My books of 2014

Each year I write a post about the books I’ve read over the past year. This year I will (once again) try to do it a little bit different. Instead of mentioning all the books I’ve read, I will give you my top 5 suggestions based on what I’ve read.

1. Rainbow Rowell

I discovered this author this past year, and immediately fell in love with her writing. She writes amazing young adult stories that will make you laugh, cry and cheer for the main characters. This past year I read Eleanor & Park, Fangirl: A Novel and Landline. I am very much looking forward to reading more by this author.

2. The Kingkiller Chronicle

So far, there are 2 books in this fantasy series by Patrick Rothfuss. Both The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One and The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) are long reads (670 and 1000 pages respectively), but well worth it. I loved getting to know Kvothe through him telling his life’s story, and I can’t wait to read whatever comes next.

3. The Rosie Project

This book I started reading because I saw that my best friend, Anne-Sophie, had loved it so much. After I finished the book I gave it to my dad as a birthday present. He likes getting gifts that other people loved. Its follow-up, The Rosie Effect, was also very good.

4. The Giver

The Giver (Giver Quartet, Book 1) was a very enjoyable book, showing a boy who defies the path society has set for him and how things that appear perfect on the outside can be very messed up inside. I’ve read, though I don’t know if it’s true, that this has already become a classic in American schools. The book was released in 1994. Although I really enjoyed this book, I do not feel any need to read the others in the series. The story felt finished to me.

5. The Circle

My advice, do not read this book (sorry, dad, I did not like it all). I hated the way The Circle portrayed social media and the internet, like everybody online is a sheep who will do whatever is told to them and has no ability to think critically. This is not the world we live in, thankfully.

If you have any suggestions of books I should read in 2015, please let me know.

Discovering home

I recently moved into my first apartment. With a big deadline at work, getting my apartment set up and the bad weather I hadn’t had the time or energy to go out and explore much. I decided to change that today and went for a long walk along the water.

Here are some photos I took while exploring this new city that is, or will be, home.

More photos on Flickr

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Digital Photography 1

I took a class this last semester in photography. It was very interesting. I learned a lot about the basics of photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance,…). We had to hand in a final portfolio of 12 pictures, 3 each on the themes of people, light, rhythm and landscape.

This picture is my favorite. It is a picture of Brussel-Centraal, a train station where I spent a lot of time waiting for my train to Kortrijk.

Brussel Centraal

Pentatonix – Live at Trix

I love Pentatonix. I am always impressed by the ability of these 5 people to turn any song into an a capella song. A GOOD a capella song. I saw them last November in London and was blown away. I knew they were good from their YouTube covers, but what I heard live was even more impressive. When they announced another European tour this year I knew I had to go see them again, no matter what. But they made it easy for me. They came to Belgium.

Last Sunday (27 April) they performed at Trix in Antwerp. I went to see them. They were even better than last time. They included some new songs that I love (Daft Punk medley, Say Something) and excluded some songs from last time I wasn’t too fond of (Hey Momma, As Long As You Love Me). The only song I truly missed was Love Lockdown. It has been one of my favorites ever since they first performed it on The Sing-Off.

One thing that also made me love this concert more than the last one was that I was allowed to bring my camera with me. I had gotten permission beforehand to take photos but that turned out to be unnecessary. There was no bag check.

You can see more photos from the concert on Flickr.

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