WRAP- UP FEBRUARY 2021
- maart 09, 2021
- Cindy Pel
February is already gone for a good week or so. It was a month where the first day was on a Monday, and the last day ended on a Sunday. Am I the only one who thinks that is super aesthetic? That kind of things makes me so happy. Today I am sharing my February reads, my favourite quote, and my favourite read of the month. If you are curious about my reads, read below!
So here I have an overview of all the books I did read this month:
Always and Forever Lara Jean
Op klaarlichte dag
Heb je nou al een vriend?
To Kill a Mockingbird
“The sun, the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man.”
Always and forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
The third and last novel of the To all the Boys series. I have enjoyed myself so much the last year with finally reading the completely To all the Boys series. I finished the third book just in time, for the last part would have been on Netflix to watch. If you are not familiar with this series, the book follows a girl Lara Jean Covey and her family. With a fake boyfriend contract, she and Peter get in love with each other, and from a fake contract, it goes to a real relationship. In the last novel, LJ is in her senior year of high school. Next year she and Peter will go to college together. Until one day, she gets her rejection letter, and all the plans they had together don’t stick. Will they stay together? To which college will Lara Jean go now? Also, her dad marries a new woman, and that changes a lot in the Covey house. The thing you can ask while reading Always and Forever Lara Jean is what will happen with her. My full review of this book you can read here.
Heb je nou al een vriend? By Marie Lotte Hagen and Nydia van Voorthuizen
This is a Dutch non-fiction book about fifty things people ask regular and how you can respond to these questions. Maybe you know the book Damn Honey or you know the podcast Damn Honey what is from the same writers as Heb je nou al een vriend? I liked this book, it was for me such a eye-opener. Some questions and answers on questions, where just things I did never think about. Heb je nou al een vriend, is a book that shows you different sides of how the world is, how the world is for different people and that everyone is different but need the same rights. I think this book is a good start to get to know a bit more about feminism, since last year I get more interested in this subject and I would love to know even more about this, this book is a good start.
Op klaarlichte dag by Simone van der Vlugt
A Dutch book again. This was one of my uni reads of this month and a re-read at the same time. Op klaarlichte dag is a Dutch thriller published in 2010. A young woman, Nathalie, is on the run for her violent ex-boyfriend. It takes some skills for her to stay out of his sight. Nathalie is not only on the run for Vincent but also for the police. They like to speak to her because her best friend got murdered. Julia Vriens, a detective, meets with Nathalie on a normal day. She has no idea of what Nathalie is capable of. Nathalie takes a new identity, but when Vincent, all of a sudden, arrives back in her life, nothing stays the same, and everyone is in danger. To be honest with you, was this re-read? Not the best one I had. The first time when I read this book, I was not older than the age of twelve. Many things changed in my reading and with that also my opinion about this book. It was just not as satisfying as the first time I did read it. If you like thrillers, I think you will like Simone her books, a couple of her books are also published in English. Like The Reunion.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A book that I had to read for English literature. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, I think you love it, or you hate it. And unfortunately for me, this book was just not IT. I did not hate it, but I did not get into the read. I have not read it physically but as an audiobook. I am not sure if that makes a difference with this read. If you think it did, please leave me a comment or message because maybe I can give it a try again.
De tweeling by Tessa de Loo
Again a book that I had to read for uni. De tweeling or The twins is a roman wrote in the Netherlands. Two elderly women, one Dutch and one German meet by chance at the famous health resort of Spa. They recognise in the other their twin sister they believed to be lost. They begin to tell each other their life stories. The last chance to bridge a gulf of almost seventy years. In this monumental novel, Tessa de Loo compellingly weaves the story of two twin sisters separated in childhood with that of two countries opposed in war and depicts, in simple yet harrowing prose, the effects of nature and nurture on the individual. This roman is available in English as well as in some other languages too. I will recommend this book. On Netflix, there is a movie about this book that I have watched multiple times; now that I have finally read the book, some parts make so much sense.
Max havelaar by Eduard Douwes Dekker, Multatuli
You may know this name by coffee.
Max Havelaar, a Dutch civil servant in Java – burns with an insatiable desire to end the ill-treatment and oppression inflicted on native peoples by the colonial administration. Max is an inspirational figure, but he is also a flawed idealist whose vow to protect the Javanese from cruelty ends in his own downfall. In Max Havelaar, Multatuli (the pseudonym for Eduard Douwes Dekker) vividly recreated his own experiences in Java and tellingly depicted the hypocrisy of those who gained from the corrupt coffee trade. Sending shockwaves through the Dutch nation when it was published in 1860, this damning expose of the colonies’ terrible conditions led to welfare reforms in Java and continues to inspire the fairtrade movement today.
And then my finale read of this month… this final read is also my favourite one of the month. It is – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I think I can say by now that this book is one of my all-time favourites. It was the second time that I have read this so well written story, and this time, I have loved it even more. To Kill a Mockingbird is written many years ago and still actual after all these years. In the book, we get to know the story by one of Atticus Finch his children. Jean Louise, aka Scout. I wrote a whole review of this book on my blog. I link you will find here.
“Real courage… It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” – Harper Lee
These where all the books that I did read in February. How many books did you read, and which one was your favourite. have a wonderful day.
Lots of love,