Dancing out of March 2018

Happy Easter! Man, April is already here. I thought March was an okay month overal. The weather went from snow to very sunny weather where you saw people walking around without their coats on. I had some anxiety. Reading wise I seem to still be on a roll though I did also read some graphic novels.

The Reading Challenge


The Numbers

# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 19
Total: 54/60

    1. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)
    2. Fell Beasts and Fair. Edited by C.J. Brightley (3 stars) (Anthology)
    3. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (3,5 stars)
    4. Fables Deluxe Edition 1 by Bill Willingham  (4 stars) (graphic novel)
    5. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth 1) by N.K. Jemisin (4,5 stars)
    6. Gezien de Feiten by Griet op de Beeck (3 stars) (Boekenweekgeschenk 2018 / Book Week Gift 2018) (novella)
    7. Fables Deluxe Edition 2 by Bill Willingham (4 stars) (graphic novel)
    8. The Passage (The Passage 1) by Justin Cronin (3 stars)
    9. The Unseen (The Order of the Bell 2) by Jacob Devlin
    10. Fables Deluxe Edition 3 by Bill Willingham (4 stars) (graphic novel)
    11. Het Houden van Mannen by Myrthe van der Meer (2 stars)
    12. Lake Silence (The Others 6, The World of the Others 1) by Anne Bishop (5 stars)
    13. The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. 4) by Jonathan Stroud (reread)
    14. The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders 2) by Robin Hobb (5 stars)
    15. The Hummingbird (The Order of the Bell 3) by Jacob Devlin (2 stars)
    16. Fables Deluxe Edition 4 by Bill Willingham (3 stars) (Graphic novel)
    17. Fantastische Verhalen by multiple authors (3 stars) (anthology)
    18. The Lightning Thief: Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson 1) by Rick Riordan (3 stars) (graphic novel)
    19. The Bear and the Nightingale (Winter Night trilogy 1) by Katherine Arden (4 stars)

The TBR and Backlist Challenge

# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf end of February – 198
Books read in March (that count) – 10

Books bought/received in March (no ebooks) – 19

Total unread books on shelf end of March – 207

I did so well until we went to the Boekenfestijn and got the book boxes…

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of February – 17
Ebooks read in March – 3
Ebooks bought/Received in March– 4
Total unread ebooks end of March – 18

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in March – 12

Total – 39/40

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in March– 5
Total – 20/24

How Was March for Me?

19 Months Already

⌘ March started of with cold for me which ended up in me losing my voice again in the first full week of the month. I also felt quite stuffy and had some pain on my chest.

⌘ We did still got to my parents from the 9th to the 11th, despite me not feeling so hot. I went to bed early every night. I’m a terrible guest lol. But I got new bra’s (bra shopping is the evil) and hubby and I got some alone time so that is good. There was also too much food.

⌘ I hit 700 WP followers at the start of the month. Thank you so much. ❤

⌘ I had various appointments throughout the month with some friends and people I hadn’t seen in a while. This month I was able to keep most of them. 😀

⌘ There was also finally the gyneacologist appt. Nothing was wrong inside that could be seen. Yeay. But I had a bunch of anxiety about it. Vaginism sucks.

⌘ Merijn was a bit on and off at the start of the month. He did well with words at the end of February but this month he seems to have tossed them all out of the window with the exception of a few? He is continuing to climb a mighty lot. And he can eat his yoghurt on his own with his spoon. Well I have to help him with the last bits obviously but he refused for the longest time to eat with utensils and then couldn’t figure it out so for him to start doing this within a week was quite great.

⌘ Looking back on the blog and the time I spend on actual articles I sometimes amaze myself with how much I actually managed to get out. Normally I do a lot of blogging on Wednesday and Saturday night but I let go of a few of those this month because I was so tired a few times. Scheduling ahead is pretty great.

⌘ I somehow managed to forget to take my meds for two days nearing the end of March. I’m still not sure how I managed to do that but suffice to say that on the morning of the third day when I did take my meds again I was having a very bad day. It went better as the day went along but I’m glad hubby was home in the morning so help with Merijn a bit.

⌘ I’m writing this on March 31st and husband has his birthday today. But he has to work during most of it. Tonight however we are going to play with one of his gifts, haha. I already knows what I arranged for him to be getting from my parents which is a thunderbirds monopoly. As it is also Easter tomorrow we will celebrate his birthday another weekend.

What Happened on the Blog?


White Sand volume 2 by Brandon Sanderson
Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve) by Marissa Meyer
⌘ The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley
The Crystal Key (The Wellspring trilogy 1) by Robert Gronewold
Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen 1) by Sarah Glen Marsh
The Unseen (Order of the Bell 2) by Jacob Devlin
Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles 3) by Sarah Anderson
Fall Beasts and Fair. Edited by C.J. Brightley
The Hummingbird (Order of the Bell 3) by Jacob Devlin
Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
Lake Silence (The Others 6) by Anne Bishop

Top Ten Tuesday
Favorite Quotes From Discworld So Far / The Last Seven Books That Surprised Me Positively / Books On My Spring TBR / Books That Take Place Outside of USA and Europe

Other Posts
Dancing Out of February 2018 / Book Haul #29 – An Oops I Did It Again Haul / Why I Usually Don’t Read Excerpts / Epic Reading? Epic Tag! / Book Haul #30 – Boekenfestijn 2018 / Unboxing – Anderwereld Mystery Box / Undress Me! Surprises On Naked Hardcovers in My Collection / IBWM #2 – The Life of an International Book Blogger

What Did I Watch?

Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card / Anime / Ep 3 – 10
I still really enjoy this. ❤

X-Files Exenstials Collection / Season 3 – Ep 20 / Season 3 – Ep 2 / Stopped Watching
As I started to lose interest this month I skipped one and then another and realized I am just going to stop watching this. I’m just bored? I’ve seen a lot of these story lines been done better #sorrynotsorry

Under the Dome / Season 3 / Ep 5-7
I’m still kind of struggling with keeping my attention there. Series like these are just best binge watched.

The Magicians / Season 3 / Ep 4 – 6
I didn’t realize they were already showing this in The Netherlands so I missed the first three. ._.

Best of My Bookstagram

Best liked

Beat the Backlist Instagram Challenge

Books Read so Far / Luck / Want to Reread / Contemporary / Spring Time



⌘ Saar from Walking Through the Pages shows her updated book shelves tour.
⌘ The Orangutan Librarian says you do no not get to dictate taste.
⌘ Cait from Paper Fury shares 10 things book bloggers get excited about.
⌘ Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner answers some Q&A questions about blogging that were very interesting to read.
⌘ La La in the Library boosted some Bookstagram accounts including mine.
⌘ Ely from Of Wonderland talks about blogging and having a chronic illness.
⌘ Avery from Red Rocket Panda shared Diverse British Fiction.
⌘ Krysta from Pages Unbound convinced me I need to read the appendices of Lord of the Rings one day.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ At the start of February Emmy from Zon en Maan asked us to leave compliments for other bloggers. She’s combined them all in a file. She also shared her experience in Edinburgh.

What Is Up Next Month?

⌘ For April I want to focus on sequels a little. I have been slacking a bit on my goal to finish some series. And I’ve started some series but not continued them so I figure I should focus on those a little. But I also have some review copies I need to get to so we’ll see where I get.


⌘ TBR: The Oddling Prince / The Smoke Thieves / To Kill a Kingdom / Defy the Stars / Defy the Worlds / The Obelisk Gate / The Stone Sky / The Empty Grave / The Silver Tide

⌘ As for April on a personal level I hope to focus a little more on healthier eating after Easter and the celebration of Maarten’s birthday. I’ve been saying that for a while though.

⌘ My parents will also come for a few days in this month so  that will be busy. Otherwise I hope this month will slow down a little and I hope that the weather will turn out quite a bit better than what they seem to be thinking.

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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81 thoughts on “Dancing out of March 2018

  1. Yay for sunshine! I’m still waiting for spring to arrive here, but it’s getting closer. Nice to see that Norse Mythology and Lake Silence were both good reads- I want to get to both of those. Cute pic of Merijn, looks like he’s having fun. 🙂

    Have a happy Easter and birthday for your husband!

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  2. I’m glad you liked Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, because I have just purchased it during my weekend trip to Romania. I’m looking forward to reading it! Happy Easter, I hope your weekend is nice.

    My Sunday post

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      1. I have a different edition (paperback, white and gold) but I really like the colours on yours too!! Gold goes so well with black.


  3. Sounds like you had a pretty good March and hauled some lovely books there 🙂
    I remember my niece started to talk, then went quiet again for a while. Now (at 10) she doesn’t ever stop!

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  4. That is the cutest pic! One year old are so much fun! The Magicians! This season has been bonkers but I still love it! Lots of great books coming up in April. I hope you enjoy them!

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  5. Happy Easter Annemieke! 🙂 March was such a great reading month for you. I’m dying to read Lake Silence, but I still need to catch up with the series. I still don’t know how Simon and Meg story ends.

    Congratulations on reaching 700 wordpress followers. That’s such a great accomplished.

    Hope your hubby had a great birthday.

    Happy readings! 🙂
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  6. Hope you and your family have a Happy Easter, and Happy Birthday to your husband too. The pic of your son is just adorable! Your last month looks amazing, and you got some really great books too. Enjoy them.

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    1. Thanks! I was a little dissapointed by Pitch Dark but it is still a good read. I just had higher expectations.
      Haha and that sounds familiar. 😉


  7. I know kids are a total pain-in-the-butt sometimes, but I am across the sea, and to me Merijn is always too cute, ha ha. 💜✨😁

    Ah, the Fables books, I have wanted to read those for some time now. I keep forgetting to see if our library has them. I’m happy to see you liked them a lot. Happy to see you liked The Bear and the Nightingale, too! I liked the second book a lot more, so I think you are in for a treat. 📚

    Happy birthday to the hubs! I loved The Thunderbirds when I was a young teen. Ha ha. I watched some of the episodes on YouTube last year and they gave me a good chuckle. 😁

    As always your photos are wonderful, and thanks for the shout out! Here’s to a fabulous April. 💜

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    1. Just wait until you get a grandchild that climbs through your window. I shall be the one laughing across the sea. 😀 😉 ❤

      Ah you should totally see if the library has them. They are good fun as in between reads. And I liked it. My buddy readers did not as much. Oh well.

      Yeah he loved them a lot too, some good nostalgic fun. 😀

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  8. I’m starting the The Bear and the Nightingale so I’m happy you enjoyed it… And YAY your son was eating with a spoon, that’s the best!! Especially when nothing you did before would get him to use it. I’m glad you’re seeing the sunshine and 700 followers!! Congratulations!! ❤

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  9. Glad to see you enjoyed The Mad Ship so much. You are in for a treat with the rest of the trilogy if you gave the first book 5 stars!

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      1. Tawny Man is very different from Liveship Traders. Hobb alternates between the major geographic areas of the world; I loved that because it meant that I got to see many new places and one place never got too boring.


  10. Wow, 19 books! You are a reading machine. I used to be able to read that much, but since I’ve cut down on ARCs I read about half. I hope you enjoy Defy the Stars, I saw that the sequel is coming out this month!

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  11. De tijd vliegt echt veel te snel voorbij maar dat betekent wel dat ik hier weer van een maandelijkse terugblik-post van jou kan genieten. Ik kwam deze week tot de vaststelling dat er in het begin van het jaar iets misliep met de telling van mijn TBR. Gelukkig hield dit in dat het aantal ietsje lager ligt dan verwacht én niet nog hoger dan nu al het geval is. Ondanks het feit dat er in maart vrij veel nieuwe boeken bijkwamen staat de stand dus nog steeds op 155. #kleinegeluksmomentjes

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  12. Looks like a great reading month! Hope you’re feeling better and wishing you an amazing April! Congrats on the 700 WordPress followers and a happy belated birthday to the husband 🙂

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  13. Those are some impressive stats for the month! I am glad you got to spend some time with your parents and your son is adorable. Have a great April!

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  14. Are you planning to review Pitch Dark? It’s on my GR TBR, but 3.5 stars doesn’t exactly encourage me, haha.

    Happy belated birthday to your husband! And yay for going out and doing things! I wish we lived closer so we could hang out.

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  15. Wow you read a lot in March! Congrats!

    Your April TBR is amazing 🙂 Look forward to hearing your thoughts on Kill A Kingdom and The Smoke Thieves.
    Hope you have a wonderful April and your health improves 🙂

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  16. I’m so sorry you got sick again. It’s been a brutal year for that. My youngest is home sick today from school with a fever and stuffiness and I’m just over here hoping I don’t catch it while I cuddle with him ack!!
    That is the cutest photo of Merijn! Awww soooo adorable!!
    And I hope your husband had a wonderful birthday and that you guys had fun playing with his game!

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    1. Ugh the viruses going around are terrible at the moment. I hear from so many with young kids that theirs get sick a few times within two months.

      Thank you, he did. The game was great too. 😀

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  17. Interesting links! I’ll have to check some out, and I’m totally gonna come back and read your post about not reading excerpts when I have the chance! 🙂

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  18. I hope you’ve been feeling better! Any time I get sick, my voice is the first to go which really sucks because I answer phone calls for my job.

    I love how you breakdown what you read, I don’t even want to know how many unread ebooks I have. I have a one click problem so I know the number would be so outrageous.

    Happy belated birthday to your husband! I hope April has treated you well.

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    1. My voice went again at the start of the month but for a week and it is a bit shoddy now. It really sucks, right? ._. I’m finding it hard to apply to jobs knowing how often I lose my voice lately again.

      Thank youl. ❤


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