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?

Friday, March 6, 2020

Review: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga #3)

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Started reading: January 26th 2020
Finished the book: March 6th 2020
Pages: 629
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Published: August 7th 2007
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.69
My score:
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Saturday, February 29, 2020

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

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

This month I had a lovely vacation and last week the kids went to school again.
This was also the first week that I worked 5 days instead of 4. I had a lot of fun with the kids, they are so sweet and it's a lovely classroom to work with. It's just not my ideal situation...

I also bought 4 cute fishies, and I hope they already feel home now!

I did some fun things this month, like going to the cinema and having dinners and lunches with friends and family. 

Overall it was just a lovely month with work, relaxing, sporting, reading, pets and doing all kinds of fun stuff!

I hope you had a great month as well and I wish you an amazing March.
I'm SO ready for Spring!


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Review: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer
Started reading: February 1st 2020
Finished the book: February 19th 2020
Pages: 453
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Retelling
Published: November 8th 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.05
My score:
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Post #15

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, February 21, 2020

Two Short Stories #8

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a picture book about letters and reading, and the other book is a tropical story about a Tasmanian Tiger.

Let's dive right in!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Review: Frozen Secrets (Europa Academy, #1)

Author: Myles Christensen
Started reading: January 24th 2020
Finished the book: February 19th 2020
Pages: 298
Genres: Science Fiction, Middle Grade
Published: January 25th 2020
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.23
My score:
Thirteen-year-old Max Parker is a grounded Earthling with the soul of a space explorer. So when he learns his family is relocating to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, he readily agrees to stay out of trouble. But his promise is soon forgotten, and his snooping lands him on a shuttle doomed for a fiery disintegration.

Convinced someone sabotaged the craft to cover up the theft he witnessed, Max digs into the incident. What else could they be hiding? Dodging a series of deadly accidents, he follows the clues to an abandoned outpost and discovers a secret that could blow the lid off a moon-wide conspiracy. Can he solve the mystery before his interplanetary escapade gets him killed?

Saturday, February 15, 2020

I Want To ... But I Don't - Book Tag

Welcome, Welcome dear readers.
Welcome to the blog!

I'm sorry for going AWOL the last few weeks. Life has been BUSY! Fun, but busy. I had to work more, because one of the teachers at my school is sick, and this is going to take longer, so I'll be working 5 days a week the next couple of weeks. I also played in 3 handball teams, since 2 teams needed substitutes. It was a lot of fun, but instead of reading the evenings, I was playing handball. Then I went away for a weekend trip two weekends in a row; to Bottrop and Paris!
So now you know where I've been! 
I have a week vacation now, so I plan to catch up with all of you guys. I can't wait to read your comments and to read your blogs and comment over there as well.
I have been reading, but did not finish a book yet. I'm currently reading 4 books and all are round 60%-80% done. So prepare for some reviews next week.

For today I'm doing the "I Want To ... But I Don't" Book Tag. Originally created by Jamishelves
This tag is about books that you see a lot and books that are on your TBR, and you (maybe) want to read them, but for no specific reason you did NOT read them yet... Ya get me?

Let's dive right in!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review: Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2)

Author: Sara Shepard
Started reading: January 22nd 2020
Finished the book: January 30th 2020
Pages: 330
Genres: YA, Mystery
Published: March 26th 2007 
Source: Books2Door
Goodreads score: 3.94
My score:
Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. And Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is literally making her sick. But the most horrible secret of all is something so scandalous it could destroy their perfect little lives.

And someone named "A" is threatening to do just that. At first they thought A was Alison, their friend who vanished three years ago . . . but then Alison turned up dead. So could A be Melissa, Spencer's ultracompetitive sister? Or Maya, who wants Emily all to herself? What about Toby, the mysterious guy who left town right after Alison went missing?

One thing's for certain: A's got the dirt to bury them all alive, and with every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message A sends, the girls get a little closer to losing it all.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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

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

The first month of this new year is over already. Time is flying, when you're having fun, you know... 
I'm actually not that sad that January is over, because I'm so READY for Spring! Winter in The Netherlands is just rain and storm... I can't wait for the sun to shine more than 2 hours a week and for it to be light outside when my alarm clock blares me awake at 6.30 AM.

It's pretty busy at school, because my 6th Graders will leave Primary School after July and that's a lot of work. Taking tests, decide what level they continue on and having conversations with all the parents. We're also on strike today and tomorrow, because in The Netherlands the classes are too full and there are just not enough teachers.
I can't wait for it to be vacation, that's two more weeks, so we can all rest and recharge!

I had a great reading month and I expect February to be nothing less. I'm doing loads of buddy reads this month and I'm excited for the books that I have scheduled!

I hope you're having a great month!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: After the Flood

Author: Kassandra Montag
Started reading: December 26th 2019
Finished the book: January 24th 2020
Pages: 432
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction
Published: September 3rd 2019
Source: Kindle Copy
Goodreads score: 3.75
My score:
A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Arctic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Post #14

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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1)

Author: Katherine Arden
Started reading: January 1st 2020
Finished the book: January 20th 2020
Pages: 323
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Fairy Tale
Published: January 10th 2017
Source: Bought the Ebook
Goodreads score: 4.12
My score: 
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review: The Mask of Sanity

Author: Jacob M. Appel
Started reading: December 29th 2019
Finished the book: January 1st 2020
Pages: 256
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Published: March 31st 2017
Source: Physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.00
My score:
On the outside, Dr. Jeremy Balint is a pillar of the community--the youngest division chief at his hospital, a model son to his elderly parents, fiercely devoted to his wife and two young daughters. On the inside, Dr. Jeremy Balint is a high-functioning sociopath, a man who truly believes himself to stand above the ethical norms of society. As long as life treats him well, Balint has no cause to harm others. When life treats him poorly, he reveals the depths of his cold-blooded depravity.

In contrast to fictional predecessors like Dostoyevesky's Raskolnikov and Camus's Mersault, Dr. Balint is a man who already has it all--and will do everything in his power, no matter how immoral, to keep what he has.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Post #13

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.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

My Top 19 Books of 2019

Lists, lists, lists. I just LOVE lists. Who doesn't?! I've been excited to post my Top 19 Books of 2019 since the start of December, when I knew I would post this!

With this final list I hope to recommend some awesome books that you maybe haven't read. Want to know what I loved the book so much? You can click the cover to go to the full review!

I hope you'll find some nice books to read this year. Have fun reading this list and have a great 2020! This is my top 19 of 2019:

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Review: The Horror Collection: White Edition

Author: Kevin J. Kennedy and others
Started reading: December 27th 2019
Finished the book: December 27th 2019
Pages: 115
Genres: Horror, Short Stories
Published: October 22nd 2019
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.26
My score:
Book 4 in KJK Publishing’s The Horror Collection series is a Christmas edition.

Bringing you festive treats and Yuletide chills:

Mark Tufo, Amy Cross, Mark Allan Gunnells, Mark Cassell, Lex H. Jones, Chris Miller, Steven Stacy, James Matthew Byers & Kevin J. Kennedy

We hope your Christmas is both wonderful and terrifying.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: December 8th 2019
Finished the book: December 26th 2019
Pages: 648
Published: September 1st 2015
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 4.57
My score:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

3 Year Blogiversary: Book Of Choice GIVEAWAY

It has been 3 years already. Time is flying when you're having fun! Since I started this blog, I've never regretted it. I'm so grateful for every person that visits my blog, reads my post and leaves a comment. I'm grateful for the authors that put faith in me and request a review.

I want to give a shout out to the authors I frequently work with and the bloggers that visit my blog regularly! YES YOU, GUYS! Thanks so much for showing the love! All the comments and people that read my blog, that's what I keep doing it for. 

I hope there are more years to come and to show my gratitude and to celebrate my 3rd year, I will giveaway 1 paperback book, just like I did last year and the year before that. I'd love to keep up the tradition.

Read this blogpost for some cool statistics about my blog and to find out more about the giveaway!