Grimm’s fairy tales

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Auteur: Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
Titel: Grimm’s fairy tales
Genre: Sprookjes
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1909
ISBN: 9781853261015
Aantal pagina’s: 272
Gelezen: December 2021
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Omslagtekst:
The Brothers Grimm rediscovered a host of fairy tales, telling of princes and princesses in their castles, witches in their towers and forests, of giants and dwarfs, of fabulous animals and dark deeds.
This selection of their folk tales was made and translated by Lucy Crane, and includes firm favourites such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘Rapunzel’, ‘The Goose Girl’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Snow White’.
It is illustrated throughout by Walter Crane’s charming line drawings.

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Recensie: The lost apothecary

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Auteur: Sarah Penner
Titel: The Lost Apothecary
Genre: Historische fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2021
ISBN: 9780778311010
Aantal pagina’s: 301
Gelezen: December 2021
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Omslagtekst:
A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them – setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course.

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.
Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.

One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose – selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate – and not everyone will survive. 

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Recensie: The midnight library

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Auteur: Matt Haig
Titel: The midnight library
Genre: Magisch Realisme
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9781786892720
Aantal pagina’s: 288
Gelezen: December 2021
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Omslagtekst:

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

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Recensie: The northern lights lodge

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Auteur: Julie Caplin
Titel: The northern lights lodge
Serie: Romantic escapades #4
Genre: Romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2019
ISBN: 9780008323677
Aantal pagina’s: 400
Gelezen: December 2021
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Escape to the cosiest little lodge in Iceland for love, log fires and the Northern Lights…
With a shattered heart and her career completely in tatters, Lucy needs to get away from her life in the UK. But, when she takes a job as hotel manager of the Northern Lights Lodge, she doesn’t quite expect to find herself in a land of bubbling hot springs and snowflake-dusted glaciers – and in the company of gorgeous Scottish barman, Alex.

Determined to turn her life around, Lucy sets about making the lodge the number one romantic destination in Iceland – even though romance is the last thing she wants. However, as Alex and Lucy grow closer under the dancing lights of the aurora, Lucy might just learn how to fall in love again…

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Recensie: Tender is the Night

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Auteur: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Titel: Tender is the night
Genre: Literatuur
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1934
ISBN: 9780684801544
Aantal pagina’s: 315
Gelezen: Mei 2021
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Omslagtekst:
Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, Tender Is the Night is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.

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Recensie: Het Parfum

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Auteur: Patrick Süskind
Titel: Het Parfum
Genre: Horror/thriller
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 1985
ISBN: 9789057134104
Aantal pagina’s: 255
Gelezen: November 2021
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Omslagtekst:
Achter een walmende viskraam in Parijs wordt op 17 juli 1738 Jean-Baptiste Grenouille geboren. De voedsters die het ventje aan de borst krijgen houden het niet lang met hem uit: hij is te gulzig en je ruikt hem niet. De geur, de onmiskenbare geur van zuigelingen, ontbreekt. Hij moet van de duivel bezeten zijn.

Jean-Baptiste overleeft de mazelen, dysenterie, waterpokken en cholera. Hij heeft geen behoefte aan moederliefde of de aandacht van een vader. We volgen hem op gepaste afstand op zijn tocht door de donkerste stegen van Parijs, en zijn er getuige van hoe hij de parfumeur Baldini om zijn vinger windt. Gaandeweg krijgen we een vermoeden van wat er met Grenouille aan de hand kan zijn…

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Recensie: 1000 dingen doen in Nederland

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Auteur: Jeroen van der Spek
Titel: 1000 dingen doen in Nederland
Genre: Non-fictie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9789021575872
Aantal pagina’s: 320
Gelezen: Mei 2021
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Omslagtekst:
Survivallen boven de koeien, overnachten in een vogelhuisje of de code kraken van een onderwater escaperoom. 1000 dingen doen in Nederland wijst je de weg naar de origineelste uitjes.

Met ‘1000 dingen doen in Nederland’ ontdek je ons land op z’n leukst! Dit heerlijke inspiratieboek van Jeroen van der Spek staat barstensvol originele uitjes in eigen land – van museumbezoek tot avontuurlijke activiteiten en van funshoppen tot coole uitstapjes met kids. Overzichtelijk gerangschikt per provincie en afgewisseld met top 10-lijstjes van filmlocaties, natuurgebieden en de mooiste terrassen… Een must-have voor iedereen die er graag op uitgaat. 

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Recensie: S

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Auteur: J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
Titel: S
Genre: Mystery
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2013
ISBN: 9780316201643
Aantal pagina’s: 456
Gelezen: Januari 2021
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Omslagtekst:
One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

THE BOOK: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V. M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.

THE WRITER: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumours that swirl around him.

THE READERS: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

S. , conceived by filmmaker J. J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand. It is also Abrams and Dorst’s love letter to the written word.

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Recensie: Everless

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Auteur: Sara Holland
Titel: Everless
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9780062653659
Aantal pagina’s: 362
Gelezen: Februari 2021
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Omslagtekst:
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Recensie: De jongen, de mol, de vos en het paard

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Auteur: Charlie Mackery
Titel: De jongen, de mol, de vos en het paard
Genre: Graphic Novel, filosofie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9789026623844
Aantal pagina’s: 128
Gelezen: November 2021
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Omslagtekst:
‘De jongen, de mol, de vos en het paard’ van Charlie Mackesy is een prachtig verhaal over vriendschap, liefde en jezelf zijn, poëtisch vertaald door Arthur Japin.

‘Wat wil jij worden als je groot bent?’ vroeg de mol. ‘Lief,’ zei de jongen. ‘De jongen, de mol, de vos en het paard’ van Charlie Mackesy is een moderne fabel voor jong en oud. De 100 illustraties en de poëtische teksten vertellen het verhaal van een bijzondere vriendschap, tussen de jongen en de drie dieren. De universele lessen die ze samen leren zijn stuk voor stuk levenswijsheden. De Nederlandse editie van ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ is prachtig vertaald door Arthur Japin, waardoor de teksten nog dichterbij komen. Een moderne klassieker, die je kijk op het leven verandert.

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