Saturday, October 9, 2021

ABC Book Challenge Letter K

Today I'm going to continue the ABC Book Challenge. I'm on my way to the end of the alphabet! 

I've seen this Challenge on various blogs in all kinds of different ways. I hope you'll like the way I'm approaching this!

Feel free to join in.

Let's dive right in!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Two Short Stories #27


Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a short sci-fi coming of age story, and the other one is a picture book about viruses.

Let's dive right in.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

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

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

First; I want to thank all of you who supported me so much in my last month-post. I shared something very personal and was a bit scared to do that, but I won't regret it for a second after reading all your sweet comments.

This month has been a bit better. It's been with ups and downs. Sometimes I have to call in sick from work, because I have days that I'm just so, so tired. I've been doing some fun things, and I've been sporting. I do feel that I'm on my way back, but I'm not there yet!

At school things were a bit rough as well, because there was, for the first time since this pandemic started, a positive tested student. Then things went from bad to worse and we had to go into quarantaine with the whole class for 10 days. So I have been home-teaching for a bit. Luckily we've been going back to school for some days now.

Overall, this month has been so-so. I'm just very happy that fall is around the corner! It's getting a bit more chilly and the leaves start to fall. I can't wait for the nature to turn so beautiful with all those lovely colors.

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

🍂



Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday Post #33

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: The Anatomy of Desire

Author:
L.R. Dorn
Started reading: August 27th 2021
Finished the book: September 16th 2021
Pages: 320 / 08:14:14
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published: May 11th 2021
Source: Storytel
Goodreads score: 3.63
My score:
Synopsis
Claire Griffith seems to have it all, a thriving career, a gorgeous, successful boyfriend, a glamorous circle of friends. She always knew she was destined for more than the life her deeply conservative parents preached to her. Arriving in Los Angeles as a flat broke teenager, she has risen to become a popular fitness coach and social media influencer. Having rebranded herself as Cleo Ray, she stands on the threshold of achieving her most cherished dreams.

One summer day, Cleo and a young woman named Beck Alden set off in a canoe on a quiet, picture-perfect mountain lake. An hour later, Beck is found dead in the water, her face cut and bruised, and Cleo is missing. Authorities suspect foul play and news about Cleo’s involvement goes viral. Who was Beck and what was the nature of her and Cleo’s relationship? Was Beck an infatuated follower who took things too far? If Cleo is innocent, why did she run? Was it an accident? Or was it murder?

As evidence of Cleo’s secret life surfaces, the world begins to see just how hard she strived to get to the top— and how fast and far the fall is from celebrity to infamy.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Review: The Beast of London (Mina Murray #1)


Author: L.D. Goffigan
Started reading: August 20th 2021
Finished the book: September 8th 2021
Pages: 238
Genres: Fantasy, Vampires
Published: April 17th 2017
Source: Digital Copy from the author
Goodreads score: 3.77
My score:
Synopsis
Mina Murray once lived an adventurous life, but after a tragedy in the forests of Transylvania, she left it all behind. Now she has settled into a quiet routine as a schoolteacher in London, engaged to the respectable solicitor Jonathan Harker, attempting to fit into the stuffy upper class London society to which he belongs.

Her dark past comes careening into her present when Jonathan is abducted by a group of vampires from a society ball. Determined to rescue him, she teams up with her former paramour Abraham Van Helsing and his colleague, Scotland Yard Inspector John Seward.

As they pursue Jonathan’s abductors from England to the Low Countries and beyond, Mina realizes that Jonathan’s abduction is tied to a larger threat against humanity…

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

ABC Book Challenge Letter J


Today I'm going to continue the ABC Book Challenge. I'm on my way to the end of the alphabet! 

I've seen this Challenge on various blogs in all kinds of different ways. I hope you'll like the way I'm approaching this!

Feel free to join in.

Let's dive right in!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Review: Project Hail Mary

Author:
Andy Weir
Started reading: August 11th 2021
Finished the book: September 6th 2021
Pages: 481
Genres: Science Fiction, Space
Published: May 4th 2021
Source: E-book
Goodreads score: 4.55
My score:
Synopsis
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
His crew mates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Review: Later

Author:
Stephen King
Started reading: July 10th 2021
Finished the book: August 25th 2021
Pages: 248
Genres: Horror, Fiction, Thriller
Published: March 2nd 2021
Source: Storytel
Goodreads score: 4.04
My score:
Synopsis
The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine - as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King's classic novel IT, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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

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

The summer break is over. I've done a lot of fun things, and of course went on a trip to Italy. The first week was great, with loads of great camping sites and sunbathing with a book by the sea. We also met up over there with some friends who were also camping close by, so we decided to join them for a few days.

After the first week we wanted to camp for another week, but things didn't go as planned. And due to something that happened, I was traumatized and started having panic attacks and hyperventilation. I've been hospitalized in Italy twice, and things have just been very hard ever since. I've thought long and hard about sharing this, but I don't want to be fake-positive on my own blog. So yeah, it is what it is.

Back in The Netherlands I went to the doctor and psychologist right away. I'm feeling much better than 3 weeks ago and started working, too. 3 weeks ago, all I did was lay on the couch and I was also taking medication. I quit taking those pills after a week.
I'm glad to work and spend time with my students and after work I head home right away to relax, read a bit, maybe play some sports and most of all to SLEEP. Because getting better is taking a lot of my energy.

So yeah, not the most positive post ever. But I try to see things from the positive side, and I feel like I'm heading in the right direction!

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

😘



Friday, August 27, 2021

Review: All Fall Down (Helen Grace #9)

Author:
M.J. Arlidge
Started reading: July 31st 2021
Finished the book: August 19th 2021
Pages: 512
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Published: June 11th 2020
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.27
My score:
Synopsis
""You have one hour to live."" Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth... That someone is watching, waiting, ready to take your life in one hour. But why?
The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is one case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims. With no motive, no leads, no clues - nothing but pure fear - an hour can last a lifetime...

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Review: The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2)

Author:
Dan Brown
Started reading: June 17th 2021
Finished the book: August 9th 2021
Pages: 454
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Published: March 18th 2003
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 3.87
My score:
Synopsis
While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

ABC Book Challenge Letter I

Today I'm going to continue the ABC Book Challenge. I'm on my way to the end of the alphabet! 

I've seen this Challenge on various blogs in all kinds of different ways. I hope you'll like the way I'm approaching this!

Feel free to join in.

Let's dive right in!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Review: What She Found in the Woods

Author:
Josephine Angelini
Started reading: July 29th 2021
Finished the book: July 30th 2021
Pages: 400
Genres: YA, Mystery, Thriller
Published: December 1st 2020
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.96
My score:
Synopsis
This is Magda's last chance. Recovering from a scandal at her elite New York City private school that threw life into a tailspin, she is shipped off to live with her grandparents in the Pacific Northwest for the summer.
Medicated and uninspired, Magda spends her days in a fog wandering the forest behind the house. But then she stumbles upon Bo. He's wild and free, and he can see the real her. Magda starts believing she might be able to move on from her past and feel something again.

But there's more to this sleepy town than she thought. And what Magda finds in the woods near Bo's forest home is the beginning of a whole new nightmare...

Monday, August 9, 2021

Review: The Paladin (Saga of the Chosen #4)

Author:
Petra Landon
Started reading: July 24th 2021
Finished the book: July 29th 2021
Pages: 452
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Published: June 28th 2021
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.60
My score:
Synopsis
The explosive epiphany of their unique connection triggers the bondmates in different ways and simmering animosity drives a wedge between them. While their adversary and her shadowy sponsor get bolder, Tasia faces a tough decision.
The Alpha dredges up Vampire secrets to sow the seeds of dissension among the Clan, while Lady Bethesda struggles to right her ship. Sienna comes out, Temi makes a friend, the Blood Mages pick a side and ElMorad goes on a rampage. As more of the Oracle’s clues come to light, the investigation must make audacious moves and riskier bets, even work with the Guardians and other capricious partners, to checkmate their adversary. When a twist of fate forces Tasia to confront her worst nightmare, she has nothing to fall back on. As a multitude of threats converge on her, can Raoul shake off the chains of the past to help Tasia outrun her destiny?

Friday, August 6, 2021

Review: The Interludes: A Sexual Odyssey

Author:
J.K. Duval
Started reading: June 6th 2021
Finished the book: July 23rd 2021
Pages: 516
Genres: Erotic, Fiction
Published: July 17th 2017
Source: Physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.26
My score:
Synopsis
The Interludes, A Sexual Odyssey, is the fun sexy erotic novel for mature audiences. All the characters have only one thing in common, they’re all named Jordan. Whether they are women or men they share the same first name, but that’s where the similarities end. Seven different Jordans will take you along for almost every conceivable match-up in some seriously sexy locales.
From a beach-side cottage along the warm moonlit waters of Jamaica to a shower stall in London’s famed Claridge’s Hotel, across the hills of Tuscany to a magnificent 18 room oceanfront shingle style home on the western shores of Martha’s Vineyard, these are just a few of the places that will spread out before you on this journey of erotic discovery.
If you blush easily, you might want to look elsewhere for your night-table reading. Then again you may wish to share what’s behind this cover with someone you love and create your own sexual odyssey.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

ABC Book Challenge Letter H

Today I'm going to continue the ABC Book Challenge. I'm on my way to the end of the alphabet! 

I've seen this Challenge on various blogs in all kinds of different ways. I hope you'll like the way I'm approaching this!

Feel free to join in.

Let's dive right in!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Two Short Stories #26


Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a rhyming audiobook adventure and the other one is a romantic suspense short story.

Let's dive right in.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Review: 1984

Author:
George Orwell
Started reading: June 16h 2021
Finished the book: July 9th 2021
Pages: 298 / 12:17:45
Genres: Classics, Science Fiction, Literature
Published: June 8th 1949
Source: Storytel
Goodreads score: 4.19
My score:

Synopsis
The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia"—a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sunday Post #32

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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

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

The end of the schoolyear... This year, it's hard for me. In 6th Grade we say goodbye to the kids, that's when they head to High School. But this class is special to me. I was their teacher in 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Grade. Half of their time in Primary School was with me as their teacher. In a week, we'll have the final evening of the schoolyear, when we get together with the kids from my classroom, their parents and all the teachers. The kids will play a musical and after that we will take the time to say our goodbyes.

That's also the start of my Summer holiday! I'm looking forward to it. I'm tired and ready to re-charge for the next schoolyear to come. The Summer break is 5 weeks for teachers and 6 for the kids in The Netherlands.
I've planned some fun things already, because we're out of lockdown in Europe. So I've planned a trip with a friend and some lovely lunch and dinner meetings with friends.
I'm looking forward to sleeping in and reading books. If all goes according to play, I'm heading to Italy for a camping trip with my boyfriend.
So, yeah! Looking forward to it!


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

🌴




Sunday, June 27, 2021

Two Short Stories #25


Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a short story about a pack of bears and the other book is a picture book about loads of bad dad jokes.

Let's dive right in.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

ABC Book Challenge Letter G

Today I'm going to continue the ABC Book Challenge. I'm on my way to the end of the alphabet! 

I've seen this Challenge on various blogs in all kinds of different ways. I hope you'll like the way I'm approaching this!

Feel free to join in.

Let's dive right in!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Review: Mother May I

Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Started reading: May 12th 2021
Finished the book: June 9th 2021
Pages: 324 / 12:51:47
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Published: April 6th 2021
Source: Storytel
Goodreads score: 3.90
My score:


Synopsis
Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned by her single mother that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected her mother’s fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of: a loving lawyer husband, two talented teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.

Until the day she awakens and sees a witch peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.

Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school . . . just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday Post #31

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Review: Out of My Mind



Author: Sharon M. Draper
Started reading: May 29th 2021
Finished the book: June 6th 2021
Pages: 295
Genres: YA, Realistic Fiction
Published: March 9th 2010
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.37
My score:
Synopsis
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk.

She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever.

At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

ABC Book Challenge Letter F

Today I'm going to continue the ABC Book Challenge. I'm on my way to the end of the alphabet! 

I've seen this Challenge on various blogs in all kinds of different ways. I hope you'll like the way I'm approaching this!

Feel free to join in.

Let's dive right in!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Giveaway: Bookish Goodies (Part #2)

Yaaay! Finally, time for another Giveaway! It's almost Summer over here, so I decided to make someone happy with some goodies, like I get happy from the sun!

It's so much fun to hosts Giveaways.
This time, I have an amazing goodie-box for one of you, collected from all the bookboxes I've ordered over the years.

One of you is going to win the goodie box. Check below for more information!


Friday, June 4, 2021

Review: Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon #1)

Author:
Dan Brown
Started reading: April 26th 2021
Finished the book: May 28th 2021
Pages: 620
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Published: May 2000
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 3.91
My score:
Synopsis
When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered in a Swiss research facility, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man's chest. His baffling conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church.

In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair - a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican.

But with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, which leaves Langdon and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invisible enemy...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Review: The Brothers Three (The Blackwood Saga #1)



Author: Layton Green
Started reading: May 8th 2021
Finished the book: May 16th 2021
Pages: 330
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Published: March 14th 2017
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 3.96
My score:
Synopsis
All Will Blackwood ever wanted was a little adventure. A fantasy addict and apprentice contractor in New Orleans, struggling to make ends meet, he has long wished for an escape from the real world.

Late one night, he and his brothers receive a surprise inheritance: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue's bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. A man with strange powers shows up to take the sword, and the three brothers barely escape with their lives. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a magical key whisks them across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that Will accepts the truth about his family's past.

It seems Will Blackwood has found his adventure. But this isn't one of his fantasy novels, or a gaming campaign with friends. In his father's world, magic and monsters are real. Choices are life and death. And they have no idea how to get home . . .

Monday, May 31, 2021

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

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

This month has been great for me. I've done some super fun things, because slowly things start to open back up here in The Netherlands. We're allowed to sit outside at restaurants, so of course I did that.

We did a tour and eat with some friends and my boyfriend, where you drive a beautiful tour in The Netherlands and get yummy food at 5 different restaurants.

But the best part this month was with my classroom! I took our 5th and 6th Graders on a 3 day camping trip. They behaved so well and were super sweet all the time. It was a beautiful site with sand drifts (see picture below) and trees. At night they slept really well so we, with the attendants, actually got some sleep as well!

It was also the time of the Eurovision Song Contest, which I always love. This year especially since The Netherlands won in 2019 with Duncan Lawrence, so we were the ones to organize it this year! #proud

As you can see, this was a great month. It does mean I didn't read as much as I'm used to, but I was just so happy to do all these fun things.

The weather is starting to get great too, so I'm just happy, happy, happy.

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

🏕