Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sunday Post #19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Review: Burn

Patrick Ness
Started reading: June 7th 2020
Finished the book: June 29th 2020
Pages: 371
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: June 2nd 2020
Source: Received from a friend
Goodreads score: 4.00
My score:

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.
The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.
Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog.

Life is mostly back to normal here, and I'm so glad for it!
I was able to go for lunch, or dinner in a restaurant a couple of times and I do hope to go on a summer vacation somewhere in Germany or France.
We'll just take a nice little road trip with our tent and check where the sun is and go there. I'm very aware that life is not back to normal everywhere and I know a lot of bloggers who still have to work from home or are in lockdown. I really feel for you all! I do hope things will gradually get back to normal...

The school year is almost over! 3 more days of work and Summer Break will start. I have a 5th/6th Grade class this year. 6th Graders leave Primary School to go to High School, so they are allowed to perform a nice musical for the school and the parents. I'll be busy organizing that the next two nights.
On Friday we'll have a nice high tea together and I will wave them goodbye and wish them all the best for the years to come. It's usually a very emotional moment for the kids!

I hope you will all have a great summer, regardless where you're spending the time. I wish you loads of great books and sunshine!


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Review: The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3)

Katherine Arden
Started reading: May 29th 2020
Finished the book: June 19th 2020
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, History, Fairy Tale
Published: January 8th 2019
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.51
My score:

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1)

Erin Watt
Started reading: June 3rd 2020
Finished the book: June 16th 2020
Pages: 370 / 10:00:44 hours
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Published: April 4th 2016
Source: Audiobook
Goodreads score: 4.01
My score:

These Royals will ruin you… Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from. Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals. He might be right.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Two Short Stories #12

Today I will be highlighting two picture books.
One of them is a picture book about twins, you might recognize them if you've read my short stories posts before. The other one is a picture book about carrying a full backpack.

Let's dive right in.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review: Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga #4)

Stephenie Meyer
Started reading: April 19th 2020
Finished the book: June 4th 2020
Pages: 756
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Published: August 2nd 2008
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.69
My score:

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the date of two tribes hangs..

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sunday Post #18

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

May Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog.

Finally, things are starting to feel a little bit normal, especially because the schools in The Netherlands opened back up, which means that I could go back to work!
The government opened up the schools, with half of the kids in a classroom. That means I'm teaching 50% of my kids the one day, and the other 50% of the kids the next day.
This made me realize how much I've missed them and how much I've missed my job. I was inside the house all the time and I'm usually gone all the time. It feels good to be out the house every day and it gives me back a bit more of feeling like life is getting back to "normal". Next week all the restaurants will open, with half the customers and I'm going back to playing handball, so I feel very grateful.

I was able to read more, I could find the piece and quiet inside myself, so I'm happy about my blog posts this month. I decided to also pick up audiobooks again, since I felt like I missed that, now that I had to drive my car to work and back home again. That's usually the moment I love to listen to audiobooks.

Thanks for sticking with my blog and for reading!
Have a great month with loads of sunshine.


Friday, May 29, 2020

Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

James Dashner
Started reading: May 13th 2020
Finished the book: May 27th 2020
Pages: 384 / 12:42:09 hours
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Published: October 6th 2009
Source: Audiobook
Goodreads score: 4.02
My score:
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Everything is going to change. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Review: In the Glow of the Lavalamp: Stories of Bad Sex and Other Misfortunes

Author: Lily Wilson
Started reading: May 10th 2020
Finished the book: May 14th 2020
Pages: 184
Genres: Short Stories, Humor, Sex
Published: April 2nd 2017
Source: Got a physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
In the Glow of the Lavalamp delivers ten stories of sex gone hilariously wrong, set in the bathtubs, back seats, battlegrounds, and bedrooms of America. These tales confirm that bizarre is indeed the nature of the universe and humor may be the best path through it. A grad student rappels down the side of a building on a bed sheet in an attempt to escape shame. An unlikely couple destroys a family heirloom when desire careens out of control. A bumbling lothario nearly beheads his lover when his seduction plans go awry. A middle-aged woman finds herself entwined in a passionate embrace at a Civil War battlefield. Earnest people, hell-bent on believing that reality lies at the surface of things, scramble toward acceptance of their humanity as they stumble over the unspoken and unacknowledged.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Review: The Otto Digmore Decision (Otto Digmore #2)

Author: Brent Hartinger
Started reading: May 17th 2020
Finished the book: May 21st 2020
Pages: 253
Genres: New Adult, LGBT
Published: January 15th 2020
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.44
My score:
Otto Digmore is back, still trying to make it as an actor in Hollywood (despite his facial scars), but frustrated by all the schemers who'll stab you in the back to get ahead. But then Otto's good friend Russel Middlebrook sells a screenplay, a heist movie set in the Middle Ages — and Otto has been cast in an important supporting role! For twelve weeks, Otto and Russel will be on location together in England and Malta.
Problem is, once production is underway, it quickly becomes clear that the director is ruining Russel's script. If the movie ends up being the bomb that both Otto and Russel expect it to be, it could ruin both their Hollywood careers forever.

But Otto and Russel aren't willing to take that chance. Together, they hatch a crazy plan to make a good movie behind the director's back. But how far are they willing to go to save their careers? Are they willing to become exactly the kind of scheming backstabbers they always said they hated? And what if Otto and Russel disagree?

Monday, May 18, 2020

Review: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga #1)

Author: Andrew Peterson
Started reading: April 27th 2020
Finished the book: May 10th 2020
Pages: 304
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Published: March 18th 2008
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.30
My score:
Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled sister, Leeli, are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice. The Igibys hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers' groups are sure to enjoy discussing for its many layers of meaning. Extra features include new interior illustrations from Joe Sutphin, funny footnotes, a map of the fantastical world, inventive appendices, and fanciful line art in the tradition of the original Frank L. Baum Wizard of Oz storybooks.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Magazine Review: SOILED

Today I'm reviewing a magazine filled with short stories for children about architecture and the built environment. The magazine has 180 pages and I will shortly talk about each story in the magazine.

The overall look for this magazine is great. The red and blue and all the geometric shapes made it look very attractive.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Review: Down to the Woods (Helen Grace #8)

Author: M.J. Arlidge
Started reading: April 27th 2020
Finished the book: May 3rd 2020
Pages: 492
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Published: September 20th 2018
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.20
My score:
There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here...

DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings? Could the murders even be an offering to the Forest itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case yet.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday Post #17

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Two Short Stories #11

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is an action paced short story and the other book is a wordless picture book.

Let's dive right in.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Review: The Eternal Winter (Stone Keepers, #2)

Author: J.L. Trepanier
Started reading: March 15th 2020
Finished the book: May 2nd 2020
Pages: 352
Genres: Fantasy
Published: March 4th 2020
Source: Audiobook from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Elaro may have returned home to Agraxia with the Stone of Courage in hand, his mission publicly declared a success, but he knows the truth: he failed his team--and himself. All he has left to show from his journey to Valeria is one traumatized alchemist and a feral human child named Abel.

Now, Elaro has been tasked with turning that feral child from a skittish little boy into the legendary human warrior meant to save Terranum. Unfortunately, Abel is hiding a dark secret that may put all of Terranum in jeopardy.

Between dealing with Abel’s violent outbursts and with the mistakes from Valeria following him around like ghosts, Elaro must find a way to prepare his new human apprentice for the future journey to the Tower of the Heavens— if he can trust him— without losing his own soul in the process.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog.

I'm SO glad that April is over. Usually I'm so happy that Spring is here, and I'll buy flowers and make sure my garden is Summer-proof.
But this month was overshadowed by the home-teaching stuff and I started out rocking it. While it dragged on, I just ended up hating it and it totally sucked me from all my energy.

When I heard that the schools are opening here in The Netherlands on May 11th, I was SO happy. I can't wait to see the kids again. It is going to be with only half classes, but I want to feel like a teacher again. I'm actually not home now, but staying at my boyfriends place, because I've been in my own house for the past 6 weeks, working and trying to relax. The change of scenery is very welcome.

I have vacation now and I feel like I'm getting back my energy. I can find the peace and quiet in myself to pick up books again. I've received 3 beautiful vases full of flowers from different parents. The Spring-weather is here. And even though I would make a trip to Iceland, that is canceled now, I feel good. I can't go outside and do the things I love, like visiting a zoo, a cinema, a restaurant or just getting the car and take a road trip. I just feel energized again by the news that I can finally do my job again.

So sorry for this rant, but I think you should all know why it's a bit quiet on my blog. But I feel like I'm back, like I'm getting back into the game!
May is going to be great!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Review: The Siren (Saga of the Chosen #3)

Author: Petra Landon
Started reading: April 4th 2020
Finished the book: April 24th 2020
Pages: 472
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Published: March 30th 2020
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.50
My score:
Tasia is finally at home in San Francisco. Surrounded by powerful friends and like-minded allies, she's finding her feet in the Pack, contributing to the investigation and feeling her way with the fiercely guarded and daunting Alpha. But she has a major decision to make, one that goes to the root of who she is and the chains of history that hold her future hostage to the past.

The Oracle's interpretation of his prophecy raises uncomfortable questions about the allegiances of powerful Chosen. Lady Bethesda’s attempts to entice Faoladh to her side, the shadowy presence of an Archmage, the growing role of a powerful Vampire Master and the latent fissures among the Ancients force the team to reconsider their strategy. But a devastating bombshell tears apart a rock-solid partnership, just as Tasia is ready to break the shackles that bind her. As the past comes home to roost, the Alpha must grapple with the darkness he holds at bay. Can the Alpha conquer his demons or will the past color the present?

Friday, April 24, 2020

My Life In Books - Tag

This is a book-tag that I've seen a while ago on another Book Blog.
Since I did not yet finish any books and won't be able to write reviews, I decided to participate so I have something to write a Blogpost about! :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Review: The Nightingale

Author: Kristin Hannah
Started reading: March 8th 2020
Finished the book: April 10th 2020
Pages: 440
Genres: Historical, Fiction, War, Adult
Published: February 3rd 2015
Source: Received the book as a gift
Goodreads score: 4.57
My score:
In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Review: The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2)

Author: Katherine Arden
Started reading: March 17th 2020
Finished the book: April 10th 2020
Pages: 363
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Fairy Tale
Published: December 5th 2017
Source: Bought the book
Goodread score: 4.37
My score:
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.
Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday Post #16

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Two Short Stories #10

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
They are both books that contain around 80 pages. One feels like a fairy tale about a far away kingdom called Grape and the other is a horror like book that takes place in space.

Let's dive right in.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog.

This month is so weird... Of course the whole world is in the corona-virus grasp, including me. My work changed so much and teaching from home in 5th/6th grade is pretty hard.
I feel like I have to be "online" all day, so my reading wasn't as much as I'd hoped this month.

I also feel like I'm neglecting some important people in my life, like my grandma. It's just too dangerous to visit her now.
My mind can't even grasp what's going on... I can't imagine how the kids in my classroom are feeling.
All fun things I had planned this month were canceled. My handbal season is canceled, including training sessions. So I'm currently running a lot outside.
I do get a friend over sometimes, just one at a time and I cook dinner for them. 

We're not in total lock-down here in The Netherlands. But life changed a lot. You have to clean your hands and your cart when you go into the supermarket and only 70 people can go in at a time...

Tonight there will be a broadcast from the prime-minister, deciding if the schools are staying closed after April 6th. I'm already expecting that to happen, to be honest.

I hope things are well at your side of the screen.
That you and your family are safe and healthy.
Don't forget to read a good book now and then, I'm trying to do the same.

Stay healthy. Stay safe.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Booktag: Unhaul #3

A while ago I did an unhaul. Since I keep adding books to my TBR, but never remove any, I decided to do another unhaul.

My TBR is so big, that it sometimes scares me. I decided to visit my own Goodreads shelves and to TRY and unhaul 10 books.

Please feel free to participate and unhaul some of your books. I'd love to know what books you decided to unhaul!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr
Started reading: January 31st 2020
Finished the book: March 11th 2020
Pages: 531
Genres: Historical, War, Fiction
Published: May 6th 2014
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 4.33
My score:
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Two Short Stories #9

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
They are both picture books, the thing is: One is for children and the other one for adults!

Let's dive right in.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In The Classroom #1: Alaska

Author: Anna Woltz
Started reading: Start of the school year
Finished the book: March 10th 2020
Pages: 184
Genres: Middle School
Published: October 6th 2016
Source: School Library
Goodreads score: 4.19
My score:
On the first day of school Sven is sure about it; he needs to pull of a brilliant stunt. Otherwise he will be that pathetic boy from class 1B. Parker just wants to be invisible. She just had the worse summer of her life and doesn't trust anybody. She then finds out that Alaska, who was her dog first, now lives with Sven, as his assistance dog. During the day, Parker doesn't want any contact with Sven, so she only has one choice left. If she ever wants to see Alaska again, she has to do it during the night.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: Between Us

Author: Mari Suggs
Started reading: February 20th 2020
Finished the book: March 8th 2020
Pages: 326
Genres: Romance
Published: March 24th 2020
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Conformist Emma Clark is unsatisfied with her life. She hasn't written in years and feels trapped in the same humdrum routine with her three best friends from college. She wants something new, but she doesn't know how to break free from her predictable existence.

When she meets Danny Watkins, an enigmatic businessman, Emma is pulled along on a new adventure. There's only one problem: Danny is going through a nasty divorce and there's only one person he's looking out for. Himself.

They quickly become friends as Danny inspires Emma to face the blank page again, and she helps him restore his farmhouse. But when love blooms, they both have to ask, what are they willing to give up for the sake of love?