Welcome to my blog! This is the place where I can share all the things I love and most of all, talk about some of my favourite recommendations. You might have come here from my YouTube channel Booksandquills. There will be some similar things on here (aka books and travel), but also lots of new ones.
I'm a huge book lover and while I prefer to do my reviewing while talking (hence the YouTube channel), I'm always trying to track down new bookshops and will definitely be sharing some of my favourites on here. Besides those I also want to show you great places in London to find vegetarian food, museums to wander around on a Sunday afternoon, bakeries to buy a sneaky cinnamon bun (or two) and cities to travel to in case you want to take a little break.
If you've got any questions, check out my FAQ below or take a look at my contact page. Enjoy!
Where are you from/where is your accent from?
I was born and raised in the Netherlands, studied English Literature at Leiden University (also in the Netherlands), studied in the US for 3 months and had lots of American friends, hence the weird accent. I'm definitely not Irish or Canadian, I promise!
Where do you live?
I live in East London and have been here for 4 years now.
Where do you work?
I'm a Social Media Producer for Penguin Platform at Penguin Random House UK. Before that I did all things social at Hot Key Books.
How did you get into publishing?
I did publishing work experience on 3 different occasions, did a lot of networking and learned everything I know about social media from creating and running my channel for 8 years. (P.s. You don't necessarily have to study Publishing or English to get a job in publishing!).
Can you review my book?
I can only accept a small number of books for review, since I have a lot of books lined up already. I do not accept self-published books. I enjoy reading classics, dystopian/apocalyptic novels, sci-fi and a variety of graphic novels, YA and contemporary literary fiction and would love to read more books from LGBTQ and BAME authors. If there is a book you'd like to pitch, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also available for paid opportunities.
What do you use to film?
I have a Canon 60D with a Tokina 11-16 lens (which is super useful if you want to sit close to your camera and still get a wide shot) and I use a window as my natural lighting. I edit my videos in Final Cut X.
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