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?

Read their posts as well:


Book presentation: Verschijning

Okay I promise this will be the last time there’s an event post coming so late. I made an entire new planning, in which I post 4 times a week, so my posts will be relevant again.

Anyway a few weeks ago I got an e-mail asking if I wanted to visit the  presentation for the book Joany de Vries wrote. I already knew her from her blog and when I saw she wrote a book it made me curious. The event was only 10 minutes away from my home, so I planned to come anyway.    Continue reading

Sinterklaas Haul

Yet another haul! December 5th is a well known dutch holiday, called Sinterklaas. It basically is the Dutch version of Santa claus, though we do celebrate Christmas as well. My mom, grandma, best friend and I came together on the 3rd to give exchange gifts. We did a Secret Santa like thing, but we all bought everyone presents in the end.
Here’s what my family got me: Continue reading

Comic con haul

A few weeks ago I went to Dutch comic con in Utrecht. Since it was an entire weekend, I bought tickets for both days. More on that in 2 other posts though, today I’ll show you my haul. I obviously bought way too much, but they sold so many amazing things. I could’ve bought at least dubble. This isn’t everything I bought, but the other ones were gifts. Can’t spoil those!


First thing is not something I bought. I already owned this dutch children’s book, but I got it signed! This was one of my favorite series when I was younger, so it was awesome so meet the author. Continue reading

Museumnight 2018

A few weeks ago there was the annual night where most museums  in Amsterdam were opened. Since there are so many and it’s so busy you can only do 3 or maybe for ones if you hurry.

My friend and I started at the van Gogh museum to get our wristbands. I had neder been to any of these places before, so it was all new to me. I don’t really care for painting as such, but it was cool to see the painting that everyone always hypes. Before we went to the next one we joined in the silent disco. Continue reading

Walk in day at a publisher

My favorite Dutch publisher, Blossom books, opened their doors for public a few weeks ago. Blossom books published the Dutch versions like Simon vs. , Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, The kids of appetite and many more.

School ended early and a friend of mine liked to come along. While searching the enterance we found another girl who was going. We were the only ones there for the majority of the hour.


At first we were greeted by their dog and the neighbour office’s dog, who was adorable. Because the 4 people their were just working we could walk around for a bit. They made tea for us, which was fun because Blossom books sells their own tea. This way we could try it before actually buying it.

The main publisher, Myrthe, told us the day before someone said it looked exactly like it did on Instagram. Makes sense ofcourse, but it really did. It looked very cute and clean.

I didn’t know what books I wanted to buy, there were so many. It took a while to decide. In the end I went home with Renegades with a TLC pin, Wink, Poppy, Midnight and a dutch retelling of Romeo and Juliette which was signed by the illustrator.