Review: Vegetarische Barbecue by Ross Dobson

 Book review | Tijd voor een vegetarische barbecue by Ross Dobson | 4 stars

Tijd voor een vegetarische barbecue by Ross Dobson

Design and photography: Murdoch Books
Deltas 2016
ISBN 9789044745610

Synopsis

Ross Dobson turns traditional barbecue recipes into a refreshing and versatile selection for anyone who savors good food.


Bullet-point review

★★★★☆

+ includes vegan recipes
+ mostly simple to make for those new to veggie barbecues
+ includes sides, dips and salads

 – certain things are left to the cook


Full Review

I don’t do a lot of barbecuing. In fact, this was the first time where I tried vegetarian recipes for the barbecue instead of just buying those fake-meat sauages and hamburgers. I must say, taste-wise, it’s a definite step up. Not the least, because it doesn’t taste like meat anymore.

I’ve tried three recipes from the book, which all were fairly time intensive. Mostly due to the fact, that they had to marinate for a couple of hours. I followed the recipes to the letter, and mostly came out with amazing results. We had a really stunning sweet potatoe and pickle salad, as well as very-yummy and flavorful potatoe-burgers.

The tofoe on the other hand didn’t quite turn out the way I had wished. I had already cut the block of tofoe in half, so the marinade could soak in a little better. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Most of the tofoe stayed a little flavorless. Luckily, these are things that can be easily helped next time. The marinade tasted amazing though and the parts of the tofoe that it soaked into were very worthwhile.

All in all, I’m quite happy with the way the recipes turned out. They’re not too difficult to make and they have amazing tastes.


Review: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 Book review | Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery | 4 stars

Anne of Green Gables  by 
L. M. Montgomery

Cover illustration: Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.
Creative direction: Kristin Logsdon
Puffin Books 2014
ISBN 978 0 11 751400 4

 

Synopsis

Puffin in Bloom A new line of classics with gorgeously illustrated covers by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.s lead artist, Anna Bond. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.


Bullet-point review

★★★★☆

+ witty main character
+ elaborate language
+ ‘good enemy’
+ Anne’s elaborate descriptions of what everything looked like
+ Anne’s naming

-last years were written about only briefly


Full Review

Yes, I loved this book. There’s only one thing that bothered me. It bothered me to deduct a star. The last years we read about have only been described so briefly. Honestly, most of that I could’ve done without. It didn’t feel as much as the beginning and was thus disappointing to me. The very last two chapters however felt like the beginning again.

The story of Anne is amazing. I loved her over-the-top descriptions of everything she sees and experiences, including the new names she gives everything. The other characters are great as well. I especially liked Marilla: stoic on the outside, because she’s been brought up that way, but with lots of love to give.

It’s an coming-of-age plot, which becomes clear throughout the book, as Anne learns more and more about life at Green Gables. The new Netflix series (definitely worth watching!), doesn’t quite stick to the book. I’m not sure which plot I liked better. On the one hand, the book seems more realistic. The show however, always has something dramatic going on, which has it’s own merits.

Definitely would recommend. Especially if you like wise-beyond-their-year, smart-aleck characters, who eventually are appreciated for who they are.


#currentlyreading – Gone with the Wind

I’m #currentlyreading this lovely old Dutch copy of Gone with the Wind. Well, of the first part of Gone with the Wind anyway. It came in three parts and this is the first part. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous! What is also great is the old spelling the books. For the Dutchies: double vowels and sch, as well as the cases, which mostly just reminds me of German.

I’m only two chapters in, so I can’t really say anything about the story, but this was just to great to not share with you.

Book review: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly (possible spoilers)

 Book review | Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly | 3 stars

Lost in a Book  by Jennifer Donnelly

Copyright: Disney Enterprises Inc.
Paper Rocket 2017
ISBN 978 1 4748 8387 0

Synopsis

Hidden in the Beast’s library, Belle is about to discover a mysterious book and visit a glittering new world. But everything is not as it seems. When the time comes, will Belle be able to find her way back home? Or will the story take hold of her – and never let her go?


Bullet-point review

★★★☆☆

+ new characters
+ nostalgia
+ scenes between Belle and the Beast

– writing felt off
– Belle’s naivete
– scenes ‘in the book’


Full Review

There may be spoilers in this review. I’ll do my best to avoid them mostly. Unfortunately, most of the book was so predictable, that those spoilers shouldn’t really surprise you.

Yes, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. Firstly, the writing was off, felt off. It didn’t really seem like Belle to me. There was a certain je ne sais quoi, that put me off of the writing. I felt that too many details were being put forward, while at the same time the descriptions weren’t rich enough. I can’t explain it, but I didn’t like it.

Another bothersome part was Belle’s naivete. After everything, finding a castle with a beast and talking objects, and reading so many books, how could she have missed all the signs that she shouldn’t be going into a book to escape her life? Obviously, she knew something was wrong about it, because she hid it. In my opinion, she questioned it too little.

My favorite parts were therefore not the new parts where Belle steps into the book. Instead, I really loved her interactions with the beast. Yes, we should probably call that nostalgia, but what the heck. Those were the parts I loved.

Furthermore, I did quite like the addition of the characters Love and Death.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – #currentlyreading

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#currentlyreading – Not only are these some amazing stories from incredible women. They were written by women, as well as illustrated by women. From all over the world! I love that the stories are only one page long and that the illustrations are so vibrant. Obviously, it was made for kids, so the stories are easy to follow. Plus, I learn a thing or two when I read the stories.

I’m about 20 stories in now and am going to continue reading one every night, so it can last me a while. I don’t have children, but… who cares!? You can’t go wrong with this book for some strong female inspiration (or feeling like a failure for not having accomplished any of what these women have accomplished).

Definitely would recommend.

Of Mice and Men – #currentlyreading

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#currentlyreading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I really enjoyed reading this book the first time around. It has been a while though (over 10 years), so when I saw it second hand for 50 cents, I had to take it. There’s a lot in there, so far, that I hadn’t remembered. I adore the writing style and the story so far is just beautiful.

Bookhaul – January-March 2017

Last week, you saw which books I’d read so far this year. Now it’s time to show you the books I actually bought this year. So, get a snack while you scroll through the books, because three months is a long time and there are many books to go through.

Before I get started though, I’d like to share that so far, I’ve only spend €24,- on books. Which has gotten me a total of 19(!) books. Most of the books I’ve acquired second hand. Another few were gifts. Plus, I still had a gift card for a bookshop, which currently still has some money left on it. So far, I’m pretty proud of my.

In chronological order:

January

Bildergebnis für Nach(t)SichtNach(t)sicht by Jo Jansen – A bed time story book for adults. We’ve read a couple of stories from it so far, but there not really bed time stories. Mostly the made me go WTF!? Keeping me up, thinking about the story. I’m afraid this one will probably end up DNF’ed.


17378684Het Gulden Vlies van Thule by Thea Beckman – I’ve already read this one and it’s been added to me Thea Beckman collection. I already wrote a little bit to what I thought of it in my post last week. I gave it four stars on Goodreads.


6066864Tirza by Arnon Grunberg – it’s a pretty strange book. It’s all about a family and the relationships within this family. It’s crazy, but weirdly fascinating at the same time. Three stars on Goodreads.


30016The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov – This one hasn’t been touched yet. I just haven’t had the time. I was excited to be able to pick this up though for only 50 cents.


40698Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I’ve read this story once before and I remember quite enjoying it, so when I saw this one for only 50 cents as well, I figured ‘why not?’.


651640Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov – another Asimov (yes, also 50 cents). Though, I only just found out, that technically, this is not the second book, but the third in the Foundation ‘series’. So I suppose I’ve got a reason to buy the second one now too.


432352Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – This one is supposed to be awesome, right? Hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Another second hand buy for cheap, so I couldn’t leave it on the shelves. Have you read it? How is it?


168668Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – who could walk right past such a classic, when it’s only €2,-? Hopefully it’s as good as one of the other buyers there told me.


135839Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh – another book I’ve heard a lot about and therefore couldn’t leave behind. I absolutely love the book market in Glanebrug, where I bought so many of these books.


178864The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – I’ve read this before ages ago, but I had small paperback copy, that since has gone lost. I saw this one at the book fair and obviously had to get the amazing illustrated hard cover version for €1,50. How could I not?


13559107Camera Obscura by Hildebrand – so, this is a very pretty old book. I have no idea what it’s about. My mom made me get it at the book market, so I did. That’s all there is to it at the moment.


11806716Blackout by Mira Grant – loved it! Here you can find my review of the series.


February

31176886The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer – this was a pretty good book with a kick-ass female lead. Definitely recommend, I gave it four stars on Goodreads. Unfortunately not a book you for rereading, in my opinion.


25378382Das Josuha Profil by Sebastian Fitzek – A great thriller, where it’s hard to figure out who to believe at times. Some very interesting characters, which alone would make it worth reading this book. As far as I can gather from Goodreads though, there is no English translation available, but if you can read Dutch, German or Spanish, you should give this book a shot. Or any of the other books by Fitzek.


6290530Die Girls von Riad by Rajaa Alsanea – original title: بنات الرياض (Girls of Riyadh). I’ve still to read this, but I’m quite excited I found this. A perfectly lovely second hand hard cover in all pink. The reviews on Goodreads seem either very positive or very negative. Can’t wait to find out where I stand!


18070793Running like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley – I thought this one was great! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads and wrote a review on the blog here. Have you read it? Let me know what you thought!


Bildergebnis für Das Autogene Training by Abbas SchirmohammadiDas Autogene Training by Abbas Schirmohammadi – a not so concise book about autogenic training. It has some great practices in the back though, so I keep it around at work.


33412061Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly – I still haven’t had the time, but I really want to write a review of this one, explaining why I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seemed to. It does have a beautiful cover however! I felt quite generous giving it 3 stars on Goodreads.


March

17564870Die Therapie by Sebastian Fitzek – this one was just waiting for me on the shelves of a free little library. As I’ve loved the previous book I’ve read by Fitzek, I couldn’t leave this one behind. I hope it’s as good as the other two I’ve read.


So, those were the books I’ve acquired so far this year. How many books have been added to your shelves? Do you also get excited when you find a great book in a second hand store, or do you prefer to buy your books new? Let me know!