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As a rule I cut Lj's who haven't updated in over a year. Otherwise the mutual list clutters so, especially as I've had a lot of people who added me and then remained inactive. However if any of those Lj-ers return, feel free to send me a message if you would like to try and be lj friends again.

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Dancing Out of May 2017

Every month I post a wrap up of the books I've read, how things are going with some of my goals, what I watched and how I have been doing. This month I had a great reading month for me.

Diverse Books I Recently Added To My Wishlist a.k.a Goodreads
Every Tuesday I participate in the Top Ten Tuesday which is a weekly meme. We get a topic each week to make a list about. For this week I decided to focus on diverse book as diversity is such an important topic in the book community at the moment.

Every Heart a Doorway (Waywards Children 1) by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway is a novella that tells the story of those kids that return back to Earth after having gone through a portal to another world. What happens to those kids that don't get to stay in the new world?

Bloodfever (Fever 2) by Karen Marie Moning
The second Fever book I read incredibly quickly. Unfortunately I thought there were unnessecary triggers in this book like rape. In my review you can find a link to my review of the first book as well.

Books Ever After Secret Summer Swap
On Goodreads I am apart of the Dutch Goodreads group Books Ever After and for this Summer I participated in a secret summer swap. Here you can see the unboxing of my package! And it was great.

Bookshelf Tour 2017 - Part 1
Every year I show my bookshelves on my blog. To see how they change over time. This year the tour is divided in 5 parts!

Bookish Gift Ideas for the Non-Reading Father
Father's Day was this June. Both my own father and my husband are not very big readers. For that reason I made this list.

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume
Ewan Pendle is considered a bit weird. Until he is shipped away to a new school where everyone can see what he sees. Monsters!

Locke & Key (volume 1 to 6) by Joe Hill
Locke & Key is a graphic novel that focuses on the Locke family that has just moved to the key house with their uncle after a traumatising event.

Hello Ebooks in My 2017 Read Pile
I have also been more of a phsycial book reader. But this year I have been reading more and more ebooks.

Cut

I finally did something I should have done a while ago, and that was cutting into my friend list. It was a harsh one. I started with 60 mutuals and I cut it down to 25. Now a lot of those were dead accounts. But there were still some active ones. If you are expecting a personal note, I'm sorry I don't do that. It all boils down to one thing. We did not have a connection.

Bookish entry ahoy #1

So it's been a while since I made a bookish entry here. I have a book blog where I blog about books a few times a week so I don't feel the need to talk about books as much anymore, but I figured a bit of an update would be nice since we are nearing the 3 month mark into this year.

At the start of the year I challenged myself to read 120 books. But with being pregnant and being very distracted from reading I noticed very quickly that I wasn't going to get to that. So I moved it down to 90 books. I'm still 5 books behind though. This sucks because I do want to read more. I feel like I read so little at the moment. And it is hard choosing books. But now there is no more work to swallow up my time I think I can read a bit more. So I have read about 15 books so far this year.

One of my favorite books I read this year so far was Paaz by Myrthe van der Meer, a Dutch author. It's a psychiatric fiction book so it is very different than what I usually read (fantasy), but it was also very relatable. It was heavy, but also funny. It was a good book. Only 5 star book so far this year.

Another book I loved was The Kingdom, the second book of The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens. I loved the idea of the first book but wasn't impressed by the execution. But I loved this second book and I'm glad I've continued with it. It goes more into her background and I loved that. The Graveyard Queen is a paranormal detective with a cemetary restorer as the main character.

One book I did not finish was the third book from The Maze Runner series. After rating the second book 1 star this book was even worse for me. After 100 pages or so I just gave up.

In a week and a half Flamecaster is coming out! It is the first book of The Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. It is set in the same world as her Seven Realms series that I loved so I am super excited about it. The Demon King (first book of the Seven Realms) is one of my favorite books.
Right now I'm reading The Warrior Heir, another book by this author. This book was released a few years before The Demon King and it is noticable she's grown a lot since then.

What has been your favorite book so far this year? And what book could you absolutely not finish this year so far?

If you haven't yet, please add me on Goodreads. I'm faily active there with the app.
My book blog you can find here.

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Book Challenge - Day 13

13. Favorite Genre



I would think it was obvious by now that Fantasy is my favorite genre. I rarely read anything else. High fantasy, urban fantasy, all good. It sparks my own imagination. Everything goes and I love being amazed by other people's imaginations on world building and magic systems. It is also easier for me to be completely drawn into the world.

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Book Journal April

This April has been a pretty good reading month. Last month I have read 14 books which is a lot more than the previous months. And before there were also novella's. This month not. These were all full books, and some quite big so I am quite pleased with myself, haha. Even The Complete Sherlock Holmes, which I had started last year, I still read 717 pages of in April.

Books Read in April



24. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass 3) by Sarah J. Maas - 4,5 stars
25. Allegiant (Divergent 3) by Veronica Roth - 2,5 stars
26. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - 5 stars
27. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner 1) by James Dashner - 3 stars
28. Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus 3) by Jonathan Stroud - 5 stars
29. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling 1) by Erika Johansen - 2,5 stars
30. The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus 2) by Rick Riordan - 4 stars
31. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus 3) by Rick Riordan - 4,5 stars
32. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments 6) by Cassandra Clare - 3 stars
33. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter 1) by J.K. Rowling - reread
34. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes 1-9) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - 4 stars
35. Indigo Springs (Astrid Lethewood 1) by A.M. Dellamonica - 4,5 stars - reread
36. Blue Magic (Astrid Lethewood 2) by A.M. Dellamonica - 3 stars
37. De Erfenis van Richard Grenville (De Verborgen Universiteit 1) by Natalie Koch - 4,5 stars



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The Son of Neptune (beware spoilers for the Heroes of Olympus)Collapse )

The Mark of Athena (Beware spoilers for the heroes of Olympus)Collapse )

City of Heavenly Fire (possible spoilers for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices)Collapse )

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Some books are hard to write reviews for though, like The Graveyard Book and Ptolemy's Gate so I haven't really. I loved them both. And please, please, please go read the Bartimaeus sequence by Jonathan Stroud. I love that series so much and it deserves so much more attention. I love these characters with a passion. I did write a review for De Erfenis van Richard Grenville on Goodreads. But this is by a Dutch author and it is not translated. I can say that I really enjoyed it though and that I do recommend it to all Dutch fantasy readers.

Currently Reading
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire 5) by George R.R. Martin
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Emergence (Missing Era 1) by A.O. Khalil (I got an early ebook of this book from the author for review. It comes out May 19th)

Book Shelves If you hadn't seen them already, haha

Book Haul
April Book Haul These were all gifts from my husband! ❤️ I didn&apos;t realize how color themed this haul was until I put them together like this. #bookhaul #books #bookstack #adarkershadeofmagic #discworld #guardsguards #bartimaeussequence #ptolemysgate #theringofsolomon</div>

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Book Entry March 2015

Book entry time on Maarten's birthday :D I would have liked to have read more this past month, but I guess I did read some bigger books in some cases. I do have quite the stack for April I'd like to get to, with one reread. There is another read-a-thon on Tumblr for 10 days, and at the end of the month there is also Dewey's 24 hour Read-a-thon.

Books read in March

17. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris - 2 stars
18. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy 5) by Richelle Mead - 3 stars
19. The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen 1) by Amanda Stevens - 3,5 stars
20. A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire 4) by George R.R. Martin - 3 stars
21. Shadow Scale (Seraphina 2) by Rachel Hartman - 5 stars
22. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass 2) by Sarah J. Maas - 3,5 stars
23. Rip van Winkle, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving - 4 stars

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Spirit Bound (Spoilers for the series Vampire Academy)Collapse )

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A Feast For Crows (Spoilers for series A Song of Ice and Fire)Collapse )

Shadow Scale (Spoilers for the duology Seraphina)Collapse )

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Goodreads Challenge - 23/100
Books by Dutch Authors - 2/12

You all must read the Seraphina duology. It is my new favorite series!

So remember my March Book Haul? Well I ended up buying 4 more books. These were ebooks though, on sale, for 2 Euro each, in Dutch. Shhhh...

Does anyone want to do Dewey's Read-a-thon with me? You can find more about it here.

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Book Entry February 2015

February went by too fast! It is already March 4th. Happy birthday to my daddy. And I am finally getting around to doing this book entry. So I hit a bit of a reading slump in two weeks of February. With how short that month was, it is a mystery how I finished anything really.

Books read in February


10. Cities of Blood by Peter Ackeroyd - 3 stars
11. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - 2,5 stars
12. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis - 4 stars
13. Seraphina (Seraphina 1) by Rachel Hartman - 4,5 stars
14. Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods (Percy Jackson and the Olympians companion) by Rick Riordan - 3 stars
15. The Son of Sobek (Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles crossover 1) by Rick Riordan - 2,5 stars
16. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird 1) by Claudia Gray - 3 stars

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Goodreads Challenge - 16/100
Books by Dutch Authors - 2/12

This month was okay reading wise. Otherbound (this months book by Dutch Author) and Seraphina really stood out though. I heavily recommend both!

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Book Entry January 2015

Hello, and welcome to this first book entry of 2015! A slightly different set-up. But all the reviews will still be put under cuts.

I don't think I've mentioned any of my reading goals here on LJ. I have a few. Some are very achievable. Others might be a bit harder. But I like to work towards something.
- Read 100 books. This in general means about 8-9 books a month, 2 books per week.
- Read more by Dutch Authors. One a month. Twelve in total 2015.
- Over on my Book Tumblr I'd like to be more consistent in writing my Top Ten Tuesday and Top Five Wednesday posts. I would also like there to be more substance.
- Finish completed series you currently own. Examples are: Divergent, A Song of Ice and Fire, Vampire Academy, The Mortal Instruments, The Iron Fey, Heroes of Olympus
- Give a go at the 2015 Ultimate Reading Challenge. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is.

Books Read in January



1. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials 1) by Philip Pullman - 3,5 stars
2. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials 2) by Philip Pullman – 2,5 stars
3. Corona by Thomas Thiemeyer – 3 stars
4. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Chris Riddell – 4 stars
5. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials 3) by Philip Pullman – 1 star
6. The Burning Man by Tad Williams – 3 stars
7. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 0,1) by Marissa Meyer – 4 stars
8. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – 4 stars
9. The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus 1) by Rick Riordan - 4 stars


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Goodreads Challenge - 9/100
Books by Dutch Authors - 1/12

Edit: January book haul

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Book Entry December

Last of this year :) I'll make another entry near the end of the year with some lists of all the books I've read (including some of the rereads I'll hopefully have done by then), but also movies and tv shows. I'll link to all book entries then too, I think.

I deem all books I review that are next books in a series with spoilers in the cut title as it is bound to spoil for the first book.

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Never Fade (Spoilers)Collapse )

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Mockingjay (spoilers, though are they truly spoilers by now?)Collapse )

Eona (Spoilers)Collapse )

Goodreads Challenge: 76 out of 70 books
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - 4 stars
- xxxHolic: Rei volume 1 by Clamp - 4 stars
2. In Extremis (Crime Scene Investigation 9) by Ken Goddard - 3 stars
3. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson 3) by Rick Riordan - 3 stars
4. Among the Nameless Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars 0,5) by Diana Peterfreund - 3 stars
5. Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle 2) by Diana Wynne Jones - 4 stars
6. Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires 1) by Rachel Caine - 3 stars
7. The Demon King (Seven Realms 1) by Cinda Williams Chima - 5 stars (reread)
8. The Witch of Duva (The Grisha 0,5) by Leigh Bardugo - 4 stars
9. The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms 2) by Cinda Williams Chima - 4 stars
10. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments 1) by Cassandra Clare - 3,5 stars
11. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games 1) by Suzanne Collins – 2,5 stars
12. First Day of the Rest of your Lives (The Morganville Vampires 0,5) by Rachel Caine – 3 stars
13. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments 2) by Cassandra Clare – 4 stars
14. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles 2) by Marissa Meyer – 3,5 stars
15. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker – 3 stars
16. The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles 0,6) by Marissa Meyer – 3 stars
17. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin – 3,5 stars
18. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy 1) by Richelle Mead – 3 stars
- Death and what comes next (Discworld 10,5) by Terry Pratchett – 3,5 stars
19. Dracula by Bram Stroker – 3 stars
20. Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini – 3 stars
- Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume 2 by Clamp – 5 stars
21. Divergent (Divergent 1) by Veronica Roth – 3 stars
22. Don’t Hex with Texas (Enchanted Inc. 4) by Shanna Swendson – 3 stars
23. The Iron King (Iron Fey 1) by Julie Kagawa – 2,5 stars
- The First Kiss (Iron Fey 1,25) by Julie Kagawa – 2 stars
- Shutterbox volume 3 by Rikki Simmons – 2 stars
- Shutterbox volume 4 by Rikki Simmons – 3 stars
24. Cress (the Lunar Chronicles 3) by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars
25. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympans 4) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars
26. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments 3) by Cassandra Clare – 3,5 stars
27. The Cordelia Collection (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Novelization 12) by Nancy E. Krulik – 2 stars
28. The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices 1) by Cassandra Clare – 4 stars
- The Last Airbender: Prequel – Zuko’s story by Dave Roman, Alison Wilgus, Nina Matsumoto – 2 stars
29. So long and thanks for all the fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide 4) by Douglas Adams – 3 stars
30. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone 1) by Laini Taylor – 3 stars
- Air Gear Volume 7 by Oh!great – 3,5 stars
31. Frostbite (Vampire Academy 2) by Richelle Mead – 4 stars
- Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Haijme Isayama – 3,5 stars
- Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Haijme Isayama – 4 stars
32. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire 2) by George R.R. Martin – 3 stars
33. Eon (Eona 1) by Alison Goodman -3,5 stars
34. Catching Fire (Hunger Games 2) by Suzanne Collins – 3 stars
35. The Colour of Magic (Discworld 1) by Terry Pratchett – 3 stars
36. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments 4) by Cassandra Clare – 3 stars
37. Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days 1) by Susan Ee – 5 stars
38. Clockwork Prince (the Infernal Devices 2) by Cassandra Clare – 4 stars
39. Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker’s Guide 5) by Douglas Addams – 3,5 stars
40. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling – 3 stars
41. Insurgent (Divergent 2) by Veronica Roth – 2 stars
42. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy 1) by Deborah Harkness – 2,5 stars
43. Mort (Discworld 4) by Terry Pratchett – 4 stars
44. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel 1) by Michael Scott – 2,5 stars
45. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire 3) by George R.R. Martin – 4 stars
- xxxHolic: Rei Volume 2 by Clamp – 4 stars
46. The Magician (The Secrets of the Immotal Nicholas Flamel 2) by Michael Scott – 2,5 stars
47. The Gray Wolf Throne (The Seven Realms 3) by Cinda Williams Chima – 4 stars
48. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds 1) by Alexandra Bracken – 4,5 stars
49. The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm – 3 stars
50. The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey 2) by Julie Kagawa – 2,5 stars
51. Bones of the Lost (Temperance Brennan 16) by Kathy Reichs – 3 stars
- Harry Potter: the Prequel (Harry Potter 0,5) by JK. Rowling – 4 stars
52. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – 4 stars
53. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass 1) by Sarah J. Maas – 3,5 stars
54. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy 3) by Richelle Mead – 4 stars
55. Blood Promise (Vampire Academy 4) by Richelle Mead – 2,5 stars
56. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments 5) by Cassandra Clare – 2,5 stars
57. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices 3) by Cassandra Clare – 3 stars
58. Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome. Edited by Stephen Jones. Illustrated by Alan Lee – 3,5 stars
59. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars
60. Love in the Time of Dragons (The Light Dragons 1) by Katie MacAlister – 3 stars
61. The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave 1) by Rick Yancey – 5 stars
62. The Demigod Files (Percy Jackson and the Olympians companion) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars
63. The Reaper Man (Discworld 11) by Terry Pratchett – 4 stars
64. Incendio by Tess Gerritsen – 4 stars
65. The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms 4) by Cinda Williams Chima – 3,5 stars
66. The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy 1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen – 2 stars
67. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 5 stars
68. World After (Penryn and the End of Days 2) by Susan Ee – 4 stars
69. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds 2) by Alexandra Bracken – 4 stars
70. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 3 stars
71. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 4 stars
72. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss 1) by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
73. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games 3) by Suzanne Collins – 2,5 stars
74. Eona (Eon 2) by Alison Goodman – 3 stars
75. Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five 1) by Enid Blyton – 3 stars (reread)
76. Five Go Adventuring (Famous Five 2) by Enid Blyton – 3 stars (reread)

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