Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Review (re-read): To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)

Author:
Jenny Han
Started reading: October 21st 2020
Finished the book: November 22nd 2020
Pages: 421
Genres: YA, Romance
Published: August 7th 2014
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.15
My score:

Synopsis
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh.

As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Post #24

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Review: Fallen Heir (The Royals #4)

Author:
Erin Watt
Started reading: October 6th 2020
Finished the book: November 13th 2020
Pages: 300 / 07:50:13
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Published: August 28th 2017
Source: Storytel
Goodreads score: 3.88
My score:
Synopsis
These Royals will ruin you.
Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to. Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.
Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up. She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Two Short Stories #17


Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
Both are picture books by T.C. Bartlett and they're bot very different!

Let's dive right in.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

10 Books that Deserve More Hype

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

Today I'm doing the 10 Books that Deserve More Hype tag.

I will tell you about books that I loved and that deserve much more hype then what they are getting now.

Hopefully you'll discover some new books that pique your interest!

Feel free to join in on this tag, I'd love to know what books you would recommend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Review: Anxious People

Author:
Fredrik Backman
Started reading: October 4th 2020
Finished the book: October 20th 2020
Pages: 352
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery
Published: September 8th 2020
Source: E-book
Goodreads score: 4.36
My score:
Synopsis
This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

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

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

Yes! Autumn is here. I love the wind, the rain and the beautiful colors. I love the tastes that fit this season. I love sitting in a corner of the couch with a cup of tea and a good book. It's been amazing.

Sadly, things are getting worse again with COVID in the Netherlands. All restaurants and other fun things that were allowed, are closed again. I'm so sad, since I bought a lot of theatre tickets and I finally had the go from my doctor to play handball again.

I am very happy that I'm still allowed to work. The Primary Schools are still open. We, teachers, wear masks outside of our classrooms and the kids use hand gel. No parents in schools, no staff meetings and trying to do all the administrative tasks from home.

It's a weird world, but I try to still see friends, one at a time. I try to enjoy every day that I'm allowed to work, because I know not everybody gets to do that. I do hope we can all stay positive and see the small things that bring us joy.

Thanks for sticking with my blog and for reading!
Have a great month with loads beautiful Autumn days.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Review: In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow

Author:
Kenneth W. Harmon
Started reading: October 18th 2020
Finished the book: DNF
Pages: 352
Genres: Historical, War, Japan
Published: January 2nd 2020
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.49
My score:
Synopsis
When bombardier Micah Lund dies on a mission over Hiroshima, his spirit remains trapped in the land of his enemies. Dazed, he follows Kiyomi Oshiro, a war widow struggling to care for her young daughter, Ai. Food is scarce, work at the factory is brutal, and her in-laws treat her like a servant.

Watching Kiyomi and Ai together, Micah reconsiders his intolerance for the people he’d called the enemy. As his concern for the mother and daughter grows, so does his guilt for his part in their suffering. Micah finds a new reality when Kiyomi and Ai dream—one which allows him to interact with them. While his feelings for Kiyomi deepen, imminent destruction looms. Hiroshima is about to be bombed, and Micah must warn Kiyomi and her daughter. In a place where dreams are real, Micah races against time to save the ones he loves the most.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sunday Post #23

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Review: Tarnished Crown (The Royals, #3.5)

Author:
Erin Watt
Started reading: September 20th 2020
Finished the book: October 1st 2020
Pages: 192 / 4:45:00
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Novella
Published: August 18th 2017
Source: Storytel
Goodreads score: 3.61
My score:
Synopsis
Two years ago, one mistake cost Gideon Royal the girl of his dreams. Since then he’s become jaded and stoic, caught in a spiral that has him dealing with blackmail, heartache and loss. When he left for college, he hoped to start over. But fate has other ideas, placing Savannah Montgomery in his path again.

Savannah believes there’s no coming back from Gideon’s betrayal. He thinks she’s wrong.
Forgiveness. Hope. Redemption. Gideon has vowed to win back the only girl who owns his heart. And when a Royal makes a promise, he’ll go to the ends of the earth to keep it.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Two Short Stories #16


Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
Both of them are picture books with beautiful life lessons behind the story.
Let's dive right in.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Review: Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1)

Author:
Pierce Brown
Started reading: August 24th 2020
Finished the book: October 1st 2020
Pages: 382
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published: January 28th 2014
Source: Ebook
Goodreads score: 4.25
My score:
Synopsis
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Review: Perfect (Pretty Little Liars #3)

Author:
Sara Shepard
Started reading: September 13th 2020
Finished the book: September 27th 2020
Pages: 276
Genres: YA, Mystery
Published: September 1st 2007
Source: Books2Door
Goodreads score: 3.99
My score:
Synopsis
IN ROSEWOOD, PENNSYLVANIA, FOUR PERFECT-LOOKING GIRLS AREN'T NEARLY AS PERFECT AS THEY SEEM.

Aria can't resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can't keep her hands off anything that belongs to her sister.

Lucky me. I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it's hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say... or else!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday Post #22

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Review: Crusade in Jeans

Author:
Thea Beckman
Started reading: September 4th 2020
Finished the book: September 26th 2020
Pages: 307
Genres: Historical, YA, Adventure
Published: 1973
Source: Physical copy
Goodreads score: 4.03
My score:
Synopsis
Fifteen-year-old Dolf uses a prototype time machine and gets stuck in the Middle Ages. Trying to find his way back to the twentieth century, he joins a children's crusade of almost ten thousand children on their way to the Holy Land. Dolf helps the children defy the terrible mountains, conquer disease and fight evil knights. Slowly, Dolf begins to realize that the real danger does not lurk behind the next mountaintop, but rather within the crusade itself.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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

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

September is the month of my birthday. Sadly, it was a small party due to COVID. Numbers are going back up and up, so our government announced harsher rules last Monday. Less people together in close spaces, face masks and other things.

I'm very glad that schools can still be open for 100%. I had parent-teacher conversations this week and that was a lot of fun. I always enjoy talking about education and growth in children with them and their parents. I've been working hard this month and have read some nice books. I did some fun things like going out for dinner, since restaurants are open with 1.5 metres between tables.

I've not been playing handball, because my shoulder is injured. I've been working on that since June. I got the green light today that I can go for a training. I still have to take it easy, but things are looking good!

Thanks for sticking with my blog and for reading!
Have a great month with loads good books.

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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

Author:
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:
Synopsis
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)

Author:
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:
Synopsis
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:
Synopsis
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:
Synopsis
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

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Review: Echoes Between Us


Author:
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:

Synopsis
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)


Author:
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:

Synopsis
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)

Author:
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:

Synopsis
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)

Author:
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:

Synopsis
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

Author:
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:

Synopsis
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

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Review: Rain Will Come


Author:
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:



Synopsis
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..