Magical Readathon 2021 – The Novice Path wrap-up & good stuff of September

In September I participated in the Magical Readathon created by G @ Book Roast. I love all the creativity and work she put in this readathon. So a big thanks to her! I am already looking forward to the next part of the Magical Readathon in April 2022.

During this first part of the Magical Readathon we followed the Novice Path. Our goal was to reach the Orilium Academy. There were seven reading prompts, but we only had to complete two prompts to succeed. So by reading three books I successfully ended my journey. I also wanted to read Descendant of the Crane by Joan He for The Mist of Solitude prompt. Sadly I wasn’t able to borrow the book at my library on time. Read my thoughts about the books I read below.

The Novice Path and the books I read

Mini-reviews

The Novice Path Entrance: read a book with a map

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1) by Natasha Ngan4 stars
In four words: captivating, dark, hopeful, considerate
What I liked: This book totally hooked me from the start. Only twenty pages in the book our main character Lei is taken from her family to become a Paper Girl at the court. The Paper Girls are eight girls from the lowest caste, yearly chosen by the demon king as his courtesans. The world in this book is fascinating with its three castes varying from fully human, to humans with animal-demon features and fully demons. But what really makes this book stand out are the characters. I admire the strength and courage of the Paper Girls. The sexual abuse they have to face is quite frightful. So I appreciate the thoughtful way in which Natasha Ngan writes about it. And although the book deals with dark themes, the story is also hopeful and empowering.
What I disliked: The ending disappointed me a little. Since the story will continue in the sequel, the book ended of course with a cliffhanger. It did fit the story and was well-written. I just hoped for something more original. I’ve come across several other fantasy trilogies with the first book ending like this. There isn’t anything wrong with it. But personally I’ve seen it too much.
Trigger warnings for rape, abuse, torture and murder

Ashtorn Tree: a book that keeps tempting you (or top of your TBR)

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) by Graeme Simsion3,5 stars
In four words: funny, enjoyable, easy read
What I liked: This book was recommended by a colleague. It wasn’t on my TBR, but her enthusiasm made me eager to read it. The story kept making me smile and even laugh out loud. Our narrator is Don, a hyper intelligent genetics professor who is looking for a wife. He is easy to like, endearing and has a unique way of thinking. After multiple failed dates, Don concludes that dating doesn’t seem to work for him. So he creates an extensive questionnaire to find the perfect wife. Then he meets Rosie. She wouldn’t qualify as a wife at all. But she’s on a quest herself and Don decides to help her.
What I disliked: Near the end the story examines the question if Don has to change himself for love. I wasn’t entirely happy with how the book deals with this issue. I also expected a kind of heart-warming and uplifting ending where everything comes together. Instead the ending was rushed and I felt a bit indifferent about it.

Tower of Rumination: read a five star prediction

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes4 stars
In four words: historical, heart-warming, romantic, bookish
What I liked: I loved that this book is inspired by the real Kentucky Pack Horse Librarians. They delivered books to remote regions in the Appalachian Mountains from 1935 till 1943. Despite my eagerness to read this story, it took a while before I started to like the book. But the characters definitively won me over. The women who work at the travelling library in Kentucky are all admirable strong and brave characters. Especially Margery is a tough and independent woman who refuses to do what is expected of women in the 1930s. The main character of the book is Alice, an English girl who married a wealthy American man. The hard work for the library provides an escape from her unhappy marriage. I didn’t immediately liked Alice, but she grew on me. I enjoyed seeing her character development.
What I disliked: The beginning felt somewhat slow and haphazard. The story also didn’t seem as bookish as I expected. Later the books do get a bigger role. However, the focus of the story is mostly on friendship and romance. This isn’t a bad thing at all. But personally I would have liked to read more about the library and the books.
Trigger warning for domestic violence

Good stuff in September

  • September 23th was Bi Visibility Day. To celebrate this day, Sia @ Every Book a Doorway and Kat @ Bookish Blades recommended books with bi protagonists. Kat also shared her own story about labelling and being bi.
  • On Epic Reads I found a list with Historical fantasy book recommendations. I haven’t read any of them, but a lot of them sound interesting.
  • I went on a school trip with the elementary school where I work. Our destination was the Dutch amusement park Duinrell. It was a great day and all the children had a lot of fun!

Looking back at my Summer TBR & My Autumn 2021 TBR

Today’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly meme managed by That Artsy Reader Girl, is ‘Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List.’ But before looking forward, I want to look back. What books on my summer TBR did I actually read?

So I read 5 out of the 6 books on my TBR. Not bad! I’m not sure if I still want to read The Silence of the Girls. It does sound like an interesting book, but I don’t feel very motivated to read it.

Let’s continue with my TBR list for the next months. Here are the books I want to read this autumn:

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
I wanted to read this Chinese inspired fantasy for the Magical Readathon. I requested the book at my library two months ago, but I still haven’t been able to read it. So I hope I don’t have to wait any longer.

The Book of Dreams by Nina George
Last year I loved to read The Little Paris Bookshop by the same writer. I like to try her other book to see if they are just as good.

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
On her twitter the author describes the plot as ”A stressed zillennial lesbian fights gods, ghosts, gangsters & grandmas in 21st century Penang.” That sounds definitively promising! The book also has a Malaysian setting, just like The Ghost Bride, a book I loved to read earlier this year.

Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks
This is an Australian steampunk novel. I bought the book a few months ago and want to read it in November for SciFiMonth. Steampunk is a fascinating subgenre that combines historical fiction and sci-fi. I’m looking forward to explore it further.

This Vicious Cure (This Mortal Coil, #3) by Emily Suvada
A year ago this book was already high on my TBR-list. Sadly I am still not able to borrow the book at my library. But I’ll keep trying to get it and hope to read this book before the end of the year. I really want to know how the trilogy ends!

The Galaxy and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4) by Becky Chambers
The first part of the Wayfarers series, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, is one of my favourite books of all time. All the books from the series have great characters and are really well-written. So I’m looking forward to read this last part of the series.

The Ancient History Book Tag

It’s a couple of months ago since I did a book tag. So when I found this history-themed book tag @The Biblioshelf, it seemed perfect for a blog post. It’s originally created by Books Michelle on YouTube.

The Stone Age: one of the first books you remember reading

I read a lot as child, so it’s hard to tell which book I read first. It’s a pity that I can’t remember the first book I entirely read by myself. But I do remember loving the Dutch books Hebbes by Carry Slee, Lena Lijstje by Francien Oomen and Brief voor de Koning (translated as The Letter for the King) by Tonke Dragt.

Ancient Greece: your favourite myth-inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek mythology) or retelling

I haven’t read many books that are inspired by a myth and I don’t read a lot of retellings. But I did enjoy reading The Lunar Chronicles. Every book is loosely based on a fairy tales. The first one is inspired by Cinderella, the second one is based on Red Riding Hood, the third is inspired by Rapunzel and the last one draws inspiration from Snow White. My favourite is the third part, because I really liked Cress as main character.

The Roman Empire: a book featuring an impressive empire or kingdom

The books from Robin Hobb have a fascinating magical world that is explored in different stories. It has interesting history involving dragons. The Realm of the Elderlings actually includes multiple kingdoms and countries, among others the Six Duchies, the Mountain Kingdom and the Rain Wilds. I already read the Farseer Trilogy and the Liveship Traders. I’d love to see more of this world with the Rain Wild Chronicles.

The Middle Ages (or the Dark Ages): a book that is an absolute bummer

After reading The Library Of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard I wanted to read more books by this author. But his second book, Death Sentence, was a huge disappointment. The main character was terrible and I hated the ending. This is one of the very few books I gave only one star.

The Renaissance: a book that you’ve learned a lot from, or that made you think

The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George

I chose The Little Paris Bookshop, because this book made me think and reflect on my life. The main character shares interesting ideas about themes like (lost) love and death. It has many beautiful quotes.

The Industrial Revolution: a book featuring an invention or concept that you would love to have in your own life

I would love to have the ability to read book characters to the real word. This concept can be found in multiple books: Inkheart, Tilly and the Bookwanderers and The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep al have character with this ability. It sometimes does cause some problems… But it would be amazing if I could talk with my favourite book characters.

World War I & II: your favourite historical fiction book about the World Wars (or if you don’t have one, your favourite historical fiction book in general)

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

I actually haven’t read many books about the First World War. I do know a lot of good books about the Second World War. The Book Thief is definitively an all-time favourite. It’s a beautifully written story that kind of broke my heart. It has one of the most unique narrators I’ve come across: this story is narrated by the Death himself.

Present Day: a book everybody should read in present day according to you

I think there isn’t one book everyone should read. A book I loved and learned a lot from can be boring for someone else. I do want to recommend everyone to read diverse. So read books with characters that are black, gay, trans or disabled!

August 2021 wrap-up: a new favourite and more good stuff

In August I did a lot of fun things! I went on a couple of bike rides, visited multiple museums, hired a SUP to stand up paddle board for the first time and took a course in climbing with my boyfriend. Of course I also made time to read some books. I didn’t read as much as I hoped, but I did discover a new favourite. Next to my thoughts about the books I read, I’ll share book-related and non-bookish stuff I liked in August.

Mini-reviews

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry5 stars
In four words: bookish, funny, mysterious, wonderful
What I liked: Charley is able to read characters from books in our world. I came across this idea a few times in other books and I always love it. It was the reason I bought this book! H.G. Parry also gave it an interesting twist: what the character is like depends on the interpretation of the reader. Charley is an entertaining character to read about. He is a highly intelligent and very chaotic book hoarder. But most of the book is narrated by his older brother Rob. Rob isn’t particularly happy with the problems his brother sometimes causes by accidentally reading characters from books. Because it’s his little brother after all, Rob reluctantly helps him. This results in funny situations as well as in conflicts. The relation between the brothers is an interesting theme throughout the whole story.
What I disliked: I didn’t always like to read from the point of view of Rob. He sometimes is a bit of a party pooper. Rob doesn’t want Charley to use his ability. And when things are starting to get exciting, Rob first doesn’t want to be part of it. However, his character development and the ending totally made it up.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton3 stars
In four words: mysterious, captivating, complex, unsatisfactory
What I liked: I think the writer did a great job in showing what it was like to live during the seventeenth century. The book is told from the perspective of the 18-year old Nella. She married a merchant trader and begins a new life with him, his sister and their servants in Amsterdam. The characters are interesting and complex, every one of them has hidden depths. Due to the characters, the second half of the book totally captured me.
What I disliked: The book has quite an oppressive atmosphere. For a long time I also felt like the story wasn’t really going anywhere. This made me feel reluctant to continue reading. The dialogue bothered me too. At some points it felt unnatural and too profound. In the end the story did intrigue me, but it was unsatisfactory. One of the mysteries is never truly solved. The motivation behind certain actions also isn’t really explained.
Trigger warning for death

The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews 4 stars
In four words: adventurous, thought-provoking, slow-paced, unusual
What I liked: I never heard of this book before finding it at my library. It was the title that caught my eye. The writing style is bit unusual. It’s like getting an inside in the head of our narrator. We read Erins thoughts about her journey to Alaska and about lots of other, related and unrelated, interesting topics. There are also scenes from the documentary Erin is making, drawings, pictures and a bit of dialogue. The story is taught at a deliberate pace that correspondents with Erins long journey to Alaska. I probably would never do something like this in real life, but I enjoyed following Erin on her journey.
What I disliked: Erins thought process is quite elaborate. I think it was at times very wordy with too many info dumps. That’s why I sometimes lost my attention. I also felt that I didn’t get everything out of the story the writer wanted to tell. This was me, not a problem of the book. So I’d like to reread the book at some point.
Trigger warning for sexual assault

Good stuff in August

  • G @ Book Roast created a new version of the Magical Readathon! The first part, called The Novice Path, takes place in September. I’m going to participate and already posted my TBR.
  • On Goodreads you can find a list with 30 New Reads for Very Bookish People. I haven’t read any of the books yet, but many of them sound good. Especially The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles is high on my TBR.
  • After reading the review of The Last Graduate by Sia @ Every Book A Doorway I am really looking forward to the second part of The Scholomance trilogy!
  • I watched Locke & Key on Netflix because my brother recommended it to me. It’s an exciting supernatural mystery series. The family Locke, three siblings and their mother, just moved after their father was killed. In the new house they find magical keys. Each one has its own purpose. For example, one key allows you to go into someones head!
  • I found a new podcast that’s fun as well as informative: Ologies. Alie Ward asks smart people questions about all kind of subjects. Some of my favourite episodes so far are Felinology (CATS) with Dr. Mikel Delgado and Foraging Ecology (EATING WILD PLANTS) with @BlackForager, Alexis Nikole Nelson.

Magical Readathon: Orilium – The Novice Path TBR

G @ Book Roast is back with the Magical Readathon! She created an updated version of the readathon set in an amazing new world. Definitively watch her announcement video on Youtube to get all the information.

In September we have to prove ourselves on The Novice Path to reach the Orilium Academy. We need to complete two out of the seven prompts to succeed. The reading prompts are:

  • The Novice Path Entrance: read a book with a map
  • Ashtorn Tree: a book that keeps tempting you (or top of your TBR)
  • The Mist of Solitude: read a standalone
  • Ruin of the Skye: read a book featuring ghosts/haunted house, or other supernatural elements
  • Obsidian Falls: read a thriller or a mystery book
  • Tower of Rumination: read a five star prediction
  • Orilium Academy Arc: book with a school setting

I aim to complete at least three of these prompts in September. The books I want to read:

The Novice Path Entrance: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I heard a lot of good things about this book. So when I was at my favourite book shop it caught my eye. I looked through the book and read the author’s note. That convinced me to buy it. I loved how Natasha Ngan sees books “as safe places to explore difficult topics”. She promises the story to be dark but with positive messages.

The Mist of Solitude: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
This is a Chinese-inspired fantasy. I love to read more fantasy books that are not set in or inspired by European countries. The story is about a young girl who suddenly has to be queen of an unstable kingdom after her father is murdered.

Tower of Rumination: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Books about books are really my thing. So I think I’m going to love this story about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. It’s inspired by a real group of women who brought books to isolated part of the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943.

Three Stories About Cats for International Cat Day

Every year on August 8 it’s International Cat Day. For me every day is cat day, because I love my two cats. But it’s amazing that a day like this exists! It seems the perfect opportunity to share some of my favourite stories about cats.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
This is a road trip through Japan narrated by a cat. Nana the cat is not sure why or where they are going, and his owner Satoru won’t say it. I loved to read the book from Nana’s perspective. It’s totally believable that a cat would talk like him. I also enjoyed his witty and smart observations.

The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles by Kij Johnson
I really enjoyed reading this beautiful short story. It’s kind of a slow-paced adventure story. A small cat has to leave the place where she was born and goes looking for a new home. I liked to read what concepts like home and family mean to the cat in the story.
You can read the story on Tor.com

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer
This short story is about a self-conscious AI that adores cat pictures. It’s a funny story that really made me laugh, but it has a deeper layer too.
You can read or listen to the story on Clarkesworldmagazine.com

Happy cat day! 😺

July 2021 wrap-up

Due to my vacation I wasn’t very active on my blog. My boyfriend and I travelled with our camper van to different places in the Netherlands. We really enjoyed our time away!

I also read a couple of great books in July. The Fountains of Silence was a book I really looked forward to, and definitively met my expectations. But my favourite of the month was The Cat Who Saved Books.

A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1) by Naomi Novik4 stars
In four words: unexpected, intriguing setting, engaging
What I liked: Scholomance isn’t your safe and cosy magic school. It’s a dark place full of monsters, without teachers and with a big chance of getting killed. Typically books about magical schools start with the protagonist in their first year. It was refreshing that A Deadly Education begins somewhere in the middle. Our protagonist, Galadriel, is unlikable, rude, snarky and most of the time angry. Usually not the kind of character I would like to read about. But it works in this story. The characters and the plot are alright, but not especially remarkable. The setting was the main reason why I really enjoyed reading this book.
What I disliked: Although Galadriel is a well-written character, most of her classmates are a bit one-dimensional. We don’t really get to know them. I do think this is partly caused by the fact that Galadriel is an outsider.
Trigger warnings for death and murder

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa5 stars
In four words: fun, insightful, beautiful, bookish
What I liked: This heart-warming story is a wonderful love letter to books and bookworms. At first it may seem “just” a fun story about books. When his grandfather dies, Rintaro inherits his grandfather’s bookstore. A talking cat appears in the bookshop and asks Rintaro to help him save books. The story made me smile and I enjoyed finding references to other books. But like a fairy tale, small life lessons are hidden between the pages. This book left me both thoughtful and happy.
What I disliked: The cat was a bit underwhelming. I expected him to play a more important role in the story. Other than that, I really loved this book!

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys4,5 stars
In four words: thought-provoking, interesting, mysterious, well-researched
What I liked: After extensive research, Ruta Sepetys wrote this beautiful story set during the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. I knew little about the terrible things that happened in Spain after the Second World War. So it was interesting to learn about it. The book has multiple narrators, each with their own history and secrets. I liked all these perspectives, because every one of them contributed something to the story. I especially liked Daniel. He is an eighteen year old American with a Spanish mother. For the first time in his life he visits Spain. Just like me, he first is unaware of the situation. He slowly finds out more and wants to understand it. The story asks great questions about his privilege and telling a story that isn’t your own.
What I disliked: The start of the book was a bit slow. It took a while before the story really captured me. Between the chapters there are real news articles and fragments of interviews. For me they disturbed the flow of the story. Some of them were interesting, but there were too much of these fragments.
Trigger warnings for death, murder and recounting of torture

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

I do this tag every year (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), but I almost forgot about it. But I’m still just on time! I read 18 books so far. That’s less books at this point than last year, but of course reading isn’t about the numbers. So let’s continue with the questions and talk about the books!

Best book(s) you read so far in 2021?

So far The Ghost Bride is the only book I gave five stars this year. I loved the insight in the Chinese afterlife and the many historical details interwoven in the story. (You can read my mini-review for this book here)

Best sequel(s) you’ve read so far in 2021?

I thought The Heart Forger and The Shadowglass were just as good as the first part of The Bone Witch trilogy. Another sequel I really liked is Pharaoh, the second part of a duology about Cleopatra’s life. I actually liked it more than the first part.

New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?

I am very excited for The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, the final part of the Wayfarers series! Black Water Sister is Malaysian-set fantasy, just like my favourite book of this year so far. And I love books about books, so I am also looking forward to the historical fiction The Paris Library.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I don’t keep up with new releases that good. There are already so many published books I want to read!

Biggest disappointment?

The Mammoth Hunters wasn’t as good as I expected. I liked the first and second part in the Earth’s Children series from Jean M. Auel much more.

Biggest surprise?

I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as an audiobook. I discovered that I like listening to audiobooks more than I expected. The main reason I chose Pride and Prejudice was that it’s easy to find as free audiobook. The book wasn’t on my TBR, but it seemed a kind of must-read. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Favourite new author? (debut or new to you)

I would love to read more books by Yangsze Choo!

Newest favourite character?

The most memorable character so far is Tea from The Bone Witch trilogy. Because I read three books with her as main character I really got to know her. Especially interesting is her character development throughout the story.

Book that made you cry?

In 2021 I haven’t read a book yet that made me cry.

Book that made you happy?

Pride and Prejudice was quite humorous at some points. The book made me smile multiple times. Especially some comments from Elizabeth and her parents were funny.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

Many books I read this year were from the library or borrowed from my parents. When talking about covers, there wasn’t really a book that stood out. I do like the covers of The Heart Forger and The Shadowglass.

What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

June 2021 wrap-up

June was a good month! It’s hopeful that more and more people in the Netherlands are vaccinated against COVID-19, including myself. For the first time in months I ate at a restaurant. I also was finally able to go to the library again!

Bookwise, the month was okay. I read three books, including the long-anticipated sequel in The Seven Sisters series. While reading, I heard the sad news that Lucinda Riley died. I hope she will always be remembered for the beautiful books she wrote. During this month I tried an audiobook for the first time. I used to think it wouldn’t work for me, but I liked it. I think audiobooks are a great way to read more books. You can listen to the stories on moments when you aren’t able to physically read a book, like on a bike or during household chores.

The Missing Sister (The Seven Sisters, #7) by Lucinda Riley4 stars
In four words: enjoyable, captivating, romantic, mysterious
What I liked: I enjoyed revisiting each of the six sisters. I liked that they all played a role. With the sisters, their found families and a couple of new characters, this book does have a lot of characters. But since we already know most of them, it’s never confusing. I loved how this book, just like the previous parts, is about family. It deals in a beautiful way with themes like the loss of a parent and adoption.
What I disliked: The beginning wasn’t very strong. The plot was also a bit predictable. It would have been nice if the plot twists had surprised me. Yet, I still ended up really liking this book.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen3,5 stars
In four words: slow-paced, humoristic, romantic classic
What I liked: This was my first audiobook and I really enjoyed listening to the narration from Loyal Books. Years ago I started reading Pride and Prejudice, but I never finished it. This time I enjoyed the book much more. I liked the atmosphere and the kind of quiet humour (I’m not sure how else to describe it). But I think it’s the characters that make this story so well-loved and timeless. They are written in such a way that it’s easy to believe the characters were real people. Due to the omniscient point of view we get to sympathize with many of them. I especially like the quick wit of Elizabeth, the gentleness of Jane and the practical character of Charlotte Lucas. By the way, without the podcast Reading Jane Austen I wouldn’t have appreciated the story as much as I did.
What I disliked: The long sentences and the use of words made it sometimes hard to keep up with the story. And the book is at some points a bit too slow-paced for my tastes. Other than that, I liked the book more than I expected.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende3 stars
In four words: slow-paced, realistic, beautiful, interesting
What I liked: From the first page I immediately recognized the familar writing style of Isabel Allende. It’s also clear that she did a lot of research. The story is based on real events. It shows what it was like to live through the Spanish Civil War and to flee your home. But what I like most about Isabel Allende’s books are the characters. In A Long Petal of the Sea I again found a couple of flawed and strong characters. I really enjoyed reading about Victor and Roser‘s life.
What I disliked: It took some time before I started to care about the story. The beginning was a bit confusing. It jumped from one place or person to another. The characters did grow on me. Yet, I still missed a more emotional connection with the characters.
Trigger warning for torture and war

Six Books On My Summer 2021 TBR

It has been a while since I did a Top Ten Tuesday. This is the weekly meme managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today I will share the books I’m going to read this summer. I finally was able to go to the library again. So I borrowed a big pile of books for the following months.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
I have this habit of reading a book by Isabel Allende each year. Last year this one was on my TBR, but I haven’t read it yet. This month I will finally get to it. I’m quite sure I will enjoy it just as much as the other books I read from Isabel Allende. A Long Petal of the Sea follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
After reading Between Shades of Gray two years ago, I was determined to read more books by Ruta Sepetys. So when I found the Dutch edition of this book at my library, I immediately borrowed it. Just like A Long Petal of the Sea, it’s historical fiction about Spain.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
My mother discovered this book in a little free library and gave it to me. Coincidentally I already wanted to read this book! It’s set in seventeenth century Amsterdam. Because I’m Dutch myself, I’m always interested in historical fiction set in the Netherlands.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
After reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller I like to read other retellings of the Iliad. I will probably never read the Iliad itself, but I like to learn about Greek history and mythology. The Silence of the Girls is narrated by Briseis and will tell the story of the women during the Trojan War.

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa
This book is about two of my favourite things: cats and books. I was planning to buy it myself, but I got the book for my birthday. So time to read it! The Cat Who Saved Books is originally written in Japanese. I own the Dutch edition. The English edition of the book will be published in December 2021.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
I read about this book on multiple book blogs. It did sound interesting, but I wasn’t planning to read it. However, the book caught my eye at the library. I usually love books about magical schools and I enjoyed other books by Naomi Novik. Just like that it ended on my to be read book pile.