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?