Recensie: De kat en de stad

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Auteur: Nick Bradley
Titel: De kat en de stad
Genre: Contemporary Literatuur
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9789026354441
Aantal pagina’s: 217
Gelezen: Augustus 2021
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De kat en de stad van Nick Bradley speelt zich af in Tokio, waar een lapjeskat zich geruisloos door de straten beweegt. Op elk nieuw pad dat ze kiest, raakt ze het leven van enkele ogenschijnlijk willekeurige bewoners van de miljoenenstad, en ze verbindt hen op onverwachte wijze. Maar de stad verandert en de kat wordt langzaam maar zeker verdreven naar de achterbuurten. Daar komt ze in aanraking met enkele outcasts, van een dakloze die zich schuilhoudt in een vervallen hotel en een kluizenaar die zijn huis niet uit durft tot een buurtwinkelbediende op zoek naar de liefde. De kat cirkelt om hen heen, en brengt hen ongemerkt dichter bij elkaar.

In een serie betoverende, met elkaar verweven verhalen, in stijl variërend van manga tot illustraties met bijschriften, schrijft Nick Bradley over interactie en verwijdering, overleven en zelfdestructie, de wens ergens bij te horen en de behoefte om te ontsnappen. De kat en de stad van Nick Bradley is een elegante roman over de andere, minder bekende kant van Tokio. Inventief en met een speelse politieke boodschap.

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Recensie: Little Women

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Auteur: Louisa May Alcott
Titel: Little Women
Genre: Classics, literatuur, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1868
ISBN: 9780147514011
Aantal pagina’s: 777
Gelezen: December 2020
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Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely? 

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Recensie: My Italian bulldozer

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Auteur: Alexander McCall Smith
Titel: My Italian bulldozer
Genre: Fictie, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9781101871393
Aantal pagina’s: 240
Gelezen: Juni 2020
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Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer. To cheer him up, Paul’s editor, Gloria, encourages him to finish his latest cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery (plus the occasional truffled pasta and glass of red wine) will offer a cure for both heartache and writer’s block. But upon Paul’s arrival, things don’t quite go as planned. A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves him stranded, until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing alternative: a bulldozer.
With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts the offer, and as he journeys (well, slowly trundles) into the idyllic hillside town of Montalcino, he discovers that the bulldozer may be the least of the surprises that await him. What follows is a delightful romp through the lush sights and flavors of the Tuscan countryside, as Paul encounters a rich cast of characters, including a young American woman who awakens in him something unexpected.
A feast for the senses and a poignant meditation on the complexity of human relationships, My Italian Bulldozer is a charming and intensely satisfying love story for anyone who has ever dreamed of a fresh start.

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Recensie: The betrothed

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Auteur: Kiera Cass
Titel: The Betrothed
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9780008158828
Aantal pagina’s: 400
Gelezen: Mei 2020
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When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine. 

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Recensie: Summer Days & Summer Nights

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Auteurs: Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour en Veronica Roth
Titel: Summer Days & Summer Nights
Genre: Young Adult, romance, korte verhalen
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9781250079121
Aantal pagina’s: 388
Gelezen: Juli 2018 – mei 2020
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Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

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Recensie: Ever Alice (DNF)

43694151Auteur: H. J. Ramsay
Titel: Ever Alice
Genre: Adaptatie, fantasy, ya
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2019
ISBN: 9780996923941
Aantal pagina’s: 
347
Gelezen:
April 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.

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Recensie: Toil & Trouble

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Auteurs: Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood, Brandy Colbert, Zoraida Córdova, Andrea Cremer, Kate Hart, Emery Lord, Elizabeth May, Anna-Marie McLemore,  Tehlor Kay Mejia, Lindsay Smith, Nova Ren Suma, Robin Talley, Shveta Thakrar en Brenna Yovanoff
Titel: Toil & Trouble – 15 tales of women & witchcraft
Genre: Korte verhalen, fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9781335016270
Aantal pagina’s:
405
Gelezen:
Juli 2018 – Mei 2020
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A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

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Recensie: Burial Rites

16122081Auteur: Hannah Kent
Titel: Burial Rites
Genre: Historische fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2013
ISBN: 9781447233169
Aantal pagina’s:
338
Gelezen:
Februari 2020
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Charged with the brutal murder of two men, Agnes Magnusdóttir has been removed to her homeland’s farthest reaches, to an isolated farm in northern Iceland, to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family on the farm at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. As the winter months pass and Agnes’s death looms closer, the farmer’s wife and daughters learn there is another side to the sensational tale they’ve heard–but will their new knowledge be enough to save Agnes?

Hannah Kent makes real the saga of a doomed young woman who in the early nineteenth century became the last person to be publicly beheaded in Iceland. Rich with lyricism and startling in its revelations, Burial Rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place as it poses a heartbreaking question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends on the stories told by others? Lees verder

Recensie: P.S. I like you

25486998Auteur: Kasie West
Titel: P.S. I like you
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9780545850971
Aantal pagina’s:
330
Gelezen: Maart 2020
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Omslagtekst:
While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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Recensie: Since you’ve been gone

18189606Auteur: Morgan Matson
Titel: Since you’ve been gone
Genre: Contemporary YA
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2014
ISBN:9781442435001
Aantal pagina’s
: 449
Gelezen: Februari 2020
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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?
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