Dancing Out of January 2018

January is always such a weird month. It is the start of the new year that feels like it takes forever. The days are grey and short. And we had our ups and downs. But we also visited the library quite a bit. I say that is a good start no matter what. πŸ˜‰

The Reading Challenge

The Numbers

# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 17
Total: 17/60


    1. Β The Cuckoo’s Calling (Comoran Strike 1) by Robert Gailbraith (J.K. Rowling)Β  (4 stars)
    2. Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Indicate 1) by Lola Dodge (3,5 stars)
    3. Animal Farm by George Orwell (3 stars)
    4. The Case of Beasts by Mark Salisbury (4 stars)
    5. Regal Academy 1 by Luana Vergari (3 stars) (comic)
    6. The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans 1) by J.D. Horn (3 stars)
      Sightwitch preview excerpt by Susan Dennard (100 pages or so)
    7. De Legende van de Hemelrijders (De Bieb-Bende 1) by Michael Reefs (3,5 stars)
    8. Half Bad (Half Bad 1) by Sally Green (2,5 stars)
    9. Goblin Market by Christina RossettiΒ  (4 stars)
    10. Chainbreaker (Timekeeper 1) by Tara Sim (4 stars)
    11. The Silkworm (Comoran Strike 2) by Robert Gailbraith (J.K. Rowling) (4 stars)
    12. Rend the Dark (Rend the Dark 1) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King (4 stars) (novella)
    13. Skinshaper (Rend the Dark 2) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King (3 stars) (novella)
    14. Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders 1) by Robin Hobb (4 stars)
    15. The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. 2) by Jonathan Stroud (upped to 5 stars) (reread)
    16. The World of Song and Fire by George R.R. Martin (4 stars)
    17. Career of Evil (Comoran Strike 3) by Robert Gailbraith (J.K. Rowling) (3,5 stars)

The TBR, Backlist and Library Love Challenge

# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of 2018– 185
Books read in January (that count) – 5

Books bought/received in January (no ebooks) – 8

Total unread books on shelf end of January–  188

This isn’t off to a grand start unfortunately. But this is mostly because I read 6 library books instead of own books to be honest. So I think I might need to slow myself down a little library wise. I do still want to read a lot of my own books.

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of 2018Β  – 14
Ebooks read in January – 5
Ebooks bought/Received in January – 5
Total unread ebooks end of January – 14

fKeeping things even, well done, Annemieke.

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in January – 14

Total – 14/40

Off to a great start here too. A lot of what I read was backlist. I have not written a lot of reviews for these though to be posted on Wordery. I decided I would post my reviews on Wordery as that is just the easiest one. If you know of any other easy retail sites to add reviews to let me know.

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in January – 6
Total – 6/12

Already half way! Oops. Maybe I should have set it to 24.

How Was January for Me?

January 1st

⌘ The first week of January was a lot of bleh. I was having a lot of physical discomfort and Merijn was having a really bad week with not listening to me at all and acting out, even when we went on walks and especially around his dad.

⌘ The week after that things picked up a lot though. I finally had that time of the month and despite all the cramping it felt like a relief to my body.

⌘ Merijn also had a better week and started listening a lot better again. I took him with me walking (but still with the baby carriage along) to the stores and he behaved very well in them. He even carried his own diapers to the register haha.

⌘ Merijn figured out how to open zippers. So now he can open his sleeping bag. I had to put the zipper on the bag. He also started teething his last tooth to complete a set of 16 teeth. But that gave a great few naps and mornings. Not. But then the tooth didn’t come through and the last 2 nights of this month there was an hour and a half of midnight babbling again. #exhausted

In the library

⌘ I actually searched out a few job adds and send out one application. Go me. Working scares me again because of Merijn, my voice and all.

⌘ I picked up and reserved quite a few books at the library…

⌘ We had a good morning with my friend and her twins the last Friday of January. Just drinking something and walking around our shopping street. The interactions between the three are getting interesting, haha.

⌘ From January 24th to February 3rd we have the national story time/reading to days where reading to your kids is centered. Some libraries organize extra story time. I got Merijn the picture book of the year 2018. It is still a bit too much text for Merijn but I think he will like it when he is a few months older. And I think I like collecting those kind of things. It does kind of show what kind of picture books are of interest here.

⌘ On the last day of January I had a doctor’s appointment about my meds. I had already decided with how December and January was that stopping was just not going to be a good idea. So I am staying on them a little longer. Maybe this Summer.

Going down the slide on his own at the end of January

What Happened on the Blog?

⌘ Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Sydicate 1) by Lola Dodge
⌘ The King of Bones and Ashes (The Witches of New Orleans 1) by J.D. Horn
⌘ Regal Academy: A School for Fairy Tales

Top Ten Tuesday
New to Me Authors I Read in 2017 // Books I Meant To Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To // Low Pressure Goals for 2018 // Books I Liked but Can’t Remember in Detail

Other Posts
2018 (Reading) Goals // My Rekindled Love of the Library and the Library Love Challenge // IBWM #1 – Local Publishers // The Goodreads Reading Challenge – Playing by My Own Rules // Swipe, You’re Not Good Enough // What I Would Like to Watch in 2018

2017 Wrap Up
Dancing Out of December 2017 // Dancing Out of the Year – Looking Back on 2017 // Books Ever After 2017 Reading Goals Wrap UpΒ  // Did I Keep to a Budget in 2017? // My Year in Books // Time to Crunch Some Numbers – Reading Statistics 2017

What Did I Watch?

⌘ Transformers: The Last Knight / Movie
This was for my husband as I never cared for the Transformer movies. But this one took the cake really. Taking the King Arthur and his knights legend. Seriously? Now all of a sudden they have such a history with us?

⌘ Into the Woods / Movie
Is the book as dreadful as this movie was?

⌘ Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble / Movie
Sometimes one has to watch movies with the kid. Pure torture. πŸ˜‰

⌘ Rio / Movie
⌘ Rio 2 / Movie
I guess it was okay. Fairly decent, nothing spectacular. The first one was better than the second which wasn’t really Rio anymore.

⌘ The X-Files Essentials / TV Show / Season 1 / Ep 1-3 / 8
I will admit that for a sci-fi tv show fan I am behind on a lot of new ones. But even worse is that I have never watched this before. They started showing the newest season on Fox here alongside America and before they show this X-Files Essentials where some important episodes where picked out. I don’t dare start to watch season 11 though as I guess that would perhaps be a bit hard to follow?

⌘ Star Trek: Beyond / Movie
Well we finally got this and watched it and I certainly was not impressed. I love the epicness of this all but this Kirk was so serious and yet they did so little with what he was struggling with throughout the movie. Missed chance. Also the villain was awfully developed.

⌘ American Gods / Season 1 / Ep 5-8 / Finished
Well I finally finished this. During that time of the month I could not focus on reading so I ended up putting this on. It is as strange and weird as the show and sometimes I really don’t know what is going on and yet it is strangely addictive once you start?

⌘ Kungfu Panda 3
Not as strong as the previous two but still pretty good.

⌘ Under the Dome / Season 3 / Episode 1-4

⌘ Rewatched // Minoes / Scooby-Doo: Camp Scare / Niko: The Flight Before Christmas / Despicable Me 3 / Cars / Cars 2 / Meet the Robinsons

Best of My Bookstagram


Surprisingly I hit 900 followers.

Best liked

Beat the Backlist Instagram Challenge




 ⌘ Ayla from Books & Babbles has created a two weekly International Bookworms Meme. She also posted about how to get the best out of your e-reader apps.
⌘ Austine from Novelknight shares her experience with the Kindle Paperwhite and migraines. She also writes about why your (blogging) stats matter but you matter more. And she made a spreadsheet to keep track of the books and entering for points for Beat the Backlist.
⌘ Kristen from Metaphors and Moonlight wonders how much we really discuss books.
⌘ Aentee from Read at Midnight shares her The Cruel Prince designs.
⌘ Cait from Paper Fury shared 10 bookworm habits we should leave in 2017. And of course 8 types of TBR piles.
⌘ Lucy from That Book Gal made a tutorial on how to make filters, request and review on Edelweiss.
⌘ Brittani from Hope, Faith & Books has taken over the Dystopia Reading Challenge for 2018!
⌘ Jaimie from Perpetual Page-Turner shares 6 life lessons she’s learned in the last 6 months.
⌘ Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction compared the different reviews she posts to see how well they do.
⌘ Mishma from Chasing Faerytales talkes about struggling to find her place in a changing blogging community.
⌘ Tina from As Told by Tina has started a monthly link up feature called Spread the Love. At the end of every month you can link up those posts you think deserved some more love.
⌘ Rinn from Papers & Pixels shares her love for Lord of the Rings.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje shares her reading statistics of 2017. She also tagged me for the book version of Tag to which I will respond here in February. Liesbet also really likes counting as she put her to be read pile in numbers.
⌘ Sue from Boekenz talks about the national story time days where the focus is on reading to our children.
⌘ Marcia from Oog op de Toekomst shared her shelves in numbers. She also made a list of books that take place on Mars.
⌘ Technically a February post but Emmy from Zon en Maan invites us to compliment other (Dutch) Ya Book bloggers in her form in February.


⌘ Bookshelf Tours of January 2018! Hailey in Bookland / Midnight Reads
⌘  Kat from Katytastic talked about a few books, in the last bit she talks about Turtles All the Way Down being triggering for her.

What Is Up Next Month?

⌘ February is a short month but filled with some nice things I think. My father in law has his birthday (the day this posts actually) so we go out to dinner that weekend, there is a book presentation in a book store near me, I am meeting up with a few ladies in the library in the nearby city, some volunteering, Merijn has his check up again, 3 other birthdays.

Complete TBR: The Crystal Key / The Carver / The Fifth Season / The Mad Ship / Halfway to the Grave / One Foot in the Grave / Wires and Nerve V 1 and 2 / The Hollow Boy / Reighn of the Fallen / Stone of Farewell

⌘ Reading wise I have a few plans. I want to continue on with the Liveship Traders trilogy with the second book. I am having a buddy read for The Fifth Season with Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense at the end of the month that I am excited for. I have to read two review copies. I’d also like to finally continue on with my reread of Lockwood. And I have some library books to read. Two reservations still have to come in this month. Tudu.

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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56 thoughts on “Dancing Out of January 2018

  1. I have no idea what Goblin Market could be about, but I really love the title! πŸ™‚ I’ve also been meaning to read Ship of Magic for YEARS – I’ve heard good things about it so have been oddly saving for when I’m too lazy to search for a good fantasy? I’m going to go check-out your review on the new J.D. Horn… that one has caught my interest!

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    1. It is the name of one poem from the collection, with goblins. πŸ˜‰
      Haha, you totally should pick it up even when you are not lazy though.It is really good.


  2. Wow! Such a busy month (and such a long post πŸ˜‰ ) I wish I had as much time to read as you do, but considering all you have to deal with, I think I’ll stick to my side of the grass. I’m a little disappointed you only gave 3 stars to Animal Farm though, and thus didn’t like it so much. It was a favorite of mine last year.

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    1. These monthly wrap ups always turn out long haha. πŸ˜‰
      Haha, todlers are not always a lot of fun. I thought Animal Farm was average. I see why other people really like it though with the message it sends.

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  3. Wow is The Mad Ship huge! I started reading the first book in the series ages ago, but dropped it. The pace was just killing me, nothing was happening xD
    I will be curious about your review of King of Bones and Ashes… I really liked that one.
    I hope your February goes well πŸ™‚

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  4. I was going to stick with only checking out two or three books a month from the library in order to encourage myself to pick up more of my own books, but I forgot how hard it is to resist the enthusiasm of other bloggers. There are so many books I want to read, but not necessarily buy and so I request them from the library. I think I need to have a serious talk with myself. Hoping you have a phenomenal February and that you get a chance to sleep more!

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  5. Sorry to hear January was a bit weird for you and I do hope February will be better! I do also agree that January is just overall a tough month. It’s so dark and cold and there are no holidays to look forward to and spring feels so far away still. But readingwise you seem to have had a great month! Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Half Bad, but I am happy you enjoyed Chain Breaker as I’m hoping to start that series soon πŸ™‚

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  6. I always like your wrap up posts – they are so well organized πŸ˜€

    Ugh, i’m glad i never watched any of those transformer movies… it’s just not for me.. talking cars and stuff^^ Mr.DZ isnt really interested either so thats good!

    Haha, ‘American Gods’.. we watched it all around Christmas and I agree! Weird, strange, but so addictive πŸ˜€ much more crazy than reading the book!

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  7. It sounds like you had a great reading month. Your little one is just adorable. It sounds like he really keeps you busy. I never could get a lot of reading done when my kids were that little so I am very impressed. I hope February is a great month for you!

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  8. Oh dear, I’m sorry January wasn’t so great for you! It sounds like you’re off to a wonderful start with books & films, though, so here’s hoping you find time in February to breathe in & keep working towards the goals you’ve set for yourself (as well as sleep more, haha!). So many congratulations on 900 Instagram followers, as well — that’s such an incredible milestone. ❀

    Topaz (Six Impossible Things)

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  9. WOW, 17 books in a month! You’re already WAY ahead of your reading game, Annemieke! ❀ And I totally get the struggle of trying to read all the books I already have on my shelves–I think I have 400-ish? Whoops. And I still keep buying more!

    And I hope you and Merijn stay healthy! ❀ He looks absolutely adorable!

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  10. Oh my gosh, I loved that he even carried his own diapers to the register! That is the cutest thing ever! And the only reason I have ever watched Transformers is because of Josh Duhamel. I fell for him wayyyyyyy back in the day when he got his start on All My Children and when that soap use to be on, awww I miss that show. Here’s hoping you have a wonderful February!

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  11. Ik blijf deze posts zo leuk vinden. Dat je TBR nog niet meteen zakt (die van mij ook niet hoor) heb je toch mooi gecompenseerd door een mooie start te maken met 17 gelezen boeken. Mocht ik mijn ebooks meetellen bij de tbr dan val ik waarschijnlijk achterover. Dankzij Bookbub heb ik immers heel wat ebooks klaarstaan die ik misschien ooit wel eens wil proberen. Het zijn gratis boeken, dus dat is een meevaller. Ik heb echter geen flauw idee wanneer het er ooit van zou komen om ze te lezen.

    Proficiat met je 900 Bookstagram-volgers en dankjewel voor het doorlinken. Hopelijk zien die TBR-cijfers er aan het einde van het jaar iets minder confronterend uit. πŸ˜‰ Ik ben alleszins net in mijn tweede eigen boek gestart voor deze maand (eerst The Rook van Daniel O’Malley en nu De Graces van Laure Eve) Γ©n er zijn nog geen nieuwe boeken bijgekomen. πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha dat ze gratis zijn valt dan weer mee gelukkig. πŸ˜‰ Ooit. Lees je wel eens ebooks?

      Dank je! Ja mooi, tweede boek al. πŸ˜€ Helaas zijn er bij mij al wat binnen gekomen. Pre orders, gewonnen boek, help.

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      1. Eigenlijk maar heel sporadisch. Ik heb een tijdje gehad waarin ik meer ebooks las. Vooral wanneer ik met het openbaar vervoer ergens naar toe moest. Vermits ik om de een of andere reden minder snel misselijk word wanneer ik in de bus/tram op een ereader lees. Nu is het echter alweer een hele poos geleden.

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    1. I haven’t seen the ending yet, but I do think that they had planned there to be more seasons before it got cancelled, so I don’t think it is the ending they had orginally planned.


  12. I love your wrap up style!!! I also think it is so cute that Merijn carried his diapers to the register! Teething is always so hard, I hope it gets a little easier. Celery has a natural numbing thing that helps with teething. I use to give my little ones a celery stick to chew on while they were teething and it helped so much.

    I started American Gods last year but I never finished even though I did make it a couple parts into the audiobook it was so weird but like you are right it is a strange addictive weird. I have all the transformer movies but to sit and actually watch them is so hard for me. I hope to do it someday.

    Thank you so much for featuring Spread the Love! I seriously appreciate it so much!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Thanks! Right? It was so cute to see. πŸ˜€
      Oh thanks for that tip. I’ll remember it for the next round. He never really liked those teething rings during the day so he just sticks his toys in his mouth and gnaws on them. Celery would be better.

      American Gods is very weird, haha.

      You are welcome! ❀


  13. You read a ton, yay!
    I’m glad Merijn seems to be moving past his rebellious phase. I hope it stays that way.
    Eeep, a job! How long does maternity leave last in the Netherlands? And what do you mean by your voice?
    Sounds like February will be a busy but fun month! So many birthdays. 😳

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    1. Me too. It was one application and I haven’t heard anything back from it. I was unemployed so I didn’t have any. But it is 4-6 weeks before giving birth and about 10 weeks after.
      October is the same way birthday wise (sil, me, friend and mil) and March has two birthdays. We do not have it scattered over the year haha.


      1. Oh wow, that’s almost as little as in the US. I’m surprised. Good luck!! I’m here if you need to vent or stress out.
        Haha, I guess you can get it all over at once.
        Ugh, I’m sorry. I’ve lost my voice a few times and I absolutely hate it. I’m sorry that happens to you!

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  14. I enjoy all of the family time you share with us. You are a great mom! I always check out too many books from the library, but I can’t resist all the recommendations from book blogs. I need to speed read! 17 books read is amazing with all that you do.

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