Dancing Out of February 2018

February was NOT the month I thought it was going to be. Between the flu, losing my voice and some other things I ended up having to cancel almost all of my appointments and the last week and a half were pretty bad reading wise too. Also I had too many library books and still did not make a dent in my tbr. Boo.

The Reading Challenge

The Numbers
# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 18
Total: 35/60


    1. Wires and Nerve (Wires and Nerve 1) by Marissa Meyer (reread) (graphic novel)
    2. Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve 2) by Marissa Meyer (3,5 stars) (graphic novel)
    3. Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles 3) by Sarah Andersen (4 stars) (graphic novel)
    4. Kort en Gelukkig (Sprookjesjager 1) by Marijke F. Jansen (3,5 stars)
    5. White Sand volume 2 by Brandon Sanderson (3,5 stars) (graphic novel)
    6. Crystal Key (The Wellspring Trilogy 1) by Robert Gronewold (3 stars)
    7. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress 1) by Jeaniene Frost (4 stars)
    8. The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. 3) by jonathan Stroud (reread)
    9. One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress 2) by Jeaniene Frost (3 stars)
    10. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic 2) by Amanda Lovelace (3,5 stars) (poetry)
    11. Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen 1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh (4 stars)
    12. The CarverΒ  (Order of the Bell 1) by Jacob Devlin (3 stars)
    13. The Museum of Extraordinairy Things by Alice Hoffman (3,5 stars)
    14. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 1 by CLAMP (5 stars) (Manga)
    15. The Spiderwick Chronicles (1-5) by Holly Black and Toni DiTerlizzi (4,5 stars) (Bind-up)
    16. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park 1) by Michael Crighton (3,5 stars)
    17. The Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn 2) by Tad Williams (3 stars)
    18. Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan (3,5 stars)

Do not be fooled by this number. There are a lot of graphic novels here! I really should not complain about the number. It is pretty decent. πŸ˜‰

The TBR and Backlist Challenge

# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of February – 188 + 1 = 189
Books read in February (that count) – 2

Books bought/received in February (no ebooks) – 11

Total unread books on shelf end of February – 198

A book that was in my unhaul made its way back to my tbr. Lesigh. Lets not talk about the rest, okay?

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks start of February – 14
Ebooks read in February – 6
Ebooks bought/Received in February – 9
Total unread ebooks end of February – 17

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in February – 13

Total – 27/40

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in February – 8
Total – 14/24

I clearly should have gone for my initial feeling of 24 for the library love challenge. I’ve upped it to that halfway through the month when I already hit 10 library books. I’m trying to slow down a little because I would like to read some more of my physical tbr. And that is obviously not going so well since I have been prioritizing library books. Oops.

How Was February for Me?

Untitled⌘ The first night of February was terrible with little sleep. I was exhausted the first of February as was Merijn . I guess it could only go up from there right?

⌘ On the third of February Merijn had a grandpa day and at the end of it (well 5.00 pm since we can’t eat to late with Merijn) we went out to dinner from grandpa’s birthday that was on the fourth. We went to a tapas bar. It was a lot of fun. Merijn had no problem with sitting in a chair there for 2,5 hours as long as he got some food. He ate so much that he barely ate anything for breakfast and lunch the next day, haha.

⌘ The week after that though I lost my voice on the Thursday. I had to cancel volunteering and my night out with the ladies at the library in Zwolle. It sucked it and not having a proper voice sucks with a todler.

⌘ I did end up going to the book presentation at Westerhof in Zwolle for two books released by Dutch Venture Publishing. One by Miranda Peters and one by Sarah Dalton. I got both books with a slight discount. Miranda signed the book herself and since Sarah is English (and was only there by video conference) we got a book plate with the book. It was a lot of fun to see some of the girls again who work at Westerhof like Odette and Evelien. But with my voice being gone it was also a lot of awkwardness…

⌘ The day after that I managed to hit my elbow on the thing in the wall that the latch for the staircase gate has to go into. HOW I managed this I will never know but it happened as I was carrying Merijn downstairs and OUCH. It was bruised and hurt a lot for a while. Fun when you need to be able to pick up a toddler. Not.

⌘ I made a page to showcase my favorite book of each blogging year. You can see that here. I also made the background in the theme light green. Not entirely sure if I like it or not. I’m also thinking about switching things around a little again with my book reviews. You might have seen I changed the written ratings to actual stars (thanks Aimee!) but I’m thinking on changing the order of some things as well.


⌘ This month my husband and I met each other in real life ten years ago so we took Merijn to the zoo. Even without Merijn we loved going to the zoo. This was such a last minute decision though, haha. It was really cold and a lot of animals were in their inside habitats because of the cold. Even so it was fun and Merijn clearly loved the penguins.

⌘ Merijn caught a bit of a stomach flu. He had never slept in bed with us before that night. But he is a good kid and hasn’t complained about going back to his own bed which is what I’ve always feared if we did do it once. But yeah, poor thing was pretty sick for a bit.

⌘ And then of course we ended up with the stomach flu. Fun. But at least husband was home for a few days in a row. That hasnt happened in a while.Β  But I had to cancel volunteering again and couldn’t go to the birthday dinner of a friend. 😦  I also had a craptastic headache during it and since there was also Merijn to take care of there was basically no reading done. How do other people get to read so much when they are sick? I do not get.

⌘ Merijn had his check up again. Before he was often above average weight wise but lagging behind a bit in his length. But he grew a lot since November and hasn’t gained that much weight so he is completely within the average lines now. I never cared much about the weight but I did think about the length since I am not tall at all (and that is an understatement). I was teased (also an understatement) with that a lot when I was younger so yeah… But he’s clearly lost his baby fat. You can see it so well in his cheeks.

⌘ My friends twins turned one at the end of the month so we also went to visit them with presents of course on the last day of the month. Fun to slowly see some more interactions between Merijn and the twins. πŸ™‚

⌘ The last few days of February were so cold! But we got some snow which was pretty great. πŸ˜€


⌘ This guy is now 18 months and as you can see is climbing on everything.

What Happened on the Blog?

⌘ Chainbreaker (Timekeeper 2) by Tara Sim
⌘ Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman
⌘ Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
⌘ Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
⌘ The Carver (Order of the Bell 1) by Jacob Devlin
⌘ Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Volume 1 by CLAMP
⌘ Half Bad (Half Bad 1) by Sally Green
⌘ The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Top Ten Tuesday
Unread Books That Have Been On My Shelves the Longest / Best Fantasy Books to Read for Valentine’s Day β™₯ / Books I’ve Decided I Am No Longer Interested in Reading + Unhaul / Books I Could Reread Forever

Other Posts
Book Haul #28 – Lets Start 2018 with Books / Dancing Out of January 2018 / The Book Rec Tig-Tag 2.0 / Five TBR Books I Think Will Be Five Star Reads for Me! / How Do I Unhaul Books

What Did I Watch?

⌘ X-Files Essentials / Season 1 – Ep 13 and 24 / Season 2 – Ep 2 / Season 3 – Ep 4
As you can see the jumps in these episodes are getting bigger and honestly, it doesn’t help with keeping my interest as it is hard to get attached to characters when you miss so much.

⌘ Iron Man 3 / Movie
I think it was an okay ending to the Iron Man franchise but the first movie always will be the best.

⌘ Power Rangers / Movie
Ah I quite enjoyed this. I love the characters and their interactions and there really needs to be a sequel.

⌘ Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card / Anime / Ep 1-2
After reading the first volume of the manga I immediately searched out the anime and knew I needed to watch this too. I loved it though not as much as the manga.

⌘ Winter Olympics 2018 / Sports Event
This is probably not a surprise. I mostly watched speed skating and shorttrack as that gets the most attention on the tv here and I am obviously more interested in speed skating. A lot of it was also during Merijn’s naps so that helped haha. We did pretty well! So happy for some of them.

⌘ Rewatched: Inferno / Scooby Doo: Camp Scare / Despicable Me 3

Best of My Bookstagram

Best liked

Beat the Backlist Instagram Challenge




⌘ La La in the Library talks Gollancz covers in this cover conversation post. ❀
⌘ Daniela from Nocturnal Devices gives the room for a discussion if we should have black history month inspired by what Morgan Freeman recently said about it. In the same post she also shares some great reads for black history month.
⌘ Austine from Novel Knight made the Book Community Media Dashboard where you can add in all your links.
⌘ Kristen from Metaphors and Moonlight shares how to use Feedly and why it is her favorite.
⌘ Lyndsay from Motherly shares 5 signs that your kid is already interested in reading. Merijn for sure does the first four.
⌘ Mallory from She is Bookish shares six reasons why books get lost in her tbr pile.
⌘ Jolien from The Fictional Reader talks about loving yourself and loving others.
⌘ Imryl from X+1 annoucnes Wyrd and Wonder, where in May all fantasy will be celebrated. Come sign up! Here is a schedule where you can add in the posts you are planning on doing.
⌘ Lindsey from Lindsey Reads talks about online friendships.
⌘ The Oran-Utan Librarian shares their love story with Pratchett so far.
⌘ Aimee from Aimee Always shares 5 ways to style your book review.
⌘ Chasing Faerytales interviewed Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of Reign of the Fallen.
⌘ Dina from Dinasoaur sums up her personality with books.
⌘ Krysta from Pages Unbound shares 5 bookish misconceptions.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Vivian from The Book Review talks about school libraries and reading counsilors.
⌘  Annabel from Het Leven van een Boekenworm responded to The Book Rec Tig-Tag 2.0 (as created by Zwartraafje) where I tagged her for here, and recced me some books.
⌘  Lisa from Leave No Story Behind shares a few things that after 4+ years of blogging she still isn’t good in doing.

What Is Up Next Month?

⌘ Reading wise I will try and get maximum of 1 book out of the library if I see one I am dying to read or something along those lines but I would like to focus March on my own books.


⌘ TBR: Finish The Fifth Season with Alica from A Kernel of Nonsense / The Mad Ship / The Ship of Destiny / The Unseen / The Hummingbird / Pitch Dark / The Bear and the Nightingale / Lake Silence / Norse Mythology / The Creeping Shadow

⌘ As for other things, we will be going to be parents for the weekend next weekend. My dad’s birthday is actually on the day this posts but we couldn’t go today. Maarten also has his birthday on the last day of the month in Easter weekend plus the weekend there is an event happening in our city so that will be busy lol.

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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59 thoughts on “Dancing Out of February 2018

  1. Too bad for the flu but when I see all that you posted you had a great month! And I loved Aimee ‘s post too πŸ˜‰

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  2. Sorry to hear about you being sick and losing your voice! Yikes. Hope everyone is feeling better now over your way/ πŸ™‚

    I loved watching the Olympics, and yes the speed skating and short track were pretty awesome this year. Hope you enjoy the new books! I’ve enjoyed Robin Hobb in the past, and Norse Mythology is on my TBR too.

    Have a great week!


    1. I now have a cold and am hoarse, so only a little better haha.

      I loved watching it. So much fun. I read Norse Mythology and enjoyed it well enough.


  3. That’s a great number of books to read in a month, even if there are a lot of graphic novels!
    The trip to the zoo looks like a lot of fun and I like your new page to showcase your favourite read of the year!

    Have a great March!

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  4. WHOA congrats on reading so many books! (graphic novels definitely count!) I also had the flu this month… I’m pretty sure it went around my entire college. Happy March!

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  5. isn’t Herding Cats just so funny?? I love her book. I read The Witch Doesn’t burn too in February. Love her poetry! Reign of the FAllen .. a DNF! 😦 Glad you enjoyed it! Hope you and Merijn get some better sleep in March!

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    1. Yes, I followed Sarah for years before any books came out over on FB so it is great to see her get so much love these days. πŸ˜€ Sorry to hear about Reign of the Fallen.

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    1. The second book of the Dresden Files. I saw the library has some of them and since I didn’t want to buy the first one (which is why I unhauled it) I decided to keep it. Or my husband said I should keep it haha.

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  6. So many amazing books! I am doing the TBRPileChallenge too! Good luck! I am riding out the storm that took out our power at a friends. So surreal looking at all the downed trees and power lines cut in half. They say we won’t have power to our area till Wednesday!! Have a good Sunday!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #8

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    1. Oh no, wednesday is still so long. I hope by the time you read this comment it will be back on. πŸ™‚ I hope you had a good weekend with your friends regardless!


  7. Your February sounds like mine, ugh. Are you feeling completely better yet?
    How do you even deal with a toddler without a voice?!
    Did you and your husband meet online first?
    I didn’t read at all when I was the most sick, either. I fell asleep to audiobooks a couple times, but that was all I could manage. The one good thing about being sick was having the perfect excuse to watch the Olympics!

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    1. Ah well I have a cold and my voice is hoarse so meh. Having a toddler and no voice is survival of the fittest here because he gets really naughty and refuses to listen (lol). As soon as my voice is back he is back to listening. It is annoying.

      We did. We met on a site, met up in February and then didn’t meet up again until the Summer after haha.

      Ah that was a great excuse. I hope you at least got to enjoy that somewhat! And that you are feeling better. ❀


      1. I really hope you’ll get better soon and stay healthy!

        Haha, aww. I think relationships that started online are great. Although I may be biased. πŸ˜‚

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  8. Aw, that’s too bad about the flu.. My boyfriend was really sick too. Winter sucks in this regard :/

    But wow, you read so many books this month! I read 13, and I’m also proud of that.

    I know what you mean about reading – I can only listen to books when I’m really sick. Straining your eyes hurts! I don’t know how others manage to read so much when sick.

    And Merijn is cute πŸ™‚ hey, I hope you have a better month in March. Sounds like Feb was pretty tough!

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    1. Yup, it sucks.
      13 Is really great too! πŸ˜€

      I often get such a headache when sick so focus is not there, not even to listen to things.
      Thanks I hope so too!


  9. I’m sorry you got sick! I hope that March is a much better month for you!

    And I’m so excited you’re reading the Lockwood & Co. books. I’ve enjoyed that series so much and I’m a little sad it’s ended!

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  10. I had a really bad case of the flu too. There was definitely something really bad going around that seems to have infected just about everyone. I hope you’re feeling much better now!

    I like the idea of sharing your best book of the year, and I totally agree that the first Iron Man is the best of the series!

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    1. It is so weird when flu seems to know no country boundaries.

      Yeah I thought it was nice to show that way of my interests (and maybe see how it changes over the years) and give a bit more attention to my favorites. πŸ™‚

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  11. It seems that a lot of people have been sick lately. It can be so hard to stay healthy when you spend a lot of time around little ones since they like to share their germs. I can read when I am sick but it depends on what kind of sick I am. Sometimes all I want to do is sleep so no reading during those times. Looks like you had a great February and I hope you have a great March!

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  12. I’m so curious what the front covers of the Garth Nix books look like!! (I’m assuming it’s the Abhorsen trilogy. Did you read Goldenhand??) The original covers are probably my favourite, but the new edition of the Australian covers are SO FREAKING GORGEOUS!!! Why are the redone American ones so lame *sniffs*

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  13. Your month sounds exhausting! How did you fit all of that into 28 days? Sounds like you need a break!

    I’ve heard great things about the Robin Hobb series – have you tried it yet? Would love to hear your thoughts!

    (P.S. Thanks for the link-up πŸ™‚ )

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    1. (You are welcome)

      Not working helps. πŸ˜‰
      I read Robin Hobbs Farseer trilogy last year in a week. Really enjoyed that! So far I’ve only read the first Liveship Traders book and it is a lot slower than the farseers (and bigger) but I love the world so I hope that the next two will be good as well.

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  14. I hope you are feeling much better now. It sounds like your February had a lot of ups and downs. My daughter came down with a cough this weekend and running a fever today. Hopefully this won’t last long. At least she says she’s feeling good–even if she doesn’t sound like it and her fever says otherwise . . . Looks like you read some great books. Several I want to read, in fact. I hope you have a great month of March!

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  15. it’s seems like your February was very similar to mine. It was too cold and I was sick most of the time…
    Reign of the fallen is such a beautiful book 😍 I’m seriously buying it just for the cover alone!
    great post!😊

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  16. I’m so sorry you had such a harsh February! Losing your voice when you have kids is horrific and affects everything, I’m so sorry! And then getting the flu after that, ugh. It always amazes me how long it can hang around when we just want it to go away. Hope you’re feeling better now and that you all stay healthy for the rest of the winter and spring *hugs*.

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    1. Ugh it is terrible. He just knows and can be so naughty ._.
      Especially with kids. Its just meh. We were better for quite a bit when we visited my friend and her kids and yet she still got it a few days later too. ._.

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  17. Ik moet bij deze terugblik-posts eigenlijk notities nemen zodat ik onderaan nog weet waar ik allemaal op wilde reageren. πŸ™‚

    Mijn aantal gelezen boeken was ook een pak hoger door het lezen van enkele graphic novels Γ©n zelfs een prentenboek. Net als jij ging ik ook naar de bibliotheek waardoor ik iets minder eigen boeken las dan mogelijk was. Maar hΓ©, als we die tbr nu eens gewoon als een levenslang project beschouwen. Ik ga er alleszins niet van wakker liggen. Maar goed ook vermits ik ondertussen nieuwe boeken heb besteld.

    Ik vind het steeds zo jammer wanneer ik door mijn gezondheid iets moet afzeggen. Je hebt daar meestal immers al een hele tijd naar uitgekeken Γ©n dan ben je niet alleen ziek maar moet je ook nog eens iets leuk missen. Ik snap dan ook volledig dat je dat triest vindt.

    Oh en mocht het je kunnen troosten ik slaag er in om over vrijwel elke oneffenheid te struiken Γ©n overal tegenaan te lopen. Ik ben er zelfs zo belachelijk goed in dat het een talent lijkt te zijn. πŸ˜‰

    De nieuwe achtergrond was me een tijdje terug al opgevallen en ik vind hem echt leuk. Doet me nog meer zin krijgen in de lente.

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    1. Graphic novels zijn zo heerlijk om even tussendoor te lezen toch? Ik heb trouwens Fables ook uit de bieb gehaald (nouja gereserveerd gezien onze bieb hem niet had en hij van een andere bieb in onze region moest komen). Hij is zeker leuk. Wel weer heel anders dan bijvoorbeeld OUAT. Wat donkerder.

      Haha ja een levenslang project wordt het wel.

      Ja het is zo balen. Helemaal toen ik het gevoel had dat ik zo een beetje alle afspraken moest afzeggen die maand.
      Dank. πŸ˜€ Het is net even wat vrolijkers he. πŸ˜€

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      1. Fables is inderdaad duisterder dan OUAT. Bij ons hadden ze jammer genoeg enkel deel 7 dus dat was niet zo handig. Ik heb zelf nog geen graphic novels gekocht maar ik lees ze wel heel graag.

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  18. The flu has hit hard here too and 3 out of 5 people in my house went down. I’m hoping it’s on it’s own way out now. You read an amazing amount of books and posted so much for a short month, even with family time and sickness.

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  19. I like your new faves page. I have one too and it desperately needs updating!! Maybe someday I’ll get the ambition to do that. I also love your bookish pics!! You’re great at them πŸ™‚ I need to read those Wire & Nerves books. They look awesome and I love Iko!!

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