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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Reizen…reizen naar andere steden, landen, maar ook fictieve werelden. Het uitproberen van nieuwe gerechten of iemand compleet zien opgaan in de wereld van cosplay, voor mij is het allemaal een onderdeel van reizen. Ik neem je maar al te graag mee op al deze “journeys” hier op de blog. Ik schrijf regelmatig over nieuwe hotspots en mijn reizen, evenals fotodagboeken van dit alles. Reizen jullie met mij mee?

Harry Potter

Sinds het eerste boek is uitgekomen in 1997 en de eerste film in 2001 (ja écht, zo lang geleden is dat al) is de Harry Potter community nooit volledig verdwenen. De boeken en films blijven ontzettend populair. Je kunt tegenwoordig alles kopen van posters tot funko’s, van boeken tot echte toverstokken van Harry Potter. Met de release van het nieuw boek in Nederland én het uitkomen van een nieuwe film (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) in de bioscoop, is alle “gekte” helemaal weer opgewaaid. Erg is dat natuurlijk absoluut niet 😉

Shoot!

Unfortunately at this point the book is only for sale in Dutch.

While exploring the world, I love to take photographs to capture certain memories – that beautiful beach, an amazing cosplay at a convention, or that irresistible plate of pasta. In order to keep improving I’m glad to browse for practical tips and utilise those in new photos I make. Recently, I received the Dutch book Shoot! by Anki Wijnen from my sister. It’s a practical photography book with many tips and challenges to further your skills.

Laura L. Smith

We keep continuing with February Fiction month! I love seeing two passions coming together, especially when they happen to be my personal passions too. Author Laura L. Smith did exactly that with “The Status Updates Series” books. They feature four roommates who go through the good and bad together. All books feature a get-a-way to a European city, and that is where the travelling comes in. I wanted to dig a little deeper and asked Laura for an interview, which I’m glad she agreed on!

Custom Jewels

I thought, as part of February Fiction Month, it was time for a give-a-way on the blog. Together with Custom Jewels I can gift one of you with a fandom bracelet. Custom Jewels sells all kinds of fandom jewelry and other merchandise. If you are fan of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, or any other TV-show, movie, or book, you will want to have a look at their website (Dutch webshop). So, let’s get back to what you can win this month here on the blog…

Fantasy maps

As mentioned earlier this week the first blog in “February Fiction Month” is about fantasy maps in books. We use maps to find our way in a new place (or Google Maps, whichever you prefer 😉 ). But they are used very frequently in books too, especially in the fantasy genre. Fantasy books are one of my favourites because you get to explore a whole new world. I have a hard time determining which I like best. High up the list are: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling(of course), Stravaganza by Mary Hoffman, and The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan. Both The Black Magician Triology and the Stravaganza books have maps at the beginning, the perfect start to a fantasy novel.

The Hunger Games

This week Mockingjay Part 2 is releasing, the last instalment of the Hunger Games franchise. Good reason for a tribute to the books and movies. I bought all three books four years ago when I was in London with a friend. I ended up reading them back to back during my summer holidays. I LOVED them. While I guess no-one really wants to live in a Hunger Games kind of world, the books were written so well that I could easily imagine being part of the crowds watching the reaping or being side by side with Gale and Katniss hunting. Suzanne Collins did an amazing job in pulling her readers into the story. Therefore, I really wanted to take a moment and review the amazing franchise on the blog. Because as you might know by now, travelling via a work of fiction is something I love to do as well.

Jennifer Murgia 4

Jennifer Murgia is an author who writes YA fiction and I’ve been in love with her books for quite a while. I devoured Between These Lines and Forest of Whispers. You can imagine that I was more than a little excited when I found out that Forest of Whispers was getting a sequel: Castle of Sighs. For the occasion of it’s release I asked Jennifer if she wanted to do an interview about her research processes. The thing is that both FoW and CoS are set in the real world (17th century Germany). And I was more than a little curious to find out how she combined the real world with a work of fiction.

JkRowling2

I love inspiring quotes. Some quotes you read just give you that “this is absolutely right” moment. The below quote by J.K. Rowling is such a quote to me. Since this whole blog is based on travelling, also in fictional worlds, I had to share it here. Do you agree with the quote? Is this what reading feels like to you?

Fictionmeetsreality

Travelling is a great thing. You explore new countries, cities, cultures, food, you name it. But to me travelling in the real world is not the only way of travelling I love. Travelling through books, especially fantasy, is a great way to explore as well.