Sunday, September 27, 2020

Booktag: Unhaul #4

It's been 6 months since 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!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Review: Verity

Colleen Hoover
Started reading: September 5th 2020
Finished the book: September 12th 2020
Pages: 324
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Published: December 7th 2018
Source: Ebook
Goodreads score: 4.33
My score:
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Two Short Stories #15

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a short story taking place at Wall Street and the other one is a romantic cowboy story.

Let's dive right in.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Review: Fierce Girls (Fierce Girls at War #1)

Mike Adams
Started reading: August 25th 2020
Finished the book: September 11th 2020
Pages: 252
Genres: Science Fiction, Action
Published: January 29th 2018
Source: Audiobook from the author
Goodreads score: 3.64
My score:
The story of the alien Rift invasion of the New Hope Colony begins on Earth in 2122 when all too familiar problems and events cause a chain reaction that will have repercussions on two worlds. Fleeing for their lives and to protect his family Navy, Lieutenant Paul “Rick” O'Brien and Marine Staff Sergeant Susan Mollison “Molly” Bennett will have to board a starship for the long voyage to Earth's first extrasolar colony under new identities. There they will join the Colonial Rangers, the international military force designed to protect the colonists from the planet’s ferocious predators, not to deter an alien invasion.

The female-loving Logistics officer O’Brien and superb marksman and the courageous Marine recon squad leader form an unbreakable bond forged under fire that will serve them well as events unfold around them. The circumstances that send them to the New Hope Colony will also have a profound effect on the other members of the O'Brien/Cassidy family and especially Rick's daughter Ciara as well as on the colony where they find refuge.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Review: Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre: A Collection of Short Horror Stories

Author: Kevin J. Kennedy
Started reading: August 29th 2020
Finished the book: September 2nd 2020
Pages: 93
Genres: Horror, Short Stories
Published: November 17th 2019
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.41
My score:
After the success of Kennedy’s first collection, Dark Thoughts, he brings you Vampiro and Other Strange Tales of the Macabre. This one contains stories inspired by TV shows from his youth, such as ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ ‘Eerie India,’ ‘The Twilight Zone’ & ‘The Outer Limits.’ Inside, you will find tales of a carnival vampire, a town overtaken by a special kind of Easter bunnies, tales of the insane, a journey through Hell at Christmas time, and many other shorts to make your hair stand on end. Some are funny, some are gross and some touch upon the evil of your fellow man.

Come and join us, but be warned… you may never want to leave.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Review: The Storm Sister (The Seven Sisters #2)

Author: Lucinda Riley
Started reading: August 2nd 2020
Finished the book: August 25th 2020
Pages: 608
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
Published: March 22nd 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.27
My score:
Ally D'Aplièse is about to compete in one of the world's most perilous yacht races, when she hears the news of her adoptive father's sudden, mysterious death. Rushing back to meet her five sisters at their family home, she discovers that her father - an elusive billionaire affectionately known to his daughters as Pa Salt - has left each of them a tantalising clue to their true heritage.

Ally has also recently embarked on a deeply passionate love affair that will change her destiny forever. But with her life now turned upside down, Ally decides to leave the open seas and follow the trail that her father left her, which leads her to the icy beauty of Norway...

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sunday Post #21

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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Review: Echoes Between Us

Katie McGarry
Started reading: August 6th 2020
Finished the book: August 23rd 2020
Pages: 384
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Published: January 14th 2020
Source: Ebook
Goodreads score: 4.18
My score:

Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose--can they conquer their demons together?

Monday, August 31, 2020

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

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

I've been pondering if I'd tell you this for a long time... but I decided that, in order to connect to my readers, I'd like to open up a bit more. I'm gonna start off by saying that August is not my favorite month ever. I lost my dad 2 years ago on August 30th. I've not said anything during that period, because my blog also felt like a way out, where no one knew what was going on and I wasn't the girl that lost her dad. Now, I had a rough week last week, because last week my grandmother died. She sadly lost her battle against cancer, she's been fighting for 4 months, but treatments were too harsh on her and didn't help the way we'd hoped...

I've seen a lot of bloggers opening up about things they go through in life, and I feel like I can connect if I go through similar things. It's been a tough week and August is a tough month since my father's death and now my grandmothers death and I always feel glad when August is over.
I'm a very happy person, that tries to see the good things in life, so my month-posts are usually laced with things that were fun and maybe a little rant about the weather. I wanted to share more personal things to show that my life is not only sunshine, but it does rain sometime!

Over to the fun parts of this month. I had a week of vacation left and really had time to relax and do all the things I love. Then I had a week of making arrangements for the school year, like decorating my classroom. On August 17th, the schools opened up here for the new school year and I've been having so much fun. My 5th/6th grade class has 27 learners in it and they work hard and are very social. We're having fun every day, because I'm reading Harry Potter!

So there ya go, this is my month, with me opening up, which I hope you can appreciate. Have a great September (the month of my own, my mother's and my brothers birthday!). I hope your month is filled with good books.


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3)

Erin Watt
Started reading: July 2nd 2020
Finished the book: August 22nd 2020
Pages: 370 / 10:03:47
Genres: Romane, New Adult
Published: October 17th 2016
Source: Audiobook from library
Goodreads score: 3.97
My score:

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all. They may be right.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Review: Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1)

Anne McCaffrey
Started reading: July 10th 2020
Finished the book: August 4th 2020
Pages: 299
Genres: Fantasy
Published: July 1968
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.09
My score:

To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . .

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Two Short Stories #14

Today I will be highlighting two picture books. One of them is a book in the Carefree Ollie series. The other one is a picture book about Sticky Brains...

Let's dive right in!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Review: Lost in Amber (An Out of This World Paranormal Romance #1)

Esther Rabbit
Started reading: July 20th 2020
Finished the book: July 29th 2020
Pages: 364
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Published: January 17th 2019
Source: Digital copy from author
Goodreads score: 4.18
My score:

She just wanted to mope over her breakup, but the universe had other plans for Zoey Mills.

Twenty-four year old Zoey is at that particular point in her life when everything seems to be going sideways. Over the course of one week her boyfriend breaks up with her and she finds out she’s been genetically altered with enhancements foreign to her world.
Jasper’s first earthbound mission seemed simple enough: clean up the mess the former Interplanetary ambassador left behind, retrieve the altered survivors and capture the scientist who went rogue.

Meeting her changed and challenged everything he’d ever known.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Review: Single in Southeast Texas

Gretchen Johnson
Started reading: July 15th 2020
Finished the book: July 19th 2020
Pages: 203
Genres: Humor, Romance
Published: August 14th 2017
Source: Physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:

Gretchen Johnson gives a sensitive and humorous account of dating in Southeast Texas. Paige, the heroine of the novel, is a young, recently divorced transplant from Minnesota and a professor of English Literature at Lamar University. She's fascinated by the culture(s) of her adopted state and trying to find a suitable mate. Her "take" on singleness and the dating scene in Beaumont is alternately witty, hopeful, resigned, and philosophical. The dozen men Paige dates are as real as any of J.D. Vance's hillbillies and as individualized as the folks old Studs Terkel used to interview. Her attitude toward Texas is overall optimistic, though she's aware of the racism, sexism, and classism which her students, her would-be lovers, and at times she herself see as simply natural. Johnson has a poet's keen eye and ear, and something of Sarah Silverman's sense of humor.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sunday Post #20

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, August 7, 2020

Review: Rain Will Come

Thomas Holgate
Started reading: July 12th 2020
Finished the book: July 15th 2020
Pages: 301
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published: April 1st 2020
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.93
My score:

Paul Czarcik, the longest-tenured detective in the Illinois Bureau of Judicial Enforcement, puts the rest of the team to shame. Ruthless and riddled with vices, Czarcik always gets his man. And fast. Until now…

A double slaying isn’t the open-and-shut case of urban crime he’s used to. Connecting it to a high-profile Texas judge, Czarcik realizes something bigger is going on. It’s the work of a serial killer for whom Chicago is just the beginning. Now he’s inviting Czarcik to play catch-me-if-you-can on a cross-country murder spree.

Going rogue, Czarcik accepts the challenge. But as the bodies pile up, he must come to grips with the fact that nothing—not the killer, the victims, or the rules—is what it seems in this bloody game of cat and mouse..

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

GIVEAWAY: 17 Fantasy Novels and a Kindle Fire 7

Welcome, welcome, dear readers.
Welcome to the blog!
Today I'm happy to announce an amazing Giveaway that contains 17 Fantasy Novels and a brand new Kindle Fire 7!

This Giveaway is by Abby Arthur, author of Twins of Shadow.
The prizes are in a Giveaway that is running for 4 weeks.
You get 4 chances to win and every entrant will receive a Free Copy of the book Twins of Shadow.

Read this post to find out more!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Review: Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders #1)

Viveca Sten
Started reading: July 8th 2020
Finished the book: July 11th 2020
Pages: 387
Genres: Mystery, Fiction, Crime
Published: October 1st 2015
Source: Borrowed the book
Goodreads score: 3.69
My score:

On a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.

Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident—until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast. But this time it is Berggren’s cousin, whom Thomas interviewed in Stockholm just days before.

As the island’s residents reel from the news, Thomas turns to his childhood friend, local lawyer Nora Linde. Together, they attempt to unravel the riddles left behind by these two mysterious outsiders—while trying to make sense of the difficult twists their own lives have taken since the shared summer days of their youth.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

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

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

I'm in the middle of my summer vacation and I'm LOVING it. I have all the time to relax and do all the things I love; reading, gaming, diamond painting, meeting friends.
I've been to the Czech Republic for 12 days and that was lovely as well. It's a beautiful country and we were in nature a lot. We have been hiking and it was the perfect vacation, because I didn't want to be in crowded places, so it all worked out.
I have another 1,5 week of vacation and after that I'll prep the classroom for the new school year. I'm excited about that. I really hope a second COVID wave will not hit us and the schools can stay open this school year.

I hope you're having a great summer.
Stay safe, stay healthy, keep reading!


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Two Short Stories #13

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a romantic short story and the other one is an adult erotical novel.

Let's dive right in.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Review: The Wrongful Death (The Great Devil War #3)

Kenneth B. Andersen
Started reading: June 24th 2020
Finished the book: July 7th 2020
Pages: 317
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published: April 19th 2019
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.24
My score:

An unfortunate chain of events makes Philip responsible for the untimely death of the school bully Sam—the Devil’s original choice for an heir. Philip must return to Hell to find Sam and bring him back to life, so that fate can be restored. But trouble is stirring in Lucifer’s kingdom and not even Philip can imagine the strange and dark journey that awaits him. A journey that will take him through ancient underworlds and all the way to Paradise.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Review: Broken Prince (The Royals, #2)

Erin Watt
Started reading: June 17th 2020
Finished the book: July 1st 2020
Pages: 370 / 08:50:43 hours
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Published: July 25th 2016
Source: Audiobook from library
Goodreads score: 4.06
My score:

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

Friday, July 10, 2020

I'm Gone! (for 2 weeks)

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

I'm so glad that I'm able to go on a nice camping trip with my BF, I know not everybody is that fortunate yet with the current health situation.
It's been raining in The Netherlands for over a week, so we put our tent in the car and are going to drive towards the sun. We've checked different countries on the situation with COVID-19 so we know what countries we can visit.
Our plan is to drive towards Czech Republic and we'll be gone for two weeks.

Stay safe, enjoy your summer.
I'll speak to you all in two weeks!

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

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.

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.