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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?

Why do readers personify characters with the author?


Feb 25



Watching booktubers, I occasionally stumble upon phrases that intrigue me. That happened the other day when I watched this video ( by


I highly respect her content, but this one inspired me to go into this question why some readers personify one or more characters with the author. 


This video is purely meant to be food for discussion, and not to convince anyone of my take on this subject.



The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time, 12), Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson - Reading Experience


Feb 22



I am nearing the end of reading The Wheel of Time. This took me more than a year. Yet in all that time I did only one dedicated video on this amazing series. Which is kind of strange, as this is the series that got me back into reading fantasy. So, it’s about time I give The Wheel of Time more attention. I’ll be reviewing the final three books in the series separately, starting today with The Gathering Storm.

My Worst Nightmare!


Feb 17


Recently I was peacefully minding my own business, which in my case means, reading a good book, until something absolutely awful happened. Something you do not wish to happen to any reader, especially not yourself.

43 Days of Reading


Feb 14


This is my 3rd episode of 'X Days of Reading', covering the 43 days between December 27 and February 8.


The books are: The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett / The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle / A Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett / Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb / What If This Is Heaven? - Anita Moorjani  / Biography Etty Hillesum - Judith Koelemeijer / The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson / Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey

The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb


Feb 10


In this video I share my reading experience of the first trilogy in Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings: The Farseer Trilogy.

My New Background


Feb 7


Lots of books passing by in this short video, but I don't speak about their content. This is just a brief glimpse behind the scenes, about me creating a nice background for my video's. 


And... rare footage of me doing physical labor. 

1 Year Into My Fantasy Journey


Feb 5


Every 4 months I look back on my journey into the genre of Fantasy. Started on January 13 2023 untill February 1st 2024 I can recap my first year of experiencing this amazing genre of books. 


This is my third update on this journey.



Upon reaching 1000 subs!


Feb 1


When I started this channel, I had no idea what to expect. Now, a little over 9 months in, the magical threshold of 1.000 subscribers has been crossed. A brief thank you to all who have made this happen!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams - Reading Experience (with spoilers)


Jan 31


I started reading this 'trilogy of five' on August 4 in 2023 and finished it on December 13. My feelings about this very popular series are mixed, to say the least. In this video I explain why I experienced enormous differences between each book and within each book as well.

On the side: The Power of Fiction


Jan 28


This channel is about my journey as a reader into the genre of fantasy. I used to mainly read literature and still have very fond memories of many books I read in the past. So, every now and then I'll take a trip down memory lane. As I am not talking about Fantasy in these video's, I'll call them ‘On the side’.  They are kind of a side dish next to my fantasy journeying. 


In this 'On the side' I illustrate the immense power of fiction. This I will do through a novel by Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery.

My (very first) Top 10 Fantasy Series


Jan 23


Even though I am relatively new to the genre, I've made my very first top 10 of fantasy series. In this list you will find a couple of series that hardly anyone talks about on BookTube. Forgotten gems, in my humble opinion.