Things I look forward to at Yalfest 2019

Joost started with the idea of Friday five. Every week there is a certain theme, where a few bloggers write there top five about. I don’t participate every time, I just pick my favorite topics. This week is all about the Dutch bookish event Yalfest.

As the Dutchies may know:  Yalfest is coming up in a little over two weeks. Even though I talk about this event very often, I’ll explain what it is quickly. Every year the publishers Best of YA and Blossom Books host an event called Yalfest, which you could compare to YALC. Here’s what I look forward to:

The authors
The first thing I look forward to is obviously the authors. When Benjamin Alire Sáenz was announced I knew I had to go. Besides Becky, he definitely is my favorite writer. I wanted to read a book by all the attending authors, which I did. By doing so, I found some new favorite books by Samira and Nic. Contemporary is the genre I like to read the most, but for a fantasy novel, I loved the book written by Kristen.

The goodie bag
I’m not lying, I love to get gifts. I know I pay for the tickets, but still, the goodie bag seems like a present to me. We already know one of the books that will be in there, A darker shade of magic. This sounds like a book I will like, but I don’t know a lot about it.

The presenter
This year there is a new presenter for the program on the mainstage. I already know Edward van de Vendel from the event with Becky last year. He did great, also a lot better than the former presenter. I look forward to seeing how he does with multiple authors at the same time.

The illustrators
During the last events, I never had the time to get an illustration. The first year I did get a personalized poem. Hopefully I’ll get a little drawing this year.

I don’t know a fifth thing, but I am very excited in general. Will I see anyone there?

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Wrap up and bookhaul February/March

At the beginning of this month I was in Ireland, where I bought four books. I didn’t plan on buying this many, but they are just so cheap over there. At first my friend and I visited an good will store where I bought Ready player one, A series of unfortunate events and Wicked. The first two because I really wanted to read them and the last one just because I thought it was funny. Later on this trip I bought Continue reading

Two shows in Ireland

After the two shows in Germany and all of the fun events in Ireland, it was time for two amazing shows. Out of six, these were my favourites of the entire tour.

In Dublin we joined the queue about an hours before the doors would open. Behind us stood some nice people and we had a great time in the queue. This venue was smart and decided to start letting people through security an hour before the doors opened. This way there was no pushing.


first we decided to go for b-stage, but since we were second row there we thought it would be to go into the middle of the pit. Our spots were amazing, because during Holding on to you, Morph and Trees they were so close to us in the pit!! Also it was our first show with the bridge, so they both walked over us, because we were so close.

During ride Tyler asked to make pairs and sit on each others shoulders. My friend had me on his back, which was very fun. The couple next to us joked about switching up, but we already knew that they wouldn’t be able to hold us up. We had a lot of fun with them. Continue reading

Everyone should read this book

A little break from all of my gig and travel posts for a book that I recently read. I bought the book Internment by Samira Ahmed because she is coming to the Dutch event Yalfest in April. I also bought the book the moment it came out, because I wanted the pin you got when you bought one of the Yalfest books. Since I already owned all the others, this was the only one I could buy.

So the book is about a near future where muslims are put into a camp, just like the Asians and Jews have been in World War 2. The main character Layla it trying to live her life as well as finding a week to break free. She has help from her friends in the camp, her boyfriend outside the camp and an unexpected ally. Continue reading

Double citytrip in Ireland

After we got back from Germany we had two short days at home for work and college. On thursday morning we were supposed to fly to Dublin, but unfortunatly it was very mistly so we had a two hour delay. That wasn’t a big problem, because we had no plans for the afternoon anyway.
I don’t know why, but the flight wasn’t great, since the plane started going down a while before the actual landing.

The hostel was close to the venue and next to the busstation, which was great. There was only one annoying thing: we had a very squeeky bunkbed. We shared the room with 6 others and our beds were the only ones that made so much noise. Continue reading

Twenty one pilots in Germany

Like I wrote about a few days ago, my friend and I went to Germany for two Twenty one pilots shows. In that post I wrote about the trip and now I’ll tell you about the shows themselves.

We wanted to make sure we had barrier spots on Sunday the 24th in Stuttgart, so we arrived at the venue on saturday morning. There were many more people than we expected to be, so we were numbers 40 and 41 in the queue. Since there was a big event later that day we weren’t allowed to be there till 10pm. So we had a while to explore Stuttgart. Continue reading

Roadtrip through Germany

Last year in July my best friend and I bought some tickets to tour along with Twenty one pilots. The tour wouldn’t start till January, so it seemed ages away. The waiting was long, but on February 22nd the time was there: we were departing to Stuttgart.

Stuttgart is a 5,5 hour drive away from my house and since I had to pick up my friend it was around 6,5 hours. I was the only one who had a drivers license, so it came all up to me. We decided to leave a day early, so we could take our time to get there.

It was sunny outside, so the car was like a sauna. As someone who is always cold, this was really nice. It only brought up our excitement even more. We blasted Twenty one pilots music, mostly their album Trench and sang along. We just couldn’t believe we were actually gonna see them. Continue reading