Dancing Out of November 2018

November was a bit of a weird month but certainly better than October I’d say. Working on my mental health and having Merijn taking naps every now and then again really does help. Reading wise I kind of fell behind but one can only do so much, you know.

Reading Challenge

The Numbers

# Read 60 200 Books
Read this month: 12
Total: 191/200

  1. Only Human (Themis Files 3) by Sylvain Neuvel – 3 stars
  2. In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children 4) by Seanan McGuire – 4 stars – ARC
  3. The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus 0.5) by Jonathan Stroud – Reread
  4. In Transit by Margaretha van Andel – 3 stars
  5. Ps: I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2) by Jenny Han – 3 stars
  6. Revenger (Revenger 1) by Alastair Reynolds – 4 stars
  7. Invictus by Ryan Graudin – 3/3,5 stars
  8. Valiant by Merrie Destefano – 1 star- ARC
  9. The Wind of Change and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov – 2 stars
  10. The Amulet of Samarkand, the graphic novel by Jonathan Stroud – Reread – Graphic Novel
  11. Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 3) by Jenny Han – 3,5 stars
  12. White Stag (Permafrost 1) by Kara Barbieri – 3,5 stars

The bolded books are books I read for sci-fi month. Not too bad I’d say. I still got through some arcs and books for my own readalong and read for sci-fi month. I was decently organized this month haha.

Reading Challenge(1)

# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of November – 252
Books read in November (that count) – 4
Books bought/received in November (no ebooks) – 9
Total unread books on shelf end of November – 257

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of October  – 22
Ebooks read in November – 4
Ebooks bought/Received in November – 6
Total unread ebooks end of November  – 24

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in November – 8

Total – 129

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in November – 2
Total -62

Reading Challenge(2)

⌘ Things started up and down. We returned from picking up Merijn at my parents. The drive was hell. It took an hour and a half more and it became clear Merijn becomes car sick after 2 hours of travelling. I got some tablets now so we shall see how they help…

⌘ Husband decided it was time for something fun on the fourth and we went to a zoo in Rhenen. Merijn loved it and was so happy to walk around and see all the animals. He hated being put in the stroller but he got so tired after a while haha.

⌘ Flickr has decided that their free accounts only can have 1000 photos starting next year and anything extra will be deleted so I am going to have to move around a lot of blog photos. My computer was also almost full, ugh. We ended up buying an external harddrive to put the photos of Merijn on and possibly also some from the blog. I am working on saving the photos from flickr. Once that is all done I will start uploading them again and replacing the photos. Right now I am using Imgur for upcoming blog posts, but I’m not sure yet if I am staying there. I don’t expect to be done before January so you might encounter some broken images in later posts for a bit. I’m planning on having a semi-hiatus month in February so I don’t have to work out so many posts and I can focus on fixing that for a bit next year. And sort through my Merijn photos too.

⌘ Merijn had a bit of a viral infection the week husband was free from work (of course). He mostly had a fever at nights though. It left him with a cough. Of course I was the next victim the week after where I lost my voice and had a fever in the nights. Luckily family took Merijn for 3 days so I could just rest up which was good for the voice. It last a full week.

⌘  Sinterklaas came on November 17th to the Netherlands again. It is a children’s holiday and you can read more about it here. Merijn is still to young to really understand it but seeing Sinterklaas come with his boat was a very exciting experience for him. So much so he fell asleep during dinner that evening. #neverhappenedbefore

⌘ Merijn has been napping in the car or in the stroller. Which is just really nice. I can transfer him to the couch, put a blanket over him and he’l sleep for 2 hours. It helps so much, for his mood and mine.

⌘ I started the mindfit therapy and we are slowly making progress. We’ll see where it all ends up.

⌘ My parents stayed with us for a week at the end of November. Which meant little alone time for me. My dad tiled our little hallway before our toilet. So that is looking nice now. Husband just has to finish the doors, the painting and the ceiling.




Reading Challenge(3)


Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender
Toil & Trouble. Edited Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

#RRSci-Fi Month (including reviews)
Try a Chapter – Sci-Fi Edition // Record of a Spaceborn Few (review) // Sci-Fi Backlist Books I Want to Read // 2001: A Space Odyssey (review) // Five Items from Sci-Fi Settings That I Need // Only Human (review) // What is Biopunk? // Great (Online) Places to Find Your Sci-Fi Recs // Revenger (review) // In Transit (review) // Sci-Fi Books I Recommend – 3 Stars and Up // Photo Challenge? No, Let’s Go With a Book Tag – #rrscifimonth // Platonic Relationships in Sci-Fi Books I Enjoyed // Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi – A (2019) Reading Challenge + Bingo Cards

Other Posts
#15yearsbartimaeus – Ptolemy’s Gate SPOILER Discussion / Dancing Out of October 2018 / Book Stores #7 – Van Piere Eindhoven / #15yearsbartimaeus – The Ring of Solomon (SPOILER) Discussion / Book Haul #39 – The One Wherein I Barely Bought Books Myself in November

Reading Challenge(4)

what I watched november 2018

Once Upon a Time / Season 6 / Ep 17-20
Husband and I watched a little more. This season is still meh for me.

Jordskott / Season 1 / Ep 1-5
I started this last year but then stopped. I felt like restarting it and finally finishing this first season.

Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald / Movie
I love Newt. I love the fantastic beasts. I love Credence (though not so much in this movie). I hate the plot. There is so much wrong with the plot, it is killing me.

Reading Challenge(5)


Reading Challenge(6)


⌘ Tammy from Books, Bones and Buffy shared 14 awesome upcoming 2019 sci-fi adult releases.
⌘  Jackie B. from Death by Tsondoku tells you to embrace your to read list.
⌘ Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks shares fifteen 2019 releases she’s looking forward to.
⌘ Norrie from Reading Under the Blankie shares 7 sci-fi books for people who don’t like science-fiction or so they think.
⌘ Tina from As Told by Tina has put up a link-up for 2019 reading challenges. Tina is hosting the 2019 Let’s Read Indie Challenge.
⌘ Kaleena from Reader Voracious shares 7 reasons she loves sci-fi.
⌘ Cait from Paper Fury answers her blog’s search terms for the second time.
⌘ Kristen from Metaphors and Moonlight showcases some covers with POC.
⌘ Krysta from Pages Unbound shares why J.R.R. Tolkien’s worldbuilding remains unmatched.
⌘ Fadwa from Words Wonders shares books with trans and/or non-binary characters.
⌘ La La in the Library shares blogging and bookish people she is thankful for.
⌘ Lola from Lola Et La Vie started a bookshelf tour.

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Emmy from Zon en Maan shares why she enjoys working in the Mediatheek.
⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje tells us why there were no romance books in her recent favorites list. She also shares some of her favorite places in Breda.

Reading Challenge(7)

⌘ This month I just want to get to 200 books in total. I’m hoping to start a Robin Hobb book and read Lord of Shadows with Books Ever After (goodreads group). Other than that I also just want to read some Christmas books I have saved up.

⌘ Next to that I am just hoping for a quiet month to be honest haha. We do have the sinterklaas family celebration on the 8th. And we haven’t really decided what we are doing with Christmas. New Year we usually spend at home with our cat that gets scared of fireworks and with Merijn obviously.

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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33 thoughts on “Dancing Out of November 2018

  1. Sounds like you did make progress this months (reading and life-wise!). My daughter is six (she is in groep 3) and has been very emotional this past month. She is going to have confidence coaching. She is doing well in school, but has a meltdown as soon as she thinks she cannot do something. Kids! Thanks for the mention 😉

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  2. Nice wrap up! I’m struggling with my mental health as well at the moment. It’s probably because of the weather and the fact that it’s crazy busy. I hope you wil win this war against it!

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  3. Lovely pictures ❤

    I never heard of Jordskott before but it looks like something i'd totally like. Scandi series and books are my go-to entertainment for the winter season 😀

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    1. Ugh it is so hard and so much work. I’m slowly dying here just thinking about it. I’m currently trying out imgur and us (mainly this for bulk uploads I’ll have to do). And I’ll see what I like to use I guess. Fingers crossed I won’t have this again next year haha.


  4. Great wrap-up. It’s nice to see what’s going on behind the scenes with different bloggers. I didn’t think to write anything about my kids in my wrap-up but all 5 of them are doing well and excited for Christmas.

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  5. I’m so happy to hear you are storing your precious photos on an external hard drive. I made the huge mistake of keeping mine on my laptop of 7 years. When it died, it took all my vacation, family, pet photos with it. Nothing left. We also love visiting the zoo and always spend the entire day there. Great job on your Goodreads challenge too!

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  6. Glad to hear you’ve been feeling a bit better ❤ Looks like you did have some fun events this month, even if there were some less fun events in there too. I haven't seen The Crimes of Grindelwald yet, but I'm getting more and more hesitant to watch it since I haven't seen too many good reviews yet. Hope you'll have an awesome December!

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  7. White Stag is my next ARC to read. 😏

    I’m glad Merijn is napping better. He’s so stinkin’ cute. 😍

    I am confident you’ll make your book count for the year. Very impressive! 👍✨

    Thanks for the shout out! 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

    Sorry I’m here so late. I can’t believe it’s the 13th already! 😱

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    1. Time is flying, right? I am always so unorganized during this month with the blog haha. I also didn’t comment on some wrap ups until around the 13th. I’m curious what you will think of white stag!
      Still 4 to go!


  8. Zo typisch dat zo’n virus net doorbreekt wanneer je vakantie hebt. Dat hebben wij hier thuis doorgaans ook voor. Liefst wanneer je ontzettend naar dat weekje verlof hebt uitgekeken. Die beestjes zitten volgens mij gewoon te wachten op het voor ons minst interessante moment om dan lastig te beginnen doen. Je tbr laten zaken blijft een uitdaging maar je hebt wel al een heel mooi aantal boeken gelezen dit jaar. Bij mij is het een beetje omgekeerd. Ik heb niet zo veel gelezen dit jaar maar mijn tbr gaat niet veel gestegen zijn. Misschien is het zelfs gelijkspel. Ik moet binnenkort eens nakijken hoeveel ongelezen boeken er eind vorig jaar in mijn kast stonden.

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