Dancing Out of December 2017

The last month of December felt a little crazy to me. Little sleep, teething, toilets, snow…

The Reading Challenge

The Numbers

# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 8
Total: 141/60


    1. Halayda (Star-Fae 1) by Sarah Delena White (2 stars)
    2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (The Girl of Fire and Thorns) by Rae Carson (4 stars)
    3. 1984 by George Orwell  (3 stars)
    4. Furyborn (Emporium 1) by Claire Legrand (4 stars)
    5. Hogfather (Death 4, Discworld) by Terry Pratchett (5 stars)
    6. The Zanna Fuction by Daniel Wheatley (4 stars)
    7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling (upped 4 stars) (reread)
    8. The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. 1) by Jonathan Stroud (reread)

#Readerscrossing Wrap Up

Honestly I completely forgot about this and did not keep track of it at all. Just a lot of things going on.

The TBR and Backlist Challenge

I shall keep my end tbr number a surprise for my goal wrap up tomorrow, haha.

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in December – 4

Total – 73/50

How Was December for Me?

⌘ On the first of the month we went to this mommy cafe where they talked about doing yoga together with the kiddies. It was fun to meet other moms this way. It was a small group.


⌘ We celebrated Sinterklaas December third. Merijn got so spoiled.

He went knock-out haha

⌘ I met up with a friend on the eight and we went to the library sale. As you could see in the book haul, there were books bought. And she bought me a book as well. ❤

⌘ In the week of the eleventh we got our toilet done. Since it was going to be messy and all, I went to my parents with Merijn. It was the day it was going to be terrible winter weather with the snow and off I went in my little car with a 15m old for the usual 3 hour drive. It turned into 4 hours which was really not that bad. I’m glad we left in the morning and not in the afternoon which I had intially planned so we got less snow along the way. It was pretty doable that way even though everyone told me not to go, haha. I can drive safely through snow  people. Woohoo.  (And this is a thing because the last time it snowed and I did that trip alone, back in January 2013, I spinned of the highway.)

⌘ Merijn and I got spoiled at my parents but I had no concentration to read while there. Merijn had very little either since he barely touched his books. Too many triggers. We also met up with my cousin who has a son 2 weeks younger than Merijn and they got to play a bit. We might do it again in the future.

⌘ Merijn was teething during this week and the next. Insert tired mommy. I had even worse nights than he did…

⌘ The drive back on the Friday was terrible because a big highway was closed of because of a big accident with a truck and two cars. So I had to go the long way around. Merijn woke up early in the car. And was mr grumpy because of it nearing the end and before dinner.


⌘ Here is our new toilet. We still have to put in a new ceiling and do the window and door. But my hubby really wants to do it. Want to guess how long that will take?

⌘ The Saturday after we had problems with our heating though at the front of the house. My husband aired them out and went to refill the tank and instead flooded our kitchen. We had to call a professional who helped him out on the phone. Ugh. Such a mess. At least hubby cleaned it himself. Merijn also toppled backwards twice during the whole mess as I tried to keep him away from the water but also help hubby and ugh. Just ugh.

⌘ The week after that (which was the week before Christmas) I was feeling a bit meh to be honest. I think it is just all the festivities, but having to wait until the days actually come and hubby having to work a lot. Also all the money that you spend during these days and obviously the toilet also cost us. There is just so much more stress in December and I think it kind of came out like that.

First Christmas Day: Playing and reading
First Christmas Day: He got so much Duplo. And during dinner we started a new tradition of reading during the courses.

⌘  Christmas was mostly okay. Merijn was very hyper. I forgot my meds first Christmas Day. All three of us got spoiled a lot with the presents from Santa.

Second Christmas Day: We went to dinner at the inlaws and Merijn was looking like a stud.

⌘ The teething saga continued with even worst nights these last few nights of 2017. But there was also a bit of fever so who knows what is up?

⌘ Tonight is New Years Eve. What are your plans? We are staying at home. Watching some tv. Maybe I’ll try and read and get a headstart on the first book of 2018. 😉

What Happened on the Blog?


Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Norse Gods 3) by Rick Riordan
Midnight Dunes (Landkist Saga 3) by Steven Kelliher
Where the Stars Rise
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices 1) by Cassandra Clare
The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere 2) by Heidi Heilig
Halayda (Star-Fae 1) by Sarah Delena White

Top Ten Tuesday
Settings in Books I Would Love To Visit // My Favorite Releases of 2017 // Books I Hope Santa Brings // 2018 Releases I Am Looking Forward To

Other Posts
Book Haul #26 – The One Where I Barely Bought Books but Still Got a Lot // Dancing out of November 2017 // Beat the Backlist 2018 Sign-Up // #ReadersCrossing Sign-Up – Come Camp at My Campsite! // Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 // ‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly, Tralalala // 14 Bloggers Share Their Christmas Reads // Book Haul #27 – Library Sale and Christmas

Wrapping up 2017
Top 17 of 2017 // He’s Making a List, Checking it Twice, Gonna Find Out If I’m Naughty or Nice… // Beat the Backlist Wrap Up // End of the Year Survey 2017 – Where I Answer the Really Hard Questions…

What Did I Watch?

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland / Season 1 / Episode 9-13 / Completed
I am glad we got to watch this because I do like the Knave but I don’t think this is one we will buy on dvd to rewatch.

The Flash / Season 2 / Episode 16-23 / Completed
I feel so conflicted about a lot of this. I am not happy with that ending, that is for sure. Just when you think Barry learns, he goes and does somethign like that…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children / Movie
I thought the movie was okay. The ending was a lot more exciting than I remember the book to be haha.

Heksen Bestaan Niet / Movie
I had higher expectations of this Dutch Kid’s witches movie…

A Christmas Carol (1999) / Movie
This is the one with Patrick Stewart. It makes me remember I appreciate him so much.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic / Documentaire
They showed this on the BBC during Christmas and I watched it. Not that I actually saw a lot as a cat and a kid were being annoying…

The Gruffalo / Movie
We have not yet read the book but we have seen the short movie. Yeay for us.

Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy / Movie
I actually own the first three or so, haha. But I didn’t catch up with all the new ones. ._. It was okay.

  Rewatched // The Karate Kid 1, 2, and 3 / Up / Brave / Monsters & Aliens / Avengers: Age of Ultron

Best of My Bookstagram

Best liked




⌘ NovelKnight is hosting Beat the Backlist again in 2018 though slightly different. Come join the fun. I’m in team #novelknights! Austine also talks about having multiple social media accounts and the struggle.
⌘ Jamie from Books and Ladders featured 10 instagram accounts that have under a 1000 followers and one of them was mine. She is also hosting the #2017throwback reading challenge in 2018.
⌘ Shannon from It Starts at Midnight shared books she loved but that have low ratings on Goodreads.
⌘ Michelle from The Writing Hufflepuff is sharing some bloggerlovin’. Throughout December she posted multiple posts to share some bloggers she loves. Including me in this one.
⌘ Tina from As Told by Tina is hosting the #LetsReadIndie 2018 Reading Challenge.
⌘ Nicole from Feed Your Fictin Addiction and Shannon from It Starts at Midnight are hosting the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Nicole also shared a list of other 2018 reading challenges. She also talks about why she can’t seem to read lately. And she discusses why she likes some books better as audiobooks.
⌘ Kristen from Metaphors and Moonlight shares a list of 10 fantasy/sci-fi Christmas reads. She also shares her 2017 reading stats.
⌘ Maraia and Sebastian from Buchermonster wrote a piece about why not getting arcs is not a blogging death sentence.
⌘ Jamie from The Perputual Page-Turner is doing the 8th annual End of the Year Survey! She also compiled a list of 42 books being turned into movies next year!
⌘ Dani from Dani Reviews things is hosting the#aseriesamonth2018 reading challenge.
⌘ Crini from All About Books shares how the hand lettering of As Travers as is on the naked hc of the collector’s edition of A Darker Shade of Magic came to be.
⌘ Cat from Let the Pages Reigh says she can’t write her own queerness which was an interesting read. She also talks about the downfalls of blocking.
⌘ Ayla from Books & Babbles shares how to take control of your goodreads to be read shelf. She also wraps up her 2017.
⌘ Sophie from Beware of the Reader talks about the things she didn’t know when she started blogging.
⌘ From January 16th Top Ten Tuesday will leave The Broke and the Bookish and move over to Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl. You can find the new schedule for the start of the year here.
⌘  You should totally join the Mental Health Book Bingo this January!
⌘ Jeann from Happy Indulgence shares a recent negative experience with an author.
⌘ La La in the Library has a cover conversation about Timekeeper.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje shared her experience with using a Rocket Book Wave book, where you can erase your writing of the page. She also shares the pros and cons of reoccuring blogging items/memes. And she shows us her work progress for Christmas cards.
⌘ Tineke from Ogma shares why she keeps rereading Good Omens.
⌘ Lisa from Leave No Story Behind shares her excuses to not have a book buying ban.
⌘ Annabel from Het Leven van een Boekenworm talks about herself as a blogger.
⌘ Priss from The Dutch Reading Society reviewed The Girl from Everywhere, the book we buddy read.


⌘ Hailey from Hailey in Bookland gave a (mini) library to her high school

What Is Up Next Month?


⌘ Who even knows? Not me…

⌘ I would however like to read The Cuckoo’s Calling and I am hoping to start in that one New Year’s Eve. I hope to read Half Bad with La La in the Library next month as well as readalong with Ship of Magic for the Hobb readalong on instagram. I also want to continue my reread of Lockwood & Co. and would like to finish the Death arc of Discworld. Oh and I have two arcs I need to get to as those are released in January…

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. I will also link up with Monthly Wrap up from Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.


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I wish you all an amazing last night of 2017 whether you like to spend it reading or partying. ❤


31 thoughts on “Dancing Out of December 2017

  1. That’s cool you met some other moms at the mommy cafe! Sounds like this whole month was a busy one for Merijn. Sorry about all the problems though, the flooding sounds awful. I have no NYE plans, but I did cave and started reading another book (I had wanted to wait until the 1st). Hope you have a good evening and a great 2018!

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    1. Ugh, yes. A weird month for Merijn and today with all the fireworks going off isn’t going too great for him either. Hopefully he’ll sleep well.
      I hope you’ll have a good NYE. You can always wait to read the last page until after midnight. Great start to 2018. 😉


  2. That toilet looks nicer than any toilet in any house I’ve ever lived it xD (that probably says more about me than your toilet though, haha…)

    Merijn reads? But he’s so little! *impressed*

    I am wishing you the best start to 2018 you can ever imagine, and also less and less toilet repairs 😀

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    1. I am proud of how ‘fancy’ it looks haha.
      His reading consists of taking a book, flipping through it and ‘telling’ his own story in babbling. Nothing more than can be expected of this age. 😉

      Haha gosh I hope so. Thanks.


  3. First of all thank you for mentioning my blog. We’re celebrating New years eve at home with our three girls and watching tv. We already played games and I hope I can get a start on my 2018 TBR haha. Have a wonderful evening and an amazing 2018!

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  4. We are staying inside where it is nice and warm for New Years Eve. We are having record cold temps here. ❄ Eggnog and cookies and my Kindle are in my future for The evening. ☺ All your holiday pics are amazing. Your little ones face is priceless, he’s so excited. Happy New Year! 🎉

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  5. Driving in snow is definitely a skill. 🙂 Glad you had a good Christmas, although yes december can be SO stressful. Hope you have a nice relaxing New Years. We’re staying in too and I’m so glad lol.

    Monsters and Aliens is a fun movie. And I kinda gave up on Flash…

    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Thanks! Our bathroom is upstairs and has no toilet. 😉 In my early days with English I always found the term bathroom confusing as that was a shower/bath for me haha.


  6. Oh my goodness, you did AMAZING on Beat the Backlist! Wow! And that sounds like a lot of fun, yoga with new mommy friends and your kiddos. I would have loved to be able to do that when my boys were littler. And it’s always so nice meeting new mommy friends. I struggled with how to make new friends when we moved to this state 11 years ago, but when you throw kids into the mix it makes life so much easier for finding friends. Thank goodness. 🙂
    Oh no, teething or having your little one sick is the worst. Sleep, so simple yet so unattainable during those periods. I’m hoping that he gets past this phase and that you can find sleep again. Hugs!!

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  7. You had such a busy month, phew! I hope January is calmer for you. Also, Sebastian and I are both completely in awe at how much you manage to post! Thanks for including our post in your roundup. 😊 And I hope you love the Liveship Traders trilogy as much as I do!

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  8. December is definitely such a stressy month, even if you love the holidays. Hope you’ll have a great January though!
    And wow for driving in the snow, it’s something that would stress me out so much (but to be fair I hate driving even when the weather’s fine…)
    I’m still watching The Flash, though I’m beginning to be less excited about it. It’s no longer a must-watch show for me.
    Wishing you an amazing 2018!

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    1. Making the 3h drive is not my favorite thing normally, but somehow I managed with a todler so I guess I can be proud of that. 😉
      Yeah i am hearing that a lot about The Flash. So sad. It has so much potential!


  9. Eerst en vooral … dankjewel voor het delen van mijn blogposts. Maar nu je Miss Peregrine hebt gezien kan ik je vragen of je Tim Burton hebt gespot. Ik herkende hem meteen toen ik de film zag maar blijkbaar ben ik één van de weinige.

    Hopelijk voel je je wat beter nu de december-drukte achter je ligt en gaat het ook met Merijn beter. Waren het uiteindelijk enkel zijn tandjes die doorkwamen of is hij net als ik het jaar ziek gestart?

    Oh ja, dag vier en ik ben klaar voor boek drie. Meer zeg ik niet want ik wil hier niets jinxen. 😉

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    1. Astu. En ik heb geen idee hoe Tim Burton er uit ziet dus dat is nee haha.

      Ik denk de tandjes al is uiteindelijk de onderste nog niet echt door. Maar soms kan dat ook wel even duren. Heel irritant.


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  10. Happy New Year… two weeks late! Ha ha. I cannot believe I am this far behind on your posts! I didn’t know hubs flooded the kitchen when he tried to fix the heater. 😱

    It was a good reading year for you, and Merijn is coming along healthy, happy, smart, and loving books; so I say 2017 was a huge success for you. 🙌🙌🙌 #JazzHands

    Thanks for the Cover Conversations signal boost. 😘

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