Dancing out of August 2019

This was the month of I Struggle. In a lot of different ways. The heat didn’t make things easy and my head was full of things I needed to take care of. Waiting is also not my best virtue. I got some confirmation on things which were hard but the validation was good to have. Reading was not too great though. I think this was my worst month so far this year…

Reading Challenge

The Numbers

# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 8
Total: 99/60

  1. Jade War (Green Bone Saga 2) by Fonda Lee / 5 stars // ARC
  2. To Be Taugh If Fortunate by Becky Chambers / 4 stars // Novella
  3. The Gauntlet (The Gauntlet 1) by Karuna Riazi / 3,5 stars
  4. The Battle (The Gauntlet 2) by Karuna Riazi / 2,5 stars // ARC
  5. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate 1) by Gail Carragher / 4,5 stars
  6. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson / 4 stars
  7. The Dark Curse (Spellcaster Academy Episode 2) by Jenetta Penner  / 4 stars // ARC // Novella
  8. The Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire 1) by Nathasha Ngan / 4 stars

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Fire Breathing Dragon: 16/20
Prompts Completed This Month:

Complete Alien: 9/20
Prompts Completed This Month: Science

Generic Robot: 11/12
Prompts Completed This Month: Library

Total: 36/52

Read more about my own reading challenge here.
So close with Generic Robot!

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Read this month: 2
Read Total: 17/20

As you can see I am well on my way with badge 2 and I think I’ll have a crack at badge 3 by the end of the year.

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⌘ The start of the month was intense. On the first I drove 3,5 hours (traffic-stops meh) to my parents. Merijn was staying there and as they needed to work the Friday morning I needed to be there on time to be with him. Friday was filled with all Merijn and going to the fun fair in the afternoon. He had a great time and won a lot of things. Lucky boy. After that I still had to drive 3 hours home and we came home in the evening. Right to bed because…

Archery @ Castlefest / Nine from Anderwereld and me @ Deventer Book Market

⌘ The next day was the third and this meant, Castlefest! It was my first time at such an event and it was a good experience. It didn’t tire me out as quickly as I thought it would and the crowd was pretty managable despite being sold out. I got to meet Jonathan Stroud and attent an interview with him. Ate some nice food and had some good company.

⌘ The Sunday after that was the Deventer book market. Which again meant getting up early and leaving to walk around. (My feet were killing me the week after haha). I bought a bunch of books but that must not come as a surprise. AND i got to meet Nine from Anderwereld, an online dutch webshop.

⌘ We finally had the test for Merijn that I had been waiting on. I am not diverging much on this right now still, but it was what I had expected. We are waiting now on the next test which again has us on a waiting list. #tiredofwaiting

Aiko / Monster Shakes we drank @ Breda

⌘ We got a kitten!  It is currently 15 weeks old and we called her Aiko.

⌘ On the 23rd I went to Breda and met up with Liesbet from Zwartraafje. We ate, we drank, we talked and we visited book stores. Perfection. She also found me SIX books of McAffrey Dragon Riders of Pern in the charity shop so you know I came home with a lot of books…

⌘ The last 10 days of August were busy. Merijn had his birthday kid party (fun). My parents came and stayed for 5 days. Merijn had his family birthday party. He started pre-school again. We started parent-toddler gym and unexpectedly we were able to get his second test in on the 27th. We didn’t hear this for sure until 2 hours before the rest. You can imagine that it has been way too much for me and Merijn. So we kept him home from pre-school for his second morning.

⌘ As for his tests, Merijn is speech delayed and we have worries about some of his behaviours. I wrote more about it in this twitter thread. You can click on the date and it will take you to this tweet and the thread.

⌘ Currently husband and I are a weekend away in Antwerpen while Merijn is staying with his inlaws.

⌘ I could end with NEWTS but that was just a bit of a disaster…

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Announcements and the Like
Dancing With Teen Voices

Wrap Ups, Tags and Other Memes
I Represented House Stark // #IronTomeAThon Wrap Up
Dancing out of July 2019
Best of the Bunch // July 2019
Short Stacks #2 // Dutch Edition // From Fairytales to a…Violent Child?
The ‘Scooby-Doo! Where are you?’ Book Tag

Moonlocket (Cogheart Adventures 2) by Peter Bunzl / ARC
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Jade War (Green Bone Saga 2) by Fonda Lee / ARC
The Awakening (The Graveyard Queen 6) by Amanda Stevens
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
Spellcaster Academy: Episode 1 by Jennetta Penner / ARC
Grey Sister ( Book of the Ancestors 2) by Mark Lawrence
The Battle by Karuno Riazi / ARC
The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill / ARC
Kingdom of Souls: The Last Witchdoctor by Rena Barron / ARC

Top Ten Tuesday
Hello, You Pretty ‘New’ Jackets
How Well Do I Do with the Seasonal TBRS?
Sequels I Keep Putting Off
Books I’ve Read That I’d Like in My Personal Library

Discussions, Topics and the Like
Book Shelf Tour 2019 // Part 3 // Harry Potter and Mostly Read Paperbacks
Meeting Jonathan Stroud // Castlefest 2019
Book Shelf Tour 2019 // Part 4 // Blue Shelf Filled with Specific Authors and Classics
Merijn Turns 3 Today! / Merijn’s Favorite Books in the Past Year // 2019

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agatha raisin

Agatha Raisin / Season 1 / Ep 1-3
This is just a cheesy mystery in a small town series but it makes me laugh which is what I needed this month.

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⌘ Cait from Paper Fury shares with you 24 YA Enemies to Lovers books to read.
⌘ Imyril shares more fantasy suggestions for my reading challenge.
⌘ CW from The Quiet Pond responds to the discussion that her the cost of book blogging series started.
⌘ Laura from Green Tea and Paperbacks shares 23 middle grade releases in the second half of 2019.
⌘ Krysta from Pages Unbound shared MG and YA Fantasies to read based on your Hogwarts House.
⌘ Emma from Emma’s Chapter did my Scooby-Doo tag!
⌘ Jennifer Marie Lin from The Bibliophile shared 20 best Sci-Fi Books of 2019.
Sci-Fi Month is back in November!

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Annabel from Het Leven van een Boekenworm did my Scooby-Doo tag!
⌘ Liesbet from Zwartraafje shared a DIY in which she created a wand stylus pen!

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⌘ Who knows? I am going to take September as easy as possible. Merijn should be back at pre-school and grandpa days.  Lots of reading because I do need to read arcs. Plenty of them *counts*  Five -Six so I’ll start with those. I’d also like to finish The Sword of Kaigen, and Spellslinger maybe. And for the rest we’ll see. I think this is plenty. Oh I am also doing the readalong with The Poison Song. Hmm what did I say about taking it easy?

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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.

16 thoughts on “Dancing out of August 2019

  1. I remember reading Wintersong when it was on Netgalley, I really liked the book. The covers are gorgeous! It’s really worth to read that authors newsletter, she talks about mental health, writing and feeling stress a lot and is very open about it. Just a very nice person to get an email from every once in a while.

    I wish I was able to go to the Deventer Bookmarket, but I was in Croatia, which was very nice as well 🙂

    I hope October is a bit less stressy for you!

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  2. I’m sorry that this month didn’t feel great for you. It sounds like you had a lot going on and I sincerely hope September is a lighter month for you. You did read a lot of books though AND got a kitten though, both of which are excellent!

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  3. Your worst monthly reading is my normal, ha ha. 😁

    Testing is a drag, but the earlier delays get figured out the better and with things like speech and reading many times they will end up out pacing the on target kids because they get individualized help. 👍✨

    Kitty. 😍

    Here’s to better reading for you in September! Mine will be less because I’m helping with reorganizing the elementary reading program at our urban center, and I think at first it is going to eat up a lot of my time. Plus, in order to get a ride home I have to wait until the director of the tutoring programs leaves after all the after school program kids go home.😜

    Here’s to September. 🌈 And yay for the Pern books! 🐉

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  4. Ik weet dat ik dit vrijwel bij elke Dancing out of .. – blogpost zeg maar ik hoop echt dat de volgende maand beter zal zijn. De hitte zal nu sowieso wel verdwijnen dus daar ben je alvast van verlost. Maar ik hoop ook dat er minder zorgen en pijnklachten mogen zijn. Dat het wat rustiger wordt in je hoofd en je je daardoor beter kan ontspannen. Gelukkig waren er wel wat zaken in augustus die voor een leuke afleiding konden zorgen zoals Castlefest, Aiko, Deventer, jullie weekend in Antwerpen, … en je weet het hé. Zodra ik het verdwijnselen onder de knie krijg of een portkey kan bemachtigen dan kom ik wat vaker bij je langs.

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