Bookstagrammers and their fake coffee

Today I want to talk about something funny in the Bookstagram community. I think it’s something most people who are not very invested in Bookstagram or not at all don’t know about: Bookstagrammers and their fake coffee. First of all, there are many Bookstagrammers who use real coffee in their pictures and *GASP* they also drink it. But I know there are quite some people who use fake coffee, including me. Let’s get to it! There are different ways to make fake coffee. A few of them are editing water, water + soy sauce, cola, editing tea, mixing leftover coffee with water or editing in whipped cream. None of the cups in the picture above contain 100% coffee and 2 of them were empty cups. Don’t believe me? Here’s the original picture: Using tea is great if you just don’t drink coffee, but you do like the look of coffee in pictures. Coffee is darker than tea, and sometimes that…

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Review// Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

A half-Japanese teen grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school in this debut novel. Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin. But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko…

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My reading, blogging and writing goals for 2019

December 31 is the time to set goals. I always set goals and then I forget about them once January is over, haha. By writing my goals down and sharing them on my blog, I hope it’ll be harder to give up on them. Feel free to call me out if I’m miserably failing throughout the year to accomplish these goals. Hopefully at the end of 2019 I can look back proudly. (Also please appreciate this picture I took, because I slightly burned my foot because one of the sparks fell on it and there’s now a small hole in my floor. Don’t try this at home y’all. Whaha. At least I didn’t set my bookshelf on fire.) Reading goals At the end of every year I set a reading goal for the upcoming year and this time is no different. What is different, is that I am going to be taking my reading goal a lot more seriously. I…

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Bullet journal// 2019 set up

It is almost 2019 and the past few days I have been working on setting up my new bullet journal. I decided to share the pages I made to hopefully inspire some of you. The new year is a perfect start for a new journal, so if you were still doubting wether to start one or not, this is the sign to just do it! This year I decided to use a Scribbles That Matter A5 dotted journal. And so far so good. Other stationery I used are Stabilo pastel markers and fineliner, Tombow brush pen in N89 and Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip, Micron 005 black, Ecoline brush pens in 522 and 227, grey no-brand fineliner, and pencil + eraser + protractor. The Scribbles That Matter journal has a pre-printed key. I filled in my bullet codes and colour codes. I am very proud of this page. Every year I dread making a yearly overview, because it is so much…

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My most anticipated books of 2019

  With the new year aproaching, everyone starts to look forward to the books that are going to be published and our TBR-lists grow ridiculously fast. Here are my most anticipated books of 2019 in order of release date. Not many books were announced for the second half of this year already. I most likely missed a lot of books that deserve a spot on this list, but these were the ones I could remember, thus am most excited for. You can click on the book covers to go to Goodreads. Okay, let’s go! Evermore by Sara Holland (Everless #2) December 31// Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress. The whole kingdom…

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Review (English + Dutch)// What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD ‘a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language’ which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. ‘My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ‘ He liked these questions so much that he started up What If. If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive? How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm? If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce? What if everyone only had one soulmate? When (if ever) did the sun go down on…

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Review// Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Simon Snow #1)

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters. This review contains no spoilers, except for one at the end that you…

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How I rate books

Rating books is something almost all booklovers do. You’ve read a book and you want to express how much you loved it and why everyone should read it. Or you want to tell people why you thought a book wasn’t living up to the hype. A rating is a big part of the review for me. It is a very simple way to show what you thought of a book. When looking up a book on Goodreads, the first thing I do is look at the ratings. The ratings can definitely determine if a book goes up, down, or completely off my wishlist. But everyone has a different rating system. Some use stars, others use numbers and others might not even give a rating, just their opinion. I am personally a fan of the first and the latter method. For me, numbers feel way too random (I once saw someone rate a book with a 7.3 and I was like ‘Lol.…

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My 10 favourite non-horror things to watch with Halloween

If you want to watch something Halloween-y but you, like me, don’t like horror, this is the list for you. Here are ten movies and tv-series I have enjoyed that are not horror, but are perfect to watch this time of the year. Coraline My absolute favourite is Coraline. This movie follows an amazing story, but is also beautifully made. It’s a children’s movie, but it gets creepier the older you get, because you realize how messed up the story actually is. The Nightmare Before Christmas There’s a never-ending “debate” whether TNBC is to be watched with Halloween or Christmas. But why not both, haha. Harry Potter I always want to watch the Harry Potter movies this time of the year. And magic is perfect for Halloween. Also: Umbridge is the scariest character ever. Frankenweenie Another stop motion movie. Frankenweenie is a cute story in Halloween style. The Witches The witches in this movie are definitely a lot uglier and…

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