Easter Series | Top 5 2018

This weekend it’s Easter so it is time for an ‘Easter Series’ list. What to watch during the Easter days?

The story of Easter has to do with religion. But for kids it has also to do with rabbits, chocolate eggs, chickens, colored Easter eggs and so on. And being as a family together for a long weekend.

Netflix offers a few films and series that are all about….rabbits and chickens. Here is the little list:

  • Peter Rabbit (series 2012) – three seasons, 25 episodes in total of each 22 minutes.
  • Wallace & Gromit | The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) – film of 85 minutes.
  • Gaspard and Lisa (series 2011) – one season, 25 episodes in total of each 20 minutes.
  • Miffy | Longer Stories (2005) – one season, 4 episodes in total of each 24 minutes.
  • [PEGI 12] White Rabbit Project (2016) – one season, 10 episodes in total of each 48 minutes.

Wallace & Gromit | The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) trailer:

Where are you looking forward to at Easter this weekend?

Greetings by Sophie

Netflix · Series

Lost in Space (2018)| Series | Trailer

In the month of April, Netflix will air a new series named ‘Lost in Space’. Maybe this series will become my new series to watch after I have finished ‘The Vampire Diaries | Season 7′
or ‘The Queen | Season Two’. 

Lost in Space’

The first season of this series will consist of 10 episodes of each an hour length. According to IMDb not the average 44 minutes. I am wondering if these series will be distinctive enough of ‘Star Trek – Discovery | Season One’ so I can watch both series for some variety and that I will not mix up the storylines. The genre is science-fiction and it is a remake of a 1960s science fiction series about a family that has accidentally survive in this universe. The ten episodes will be online at once on April 13th, a friday so you could binge-watch if you like it.

The family ‘Robinson’ who it is all about, will be played by Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell and Max Jenkins.

The trailer

YouTube Description:

Lost in Space | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Views 2,955,221 | Likes 38K | Dislikes 1.5K

 Netflix | Published on 6 Mar 2018 |SUBSCRIBED 3.2M

The Robinson family, part of a highly trained mission to establish a new colony in space, is unexpectedly pulled off course forcing them to crash land on a lost planet. Danger will find them. Lost in Space premieres April 13, 2018. Watch Lost in Space on Netflix:

Lost in Space | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Have you heard of the 1960s series ‘Lost in Space’?

Enjoy watching!

Greetings by Sophie


February 2018 | Life of an IT Student

Hello readers,

Halfway March it is definitely time for an update about the previous month!

February was a month I felt more at ease with a rhythm of early mornings, a day at the internship and coming home when the evening started. During this month I got a nice result back of the semester project.

For the half of February were the Olympic Winter Games 2018, held in PyeongChang, South Korea. I have only seen a few games of the different sports because of the time difference and I have a busy schedule with working at a company as an internship and following classes meanwhile as well. So a lot of study. The next couple of months, until the end of June, will not be much different with the study time, effort and goals to achieve. Besides studying I love to travel now and then, going to a talk or experience something new. Go to events with friends and family and so on and so on…and blog about it!

So further on I have been to a tech talk about Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Mobility that was held in the Deloitte Tower in Rotterdam. An incredible view from Rotterdam to Hoek van Holland, Delft, The Hague, Zoetermeer and Gouda. The Tech talk

Do you recognise the building in these two photos? Some buildings are on both photo’s. One photo is taken from south to north and one is taken from north to south.

The weather in The Netherlands has also been quite changing. From sunny short days to cold rainy days and even now and then some snow or a couple of days freezing. Brrrr not used to it the last couple of years. The lowest temperature was on the last day of the month with -10,5 ℃ in the little place called Woensdrecht.

How has been your month of February?

Greetings by Sophie

Music · YouTube

YouTube | The Piano Guys – Perfect | Ed Sheeran Piano Solo Cover with a La La Land Twist

Today I share with you a YouTube video of a beautiful piano cover. The song ‘Perfect’, originally sung by Ed Sheeran but in this cover is only one instrument: the grande piano. This is performed by John Schmidt, an incredible piano player. A video and especially music says and lets you feel more than a thousand words can describe.

A personal touch: This song lets me release any stress, it gives me a peaceful happy mind. That is why I choose to share this favorite song – by Ed Sheeran – and cover – by The Piano Guys – with you.

A lovely quote of The Piano Guys:

“The Piano Guys write, perform, and record music to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.”

“YouTube Description

PERFECT – ED SHEERAN (Piano Solo Cover) with a La La Land twist – The Piano Guys | 7,955,609 views | 105K likes  | 1K dislikes


Published on 26 Jul 2017
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What do you get when you mix Ed Sheeran’s beautiful love song “Perfect” with the cinematography of “La La Land?” You get a Piano Guys video and cover!
“Perfect” is one of our absolute favorite Ed Sheeran songs, and we think it’ll become one of yours too! As Jon says “The 6/8 meter lent itself very well to a solo piano version and the inspiration was abundant.”
Translation: We love playing this song!
The Piano Guys write, perform, and record music to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.
Piano, organ performed by Jon Schmidt
Music produced by Chuck E. Myers “sea” big idea music productions inc.
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jake Bowen
Engineering intern: Jai Breisch
Recorded and Mixed at Big Idea Music Studios – Sandy, Utah Additional organ: Chuck E. Myers Reverb by the Lexicon 960L Yamaha c7 disklavier pro
Piano tuning and regulation: Rick Baldassin – Baldassin Performance Pianos
Special thanks: Big Idea Music Productions Inc. KIMBER KABLE – Ray Kimber, FDW|Worldwide – Buzz Goodwin, Harman Pro, Lexicon, SHURE – Ryan Smith, TASCAM – Johnny Deleon

More about The Piano Guys or Peter Walbeck can be found on their websites:
The Piano Guys | Parker Walbeck

Do you love the solo piano music?

Greetings by Sophie

Books · Films · Lists · Series

Books to films in 2018

Not only YA books, áll books!

The book becomes a film anno 2018

The new year is already for two months on its way, so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2018! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (March, 5th, 2018).

The list sorted by release date

The release date is the date expected to be released in theatres in The Netherlands unless otherwise mentioned.

January 2018

  • 4th, You Were Never Really Here
  • 25th, The Maze Runner | The Death Cure – James Dashner


  • 1st, 12 Strong – Dough Stanton
  • 8th, Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James
  • 22nd, Every Day – David Levithan
  • 23rd, War with Grandpa – Robert Kimmel Smith


  • 1st, Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
  • 12th, Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer
  • 28th, Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  • 29th, Ready Player One – Ernest Cline


  • 4th, A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • 16th, The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer


  • 31st, Lean on Pete – Willy Vlautin


  • 14th, Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli
  • 14th, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – John Callahan


  • Unknown yet…


  • 3rd (USA), The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
  • 9th, The Meg – Steve Alten
  • 16th, Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
  • 17th (USA), Three Seconds – Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund


  • 21st (USA), The House with a Clock in its Walls – John Bellairs
  • 27th, The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
  • 28th (USA), Little Women – May Alcott


  • 4th, Boy Erased – Garrard Conley
  • 11th, First Man – James R. Hansen
  • 11th, I Still See You – Daniel Waters
  • 19th (USA), Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple


  • 8th, Book Club – book related
  • 15th, Fantastic Beasts | The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling
  • 28th, The Grinch – Dr. Seuss
  • 29th, The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz


  • 13th, Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
  • 20th, Mary Poppins Returns – P.L. Travers

To be announced in 2018:

  • Angels Four – David Nott
  • Ashes in the Snow – Ruta Sepetys
  • Beautiful Boy – David Sheff, Nic Sheff
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Down a Dark Hall – Lois Duncan
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – John Guy
  • Monster – Walter Dean Myers
  • Ophelia – Lisa Klein
  • The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook
  • The Aspern Papers – Henry James
  • The Bell Har – Sylvia Plath
  • The Black Hand – Stephan Talty
  • The Long Home – William Gay
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • We the Animals – Justin Torres
  • Zeroville – Steve Erickson


Anno 2019 – All new to the list!
Some books are already coming next year!
Total =  films

  • January 25th (USA), The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  • March 1st (USA), Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
  • October 11th (USA), The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Unknown exactly, but announced – Total = 

I have previously written about films in 2016 and 2017 and unknown coming ups in the blog post: Books to Films in 2016. This list underneath here is an addition to the unknown list.

  • A Book of Common Prayer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • All the Bright Places
  • American Tabloid
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • Angelfall
  • Arclight
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Battle Royale
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Beautiful Ruins
  • Birdsong
  • Blonde
  • Blood of Eden
  • Blood Red Road
  • Born to Run
  • Brilliance
  • Climb to Conquer
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Depth of Field
  • Earthseed
  • East of Eden
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  • Facing the Wind
  • Firelight
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  • Forgotten
  • Gone
  • Graceling
  • Heist Society
  • Hourglass
  • I Would Tell You, But Then I Would Have to Kill You
  • Illuminae
  • In the Garden of Beasts
  • Incarceron
  • Infinity
  • It’s What I Do
  • King of Heists
  • Legend
  • Let It Snow – John Green e.o.
  • Lie Down in Darkness
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green
  • Love May Fail
  • Matched
  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
  • Men of Granite
  • Monument 14
  • Obsidian
  • One Last Thing Before I Go
  • Origin
  • Paranormalcy
  • Pure
  • Queen of the Tearling
  • Red Queen
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shiver
  • Significance
  • Sister
  • Six Years
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • Soul Seekers
  • Splinter Cell
  • Struck by Genius
  • The Age of Miracles
  • The Alchemist | Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar
  • The Bone Season
  • The Chronicles of Narnia | The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
  • The Crowded Room
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Divergent Series | Ascendant – Veronica Roth
  • The Diviners
  • The Emperor’s Children
  • The Engagements
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth
  • The Giant Under the Snow
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Graveyard Book
  • The Infernal Devices | Clockwork Angel
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Iron Trial
  • The Looking Glass Wars
  • The Merciless
  • The Night Circus
  • The Psychopath Test
  • The Raven Cycle
  • The Rules of Inheritance
  • The Scorpio Races
  • The Secret Life of Houdini
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
  • The Silent Wife
  • The Sky is Everywhere
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • The Testing
  • The Thicket
  • The Thin Man
  • The True American
  • These Broken Stars
  • Three Little Words
  • Three to Kill
  • Tiger’s Curse
  • Tunnels
  • Van Cliburn
  • Violet Town
  • Wake
  • Wicked
  • Wicked Lovely
  • Why We Broke Up
  • Wings
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity


Which film are you looking forward to, to see in theatres this year?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Events · Travel

Blog Anniversary 2018!

Happy Blog Anniversary 2018!

Today is the 1st of March 2018 and this means that this month is my blog anniversary month!

Three years ago, back in 2015, I started with this more structural blogging. The history of my blogging experience is written in the blog series named: ‘The Blogging Experience’ that consists of five blog posts, with an explanation about what I am using now and last but not least some tips on blogging.

The list of ‘The Blogging Experience’ series.

The top three blog posts of the past 365 days are:

  1. The 72 Cutest Animals
    Just a series review of a small cute series I watched on Netflix.
  2. Essay | Leprosy in the 12th and 21st century | Conclusion
    This is the last blog post of a series about leprosy. For a course, at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, named ‘History of Health Care’ I wrote this essay as part of a final assignment. The subject, general knowledge and impact of leprosy is underestimated. I have learned a lot about it by writing this essay.
  3. Happy New Year 2018!
    A very recent blog post, just two months old. My New Year’s wishes to you all, accompanied by a compilation video of the fireworks I have seen that night. Just shot with my iPhone 7 and edited with Quick.

The past year I have been combining the study work load and the blog feeling to write, a bit better than last year. Especially writing about my holiday in Edinburgh is a part I am really proud of because I am happy I could share through this way my holiday experience and provide you with some recommendations or just the way how I managed it all. And for me personally, writing it all as an overview, was also my guideline when I was telling people about my travel and experiences. I am a student on a student budget and that’s the fun challenge. How to get the best out of it with enjoying the most out of it.


I am looking forward to write even more blog posts about what I am experiencing, visiting, travel to, plan to do and so on… So excited! This month will also be a bit of a recap of the past year. A few blog posts that are drafts will be finished and they will be more in-depth of my big and smaller travels.

“Blogging is a thing I am passionate about.” – Sophie van den Akker, March 1st 2018

Where are you passionate about?

Happy wishes and greetings by Sophie