Dancing out of July 2018

July is mostly marked in history because of heat, heat and some more heat. The unlikely heat wave with 37 degrees was one of the most talked about topics in our country. And it was what influenced my month the most I’d say. It was harder to focus. Heat is not my thing. Neither is it Merijn’s.


Reading Challenge The Numbers
# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 20
Total: 133/60

    1. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopter Edge – 5 stars
    2. Scooby-Doo Team-up 1 by Sholly Fisch – 3 stars (comic)
    3. Laser Ninja! (Lou! 5) by Julien Neel – 3 stars (comic)
    4. The Christal Age (Lou! 6) by Julien Neel – 2 stars (comic)
    5. The Tablet of Destinies part 1 (Lady Mechanika 2.1) by Joe Benitez – 4 stars (comic)
    6. The Tablet of Destinies part 2 (Lady Mechanika 2.2) by Joe Benitez – 4 stars (comic)
    7. The Tablet of Destinies part 3 (Lady Mechanika 2.3) by Joe Benitez – 4 stars (comic)
    8. The Clockwork Assassin (Lady Mechanika 4) by Joe Benitez – 3 stars (comic)
    9. Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts 3) by Vic James – 4 stars
    10. The Cabin (Lou! 7) by Julien Neel – 2 stars (comic)
    11. The Shadow Thief (Sunbolt Chronicles 0.5) by Intisar Khanani – 3,5 stars (novella)
    12. A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarer 2) by Becky Chambers – 4 stars
      X The Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – DNF
    13. Grace and Fury (Untitled 1) by Tracy Banghart – 3 stars
    14. Zoo (Zoo 1) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge – 2 stars
    15. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch (The Worst Witch 3) by Jill Murphy – 4 stars
    16. The BFG by Roald Dahl (audiobook) (reread)
    17. The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard 1.2) by Tad Williams – 3 stars
    18. Foundryside (The Founders 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – 4,5 stars
    19. The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – For a Little While (Fairyland 0.5) by Catherynne M. Valente – 4 stars (novella)
    20. Fool’s Errand (Tawny Man 1) by Robin Hobb – 5 stars

Despite the long list there were a bunch of comics in there again. With the heat I’ve just found it hard to focus. Plus we went away twice which limited my normal reading time severely. There were also 3 books over 500 pages.

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# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf end of June – 226 – 3 Unhauled Books
Read in July (that count) – 4

Books bought/received in July (no ebooks/classics) – 15

Total unread books on shelf end of July– 234

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of June  – 23
Ebooks read in July – 5
Ebooks bought/Received in July – 7
Total unread ebooks end of July  – 24

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in July – 15

Total – 97

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in July– 10
Total – 53/48

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As mentioned in my wrap up of June I am participating in the Throwback Bingo by the facebook group Life & Lit in July and August. Below you can see the bingo card and how I have been doing so far.

throwback bingo

Free Square (Anything You Want) – The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
A Sequel You Forgot to Read – A Closed and Common Orbit
A New Release (’17/’18) – Grace and Fury
A Book From A Movie You Liked – Zoo
A Recent TBR Addition – A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch
A Favorite From Your Childhood – The BFG
The Book That Made You Love Reading – The BFG
Fae – The Witchwood Crown part 2
Book From the 00’s – Fool’s Errand

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⌘ The first full week of July wasn’t all that grand for me body wise. I forgot my meds a few times so that made me feel shit. Then I dropped a heavy wooden board on my big toe and badly bruised it. I swear, for the first hour I thought it might have been broken. It hurt so much. With my other foot I stepped on a block. Not my week.

⌘ Luckily Merijn could go to his grandparents that weekend and stay the night so I had a bit of a break.

⌘ I’ve never gotten as many likes on a tweet as I did on this announcement for a bartimaeus readalong 😀 Will you be participating? I’ll be posting all of the information tomorrow!


⌘ For a week Merijn and I went to my parents. Maarten has to work so much that we can’t make it as much as we should so I went with just Merijn this time. My parents really enjoyed all the time with Merijn as did he. We took the ferry to Vlissingen and back, shopped, played, walked (merijn on his walk motor). So good times.

⌘ We went to Deventer and to the Fantasy Meet and Fair Coevorden this month. About both a blog post will appear.


⌘ We had a play date with my friend and her twins and she took some amazing pictures of the two of us. ❤

⌘ The Netherlands and surrounding countries had a heat wave. It is very uncommon for here for it to be above 30 degrees for so long and it is said it will remain until half August. We even had days of 37 degrees. I’ll have melted a hundred times over by then. You can imagine that with a toddler, yeah not much fun.


⌘ Husband had unexpected extra few days off and so we went for an extra trip to my parents. We drove through the heat twice and had a puking toddler in the back. Fun. But we had a good time there. It wasn’t quite as hot there near the sea and with the wind. We visited Middelburg (and I visited their book store which I will do a post on at some point this year) and Terneuzen. Of course there was book buying happening, including my husband who got some bind-up Suske and Wiske’s for really cheap.

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams (series review)
Furthermore + Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Tarnished City (Dark Gifts 2) by Vic James
Death arc (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts 3) by Vic James
Clockwork Assassin (Lady Mechanica volume 4) by Joe Benitez
Grace and Fury by Tracey Benghart

Top Ten Tuesday
Red, White and Blue Books / Retellings / Favorite Novella’s and Short Stories / Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype (for Me)

Book Shelf Tours
Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6

Other Posts
Dancing Out of June 2018 / Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2018! – With a quick look at my goals and some extra / I Spy with My Little Eye…a Challenge! / Twenty of the Shortest Books on My TBR / Sharing With You the Survey Results – 2018

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tv shows july 2018

Zoo / Season 1 / Ep 4 – 13 / Finished
I have various thoughts. Mostly good. Though I’m not sure how I feel about that ending to be honest. But it sure beats the book haha.

Agents of Shield / Season 2 / Ep 21 – 22 / Finished
Agents of Shield / Season 3 / Ep 1 – 17
Still going strong. Though I’ll be honest and say I struggle a little more with this season than I did with the first two.

Falling Skies / Season 5 / Ep 1- 6
I could have done without the revenge Pope plot there. Really. Stupid diversion of the actual plot. I thought we were done with the shitty Pope story lines anway?

The Incredibles / Movie
I think I saw bits and pieces of it way back but now I can really say I have seen the movie. I liked it. I’m not amazed but I liked it well enough. And I am looking forward to seeing the new movie once it comes out on dvd.

World Cup 2018 / Soccer/Football
So sad Belgium didn’t make it to the finals…

Tour de France 2018
In the background I watched a lot of Tour de France. It was hard to focus on it though with Merijn running around and struggling with the heat. So yeah I don’t feel like I got a lot of what happened.

Rewatched: Godzilla / Coco / The Descendants

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I finally hit 1k on my bookstagram account. Yeay me.

Best liked

Beat the Backlist Instagram Challenge




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⌘ Lindsey from Lindsey Reads uses the top ten tuesday prompt to tell you something about Belgium.
⌘ Jenny from Jenny in Neverland wrote a beginner’s guide to SEO for bloggers.
⌘ Holly from Nut Free Nerd visited Amsterdam.
⌘ Jill from A Book Nerd Reads guest posted on Word Wonders about why asexual representation is important.
⌘ Destiny from Howling Libraries posted about the Booktubeathon and listed some booktubers to watch.
⌘ Aentee from Read at Midnight created wallpapers for Uprooted and Spinning Silver.
⌘ Chiara from Books for a Delicate Eternity shared her fave queer sci-fi books.
⌘ Cait from Paper Fury answers your frequently asked questions about publishing and querying. She also shares how to keep writing with a mental illness.
⌘ La La in the Library and Jolene from Jo’s Book Blog are hosting Dog Days of Summer again this August. Read more about it here.
⌘ Suzanne from the Bookish Libra discusses how her reading has changed over the years.
⌘ Krysta from Pages Unbound responded to the Forbes article about Amazon replacing libraries.
⌘ Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch listed 2018-2019 Asian-inspired fantasy novels to drool over. And here some sci-fi ones.
⌘ Jenny in Neverland talks about her journey into reading and why reading is so important to children.
Jackie B. from Death by Tsondoku talks about breaking up with Netgalley.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Sue from Boekenz shares 5 tips to stimulate reading (with children).
⌘ Emmy from Zon en Maan talks about how she creates her cancles.
⌘  Liesbet from Zwartraafje shares covers to do with our current heat wave.
⌘ Marcia from Boekvinder was in the jury for the Hebban Debut Price.


⌘ La La in the Library shared this article with me of 5 things fantasy writers can learn from Terry Pratchett, and it is a great reminder as to why I love his books so much.

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⌘ I’m working on a readalong as you can see and my post about that will go up with details on August 6th, so tomorrow. Mark down the dates on your calendar~!

⌘ As this posts I’ll be going to the Deventer book market so uhm expect some more books?


⌘ From August 6th to the 13th I’ll be participating in the Make Me Read It Read-a-thon. I will for sure be reading Vicious and Strange the Dreamer and if I have some time left that week I’ll be reading The Cruel Prince as well. 🙂

⌘ The rest of the month I’ll be focusing on some review copies like Sea Fire, Tempest and Slaughter and The Demon Race that I need to read. And I would also like to read the first Fairyland book and Equal Rites and The Silver Tide (so I can finally finish that trilogy). And then I also have the buddy read for The Record of a Spaceborn Few coming up and maybe I can squeeze in Tawny Man 2.

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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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32 thoughts on “Dancing out of July 2018

  1. Aww, thank you for the shoutout! ♥ I’m sorry this wasn’t totally your month with the issues with your meds and the heat and all! I hope it starts looking up in August. I feel you on how the heat can make it really hard to focus. I used to read more in the summer, but the older I get, I have a hard time doing much of ANYTHING in the summer because I just want to lay in bed in front of the air conditioner and sleep, lmao.

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  2. My gawd, the heat is going to melt us all! The next climate change denier I see on social media I’m going to have some not so polite words with. Ugh. 😒

    I hope your Bartimaeus hardcover arrives before the start of the read-a-long so you can take some IG photos of all three together. 📚✨

    Thanks for the Dog Days shout out! 🐕✨

    I’m looking forward to both your Vicious and Strange the Dreamer thoughts. 😎

    And congratulations again on your 1K IG followers! 🎆🎇🎉🎊

    Here’s to a cooler month at some point. ⛄

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  3. I hate it when it’s super hot. Hope you guys get a break from the heat before mid- August! And cute pics. 🙂

    I’ve only watched S1 of Zoo but I liked it. I should jump into S2 at some point. And I did enjoy watching the World Cup, although I missed a lot of the games- I finally got to watch some towards the end.

    Congrats on the IG followers!!!

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    1. We are having a break now. And a break is like 25-26 degrees this afternoon lol. Tomorrow should be 22 or so I think.

      Husband just ordered season 2 on dvd so i hope we can watch it before the end of the year. Ah same, I missed a bunch too. It is just hard with a toddler running around to watch.


  4. That heat! And it’s still hot today. We were in England for part of it, where it was (a tiny) bit cooler, especially on the south coast, but it was still hot. We travelled back to The Netherlands on the hottest day of the year – it was ridiculous!

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  5. I just loved seeing the photos of Merijn and your husband. It looks like you have had a nice month of visiting. I am sorry to hear that you injured your toe. I hate it when I do something like that. You got a lot of great reading done in July. I hope August is good for you as well and maybe it will cool off just a bit as well.

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  6. Ouch on your toe! I once dropped a plate on my boy’s foot and had to take him to urgent care. I hope it’s better now!

    You had a great month reading. Hope you have a great August, and that it cools down soon!

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  7. I don’t think the ending of Zoo was supposed to be the end? I had the feeling that they’d planned on another season, and then it got canceled. Otherwise that was just mean!

    The heat has been just out of control, and I’m so glad I missed two weeks of it while back home, but the past week has been absolutely awful, and there’s no escape from the heat. I can’t function. But I’m not really looking forward to the colder, rainy weather that’s coming, either. 😂 I guess you’ll be happy, though! I hope August is an easier month for you, especially once the heat wave breaks.

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  8. As always, what an incredible month you had! I am so impressed with all the books you were able to read. You’re making a ton of progress on your challenges, too. What a wonderful year for reading!!

    I am super excited for the 15 Years of Bartimaeus read along! I’m excited to finally read this series. What inspired you to host this?

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    1. Yeay~ So glad you are joining in. I’ve been meaning to host a readalong and when I saw it was 15 years of The Amulet of Samarkand in September I knew it just had to be this series. I’ve never reviewed this series because I always struggled with what to say but that was before my real blogging day so hopefully I can gather my thoughts a bit better this time around.

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      1. Yes! I feel the same way– I always struggle to write reviews for books I truly enjoy. It’s super frustrating. I feel like all my 5-star books are unreviewed. 😦 Hopefully you’ll be inspired this time around. I’m looking forward to participating in the read along. 🙂


  9. Ik blijf deze posts heerlijk vinden. Al lees ik ze soms wel met de nodige vertraging, die dit keer deels door de hitte te verklaren is. Zo’n temperaturen zijn we hier echt niet gewoon hé. Ik hoop dan ook echt dat het nu even wat draaglijker blijft en daar ziet het wat volgende week betreft wel naar uit. Hopelijk is het ook een aangenamere temperatuur wanneer we elkaar nog eens kunnen ontmoeten. Anders kunnen we solidair smelten tijdens het bijpraten. 😉

    De throwback bingo lijkt me heel leuk. Die moet ik misschien toch maar eens ergens bewaren. Dankjewel voor de link trouwens. Die post moest ik gewoon maken toen de hitte maar bleef aanhouden. Oh en ik weet dat ik het al gezegd heb maar de foto’s die je vriendin van jou en Merijn maakte zijn echt heel héél tof.

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    1. Oh echt ik ben zo blij dat het koeler is. Nu kun je tenminste wat doen als je wilt. En ja we moeten echt een datum gaan prikken. Ik moet even met maarten kijken wat we precies doen met zijn vakantie maar ik zat te denken dat als hij s een dag gaat klussen wij wel met Merijn kunnen afspreken in September. 🙂 Dan kan hij door doen en hebben wij het leuk haha.

      Dank je. 😀

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  10. For not being able to focus well, your July was awesome as far as books, blog, and family time. I always enjoy seeing your photos and your instagram is beautiful too. As I’m typing this, we are about to start a tropical heat wave here–the humidity coupled with heat makes everything so much harder to do so I know what you mean.

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    1. It helps that for the blog I work ahead so much so that way it hardly ever shows here haha.
      Thank you!
      I hope the heat wave won’t last too long. It tires you out so much.


    1. I’m glad yours wasn’t too bad. It has been a long time since we had this kind of heat here. Mostly we get rainy summers but it didn’t rain for nearly 2 months. That didn’t help either.


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