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.