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Dancing Out of September 2018

September was an odd month, one wherein I didn’t feel like I had a lot of peace with the husband home. Its just weird when you are used to being just with your 2 year old to then have someone else home for 3 weeks and butting into everything. We also didn’t have the best luck with falls down the stairs and cracked car windows.

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# Read 60 200 Books

Read this month: 13
Total: 161/200

    1. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kierstin White – 4 stars X Dnf – Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art by Susan Napier
    2. Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love 1) by Beth Revis – 3,5 stars
    3. The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus 1) by Jonathan Stroud – reread
    4. A History of Dragons by Joyce Hargreaves – 2 stars
    5. The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things 1) by Paula Brackston – 3,5 stars
    6. Unwritten by Tara Gilboy – 3,5 stars
    7. To All the Boys I’ve loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 1) by Jenny Han – 4 stars
    8. Lampje by Annet Schaap – 4 stars – Dutch Author
    9. 3Pak 2018 by Raoul de Jong, Nhung Dam and Tim Hofman – 2 stars – Dutch Auhtors
    10. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland 1) by Catherynne M. Valente – 4 stars
    11. Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers 3) by Becky Chambers – 4 stars
    12. Sugar Spells (Spelwork Syndicate 2) by Lola Dodge – 4 stars
    13. Rejoice: A Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson – 2 stars

 

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# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of September – 243 – 5 unhaul = 238
Books read in September (that count) – 5
Books bought/received in September (no ebooks/no previously read) – 13
Total unread books on shelf end of September – 246

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the start of September  – 24
Ebooks read in September  – 6 + 1 DNF
Ebooks bought/Received in September – 6
Total unread ebooks end of September – 23

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in September – 5

Total – 112

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in September  – 1
Total – 57

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⌘ This was the month that my husband had his 3 week vacation. It was weird because I was so used to being on my own and he kept putting my routine to a mess. Even so it was good for Merijn. He loved that his dad was home and wanted to crawl into bed with him every morning.

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⌘ We went to dolfinarium with Merijn during maarten’s first week of vacation. It was a bit of a struggle for him to understand we had to wait for shows to start but once they did he did enjoy them. But honestly, he was still a bit too tiny and restless for it. There was also more playground than there were animals to see.

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⌘ Merijn and I also visited Breda to meet up with Liesbet from Zwartaafje. ❤ It was great.

⌘ The Monday of the second full week of september, and of husband’s vacation we visited Eindhoven and I finally got to visit the van piere bookstore there. I loved their English section.

⌘ Merijn went to stay with his aunt and uncle for a night and day that week as well. Husband and I went to 3 country point. There is a point where you can walk from the Netherlands, to Belgium and Germany and back again very easily. If you look to one side it is Belgium, look to the other side and it is Germany and look behind you and it is the Netherlands. It was fun but we decided we needed to come back there with Merijn to take him through the labyrinth and walk through the forest. He’d love it. After that we visited Maastricht briefly. Just walked around, visited the Domincanen bookstore and went into a church.

⌘ Unfortunately on our day away I lost my voice. The day after I fell down the stairs. I was not having a great few days after that. My foot was swollen, I was bruised and my back did not enjoy any of it. Husband also managed to crack his front car window…

⌘ The week after we went to my parents for a few days. We didn’t really get to do what we wanted like go to a Belgian zoo because of my fall. I just couldn’t walk that much. But Merijn enjoyed spending lots of times with his grandparents.

IMG_20180928_211329On the top row you see us in Eindhoven and Maastricht. Than you see my poor foot.And some Merijn shots I loved. 

⌘ This last week Maarten went back to work and had to work 6 days of which 4 evenings in a row plus also a day of school in those 6 days. The switch from spending 3 full weeks with his dad to just being with me has been hard on Merijn. I can tell he misses his dad. Just going into our room and sit in bed with his dad. Things like that. Husband wasn’t home much so it was even harder on him.

⌘ I am finishing this post up on Saturday afternoon as this posts on the Sunday morning. Saturday evening we are going out to dinner and going to our first escape room with husband’s siblings. I’ll share how that went in the October wrap up. 😉

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Reviews

Seafire (Seafire 1) by Natalie C. Parker
⌘  Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles 1) by Tamora Pierce
⌘  The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick
Giant Days (volume 1 + 2) by John Allison
Twice Dead (The Necromancer’s Song 1) by Caitlin Seal
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kierstin White
⌘  Mini Reviews of Comics and Graphic Novels
The Caged Queen (Iskari 2) by Kristin Ciccarelli
Miyazaki World: A Life in Art by Susan Napier
The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things 1) by Paula Brackston
Give the Dark My Love (Give the Dark My Love 1) by Beth Revis

Top Ten Tuesday
TTT #154 – Bingeworthy TV Shows / Hidden Gem Books / Books on My Fall 2018 TBR / Books by Great Authors I Still Haven’t Read

Other Posts
Dancing Out of August 2018 / #15 Years Bartimaeus – Ready, Set, Go. Introduction Time! / If You Like This Young Adult Book, You Might Like This Adult Book – Times 7 / Book Stores #6 – De Drvkkerij Middelburg / Some of the Things I’ve Learned While Reading with Merijn – Up to 2 Years/ #15yearsbartimaeus – The Amulet of Samarkand Discussion (SPOILERS) / Looking on the Inside – End Papers Part 1 /

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The Gifted / Season 1 / Ep 5-6 & 9-12
Forever on the fence on this show…

Take Two / Season 1 / Ep 4-11
Funny, amusing and I like the characters.

Sleepy Hollow / Season 3 / Ep 8-18 / Finished
It was okay. I’m not sure I am interested in season 4 with you know who not being in it. ._.

Once Upon a Time / Season 6 / Ep 1-12
While Agents of Shield might have dissapeared, we did get all ouat seasons…I have to be honest and say that I’m not sure how much I enjoy these additions to solid parts of the fairy tale stories we were already told. Like random additions to Snow White’s and Prince Charming’s stories.

Midsomer Murders / Season 20 / Ep 1-2 & 4
I missed episode 3 because I fell asleep, twice. It is a lot of the same but I always enjoy this anyway.

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Paddington / Movie
This was cute. Nothing more than that.

Bridget Jones Baby / Movie
There was nothing else on and I couldn’t sleep the first night we were at my parents. It was…entertaining.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters / Movie
It was okay. Nothing very special. But I did love this head butting and nose biting Gretel haha.

The Last Witch Hunter / Movie
Again it was okay for an entertaining watch. It had a lot of potential but Vin Diesel does not invoke a lot of rooting response from me in general haha. I don’t even dislike him. His emotional physical responses are just blergh.

Supernatural / Season 12 / Ep 5-8
Really, a nephilim?

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Blogs

⌘ Krysta from Pages Unbound asks if it is time for YA to move on from generic conventions. She also shares 11 YA books with little to no romance.
⌘ Sci-Fi Month is coming in November again! Sign up over on X+1!
⌘ Cait from Paper Fury asks if it is better to read about characters who are similar or different from you?
⌘ Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense shared her favorite reads for Latinx Heritage Month 2018.
⌘ Marie at Drizzle & Hurricane Books shares powerful ya books endings and beginnings.
⌘ Suzanne from The Bookish Libra shares why you should give audiobooks another try.
⌘ Aila from Happy Indulgence shares her review on Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens.
⌘ Kathy from Pages Below the Vaulted Sky has a Discworld Readalong going on where they read one book a month. In case anyone needs some extra motivation to start Discworld and Terry Pratchett. 😉
⌘ Destiny from Howling Libraries shared a horror recommendation list and a readalong announcement. She also has a part 2 for the horror recommendations.
⌘ Noura from The Perks of Being Noura shares a list books by female authors of colour and links to reviews of other bloggers.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Kwante from Kwante in Wonderland is hosting a Spook-a-thon and has a bookstagram challenge for October.
⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje shares bookish items for exchange. She also shares her love for bookish swaps.
⌘ Joany from Crving Pages shares what she’s learned from young adult books as a 30+ year old.

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⌘ Next month is October! My birthday month. So much fun. It is also the month I’ll be shipping my package for Kwante in Wonderland’s Spookish Book a Swap. I will also be participating in her spook-a-thon. A tbr will be posted later this month for that. I’ll also be doing her bookstagram challenge. Busy busy busy.

⌘ Other than that I just really need to read some arcs that are due at the end of October of early November. Not as many as I had though. And I have so many other books I really want to get to…

⌘ Adding on to that I really need to make sure my back heals.

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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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39 thoughts on “Dancing Out of September 2018

    1. I am having so much fun returning back to this world. Earlier this year I reread the first four lockwood books by him too. I hope you’ll get around to it soon. 😀

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  1. Aw no, I’m so sorry to hear about your fall and your foot injury. 😦 But it looks like you had a great reading month! I’m excited that you seemed to enjoy The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein; that is one book I hope to read closer to Halloween. 🙂 I totally get what you mean about being alone, and it being weird when there’s another presence. I used to live alone in dorms while I was in college, but now that I’ve graduated and am at home with my parents, it’s always a little weird to fix your priorities around other people, haha. Wishing you a happy October!

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. It was pretty decent regardless haha.
      I hope you’ll enjoy it too. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I was going to.
      It is so weird to just have to constantly move around and check with someone else when you have such a set routine yourself.

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  2. 3 country point sounds really cool. Glad you had some good outings even though your sore back from the fall must have been no fun! Hope you’re feeling better BTW.

    An escape room sounds fun!

    I watched the Gifted (and the S2 premiere this past week) and it’s okay, but I loved it when the Stepford Cuckoos showed up. they make the show better. 🙂

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    1. It was. My sore back is still no fun. 😦

      Haha. We still have to see the last ep they are showing on Thursday and then we’ll get to see the season 2 premiere as well. I just feel like the show is missing something. They refer to the xmen a lot but I miss the connection really there…

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  3. Despite some awful things happening this month, it sounds like it was positive overall! You read some amazing books and had some wonderful fun with Merijn. I love all the photos you’ve shared; they encompass beautiful books and happy memories.

    With my blog going down for almost three weeks, it was a challenge to stay on top of my reading this month. I just started The Amulet of Samarkand and I LOVE it so far. I hope to finish it ASAP, post my review, and participate in the discussion and reading on time this month. Here’s hoping! 🙂 Thank you again for hosting this read along!

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  4. That cover of Romeo & Juliet is gorgeous! Have you made a list of books you’ll be buying for your birthday yet? 😀
    Also, what is Take Two about? I loved Rachel Bilson in Hart of Dixie so I am intrigued.

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    1. Yes, I ordered them and now they are sitting wrapped in my house next to the computer because husband won’t hide them for me because I know what is in them anyway haha.

      She plays an actress who just gets out of rehab and starts shadowing a PI for a possible role. Turns out they actually work quite well together. 🙂

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  5. The first two books you list, by Beth Revis and Kiersten White were ARCs I HAD to get this summer, but I haven’t gotten to them yet! And I want to read them so bad, but have other review books to get done. Oh well. I know what you’re saying about having someone home when you’re not used to them. I live alone, but every year on Memorial Day weekend I go on vacation with family. And when we have more people come, sometimes I have to share a room with my mom and stepdad, and I really, really just need my space. Hope October is better for you with no falls or car problems!
    Check out my September Wrap-Up

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    1. Sometimes it can be so hard to keep up with all the arcs.
      Oh gosh having to share your room all of sudden, even just for a few days, sounds horrible. I totally understand the need for space.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your fall and the windshield. I hope you are feeling better very soon. I am glad that you were able to spend some extra time with your husband and as a family. Even if it throws off your schedule, it is nice to just be together. I hope you have a great October!

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  7. Ik vond het zo fijn om jullie te ontmoeten in Breda. Ok, de terugreis was een ramp maar ook al had ik het niet meer verwacht, een deel van mijn treinrit wordt teruggestort en ik heb dat geld meteen bij mijn boekenbudget opgeteld en twee boeken besteld. Zie het maar als een voorbeeld van creatieve boekhouding. 🙂

    Wel jammer dat september ook voor jullie een aantal pechdagen had. De bijna-aanrijding in Breda, de barst in de voorruit van jullie wagen maar vooral ook jouw valpartij waar je zoveel last van hebt gehad. Ik hoop dat je er ondertussen niets ongemak of pijn meer van ondervindt.

    Oh én dat gevoel van je verstoorde ritme is heel herkenbaar. Dat heb ik zelf ook wanneer manlief vakantie heeft. Blijkbaar heb je toch al snel je eigen ritme en gewoonten wanneer je vaak thuis bent en dan voelt het plots helemaal anders wanneer je ineens met twee bent ipv alleen. Dat is altijd even wennen.

    Ik had trouwens weer dezelfde reactie toen ik die foto van jou (met je groene cardigan) en Merijn zag en dacht weer eerst ‘Huh, ik kan me niet herinneren dat Annemieke een foto van mij en Merijn heeft …’ Grappig dat ik daar twee keer in trap. 🙂

    Dankjewel voor de vermeldingen! Ik ben trouwens net als jij aan het uitkijken naar de verzenddag en unboxing datum van de Spook-a-Swap én ben al volop bezig met de Secret Santa. Die swaps zijn super verslavend.

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    1. Oh kijk dat is dan nog weer een mooie bijkomstigheid.

      Ik heb nog wel last van mijn val maar niet meer zoveel als eerst.
      Ja gek is dat he. En nu moeten we weer wat schakelen in ritme omdat Maarten van filiaal is veranderd.

      Haha. Dan is het wel een goede gelijkenis. 😉

      Ik ben zo benieuwd. 😀

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  8. Your September was filled with ups and downs and so sorry about your foot! I know what you mean about husbands throwing off your routine. Mine will be off for 3 weeks in December and while it’s nice, it also makes it weird to try and follow my daily routine. And when he goes back, the kids miss him being around.The three-point country thing sounds so cool! The closest I’ve come to that is skiing in Nevada at a mountain that also crosses into California.

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