Monday, May 26, 2014 10:42

Armchair BEA: introductions.

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Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 
My name is Mel, short for Melanie, a fairytale- and Disney lover. I’ve been blogging for 2 years and 3 months. I got into blogging after my account on Goodreads. I saw websites on profiles from reviewers I followed, so when I saw this blogging community I knew I had to be part of it. I created my blog in a whim and 2 years later, I’m still here loving every minute of it! I’m blogging from this little, rainy country called The Netherlands. And no, we don’t walk around in clogs, there aren’t windmills every where and not everyone loves tulips, haha. We do love our stroopwafels and poffertjes (similar to very small pancakes, but more delicious!):
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Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online. 
Reviews and discussion posts from the mind of a fairytale & retelling lover!
Twitter. Goodreads. Instagram. Tumblr. Bloglovin. Pinterest.

What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 
It’s a tie between fantasy and fairytales. I love to read fantasy, because you get to visit complete new worlds, plus there is magic! I love fairytales, because of the happy endings (sometimes I really like that) and the magical feeling. Beauty and the beast is my favorite fairytale. I love to read, because it's everything to me :)

What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 
I don’t have one favorite book, but I do have a top 15 list from 2013 (I read 146 books):

1. Brodi Ashton – the complete Everneath series. (Everneath, Everbound & Evertrue)
2. Robin LaFevers – Grave mercy.
3. Robin LaFevers – Dark triumph.
4. Courtney Summers – This is not a test.
5. Marissa Meyer – Scarlet.
6. Marissa Meyer – Cress.
7. Leigh Bardugo – Shadow and bone.
8. Leigh Bardugo – Siege and storm.
9. John Green – The fault in our stars.
10. Rae Carson – The crown of Embers.
11. Bridget Zinn – Poison.
12. Liz Coley – Pretty grl thirteen.
13. Emily Murdoch – If you find me.
14. Sarah J. Maas – Crown of midnight.
15. Anna Ursu – Breadcrumbs.

My favorites from this year so far are:
1. Rosamund Hodge – Cruel beauty.
2. Kristin Cashore – Graceling.
3. Danielle L. Jensen – STolen songbird.
4. A.C Gaughen – Scarlet (re-read) and Lady Thief.
5. Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys and The dream thieves.
6. Julie Kagawa – The forever song.
7. Sarah J. Maas – The assassin’s blade.
8. Alison Goodman – Eon.
9. Susan Ee – Angelfall.
10. Cammie McGovern – Say what you will.
11. Cat Winters – In the shadow of blackbirds.
12. Elizabeth May – The falconer.

What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!) 
Hidden book door! Rooms filled with books and one of them opens up to my reading spot. I’d love to be able to sneak away into my hidden room to read for hours with some music on the background.
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And really, everything else that looks comfortable is fine with me. That hanging thing above the water; love it! I really like water, so dipping my toes into it while reading would be great. I don’t see it happen in The Netherlands too, haha. I’ve always wanted a hammock! And I don’t know what to call this round-shaped reading place, but it looks very comfy. And the last picture is definitely going to happen if I can’t create my hidden room! I want to be able to read in the sun.

What is your favorite blogging resource? 
Goodreads! I’m also a fan of Literally, but everything I use for a review comes from Goodreads and I love browsing on that website. My reading list grows daily.

Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 
Sana. Amber. Christina reads YA. Christina. Kelly. Jessi. Oh the books. Judith. Sam. Sandra. Debby. The quiet concert. These paper hearts. Jamie. Nikki. Pretty little reader. YA midnight reads. Vivian.

Share your favorite book or reading related quote.  I have a lot of favorite books, but one of them is Markus Zusak – The book thief. And one of my favorite authors is Juliet Marillier.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why? 
I would bring: Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix, my favorite HP book. A bundle of Grimms fairytales and The book thief.
Non-book related items: a photo book with pictures from my family, my mobile phone in the hope I can call someone and a knife.

What book would you love to see as a movie?
Shadow and bone + Throne of glass!

Are you participating? Leave a link to your introduction post!

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

81 comments:

  1. Hello!! I am a fellow Armchair BEA member (my first time). My favorite genres also include fantasty and fairytales, but I also love scifi. I am planning a trip to BEA for next year with another newbie book blogger I met on Goodreads. Do you have any book conventions in the Netherlands?

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    1. I also wanted to mention my love of the Grisha books, too!! Did you know the duology she is working on now is set in the same world?

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    2. Unfortunately no :( We have no author visits over here either, only some Dutch author signings and I hardly read Dutch books. And yes, I know, I'm so excited :D

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  2. Hi Mel! Your post made me so hungry I have to run to the fridge and grab a quick bite before I post this comment. Anyway, we have a hammock but, unfortunately, it's not an ideal place to read unless you want to suffer from insect bites. Lol. I guess we could always screen our porch, but it does take a lot of time settling and getting comfortable in. Reality vs. The Ideal ;-)

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    1. Haha, nice! That is a shame. We don't have the weather for a hammock over here, so I guess it just sounds cool! Haha.

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  3. I just love pictures of reading spots, I love the ones where you have a fantastic view on nature in a super comfy chair. I'm not sure about the one hanging over the water though, because I'd be scared to fall in lol! I have tried those little pancakes before at the markets and they are delicious :D

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    1. Haha, I would definitely be VERY careful with my books!

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  4. The Book Thief is amazing and I really enjoyed the movie as well! I love you reading spots I would love to have my own secret reading room. mmmhhhhh pancakes!!

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  5. I love your pictures. Can I have a swing over a river like that, too?

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  6. Great intro! The photos of reading spots are great, I think I'd either want the hidden book door or that wicker globe-like seat :) Oh, and The Book Thief really is amazing. Did you see the movie? I was surprised it went under the radar a bit, I thought it was a wonderful adaptation :)


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    1. I've seen the movie and I loved it! It made me cry, so it did the job :p

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  7. The Netherlands! I loved the Netherlands! I visited there years ago and loved it. Especially the stroopwafels :) Though, of course I did touristy things and saw all the tulips and windmills :P

    Your list of last year favorites is amazing! I love Robin LaFevers "His Fair Assassin" series and the Lunar Chronicles is soooo good. Crown of Midnight, Crown of Embers and the Grisha trilogy round out a fantastic list.

    I've also read The Falconer this year and it's ohhhhh so good! I also really need to read the last book in Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series. I've heard such phenomenal things about it and can't wait to get my hands on it.

    I couldn't agree more with your movie choices! Shadow and Bone and Throne of Glass would be amazingly action-packed and beautiful on the big screen!

    Awesome introduction post! It's great getting to know you! Have fun continuing the Armchair BEA!

    All the best ♥︎
    Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books! - Introduction post"

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    1. Of course you have to visit those ultimate Dutch sights :D but I love how some people have this extreme image of us walking around like that.

      The forever song is a fantastic conclusion to the series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  8. Ah, it's that time of the year again! People in the States be like, "WHOOOOO BEA!" And those who aren't going will be: "Noooo. Cue jealousy rages every five seconds." D: Anyway, wow, you've been blogging for two years already? Sweet! I missed your second-year blogoversary, though. Here's a cupcake as an apology. :D Oh, and I've tried those stroopwafels before -- my dad goes to the Hague every year for work and brings them back and they are DEELISH. Even looking at the picture is making me hungry! I haven't tried the other one you mentioned, but definitely will when I get the chance.

    Those are some beautiful reading nooks. *wistful sigh* I don't really like reading outside though, since where I live there are a ton of insects everywhere and you'd probably start sweating, but hidden book-doors? YES. Haha, same here. Basically anywhere comfortable will do the trick. My bed is preferable. ;)

    Yay! I'd totally bring OotP, too! Firstly, because it's the longest book in the series (or is it Goblet of Fire?), and secondly because it has my favorite plot. I love the idea of the DA and ganging up against Umbridge -- so satisfying. And I really need to read THE BOOK THIEF. I've watched the movie and found it decent enough, so hopefully I'll actually get to reading the book soon and seeing what all the fuss is about.

    Great post, Mel! It was nice knowing more about you. :D

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    1. Haha, definitely! I'm always drooling over pictures of bookhauls from BEA and how everyone had fun with each other. I want to meet everyone toooo! *takes cupcake*

      I love reading on my bed too. I always pile all my pillows in one corner and then I let myself fall into it, haha.

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  9. I think it's pretty cool that here I am in Singapore and there you are in the Netherlands and we're both participating in ArmchairBEA! I also love fantasy and fairy tale retellings. My favorite is also Beauty and the Beast and my favorite retelling of that is Beauty by Robin McKinley. :)

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    1. That's what I love about blogging so much! We are able to connect with people from all over the world :D

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  10. Love your list of favorite books! I also opted to pick a Harry Potter book to the stranded island.

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  11. I loved those reading spots, too. If I were in any of those five, I bet I can spend all day tucked in and reading blissfully without a care of the world. And I didn't know you've been blogging for such a long time, Mel! That's such a milestone :) I've yet to reach my second year, but I'm getting there, slowly but surely. I'd bring a Harry Potter book, too, if I were stranded in an island. There's just something about those books (especially the later ones) that are magical and surreal.

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. I also can't believe it's more than 2 years already! :)

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  12. I just died and went to heaven! A fellow Disney/fairy tale lover! From the Netherlands! I looooove Disney and fairy tales! And I'm from Belgium! So glad you decided to stop by my blog earlier. Anyone who loves Disney is a friend of mine.

    Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme...

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  13. I love your favourites from this year so far. I see so many of the books I adore - The Raven Boys, Angelfall, Eon and Lady Thief! Fantasy is definitely the genre I'm most drawn to, too. There's nothing quite like losing yourself in another world! :) And a big YES to seeing either Throne of Glass or Shadow and Bone as a movie.

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  14. Mel! I didn't know you were on Pinterest! I've already gone and followed ALL your boards :D

    Okso those stroopwafels and poffertjes look A-MAZING. I'm drooling just looking at them! Most of your favorite reads from last year and this year are either ones I've read and LOVED too ( Crown of Midnight, The Raven Boys, The Assassin's Blade, Scarlet, Poison...) or they're books I have on my shelf and/or wishlist (Grave Mercy, Cress, Shadow and Bone, Crown of Embers, Cruel Beauty, Graceling, Scarlet/Lady Thief, Dream Thieves, Eon, Angelfall and The Falconer)

    Your ideal reading spots made me swoon...hidden libraries, hammocks, rivers, reading nooks ♥ This was an awesome post, have fun with all the Armchair BEA stuff this week xoxo

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    1. I've decided to put a link to my Pinterest in my profile :D

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  15. Goodreads also started my path towards blogging. On Goodreads I met the blogger who I later joined as a co-blogger before I started my own blog. And now I want a stroopwafel! I really love poffertjes as well, although I prefer pancakes most of the time.
    I read a lot of fantasy, but also a lot of other genres. I have to admit I am not a big fan of fairytales or retellings, but maybe I just haven't encountered the right book yet to pull me into the genre.

    I love that picture of that reading spot above the water, although I do wonder how you would get into it and I probably would be afraid of landing into the water with my book or e-reader and I prefer to keep my books and e-reader far away from water. Those other reading spots look awesome as well!

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    1. Pancakes are delicious too :) I also read a lot of other genres, but fantasy is my go-to genre. I have no idea how you can climb into it, haha, but it looks like such a pretty spot.

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  16. How appropriate you mention the rainy weather today of all days ;) Mmmmmmmmm stroopwafel.....I try and avoid eating them however as if I have one, I MUST HAVE MORE!

    I want that hidden room. Then no one could find me mwhahahaha!

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  17. Oh, my gosh, I've never heard of poffertjes before but they look delicious. Making it a goal right now to visit the Netherlands someday so I can try them! :D

    I love fairy tale retellings and fantasy, as well. Yay for including The Assassin's Blade! I have the novellas downloaded on my e-reader but the physical book is so pretty that I want to go out and get it, too! And isn't Cruel Beauty amazing? I loved Nyx and Ignifex.

    Love your choices for reading spots! I'd love to be able to read in a hammock by the beach! :)

    My Armchair BEA Intro post.

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  18. Hello! I love fairytales too - and I definitely love a lot of the books on your favorites list. I think you're the first blogger I've seen from the Netherlands.

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    1. You should take a look at my favorite bloggers, there are some Dutchies there :D

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  19. Mmmmm...pastries and book lists both look yummy.

    Visit my blog at Emerald City Book Review 

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  20. I love all your choices for your favorite reading spot. I wish I could have any one of those. And, I think I'd love to try the poffertjes and the stroopwafels. They both looks delicious! :D I also love fantasy! It's such a great genre!

    My Intro Post

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    1. They are! And we also have something called 'stroopkoek' which is perhaps even more delicious than the wafel :D

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  21. Great list of fave's and beautiful reading areas. I will have to check out a few of the books that I am not familiar with. My shelves are groaning.

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  22. Thanks for the pictures of yummy food - now I'm craving some pancakes! :) Although a trip to the Netherlands to try those poffertjes would be more ideal!

    I would love a hidden book room as well - having any hidden room is sort of a dream of mine, but fill it with books and it's a perfect place! Oh and it would be so awesome to get a Shadow and Bone and Throne of Glass movie! They could have such wonderful visuals!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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  23. Hello Mel! The Netherlands, wow! Stroopwafels and poffertjes looks so good! One day I'll be there visiting for those. LOL
    But it's great you came into the blogging world on a whim. It's also great to look back on how much has changed since then too. Plus, your reading lists are very interesting, never heard of some of them before. Thanks for sharing and good luck on your BEA week!

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    1. Haha, we have even more delicious things :D

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  24. YAY Netherlands! I rather love your football team - the Oranje are amazing! Although I'm rooting for Germany, heh. I loved Grave Mercy! And Shadow and Bone! And the Fire and Thorns series! Fantasy for the win :D

    Check out my intro & lit post!

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  25. Yumm, stroopwafels and poffertjes both look delicious. And those reading spaces all look super comfy and just gorgeous (I love reading near to the water, too)

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  26. So many of your favorites are mine too. Yet another new person to add to BlogLovin'. I love ArmchairBEA!

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  27. Those reading spots looks awesome - I agree, to tip your toes in the water while reading . . . heavenly!

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  28. Gahhh, Mel, why are you dangling delicious looking food at me? I WANT.

    I never knew that I wanted a hidden book room, but now I do, seeing that picture! That is so cool! You can be a spy or something. ;D I love the fifth picture because that looks all sorts of comfy. Geeez, a knife. I hope you can wield it well. ;D

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    1. And if you don't tell anyone else about your spot, you could just escape and pretend you're not at home, haha.

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  29. I haven't read any of your favorite books, but this past week, I downloaded The Fault in Our Stars onto my Kindle (Sparky).

    Love your reading spots. Enjoy the week! Here's MY ARMCHAIR BEA POST


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  30. Love your top 15 lists! I have to finish the Lunar Chronicles, but can see why you have that listed! It was great getting to know more about you!

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  31. I wish I had all those reading nooks in my house! My comfy spot is only my loveseat :/ lol

    Nikki H @ Take Me Away...

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  32. What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing so many great books on your lists. Those 'little pancakes' look so tasty! Thank you for stopping by Brooke Blogs. :)

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  33. Enjoyed reading your post! And whooaaa, those reading spaces! ;D

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  34. I love the Netherlands! Everytime I've been it's been beautiful :) And I so want one of those hidden reading rooms! They look sooooo cool!

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  35. When I saw your comment, I thought you were a fellow Potterhead because of your URL. :D Those are some really cool looking reading spots.

    I think I'd take the whole HP set with me on a desert island, it's a series I can read over and over again.

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  36. I love how you listed all the stereotypes about the Netherlands, it reminded me of what people always assume about Australians, and they're usually wrong, too!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  37. Many of the books on your top 15 are on my TBR, I tell myself I'll get to them someday. Your ideal reading places really look ideal, super pretty.

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  38. Thanks for visiting my blog for ArchairBEA!
    I really want to start Marissa Meyers series, I have the first two but havent gotten to it yet, looks like I need too!

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  39. I love the window seat reading room. I would love that. I'm looking forward to visiting your blog more this week and after!

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  40. I guess bringing a knife is a pretty good idea, you never know.

    I love the library that opens up and continues in your pictures! I wish I could have one like that at home... a whole floor for me and my books *Sigh*

    Have fun with Armchair BEA this week, Mel. Thanks for stopping by my intro post yesterday.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  41. Oh my goodness!! Waffles!!

    You could call the wicker-ball reading-nook thing, a book nest!

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  42. Your favourite HP book is OotP? Oooh, I don't think I've heard anybody say that before. o: It tends to be a less popular choice! That's cool though. Why's it your favourite? (:

    Mmm, fantasy and fairytales are both awesome. *___* Yes, I love a good happy ending too!

    I've barely read any of the books on your favourites list! *sigh* Say What You Will is on my TBR pile for June though, so I hope I will like it! (:

    Here's my introduction post!

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  43. Wow, your dream reading area looks amazing! Good luck! All of your favourite books are either my favourites or on my TBR.

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  44. Oh my goodness! I love all of your reading spot picks! They all look beautiful and so relaxing.

    It's so weird. I've never read a Fairtytale or watched the Disney versions, but I love the retellings. It's on my bookish bucket list to read the originals soon. :)

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

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  45. Oooooooh, The Falconer is on my short list of TBR soon! I am also addicted to Goodreads. Nice to tweet you. ☺

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  46. I love your ideal reading places! I don't know what that round shaped thing is called either, but it looks mighty comfortable! And wow, I had no idea you live in the Netherlands. I'd love to travel there someday. Great post, Mel!

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    1. Interesting how many people want to visit (or have visited) The Netherlands. I never thought my country was so popular, haha.

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  47. Stroopwafels are so delicious, Mel (of course I fixate on the food. Of course.) and I'm so glad you pictured them. It made me very happy. I used ot have them with icecream and berries and it was so good, but we get them imported here (I presume I could make them...? somehow) and they have eggs in them, which I now don't eat, so after seeing this I know I have to find an egg free version because they're delicious!

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  48. I WANT TO SAY SO MUCH ABOUT THIS. But first of all, it's so AWESOME that you're from Netherlands!! :D That's so unique!! :D And those stroopwaffles look completely awesome (my stomach is growling NOOOOO.)!! And I love Fantasy too!! :D Definitely like visiting a whole new world with all the magic; high fantasy is the absolute BEST! Those reading spaces look especially cozy; especially that Book Nook! :D Do you have one of those at home? :) It would be so cool if you did! Books books surrounding you: EVERYWHERE! :) And I love the list of your favourite books; so many that I have to agree with ;)
    Great post Mel!! :D And here's to the hope that we'll all go to BEA someday! ;D

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    1. There are actually more Dutchie bloggers than you would expect! I WISH, unfortunately I have to use my bed as most comfy reading spot.

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  49. YAY for the reading places! They are absolutely beautiful! I hope you do get that secret room one day, it would be very cool. I'm actually thinking of having a sort of book balcony above the roof of my bed with a ladder or something so that my book space can be totally secluded from the rest of the room!

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  50. So envious of all the reading places pictures... So pretty! And poffertjes! We don't call them that here but I recently found a place that has that exact thing and they are SO yummy :) No windmills everywhere :O This just crushed my dreams of the Netherlands.

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    1. Haha, sorry to destroy your dream ;) You can find them, but most of the times not in the cities.

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  51. I adore this post Mel! <3 Thank you so much for sharing these things about you :) You are awesome. And ack. That food! Is jealous. <3 Looks delicious :) And yess for Graceling being one of the favorite books this year, hih. <3 I love that book so much. Sigh. Anyway. Loved reading it all :D

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  52. We have so much in common. Like all of your favorite books are my favorite books too (only 2-4 I haven't read yet from each list). And I LOVE those reading spots! Gosh, Pinterest is dangerous. I want all of these cool things for my future house.

    One day, either I will come to The Netherlands or you will come to America and we will meet! (I am very optimistic about this) :D

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    1. It's a shame we live so far away. We could talk for hours about those favorite books :D And yeeeeees!

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