My love for bookmarks


I love books ergo I have a serious love for bookmarks too! Before I start a novel I choose a bookmark first, it’s a little bit of ritual (it wasn’t always so but I’m a bit older now and I can’t always remember the page I was on any more). It’s all a bit for show really, sifting through at all my bookmarks because I usually go for the same fav ones but I don’t care, I like looking at them and having lots of choice.

So I thought I’d share them with you. Here’s the whole lot :

Bookmarks 01

I’ve grouped them together and the first category are the postcards (that I bought myself on vacation or that I received from friends). I also do postcrossing which means I exchange cards with people abroad and in my profile I have mentioned that I love cards with a little pink on them and cards with cats and dogs most of all, so I’m always happy if I get one of those, I love to use them as a bookmark. There are also cards that came with books I received from authors/publishers and use them in the book they came with. I love collecting them but find it not done to use them in someone else’s book, it just doesn’t feel right, so they’re still in good condition.

Bookmarks 02

The second group are actual bookmarks. I received some of them from publishers, some were inside books and I printed a free one myself from the internet. And I see I totally forgot to add the ones I received from Bookdepository the last time. They’re all ok but not what I prefer using most of all.

Bookmarks 03

The next few are bookmarks I actually bought and really like. Two of them are even among my favorite ones to use… I’ll let you guess which ones they are :-). I bought the two Gorjuss bookmarks Sugar and Spice on a UK site btw, in case you’re interested.


Bookmarks 05

These next ones are the special ones. I love these. I bought the four on the top right last year for one euro each (I posted about them here – btw I already lost one and I have turned my libary upside down and I can’t find it anywhere, it drives me crazy. It was such a lovely one too so I’m a bit sad about losing it).

The heart is one I received when I was staying in a hotel in Austria. The bottom one is a heavier metal one that has a text in German (Wünsch Dir was) on it which means Make A Wish.

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Here are the ones I use most of all. My absolute favorite one is the one with the cat.  There’s no reference or any text on it sadly, if there was I’d even buy a spare one (or two) as back-up.

Bookmarks fav

Voilà, there you go. So what do you use as a bookmark? I’d love to know!


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!)

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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.

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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! 

WWW Wednesday (06-03-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I finished reading:

This sounded like a fun chicklit rom-com type of novel and it totally is. It’s a perfect escape if you’re in the mood for a feel good novel, I really enjoyed this!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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What I’m reading now:

I received Dark Pines and the sequel Red Snow from the publisher in January. I really wanted to read the first one while it’s still winter. Call me crazy but I think it adds to the reading experience if it’s cold here too :-). I’m really enjoying it so far.. there is someone who looks very suspicious but I don’t know if there’s another secret to find there or if it’s the killer.

Dark Pines by Will Dean

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I really had to restrain myself not to dive in right away but I’m on the blog tour in May so I told myself to hold off reading The Passengers a little longer. I think I won’t be able to do that much longer really because I’m dying to read this! John Marrs is one of my must-read authors and I loved all of his previous books so that’s a really good omen, right ?

The Passengers by John Marrs

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Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?


So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

Book recommendations: 10 locked-in novels

Locked In

One of my absolute favorite tropes is the one where there’s more than one or two main characters but you have a whole lot of them (the more the merrier like they say) and where there’s really nowhere to go or run to! Lots of times the killer also hides in plain sight and everyone involved is a suspect (lots of suspects yay!). I love secrets and lies and you’re guaranteed to be entertained when reading such a novel.

If you happen to share the same love, here are 10 recommendations. These are a mix of books that I already read and ones that are on my readlist for the future.

  1. Guess Who by Chris McGeorge (reviewed)
  2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (I watched the mini-series on tv)
  3. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (reviewed)
  4. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (reviewed)
  5. Sleep by CL Taylor (reviewed)
  6. Halfway by B.E. Jones
  7. No Exit by Taylor Adams
  8. The Passengers by John Marrs (Pub date April 1, 2019)
  9. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (out in PB in August 2019)
  10. The Holiday by TM Logan (Pub date June 13, 2019)

PS: There’s also a YA novel by CL Taylor to come (I heard about it via the author’s newsletter but the novel is untitled).

It’s difficult to say which one(s) I liked most because I liked the ending more in this book and the villain more in another, but the one novel that still stands out for me most is Guess Who by Chris McGeorge because it’s literally a locked room they’re in. I think the top 5 are basically just sort of my order of preference 🙂

So over to you! Any of these you read or want to read?

3 years of blogging #giveaway


At first I didn’t want to make a fuss about it but in the end (2 days ago actually) I decided I do want to say a little something. My blog wouldn’t give me such a huge pleasure if it weren’t for everyone else involved. So I really want to thank all the lovely readers who follow my blog, who take their time to read my blog posts and reviews, even the ones of books I didn’t really like so much.

This is my 479th blogpost and what a ride it has been these 3 years. This last year has been a bit of a struggle but I’m proud I’m able to celebrate this day, that I’ve not given up yet. I’ll never regret starting my blog and if you read this and it has played in your head too then I can only tell you to just go for it, you have only to gain and nothing to lose! I know I’m much quieter, that I post even less and almost don’t take part in blog tours anymore, but it’s not that I don’t want to. There’s just not enough energy and room in my head like there was 2 or 3 years ago. I think it’ll come back though, I have hope :-).

In the meantime, thanks for sticking by me! I love you all! I lead a quiet life and it means so much to me that you are in my life and I’m in yours. Alexandra, Nicki, Nikola, Yvo, Norrie, Jonetta, Meggy, Sheila, Ali, Hayley, Nina, Kelly, Stephanie, as well as so many others (the list could really go on and on), you really brighten my days! Anyway, I feel I’m getting all emotional so I’m going to stop here.

What’s a blog birthday without a giveaway huh, so in good tradition this year I’m giving away a signed copy of this lovely paperback of Day Of The Accident by Nuala Ellwood. I really loved this novel and I kind of want to keep it myself but I also want someone else to discover this great author. Here’s my review if you want to find out more about it.

The Day giveaway

How do you enter the (INT) giveaway ?

  • Follow me on Twitter (@ingstje) and RT this blogpost; and/or
  • Folllow me on Instagram (ingstje), like my post there, tag 2 friends and share in your stories (ever since I started Instagram I dreamt of giving this instruction one day)

The competition runs until Sunday 3 March at midnight and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday 5 March.

Before I go I’ll share my 5 top viewed posts again, you never know you missed them :-).

End Game by Matt Johnson #guestpost (4200 views!)

Book folding tutorial: a simple heart/home

Before Her Eyes by Jack Jordan #guestpost

Let’s Be Just Friends by Camilla Isley (free download) #bookreview

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen #bookreview

Thanks again and I hope I’ll talk to you some more this next year of blogging!


Sunshine in February #BookTag


Hi everyone! What do you think of my calendar (it hangs up at work)? I so love those eyes, I want to keep February forever :-).

I don’t even know how long it’s been since I did a tag and it definitely isn’t because I don’t have any. I think I have a list of 30 (that I kept) but I always procrastinate because the questions are always so difficult to answer and it takes so much time to think. But I was recently tagged by the lovely Norrie @Reading under the Blankie and I think I can answer these so hey-ho let’s go!

Here are Norrie’s questions:


#1 Do you believe in ghosts?

No sorry, absolutely not, I don’t believe in anything I can’t see. I know not everything can be explained and I would feel differently if I experienced something unexplainable myself but hearing it from other people isn’t enough for me. Now that I think of it, I don’t even like reading about ghosts in books, I always find that such an easy way out of it.

#2 Have you ever sneaked out of the house to go to a party in your wild teen years?

What wild teen years? I didn’t even have those! I wasn’t allowed to go out before I turned 18 (I know, but let’s just say it was a different era.. I don’t think that could still happen nowadays without being considered very very anti-social). I also lived outside of the city so there was literally nowhere to go (or sneak off to) or anything to do. I didn’t mind at the time though, I was an introvert after all and I was happy with my books for company :-).

#3 What’s your take on flowery food? (Lavender biscuits, wild flowers in salads, and so on). Yey or nay?

Eh no it’s not really my thing. I like flowers and I love the colours but eating them? I had a dish like that once at a restaurant and I put the flower on the side (ok I was much younger and I didn’t know you could eat it but even if I had known, I’d probably still do the same).

#4 What’s a book that you thought was kind of trashy but you still enjoyed?

I had to really search for it but I found one. I read Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1) by Tara Sivec in 2015. I don’t remember much about it but I think it was pretty hilarious. The blurb says it holds enough sarcasm to choke a horse and I guess it was so over the top that even I got it :-).

#5 Imagine it’s time for a cookie. Do you dip it in milk, sip coffee with it, or munch on it in its dry glory?

Coffee and Lotus

I’m not a big dipper :-). I usually eat cookies dry to really savour all the deliciousness of the cookie, the only exception I make is dipping a gingerbread cookie in my coffee.

#6 Would you say you are a morning person?

I am definitely not a morning person but I don’t have problems getting up, I don’t need any extra time or something. I do not want to talk or listen to anyone so early in the morning though and want to be left alone for the first half an hour, ok let’s just make that an hour to be sure. Lucky for me I’m also not very social 😉 so I have my quiet time on the train and when I get to work I have my coffee first and then all is ok.

#7 Winter sports. Yey or nay?

Nay nay nay.. as if sports itself doesn’t sound horrific already, winter sports is even worse 🙂

#8 Has it ever happened that you liked a film or series adaptation of a book? If so, which book was it?

I liked Big Little Lies, the tv series with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. I enjoyed And Then There Were None, the mini-series of Agatha Christie’s novel and I also liked the Big Friendly Giant animation movie which I only saw recently for the first time.

#9 Do you find house chores (cleaning, dish-washing, etc.) relaxing, or necessary evil?

People find house chores relaxing? After a hard day’s of work? I know a few other things that are relaxing then. They are necessary, just like cooking (nope don’t like it either but only way if you want to really eat). Before you think I’m a total lazy bum, I actually like ironing and I don’t mind doing the dishes by hand so I don’t even use the dishwasher very often (I sometimes let it air-dry though). If you don’t cook very elaborate there’s really not much dishes right ;-).

#10 Do you chill in your pjs all day when you don’t need to leave the house?

No, I don’t. I like to get dressed when I get up. I wear a jogging tracksuit for lazying about if I don’t go out. It’s different at night though, sometimes I come home from work and instead of changing into something comfortable I go for reaaaally comfortable and already put my pjs on at 18.30h :-).

#11 What was the last book that knocked your socks off?

I think it was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides because I just didn’t see that ending coming. But as a whole book definitely Changeling by Matt Wesolowski.


OK here are my questions! I’ve done a mix (I like doing the this or that questions most myself so.. ) and can’t wait to read your answers should you accept the challenge (make it Sunshine in Marsh perhaps ;-))!

#1 Text message or call?
#2 Do you read before bed?
#3 Salt or sweet?
#4 Do you believe in love at first sight? 
#5 Do you have a special strategy to get more followers for your blog?
#6 Sandals or sneakers?
#7 Name one book you read (or bought) because of the cover
#8 Hamburgers or hot-dogs?
#9 What is the most recent book you couldn’t finish?
#10 A skirt or pants? (For the man here: short or long pants ;-))
#11 What was your favorite holiday so far and why?

I’d love to hear the answers from these lovely bloggers, but don’t feel obliged!

Malanie Loves Fiction
Mug Full of Books
The Cozy Pages
The Reading Closet
Not Another Book Blogger
Booked up girl
A Love of Books and Life
The Reader’s Corner
Zooloo’s Book Diary
Postcard Reviews
Kiera’s Bookish Thoughts


WWW Wednesday (13-02-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I finished reading:

I read three of Lisa Gardner’s books in the past and gave them 3, 4 and 5 stars respectively so I’ll just keep you in suspense a little longer about how much I liked this one. It can definitely be read as a standalone, I’ll tell you that much ;-).

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

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What I’m reading now:

I only read a few pages of this one so can’t really comment on it yet but so far so good. I hear a lot of praise about it and read a very positive review by Ludwig’s Thrillers last weekend so I have high hopes!

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

When I came across this novel on Twitter and looked up the synopsis on Amazon I definitely wanted to add it to my readlist. It’s published in May in case you’re interested.

The Furies by Katie Lowe

The Furies def

You’d kill to be one of them.

1998. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing. No known cause of death.

Four girls know what happened.

And until now they’ve kept their silence.

Violet is returning home, back to the sleepy coastal town which holds so many memories.

In 1998, after a tragic accident claimed the lives of her father and sister, she joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls’ school with an unpleasant history of 17th century witch trials.

There she is drawn to Robin, Grace, Alex and their charismatic teacher, Annabel; she is invited to join them in their advanced study group.

There they learn about art, literature and the grisly history of the school. Though Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals, she warns them off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology. However, the more the girls learn, the more they start to believe that magic is real, and that together they can harness it.

But when the body of a former member of the society is found on campus nine months after the she disappeared, fingers are pointed at those closest to her. Leading Violet to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.


So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !