Books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two – J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne

Cover from Boek.nl, link to the bookinformation page (in Dutch)

My book review of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two” written by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

In my view…

This story is about the life of Harry Potter and his friends, 19 years after he has defeated Voldemort and escaped death. This part starts where the film of the seventh sequel ended. London’s King Cross train station. A lot of things happen in this sequel and definitely clears up a few questions you could have had after reading the first seven books. This book is also genius written in a psychological way. There is more dialogue and you get a better view of the thoughts of the different characters. You get the feeling you get to know them better. Even after seven Harry Potter books, this one can not be ignored. This book answers some questions you probably had and some questions you probably never wandered about.

Writing style / spelling

I have read the Dutch version, which is translated from English by Wiebe Buddingh’, and I really love the style of writing. It is a script form because it is a play, a theater production. But you recognise the same style in this 8th Harry Potter sequel as the previous sequels of Harry Potter which I have read in Dutch as well. I have read the first Harry Potter in English too and the second a bit in German. What is different mostly are the names of the characters. The names of the friends of Harry Potter, the teachers, the families, the enemies and so on. But this is not disturbing because it all fits well together for the Dutch version at least! So a really good translation job from Wiebe Buddingh’ throughout all the Harry Potter sequels in Dutch. I have read the book within three days and I like the pace of the story.

Main characters

This part is the hardest part to tell. Because Harry Potter, Ginny Potter (Weasley), Ron Weasley, Hermione Weasley (Granger) and Draco Malfoy are all back in this sequel. 19 Years later and a lot is going on. People come and go in the life of Harry Potter, people stay close or are torn apart of him. All this that we are used to that happens in the previous seven sequels, happens in this sequel too! Not exactly of course, but you recognise the flow of the book. You remember the previous sequels and their stories, you imagine the characters how they were and for some how they are now 19 years later. Even some plot twists of the other books are mentioned. How did J.K. Rowling think about writing it in such a genius way? Brilliant!

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! 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. 

Have you seen the theater play of this Harry Potter sequel?

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

Advent - Gunnar Gunnarsson
Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

My book review of “Advent” written by Gunnar Gunnarsson

In my view… and the main characters

The story is about a good shepherd who, every year in the few autumn weeks and winter days before Christmas, goes up on the mountains. This shepherd named Benedikt does not travel alone. Together with his dog Leo and his buck Knoest he sets off to the smaller roads and paths that lead to the top of the mountain.

Every year herds of sheep are living on the mountain from spring until the end of autumn. Every shepherd has to look for his herd and bring them safe home in the valley before winter starts and it will be nearly too late to travel on the mountain to get home with the sheep.

Benedikt does not have his own herd of sheep. But together with Leo and Knoest he tries to bring every sheep safe back home. He helps the other farmers and shepherds who in fact too late. That something like this happens makes it a very dangerous expedition for Benedikt and his friends. Leo has as a dog a keen sense of smell and can locate the sheep way earlier than the eyes of Benedikt in a winter storm can see. Knoest has also his specialty. When a sheep is stubborn, Knoest knows how to deal with it so the sheep does follow the shepherd Benedikt who leads them all … hopefully … back home.

“A lovely story that shows the unconditional love from a man in a small community who dares to risk his life every year for the good.” – Sophie van den Akker – 12 april 2017

Writing style / spelling

This book is translated from Danish though Gunnar Gunnarsson is Icelandic. I did not discover any grammar or spelling mistakes in the Dutch version but I can not read Danish nor Icelandic.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read this short story! You have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion.  

Greetings by Sophie

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Blog, Events, Lifestyle

Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Two years ago, in the early days of March, I started with this blog. I love reading and writing since I can read and write. Being creative with poems about animals, people or just things that happen during a normal day. Writing little stories with those poems and writing little stories in diaries. Now and then I thought about writing a book. I specified all the characters to start with, wrote the first half chapter and then…probably…my inspiration was gone or I was distracted in so many other things that can inspire you when you are a teenager. I was back then.

Before this blog I had as a young little girl my own “magazine” written in Word, I think this was during my Elementary School years. During my junior High School years, I had some designed ‘pet pages’ on Neopets and my own ‘Kindertent’ website with a fan page of ‘Harry Potter’ – somewhere until around 2006. And after a few years I started with my own Blogger.com website. This was somewhere during the summer holiday after graduating in 2011. Sadly I have deleted this blog, well I have transferred it to another version I made on Blogger and so on. Two blogs on Blogger and even a Google Sites blog – to have more creative possibilities – later and a little break….and it was March 2015.

During 2014 I was experiencing a bit with WordPress because this was the biggest ‘other blogging option’ left after my previous – not satisfying enough – tries. It took a couple of days before I was satisfied with the layout and thought I had all opportunities maximized in use. And back then when I just entered my early twenties…I started this blog! Two years later I am still in my early twenties though haha.

And maybe you have noticed for this anniversary: an own domain name and a new layout! 🙂 Read on for the whole story about my blogging experience.

The Headers

Twenty Fourteen theme, first header 2014 experiencing

I started back then with the ‘Twenty Fourteen’ theme and this header above.

Twenty Fourteen Theme, header 2 2015 Later on Hemingway Rewritten theme as well – switched back shortly

Later on I changed the header into a more photographic one with a butterfly. I love the blue colour of the butterfly and the green differences in the background, not just one color but a bit lively.

Theme Hemingway Rewritten primary Switched to Twenty Fourteen theme shortly – 2015

During the summer of 2015 when I started with my Facebook Page: Sophie’s Blog , I  thought about making my own featured images in a header style to show the category of a blog post. This way every post from then on has a featured image with information that shows to which category the blog post belongs. This is still my method only the header – and therefore also all those featured images by category – has changed.

2016 – Hemingway Rewritten theme for a long time

Simple and minimal became the new thing. Not to bright, to colourful or a bit sloppy. I started experiencing with a black and white header and attached through Photoshop symmetric two flowers bound by a line that marked my blog title and subtitle. Yes, I called my blog ‘Sophie’s Web’ because it was me writing on the web and experiencing what to do with it. Will it become a blog with one single subject? Will it become a personal website?

New layout and an own domain

Here we are! Anno 2017 at the blog anniversary. A new layout and a new own domain! Welcome to the .blog world!

2016 – Hemingway Rewritten theme shortly | 2016 + 2017 Button theme for a long time | 2017 – March: Dara Theme and own domain name

It became a mixture: A blog with all my personal interests. Not a completely single subject – or three what you see often too – blog. Not a specific book blog, film blog, series blog, IT blog, Lifestyle blog, cooking blog, recipes, gadgets and so on….

This became my combination of everything I am interested in and the subtitle of my previous header was already present in my subconscious – only doubting how it all would result.

The way it is nowadays, designed by myself in simply black and white and a touch of a curly blue sign, I feel most content with. I did some research on signs and if some were religious or had other meanings. This one does not have a particular meaning as far as I discovered. But every time when I see it, I see a bit of a music key in it. For example a twisted simplified G-clef. And I love the font too. It has also its little semi curly effects by thick and thin and straight and italic combined. Took a while before I found a font I was satisfied with.

Maybe I seem a bit picky in every aspect that has to do with my blog – such as menus, social buttons, widgets, fonts, headers, colors, sizes and so on… .
Even after two years, I won’t switch to something else than WordPress. I won’t change my whole personal website and blog.

This is who I am as a blogger, and blogging and reading and broaden my knowledge is what I like to do. Together with writing and telling – ya, people who know me personally know I can talk now and then a lot – stories about everything exciting and positive I experience. In such a broad interest because I love many sorts of things in life and I appreciate every big and every small little thing. Do things that let you smile or just enjoy.

I hope I’ll be for someone an inspiration to do joyful things in life.
Enjoy the little things as well such as watching a film, reading a book or just watching an episode of a series.
Or appreciating a nice photograph or quote or a nice supporting comment.
Appreciate it when someone gives you advice, you can probably learn from it.
Stay always true to yourself.
My blog let’s me smile for already just being there, the space where I can write stuff, gather all my interests an where I can be creative now and then.

I just keep on enjoying the joyful things in life and writing about it.
Thank you for reading this long – personal blogging – story!
Thank you for being one of my true blog fans!
Thank you for your advises!
Just thank you!

Cheers to this Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Happily greetings by Sophie

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Collateral Beauty (2016) | Trailer

When everything is lost, how do you find your way back?”

Will Smith is known for his acting in already 34 productions varied from films, such as ‘I Am Legend (2007) , to a television episode in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)’. He is also known for his producer skills in 22 productions such like ‘Annie (2014)’ , ‘The Karate Kid (2010)’, ‘Hancock (2008)’. Did you know that? In september is announced that there will be a ‘Hancock 2′  but the date nor status of production is yet unknown.

A few weeks ago the film ‘Collateral Beauty‘ had its première and the story is touching and a bit thrilling in the drama.

The story

Howard is a man who has lost his little daughter and he does not care anymore if he loses anything or anyone else. But he starts to write letters. To whom? That is unknown but he writes to ‘what’. To love, to time and to death. Or are they ‘who’s’ in his mind, in his recovery. He writes because he needs it without completely knowing it. The collateral beauty, the profound connection to everything. If he accepts the fate, he can make something beautiful out of life again. “Challenge them, just to engage!” 

When everything is lost, how do you find your way back?”

COLLATERAL BEAUTY – Official Trailer 2 | 2,781,752 views |

Warner Bros. Pictures

Published on 10 Nov 2016 | SUBSCRIBED 3M
This December, experience the miracle. Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren star in #CollateralBeauty, in theaters December 16.

 

Will you watch it in cinemas?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog, Challenge

New Year 2017!

Happy New Year 2017!

This weekend was New Year’s weekend and I have celebrated the New Year with family and friends.

How has been your New Years celebration?

Do you have some goals for 2017?

Did you achieve some challenges?

#Repost @sophie.vda ・・・ Happy New Year!🎉🍾☄️❤️🐼 🎥New Year's 2017 compilation video in previous post! I wish you all a happy colorful, lovely New Years Eve and start of 2017!🍾🎉☄️ And I wish you all the happiest and healthiest for 2017! 🍾☄️🎉🎆 Make memories that will last forever. Love your dearest family and friends. Be good to others and live in peace. Enjoy the small things. Smile as if you are the sunshine. Embrace those lovely moments.❤️ When moments are hard, think about the simple loving jolly caring life of a panda 😉🐼 Happy New Year! Loves from Sophie #newyear2017 #fireworks #family #friends #loveit #happynewyear #2017 #weekend #instaart #wishes #livelaughlove #oudennieuw #sophievda

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My quote to you:

Happy New Year!🎉🍾☄️❤️🐼🎥
New Year’s 2017 compilation video below

I wish you all a happy colorful, lovely New Years Eve and start of 2017!🍾🎉☄️
And I wish you all the happiest and healthiest for 2017! 🍾☄️🎉🎆
Make memories that will last forever.
Love your dearest family and friends.
Be good to others and live in peace.
Enjoy the small things.
Smile as if you are the sunshine.
Embrace those lovely moments.❤️ When moments are hard, think about the simple loving jolly caring life of a panda 😉🐼 Happy New Year!

Loves from Sophie

New Year’s 2017 compilation video

I have made a compilation video of New Year’s Eve and the New Year.

Made with the Go Pro application. And the first shot of image is indeed white.

 

Enjoy watching it!

In the upcoming days I will reflect 2016 and reveal my goals for this year 2017!

Greetings by Sophie

Events, Travel

Christmas Tree 2016

Just because I love Christmas and the Christmas Tree.

I am not living in a huge house where a huge four floors high Christmas Tree would fit.

So I photographed this one in the morning in ‘De Bijenkorf’ in The Hague, The Netherlands.

I love the blue Christmas lights, the blue sparkling around the beautiful dark green of a spar.

How does your Christmas Tree looks like this year? Or Christmas lights?

Greetings by Sophie

Books

Martin Misunderstood – Karin Slaughter

Cover from goodreads.com
Cover from goodreads.com

My book review of “Martin Misunderstood” written by

In my view…

This story is about Martin Reed, a middle-aged man, still living at home with his mother and working for a cleaning company as accountant. He has a normal life that goes on and on in a simple way. The book is written in a such a way that it seems like you are just reading a novel about a man in his daily life. Suddenly events took place – not really written – and Martin gets accused of murder. At this point, nearly halfway the book, this book becomes a thriller story. I thought I would like the book but more and more towards the end I became less and less fond of it. I would have rated it with 1 star / 5 stars, when the story was not that genius. In the end the story is not solved, or solved in a bad sad way. Depends on how you see it, but I dislike it this way. The main character is genius written, that’s the positive thing.

Writing style / spelling

The pace of the story starts slow and halfway it speeds up. I have not found any grammar or spelling mistakes but some sentences were doubtful. The style of how this book is written, is not really suited for me. In my opinion it is even a psychological thriller and not just a thriller, nor a mystery crime because it is not really about the events that took place. It is more about the psychological go-through in such situations. Not what I expected to read at all.

Main characters

The main character is Martin Reed, a middle-aged man working as accountant at a cleaning company. He still lives with his mother Evelyn Reed together and her character totally turns 180º degrees. Nortan Shaw is the employer of Martin and his colleagues Daryl Matheson, Unique Jones, Sandra Burke and Darla Gantry. At a sudden point Martin gets visited by two detectives named Bruce Benedict and Anther Anabahda. His lawyer is Max Jergens who is a kind of pro-deo (pro bono) lawyer. And he meets Gloria Koslowski a shop owner. But from the moment on he gets the visit of the two detectives, I did not like the book anymore.

That I do not like the book does not mean it is not a good book. The book (style)  just not suited for me and probably I will not read it again. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Films, Netflix

The Netflix Christmas List 2016

Christmas Panda illustration by Karen Vaughan. Copyright belongs to her.
Christmas Panda illustration by Karen Vaughan. Copyright belongs to her.

It is three weeks prior to the Christmas holiday and now and then you hear already some Christmas music in stores. This morning I have read an announcement of Netflix releases its Christmas list for the holiday. And Netflix has changed the streaming game by making some films and series available for offline view in their app. So no worry, maybe your choice of film or series is available offline. But why not starting now with a nice film to feel already festive for the holiday? Hereby a big Christmas film and series list – related through its coldness. And some films I will review in the upcoming weeks. Which film(s) will watch this month?

The Christmas List
  • To be released:
    • series Doctor Who – Christmas special (24th)
    • series Call the Midwife – Christmas special (25th)

 

  • Christmas films based on a book
    • A Christmas Carol (1984)
    • A Christmas Carol (2009)
    • Angels in the Snow (2015)
    • Caspers Griezelkerst (NL) (2000)
    • The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    • The Polar Express (2004)

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Blog, Events, Lifestyle

24th Birthday!

30 november 2016

Yeey today is my birthday! Today it was 24 years ago that I was born, on a monday evening and it was snowing.

The last day of the month november, a day in the month of the Sagittarius.

Today

Today it is around 5 degrees celsius and it was a sunny day.

When is your birthday?

Back in history

What happened on 30 november, in 1992 and before and after

Fact: Winston Churchill is born on 30 november 1874

Holidays and observances:

Thanks to Wikipedia

 

Greetings by the birthday lady Sophie

Blog

November Update

The november update

And tomorrow is my birthday! Yeey

The wintertime is set last month and this month is as usual…the most busiest time of the year, the ‘inbetween’ of the first university semester of this year.

Next month will be The most wonderful time of the year because of the Christmas holiday and all the family and friends festivities.

This month november I am, and have been, so busy with lots of activities such as working on a project, making big assignments for study and extra curricular stuff such as working for Dresscode and celebrating already my birthday this weekend (my birthday is officially tomorrow).

All this stuff and events gives some nice inspiration for lots of blog posts.

I have to be selective – for now – as well because I have so many things to blog about.

My week of blog posts has a structure that looks like this:

  • Monday = Book review day – or related
  • Tuesday = Category day (see list of categories in the menu)
  • Wednesday = Series review day – or related
  • Thursday = Category day
  • Friday = Film review day – or related
  • Saturday = YouTube video / Pinterest / Recipe (can also be on a category day)
  • Sunday = Sunday’s Quote

Do you have a preference of a subject where I should blog about?

I hope you are looking forward too to my blog posts and it will be a surprise what is coming up.

Greetings by Sophie