June was another up and down month. From having 30 degrees to going back to 15 degrees in a matter of days. But also a teething and sick toddler and my own mood swings with voice loss didn’t make this month any better. Even so I think we got through it okay and I don’t think too badly of this month, looking back.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll – 4 stars
- Witchmark (Witchmark 1) by C.J. Polk – 4 stars
- Cutie-B Part 1 by Richard Marazano – 2 stars (Comic)
- Enola volume 1 by Joris Chamblain – 4 stars (Comic)
- The Stone of Jovenia (The Legendaries 1) by Patrick Sobral – 4 stars (Comic)
- The Book of the Unwinding (Witches of New Orleans 2) by J.D. Horn – 3 stars
- Fables volume 6 by Bill Willingham – 4 stars (comic)
- Fables volume 7 by Bill Willingham – 4 stars (comic)
- Whichwood (Furthermore 2) by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars
- Secret Diary (Lou 1) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
- Summertime Blues (Lou 2) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
- The Planet of the Wind (The Little Prince 1) by Guillaume Dorison – 3 stars (comic)
- The Planet of the Firebird (The Little Prince 2) by Guillaume Dorison – 3 stars (comic)
- The Wrath of Oberon (Wika 1) by Thomas Day – 4 stars (comic)
- The Dark Faeries (Wika 2) by Thomas Day – 4 stars (comic)
- De Zilveren Poort (De Saga van Mecram 1) by Cliff Riemens – 3,5 stars (Only in Dutch)
- Down in the Dumps (Lou! 3) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
- Idylles (Lou! 4) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
- Thief of Time (Death 5, Discworld) by Terry Pratchett – 4 stars
- The Witchwood Crown Part 1 (The Last King of Osten Ard 1.1) by Tad Williams – 3,5 stars
- The Keepers of Verdorso: A Finding of Kin by L.A. Millett – 2 stars
- Heksenhoeve by An Janssens – 3,5 stars
- Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts 1) by Vic James (reread)
- First & Then by Emma Mills – 4 stars
- Tarnished City (Dark Gifts 2) by Vic James – 4 stars
Okay don’t look at this total number. I read a TON of comics from the library. Thirteen to be exact. But whatever I’m counting everything these days haha. I was very distracted at the start of the month and I had a hard time focusing on reading so the comics just helped.
# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of May– 224
Books read in June (that count) – 5
Books bought/received in June (no ebooks) – 7
Total unread books on shelf end of June – 226
# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of May – 22
Ebooks read in June – 2 + 1
(I bought the physical copy so counted there now)
Ebooks bought/Received in June – 4
Total unread ebooks end of June – 23
# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in June – 23
Total – 81/80
I hit this goal for the second time and I think, while I will still keep track of it I am not going to set myself a new goal. I don’t need a goal because I obviously read a lot of backlist books. I also kind of lost interest in beat the backlist as a whole challenge because of it.
# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in June – 15
Total – 43/48
⌘ The first of the month Merijn had grandpa day. I had a headache though and found it hard to focus myself so besides watching Agents of Shield I got very little done. (Turns out it was the prelude to that time of the month, yeay).
⌘ The day after we went to a wedding in the evening and stayed for an hour and a half, way past Merijn’s bed time but he did pretty well. Dad was of course chatting while mom was entertaining toddler lol. Husband also unexpectedly had the whole weekend off because he had to work the whole next weekend to fill in some shifts.
⌘ On the 5th husband had another day off before his six days in a row (one being school, exams). We ended up going to The Hague which ended up being quite the adventure because it was a very last minute decision and we really didn’t look up anything. We just went. As such we mostly just walked around. Merijn also puked on himself as we drove there, literally 10 minutes before we got there. So that stunk. Literally. We got him as clean as could be and had to buy an extra shorts because I forgot to repack that after grandpa day. Even so it was mostly fun. Nothing wrong with some walking around. And as it wasn’t too hot, it was enjoyable enough.
⌘ The puking wasn’t a fluke though and on Friday Merijn woke up from his nap with a high fever. As husband had to work all weekend I was pretty much on my own with a sick toddler, got nothing done and was exhausted/frustrated at the end. But at least the cuddling was nice.
⌘ The week after that was all kinds of exhausting. Merijn wasn’t really back to his usual self so there was a lot of crying. I met up with my friend with twins, had a meeting regarding volunteering (and I took on a nice bit of responsibilities) and there was also the mom cafe we visited.
⌘ For Father’s Day I took husband to a last minute viewing of Jurassic World 2 the night before. He unexpectedly had the day of so it seemed like a good day to end the day. For Father’s Day he got some gifts, I made a cake and just let him relax a bit.
⌘ It finally happened. Merijn tried to climb out of the playpen so we put it away and got a new cabinet for his toys. RIP calm starts and ends to the day. But he is doing pretty decent. And we got a lot of extra space back because almost all of his toys are now in the area where his playpen used to be. And he is seriously growing up so fast. 22 Months and he eats breakfast and lunch on a normal chair now. Two more months and he’ll hit two years.
⌘ I mean it when I say I love reading people’s mid freak out book tag answers so if I haven’t visited yours yet please leave me the link here or tag me on twitter or something. Mine is coming on Friday~
⌘ I did a free online masterclass about interpretating children’s drawings on June 20th. It was great but there was so much information. I would love to do the full online training but money~ At least I have some knowledge now.
⌘ The weather was a little weird in the midle of the month. We went from 27 to 16-18 degrees with unpredictable rain and wind, and then back to 27 the last week. Of course Merijn had a cold. Then I got a cold and lost my voice.
⌘ We’re going through our cabinets downstairs and selling things online to make space. I want to get rid of one of our cabinets (I brought this along with me when we moved in together. It is old.) Hopefully I can place a book shelf in its place haha.
⌘ The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. 5) by Jonathan Stroud
⌘ The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo 3) by Rick Riordan
⌘ Witchmark (Witchmark 1) by C.J. Polk
⌘ This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
⌘ Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns 1) + Novella by Kendare Blake
⌘ The Book of Unwinding (The Witches of New Orleans 2) by J.D. Horn
⌘ The Stone Sky (Broken Earth 3) by N.K. Jemisin
⌘ Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
⌘ A Finding of Kin (Keepers of Verdorso 1) by L.A. Millett
Dancing Out of May 2018 / Time to Do the Netgalley Tag / Book Haul #33 – With a Merijn Haul! / Long Series I Am Committed to And Those I Want to Start / Books I Think Merijn’s Dad Would Like If He Was a Big Reader / It Is Time…a Book Buying Ban + Book Haul #34
⌘ Agents of Shield / Season 1 / Episode 9 to 22 / Finished
⌘ Agents of Shield / Season 2 / Episode 1 to 20
Yes I totally binged this. It is so much fun.
⌘ Thor: Ragnarok / Movie
This was actually a lot better than the first two Thor movies. He was so serious in those and I could never warm up to him with the story lines he got or that romance. This however was a lot better. There was banter. At some points it bordered on the ridiculous though. So yeah.
⌘ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) / Movie
We didn’t have a lot of expectations regarding this movie but were pleasantly surprised. Look this isn’t a stellar movie, the stereotyping at the start had me rolling my eyes while I could have done without the romance. But it was fun and it made me laugh. I liked the bonding between the girls and the friendship they formed. It isn’t a remake of Jumanji. It fits easily after the first two, and they have just updated it to work in our modern world now into a videogame instead of a boardgame.
⌘ Cars 3 / Movie
We got this for Merijn but I didn’t think this was all that special and even worse than the second one to be honest. I did like how it referenced back to The Hornet though.
⌘ Moana / Movie
We finally watched this. We aren’t in love but it certainly is a great one again. And yeay no romance!
⌘ Jurassic World: Fallen Kindoms
So for Father’s Day we went to see this one. I liked it. But certainly not as much as the first one. There were some plot holes regarding the vulcano (they totally would have suffocated before even getting that close to the lava) and also in other places the plot was weak. Even so it was an entertaining watch.
⌘ Zoo / Season 1 / Ep 1-3
We actually watched the first few episodes on a tv station here two years ago maybe but then they changed it to their second tv station without letting its viewers clearly know, and we lost track of it. We got the dvd box of the first season now and I had a random itch at the end of the month to start this up again. I just really love the concept.
⌘ Worldchampionships 2018 – Soccer/Footbal
Rewatched: Zootropolis / Dr. Strange / Stand By Me / Alice in Wonderland
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