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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Underrated Books


Good day and welcome to another glorious Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from  gingerreadslainey, and is hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to take a look at the Goodreads group, and perhaps even want to join, you can click this link.

Almost done with January already?! How is that even possible? Anyhow, this Top 5 Wednesday is al about those underrated books, the hidden gems of our bookish paradise. This week’s guidelines are quite easy to follow (I hope):

“Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.”

This being said; let’s look at the five books that I consider to be underrated and not widely talked about. (And for some reason I spy a common feature in this list.) The images in this post are from Goodreads, the links will redirect you to the Goodreads page.

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Dylan Madeley: The Crown Princess’ Voyage ARC

feb-20-book-2-revisionAuthor: Dylan Madeley
Genre: Fantasy
ARC edition +- 268 pages
To be published May 2017

Synopsis from

Chandra’s been pushed to her wits’ end trying to keep the peace in Kensrik, the world’s largest empire; trying to spare the lives of subjects who don’t necessarily want to be ruled, who have difficulty viewing her reign as legitimate. For all her efforts, they may just banish her from Kensrik and embrace uncertainty.
Except it’s not just Kensrik facing a new and dire threat, one to whom the past conspirators threatening Chandra were mere puppets. No one has any idea what’s about to hit them, and no place in the world will be safe.

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Movie & TV Show Reviews

Assassin’s Creed – Film Review

Directed by Justin Kurzel.
Released in the Netherlands 5 January 2017
Viewed 16 January 2017

By 20th Century Fox:

Through Abstergo a company that creates a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins and Templars, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

This review can contain spoilers.

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Movie & TV Show Reviews

Netflix: A Series of Unfortunate Events; First impression after episode 1 (no spoilers)

Of course this show airs Friday the 13th! Haha (there will be no spoilers in this post).

This show is based on the children’s novel series with the same name written by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of American author Daniel Handler). Actors in this show are Neil Patrick Harris (who you might know from How I Met Your Mother), and Peter Warburton (who you might know from Rules of Engagement or Family Guy), among a number of other known actors.

The theme song (see YouTube clip that I’ve so ingeniously put in this post), is of course sung by Neil Patrick Harris, because who else should be singing this theme song, right?! If you haven’t listened to the theme song yet, do it now. My thoughts on the theme song; absolutely brilliant! I haven’t come across a TV Show with a theme song that literally says; do not watch this series because it’s only doom and despair… Which of course will make the audience want to watch this show even more because we want to know why we are advised NOT to watch this show.

If you have seen the trailer of this series, you kind of know what to expect. My expectations were not sky high because I simply expected a lot of weirdness (the trailer seemed absolutely bizarre to me, bizarre in a good way!). And as it turned out, it was quite like I had expected it to be (again: bizarre in a good way!). I will not tell you anything about the actual episode, because I want you to look at this show yourself if you’re interested, but I will tell you that the pilot episode was better than I expected it to be. Even though the show really urged me not to watch this, I’ve decided not to listen, and simply continue watching this show.

From next week onwards I will post one review/impression per episode, and each post will contain information about the actual episode. Be prepared because there will be spoilers in those reviews/impressions.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, but are interested; here is the trailer:

Have you already seen the first episode? What are your thoughts? And are you going to continue watching the show? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!


A Brief History: English Standardization


Hello and welcome to another philology post!

This time I want to talk about the standardization of the English language (and with want I mean; also kinda have to because the exam is nearly upon us :O). I might have mislead you there a tiny bit with the title, because it’s going to be as brief as I can make it (the can depending on what I think is worthy of being in this blogpost). I have based this blogpost mainly on my notes from the lectures & tutorials, and The Stories of English by David Chrystal (if you want to read a book about English standardization, this book is a great start). Any other sources will be mentioned in the text (if online source there will be a link to the website).
I don’t claim to know everything, so if you find a flaw in my work do let me know!

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Dylan Madeley: The Gift-Knight’s Quest


Author: Dylan Madeley
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback 288 pages
First published 26 March 2015 by Troubador Publishing

This book follows the youngest descendants of two families that have traditionally been enemies: the Kenderleys, who now rule the world’s largest empire, and the Wancyeks, who have been reduced to common status.
Derek wants nothing more than the leave his old life behind. Never expecting to be send as the gift-knight for a rival dynasty, he is torn between duty and his family history.
Chandra has been thrust into leadership after the death of her father and his wife. As the last living member of her family, she has no choice but to become a despot and rule her country as well as she possibly can.

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