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The Post Summer Book List

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So this summer hasn’t been my best one book-wise. I have been living in Madrid for two months doing a Spanish course, so naturally eating tapas and drinking wine were my new priorities. However, I do have a few book tips to share, so let’s begin…

THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton

This book has been on my list for quite a while, and I even started reading it several times. However, I never really got into it and kept putting it away. This summer, however, I finally felt like reading this and I really can’t complain. I imagine this book to be perfect for a film script, since it is such a vividly described story with lots of interesting characters. If the movie was ever made, I would for sure go see it. In short, the story is set in the late 1800s in New Zealand and evolves around of group of men who try to make their fortune in the goldfields.

BLAASMUZIEKPOP OF HOE DE WETENSCHAP NAAR DE BERGEN KWAM by Vea Kaiser

This one I couldn’t find in English, since it is originally a German book and I read the Dutch translation. However, if it is ever translated in English, I believe it would be a total hype. It kind of reminded me of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. The story is not to heavy and made me laugh plenty of times. It’s a quirky and fun book.

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

Another one that has been on the list for quite a while now. Normally I don’t really like reading stories set in the WWII, but this one was different to me. I found it beautiful that death was the storyteller in this book and I can even say that it made me cry for time to time. That says a LOT if you would know me, because I never ever cry at movies or books. Anyway, I loved it and I think I am watching the movie next. On that note, be prepared for a few movie suggestions in the upcoming weeks as well!

THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

This last one is the one I am reading right now. I am a few pages in, so I don’t have that much to say yet. The one thing I know is that it’s about a girl winding up in a cult in the late 1960s. I’ve read quite a few good reviews about this book, so I was willing to give it a try. I’ll probably put it in next month’s book list.

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JULY CRAVINGS

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This months cravings involve lots of clothes, all the clothes to be exact. Since summer is in full swing, summer clothes need to be purchased. You may think that mid summer is a bit late to buy your whole summer garderobe. Unfortunately, summers in Amsterdam are not quite that summery and daily showers are no surprise. This is why we buy all our summery clothes for when we travel to the most tropical destinations we can imagine (note that the south of France is already quite tropical for us Dutchies), and if the weather gods are merciful we can wear them at home too. So let us begin: July cravings for our most wonderful vacations and staycations too.

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THE APRIL BOOK LIST

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Last summer I made a summer book list, but I decided to do it by month this time. So every month, I will pick at least 4 books that I want to read or have read this month. Why start this now? Because in Amsterdam, spring seems to have finally made it’s entrance. And for me, sunshine means putting away your laptop, tablet and phone (i mean, you can’t use them in the sun anyway) and saying hello to the wonderful world of books!

A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams

This book was the first one I read when the sun started to make its appearance. That turned out to be a great choice, as it is the perfect summer read. It is not too heavy, but stil has a few of those ‘wow, what happend there?’ moments. The book is set in the 1930’s which gives it a nice historical background. I won’t go too much into detail about the plot, since I wouldn’t want to give anything away. If you are looking for an easy read, then you should definitely go for this one!

THE ROSIE PROJECT by Gramae Simsion

I have to say: I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is described as an hilarious feel-good novel and I have to agree with that. This book tells the story of an awkward genetics professor searching for love. He is a very lovable character for me, because I can relate to him in a certain way. I wouldn’t say I am as awkward as he is, but I believe that everyone can relate to this. I was so very sad when I finished this one, but luckily there is a sequel (yay!). It is called the Rosie Effect and I am planning on reading this for next months blogpost. So keep an eye out for that!

WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE  by Maria Semple

So if you loved The Rosie Project, you will love this as well. It is as hilarious as TRP and quite quirky as well. I won’t give away the plot, but it is about a mother who doesn’t really fit in the normal life. One day she goes missing (hence the title), and this story leads up to that moment. That is all I am going to say about the story, but I do want to say that I also loved the cover art of this one. So if you loved TRP, you will love this too!

A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin

Now onto the ones I wanted to should have read this month. As many of you know, Game of Thrones has finally (!) started again, and I couldn’t be happier about that. My plan was to read the first two books in the year between the two seasons, but I seem to have failed. I have started the first book: A Game of Thrones, but it is quite hard to get through. Firstly because it has more than 700 pages, which even for me is quite a lot. Secondly, I already knew what was going to happen and I couldn’t bear  that very sad moment at the end of season one (I won’t spoil anything). But maybe I will pick it up after this season is done, because I can’t bear another year of waiting.

THE (SUMMER) BOOK LIST

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I love to read. There, I said it. I know that fewer people are reading nowadays, but that really is a shame. When summer arrives and there is absolutely nothing I have to do, I search the internet for book tips. In 5 days, I will be leaving for Scandinavia and my beloved ereader goes with me. It now contains 75 ebooks thank god for technology, but I’m still searching for more. As if I’ll read them all? Below is a list with my top picks for this summer. Have fun reading!

1- Dare Me by Megan Abbott
2- Vaslav by Arthur Japin
3-  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky
4- The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
5- Reached by Ally Condie
6- L.A. Candy series by Lauren Conrad
7- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
8- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
10- Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia
11- Paper Towns by John Green
12- Looking for Alaska by John Green
13- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
14- Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo
15- Stoner by John Williams
16- The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
17- Stockholm Noir trilogy by Jens Lapidus
18- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
19- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
21- A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
22- The Host by Stephenie Meyer
23- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
24- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
25- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
26- The Solitude of the Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
27- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
28- Perfume by Patrick Suskind
29- Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
30- Dit zijn de namen by Tommy Wieringa
31- The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
32- Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
33- The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
34- The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
35- A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

JUNE TUNES

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 June has arrived! Well, it has arrived two weeks ago, I mean. But it is now time for my favorite tunes for this month. I recently discovered Arctic Monkeys, a little late on that one, i know, and you will be seeing them a lot on this months list. Also, it wouldn’t be fair to exclude my good ol’ Bastille from this list. Just sit back and relax. And don’t forget to press play! You’re welcome.