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…
# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 8
- Jade War (Green Bone Saga 2) by Fonda Lee / 5 stars // ARC
- To Be Taugh If Fortunate by Becky Chambers / 4 stars // Novella
- The Gauntlet (The Gauntlet 1) by Karuna Riazi / 3,5 stars
- The Battle (The Gauntlet 2) by Karuna Riazi / 2,5 stars // ARC
- Soulless (Parasol Protectorate 1) by Gail Carragher / 4,5 stars
- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson / 4 stars
- The Dark Curse (Spellcaster Academy Episode 2) by Jenetta Penner / 4 stars // ARC // Novella
- The Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire 1) by Nathasha Ngan / 4 stars
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
Read more about my own reading challenge here.
So close with Generic Robot!
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.
⌘ 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…
⌘ 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
⌘ 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…
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
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
⌘ 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.
⌘ 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!
⌘ 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?
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.