Language Log #1: Contemplating languages

I am a linguaphile. I am completely intrigued by languages. I love looking at the links between different languages, similarities and differences, language jokes and memes, and yes, I love learning languages.

What I am most definitely not: a talented polyglot.

There are many things that get in the way of learning languages properly, but they can mostly be summarised: I have a terribly short attention span, lose interest quickly, and have very little discipline. As a result I end up doing most things half-assed. Case in point: learning languages. I always envy polyglots who work at languages systematically and end up being very decent, if not fluent at them (although everyone has a different definition of fluency and that’s a topic for another time). Me? I’m decent at best, and at worst completely hopeless.

I want to learn all the languages and I want to be really, really good at them.

But at some point the reality of the situation dawned on me:

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Aaaaaand it’s back!

Hello everyone! Well, looks like I am reviving this blog!

I’ve taken some time to rework the lay-out and am quite satisfied with it (click here if you’re reading from an RSS reader!)

Content-wise I’ve decided to keep most book related posts – the reviews and reading challenges and such.

I am branching out however! I realised I don’t necessarily want to stop talking about books, but I do want to start talking about all the other things I love. More about language learning, more about all kinds of pop culture, more about the trazillion other (mostly geeky) things and projects that I occupy myself with on a daily basis.

Don’t expect too many posts too often. I am going the Slow Blogging way! I just really want to share the things I am excited about with you, and see where that leads me. In the near future I will also be working on making all content more easy to find, as well as making this blog more accessible.

Last but not least, I will be taking requests again. Anything you want me to try out and talk about? Be it books, podcasts, apps, etc etc. If you think I’ll be interested, give it a shot and contact me!


Hi all. I think the time has come to do the inevitable, and that is… quitting.

I am still a voracious reader. I still love books. But frankly I lost interest in book blogging a long time ago (when many of my favourite book bloggers quit) and probably should have stopped much sooner.

I’ve moved all my book reviews to my Goodreads profile. By all means come follow me there!

I’m now looking into which other content I want to keep and then I’m pulling the plug. It’s time for a new project (although god knows what that’s going to be) and this blog will eventually be re-purposed 😉

2016 Reading Stats & Favourites

Okay this is embarrassing. This post has been in my drafts since… well, 2016. And now it’s suddenly March. Anyway, time to look back on 2016, and give you some statistics as well!

I have no idea how I feel about 2016. My year started out horribly, so the only way was up. Minus the first few months, 2016 was a good year for me personally, with plenty of traveling and stability in my professional life. But beyond that, 2016 was rather crap wasn’t it? Politically (but I won’t go into that) as well as seeing all my favourite celebrities pass away, mostly unexpectedly, at ages far too young…

While I won’t say I was angry at the world, I did often give the world the middle finger and stood firmly for what I believe in. One big fuck you was given through my reading. As my personal revenge on the world, this year I have been reading almost exclusively books by and about women, LGBTQIA+ and PoC. When I was reading all the ‘official’ end-of-year lists by the big media, I regretted this not a bit. All lists, both international as well as national, are dominated by white men. I swear, I have yet to encounter a ‘big’ list that is made up of more than 30% women, for starters. How completely unimaginative and lazy. Fuck that.

Anyway! As every year, I set out to read 52 books and was already far ahead early in the year. My reading slowed down in the last quarter of the year as I was just too busy (busy having fun, mostly, no complaining there!). I still ended up reading 77 books.

This is what Goodreads looks like for 2016:

You can see all the books I read in 2016 here, or you can take a look at my Goodreads Year in Books.

And here are my reading stats for 2016:
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[Review] Breaking Into Japanese Literature

[Review] Breaking Into Japanese LiteratureBreaking Into Japanese Literature: Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text by Giles Murray, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Natsume Sōseki
Published by Kodansha on June 1st 2012
Genres: Japanese literature, Horror, Classic
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9781568364155
The verdict: three-stars
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Reading great books in the original should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese Literature is designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature.
Breaking into Japanese Literature features seven graded stories by Natsume Soseki and Akutagawa Ryunosuke, covering a variety of genres.

This book was… not that great. But let me start off on a positive note: I enjoyed the stories. The book contains seven short stories in total, by Natsume Sōseki and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. The selection of stories, content wise, is good. The stories are quite dark, which I love, and I especially like Akutagawa, so reading these stories wasn’t boring.

Now for the negative…

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