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(15 jun) Sinds begin 2023 lees ik vrijwel alleen nog Engelstalige boeken in het fantasy-genre. Een van de gevolgen daarvan is dat ik geen geschreven leeservaringen meer maak. In plaats daarvan documenteer ik mijn ervaringen als lezer in videovorm. Hiertoe heb ik een YouTube-kanaal opgericht: @DutchGreyBeard


Hier doe ik verslag van mijn reis in het genre van de fantasy. Het archief van mijn geschreven leeservaringen blijft beschikbaar op deze website. Nieuwe content bestaat uit verwijzingen naar mijn video's op YouTube.

What's new on @DutchGreyBeard?

Reading Robin Hobb for the very first time


Nov 22



In January & February of this year I bought 19 books by Robin Hobb. Blindly trusting in the overall praise for her work on BookTube. Now, finally, I got around to reading her work for the very first time. 


In this video I share my thoughts on reading Assassin's Apprentice, the first book in The Farseer Trilogy.



Drastically thinning out my TBR for literature


Nov 18

Since my renewed preoccupation for Fantasy, my interest in literary fiction or non-fiction has waned dramatically. When I started to do a remake of my TBR bookshelf tour, I realized that I would probably never pick up many of the novels, essays or history books on these shelves. Ever! This prompted me to do a video on thinning out this TBR. There were originally 171 titles on my TBR for literature. Watch the video to see how many I managed to cut out.

72 Days of Reading


Nov 12

Moving away from the monthly wrap-up of what I've read. My reading pace simply is too slow to make a worthwhile video every month. I now make a wrap-up video whenever I feel I've read enough to share that with you. So, here's the first of XX Days of Reading video's.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne - Reading Experience


Nov 7

During my read of The Stone Sky (Book 3 of The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin) I wondered what it would be like to read one of the oldest fantasy/SF novels. So I impulsively bought two Jules Verne titles and read this one. Here's my reading experience of this work of art from 1864!

The Broken Earth Trilogy, N.K. Jemisin - Reading Experience


Nov 1

In this video I share my reading experience of the three books in The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin. There's a spoiler-free section and a spoiler section. 


0:00 Introduction

01:24 Spoiler-free section

09:13 Spoiler-section

The Emperor's Soul, Brandon Sanderson - Reading Experience


Oct 21

A spoiler-free reading experience of this small novella. I read this story at the beginning of October. This video shows you my edited thoughts.

Bookshelf Tour 1: Literature - Revisited


Oct 12

Back in April 2023 I made three bookshelf tour video's: 1) Literature, 2) TBR and 3) Fantasy/SF/Thrillers. This video is the first of the remakes of those 'ancient' ones. They were very shaky - one might get seasick watching it - and the sound quality is poor. 


It is important to me to give my viewers some background of myself as a reader. Even though this channel is mainly about Fantasy, that is not the genre I grew up in as a reader. 


In this revised bookshelf tour I cover all the literature I've read. This consists of roughly 1800 to 2000 titles. The content in this video is almost the same as the April-version, but it should give you a better viewing experience.

A modest book haul


Oct 3

As a result of being hit by the Fantasy-virus I bought 151 books in the first half of 2023. Now, in almost as many days in the second half of this year, I bought no more than 18 books. No, the virus is still So therefore: a modest book haul.