Day 9, 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day 9 : Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

I was nominated by Deanna from a novel glimpse to do this lovely challenge! You should definitely check out her blog! The challenge was originally created by StephJ.

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


 

The persons who will be sitting with me for Christmas dinner this year are my lovely parents and my sister. We like keeping it small with just the four of us. I’m already looking forward to it!

Especially eating the food, of course ;).

Day 8, 12 days of Christmas Blogging

Day 8 : Share a local tradition in your town or country

I was nominated by Deanna from a novel glimpse to do this lovely challenge! You should definitely check out her blog! The challenge was originally created by StephJ.

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


first of all, I have to admit I skipped day 7.. I can’t find any Christmas pictures right now and if I had I still wouldn’t post them, because honestly I don’t like sharing them on the internet like this. I’m sorry. I hope you guys don’t mind.

A local christmas tradition:

Every year in my village we have a little Christmas market. You can get literally anything that has something to do with Christmas there. From cute decorations to food and hot chocolate. Every year there are choirs that will sing christmas songs, there are children performing in dance and some local orchestras, consisting almost only out of children, playing Christmas songs. It’s lovely to visit, because of the whole atmosphere. And it’s a small village, almost everyone knows each other, so it’s a lot of fun. I try to visit it every year.

Day 6, 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day 6 : Share a fond childhood Christmas memory

I was nominated by Deanna from a novel glimpse to do this lovely challenge! You should definitely check out her blog! The challenge was originally created by StephJ.

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


My fondest Childhood memory of Saint Nicholas:

I think every christmas eve of every year and especially for me as a child the night of Saint Nicholas, could count as a fond childhood memory. Every year, my whole family and I were full of excitement waiting for Saint Nicholas to knock on our door and for his assistants to come inside and bring our sack full of gifts and not forget, to scatter sweets in every corner of the house. I liked everything about it, being with my family, getting gifts (every kid likes getting gifts), eating candy and other lovely things. It was all so magical.

My fondest childhood Christms memory:

Like I said every year was memorable, but I remember one time when our christmas topper (I don’t know what it’s called in English) broke, and my mum and I made our own. It was one of my favourite Christmas days ever.

Day 5, 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day 5 : What is on your personal wishlist this year

I was nominated by Deanna from a novel glimpse to do this lovely challenge! You should definitely check out her blog! The challenge was originally created by StephJ.

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


My wishlist:

Well I actually don’t have a huge wishlist. I asked for some books, the final empire, we all looked up and some others. Besides that I don’t know what else to ask for. I’m grateful for what I have. So this is going to be a small post.. I think I will tell you guys a little bit about the books instead.

The final empire is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It’s a fantasy series set in a dark world in which the future of an empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. In this series we get introduced to Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

In we all looked up by Tommy Wallach we follow a set of teenagers who are trying ‘to change their lives’ in two months time, before the astroid will hit the earth. They have two moths to leave their labels behind, two months to become something bigger than what they’d been and to really live.

I’m really looking forward to reading these two books! And I really, really love the new covers of the Mistborn Trilogy! Look at how gorgeous they are!

All images are found on goodreads

 

Day 4, 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day 4 : Share a Christmas story or write one of your own

I was nominated by Deanna from a novel glimpse to do this lovely challenge! You should definitely check out her blog! The challenge was originally created by StephJ.

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


Christmas stories:

So I’m going to cheat a little bit on this one, by showing my favourite christmas books, or books I like to read around Christmas time.

Every Harry Potter book is good for Christmas!

I have read wonder recently and I loved it! I included it in this list, because it shows how important family and friends are. I think that theme suits the Christmas spirit. Besides that, these three books are all heart-warming. That’s why I like to read them around Christmas time. Even though they can be sad too, sometimes.

(All the images are found on goodreads)

Day 3, 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day 3 : Favorite Christmas food/recipe

I was nominated by Deanna from a novel glimpse to do this lovely challenge! You should definitely check out her blog! The challenge was originally created by StephJ.

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


Porchetta:

I really love Porchetta. We eat it as ‘Christmas dinner’, I think almost every year once around Christmas time. I don’t know the recipe for this, because we get it at our local Butcher, who is amazing. I did find this recipe from Food Network on the internet:

Visit via this link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-symon/porchetta-recipe.html

I love everything about it, the meat, the sauce, the flavours all together. Mmm.

I actually do love almost every kind of food, so cookies, cupcakes, candy and chocolate are welcome as well.


 

After the 2nd day of 12 days of Christmas blogging, I got an idea. In my recent post I talked about how in my country we celebrate Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) so I thought it would be fun to include in the following posts a fact about Sinterklaas that’s related to the theme of that day’s post.

Sinterklaas has got, instead of Sainta Claus’ reindeers, pieten. Those are his assistants. They scatter around candy and especially cookie-like confectionary (they’re made of speculoos, which they say you can compare a little to gingerbread). Which is the main thing people eat as nicy around Saint Nicholas.

To get an indication of what they look like, visit this website via the link:  http://uitpaulineskeuken.nl/2013/11/lekker-recept-pepernoten.html

It’s all a little bit difficult to explain, because we’ve got our own words for things that you can’t translate in English. So please forgive me for my mistakes, I’m giving it my best try :).

Review: The wise man’s fear by Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”

I did it guys! I can finally say that I finished this huge book. I’m proud of myself. It took me a little longer than I had hoped, but here we are. And although there were some things that bothered me and I didn’t love this book as much as the first one, it was still epic.

The wise man’s fear picks up the story where The name of the wind (my review) has left it. Again we follow the young Kvothe and his adventures. But in this book you really see Kvothe change from a boy into a man. Which brings me to the first thing that bothered me a bit. I found it hard imagining that Kvothe was only fifteen/sixteen years old throughout the book. He spoke and acted like he was way older and people also treated him like that. It didn’t feel right.

I was also very glad that the story took a turn and we got to see something else than the life Kvothe was having at the university. I got a little bored with that eventually and it felt like I was reading things over and over again. But just when I was fed up with that, a new adventure started. It was perfectly timed.

A major plus for this book is that it goes places we haven’t seen before. We get to know the world Patrick Rothfuss has created a little better, we get introduced to new cultures (maybe even new worlds), how people live, how things work there and we also get introduced to a lot of new and very interesting characters. I still like Kvothe a lot, although he makes it more and more difficult for me to like him along the way. About some of the other characters:

  • Denna, I still don’t know what you want.
  • Simmon, I want you t0 be my friend!
  • Although you’re crazy master Elodin, you’re still fantabulous.
  • Auri you’re so cute!
  • Fela and Devi, I like you two.
  • I thought I didn’t like you at first, then I started to like you Maer Alveron and now after everything that happened, I just don’t know how I think about you.
  • Bast, you just got very interesting.. and dark.
  • And last but not least, Tempi, you’re hilarious and I like you a lot.

This book was about a 1000 pages long.. I think that wasn’t necessary. In the middle there was a part of the book that really dragged on. Which made it hard to keep on reading. My favourite part of the book were the last 1/3 pages or so. That was when things got really interesting and we got to see another side of our young Kvothe.

I still love the little verses in the book. Kvothe is a musician and he sings songs, and I love reading those lines. The same goes for the stories that are being told by different people. They are so unique and most of the time contain a good life lesson and still are related to the story of the book in general. One of them almost got me teared up..

And in this book again I’m amazed by how the magic works. It’s so complicated, but yet it feels so realistic. Every part of it makes sense.

Patrick Rothfuss was also on a roll with his humor. Although it’s not always my kind of humor, I still laughed a lot. He already had me on page 56..

“People don’t like being toyed with”, Stanchion replied. “They resent it, in fact. Nobody likes having a joke played on them.”  “Technically”, Simmon interjected, grinning, “he played the joke on the lute.” Everyone turned to look at him and his grin faded a bit. “You see? He actually played a joke. On a lute.” He looked down at the table, his grin fading as his faced flushed a sudden embaressed red. “Sorry.”

This is so me! I always make ‘jokes’ like that and then I’m the only one who thinks they’re funny. So maybe that’s why I liked this one.

Another aspect I love about the books are the returning proloques and epiloques. I can’t really tell much about that, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think Patrick Rothfuss really did some magical things with them. It’s simple, but very effective.

And now I will have to wait untill the third and last book in the series will be released. Unfortunately the only thing we know of the book is the name, Doors of Stone. The release date is not yet set. And we know Patrick Rothfuss will only release a book he thinks is perfect, so it will take a lot of time before it’s here, but I’ll be waiting, ’cause I’m eager to know how this story continues and how it will end!

RATING: ★★★★½

* wondering how many pages the last book will be having*

The wise man’s fear / Patrick Rothfuss / Gollancz / 2012 / 1008 pages / ISBN 9780575081437