Everything I’ve read in November

Everything I’ve read in November: A wrap-up

Good morning/afternoon/night, depending on when you’re reading this! November was a really good month for me, reading-wise. I’ve read a total of 9 books (and bought many, many more new ones, but that’s irrelevant) and there are 4 books that I am currently reading. Since this blog is still fairly new, I thought I’d do a kind of “November wrap-up”-thing to give you an idea on what kinds of books I read and will be talking about and reviewing. I’m just going to go through them one by one, give you my ratings, a short (spoiler free) summary and some of my thoughts. If you’re not interested in one of the books, just scroll to the next one. I’ve put the books in the order that I’ve read them in.

Book 1: Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Rating: 3 out of 5.
  • Feminism/Gender studies
  • LGBT
  • Activism
  • Published in 2020
  • Goodreads rating: 3.90
  • Hardcover Edition
  • 224 pages
  • TW: rape, sexual assault

Disclaimer: I use the word “queer” in this review, because that’s the word that Florence Given uses in her book. Please do not take offense if that’s not the term that you prefer or think should be used.

This is Florence Given’s, a London based artist, writer and activist, debut novel. All of the art in the book is made by Given herself.

I initially gave this book 4 stars, but in retrospect I decided to lower it to 3 stars. Mainly because I looked at the back cover and the blurb said: “The game-changing book that every woman needs” and well, it’s really not… Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty good read. I went through it fairly easily and I definitely learned some new things every now ant then, but it’s really more of a summary of the basics of feminism and it focuses A LOT on being queer, which I am not. If you are and you’re struggling with what that means to you and your femininity, I would recommend reading this book, because it does give a lot of useful advice in that department. However, if you’re a straight cis woman, a few of the chapters will not apply to you.

“There is enough room for all women to be whole without tearing each other down.”

Florence Given, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty

You would like this if:

  • You like reading about feminism or are interested in feminism;
  • You’re looking for a smooth introduction into feminism;
  • You’re LGBTQ+ and you’re struggling with femininity
  • You want to read about a queer girl’s struggle with feminism.

I posted a longer review of this book a few days ago, so check that one out if you want to know more. I’ll link it at the bottom of this post.

Book 2: Een boek vol taalfouten (A Book Full of Grammar Mistakes) by Friederieke de Raat

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Dutch
  • Nonfiction
  • Language
  • Published in 2019
  • Goodreads rating: 3.67
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages

This is a Dutch reference book about common Dutch grammar mistakes. It consists of two previously published books by the same author. It tackles common grammar mistakes and offers grammar rules and mnemonic devices for each type of mistake.

I’ll be short about this, because nobody probably cares about this book. Basically, it does the trick. It’s not really meant to be réád, it’s more of a reference book for common Dutch grammar mistakes and it’s a pretty good one. It’s clear and funny with lots of good examples. Although for a reference book, I would have chosen to give the chapters a name that makes it easier to recognise the mistake you’re looking for.

You would like this if:

  • You’re Dutch;
  • You’re a grammar guru;
  • You’re confused about spelling and grammar and you need a book for reference.

Book 3: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Mystery/crime
  • Fiction
  • Classics
  • First published in 1937
  • Goodreads rating: 4.11
  • Hardcover (Dutch)
  • 252 pages

This is the seventeenth book in the Hercule Poirot-series by Agatha Christie, though they do not have to be read in that order to make sense. As the title suggests, this book takes place in Egypt, where detective Hercule Poirot is supposed to be on vacation. In a resort, just before he leaves on a cruise on the Nile, Poirot runs into a young, wealthy girl named Linnet Doyle, who just married her best friends fiancé. She tells Poirot that her best friend is following her and threatening her. When Poirot starts his cruise, Linnet Doyle is there and so is her best friend. Now look at the title of the book and see if you can figure out what happens next.

I don’t mean to brag, but.. I figured out exactly what happened before Poirot did. Maybe I should consider a change of occupation.. All kidding aside, I really enjoyed finding out who the murderer was. Agatha Christie has a way of keeping the drama alive (pun intended) until the very end. Even though I was pretty sure I knew who’d done it and how when the murder was committed, she keeps you on edge until you finally find out if you were right. There’s just two things that bothered me a little about this book. 1: the murder isn’t committed until almost halfway through the book, and 2: character-wise, it’s like you’re reading Game of Thrones. The first hundred pages, it feels like she’s introducing a new character every page and half of them have no importance to the story whatsoever. I tried taking notes on the characters throughout the book to see if I could figure out who’d done it before Poirot figured it out, but I stopped after about a hundred pages because it felt completely irrelevant.

You would like this if:

  • You’re a true crime fan;
  • You like a good “whodunnit” mystery;
  • You like a slow-burn crime/mystery novel;
  • You’re looking for an accessible classic novel;
  • You like Agatha Christie.

Book 4: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Romance
  • Fiction
  • Published in 2016
  • Goodreads rating: 4.43
  • Paperback
  • 376 pages
  • TW: (domestic) abuse

Just a warning in advance: I read this book without reading any reviews or summaries and I think it really ads to the experience, so if you’re thinking of reading this book, I would recommend skipping to the “you would like this if” or to the next book. For this exact reason, I will skip the summary for this book and go straight to the review. If you’re headstrong and still want to continue reading, I tried keeping the review as spoiler-free as possible.

The best way I can describe this book is.. it was a rollercoaster. An emotional rollercoaster. It’s really not your typical romance novel. It’s not even your typical Colleen Hoover novel. This book truly is one of a kind. You will go through so many emotions, I can almost guarantee an existential crisis after finishing this. The characters are unique and amazing, the writing is gorgeous and the plot and the layout of the book are genius. Trust me, read. this. book.

You would like this if:

  • You like having your heart broken by fictional characters;
  • You’re looking for something to have an existential crisis about;
  • You’re looking for a romance book that can make you laugh out loud and sob even louder.

Book 5: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Young Adult
  • Murder mystery/crime/thriller
  • Fiction
  • Published in 2019
  • Goodreads rating 4.36
  • Paperback
  • 433 pages

Five years ago, a girl named Andie Bell was murdered by a boy named Sal Singh. The boy then killed himself. Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure, though. She thinks Sal is innocent and the real killer is still out there. She takes it upon herself to investigate the murder. When she starts getting anonymous threats, she knows she’s onto something.

For some reason it really bothered me that the main character is called Pippa. I know it’s a young adult novel, but she’s not a toddler, nor a cartoon character.. Anyway, once I got over the name, I really enjoyed this book. It’s pretty lengthy, but it felt like a breeze! Like all murder mystery novels, it starts off a little slow, but the fact that it alternates between Pippa’s life and her Production Log entries, keeps it interesting. The book has a huge plot twist that I wasn’t expecting, followed by another plot twist that I wás kind of expecting and then ANOTHER plot twist that took me completely by surprise. Like most good mystery novels, you struggle through 100 pages of information, then it starts getting good and the pace picks up and then suddenly the story is over and you just stare blankly into space for a few hours trying to wrap your head around it.

You would like this if:

  • You like a good murder mystery;
  • You like a badass High School girl who’s determined to get to the bottom of things;
  • You like plot twists.

Book 6: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Rating: 3 out of 5.
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • Published in 2015
  • Goodreads rating: 4.06
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages

Kell is one of the last Antari, magicians with the ability to travel between parallel universes through a magical city. There is Grey London, Red London, White London and there used to be Black London. Because of his ability, Kell works as a messenger between the Londons, but he is also a smuggler. After a deal goes horribly wrong, he runs into Delilah Bard, a pickpocket of Grey London. She attempts to steal from him, which links her to Kell.

This book didn’t grip me as much as I’d hoped. I was really hyped for ADSoM, because I LOVED The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (if you haven’t read that one yet, drop everything right now and go read it) and this book (series) was really hyped up everywhere. It didn’t really live up to that hype. I mean, it’s good, the characters are really well-written, I love the whole concept of multiple Londons and the dialogue is great. Also, the book is divided in 14 parts, which have about 3 to 5 chapters each, so that makes it really easy to read. I read this book very quickly, but in a lot of small reading sessions, because I couldn’t concentrate on it for too long at a time. I just didn’t grip me as much as I’d expected it to and I’m not sure why. Still, it’s a really good book and I’m still going to read the rest of the series.

You would like this if:

  • You like reading about a completely different magical world;
  • You’d like a story about a badass heroine who is actually a thief.

Book 7: Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • Dystopian
  • Published in 2014
  • Goodreads rating: 4.00
  • 285 pages

Four: A Divergent Collection is a collection of short stories from the Divergent universe from Four’s perspective. It contains four stories; The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son and The Traitor, as well as some exclusive scenes from Divergent.

I read the Divergent books almost 10 years ago, probably (the first one came out in 2011), so I kind of remembered the story, but not much else. Turns out Veronica Roth is actually a really good writer! I figured the story would be kind of interesting, since the Divergent books and movies don’t tell you that much about Four’s back story, so I was just going to read through it and add it to my trophy shelf with the Divergent books. I really had not expected to like it this much. So naturally, I added the Carve the Mark books by Veronica Roth to my TBR-list.

You would like this if:

  • You have read the Divergent books and liked them;
  • You want to know more about Four’s back story.

Book 8: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Dystopian
  • Young Adult
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Published in 2011
  • Goodreads rating: 3.92
  • 338 pages

It’s going to be really hard to summarise this without spoiling anything, but I’ll do my best. Juliette is locked up for murdering a small child by accidentally touching him. Her touch can hurt or kill a person. After 264 days of isolation, Juliette suddenly gets a new cellmate. Two weeks later, The Reestablishment is letting her out to be used as a weapon. She recognises one of the soldiers as her former cellmate.

After reading the first few pages, I was really disappointed with this book. It read like it was written by a 5-year old and I HATED it. But since this book had been hyped up so much, I decided to keep going. I am so glad that I did. It turned out really good. I’m not sure whether the writing got better or it just stopped bothering me, but it’s clear that Mafi went for a diary-like vibe in the beginning (the main character carries around a notebook). The story, even though it feels a little all over the place like she’s trying to fit 8 different kinds of stories into 1, is pretty amazing. You definitely have no idea how the story is going to progress and I loved that. It turned out to be one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.

You would like this if:

  • You like dystopian/post-apocalyptic books, but with a twist;
  • You like an enemies to lovers story;
  • You’re bored of knowing exactly what’s going to happen in a book;
  • You like a story about a supernatural girl who has no idea what she’s capable of.

Book 9: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Memoir/Autobiography
  • Comedy
  • Published in 2016
  • Goodreads rating: 3.93
  • Kindle Edition
  • 229 pages
  • Reading time ca. 5 hours

The full title of the book is Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between, so.. there’s your summary! Just kidding, I’ll be a little more thorough. The book is a memoir of Lauren Graham’s life, which includes two essays/chapters on Gilmore Girls (What It Was Like, Part One and What It Was Like, Part Two) and some chapters on her childhood, various endeavours, such as Project Runway and some small plays she starred in, the series Parenthood and her book Someday, Someday, Maybe, amongst other things. The book is written in chronological order with plenty of pictures.

I was actually really afraid to start on this book, because I absolutely love Gilmore Girls (I’m rewatching it for my 6th or 7th time right now) and I love Lorelai and Rory so much, so I was afraid that it wouldn’t meet my expectations. Also, I read some reviews in advance and they said that there was a lot of not Gilmore-related content and I actually don’t know any other stuff with Lauren Graham in it, but then I figured that I could just skip over those bits if they weren’t interesting. I ended up reading the whole thing, start to finish, in 3 days (WHILE also reading Shatter Me). I had so much fun reading this.

You will like this if:

  • You’re a Gilmore Girls fan and you’re curious to know about what was happening behind the scenes and the life of Lauren Graham.

Obviously if you have no idea who Lauren Graham is and you’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, don’t read this book. You won’t enjoy it.


That’s the end of my November wrap-up! If you liked this kind of post, let me know and I’ll see if I can do more of these wrap-ups. I’ll definitely do a 2021 wrap-up with my favourite books from this year. Check out the full reviews for some of these books below.

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Talking as Fast as I Can – Book Review

Book review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Memoir/Autobiography
  • Comedy
  • Published in 2016
  • Goodreads rating: 3.93
  • Kindle Edition
  • 229 pages
  • Reading time ca. 5 hours

The full title of the book is Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between, so.. there’s your summary! Just kidding, I’ll be a little more thorough. The book is a memoir of Lauren Graham’s life, which includes two essays/chapters on Gilmore Girls (What It Was Like, Part One and What It Was Like, Part Two) and some chapters on her childhood, various endeavours, such as Project Runway and some small plays she starred in, the series Parenthood and her book Someday, Someday, Maybe, amongst other things. The book is written in chronological order with plenty of pictures.

I was actually really afraid to start on this book, because I absolutely love Gilmore Girls (I’m rewatching it for my 6th or 7th time right now) and I love Lorelai and Rory so much, so I was afraid that it wouldn’t meet my expectations. Also, I read some reviews in advance and they said that there was a lot of not Gilmore-related content and I actually don’t know any other stuff with Lauren Graham in it, but then I figured that I could just skip over those bits if they weren’t interesting.

I ended up reading the whole thing, start to finish, in less than 3 days (WHILE also reading Shatter Me). It was so much fun reading this. All of my concerns about the book were taken away in the first few paragraphs. The excerpt below is a quote from the very first paragraph of the book:

“I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is awesome right there, but three weeks later, before I even had time to work on my tan, we moved to Japan. The home of my favorite food ever: mashed peas. Well, that was probably my favorite food back then; what a waste, since I could have been eating spicy tuna rolls with extra wasabi.”

Lauren Graham, Talking as Fast as I can

If you “LOL”ed at this quote, I would recommend you read this book. And if you don’t know Lauren Graham, first watch Gilmore Girls, THEN read this book. I really had so much fun with this book. It’s actually what I’d imagine a book written by Lorelai Gilmore would be like. It’s the perfect combination of cynical, critical, funny and sweet. I annotated the crap out of this book with all the funny quotes, anekdotes and Gilmore Girls facts.

Even so, there’s a checked-out, drugged sort of look we get when on our phones that’s different from the look we get when reading a book, or even just staring into space. I get that look too, and when I catch my own reflection, it gives me a chill. It’s like Gollum’s face just before he drops his Precious in the water. 

Lauren Graham, Talking as Fast as I Can

I started watching Parenthood after finishing this book, because she talks about the series a lot (and the man she’s dating plays her brother in this series, so I was curious) and I’ve been loving it so far. It’s nothing like Gilmore Girls, but it’s a really enjoyable series about 2 brothers and 2 sisters struggling with raising their children. It’s weird seeing “Lorelai” with different kids, though. Also, I added Graham’s book Someday, Someday, Maybe to my TBR, a novel about a young actress moving to New York to “make it” as an actress, loosely based on Graham’s life.

You will like this book if:

  • You’re a Gilmore Girls fan and you’re curious to know about what was happening behind the scenes and the life of Lauren Graham.

Obviously if you have no idea who Lauren Graham is and you’ve never seen Gilmore Girls or Parenthood, there’s not really a reason to read this book. I mean, the writing is still fun, but you’ll have no idea what she’s on about half of the time.


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Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given – book review

Book review: Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Rating: 3 out of 5.
  • Feminism/Gender studies
  • LGBT
  • Activism
  • Published in 2020
  • Goodreads rating: 3.90
  • Hardcover Edition
  • 224 pages
  • TW: rape, sexual assault

Disclaimer: I use the word “queer” in this review, because that’s the word that Florence Given uses in her book. Please do not take offense if that’s not the term that you prefer or think should be used.

I picked up this book quite a while ago in an American bookshop in Amsterdam (The American Book Center). It is Florence Given’s, a London based artist, writer and activist, debut novel. In 21 chapters, she gives an accessible introduction into feminism, self love, being queer, privilege, sex, ghosting, gaslighting, pros and cons of social media and many other related subjects. All of the art in the book is made by Given herself.

“Stop breaking yourself down into bite-size pieces. Stay whole and let them choke.”

Florence Given, Women don’t owe you pretty

I initially gave this book 4 stars, but in retrospect I decided to lower it to 3 stars. Mainly because I looked at the back cover and the blurb said: “The game-changing book that every woman needs” and well, it’s really not… Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty good read. I went through it fairly easily and I definitely learned some new things every now and then, but it’s really more of a summary of the basics of feminism and it focuses A LOT on being queer, which I am not. If you are and you’re struggling with what that means to you and your femininity, I would recommend reading this book, because it does give a lot of useful advice in that department. However, if you’re a straight cis woman, a few of the chapters will not apply to you.

“There is enough room for all women to be whole without tearing each other down.”

Florence Given, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty

I really liked chapter 20: Check Your Privilege. It gives a very clear definition of privilege and then does a privilege check on white privilege, cisgender privilege, male (passing) privilege, straight privilege, non-disabled privilege and class/financial privilege. It made me realise that I’ve always been really aware of male privilege, because I’m a “victim”, but I actually have lots of different kinds of privilege as well that I’ve been blind to.

I really liked the artwork in the book. It’s colourful and original and it’s a nice break from the heaps of information you’re given. The quotes also make it very understandable and easy to retain what you’ve learned.

I would recommend this book if:

  • You like reading about feminism or are interested in feminism;
  • You’re looking for a smooth introduction into feminism;
  • You’re LGBTQ+ and you’re struggling with femininity
  • You want to read about a queer girl’s struggle with feminism.

Side note: I’ve been seeing a lot of comments and reviews about this book saying that the whole concept of this book is stolen from Chidera Eggerue’s “What a Time to Be Alone”. I haven’t read it, so I’m afraid I can’t really shine a light on this matter. Reading the summary of “What a Time to Be Alone”, I do see some similarities in the topic, but no signs of plagiarism so far. I’ll put it on my TBR and see if I can do a post some day that compares these two books.

A Bookish Guide to Christmas Gifts

A Bookish Guide to Christmas Gifts 🎄

Hello my bookish, caffeine-addicted friends! I hate to state the obvious, but Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to buy some presents for the people you love! Recently, it has come to my attention that some people have trouble thinking of presents to buy for other people (meaning, my boyfriend got really frustrated trying to find me a present and “just buy me a book, I’ll send you my Amazon wish list” only seemed to frustrate him more). SO, I thought I’d help him and all other boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents and any other gift-giving people out a little by making a Christmas gift-giving guide for bookish people! Now let’s get started.

❄️ Buy them a book

I’m so sorry, but I just wanted to start with the obvious one. Buy them a book. I speak from experience when I say that, when I put a book on my Christmas wish list, it’s because it’s a book that I actually WANT. I wouldn’t put it on there if I didn’t, because, trust me, my TBR-list is way too long to ask for books that are not on there.

If you don’t want to just buy a book off my, uhh their wish list, here are some other suggestions:

  • A special edition of their favourite book. If you’re reluctant to just buy them a book from their wish list, find out what (one of) their favourite book(s) is and buy them a special edition of that book (think Harry Potter, Addie LaRue, Dune).
  • Buy them your favourite book. the number of clichés in this post is getting dangerously high here, but just hear me out and I promise it gets better! I personally would love to receive someone’s favourite book as a gift, it can say so much about a person. I would personally take into account the reading preferences of the person on the receiving end of that book, though. If you’re more of a dystopian Sci-Fi kind of person and the gift-receiver is more of a romance novel kind of gal, I would consider if it’s the kind of book that they could and would enjoy.
  • Blind Date with a Book. you may have seen this concept in a bookstore somewhere or online. If not, the concept is that you buy a book wrapped in paper based on a few key words that indicate what kind of book it is. Usually you get the genre, fiction or nonfiction and the trope or any key words to describe the book (heartwarming, pageturner, mystery, feel-good etc.). These Blind Dates are sold in a lot of bookstores, both new and pre-owned and you can also get them online, for example on Etsy.

❄️ Explore Etsy

If your name is not Patrick Star (because he lives under a rock, get it?), you’ve probably heard of a little website called Etsy. All kidding aside, there are so many gorgeous products on Etsy that would make perfect Christmas gifts, PLUS you would be supporting a small business. Be sure to check the delivery time though, because a lot of products are handmade and that takes time.

  • A themed, handmade bookmark. there are a lot of small businesses on Etsy that make the most gorgeous handmade bookmarks. I’ve seen watercolour bookmarks, bookmarks with the legs of the Wicked Witch of the West sticking out (there’s a link at the bottom of the page if you’re curious), bookmarks with quotes. Pretty much everything you can think of, actually. You want a Harry Potter-bookmark? You’ve got it. The gift-receiver is a Disney fan? You name the fairytale, prince, princess, villain and they’ve got a bookmark to match (I even found a crochet mushroom-shaped bookmark). Etsy truly is a magical place.
  • A literary print with a quote or cover. One of my personal favourites (honey, are you paying attention?). If you know a favourite book or favourite quote or you have a quote that you like and would like to share with the gift-receiver, there is probably a business on Etsy that sells a print of it or can even custom-make it. This is the perfect gift if you want the person on the receiving end to know that you put thought and effort into your gift. Just type ‘literary print’ plus the name of a book , a keyword or a writer into the search bar on Etsy and you’ll get lots of results to choose from. For example, ‘literary print, As You Like It’, got me a print of one of my favourite quotes from this play. I’ve linked it at the bottom of the page.
  • A bookish necklace. Now on to the very thing that I discovered Etsy with; Jewellery! Etsy has so many shops that sell handmade jewellery that is often customisable. If you type ‘book necklace’, you’ll get over 13.000 results! So why not go for a pretty silver or gold, handmade necklace with a tiny book charm on it. Or if you want to get more specific, I used to have a timeturner necklace when I was younger (don’t judge me, please. I was like 12 years old). Why not do some research into their favourite books and find some cute token, symbol or shape. I’m sure someone on Etsy has already made it into a necklace. Had I already mentioned that Etsy is a magical place?
  • Mugs! You can never have enough mugs (and don’t let any narrow-minded people tell you otherwise!). Whether it’s coffee, tea, hot coco or all of the above, every book lover enjoys their book even more with their hands wrapped around a steaming mug, ESPECIALLY in the long depressing winter months after Christmas where nothing brings you joy except reading under a blanket and the prospect of reading in the hot summer sun.

❄️ Other bookish gifts that support small businesses

So I tried to stay OFF Etsy for this one, but pretty much every business, big and small, is on Etsy these days, so if you like Etsy, just stay on Etsy (they have an app, by the way).

  • Candles. I came across an Instagram page once from a small business that makes scented candles called “reading portals”. The candles are inspired by a certain book or character from a book and can be lit while reading that specific book and it will be like you’re right there in the story. I haven’t tried them yet, but it sounds amazing and the candles are absolutely gorgeous (some of them have glitters). I showed my sister the Twilight candles and she asked if they smelled like spidermonkey. I’m so proud. I’ll put the link to this specific store below this post and you can check it out.
  • Merchandise. There is a lot of merchandise available online for pretty much every book you can think of or just ‘books’ in general. There’s T-shirts, mugs, pens, bookmarks, book covers, socks, bags, notebooks, stickers, street signs, phone cases, pillows and so on. Often the stores selling these are small businesses, but I guess you can find them pretty much everywhere if you know what to look for. I just found a website with Gilmore Girls merch and they’re gonna be all out of stock by this time tomorrow.

❄️ What else?

These are some general suggestions I personally think you can never go wrong with:

  • Cozy socks. A person can never have too many pairs of cozy socks. Us weird book-reading people love a nice, warm, cosy pair of socks to keep our feet warm when we’re curled up on the couch for hours. You see, we (me) have a tendency to completely forget where or who we are when we’re reading, so we probably won’t notice our feet freezing off until we finish the book. So giving us a pair of socks may save us from having to amputate a foot or two and isn’t that what Christmas is all about??
  • A cute blanket. Ditto. You can find cute blankets literally everywhere for any budget. I hate to bring up the magic of Etsy again, but I ordered from a store there once that custom made a blanket with every album cover from my boyfriend’s favourite band. It was a little on the expensive side, but you can’t put a price on love, right!?? (barf) Plus he cried like a baby when I gave it to him, so it was totally worth it.

There are some bookish Christmas gifts to steer clear of, of course. For example, I wouldn’t go with a Christmas themed book, for the obvious reason that they won’t get a chance to read it AT Christmas. So that book won’t be picked up for almost a year (unless they’re one of those people who like reading Christmas romances in the middle of the summer) and who wants to receive a gift that they won’t be able to use for a year? That’s like giving someone a car when they don’t even have a driver’s license (which, may I point out, may be a little excessive for Christmas).

An obvious gift to add to this list would of course be an e-reader. However, in my humble opinion, if they wanted an e-reader, they would probably already have an e-reader. Ebooks are probably about one third of the price of regular books, so an e-reader is a very good investment to save a lot of money in the long run. Though if the gift-receiver is a book fanatic and does not have an e-reader, there’s a really good chance that they just prefer physical books. Of course if they asked for an e-reader for Christmas, that’s a different story.

I had so much fun writing this post, I hope you’ve had fun reading it! Let me know in the comments below if you have any additions to this list. Subscribe to my blog or follow me on any of my social media accounts to stay up to date on my posts!

Alexandra

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Illustrated Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Life-Addie-LaRue-Illustrated/dp/1789098920

Harry Potter Special Edition Book Box set: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Harry-Potter-Hard-Cover-Boxed-Set-Books-1-7-9780545044257/5888681?athcpid=5888681&athpgid=AthenaItempage&athcgid=null&athznid=si&athieid=v0&athstid=CS055&athguid=PaUpmtwuxUQjG7adwxtMs0-tb8MtMd6o5zQu&athancid=null&athposb=0&athena=true

The Lord of the Rings Leather Bound Deluxe Box set: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hobbit-and-the-Lord-of-the-Rings-Deluxe-Pocket-Boxed-Set-T-9780544445789/38412112?athcpid=38412112&athpgid=AthenaItempage&athcgid=null&athznid=si&athieid=v0&athstid=CS055&athguid=Fopza_7GsmWKYfUnXuBJZ1rq1YCzA4LG5Ylf&athancid=null&athposb=0&athena=true&athbdg=L1600

Shakespeare quote literary print from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/nl/listing/521404292/shakespeare-literaire-kunst-print-de?plkey=8d151748594914366de1bcf4c52700f816afc15d%3A521404292&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=book+lover+gift+ideas&ref=sc_gallery-1-5&pro=1&sts=1

Blind Date With A Book: https://www.thenottinghillbookshop.co.uk/product-page/blind-date-with-a-book

Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Bookmark from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/nl/listing/969208881/wicked-witch-bookmark-wizard-of-oz?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_nl_du_nl_-books_movies_and_music-books&utm_custom1=k_Cj0KCQiA7oyNBhDiARIsADtGRZbY97jAMwDYhjOV-sewC39XZbWBYfKk7h98PRyPg2fGbE3yRH6oZjsaArCWEALw_wcB_k&utm_content=go_13699944165_124955763980_530541836348_pla-314262775627_c__969208881nlnl_468086777&utm_custom2=13699944165&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7oyNBhDiARIsADtGRZbY97jAMwDYhjOV-sewC39XZbWBYfKk7h98PRyPg2fGbE3yRH6oZjsaArCWEALw_wcB

As You Like It Literary Print from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/nl/listing/784857236/zoals-u-wilt-citeren-print-william?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=literary+print+as+you+like+it&ref=sr_gallery-1-5&organic_search_click=1

Reading Portal Scented Candles: https://readingportalco.com/

Gilmore Girls Merchandise: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/gilmore+girls

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The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Book Review

“Don’t hope for a life without problems,” the panda said. “There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.”

Mark Manson
  • Paperback, 206 pages
  • Published September 13th, 2016
  • Nonfiction, Self Help, Psychology

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Gosh, I read this book back in like 2017 or something, but I still think about it all the time. I think I read this book in one, maybe two sittings, but definitely within 48 hours.

The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck is a Self Help book that is one of a kind. It is very informal, very humoristic and full of anekdotes. In other books, I often find myself skipping the anekdotes, because they can feel redundant, but I read all of the anekdotes in this one. I actually still open this book every now and then and find some anekdotes that I remember from reading it in 2017 and reread them (and I NEVER reread books, so that says something).

This is thé book I will never stop recommending. There are so many funny anecdotes and quotes that really make the information stick with you for the rest of your life (or at least 4 years, I’ll keep you posted). My favourite is definitely the Disappointment Panda story (I am not going to provide spoilers. If you’re curious, google it or read the book).
Like most advice/self-help books, there are plenty of passages that I don’t (entirely) agree with or that don’t really apply to my situation, but that’s okay. We’ve all been blessed with a brain (although not everyone has figured out how to use it yet), so just filter out the advice that dóés help you and forget the advice that doesn’t.

“Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.”

Mark Manson

Mark Manson is a really good writer, even if you don’t completely agree with his opinions (which a lot of people don’t). His writing is funny and clever, though maybe a little controversial sometimes. If you’re not sure if his book(s) are for you, he started out as and still is a blogger, so you should definitely check out his blog.

I five-starred this book back in 2017 and today, rereading some of the passages that I highlighted 4 years ago, I still whole-heartedly agree with 2017-me.