Thursday, June 30, 2022

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

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

Another month has flown by. Mostly a month with moving for us. We got the key to our new house on June 1st. A lot of cleaning and painting has been done and we've been slowly moving in.
The bedroom, bathroom and kitchen are left to be moved and after that we're finally done with moving. It will probably be next week or the week after and on July 18th I will hand over the key from my old house.

I'm really happy with our new house, it's so big, with a lovely garden and a home library for me. I can imagine already that we will have amazing years there. Hopefully we have the time and money to maybe go a few days on a vacation this summer (we're both so tired), but we will see.

I'm also applying for new jobs at my new hometown and have been having conversations with the libraries that work together with schools. If I get the job, I will have the best of both worlds! Working with kids and with books. I will know a bit more in a month, when I will visit the library and have a conversation about the job.

As of my own health, days have been up and down, weeks have been up and down, but I'm still here.

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


Monday, June 27, 2022

Review: Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: June 5th 2022
Finished the book: June 14th 2022
Pages: 992
Genres: Fantasy
Published: October 8th 2019
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.61
My score:
Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Review: Sacrifice

Author: Sharon Bolton
Started reading: May 30th 2022
Finished the book: June 19th 2022
Pages: 384
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published: June 9th 2009
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.91
My score:
In this masterful debut that starts off as a mystery and becomes much more, Tora Hamilton is an outsider at her new home on the rocky, wind-swept Shetland Islands, a hundred miles from the northeastern tip of Scotland. Though her husband grew up here, it’s the first time he’s been back in twenty years. Digging in the peat on their new property, Tora unearths a human body, at first glance a centuries-old bog body, interesting but not uncommon. But realizing that the body is in fact much newer, that the woman’s heart has been cut out and that she was killed within a few days of bearing a child, Tora, herself an obstetrician, becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her—even when the police, her colleagues and eventually her husband warn her against getting involved.
Sacrifice is a bone-chilling, spell-binding debut that will grip readers from its beginning to its startling end.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Review: Rose Petal Graves (The Lost Clan #1)

Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Started reading: May 23rd 2022
Finished the book: June 8th 2022
Pages: 368
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published: March 29th 2017
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.75
My score:
I wasn't the type of girl who believed in fairytales, much less tales about faeries, but that changed the day the fae walked into my life.

Staying away from my lakeside hometown was the plan, but Mom died suddenly. Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient Native American graves in our backyard. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals. As we made preparations for her burial, unnervingly odd and beautiful newcomers poured into my small town. A coroner with emerald eyes and black hair, much too young for the job. An arrogant blond socialite, who lived to get under my skin. And a tattooed Native man, who wasn’t supposed to be alive. By dying, my mother had inadvertently revived an age-old feud between the fae and the tribe that hunted them. A feud that was about to tear my world apart.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Two Short Stories #33

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
Both of them are picture books with really beautiful illustrations!

Let's dive right in.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Review: The Silent Bluebird

Author: Elle M. Holmes
Started reading: May 29th 2022
Finished the book: June 5th 2022
Pages: 276
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
Published: November 17th 2020
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.67
My score:
The stories we read have the power to change our lives.

Sadie Smith lives an ordinary life, unlike the extraordinary ones of the characters in the books where she finds an escape. She dives into her stories with wanton abandon.
Until one story changes it all.
The story of the impetuous Killian Quinn: an agent for the Zeta Defense Agency, determined to avenge his fallen partner. As she follows him further down the rabbit hole, worlds collide when she awakens with her hands tied to a chair in the face of armed men. Sadie finds herself dropped in the middle of a battle between secret agencies she didn’t even know existed, but maybe where she’s belonged all along.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Review: Our Trespasses

Started reading: May 25th 2022
Finished the book: May 28th 2022
Pages: 247
Genres: Paranormal, Horror
Published: October 15th 2021
Goodreads score: 3.95
My score:
Drowning in a meaningless existence flipping burgers, Matthew Davis suddenly collapses from a powerful psychic connection he shares with his twin brother, Jake. The pain is violent and immediate, and Matt knows exactly what it means… hundreds of miles away, Jake has been viciously killed. But instead of severing their connection, the murder intensifies it and Matt begins to suffer the agony of Jake’s afterlife.
Hell bent on solving Jake’s murder in order to break the connection, Matt travels to his troubled hometown of Hatchett, Nebraska, where an old lover and savage new enemies expose the festering wounds that Jake left behind.

Matt tries atoning for Jake’s sins, but when a demon infests the connection between the two brothers, Matt must find a way to sever their bond before his world, and ours, become engulfed in the flames of hell.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0)

Suzanne Collins
Started reading: May 4th 2022
Finished the book: May 26th 2022
Pages: 541
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Published: May 19th 2020
Source: Bookbox
Goodreads score: 3.82
My score:
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined -- every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute... and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Review: Guiltless (Sandhamn Murders #3)

Viveca Sten
Started reading: May 23rd 2022
Finished the book: May 24th 2022
Pages: 370
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery
Published: May 23rd 2017
Source: eBook
Goodreads score: 4.10
My score:
The tiny Swedish island of Sandhamn has always been a haven for lawyer Nora Linde. With trouble brewing in her marriage, she finds its comforts more welcome than ever, even in the depths of winter. That is, until her two young sons trip across a severed arm in the woods.

The boys’ gruesome discovery will once again connect Nora with her childhood friend Thomas Andreasson, now a local police detective. When the limb is identified as belonging to a twenty-year-old woman who disappeared without a trace months earlier, what had been a missing persons case takes on a whole new urgency.

Nora and Thomas delve deeply into the woman’s final hours, each of them wrestling not only with the case but with the private demons it awakens in them. As they do, they’ll find themselves drawn into the history of Sandhamn and the tensions that have been simmering just below the surface for more than a hundred years.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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

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

What a month May was! Loads of sunshine and trees and plants that start to turn green. I got to do a lot of fun things and May was also a great month reading-wise for me, as well as the books that I got to haul. Overall I had loads of days that I just felt good.

Of course, May was also the month of my Iceland trip. I would recommend it to EVERYONE. What a beautiful country! It's a quiet country with not that many people around. A complete difference from The Netherlands, which is PACKED. We hiked a lot, spotted some whales and seals and just enjoyed this beautiful country with its vulcanic landscape and glaciers. I'll post some pictures below; you can click them to view them bigger.

I also went to some really amazing concerts: The Elvis Concert and I went to 2Cellos. Both were amazing. I just love sitting down with something to drink and to enjoy people who are so passionate about making music.

And then for some big news: Tomorrow me and my boyfriend will be getting the key to our new house! If you're curious where were going to live you can Google "Eerbeek". It's close to some of the most beautiful nature parts in The Netherlands, so we really look forward to walking and cycling there. We also hope to gift ourselves a tandem, we recently took a ride on one and it was a lot of fun!

Finally, let's not talk about my bookhaul this month, okay? Let's say I got to buy some books in a great bargain and others I just wanted to have. I also read quite some books; I have some books that are still in the wait for a review. I'll be writing a lot of them in the upcoming weeks!

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


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Review: A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)

Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: May 14th 2022
Finished the book: May 21st 2022
Pages: 757
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Published: February 16th 2021
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.40
My score:
Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You

Sally Rooney
Started reading: April 26th 2022
Finished the book: May 19th 2022
Pages: 356
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Published: September 7th 2021
Source: Ebook
Goodreads score: 3.62
My score:
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Review: The Ghostwriter

Author: Alessandra Torre
Started reading: May 12th 2022
Finished the book: May 14th 2022
Pages: 321
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Published: October 2nd 2017
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.24
My score:
I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I've written 15 romance novels, 10 of which have become international best sellers. But this one isn't a romance, no happily ever after in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world. Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me. I wasn't surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune. Now, I have one last story to write. It'll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath. They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sunday Post #40

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, May 19, 2022

Review: The God Queen (Rebirth Saga #1)

Author: M.L. Tishner
Started reading: May 2nd 2022
Finished the book: May 12th 2022
Pages: 432
Genres: Science Fiction
Published: October 22nd 2019
Source: Physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.00
My score:
In a backwater Earth town, Rei Ettowa dreams of traveling across the stars to destroy Infiernen - the knight who murdered her brother.
When Rei discovers she is the reincarnation of the prophesied God Queen, she relishes her newfound ability to channel lightning for revenge. Unfortunately, blazing through a battlefield clashes with the Federation’s plan for Rei and the others like her. All the gods are to be trained as diplomatic figureheads to sway voters, not agents of war. Infiernen must remain untouched.
Unable to let go of her brother’s murder, Rei finds Infiernen. But instead of killing him, Rei discovers a secret the Federation has been keeping from her about her brother.
Now Rei is mad as hell. Her enemies must pay. But who are they? And what else is the Federation hiding from her?

Monday, May 16, 2022

Review: Fire & Heist

Sarah Beth Durst
Started reading: April 16th 2022
Finished the book: April 29th 2022
Pages: 290
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published: December 4th 2018
Source: Fairyloot
Goodreads score: 3.43
My score:
Leading your first heist is a major milestone in Sky Hawkin’s family—even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated—especially when you’re a wyvern, a human capable of transforming into a dragon. Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky’s mission uncovers deep secrets about the mother who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community. With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist—and get back the people she loves in the process. But instead, she ends up discovering a dark truth about were-dragon society—a truth that is more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Offline for 10 days - My trip to Iceland

 Dear blog followers.

The visitors who read my blogposts frequently know that I'm heading off to Iceland!
I'm going on a trip that was originally planned in 2020 with my mom, sister, niece and aunt. 5 ladies traveling together!

I'm so excited. I'm going to pack my bags tonight, and will be flying tomorrow morning.
I've selected my books and can't wait to be offline for a bit!

Since loads of you were enthusiastic about my trip, I will write a blogpost with loads of pictures about my trip when I'm back home.

See you later!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday #4 - One-word reviews for the last ten books I read

Well... This has been a while... Let's say... 2017 was the last time I participated?! Lol. I usually don't post two days in a row on my blog, because I don't want frequent readers to miss something, but this prompt for TTT is so much fun, I am really excited to join in!

For the ones who don't know yet; Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's theme is One-Word Reviews for the last ten books I read.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Review: Of Tainted Heart (The Quatrefoil Chronicles #2)

Author: Olivia Wildenstein & Katie Hayoz
Started reading: March 27th 2022
Finished the book: April 26th 2022
Pages: 430 / 13:24:00
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published: July 29th 2021
Source: Audible
Goodreads score: 4.48
My score:
Somehow, we survived. It was supposed to be over. No more curses. No more magic. Just a calm, little life in Brume. For the first time ever, I’m ready for calm. So. Damn. Ready. Just so happens that the girl I love doesn’t like to leave things unfinished. Fine. So our little crew will assemble the Quatrefoil and bring magic back to the world. We’ve already faced death. This can’t be worse.
Or can it?

CADENCE I could have let things be. Maybe I should have let things be. My crew is alive. Slate is by my side. And life is returning to normal. Except the university is a giant pile of rubble. Papa is still stuck in a wheelchair. And a girl is dead. If magic can change all that, I want to try one last time to bring it back.
Hopefully, I won’t regret it.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

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

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

This month actually flew past! I've done so many fun things. Like going to the musical Aladdin, celebrating Kings day, had several dinners in a restaurant, went to a handball match from our Dutch ladies, watched Fantastic Beasts in the cinema, took a day off to go to Keukenhof (a park with million of beautiful flowers) went to the sea and had a lovely day in the sun over there and I actually played my own first handball match for the first time in 6 months! Look at this AMAZING list of fun things?!

While I'm typing this, I'm still sore but I feel so good. My body did not forget how to play handball, and even though my shape is something that can be much better, I'm excited to work on it! I actually scored 2 goals which I was so proud of, because it really proved to me that my body did not forget the moves that I'm supposed to make, like my muscles remembered!

Tonight I'm going to a match from my favorite soccer team called Ajax, so that's something exciting as well, and next week I'm flying to Iceland with my mum, sister, aunt and niece! It's been in the making for two years, but COVID came around and now we're finally able to go.

This is such a positive blogpost so far, but I do keep in mind that I'm healing. I'm only working 2/6 hours a week and still have to follow my training about panic attacks. But the future does look bright.

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


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Review: The Perfectly Fine House

Author: Stephen Kozeniewski and Wile E. Young
Started reading: April 17th 2022
Finished the book: April 25th 2022
Pages: 232
Genres: Paranormal, Horror
Published: March 16th 2020
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 3.75
My score:
In an alternate reality where ghosts are as commonplace as the weather, the most terrifying thing imaginable is a house not being haunted.

Donna Fitzpatrick runs a surrogacy agency, where ghosts can briefly possess volunteers in order to enjoy carnal pleasures. She’s also working herself into an early grave. But that’s no big deal because death is no worse than puberty. That’s particularly evident in Donna’s twin, Kyle, a self-absorbed roustabout who spends most of his time high on sage. Kyle’s been in arrested development since his motorcycle accident fifteen years ago.

When Donna has a panic attack, Kyle insists she take a vacation at an abandoned mansion. There’s just one small problem: there isn’t a single ghost in Jackson Manor. And while an unhaunted house seems no worse than an oddity at first, soon ghosts go missing, natural disasters consume entire cities, and every afterlife on earth is threatened by the terrible secret behind... The Perfectly Fine House..

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Sunday Post #39

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, April 22, 2022

Review: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: March 31st 2022
Finished the book: April 16th 2022
Pages: 660
Genres: Fantasy
Published: September 5th 2017
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.29
My score:
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Review: Professional Idiot: A Memoir

Author: Stephen "Steve-O" Glover
Started reading: March 30th 2022
Finished the book: April 14th 2022
Pages: 336
Genres: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir
Published: June 7th 2011
Source: Ebook
Goodreads score: 4.10
My score:
From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the Jackass movies, there was little that Stephen "Steve-O" Glover wouldn't do. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg or diving into a pool full of elephant crap, almost nothing was out of bounds. As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous. Only an intervention and a visit to a psychiatric ward saved his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Review: Malibu Rising

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Started reading: March 27th 2022
Finished the book: April 11th 2022
Pages: 365
Genres: Historical Fiction, Contemporary
Published: June 1st 2021
Source: Ebook
Goodreads score: 4.09
My score:
Malibu: August, 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames.

But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family's generations will all come bubbling to the surface.