Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!
I’m Larissa. Born in the Netherlands. 26 years old. Very fond of latte macchiatos, Ben & Jerry’s, and my Old English Bulldog, and forever obsessed with Harry Potter and Friends.
What can you find on my blog?
I mainly post book reviews and some random writings, but maybe I’ll post some TV show or film reviews in the future as well.
Since I read books in both Dutch and English, and write in both Dutch and English, I also post in both languages. I’ve separated these posts as much as I can on different pages.
Since this is a personal blog I like to keep it light. The tone of my writings is mostly amicable. Sometimes I might throw in some social media language or a few jokes. I like writing that way and I also like reading stuff from other bloggers/writers that’s a bit light.
Side note: Sometimes I receive a free e-ARC of a book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I’ve written a review for NetGalley it will be stated at the bottom of that review. All opinions expressed in every single one of my reviews are entirely my own and completely unbiased.
Why did I create this blog?
I already loved reading and writing when I was a kid and I’ve also always liked making up stories. In my head it has always been a chaos of fanfiction. When I’d finished reading a new Harry Potter book I’d make up the sequel. In my world, Sirius, Albus, and Remus obviously didn’t die. Nor did Dobby, Hedwig, Tonks, and Fred. Okay fine, I let absolutely everyone live except for Voldemort.
At primary school we had to think of a product and bring it to class, in order to present it as though we were going to sell the product. I chose to create the Daily Prophet (the newspaper from Harry Potter). I wrote the articles myself and an acquaintance that worked for the local newspaper took care of the design and the printing. My teacher often wore Harry Potter socks, so the article on the front page was obviously about him. ‘Muggle teacher wears Potter socks’ was (if I remember correctly) the title of the article. Much to my delight both my fellow class members and my teachers were very enthusiastic.
At primary school I also worked for the school newspaper and won a writing contest during Children’s Book Week. The assignment was to write a short story about a certain topic. I think it had to be about a monster.
At secondary school two fellow class members and I wrote a funny story to pass the time, inspired by the film History of the World: Part I. I can’t remember much about the story. There was something about a horse. Yes, definitely something about a horse. (I believe there was a running gag in the movie about a horse called Miracle, and I think we used that in our story).
Around this time at secondary school, I realised that writing book reviews could be a fun way to combine my love for reading and my love for writing. So I gave it a try and started receiving ARCs (among which the Dutch translation of Unwind by Neal Shusterman & the Dutch translation of The Radleys by Matt Haig) in exchange for honest reviews that were put on a website for young students.
I had a knack for languages and especially English was my forte. Because of this I later decided to study English Language and Culture at university.
Long story short, I fell in love with the written word at an early age and I’d like to express my passion for reading, writing, and language here. So that’s why I’ve created this blog.
Favourites & interests
Genres: contemporary, young adult, thriller, fantasy, crime, mystery, humour,(auto)biographies & memoirs.
Books: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman, Making History by Stephen Fry, The Stars’ Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry, American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson, Instrumental by James Rhodes, Secret Smile by Nicci French, Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry.
Hobbies & interests: reading, writing, language, taking my dog for a walk, swimming, social media, philosophy, ancient mythology, journalism, psychology, pharmacology, watching films and TV shows, listening to music.
TV shows: Friends, Boston Legal, The Good Place, Orphan Black, How To Get Away With Murder, House M.D., Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, House of Cards, Vicious, Will & Grace, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Derek, QI, Are You Being Served?, Kingdom.
Films: Forrest Gump, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, White Palace, The Principal, The Oranges, The Grand Budapest Hotel, House of Boys, Kick-Ass 2, V for Vendetta, The Dark Knight, The Love Punch, Maid in Manhattan.
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