Book review: Looking for Alaska

I have decided that it is time for me to start blogging again. And the only thing I feel comfortable blogging about at this time is books. So prepare yourselves for book reviews, because here they come! 

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

My review: How could my first book review on here be about anything else than Looking for Alaska? It couldn't! This is my absolute favorite book, hence the blog name. John Green's books are all absolutely amazing and I would recommend them all but this one has forever stolen my heart.

The story is quick-paced and not too long, it's something you could easily read through. But don't mistake it for being simple because of that, because it is much more. The characters are well-written and thought through, they all have their own wishes, needs and reasoning for why they behave the way they do. Looking for Alaska tells the story of a teenage boy who goes to boarding school to find himself but instead ends up finding love. 
My rating: 

Buy your darling cat a house

Anyone who has been to Amsterdam knows how beautiful the houses along the canals are. My dream would be to live in one of those houses, but that might be a little too expensive. Which is why I immediately loved these cardboard houses made for cats.

KEK Amsterdam

Loved on Pinterest

A few pictures from Pinterest that I really loved.
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The start of a journey

Wherever you go and whatever you do, people want to know who you are. Whether you're getting a new job, meeting new people, going to a new school or even when you start a new blog; you have to describe yourself. But what if you don't know who you are? Ofcourse I know what my hobbies are, what kind of music I like and which movies are my favourites but is that what makes me, me?

I know that my name is Anka Vriens, that I was born in Germany seventeen years ago and that I moved to the Netherlands when I was five. I know my favourite book is Looking for Alaska by John Green and that I've always wanted to be a writer. I know that I get distracted really easily, that I tend to look at the negative side of things quite often and that I'm really shy and tend to get a bit awkward. But I also know that I can find a spark of light in even the darkest times, that if I enjoy something I can work on it for hours and that I can be spontanious and outgoing too! So how am I supposed to know what defines me?

Also, sometimes life just passes too quickly and with all of your obligations like school and work you forget that you should enjoy yourself. They say writing is the best therapy so why not start a blog about everything I enjoy? Not only will this be a place of inspiration and recreation, this is also my journey to getting back in touch with myself.