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YALfest 2016

Hello lovely people,


On April 24th, YALfestNL took place and I went! My friend and I bought tickets for this back in November and we were counting the days!

the distance from me to youWhen we arrived, we were given a wrist band – we wore an orange one because we first had our workshop and then the photo moment with the authors. After we entered we were given a goody bag! It had a book in it – in Dutch – which was ‘The Distance from Me to You’ by Marina Gessner. Since I don’t read in Dutch anymore, I gifted the book to my mum. I do think this is a book that I want to read so maybe in the future I will add this to the books I own. My friend got the other book that they were giving out ‘Riders’ by Veronica Rossi – which I for sure want to read! There were also some other some things in the goody back, like: an ‘Efteling’ pen, some bookmarks, the programme of the day, the bookplates that were signed by the authors(!!), and more!

Bookplates: We start at the top left corner: Tahereh Mafi, Lucy Ivison, Ransom Riggs, Stephanie Perkins (now at the bottom right corner), Tom Ellen, Arwen Elys Dayton and Becky Albertalli! bookplates YALfest 2016

We started the day of with an interview on the main stage. They did a game with the authors, asked some questions and they took some questions from the audience. It was a bit unfortunate that there weren’t enough seats, so a lot of people – including my friend and I – had to stand. IMG_1685

After the interview, it was time for a break! We first went to the bookstand, but they only sold Dutch books, so I bought two magnetic bookmarks and an awesome mug! We went upstairs to pick up lunch, and since I have a gluten allergy I e-mailed before hand and a gluten-free lunch was present for me :D! We had lunch and did some more shopping at the stands upstairs. I bought some jewellery that is movie/book related!

Now it was time for the workshop. We had a writing workshop, which was given by Iris Boter. She told us the basis for writing: what we had to think about while writing, how to keep on writing, and some more tips. It was a very useful workshop and I also bought the book she wrote on how to write a book!

Next was another small break before we could get our picture taken with the authors! We waited in line and before I knew it, it was over. We didn’t have time to talk to the authors; it was just take a photo and that was it, unfortunately. But I am still very happy that I have a picture with them! And after that I got a good picture of all the authors!


YALfestNL was over, and I was bumped that it was. We went into a book shop and bought some books! Which I bought will be in my book haul!

See you next year #YALfestNL!



Top 5 of 2015

Hello beautiful people!

In 2015 I have read 27 books, so I wanted to do a top 5 of the books I have read. Here we go:

Number 5:
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher


I really loved this book! It had an impact on me. I loved the way it was written and because I had no idea what to expect it surprised me even more. It was really refreshing to read something different from what I normally read.







Number 4:
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell


First of all, I really could identify with Cath, even though I don’t write fan-fiction, I love reading and I like to be on my own from time to time. I flew through this book, and I really want to read more of Rainbow Rowell’s books in the new year!







Number 3:
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone


Why not the first place, you might ask? Well, I haven’t finished the series, and I have read a complete series that I love so much! Maybe it will be higher next year. I loved diving into the books of the Harry Potter world! This is the first time I have read the series, so I am looking forward to finishing the last two books!







Number 2:
Shatter Me Series – Tahereh Mafi


I LOVE THIS SERIES! I finished these books in a week time, which is very fast for my doing. I flew through these books because they just wouldn’t let me go. I fell in love with Juliette and her character development! So it really deserves this place in my top 5.







Number 1:
Eon and Eona – Allison Goodman


My best friend has been pushing me to read these two books for ever, so when I had read them I knew why. I finished the books in three days. I fell in love with the world, the characters, the dragons, with everything to be honest. I just love these books so much!

Till next time.

With love,



Hello and welcome to my blog,

My name is Samantha, 22 years old and I live in The Netherlands. I love to read books, of course. Mostly, I read YA and I read in a wide variety in that genre.

I am studying to become an English teacher, and I hope to graduate next year!

I will blog about:

  • Monthly TBRs
  • Monthly wrap ups
  • short reviews at the end of the month
  • bookhauls
  • and more.

Till next time!

With love,