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Anoukeboek

Joined January 2021

"When in doubt, go to the library"
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Once and Future Witches | Alix E Harrow
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After a slow and uncertain beginning, all my wishes came true. From the beginning of part 2, I never stopped having goosebumps. Amazing characters, great plot, lot's of happenings and twist, detailed historical facts. The message about women and their power moved me immensly. I want to meet these women, and learn their ways. I want, no, I need to be a witch.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This book intrigued me a lot. In the beginning I had difficulties with understanding the world, but after a while everything became so logical. I can't say I understand all the methaphors, nor what exactly happened in Piranesi's head, but I grew to care about him. It was interesting to see the backstory unwhirl, before he did himself. I also kinda want to visit the House, but just for a very little while.
Loved it!

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I started this book without having read the synopsis, so everything came as a suprise. Although I didn't like how things ended and it also took me a while to get into the story, I really enjoyed it! It's a great way of looking at the "beyond" and the meaning of life. It could have done without the romance, but the character development was really nice, as were the relationships formed. This book felt as a comfort-read and made me feel good!

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There's so much cuteness in this book, but it doesn't get annoying! Great characters, with a lot of very nice development. The themes and issues are very recognizable / relatable, but are told in quitte a refreshing or interesting way. I really liked how there was some romance in the story, without having the story be completely about it.
This book touched me and I completely loved it!

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"Sounds like quite the existential crisis. Perhaps consider having it somewhere else." - Ms. Bubblegum

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Het wezen van de olifant | Toon Tellegen
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Heel even gelukkig zijn, zo nu en dan,
vlak voordat ik val,
meer kan ik niet

maar misschien is dat wel echt gelukkig zijn,
het enige echte gelukkig zijn

en hoort vallen daarbij.

Toon Tellegen snapt het helemaal. Of juist helemaal niet. Dat zijn de mogelijkheden. Het doet er ook niet toe, want ik ben weer even getroost.

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Efter: roman | Hanna Bervoets
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Ik werd erg in beslag genomen door dit boek. Het thema is intrigerend; verliefdheid als aandoening. Het kostte me even om in het verhaal te komen. Ik begreep niet helemaal wat het nut was van de verschillende personages. Ik denk nu dat er is gekozen voor een onbetrouwbare verteller (Fajah) en dat de overige hoofdstukken aanwijzingen hiervoor waren. Het eind was enigszins verwarrend, doch grijpend. Ik vond dit een fijn boek!

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I must say this book kept shocking me, as it went on. Whether it contains the true nature of humankind or not, it makes a great story. It is interesting how different the characters respond to fear and uncertainty, which is something very real. Knowing that Golding had difficulties with his role in the war that just ended, lets us understand the plot better.
Nevertheless, even without all that, it's still a nice story. Would recommend!

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Ik herinner me Hendrik uit zijn dagboeken als grappig en gevat, maar hier wordt de plank totaal mis geslagen. Evert doet zijn dingen totaal zonder reden en de zogenaamd grappige gebeurtenissen worden niet leuk gebracht. De personages zijn vlak, dialogen inspiratieloos en het plot is enorm voorspelbaar. Ook worden alle vrouwelijke personages afgeschilderd als hysterisch of irritant.
Al met al een enorme tegenvaller. Echt een stom boek.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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It is not hard for books to give me feelings, but to give me ALL the feelings? Circe is the woman all the stories should be written about. I thank Madeline Miller to finally give Circe her voice. We don't want stories to be told by the biggest shouter or fighter. We want Circe, with her herbs and her island. There should be more of her in a lot of people. Maybe with this book, we start to rewrite the way we see our historybooks.

GondorGirl This was so good! 🧡🧡 3mo
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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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It was just fine. This book took me weeks to read, because I lost interest a couple of times. I really liked the idea of a midnight library, though, but I feel so much more could have been possible. When Hugo was introduced, I had good hopes, but this also died really quick. The plot was very predictable and Nora was whining about EVERYTHING. I don't think I will ever read this book again. But it was fine.

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Mark of Athena | Rick Riordan
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I must say there were a lot of main characters. I confused Hazel and Piper quite often, because I don't know them so well. However, all the divisions they made for beating new obstacles was a nice touch. In almost every chapter they formed a new trio, which gave new dynamics. I liked the chapters from Percy's POV the best, because he remains the original hero. We met awesome monsters and the cliffhanger was thrilling! On to the next book!

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My friend Percy is back! I enjoyed greatly learning about the Roman gods and the Roman military. Hazel and Frank were cute too, but Percy remains my favorite. I would have liked to read more chapters from his point of view, although I liked that those occured more when he got his memory back. Franks special power was also nice to learn about. Also, I will protect Ella with my life, and would like to meet Iris. She seems cool!

BooksChocolatesCoffees Percy is my favourite too! :P It's so basic but so cool at the same time ;) 5mo
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The Lost Hero | Riordan, Rick
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This was an interesting read! I recognised the writing style of Percy Jackson and some characters made a come back, but besides that, it was a complete new story! Leo and his talents and humour grabbed my attention, Piper was way more than a beauty queen and Jason was so confused, but brave! The thing I didn't think was necessary, was that it took them all so long to trust, but that is all forgiven. Looking forward to the rest of this new series!

BooksChocolatesCoffees Leo and Piper were my favorites in this book :P Not Jason though, I don't like him that much 5mo
Anoukeboek I get that! Although it must be so hard and confusing for Jason not to know who he is. But still, he could have been funnier haha 5mo
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I'm so proud of Percy! All the odds are always against him, but he still makes the right choices. All my favorite characters played a role in this last part. There was a lot of battle going on, which I normally don't like, but it so much changed every page; new monsters, new allies and enemies, new tactics. This book was a wonderful end to the first part of the series. I'm glad I re-read it!

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In a way, there is always one God who turned out to be the most important one in the end of the book. Hera this time, and I'm not sure if I like her or not. In ancient history she is always put down as this jealous vicious woman, but who can blame her if her husband is always sleeping around. I'm just not sure about her yet. I also want to learn a lot more about Rachel, she holds a lot of my interest, and my sweet angel Nico, who is misunderstood!

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These books keep continueing to be so enjoyable! I loved Bessie, Blackjack made me laugh and even Mr. D. had a good moment! The plot is not very suprising and you can feel twists coming for pages, but I will take that for granted. The Gods feel very much alive to me and all the myths are being reborn. I love this series for that!

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Another book, another side kick. I loved Tyson, though! I also like how the relationship between Percy and Annabeth is settling. The Bermuda triangle - Sea of Monsters-link is very well thought of. Overall, I am amazed by the way Greek Mythology is coming out as American culture. The connections are marvellous. I almost feel like a halfblood myself!

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Love this book so much! Nothing lets my heart beat faster than Greek Mythology and this story puts it in such a modern way! I completely accept that the gods are living in New York. Halfbloods and monsters? Real as can be. Percy is not really behaving as a 12 year old, but that must be his goddly blood.
I'm completely ready for this series!

ozma.of.oz He‘s written several other series with other mythologies too! 6mo
Anoukeboek I know! I never read them, because thet weren't written around the time I read this series for the first time. I am planning on reading them all now! 6mo
ozma.of.oz You are in for a treat! My favorites are his Norse mythology stories, the Magnus Chase trilogy! 💙 6mo
Anoukeboek Sounds great! I'm excited! 6mo
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One of my favourite books! The story is so funny and there are so many details. The way Allan handels life and everyone he meets is so sincere and honest. He doesn't care about politics or religion, he just likes to blow stuff up and drink a lot. The other characters all bring another piece of personality. Thus writer makes jokes, without trying to be funny or charming, which makes the best kind of humour!

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Tempted: A House of Night Novel | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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I'm not a big fan of the changing of the perspectives, although it does the story a great job. As I'm reading all of these books after eachother, everything blurrs into one story, which shows nice writing skills, but is not an advantage for keeping then seperated in my head. I don't like Rephaim, and don't get his storyline. Heath, however, is growing in my appreciation. Therefore, the ending hurt a bit. Nice cliffhanger!

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Hunted: A House of Night Novel | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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Yes, we're back on the thrilling trail. This part gave me actual goosebumps. There was so much power in the last few chapters. Altough the prophecies are very obvious and every bit of the development was predictable, it's still a good story. We learn a lot about the power of love and friendship and even faith. It makes me want to be a vampire, altough I wouldn't be happy with my body being completely covered in tattoo's. But that could be me.

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Untamed: A House of Night Novel | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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The beginning was boring, with just another boyfriend to add to the list. But the ending was very thrilling. The story is very predictable, but I still enjoy the series. The authors are very consistent with their use of language and the way of writing the dialogue. Even if you take the choice of words for granted, every sentence gets interrupted by teenager babbling, in a way that's not realistic. Maybe vampire teenagers behave differently, though

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Chosen: A House of Night Novel | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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Trouble in boyfriend-land! Add a shitty birthday and some murder, and we've got a book. The story is still enjoyable, although the dialogue stays pretty bad. Also, I feel this new character of Darius will play a bigger role in the coming parts. I kinda like him, even when he keeps calling Zoey Milady and Priestess. I wished Zoey's friends would get a bit less flat, specifically the twins, who can only talk about shoes.

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Betrayed | P C Cast
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Oh, to be 16 and a vamipre. We all can relate. It was funny how Zoey was so focussed on her three (!) boyfriends, while people around her disappeared and died. But I still love her. I liked the foreshadowing, altough sometimes it was a bit too obvious. The book did suck me into the world of a teenager, which was enjoyable from a distance. I'm so ready for the re-read of the rest of the series. Who doesn't love attractive vampires?

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Marked: A House of Night Novel | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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I read this for the first time when I was about 12 years old and I remember the relief lace on the cover to be so beautiful! Now, another 12 years later, I read it for the 4th time on my e-reader and altough there is no lace to be felt and the dialogue is a very adult view of how teenagers talk, but I still loved it! I love how there is a world created where vampires are completely normal. It makes me want to go to vampireschool myself!

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I didn't know I could hate Snow more! In that way, it was a good book. We really learn how Snow became the way he was in The Hunger Games saga. Although it was nice to have more insight in how the Games and Panem came to be, I did find this book to be too long. Tigris was a nice add though, especially her bond with Snow. A lot of things fell into place, but I wouldn't read it again.
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Mockingjay | Suzanne Collins
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A great end to the series! I really liked the idea of the districts and a ruling capitol. I missed being in the arena, but I guess not all three books can be the same. The trip through the capitol was very thrilling though! Katniss was a bit whiny in the end, but maybe she had good reasons. Very nice story!
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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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A great follow up! The plot is really thrilling, but the characters are also well written out. I would have liked for the time in the arena to be a bit longer, but this was also very nice. I liked how the 24 participants reacted in the trainingsarea. Katniss can be a bit annoying at some points, but she is still very strong and powerfull. Loved it!
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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Yes, Katniss! She is so powerful and strong. She did whine a bit too much about the whole love affair, but that could just be her age. I loved Rue, I loved Cinna, I loved the arena with all the plottwists happening everyday. It had been years since I read this serie, and it was as good as I remember!
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Welkom in het rijk der zieken | Hanna Marleen Bervoets
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Heel apart boek! Het verhaal wordt verteld in de tweede persoon, wat al erg opmerkelijk is. Het constant wisselen tussen het echte leven en het leven in het rijk is ook verwarrend, maar wel aangrijpend. Ik kan het plot niet navertellen, maar de inzichten in het leven en de pijn van Clay waren erg mooi. Het laat je nadenken over pijn en ziektes. Er was vooral heel veel sprake van beeldspraak!
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The trial was very interesting! The rest of the book was way too long and had backstories I didn't care about. I missed the hunt and the mysteries the previous books contained. I also didn't really care for all the sexual escapades of Blomkvist. But overall, it was a nice ending of the trilogy!
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I love all the perspectives! Some characters are really nasty and others are on the line of moral. The story is thrilling, although a little long at some points. The fighting was the right amount. I'm still rooting for Lisbeth!
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Millennium 1. I'm a big fan of Lisbeth Salander! The plot is intriguing and the characters diverse. I liked the switching of the viewpoints. The way names are always called with first and last name, annoyed me a bit at first, but it did make everything more clear. Some plotholes didn't make completely sense to me, but I guess that's how it would be for real, so that makes it well written!
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Very interesting! It took me a bit to get into the story, but at the end I was very fascinated. The allegory is clear, but it's pleasant that it's written in a simplistic style. This is my first Orwell, so I don't have any reference. It was a good pick to choose pigs as leaders. The very last sentence makes that clear. Power does a lot of harm, as it seems. Would read again!
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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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Yes! My soul needed more Twilight! I loved Edwards point of view! The original story and this book fit perfectly within eachother. I finally understand why Edward loves Bella so much. I also really enjoyed learning more about the Cullens and being on the other side of the hunt. The love story is questionable, even as the stalking, but I will defend this serie for the rest of my life!
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The Rosie Result | Graeme Simsion
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The end of the Rosie trilogy. I was glad that Rosie and Don weren't fighting in this one. It is again full of humour, logic amd social problems. It made me think of how much we want others to change, despite of agreeing to change our own reaction. Really nice book!
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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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This book is full of humour! Don is so smart and yet can't see a reason to tell his wife often that he loves her. It's a great addition to the series! The character of Lydia works well for the story, but I hate her as a person so much! Well written!
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Aza lives a difficult life. I've never really heard how people with OCD think, and it makes me feel accepted, although Daisy finds it hard to deal with it. Green's writing style is very interesting. I expected another adventure novel with the search of Davis' father, but this was better. Really loved it!
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The Rosie Project | Graeme C. Simsion
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It's fascinating to dive into the head of autistic people. I feel so related and finally can accept that certain thought processes are normal, in some way. I loved the cocktail scene and the New York trip! I want be friends with both Don and Rosie!
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I just love this book! I've read it many times, and it's definitely one of my favorites. The way Christopher thinks is just so logical and honest. I really relate to him! His parents show difficulties, but they love him a lot. It's just so great!
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Death Cure | James Dashner
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A great book! The storyline is well thought-out. Characters have good development. There is bit too much fighting for my taste, but I'll have to forgive the writer for that. I won't read any pre- of sequels anymore. The story ends here for me. I'm glad I read (listened to) this series!
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Scorch Trials | James Dashner
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A thrilling sequel to the Maze Runner! The slang uses by the teens still annoyed me, but I got used to it. I loved the scene with the nose-eating Cranks! I don't really enjoy the writing style of YA-books, but the story was very nice!
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The Maze Runner | James Dashner
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A good YA-book. Although the twists are very predictable, I still enjoyed this book! I was annoyed by the made up words the teens were using, but that was the only flaw. The plot is interesting and the end is thrilling. I guess it's a pageturner, but I wouldn't want to re-read it very soon.
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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The main character is flat, boring and spine-less. He only defines himself through the women he dates and the music he thinks is best. The plot is meaningless and the side characters add nothing. The writing style is fine, but not something that will stay in your head.
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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I find it fascinating to dive into the heads of childeren. The story is heartbreaking at times, but also made me laugh extremely loud. The end made me sad, but overall the book is full of hope and adventure. Will read again!
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Mrs. Degas | Arthur Japin
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Een echte Japin! De manier waarop hij over liefde en kunst schrijft, is fenomenaal. Je voelt de hitte in Louisiana, ruikt de verf en ziet met blinde ogen alles wat er zich voor Degas afspeelt. Mijn ziel is een stukje gelukkiger na dit boek!
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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I love reading about the ancient Greek. This book made the characters of those old stories completely human, with human desires, fears and hopes. My view on the Trojan War has definitely changed, but the best part of the book was all the infinite love! Read this book!

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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"True is what men believe"

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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A-ma-zing!
It made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Ove seemed a little flat in the beginning, but it turned out very well. The only flaw is that the age of 59 is not old at all, but it is written as if he is 89. But still a very good read!