Het Smelt – Lize Spit

Geen tijd en energie om te lezen. Geen zin in. Te dik, te saai, te veel geworstel. Een boekendepressie. Dat had ik, tot voor kort, denk ik. Maar recentelijk vond ik (gelukkig!) mijn passie voor het lezen terug en sindsdien ben ik voor de tweede keer verliefd op het geschreven woord. Ik verslind opnieuw boeken dat het geen naam kent.

Eén van de boeken die mij terugbracht naar de wereld van het boek, is ‘Het Smelt’ van Lize Spit. Een boek over opgroeien, over je eigen stem zoeken in een wereld waar er te vaak op voorhand bepaald wordt wat je wel en niet kan of mag, zonder rekening te houden met eigen kunnen en kracht. Een boek over je mannetje staan, over complexe relaties in een simpel dorpsmilieu met een soms nog simpelere dorpsmentaliteit. Over op ontdekking gaan naar meer. Over grenzen en het overschrijden hiervan. Een boek dat heerlijk vlot leest, met veel herkenbare oer-Vlaamse taferelen. Eentje dat regelmatig doet denken “Ah dat ken ik” en eentje dat ondanks de herkenbaarheid toch nog doet verbazen en bij de keel grijpt. Even slikken.

En dan weer naar het volgende boek, de volgende wereld.

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My 6 favourite apps

    1. Pinterest

      I like to get inspired by looking atillustrations, fashion outfits, DIY tricks, last make-up trends and dreamy interiors on Pinterest. There’s nothing I like more than creating a board that hold everything I want my future house to look like or making up lists of things that I feel are missing from my closet or make-up collection. I feel like it’s the app that allow you to dream.


    2. Goodreads
      As a book lover and list maker this app is a dream come true. It allows you to divide your book world in 3 different categories: Want to read ( a very long list), Have read, and Currently reading. I love this, because when I’ve finished a book, I can just check my ‘Want to read’ list and choose one that fits my mood. It’s also great to get inspired by friends and family because you can follow them and see what they’re reading and loving.


    3. LaLaLab

      I  discovered this app a few years ago and have been using it every since. The app allows you to print photo’s and polaroids, make albums and wall decorations, but what I use the app most for is to send postcards! Whenever I’m travelling, I know my friends and family love a good old-fashioned post card, but I absolutely hate the hassle of buying the card, find stamps somewhere, finding a mail box, etcetera, etcetera. By the time you’ve done all that, you no longer feel like writing a long, elaborate description on the card and all it will say is “Sunny greetings”. No, this method is absolutely hassle-free: you pick a photo on your phone (so it’s personalised!), you add the text, add the address and your credit details and for only 2 euros, the card is sent. And the good news is, it only takes a little less than a week to get to its destination.


    4. Calm

      Whenever I’m on the train or tram and  I’m too tired to read or I want to decompress from work, I get out the Calm app. It’s a meditation app that allows medidation from 3 minutes up to half an hour. So really, it doesn’t take up much time and it can make a world of difference in your mindset. You can choose different sounds and background that you find relaxing.


    5. KBC mobile

      When it comes to financial organisation, I like doing things quick and efficiently. It’s how I pay all our bills. This app (or any other bank’s app, probably) helps do just that! It’s also really handy when you’re in store somewhere and you realise you don’t have enough money on your account and you can transfer money while you’re waiting in line. Aaah, the ease.


    6. Yelp

      I find it really hard in a new city or country to know where the good places are to have a bite to eat or have a good piece of pie (you know me), but this app usually manages to find exactly what I’m looking for. The photo’s and ratings by other people are really handy to know what kind of place you’ve got on your hands. I know most people sometimes use a travel guide or tips and tricks from TripAdvisor or friends and family, but this app is really handy when you’re hungry RIGHT NOW, and you don’t want to be taking a bus across town, because it works with gps. Can you tell I get hangry sometimes? :) Foursquare is a good alternative too.


Must Watch – Brooklyn

Brooklyn, a movie from 2015 based on the book by Colm Toíbín, tells the story of a young woman moving to America from Ireland in the late 1950s and it describes the struggle between finding a happy place in the new country and homesickness for the older country, between new friends and family and the one on the others side of the ocean, between independence and the safety of home and between new found happiness and tradition. As always, Saoirse Ronan is a stunner, both literally and in her acting. Besides the obvious Irish accents, I really enjoyed this movie because of the time frame it is set in – the costumes are admirably vintage, which I love. Another movie that made me shed a little tear.

You can watch the trailer here.


Must Watch – Wonder

I don’t go to the movies often, but sometimes but I come across a movie trailer that convinces me to go and I fully immerse into the whole going to the theatre concept. A few weeks ago, we went to see Wonder, a movie about how being different doesn’t always have to be negative. If you’re born to stand out, you might as well use it for the better. As a Julia Roberts fan, I loved her performance but thought it rather odd to choose for Owen Wilson as the father figure; he surprised nonetheless. I think this movie is relatable to anyone, and it certainly brought me to tears. It makes you pause a little and think about they way you treat people – never underestimate the power of words.

Watch the trailer here.


A Must Watch – Big Little Lies

If there’s one series you should be binge-watching right about now, it’s Big Little Lies. Not only does the series feature some of my favourite actresses, it’s also an incredibly well put together set of episodes. The mini series only consists of 7 episodes, but in this short amount of tv space and time, it manages to intrigue and develop a set of characters that is nuanced enough to feel like the women are real people. You quickly get to empathising with the characters. On top of that, it deals with some serious topics and themes in a well-balanced manner: it’s just funny enough in its exaggerations that it becomes funny, but not too much so that it doesn’t touch the gravity of the subject. In short, it’s splendid. And the incredible music is just a bonus.