Dancing out of January 2019

There were some firsts this month which was interesting to say the least. There was also a lot of coughing and overal sickness though so I’m not sure how I feel about January yet.

There are an awful lot of reading challenges down below. For the first month I’m keeping it this way and after that I am going to always have the amount reading challenge and my own. And alternate a bit between the others. I think I’m going to do an update and a wrap up of the harry potter board game over the year instead of taking it along here as there are so many levels and all.

Reading Challenge

The Numbers

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

  1. Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox 1) by Julie Kagawa / 3,5 stars // ARC
  2. The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations 1) by Michael J. Sullivan / 4 stars
  3. The Girl in the Tower (Winternight 2) by Katherine Arden / 5 stars
  4. The Winter of the Witch (Winternight 3) by Katherine Arden / 4 stars // ARC
  5. A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison / 4,5 stars // ARC
  6. Cogheart (The Cogheart Adventures 1) by Peter Bunzl / 4 stars // ARC
  7. Wintersong (Wintersong 1) by S. Jae-Jones / 3,5 stars
  8. And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness / 3 stars
  9. Shadowsong (Wintersong 2) by S. Jae-Jones / 3 stars
  10. The Ingenious by Darius Hinks / 3 stars // ARC
  11. Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children 1) by Seanan McGuire / 4 stars // Reread
  12. Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations 2) by Michael J. Sullivan / 4 stars

Average: 3,8

Reading Challenge(74)

Fire Breathing Dragon: 3/20
Prompts Completed This Month: Thief / Fairytale Retelling / Classic Fantasy

Complete Alien: 1/20
Prompts Completed This Month: Steampunk

Generic Robot: 4/12
Prompts Completed This Month: WOC / Finish a Series / One word title / Mental Health

Total: 8/52

Read more about my own reading challenge here.

Reading Challenge(76)

Level: Mt. Vancouver (36 books)
Read this month: 8
Total: 8/36

Rules: Books Owned Prior to 2019 / No Library Books / Rereads can count (but not in the last 5 years read) / I Am Counting My Ebooks and ARCS received before 2019

Reading Challenge(80)

Level: Elemental Witch  (11-15 retellings)
Read in this month: 6
Total: 6/15


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Level: 1 (1-10)
Asian Authors Read: 2
Total Asian Authors Read: 2


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⌘ This month was a bit meh on the health department. It took a month for my voice to be back to normal again and a week later it wasn’t exactly great again but also not completely gone. I also got sick for the 3rd time in 2 months which is just really frustrating. And then on the last day of the month, poof my voice went again.

⌘ As you know I have been working on my depression since the end of last year. I got to the half way point with my one on one appointments and she suggested trying a course as group therapy instead of continuing on like this. I started it this month and have been twice now. There are a total of 8 sessions and we follow a book (with homework assignments yes lol). So it does require some extra work from me, especially on the emotional front again. It was interesting to see I also recognized some thoughts of it as I was reading Shadowsong.

⌘ I managed to burn my hand just below my thumb. Very certain a portion of it is a second degree burn. Fun times.


⌘ A few months ago Robin Hobb offered on her website (and mentioned on her instagram) that she liked to send out postcards if we send her one. So I did that. And this month I got her card and a book plate. So amazing. ❤

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer / ARC
⌘ Shadow Captain (Revenger 2) by Alastair Reynolds / ARC
Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts
The Girl in the Tower (Winternight 2) by Katherine Arden
A Pinch of Magic (A Pinch of Magic 1) by Michelle Harrison / ARC
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight 3) by Katherine Arden / ARC
Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox 1) by Julie Kagawa / ARC

Top Ten Tuesday
My 5 and 4,5 Star Reads of 2018 / 2019 Releases I Am Looking Forward To – January to June / New to Me Authors in 2018  / Books I Meant to Read in 2018, but Didn’t… /

Other Posts
Dancing Out of December 2018 / Dancing Out of the Year 2018 / My Year in Books 2018 Over on Goodreads / End of the Year Survey 2018 / Trying to Be an Elemental Witch – 2019 Retellings Reading Challenge / 2019 Goals & Intentions for Reading, Social Media and the Blog/ Time to Crunch Some Numbers – Reading Statistics 2018 / Why You Should Be Watching Jordskott / From US or UK Cover to Dutch Cover / Year of the Asian Reading Challenge / Books I Want to Reread This Year

Reading Challenge(4)


Justice League / Movie
Surprisingly I actually liked this. The plot wasn’t that special but the underlying tensions in the relationships were. I was worried I wouldn’t like the flash since I’m so used to the tv show The Flash. But I shouldn’t have worried. Its Ezra Miller. The only thing I wish that it wasn’t that he endlessly was used for comic relief and that there was more humor for the group as a whole. The flash stood out like a sore tumb because of his youth and because he wasn’t as brooding as the others.  More interested in seeing Aquaman now (instead of just for Jason Momoa).

Astroboy / Movie
I’d never watched this and when I was browsing on demand when I was sick I came across it. I liked it. Its cute. It could have done with some more depth (and poeh certainly some more poc) but overal it was a nice watch.

IT (2017) / Movie
I had some time left over one day and I decided at random to watch this. I’ve never read the book or seen the older movie. I actually liked it. I mean the whole thriller parts aren’t exactly my thing but I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. Beverly ❤

Scooby-Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map / Movie
This might be the weirdest movie of Scooby yet. They were puppets and they were shown as they were in the series a Pup Called Scooby-Doo so children. The plot was all kinds of meh so yeah not a good one.

Scooby-Doo and the Mask of the Blue Falcon / Movie
This one had more of a old scooby doo feeling again. But the plot didn’t really interest me.


The Passage / Season 1 / Ep 1-2
I was going to try and read books 2 and 3 before I went to look up to watch this show, like in a few years, lol. But then I saw that our Fox also started showing it very quickly after its release in the USA, and here we are. This is really just the set up and it doesn’t diverge from the book that much. Amy however in the tv show is so kick ass. Love her.

Zoo / Season 2 / Ep 1-4
We finally started this season and it is so weird oh my gosh. And addicting in a way. But so weird. Like a train wreck. You just can’t look away.

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⌘ Jackie from Death by Tsondoku talks about Jólabókaflóðið.
⌘ CW from The Quiet Pond shares their most anticipated diverse debuts for 2019.
⌘ Crini from All About Books updated her spreadsheet for 2019.
⌘ Noura from The Perks of Being Noura had me in her item The Life of a Reader.
⌘ Kathy from Books & Munches has the fantastic february fantasy themed month.
⌘ CW from The Quiet Pond, Shelea from Shut Up Shelea!, Vicky from Vicky Who Reads and Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams are hosting the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge.
⌘ Jamie from The Perpetual Page-turner talks about how her reading life has become more rich and full.
⌘ Greg shares things he’s learned from Game of Thrones.
⌘ Ely from Of Wonderland shared a list of 2019 Releases featuring disability.
⌘ La La in the Library posted the January Snidget with all the Harry Potter News.
⌘ Shannon from It Starts at Midnight talks about open endings.
⌘ Fadwa from Words Wonders shares why she loves rereading.
⌘ Brianna from Pages Unbound talks about miscategorizing adult books as young adult.
⌘ Have you seen Cait’s cover reveal of her second book?
⌘ Imryl from X=1 has created a recommendations list for my reading challenge. You can find part one here!

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje always starts the new year with numbers from last year. She also shares if she stayed within her book buying budget.

Reading Challenge(7)

#SapphicAThon 2019 starts on February 1st to February 7th and I am planning on reading two books for that: Down Among the Sticks and Bones and The Abyss Surrounds Us.

⌘Other than that I want to read my pre orders (King of Scars, Firestart, both arrived way late), some review copies and do my buddy read with La La in the Library for The Darkest Legacy.

⌘ As for the blog, I am going on a Semi-Hiatus to fix some of the broken photos. There are still posts coming along like top ten tuesday and a wrap up post, and some books I read for review. But no more than that. Hopefully it will give me some breathing space to fix the broken photos, even though I really don’t want to spend time on it again. -_-

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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.

30 thoughts on “Dancing out of January 2019

    1. Hi Mandy. Can I give you some advice? In general it is heavily frowned upon to drop a comment on someone’s blog post to only talk about your own blog/post and not comment on the blog post you are commenting on. I know some bloggers who would not hesitate to delete your comment.

      I don’t mind if you drop a link to a post but next time also comment on what I am talking about in my post please. ❤


      1. I just commented because I thought you might enjoy it because you are doing fairy tale bingo…. So since it was related I thought maybe you’d enjoy it? Not just self promotion, but I was trying to relate because clearly you like re-tellings.


  1. Om nog maar één maand achter de rug te hebben heb je al een mooie start gemaakt met je uitdagingen. Die handgeschreven post van Robin Hobb blijf ik heel leuk vinden. Wat ik minder leuk vind is dat jouw start van het jaar er uit ziet zoals die van mij vorig jaar. Toen was ik de hele tijd door ziek. Het ene na het andere met als gevolg dat ik de hele tijd hees klonk en blafte als een zeehondje. Bij mij beterde het rond half februari als ik het me goed herinner maar ik hoop dat het bij jou sneller stopt en dat je lichaam doorheeft dat je op één maand tijd voldoende tegenslag hebt gehad voor een heel jaar. Dankjewel voor de link!

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    1. Ik ben maar begonnen met wat echinea druppels in mijn water voor de weerstand. Mijn stem is in ieder geval sinds vandaag weer redelijk terug (wauw maar anderhalve week).


      1. Mocht je toch last blijven hebben van een slechte immuniteit dan kan ik je Propolis aanraden. Het is een natuurlijk middel dat voorkomt dat een bijenkorf en ik ben echt opvallend minder ziek geworden sinds ik er dagelijks eentje neem. Ik was in het begin niet zo blij met weer een pilletje erbij maar als het kan voorkomen dat ik telkens weer antibiotica moet nemen dan heb ik het er graag voor over.

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      1. Zo jammer dat je er maar blijft last van hebben. Hier is het vooral een gebrek aan energie waar ik het meeste last van heb. Naast de pijnklachten, maar toch .. Ik ben er van overtuigd dat ik die al een pak beter zou kunnen opvangen indien ik niet altijd zo uitgeput zou zijn.


  2. Twelve is a great reading month! And I feel you on the depression struggles. Major depression and generalized anxiety disorder here. Taking a break from therapy, but manage well with medication. I hope that group helps!

    And burns are the worst! So painful and slow to heal. Take care!

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  3. I love that your reading challenge goal is 60 books, but you have 113 books from reading challenges to pick up. Even if you manage to double down on every book, you’ll still have to read more than 60. XD I get it, as I know I’ll probably read more than my own goal of 80 books. It’s about the lack of pressure to read. But still. This math slays me.

    Ugh! I’m so sorry that you have a burn AND you have to fix all these broken photos. That’s the worst part about blogging — fixing the tech when it breaks down. Trust me, I can relate. Take whatever sort of hiatus you need! We’ll be here. 🙂

    And thank you for sharing my post! Wow, that feels like so long ago… but it wasn’t! XD Where is the time going?!

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    1. Haha right? I was wondering how long it would take for someone to pick that up and mention it. 😉

      I can’t actually get myself motivated to start fixing the photos ugh. The group therapy is kind of draining some of my energy which is normal but also annoying. Maybe I can start next week.

      I don’t know! We’re already on the 9th of February and this month is already so short!

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  4. Wooo for all the books you’ve read in January! Also I kinda want a light up box just to use in photos now…DON’T DO THIS TO ME DON’T PUT PRETTY THINGS IN FRONT OF ME haha. Hope your February is going well, and that the hand burn is mostly healed now ❤

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  5. I’m happy that you are taking time to help yourself and that you are still able to find time to read 12 books and so many excellent ones too. I hope your voice comes back strong and stays!

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