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

MERCAT

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As a fairly new Amsterdammer, I still depend on others to show me the best hotspots. Restaurant-wise, my sister knows her stuff. To celebrate the summery weather, we decided to go to Mercat. This restaurant is inspired by the Spanish markets (hence the name). Food-wise, you will find Spanish dishes such as tapas and churros. However, this is not your typical tapas restaurant. The place looks absolutely stunning; we especially liked the neon lights surrounding the bar. Mercat is situated next to Panama in Amsterdam-Oost (East).

Mercat
Oostelijke Handelskade 4
1019 BM Amsterdam

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HET WEEKEND VAN DE ROLLENDE KEUKENS

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Het weekend van de Rollende Keukens (Weekend of the Rolling Kitchens) started out as a neighborhood fest and grew out to be one of the biggest annual food festivals in the Netherlands. The festival, situated at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, is a true must-go for foodies who enjoy truck food. This year, I went with my sister and trust me we ate A LOT. We started off with pizza, followed by a hamburger (which was truly amazing!) and potato pancakes. We ended things with mini donuts with all kinds of toppings. If you plan on going here next year; make sure you bring a full purse and an empty stomach. See you at next year’s edition!

 

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.



 

HEY JUNE

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Hey June hey! As you might know, June has finally arrived. This means the beginning of this year’s summer! Ah…the wonderful time where you can eat ice cream, drink beer, go to the beach and fall in love…

To remind you of this amazing time, I’ve created this wallpaper for you: welcome June!