New BFF: FromBelgiumWithBookLove


Happy hump day!

I am so pleased I can introduce you to an amazing fellow blogger from my own country today: Kelly is a super nice girl whose blog is called FromBelgiumWithBookLove ❤ and we definitely share more than a geographical place… we both love Italian food, we both have a cat and love to share pictures of them, we both read thrillers most of all and we dabble in different genres a little bit on the side but we’ll always come back to it, and when we read a novel we don’t really like we both still try to ride it out till the end!

Even if we’re blog friends, I can still be a little jealous of her library, right? Look at this beauty! I just want to sit there myself and read 🙂


Kelly’s a rising blogger who invests a lot of time and energy in her blog and the interaction with others. I love her blog and wish I could write my reviews like her, she has a great writing style and she makes me want to rush over to Amazon to get the books she reviewed. She deserves lots of lovely friends so pop over to her site and show her some blog love K?

Oh before you do just that, continue reading if you want to get to know Kelly a little better right away!


Name: Kelly Van Damme

Age: 36 (but only just!)

Birthday 01

Birthday:  17 February

Sharing with:
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan in 1963 (age 56)
Paris Hilton 1981 (age 38)
Singer Ed Sheeran in 1991 (age 28)

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

I have a masters degree in Translation Studies (Dutch/English/Spanish) and I work in the international admin department of a large company, so part of my job is admin, part is translating all sorts of documents.


Do you have any other hobbies?

Uhm… Besides reading??? *scratches head and frowns* Well, most of my free time not spent with the hubby, or family or friends, is spent reading, or blogging, or chatting books on Twitter. I also like exercising on my crosstrainer while watching Netflix or reading (yes it is doable with an e-reader if I put the font large enough!)

Your favourite color? Purple

Do you collect anything (besides books)? 

Not really. I fold little origami cat book marks and I have a whole collection of those, but I don’t think that counts


This is a design by Jo Nakashima and you can find his tutorial on YouTube here [NOTE: ok I tried this and I failed big time, I got stuck on the ears, so waw Kelly much respect you get them to look so good! I’ll try again though, I’m not giving up just yet!])

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? I think that must Anne Frank’s diary, I got it as a present when I was about 12 years’ old and yes, I’ve read that multiple times

1. Anne Frank

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?

Yes, that happens every once in a while. I’m not naming them though, I’m about book love not hate.

Do you listen to audio books?

Definitely! I’m a big fan of audiobooks! I spend at least one hour a day in the car, and I’m so much more chill if I can listen to an audiobook in the meantime! Boring household chores are also much more fun if I’m listening to a book while doing them.

8-ListeningLibro FM. Blog

Do you have a favorite genre? I love (psychological) thrillers but I like to mix things up a little, with some horror, fantasy or YA.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce (The Silent Patient and Two Can Keep A Secret were very high on my wishlist too, but then I bought them… Oops!)

How is your library organized? Mostly by genre. Some authors have their own crate, if I have enough of their books, like J.K. Rowling, Jeffery Deaver, Kelley Armstrong. However I do love rainbow libraries so I organised my chick lit by colour.


Do you read more ebooks or physical books? I read more ebooks, they’re so easily accessible, they’re cheaper, I can adjust the font, I can read anywhere in any conditions. I do love my paperbacks, and the occasional hardback though!

Do you have a favorite book? Not really, there are many that I’m fond of but my favourite book of 2018 was The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech.


What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? Proud is not the word, but I love Sea Witch the most. I read the ebook, and then bought the hardback solely because of its cover. And then I had my mum-in-law made this little purple amigurumi jellyfish to go with it!


The fairy tale you thought you knew…

The story of the Sea Witch, the villainess from Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale The Little Mermaid, told from the viewpoint of the Sea Witch when she was a twelve-year-old girl…

Evie has been wracked with guilt ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned. So when a girl appears on shore with an uncanny resemblance to Anna, Evie befriends her in an effort to make amends. And as the two girls catch the eyes – and hearts – of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at happy ever after. But is Evie’s new friend really who she says she is? Or will Evie discover, too late, the truth of her bargain? A gripping story of friendship, betrayal and the power of hope…Because ‘though magic can shape life and death… love is the one thing it cannot control

Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? I have no clue! But counting physical books, ebooks and audiobooks, I must have more than 1000.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased? I don’t know! I bought the March Fairyloot box and it will contain 2 signed books, I’m soooo looking forward to finding out what they are!


What was your favorite author when you were a child? 


I was partial to Pinkeltje, a series about a gnome the size of a pinkie finger.


I also loved Tiny, who got up to lots of adventures and mischief with her friends, and

Pietje Puk

Pietje Puk, a series about the adventures of a postie.

When I was a little older I devoured The Babysitters Club books, and then at about ten years’ old I moved on to Goosebumps. At eleven or twelve, I also had this strange fascination with Gone With The Wind, my mum had it and I read that book a billion times! That’s also when I started reading Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Yes, I have a very chequered past Apparently I’ve always read a mix of age-appropriate and age-inappropriate books, and I still do!

From which author do you have most books? I think Kelley Armstrong. I own most of what she’s written and she’s written quite a lot.


Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

I used to reread a lot of books, but I hardly do that now, I have so much (too much) to read as it is. A recent book I first listened to and then read was Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Another was Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton. I loved those so much I had to see the words too, hearing them was not enough. Two feel-good stories I’ve revisited many a time are The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella and Jemima J by Jane Green. And The Host by Stephenie Meyer is one of my favourite books, I’ve read it at least 4 times. And Gone With The Wind of course I’ve been meaning to read it in English for the first time.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

Same as last year: 175 of which I’ve read 48 at this moment

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case? I sure can! Many times over, except for the Y, which seems to be a rare first letter in titles! (I should have bought the YOU paperback instead of the eBook )


I can even spell my name with just one book too, but that feels like cheating


Euh maybe that would have been just a bit too easy, so thanks for sharing those other wonderful titles that I need to check out! 

Thanks for your answers Kelly, it was wonderful to have you!!


In case you missed it, here are the 5 last BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about. If you want to read the previous posts, you can find the tab with links on my home page.

Zoë – What’s Better Than Books
Umut – Umut Reviews
Luci – Lunarlucibooks
Chloé – Review by Chloe
Alex – Alexandra Wolfe

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to be featured in June! 


38 thoughts on “New BFF: FromBelgiumWithBookLove

  1. Thanks so much, Inge 😘 This was such fun to do and even more fun to read and see your little tweaks! Let me confirm that caffeine is a very important part of the translation process 😁 The ears of the bookmark are really quite simple once you’ve figured out the trick but I struggled with them too, don’t give up!

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  2. Awesome post! I recently met Kelly and its lovely to get to know her better. OMG that library, I want to move to Belgium and move in with her 😀 Interestingly, first thing I noticed was her name. Van Damme is such a cool name.

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  3. I already follow Kelly and love her blog, as you say, she writes lovely reviews and, in general, great posts. But it was fun to read this Q&A and get to know her a little more. Thanks, Inge! You already know I love this series and have found lots of new blogs to visit through you. 😀

    Oh, and I never thought to use orange boxes as bookshelves. lol!

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  5. Ah, another wonderful Q&A sesh 🙂 I love Kelly’s blog and been following for a while now.
    Those bookshelves are amazing! Once upon a time i had plans of getting similar crates and keep my books in them but the BF vetoed it, saying our room would look like a shed. I guess i just need to show him Kelly’s pics to prove him wrong 😀

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