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Zarina de Ruiter
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Book addict. Globe trotter. Musical theatre lover.
Book addict. Globe trotter. Musical theatre lover.

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When All Is Said by Annie Griffin is an engrossing, beautiful and heartbreaking story of one man reminiscing on his life through memories of the five people that shaped him. Definitely one to look out for on the bestseller and awards lists this year!
When All Is Said by Annie Griffin
When All Is Said by Annie Griffin
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Everless by Sara Holland is a young adult fantasy novel set in a world where blood is a powerful currency with which the rich literally drain the proletariat of their precious time. And it was one of my favourite reads of 2017. Its imaginative and unique concept was executed so very well that despite really despising open endings and cliffhangers I've been patiently waiting for the concluding sequel for over a year. And the wait is finally over!
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As a Dutch person living overseas I've gained a renewed appreciation for my home country. And I love promoting the Netherlands, especially lesser know places that are a delight to visit and explore. There is so much to discover beyond tourist magnet Amsterdam with its canals, cannabis and cyclists... Today I shine the spotlight on beautiful historic Hansa Town Zutphen.
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With a melodious writing, delightfully quirky characters, and a real heart, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is THE debut novel of 2019. I honestly cannot recommend this one enough, do yourself a favour and add this literary treat to your online or physical basket next time you hit up a bookshop. You won't regret it.
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Last week I was delighted to attend the Quercus 2019 showcase, which was easily one of the best book events I've been due to its Instagram-worthy displays and incredible array of new releases. I cannot possibly pick a single fav, so in my blog post I've highlighted the books that I am most excited for in order of release date instead. Each book came with a lovely postcard with the cover on the front and a note from the editor on the back, and since they are much more able to convey the mesmerising stories laying without the pages I've quoted them on a few occasions. I would appreciate any comments and shares on the blog post, and do let me know which of the books sound most exciting to you! :)
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Geeky, sci-fi musical Eugenius! is one of the best shows I've seen in theatre this year. In fact, I loved it so much the first time around it was playing in London I ended up seeing it twice. So I was thrilled when it was announced that the charming feel-good musical would return to its theatrical home The Other Palace for another limited run this year, with some of the main cast reuniting for another superhero-filled few months on the London stage.
Eugenius! at The Other Palace
Eugenius! at The Other Palace
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As a musical theatre lover I've seen pretty much every show in the West End (most of them more than once) but somehow I hadn't been to see 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until this week, despite it playing in London since early last year already. I'm clearly a fake fan! It has been through a few cast iterations since threading the boards here in the UK, and the most recent addition that I got to enjoy included none other than Bonnie Langford in the role of show-stealing diva Dorothy Brock.
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Ever since I heard author Laura Wood talk about her debut young adult novel A Sky Painted Gold at this year's Scholastic Bloggers' Book Feast, I've been excited for this book to be released. A YA historical fiction set in Cornwall with Great Gatsby and I Capture the Castle vibes? Uhm yes please! And beyond the atmospheric setting and glittering parties there were secrets lingering beneath the surface, adding just enough drama and intrigue to make this not only a beautiful read but a gripping one too.
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
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It's been months since I've posted a reading wrap up as I've started a new job that has been taking up all my time and energy, but I'm finally back with a book post! Because of general life business I did only read 7 books over the course of June/July, but there were some really good ones in there. From fun to thought provoking young adult novels, and from the melodic The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton (not out until January 2019!) to finally reading an Elena Ferrante novel for my book club.
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One place that has been on my travel wish list for years is the Lake District. I love getaways that involve beautiful scenery, so this national park looked right up my street. Despite its relative closeness to London (it's in the same country after all), train tickets are quite expensive so it never happened. But when I had some time off before starting my new job I decided to make the most it and finally booked a return to Windermere in the heart of the national park. While this was the base for my five-day Lake District getaway, two friends with a car also joined for a day and we drove all the way north as well. The national park was everything I hoped it'd be and here are my top tips for the best things to see and do when visiting the Lake District.
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