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Dancing Out of October 2018

October! My birthday month. The month I left the 3 0 behind. Despite that and all the books and cake it wasn’t quite the month I wanted it to be.


Reading Challenge The Numbers
# Read 60 200 Books
Read this month: 18
Total: 179/200

    1. The Librarians and a Pot of Gold (Librarians 3) by Greg Cox – 3 stars
    2. 9 From Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Norse Gods Companion) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars
    3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky (Montague Siblings 1,5) by Mackenzi Lee – 4 stars – Novella
    4. How to Fracture a Fairytale by Jane Yolen – 3,5 stars
      V Discworld Mapp by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs – 4 stars
    5. De Eilandenruzie by Jozua Douglas – No Rating
    6. The Golem’s Eye (Bartimaeus 2) by Jonathan Stroud – reread
    7. Skullduggery Pleasant (Skullduggery Pleasant 1) by Derek Landry – 3 stars
    8. The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arnsdale – 4 stars
    9. Legends 2. Edited by Robert Silverberg – 3 stars – anthology
    10. I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly – 4 stars – graphic novel
    11. Spill Zone (Spill Zone 1) by Scott Westerfeld – 3,5 stars – graphic novel
    12. Neverwhere (London Below 1) by Neil Gaiman – 3,5 stars
    13. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – 3 stars
    14. Het Juiste Spoor by Marieke Nijkamp and Corinne Duyvis – 4 stars – novella
    15. City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender – 3,5 stars
    16. The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett – 3 stars
    17. Ptolemy’s Gate (Bartimaeus 3) by Jonathan Stroud – Reread
    18. Toil & Trouble. Edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood – 3,5 stars

I read the Discworld Mapp but since it is so short and mostly map I’m for a change not counting it towards my goal haha.

Reading Challenge(1)

# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of October – 246
Books read in October (that count) – 9
Books bought/received in October (no ebooks) – 15
Total unread books on shelf end of October – 252

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the start of October  – 23
Ebooks read in October – 5
Ebooks bought/Received in October – 4
Total unread ebooks end of October – 22

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in October – 9

Total – 121

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in October – 2
Total – 59

Reading Challenge(2)

⌘ So as mentioned in my last monthly wrap up, in the last weekend we went to an escape room. But as it was the night before my wrap up posted I couldn’t update it anymore. Husband and I went with my sister in law, brother in law and his girlfriend. First we went out to dinner with his parents and Merijn too. After that his parents took Merijn to our house to put him to bed and stay while we went to the escape room. It was a lot of fun. The escape room was in one of the towers of our city. We had an hour to solve the riddle. It was harder than we thought it was going to be and we stuck in one area to long so we didn’t end up making it to the end. Such a shame. But I think we might be doing this again in the future.

⌘ Then the next morning we were so tired that we slept longer than normal. Merijn was not having it and managed to climb out of bed with his sleeping bag on and came to wake us in our room haha. Cutie. But seriously how do you mange to climb out of bed with a sleeping bag on? At first he used the chair and I was able to move that so we had a few more weeks of bliss but halfway through October he just threw himself over his bed railing. He stopped taking his naps at this point too. We ended up changing his bed to an open one and he is doing well sleeping there during the night for the most part but his naps haven’t come back

⌘ We wanted to go to Ikea in the second full weekend of October but when we pulled into the highway my husband’s car started doing weird things and stopping. We could stay out of harms way and managed to push the car to a parking lot once we were of the highway. But then I hadn’t taken my phone and husband didn’t have any money left on his and there we were. We managed to find someone who would let us use their phone to make a call. All in all we were under way from 9.00 to 12.00 and never made it to Ikea. Such a fun way to spend the Sunday morning. Not.

⌘ I don’t want to go too much into it but I haven’t been doing so well. I got my antidepressants upped again and asked for a referral to the psychologist (I had an intake convo already). That in combination with Merijn not napping and having temper tantrums because he is two and over tired leaves me with not a lot of room to do a lot of things and I am a bit on edge. Maybe this will show in my blogging schedule next year. We’ll have to see.

⌘ I had my birthday yeay. Lol. As you can tell it is hard to get excited about things. I did finally get a hair cut and got my hair colored again. Something I had been putting off for months and months.

⌘ The last few days of October Merijn stayed at my parents to give me a bit of a break. That way I could finish some blog posts and read some more books as you might have seen from the amount that I read. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been so high. There are also some shorter books in there though.

  Reading Challenge(3)


Unwritten by Tara Gilboy
Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson
Heksenhoeve by An Janssens (Dutch Author)
Sugar Spells (Spellwork Syndicate 2) by Lola Dodge
⌘ How to Fracture a Fairytale by Jane Yolen
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arnsdale
The Librarians and a Pot of Gold (Librarians 3) by Greg Cox

Top Ten Tuesday
Authors I’d Like to Meet…Some Day / Five Bookstores and Five Libraries I Want to Visit / Eight Villians Who Turn Out Not to Be (or Turn to the Good Side) / Book to Movie (or Tv Show) Adaptation to Watch for Halloween

Other Posts
Dancing Out of September 2018 / Book Haul #37 – In Which I Continued to Sin / Time to Get Your Spook On – Spook-a-Thon 2018 TBR / How I Make a Blog Schedule / Book Shelf Tour 2018 – Manga Upstairs + Overview New Shelf Downstairs / How Well Does Goodreads Know Me? / Dreamy Book Covers Unboxing – Letters & Lights Halloween Box / #15yearsbartimaeus – The Golem’s Eye SPOILER Discussion / Five Books to Read for Halloween If You Liked Frankenstein / #RRSciFiMonth 2018 Intent Participation /Book Haul #38 – I turned 31 and All I Asked for Were Books/ The Hound of the Baskervilles – From Nightmares to FavoriteUnboxing – Spook-a-Swap 2018

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watched october 2018

Once Upon a Time / Season 6 / Ep 13-16
Still finding it hard to focus on this show. It just doesn’t feel like the first few seasons anymore.

Take Two / Season 1 / Ep 11-13 / Completed
I can’t believe they ended it there!

⌘  Venom / Movie
We were able to go to the theatres one evening and the only interesting thing we wanted to watch was Venom which we found a bit of a dissapointment…

⌘  Nancy Drew / Movie
This was cheesy but nice for to watch for a change.

⌘  Supernatural / Season 12 / Ep 9 – 23 / Completed
While Merijn was at my parents I took the time to finish this season because otherwise it was going to take me a long time. Is this the best season, no. But it was entertaining, for the most part I guess…

Criminal Minds / Season 14 / Ep 1-2
I haven’t followed this show every season but I know a decent amount about the characters. Since they just started showing this season here I figured I could jump in.

Reading Challenge(5)

Kwante’s Creepy Crawly Challenge


TBR / Book and Skull / Book and Leaves
Bloody Good Books / Book and Spiders
Fav Witch/Wizard / Shelfie Sunday / Poisened Apple: Books and Apple


Halloween Party: Who Do You Invite? / Book and Candles
Spell Halloween / Gave You Chills
Chapter 13 / Supernatural Books / Kiss Marry Kill / Character You’d Curse


Orange Red Yellow / Funky Font / Ghost: Black and White
Most Evil Characters
Sock Sunday / All Black Books / Book with Magic

Childhood Favorite / Pumpkins / Bring Back the Dead / Blood Red Books / Book and Candy / Creepy Cover / Black and Orange / All Hallows Eve


Reading Challenge(6)


⌘ Jamie from the Perpetual Page-Turner shares Halloween & Fall Books for Toddlers.
⌘ For Shattering Stigmas Kat from Novels and Waffles guestposted at Drizze & Hurricane Books about Dungeons & Dragons & Depressions.
⌘ Mishma from Chasing Faerytales shares 50 Asian Fantasies and Fantasy books with Asian Characters.
⌘ Jolien from The Fictional Reader talks about how fanfiction has saved and carried her love for Harry Potter.
⌘ Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks talks about coming to value hard work in books.
⌘ As you know I’ve been doing the bartimaeus readalong and there have been two responses to The Amulet of Samarkand spoiler discussion. La La in the Library / Death by Tsondoku.
Pages Unbound shares what order you should read Tolkien’s books in.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje shared the authors she’s met and the gifts she brought them.
⌘ As you might have seen I joined the Spook-a-swap that was hosted by Kwante in Wonderland. You can see the overal wrap here. Charlot from Reading Journal unboxed hers here. Silke from Silke in Boekenland unboxed hers in a video here. Kwante unboxed hers here. And Liesbet from Zwartraafje shared hers here.

Reading Challenge(7)


⌘ Next month is sci-fi month so I am going to attempt to read some sci-fi. But I also have to read the books to finish the Bartimaeus readalong and some review copies so we will see how far I get with how Merijn is and the treatment surrounding depression.

Reading Challenge(8)

This monthly wrap up will be linked up with the monthly one by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction. This so we can blog hop to each others wrap ups easier.

Reading Challenge(9)

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39 thoughts on “Dancing Out of October 2018

  1. Wow, you have read so much this month, that’s incredible! I’m happy you overall seemed to like Toil & Trouble, I’m really curious about that one 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing Kat’s guest post on my blog, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
    I hope you’ll have a lovely November! ❤

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  2. I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t been doing too well. I’ve suffered with depression since 2001 so I know what bad days are like but I can’t imagine the added stress of a 2 year old thrown into the mix. I really hope that things improve for you this month.

    Your reading challenge is going well. Hopefully we can both get some decent reading for Scifi month as my horror month was a disaster!

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  3. I’ve always wanted to try an escape room. I have a feeling I would overthink everything. I’ve seen pretty consistent three-star reviews of Empress of All Seasons. Might wait to read that one now. Happy birthday, Annemieke. I hope you see some improvement in the mental health department in November. Wishing you the best!

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  4. Happy Belated Birthday. So sorry to hear that you’re not doing well. Hopefully with the increase in medication things will start looking up for you, and hopefully you’ll get your appointment soon. You had a busy month, I couldn’t imagine doing all that you do with a little one. I hope you enjoy all your upcoming reads.

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  5. Great job on so many books read and I love the Instagram photos. I haven’t posted a bookstagram for a long time. I lost inspiration. I remember when my kids stopped taking their naps. Such a sad day! lol. Our daughter came into our room in the middle of the night for YEARS!!!!! I think until she was 10! It was ridiculous. But looking back it wasn’t so bad. She is almost 17 and I would love to cuddle with her at night. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you! It is hard to keep inspiration going for bookstagram. It is why I do a challenge every now and then and just use the pics I take for the blog more times than not haha.

      I have been managing to get him to nap in the stroller after a healthy morning outdoors some days haha. #sneaky It will hopefully get better some day yeah haha. At least this morning he came and slept 2 hours in bed with us instead of jumping around like usual haha.

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  6. So sorry about your struggles. It’s so hard with a little one around…especially when that little one isn’t sleeping! I have a two-year-old also. That would make for a long day if she dropped her naps! The days are already long as it is – haha! They require so much at this age and that’s hard when you’re already struggling with your mental health. I understand. I hope he starts napping again soon!

    My daughter is still in a crib and I plan on keeping her there for a while yet (unless of course she starts climbing out or something). I’m nervous of how she’s going to sleep without the crib walls keeping her in – haha!

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    1. I have been managing to let him nap in the stroller after a healthy morning outside a few times now so hopefully I can keep doing that a few days a week. It makes so much difference.

      I was totally like that. I kept him in a sleeping bag for so long because otherwise he would have climbed out at 18 months I am sure. But unfortunately he figured out how to do it with sleeping bag. 😦
      With the exception of the naps, Merijn is doing pretty decently without the walls. Some nights it does take him 30 minutes to go down but once he is down, he is down and I only hear him when he loses his pacifer. He doesn’t fall out quite as much anymore either. But he has been waking up really early. Though that might also be the time change.


  7. Your bookstagram is so great Annemieke! I particularly love your spine photos!! I have been doing bookstagram in October and it was a ton of fun. Sorry to hear about the depression and the terrible twos… I’m sending strength your way. Such a blessing you have family nearby. ❤️

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  8. I’m sorry to hear you aren’t doing so well, Annemieke! But at least you realize it and you’re trying to do something about it, which is worth a lot already. 🙂 I hope the things you’re trying to get better will help you in the long run!

    I have no clue yet what it’s like to have a two year old, but I can imagine it not being easy. Sleep-deprived kids aren’t the most fun to handle, doesn’t matter if they’re your own or not. Good thing you can sometimes send him off to your parents to get a breather! I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing the same thing once in a while, if only to get some quality time together. [I guess catching up on cleaning also counts as quality time by then? Ugh..]

    I hope you’ll feel better soon! And fingers crossed Merijn starts liking naps again; guess that would help tons already too. 🙂

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    1. That is true! The first step already.

      Yes totally find ways so you have days for yourself, right from the start, or at least a few months in. Then they get used to being with the grandparents too and it makes it easier. Toddler has been going to fil some fridays since he was 4 months and he is so used to it now.

      I’ve been manipulating him by putting him in the stroller and walking before or after lunch time and he sometimes falls asleep. I then go home and let him sleep in the stroller for an hour and a half and sometimes on the couch. It is better than nothing!

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      1. Noted! My mom already claimed a ton of dates on which she wants to babysit so I think I’m pretty covered already, hah. 🙂 Now it’ll be the challenge to get my brother [aka the godfather] to get used to taking care of a baby as well so he’s another potential babysitter.

        Well, if it works, it works! No manipulating there; it’s simply being smart. 😉

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      2. In my experience brothers like but do not know what to do with baby. Luckily my husband’s brother’s girlfriend loves to have Merijn every now and then as well. 😀

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      3. My boyfriend’s brother has a six month old right now, so he’ll be able. My own brother on the other hand.. He’s claiming he wants to be “the best godfather ever” and really want “quality time with his godchild” so.. there’s hope? I hope? My sister-in-law is already all there to switch babies for an hour or two so I can play with her -then- nine month old and she’ll have a newborn to fuss over, haha.

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  9. Wow! You had an INCREDIBLE October, Annemieke! Even with feeling a bit down and out. I’m so glad that you have support from friends and family, as well as opportunities for self-care. These things are quite critical to our health!

    Your bookstagram photos are adorable! I love how your aesthetic grows. Each month you outdo the last! My favorite photo is Spell Halloween. That’s super fun! The colors of those covers work really well together, too. Did it take you a while to put this together?

    Thanks for sharing my discussion post! It’s been quite fun participating. I cannot wait to see what happens next. 🙂

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    1. Ah it was a bit more than down and out. Suicidal thoughts are no fun. 😦 And yes that they are. I was sick last week and lost my voice, and he went to family for 3 days so I could rest and get my voice back.

      Thank you. ❤ Honestly, I am used to taking quick pictures with the toddler because he could wake and I can't leave things out so everything just goes as quickly as possible. Maybe once he understands more and wants to help I can take more time with them.


  10. The escape room sounds like so much fun, although I’m super claustrophobia so I’m not sure how well I would handle it. Maybe someday! It can be so hard when littles don’t want to stop exploring the world around them. When my kiddos were that age I found that the harder we would play right after lunch, running around, playing outside nonstop etc would make them exhausted by about 3pm and then they would fall right asleep. I’ll be thinking happy thoughts and hope he starts taking naps again soon, hugs!!

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    1. Oh yeah that would be hard. Though maybe it would help when there are broad rooms. Here we were inside a tower and while the rooms itself were wide, the stairs were not so I wouldn’t suggest that.

      If I let him nap around 3pm than he won’t go down at night (his bedtime is 7.15-7.30). BUT I have found that if I go for a walk with the stroller around lunch time he will sometimes fall alseep for an hour and a half so I’ve been using that. It doesn’t always work but most times it down. Yesterday he slept from 1 to 2.15 and went out as a light in the evening. Yeay~

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      1. Oh thank you for the heads up, I’ll definitely avoid then. The last thing I want to bring on is a panic attack and hyperventilating. Thank you, hugs!!

        My bestie had the same problem of not being able to have 3 o’clock naps with her son too because then it’d interfere with his bed time. My boys must be the outliers lol! Ohhhh YAY,I’m so happy he had a nap and an easy bedtime yesterday!

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  11. Wow, you read and saw a lot in october. I wish my months were that productive… I think you’re doing good with a kid who doesn’t want to take naps anymore. I hope you keep blogging, because you were talking about changing your blog schedule. I really like reading your blogs. And I hope you get well, because it’s difficult to recover from mental illnesses, because with everyone it is different. I hope that the increase of your medication can help you getting well again. Everything has its own rythm and sometimes it takes longer time to recover, but certainly listen to your own body and don’t let you impose anything. 🙂

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    1. I try and keep going because once I stop than I can’t get myself moving again, if that makes sense. It will depend on if I can keep up with this amount a week. It might go down to 3 instead of 4 next year sometime, who knows. But for now I have been managing okay. And thank you. ❤

      I hope my appointments will help with everything.


  12. We have a Twilight Zone escape room here, but no one I know has gone, not even Baz and his friends; which is weird because they are usually the first ones to jump on that kind of thing, so I have no clue about them. I’m glad you had a good time. 😎

    You just keep cranking out the books! Don’t worry about next year. I only read 6-8 books a month normally and everyone still loves me. Ha ha. 😉

    Sorry October was such a turd of a birthday month for you. I got great gifts, but I didn’t get a birthday meal or cake! 😒 That’s why we first instated birthday week and then birthday month because we get busy and our schedules don’t jive. It’s pretty bad when you can’t get things done in a month. 😜 There’s always next year. 👍✨

    Here’s to November and the start of the winter holiday season. 💜✨

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  13. Wait, there’s a Gentleman’s Guide novella? How come I haven’t heard about that yet? MUST READ SOON!
    I’m so sorry to hear things have been tough lately. Hope it’ll get better soon and I am sending you all the hugs! <3<3

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    1. Yes~ You could get it when you emailed your pre order proof of book 2 to Mackenzi Lee before it came out and you would get the novella in the email on the release day. I’m not sure if she is going to put it out open. I hope so. It was cute.
      Thanks love ❤


  14. Wat een mooi aantal gelezen boeken. Ik vind het alleen zo jammer voor je dat je opnieuw meer last hebt. Het is er natuurlijk ook geen goed seizoen voor maar ik hoop toch dat je je binnenkort weer wat beter voelt. Anders lijkt alles een opdracht te zijn en kom je amper aan genieten toe. Je gaat me precies nog inhalen met Supernatural. Het is er immers nog niet vaak van gekomen om naar het 13de seizoen te kijken.

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    1. Nee het winter seizoen is niet echt geweldig. Ik hoop stiekem op wat sneeuw (maar niet teveel) want daar word ik dan wel weer blij van.
      Haha ik heb seizoen 13 nog niet dus inhalen kan ik nog niet haha.


  15. Happy belated birthday! I’ve never visited an Escape Room before, but we have one close by. Maybe for my birthday in December we can give it a try. It sounds fun. I’m sorry you had car trouble and then have to deal with anxiety on top of that. I hope November is going much better for you. Great job on your reading in October!

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