Dancing out of September 2017

It is Fall! Summer is officially over and the time for leaves and pumpkins has arrived. This month has been a bit messy for me as my husband had his vacation at the start of the month and there are some changes for myself. And of course there is that little walker…

The Reading Challenge

The Numbers

# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 16
Total: 111/60


    1. Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles 1) by Melina Marchetta – 3 stars
    2. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum – 4 stars
    3. Treasure Planet by Robert Louis Stevenson – 2 stars
    4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 2 stars
    5. Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad 1) by C.B. Lee – 3,5 stars
    6. Donald Duck Extra Pocket 12 – 3 stars
    7. Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad 2) by C.B. Lee – 3,5 stars
    8. 27 Hours (Nightside Saga 1) by Tristina Wright – 4 stars
    9. Terra Nova by Ursula Visser – 4 stars – novella
    10. Planet Dead: Bloodthirsty by Sylvester – 3 stars
    11. Ghost Slayer (Ghost Slayer 1) by Majanka Verstraete – 3 stars
    12. Rapture in Death (In Death 4) by J.D. Robb – 4 stars
    13. 3Pak by Literatour – 2 stars –  3 novella’s
    14. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – 4 stars
    15. Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour 1) by Matt Wallace – 3 stars
    16. The Heir of Illaria (Illaria 1) by Dyan Chick – 3 stars

Looks like I’ll be hitting that 120 this year…

The TBR and Backlist Challenge

# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of September – 157
Books read in September (that count) – 5
Books bought/received in September (no ebooks, classics) –  10

Total unread books on shelf end of September – 162

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of September – 10
Ebooks read in September – 7
Ebooks bought/Received in September – 11
Total unread ebooks end of September – 14

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in September – 7

Total – 57/50

How Was September for Me?


⌘ I hit 500+ followers on WP which was super great! I didn’t think I’d ever hit that, haha.

⌘ We went to a zoo with the inlaws. It is one of the newer zoo’s here in the Netherlands, called Wildlands. Merijn actually slept for once there, but only 30 minutes and that was it for the rest of the day.

⌘ We also went to Harry Potter Expo which was a load of fun. Untitled

⌘ When we bought the house, the hallway had 3 doors. The first would lead to the front room but to create more room to place book shelves the previous owners had shut the abbility to open the door. This was fine for us but we never did anything with the door. So my husband finally painted it and we applied these stickers to them. I bought Merijn this grow tree sticker to see his height. And the left over stickers went on his bedroom door.


⌘ We finally got the backyard retiled!

⌘ We spend most of my husband’s vacation just spending time together and giving each other time to do things for ourselves while the other would take care of Merijn. I had 2 lovely reading days in bed that way.

Important!  In a conversation with the doctor we decided to half my dosage of antidepressants for a month. And after that we will see what we will do next. I have been having side effects from this like being super tired, light headed, nauseated, stomach pain, more easily emotional and so on. I have to get through this. But it is hard.

I’ve been visiting other blogs but I haven’t been replying to comments much this last half of the month for the above reason. It is so hard to concentrate on the screen sometimes. And there were so many comments. So I ended up going through a bunch of them and just liking them, so you at least know I’ve seen your comment. If there were questions or something I have replied to them. I won’t go back to them later. I hope you guys will understand this. ❤


⌘ Merijn is completely walking now. And honestly, a handful. But what is new?

What Happened on the Blog?


The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching 5, Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
Windwitch (The Witchlands 2) by Susan Dennard
Faefever, Dreamfever and Shadowfever (Fever 3-5) by Karen Marie Moning
Iced (Fever 6) by Karen Marie Moning
Air Awakens (Air Awakens 1) by Elise Kova
Replica (Replica 1) by Lauren Oliver
27 Hours (Nightside Saga 1) by Tristina Wright
The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

Top Ten Tuesday
Books I Struggled to Motivate Myself to Pick Up But Ended Up Loving // Books I Loved in 2014 // Books On My Fall TBR // Books That Feature Characters That Go On a Trip

Other Posts
Book Haul #23 – So Many Books, Too Much Time To Buy Them In // Dancing Out of August 2017 // I Experienced Harry Potter… // I Was a Mage and a Knight! – #TheReadingQuest Wrap Up // Leaving the New and Going With the Old – Classics I Own // And the Winner Is…. – Announcing the Winner of the Armada Hardcover. // Beautiful Book Covers  // Reading With Merijn – The First Year // Obstacles to Romance – Guest Post by Molly Ringle

What Did I Watch?

Once Upon a Time / Season 5 / Episode 1 to 5
I’m not quite into this whole thing yet with Dark Swan and Camelot. It is falling a little flat on me to be honest. I hope it gets a bit better along the way.

American Gods / Season 1 / Episode 1
This show was obviously too confusing for me to start now with the cutting back on medication thing so I’ll have to see if I’ll continue it right away. But even so it is crazy intrigueing so far. Like the book.

The Martian / Movie
Well, it was better than the book. Somewhat. #sorrynotsorry

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 / Movie
I enjoyed this because I love the characters, but I do have a lot of bits to complain about. My hubby loved it though.

Best of My Bookstagram

Best liked

My Favorite






⌘ Austine from Novel Knight shares 5 tips for blogging full-time students. Here is also her plan to stay organized!
⌘ Michelle from The Writing Hufflepuff talks about why she can’t relate to all the library posts.
⌘ CW from Read Think Ponder shares book recs for your discoursing heart.
⌘ Michelle from The Writing Hufflepuff wrote about all the opportunities YA books miss out on when they don’t set their books in the Netherlands
⌘ Check out La La in the Library’s beautiful covers.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Vivian from Vivians Vocabulaire talks about a Reversed Bucketlist. She explains what it is and why you should make one.
⌘ Sue from Boekenz has created an initiative where every month she will draw a winner for a book from her own shelves and in exchange the winner will do something good for someone else. I love this idea! It is good to give back a little to society.
⌘ Lieke from Make it Personal shares a list of Harry Potter books being released later this year.
⌘ Liesbet from Zwaartraafje shows how to make a great and easy pixie lantern!
⌘ Joany from Craving Pages shares how she created a bookish spread in her Bujo.

What Is Up Next Month?

⌘ I should continue to go through the posts that still have unseeable pics but I haven’t found the motivation yet. I’ve done the most important ones like reviews or large ones like book hauls and bookshelf tours. But I also have to go through discussion type posts and such still.


⌘ This month I’ll be doing 2 buddy reads through Books Ever After. One with Priss for The Girl From Everywhere. And the other with Elke for Red Rising . I’ll also be reading along with their book of the month, Red Queen. Finally picking that up. Other than that I think I will just see what my fancy strikes. I have a bunch of new releases I still have to read but since my parents will also be here for a week (for my birthday) I’m not sure how much time I’ll have.

Linking Up

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a bit of a recap post of the week (or month) where you can link to the posts you made this week, share news and wrap up your reading. Starting now I will also link up with Monthly Wrap up from Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.


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52 thoughts on “Dancing out of September 2017

  1. 16 books for the month, that’s fantastic! And I see you read Frankenstein. I read that in high school and kind of hated it, and now I kinda want to reread it because I feel like maybe I didn’t appreciate it enough or something, but I probably won’t read it again because I fear I’ll probably just slog through it and hate it again lol. Your backyard looks LOVELY! Good luck with the new dosage ❤

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    1. I was reading it and wondering what I was missing because I did not get the hype with that classic. I like the idea but the writing. Snore.

      Thank you. ❤


  2. Nice pics! Love the tile in the backyard, looks like a cozy little area. 🙂

    The physical copy of Language of Thorns looks like it’s going to be nice, and I love that Treasure Island too (even though I never finished the book).

    I never did get to Guardians of the Galaxy 2… I’ll have to stream it at some point.

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  3. Oh, I hope your situation improves with the smaller dose. Fatigue is very hard to deal with. It’s good that at least your husband’s vacation gave you some nice time off from stuff. But you posted so much in September! So that’s pretty amazing and impressive. Have a great October 🙂 and super congrats on hitting 500! That is scandalous, and crazy, and beautiful! Such a big number 🙂

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  4. 16 books in a month, as well as everything else you have going on, is a huge accomplishment, well done! I loved S5 of OUAT but I didn’t like the Camelot stuff… It didn’t really have a point beyond setting up the second half of the season. That said, I’m a Captain Swan shipper so that entire season was like like Christmas for me, lol.

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  5. The amount of books you read is amazing, considering you have a small human to take care of (and SQUEEE, what an adorable little thing Merijn is). Your backyard is beautiful. I would sit and read out there all day. Congratulations on surpassing 500 followers (that’s a goal of mine, maybe someday).

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  6. Merijn is just ADORABLE!! Yay that he’s walking! And congrats on the 500 followers! YOU ARE AMAZING. And honestly you got a lot done and read a lot so I am in awe. *flails for you* I hope you feel better soon though. Those side-effects sound utterly awful. 😭

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  7. Ik vond het begin van seizoen 5 ook niet zo bijzonder. Ik heb afgelopen maand de laatste 6 afleveringen van seizoen 5 gekeken en heel seizoen 6. Seizoen 6 vond ik weer heel erg leuk! Ik vind de tekst op dat papieren tasje trouwens echt fantastisch 😉
    En mooie foto van je zoontje, die bij een boom

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    1. Fijn dat seizoen 6 wel weer heel leuk is. We hebben net de eerste aflevering van ouat in wonderland gekeken trouwens. Had je die al eens gezien. Ze laten hem ineens midden in de nacht zien op sbs9 XD

      Ja van de Bruna. Vond ik ook leuk.
      Dank je. 😀

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      1. Ja ik heb de eerste aflevering gezien maar ik ben niet zo’n fan van Alice in wonderland en vond dit niet zo bijzonder. Misschien geef ik het ooit nog eens een kans

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  8. I love the furniture in your backyard! That would be a cool reading spot 🙂 We are getting our garden ready for spring/summer at the moment and I bought a cool sun chair, so I can read in the sun and be comfy haha, one of my favourite things to do!

    I love what you did with the door in your house, that looks great!

    Congrats on 500 followers and reading so many books again 🙂

    I remember we went to a Dutch zoo from school once. Burger’s Zoo it was, I think. I really liked it! It’s pretty big^^

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    1. Thank you! Having a great spot like that to read it great. And with the dreary weather here it is great to think about next summer. 😉

      Oh we love Burger’s Zoo. It is so great. 😀

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  9. Wow! You had a really productive September, Annemieke! I am really impressed. Merijn is growing so quickly! I love watching his progress and keeping up with your family through your posts. Keep that coming. Your patio looks AWESOME. And I adore the cute growth chart. Very creative!

    CONGRATS on 500 followers!!! That’s a huge deal and one certainly worth celebrating. 🙂 You have had a great month all around. I really want to read Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villian. I hope you enjoyed them both! I’ll be keeping an eye out for your future reviews.

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      1. Hype is great at ruining books for people, sadly. But that’s just how it is– and one of the main reasons I tend to wait about a year after a book is published before reading it (and it certainly has NOTHING to do with my overwhelming TBR…)

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  10. You can’t stay ahead on your ebook totals now either, so that makes me feel better. Ha ha. I hope they have the Beat the Backlist Challenge again next year because I think without getting new ARCs I can definitely make progress with that.:)

    I loved looking at all your book photos and Merijn’s nature portrait. Merijn’s photo looks fabulous.<3

    I think even though I am not a student I might be able to learn a thing or two from that post and most certainly the oganizational one. Heh heh. Thanks for the lovely shout out! ❤

    Here's to a fab birthday month for both of us. 😀

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    1. Ha I will crunch my ebook totals by the end of the year (Now watch me fail haha).
      I think they were talking about it initially but as it has been taking so much time for them I’m not sure if they still will.

      Yeay to October babies. 😀

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  11. That sounds like a fabulous idea for a vacation! I love that you got to spend two days reading. What a dream vacation! 🙂
    My husband has read The Martian and really enjoyed it and has been wanting to watch the movie, but I’m one of those that wants to read the book first before watching the movie. And it isn’t really calling to me. Maybe I’ll just watch the movie first since you liked it more. 🙂

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  12. 16 books is amazing! And I’m totally jealous that you were able to read so much. I’ve been battling a bit of a slump. I hope your situation improves with a new dosage. I love your backyard and Merijn is so adorable! I hope you have a wonderful October.

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  13. Natuurlijk begrijp ik dat. Ik hoop alleen voor jou dat je zo snel mogelijk minder last hebt van die neveneffecten en dat je je weer wat beter gaat voelen. De laatste weken lijkt het beetje energie dat ik doorgaans heb vrijwel helemaal te verdwijnen en kom ik veel minder aan zaken toe. Dan loopt mijn blogfeed ook binnen de kortste keren uit en blijven de boeken jammer genoeg ook wat vaker opzij liggen. Gelukkig heb ik nu Sam en Dean (seizoen 12) om me gezelschap te houden terwijl ik het rustig aan doe. 🙂

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  14. I hope your changes have been good ones!
    Are you planning to continue the Lumatere Chronicles? I didn’t like the first book much, but I absolutely adore the second two. They’re two of my favorite books!
    How was Wildlands? Would you recommend going?
    I’m sorry to hear that your struggling with your antidepressants. I hope you figure out a good dosage! Hang in there. *hugs*
    Here’s my September recap. 😊

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    1. I’m not sure. I’m kind of annoyed that Froi seems to be the mc in the next one. Maybe someday I might get the ebooks.
      I would certainly reccommend going to Wildlands. It was fun. They have 3 different sections and some fun things to do like a small trip with a bus like a safari and a small boat ride that was fun. I’d reccommend Burger’s Zoo more though.

      Thanks. The side effects are slowly going away now.


      1. I love Froi’s story! I don’t remember at all what he did in Finnikin, though, so that helps.

        Ooh, thanks for the tip. The other zoo is even closer!


  15. Thanks for posting a photo of your backyard–I adore this space and would want to spend lots of time there. Your son is so cute! I have always enjoyed going to the zoo with my family. Congrats on so much reading progress this year.

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