Dancing out of June 2017

I feel like June just flew right by me. A big zoof and it is July already. I don’t feel like a lot of things happened this month though the Summery weather has been a great blessing. Of course some days were just too hot and unbearable, but oh well. It never is quite perfect, is it?

The Reading Challenge

The Numbers

Untitled# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 14
Total: 64/60

  1. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer 1) by Robin Hobb – 4 stars
  2. Royal Assassin (Farseer 2) by Robin Hobb – 4 stars
  3. Assassin’s Quest (Farseer 3) by Robin Hobb – 4 stars
  4. I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching 4, Discworld) by Terry Pratchett – 4 stars
  5. The Book of Whispers by Kimberly Starr – 2 stars
  6. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards 2) by Scott Lynch – 5 stars
  7. The Runaways volume 2 to 10 – different ratings
  8. Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist 1) by Renee Ahdieh – 2,5 stars
  9. Abandoned (The Graveyard Queen 0,5) by Amanda Stevens – 3 stars
  10. Sleeping Giants (Themis Files 1) by Sylvain Neuvel – 4 stars
  11. Waking Gods (Themis Files 2) by Sylvain Neuvel – 4 stars
  12. Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians 2) by Rick Riordan – reread
  13. Glory in Death (In Death 2) by J.D. Robb – 4,5 stars
  14. Etched in Bone (The Others 5) by Anne Bishop – 5 stars

I had another good reading month as you can see. I binge read the Farseer trilogy in a week. That were a lot of pages but I couldn’t really put it down. It was addicting. It is that I don’t own the other trilogies in this large realm or I would have just read that all month.  I also decided to count volume 10 of The Runaways as I read 10 now. I figured that would count nicely. I had some good reads but als some dissapointing reads. There were also some nice big adult fantasy books in there for a change. For some reason I just tore through those. And of course I hit my Goodreads Reading challenge. I don’t think I’ll be upping it as I just want to see where I end up. Nearing the end of August Merijn will probably go to one sleep a day and it will change my reading time a lot.

The TBR and Backlist Challenge

# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of June 2017– 149
Books read in June (that count, no ebooks or classics) – 8

Books bought/received in June (no ebooks or classics) – 10

Total unread books on shelf end of June – 151

Let us ignore this number, tralalala.

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in June – 7

Total – 38/50

How Was June for Me?

⌘ I had to take our cat to the vet at the start of the month as she had to get an infected tooth removed. However as four other teeth were also loose in her mouth they also had to come out. Poor thing. She was so out of it when I picked her up because she got such a heavy pain killer just before I got there. But she does seem to be feeling better now. ⌘ On June 4th we went to the Zwolse Bookmarket again. I of course scored some books, but this year I missed most book friends as I had to take Merijn’s schedule in account and the possible heat. Boo. Untitled

⌘ Lovely Liesbet from Zwartraafje send me these lovely cards and a bookmark she made herself. ❤ Completely in my favorite color.

⌘ I started seriously losing weight again. No big diet but watching a lot better what I ate. Some days that goes well. Other days not so well. It is a work in progress either way and I don’t believe in telling yourself you can never have certain things anymore. I’d like to enjoy food, thank you very much. I lost 1,5 kg which is not as much as I’d like. I really want to read on with the other Robin Hobb trilogies but I asked my husband if I could get the next trilogy if I got to a certain weight, my first goal. We’ll see when I get there… Untitled ⌘ Merijn has been granting me some better nights of sleep. Thanks little man because I was kind of being broken with those kind of nights for a whole month long. He’s making small steps in his development still and charms everyone he sees. It is the hair I tell you. We have one of those babywalkers he can walk behind to practice and I’ve been taking him outside once a day to do that. He doesn’t do so much walking as he does staring around him, and mostly at the other kids in our street. But he loves it and that is all that counts. I got him real shoes and it helps his walking get better. He was a little sick the last few days of June but seems to be recovering well.

Look, I can grab my own books…

⌘ As you might have heard Photobucket has stopped supporting linking to third party sites which would mean none of my photos should be showing. At the moment of writing this they are still showing, but I am going to see if I can make the time to at least post the pictures that go with book reviews on flickr like I will be doing with all posts from now on. But I honestly do not have pictures from 2 years ago anymore so I’m not sure if I will be able to place them all through flickr. It is a lot of work. So like I said I will focus on all currently planned in posts with pictures first, then book reviews and posts from this year I think. After that I’ll look at pictures from older posts.

What Happened on the Blog?


The Emerald Blade (Landkist Saga 2) by Steven Kelliher
Endymion Spring – Mathew Skelton
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children 1) – Seanan McGuire
Bloodfever (Fever 2) – Karen Marie Moning
Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith – Shaun Hume
Locke & Key – Joe Hill (series review)
The Dark Prophecy (The Trialls of Apollo 2) by Rick Riordan
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Truthwitch (Witchlands 1) by Susan Dennard

Top Ten Tuesday
Diverse Books I Recently Added to My Wishlist a.k.a Goodreads // Bookish Gift Ideas For the Non-Reading Father // Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start // Best Books of 2017 So Far

Other Posts
Dancing out of May 2017 // Unboxing – Books Ever After Secret Summer Swap // Bookshelf Tour 2017 – Part 1 // Hello Ebooks in My 2017 Read Pile //Why You Should Become a Lunartic // Bookshelf Tour 2017 – Part 2 // Book Haul #22 – Oopsie May and Another Oopsie June

What Did I Watch?

My husband has been rewatching Fringe a lot so we haven’t made a lot of time to watch other things.

Pirates of the Carribean 5 / Movie
Ugh, yeah I wasn’t very taken with this movie. It was entertaining to watch but Jack Sparrow felt like he even had less intelligence than in the previous movies, while in the first movie he was a bit cunning. It wasn’t really my choice to go as my husband really wanted to see this in the theatres.

The Magicians / Season 2 / Ep 5 to 8
12 Monkeys / Season 1 / Ep 5 to 7

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Dutch Blogs

⌘ Emmy from Zon en Maan shares how a hardcover is bound
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⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje shares some Belgian bloggers.

What Is Up Next Month?

⌘ July is the start of Summer vacation and that means that my husband will have to work a lot. He doesn’t have vacation until the last week of August so he has to keep going for a while. My parents will probably be here for half a week in the middle of the month so that will be busy too.

⌘ Blog wise I have to think up some extra blog posts as Top Ten Tuesday has gone on a sudden hiatus until August 15th.

⌘ For my tbr I will be buddy reading The Shephard’s Crown with La La in the Library. The last Tiffany Aching book. Hear us weep. Windwitch I will also be buddy reading, with Kirsten from Boekwereld as I did with Truthwitch as well. Other than that I am thinking on some pre-orders coming out and maybe reading the next In Death book.

Linking Up

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39 thoughts on “Dancing out of June 2017

  1. Wauw, je hebt duidelijk een betere leesmaand achter de rug als ik. Zelf las ik immers exact de helft van jouw aantal boeken. Oh en euhm …. * negeer, negeer, negeer*

    Al een geluk dat jullie kat zich nu weer beter voelt. Lukt het ook een beetje met eten? Vijf tanden laten verwijderen lijkt me immers niet niks.

    Knap van je dat je gewicht bent kwijtgespeeld. Als er nu één ding is waar ik absoluut NIET goed in ben dan is het dat. Boeken als motivatie in het vooruitzicht stellen is natuurlijk een geweldig plan.

    Ik las dat van Photobucket onlangs nog ergens én ben heel blij dat ik mijn foto’s steeds zelf heb geïmporteerd. Er zou echt zoveel tijd in kruipen om al die blogpost te moeten napluizen én aanpassen. Die tijd spendeer ik toch liever met mijn neus tussen een boek.

    Die illustratie in het boek van je Instagram-collage is echt prachtig. Daar zou je precies naar kunnen blijven kijken.

    Dankjewel voor de link! x

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    1. Hey al die fanfiction tikt ook aan. 😉 Ja eten deed ze de volgende dag alweer, brokjes. Om de een of ander manier zal ze niet een bak met nat voer helemaal leegeten dus ook niet met pijn in haar bek. Gek beest.

      Oh afvallen vind ik ook lastig. Drie of vier jaar geleden 20 kg afgevallen maar na de zwangerschap zat het er weer aan en afkrijgen wil niet. Het zijn ook echt maar kleine beetjes die er af gaan maar dat is ook iets.

      Ja photobucket is echt stom. Ik zat al meer dan 10 jaar bij die site (al wel met twee accounts) en nu ineens dit. Ik heb in ieder geval mijn 2017 bookshelf tours aangepast nu haha.

      Ja de eind papers van Faires van Marissa Meyer is echt super mooi.

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  2. Wow! You read a lot of books again. I only read 3 books, but I’m also counting cookbooks, which takes me to 5 this month 😛

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      1. Perhaps. Though I’ve had better reading months, even when working 🙂 I blame Netflix 😛


  3. Aw, poor kitty 😦 but I’m glad you had a good reading month! 14 books is amazing, I remember I did 13 in May and was really happy with myself. I only did 10 this month! But I wouldn’t call that too bad either, I guess 🙂

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  4. Aww your little one is SO CUTE!! And reaching for his own books omgg you’re raising him right clearly. :’) I’m glad he’s letting you sleep a bit more! And that’s so cool you got through all those Robin Hobb books! I REALLY want to get started on reading her work soon. ❤️ I only hear good things about it tbh. AND YOUR BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS BY THE WAY. :’)

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    1. Thank you, haha. Seeing me read books from 0 months must have helped. 😉
      Ah she really is well worth the effort, even though they are big books.
      THANK YOU. ❤


  5. Hehehe…I love the books on shelf count at the beginning and end. We can never win. We read 6 and add back 10. Your little one is adorable. I am glad June was a good month, even if it was uneventful. Hope July is a good one all around. Keep cool.

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    1. I only have reading time during Merijns naps so I try and inhale them then, haha. Having a phsycial stack of books near me also helps me to pick up the next one rather fast. Though it isn’t the best for review writing where I drag my feet. I hope yours is too!

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  6. Yay for the Farseer books! I loved those too, although I haven’t read the new trilogy yet. Is she rough on her characters or what? Poor Fitz and Molly… Nice to see Waking Gods get 4 stars, I’ve been debating on that one since I didn’t really love the first one. And Runaways- I’m slowly making my way through those, just finished #5.

    Glad to hear your cat is doing okay. And I kinda felt the same about Pirates- I was bored. I think Jack Sparrow has outlived his usefulness lol. The part where they were hauling that building through town- kinda lost me. 🙂 I still need to watch the Magicians S2. And yay someone else is watching 12 Monkeys!

    Love the bookshelf pics (especially the Funkos!).

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    1. She is. Since Fitz is returning in other trilogies I can only imagine what he has to go through more.
      Waking Gods does have a bit more aliens than the first one.

      That he has. There were funny moments but it isn’t the Jack from the first three movies and they aren’t getting back that feel.


  7. Poor kitty…I’m sure she will feel better having that infected tooth out though. Little Merijn is absolutely adorable. Glad you are getting some sleep 😉 Have a great week!

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  8. Aww… I didn’t know Merijn had been sick last week. 😦 It is always worse to be sick when it is hot. I cannot believe he will be one year old soon! I love his pearly whites photo. ❤

    You read like a machine in June! Remember how worried you were that you were not going to get any reading done after you became a mama, pish posh, you have nailed it! It will he sad to read the last Tiffany book. 😥 I need to get my Book Outlet order in because I found it in hardcover. I should do that tonight so it gets here in time! I always enjoy seeing your IG photos.

    Applause for your weight loss! My rule when I am on a diet is to pick one day a week when you can eat whatever you want. Ha ha. I think rewards work really well, especially if they are books. XD

    Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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    1. It wasn’t super hot anymore luckily.

      Haha, yeah now that I have a routine reading is goin really well. But I’m sure that will change a bit in the next few months. It is sad we’ll be reading the last one.

      Haha that works. I’ve not cut myself of from all sugar yet. If I would I would be losing a lot more but I can’t be bothered just yet. Oops.

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  9. Thank you so, so much Annemieke for linking TWO of my posts! That’s so kind of you, and it means a lot that you’ve stuck by my blog for such a long time. ❤

    I'm seriously envious of your reading speed, haha! You read so many thick fantasy books, while I can barely make it through a couple in a given month, despite it being my favorite genre. Also LOL I feel your pain with the shelf number. I've been good with my book buying ban these past couple of months. I've been reading 5 books I own before I can buy one, which has been going well.

    Good luck with everything in July. (Also, your son is absolutely precious.)

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. You are welcome. ❤

      I try and inhale while I still can, haha. I've seen that way to stop book buying but then I see all these new books and I can't stop myself. Maybe I'll try that next year. My book budget isn't working either, haha.

      Thank you. ❤


  10. I have heard the horror stories about photo bucket! It sucks-I had planned to use them once my wordpress media limit was getting tight. Guess that plan is out!
    Good luck with the dieting/weight loss! I am going to get serious about it again. I have gained back nearly everything I lost 2 years ago. So frustrating!

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    1. Yeah photobucket sucks. I’m using flickr now and it is good so far so maybe that will be an other option.
      Oh I feel you. I lost a lot 3-4 years ago and gained everything back during my pregnancy last year. 😦


  11. I see you had some Five Star reads at least, so that does sound like a great reading month! Glad your cat is feeling better and that Merijn is letting you get some sleep 🙂 That sucks about photobucket. I’ve considered using a site like that since I worry I’ll run out of space with my host or something (Idk how these things work??) but then I guess there are things to worry about with those types of sites too.

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    1. Yes it was.
      Yeah I was using photobucket so I would not run out of space on WP but now I have this. I’m trying flickr now. So far so good.


  12. What a great reading month! Especially with the Farseer trilogy in there. I can’t believe how quickly you flew through them. And I can’t wait for you to read the next series! Good luck with your weight goal. 😊
    What do you think of the show The Magicians? I didn’t like the first two books very much, but I’m intrigued by the show!
    Here’s my June wrap-up, if you’re interested. I didn’t want June to end, haha.

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    1. Thank you. It is slow going at the moment though, haha.
      I like The Magicians because I did not have super high expectations. Sometimes things are a bit ridiculous but the show knows this themselves so it is okay. It is enjoyable for sure. I liked the first book but could not get past the first 100 pages of the second book so I know what you mean.


  13. 14 books! What a great month! Sounds like you enjoyed the Farseer trilogy. Been meaning to get to them, as with many other things, and it’s been sitting on the shelf mocking me. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick them up soon.
    I’ve been trying to lose some weight. I’m amazed at how much can change if I’m just a bit more mindful of what I eat. That’s neat that you made a goal for yourself before you can buy the next Hobb series. Maybe I should do that too…

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    1. They are good. Once I started them I powered through them in no time.
      True. Now if only I knew restraint, haha. It is a great way to motivate yourself a bit more and reward yourself.

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