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Quote | William Shakespeare

Quote of the day on a Sunday

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare

Have a lovely Sunday!

Greetings by Sophie

Music · YouTube

YouTube | Gerard Alderliefste – Une Belle Histoire

The music video of the song ‘Une belle histoire’ covered by Gerard Alderliefste. Last week I stumbled upon this song on the radio and I kept thinking about it the rest of the day. Though I am not fluent in French, the sound of this song and the lyrics are beautiful! The original song is written by Pierre Delanoe and performed by Michel Fugain. This video is shot by Mathijs de Lange of Delano video productions and the performer is Gerard Alderliefste. And the location: the beach at Noordwijk, here in The Netherlands. The caption of the video also says ‘ Spring at Noordwijk, Netherlands’.

So for a spring breeze…

The YouTube video:

YouTube Description:

Gerard Alderliefste – Une belle histoire

124.222 Views | 1K Likes | 25 Dislikes | 

Gerard Alderliefste | Published on 27 May 2018 | 263 Subscriptions

“Gepubliceerd op 27 mei 2016
Spring at Noordwijk, Netherlands
Video: Mathijs de Lange. Delano video productions.

Categorie: Muziek
Licentie: Standaard YouTube-licentie

The Facts:

Original artist: Michel Fugain
Original album: Vivant / Fugain Live
Songwriter: Pierre Delanoe
© Universal Music Publishing Group

Have a nice musicfully evening!

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Events · Pinterest

Pinterest | Valentines Day

Tomorrow it is the 14th of February which is also known as ‘Valentines Days’. I hope you all have a lovely day because every day should be a happy lovely day. The most important thing is that you are happy! If you have a special person in your life, celebrate together the happiness. If you have an aminal or a lovely family or friends, think about them too and just share the happiness.

Though this sounds happy and happy and happy, we must not forget that there are also people on their own or alone in the world. Some choose and some don’t choose but it just happens in life now and then. Whatever the reason why it happened and that person will be alone tomorrow – it could be because of war, illness, unfortunate events or just heartbroken – like I said whatever the reason, you can do something. Because the least you can do is to give another person a warm smile.

Will it be while traveling, do some shopping, studying,  working, walking or just meeting people….

Don’t forget to smile tomorrow 🙂

And if you want to add some love:

On this Pinterest board I collect some inspirations and stuff related to Valentines Day or just love.

Pinterest Board | C&E | Valentines Day

My Pinterest profile board:

At Pinterest I collect many inspirations, photographs, quotes and stuff. Divided into over more than one hundred categories in a logical order, I try to keep it simple and organised all I collect.

Enjoy my Pinterest! And have a lovely day tomorrow!

I give you all a smile 🙂

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Books · Social Media

Year 2017 in Book Statistics

The year 2018 is already for a month on it’s way and this is my book statistics overview of 2017. Not as many pages and books as in the previous two years but that’s because I’m in the middle of my study programme and achieved a Propedeuse in Software Engineering. I think I have even read more pages in total in articles, tutorials, written code and so on…than all the book pages of the read books of 2017.

The list of 2017
  • Books total: 32 books
  • Pages total: 5241 pages
  • Shortest book: 36 pages ‘The Hedge Knight | Issue 6′ [EN]  written by George R.R. Martin
  • Longest book: 569 pages ‘The Definitive Guide to Yii‘ written by Qian Xue
  • Average length: 164
  • Most popular:Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ written by J.K. Rowling
  • Least popular:The School Investigation – Maarten Brand‘ [NL] written by Maarten Brand
  • My average rating: 3,8 / 5 stars

Goodreads link to my 2017 overview: My Year 2017 in Books

The list of 2017 and reviewed are the linked:

Chronological from first of 2017 to last of 2017

  • The Journeys of Alex | The Olympic Games (#4) – C. Hervan
  • The Hedge Knight | #4 – George R.R. Martin
  • The Hedge Knight | #6 – George R.R. Martin
  • Gestrand – Mariëtte Middelbeek [NL]
  • Hobson & Choi | The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (#1) – Nick Bryan
  • Midnight Blue – Simone van der Vlugt
  • Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson
  • Beauty and the Beast | Zielenrijger (#1) – Maxe L’Hermenier
  • Beauty and the Beast | Evenbeeld (#2) – Maxe L’Hermenier
  • Between Title and Position – Marja Visscher
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two – J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne
  • Kuifje en de Picaro’s – Hergé
  • Ladies of Harper’s Station | Worth The Wait (#1.5) – Karen Witemeyer
  • Citylights – Margreet Maljers
  • The School Investigation – Maarten Brand
  • Wanhopig Verliefd | Verboden Liefde (#1) – Lizzie van den Ham
  • Loïs Elzinga | Aan niemand vertellen (#1) – Simone van der Vlugt
  • A Deadly Run-Off – Max Rippe
  • Tom Dumoulin – Léon Kort
  • Ginevra | an Italian Love Story – Simone van der Vlugt
  • Saïdjah en Adinda – Multatuli
  • Wanhopig Verliefd | Verboden Kus (#2) – Lizzie van den Ham
  • Chris Froome – Léon Kort
  • Beroofde bejaarde in Oostgaarde – Ben de Raaf
  • Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures – Roy Thomas Fielding
  • phpMyAdmin Documentation | Release 4.7.5-dev – The phpMyAdmin devel team
  • #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso
  • Web Application Development with Yii and PHP – Jeff Winesett
  • The Definitive Guide to Yii 2.0 – Qian Xue
  • Yii 2.0 Cookbook – Alexander Makarov
  • The Crimson Spell – Cameron Dokey | F. Goldsborough
  • The Priest – Connie Palmen
Did the 2017 challenge beat the 2016 challenge?

So here we are…time for the comparison of years 2017 versus 2016 in a summary:

  • Books total: In terms of completed books…2016 wins. In terms of most read study related stuff beside books…2017 wins.
  • Pages total: 2016 wins
  • Shortest book: 2016 wins, but 2015 has the shortest read book ever so far.
  • Longest book: 2017 has beaten 2016!
  • Average length: 2016 wins, a difference of 25 pages
  • My average rating: 2017 has beaten 2016 and 2015 (draw), with 0.1 in average rating!
Review Overview of previous years
Book reviews I have written in 2016:

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Do not ask Why – Simone van der Vlugt

Simone van der Vlugt - Vraag niet waarom - bookcover
Copyright photo Wim van der Vlugt

My book review of “Do not ask Why” [EN]  / “Vraag niet waarom” [NL] written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

This book is a sequel and the last one – but can also be read as a standalone – of the Loïs Elzenga trilogy. Loïs is a police officer in Alkmaar and has had a tough youth with her family, but she is strong. She finished high school and went to the police academy. Now a few years after the academy she is working as a police officer. Different kind of crimes, locations and suspects come along. She loves her job and let her life be the way it is. Spontaneous, adventure and also moments of ease. Life as in “It is as it is”. What I find so beautiful about this main character is the self-awareness she has about her situation, her position in the society as a resident of Alkmaar and her position as a police officer.

The book reads easily and has a few sudden little twists. Different locations, points of perspective from one of the characters and so on. And also a change from main character in a few chapters. Then the angle of storytelling turns from Loïs to a different character with a new situation. These little twists are interesting and you will question yourself again the ‘who-dunnit’ question. But the plot twist, wow, that really stands out!

Writing style / spelling

I have found at this first read, not a single grammar or spelling mistake. But a funny fact is that it is – for now – the book with the most character names I have ever read in a story written in less than 300 pages.

Main characters

As mentioned above, this book contains the most characters I have ever read mentioned in a story that is written in less than 300 pages. In total I discovered 50 individuals that ‘passer le revu‘. Yes seriously it says: 50, fifty!

This series started with around 12 characters in the first book and a bit more than 20 in the second. Of course most of the main characters of the first book come back in the second and third and suspects and witnesses are added and added. But it is incredible that it is not too much. The amount of characters does not distract you from the story and everything stays pretty clear. I have to say I was halfly wrong about the plot, it had such a wonderful twist I did not expect and turned my main suspect into….well discover yourself haha.

Besides Loïs Elzenga and her married sister Tessa van Sevenhuysen – who plays a major role in this sequel – are also a few close acquaintances such as Onno & Guido van Sevenhuysen, the colleagues Claudien, Nick, Ramon, Linda, Jessica, Silvan, Susan, Huib and Fred with his wife Nanda. These are already fourteen names. The other characters are suspects, witnesses, victims or other acquaintances, but I leave those names up to you because I will not reveal which character is in which position in the story.

It would be so nice if this trilogy would be filmed as a small series! Like a little 6-sequel BBC Series, three times part I and part II.

I hope you like the book too. It is definitely worth to read it! The whole series! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

Book Facts:

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January 2018 | Life of an IT Student

Hello readers,

It’s been busy in my life. The usual busyness someone expect nowadays, the study busyness and just life that rolls like a rollercoaster.

The past few months – October, November, December and January – have been a rollercoaster.

During October in study the first exams of the year, a 32 hours a week internship besides studying and also a webshop project – as part of study. Except for studying blogging a bit, watching Netflix, now and then the cinema or just having drinks downtown or on a cultural city trip. Yes a happy and lovely life of family and friendships.

And I finally received at a ceremony my Propedeuse Informatica ‘Information Technology’

November was a month when the rollercoaster really started.

Some exams but the biggest shock was the sudden change of internship. I will not mention the company nor write about what happened / the sudden reason why and the way I found out I had to change from internship and the way the university handled it. No it is just a disappointing changing event that happened in the past which had of course a huge effect accompanied by a big disappointment.

How other companies or people treat you as an internship student; learn about what is good, recognize about what is bad. And the saddest thing is? I am definitely not on my own, it happens a lot among students and some feel ashamed that they suddenly have to change from internship – for no reason. An internship is about learning and getting experience at a real company. Not about making profit because you as an internship student are so cheap – aka probably not on the payroll nor a contract that is of any value legally when a university does not fully support you (could be accidentally though).

I have found a new company for a new internship and I am very grateful for that company that they give me the opportunity to gain experience in coding. And the advice, help, explanations and challenges! That makes me smile at work every day.

At the end of the month I turned 25! Whoohoo alive on this planet already for a quarter of a century! Celebrated it during the month with family and friends. So not a big party, though I love events, my head was not quite in the game of celebrations during these rollercoaster months. Last year I gave a party, maybe next time when I graduate and celebrate my birthday; I have two reasons for it haha :). Not yearly or daily = keeping celebrations special.

December is the month of festivities. ‘Sinterklaas’ and ‘Santa Claus’ both with my lovely family. Lots and lots of delicious food and good wine. And I love cooking, a four course dinner for example for such special days. So December went by quickly. Daily working and/or studying and barely free time except for the Christmas Days and New Year’s Eve.

January started of course with the New Year! Celebrated at a friends place and with family so raise your glass for a smile to the new year cause nonetheless whatever happens during life, as long as you find a reason to smile, start the year with a smile. Start every day with a smile.

Even when life is tough, for example with love. Love is the most difficult subject for every human being – and for some animals as well. They can’t teach you how to live life at school and from then on and how to love your life after school when you are becoming an adolescent or an adult or even an elder. It is a subject that never stops and you will keep on learning. Always a lesson, when you expect it and when you do not expect it. That’s been the last part of my rollercoaster these months. As if the weigh on my shoulders was not enough yet. But anyways, writing for yourself gives you a perspective of your point of view at that moment. So this writing in this quite personal blog post, gave me a perspective. Just noting a few things i love deeply.

I love my dear family, my dear friends. The ones who are close and the ones who are a bit further away but not less in my heart. I love animals, the writing and blogging, the cultural trips I experience. I love my study with all the challenges, the feeling of eagerness to learn and complete those challenges. The broad subjects and possibilities when you dare to think out of the box. Life is so full of chances. Never loose hope. Even when it is a rainy day and you have to wait a full day until you discover a new sunrise or sunset, just think: another 24 hours and you will see that sunrise or sunset tomorrow because the sun has never stopped during the daily circle of life.

Today is a Saturday and my January ended with more work, more study, more exams, more deadlines. But now it is weekend! Really finally since months a work and study free weekend. Time for some healthy rest. So upcoming days I am back with my blogging schedule: books, series, films, events, authors, technology. Experienced, seen, asked and done a lot the past couple of months so lots and lots to write about. Can’t wait to tell you about all the lovely stories and all the inspirations I experienced.

“There is always light in a dark night.” – Sophie van den Akker – February 2018

Greetings by Sophie