different from the books I usually read, but it is so beautiful. It is lyrically written and includes very important topics and lessons.

July

I read 9 books in July, so I’m getting back to my usual amount of books read! Of course, there’s no obligation to read 8+ books a month, but with my big ass TBR it surely won’t hurt me.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really loved this book and what it stands for. I flew through it and was really into the story. However, I was and still am so conflicted with the ending. I’m not sure if I liked it?

If you’ve read An Emotion of Great Delight, let me know what you thought of it and what you thought of the ending!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Dit verhaal heel wat interessante aspecten, waardoor je graag wil verder lezen. Er hangt een soort spanning over het gezin in het vakantiehuis, maar toch kan je niet grijpen vanwaar deze komt. Naar het einde toe wordt het duidelijk dat deze spanning er grotendeels hing door de Godden broers. Het einde was voor mij een verrassing, wat ik zeer aangenaam vond!

Hoewel ieder familielid en ieder personage in het boek zeker uitgebreid besproken wordt, blijft er over de ik-verteller een waas hangen. Nergens in het boek wordt de naam of het geslacht van de verteller besproken. Toch viel dit mij pas op naar het einde toe. Ik vind het speciaal hoe het verhaal zich ertoe leende dat het niet belangrijk aanvoelde wie de verteller was.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really really loved the first book in this series (Yes & I Love You), so I was very excited to get to the second book and it surely didn’t disappoint!

Andi is such a badass character. What a strong character that was emotionally really well build by Loren. Hill was also a real great character. He was really charming.

Roni Loren is really great at tackling mental health issues. This can be seen in both the first book in this series and this second one. I think she’s one of the authors who does the best job at this.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yes, this cover is definitely all black, it’s no glitch!

This poetry collection left me thinking about the digital world for a long time. This collection could’ve been way longer for me.
I really loved the poems and they left a big impression on me. DETERIORATE makes the reader reflect on what we have become in this digital world. The author is brutally honest in this collection, which I really appreciate.
I will definitely look out for more poetry collections from this author, as I really loved this one.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Welcome to the Grief Club is a book for those grieving the loss of someone. Sadly enough, I have suffered some losses already, and this book really felt like a big hug. Welcome to the Grief Club would definitely also be an interesting book if you were fortunate enough to not have suffered such a loss yet. Its approach to grief is so good and understandable.
I have read quite some books about grief already, but I really think this is the “best” one I have read up until now. Kwoh has a way of writing in which you feel understood. I think this is important when you have suffered a loss.

Thank you Janine Kwoh for writing this book. I’m sure it’ll help a lot of people feel less alone. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Voor een debuut boek dat geschreven is in één maand tijd, is dit zeker een goed boek! De suspense houd je op het puntje van je stoel en je vraagt je constant af of je wel op het juiste spoor zit of niet. Ook het emotionele aspect in dit boek is zeer goed beschreven.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Zout is oprecht zo’n goed boek! Zoveel belangrijke onderwerpen worden behandeld en ze worden daarenboven ook nog eens goed behandeld. De personages zijn allemaal zeer realistisch.

Ik raad Zout zeker aan, maar vergeet zeker niet eerst de trigger warnings te lezen!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Jong en kwetsbaar is een eerlijk en goed beschreven boek over het leven van Lotte. Het is vrij intens, maar zo belangrijk om te lezen. Er word een zeer genuanceerde blik op depressie, autisme en eetstoornissen getoond, wat heel belangrijk is, vind ik persoonlijk.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Yes, I finally read Maybe Someday! Manon has been recommending this book to me for so long now, and I’m glad she did, because it was really good in my opinion! From the moment on I started reading this book, I was sucked into the story. It tackles some important topics.

I don’t think any Colleen Hoover book can disappoint me at this point?

August

In August, I read 9 books again. I read some great books in this month.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Immediately after reading Maybe Someday, I was really curious for the ‘prequel’. This short book also did not disappoint me at all, I really loved it!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Okay, so after reading this book I really want to buy Only Mostly Devestated, because man, Perfect on Paper was everything I expected it to be and more. It tackles such important topics in a good and clear way. Above that, there’s also an interesting story in it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m not sure if I’ve told this already, but Matt Haig is my all time favorite non-fiction author. His two previous non-fiction books Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet, were also books I really enjoyed. Just like these two books, The Comfort Book has a comforting and soothing power to me. The Comfort Book really is a hug in book form and I’ll reread it over and over again, probably.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Existence of Amy is such an insightful read. I think it gives a very accurate view on anxiety, OCD and depression. At times, Amy’s hurt really broke my heart. Amy is a woman that has to go through so much mental hurt, and that doesn’t leave the reader unaffected. Amy keeps her mental hurt a secret to the people around her, and goes through them all alone. You can clearly see her fighting for help throughout the story, but her OCD, depression and anxiety keep her from seeking help. She had to battle her own thoughts everyday, every minute, every second.

The underlying message of this book is really important: a good support system is so so important. This story was touching and heartbreaking, and it left me thinking about life for a while after reading it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I loved Better Than The Movies, it deals with grief and love in a good way. I switched between the audiobook and the physical book, and it was a great combination for me, personally. This book could’ve easily been longer for me, because I really loved Liz and Wes.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t think I have ever read a second chance romance, but I can say that I definitely enjoyed Don’t Let The Music Die. At the same time, the beginning of this book gave me enemies to lovers vibes, which I’m always in for.

Don’t Let The Music Die deals with so much important topics.

I also think Avery’s anxiety is portrayed so well. It’s hard to write it down the right way, but I think Boyle did a great job.

The “secret” Avery hid from Matt is one I guessed at around 50% of the book already, but I still doubted if I was right from time to time. It didn’t bother me that I had “guessed” it long before.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely was the first fantasy book I’ve ever read and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was really brilliant. Of course, I’m not an expert at fantasy books so I’m not sure if my opinion is the best to follow if you really love fantasy books, but I really relaly thought this book was brilliant. I immediately bought the sequels.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Confetti is a fairly short poetry book. I started reading it on a Tuesday afternoon and finished it within an hour. I really loved the simplicity of the poems in this book. They are very poetic and carry a lot of emotion along with them. The graphics that were added from time to time really add to the poems and bring them to life a bit.

The poem I connected with most was “Dear Mr Anxiety”. I recognised myself in it, which I love when reading poetry.

I couldn’t personally connect with a lot of poems, which is why I give Confetti 3 stars. Nevertheless I did enjoy reading this book. It gave me a sort of peace.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

As Ella Maise renewed the covers for this book series, I had to buy these! The cover of To Love Jason Thorn is first of all really cute. I also really loved the story, of course. An author and an actor seeing each other again after a very long time? Yes, I’m all in.

I really really really loved it!


Wow, this was a very long blog post! I hope it didn’t bore you too much.

Have you read any of the books I read in these past months? Or are any of them on your TBR? Let me know!

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